That must be your friend over there. They didn’t leave much of him.
The high-octane-fuelled shenanigans continue in the second and final part of this exciting Battlecars battle report.
It was great fun getting this old classic back on the table, but I wonder if it wouldn’t benefit from a few rules tweaks now that some thirty years have passed between its original design and the present day. Alternating activations perhaps? A more interesting ‘to hit’ system? A better way of determining which interior component has been hit, thus avoiding the frequent re-rolling?
It’s also inspired me to look at some other car combat games from the past. Wreckage was an unheralded 2003 release from Fantasy Flight Games in their Silver Line range of small-box games, and it was really designed as a Matchbox-car scale miniatures game rather than a boardgame. It would be worth getting to the table. And of course there’s Games Workshop’s other game in this genre, Dark Future, which brings post-apocalyptic car combat to the highways. Gorkamorka was another one by GW, this time featuring Orky trucks and bikes. And of course there’s the grandaddy of them all – Steve Jackson’s Car Wars. I don’t have a copy, but did find it a bit too fiddly (and ugly) for my taste when I played it, way back in 1980 when it was released.
So many choices for vehicular mayhem. So put the pedal to the metal gamers!