Car Wars Resources
Example of some of my original counters for download here
This is a page of resources for Steve Jackson Games' excellent Car Wars series of games.
All files provided are my original work, links to SJG works, or links to others' original work. Various copyrights apply where applicable.
Compendium Rules Resources
IMHO the SPARK maps and turning keys are excellent, the car counters are functional but unattractive.
- Turning Keys
- Excel spreadsheet for vehicle design
Original Work CWC scale counters (with damage reverse) in color:
El Con Autoduel Park - Tucson, AZ
Already underused by 2010 and completely abandoned during the financial woes, gang violence, and resultant population exodus during the late 2010s, El Con Mall sat unused and mummified until 2027. As citizens returned during the 2020's, reassured by the fortress truck stops along I-10 and the revitalized Davis-Monthan AFB, local business owners reincarnated the vast parking lots of El Con into an outdoor autoduel facility, Commando Scout camp, and annual BBQ event. Although rough by national standards, El Con Autoduel park is the best Southern Arizona has to offer.
Car icons that could be incorporated into CW with a little Photoshop work:
Miniatures and 3d Terrain info
PC Software Car Designer
Buy Car Wars at SJG
Car Wars 5th Edition (Early 2000s Booklet Version)
Car Wars 5th Ed. Construction Rules - unofficial but excellent.
Color car counters, my design, plus ice counters: Front and Back
Car Record sheets for "Amateur Karts", suitable for an introductory Amateur Night game
Extra debris, dropped weapon, and smoke for 5th ed
You should be able to take the files to Office Depot (or similar) and ask them to follow these instructions for best results. The success of your mission at Office Depot will depend largely on the skill, kindness, and patience of the employee you encounter. Be nice to them and you'll leave with a nice looking sheet of counters for $1.50 or less. Be disagreeable and you'll likely leave empty handed and have wasted 20 minutes of everyone's time.
Office Depot, available in most areas in North America, uses the Docucenter 252 color printer. This is a good quality printer, but it has problems with alignment (which is important on 2 sided documents) if the two PDF files are not "merged" together and printed at once. You will generally need to find the best employee they have to pull this off...in 3 trips, I found that only one employee knew how to merge the PDFs and print a 2 sided document. The alternative is to print twice to the same sheet, but you will have to "nudge" the back side PDF to the left about 1/8", and this is tricky.
- Set "Resize to fit paper" to OFF
- Set "Auto center" to OFF
- Merge the two files into a 2 sided document
- Print double sided on semi-gloss 110# cardstock
A word about the counters
The CW5 system has plenty of sub-compact and compact counters. As such, I have created midsize and sedan size counters. "Sedan?" you ask. Yes, Sedan body type, while not available in the standard CW5 rules, has been graciously converted by chaoticsyst3m and so I thought I would make some appropriate counters, which as you might expect are bigger than a mid but smaller than a luxury. If you don't like sedans, you can just trim them down to mid-size counters. They will fit on a mid-size counter.
My experimentation has left me with about a set and a half of leftovers of reasonable quality. I could mail these in an envelope to a unlucky soul out of range of an Office Depot for free.
Send me an email at cars at launchfightersgame dawt com.
I hope you enjoy.
Disclaimer: You are free to save & print my original work for your personal, non-profit use.
Car Wars is a trademark of Steve Jackson Games, and its rules and art are copyrighted by Steve Jackson Games . All rights are reserved by Steve Jackson Games. This game aid is the original and is released for free distribution, and not for resale, under the permissions granted in the Steve Jackson Games Online Policy