Car Wars Internet Newsletter
Vol. 13, No. 5
May 11, 2010

Greetings autoduellists. Stan Johansen Miniatures has released Road Rage, a new, great-looking automotive combat game. Road Rage includes fast-playing rules for simulating events from the movie Death Race. Road Rage uses Roads 2 Nowhere, fantastic geomorphic road sections from Scrying Eye Games.

Z-Man Games is releasing a modified version of Road-Kill Rally by August Games next month. The game will have streamlined rules, plastic cars and plastic pedestrians.

Battletruck, known as Warlords in the 21st Century in the U.S., is finally being released on DVD. The movie will be available this summer.

If you have not done so, please check out Klaus Breuer's Car Wars Vehicle Designer. The program is packed full of useful features. Klaus wants to improve his program but needs feedback from autoduellists.

Until next month, Drive Offensively!



Mongoose to retire Battlefield Evolution line
Tabletop Gaming News
May 06, 2010

Mongoose Publishing have announced that they will be retiring the print range of Battlefield Evolution books.

From their announcement:

The Battlefield Evolution line is going to be retired shortly in order to make room for some new miniatures games that will be hitting the stores shortly. If your collection is still missing a component you may want to grab it quickly before it is gone for good.

Ares Con 2010 Axles and Alloys Pictures

Car Warriors
Tutorgig Encyclopedia

Conrad Indianapolis Hotel Reviews and Rates

Consortium Games Car Wars Resources

Dark Future
Colonial Chrome

Dark Future Forum
Specialist Games Forums

The Fantasy Vault Yahoo! Group

Formula . . . Death!

Formula . . . Death!
BoardGameGeek - Formula D

Formula . . . Death! Turn Cards
BoardGameGeek - Formula D

Game It Yourself! - Free Miniatures Games

GURPS Autoduel Series
RPGnet Game Index

Independent Gamer 1: Scratchbuilding Weapons for 1/64th Battle Cars
Imagine Image Multimedia

Intercooled Power Windows
Black Vault

Last Derby Bowl Car Wars PBEM Game

Stephen Mayes's Axles and Alloys Web Site

Out of Gas by Dmitrys

Post-Apocalyptic Anti-Zombie Lego Vehicles

Post Apocalyptic Vehicles

Post Nuclear Battle Van by by Christopher "Topher" Allen Shepard
Elfwood: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Fan Art, Pictures and Fiction

Professions We'll Need in a Post-Apocalyptic World
Zombie Survival and Defense Wiki

Road Warriors: From Car Wars to Wreckage

Road Warrior Game February 2010 Photo Gallery

Rogviler's Book of Wargaming

Trial by Fire Games

Trial By Fire Games Blog

Jack Yeovil's Works
Official Kim Newman Web Site

Yves Wargame Pages


Apocalypse Road Tile Sneak Peak
RPG Objects

City Map 04

OverDrive Arena Rulebook
Sci-Fi Genre

Road-Kill Rally
Z-Man Games

Road Rage: Apocalyptic Death and Destruction in 20mm Scale
Stan Johansen Miniatures

Roads 2 Nowhere Urban Crawl Set
Scrying Eye Games

Roads 2 Nowhere Bunker Expansion Set
Scrying Eye Games

Roads 2 Nowhere Road Rage Bonus Set
Scrying Eye Games and Stan Johansen Miniatures

Scrapyard 500


Axles and Alloys 2
Jim's Wargames Workbench Blog
January 26, 2010

Car Wars
Story Games in the Springtime Blog
April 24, 2009

Dark Future Interceptor
I See Lead People Blog
February 25, 2009

I Don't Make Villains!
March 22, 2005

Interstate '76
Jim's Wargames Workbench Blog
April 9, 2010

A Minor Diversion
Savage Timmy's Playhouse Blog
February 11, 2010

OverDrive Arena
Brian Carnell Blog
July 23, 2004

Road Warrior Play Test
Trial By Fire Games Blog
January 28, 2010

Twenty-Five Years Ago in Autoduelling
cmdr-zoom Blog
May 05, 2010

Yet another classic . . . .
Big Boy's War Room Blog
March 01, 2010


15mm Biker Gang (on Motorcycles)
Rebel Minis


6mm cars? (Car Wars)
Frothers Unite U.K. Forums
June 27, 2008

Aberrant Games - Warlands Terrain
Wyrd Miniatures
December 08, 2009

Axles and Alloys
Bayou Wars Yahoo! Group
June 08, 2006

Axles and Alloys vanishing - the full story!
The Miniatures Page Forums
January 15, 2004

Car Wars                                                    
The Miniatures Page Forums
November 21, 2003

Car Wars
GameSquad Forums
March 17, 2009

Car Wars
Canadian Creative Wastelands Forums
February 11, 2009

Car Wars/Axles & Alloys style matchbox cars
The Miniatures Page Forums
October 26, 2008

Dark Future
RPGnet Forums
December 24, 2006

Dark Future Jada Battle Machines cars review
The Miniatures Page Forums
February 02, 2010

