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The letter presented the stats as a “I used it and it’s neat, so why don’t you try it out” sort of thing, and my response was, “Looks good – if anyone wants to include it in their campaign, they can.

There’s been a fair amount of clamor recently over the proliferation of new gadgets and rules in the pages of ADQand whether or not they are “official. At the height of the game’s popularity, many gaming conventions and gaming clubs sponsored Car Wars tournaments where finalist players could win real world prizes. For most games among a constant group of friends, the rules we publish can be treated like Holy Writ – or they can be changed top to bottom to suit your desires.

I’m not sure that’s important. It was first published in Car Wars is a game designed for simulating these autoduels between competing players.

The game’s popularity waned during the s, and in response to slipping sales, Steve Jackson Games ceased support for Car Wars. Other new gadgets and rules must be specifically listed as “official” before they will be quatterly. One site has a Car Wars podcast. Imagine a compact with a turreted Vulcan and a ramplate, capable of mph After all phases of movement and combat are resolved, a new turn begins. In this alternative future, natural resources are severely depleted and the United States government nationalized oil production.


We’ll continue to put out autoxuel and supplements full of great ideas for Car Warsbut it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to use them. The AADA served as a structured clearinghouse for common rules and guidelines to be followed during ‘official’ events.

Ford wrote an excellent piece of fiction called “Alkahest – the Deathtoll Solution,” which featured super-powered mutants, people masquerading as super-powered mutants, quartedly a bunch of neat new gadgets – X-Ray lasers, booster jets for quick acceleration and jumping, a cheaper automotive stealth system, and other things. In VictorMaxx technologies announced plans for a series quartetly gaming centers based on Car Warswith a prototype site to debut in Chicago in But just because we say so doesn’t mean you should follow blindly – for one thing, it makes me feel uncomfortable, and for another, we could be wrong.

World Championships were held each year at the Origins Game Fair. The vehicles are typically outfitted with weapons such as missiles and machine gunssouped-up components like heavy-duty fire-proof wheels, quarterrly nitro injectorsand defensive elements armor plating and radar tracking systems.

So, is the attack dog “official”? The game would be less fun because everybody would die so quickly, though, and my guess is that after quafterly session or two, they’d stop using it.

I’m reminded of the scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian where Brian is trying to convince the multitude parked outside his house not to follow him. In this future, technology autodue allowed for new vehicle designs, miniaturized weapon systems, and replacements for internal combustion engines. Within days of the issue’s publication, I started getting letters: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Additional gadgets published in the Uncle Albert Catalogs, and the Uncle Albert and other gadget company ads of issues of Autoduel Quarterly published since the catalogs, are also official.


I’ll give you one little taste now: Game evolution at work! For the record, none of the above items are “official.

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Subscribers would receive a bonus in the form of an extra cutout or cartoon on the protective mailing cover. Because everybody would immediately put eight on their cars, and everybody would be even dead, but even What did you do on your holiday?

Chad Irby and Steve Jackson.

The more maneuvers one autoduell in a turn and the more difficult they are, the more likely it is that a player’s car will skid or crash. Balance would be preserved.

Many game sessions consist of players taking their cars through many successive arena-style scenarios, upgrading their cars between each round.

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Roberts Award Winners “. Neither of these situations requires anything to be “official. Each turn was initially divided into ten phases first edition then to five phases revised edition and finally, in the latest edition Car Wars 5. Players do not roll for initiative which is common in other combat games, instead, each phase, a vehicle moves a number of inches determined by the vehicle’s speed and players may fire weapons on any phase as long as they have line-of-sight with a target of their choosing.

This article is about the Car Wars combat simulation game. I think some experimentation is a good thing – who knows, you might come up with a new idea that improves the game!