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Car Wars Sixth Edition and a Pocket Box Project

Posted by Steve Jackson Games (Creator)
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Earlier this month, at Gamehole Con, Steve ran a special session of the upcoming Car Wars Sixth Edition game for a small group. The game is still in development, though we expect to lock the basic set in December and we've started to shift the design team to wrap up the first expansions, so we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The game plays smoother than the original, and one of the best things a player said during the Gamehole Con session was (I'm stealing Steve's paraphrasing) that "the rules were all different but the experience was just what he remembered." Since "cars with guns" was the only must carry from the original, this feedback during the Gamehole Con event made us smile. Perfect!

The new player dashboard tracks armor, power plant damage, and more!
The new player dashboard tracks armor, power plant damage, and more!

We do not yet know when the new edition of Car Wars will go to Kickstarter, but we do know that it's closer and -- unless something goes terribly wrong -- 2019 is looking highly likely.

No kidding, the players maneuvered into this position. Green is gonna blast someone!
No kidding, the players maneuvered into this position. Green is gonna blast someone!

Pocket Box Games

In other Car Wars news, and of interest of those of you who enjoyed the original game back in the eighties, our work on The Fantasy Trip has led to the creation of a new plastic Pocket Box. The new design is inspired by the original and not an exact copy -- we removed the hang tab, improved the clasp mechanism, and made the box deeper -- but it is capable of holding those eighties Pocket Box titles . . . so that's what we'll make it hold!

That's not an original copy of Truck Stop. That's the new test copy our factory produced.
That's not an original copy of Truck Stop. That's the new test copy our factory produced.

In early 2019, we are taking the classic Pocket Box games of the eighties to Kickstarter and, with your help, will create reproductions of those games. These will be "my mom tossed my game after high school!" reproductions of the games, right down to sticker labels for the covers and cut 'em yourself counters. Our goal is to help you replace lost games . . . or to add some titles to your collection that you may have missed.

A few of the games I'm taking to a meeting with our factory rep today.
A few of the games I'm taking to a meeting with our factory rep today.

Which games will be a part of the reprint project? You tell us! We have an idea of which games to reprint, and we're planning to use stretch goals to add even more games, but right now you can tell us: Which game do you most want to see reproduced in a modern Pocket Box?

We close with a short video of the new box, which is now approved and in manufacturing for the special Melee & Wizard package that's releasing next year.

- Phil Reed

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    1. Peter Jansen
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      @Philip Reed - Okay, thanks, I didn't understand that you were talking about the newest rules. I look forward to using them!

    2. Philip Reed Collaborator
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      @Peter Jansen - "@Philip Reed - Ten minutes? Three?!? I have the CWC2 & Uncle Al's rules in mind, is that what you are using?"

      The new edition, which uses none of the old rules. The new game is designed around getting cars on the table quickly and getting right into the action. No spreadsheets necessary with Car Wars Sixth Edition.

    3. Peter Jansen
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      @Philip Reed - Ten minutes? Three?!? I have the CWC2 & Uncle Al's rules in mind, is that what you are using? And what division?
      Because I could create a car under those rules that fast, but it wouldn't be a good one.
      (And that's using a spreadsheet one of my club mates created to do all the math for me.)

    4. Philip Reed Collaborator
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      @Peter Jansen - "@Philip Reed - That's good to hear, but "faster than the older game's vehicle design system" - even "much faster" - is a pretty low bar. :)"

      I have seen some players take ten minutes. I can design a car in about three minutes.

    5. Peter Jansen
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      @Philip Reed - That's good to hear, but "faster than the older game's vehicle design system" - even "much faster" - is a pretty low bar. :)

    6. Mike Norris on

      Sounds like cards are used as slot fillers in the car? Like for the right side weapon, you buy a flamethrower card.

      Then lay out your cards as your build? Maybe track ammo and damage through the cards?

    7. Philip Reed Collaborator
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      Thedmstrikes - "new card system? I looked back over the photos, is this going to be some kind of CCG?"

