Tell me about racing games
Andy Hunsucker
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Bloomington
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Looking through my collection, I've noticed that there is one type of game not represented. Well, more than one, but the space I'm trying to fill now is racing games.

Recommend racing games and tell me which ones you enjoy and why.
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1. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:576]
Andy Hunsucker
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Bloomington
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Formula De

This is the one I hear the most about. Is it the end all be all of racing games, or just the one with the best marketing?
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2. Board Game: Niki Lauda's Formel 1 [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:7319]
Fredrik Sievert
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Helsingborg
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As a kid I played a Swedish version of this game. Was great at the time.
 
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3. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1332]
 
Stan Mamula
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Oakmont
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Fun racing game that actually feels like a race. Simple gameplay that still provides plenty of challenge.

It's no longer in print, but can be found on eBay for $15-25. Well worth it.
 
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4. Board Game: Speed Circuit [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1631]
Charles Hasegawa
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Chandler
Arizona
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This is an old 3M game on racing. The game is basically a strategy game as there are no random factors once the races start. You can pick this game up very cheaply on eBay.
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5. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1584]
Paul Boos
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Falls Church
Virginia
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I like Mississippi Queen alot - a really interesting game. First because it has an ability to get in and screw with yout opponent a bit (by bumping him or her) and secondly the bits are just great. It really oozes the theme. Certainly my favorite race game.
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6. Board Game: Junkyard Races [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:7169]
Paul Boos
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Falls Church
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Junkyard Races is simply wacky. Collecting bottle caps, attempting to destroy your opponents.... It is like the old Wacky Racers cartoon in a variety of ways.
 
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7. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1362]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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This is an excellent horse racing game. Horse movement is controlled by alternating rounds of card play and dice rolling. The die roll for a round applies to all players and each player has an identical deck of cards. The handicapping and lane change rules make this game highly tactical. It handles up to 8 players easily.
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8. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1124]
David Boeren
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Marietta
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This is a fairly well rated bicycle racing game. Unlike most racing games, you manage a team of 4 racers rather than a single vehicle.

Movement is die-based, but to mitigate the luck you have a hand of cards you can play instead of rolling. Also, you can choose to "draft" behind another bike which is directly in front of you, using whatever movement they had for your own. Thus, positioning of your racers becomes important.

Optionally, you can play with event cards. You can also play either with or without rules for uphill/downhill movement. Certainly elevation changes add more strategy to the game as you need to make sure you have enough speed or position to make it up hills without having to waste your cards.
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9. Board Game: Das Motorsportspiel [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2122]
Stéphan Chabot
Canada
Laval
Québec
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Great game,
as close to real time racing as you can get.

Steph
 
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10. Board Game: Regatta [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3630]
Simon Hunt
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Roseville
California
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For a slight change of pace, try Regatta - yacht racing; jockeying for position at the start of each race; dealing with changes in wind direction. My friends and I get a lot of pleasure from playing this game.
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11. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1071]
Greg Poulos
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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What we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, a gaming machine. It's really a miracle of evolution. All this gamer does is sleep and eat and place little meeples, and that's all.
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You can't have a list about racing games without mentioning Ave Caesar. This one moves along at a good clip and has a lot of player interaction in blocking, which leads to revenge-blocking, and so on and so forth. Very easy to learn and good fun to play. If you're only going to have one racing game, this isn't it, but is still a good one to have. (word on the street is a reprint is happening in the fall...)
 
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12. Board Game: MotorChamp [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:4972]
Steve Stanton
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Paoli
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And then there's MotorChamp by AZA Spiele the maker of Turfmaster.
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13. Board Game: Bolide [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2645]
Antonio Spazzali
Italy
Milan
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The new car racing game. No dice and no cards move the car. Very high level of simulation. The dice provides only meteo conditions and extra performances (drivers can always decide to roll the dice or not).
 
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