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Various tools and game aids to help intrepid Car Wars players and gamemasters become more efficient and effective at planning and executing their game play. Special commentary from our beloved president (who is also a raving lunatic) will elucidate (or further confuse) the functions of these various items.

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Rule Interpretations

While Car Wars is a rather simple game, there are an unmeasurable amount of occasions where the game's rules cannot properly define what to do. AVRO has had to interpret many of these situations that fall outside the standard Car Wars rules. Here is an excerpt from one of these adjudications:

Gamemaster: The road ahead is covered with mines. If you cross them, your tires will be shredded. There is no escape.

Player: Well, I gotta reach the checkpoint on the other side. How about I shoot a path through?

Gamemaster: Uh...that's not in the rules. Sorry, you can't do it.

Player: Aaawwwww...come-on! I have these massive Anti-Tank Guns and I can't even clear a road of a few mines!? You've gotta be kiddin' me!

Gamemaster: Them's the rules. Too bad.

Player: Plllllleeeeeeaaaasseeeee... With sugar on top....

Gamemaster: No. That's my final answer.

Player: Wwwwaaaaa!!!! Wwwwaaaaa!!!!

Gamemaster: Alright, alright! I guess I can make something up! Just stop crying!!!

Uhhhh...right. The results of these deeply philosophical struggles are listed below. Please note that these rule interpretations may not be considered official in non-AVRO events.





Arena Rules



Rule Interpretations - Exiting Arenas
When a player exits his vehicle, the player is considered to have "killed" himself. The player is awarded effectively 0 points -- the points for the kill negate the points for being killed.
When a vehicle exits an arena, the vehicle is treated as killed -- by the arena, not by itself. In this case, whatever firepower & maneuver points that remain on the vehicle is removed from the player's score. If an opponent can prove direct cause & relationship for the player's leaving (i.e. player is running to avoid being destroyed by next shot), then the points may be awarded to the opponent; however, an extremely strong case must be proved.



Rule Interpretations - Firepower Kills
The ruling of firepower kills has always been a tricky subject. After numerous deliberations (i.e. numerous sessions of head banging), I have been able to come up with a balanced way of distributing the points. These rules make it easier to deal with dedicated ram cars, last rounds, and cars with useless weapons.



Rule Interpretations - Locks & Doors on Vehicles
When a conscious crew member is in a vehicle, the doors are considered locked. When there are no crew members in the vehicle, the doors are considered unlocked; there is no way of counteracting this. When all the crew members in a vehicle become unconscious, the doors become unlocked (sort of a safety feature enforced by arena management to allow emergency crews or Gold Cross to help you).



Rule Interpretations - Maneuver Kills
Maneuver kills are awarded when a player's vehicle is unable to move under its own power. Rocket boosters are not considered legitimate for this classification. Preventing a vehicle from moving for the rest of the duel is another way of gaining a maneuver kill.
Exception: If a player maneuver kills oneself, then the maneuver kill points are considered lost. Maneuver kill points may still be awarded to an opponent if direct cause & effect for a maneuver kill can be proved.



Rule Interpretations - Pitstops
Pitstops can replace tires, refuel, and extinguish fires of vehicles that are stopped and are entirely in the pitstop areas.
Tires require 3 seconds to be exchanged (1 to remove the tires or the remains, 1 to mount the new tires, 1 to affix the new tires). Non-affixed tires each have very good chance of falling off -- each maneuver or hazard you make or encounter, roll a die - if less than the D of the maneuver or hazard, your tire will fall off. Special exception: the pivot maneuver has a 5 in 6 chance of removing your tires. Replacement tires cannot be placed if the wheels are destroyed. (For those interested in shooting an exposed wheel base while the tire is being replaced, the minimal amount of time required to do the dismount/mount will only result in your shot hitting the new tire instead of the wheel base.)
Gas tanks must be intact to be refueled (i.e. have some DP left). Refueling goes at a rate of 2 gallons per phase. It takes a second of being stopped for refueling to begin. Vehicles that are refueling may move at anytime, but will require a full second of being stopped before refueling can begin again.
Fires will be extinguished immediately upon stopping. While stopped in the pitstop, vehicles will have no fire modifiers or burn durations applied to them.
Other vehicles are welcome to shoot at vehicles in the pitstop. Dropped weapons in the pitstop are allowed.



Rule Interpretations - Stealing Kill Points
Players that have had their vehicles "killed" and have not surrendered can steal kill points from by commandeering other vehicles. One second is required to open the door, two seconds to remove a body or its remains (if present), one second to enter the vehicle and one second to close the door.
This rule was enacted to encourage the stealing of vehicles, the use of surrenders, and the danger posed by pedestrians. It also puts an interesting twist to the term "Finish him!" when players do not completely destroy vehicles.



