Car Wars Internet Newsletter
Vol. 11, No. 2
February 10, 2058


Greetings autoduelists. While updating SWAT HQ and completing this issue, I changed the volume and number designations of the issues released over the past 12 months. The two issues considered as Volume 10 are now on the CWIN Archive. These changes mean the last issue is being considered as Vol. 11, No. 1 and this issue is Vol. 11, No 2.

Once again, I am having lofty goals, but I am going to attempt a March 1st release for Vol. 11, No. 3. Future issues in 2008 will be sent on the first of each month depending if there is enough material to fill each issue.

If you want to send me submissions, please submit them before the 30th to have them included in the next issue.

Royal Automobile and Autoduelling Club (RAAC)

I have mentioned Nicholas Lovell's alternate future history of the United Kingdom previously. I did not have an opportunity until this month to look at the Web site closely. It is packed with vehicle designs, interviews, news articles and an imaginative view of how the British highway system became more dangerous. I highly recommend you spend an hour or two reading and downloading the materials on the RAAC Web site.

Twisted Metal Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition

Originally designed for the PSP, this game was released for the PS2 recently. I picked up a copy today. It has a large amount of bonus content including a password to download the Twisted Metal Symphony Soundtrack.

Play-by-Internet Car Wars in 2008

Members of DRIVE, NADA and other autoduelists have been hard at work sponsoring many PBI Car Wars games using VASSAL and PBEM formats this year. Visit the Steve Jackson Games Car Wars Forum and the NADA Yahoo! Message Board for the details.

2058 WADA Car Wars League

I am receving one or two duel reports each week. The points battle is currently among only four WADA chapters: AVADA, DRIVE, NADA and SCRAP. I am considering offering bonus points for chapter versus chapter duels as an incentive to travel for games, so start scheduling events!

Babylon 5 Scripts: Official Site of JMS

I almost never talk about a subject that is not related to automotive combat gaming. I want to make an exception this issue.

J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of the science fiction series Babylon 5, has been releasing the scripts of the series over the past several years. This year the 14-volume series will end its print run forever. Only those individuals who purchase all 14 volumes will be able to receive not-for-sale Volume 15.

The books are print-on-demand volumes and are packed with great information any Babylon 5 fan will cherish. Although expensive (my budget has been haywire because of collecting the series), the Scripts are great companions to the Babylon 5 DVDs.

Volume 13 Insert: Volume 14 will be released in March, 2008 and on May 31, 2008, the entire limited edition 14 volume series will no longer be available. You won't be able to purchase any of the volumes after May 31, 2008. The proof of purchase form (to obtain Volume 15) will also be gone.

Drive Offensively!

Michael P. Owen


The State of Iowa: 2058 Update

Written by Steve Nibbelink
DRIVE President


History of Iowa 2058 Update

Written by Steve Nibbelink
DRIVE President


Carter and Sons Combat Autowerks

02/08/2008 -- We are currently accepting car designs for our Vehicle Design-off! Please make all vehicles AADA approved and keep the cost within whatever division you choose. Designs will be accepted though the end of the month of February and a vote will be held to pick the top three cars. These vehicles will be posted on our design page along with a custom counter that will be in the upcoming Carter and Sons Car Pack! Just click the link on the left to Bad Beardo's Forums and leave your design there! Good luck duelists!

Dueling Regulators Iowa Vehicular Enforcement (DRIVE)

Subject: DRIVE Duel report for 1-13-08
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 16:27:22 -0600
From: Steve Nibbelink <>
To: Owen Michael P. (ServNet) SWAT CW <>

The members of DRIVE journeyed to the Grand Rapids Municipal duel arena for their latest battle. Dusty Rhodes was determined to prove that he could in fact drive a car. However after taking serious damage from Gerrit's laser, he lost control of his station wagon and plowed into one of the center walls. Gerrit was credited with the vehicle kill. Christopher came along and finished off poor Dusty with a burst from his linked VMGs.

