Car Wars

Drive Offensively! Car Wars is a game featuring freeways of the future in which the right of way goes to those with the biggest guns. Players choose their vehicle — complete with weapons, armor, power plants, suspension, and even body style — then they take them out on the road, either to come home as “aces” or to crash and burn. If a driver survives, his abilities improve and he can earn money to buy bigger and better cars. Advanced rules let players design their own customized cars, trucks, and cycles.

Playing time 30 minutes and up, for players 10 and older. Any number can play . . . games with 2 to 8 are best.

Game components include:

  • 103 full-color die-cut game counters, storage bag, and Turning Key.
  • 64-page rulebook, plus extra tables and record sheets.
  • 2-sided game map, with autoduel arena and raceway.
  • Four 6-sided dice.

Awards:

  • 1981 Charles S. Roberts Best Science-Fiction Board Game Winner
  • 1981 Charles S. Roberts Best Science-Fiction Board Game Nominee

Barbarian Prince

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Microgames was a phenomenon of especially the 1970’s and early 1980’s. One of my favorites was the gem of Barbarian Prince released by the long defunct Dwarfstar Heritage games.  One of the things that separated it from other games of the time it was a solitaire game with endless adventures

From the box:

Evil events have overtaken the Northlands. You — Cal Arath, Barbarian Prince — are in hiding and the usurper who killed your father, the Old King, now sits on his throne. Now you must flee south and raise enough gold by adventuring to equip an army with which to regain your rightful heritage. The way will not be easy, for the men of the south are strange, and some are schooled in the black mysteries. The passes are guarded by monsters, it is said, and in the ruined cities lurk foul things never born of this earth. But you have your stubborn Northland will and your great sword — and woe to anyone or anything which stands between you and your quest . . .

BARBARIAN PRINCE is a solitaire game of heroic adventure in a forgotten age of barbarism and sorcery. No opponent is necessary as the Event Booklet takes you through a pre-programmed sequence of encounters which is different each time you play the game. For each event, you, as the Barbarian Prince Cal Arath, must make the decisions which will make your quest successful — or may cost you your life.

BARBARIAN PRINCE is a new concept in Adventure Gaming. No rules reading is required; the programmed event sequence lets you begin play as soon as you open the box.

BARBARIAN PRINCE contains — A full-color 12″x 14″ mapboard, a die, rules folder, Event Booklet, and summary sheet — and a detailed cast metal figure of the Barbarian Prince to mark your position on the board.

PLAY LEVEL – Introductory

Back cover:

Game Board:

For a game that was only a few dollars ($4.95) when In was released in 1981 it has grown in significant value among collectors or those just wanting to relive their youth. If you’re lucky enough to find a good copy with all its pieces on eBay or somewhere else it commonly sells for $200 or higher.

There is an alternative where you can download the game as well as other Dwarfstar Heritage microgames, but somehow it’s not the same. You can download it here:

https://dwarfstar.brainiac.com/ds_barbarianprince.html