Rule Interpretations - Surrenders
In AVRO, surrenders are only allowed if the player's vehicle is killed. This will prevent the player from commandeering any other vehicle. No points are awarded in this transaction. The player's crew members are removed from play.
This rule was instituted after a wave of ridiculous surrenders where players were surrendering to others just to prevent someone from winning. That type of nonsense is not tolerated.




Maneuvers, Hazards, & Rams



Rule Interpretations - Carbon Aluminum Frames & Jumps
CA frames do not increase the damage to tires in a jump. CA Frames only increase the collision damage taken by armour and internal components. Therefore, tires do not take double damage due to the CA Frame. Ditto for skirts on a hovercraft.



Rule Interpretations - Destroying Wheels

Vehicular type damage is necessary to destroy wheels, even if the tire is gone. Therefore, a flechette gun will not destroy the wheel.



Rule Interpretations - Driving Over Prone Pedestrians
When you drive over prone pedestrians, treat them as obstacles in terms of hazard and damage to your tires. As for the prone pedestrians, sideswipe damage would probably be suitable for them to take, but this is open to debate.



Rule Interpretations - Ramming Fans or Rotors
The ramming vehicle does normal damage, based on the relative speeds and weights of the two vehicles. This damage is applied directly to the fans or rotors with the excess being lost. The ramming vehicle takes 5 times that amount, up to 5 times the DP of the rotors or fans.



Rule Interpretations - Rolling onto Mines
A vehicle rolling onto mines will automatically set them off. Its tires will take damage unless it is on its roof.



Rule Interpretations - Throwing Pedestrians Off Car Roofs
This is a somewhat modified version of the rules seen in the Car Wars Compendium. It was necessary to create these rules due to the zany actions of a maniac with a hatchet attacking the roof of a car.
Any hazardous event or maneuver may throw riders off the top of a vehicle. When a vehicle undergoes any D2 or greater hazard or any D3 or greater maneuver, anyone on board must roll to stay on. The base roll is 3 or better on 2 dice modified by the list below.
Example:
A sloped vehicle moving at 50 mph with breached top armour and a rider hanging on by only one hand would require a 9 or better for the rider to remain on if the vehicle did a D3 maneuver.




Pedestrians



Rule Interpretations - Driving Over Prone Pedestrians
When you drive over prone pedestrians, treat them as obstacles in terms of hazard and damage to your tires. As for the prone pedestrians, sideswipe damage would probably be suitable for them to take, but this is open to debate.



Rule Interpretations - Firing 2 Handweapons in 2 Hands
This is allowed, but penalized. -1 to hit with the regular gun hand; -4 to hit on the off-hand.



Rule Interpretations - Leaning Out to Fire
Pedestrians that lean out of vehicle windows can fire front or rear. However, some risk is involved. Others can fire at the leaning fools at a -4 to fire at the fool (includes pedestrian targeting penalty). If it is the driver is doing this, the vehicle gets +D2 to hazards and maneuvers for that turn.



Rule Interpretations - Pedestrians & Mines
Normal mines normally cannot be detonated by pedestrians. I suppose Uncle Albert wanted to make them safer for cleanup crews. If you want to hurt pedestrians with mines, use Anti-Pedestrian mines instead.
However, pedestrians can cause mines to detonate by doing damage to the mines -- 2 hits of damage is required to detonate the mines. As to whether this damage is vehicular or non-vehicular, I'd have to rule that non-vehicular damage would be enough to cause detonation -- mines aren't that tough.



Rule Interpretations - Radio Detonators & Weight
Ever wondered how much a radio detonator sending unit weigh? Well, Uncle B couldn't find out. So, he packed a few grilled cheese sandwiches in a detonator and proclaimed it to be 2 lbs.



Rule Interpretations - Running Over Spiked Body Armour
Running over spiked body armour will result in your tires suffering damage as if from a spikedropper.



Rule Interpretations - Throwing Pedestrians Off Car Roofs
This is a somewhat modified version of the rules seen in the Car Wars Compendium. It was necessary to create these rules due to the zany actions of a maniac with a hatchet attacking the roof of a car.
Any hazardous event or maneuver may throw riders off the top of a vehicle. When a vehicle undergoes any D2 or greater hazard or any D3 or greater maneuver, anyone on board must roll to stay on. The base roll is 3 or better on 2 dice modified by the list below.
Example:
A sloped vehicle moving at 50 mph with breached top armour and a rider hanging on by only one hand would require a 9 or better for the rider to remain on if the vehicle did a D3 maneuver.




  Vehicles, Tires, & Engines



Rule Interpretations - Airdams & Off-Road
While off-road, a vehicle with an airdam would lose any of the airdam's benefits. Therefore, if a vehicle also had a spoiler, the vehicle would lose the -D1 to maneuvers while it was off-road in addition to the +1 HC by the airdam. While off-road, the vehicle would have to check for underbody damage (even if OR Suspension or trike). However, this damage is marked off the airdam only -- not the front or underbody armour. When it takes a total of 30 points of damage, the airdam is ripped off.



