From the Mailbag – an APBA Soccer Q & A

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately through the ol’ email machine and so I thought I’d answer one or two.  Here we go:

Glenn W. asks:

I’ve been checking out your website and I’m intrigued with the [APBA] soccer game.  Thinking about buying it for Christmas.

A couple of questions.

How long does it take to play a game?

Does the game take into account added or extra time?

Thanks in advance!

I answer:

Hey Glenn,

Thank you for reading, I’m always stoked when people I’ve never met reach out to me like this.  So thanks!  I’ve been getting a lot of  questions about APBA Soccer lately, so I think I’m going to have to break down and write a long post detailing/reviewing the game.  Look for that in the next week or two.  In the meantime to answer your questions:
  1. When I first got the game, the first 3 or 4 games I played took up to 3 hours.  For these games I was playing the first half of the game one night, and the second half the next.  Now that I’ve played 25 or so games, I’m finishing in less than an hour and a half.  Usually, about an hour fifteen.  And I keep really detailed stats, including play by play of every roll (an example of which I haven’t posted up on the site yet).  If I wasn’t keeping such detailed stats I could easily play a game in less than an hour, I think.
  2. The game does account for stoppage or extra time.  The way the game works is each action (not necessarily every roll, but most of them) is 30 seconds of play.  When certain things happen like a Yellow Card, or an injury, or certain events off the special play chart the game directs you to add an extra 30 seconds to 1 minute per event.  It seems to play out pretty accurately as I generally see 2-4 minutes off added time each half.  In my own games I’ll sometimes add or subtract a minute of extra time to benefit the home team, because it seems like that’s fairly common in real life.
I hope you do pick up the game.  There is a small but growing fan base for this game, and I’d really like to support it’s growth.


I love your questions, so keep them coming!  Thank you, and happy tabletop gaming!
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