Car Wars Internet Newsletter
Vol. 14, No. 2
February 09, 2011


Greetings autoduellists. As a scientist, I am performing an experiment this month. I am posting this issue directly to the Web. I am writing subscribers only to announce the availability of this issue and not mailing the newsletter itself.

Death Race 2 is now on DVD and Blu-ray in most stores. I watched it two nights ago. The movie is a good origin story how Death Race was formed. Death Match, the cage fighting death sport that evolved into Death Race, was shown to have Equipment Activating Points (EAPs) as in Death Race. These EAPs would be a good mechanic in Obstacle Racing from ADQ 7/2.

A new edition of the classic computer game Death Rally will be available for iPhones and iPads next month.

I received my copy of Gearmageddon last month. The game has fast-moving gameplay and includes rules for the law enforcement PIT Maneuver.

Gear Jammer Motor Works is gone, however I am slowly uploading its files to SWAT HQ. The vehicle construction information will not be published, but I will include the site's other content.

If anyone has ideas for articles for this newsletter or resources for SWAT HQ, please drop me a note.

Until next issue, Drive Offensively.

-- MPO


Fantasy Role Playing Games

Net Ten: The Ten Best Apocalypses in Gaming


Car Wars
Crash2014 on deviantART

Gearmageddon Cover Art
explodinggoatgames on deviantART

Mad Max Roadwar
alexr2222 on deviantART

Post Apocalyptic Recon Buggy
SniperWolf87 on deviantART


BATMOBILE from WB Movie Batman Returns - BEST ORIGINAL
eBay Motors
Item Number:    270691960611
Item Location:    Clearwater, Florida, United States
Ended:    Jan 19, 2011 18:00:00 PST
Bid history:    25 bids
Winning bid:    US $370,100.00


Dice Fest Games releases Outrider
Tabletop Gaming News
January 28, 2011

Lego Road Wars

Road Rage, Mini Game #112
Avalon Game Company, DriveThruRPG, e23, RPGNow and Wargames Vault

Road Rage 2, Mini Game #113
Avalon Game Company

Road Rage 3, Mini Game #114
Avalon Game Company

Road Warriors: Post Apocalypic Skirmish Rules For No Limits
Wasted Roads Blog and Wargames Unlimited

Rollerball v4
Curufea's Homepage

George Duff, Miniature Wargaming and freewargamesrules


Axles and Alloys Guestbook

Car Wars Fan
* French Language *


6mm Battlecars
Gruntz: 15mm Sci-Fi Wargames Blog
January 17, 2011

Another pile added
A night on the game blog
December 15, 2010

Battle Machines, from Jada!
Third Point . . . of Singularity Blog
March 18, 2010

Board in Sacto?
The Sac Rag Blog
January 05, 2009

Car Wars, anyone?
Poofy Goof Rant-O-Matic Blog
August 30, 2009

Car Wars Compendium - PDF
Merric's Musings Blog
October 26, 2009

Check for Traps: Smash the System!
The Escapist Blog
January 18, 2011

The Dead Travel Fast
From the Sorcerer's Skull Blog
January 17, 2011

Disapora Car Wars
Avram's Journal
December 25, 2010

Early Aardvark Aadventures
RPG Laboratory Blog
January 19, 2007

Games with Detailed Vehicle Combat
destination unknown Blog
October 25, 2010

Miniatures Projects for 2011
Captain Apathy's Secret Lab Blog
January 04, 2011

A Recap of 2010 – or – How Did I Do?
Captain Apathy's Secret Lab Blog
December 27, 2010

Saving My Own Game: Break Out of the Combat Rut
February 03, 2010

Tanks a lot
MetaFilter Community Webblog
November 20, 2007

Variations on a Theme, Part VI: Customization
December 08, 2009

Warlands - Box Contents and Scale Comparison
Target On My Back Blog
January 04, 2010

What post-apocalyptic hell to play in?
Byteknight's Painting and Gaming Blog
October 20, 2010


