Of the dozens and dozens of powersports board games that have graced players’ tables over the years, few have won acclaim. Rallyman To. Although it has received several reissues over the years, Rallyman is a rare game to find – and can cost a pretty penny. For these reasons, although I have reviewed dozens of car racing games for The news wheel, I never had the opportunity to play Rallyman.
That’s why I was delighted to hear that Holy Grail Games was reborn Rallyman, injecting it with a new material and renaming it Rallyman GT. The publisher’s campaign to fund this new production is currently seeking support through Kickstarter.
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Rallyman returns to the tables as Rallyman GT, published by Holy Grail Games
A self-published title that debuted in 2009, Rallyman is the creation of rally enthusiast and novice driver Jean-Christophe Bouvier. His dedication to high speed sport required him to spend nearly a decade developing an accurate yet understandable rally racing simulation that people could play at home. While other racing games have adapted motorsport racing into heavy and complex strategy systems, Rallyman aimed to promote the sport by emphasizing its speed, its chances of luck and its broad appeal.
The Resurrection of Holy Grail Games Rallyman like Rallyman GT has the same gameplay as its predecessor. Roll the dice to determine where you can move your car on the track, either by carefully throwing one at a time or throwing them all at once and potentially damaging your vehicle. You can certainly see the influences of Formula in Rallyman, which inspired Bouvier for his own game.
Highlights of this revamped version include new artwork by Loic Muzy (who helped Fireteam Zero, Mythical battles, and OrcQuest) and a modular track to increase the replay value. The path is now a customizable turn-based track using 32 double-sided hex tiles, so every race is different. The basic retail version of the game is packed with goodies, like six plastic replica cars, 11 unique dice, scoreboards for each player, and hundreds of tokens. Kickstarter backers will get additional perks, such as a 3D bridal track segment and new tire types.
As of today, the Kickstarter campaign for Rallyman GT attracted over 1,100 backers and raised € 50,000, exceeding its initial fundraising target by more than 250%. The planned release date of Rallyman GT isn’t until November 2019, so you can already start next year’s Christmas shopping by funding a copy today.
If you are looking for a fast, simple yet immersive racing board game that you can play with your friends and family, I suggest you support Rallyman GT on Kickstarter.
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