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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Guest Post: World Rallyman Cup!

This weekend I decided to finally start the World Rallyman Cup (WRC). Of course, since it was already March on Sunday when I sat down to play, I was unable to participate in the first two races (Monte-Carlo & Sweden). For completeness sake, I went ahead and raced them following all the rules for the WRC. Every year, the WRC is twelve rally courses – one for each month for the game Rallyman. Players from around the world are able to play in it – all you need to do is own the game, play the rally while following the rules and record your results on the designer/publisher’s website before the deadline.

I talked about this game when I played it in my mission to play all my games last year so I won’t go into full details, but there is a weird oddity about this game. It is better to be in a higher gear and move less spaces than end in a low gear and move farther. The game comes with 5 gear dice and 2 acceleration die. Each die that you roll, you get to move a space on the board, but what gear you end your turn determines how long (in seconds) it took you to travel that distance. So if one player rolls all 5 gear dice on turn 1 (ending in gear 5 for 10 seconds) and then rolls all five dice again (ending in gear 1 for 50 seconds) has travelled 10 spaces in 1 minute. But if a second player rolls all 5 gear dice on turn 1 (ending in gear 5 for 10 seconds), then rolls just gear dice 4 and 5 (ending in gear 5 for 10 seconds) and does that again (another 10 seconds) followed by the single gear 5 die (10 more seconds), that player has move 10 spaces as well, but has done it in a mere 40 seconds.

Rallyman – One of the six stages from Rally Monte-Carlo, note that the yellow car is drifting about a hairpin turn in gear 2.

Rallyman – One of the six stages from Rally Monte-Carlo, note that the yellow car is drifting about a hairpin turn in gear 2.

The Rally courses that are in the WRC are difficult, but are quite entertaining. A full rally course takes around 2.5 hours so be prepared to dedicate a little time if you are going to play in this. The first two courses have been officially posted and with my times, I would have gotten 18 and 20th place respectively. Not a bad start if you ask me. Too bad that I can’t count those races! When you add the expansion called Rallyman Dirt, there are 4 tire choices and 8 double sided boards – plenty of replayability, but I wouldn’t complain if there was a second expansion with additional boards and some campaign rules. Still, I can’t wait to play in the March rally course!

Rallyman – One of the six stages from Rally Sweden; with all that snow, I decided to race on 2nd Gen Snow tires.

Rallyman – One of the six stages from Rally Sweden; with all that snow, I decided to race on 2nd Gen Snow tires.

Other Notable Games Played

Played a couple games of The Resistance and even though I am completely horrible at it, I still like playing it. You see, I am really bad at lying and reading people (that’s the reason I don’t play poker either), so playing this game is really rough for me. We did play with a bunch of the expansions from the base game and though they made the game interesting, I still dread any time this one hits the table.

Birthday Rally – When I tried it, it was really entertaining!

Birthday Rally – When I tried it, it was really entertaining!

The relay race of goofy mini-games played at work went okay. There were four mini-games – first the player had to roll a large straight on five dice, then the second stage – you had to stack the 5 dice in a certain order. Third, you flicked three discs on a race track and lastly find “Happy Birthday” in Bananagram tiles. Nobody was completely upset or disappointed for doing it, but there wasn’t any real excitement. I guess it’s the difference between gamers and normal people – I really enjoy Space Cadets and I have played in a rally race of mini-games with entertaining results. That said, perhaps trivia for my coworkers is the best bet!

Until next time – Play a Game!

Brendan Mayhugh

My first two race times:

Brendan Rally De Monte Carlo
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage3 Special Total Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Special Total Rally Total
4:28 3:00 7:55 15:23 8:05 4:14 3:04 15:23 30:46

 

 

Brendan Rally Sweden
Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage3 Special Total Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Special Total Rally Total
2:12 1:40 3:44 7:36 3:35 3:00 2:28 9:03 16:39

 

 

 

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