Car WarsPhil Reed, CEO of Steve Jackson Games, has published the first public look at the status of the next Car Wars game. The card game, developed by Scott Haring, still features the solo fun of car building (this version uses vehicle component cards to quickly assemble a vehicle), but the emphasis in the new version will be “speed and destruction [rather] than on physics and math.” Actual play of a two-vehicle battle took about a half-hour. While the company is aiming for a $25 to $30 price point, Mr. Reed said that they’re looking at a slightly larger box to support four players, which might bump up the MSRP.

Playtesting continues, but you probably won’t see it in public at Gen Con, writes Mr. Reed. “Things aren’t quite at the point [where] we’re ready to open everything to a public playtest in the booth.”

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Promotions at Steve Jackson Games

steve jackson games illuminati cardSteve Jackson Games has promoted Philip J. Reed to CEO, vacating the Chief Operation Officer position. The new COO of the company is Samuel Mitschke, formerly the company’s Production Manager. In early September the company’s founder and president, Steve Jackson, wrote in his yearly Report to the Stakeholders that he was stepping down from daily operations for “about six months”, handing over the running of the company to Mr. Reed. In the statement, Mr. Jackson joked that “[Phil has] been doing it for months already”.

Mr. Reed joined Steve Jackson Games in February, 2008, as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Mitschke has been at the company since May, 2011, as an art director and production manager.