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2014
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2 − 7
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Best with 4, 5 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 players
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10 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
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10 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game for 2–7 players with the feel and flexibility of a card-driven simulation. Drafting, teamwork, accidents, yellow flags, pit strategy, working to lead laps, and sprints to the finish are all included and bring the feel of racing to the game. Players control not one car, but a team of 3–6 cars. Thus, each race is not only a run for the checkered flag but an effort to maximize the score for every car on your team. Winning is important, but if only one car crosses the finish line, your team might end up outside the winner's circle looking in.

The game includes four different types of movement, often with many cars moving with the play of a single card, and each type has its place and time:

  • Solo movement allows you to break away from the pack.
  • Draft and pursuit movement are best used for keeping your team of cars together.
  • Lead movement can create a pack of cars that moves toward the front.

Turns are fast, each play is important, and the track situation is fluid. The wrong movement in the wrong situation can be disastrous, with you possibly being left out of the draft and all alone. Experienced players will be able to identify the best type of movement for the current situation.

Cars suffer wear over the course of a race and need to take pit stops. Tire wear, suspension difficulties, fuel issues, and major engine and transmission problems are all modeled in the game. If you feel lucky, you might try to hold it together just a little bit longer in hopes that a yellow flag will come out and cause a mass rush into the pits. Waiting on a yellow that never comes can be maddening as the rest of the pack moves by your worn-out car. What's more, an events deck can make your strategy pay off or punish you for your failure to take precautions. Accidents, yellow flags, worsening track situations, and deteriorating cars are all part of the game. Could all of your perfect strategy be derailed by those incoming rain clouds?

Included in the game are four different race tracks: a tri-oval super speedway for wide-open free-wheeling racing and a short track for a tight wheel-to-wheel bumper car duel. Each track uses the same deck of racing cards but the cards that work best on one may be useless in the other. The game also includes a second board with a road course and and 3 turned (triangle) raceway.

Most racing games call for a large number of players to play the game at its best. An unusual bonus for Thunder Alley is the very playable and exciting two-player version with six cars on a side.

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Components:

  • 4 Tracks on Two Double Sided Mounted Boards.

* Saint Adriana Speedway: Tenerife, Spain
* Yunta Brothers Velodrome: Los Angeles, California
* Pullinger's Pyramid: Glassboro, New Jersey
* Verghn's Grove: Columbus, Ohio

  • 42 Double-Sided Car Counters
  • Assorted Utility Counters
  • 7 Player Mats
  • Player Aid Sheet
  • 84 Racing Cards
  • 26 Event Cards
  • Rules

Errata:

  • All tracks have an error in the reference chart for Pursuit and Lead linked movement. A corrected chart is available.
  • See the Errata thread for a complete list of card and rule corrections.

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Thunder Alley
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First edition
Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Kurt Miller
Year: 2014
Product Code: 1705401067
Size: 12.20 x 9.20 x 3.10 inches
5.50 pounds
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Release Date: Jun 2014
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3 Thunder Alley Tuckboxes
Tuckboxes for sleeved cards. Race deck split into two boxes because they won't fit in the box as one!
English
2015-06-19
3 Przetłumaczone Race Cards na język polski.
Przetłumaczony tekst Race Cards na język polski oraz pokrótce wytłumaczone zasady ruchu.
Polish
2015-04-26
15 My aid for playing TA with Jeff Horger's suggested solo rules
I use this (postcard sized) playing aid for Thunder Alley with Jeff Horger's suggested solo rules
English
2015-04-24
5 Paper box for cards
Paper box for cards, 7x10 cm, pdf file, v. 1.0. [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187003/]Click here to view full list of boxes and the how-to video.[/url]
English
2015-03-17
41 Sprint Cup 2014 - Paper cars project
Sprint Cup Series 2014 - Cars from #22 to #32 (8 cars on this sheet). See you with the next sheet...
English
2015-01-08
10 Thunder Alley Play Method
Thunder Alley_1.01.doc Revision FIXED: Changed Solitaire Pit Stop Rule Yellow Flag 1d6 die roll modifier from incorrect +2 to correct -2.
English
2014-12-28
18 Drafting & Damage Effects Chart
This is a larger version of a chart that covers movement effects for the four types of movement options. It also includes a table of speed penalties for damage.
English
2014-10-01
8 Cartes actions en français
une traduction maison des cartes actions du jeu en une seule feuille A4
French
2014-09-26
7 Teamdeck
Team decks for all teams. Thanks to Jeff Horger to let me use the graphics. See http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1236658/teamdeck for details
English
2014-09-15
26 Thunder Alley Teaching Outline
These are the notes I use when explaining the game to newbies.
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2014-09-05
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