So basically some dude inputs the skills of everything, of every player, the results of everything, everything that happened ever, translates that into probability tables, and then – for fun – people pay money and they…test his math?”
- Rich Sommer, Cardboard!
One thing this hobby needs is more coverage in the mainstream board gaming audio/visual media on the web.
In this episode of “Cardboard!” we get to hear about sports board games from the perspective of a board gamer who doesn’t know a lot about sports. Though his “expert” (actor and podcaster Nate Corddry) on the tabletop-sports genre gets a lot of basic fact wrong (Strat-O-Matic invented in the late 60’s?), this episode brings a really fascinating perspective for those of us “die-hards” out there, and is worth a listen.
Still, it’s totally worth a 52 minutes of your time. Take a listen!
CLICK HERE for more information on how to order a Custom Scorebook for your next replay.
Here are a few comments from recent customers:
I contacted Paul about making a replay guide for me as I look to do a career replay of Tom Seaver’s career. Paul was excellent in giving me suggestions to improve upon what I was looking for and was very quick in his responses. I ordered 4 books based on the size of the replay and the first one arrived today. I am very exited on how it turned out and I would give a tremendous recommendation to anyone who is thinking about ordering a book. This will go a long way to increasing my enjoyment for this project.” – Bob C., Naples, FL
This is stunningly good. Better than I even hoped.” – Bart E., Fairway, KS
BEAUTIFUL! If I can get my hands on an older Replay set I’ll be placing another order before the year is out!” – Jim W., Farmington, MI
Recently completed scorebooks include:
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF OF THE 1944 SEASON OF THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS’ PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE (made famous in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own”) for Plaay.com’s History Maker Baseball.
This is not a homebrew set – this is an official HMB set by creator Keith Avallone. It’s really exciting to see a game company offer a set like this for free.
To my knowledge, there is no other game company that embraces these types of “alternative” sets to the extent that Avallone and Plaay.com does.
You might counter that Strat-O-Matic and their all-volunteer “U-Team” – which has been responsible for Cuban Stars, Japanese historical seasons, and Negro League season releases for their PC game in recent years – might be comparable. The difference, however, is that Strat-O-Matic relies on the U-Team volunteers to create computer-only rosters, doesn’t offer anything for free and actively discourages and/or shuts down any attempt to share cards created by some of their most loyal and creative customers.
Most notably, Scott Simkus had a beautiful set of 1933-34 Pittsburgh Crawford Strat-O-Compatible cards that he had created and was offering in conjunction with his weekly digital newsletter, The Outsider Baseball Bulletin.
Intended to be released in serial fashion, 1 or 2 per issue, Simkus was only able to offer 16 of 26 cards before this cryptic note ended up in the May 15, 2013 issue of OBB: Read more…
Happy Independence Day, America!
On this day 46 years ago (July 4, 1969), centerfielder Bob Oliver of the Kansas City Royals came up to bat in the eighth inning with the bases loaded against Jim Bouton of the Seattle Pilots. It was a battle of expansion clubs, neither of which were faring well in their first season.
On this day, however, Oliver and the Royals had the baseball Gods on their side. Oliver rolled a 3-6 and hit the split number (17) to club the first Grand Slam in KC Royals history. The Royals went on to beat the Pilots 13-2 that day.
In his book Ball Four, Bouton writes:
It was a terrible day to work. With one pitch I undid all the good work I’ve been doing for weeks. I gave up five earned runs in a big one and one-third innings. I couldn’t get my knuckleball over. I felt uncoordinated on the mound, and I threw one to Gene Oliver [sic] with the bases loaded that spun, and he knocked it over the center-field wall. On the bus some son of a bitch asked me if it was the longest home run I ever gave up.”
I’ve already had an order for a Custom Scorebook for the 1969 Kansas City Royals – who among you will be the first to order a 1969 Seattle Pilots Custom Scorebook and take on a replay of Bouton’s infamous Ball Four year?
BY POPULAR DEMAND! Customized baseball project scorebooks are now available for sale from OneForFive.com!
[Generic (non-customized) Baseball Project Scorebooks can still be purchased here at Lulu.com directly]
ABOUT CUSTOM PROJECT SCOREBOOKS:
For season replayers, the Customized Baseball Project Scorebook may be the best tool to come along since Retrosheet.org was founded in 1989. 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!
*The price for a typical season scorebook (scoresheets for approx. 180 games) will be $34 without as-played lineups, $39 with as-played lineups. However, since these are custom products, I have to reserve the right to adjust pricing for any individual order based on complexity or other aspect of the request. If you have any questions about your particular project, please use the contact form below to reach out. I will respond as soon as possible.
The process will work like this:
- Use the “Buy Now” button at the top of this page to order your scorebook.
- Within 24-48 hours: I’ll email you to confirm your order and to talk about your project.
- Within 3 weeks: I’ll send you a PDF file for your review. If the PDF file meets our agreed specifications, you’ll respond with a big thumbs up and that PDF will become the official print file. If any changes need to be made, I’ll make the changes within 5 business days and send a new PDF draft to you. This process will repeat until we have a PDF file that is ready for the printer.
IMPORTANT: You are the final editor. You are responsible for catching any mistakes in the file at this point. If we send it to the printer with the Oakland Athletics listed as the Oakland Mariners or if the file is missing three days in the middle of June or something, there are no refunds, and no do-overs. Review the PDF carefully.
- The file goes to the printer. The printing process generally takes 3-5 days.
- The finished scorebook is mailed to you directly. You should receive it within 5-10 days after printing. I’ll send a confirmation with tracking number to you as soon as it has gone in the mail.
The whole process will likely take 6 to 8 weeks.
If you receive the scorebook and have concerns about the print quality, please email me right away and we’ll get a corrected print made immediately.
I contacted Paul about making a replay guide for me as I look to do a career replay of Tom Seaver’s career. Paul was excellent in giving me suggestions to improve upon what I was looking for and was very quick in his responses. I ordered 4 books based on the size of the replay and the first one arrived today. I am very exited on how it turned out and I would give a tremendous recommendation to anyone who is thinking about ordering a book. This will go a long way to increasing my enjoyment for this project.”
Due to the investment of time that I personally have to make to get a custom scorebook created, there can be no refunds on custom scorebooks, so it’s important that we talk upfront about exactly what your expectations are and how we can best meet them.
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about the product – or if you want to run your idea by me before purchasing one – I invite you to please use the contact form below to send me an email. I will respond asap.