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Kendall Merriman
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So, I've noticed that no one has really taken the time to review this expansion. I suppose that must be fairly common, but I thought it would be nice to have at least a brief review.

I was on the fence about this one from the start, but I love pitchcar way too much to not expand my set some more, and different pieces then what I had before are always good. So, placed the order (of course with other things... free shipping for the heavyweight), opened the box, and got in a few plays.

So, for starters, what do you get in the box?


The ramps work well, the tracks are just like any other track for this game, and the foam blocks are good, stiff foam, which is unlikely to fall apart. The blocks are not perfectly square, allowing them to be placed on the table or the track and still have the top level be even. Would I have preferred wood for these? Well, yes, but the foam blocks will work perfectly well. My only complaint about the material is the weight. Something a bit heavier (like wood) would probably be a bit more stable. The blocks were a bit wobbly, making it hard to take some shots on the second level. Using lots of them helps, but there are some layouts that would make this really inconvenient. Perhaps with practice, I'll find the best ways to place them for stability. Or, when I finally get around to getting done with college and having free time again, I'll make some from those scraps in my garage.

As for the guardrails... well, here I have a small complaint. You couldn't cut them? Seriously? I can understand having to punch cardboard tokens, or apply stickers, but this required a good knife to do. But, meh. We actually played without them the first time.

Speaking of the play, how did that work out?

I posted a session report of my first play, but that doesn't tell you a whole lot. I can say that the new pieces were very good for the challenge, but I need to try a bit harder to make the track sane for the first time. We've since played a bit more, and I can tell you that the multilevel adds a lot of interesting possibilities to the track building process, though we did have to be a bit more careful about having something like a plan for the layout. I think with more plays, that will go away.

Overall, we really liked the added challenges, but this one will not be used for every track. They slow you down, even on some of the less complicated tracks. For a high-speed race, we'll be leaving them out. But for a challenging, crazy race, with all kinds of unexpected action and unbelievable shots, they'll do nicely.

So, was it worth the cost? I would say no. As much as I like the added dimension, I would have rather bought another base game (or maybe expansion 1) and built the ramps to the second level from the pieces in there, and support blocks from some scraps of 2x4. However, for the less handy/less tool stocked/lazy who want to get their multilevel car flick on, this is a good expansion, and I think over the life of my pitchcar set, I will get my moneys worth out of it.
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I've been on the fence with this expansion, but it just seems way too expensive for what you get. Thanks for the review!
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personwholives wrote:

So, was it worth the cost? I would say no.


Damn, not what I wanted to hear. I have been very excited about this since the Essen pictures became available. However each post about the stability of the foam blocks turns me off more and more.

personwholives wrote:

However, for the less handy/less tool stocked/lazy who want to get their multilevel car flick on, this is a good expansion, and I think over the life of my pitchcar set, I will get my moneys worth out of it.


This gives me hope. Lazy? Man, I qualify in that regard. Handy, well, I can be but I call that work and I think my laziness in this regard is so intense that I make up for having these other qualities with incredibly intense laziness.

Thanks for the quick review. Have you noticed bits of foam in your box yet (from falling off the supports)? Maybe there is some way to preserve them (cover them with a silicon boot spray, maybe use nail hardener [it works on fraying threads, why not Styrofoam?], or something of that ilk) for the long haul.
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Re: Multi-level pitchcar... sounds fun, but is it worth that much?
JonJacob wrote:

Thanks for the quick review. Have you noticed bits of foam in your box yet (from falling off the supports)? Maybe there is some way to preserve them (cover them with a silicon boot spray, maybe use nail hardener [it works on fraying threads, why not Styrofoam?], or something of that ilk) for the long haul.


Actually, I haven't seen any bits, but I haven't moved it too much yet. I haven't taken it anywhere yet, but they may come out. As for a sealant, I knew there are a lot of things that eat styrofoam, so do be careful if you try something like that.
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