Wreckfest is a car racing and demolition game where luck and skill are needed to come out on top, and for over a year, a rotating crew of folks has been spending their Wednesday nights playing it.
The server (generously hosted by hirez) is named NS Super Happy Fun Time Shack (& Bistro) and the password is boxcar.
We play from 9PM Eastern Time - ??? (usually peters out by 11pm)
For voice, join The Chatty Discord Server. If you're not already a member, you can join at https://discord.gg/TheChatty. During the game, we all join the #SHACKBATTLE voice channel.
What do I need to play?
Just a copy of Wreckfest. No additional DLC is required to play in the Shackbattles.
To find the best deals on the game, visit https://isthereanydeal.com/game/wreckfest/info/
The most important things to know:
- Every track is available to owners of the base game.
- There are plenty of cars in the base game (more on cars below).
Is there cross-play?
Nope. The Steam version of the game is required for Wreckfest Wednesday.
The Steam version is not compatible with any of the console versions, and not even compatible with the Game Pass version available for play in Windows.
What Cars are available?
Wreckfest has a ton of cars, and players earn XP that can be spent on purchasing new cars while playing in all single- or multi-player modes.
The basic categories of cars are:
- Loaner cars
These cars are available to every player of the game. The only caveat to loaner cars is that players using them can't upgrade their performance in any way.
- Cars unlocked by playing the base game
Some cars are earned at certain points in the single-player game
- Cars unlocked by purchasing them using XP
XP is earned whether you're playing in single-player or multiplayer modes, so even if one only plays during the Shackbattles, they'll earn XP that they can use to buy cars in the garage
- Cars unlocked in Tournament Mode
There is a single-player Tournament Mode where you earn in-game tournament currency that can be used to buy ridiculous vehicles like the Super Venom (which almost all of us break out at some point during Wreckfest Wednesdays). To earn tournament bucks, you have to grind a bit and play the single-player daily/bi-weekly/monthly tournament races that are available in the game.
There are a bunch of three-car car packs, that are also available to season pass owners. Most of the vehicles are serious pay-to-lose like the outhouse with a motor.
The Wreckfest Wiki has more info and ugly photos if that's your thing: https://wreckfest.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Vehicles
Is there an easy way to unlock all the cars?
If you don't feel like grinding through the game to unlock cars for use during Wreckfest Wednesday, there has been a steady stream of unlock mods on the Steam Workshop that will help you do this. The current hotness appears to be Give Me Every Car And Part . This will unlock all of the base game vehicles and parts, and does not include Tournament or DLC vehicles.
If you use this mod, definitely let wendigo know during the Shackbattle. He'll be thrilled to hear it*.
* I'm kidding - he hates to hear that people use it, so definitely let him know to ruffle his feathers and make me laugh ;)