Thunder Road

1986’s Thunder Road Was Inspired By The Road Warrior!

I feel I should clarify how Thunder Road wasn’t exactly inspired by 1981’s The Road Warrior. In all honesty I should say Thunder Road totally copied elements from Mad Max creator, George Miller’s epic post-apocalyptic film!

[Via] Warner Bros.

Now before I jump into Thunder Road proper. This is the point where I remind you that in my youth my father didn’t exactly curb what movies we were watching because of ratings. In 1981 for example some parents might have certainly questioned taking a nine-year-old with them to The Road Warriorr. My Father of course was a single parent and when a film came along he wished to see he would take me. As long as he thought I could handle the subject matter that is.

Having said that I can also add that the young man at the box office gave us a questioning look when we bought our tickets.
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Anyway, a mere five years after The Road Warrior blew audiences away. Milton Bradley delivered Thunder Road! These following images as well as information about the game comes courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

Instead of Max Rockatansky’s last of the V8 Interceptors. Players in Milton Bradley’s board game use the Avenger.

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Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.


Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

Furthermore, players in Thunder Road have two additional road vehicles. The Eliminator is of course inspired by Pappagallo’s “Lone Wolf” custom built vehicle from the 1981 film.

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Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.


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Thunder Road

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The last road vehicle, The Doom Buggy, is naturally based off some of the marauder dune buggies from The Road Warrior.

Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.



Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

Players have one other vehicle they can count on during the game. That would be the Thunder Chopper, which appears to be their answer to the Gyro Captain.

Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.


Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

So you might be wondering how Thunder Road plays out, right? Each player selects their colored vehicles and then attempts to accomplish one of two things. Destroy every vehicle of your opposing players by shooting or ramming into them. Or on the other hand you can simply try to outdistance them, leave them behind you.

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It is important to realize that there are two game boards that connect to make up the highway. The first car to reach the end of the second board then takes the first piece and puts it in front. Woe be to those vehicles of course that were on the flipped first board. As they are now completely out of the game!

[Via] Spaced Cobra TV

Now here is the part where I sadly have to tell you some bad news. While the game is available out there on Ebay…the prices are nuts. Ranging anywhere from $60 dollars for an incomplete edition to $250 for a complete version.

Thanks to BoardGameGeek it appears that there has been quite a following built up around this 1986 board game. And I highly suggest you follow the link to check how players have modded the game and pieces to fit in with the Mad Max universe.

Image courtesy of BoardGameGeek.

In that Mad Max: Fury Road inspired game of Thunder Road…I believe I can make out Coma the Doof Warrior!


“Leading us into battle was Coma The Doof Warrior. Blind since birth. Coma wore a mask made from the dried skin of his murdered mother’s screaming face. His fire breathing weapon played the music of mayhem, It whipped us into a bloody battle rage”

Do You Remember The Goonies Board Game? (1985)

I have always been a fan of games, certainly I was bit by the electronic gaming bug early but I’ve never shaken the desire to collect and play board and card games. Not just vintage games mind you but the latest offerings like Sherwood and the Mars Attacks dice game!

I of course however have a very fond spot in my heart for those board games of my youth that for one reason or another I wasn’t able to obtain back in the day. Like 1985’s The Goonies from Milton Bradley…which to be quite honest I don’t recall ever seeing before stumbling on it today over on Board Game Geek.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

The object of the game is to be the first player to escape the fiendish traps and tunnels of One Eyed Willy with your treasure crystal and to avoid the Fratelli gang naturally.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.


All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

Each player takes on the role of their favorite Goonie (I call dibs on Data!) and try to move them across the paths of the game board which have regular spaces and encounter spaces. The instructions on Board Game Geek state that the regular spaces are considered the white stone, gold doubloons and the treasure crystal spots found in the Pirate Ship Cavern. With the encounter spaces on the board being the colored stones in Chester Cobblepot’s Chamber, Under the Wishing Well, Cannonball Chamber, One Eyed Willy’s Skull Room, and the Pipe Organ Chamber.

Depending on which card you pull in the Encounter area you might be faced with a Fratelli gang member and be sent to the last doubloon space you encountered…or basically you have to go back to the start of that encounter space. Thankfully the Goonies might have an ace up their sleeve if they hold the matching colored slide card to avoid the encounter or the all powerful Data card!

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

All images courtesy of Board Game Geek.

So while I’m busy looking for this board game on Ebay why don’t you share your favorite board game memories in our comments?

Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Board Game (1975)

With today being the birthday for the late great James Mason I made sure to pop in the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea DVD to celebrate. Released by Walt Disney Studios back in 1954, I still find James Mason’s portrayal as the anguished and vengeance seeking Captain Nemo to be the best cinematic interpretation of the character…even though Captain Nemo is supposed to be the son of an Indian Raja.

As I was watching this classic film it got me thinking about a board game that I used to own in my youth, a 3-D game where players each took on the role of Captain Nemo with their own Nautilus. I remembered that the goal was to be the first to navigate your vessel to Vulcania while trying to avoid the gunships that your opponent was using in an attempt to sink you. Each player turned ‘Vulcania’ which controlled the direction the gunships traveled so there always seemed a wonderful element of blind luck in the game.

When your Nautilus was traveling under water you would be safe from the gunships patrolling for you and in exchange for your safety your movement was halved but if you braved the surface of the ocean you could travel much faster…and take the chance that a gunship would shell your mighty vessel of science to a watery grave.

The only thing that would have made this game greater is if they had included a miniature pipe organ to play while you waited for your turn! I want to give a huge thanks to the always impressive Board Game Geek site, especially Scott R. and Eric for the great photos you see above.

Dark Tower TV Commercial (1981)


I’ve stated before on the site that in my youth there was one board game that after seeing it’s TV commercial gripped my imagination and refused to let go. That game was the legendary Dark Tower by Milton Bradley. I never received one, I remember it being slightly expensive but that could just be my faulty memory banks, though I’ve been able to play around with one since…and I still want it.

For a young kid just getting started in TSR’s Dungeons and Dragons that commercial was right up my alley, besides it had Orson Welles in it!

I want to thank Retroist regular Magisterrex for uploading this fantastic commercial over on YouTube! Thanks to Jonathan Harrison over at Board Game Geek for sharing the box art to his own Dark Tower game.

Horror House: The Board Game

Found this neat looking Horror game released by Bandai over on Board Game Geek! It looks like the perfect game for this Halloween season, though sadly I’ve not been able to dig up too much information on it.

From the Board Game Geek site:

“Escape the Horror House where 45 of the worlds monsters wait to terrify you!

Battle with the monsters: If you win the demons scream; when you lose the monsters bellow a wicked laugh.

A game for two to four players…never play alone.

Includes

Gameboard
Deathhead roulette (electronic: requires 1 C cell battery)
39 monster cards
6 king of demon cards
1 guardian spirit card
4 pass cards
11 king demon chips
1 sword
4 tokens (men)
1 instructions

Play consists of moving around the house fighting monsters
by inserting the sword into holes in the electronic death head to determine the outcome (screams, laughter or the clashing of swords determines the winner) ie: electronic dice rolling and outcome.”

A big thanks to Ant Parker and G. Hooke for sharing the photos of the game up top!