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kafka47 July 31st, 2007 03:31 PM

Car Wars
Thinking how much of the post appocalyptic fiction was written in the 1970s, one overlooked source for a possible source would be the movies that inspired Car Wars as a possible Twilight future. Save, the machines would be running on alcohol products. I can see it now the Hillbillies square off the Greasers from NYC.

Or maybe, I have too much GenCon Indy on my mind...

BlackBat242 August 8th, 2007 09:17 PM

Actually, as many or more books than movies...

The original small-box rules included an "inspirational" reading/watching list... including Alan Dean Foster's 1971 Why Johnny can't Speed, Roger Zelazny's 1969 Damnation Alley, and a whole lot more.

Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of that... just the Deluxe Car Wars set and some supplements.

Note that the 1977 movie Damnation Alley is almost totally altered from the book... and loses very much in the change.

hunter August 8th, 2007 09:30 PM

Great game! We ran more arena games than the RPG side, but yeah I could see a Car Wars as a possible Twilight future.

scrane August 13th, 2007 11:47 AM

I'm just a lurker passing by, who noticed "Car Wars" and got excited.

It seems to me that the backstory behind Car Wars has actually gotten more viable than it seemed back in the 80s. Some issues to consider:

1) Peak Oil. Depending on who you believe, we have either already reached global peak oil production or will in the next 1-35 years. And the oil that is left will be increasingly hard and costly to reach. One thing that is certain, though, oil is a finite resource and it WILL run out.

2) Alternative fuels will replace oil. Electric cars, LNG cars, ethanol cars.

3) In America, corn is king. It seems like everything we eat and many of the other products we own are produced in part from corn, Heck, even my pants are probably made of corn. If ethanol becomes more important as a replacement for oil, corn becomes still more important as a resource. The "Grain Blight" postulated in Car Wars could turn out to be an extremely devastating "Corn Blight". Throw in environmental disruption due to global climate change if you'd like!

4) Fortress cities. Modern America has lots of increasingly exclusive gated communities, and private security firms are in the news all the time. [current political material deleted. -Aramis]

Anyway, just funny to think that all those old Popular Mechanics predictions about flying your hovercar to work never came about, but a silly game of vehicular mayhem had a pretty prescient take on a possible future.

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