Speed Freeks: The board game where you can bash 'n' burn in scrap cars
Imagine a board game, good. Now think it as a mix of Mad Max and the Hulk, then Imagine them having the automotive brain of Jeremy 'Power' Clarkson... Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the world of Speed Freeks.
What is it?
Speed Freeks is a board game based on the popular Ork army from the world of Warhammer 40,000. Orks are massive green monsters with mechanical and warfare knowledge passed down in their DNA. Without sounding crazy or taking too much time up, they are created from spores from other Orks and grow like mushrooms - big, green, talking mushrooms.
This game is based on their vehicles, creating a table-top board game for all the family to enjoy. It is fairly easy to play and can make those cold, winter nights go by in a flash of burning metal. All you need is one boxed game of Speed Freeks, a friend, a good sense of humour and an imagination. It isn't cheap by board game standards though - £90 - but you do get a lot of fun out of it.
Setting it up...
To set up pretty much anything from Games Workshop, you need tools. Not hammers and wrenches though, more of superglue, clippers and paints. You don't have to paint this game if you don't want to, so don't feel like you have to, the models in the game can be used outside of the game, that's all.
As a hobbyist, this is normal but looking from the outside, this looks boring. It is and it isn't, you have to follow instructions on how to build the models properly but you get plenty of customization for them too - chains and pipes as weapons and heads with googles and spiky bits too. Warning: This is the dangerous part, clippers, glue and blades can be evil, I have plenty of scars on my fingers to prove it.
After the models are built, the folding boards laid out and the cards set out, you are ready to play. It should look something a bit like this. My table is a bit small, so I'm showing off half the board size, but you can get a sense of the scale. In the rule-book, you are shown how to play, how each turn works and how to move, shoot and fight.
Cards are also used for vehicle stats, damage cards to see if you lose a wheel or maybe your driver has been smacked in the head, but don't worry, you also can modify your vehicles too. In the box, you get 6 Warbikes (3 of each colour), the 'Kustom Boosta-blasta' (red) and the 'Shokkjump Dragsta' (yellow). Yeap, that's how Orks talk.
Without spoiling the game, it works in turns. You have a dashboard in front of you, where you place a certain about of dice of your choosing. This determines if you are going to be quicker off the mark or rack up more shots against them. Different scenarios require you to play in different styles of play, surely that makes it a million times better than Monopoly.
So, why not make Christmas that little more special and crazy for the nerdy Petrolhead in your life... or just buy it for your self, why not?
It's less 'POWER!" and more 'WAAAGH!'. Clarkson would be proud.