Avalon Hill – Football Strategy in “The General”

While researching the history of football games for the upcoming issue of OneForFive.com Print Edition, I came across the following article in the January, 1966 edition of The General, Avalon Hill’s monthly publication.

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The General was devoted to Avalon Hill’s deep selection of wargames. However, it wasn’t until 1973 that Avalon Hill would first publish All-Star Replay, a magazine devoted entirely to AH’s burgeoning line of tabletop-sports games, so in 1966 the only place to find information, charts, PBM and/or FTF opponents was in The General.

FOOTBALL STRATEGY TO GET FACELIFTING

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This chart for Football Strategy was published in The General in January, 1966. Click on the chart to see it at full size.

This chart for Football Strategy was published in The General in January, 1966. Click on the chart to see it at full size.

There would be many revisions to Football Strategy’s charts over the years, and you can find new homemade charts still being created today.

As a postscript, I found the following little blurb on the front page of The General that month to be an interesting artifact of the time. I can’t imagine a game company that produces its own magazine to promote its products endorsing a competitor’s games this way in 2014. My, how things have changed.

Avalon Hill published this endorsement of APBA games

Avalon Hill published this endorsement of APBA games in the Jan, 1966 edition of The General

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  1. I enjoyed Football Strategy when I was a kid. I quickly learned it didn’t matter who I was playing – the best move was to play the middle four defenses and you’d be really tough to beat. Trying to guess an offensive move by killing it with an extreme defense was just too darn risky. It also killed the razzle dazzle, a play that was incredibly tempting to run 10 times a game when you were 10.

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