Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Joy of Gaming: Women Game Designers - Thunder Alley

Women's History Month: 

A Joy of Gaming Tribute to 

Women Game Designers


Carla Hoger (with spouse)

Thunder Alley (2014)

Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game, complete with little cardboard cars and a track to race them around. The game, published by war game masters GMT, attempts to realistically simulate stock car racing with relatively streamlined rules, and it's marginally less dangerous than getting behind the wheel of one of these vehicles in real life! In the game you control a team of cars and while you use hand management to get the best position, your car deals with the wear and tear of the road, as well as potential damage from other racers. Go solo or stay with your team, you have to think ahead to get ahead in Thunder Alley.

Carla Hoger is a veteran game designer. Herself and her husband, Jeff, started Labortory H. this March (2018) with their own art designer. The couple is responsible for Thunder Alley, Grand Prix, and, their newest game, Apocalypse Road. Despite being active game designers, Carla Hoger seems a bit less involved in the game community than her husband, but she is an avid gamer and keeps abreast of what is going on.  I really enjoyed reading her Top 10 Games on Laboratory H.'s website. As with most couples, they are clearly in-sync and the design lines are somewhat blurred. 

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