Tell Us About Your Project!

Posted by Paul on November 19, 2015 | Short Link

What kind of project are you currently primarily working on?

What game(s) are you using?

Do you have game writeups or league updates online in a forum or blog somewhere?


Only THREE More Days to Signup for Secret-Santa 2015
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Posted by Paul on November 17, 2015 | Short Link

Right now we only have 6 people signed up for this tabletop-sports Secret Santa exchange, which I have to admit is a bit disappointing. I really hoped we’d get more participation – but there’s still time!


Ken Griffey Jr. and the Baseball Card Hall of Fame
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Posted by Paul on November 10, 2015 | Short Link
The Baseball Card Hall of Fame Inner Circle, as I see it

In March, 2012 I wrote a post about a hypothetical “Baseball Card Hall of Fame” where I nominated the 5 cards that should be in the inaugural class as “inner-circle” Hall of Famers.

The Baseball Card Hall of Fame Inner Circle, as I see it

The Baseball Card Hall of Fame Inner Circle, as I see it

Here is the list:

  1. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
  2. 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.
  3. 1909 T206 Honus Wagner
  4. 1933 Goudey Gum Babe Ruth
  5. 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb

In 2016, Griffey will be appearing on the BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame ballot (that’s the real deal, in Cooperstown) for the first time. There has been some speculation that he could become the first player unanimously elected to the institution.

This got me thinking…would Griffey’s 1989 Upper Deck rookie card (card #1 of the set that redefined the hobby and ushered in the new era of card collecting) be a unanimous pick to the card hall of fame if one did exist?

Obviously I can only speculate, but it seems to me that as our collective perception of the 1990s is tainted by the inflated statistics of The Steroid Era, so too has our collective perception of the baseball card industry’s unfettered growth and the professionalization of collecting in the 1990s tainted our memory of the hobby during those years.

So I ask you, if a hypothetical Baseball Card Hall of Fame were to exist and you had the opportunity to nominate 5 cards for the inaugural class, would 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr be elected to that Hall of Fame?

Which five cards would you nominate?

From the Wayback Machine: The (Nearly) Complete Collection of Avalon Hill’s All Star Replay
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Posted by Paul on November 9, 2015 | Short Link


Originally Posted May 26, 2014
Thanks to this website, tabletop-sports fans now have the opportunity to read 19 issues of Avalon Hill’s All-Star Replay magazine.

Click Here to go to the Google Docs folder (no sign-in required) to view and download pdf versions of every All-Star Replay magazine published from Volume One, Number One in fall, 1977 through Volume Five, Number One in summer, 1983.

From 1977-1983, All-Star Replay magazine covered Avalon Hill's Sports Games.  Today 19 issues are available as free PDF files.

From 1977-1983, All-Star Replay magazine covered Avalon Hill’s Sports Games. Today 19 issues are available as free PDF files.

All-Star Replay was Avalon Hill’s in-house magazine that covered all AH sports titles, which included the Statis-Pro Baseball, Basketball, and Football games, Title Bout, Baseball and Football Strategy, Speed Circuit, the horse racing sim Win, Place, and Show, among others.

The magazine was produced (mostly) quarterly, and famously included many free add-ons to games. For example, Volume 3, number 2 includes Statis-Pro cards for two Japanese baseball teams: 1978 Tokyo Yomiuri Giants and 1978 Yokohama Taiyo Whales.

Other add-ons include tracks for Speed Circuit, solitaire charts for many of their games, and strategies for winning head-to-head matches with others. The magazine boasted statistical analysis of cards, games, and replays. In those dark pre-internet days, it was one of the few sources of tabletop-sports news and analysis.

Now it’s all available to you for free with a couple of mouse-clicks.

Secret Santa FAQs
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Posted by Paul on November 6, 2015 | Short Link

QUESTION: Is there a limit to how much should be spent on gifts?

ANSWER: No limit, but unless you have more money than you know what to do with, $20-25 is a good guideline. A number of people have already expressed concern about the cost. Money is a real concern for me, too. However, the inspiration for this gift exchange came when I was looking at some games on my shelf that I doubt I’ll ever play much, if at all, and it occurred to me that I should give a few of them away around Christmas time. It didn’t take long before I was thinking that many of us probably have a few of these games or seasons or other tabletop-sports paraphernalia that might be better enjoyed by someone else.

In this way, I hope that money is not a barrier to anyone who wants to participate. I’m sure many of us won’t have to spend anything except shipping costs, though somebody might know of the perfect gift for the giftee, and want to spend a little to get it. That’s up to you.

QUESTION: Does it have to be a gift from the tabletop-sports hobby?

ANSWER: I don’t want to unilaterally decide this for everyone, but I vote that, yes, it should be something that is related to this hobby. That’s the reason we’re all on this website right now. The guys who will be participating are some of the most informed tabletop-sports hobbyists in the world. You guys teach me something new about this hobby every day. I hope we can surprise and educate each other and bring a little excitement to each other’s lives this holiday season. I guarantee we can give each other gifts we’ll never get anywhere else.

QUESTION: Is this one of those Secret Santas where I’m supposed to give them small things a bunch of times before Christmas, or can I just send one thing?

ANSWER: If you want to send more than just one present, you’re more than welcome to, but you’re only pledging to give one gift when you sign up.

QUESTION: Can I sign up to be matched up to more than one person?

ANSWER: Not this time. Since I don’t have any experience running something like this and I don’t know how big this is going to get, I’d like to keep it as simple as possible for now. I’ll revisit this question at a later date.

QUESTION: What does OneForFive get out of this? You must have some motive or are making money off of this somehow.

ANSWER: Of course I hope that word about this exchange gets around and somebody out there sees OneForFive for the first time because of it. I also hope that someone hangs out here long enough to be convinced to purchase a Custom Scorebook for their next project. But other than that, I’m don’t receive anything from anybody and I’m not pushing anybody else’s products. All opinions are my own honest opinions. And in my opinion, you should be someone’s Secret Santa this year, and let someone else be yours.

QUESTION: How do I sign up?


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