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Subject: Solitaire vroom, vroooom, blam, blam, blam, KA-BOOM! rss

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Yes, Thunder Road can be played solitaire.

I usually play solo with two gangs: mine and foes. When it comes to foes, I roll dice and play the best I can. Most of the times, best options are clear; if I'm unsure, I roll to choose one (although this rarely happens). With two gangs, I can finish solitaire battles in about ten minutes (yes, more or less what it would take in a real road battle).

And that's it. There are lots of people who play complex boardgames solitaire, even those with a lot of strategy. Since Thunder Road doesn't allow players to plan ahead their current turn, I think it's an easy game to play solo.

At least, it is for me.
 
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Destroying human opponents has always been more entertaining to me.
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Well, in my games I imagine I'm destroying human opponents. In fact, they're punk-looking badasses! laugh
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Unfortunately its not really solitaire. You are just playing against yourself., not against the game.

I can play Battlestar Galactia TBG against myself. In absolutely no way makes it solitaire.

On the other hand. This is a game that could be worked up for solitair rules. Its one of the endless half-finished projects I have had pending since the loss of a good chunk of my board game collection.
 
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OK, I see your point.

I had thought about some rules for the foes, like rolling a die for each vehicle instead of allocating three dice. Perhaps giving them a +1 to every movement die, up to a maximum of 6, but still needing two actual sixes to repair...

Good to read about your project to make "solitaire" Thunder Road, Omega. Please keep it simple.
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I've tried my solitaire ideas, and they work fine.


SOLITAIRE THUNDER ROAD

- Play with two gangs: yours vs. foes.

- Foes turn: don't roll three dice at a time. Roll one yellow die for each car, starting with the car which is ahead. Add +1 to each yellow die (up to a maximum of 6). Foes still need two natural sixes to repair.

- When enemy cars move, they'll try to ram you or, if unable, to shoot you.

- Don't forget the enemies will also use their chopper against your cars!


Have fun and a lot of KA-BOOMS! laugh
 
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Hmm... got session report? I always love reading those. This sounds like it'd make a neat one.
 
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Yes, here it is:
"Vroom, vroooom, blam, blam, blam, KA-BOOM!" zombie

No, I'm too lazy to do one report, sorry. blush
 
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the easy way is to record what happens as you play. It's what I usually do. (not that I do session reports often)
 
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These days I've tried the authomatic rules for foes, but I definitely prefer to play the two gangs doing my best, as described in my first post.
 
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