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2014
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2 − 7
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Best with 4–5 players
Recommended with 2–7 players
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10 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
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10+
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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
    1. 5/8" - Counter (86x)
      • - 16x Turn Leader
      • - 1x Current Lap
      • - 1x Current Leader
      • - 1x 1st Player
      • - 1x Most Laps led
      • - 21x (1st - 21th) place
      • - 12x Orange - Engine
      • - 16x Red - Serious Body
      • - 8x Yellow - Suspension
      • - 8x Lavender - Transmission
      • - 1x GMT
    2. ½" - Counter (138)
      • - 16x Lapped Car
      • - 52x Black - Tires
      • - 40x Green - Fuel
      • - 20x Blue - Suspension
      • - 10x Gray - Body
  • 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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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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10 Thunder Alley Customizable Team Template
Team card template for use in leagues with five or more teams (only three cars for each team on the template). Template includes scoring for a twelve race season and are intended to replace the team player aid during the race. The Excel file can be edited so teams can create their own team name, driver names, hometown, etc. There are templates for each of the original seven team colors and includes an uncolored team for the upcoming expansion which will add an eighth team.
English
2015-12-31
10 Thunder Alley Rulebook - French Translation
French Translation of the Thunder Alley rulebook with the same layout. If you see any mistake just PM me so i can fix it ! Enjoy !
French
2015-10-06
8 Thunder Alley rules summary
I didn't see a one-page rules summary that I liked, so I made my own. Comments and feedback welcome.
English
2015-08-18
17 Thunder Alley Errata
Compiled list of Errata for Thunder Alley from BGG forums in printable formal for easy reference. Forum link is here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1182052/errata-page-please-comment-you-find-issues Does not include the track fix listed here: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/104739/chart-replacement-file Accurate as of 14th August 2015.
English
2015-08-14
5 Regolamento bilingue ENG / ITA
Regolamento bilingue. A sinistra l' inglese, a destra l' italiano. In caso di dubbio, fare riferimento all' inglese che e' un copia / incolla del regolamento originale.
Italian
2015-07-30
4 Thunder Alley elenco carte evento
Un elenco con relativa traduzione del significato delle Carte Evento e dei loro effetti.
Italian
2015-07-24
4 Thunder Alley elenco carte corsa
Un elenco con relativa traduzione del significato delle Carte Corsa e dei loro effetti.
Italian
2015-07-24
2 Event Card in italiano
Da stampare, ritagliare e imbustare. Le Carte sono 62x86 e con un po' di margine ci stanno nelle bustine standard! Se trovate errori segnalatemelo!
Italian
2015-07-24
4 Race Card in italiano
Da stampare, ritagliare e imbustare. Le Carte sono 62x86 e con un po' di margine ci stanno nelle bustine standard! Se trovate errori segnalatemelo!
Italian
2015-07-24
4 Karteneffekte deutsch
Based on the file by haplo92, this is the german translation for the race cards (with added clarifications). Deutsche Kartentexte mit zusätzlichen Klarstellungen (Idee: französische Übersetzung von haplo92).
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2015-07-08
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