You heard it here first, ladies and gentlemen! I’m proud and excited to have this exclusive scoop for OneForFive.com.
According to Plum, this new PT Games release of Title Bout promises to “bring back the greatness of the original” and to add a “few new wrinkles.” Created by legendary game designers Jim and Tom Trunzo, the brothers are involved in the redesign and rerelease of the game, though to what extent is still unclear.
One thing is for certain: the game board will be getting a makeover. According to Plum, “Jim Trunzo hated the original game board that Avalon Hill put out. We’re going to put out something that’s a lot closer to his original vision.”
Title Bout was first published and sold by Avalon Hill in the late 1970′s. Officially out-of-print for over 20 years, numerous copies and unauthorized card sets for the game have been sold on the secondary market since Avalon Hill folded. Most recently, an unauthorized fan-created set of All-Time Great Heavyweights being sold on ebay was met with a public Cease and Desist order from Jim Trunzo on the Delphi Forums.
In recent years, PT Games has had success updating, augmenting and republishing out-of-print titles. Football Bones is an updated version of Statis Pro Football, created with the original game designer’s blessing. Hockey Bones is a new, officially licensed version of Face-Off Pro Hockey. In this regard, PT Games’ release of Title Bout seems to fit within Plum’s direction for PT Games. These republications of out-of-print titles have seen success with the loyal fans of the original titles, and have generally been praised as faithful and worthy releases.
Click on the image below to see PT Games’ press release announcing the licensing of what was once an Avalon Hill product and what will be called Advanced Title Bout in its new iteration.
[10:27am PST - post edited to clarify that the name of the new game will be "Advanced Title Bout"]
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Expanding audiences mean more opportunities for this underrated genre
Even as tabletop sports games have become quite popular after their feature in the Guardian a few years back, many are still unaware of the joys of these great sports simulation games. Tabletop sports games are often left to be played in small specialty hobby stores, away from the view of the general public.
But could tabletop sports games soon find themselves in the public’s eye because of casinos? Casinos have recently begun to show an interest in appealing to younger audiences. Not only have casino operators begun offering the hottest EDM parties to their patrons, but they’ve also started featuring themes that appeal to younger generations. Online casino operator InterCasino, known as the oldest gambling website in the world, has even teamed up with Paramount Pictures and DC Comics to bring DC Comic slots featuring Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman to its users.
More importantly, however, New Jersey casinos have also begun offering fantasy sports booking services to their patrons. While most casinos had once been confined to offering booking services for real life sporting events, this no longer holds true as casinos have begun noting the wildly expanding market of fantasy sports simulation events.
“This presents a great opportunity for both casinos and companies currently providing fantasy sports tournaments to create a mutually beneficial relationship where the fantasy providers can expand their business and the casinos can have another attractive amenity to bring visitors to Atlantic City,” says Lisa Spangler of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Not only that, but tabletop games themselves are also quickly becoming more popular, with many sports bookers even offering services for tabletop games like Magic: the Gathering tournaments. Pinnacle Sports has even recently teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to bring betting to official Magic: the Gathering Pro Tours. Pinnacle Sports has found a way to allow players to have the most versatile betting options, allowing them to bet on either players or the cards that win the tournaments.
This innovative way of looking at sports bookings has opened the doors for less contemporary hobbies and industries to start being featured by bookers as well, and it seems that tabletop sports games may soon find themselves the focus of sports bookers as well. Is there anything you’d like to see in future tabletop sports booking services? What games do you think these bookers will be focusing on?
April 18, 1946
The term “clutch” is often ascribed to professional athletes who raise the level of their performance at the most crucial, pressure-packed moments in order to positively sway the outcome of a competition, series or season. But rarely, if ever, has a player in any sport come through with a clutch performance in the face of greater scrutiny, adversity and pure hatred than did Jackie Robinson, when he made his Minor League debut with the International League’s Montreal Royals at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium. Nor is it likely that there have been many sporting events that have had a greater impact on an entire society.
While the whole country followed Branch Rickey’s “great experiment” from afar, approximately 50,000 fans — more than double the stadium’s capacity — watched in person that Thursday afternoon in New Jersey as the 27-year-old Robinson starred in an event that would prove emblematic of the rest of his 1946 season. “Although I was wearing the colors of the enemy,” recalled Robinson in his autobiography, My Own Story, “the Jersey City fans gave me a fine ovation. And my teammates were shouting, ‘Come on, Jackie, start it off. This guy can’t pitch. Get a-hold of one!’Batting second in the Royals lineup, Robinson grounded out to shortstop on a full-count pitch in the top of the first inning. It was the only out he would make all day. In the third inning, with Montreal leading by a run, Tom Tatum and George Shuba reached base in front of Robinson, who again worked the count to 3-and-2. “I swung at the next pitch with everything I had,” he recounted. “There was a crack like a rifle shot in my ears. The ball sailed some 340 feet and disappeared over the left-field fence. Tatum and Shuba trotted home ahead of me. Once again those Jersey City fans cheered and applauded, and when I crossed home plate, George Shuba was waiting for me. ‘That’s the way to hit that ball, Jackie,’ Shuba said. ‘That’s the old ball game right there.’ He shook my hand.” ( Listen to Shuba recall the event.)
In the fifth, Jackie laid down one of what would become his patented bunts for a single. He stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Tatum. Robinson then further endeared himself to the crowd when, dancing off the bag and bluffing for home, he rattled Giants pitcher Phil Oates to the point that he stopped in mid-windup, sending Robinson home on a balk call. The crowd went wild, clearly in Jackie’s corner. He singled and stole second again in the seventh, and then, in the eighth, laid down another perfect bunt. “I finally got as far as third base and once again started dancing menacingly up and down the base line,” Jackie recalled in My Own Story. “Herb Andrews was pitching for Jersey City now and he also got flustered and committed a balk. Once again the umpire waved me home.”
When all was said and done, Robinson had gone 4-for-5 with four runs scored, a home run, four RBIs, two stolen bases and two forced balk calls in Montreal’s 14-1 pasting of the Giants. Jackie’s linescore and the Royals’ rout were indicative the success they would have throughout the season. But more importantly, the turnout and response of the fans, as well as the support of his teammates, was a sign of things to come.
“We all sensed that history was in the making,” Robinson said about that day, “that the long ban against Negro players was about to come crashing down, setting up reverberations that would echo across a continent and perhaps around the world. I believe everyone in Roosevelt Stadium that day realized that he was witnessing a significant collapse in the ancient wall of prejudice.”
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In the embedded frame below, you’ll find the first 3 chapters of Baseball’s Great Experiment by Jules Tygiel. The first chapter, “The Crucible of White-Hot Competition,” discusses Robinson’s debut game at length.