The American Autoduel Association is on the move, adding five new local chapters and holding the first AADA World Championships. The final tournament of the 2033-34 season was held June 24 at the Origins game convention in Dallas, TX. Three club champions were able to make it to the final event: Dave Burnett, representing the Smith County Avengers of Tyler, TX; Preston Pearcy, representing the Arlington Autoduel Association of Arlington, TX; and Carl Neal, representing the Tulsa Overt Operators for the Betterment of Autoduelling (TOO-BAD) of Tulsa, OK.
The finals were an Unlimited Class duel held at the Dumbarton Slalom Arena in Oakland, California. The format was simple - all combatants entered from the same end of the arena, and the first to circle the pillars at the far end, come back and cross the starting line (in a car or on foot) would be the winner. As an added inducement to speed, no firing of weaponry was allowed until duellists crossed a line between the first and second choke points.
The first duellist was lost at the first choke point. Neal, running down the right side, cut Pearcy off, forcing him to slip behind or slam into the TV bunker. The stubborn Pearcy instead tried to ram Neal out of the way, but lost control as a result of the collision and smashed into the bunker anyway, disabling his car. The occupants got out and fought on valiantly, but Neal's turreted laser made quick work of them. A short firefight ensued when Neal and Burnett crossed the firing line, but Neal's luck held as Burnett lost control after a blistering hit and also smacked a TV bunker. Neal's laser made equally quick work of the second car's occupant, who was hoping to even the score with a LAW before going down. With the competition eliminated, Neal took it easy, completing the course unchallenged and claiming the World Championship title. In addition to the prestige and adulation, Neal received a lifetime subscription to Autoduel Quarterly from Steve Jackson Games as a prize.
With the 2034-35 season approaching, there are now 15 clubs eligible to hold championships as preludes to next summer's World Championships in Baltimore. The five new clubs are:
Arlington Autoduel Association (Arlington. TX) Larry Launders, President 1726 Park Hill Drive Arlington, TX 76012 South Salem Autoduel Association (Salem, OR) Chuck Williamson, President 2545 Mountain Laurel Way South Salem, OR 97302 South Fulton Double Clutchers (Astoria, IL) Mark L. Tippett, President Box 247 Astoria, IL 61501 Cornhusker State Autoduelling Association (Lincoln, NE) Steve Tingley, President 6504 Aylesworth Lincoln, NE 68505 Macoupin County Autoduel Association (Brighton, IL) C. Kevin Handling, President 202 South Maple Brighton, IL 62012
For those of you who are new to autoduelling, joining the AADA is easy: Subscribe to Autoduel Quarterly, the Journal of the American Autoduel Association, and you're in! Benefits include a membership card, periodic mailings containing free goodies, the right to form local chapters, and the opportunity to get "AADA Members Only" merchandise. (See the inside of the mailer cover of this issue.)
To form a local chapter, assemble at least five persons who are all AADA members. Then select a president, who will be responsible for all the official paperwork. (Don't worry, there won't be much of that). The president must agree to allow his or her name to be published in ADQ. For subscribers, a charter application form can be found inside the mailing cover of this issue. If you're not a subscriber, first become one, then send us the proposed name of your club, the names of your members. the name and address of your president, and a $15 chartering fee to the American Autoduel Association, Box 18957, Austin, TX 78760. You may be able to find a sponsor to put up the $15 fee. Hobby shops are ideal for this sort of thing - they provide the chartering fee and a place for the club to play, and the club provides crowds of game players browsing through the store regularly.
We're always on the lookout for news from local chapters, including stories of exciting duels, challenges between clubs, odd occurrences, tournament winners, and anything else that seems interesting.
The Land of Lincoln Autoduel Association reported that they held their club championship recently, and the winner was Russell McKinney. Like all local club champions, McKinney got a prize certificate from Steve Jackson Games good for SJ Games merchandise. Keep that news coming!
That's all the news for now. Drive Offensively!