Web Posted November 12, 1999
Updated September 03, 2001
No, your targeting computers are not malfunctioning. This issue of CWIN does have a different format than previous issues. I am performing an experiment with this issue, presenting more information with less commentary. There are also other subtle changes, ones I will not mention (and cannot remember). To make subscriptions more important, I am planning to delay publication of this issue to the WWW for a while. I want subscribers to be the first to know about Car Wars news, and to be a part of a strong communication network between autoduelists. If you like the new format, or want the old style to return, please let me know your opinion.
Although different in appearance, this issue of CWIN still has many of its regular features. The NANS Ticker features several new Car Wars gaming groups, a report of a new auto-combat game spotted in Sweden, reported to CWIN by Magnus Karlsson of SEAT, and huge breaking news regarding the AADA and SJ Games Car Wars Web pages. (Congratulations and good luck to you, Tim Gould, CADC Webmaster!)
This issue's Daemon Mechanic column is special because its two features, written by CWIN veterans Tony Kontes and Francis Greenaway, have new rules and background information invaluable for campaigns. Thanks for the great submissions!
Tony Kontes is also the author of this issue's Firing Range column, starting a new feature in CWIN. Read the column and start writing. Before you start up your word processing program, do not forget to read VADR in this issue, presenting major news in the area of autodueling movies, and a short story of vehicular combat.
Note: I am in the middle of a large SWAT Web site update, and I do not expect to be adding hyperlinks on my Web site to many of the articles discussed in this CWIN soon. Here is another incentive to subscribe: notification of Web pages on the SWAT Web site (such as one of the Daemon Mechanic articles in this issue) and the rest of the Internet before Web readers of CWIN discover them.
The inaugural WADA Car Wars League has reached its halfway point, and the championship points race is going strong. The CADC and DRACAR are attempting to dominate the competition, but several independents are climbing the ladder of the tournament. There is going to be a new points system in place soon, one that gives more points for participation. Members of the Car Wars League, play more games! If you are in the middle of the pack, you have a shot at speeding past the current leaders if start dueling and racing with large groups regularly now. If you have any questions about the WADA Car Wars League, contact the WADA CWL Manager Philip "Fool" White <email@example.com>.
The Formula De and GURPS DarkFutureTech articles are not in this issue.
I am considering what to present for Formula De in CWIN, and I do not have
any submissions for GURPS Autoduel or GURPS Cyberpunk. I may send an addendum
newsletter with Formula De material, and Car Wars breaking news, later
this month, but the problem with GURPS DarkFutureTech, however, can only
be solved by you. Start writing articles! I am especially interested in
seeing vehicle designs based on GURPS Autoduel Second Edition, tips on
how to combine Car Wars and GURPS Autoduel (First and Second Edition),
and campaign ideas.
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Recite the following and repeat 1,000 times.
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Access Denied <http://www.accessdenied.net>.
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HVD's Car Wars Opponent Finder <http://www.sjgames.com/HVD/list/index.html>.
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I will contact all of the Car Wars gaming groups in my region <http://www.serv.net/~owenmp/wada>.
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I would like to create a registry for the subscribers of CWIN. Please send me your physical location (city, state/province, country). I would like to exchange this data with subscribers in the same area, to facilitate gaming group and friendship formation. Essentially, I want to create a WADA Car Wars Player Registry of CWIN subscribers, except it is only accessible by elmay and CWIN subscribers.
If you do not want your information released (you really only need to tell me which state/province and country), let me know. I repeat, this database will be exchanged with CWIN subscribers only.
Before I leave you to read this newsletter, I want to give an enormous amount of thanks and praise to Phil Bedard, Webmaster of DRAW. Phil created a new addition for SWAT Matrix HQ that rocks (you will know it when you see it). Thank you, Phil!
May your rockets always follow their targeting laser, and your bumper-triggered ATGs hit their target.
Michael P. Owen
"We don't have to adhere to the speed limit. We are the government."
