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A Shadow From the Past, Part One

Note: These vehicle designs were developed over years of early Compendium era CAR WARS gaming and were printed out long ago with an Atari ST and a huge daisy wheel printer.  They encapsulate everything that I thought was cool about CAR WARS way back before I became a snobby connoisseur of gaming that babbled opinions incessantly on the internet.  In honor of the many games that were played with these cars, I’m leaving these designs exactly as they were and posting them here with only minimal commentary.

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Falchion — Luxury, x-hvy. chassis, hvy. suspension, Large power plant with superconductors, 4 solid tires, driver only, 2 ATG’s with APFSDS ammo linked F, 2 linked MD’s (one L, one R) each with an extra magazine, link for ATG’s and MD’s together, HRSWC to ATG’s.  Armor: F 40, B 30, L 30, R 30, T 6, U6.  Acceleration 5, HC 3, Top Speed 90; 6,600 lbs., $19,390.

Personal Items Pack — Take Body Armor, a Portable Fire Extinguisher, and a Rifle with 6 shots AV ammo.  $20,000.

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Boromir — Pickup, hvy. chassis, hvy. suspension, Super power plant, 4 solid tires, driver only, ATG front with APFSDS ammo, FCGS brack, SWC for ATG, spoiler and airdam.  Armor: F 60 (ramplate), B 30, L 35, R35, T 8, U 8, 2 10-point wheel hubs front, 2 10-point wheelguards back.  Acceleration 5, HC 3, Top Speed 95; 7,146 lbs., $19,652.

Personal Items Pack — Take a Portable Fire Extinguisher and a Rifle with 5 shots AV ammo.  $19,997.

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Minelayer — Mid-sized, hvy. chassis, hvy. suspension, Super power plant, 4 solid tires, driver only, FG front, MD back with 2 extra magazines, spoiler and airdam, HD shocks.  Armor: F 40, B 30, L 30, R 30, T 10, U 10, 2 10-point wheel hubs front, 2 10-point wheelguards back.  Acceleration 10, HC 3, Top Speed 120; 5,170 lbs., $15,000.

Division 20 option — As above, but upgrade to x-hvy. chassis, add superconductors, weapons timer, 5 PDG’s (2 linked L, 2 linked R, 1 linked to FG front), PFE, and Rifle with 8 shots of AV ammo.  Armor: F 50 (Ramplate), B 40, L 40, R 40, T 15, U 16.  5, 713 lbs., $19,996.

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Hot Shot II — Luxury, x-hvy. chassis, hvy. suspension, Large power plant with superconductors, 4 solid tires, driver only, 2 MG’s with incendiary ammo linked front, 2 linked MD’s (one R, one L) loaded with napalm mines, 2 FT’s linked back, fire extinguisher, targeting computer, rifle with four shots of AV ammo.  Armor: F 40, B 30, L 30, R 30, T 8, U 8, 10-points of component armor around driver.  Acceleration 5, HC 3, Top Speed 90; 6,600 lbs., $20,000.

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Dark Sword — Mid-size, hvy. chassis, hvy. suspension, 250 ci engine with carborator, 4 PR tires, driver with Body Armor, ATG with APFSDS ammo front, SWC to ATG, 3 linked SD’s with explosive tipped spikes (1 L, 1 R, 1 B), weapons timer, overdrive, spoiler, airdam, 2 1-gallon diel tanks, HD brakes, HD shocks, PFE.  Armor: F 45, B 34, R 30, L 30, T 10, U 5, 2 10-point wheel hubs front, 2 10-point wheelguards back.  Accel 10 (5 with overdrive), HC 3 (4 at 60+), Top Speed 80 (100 with overdrive), 5269 lbs.; $19,959.

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5 responses to “A Shadow From the Past, Part One

  1. raysonofclaw March 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I love The “Falchion”. Like A 70’s style Monte Carlo or Grand Prix maybe? Twin ATG’s! For real? Ouch.

    • jeffro March 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Definitely the Monte Carlo. I loved driving that car back in the day…! Never killed anyone with mines, though… but they did discourage tailgaters.

  2. raysonofclaw March 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Ah yes. I’m working on a design based on a ’72 El Camino. The design aspect of Car Wars was always my favorite part of the game. The actual combat was fun, if a little too complex for traditional role playing, but that is also what sets it apart. In fact, The sheer amount of info found in my copy of the rules compendium can be applied to a myriad of modern, post apocalyptic, futuristic, and steampunk game settings. I’m thinking “Savage Car Wars”. What do you think?
    Claw.

    • jeffro March 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

      That sounds like an excellent topic for a CWQ&A. Give me a couple of weeks to get around to it and I’ll rattle off my thoughts on that…! (PS Thanks for dropping by and noticing my all time favorite vehicle design; it probably should have wheel guards, but you can’t have everything.)

  3. raysonofclaw March 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Yeah, and they would look like a tempting target to anyone hit by those twin ATGs.
    Any idea what vehicle type would fit an El Camino or “ugh” Ranchero style body types? I was thinking maybe ‘station wagon’ with 13(+9) spaces.
    One more.
    How many spaces would a cargo space weapon platform take up in cargo? For example: An AC mounted in a manned 180 degree rear facing ‘cupola’ on a pickup (or even station wagon for that matter, minus quite a bit of Y axis of course).
    Keep on grunnin’
    Claw.

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