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#31 on my ongoing list - Daytona 500
Daytona 500 is a cousin game of my #22 game Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix.
As I explained in that earlier post, I won DCGP as a prize at a game day. I played a round with my dad and really enjoyed it. When I read here on BGG that there was an earlier racing game that used the same mechanics, I added it to my watch list just in case I ever had the chance to pick it up.
A while back, a BGG'er held an auction in State College. I looked over the lot of games he was offering and there were two games I REALLY wanted - Attika and Daytona 500. There were two others that caught my eye as well, but those two were biggies for me. I posted a help-request on facebook and a buddy of mine who lives in SC answered the call for me. He went to the auction and Attika went down to a die roll. Turns out my proxy dice are as unlucky as my real dice. My guy lost the die roll and lost out on Attika. (A couple months later I would find out that a buddy of mine from the Central PA Game Club won that die roll). I WAS able to score the copy of Daytona 500 though, and aside from the cost of the game all it cost me was a beer draft.
Daytona 500 plays similarly to DCGP, so I was able to "speed through" the rules. I like the fact that the game is based on one of the most famous car races, and that the board and track are a match. I like the fact that it's a racing game, but an economic game at heart. There is a different strategy to a game like this vs. a game like Formula D - but both are very good game.
When I introduce games to my son (who will be 3 in a few weeks, so we've got some time) I'll probably introduce Formula D first, and wait on a game like this -- although this game isn't overly complex and I can see where a child would be able to pick up the mechanics (maybe not deep strategy though).
This was the first racing game I taught to Jen and her mom. They enjoyed it, but I don't think they're in a hurry to play it again.