Instructions to a limousine driver from Raleigh Young, Ph.D. Geophysics
seaQuest Season 1
INVESTIGATORS LOOK SERIOUSLY AT DOG-BITES-PLANE INCIDENT
August 05, 1999
Web posted at: 1:33 p.m. EDT (1733 GMT)
MAN'S ATTEMPT TO GET PEPSI JET FIZZLES
August 06, 1999
Web posted at: 8:39 AM EDT (1239 GMT)
NATO COMMANDER'S CAR IS STOLEN
The Washington Post
July 08, 1999
Web posted at 9:59 a.m. EDT (1259 GMT)
FORMULA ONE COMBAT RACING
Brighton, Great Britain
NEW SKILLS AND EQUIPMENT
Tony "ManyCubes" Kontes
ALARM SOUNDED OVER ENERGY RESEARCH CUTS
August 02, 1999
Web posted at: 2:29 p.m. EDT (1829 GMT)
ANARCHISTS TEST BOUNDS OF EUGENE'S LIBERALISM
Seattle Times and Los Angeles Times
August 04, 1999
Web posted at 06:40 a.m. PDT (1240 GMT)
BOEING BEGINS MAJOR ASSEMBLY OF FIRST 747-400F FOR AIRBORNE LASER PROGRAM
Boeing Company News Releases
August 10, 1999
BUMPER STICKER A BUMMER FOR TEEN DRIVERS?
July 27, 1999
Web posted at: 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT)
MODERN-DAY ANARCHISTS ADD TECHNOLOGY TO LIST OF ENEMIES
Seattle Times and Los Angeles Times
August 04, 1999
Web posted at 06:31 a.m. PDT (1231 GMT)
POLICE PIONEERS WITH FUEL-CELL PRECINCT
August 02, 1999
Web posted at: 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT)
CAR WARS: THE GREATEST STRATEGY/ROLEPLAYING GAME EVER MADE
Tony "ManyCubes" Kontes
NEW AADA WEBMASTER
The American AutoDuel Association welcomes Tim Gould of the Championship
Auto-Dueling Circuit (CADC) as its new Webmaster. Most
recently, Tim ran the AADA 2049 World Racing Championships at Origins in July. Tim will be taking over the primary duty of updating the Car
Wars Web site. He will be assisting Rob Deis and Elizabeth Lindsay as they revamp the site for both style and content.
August 14, 1999
ASHEVILLE ARMAMENTS CLUB (AAC)
DEVIN CARLESS'S CAR WARS WEB PAGE
KRASH CAR MINIATURES GAME
Recently picked up a new Car Minatures game called Krash, from Cell Entertainment (a Swedish company, but the rules are in Swedish and English).
Interesting idea actually, you build your own cars literally. The basic
set contains two metal (or pewter, or whatever these things are made of
nowadays) cars and some loose equipment. You assemble the car (four parts)
and uses "equipment pegs" to equip them. The cars have
four pegs on each side (used mainly for wheels or tracks), two front and back, four pegs on the hood and four on the roof. All equipment
parts takes one to four pegs.
Krash is somewhat collectible; extra parts are sold in random bags of six parts or in bags with six parts and a car. The cars have two different hoods and two diffrent roofs that can be mixed.
The equipment is all sort of interesting (albeit not always realistic)
stuff, like turbos, dropped weapons, normal weapons, rams, radars, etc.
One part can make your car do a 180-degree turn without having to do a control roll or losing speed :-). A Manipulator can be used to change
other cars' speeds, and an Activator can be used to activate equipment on other cars.
The game is obviously based on Car Wars and the cars are interesting
enough almost exactly 1.5 times Car Wars scale! So the bags of parts
and cars can be very useful to a Car Wars player!
