Car Wars Goes Virtual!
We've got all the details in "SJ Games News" on p. 5, but it bears
repeating here: Steve Jackson Games has signed a deal with VictorMaxx
Technologies for a virtual reality environment based on Car
. The first phase will be location-based entertainment
centers (LBEs), where you can climb into a cockpit and use the latest
virtual reality technology to take on your friends on the highways and
in the arenas of 2046.
After the centers get up and running, an online version and a home
CD-ROM version will come out - and they will all be compatible with
each other, so you can sit at your computer at home and take on two guys
at a LBE in one city, somebody else in another city, plus two duellists
who have logged on through an online service, all in real time.
Obviously, we're very excited about the prospects for this as not only a
huge hit in its own right, but as an opportunity for Car
Wars and the AADA to be as big
or bigger than it ever was.
Watch this space for some exciting new announcements about the
Car Wars line and the future of the
Car Wars Compendium Returns With New Attitude
We've announced the February release of a reprint of the Car
, 2nd Edition that will feature a truckload
of new art and an all-new graphic treatment by Richard Meaden, the
graphics guru who is doing most of Pyramid
magazine these days.
This edition is not a revision of the Car Wars
rules - we may do that sometime down the line, but not without a lot of
input from the fans and a great deal of time and thought - but it will
be much easier to read, with larger type, better graphics and better
tables and diagrams. It will also look incredible. Like we said, look
for it in February at a store near you.
We've had some of those terrible computer gremlins eat some of our
database in a conversion to a new system, so we can't vouch that this is
an entirely accurate list of official AADA
members and chapters. (Since it's so short, I'm tempted to believe that
it's seriously mangled.) If you're not on this list, please contact us
right away (and if you sent us a photocopy of your charter certificate,
that would help clear up the confusion right away). Anyway, here's who
we have, including clubs who have recently expired:
David Dotson, President
11618 8th Ave. W.
Everett, WA 98204
Division of Enumclaw Auto Duellists (DEAD)
Martin A. Hauge, President
39419 303rd Ave. SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Surrey Municipal Elite Guard, Motorized Armor (SMEGMA)
Brian Thomas, President
#109 - 12975 106th Ave.
Surrey, BC, Canada V3T 2C1
Death Racing Association - Washington (DRAW)
Bill Stevenson, President
PO Box 4195
Omak, WA 98841
Just Another Day Productions, Sponsor
732 S. Jackson / Rt. 2, Box 51
Omak, WA 98841
Game Masters of Central Florida
Daniel R. Sloan, President
5513 Britan Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
Grady Elliot, President
2006 Woodriver Dr. #8
Carbondale, IL 62901
Seattle Hierarchy of Autoduelling Fanatical Terrorists (SHAFT)
Lon Staves, President
2009 NW 63rd St.
Seattle, WA 98107
New Omaha Vehicular Association (NOVA)
Norman McMullen, President
2524 Madison St.
DWARF on Wheels
Benjamin Frisch, President
34 Woodward Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804
Northern Occidental Researchers and Duellists (NORAD)
M. Craig Stockwell, President
2000 Benson Rd. S. #115-134
Seattle, WA 98055-4452
Francis Lalumiere, President
2860 de Carignan
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H1N 2Y4
AzNev Vehicle Design Group
Issak Haywood, President
4180 West Desert Inn Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Asgaard Games, Sponsor
Magnus Karlsson, President
S-633 62 Eskilstuna
S. John Ross, President
1320 Jeff Davis Highway #2
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
OtherWorld Adventures, Sponsor
1320 Jeff Davis Highway #20
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Vancouver's Idiotic Pyromaniac Exterminators (VIPER)
Cameron Evans, President
3116 138th St.
Surrey, BC, Canada V4A 8N7
Timothy D. Jacques, President
513 Wilshire Dr. #6
Bellevue, NE 68005
Boston Autoduelling Association (BAD Ass.)
Amy C. Carey, President
39-41 Hancock Street #3
Salem, MA 01970
William Spencer, Felton, CA
Bill Glenn, Irving, TX
Dean Heitkamp, Cedar Rapids, IA
Again, if you or your club is not on this list and you think you should
be, please contact us immediately.
If you'd like to join the AADA - and who
wouldn't! - check out the sidebar on page 82. Join us. Join us!
A Word About Tournaments
We want to continue to sponsor the AADA
Championship Tournaments, and we want them to be as popular and as fun
as possible. We had some difficulties last year when our co-sponsor (and
the people who were going to actually run the tournaments), Soldiers
& Swords, dropped out at the last minute. We scrambled as best we
could, but the tournaments could have been a lot better. We have some
ideas for changes for next year, and we'd love to hear from you about
some of them.
Preliminary Rounds. There aren't nearly as many chapters as there used
to be, and very few Regional Tournaments are even being run anymore. Are
they worth the trouble? Should we drop the round altogether?
Origins vs. GenCon. Traditionally, the World Duelling Championships were
held at Origins and the Racing Championships were added a couple of
years later for GenCon. For the past five years and maybe more,
however, GenCon has drawn a lot more gamers than Origins - last year it
was 30,000 to 7,000. Should we hold both tournaments at GenCon? Switch
the tournaments so that the Duelling Championships - ostensibly the more
prestigious of the two - is held at the larger convention? On the other
hand, we had more participants at this year's Origins events than at
GenCon; Origins is still thought of as a boardgame con while GenCon is
more of a roleplaying con. That's not strictly true, of course, but it's
a useful generalization for this argument. So where and when should the
tournaments be held?
Prizes. What do you want for prizes? Certificates? SJ Games merchandise?
Flashy trophies? What about for Club Champions and Regional Champions
(if we have Regionals, that is)? Let us know.
As you can see, we have a lot of decisions to make. Please help us make
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