I'm looking for a racing game with less lucky factor
Nicola Segato
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I recently played many games at Formula De'. The game is nice but I'm looking for some racing game in which the luck
factor is not so important. Not only with cars.
If you have any idea please add games to this Greeklist
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1. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1366]
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Realy good game, but it's sold out.
 
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2. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
Michael R
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This is a game of skill in which you flick the cars around the track with your fingers. It has recently been reprinted as PitchCar.
 
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3. Board Game: Arena Maximus [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4330]
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Portland
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My crew is really enjoying this one. Though it is card-driven, victory is determined more by skillful hand management than "the luck of the draw". Everything you'd want in a quick chariot-race! Plus with an MSRP less than $20 it won't tax your earnings much!
 
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4. Board Game: 6-Tage Rennen [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3650]
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Initially, there is no luck involved because players begin the game with idential hands of movment cards. Later in the game, players can choose to swap the remainder of their original hand for a random hand of cards. Fun game, but it is hard to find.
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5. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1336]
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Elyria
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This one comes to mind as having less luck.
You are dealt a hand of cards that move different cars, different numbers of spaces. Then the cars are auctioned off before the race. This allows you to bid on the car you have cards for...
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6. Board Game: Ausgebremst [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3590]
Karl Deckard
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Pro rules reduce the luck factor.
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7. Board Game: Speed Circuit [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1636]
Dale Martin
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Once you design a car in this game, the only time luck gets involved is when you exceed the parameters of either the car (too much acceleration or braking) or the track (too much speed in the corners). House rules and leagues add plenty of variety, as well.
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8. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1088]
 
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This classic should fit your bill.
 
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9. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Elk River
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Tortuga version for very little luck. Rather abstract, but really a great race.
 
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10. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1073]
Dave Eisen
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Menlo Park
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This is the classic although the theme might not appeal to you.
 
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11. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1586]
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Not my favorite, but definitely a low-luck racing game.
 
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12. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:678]
Gerald McDaniel
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Lakewood
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This is a favorite of our family group. It has some decision-making following the die rolls, including defensive play. Not a totally luck-based race game by any means.
 
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13. Board Game: Rome: Imperium, Circus Maximus, Hannibal vs Rome [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3772]
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Orange County
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No chance at all. Purely strategic race game from RK, and it has Imperium in the same box, a good area control/bluffing game.
 
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14. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
Chris Shaffer
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San Francisco
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Playing 5 cards out of 9 in your hand each turn involves an element of luck, but it averages out over the course of the game. Players with more skill will win the majority of games.
 
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15. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3362]
Chris Malme
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Movement round the track may be a simple roll of the dice, but winning the race does not mean winning the game - it is a lot more devious (and nasty) than that.
 
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16. Board Game: Crazy Rally [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:10017]
Iain K
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Arvada
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Buon giorno Nicola,

You might look for this fun card game, by an Italian no-less.

It uses a much different mechanic, and no dice. You expose several cards to reveal the race course, with hazards that effect speed. You then turn the cards upside-down and must set you speed through the course by memory.

As I say, it's a different sort of racing game.

I hope to find a copy of my own one day, but it is still available in Italy.

Ciao !
 
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17. Board Game: Breaking Away [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1973]
Mark Watson
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A truly excellent racing game that is completely luck free, fun, and fast paced.
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18. Board Game: Formula-1 [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3015]
Henry Vogel
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Raleigh
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Formula 1 is VERY similar to Speed Circuit except it adds just the right amount of chaos to spice up the game. Movement is entirely controlled by the player. The big choice is how much to push your luck in the turns. Dice rolls for exceeding the maximum safe speed in a turn provide the needed luck factor, along with cards that can be played for one turn advantages. I enjoy this one so much that I now use the Formula 1 rules with my Speed Circuit boards. Another game that is out of print but fairly easily found on eBay.
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19. Board Game: Grand Prix: F1 [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:8701]
Henry Vogel
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I almost forgot about this game. There is no luck at all in this game. Movement is card based but everyone begins with the exact same cards and refills their hand only through pit stops, which is also not luck based. It's not an easy game to get and not cheap unless you can order it from Germany. There have been some people who have absolutely hated this game and others, like me, who enjoy it a lot. At the absolute least, check out the rules posted here on the Geek before going any further.
 
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20. Board Game: Jockey [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4393]
Paul B.
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Jockey is a ton of fun! Cards are dealt you make bets on horses based on the cards you get. Then you and opponents move the various horses without revealing your bets. You may be helping an opponent, or you may need that help. The cards leverage the movement of one horse off the positions of other horses in an interesting mechanic. So, while there is luck in the initial draw, you get to gauge your betting (which is where the scoring is done) after you've seen your cards so the impact of luck is under your control to a great extent. The game is decided over the course of 3 races (or more if your group is agreeable).

I believe game is OOP, but I found mine at a thrift store in shrinkwrap.
 
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21. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1067]
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My favorite race game. Luck is reduced by identical decks for each player and a clever auxiliary stack mechanic. If you get it, don't forget to check the rules errata.

"Arena Maximus" and "Cartagena" are also good choices, but the former has higher luck factor, while the latter is probably a better game, but very abstract and does not feel much like a race.
 
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22. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1124]
James Eastham
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I've played several of the games on this list. I really like Formula De, but also get frustrated with the die rolls sometimes. The great thing about Formula De is the fact that you can play with a ton of people.

Um Reifenbreite is a great bike racing game you might want to read up on. You might want to modify some of the cards a bit as you can get really screwed with the 'luck factor' of some of the cards.
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