Dark Future: Ragnarok,25442.msg376269.html
Tau Online Forums
May 20, 2006

Death Dealer miniatures game
Frothers Unite U.K. Forums
September 04, 2004

Death Race Photos
The Miniatures Page Forums
May 06, 2010

KRASH Post Apocalyptic Car Wars Pics
Lead Adventure Forum
March 13, 2009

Mad Max
Mongoose Publishing Forums
June 18, 2005

Post Apocalyptic Combat Car
The Airfix Tribute Forum
September 13, 2009

Questions about Dark Future
Post Apoc Wargames Forums
January 14, 2010

Realistic Post-Apocalyptic Vehicle Discussion Forums
October 19, 2009

THE ROAD WARRIOR . . . on a game table!
Aberrant Games Official Forums
February 07, 2010

Road Warrior on a table top . . .
Mad Max Movies Forums
May 07, 2010

Some converted diecast cars for Axles and Alloys
The Miniatures Page Forums
February 08, 2010

Speed Rally at Historicon
The Miniatures Page Forums
September 01, 2008

Speed Rally PBEM
The Miniatures Page Forums
October 19, 2008

A video of the Secret Service testing vehicle-mounted M134/D miniguns?
August 16, 2007

Warlands and Overdrive Arena - anybody played?
The Miniatures Page Forums
July 07, 2009

Where can I get Cell Entertainment's 1999 and Hybrid Miniatures?
The Forum of Doom
July 01, 2006

Who remembers Steve Jackson's Car Wars?
DakkaDakka Forums
March 03, 2010


Gameopolis Podcast
Show #7: Stone Age and Home-Brewed Expansions
March 19, 2010


10 Best Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland Films
Drunk on Alcohol Blog
March 11, 2010

Battletruck on R1 DVD this year!
Mad Max Movies Forums
January 19, 2010

Death Sport / Battle Truck (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)
Format: DVD
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Facebook - Roger Corman's Cult Classics

Michael Lonsdale's Official Facebook Page

Mighty Wez (Vernon Wells of the road warrior mad max) Official Facebook Page

Shout! to Release Roger Corman Library
Shout! Factory

Vernon G. Wells Official Web Site


Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 2 CD Set
Limited Collector's Edition of 3000
Tadlow Music
Also sold by Intrada
Release Date: May 25, 2010


Max Headroom: The Complete Series
Shout! Factory
Format: DVD
Release Date: August 10, 2010

Street Hawk: The Complete Series
Shout! Factory
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 13, 2010


Hitting Zombies With Cars Never Gets Old
December 04, 2009

John Noel from WNBC 4 gets to know Interstate '76

Editor's Note: The reporter is Al Roker, meteorologist from NBC and The Weather Channel.


Last Derby Bowl Car Wars PBEM Game

Subject: Car Wars "Last Derby Bowl"‏
From: Jean Noel Jarnot
Sent: Sun 5/02/10 11:24 AM
To: Michael P. Owen

Hi. We'll start soon (6th May) a new PBEM Car Wars game. Just take a look. ;)


Hamilton Road AutoDuelling League and Cookie Club (HRADLaCC)

Subject: WADA League 2010: Feb 27 HRADLaCC Mixed Division Duels‏
From: Glenn Jupp
Sent: Sat 2/27/10 7:08 PM
To: Michael P. Owen (Hotmail)
Attached is a .ZIP file with the duel report forms for two of today's autoduels under Axles & Alloys 2. If attaching .ZIP files is inconvenient for you, then just tell me and I'll knock it off.

We also had three races (sword-and-shield-style death races) today. However, with only three participants they're ineligible for WADA points (last I hear, anyway). Also, I loused up the scoring for the races. Turned out that the path to victory lead not to the finish line, but to the foe's rear quarter panel. Not a single lap was completed. I'd like to pretend they never happened at all, but Andreas Burr was clever enough to see immediately how to come out on top. Wouldn't be right do deny him his wins. I just need to set better ground rules next time.

Still driving offensively,

Glenn Jupp

Subject: WADA Duelling Reports‏
From: Glenn Jupp
Sent: Tue 4/06/10 5:52 PM
To: Michael P. Owen (Hotmail)
Hello, Michael. Got a couple of autoduelling reports for you and WADA. One from March 6th (slightly late, sorry) and the other from April 3rd.

Still driving offensively (if not effectively),
Glenn Jupp

Subject: A bit of Axles & Alloys‏
From: Glenn Jupp
Sent: Wed 4/28/10 7:22 PM
To: Michael P. Owen (Hotmail)
Hello, Michael.
We at the HRGG had another game of A&A this past weekend. Instead of another racetrack or Car Wars-ish "arena" layout I tried for something a little less paved. Check the pictures I sent. It's nothing too fancy, but it served.
The hills are from two inch thick upholstery foam. It's great because I can squeeze a bunch into my gym bag without crunching it like rigid insulation type foams. The streams and ponds are scraps of a protective film peeled off new plexiglass.
Rules wise, I treated the water as oil-slicks because I couldn't remember if A&A had any specific rules about water. There were some attempts at jumping the river. Those came after simply driving across sent cars out of control.  When the slipping cars came to a stop, they became bullet magnets and quickly got dead.
Next time, a little less water on the table and hills a bit closer to the streams to make the jumps easier (but not a sure thing). Oh, and trees too. I'm sure I've got some around here, just need to find 'em.
Still driving offensively,

Glenn Jupp


Making Oil in Minutes, Not Millennia

Chuck Squatriglia
April 30, 2010

Petroleum was formed by the compression and heating of biomass over millennia. Chemical engineers at the University of Michigan hope to do it in minutes.