ThunderRoad Special Power Cards


OwlCon XXX - Miniatures Events
January 28-30, 2011
Rice University, Houston, Texas


Exploding Goat Games Yahoo! Group

The Garage Floor: Official Gearmageddon Forums

Models & Miniatures in Paper Yahoo! Group


Anyone know any good apoc games?
The Codex Forums
October 06, 2008

[Atomic Highway] Road combat or "How I Learned to Love the Road Rash"
RPGnet Forums
September 17, 2010

[Autoduel/OctaNe] Car Wars to Octane? Anyone do this?
RPGnet Forums
March 27, 2003

Roleplayer Guild
February 03, 2010

Any Car Wars fans here?
Battlegrounds Games Forums
September 22, 2007

Anyone ever play "Car Wars" ?
WargamerAU Forums
November 23, 2007

Armageddon helps Dark Future break free
Gnome's Lair Blog
December 21, 2007

Auto Combat Games
Classic Motorsports Magazine Forums
January 21, 2010

Autoduel: the RPG setting
RPGnet Forums
April 15, 2008

Boardgame into RPG conversions . . .
September 03, 2008

Car Wars Craziness . . . sort out the madness!
BoardGameGeek - General Gaming Forum
March 07, 2007

Car/Vehicle Combat Games?
Stack Exchange - Board and Card Games
October 23, 2010

Car War Editions
RPGnet Forums
April 09, 2007

Car Wars
GameSquad Forums
March 17, 2009

Car Wars
The Acaeum: Dungeons & Dragons Collecting Forums
February 14, 2010

Car Wars
The Wargamer Forums
June 11, 2003

Car Wars
GameSquad Forums
March 17, 2009

Car Wars - Amateur Night event
January 13, 2008

Car Wars
Citizens of the Imperium Forums
July 31, 2007

Car Wars
DTwenty Games Forums
June 09, 2010

Car Wars
Lead Adventure Forum
February 02, 2007

Car Wars; Deluxe Edition c. 1985
Post Apoc Wargames Forums
June 19, 2010

Car Wars is back!
Citizens of the Imperium Forums
January 27, 2010

Car Wars, anyone? Forums
May 11, 2009

[Car Wars/PTA] I-70
Story Games Forums
July 03, 2009

Car Wars Forum
July 20, 2005

Car Wars: Mad Max
* French Language *
La cage aux Poulpes Forums
May 12, 2010

Car Wars
Heroscapers Forums
June 21, 2008

RPGnet Forums
November 14, 2002

Car Wars
The Official Time-Wasters Guide Forums
February 23, 2006

Characters from Autoduel Champions
HERO Games Forums
February 21, 2010

Clint's Mega Scale / Car Wars Maps and counters
Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group Forums
January 26, 2010

Converting Redline to d20 M
EN World Forums
August 23, 2003

d20 Modern/Future/Apocalypse
Giant in the Playground Forums
January 01, 2010

death race!
SlotForum International
September 26, 2008

Death Race Vis-a-vis Car Wars
Octopus Overlords Forums
August 25, 2008

Division 5 Car Wars Arena Duel NADA Event: The Lava Dome Forums
January 23, 2008

Favorite tactical combat games
theRPGsite Forums
March 16, 2006

Free D20 Modern Counter Sites
EN World Forums
April 24, 2004

The Battle Standard Forum
October 17, 2010

Gearmageddon reviews wanted Forums
August 17, 2010

GURPS Autoduel
Pen and Paper Games Forums
January 21, 2008

Holy Crap! New WoD works for cyberpunk and Car Wars!
RPGnet Forums
December 17, 2005

If we're talking about Homebrew games . . .
Infinity International Forums
November 2010

If it was legal to mount weapons to your vehicle . . . Forums
May 21, 2010

[Let's Play] Joe Dever's Freeway Warrior
RPGnet Forums
July 07, 2010

Looking for a post-apocalyptic PnP RPG
Gaming Trend Forums
May 01, 2005

Mad Max
Mongoose Publishing Forums
April 14, 2006

Modifying vehicles
Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group Forums
April 01, 2009

