Gaslands – The Game

Templates by Laserforge

Shoot, ram, skid and loot your way through the ruins of civilisation with Gaslands, a tabletop wargame of car-on-car destruction in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Players control small fleets of armed vehicles in battles for resources, dominance and survival.

With rules for multiple vehicle types (from motorbikes to big rigs), varied special weapons and accessories (including oil slicks, caltrops and nitro boosters), and a host of options for scenarios, environmental conditions, crew and campaigns, players can tailor games to match their own visions for an anarchic future.

The game is published by Osprey Games, and designed to be played with kit-bashed Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars.

Best Miniature Rules
Gaslands was the winner of both the Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards for Best New Miniature Rules at the UK Games Expo 2018.

Game Overview

Here’s the 60-second version of Gaslands…

To get started, assemble some toy cars, kit them out with weapons and choose a scenario. Set up some post-apocalyptic terrain; deploy your cars and roll-off for the first move.

Each turn, you count up from Gear 1 to Gear 6 and in each gear phase you activate every vehicle currently in that gear or higher. Cars in higher gears will therefore move more often than cars in lower gears.

To move, you pick a maneuver template that is allowed by the gear that you are currently in and place it down in front of your car. If you touch a template you must use it!

Before you move your car, throw some skid dice to shift gears, spin or slide. When it comes to the skid dice, shift results are good and hazard results are bad.

Shifting gears, sliding and other stuff is going to cause you to build up hazard tokens on your car. If you pick up six hazard tokens you wipe out at the end of the current activation. You can use the shift results on the skid dice to clear hazard tokens, so keep an eye on them.

After making your skid check, move your vehicle along the template into its final position.

If you drive into anything, you immediately resolve a collision. Collisions are normally bad news for the lighter vehicle, and worse for everyone if they are head-on.

After a car moves, it has a chance to attack. You can make one attack for each crew-member. If you’re getting shot at, you can try to evade the attacks.

If you take too much damage, eventually you are going to get wrecked and might also explode.

If you are playing a death race, you have to drive through the gates, in order, in the right direction, faster than the other guys.

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Praise for Gaslands

“Continuing the Osprey formula of engaging game worlds, explored through tight, eminently playable rule sets, all presented in slim, inexpensive rulebooks with lovely and evocative artwork, you can get deep into Gaslands with little cash outlay.” – Boing Boing /Wink

“This little 64-page paperback books is… INCREDIBLE. Gasland’s rules are simplified, the weapons aren’t over the top, and the playing area is well-defined-you’re racing in a televised free-for-all, so there are goals and a finish line to keep the game on track. Movement, field of fire, and collisions are all simple to understand, and you’ll be up and racing quickly.” – GeekDad

“There’s a new hobby obsession in my life that I am in love with and it’s called Gaslands.” – The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast

“In Gaslands (think: a breezier, less crunchy, more modern Car Wars) there are no ranges of miniatures to draw from. Instead, the game encourages you to Mad Max-ify Matchbox and Hotwheels cars to use in your games. How much fun is this? Lots.” – Boing Boing

“The value of [Osprey Wargame] books is unbelievably good. Generally, $20 can get you an interesting ruleset with great artwork.” – Jacob Stauttener, Must Contain Minis

“I like this better than X-Wing by far! … I highly recommend this game…. It jumps up off the table. You can feel the mud flying around.” – Joel Eddy, Drive Thru Reviews

“It’s Awesome!” – Ding & Dent

“This book is 20 bucks. All you have to buy is some Matchbox cars, which go from a dollar…down to sometimes as cheap as 59 cents…. Your team is maybe three to six cars. So you’re at $26. You glue some bits to them, you spray them down with some paint. You set up some very simple terrain and you’re ready to go.” – Tabletop Minions

“This game is a lot better [than Carwars].” – Rob’s Tabletop World

“Whether you’re a minis player looking for an excuse to let out your inner War Boy or someone looking to make use of your (or your child’s) toy car collection for a fast, fun skirmish game, Gaslands is great way to get onto the fury road for an hour or two.” – Geek & Sundry

“Gaslands is an insanely fun and addictive game. It’s affordability sets it apart from other miniature games. The variety of scenarios, options, and unpredictable gameplay makes Gaslands one of the rare games that gamers can get almost infinite replay value.” – Nerds on Earth

One of the most compelling things about Gaslands is that you spend around $13 for the rule book and then you have to basically build the rest of the game yourself. There are templates and markers in the back of the book to print out and mount, terrain and buildings to build, and most fun of all, you get to convert and Mad Max-ify toy cars.” – Boing Boing

There is an extremely fun game here packed in for a fantastic price.” – Must Contain Minis