|The cars set up after the first turn of the game|
Then I generated other three drivers and cars using the rules for NPC drivers:
Golden Bandit (yellow car)
Entry cost 11
Sav 3 / Tec 2 / Spd 3, 8 bonus dice
Slow to react (-1)
Tail gun (4/1), armored seat (2/2), box of nails (0/1)
Galactix (blue car)
Entry cost 16
Sav 3 / Tec 3 / Spd 3, 9 bonus dice
Tail gun (4/1), clunker (0/-1), box of nails (0/1), armor-piercing ammo(0/2), armored seat (2/2)
White Knight (white car)
Entry cost 15
Sav 3 / Tec 3-1 / Spd 3-2, 9 bonus dice
Twin 50s (3/1), reinforced posts (2/2), big slab (4/3)
The first race lap
In the first turn, drivers roll to determine their starting positions in the pack. I got 7 successes (spending 2 bonus dice), Golden Bandit got 6 successes and won the tie breaker with Galactix and White Knight went last with 4 successes (due to a heavier car).
Before reaching the first curve, Golden Bandit tried to pass me but I bashed him away. Nobody tried to pass on the curve but on the opposite straightway, Golden Bandit hit the rear of my car. We both lost control and Galactrix passed us to first place.
|I am not entirely sure I resolved the "you are too close" random event correctly.|
The Golden Bandit managed to pass White Knight on the straightway and the cars maintained their positions on the curve. There were a few failed pass attempts at the opposite straightway and finally, Galactix passed me on the far curve. At the end of the lap, I passed Galactix again.
|Passing Galactix on the straightway: 8 successes vs. 5.|
This was the last lap of the race and everyone had burned through their bonus dice (luckily, drivers get 3 bonus dice on every completed lap.) I lost traction (a random event) on the first curve but despite causing bumps between the two following cars, nothing bad happened. Then Galactix's brakes locked up, and White Knight's car hit it hard, causing it to flip through the air, landing behind the pack, in a wreck!
In a surprising move, the Golden Bandit passed both White Knight and me as we entered the opposite straightway. I managed to pass him again before we entered the far curve, and held the position to the finish line.
This game took about 2 and a half hours, between playing, writing the report and taking pictures. The last lap of the race was thrilling, with the crash and multiple pass. The first game turns took quite a bit of time, as I was learning how to use the different racing tables, but after that, I printed the quick reference sheets and was playing with ease.
The behavior of the NPC drivers is also great and provides a good solo experience. I think that the structured nature of these situations (e.g. racing, sports fighting etc.) makes the decision tables used in THW games work really well. The bonus dice then add some welcome unpredictability for the NPC opponents.
I am tempted to try a campaign combining After the Horsemen, Qwik, Red Sand Brown Sky and Machinas. However, planning that might take a lot of time.