Name me a decent rules system for car chases!
RPGnet Forums
March 05, 2006

Need Postapocalyptic stuff . . .
Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group Forums
November 11, 2008

no limits road warriors expansion. very necroish style game
Eastern Fringe Forums
February 13, 2007

No Limit Road Warriors!
The Wargames Room Forums
November 27, 2007

Now recruiting - Now recruiting - ATOMIC HIGHWAY, Road Rage on Highways of the Apocalypse!
Something Awful Forums
December 16, 2010

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

Post-Apocalyptic Cars
The Game Shoppe Forums
October 07, 2008

Post-Apoc Dodge Viper
Lead Adventure Forum
January 22, 2011

Post-Apoc Another Dodge Viper
Lead Adventure Forum
January 23, 2011

Post-Apoc Scavenger Vehicles
Lead Adventure Forum
January 19, 2011

Post-Apocalyptic Auto-dueling
Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group Discussion Forums
October 09, 2008

Road Gangs - Post-Apocalyptic Vehicular RPG
RPG Codex Forums
August 18, 2010

Road Warrior GURPS
Giant in the Playground Forums
January 30, 2009

"Rollerball Wargame?"
The Miniatures Page Boards
May 07, 2005

Rules still available for Dark Future?
Warseer Forums
August 15, 2010

San Jose Autoduel Arena for Car Wars
40k Lords of War Forums
September 24, 2010

Sneak Preview of new Turn Sequencer in BRPG v1.3
Battlegrounds Games Forums
December 03, 2007

Some of my car wars type models / pls don't be too hard on us . . .
Wamp Forums
April 12, 2010

Terror at Midville (Carwars Lørdag Hos Jens og Mia)
* Dutch Language *
Projekt Nexus Forums
November 03, 2007

Vehicle Combat System (inside RPG) Suggestions
RPGnet Forums
June 27, 2008

What was CAR WARS?
EN World Forums
February 13, 2003

Why Aren't You Playing In An SF Game?
RPGnet Forums
April 21, 2005

Why did the car combat genre die?
Steam Users' Forums
July 30, 2010


Blair Ridge Baptist Church Gymnasium Games
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Colorado Springs Gamers
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Runestone Games - Car Wars
University of Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom


Exodite's White Dwarf and Fanatic Press Index - Dark Future

Tekeli's Role Playing Information - Car Wars Arena Directory


Space Gamer and Fantasy Gamer Archive
Steve Jackson Games

Space Gamer Vol. 1, No. 55

Space Gamer Vol. 1, No. 56

Space Gamer Vol. 1, No. 57


15mm Post Apocalyptic
Khurasan Miniatures

Hot Wheels Road Wars
Oldshunters Die Cast and Collectibles

Models and Miniatures in Paper Archive

Models and Miniatures in Paper #41: Battlecars
One Monk Miniatures

MMiP #41 - Game playing aids/Car Battles
Paper Worlds Gallery


Gearmageddon Review and Interview on Chance of Gaming Podcast
Exploding Goat Games Blog
January 31, 2011

Last night (January 30th, 2011) Adam Chance of Chance of Gaming Podcast aired his weekly podcast covering many aspects of the gaming industry. Adam and his crew reviewed Gearmageddon and sat down with Exploding Goat President, Jay Hyland for an interview.

To listen in on this podcast (and the rest of his archives… trust us, its worth it), check out Chance of Gaming here! Beware though, mom and dad, they tend to cuss a little so listener discretion is advised!

Gearmageddon Review and Interview
Chance of Gaming Podcast #40

* Caution: This podcast has explicit language. The music at the beginning of this podcast uses a racist term several times. *


Livin' la Viva Las Vegas
These New Dark Ages

Savage V-Mods
Get Savaged!

