This is an AutoGeneratedTextVersion of Racepack

A Car Racing Game For The Piecepack
Version 1.3, March 2003
Copyright © 2003 by Michael and Stephen Schoessow
2-8 Players. 40-120 minutes, depending on player count and race length


Racepack is a car racing board game for 2-8 players. The game is almost entirely skill-based with
chance only entering the picture as a result of poor driving judgment or deliberate risk taking. For
games utilizing one piecepack, when playing with four players each player assumes control of one
car, and when playing with two or three people each player assumes the role of team manager and
controls two cars so there are always at least four cars in a race. If two piecepacks are combined, 6
to 8-car races are supported, for three to eight players.

As with most racing games, the fun-factor is higher when there are more cars and more players.

The main body of the rules describes the game using one piecepack and supporting 2-4 players,
and then the differences for versions with more than four cars or with five to eight players are

Some variants are also described, including one with pit stops and one that utilizes a move timer to
speed up the game and ratchet up the excitement.


Construct The Track

 Turn all twenty-four tiles grid side up and use them to construct a closed circuit. This may be
rectangular to represent an Indy-style or stock car track, or it may be constructed with additional
corners or esses to represent a road racing course. Each tile should be orthogonally adjacent to
exactly two other tiles. The resulting track will be two lanes wide all the way around. Next, the
location of the start/finish line is chosen, preferably near the middle of the longest straight. One of
the dice is placed against the outside of the track and oriented to show the number of laps in the
race on top. It serves as a start/finish line marker and lap indicator. Figure 1 shows a
recommended track design. The suggested race length for this track is three laps. Cars rotate

         4                5
                                                The four null tokens are used to indicate hazards
                                                around the track (loose gravel, oil slicks, etc.) that
             3                                  develop during the race. Roll a die and starting from
                                                the corner-1 tile, count TILES equal to the die roll (for
                                                example, if the die shows a 4, go to the fourth tile past
     1                               8
                                                the corner tile). Tilt the tile up for a moment and note
                                                the location of the small suit icon in the corner, then
Figure 1. Recommended track showing lap
die, start/finish line, and numbered corners.   put the tile back. Place one of the null tokens on top of
                                                the tile in the space that corresponds to the location of
the small suit icon on the bottom of the tile. Now roll the die again and starting from the new tile,
repeat this procedure. Place the remaining two null tokens along the track in the same way. At the
start of the race all four tokens should be blank side up. Note: hazard tokens are not shown in Fig.

Determine The Order Of The Cars On The Starting Grid

The four pawns are used to represent the cars.

Each player rolls three dice together to determine starting order, with the first two cars setting side
by side on the two spaces behind the start/finish line and the remaining cars behind them. The
player who rolled the highest total secures the pole position, and starts on the inside lane. When
each player is controlling a pair of cars, one of a player's cars should start on the inside lane and
his other on the outside, and the player whose first car is on the pole should start his second car
last, etc., in the interests of fairness.

Distribute The Strategy Tokens

After setting up the starting positions of the cars, distribute the remaining tokens to the players.
These are called strategy tokens and each player receives a set of five (ace through 5) for each car
they control. It's handy to match colors between the cars and the corresponding sets of tokens.
Players keep their tokens number side up nearby and in a 2-player game they must be careful to
keep the tokens for each of their cars separate.

Penalty Die

One die is used for penalty rolls. The color of the die is unimportant.

This completes the setup of the game.


Driver: the controller of a car. Note that in a 2 or 3-player game each player will represent two

Movement: drivers must normally perform three movements per turn. There are two types of
movements and these are, forward movements, and lane change movements.

Speed: the number of straight-ahead spaces that a car moves along the track during any given
forward movement is called the car's speed. Speeds may range from 1 to 7, depending on track
design and driving conditions. Each increment of speed represents 30MPH. Thus a movement of 5
represents 150MPH.

Corner or Corner Tile: a tile that forms one of the corners around the track. The corner tile is the
corner, and all four spaces on the tile are part of the corner.
Turn: standard game definition, but remember that the turn order goes by driver, not by player.
Once the race starts the turn order is established by the order of the cars in the race.

