Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Closet Baseball Fans?

I'm not a big sports fan, but for some mysterious reason I'm really intrigued by baseball simulations. Hard-core fans are probably really interested in tracking players and knowing as as possible, but that's not it for me. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's something about the combination of stats and warm summer days. Don't know.

After some research, I have concluded that Strat-o-matic Baseball is the most likely looking game. The basic version is simple and fast, the advanced version is still not too bad while including a lot more detail, and the super-advanced version provides room to grow, though I doubt I'd ever go that far.

I'd like to try before I buy, though, so I was wondering if anyone in the group has a copy stashed someplace.



At 7:43 PM, May 15, 2007, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

I'm not a big sports fan, but for some mysterious reason I'm really intrigued by baseball simulations.

Change "sports" to "baseball in particular" and you have me to a tee.

I have Strat-O-Matic Football, which I absolutely love, except that it takes about four hours to properly replay a game. But there's a lot more going on in that game, including setting the disposition of your linebackers on every play, so I would imagine the baseball game would be more compact.

I would be all over trying this out with you.

At 9:52 PM, May 15, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I'd really like to see a board game about Notre Dame football. :)

At 3:50 PM, May 16, 2007, Blogger Mark said...

I enjoy sports simulations, particulary baseball. I don't own any but would enjoy playing.

At 7:47 PM, May 16, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Does Tudor Electric Football count as a board game? If so, I've found my ND game:


At 10:20 PM, May 16, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

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At 10:24 PM, May 16, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

I don't know anything about Strat-O-Matic Baseball. I do recall an old Avalon Hill Baseball game. Is was called "Baseball Strategy" and there is one on ebay right now. I don't know anything about it though.

I guess Strat-O-Matic was a sports game system?

BTW - I was BLOWN AWAY by Madden Football. I wonder if there is a baseball equivlent.

At 10:29 AM, May 17, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

My research on Tudor electric football seems to have electrified me a bit. I'm think I'm going to pick one up. The new versions still in production are quite nice. Yes, yet another way to relive childhood pleasures.

At 4:17 PM, May 19, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

Baseball Strategy is basically Football Strategy. In both games, you have a matrix of results, each player picks their Row (or column) and that gives you the result. So if you pick "Swing Away" and the pitcher does
"Fastball" then you get a line drive, or some such.

Football strategy uses a 20x10 matrix, I seem to recall that Baseball Strategy uses a smaller one, but I don't remember.

At 9:57 AM, February 09, 2008, Blogger Nordclan said...

Baseball Startegy is a game that is developed around the heart and soul of the game itself, which is the cat and mouse game between the battery (pitcher/catcher) and the batter. If a pitcher needs a double play he places a breaking ball card to get a DP. To stop a bunt or a steal. place a pitchout card. A fastball also tends to stop a steal attempt. If the pitcher suspects that the batter wants to go deep, he "throws" an off speed card to get a fly out. The pitcher should establish his fastball and the hitter hits for the situation, trying to avoid DPs, hit sac flys, and move the runners along the basepaths. There are more subtleties to this game and each gamer would have to discover them for himself.


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