dmNorthTV plays … Steampunk Rally

dmNorthTV and Guests play board games!!  Saturday nights, we get together with friends and try and play a stream friendly board game.  It is usually a fun get together with great people.  A time to enjoy to social aspect of gaming that we are lacking right now.

Here, you will find our short and sweet review on the board game we have played from each of the players.  We stream the gameplay on the dmNorthTV Twitch channel every Saturday.  Come hangout and say “Hi” if you get a chance.

Saturday, we played through Steampunk Rally.  Steampunk Rally is a 2 to 8 player game where famous inventors from across history race across a track  to see who can build the most efficient machine to win the competition.  You will be adding parts to your monstrosity, gaining dice to power it, and hoping it does not blow up along the way.  Steampunk Rally was produced by Roxley Games and designed by fellow Canadian Orin Bishop.

Boardgamegeek describes Steampunk Rally as:

Steampunk Rally is a strategy game that incorporates steampunk as more than just a bit of chrome. Using a unique dice-placement mechanism, players take on the roles of famous inventors from the turn of the last century like Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie, constructing fantastical contraptions that make use of steam, heat and electricity in an attempt to win a no-holds-barred race through the Swiss alps.

Each round starts with a card draft in which players carefully select machine parts to add to their invention and one-shot boost cards to aid them or hinder opponents. Players also have the option of discarding drafted cards for dice or cogs to power their invention, but they must make this tricky choice when each card is drafted.

Then, after venting dice to revitalize their machines, players roll their dice and use them to activate machine parts which provide things like movement, shielding, and additional dice with which to activate more parts. Driving through terrain causes damage, and if a player’s damage gauge ends up in the red at the end of the turn, they must lose parts from their invention. These will need to be replaced in the draft phase, constantly forcing players to discover new synergies.

SuperK and jourdo take on the challenge of running our steampunk vehicles around the Swiss Alps.  You can take a look at our gameplay video on our YouTube channel, or scroll on down to see what we thought of the game.

Final Thoughts About . . . Steampunk Rally

Here, we will give you some basic thoughts about the game we played.  This is by no means meant to be an in-depth review of the game, as there are already lots of those out there.  This is just a “what did we think of it and would it be a good board game night game” type thing.  If you want to see something more in-depth, please let us know in the comments below.

Rating System

  • 5 Meeples: Fantastic Game, A must-play game!
  • 4 Meeples: Great Game, minor flaws.
  • 3 Meeples: Good Game, some weaknesses.
  • 2 Meeples: OK Game, needs work.
  • 1 Meeple: Awful Game. Do not play this unless you want to punish yourself.


Sometimes, it is not about the Cult of the New, and it is nice to pull something that may not get the most regular gameplay off of your shelf.  This is where Steampunk Rally falls for me.  Back in 2015, I backed the Kickstarter after hearing about this game.  It was my first exposure to Roxley, and every since playing it… I have been a fan.

Let me start off by saying that this game is just “ok” in the online realm.  As much of it is meant to be done simultaneously, it definitely slows down when playing on the line.  Even given this, the game still plays well.  Each phase has interesting decisions to make.  During the Drafting Phase, you need to decided if you will add parts to your machine or gain the raw materials (dice) needed to power it.  During the Venting Phase, you need to balance your resources with clearing space on your machine to place dice in your next phase.  It is in the Racing Phase where it all comes together.  You roll your dice and assign them to the different parts of your creation.  Use them to boost you along the track on your way to victory.  The Damage Phase comes last, and this is where you see how well you built your racer.  Along the track you will take damage from the bumpy terrain.  Take too much and your invention will explode, costing you valuable spaces on the board.

I really enjoy this game, and have gotten it to the table a few times now.  It is one that my whole family will actually play (which is generally rare).  Is this a game you will be pull out every weekend?  Probably not.  It is a great lighter weight game though, which is enjoyable from time to time.  While it appears difficult at first glance, Steampunk Rally is very easy to pick up.  If you enjoy racing games, this is a unique one to add to your collection.  If this is not your style of game, it is an easy pass though.


This was my first time playing Steampunk Rally. Been on my shelf way to long. When I saw how to videos, I was very confused as to how things worked but once I started playing, it made a lot of sense and went smoothly. It isn’t a hard to game to learn. Half way through the game I understood what needed to be done and really tried to catch up to Jourdo. The game really has you thinking what you are going to do, take resources, add to your machine or take cards to help later on, it was tough to decide. I really enjoyed playing this game and would try it again knowing now what I need to do. There is replay in this game cause the cards are random and the luck of your rolls.

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