Ben 20Hvrt

Ben Hvrt

Game Style: Gambling, racing
Game Designer: James Ernest
Publisher: Cheapass Games
Date: 1996

This is a chariot racing game that is actually a gambling game (but tell the government). The players have chariots that can be upgraded with cards, or they can improve their charioteers. Then various races are run, with various suggestions about lengths and types of races for different effects. Nickels are used (or some other suitable token) for betting on the outcome in various clever ways. The racing mechanics are well designed (vastly simpler and in my humble opinion funner than the tangled complexities of something like Formula De).