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Car Wars Series


Core Rules

Unless noted otherwise everything is published by Steve Jackson Games

Edition Cover Title Format Release
date
Phases
per Turn
Scale
1st

Car Wars Pocket Box
1981
10
1"=15 ft.
2nd

Car Wars Deluxe 8½ × 11" book
1985
3rd

Car Wars Compendium
8½ × 11"
perfect-bound
book
1989
4th

Car Wars Compendium
Second Edition
1990
1996
5
PDF
(fully searchable
and bookmarked)
2009
5th

Car Wars (Fifth Edition) 6½×10½" booklets
2002
3
1"= 5 ft.

The first four editions have essentially the same rules, but with expansion and refinement.

Mini Car Wars (1987) is a one-page promotional pamphlet released with very simplified rules.

The Fifth Edition simplifies game play greatly and only uses pre-designed cars,
 resulting in a game that plays much faster, but without car customization.

Editions 1–4

Deluxe Supplements (boxed)

Other Supplements (official)

Auto Ventures (unofficial)

Third party supplements by Car Wars author Aaron Allston, published by Task Force Games.

Related

Card Games

Adventure Gamebooks

A six volume series of Car Wars Adventure Gamebooks published by TSR. They are in the vein of Choose Your Own Adventure, but more detailed with a character sheet and dice based mechanics to resolve combat.

  1. Battle Road (July 1986)
  2. Fuel's Gold (Oct. 1986)
  3. Dueltrack (Feb. 1987)
  4. Badlands Run (June 1987)
  5. Green Circle Blues (Aug. 1987)
  6. Mean Streets (Nov. 1987) - An expanded version of the eponymous Car Wars adventure (see above).

GURPS Autoduel

GURPS based role-playing game set in the Car Wars universe.

Car Warriors

Car Warriors is the title of both a 4-issue comic, and a 3-volume novel series.

The four-issue comic-book series was published by Malibu Comics (a Marvel imprint) in 1991. The series covers a cross country road race with a variety of unusual participants. New equipment from each issue is given Car Wars stats on the last page, although issue three's page was left-out and included in issue four.

The three volume series of Car Wars novels was published by Tor Books later in the 1990s.

  1. The Square Deal (1992) by David Drake. ISBNs 0-8125-1989-2 & 0-8125-3030-6
  2. Double Jeopardy (1994) by Aaron Allston. ISBN 0-8125-3463-8
  3. Back from Hell (1999) by Mick Farren. ISBNs 0-8125-1990-6 & 0-8125-1991-4

Magazines

Miniatures

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