A Wiltshire couple make waves in the world of board games after producing one of their own inspired by F1 racing.
Tony and Sue Balecke, from Wiltshire UK decided to devote themselves to producing games full time back in November 2011, and now GB Racers has been manufactured.
The game is for up to six players, and is a fast-paced competition involving a season of ‘races’.
Mr Balecke designed GB Racers after rediscovering a football-based game he created as a boy several years ago. His wife and nephews were gripped by it, and he was inspired to design more.
The game has even received positive feedback from go-karting champion Jordan Chamberlain, who got in touch with the Baleckes after his grandfather bought him a copy from Atwell & Wilson Car Museum by chance.
The couple, who trade as Appleton Games, are now in talks with Consortium about another of their designs, called Decision, an educational game for up to four players.
Mr Balecke added that what made his games unique was that everyone playing would be in with a chance of winning right up until the end, which he calls ‘the Appleton way’.
He said: “There’s always a possibility to catch up. The child never knows that he’s beaten.
“I used to play Monopoly a lot and you have to go round once before you can start buying.
“If you have a couple of bad throws against you then you can’t start buying and there are times when you know you can’t win.
“I’ve played Risk as well where you have to watch someone have their go for 20 minutes, and you want your go. We’ve made all our games fast.”
To find out more and buy GB Racer see www.gbracers.com.