2014 MLS Season for APBA Soccer AVAILABLE NOW
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Posted by Paul Dylan on December 17, 2014 | Short Link

I write about APBA Soccer a lot on this blog, because it’s one of my favorite games to play in any sport.

It’s only been about two months since I received my 2013 MLS set from the company and I haven’t had a chance to start a project with it yet, so I may hold off on purchasing the 2014 set for a while, but I sure am tempted to pull the trigger on it today!

Can Landon Donovan pilot the LA Galaxy to a championship in your 2014 MLS replay with APBA Soccer?

2014 might have been the most exciting season for Major League Soccer in its 18-year history. It was the final season for legends Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry. USMNT greats Jermaine Jones, Damarcus Beasley, and Maurice Edu all came home and had immediate impact in the league. New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips tied the MLS single-season goal scoring record with 27, while Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, MLS Defender of the year Chad Marshall and young superstar-in-the-making DeAndre Yedlin helped lead the Seattle Sounders to Supporter’s Shield and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup glory. MVP finalist Lee Nguyen had a breakout year and led the New England Revolution to their 6th MLS Cup Final only to lose out to the beloved Donovan and the polarizing MLS MVP, Irish National Captain Robbie Keane.

It’s amazing to me that the set is out this soon; the playoffs ended just ten days ago. As far as I know, the only other soccer game with a 2014 MLS set out already is Final Score by RJH Games.

Click here or on the screenshot below to go to APBA’s Online Store.

APBA Newsletter 12-17-14

PC Replay Baseball Video
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Posted by Paul Dylan on December 14, 2014 | Short Link

I’ve played a lot of baseball simulation games over the past couple of years. I haven’t played a lot of baseball simulations on PC, however, so I can’t claim to be an expert on that subject.

Of the games I have played and demos I’ve watched, I haven’t found a game that utilizes the power of a computer while still replicating the C&D experience on the tabletop better than PC Replay Baseball.

If you’re interested in the PC Replay game at all – or if you just enjoy following other people’s replays and/or games – definitely take 18 minutes to watch the video below, by youtuber “kingichiboo.”

The video below is a recording of the last three innings of a game between the 1906 Cubs and 1909 Tigers Pirates, played on the PC Replay Baseball game. Ed Reulbach is on the mound and hasn’t allowed a hit through 6 when the recording picks up. Kingichiboo provides an entertaining play-by-play while you get to watch and see how it turns out.

Can Reulbach pull off a no-hitter against Ty Cobb and the World Champion 1909 Detroit Honus Wagner and the World Champion 1909 Pirates club? Let’s find out!

Baseball Stadium Blueprints For Sale
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Posted by Paul Dylan on December 10, 2014 | Short Link

For sale at the (reasonable?) price of $185 + shipping, these 20″H x 26″W framed prints are the perfect adornment for the man cave of the man who loves the smell of hot dogs, popcorn, and cracker jacks all mixed up together like a gumbo.

The seller lists 31 different stadium blueprints available for sale, including some classics like Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, the old Tiger Stadium in Detroit, and Chicago’s Comiskey Park. All are made-to-order.

click on photo below to go to seller’s website

Ebbets Blueprints

Behind the Scenes at Strat-O-Matic
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Posted by Paul Dylan on December 9, 2014 | Short Link

That’s a lot of Strat.

APBA Soccer Query – July 31, 1996
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Posted by Paul Dylan on December 8, 2014 | Short Link

APBA Soccer Letter 7-31-96

From The APBA Journal “Letters to the Editor,” July 31, 1996 issue.

(h/t to Vince Crystal at the APBA Games Facebook page for bringing this to my attention)

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APBA Soccer?

After seeing the release of APBA’s new boxing game, I began to wonder if they had plans for a soccer game. Actually, I have been thinking of this game for a number of weeks before the boxing release, but have become even more curious of late.

I mean, if they think there is any sort of market for a boxing game, I don’t understand why they would not consider a soccer game as well.

I think that producing a soccer game might yield the most growth for the APBA Game Company– more than any other sport. Well, perhaps not in the States (as many articles in the AJ have stated they think soccer IS a “stupid” sport that provides no excitement), but I am sure it could be an instant hit in every other industrialized nation in the world.

Just think: Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world and the market that might develop out of an excellent simulation game will provide APBA with extraordinary revenue for years to come. Furthermore, as many soccer critics hate to realize, soccer is becoming a decent sport in the U.S., with the newly founded MLS drawing full crowds every night.

Thus, I think it is time for APBA to develop a game that could grow and become perhaps the largest source of revenue for APBA. Read more…

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