Note concerning corners and turns: in the rules text, the word corner always refers to a place
where the track changes direction via a corner tile. The word turn always refers to a player's
opportunity to move one of his cars. So remember, a corner is something on the track whereas a
turn involves the game mechanism.

Inside Lane: At any given point on the track, the inside lane is the lane on the side that the NEXT
corner turns toward. This holds true for straight sections of the track as well as within corners.
Note that on a corner tile it is the next corner along the track that determines which lane is defined
as the inside.


Drivers are allotted three movements per turn and they must use all three if it is possible. There are
two types of movements, forward movements and lane change movements, and drivers may do
any combination of these totaling three during a turn. Note: in rare cases it may not be possible to
do three movements without bumping another car and this is discussed under Blocking.

Forward movements are always straight-ahead movements of 1-7 spaces. Lane change
movements are always 1 space diagonally.

Forward Movements

Forward movements represent forward motion around the track. The smallest possible forward
movement is 1. A car going this fast moves one space forward along the track for that movement.
The fastest allowable forward movement is 7. A car going 7 moves seven spaces forward along
the track for that movement.

WITHIN A GIVEN TURN, the change in speed of a car from one movement to the next is
constrained; cars may accelerate by 1 per movement, while decelerations of either 1 or 2 per
movement are allowed. For example, to do three consecutive forward movements during a turn
the following speed sequences are some (but certainly not the only) legal ones: 1-2-3, 3-3-4, 6-4-
2, 4-2-3. An illegal speed sequence would be 5-4-1. The change from 4 directly to 1 is illegal
because a car's deceleration from one movement to the next may not exceed 2.

Speed information is NOT saved or carried over from turn to turn; the speed a car is traveling
during the last movement of a turn has NO effect on what speed it can start out at during the first
movement of its next turn. For example, a car could end a turn in a corner at a speed of 1 then
when that driver's next turn came along, he could immediately move at any speed from 1 to 7,
assuming the road was straight and clear. See Fig. 2, turn B, first movement.

Note: some of the movements illustrated in the figures involve the use of strategy tokens; their use
is explained later.
Forward Movement Speed Summary:
Allowed speeds during the first movement of a turn: 1 to 7, if track is clear.
Allowed speeds during second and third movements: same as speed during previous movement or
accelerate by 1 or decelerate by 1 or 2.

                            Turn B                         Turn A
                   1st mvmt. Speed 4.           1st mvmt. Speed 7.
                   2nd mvmt. Decel to 2         2nd mvmt. Decel to 5.
                                                3rd mvmt. Use strategy "2"
                   entering corner. Roll die.
                   3rd mvmt. Decel to 1         token to decel to 2 while
                   while changing lanes         entering corner. Roll die
                   and entering corner.

          Figure 2. Showing two complete player turns for one car.

Lane Change Movements

 The actual move for a lane change is always 1 space diagonally. Even though they are always 1
space diagonally, lane change movements have an associated speed.

The allowable associated speed of a lane change follows the same rules as for the speeds of
forward movements; if the lane change is the first movement of a turn its associated speed can be
anything from 1 to 7 at the driver's choosing. If it is the second or third movement of a turn the
associated speed can be 1 higher, equal to, or 1 or 2 lower than the speed of the previous
movement. When a driver does a lane change movement the player must state what the speed of
the car is for the benefit of the other players.

 See figures 2, 3, and 4 for examples of lane changes. Note that lane changes may be made on
straights or in corners.

Lane changes may not be made that cut across inside corner edges. In figure 3 there are two
blocking cars (shown as filled-in circles); it would not be legal for the bottom car to move up and
to the right as a lane change because it would be cutting across the inside edge of the track corner.

Entering Corners and Spinning Out

Corners (corner tiles) may only be safely entered at a speed of 1.
If a driver is willing to risk spinning out, a speed of 2 is allowed. Entering a corner at a speed
greater than 2 is not allowed.

