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Papyrus Design Group, Inc. was a computer game developer founded in 1987 by David Kaemmer and CEO Omar Khudari. Based in Watertown, MA, it is best known for its series of realistic sim racing
Sim racing
Sim racing is the collective term for computer software that attempts to simulate accurately auto racing , complete with real-world variables such as fuel usage, damage, tire wear and grip, and suspension settings...

 games based on the NASCAR and IndyCar
Champ Car
Champ Car was the name for a class and specification of open wheel cars used in American Championship Car Racing for many decades, primarily for use in the Indianapolis 500 auto race...

 leagues, as well as the unique Grand Prix Legends
Grand Prix Legends
Grand Prix Legends is a computer racing simulator developed by Papyrus Design Group and published in 1998 by Sierra Entertainment...

. Papyrus was acquired by Sierra in 1995 and Omar Khudari left Papyrus soon after that. Dave Kaemmer left Papyrus in late 2002, just before the release of NASCAR Racing 2003 Season (NR2003).

On June 5, 2003, PWF announced that many of their members would be joining a new group called FIRST.

At the end of the first quarter of 2004, NR2003 was pulled from the shelves due to license expiration. This is when FIRST (later to become iRacing) started its acquisition of the NR2003 code from Vivendi Universal.

The Papyrus web site was shut down on April 5, 2004.

On May 28, 2004 Vivendi and Papyrus sold copyrights to FIRST.net, LLC and became the registered owner of the copyrights for NASCAR Racing 2003 Season.

Games developed by Papyrus

  • Indianapolis 500: The Simulation
    Indianapolis 500: The Simulation
    Indianapolis 500: The Simulation is a 1989 computer game. It was hailed as the first step of differentiating racing games from the arcade realm and into true simulations. It was developed by the Papyrus Design Group, consisting of David Kaemmer and Omar Khudari, and distributed by Electronic Arts...

    (1989)
  • IndyCar Racing
    IndyCar Racing
    IndyCar Racing, followed up two years later by its sequel, IndyCar Racing II, is a racing game by Papyrus Design Group. It was released in 1993...

    (1993)
  • Project Nomad
    Project Nomad
    Nomad is a 1993 computer game developed by Intense! Interactive and Papyrus Design Group, Inc. and published by GameTek. It is a cross between a simple space simulator, a trading game and an adventure. It has only been released for PC DOS operating systems...

    (1993)
  • NASCAR Racing
    NASCAR Racing
    The NASCAR Racing series of video games, developed by Papyrus, started in 1994 and ended with the release of NASCAR Racing 2003 Season in 2003. Later NASCAR games were released by Electronic Arts who, through their EA Sports brand, took over the official NASCAR license...

    (1994)
  • Links: The Challenge of Golf (1994) (Sega CD version)
  • IndyCar Racing II
    IndyCar Racing II
    IndyCar Racing II is a racing game developed by Papyrus Design Group. It is the sequel to IndyCar Racing, and was released in 1995. A little over a year later, the game was re-released, with a few minor upgrades, under the title CART Racing...

    (1995)
  • Road Rash
    Road Rash
    Road Rash is the name of a motorcycle-racing video game series by Electronic Arts, in which the player participates in violent illegal street races. The game was originally released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, but was ported to several other systems. Six different games were released from...

    (1996) (with Buzz Puppet Productions)
  • NASCAR Racing for the Sony PlayStation (1996)
  • NASCAR Racing 2
    NASCAR Racing 2
    NASCAR Racing 2 was the second game in the NASCAR Racing series. It was developed by Papyrus.The second edition of the series was released in 1996. The game featured more drivers than the previous version...

    (1996)
  • NASCAR Grand National Series Expansion Pack (1997) (add-on for NASCAR Racing 2)
  • SODA Off-Road Racing
    SODA Off-Road Racing
    SODA Off-Road Racing is an off-road racing simulation released for both DOS and Windows PCs. The game was based on the SODA series but featured only fantasy vehicles and tracks...

    (1997)
  • Grand Prix Legends
    Grand Prix Legends
    Grand Prix Legends is a computer racing simulator developed by Papyrus Design Group and published in 1998 by Sierra Entertainment...

    (1998)
  • NASCAR Legends
    NASCAR Legends
    NASCAR Legends is a NASCAR racing simulator developed by Papyrus Design Group for Windows-based personal computers and released under the Sierra Entertainment marque in late 1999...

    (1999)
  • NASCAR Racing 1999 Edition
    NASCAR Racing 1999 Edition
    NASCAR Racing 1999 Edition is a racing simulator made by Papyrus Design Group. Players can race in all three premier NASCAR series There is a maximum of 39 cars to race in each series....

    (1999)
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Racing (1999)
  • NASCAR Racing 3
    NASCAR Racing 3
    NASCAR Racing 3 is a racing simulator produced by Papyrus Design Group in 1999. Players can compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series with cars from the 1999 season....

    (1999)
  • NASCAR Racing 4
    NASCAR Racing 4
    NASCAR Racing 4 is a racing simulator produced by Papyrus and released in February 2001. The game was a huge step forward over its predecessor and addressed many requested features for the game...

    (2001)
  • NASCAR Racing 2002 Season
    NASCAR Racing 2002 Season
    The racing game NASCAR Racing 2002 Season or NR2002 for short, was the successor to the immensely popular NASCAR Racing 4 and the immediate precursor to the even more popular NASCAR Racing 2003 Season. This sim provided much more accurate car models and a vastly improved physics engine...

    (2002)
  • NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
    NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
    NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, or NR2003 for short, is a computer racing simulator released in February 2003 by Papyrus for PC and Mac OS X. The game was the last to be released by the company before EA Sports bought the NASCAR license exclusively from 2004-09...

    (2003)

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