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

1938…And I Was THERE!

The Dear Hank story played out wonderfully, with a great climax and a couple of terrific twists at the end. If you didn’t follow the season throughout, it’s worth your while to go back and read the story of Hank Greenberg and his desperate attempts to help 10-year-old Markie Edelstein escape Nazi persecution and make it to America in the looming shadow of the upcoming World War. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of the project. Even if you haven’t followed along, you’re in for a treat if you have any interest in that period … 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

Vince Barton and the 5 Home Run Game

It’s been my privilege and a pleasure to provide the Strat-O-Matic box scores, statistics, and standings for Jeff Polman’s current blog/alt-history novella Dear Hank. Dear Hank is the an alternate take on Hank Greenberg‘s 1938 season, when in real life Greenberg challenged Babe Ruth’s home run record and finished the season with 58. I was going through Google News Archives, researching the last month of Greenberg’s season, when I came across this little blurb in the Sept 9, 1938 edition of the St. Petersburg, FL Evening Independent: Vince Barton was a slugger whose Major League career lasted 102 forgettable games … Continue reading