— Paul Dylan (@heyblue) April 18, 2014
I’m hoping some of you APBA Baseball gurus can answer this question.
I know there are as many APBA homebrewed modifications and systems out there as there are Derek Jeter’s ex-girlfriends, but, like Derek Jeter’s ex-girlfriends, I’m too inexperienced to know much about them.
Can anyone answer this question in the comments below?
John Reeder asks:
I’ve been interested for some time in getting APBA, particularly the BAT2 set. But I’ve been gun shy since I learned about the no-control-of-steals situation. Is there no way around that?
The one big thing I liked about Strat, as well as Sports Illustrated’s All Time All Star Baseball, was the ability to decide when to send the runner on certain basehits, when to sacrifice, when to pull the infield in, and when to try for a steal. I hate seeing that control taken away. Is APBA truly like that? No modifications ever conceived?
- 1915: Dick Seitz, creator and founder of the APBA game company was born.
- 1946: Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Hall of Fame pitcher, was born
- 1954: Gary Carter, Hall of Fame catcher, was born
- 1973: Eddie Miksis, who once lent his glove to Ernie Banks, died
- 1974: Henry Aaron hits career home run #715, surpassing Babe Ruth’s record.
Payoff Pitch Baseball (by Sideline Strategy and distributed by PT Games) was an Honorable Mention for 2013 Best New Game of the Year here at OneForFive.com. It’s a terrific game. I’m playing the second-half of my 1982 California Angels replay with Payoff Pitch, and in the past couple of months I’ve personally played it probably more than any game other than Strat-O-Matic Baseball.
If you’re interested in trying the game at all, I’d suggest taking advantage of the pdf deal by Sideline Strategy that is running through this Saturday. See below for details.
To help celebrate International TableTop Day this Saturday, April 5th, all Payoff Pitch Baseball PDF seasons have been reduced 20%.
For those that haven’t tried Payoff Pitch Baseball, you can now purchase the PDF game parts and two PDF seasons for only $25 through the end of Saturday.
The PDF game parts come with eight demo teams and everything needed to play the game except two six-sided and two ten-sided dice. If you don’t have dice or just prefer playing with Fast Action Cards (FAC), Payoff Pitch Baseball has you covered. The $9 PDF game parts include all instructions and charts for the Dice version along with a set of 112 FAC (8 to a single sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper).
In addition to the sale, Tim Plum of PT Games will be online from noon to 5pm EST on Saturday, April 5th, hosting a live online gaming session. For more information, see the PT Games Delphi Forum.
For April Fool’s Day yesterday, I joked about Strat-O-Matic working on an F1 game, and I gave a screenshot of a mock-up card. The truth, of course, is that Strat is not working on an F1 game as far as I know of. I created that card myself in Microsoft Excel, using my imagination to come up with what I thought a Strat Formula One racing game card might look like.The data and some of the concepts on the card, however, did not come from my imagination. Anthony Apostolico, creator of the great Classic Soccer (for my money the most in-depth tabletop-soccer simulation ever), has turned his gaming brain toward Formula One racing. His game (as yet officially unnamed, but we’re calling it “Classic Formula One” around here), was officially launched on March 30th, with the 1981 F1 season as the first release.
I had a chance to play a beta version of the game (with All Time Great drivers) and I agree with most points of the review posted by SeanL34 over at the Delphi Soccer Simulation Forum. I’d encourage you to read it if you’re interested in the game at all.
Where my opinion differs:
In summary, it’s my opinion that if what you see so far seems interesting to you, you’re probably going to enjoy this game.
Classic Formula 1 is currently being offered (in pdf format only) at $25 for the 1981 season with 30 drivers and 16 tracks. To find out more about Classic Formula 1, contact the game designer at: jakemotta at aol dot com.