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Thunder Road Reboot Announced by Restoration Games

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Thunder Road Reboot Announced by Restoration Games

Restoration Games has announced that it will be rebooting the 1986, Mad Max inspired board game Thunder Road as Thunder Road Vendetta. 

Thunder Road Vendetta is a revved-up restoration of the classic 1986 game of mayhem on the asphalt. Grab your crew, roll your dice, race your cars, shoot your guns, and try not to get wrecked.

This new version features new "grindhouse style artwork" and as well as exciting new gameplay additions, including random hazard tokens, such as wrecks, oil slicks, and more. Damage isn't merely one and done. Now, you'll draw damage tokens with exciting effects that can send your car careening across the board. You'll also have more choices on your turn, assigning one of your dice to your command board to repair damage, nitro boost, or send out your attack copter to fire away. 

The Kickstarter for Thunder Road Vendetta is expected to launch October 2021.

 

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Sagrilarus's Avatar
Sagrilarus replied the topic: #324517 08 Jul 2021 13:02
I was going to homebrew a copy of Thunder Road, but maybe I'll wait. The most curious part of the article -- a retheme to Grindhouse art instead of post-apocalypse. Oh my.

www.polygon.com/tabletop-games/22567377/...r-release-date-price

Picked this up out of the Spielnacht von Mittwoch guild.
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ChristopherMD replied the topic: #324521 08 Jul 2021 14:13
I think Restoration is going to find out the hard way that it was the Mad Max style setting that always sold this game.
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Disgustipater replied the topic: #324523 08 Jul 2021 14:50
I would probably be all over this if I wasn’t already heavily into Gaslands.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #324527 08 Jul 2021 15:56
^was just thinking the same thing.

I will say that this is a design worth bringing back and adding a little bit to, this is a great choice.
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Andi Lennon replied the topic: #324537 09 Jul 2021 02:31
Yeah but also Crossbows & Catapults! You guys!! CROSSBOWS AND CATAPULTS!
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Dr. Mabuse replied the topic: #324538 09 Jul 2021 03:49

Andi Lennon wrote: Yeah but also Crossbows & Catapults! You guys!! CROSSBOWS AND CATAPULTS!


Yup!
www.polygon.com/tabletop-games/22567294/...r-release-date-price
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jason10mm replied the topic: #324540 09 Jul 2021 08:45
I'm down for this. Hopefully they keep the games simple. I need stuff to play with my kids and lots of chrome and bling helps distract from vidja games, but lots of card text and rules pushes them right back.

Could Battlemasters be next? I wonder how well the Heroquest rerelease is doing as I imagine a lot of these type games appeal to a similar audience.
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BillyBobThwarton replied the topic: #324558 09 Jul 2021 19:17
Them doing Crossbows and Catapults is so strange to me given that we can actively buy a game that is essentially the same, Catapult Kingdoms (also apparently called Catapult Feud). They are the same game, except it uses a soft rubber ball rather than a disc. Having had C/C and now having Catapult Kingdoms, I actually think that the ball is a bit better than the disc. They have my attention, but I have no idea what they could do to get me to want this.
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Andi Lennon replied the topic: #324604 11 Jul 2021 18:58
I actually went in on this more deluxified affair but I'm starting to wonder if it'll ever escape its production woes

www.kickstarter.com/projects/wallsofscyd...s-action/description
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Vysetron replied the topic: #324752 17 Jul 2021 10:37
I'd caution trusting RG too much - Fireball Island and Conspiracy were pretty bad modernizations. They both missed the points of the games they were "restoring" in favor of just adding more stuff. Unmatched is great but that barely resembles SW Epic Duels.
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jason10mm replied the topic: #324753 17 Jul 2021 10:48
Their is certainly a trend of "nostalgia cash grabs" where a beloved (or at least somewhat well known) childhood IP is "turned gritty" in order to market it right back at the now adults instead of their kids.

Same with games, these simplistic roll and move type games get added complexity to appeal to adults rather than children.

Its a tough market. It was pretty easy for a plastic laden but overall kinda bad game to compete with atari and cga graphic computer games back in the day. But now....whoa! A board game needs a lot of help or direct parental involvement like a strict "no video games day" for it to gets kids IMHO. Thus the game needs to be at least somewhat fun for the adult as well, hence the added complexity.
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Disgustipater replied the topic: #327149 13 Oct 2021 15:08
The Kickstarter is live . I think it looks good. Despite what I said up thread about Gaslands, I realized I have room for a shorter, more board gamey version for game nights. And I decided to back it until I saw the shipping costs; I can’t justify $70 for the base game. I guess I’ll wait for retail, if that happens. If it doesn’t, I can always make a copy, even if it is only the original.
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sornars replied the topic: #327150 13 Oct 2021 15:09
Haha, I just posted in the Kickstarter thread. The Kickstarter has been cancelled and postponed to January now. The art and game looks pretty great, I've never played the original and I'd never get someone to play Gaslands with me.
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #327161 13 Oct 2021 18:38
Wonder what happened to the grindhouse art.

