i realise Machinas is (i believe) now with Rebel Minis but I got it while it was still with THW. I have run two Machinas games recently with full reports on my blog.
It was early November and I was busy running with too many gaming projects when we as a family sit down to watch the Netflix series Daybreak. The jocks tribe is a homage to Mad Max. I had played a little of the Two Hour Wargames Machinas a few years ago and so I was inspired me to give another go. And also helping was that the Car Wars Kickstarter launched and I was a big 1st Edition Car Wars player way back when. I think it may be un-Australian not to play post-apocalypse car racing :-)
So I decided I had to play some more Machinas as it is so solo friendly. The games are run completely in a spreadsheet to automate many of the tasks. All of the car generation and turn narrative is generated by the spreadsheet. That took a month. I managed two games before Christmas. The second game is a bit more spreadsheet friendly and narrative less tedious. I am aiming to improve it.