Kickstarter CAR WARS May Be a Refinement of Compendium 2.5
This image came from the survey in Ogre Kickstarter Update #27,
When the Ogre Kickstarter first began, there was a surprising amount of people clamoring for CAR WARS to get the same treatment. It looked to me like when it was indicated that the project would develop from the ill-fated 5th edition of the game that the talk of CAR WARS rapidly tapered off in the Kickstarter comments and on Board Game Geek. A few ardent fans of the old game argued a different point of view and it appears that the folks at Steve Jackson Games are considering all of their options as can be seen in the CAR WARS stretch goal on the Kickstarter front page:
$700,000 – Drive Offensively! We will launch a Kickstarter project for Car Wars! We *think* this will turn out to be a refinement of Car Wars Compendium 2.5, but you’ll tell us. Our supporters at the [new] $23 level and higher will be invited to join an exclusive Car Wars forum, where we’ll build the new edition from the ground up – issues like “which classic cover do we use?,” “10 phase, 5 phase, or 3 phase movement?,” and “do we include boats?” Once the project launches, surveys will be open to the public, but only supporters of the current project will get in on the preliminary planning. And we’ll take everything we have learned from our Ogre Kickstarter project to make the Car Wars project even better. If we make this goal, the private Car Wars forum and surveys will launch before the end of 2012. The game will be published in late 2013.
(PS #1 – And we will add staff as necessary to make sure that the Car Wars and Ogre projects don’t compete for attention!)
(PS #2 – To make sure this is clear: Supporters of Ogre are not receiving a copy of the new Car Wars. You’re just making us DO it. Thank you . . . we think!)
Realize that this process of developing Ogre on the fly with Kickstarter and SurveyMonkey is unprecedented. It’s insane. Vocal minorities have demanded everything from flat 2D Ogres to classic counters and they are getting them one way or another.
When you go buy a CAR WARS t-shirt, you will get access to the forums and surveys that set the course for the future of this classic game. This is not just a marketing gimmick. (Though to be sure, without something like Kickstarter, it is unlikely [in my opinion] that CAR WARS would have been seriously developed again for the usual distribution channels.) And note that… if you’d rather have lotsa Ogre stuff, you do not have to buy the shirt to get in on this– you’re already on board!
So please… if you love classic microgames, please join the Ogre Kickstarter today. There’s only a few days left for you to be a part of gaming history. Do your part to preserve our rights to vehicular arms!