We've been hard at work on the latest edition of Car Wars and, at the moment, we can report that the game is in development and the art process is underway. We're still finalizing the initial wave of releases -- there are over 60 different HO scale plastic car miniatures in the game's launch -- but we are zeroing in on a realistic completion date. We can also report that as of this writing we expect the first Car Wars Sixth Edition project to launch on Kickstarter in November.
First? Absolutely. This is the first of several Car Wars projects. We're starting off small with the Car Wars Anthology, a collection of short stories set in the new Car Wars world. Edited by James Lowder, this book will include one story for each faction -- there are twelve different factions in the new game -- as well as a dozen playable game cards for the new edition. This Kickstarter project will be your first real look at the Car Wars world of 2017, and this will also serve as one way of alerting the world that the new edition is on the way.
In January, we'll launch the second Car Wars Sixth Edition project on Kickstarter, this time for the three starter game sets and the first wave of miniatures packs and game accessories. You can expect arena and road playmats, scenario decks, and a lot of explosive action in your first sessions of the new game which, at the moment, look to reach stores late in the summer of 2017. As we did with the Car Wars Arenas project, we will do the best we can to make sure that backers of the Car Wars Sixth Edition Kickstarter project receive their rewards before the game reaches store shelves.
And since the question has come up often when we discuss the new edition of Car Wars, we're saying right now that yes, the game does include car design rules. You can start playing right away with the pre-constructed cars, or you can take another ten or fifteen minutes to use the game cards to design an original car and then drive into battle. Either way, you and your friends can jump into the action soon after breaking the shrinkwrap on the game.
As always, please watch the Daily Illuminator for updates, and we will post to this project when the Car Wars Anthology project launches on Kickstarter. Additionally, supporters of both the Anthology and game Kickstarter projects will receive special bonus cards when they receive their rewards.
Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, Powered by GURPS
In other news that is sure to excite fans of Steve Jackson Games' GURPS roleplaying game, we're currently running a Kickstarter project for a new box set. The Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game is a complete game in a box -- including five books, maps, and standees -- designed by GURPS Line Editor Sean Punch. The project closes in about two weeks, so if you're a fan of GURPS or are looking for a new roleplaying game then there's still time to add your support to the Kickstarter project.
- Phil Reed