The Driver's Seat

HTMLized by Francis Greenaway.

My, how time flies when you're having fun. This is the very busiest time of the year for me, since in addition to being editor of Autoduel Quarterly, I'm also the concention manager here at Steve Jackson Games. By the time you read this, we'll have just gotten back from Origins in Dallas and what I hope was a very successful AADA World Championship (details in Fall 2034 issue).

Still ahead are trips to OKon (Tulsa, OK, July 20-22), GatewayCon (St. Louis, MO, July 27-29), GenCon 17 (Lake Geneva, WI, Aug. 16-19), and the World Science Fiction Convention (Anaheim, CA, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3). The season winds down after that, though we may make some more trips in the fall.

We do have some clubs started already - for a complete listing, consult the "AADA News" section in this issue. But we don't have nearly enough. Some groups have sent in their charter applications right away, but others have complained that asking all members of a club to be subscribers is unfair. "We all share our gaming materials," the reasoning goes, "Why should we all subscribe just to belong to the same club?" If being allowed to join or form an official AADA chapter was the only benefit provided by AADA membership that might be true. But don't forget the free window sticker and membership card that all subscribers get (if you're a new subscriber with this issue, don't worry, it's on the way), and don't forget the opportunity to get "AADA Only" items such as t-shirts, caps and other goodies (starting with next issue).

Of course, for some strange reason, I'm of the opinion that the magazine itself is well worth the $10 year, and the rest of the stuff is just icing on the cake. And the alternate offer still stands: If you absolutely refuse to subscribe, you can still join the AADA. Membership costs $10 a year, and one of the benefits is a free subscription to Autoduel Quarterly. So there.

Getting Hefty

I hope you noticed one nice thing as soon as you picked up this issue of ADQ. W've gained weight. Eight pages of weight, to be exact. With the addition of "AADA News," an even longer scenerio, and a few other new items, the eight extra pages are much needed. I'm happy to provide this extra value to Car Wars fans, but we can't get much bigger than this. Which leads to an interesting question: Would you pay $3.00 for a 56 page ADQ? I don't think we're going to do anything like this any time soon (the jump to 48 pages took about three issues before I got the courage to try it), but it would be nice to know what you think on the subject. If you have any reason to write us about something else - like maybe an article submission (hint, hint) - let me know what you think.

Another opportunity to let us know what you think will be found elsewhere in this issue. The Readers Survey is being done in conjunction with Space Gamer, Fantasy Gamer, and Fire and Movement magazines, which are all publishing simiiiar surveys. We hope to get an idea of what sort of folks read our magazines, and what we can do to better serve you. If you subscribe, a handy form for answering can be found on the inside of the back mailer cover. If you don't (tsk, tsk...), you can copy the form on page 43 and send it in. Remember, three one-year ADQ subscriptions will go to three respondents, so make sure you include your name and return address. We want to to hear from you, and we're willing to pay to hear your opinions! Who could ask for more? So send those surveys in, OK?

Steve Jackson, publisher of this esteemed magazine (and my boss) found a few more problems with ADQ 4's "Trucking Economics" article, mainly in the Cargo Contents table. By dividing the "Value/Space" factor of any item by it's "Pounds/Space" factor, we gat a value for value per pound. By doing this, Steve found a few funnies. Like Precious Metals having a value of $100 per pound. That's low, but close for Silver - but totally out-of-line for Gold or other valuables. Transplant organs are worth $1.25 per pound - cheaper than fresh meat! (Which leads to a really disgusting thought that I won't print.) There are others - live cattle are $1.00 a pound, live swine are 10c a pound, and live poulty are $4.00 a pound - but I hat to go into details, especially embarassng ones.

The upshot of all this is that players and referees are encouraged to check the values on the Cargo Contents Table, and if they seem unreasonable to you - change them.

Also, be on the lookout for issue 69 of Space Gamer magazine. It has a neat cycle gang shootout called Junkyard Hogs, and it's highly recommended to all autoduelling junkies.

That's it for right now. Enjoy this issue, and keep on duellin'!

- Scott D. Haring