Also, one of the best properties of a game like Car Wars is that the rules are a rigid medium around which the players can test their designs and battle strategies. The basis on which this property stands is the unity of the rules. So whenever the editor replies "let your referee decide," it only aids in separating all Car Wars players from such a unity. In addition, when a player in the aforementioned lawless bunch tries to standardize a particular rule before a duel, it usually blows the cover off a tactic or plan of his, and also gives his opponents a legal way to make doing a simple, realistic plan harder than tightrope walking across the Grand Canyon! I hope you think of these comments before you answer your next batch of questions.
- Bob Somogyi
Highland Park, NJ
Well, Bob, if you have a problem with the RTDaP system, why don't you talk it over with your referee and have him come up with something better?
Sorry, just kidding. I understand your complaint, but there's not much I can do. So many of the kinds of questions you're talking about are role-playing issues - what are my chances of seeing this, what roll do I need to catch that. Off-the-cuff, consistent answers to such questions are impossible to give without developing a much more complete skill system for Car Wars. We've done this already - it's called GURPS Autoduel.
Short of a skill system, the only answers I could give would be arbitrary and
inconsistent. Furthermore, these questions often refer to situations that are
highly unlikely to ever occur - in or out of a game. I can't justify giving
permanent, graven-in-stone answers to one-shot questions. However, I'll keep the
issue in mind and try to give more detailed answers.
Cefn Coed, United Kingdom
Well, you're talking to the wrong person. Personally, I would have published a helicopter rules supplement, in the style of the Car Wars Expansion Sets. But that's immaterial. Deluxe Car Wars is not just a rehash of the old rules. True, it is a compilation of the three Pocket Box supplements (and the trike rules from the AADA Vehicle Guide and the helicopter rules from Autoduel Champions), but it also contains some major rules changes, revisions, corrections and so forth. Selling the DCW rulebook alone wouldn't reduce the cost by much. The price isn't the box, and it isn't the road sections and cardboard counters. The price is the work that went into putting it together - writing, editing, drawing and typesetting. We like to think that the extra components add to the value of the game; it's unfortunate that you don't agree. But it's not a matter of ethics, ingratitude to our customers, or Swiss bank accounts.
The following areas are under question: southwest North and South Dakota, northwest Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, central Montana, Lubbock, Texas, and various small towns surrounding these areas. Most of them are unfenced, with warning signs posting the land as "government reserves." On frequent occasions, we were met by armed troops, some of which had protective suits; we were advised that deadly force would be used unless we left. My curiosity was aroused, so I did a little investigative work.
I was intercepted and forced back every time I tried to fly over such prohibited areas for reconnaissance; every time I ran computer searches for information about those areas, I was stopped by "Classified" labels. Eventually, through more and more covert investigations, I came up with some shocking preliminary findings. Radiation levels in these areas were several times safety limits - and where radiation levels were normal there were traces of chemical and biological contamination. Records showed that these areas had been abandoned through federal "strategic relocation."
After another four years of research, I've come to the following conclusions:
This letter was found in the wreckage of a brief road duel outside our offices. The body in the wreck was identified by police as one John Smith, a day laborer employed at the San Gabriel Nuclear Facility near Austin. According to medical reports, he was caught in a brief radiation accident at the facility, causing brain damage. No other employees were affected.
Still, believing his story worthy of investigation, the AADA contacted officials
in the Texas and United States governments. They denied all such allegations;
Poughkeepsie and Lake Geneva were the only major nuclear strikes in North
America, though there were a few minor impacts in other locations. Obviously,
this letter is simply the hallucinations of an unfortunately ill person and
should be treated as such.
Thanks for the beer offer, but I don't drink. I prefer to face the world with clear eyes, thank you. As for the "flat earth" comment, it's obvious you've never lived in Illinois . . .
I know what the All-Seeing Pyramid is, and what it means, and who most often uses it. And the ARFs might be carrying them just to annoy conspiracy theorists. At least I hope so.
Answering your arguments:
The Iran/Contra thing: The Iranians didn't talk, some Turk did. I had to search through some old news fiches at MiniRec to find out what you were talking about (most of these events took place years before I was born . . .), so pardon me if I let the past remain the past. The files on the whole fiasco are open to the public, and if you pay attention (watch C-Span if Anarchists use Cable TV), you can find out about these things when they happen. Get your head out of the 1900s and grow up.
Deep Throat: Tempting, but I won't say it. Not here, anyway.
The late SISC members: Where did you get that? You seem to forget that A) Wesley assembled the committee, and it's really stupid to have more than one token opposition member on your own team, and B) Wesley was a target! Are you insinuating that his late wife voted against him?
The Dempsey XM-6: Of course it's well hidden; you know as well as I do that it was demolished in Midville. I've still got video cubes of the fight. I'll grant you the B/B heist might have been a fake, but it seems like a lot of bother with no obvious goal when, given the political condition, $5 million was (and still is) a substantial amount of money to the U.S. government.
Wesley's rantings: Again, a check with the files of MiniRec utterly failed to find the quote you're so proud of. Find out what he said, not what you believe or think he said. In any case, he has no aspirations for the White House.
Power corrupts: Sure does, and that's why the mangy beast is
arranged so that no one individual carries much of it. I know the Anarchy Party
formed because the government couldn't bail America out of the Blight and
accompanying riots, but did you expect to just sit on your duffs and wait for a
miracle? GROW UP! FACE REALITY!! Disasters happen. And stop misspelling my
name; you hermaphroditic clown.
- Charles Oines
-" . . .hermaphroditic clown" Play nicely, children . . .