How to make prison dice

Please, somebody, tell me I’m not alone here:  have you ever daydreamed about going to prison so that you would have endless hours to play Strat-o-Matic (or APBA or your sports sim-of-choice)? In my daydreaming, I have often wondered how I would solve the dice problem.  That is, since dice are not allowed in prison, one would need some method of random number generation.  I’ve theorized that balls of paper or pennies with numbers 1-6 written on them and pulled from a pillow case would work, but would be terribly inefficient. Well, I wonder no more about how I would … Continue reading

The Thursday Morning Click-Thru

It’s Thanksgiving and, if you’re like me, you’re sitting around with family, eating, relaxing, watching tv, maybe browsing the internet on a laptop or tablet.  Here are some links you might like.   This week’s best sporting links, curated by yours truly:   HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to StratFanForum poster Nitrous Oxide who has been tracking every home run hit in his Strat-O-Matic career (which began in 1984).  On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Nitrous rolled his 10,000th home run when Negro Leaguer Bonnie Serrell faced off against Dave Steib. Speaking of Dave Steib, is he one of the top 50 players of all-time who … Continue reading

Why Are Player Cards Not More Like Baseball Cards?

I was just traipsing through the Baseball Prospectus archives this morning when I came across this old Wezen-Ball article from April 2011: “‘Challenge the Yankees,’ the Boardgame.” I’ve seen this game come up on ebay a couple times over the years and noticed that its value can be pretty high for a vintage boardgame, but never paid too much attention to it.  I assumed it was a Yankee-centric game, and I’m no Yankee fan.  But Larry Granillo’s article mentions something about the game I’d never noticed before, which is that the cards featured player photos:    It brought up the question in … Continue reading

Strat-o-Matic’s Rosetta Stone

What a week it’s been for us Do-It-Yourself-types in the Strat-o-Matic world!  First, Len Durrant releases a Japanese League Hall of Famers/Heroes set for both computer and cards, now Bruce Bundy re-opens his blog – that has been dormant for years – giving those of us that like to create our own cards open-source access to the man who has essentially cracked the code of Strat’s card makers.  On his site (which he calls “Rock n Roll Baseball”) Bruce is now giving us access to download his spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet.  It’s the closest thing anyone outside of a certain building in Glen Head, NY has ever had to the actual Strat … Continue reading