The rules are very simple . . . a bit too simple for a Car Wars player,
but can be used as that easy-to-get-into, 3-D basic car game we've always
wanted. (It's a pity this game isn't made by SJ Games, with all the possibities of the Car Wars world . . . )
Each turn you move your current speed (in centimeters) and take three actions any time during your movement. Actions can be accelerations, activating equipment (firing weapons, using Jetboosters, etc), turns (up to 45 degrees safe, up to 90 degrees require control roll which is to roll over 6 on 2d6 if you go Slow and over 10 on 2d6 if you go Fast, to make the turn you just rotate the car in place, etc.).
One thing that made me boggle was the strange jumping rule. When you pass over an edge you jump: remaining movement - 1d6. So, how fast you move has no effect on how far you jump. Must be a missprint, as it should probably be current speed - 1d6.
Cell Entertainment has a Web site <http://www.cellentertainment.se>, but it doesn't seem to be up yet.
Magnus A. Karlsson
Swedish Elite Autoduelist Team (SEAT)
KWEETHUL'S RAT'S NEST
MADWARP PISTOL AND HELMET SOCIETY
COMPUTER GAMES: CARWARS
* CONSOLE GAMES: VIGILANTE 8 SECOND OFFENSE
Game Informer Magazine
* = Submitted to CWIN by Philip White
Seattle, Washington State
* MOVIES: DEATH RACE 3000
Mr. Showbiz News
Northern Light Search Engine: PR Newswire
Northern Light Search Engine: Business Wire
* = Submitted to CWIN by Thomas Morton
* GRAPHIC NOVELS: REBEL
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this little gem on Dueling Debate before, but it's worth a repeat.
A graphic novel came out in 1986 called "Rebel." It was written by Pepe Moreno and published by Catalan Communications. The story takes place in 2002 in the ruins around New York. Gangs of youth in armed and armored cars tear around the street shooting up each other and the government troops. With the exception of gas engines and primitive targeting computers, this is Car Wars! The cars all tend to be 1960 and 1970 muscle cars or vans, using flamethrowers, machine guns, and autocannon. There's even a cool cut-away diagram of the heroes' van.
If you can find this in a comic book store, get it! You won't be disappointed.
* = Submitted to CWIN by Tony "Manycubes" Kontes
SHORT STORIES: DRIVING OFFENSIVELY. ENIGMATA VOL. 7, No. 3.
Enigma: The UCLA Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gaming Club
Enigmata: Quarterly Newsletter of Enigma
NC-17 WARNING! Driving Offensively contains
strong language and graphic content. Readers should be at least 17 years
Dear CWIN Readers:
Apparently, everyone is out enjoying the summer since only two races have been sent in for the second half of July, or everyone is just saving up for the upcoming AADA WDC!
Here is the current top ten with the CADC moving up after a pair of races . . .
1. Frank "The Vulture" Bonnin, DRAW, 324
2. Mike Pittman, CADC Italy, 290.5
3. Tim Gould, CADC Texas, 266
4. Michael Garrity, NOVA, 217
5. Kieth Scherer, CADC Australia, 215
6. MJ Daniels, Illinois Independent, 193
7. Matt Lintemuth, CADC Louisiana, 158
8. Stan Wells, California Independent, 151
9. Matt Hampton, CADC Texas, 146.5
10. Rob Hagmaier, California Independent, 141
Next month promises to see a lot of movement with the AADA WDC and many other scheduled tournaments. Stay tuned!
WADA Car Wars League Manager
Seattle, Washington State
CAR WARS HEADQUARTERS
Pyramid Archive: Car-Nasaurs! A Dinosaur Bestiary for Car Wars.
Author: Stephen Dedman
Source: Pyramid 9
Date: September/October 2044
NEW OMAHA VEHICULAR ASSOCIATION (NOVA)
Arena Watch: Brannon Braga Memorial Arena (Bozeman, Minnesota)
Nightmessenger Archive: Vol. 7, No. 3
The Scrapbook: 2048-2049 AADA U.S. Central Regional Championships Photographs
Why are you still looking for more material? There is nothing here.
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