Sorry for the poor quality photos, I took them late in the evening,
using my phone, by the light of a single lamp.
Josh got $50 in Barnes & Noble gift cards for Christmas, and last week we spent that and a little bit more to add to our board game collection.
Then we took a chance on a game we’d never heard of before, Steampunk Rally.
I am a fan of the steampunk community and the arts and fashions that come out of it, so any steampunk themed game always piques my interest.
The aim of this game is to build a ship/craft/machine that will take you through the course and across the finish line fastest. However, while tackling the track your ship also takes damage, if it takes too much damage it starts to fall apart, and could eventually explode!
There are dozens of dice, hundreds of machine parts and 16 inventors to choose from, each with their own unique, and ‘fictionally / historically’ accurate abilities.
Every round is split into four phases:
- The Draft – You can choose to either add new parts to your ship or trade them in for resources.
- Venting – This is like a reset or cool down of individual parts.
- The Race! – You roll all the dice you’ve collected and place them onto your machine to activate the parts and trigger their abilities.
- Damage – If at the end of the race phase you are showing a negative number on your damage wheel, then you have to remove the same number of parts from your craft.
As I said before, you want to get across the finish line fastest, but that doesn’t end the game, it just signifies the start of the final round. Everyone gets one more chance to get as far as they can past the finish line, if there is a tie for first place, the winner is the person with the largest machine.
Although there are lots of bits, and at times, lots of moving parts, but it is really easy to get used to the rules and then the game just flows to the end.
I really like this game, and not just because I’ve won 2 out of the 3 times we’ve played. It has a great mixture of game mechanics from deck building, to strategy, to frantic dice rolling that make sure it’s never boring.
So, would I recommend Steampunk Rally? Yes.
Until next time,