dmNorth Plays… Downforce

On our Only Games channel, we attempt to get our table top board games off of our shelf of shame and share them with friends online.  These may not always be the newest board games, but it doesn’t mean that they do not deserve our attention.

This week, we brought Downforce to the virtual table top.

The board game crew of dmNorthTV returns to live stream their board game night live on Twitch. Downforce is a 2 to 6 player tabletop game, where you are a bidding on cars that are entered into a high stakes race. You then bet on who you think will win the race. Who will fill their pockets with the most cash at the end of the race?

In this video, we play a 2 player gameplay session of the Downforce board game live on our Twitch stream. Tune in to see who can maneuver the racers around the track and earn the most money for their team and how this tabletop board game translates to the online world of Twitch live streaming.

From the Publisher: High-stakes bidding on million-dollar race cars. Frantic bets placed in secret even as the cars race around the track. And to the victor, the biggest purse of all. But in the world of motor racing, the margin between victory and defeat can be a single moment: a steep banked turn, tires screaming and spitting out smoke, and the downforce, pressing you down in your seat and keeping you on the track as you make your move inside to pull ahead.

Downforce is a card-driven bidding, racing, and betting game for 2-6 players based on Top Race, the award-winning design by the legendary Wolfgang Kramer. Players first bid to own the six cars in the race, then they play cards from their hand to speed them around the track. However, most cards will also move their opponents’ cars. So figuring out just the right time to play a card is the key to victory. Along the way, players make secret bets on who they think will win the race. Whoever has the most money from their prize money, winning bets, and remaining bank wins.

This is a game whose design needed no attention. Years of play and multiple versions have honed it to near perfection. On the contrary, one of the design challenges was figuring which of the many rules modules to incorporate to create the most fun version. Downforce also adds variable player powers to improve replayability. But mostly, it improves the look of the game to make it gorgeous and easy to play. Special attention was paid to the colors, the layout of the cards, the design of the cars, the details on the board, and more.

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Downforce is published by Restoration Games and is designed by Rob Daviau, Justin D. Jacobson, and Wolfgang Kramer.

Board Game Geek Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/215311/downforce

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