When a car enters a corner at a speed of 2, the player whose car it is must roll the penalty die to
check for the possibility of a spinout. If the die shows a 5, the car spins out. If it shows any other
face there is no penalty.

                                                                Spinning out immediately ends a
     3rd mvmt. Decel. to
     2 while changing                                           driver's turn, even if he has not used
     lanes and entering                                         up all three of his movements. A car
     corner. Roll die.
                                                                that has spun out is placed off the
                                         5                      track, on the outside of the corner.
    2nd mvmt. Use
    "4" strategy token
                                                                At the beginning of his next turn the
    to accel. to 4
                                                                driver must use up one movement to
                                                                re-enter the track at a speed of 1 (he
    1st mvmt. Spun-                                             does NOT move 1 space along the
    out car re-entering                                         track; the movement is expended in re-
    track, speed 1.
                                                                entering the track). He places his car
                                                                onto any one of the three outside
Figure 3. Turn of player who spun out on their previous turn.   spaces of the corner tile. These are
                                                                identified in Fig. 3 with check marks.

The driver may now use his remaining two movements as he chooses according to the normal
rules of movement. In the example, the driver uses a strategy token during his second movement
to accelerate to a speed of 4 and then, for his third movement, decelerates to 2 while doing a lane
change to avoid other cars and enters the next corner. Note that since this is a lane change
movement the car moves only one space even though the speed of the car is 2. Since the corner
was entered at a speed faster than 1, the driver must then roll the die to check for a spinout.

Exiting Corners

When a car has ended a movement within a corner it is automatically assumed to be facing out of
the corner for its next movement (in rare cases a driver may wish the car to still be facing in the
direction it was moving in the previous movement, and this is also allowed). The next movement
can then be another forward movement, exiting the corner. See turn B first movement in Fig. 2.
There are no specific speed restrictions for exiting corners. The general speed rules for forward
movements apply.

The Use Of Strategy Tokens To Affect Movement

Players start the race with five strategy tokens for each car they control. The tokens are specific to
the cars and in a 2-player race a player may NOT share them between his two cars. Each strategy
token may only be used once. After being used a strategy token is removed from the game.

Players may use strategy tokens either offensively to help the progress of their own car(s), or
defensively to hinder the progress of other player's cars. When played to help a car, strategy tokens
represent exemplary driving or exceptional engine tuning, etc. When played to hinder, strategy
tokens represent poor driver judgment, bad track conditions, etc.

To help his own car a player may use a strategy token to set the speed for a movement without
regard to the acceleration and deceleration rules. The speed is set equal to the number on the
token used. Aces count as 1. For example, the 5 token could be used to instantly accelerate to 5
even if the speed during the previous movement that turn was less than 4. Or, the 1 token could be
used to instantly decelerate to a speed of 1 even if the speed during the previous movement that
turn was greater than 3. See Fig. 2 for a deceleration example and see Fig. 3 for an example of
using a strategy token for high acceleration. Strategy tokens may be played offensively during any
movement except when starting out, such as when beginning the race or while re-entering the
track following a spin-out.

A strategy token may be used against another player only when that player is rolling the penalty
die. When a player enters a corner at a speed of 2, he must roll the penalty die to see if he spins
out. Following a successful roll another player may play a strategy token to force the player to re-
roll the die with the condition that he spins out if the number he rolls is equal to or higher than the
number on the strategy token. For example, a player enters a corner at speed 2 and rolls the die,
getting a 3, which would mean that he has successfully entered the corner without spinning out.
Immediately following his roll however, another player plays his 2 strategy token and demands
that the first player re-roll. The first player must now roll the penalty die a second time and if it
comes up showing a 2 or higher he spins out.

Blocking And Bumping

When two or more cars are close to each other on the track blocking may occur and drivers must
adjust their speeds accordingly to avoid running into or bumping other cars. Bumping is not
allowed and can always be avoided within the movement rules.