Gerrit then journeyed down the north tube in an effort to get to Steve who lined up Gerrit in his sights. Steve took out Gerrit's front tires just before Gerrit took him out. Gerrit claimed another vehicle kill.

Christopher drove in from Gerrit's rear and lined him for a shot. Gerrit triggered his laser at the same time. Each took the other out.

Gerrit Nibbelink and Christopher Nibbelink tied for 1st

Steve Nibbelink once again settled for 3rd.

Dusty Rhodes' clone is trying desperately to convince his sponsors that, yes, he can duel. He took 4th.

Catch tonight's replay on DSPN at 8:00 p.m.

Faithfully submitted,

Steve Nibbelink
DRIVE President

Mid-South Autoduelists and Handgunners Attack Team (MADHAT)

Subject: Re: Car Wars Internet Newsletter Vol 10, No. 3
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 17:22:49 -0600
From: Jimmy Anderson <>
To: Owen Michael P. (ServNet) <>

For your next newsletter . . .

MADHAT is back. After a hardware problem and being out of pocket due to the holidays, the MADHAT Web site is back. MH35 and MH36 are both going strong. MH37 is waiting for take off and the podcast is in a holding pattern. As time permits, I'll be producing more shows.

Jimmy "Snake" Anderson


The Art of Wargames: Links

Ashburn Virginia Autoduel Association (AVADA)

David Drake's Official Web Site: The Square Deal

Mad Max Cars

Mad Max Costumes

Mad Max Miniatures

Mad Max Miniatures: RoadBlasters

Minnesota Elite Team of Autodueling Lunatics (METAL)

Roadwar USA

Road Warriors - Automoticeret Aggression på Apokalypsens Autobahn
Fra Car Wars til Wreckage!

TI-99/4A Videogame House: Car Wars

Michael Weber's Web Site: SVI Raptor

(Editor's Note: When the original SVI Raptor article was removed from the Car and Driver Web site, I archived it on SWAT Salvage Yard sponsored by, a Web storage company that dissolved several years ago. Thanks to Michael, I do not have to archive the article on SWAT HQ.)


Jeff Barrett's Car Wars Page

This page hasn't been actively maintained since 1999, but it still gets a fair amount of traffic. It's now 2007 and I'm not sure how much longer I'll be keeping this page alive, so if you want any of this stuff, get it now.

Feel free to host these materials elsewhere; if you do, I'd appreciate your crediting me as the original source. (My main web site remains; that's not going away.)

Roll 2d6 Podcast

Episode 19: Gunslinger
December 15th, 2007
Games mentioned: Car Wars

Episode 17: Champions!
May 24th, 2007
Games mentioned: Autoduel Champions

Episode 11: The Pre-KublaCon show!
May 22nd, 2006
Games mentioned: Car Wars

Pics from Adam's Car Wars event at KublaCon 2004

Roll 2d6: Episode 7
February 7th, 2006
Games mentioned: Car Wars

Roll 2d6: Episode 4
October 27th, 2005
Games mentioned: Car Wars


Demolition: Massive Automotive Carnage . . . Only Smaller
Vagabond Studios

Nuclear Renaissance
Ramshackle Games

Riot Police
Peg's Gaming, Modelling and Painting Site

Free Wargames Rules

2085: Warlords of the Wasteland



Gaming: Scott Haring and Car Wars
Glenn A. Austin's Junk Chest Blog
July 08, 2005

A New Car Wars Campaign: Rules and Historical Background for Yorkshire, England
Marcvs The Bard's Tales
November 29, 2004

Rough Draft: Car Pools
Berin "Uncle Bear" Kinsman
January 30, 2008

RPG Meme Bandwagon
Carl "The Raven" Cravens


Tell Me About Car Wars
RPGnet Forums > Other Gaming > Other Games Open > Tell me about Car Wars

WIP Copperhead: A Car Wars Poster Forums > Artwork > Studies and Works in Progress


