Free Game Based on Universal Baseball Association, Inc.

The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop., by Robert Coover, is the greatest literature on the topic of the tabletop-sports hobby, bar none.

The novel chronicles the descent of J. Henry Waugh into the rabbit-hole of his Universal Baseball Association, Inc., an eight-team league of fictional ballplayers – each with his own distinct personality and back-story – that Waugh has created and that he plays out with a tabletop baseball game of his own invention.  The game engine is described in great detail in the novel, and has some particularly interesting rules.

The game uses three d6 to determine the outcome of any pitcher/hitter matchup.  Each hitter can be one of 3 designated types:  Star, Veteran, Rookie.  Pitchers can be either Ace, Veteran, or Rookie.  The pitcher/hitter designations determine which chart on which you’ll find the results of your roll.

It’s a simple engine, with great possibilities.  I know that every time I’ve read the book I’ve wished I had a copy of those game charts to roll a couple of games myself.

Now, thanks to Brien Martin and Hot Stove Games, I do.

This is old news to many in the community.  Apparently I was the last to know about it, but the Hot Stove Games, Inc. free version of Let’s Play Two! (HSG’s take on Waugh’s game) has been available online since at least 2009.

I’ve read the rules, pored over the charts, and started creating a fictional league, but I haven’t played the game yet.  Once I do, I’ll give it the thorough review it deserves, however, I can say confidently now that Let’s Play Two! is a worthy attempt to recreate Waugh’s game, it seems to have fantastic potential, and as a free download, the investment is absolutely zero.  You don’t even have to print player cards.  Totally worth giving it a shot.

I’m going to host the files here on my site unless the game designer objects, because I don’t want this gem to be lost at the ends of the internet.  Please download the game and give it a try.

Is there anyone out there who has played this game and cares to share their experience with it?

LET’S PLAY TWO! by Hot Stove Games, Inc.

Download the Charts (for Excel) here

Download the Rulebook Here

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8 Comments

  1. Thanks you so much for sharing this. I am checking this book out tomorrow from the local public library. I have heard so much about it. Is there anyway you determine who on each team gets a certain status? For example, who gets star, vet, rookie for batters and who gets ace, rookie, and vet from the pitchers.

    I am thinking about making a league, but I am not sure how to start.

    • Hey Luke! I’m excited for you that you’re going to be reading this book for the first time, it is a great one – my favorite book of all time. I hope you enjoy it, too. Come back and let us know when you’re done.

      In regard to the game, Rule 10.21 is what you’re looking for:

      10.21 INITIAL PROPORTION OF RATINGS

      The following are guidelines to assigning ratings when creating a league. These guidelines assume an 18-man roster with 6 pitchers and 12 position players. You are free to increase or decrease these proportions to fit your league’s roster size or your personal tastes. It’s possible to create a league comprised entirely of STAR batters and ACE pitchers, if that’s what you want.

      STAR: Assign three STAR batters for each team in your league. For example, if your league has eight teams, twenty-four (24) players will be assigned a rating of STAR.

      ACE: Assign one ACE pitcher for each team in your league. In a four-team league, there will be four ACE pitchers in it.

      ROOKIE: Assign two ROOKIE batters and one ROOKIE pitcher for each team in your league. With a six-team league, that would create twelve (12) ROOKIE batters and six (6) ROOKIE pitchers.

      VETERAN: Anyone not assigned a STAR, ACE, or ROOKIE rating is assigned a VETERAN rating.

  2. This is a very fun game! I have played it a few times, however, I usually utilize real-life rosters and players. One game I played was the 1961 Yankees against the 1976 Detroit Tigers matching veteran pitcher Ralph Terry against Tiger rookie sensation Mark “the Bird” Fidyrch. My star players for the Yankees included Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard and of course I rated Roger Maris a “power hitter”. For Detriot, I didn’t assign a lot of attributes other than making Ron Leflore a “speedster.” Anyway, it was a close game with Mantle hitting two homeruns and a triple as the Yankees edged the Tigers 6-4. The flow of play is very similar to “Extra Innings”. However, you have to do a lot of calculations to create players with that game. One thing I like about “Let’s Play 2” is it is easy to put together the rosters.

    Needless to say, I would not recommend this game if you are wanting to do a whole season based on real-life rosters, but for those of us who want a game or two, or, you want to create teams and players from scratch, and are not looking for total dead on accuracy, this game does nicely!

  3. Well, I down loaded the game and have been playing it a bit. In only my seventh game using the charts of “Let’s Play 2” ,, I had a no-hitter! I was playing a 50s fantasy game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. The Dodgers’ Don Drysdale, pitching as a “veteran” allowed only a 4th inning walk to Nellie Fox and struck out 13 White Sox batters. This was only the second no-hitter I have ever had “rolling the dice”! Not bad for a “free” board game!

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  5. This is really really great. I just bought the book and am devouring it. One thing missing tho, wheres the 1 1 1 hit batter resulting in death?

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