Al Wilson’s “Hands On Games”

For those of us that play sports simulations on the tabletop, it often feels like we don’t fit in to any of the gamer molds. Our board game collections don’t necessarily have Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Railroad Tycoon, Ticket To Ride, or any of the more esoteric titles that Boardgame Geeks would call essentials for any collection. You won’t find sports simulations on Tabletop with Wil Weaton. Our shelves are more likely filled with APBA Baseball, Strat-O-Matic Football, Hockey Bones, and Statis Pro Basketball.

waste of timeTypical sports fans don’t understand what we do, either. We’ve all had the experience of trying to explain our hobby to someone who professes to love sports, only to receive a blank stare, or a quizzical look, or – worst of all – that dismissive chuckle that says, “What a waste of time!

Thankfully, through forums, blogs, newsletters and youtube videos, in today’s world it is easier than ever to find like-minded individuals who share our enthusiasm for sports simulations.

In fact, just in the three years since I started blogging on the online community has grown exponentially, with new blogs, replays, forums, Facebook pages and other places for aficionados of the hobby to congregate and share their experiences with different games. We’re at a tipping point, I believe, where this hobby – only 80 years old or so – is finally about to emerge into the mainstream consciousness for gamers and sports fans. It’s an exciting time to be involved in tabletop-sports.

It’s this new inter-connected hobby community that Al Wilson discusses in his latest edition of “Al Wilson’s Hands-On Games” – a YouTube channel dedicated to the hobby. Watch it below and then subscribe today!

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  1. I hope to see the tabletop sports game hobby piggy back on the recent surge in the popularity of board games as a whole. I recall just a few years ago going to You-Tube to try to find a play through of the “cards and dice” version of Strat baseball and finding only videos of the PC game. Now there are multiple channels dedicated to table top sports games. Keep up the good work Paul, Steve (Tower) and Al!!

  2. Hey, Al – I recently viewed your review of Second Season FB and really enjoyed it. As an aside, the dice tower was awesome. May I ask where or who you bought it from and if it is still made and available for purchase?
    Thanks, John

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