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Year Published
1983
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Primary Name
Battlecars
Alternate Names
Combat Cars
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A futuristic game of deadly driving. Have you ever pressed the imaginary button on the dashboard of your car to vaporize the idiot driver's car in front ?

BATTLECARS is a game in which 'road rage' takes on a whole new meaning. Vent your frustration on other players by arming your car with machine guns and rockets. Watch in glee as cars explode into fireballs. Drive on and smile as the next target comes into range. Set the gunnery computer and squeeze the trigger - then BOOM!

How long can you survive in the deadly arena of the future ? Do you have what it takes to be a highway warrior ?

Only by playing BATTLECARS, with its unique simulation of driving skill and combat, will you ever find out.

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COMPONENTS:

1 Rulebook
2 Playing boards
4 Battlecar cards
4 Pedestrian cards
1 Eight-sided die
4 Quick reference play sheets
8 Car counters
8 Pedestrian counters
8 Speed markers
280 red damage markers

DROPPED WEAPON MARKERS:
7 Mines
7 Spikes
7 Smoke
7 Oil

IN-CAR WEAPON COUNTERS:
12 Smoke (passive)
12 Spike (passive)
12 Oil (passive)
12 Mine (passive)
12 Flamethrower
12 Rocket
48 Shell
132 M.G

TERRAIN MARKERS:
7 Single trees
3 Double trees
2 Single grass
6 Double grass
2 Quad grass
9 Single building
9 Double building
2 Quad building

Battlecars is a simple wargame based upon the Mad Max genre of a post-apocalyptic world dominated by aggressive, warring gangs. It was first published by Games Workshop in the early 1980s and the game designers were Gary Chalk and Ian Livingstone

Each player has one or more "battlecars" that are equipped with machine guns, flamethrowers, spike droppers and the like, with much taken from the cinematic James Bond mythology of modified vehicles.

The simple game mechanics allowed for quick and entertaining game play, with damage being marked off using card counters. The game was too simple for some more mature players, given its relatively basic rules and lack of capacity to design unique vehicles. It is possible that the game was intended to capitalise on the popularity at the time of Car Wars game published by Steve Jackson Games. The game was not successful and has been forgotten by the general public. The production values of the game, however, were higher than those of the early versions of Car Wars.

One expansion set for this game was released, Battlebikes introducing motorcycles and also handling some errata.

A licensed, Swedish language, version of the game was published by Target Games under the name Combat Cars. The art for the box was done by famous sci fi illustrator Jim Burns.

The Swedish edition from 1986 has development credits to Anders Blixt, Fredrik Malmberg and Olle Sahlin, and has additional art credits to Steven Hägg, Nils Gulliksson and Göran Eriksson. It also has an age recommendation of 14+ instead of 12+.

In the autumn of 1984, Games Workshop released Battlecars as a computer game for the ZX Spectrum. It was written by SLUG (a Harlow co-operative of ex-programmers from Red Shift).[1] It was launched alongside two other Games Workshop titles, D-Day and Tower Of Despair.

Later in the 80s Games Workshop released a new product named Battlecars', however this was for an expansion box of car models for their separate road-based wargame of Dark Future and was not connected to, or compatible with, the original game.

Miniatures
Citadel Miniatures produced a range a miniatures for the game in the 1980s.

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Battlecars
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Games Workshop English Edition
Publisher: Games Workshop Ltd.
Artist: Jim Burns, Gary Chalk
Year: 1983
Product Code: 102107
Size: 11.50 x 8.60 x 2.20 inches
2.00 pounds
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Publisher: Target Games
Artist: Gary Chalk, Nils Gulliksson, Steven Hägg
Year: 1983
Product Code: 71-001
Size: 12.10 x 8.50 x 2.00 inches
2.20 pounds
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This is a reworked set of board plans for the Games Workshop 'Battlecars'. The idea is to print as many of as you want, cut them up and piece together however you want. These are specifically scaled to 'N'Gauge, or 1/148 (sometimes 1/160) or Micro machines scale.
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This is a reworked set of board plans for the Games Workshop 'Battlecars'. The idea is to print as many of as you want, cut them up and piece together however you want. These are specifically scaled to 'N'Gauge, or 1/148 (sometimes 1/160) or Micro machines scale.
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This is a reworked set of board plans for the Games Workshop 'Battlecars'. The idea is to print as many of as you want, cut them up and piece together however you want. These are specifically scaled to 'N'Gauge, or 1/148 (sometimes 1/160) or Micro machines scale.
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This is a reworked set of board plans for the Games Workshop 'Battlecars'. The idea is to print as many of as you want, cut them up and piece together however you want. These are specifically scaled to 'N'Gauge, or 1/148 (sometimes 1/160) or Micro machines scale.
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Num Ratings: 311
Average Rating: 6.09
Standard Deviation: 1.44
Num Views: 61978
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