Plaay Games’ Soccer Blast Available for Pre-Order

The most anticipated game of 2014,’s Soccer Blast, is now available for pre-order. According to the game’s website, pre-orders will begin shipping the first week of June, with orders placed after the pre-order window closes to be shipped no earlier than June 22. Pre-orders will be taken between May 8th and May 15th. Click Here for ordering info. I’ve been playing a review copy of the game for a few weeks now, and I’ll have that review posted soon enough, but here’s the super short version: you haven’t played a soccer game like this one. This game is going … Continue reading

2013 Year End Review: Best Official Gameco. Newsletter

It’s Keith Avallone’s world and we’re all just living in it. In 2013, the best Official Newsletter of any game company was the monthly newsletter from Plaay Games. Plaay’s newsletter includes detailed notes on upcoming releases, links to lots of downloadable freebies (including games that never left the drawing board – how about a free Jai Alai tabletop game!), stories of great accomplishments by gamers, and more. The Plaay Games newsletter is a model from which every other tabletop-sports gaming company should be taking notes. Sign up for Plaay’s newsletter here. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Classic Soccer’s e-Newsletter (Vol. 1) was a … Continue reading

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,’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