      No. There's nothing random about the new game.

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      Thedmstrikes
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      new card system? I looked back over the photos, is this going to be some kind of CCG?

    9. Matthew Wang
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      Illuminati!

    10. Philip Reed Collaborator
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      @Peter Jansen - "Would love to see a new version of Car Wars - as long as there are design rules, which it sounds like there might be ... looking forward to it!"

      There are design rules, yes. The new card system is much faster than the older game's vehicle design system.

    11. Peter Jansen
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      Would love to see a new version of Car Wars - as long as there are design rules, which it sounds like there might be ... looking forward to it!

    12. Dean Kirkpatrick
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      New Car Wars..Great! but I no longer use Kick Starter - so I will await production.

    13. Philip Reed Collaborator
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      Mike Norris - "Are you guys addressing that game to make Car Wars play differently? "

      No. They've made their game; we're making a new edition of Car Wars. Everything I have seen tells me that these are different games.

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      E Bordeaux
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      Excitement!

    15. Mike Norris on

      @Phil - My concern is Gaslands. No denying it is a great game....simple...but still a lot of fun. I think that is the big car combat game now. Even with a big name like Car Wars, they already have a head start.

      Are you guys addressing that game to make Car Wars play differently? If so will it be more or less complex than Gaslands? I think one of the beauties about Car Wars is its complexity, but that is me. People are all different.

      So I guess I am asking: How will this differ from the classic Car Wars, while differing from other car combat games out now, like Gaslands?

      As far as the Pocket Box games....I have no idea. I was a Games Workshop kid growing up. I would have never picked up Car Wars to begin with if it wasn't recommended to me over Dark Future by the game shop owner of my FLGS....the store I still love: Viking Hobby. :):):) And I am glad the owner recommended Car Wars over Dark Future. Car Wars will always be a big piece of my gaming evolution.

      So surprise me...and I will check the Pocket Box games out. If I see one I like...I am on board!

    16. Philip Reed Collaborator
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      @Stephen Superbacker - "Please don't make the game "simple"
      And please don't take the cool customization we have."

      The new game is designed for today and includes vehicles design, cars, guns, and combat.

    17. Philip Reed Collaborator
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      @Michael Barnhart - "Will there be rules to convert the current version of Car Wars?"

      The two are not compatible at all.

    18. ldjessee on

      Car Wars series, Battlesuit. That is all I need.

    19. Lee Langston
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      PLEASE! Make Kung Fu 2100! I LOVED that gamed!

    20. Bat Guano on

      Original Illuminati would be my (selfish) first choice. Never owned it myself, and had to rely on the loan of copies owned by others in order to play.

      Awful Green Things? Yes please.

    21. Joe Reynolds on

      I'm super excited to see what you all come up with!

      And hello old school players! This WILL BE a completely new game. There's space on the Steve Jackson Car Wars forum to lament about the rules becoming more simple and them taking away your childhood.

      It might be kinda cool to make the pocket box look like an old, 80's inspired VHS tape! It can hangout on my shelf of TV-taped airings of Airwolf and old xmas specials.

    22. Jeff Vandine
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      If I could only get one, it would be Kung Fu 2100!

      After that, Undead, Necromancer, Illuminati and all its expansions, Ogre and all its expansions and Car Wars and all its expansions, in that order!

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      William DeMarco
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      Car Wars, Illuminati.

    24. Michael Barnhart on

      Will there be rules to convert the current version of Car Wars?

    25. Stephen
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      Please don't make the game "simple"
      And please don't take the cool customization we have.

    26. Munchezuma
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      No interest in pocket box reprints from me.

    27. hair10
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      Undead, Necromancer, and Battlesuit please!

    28. John H. on

      Pocket bax reprints please:
      The car wars series,
      The ogre series,
      Melee and Wizard,

      And Awful Green Things, if you can manage it. I have the old plastic box (vhs tape sized) version of green things, and it is the bomb. Would love to have something similar agailable again.