Iron Horse Park
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Posted by Paul on May 1, 2015 | Short Link

Here is one of the finest examples of a “Tabletop Cathedral” dedicated to Strat-O-Matic that I’ve seen in a while.

Behold, Iron Horse Park by Mike Patterson:

Iron Horse Park” is a classy and monolithic title, but personally, I might have gone with “Buster Field.”

Patterson has a burgeoning tabletop-sports blog called 368tothegaps that I hope he continues to develop. This great hobby needs more talented guys like you publishing on the interwebs, Mike.

Tabletop Cathedrals
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Posted by Paul on April 29, 2015 | Short Link
I made this out of balsa wood and play most of my C&D games on it

In his post this morning over at The Boys of Summer (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs), APBA Baseball gamer and blogger Shawn Baier posted a few photos of exquisitely crafted “APBA Cathedrals”.

My favorite of those he posted has to be the field he labeled as “Usinger’s Park.” No other details are given about it, so I’m not sure who the creator of it is, but I love it. Here’s the photo, if anyone knows who made this, please let us know in the comments so we can give him proper attribution:

Usinger's Park by ?

Usinger’s Park by ?

Some of you may remember, I built a similar park for my Strat Baseball “PUB League” of Hall of Famers and Heroes back in 2011:

PUB League Park

You can find more posts on the subject of homemade stadiums by clicking here.

Project Scorebook
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Posted by Paul on April 22, 2015 | Short Link

The video above is an introduction to a new product I’ll be offering soon: a fully customizable scorebook for keeping track of an entire replay season. I’m interested in your feedback. What is the prototype missing? What would this score book need in order to entice you to buy? How much would you be willing to pay?

Any comments or emails with any feedback whatsoever will get a FREE PDF copy of the prototype 1973 Oakland A’s score book that you see in the video.

I really just want to make something really awesome that my fellow baseball simulation game enthusiasts would love to use! Let’s make this the best scorebook any of us has ever used!

Some of its features:
Photo---prototype

  • enough pages to score 190 games (that’s 162 + playoffs + a few more just for the heck of it!)
  • cover customized to your project
  • spiral binding – you’ll never lose a score card or have loose pages all over your desk again!
  • complete real-life statistics for your team, for quick reference
  • a short essay customized to your season and/or team, written by Paul Dylan exclusively for your unique score book
  • complete as-played schedule for your team, including starting pitchers
  • a depth-chart diagram, where you can fill out your club’s depth chart for each position, for handy reference throughout the season
  • an additional 152 abbreviated score cards to keep track of other games throughout the league
  • blank stat reports included after every 20 games for gamersĀ who like to keep stats manually throughout the season
  • complete real-life game results for quick reference

It’s the perfect solution to a problem you might not have even known you had. Once you use the OneForFive.com Project Scorebook, you’ll never go back to your old way again!

2014 World Cup Tournament – APBA Soccer
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Posted by Paul on April 21, 2015 | Short Link
2014 WC tournament first 8

In my (increasingly rare) spare time, I’ve been using the APBA Soccer 2014 World Cup set to stage a single-elimination tournament with all 32 World Cup squads. Only eight of the thirty-one total games have been completed so far, but it has been a lot of fun to see how the brackets are beginning to take shape.

In the first round, I set up the brackets so that squads that finished first in their group in real-life would face the squads that finished fourth. Second-place finishers would face third. Additionally, I set up the brackets so that if every #1 and #2 won their first round matchup, then the Round of 16 in my tournament would look exactly like the Round of 16 in the real-world tournament held last summer.

Now that all the 1-v-4 games have been completed, the bracket shows that there have been only two upsets: England destroyed Costa Rica by a score of 5-0, and Ghana upset the 2014 World Cup champion Germany side by a score of 2-1.

Before playing the games, I would have picked England over Costa Rica as the most likely upset. The England 2014 cards in this APBA set are very strong – probably over-carded, if you ask me – and Costa Rica, though they played very well in the real-life tournament, doesn’t have any cards nearly as impressive as any of the top FIVE English cards. The 5-0 victory by The Queen’s lads was a bit of a fluke, however, due to lucky dice rolls. Costa Rica had six shots-on-goal but never found the net, despite English GK Joe Hart’s APBA card that has 12 “10s” – translating to a 67% save rate. Odds had Costa Rica converting at least two of those chances.

On the flip side of the luck coin, England had 8 shots-on-goal and FIVE goals to show for them. Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas actually has one of the best keeper cards in the set, with only 7 “10s” – translating to an 81% save rate. Odds were that England shouldn’t have had more than two goals.

Ghana versus Germany may have been more shocking, but it wasn’t as fluky. Germany’s squad in this set is hampered by very poor SOG rates, and it showed in this game. They had 14 shots, but only 5 on frame. Ghana had half as many shots, but hit the target on three of them, and found the back of the net twice on those. Though Germany won the run-of-play, they just couldn’t convert at the opportune moments, and Ghana’s 80th minute goal by captain Assamoah Gyan proved to be the difference.

Here is the bracket after the first eight games (click to embiggen):
World Cup tourney g8 - APBA

1979 Topps NASL Stickers
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Posted by Paul on April 20, 2015 | Short Link

A few more of my favorites:

NASL stickers

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