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About

It's a very good day for motor racing” - Jackie Stewart (3-Time Grand Prix World Champion)

Grand Prix Racing with Style

LACORSA Grand Prix Game
LACORSA Grand Prix Game

Game Concept

LACORSA is essentially a card game that meshes different game mechanics (simultaneous action selection and war) together with outstanding components. The cards control the movement of the race cars on the game board as they battle for position. The strategy is complex but the game is simple. In LACORSA, each deal of the cards is a race. Championship points are awarded based on the finishing order after each contest. The driver with the most points is crowned World Champion.

There are many ways to race in LACORSA. It plays well in multiple formats, with 2-6 drivers as individuals - or as race teams! With 2-3 players, each player controls two race cars.

The art and culture that surrounds Grand Prix racing is the inspiration for this game. In Italian, “la corsa” simply means “the race”.

LACORSA Sporting Regulations rulebook
LACORSA Sporting Regulations rulebook

Design

LACORSA captures the essence of Grand Prix racing's classic era. The strategy of this card game makes race cars feel like pawns on a chess board. These “pawns” are inspired by 60’s Grand Prix cars, exaggerated in a futuristic way with 70’s proportions. This gives them a weight and width that communicates how difficult it is to pass another race car. The look is completed with the wooden game board which plays on a checkerboard theme and features red and white beechwood inlays. The board features a unique folding mechanism that allows for compact storage in a small box.

Checkout more thoughts on the design aesthetic here:

LACORSA DESIGN

LACORSA Playing Card Backs and Face Cards
LACORSA Playing Card Backs and Face Cards

Gameplay

There is an exhilarating feeling when planning a particular strategy and adapting it during a race. As you get closer to the front there's an incredible amount of uncertainty. You are constantly asking yourself “will this strategy work out? Can I hold position? Am I cutting it too close?”

An interesting aspect of LACORSA is the social interaction between the drivers. You are constantly going head to head with the other drivers which creates a great dynamic. "How will this driver race me?"

"The margin between success and drama is fractional" - Jacky Ickx (8-Time Grand Prix Winner)

Check out this tutorial for a quick explanation of the rules and an in-depth look at how LACORSA works:

Video Reviews

We have had an amazing reception everywhere our race crew has taken LACORSA. For a better understanding of the game, checkout these videos from these established board game reviewers by clicking on the quote.

"It's tactical, it's a skirmish almost. You are muscling for position. Each car. Each time. Each play. Head to head"

- Forensic Gameology

Forensic Gameology LACORSA Review
Forensic Gameology LACORSA Review

"If you are a casual gamer, or a hard-core gamer, I would definitely check out LACORSA... It's not just a card game... it's mixing different types of (game) elements together and you definitely should take notice of it"

- Board Game Brawl

Board Game Brawl LACORSA Review
Board Game Brawl LACORSA Review

Board Game Geek Reviews

”I really enjoyed my plays of this. Slightly more than a filler game but not a brain burner either. I think LACORSA is a great game. Quick gameplay, great art, fantastic bits all come together into a fun, exciting racing game”.

- Gantrell (Larry Mendel)

LACORSA Components
LACORSA Components

Components 

  • 78 Playing Cards (Casino Quality)
  • 6 Grand Prix Race Car playing pieces 
  • 1 Folding Red and White Beechwood Playing Board 24"
  • 22 Racecar Marker Cards 
  • 1 Six-Sided Die 
  • Sporting Regulations Rulebook 
  • One Championship Table Scorepad

Checkout Sporting 'Regs' below:

LACORSA Sporting Regulations
LACORSA Sporting Regulations

My Story

My name is Mark Haskins and I'm an independent designer and an ArtCenter Transportation Design graduate. The art of LACORSA is inspired by vintage Italian racing posters and Swiss graphic design. This unique work of art is combined with hi-drama and plenty of social interaction as the drivers battle for every position on the track. This has been my passion project for the last 3 years and I'm very excited to bring it to this point.

When I was a kid I was fascinated with racing games and creating a board game around the 24 hours of LeMans (one of my favorite races). But it can be very time consuming, and frankly boring, playing a recreation of a famous race. This game came about by simplifying the essence of racing down to it’s core. Cars battling for position. As a driver, all you are thinking about is ‘How do I get to the front?’ Now that I have two kids, LACORSA has been a great way to pass along the love of racing with my family.

LACORSA Sporting Regulations figure 3
LACORSA Sporting Regulations figure 3

Why Kickstarter?

I would be nowhere without all the help and expertise I've received from friends, helping me create what you see here. Now, your backing is absolutely needed to make this game a reality and show there is room for a classic racing game. Share your love of racing and design with your support of LACORSA.

My schedule is to deliver LACORSA next January. All the art and design is completed and I have current pricing from established game manufacturers. The board prototype you see here is from the targeted manufacturer. 

Shipping

The Kickstarter campaign offers free shipping to the United States. The other regions are as follows:

Canada $5

European Union $10

Rest of the World $15

LACORSA Racing Cars lined up nose to tail
LACORSA Racing Cars lined up nose to tail

Stretch Goals

We have a few stretch goals we are desperately hoping to share with you. Some are planned as add-ons (meaning you can add money to your pledge for these extra items if we hit certain funding levels). These stretch goals will feature game content that will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers and will be revealed as LACORSA nears it's funding goal. Stay tuned!

Playing Card Art

LACORSA Redline Card and Extend Card No. 1
LACORSA Redline Card and Extend Card No. 1
LACORSA Extend Card No. 2 and Drafting Extend No.3
LACORSA Extend Card No. 2 and Drafting Extend No.3
LACORSA Playing Cards No. 5 and No. 11
LACORSA Playing Cards No. 5 and No. 11

Social Media

Follow LACORSA on Facebook and Instagram for updates and stories about the design process and design inspiration.

Risks and challenges

While every project has risks, I've done my best to minimize any complications. I've established solid ties to manufactures within the game and toy industry. The main obstacle for LACORSA is the high minimums on a wooden playing board and the racecar game pieces. I always felt that the strategy in LACORSA makes race cars feel like pawns on a chess board and I feel it’s essential to the design of the game.

The race cars you see here are handmade finished prototypes and are not the finished article. The actual game pieces will be hand lacquered and not spray painted like the prototype cars in these photos. The board prototype is correct and the elastic mechanism is well tested.

Shipping is always a risk, especially when shipping international orders. At this point, I am planning fulfillment for both the US and the EU to keep costs down. The expected ship date of January 2017 is entirely realistic but delays may occur. If that doesn't work for you, we will gladly process a refund.

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