SJG: Car Wars is Making a Come Back

The classic is on its way back – Car Wars 6th Edition is in the works from Steve Jackson Games!

The folks at Steve Jackson Games initially reported that the new edition would be available later this year, but in order to insure players don’t have to wait several months for updates after the initial release they’ve pushed back the release date.

They want to have the first six months of supplements done so that players will have access to new weapons, gadgets, scenarios, and accessories quickly after they get their hands on the basic game. Waiting a little longer for a great product and an improved gaming experience will be well worth it.


They recently released an update on what we’ll see in the new edition:

The game features twelve different factions: six wasteland factions and six arena factions. Each faction represents a gang, corporation, outlaw group, or other organization within the Car Wars world.

There are three points of entry into the Car Wars game: The two-player Wastelands Starter, the two-player Arenas Starter, and the four-player Car Wars game. A player may buy any one of those and start playing immediately, and buying all three allows up to eight to play at once.

From wheels to machineguns, Car Wars sixth edition is a new game. Everything from combat to maneuvering to vehicle design was designed to get players into combat within moments of sitting down at the table. The driving goal behind the overall creative process is best summed up with three words: Cars. With. Guns.

Car Wars sixth edition features plastic car miniatures at HO scale. Miniatures are included in the three games as well as in faction-specific expansion sets. At the moment, it looks like one faction pack – loaded with three plastic miniatures, several new game cards, and whatever tokens are required to use the cars in combat – will cost players $19.95. That’s a lot of new options at a low price!

We are taking both the Car Wars anthology and the new game to Kickstarter, and the two projects will connect. The fiction project is first, and backers of the Car Wars anthology project who also back the game on Kickstarter will receive special bonus cards when they receive their rewards.

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There will also be a new anthology of stories set in the Car Wars universe that will be headed by James Lowder. It will contain tales about each of the factions, as well as 12 new game cards that can be used to bring the stories into games.


There will be more updates as we get closer to the release, and there will be a preview at BGG Con in November. If you’re an Austinite you can sign up to be a play tester – keep an eye on the Daily Illuminator for details.


Here’s a BoLS retro review of the classic to get you in the mood:

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  • Commissar Molotov

    Wooo! Loved that game. I’m in!

    • euansmith

      “Gentlemen, start you engines!”

      “Scum, open fire!”

      • Commissar Molotov

        Sunday Drivers was so much fun. Racing around trying to blow up the other racers while the pedestrians took potshots at all the cars. Great for group gaming!

        • euansmith

          It sounds like the new Car Wars release is going to the same scale as Games Workshops Dark Future. I’ve still got a set of that around here somewhere along with some of the pedestrian minis. They were some of GWs best minis I think.

          • Commissar Molotov

            I thought I read that the minis were going to be HO scale, but I don’t see that in this article. If it is HO, we can cannibalize model train stuff to build a “Sunday Drivers” neighborhood to terrorize! Woo!

  • euansmith

    Vroom! Vroom! Dakka! Dakka! Tinkle (caltrops), Squirt (oil slick), Pooof (smoke screen), Screeeeeeee! Vehicular Homicide is coming home!

  • Andrew

    Awesome on the Wasteland set, will it include cars?

  • DeathBy SnuSnu

    I played Car Wars for years as teenager. Loved it. Recently bought the re-release of the original boxed set and was disappointed by the terrible quality of the contents and the incredible complexity of the original rules. Car Wars really hasn’t aged very well imho. The ‘Outrider’ war game captures the feel of Car Wars, without all the tedious complexity. Plus you can butcher Hot Wheels for it to build your own forces.

    • euansmith

      Yeah, Carwars was a trifle fiddly. I really liked the art style, though, and the whole auto arena idea. It was a very different take on the subject to Mad Max.

      A new Gorkamork could be a laugh too, if they threw away the old rules and replaced them with something more streamlined.

    • Commissar Molotov

      I loved it, but the rules were heavy as hell. You’d play for an hour and only complete 12 seconds of “game” time!

  • ruleslawyer

    I know what came first but is it just a coincidence that GW is thinking about releasing Dark Future – – and then SJG digs this up?

    • palaeomerus

      I doubt it. Car Wars revival was part of the Ogre Designer’s Edition Kickstarter and Dark Future is not one of GW’s better known brands.

    • John Maddening

      Yeah, SJG has been publicly talking about this for years.

  • fishphacurr

    Fantastic! The original Car Wars clamshell edition was the very first game I ever bought. I was 10 years old ha ha. Can’t wait to see this reboot.

  • palaeomerus

    Now I just need a better idea for a real Ogre revival that isn’t $100+ and huge, and maybe a new edition of Chiton 1.

    • Damistar

      I’d love to see SJG redo the rules for Ogre for they have aged poorly since the days of everything needs a chart. The fluff and minis were both enjoyable and I’d like to return to the world of biphase carbide armor and nuclear rifles.

  • Count me in. I loved that game.

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  • Vepr

    I am stoked. Loved that game and I am looking forward to introducing it to my kids.

  • Hallmeister

    Surprised no one has mentioned Battlecars. As I remember it was simpler to setup and play than Car Wars with great components (for the time) and mechanics. Will have to dig out my old set and see if it stands the test of time.

    • Ebsolom

      Yes, good old Battle Cars. A lot more streamlined and you were able to get a good few games in per session.