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GeekGirlCon 2011

June 5, 2011

The first ever GeekGirlCon will be held this October in Seattle. Author Carrie Goldman and her daughter, Katie “Jedi” Goldman, are two of the guests.

I have not seen a gaming schedule yet. If I can attend, I might run a few sessions of Formula D, Car Wars The Card Game or Outrider.

GeekGirlCon 2011

American Eagles Closing in April 2011

February 22, 2011

American Eagles is a hobby and game store in Seattle that has been in operation for 42 years. I learned today from the Seattle Times newspaper the store is closing this April.

In addition to a huge inventory of models, train supplies and miniatures, American Eagles has carried a large selection of old games in mint condition. Many older roleplaying modules in original shrinkwrap were available for years. I have acquired a quantity of Car Wars items from American Eagles since the 1990s.

Farewell, old friend. Thank you for many great memories and games.

American Eagles Hobby Shop
12537 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA, 98125
Phone: 206-440-8448

Seattle hobby shop landmark closing after 42 years

The model-building generation has passed, George Edwards said, and American Eagles is closing after 42 years.

By Nick Visser
Seattle Times staff reporter
Originally published February 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Updated February 22, 2011 at 6:50 AM

American Eagles Seattle Closing up
ARC Air Discussion Forums
February 08, 2011

eBay Shops – American Eagles Hobbies, Seattle, WA

New Games and Web Site Maintenance

January 18, 2011

Several new automotive combat games have been released in the past three to four months.

Gearmageddon: The Turbo-Charged Game of Vehicle Combat!
Exploding Goat Games


Road Wolf: A Fast Tabletop Game of Highway Combat
Sean Patten and The Lost and the Damned Forums


Vehicular Homicide 2nd Edition
Radioactive Press,, RPG Now, DriveThruRPG and Wargame Vault


A new version of Junkyard Races is scheduled to be available late this month or early next month.

Junkyard Races Second Edition
Gen42 Games


SWAT HQ has been slightly reorganized. Most of the links have been checked.

Heroes and Barbarians

August 22, 2010

While on a business trip to Portland, Oregon this month I was able to visit Powell’s City of Books. I found a near-mint, used copy of The Ultimate Vehicle Sourcebook (UVS) for HERO System Fifth Edition for half of the retail price.

I navigated my way east of Downtown Portland across the Willamette River to find Guardian Games, one of the largest game stores I have visited in many years. The staff are awesome, the inventory is huge and the gaming space is enormous.

Because I had the UVS I purchased a new copy of the Post-Apocalyptic Genre Book for HERO System Fifth Edition. Post-Apocalyptic Hero appears to still be in print but I have not encountered it regularly in the Seattle area.

I also acquired from Guardian Games the Barbarians of the Aftermath (BOA) Sourcebook for the Barbarians of Lemuria (BOA) RPG. I knew about BOL but I was unaware of the BOA Sourcebook.

Why am I telling autoduellists of three new books added to my gaming collection? These books are full of great ideas for autoduelling in a variety of post-apocalyptic environments. Although they are not written for Car Wars, many of their sections can be easily adapted to Car Wars, GURPS Autoduel and other systems.

Finding Guardian Games, located along in the Willamette River in a warehouse area, can be a little difficult. I read a useful hint from the DexKnows Web site.

Proceed on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (a one-way street) until you encounter an Office Depot  on your right. Make right from MLK Jr. Drive to Oak Street, one of the intersections in front of Office Depot. Proceed straight for one block until you reach 3rd Avenue SE. Guardian Games is directly behind the Office Depot on your right on 3rd Avenue SE. You will have to drive around the area to find an open parking spot. Spaces are scattered around the warehouse area. 

The Ultimate Vehicle for HERO System Fifth Edition

Post-Apocalyptic Hero for HERO System Fifth Edition

Barbarians of the Aftermath for Barbarians of Lemuria

Powell’s City of Books (

Guardian Games (

Starting this Last of the V-8s

August 22, 2010

I created this blog in January 2009. I never used it because of my chaotic work schedule and most of my Car Wars discussions were placed in the Car Wars Internet Newsletter (CWIN) or on various message boards.

While helping to run the Car Wars tournament at the Dragonflight convention in Bellevue, WA earlier this month, I wrote down problems (which were minor) and possible solutions. Once I was an arena manager, calculating to-hit values and looking up rules, the autoduelling section of my mind was awakened from a long sleep. I started to remember several odd ideas for Car Wars. I added these variants to my notepad.

After the convention my thoughts in written form had filled one sheet of engineering paper and started to fill a second sheet. A few of the comments appear to actually be useful, therefore I decided to share them with the online autoduelling community.

Posting on one or more message boards would be cumbersome. I may still post some of my ideas on forums. The same situation is true for publishing in CWIN. I prefer to keep that magazine for notification of hyperlinks, resources, news and articles written by other auto-vigilantes.

I decided to actually use the old blog I created last year.

I have no idea if I will have time or interest to keep this blog running. I also do not know if there will be interest in reading or even replying to this blog.

If my comments and variant rules cause the autoduelling community to drive through this corner of the Internet, at least I renamed this blog to a slightly interesting title.

If I do use this blog semi-regularly and there is interest in reading it, I may start adding pages from the old “Car Wars Notebooks of Chaos” I wrote many years ago when I started to create the ADQ&A Compendium.

I am still becoming oriented with the WordPress software therefore I apologize in advance for the odd formatting situations.

Drive Offensively,

Michael P. Owen

Seattle Washington Autoduel Team