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SJG: Car Wars is Making a Come Back

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Aug 21 2016
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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