Long time readers of oneforfive will know that one of my favorite soccer simulation games – and the Gold Standard for comprehensive realism and accuracy in a soccer sim – is Classic Soccer by Time Travel Games.
The publisher does not have a website to promote Classic Soccer, and despite the fact that essentially no marketing is done for the game, CS has reached cult status among soccer sim fanatics. That zero-marketing approach may be a thing of the past however, as a new Classic Soccer e-newsletter (download here) and a default forum (Soccer Simulation at Delphi) are bringing the game to a wider audience.
For those with a copy of the game rules, Time Travel Games has offered a nice freebie in this newsletter: a chance to play out some of the “The Lost World Cup” of 1942. The ’42 and ’46 tournaments were cancelled due to the impact of World War II, but free with the newsletter are team rating sheets for the what-would-have-been 1942 England, Brazil, Uruguay, and Italy sides.
Anthony Apostolico, creator and one-man publisher of the game, has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the sport and the skills of its players. His write-up and results of a complete “What If – 1942 World Cup” is available for download here.
With his friend and fellow Classic Soccer aficionado, Frank “Albidone”, Anthony is currently playing and posting results of an All-Time World Cup tournament. It’s worth your attention if you have any interest in World Cup history at all.
This first volume of the newsletter gives a great account of the history of the game since its first inception in or around 1980. With over 30 years of development and fine tuning, the game is a classic.