More Juicy Details about PlayStation3 Live Service

By vonguard
Giga Gamez
Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 2:05 PM PT

. . . Elsewhere at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), the company is currently in negotiations with Steve Jackson Games to produce a Car Wars-based MMO. You may remember Jackson as the creator of table-top games like Illuminati, Munchkin, and the failed online game Ultracorps. It will be a while before the details of that negotiation will come to light, but Car Wars may not be the only game to come out of a successful barganing session: Jackson has long sought to bring Ultracorps back to life since it's expunging from Microsoft’s MSN network in the late 90's. In fact, Jackson told this reporter, last year, that he was at GDC 2006 specifically to find a new publisher for the game . . .

Update: Friday, 3-9-2007

We've spoken to Steve Jackson about the property negotiations, and he declined to confirm that SOE was the company currently in negotiations for the rights to Car Wars. "One company has been saying for six months, 'we want to talk, we're just distracted right now.'" However, Jackson did comment that SOE certainly seemed a bit distracted, lately. At the moment, his life is taken up by the "Munchkin" brand of card games, he added.

Twisted Metal Coming to PS3

Secret hidden in PS2 remake found.

By Jeff Haynes
February 7, 2008

A few weeks ago, we did an interview with David Jaffe on Eat, Sleep, Play's latest project, Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition. While Jaffe detailed what it was like to bring the title to the PS2 with new features and levels, he made a rather interesting comment in the middle of the piece – he stated that the next project for Eat, Sleep, Play was hidden within the game, and that players "will guarantee know what we're working on next if you're able to master the Twisted Metal Extra Twisted Edition." He even stated that the first person to post the answer to the code on his blog would receive a big box of chocolate from him. Well, it appears that the code has been broken. According to posts on both Gamefaqs and Neogaf, in the midst of the documentary "The Dark Past," on the game disc, numbers flash on the screen. By decoding the numbers with their spot in the alphabet, the words, "Twisted Metal is on PSTHREE" can be deciphered.

According to a piece on Kotaku, Jaffe confirmed this fact at DICE, stating that he was surprised how quickly the code was discovered and cracked. This is because Twisted Metal: Head-On: Extra Twisted Edition had been released on Tuesday to stores, leaving players 48 hours to break the code. When asked as to whether the upcoming version would be distributed via Blu-ray disc or download, Jaffe had no comment.

While Jaffe was reluctant to mention details on the distribution of the content, he did reveal in an interview with Gametap that Eat, Sleep, Play's first PS3 title of a three game contract with Sony is expected to "see the light of day at the end of 2009, maybe a little later or sooner, we'll see how things go." It now seems apparent that Twisted Metal will be the first of that contract, but no other details are currently available as to what the game will cover. We contacted SCEA for word on this upcoming project and received the following statement, "We have not made any announcements." We've also attempted to get more details from David Jaffe on all of this news, but were unable to receive comment as of press time.

No word was available on whether the chocolate will be sent to the first poster on his blog, either.

Twisted Metal: Head-On Extra Twisted Edition Review

Twisted Metal: Head On has plenty to offer for fans of the series and anyone with an interest in vehicular carnage.
By Trevor Rivers, GameSpot
Posted Feb 6, 2008 5:12 pm PT


Alternative Auto-Combat Tabletop Games?
Sent: Sat 1/12/08 1:25 PM
To: Michael P. Owen (

Here's a simple little game called Yield!  It's a free download from Invisible City Productions.  I thought I first learned of it from SWAT/CWIN, but I couldn't find a link on your pages, so . . . It doesn't have a lot of detail, but it's still driving cars about, and trying to crash the others.


Still driving offensively,

Glenn Jupp

Subject: Re: Car Wars Online Resources
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 21:09:22 -0500
From: VoltBang <>
To: Owen Michael P. (ServNet) <>

Ashburn Vermont Autoduel Association (AVADA)

Feel free to link or repost this one, just give me the byline.