$50 game. More than that is money spent on a wish.
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ChristopherMD replied the topic: #327163 13 Oct 2021 19:39
I checked out the now cancelled KS campaign. This looks a lot different than what I was expecting in a good way. I like the big rig and motorcycles expansion. Based on the campaign graphics everything looks cereal box quality so definitely overpriced. Sadly they're more likely to bling it than lower the price. I wasn't going to back anyways as I'm basically all-in on Rallyman so don't need another racer in my life. Also the Thunder Road I remember was enjoyable because it was so simple while still pulling off its theme. Looking at all the expansion stuff this could be a monster of a game.
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #327170 14 Oct 2021 09:20
It looks kind of neat and they kept switch and link…but here’s the deal. Restoration too often loses sight of the simplicity, directness, and compactness of the games they redo. They did it with Fireball Island, Dark Tower, and now this. I don’t want a $150 adult hobby game with a bunch of tacked on cruft out of these titles. I want a $35 kids game that is practically effortless to play, kind of dumb, and just plain fun. I don’t want to sort expansion content, fuss around with player powers, deal with multiple card decks or any of that modern gaming crap. It’s like taking a Ramones song and adding a 2 minute Joe Satriani guitar solo in the middle.

There’s a big difference between a light modernizing touch and redeveloping the charm and whimsy out of a design in favor of appeasing modern audiences that want every game to be a splorricky morass of hodge podge design ideas crammed together to feign sophistication and drive KS stretch goals.
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hotseatgames replied the topic: #327173 14 Oct 2021 09:56
Agreed, it looks like all of the expansion stuff solely exists to add complexity. In this specific case, what I would want out of expansions is VARIETY, not complexity.

Even the KS exclusive card pack looks like unnecessary extra junk. I'll grab the base box at retail and save a ton of money in the process.
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Shellhead replied the topic: #327175 14 Oct 2021 10:21
I played their Fireball Island once, and it was disappointing. Our host went all in on the extras for that Kickstarter, so setup was long and fiddly and things kept getting bumped out of place during setup, leading to more setup. After all that trouble, the game was just a magnificently over-produced roll-and-move that didn't offer much in the way of strategy, narrative, or direct interaction. The highlight was when somebody used the Crouching Tiger thingie and it hit a pretentious hipster player in the eye.
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Disgustipater replied the topic: #327180 14 Oct 2021 11:48

hotseatgames wrote: I'll grab the base box at retail and save a ton of money in the process.

That’s where I’m at. Not for a second did I ever consider getting the expansions. I’ll take a look at the rulebook to check out the basic additions they made, but at this point I might just make a version of the original using Hot Wheels.
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #327181 14 Oct 2021 12:51

Disgustipater wrote: but at this point I might just make a version of the original using Hot Wheels.


That was my thought before this was announced. As it stands, with all the “upgrade” you’re buying a game with the same title as the game you want, not the game you want.

This should be a $50 title, single box. All the other shit ladled on top is just to drive up the volume on kickstarter. At that point make your own.
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ubarose replied the topic: #327182 14 Oct 2021 12:59
You can still pick up the original for like $30 including shipping on Ebay if you keep an eye out for it.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #327183 14 Oct 2021 13:28
I love Thunder Road, but I think it could use a little more chrome without reaching the heights of excess on a simple game Barnes is talking about. Unless you just want to play it with kids or drunks, then you can just pick up the old version, which is a valid use case.
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Disgustipater replied the topic: #327184 14 Oct 2021 13:54
That’s why I want to check out the new rules and see if some of the additions would add an extra bit of depth that would be nice to have.
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ubarose replied the topic: #327186 14 Oct 2021 14:08

Disgustipater wrote: That’s why I want to check out the new rules and see if some of the additions would add an extra bit of depth that would be nice to have.


I am completely on the other side of the fence. If I want to play a game with more depth, I'll play a different game.

I'm half waiting for them to re-boot Mall Madness with the added depth of computing compound interest on your credit card.
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hotseatgames replied the topic: #327194 14 Oct 2021 15:06
I literally saw Mall Madness in a store the other day. It already got that reboot and you do use an ATM card with it! www.amazon.com/Madness-Talking-Electroni...id=1634238305&sr=8-2