Roxley Games doesn’t skimp on quality. This game comes with 108 dice. Four decks of parts cards. Enough dice to cripple most people. 8 double sided track tiles 8 vehicle damage counters and depending on the version of the game you got, a whole bunch of either cog makers or in my case sweet, sweet metal cogs for currency.
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.
Steampunk rally has a special place in my heart, as it was the first game I ever backed on kickstarter. On top of that it is amazing to play, be warned the first time a large group of new people play this game it will take a bit of time, but after every one has had one game under their belt it will roll smoothly, well at least until someone’s machine explodes! The dice loading and venting mechanic of this game make it very important that you pay attention to what you are doing and the equipment you are collecting, nothing is worse than generating a dozen steam dice and only having electric driven motors. I love this game it is in my Top 20 games I own. Roxley, the manufacturer of this game has one other game out Super Motherload and one game currently in production, Santorini. I definitely recommend this game everyone.