Osprey Publishing put out a post-apocalyptic car (and truck and helicopter) combat miniatures game awhile back and it’s good! Despite the look of these strange blue gaming books, rules-wise I can say that Gaslands has clearly written, easy to understand and very intriguing rules. I played Car Wars as a little kid and then ‘graduated’ to DARK FUTURE (I got a primo set of the game plus expansion off ebay for a mere 60$ in 2001 or so) which I couldn’t even get to the table as the rules were so… inscrutable.. and I’ve played ASL for fucksakes!
Car Wars can be excused as it was little chits and came out in the early 80’s, I’m not sure what happened with Dark Future, as GW at the time had some solid rules, but not that time. I have not busted the game out to play but here’s some reasons to get it, as well as some reasons you may not like it.
- Uses Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars– and you need about 6-10 of them for a total cost of about 14$.
- You can MOD the shit out of the cars and it’s supported in the game, or not and just have a Speed Racer style race (or crash up derby).
- Uses a lot of templates (like Xwing) for movement, so things move fast compared to the tape measure.
- Has excellent and playable driving/control/wipeout and sliding around rules
- Has easy combat and damage rules
- Terrain is cheap, or you could go to town and build some crazy stuff
- People are putting a shitload of customized cars on EBAY, so if you have 50$ to spend, you could get cars Gaslands ready pretty easily
- Uses a lot of templates! You have to print them out and cut them or buy a set of plastic ones.
- Uses additional counters (ammo, hazard/control markers) that you would need to create or buy
- Isn’t incredibly super crazy detailed– the game has some abstractions that may make some people cringe. For example, if you hit a wall, you can move right off of it the next turn.
- There isn’t a line of miniatures for the game– you have to custom your own minis
- You have to superglue your hotwheels wheels so they don’t move (hint: if you really like a specific hotwheel, get an extra $1.49 from somewhere and buy a second copy!)