Rule Interpretations - Carbon Aluminum Frames & Jumps
CA frames do not increase the damage to tires in a jump. CA Frames only increase the collision damage taken by armour and internal components. Therefore, tires do not take double damage due to the CA Frame. Ditto for skirts on a hovercraft.


Rule Interpretations - Cycle & Spoilers
Cycles can have spoilers. When combined with a cycle windshell, it gets the bonuses of the airdam/spoiler combination. (Note: Cycles can't have airdams due to its front tire location.)


Rule Interpretations - Destroying Wheels
Vehicular type damage is necessary to destroy wheels, even if the tire is gone. Therefore, a flechette gun will not destroy the wheel.


Rule Interpretations - Radial Tires & Handling Class
Radial tires can raise handling class above 3. These rules have changed quite a long time ago, but has been misprinted in the manuals continuously.




  Weapons, Munitions, & Accessories



Rule Interpretations - Cycle Windshells & Sidecars
Cycles with cycle windshells cannot have sidecars, despite the grammar used in the manuals.


Rule Interpretations - Explosive Spikes & Wheels
Explosive spikes do not do vehicular damage. Explosive spikes are able to shred a tire, but not destroy a wheel.



Rule Interpretations - Foam Dischargers & Foam Grenades
A guy drove up my car one day and saw my stacks of Foam Dischargers. He then said, "Duh, foam dischargers are useless! One of them can't stop a gas fire!" Being a little tense that day, I then set fire to his gas-powered vehicle. After roasting a few marshmallows, I fired off a bunch of foam dischargers onto his car and immediately extinguished the fire. I'm happy to say that I've never heard another snide comment from the doffus again.


Rule Interpretations - Flamethrowers & Forward Fire
Flamethrowers can fire forwards, but not without risks. A vehicle firing flamethrowers while traveling at 30 mph or faster will take full damage and burn modifiers from its own weapon if the weapon is fired in its direction of travel.
Example: a car with a front-mounted flamethrower traveling at 30 mph or more forward will take damage from its own weapon if it fires the weapon into the front arc of the vehicle. If the car were traveling backwards at 30 mph or more, then firing the weapon to the rear arc would damage the rear armor. No to-hit roll is required for this damage.


Rule Interpretations - Laser Guidance & Opponent Lasers
Unless the rockets have been specially tuned to that laser, LG Rockets cannot use opponents' lasers to hit those opponents.



Rule Interpretations - Oil Droppers & Fire
Oil droppers use a non-flammable type of oil. I don't know exactly why -- maybe it actually isn't really oil, it might be an ultra-cheap lubricant that has replaced oil since oil is so expensive these days. So please don't bother trying to put oil patches from oil droppers on fire.



Rule Interpretations - Pedestrians & Mines
Normal mines normally cannot be detonated by pedestrians. I suppose Uncle Albert wanted to make them safer for cleanup crews. If you want to hurt pedestrians with mines, use Anti-Pedestrian mines instead.
However, pedestrians can cause mines to detonate by doing damage to the mines -- 2 hits of damage is required to detonate the mines. As to whether this damage is vehicular or non-vehicular, I'd have to rule that non-vehicular damage would be enough to cause detonation -- mines aren't that tough.



Rule Interpretations - Proximity-Fused Ammo & Ground Targets
Proximity-Fused ammo can only be used against airborne targets. It basically has no effect on ground targets.



Rule Interpretations - Rolling onto Mines
A vehicle rolling onto mines will automatically set them off. Its tires will take damage unless it is on its roof.



Rule Interpretations - Shooting Mines
Shooting mines to detonate them is possible. When targeting the mines, you don't get the +4 ground targeting bonus. If you are trying to detonate the mines while a vehicle is in its' blast radius, you will take speed modifiers based on that vehicle's speed. 2 hits of damage is required to detonate the mines. As to whether this damage is vehicular or non-vehicular, I'd have to rule that non-vehicular damage would be enough to cause detonation -- mines aren't that tough.



Rule Interpretations - Spinal-Mounts & 1/3 Space Rule
If there are weapons on the same side as a spinal-mount, the 1/3 space rule applies. If the spinal-mount is the sole weapon on a side, it is allowed to surpass the 1/3 space rule.


Rule Interpretations - Tires & Mines
Tires within 1" of detonated mines will take damage, not just the vehicle that detonated the mines.



Rule Interpretations - Trike Side Weapons, Links & Computers
Trikes with identical side weapons require a Smart Link for both weapons to properly target at the same time. A regular link cannot intelligently aim weapons on different sides.
This case also applies to Single Weapon Computers and Regular Targeting Computers. In order to get a combat bonus for both weapons on the Smart Linked trike, a regular targeting computer, not a SWC, must be used. Otherwise, only one of the weapons would get the bonus when it was not smart linked.

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Reprinted and revised by the Seattle Washington Autoduel Team, January 16, 2015.