Over Thanksgiving break, I spent time with my family. I am sure this is not unusual for most of my gentle readers. My daughter asked if we could play Total CARnage. Thankfully, my in-laws still had a box full of old toy cars and a bunch of wooden blocks.
My daughter and the other young ones quickly picked cars and set-up a board. I set-up the gangs and we gave each of the cars silly names. I then explained the rules and we got playing. I didn’t expect much, just a game or two and then off to other things. We had several video game rigs (including VR) and a number of board games. Why would we want to play Total CARnage for very long.
I was in for a surprise. The kids couldn’t get enough of it! We probably played for about two hours the first day, and as soon as I woke up the next day they were asking to play more! We probably played another three hours. I guess they liked it. Even some of the adults rotated in. I know what I am going to do for the kids Christmas presents this year, a box of Hot Wheels cars, some pennies and a quarter, and a print-out of the Total CARnage rules PDF.
I didn’t get a chance to get many pictures, but here are a few below. Notice the festive table covering to verify it must be Thanksgiving! We played several sceanrios including Kill’em All, Get the MacGuffin, Convoy, and Race to the Finish.
Some of the car names included:
- Coffinmaker (Which we kept calling Coffeemaker as a joke)
- Dragonhood (Which we called Dragon Bonnet as a joke)
- Barbie Basher (It was a neon pink car)
There were some innovative tactics too. The kids would try to shoot blocks to get them to fall on rival cars, ram cars into other obstacles for extra damage, and once someone hit a ramp and jumped on top of the other car and immobilized them. It was pretty insane.
My daughter recommend I make a similar game, but for Green Army Men before Christmas. I think I have been given a challenge! Stay tuned.