You are here

DIY Pen & Paper Carmageddon game from my childhood

Tixed's picture
Fluffy Bunny
Kickstarter Backer
Posts: 2
DIY Pen & Paper Carmageddon game from my childhood
#1 Submitted: Wed, 07/08/2013 - 08:13

Just want to share a little story with you, for your amusement.

About 16 years ago, small town in Ukraine near Donetsk. I'm about 12 years old, plenty of time - and nothing to do. Hadn't had fancy gaming PC back then, but I've already played Carmageddon on my friend's computer, and was VERY excited about it. So, I've made a pen and paper version of it, to play with my friends and siblings.

On a square grid paper, there was a city (top-side view). Buildings were, well, rectangles, and pitiful pedestrians were just dots on our quest for mayhem. We've played with dice, taking turn and moving our "cars" around using a ruler - each player had his (or her) own colored pencil for drawing trails.

Pretty simple rules: you must move as much as you've scored on a d6 die, and can't take sharp turns (wall smashing!). Also, the more momentum you've built (moving in a straight line) - more damage you deal to other player! Peds were scores, and goal of the game was pretty obvious.

A lot of modifications arose, from different kinds of cars, to bonuses (acme damage!), mines and more. Sadly, I don't have any sketches left from that time - but being a game designer in that early age was sure satisfying as hell, and the game was fun to play also :)

Toxic's picture
Velociraptor Fister
Kickstarter Backer
Posts: 1024
Submitted: Wed, 07/08/2013 - 10:11

Way back in the 80's I had three 'board' games similar to what you created... 'Car Wars', 'Battlecars', and 'Dark Future'...
And I did what you did with the DIY rules and playing pieces when I wanted to add trucks to the games... making your own stuff up is fun! :-D

P.S. I still own 'Battlecars'

Tixed's picture
Fluffy Bunny
Kickstarter Backer
Posts: 2
Submitted: Wed, 07/08/2013 - 11:06

Haha, nice :)

Good to know I'm not alone in this one. We had some Soviet board games too, but they were mostly classic (chess, cards, etc.) or too simple for my taste (like the ones analogous to "Snakes and ladders", I presume). So, though I couldn't make my own toys, I could still make my own games!

Too-DAMN-Much's picture
Piledriver
Kickstarter Backer
Posts: 887
Submitted: Tue, 13/08/2013 - 14:40

yeah my bro and i made a few crappy boardgames on thick paper back in the day too, honestly none of them were fun enough to actually play though.

"if he smiles, start running"

"keep asking stupid questions"

trolling is apparently anytime your opinion is different than mine, i'll also accuse you of baiting if you refuse to change your opinion by force.

stygimoloch's picture
Velociraptor Fister
Kickstarter BackerCompetition Winner
Posts: 1068
Submitted: Fri, 16/08/2013 - 22:40

Oh man, totally bugging my gaming circle into playing something like this. ^_^

randomness