The nine criteria are not equally weighted…but since I’m the judge and jury here, I will assign each a % weight in parentheses adding up to 100. Each column served a different purpose and had its own set of chart-book results. Recent publishers of note who are actively producing statistical baseball games include: Replay Baseball, Dynasty Baseball, Ball Park Baseball, Time Travel Baseball(resurrected by Downey Games), Statis Pro Advanced and Dice Baseball. If the silhouette is a batter, go to the batter’s flash card and if a pitcher, do likewise on pitcher’s flash card. The use of a trademarked name on this site should not be construed as a sponsorship of the trademark holder nor should mentioning the name of a product without indicating its trademark status be construed as a challenge to such status. In 1973, the format of SIBB changed when the game rated each MLB franchise for their All-Time All-Stars (ATAS). The ‘4’ column was reserved for infielders and added together the fielding rating for the infielder and the batter for a result in a chart book. All-Star Baseballwas my first exposure to statistical baseball games as a 10 year old. BASEBALL- Big League Manager: 1915 American League: 07/01/2019: adml--143: 0--The 1915 American League for BLM Baseball. Whoever rolls the higher number adds the 2 dice together for a result from 3-11 on their ‘flash-card’. In the mid-70’s a Master Edition of APBA was added for those desiring more statistical accuracy. Pete Ventura’s customer service is legendary. If there was a red box with an F for fly-ball or G for groundball, the play ended there with runner advancement looked up on charts that were on the game board. Throwing arm for C and OF? A baseball season is a 154 or 162 game marathon, not a sprint. Some allow the addition of player photos and pictures of the stadiums. Strikeouts were in blue. Columns ‘1’ and ‘2’ were mostly for strike-outs and outfield fielding plays. I’ve recently been waxing nostalgic about my gaming roots as a child and teen. New MLB sets were issued through 1990. 01 Apr 2004 - Tabletop Baseball Games website started on Geocities. My friends and I swapped sets of disks, drafted teams and formed leagues. To launch our 25th year, Steve is doing something a little different: the first ever multi-part series to appear in GA Report. 11 Nov 2009 - Added "Throwback Baseball 1.0" and website updated. Barnes’ most notable contribution to sports game simulations was the use of Fast Action Cards (FAC) in all four of his Statis-Pro games. AH reduced the number of All-Stars to 96, 48 each for the American and National Leagues. The sets being produced for Statis Pro Baseball are from James Yonushonis with compatible cards to the present season and most notably Derrick Beckner producing his Advanced Statis Pro Baseball card sets and charts. Can you game the game? Gamers Alliance, Gamers Alliance Report and the Gamers Alliance logo are trademarks owned by HM Levy. If it takes too many steps to resolve a single at-bat in a board game, then it should have been a computerized game in the first place. Steve returns to his baseball game roots in Part I of this, his 59th review.]. Coming Up Next: Part 2 – Detailed comparisons among the games currently in print. Looking in the rear view mirror, we know how last season went for the home team. 17 Apr 2007 - Website moved from Geocities to it's own domain: tabletopbaseball.org. The ATAS set on individual cards proved to be popular and was picked up by Avalon Hill as Superstar Baseball when Time, Inc. sold their sports games. Over the years, Replay revised and improved their chart books and ratings several times. The Ventura card sets still use the familiar 6×6 grids on the batters but now utilize 6×6 grids for the pitchers cards as well. 2) Flow/Fun (15) – Does the game feel like baseball and play quickly yet realistically? In a recent survey conducted by Siena College of 801 residents of my home state of New York, those asked to name the greatest athlete in New York State history named... (drum roll please)... Derek Jeter! The sum of the ratings for the team in the field were added together to produce “automatic out” result numbers that corresponded to the 10-15 chart results. No other professional sport has the history or love of number as Baseball. Not so surprisingly, I’m firmly in the camp of a preference for ‘elegance’ and simplicity in design for both Euros and Baseball. Used copies of SIBB and SuperStar Baseball are still selling for a premium on eBay. My favorite element in Statis Pro Baseball is the way the pitcher/batter control rating (PB) on a pitcher makes a dominant pitcher feel dominant, as more of the action stays on the pitcher’s card and away from the batter. A pretty box can be tempting. As a 17 year old, I remember replaying the entire 162 game NY Mets season with my kid brother, Gary, and manually keeping full statistics to compare with the actual. For detailed examples of play go to : http://www.downeygames.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_58_110&products_id=1660. Far too often, games worthy of attention escape the notice of the very gamers who would most appreciate them! As reported by the Boston Globe, Tom can run “what if” scenarios prior to Theo Epstein pulling the trigger on a trade or free agent signing. Baseball and statistics go together like a steamed ballpark hotdog and mustard. Looking in the rear view mirror, we know how last season went for the home team. In the early 1920’s Clifford Van Beek of Green Bay WI, invented a new genre of baseball board game, where each ballplayer’s results statistically mirrored their actual on-field performance. In 1971 David S Neft authored Sports Illustrated Baseball for Time, Inc. SIBB included player ratings for the 1970 MLB season on colorful charts. The use of a trademarked name on this site should not be construed as a sponsorship of the trademark holder nor should mentioning the name of a product without indicating its trademark status be construed as a challenge to such status. Thousands of baseball fanatics, mostly kids and teens, supplemented their love of the game of baseball with playing baseball board games during the off-season and on rainy days. The player cards were now 2-sided, basic on the front and advanced on the back.. A Super Advanced edition started in the nineties and included clutch ratings, ballpark effects and better stolen base procedures and provided symbols on the advanced side of the cards. Rules complexity and/or too many charts to obtain a result make my brain explode. From my perspective, a game has to first and foremost be FUN. While the popular Statis Pro Baseball game is no longer in production, new updated Statis Pro Baseball player cards are available through this website. In fact, my brother and I used to design a new version each year . Throwing ratings were added to outfielders and catchers. The 47th Element This has been a long time coming. Several of the baseball board games also have text-based computer editions that mimic the board game version and also keep statistics, schedules and can auto-play for simulations. Baseball. FACs eliminated the need for dice and many external charts by combining ratings checks for varied results on decks of 90-100 double-sided cards. A dice baseball game should take 30 minutes to complete with scoring. The other two dice were added together to form a sum from 2-12. When it comes to tabletop baseball board games, one of the more passionate topics is whether a player’s card will provide accurate statistics. Pete re-issued the box, chart book and playing field in 2010 and did himself proud, using the finest components in the table-top sports industry. In Statis Pro, fielders have a clutch rating that can turn an out into a hit or vice versa. FACs feel downright strange to me in a baseball game where I much prefer dice rolling for my randomization. Pete has also published several past seasons and, with British programmer Richard Hanna, has faithfully adapted Replay Baseball as a superb computer game. The AH Superstar Baseball game was effectively ended in the mid-80’s when MLBPA demanded royalty payments for using player names. Money is a factor too. At first glance, all 4 games of the 70’s that I will be examining were seemingly on the receiving end of a death blow courtesy of MLB and MLBPA licensing/royalty fees…or were they? I’ve played almost all of the games I’ve mentioned at one time or another…either as a child or as a board game critic who mostly plays games of European origin as an adult.
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