2013 Year End Review: Best Game Release (Vintage Season)

What makes one vintage season release better than another? There are three criteria: Historical Significance of the season Quality and Depth of Research Availability/Obscurity of the Season for Replay Possibilities By these criteria, Strat-O-Matic’s release of the 1973 Japanese League Baseball Season was the best vintage season release of 2013. As far as I know, Strat-O-Matic is the first game company to officially release a baseball set for any Japanese season, though there have been some homebrew rosters and card sets available (Japanese Heroes, anyone?) for Strat and other games for a while. For fans of Yakyu (野球 (やきゅう), the … Continue reading

2013 Year End Review: Best New Game

In 2013, Plaay Games hit a home run with the release of History Maker Baseball, oneforfive.com’s Best New Tabletop-Sports Game of the Year. HMB has exactly everything that most gamers require in a game: it has a clever game engine, quality components, accurate statistics, smooth gameplay, a short gametime, almost no learning curve at all, and a small footprint. But there are myriad games that can boast most if not all of these qualities. Why do you need another baseball game? In the realm of baseball simulations, it sometimes seems like we’ve seen them all before. To clear out a … Continue reading

2013 Year End Review: Best Tabletop-Sports Replay

Over the next week or so, I’ll be giving out the oneforfive.com awards for 2013.  Here are the Categories: Best Replay of the Year Best New Game of the Year Best Game Release (Vintage Season) Best Newsletter (Official Gameco.) Best Blog Best Video Blog   BEST REPLAY OF THE YEAR From last year’s post, the first of what I hope will be an annual event, here is my idea of a great replay: …some replay projects are more engaging than others. I have found that there are 5 elements to a creating an engaging and successful replay thread on a … Continue reading