A Wushu Guide to Car-Fu and DriveThruRPG


Bullet Points: Vehicles
Wizards of the Coast - d20 Modern Archive

Bullet Points: Vehicles Revisited
Wizards of the Coast - d20 Modern Archive

d20 Modern Archive
Wizards of the Coast

d20 Apocalypse Excerpt Part 1
Wizards of the Coast - d20 Modern Archive

d20 Apocalypse Excerpt Part 2
Wizards of the Coast - d20 Modern Archive

Notes from the Bunker: Building Vehicle Statistics
Wizards of the Coast - d20 Modern Archive

Notes from the Bunker: Running Vehicular Combat
Wizards of the Coast - d20 Modern Archive


Savage Wheels: Handy PDF for Converting Hot Wheels
It's Alive: Miscellaneous projects by Snizitch
May 08, 2008

Savage Wheels: Converting Your Hot Wheels
It's Alive: Miscellaneous projects by Snizitch
May 08, 2008

Savage Wheels: Standees and Markers
It's Alive: Miscellaneous projects by Snizitch
May 02, 2008

Speed Rally
It's Alive: Miscellaneous projects by Snizitch
August 20, 2008

Savage Wheels: Tiles
It's Alive: Miscellaneous projects by Snizitch
January 27, 2008

[Savage Wheels] 25-28mm Sports Car Paper Model Redux
Great White Games/Pinnacle Entertainment Group Forums
September 07, 2010

Savage Wheels Paper Models


Facebook - Death Rally

Facebook - Exploding Goat Games

Facebook - Radioactive Press

Twitter - Exploding Goat Games


Collecting Citadel Miniatures Wiki

Car Warriors Volume 1
Marvel Comics Database

Death Race
Television Tropes and Idioms Wiki

Death Rally


Review of Fighting Fantasy #13: Freeway Fighter
Fighting Fantasy Reviews Archive


Death Rally for iPhone and iPad
Remedy Games

Death Rally for iPhone/iPad
Alan Wake Community Forums
January 11, 2011

Road Gangs
Blackwater Games



Dark Wind Review
Game Tunnel

Roadkill Warriors


The Conspiracy by Michael Keegan
SciFi Minds


Death Race 2 Official Site

Projects Portfolio: Dreadnaught and Armaments for Death Race
F&D Scene Changes Ltd.


Acer Duel Track - Carwars


A Guide to the Warren Spector Papers, 1965-2007
Briscoe Center for American History

An Interview with Jason and John Waltrip
Jason and John Waltrip Official Web Site


10 flamethrowing contraptions that'll keep those dang kids off your lawn

By Cyriaque Lamar
January 16, 2011

Errr . . . a confession to make . . .

StarDestroyer.Net Bulletin Board
February 14, 2009

Fender Bloody T-Shirt
Nerd Kung

Description -- I can't let the whole Fender thing go without linking something on guitar lessons. In retrospect, I wish I had spent 1/2 the time I spent playing Car Wars and D&D back in high school learning to play guitar. I might have actually gotten a girl back then.

Whiny little Sports Illustrated p***y complains that football is too violent.
September 17, 2010


FTA: "If one player died on the field in every NFL game, we would feel too guilty to watch like Romans."

Isn't it about high time we brought back "death sports"? Think about it, with all the unemployed people that have no chance to better themselves, why not allow sports that thin the herd? They have the chance to make gobs of money fighting for the entertainment of others. And if they die, it's one less person on the dole.

Think of all the opportunities there are. Combat Football, Gladiator Fights and Autoduelling. No more lame obstacle course shows. Death awaits those who fail to reach the objective. The money made from these shows would be rolling in by the truckload.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to talk to some representatives from Kia to see about making what I call a "Killer Kart".

/where's "Crazy Joe" Harshman when you need him?

PacManDreaming: I have to talk to some representatives from Kia to see about making what I call a "Killer Kart".

They call it "Sportage."


Breakthrough Laser Could Revolutionize Navy's Weaponry

Photo: The battleships of the future will be equipped with mega-watt free electron lasers.
January 20, 2011

The Navy has passed a major milestone in its quest to build an incredibly powerful new anti-aircraft gun.

