GHOST Haunts the Car Wars Community Again

The Greater Hartford Organization of Saboteurs and Terrorists (GHOST) of West Hartford, CT was an AADA chapter in the 1990s that quickly became dominant in the Car Wars tournament community. Its President, Todd MacDermid, won the 2041 AADA World Duelling Championships. A report of the Final Round of that tournament was printed in ADQ 9/3.

Several years ago, Norman McMullen of NOVA sent me a photocopy of the GHOST Arena Manual, a Car Wars supplement self-published by GHOST in 1991. The book was sent to several AADA chapters.

Last year, I sent a copy of The GHOST Arena Manual to Jeffro Johnson, who posted a well-written review of the supplement on his blog.

The G.H.O.S.T. Arena Manual
Jeffro’s Space Gaming Blog
September 17, 2014

Last week, I performed an Internet search for Todd MacDermid. I found him on Twitter, and I learned he now lives in Seattle, WA. The two of us sent a few Twitter messages and and e-mails. Todd said he still had many original paper and electronic files from GHOST Car Wars activities. He also expressed interest in attending the Dragonflight gaming convention this August in Bellevue, WA.

Last weekend, I received an e-mail from Brian Morrison, another former member of GHOST. Brian now lives in Chicago, IL. He informed me the GHOST Arena Manual I had was only a sample of a larger supplement GHOST was going to have published. The 2043 GHOST Arena Manual would have included 67 (sixty-seven) new arenas for Car Wars!

Brian said he still had the original electronic files of the 2043 GHOST Arena Manual. He said it might be possible to send me a copy of those files in the near future.

Yesterday morning, Brian sent me a link to a file Zip folder temporarily stored in a Dropbox account. The Zip folder contained the entire 2043 GHOST Arena Manual. Inside the archive I found all of the descriptions for 67 new arena designs in a single Adobe Acrobat file. The layouts for all 67 arenas were included as separate image files.

Todd and Brian have expressed interest on Jeffro Space Gaming Blog (written as comments to Jeffro’s GHOST Arena Manual post) to make the 2043 GHOST Arena Manual available on the Web. The supplement occupies 10.2 MB. At this time, I do not have enough space on SWAT HQ to host such a large set of files. I could host the book on my Dropbox account for a while until a better hosting solution can be found.

As mentioned above, Todd can be contacted on Twitter. Brian can be contacted via his photography business.

Todd and Brian have not mentioned plans to return to playing Car Wars at this time, however they have once again made a supernatural impact on the Car Wars community. The 2043 GHOST Arena Manual is a huge blast from the past. Thank you, GHOST!

Twitter – Todd MacDermid
Seattle, WA

Brian Morrison Photography
Chicago, IL


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