They are applying heat and pressure on microalgae, exploring a method to create affordable biofuel that could replace fossil fuels. They also hope to use the byproducts of bio-oil production as feedstock for more biofuel.

“The vision is that nothing would leave the refinery except oil. Everything would get reused,” chemical engineering professor Phillip Savage said in a statement. “That’s one of the things that makes this project novel. It’s an integrated process. We’re combining hydrothermal, catalytic and biological approaches.”

Savage and his team, funded by a $2 million National Science Foundation grant, aren’t the only ones trying to make bio-petroleum. California startup Sapphire Energy says it could produce 1 billion gallons of algal fuel annually by 2025. Blue Marble Energy creates fuel using algae found in polluted waters. Chevron has joined San Francisco company Solazyme in developing algal jet fuel.

“This research could play a major role in the nation’s transition toward energy independence and reduced carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector,” Savage said.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Such fuels are attractive because they are direct replacements for petroleum and compatible with existing infrastructure. Proponents argue such fuels are carbon neutral because the emissions created by burning them are offset by the CO2 absorbed by the algae as it grows.

Although algal biofuels are feasible, there is some concern about the quality of the refined product and its performance in cold temperatures, said Spencer Quong, an automotive engineer and alt-fuels expert with Quong and Associates. There also are questions about the carbon-reduction benefits because obviously it requires energy to produce and process the fuel.

“Just like when you are using a pressure cooker at home, their algae pressure cooker needs to be heated and if they are using electricity or natural gas to heat the system there will be carbon emissions that lead to climate change,” said David Friedman, research director of the clean vehicles program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Microalgae are, as the name suggests, microscopic algae. They break down more easily than other biofuel feedstocks because their cell walls aren’t as tough.

Algal fuel typically requires cultivating specific species of algae, drying it and extracting its oil. The method Savage and his colleagues are exploring uses less oily types of algae and eliminates the need to dry the algae. That simplifies the process and clears big hurdles to commercial scale production of algal fuels.

“We make an algae soup,” Savage said. “We heat it to about 300 degrees and keep the water at high enough pressure to keep it liquid as opposed to steam. We cook it for 30 minutes to an hour and we get a crude bio-oil.”

Using high temperatures and pressure lets the algae react with water and break down, releasing the native oil. Proteins and carbohydrates within the algae also decompose, increasing the fuel yield.

“We’re trying to do what nature does when it creates oil, but we don’t want to wait millions of years,” Savage said. “The hard part is taking the tar that comes out of the pressure cooker and turning it into something you could put in your car, changing the properties so it can flow more easily, and doing it in a way that’s affordable.”

With that in mind, Savage and his colleagues are looking at using catalysts to increase the energy density of the algal fuel. They also hope to reduce its viscosity and cut its sulfur and nitrogen content.

The researchers clearly have a lot more work to do, and there many unanswered questions about algal fuels. Can it be produced affordably? Can it be made fast enough, and with minimal environmental impact?

“Until projects like this move out of the lab and into early production, it will be hard to know how realistic their claims are,” Friedman said. “That is why we need to keep supporting projects like this over the long term. We need cleaner, domestically produced fuels, but we should not expect miracles overnight. Developing technologies like this take time and money.”

Photo: Nicole Casal Moore / University of Michigan. Graduate student Peigao Duan holds a vial of bio-oil made at the University of Michigan.

Photo: Nicole Casal Moore / University of Michigan. It looks like a still. It makes algal fuel.

Navy Wants Cyber Weapons That Shoot Data Beams

April 03, 2010

ectotherm writes "By 2018, the US Navy hopes to equip its fighter jets with the ability to shoot data streams containing 'specialized waveforms and algorithms,' useful in an electronic attack or cyber-invasion. A few non-classified details here.",15240,212940,00.html

Japanese Researchers Make Plastic Out of Water

April 30, 2010

greenrainbow writes with this excerpt from Inhabit: "The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along with two grams of clay and a small amount of organic materials. As is, the all-natural substance is perfect for medical procedures, because it's made of water, poses no harm to people, and is perfect for mending tissue. And, if the research team can increase the density of this exciting new substance, it could be used in place of our current oil-based plastics for a host of other things."


Ben D. Ellinger
Who says game education is easy?
Mary-Margaret Network


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BrickArms - Boom Box


Klaus Breuer's Car Wars Vehicle Designer

Subject: Re: Car Wars Internet Newsletter Vol. 13, No. 4
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:59:21 +0200
From: Klaus Breuer
To: Michael P. Owen (Seanet)


Any Web Watch interest in my Car Wars Vehicle Designer? Could use some more feedback. ;)

Greetings from beer-crazy Munich,