Building the Track

May 14, 2008

I was playing with my Hot Wheels cars a bit this morning and I noticed that playing cards, when laid horizontally, are the perfect width to represent a 2-lane highway relative to the size of the cars. Bingo, now we have a way of creating tracks, laying down cards beside each other and angling them to create curves and overpasses and whatnot. And cards also provide a way to measure positioning. A car can either be on the same card as another car (racing side by side) or a number of cards ahead or behind it.

I also just discovered an old French card game about racing called Mille Bornes, which has neat mechanics for encountering obstacles. Hmm…

Dammit, now I actually have to go see Speed Racer.

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