In 12th Century England, King John was approaching Gotham. The route he took
would become a public road paid for by the villagers. So the wise men of Gotham pretended
to be mad. As madness was known to be highly contagious, the King altered his route and
the villagers avoided the taxes.
The villagers of Gotham were only remembered for their foolishness,
and having no road, now just run round in circles. But being wise
they realise that on a race track you can run in either direction.
That’s why it certainly astonishes everyone when a runner, after a
sudden spurt, lets himself fall back again to last position in order
to come through the finish the wrong way
The players run the race with their playing figures.
The runners are moved with the help of the action cards, the instructions on
which relate to the position of the figure in the race.
Beginning with the player in last position, the
players place a card face down in the middle of the table.
Once all players have placed their card, the cards will be turned over and their
instructions carried out one after another.
The positions of the runners can change according to the instructions. Therefore you
cannot always be sure that the runner you want to move will actually be the one to be
The winner is the first to move his figure across the finish line. This is also possible
by going backwards through the finish, so crossing the finish line from the wrong