A Message from the President

In case you missed it (and I don’t blame you, I don’t always delve into comments either), the Owner and President of APBA, John Herson himself, responded to my first post about the APBA Soccer game.

His comment:

Good morning,

Thank you for reviewing APBA’s soccer game. I am not the developer of the game. I asked the developers about the statement that the game is a knockoff of another soccer game. They told me they had never heard of that other game. Since these are honorable men, I take their word for it.

The tag line the Classic Soccer board game is the same tag line that APBA has used for its other board games beginning with APBA’s baseball game first introduced in 1951. The tag line is a continuation of the packaging for APBA’s other four sports games. There is no hidden meaning or message in the choice of the tag line.

I appreciate you trying out APBA’s soccer game. I wish the introduction had gone better. It should have been done much better. We think we have a handle on the card situation.

Any comments pro , con or neutral, I would appreciate hearing. We need fans feedback to make the soccer game the best it can be.



I replied:

Thank you for taking the time to reply, John. I really appreciate your comments. To me it says volumes about your commitment to the soccer game and to APBA generally that you are willing to address your customers directly.

As for the comparison between APBA and Classic Soccer – personally, I think there are similarities in the game design (the way the pitch is divided into zones, most glaringly), but there is no way I would ever call the game a knockoff. I was just pointing out some of the criticisms I’ve seen.

I prefer APBA Soccer to Classic Soccer. I’ve been playing Classic Soccer for about a year and a half, but it is a different game and, though enjoyable, I never had the fun with it that I’m having with APBA. APBA Soccer is the game I was looking for, the game I hoped CS would be when I first bought it. Like I said, I think one would need a broad brush to try to paint APBA as a Classic Soccer lite. If there are others who’ve played Classic Soccer and who think the game gets bogged down with too many rules, too many charts, too many calculations, like I did – APBA Soccer might be the game for them, the way it is for me.

I’m bummed that the introduction of the game didn’t go better for APBA, too, because I really love this game and want it to succeed, if only for my own selfish reasons – I want to keep playing updated league sets each year. One of the reasons I started this blog was that I thought the game needed someone out there talking about how great it is. APBA Soccer is a great game. If I’m your biggest fan right now, that’s cool with me, but I hope I can eliminate some of the early misconceptions about the game and, consequently, convince others who are on the fence to go out and pick up a copy.

I’m going to shout it from the rooftops. I love APBA Soccer! Thanks again, John, for this game.

– Paul

I hope John continues to read my blog, and I hope I can be a worthy advocate and ambassador for the game.  I have said it before, that I don’t think the game is perfect, but I do think it’s fun and that it’s getting better every day.  The more people we have playing it, the better for all of us.  When I have some time I will give the entire game the thorough review it deserves, but in the meantime, I can assure you that it’s a fun and a worthwhile tabletop sports sim to spend some time with.


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