                                      In rare cases a driver may find the road completely blocked
       This car can't make 3
                                      at the beginning of his turn by other cars two spaces or fewer
       movements, so 2
                                      ahead of him in both lanes. In such a circumstance it is not
       movements constitutes
       a full turn in this case.      possible to do three movements. In this case alone, a driver
                                      is allowed to use fewer than three movements during a turn
                                      to avoid bumping the car in front. Figure 4 shows a situation
           5       5                  in which a car can make only two movements before it is
                                      fully blocked. In such a case, when three movements are not
           5            5
                                      possible, the driver makes as many as are possible and this
Figure 4. Complete blocking of a car. then constitutes the driver's turn. Note that a car may pass
between two other cars on diagonally adjacent spaces by doing a lane change.

Track Hazards

Prior to the start of the race four track hazards are placed as described under SETUP. The four null
tokens are used to indicate the hazard locations and they are all initially placed blank side up.
For the first lap of the race the hazards are not in effect (the track is clean and dry at the start of the
race and hazards only develop later). During the first lap, as the last place car passes by each
hazard token it is flipped over, so that when the last place car has passed the fourth hazard marker
they will all be suit side up, and they remain this way for the rest of the race.

When a car passes directly over or lands on a suit side up hazard marker, the driver may not make
any further movements that turn, even if he has some left. He finishes the present movement and
then his turn is over. Note that passing over a hazard marker on the first movement of a turn
results in the loss of two movements while passing over a hazard marker on the last movement of
a turn has no effect.


Set the cars up at the start/finish line as described under SETUP. The driver on the pole goes first
and completes a full turn of three movements. Then the driver starting next to the pole position
takes his first turn, followed by the other drivers in order, with the inside lane cars always going
before the outside lane for each side-by-side pair of cars.

ALL cars start from one of the two spaces directly behind the start/finish line. After the first two
cars are off, the next two move up before taking their first turns, etc. Cars may not switch lanes as
they move up to the starting line.

Drivers must start the race with a first movement speed of 1.


Following all driver's first turns, the turn order is set by the order of the cars in the race, with the
driver in the lead going first, followed by the driver in second place, etc. Each driver takes their
next turn, and then the turn order is re-determined for the next set of turns. Determining the order
of the cars can sometimes be tricky. When two cars are side by side, the car on the inside lane is
ahead. A car on a corner tile is always ahead of a car that has not yet entered the corner. When two
cars are on the same corner tile, the car that is closest to the next corner is ahead. If they are
equally close, then the car on the inside lane is ahead (with inside being defined as the side that the
next corner turns toward). A car that has just exited a corner is always ahead of a car still in the

A car that spun out during its previous turn is always behind any cars that are presently in the
same corner or further around the track, but it is ahead of any cars that have not yet entered the
corner where it spun out.

Each time the lead car passes the finish line the lap die number is reduced by 1. The driver of the
first car to pass the finish line on the last lap wins the race. The remaining cars continue past the
finish line to determine the 2nd and 3rd place positions.


When there are three players and a single piecepack is being used, each player assumes the role of
team manager and controls two cars, so there are six cars in the race. Since there are only four
pawns in a piecepack, two of the dice are pressed into service to represent cars. Team A uses the
red and black pawns, team B the blue and green pawns, and team C uses the two dice.

In a 6-car race the strategy tokens are distributed a little differently and color matching between
cars and tokens is not possible. Each player receives one A-5 set of tokens that they keep number
side up plus any two additional tokens from the fourth set, to form a single set of seven tokens.
The additional tokens are kept suit side up and may be used as either 2's or 4's during the race.
Note that token color has no significance in the game play. Unlike the 2-player game in which
each player must keep the tokens for their two cars separated, in this case a player's seven tokens
form a common strategy token pool for use with both cars. Once a token is used for either car it is
removed from the game.


When two piecepacks are combined there are more pawns available and the construction of larger
tracks is possible. This supports races with eight cars, either as four teams of two cars each, or
with eight separate drivers. Five, six, and seven player races are also possible, with each player
controlling one car, and six car 3-player races may now be run without having to use dice for two
of the cars. In all cases the cars are represented by pawns and there is a full set of strategy tokens
associated with each car (as in the 2 and 4-player versions described in the main boy of the rules).

