10 Lessons: Creating a Baseball Simulator

For those of us who are interested in baseball statistics, The Hardball Times (THT) is a consistent source of thought-provoking analysis and commentary on the game. Of course, we in the hobby know that there is a large segment of hobbyists who remain steadfast in their support of Batting Average and RBI for hitters and Wins and ERA for pitchers. These stalwarts remain unimpressed by the newest, hottest Sabermetric data points, and THT might not always be their cup of tea. In April, however, Matt Hunter of The Hardball Times wrote an article that any fan of baseball simulations can … Continue reading

Tralfamadore-Five

Let’s say that, like Billy Pilgrim, you are one day abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and placed in a Tralfamadorian zoo habitat. The Tralfamadorians, who exist in four dimensions and thus have the ability to see the entire history of the universe from inception to destruction, know that there is no such thing as random chance. When they meet you, a human with a keen interest in tabletop-sports games, they develop a deep curiosity about humans. Our fascination with dice, probability, and the notion of reliving and changing history through the elements of our tabletop-sports games is completely … Continue reading

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Though I didn’t come around here much over the summer, those months were not devoid of Tabletop-Sports gaming. Quite the contrary, in fact. I have a full-time job*, I have two young daughters, a wife (woo-hoo!), and all the attendant demands on my time that come with all these responsibilities. Fortunately, I do manage to find time to either roll a game or work on this blog nearly every night. However, most of the time it’s one or the other – rarely both. * “What?!” you exclaim. No, it’s true. I don’t play these games or write about them for a … Continue reading

Hand drawn Baseball Cards

What is it about Every Hall of Famer that makes it such a wonderful blog? If you haven’t visited the site, Every Hall of Famer is a blog by Summer Anne Burton, artist and contributor to such blogs as Fangraphs and The Classical.  On Every Hall of Famer, Summer has been posting her ink portraits of every hall of famer, in order of induction. The drawings are simple, whimsical, and have a quality of reverence about them. I love the blog and visit frequently. This morning I decided to dig out some of my childhood attempts at drawing ballplayers. I … Continue reading

My Game, My League

Welcome to anyone that is reading this site for the first time thanks to The APBA Blog‘s gracious words about OneforFive.com.  It was a pleasure to do the “Five Questions for…” interview for Tom. I can’t imagine that any of the regular readers here haven’t heard of or read The APBA Blog at some point or another, but it is worth a daily stop, even for those who don’t play APBA games.  Although the blog is focused on the APBA products, you’ll quickly find that many of the issues tabletop-sports gamers face tend to be universal, and that Tom does … Continue reading