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    Thunder Alley carries the type "Thematic" while Grand Prix does not. Frankly, the game is very Euroish so I think Grand Prix is more properly defined with no type assigned to it.

    Given that these games are so similar and actually run on the same boards, can anybody give me a reason this game was put into the "Thematic" category? I can only think of one reason, best summed up by the word "Bubba".

    Not the most important question you'll ponder today, but as a guy that sports the Ameritrash badge I wonder if this very calculating game got put in the "Thematic" bucket because it looks more comfortable next to a Bud Light than a Cabernet.
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Well, one possible answer would be that, for me (and, I suspect, many others), Thunder Alley feels A HELL OF A LOT like NASCAR racing. I own many racing games, and no other feels "like the real thing" as much as Thunder Alley does.

So I don't have a problem with it being called "thematic."
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weishaupt wrote:
Well, one possible answer would be that, for me (and, I suspect, many others), Thunder Alley feels A HELL OF A LOT like NASCAR racing. I own many racing games, and no other feels "like the real thing" as much as Thunder Alley does.

So I don't have a problem with it being called "thematic."


Ditto. It feels like a NASCAR race. I've tried more detailed simulations and they just don't have the right feel.
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So successful execution of theme is sufficient for a game to be put into the "thematic" category? Sounds like a stupid question, but it's worth asking. It becomes a certification instead of a category.

That may not be a bad way to look at it.

How about Grand Prix? Does it feel like Grand Prix racing?
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A bit, but not as much as one might have wished for.

I discuss this in my review, if you're curious:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1648113/one-goes-eleven
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I feels like Grand Prix racing to me. It doesn't have the detail of Speed Circuit (or its successor, Championship Formula Racing) but it's not bad for a quick run, and allows play by only two. Playing Speed Circuit with 2 is no fun.
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Sagrilarus wrote:

    Not the most important question you'll ponder today, but as a guy that sports the Ameritrash badge I wonder if this very calculating game got put in the "Thematic" bucket because it looks more comfortable next to a Bud Light than a Cabernet.


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    Safely tucked away where no one can steal it. They've become quite valuable over the last few years, after a decade of people shunning them.

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