For races that include more than six cars, the main straight should be two tiles wide from the
starting grid up to the first corner to avoid an unfair amount of blocking during the first couple
turns of the game. This can either be designated as a 4-lane stretch of road, or as a 3-lane stretch
with the outer lane representing a pit lane and not useable to cars that are not entering the pits. In
general, somewhat longer tracks are appropriate with races of more than six cars, but keep in mind
that longer tracks also mean longer races with fewer laps and less opportunity to learn the track.
The section OTHER VARIANTS gives more details regarding pit stops and track design.


This is the same as the standard game except that a sand timer is employed to enforce quick
decision making, keeping more in the spirit of a real race situation. The requirement for faster
thinking leads to more mistakes by the drivers; the result is a faster more dynamic game with a
higher level of tension and excitement.
As soon as one player completes a turn (moves the car(s) and finishes with the penalty die and its
consequences if applicable), the timer is flipped to re-start it for the next player. The timed period
ends with the movement (setting down) of the player's car (or their second car in the case of 2-car
teams). The rolling of the penalty die, if required, and its consequences are not part of the timed
period. The penalty for not completing the car movements within the allotted period is the loss of
the turn. If a player completes the movement of one car but not both (2-car teams) then only the
movement of the unmoved car is forfeited. It is suggested that a period of thirty seconds be tried
for games having one car per player, and forty seconds for games in which each player controls a
team of two cars. Experienced players may wish to use shorter times to increase the tension.


If two piecepacks are available, larger tracks may be constructed. Keep in mind however that
larger tracks will increase the length of the game, especially if the extra tiles are used to add many
additional corners.

A track can also be constructed with a long main straight and a 4-tile pit lane (using a row of four
tiles against the outside of the straight). Speed in the pit lane is restricted to 3. After making a pit
stop (if pit stops are included it is suggested that one stop per race is mandatory), a driver's
strategy tokens are renewed. If players run color-matched teams of two cars (pawns) each, then
dice of corresponding colors can be placed adjacent to every other square in the pit lane to indicate
pit stopping places for the teams. Pit lanes are applicable in longer races, with 5 or more laps on a
short course, or 3-6 laps on a long course. It is suggested that players become familiar with the
basic game before attempting to try a longer race with pit stops.

 The other advantage of having two piecepacks is that there are more tokens available. These can
be used to place additional track hazards and it can be done in a variety of ways. One is to place a
track hazard on a corner tile whenever a car spins out on that corner. Place the hazard on the space
the car was setting on when the driver rolled the penalty die. Continue this practice throughout the
race until all available additional track hazard tokens are used up. Then the next time a car spins
out, move a hazard token to the corner from elsewhere on the track (driver who just spun out
chooses which hazard token to move), except a hazard may not be moved from a corner tile, and
no corner tile may hold more than two hazards.

The regular rules specify that each track tile should be adjacent to exactly two other tiles. There
are some other possibilities however. For example, a tight hairpin corner can be constructed as
follows. Assume there is a straight that is three or more tiles long. Place a tile adjacent to the last
tile of the straight to form a right-hand corner. Now place an additional tile that is adjacent to both
the just placed corner tile and to the second-last tile of the straight. Lastly, place a tile that is
adjacent only to the most recently placed tile, on the side away from the straight. From this point,
continue the track as desired. The hairpin can be a little confusing visually because two sections of
the road run parallel to each other with no space in between. The appearance can be improved by
cutting a piece of thin cardstock 2" long by ¾" high and then sliding it between the two road
sections, acting as a wall. Note that a hairpin as described above is composed of three corner tiles
in a row and as such, it will be a very slow section of track.
Another possibility that makes efficient use of tiles is to form a chicane by offsetting a tile in the
middle of a straight by 1 space. This puts a little jog in the track but it also is a constriction point
where the road goes down to a width of 1 lane at the entrance and exit of the chicane. Because of
this, a chicane should never be placed on the main straight after the start/finish line because it
would then unfairly favor the pole-setter at the beginning of the race. Lane changes across inside
corner edges are not normally allowed but it makes sense to allow them in a chicane of the sort