Scientists with the Navy's Office of Naval Research have demonstrated a prototype system capable of producing from thin air the electrons needed to generate ultrapowerful, "megawatt-class" laser beams for the agency's next-generation system.

"The injector performed as we predicted all along," said Dinh Nguyen, senior project leader for the Free Electron Laser (FEL) program at the Los Alamos National Lab, N.M. "But until now, we didn't have the evidence to support our models. We were so happy to see our design, fabrication and testing efforts finally come to fruition."

He said the group is hoping to set a world record with the futuristic new weapon -- which could be the Holy Grail of military lasers.

FEL technology generates powerful laser beams by passing a stream of electrons -- those tiny, charged particles of matter -- through magnetic fields. Using electrons means avoiding the hassle of chemical fuels that are required for ordinary gas lasers, and bypassing the heating issue of electronic lasers.

FEL lasers can also be calibrated more specifically for anti-aircraft purposes, the Navy said, to adjust for precipitation, cloud cover, or humidity.

Quentin Saulter, FEL program manager for the Navy's research arm, said the implications of the FEL's progress are monumental. "This is a major leap forward for the program and for FEL technology throughout the Navy," Saulter said. "The fact that the team is nine months ahead of schedule provides us plenty of time to reach our goals by the end of 2011."

The research team hopes to have a full-power prototype by 2018, which would have the ability to instantly blast targets in the sky.

Navy ships have become vulnerable in modern times to supersonic missiles because of their slower defense systems, the agency worries. "The FEL is expected to provide future U.S. Naval forces with a near-instantaneous laser ship defense in any maritime environment throughout the world,” Saulter said.

Moreover, because future ships may very well use a form of electronic propulsion, there would be a readily available supply of electrons to power the raygun.

Originally invented by John Madey in 1976 at Stanford University, the project was picked up and pursued by the ONR in the 1980s -- and may finally become a reality.

Chrysler battery-less hybrids announced

Photo: Chrysler engineers will adapt the EPA's hydraulic hybrid system to larger vehicles like the Town & Country minivan.

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer
January 19, 2011

New York -- Chrysler Group is working on a new hybrid minivan that doesn't use batteries or electric motors to drive it, the automaker announced with the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.

By the end of next year a Town and Country van built around a hybrid system that relies on pumped-up hydraulic fluid, rather than expensive batteries, will be up and running, Chrysler said.

The so-called hydraulic hybrid system was developed at the EPA's Ann Arbor laboratory and the agency has been testing the system for years in commercial trucks.

Chrysler wants to use it for light-duty trucks, minivans, and large passenger cars.

Instead of storing electricity in a battery pack, the hydraulic hybrid system stores energy normally lost during braking to drive pumps that squeeze hydraulic fluid into a large on-board tank that also contains a nitrogen-filled bladder. The nitrogen bladder acts like a spring, pushing back against the fluid.

When a driver is approaching a stop sign, some of the braking energy pumps fluid into the tank. As with most hybrid vehicles, the gasoline engine shuts off completely when the vehicle stops. When it's time to go again, the pressure in the tank is released to push hydraulic motors that turn the wheels. When it's needed, the gas engine takes over again.

The system increases fuel efficiency by about 30% to 35% in overall driving and up to 60% in city driving, according to the EPA.

Among the benefits of the system, according to the EPA, is its low cost and simplicity. Once produced in high volumes, the system will pay for itself through fuel savings in less than three years, the EPA predicts. Battery-electric hybrid cars typically take much longer.
Detroit Auto Show: The future is here

"The EPA and Chrysler are working together to explore the possibilities for making this technology affordable and accessible to drivers everywhere," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Hybrid cars currently make up less than two percent of all new car sales, with Toyota's Prius model making up the largest number far, with Toyota introducing a new version later this year. Chrysler is working to improve the fuel economy of its vehicle line-up and has been working to rapidly revamp its offerings, but does not currently have any hybrids on the market.