July was a month of frenetic movement for me and my family, and my make-believe sporting universe was left mostly vacant and neglected. I’ve had next-to-no time to play any games. I was able to pull out my old copy of Title Bout the other night, and that was awesome.
— Paul Dylan (@heyblue) July 29, 2014
August is shaping up to be that way, too, as my grandmother, my sister, brother-in-law and their SEVEN kids are visiting and staying with us this week. The Dylan family moved into our home back in September, but this is the first time it’s really felt like home. Life is good.
Speaking of life being good – Keith Avallone of Plaay Games is living the good life this weekend. He’s at the World Boardgaming Championships in Lancaster, PA. Keith graciously offered to bring a stack of 4-page sample versions of the OneForFive.com Print Edition along with him. Stop by the Plaay.com booth and say hi for me!
This next week may not see any published posts here on the blog, but I have high hopes for the rest of August. Work on Print Edition Issue 2 (the Football Issue) is coming along nicely. Issue 1 is essentially sold out, as there are only a handful of copies left. The reception of and the enthusiasm for the magazine has been greater than I’d have ever imagined it could be. I’m looking forward to building on this foundation.
More coming soon!
You heard it here first, ladies and gentlemen! I’m proud and excited to have this exclusive scoop for OneForFive.com.
According to Plum, this new PT Games release of Title Bout promises to “bring back the greatness of the original” and to add a “few new wrinkles.” Created by legendary game designers Jim and Tom Trunzo, the brothers are involved in the redesign and rerelease of the game, though to what extent is still unclear.
One thing is for certain: the game board will be getting a makeover. According to Plum, “Jim Trunzo hated the original game board that Avalon Hill put out. We’re going to put out something that’s a lot closer to his original vision.”
Title Bout was first published and sold by Avalon Hill in the late 1970′s. Officially out-of-print for over 20 years, numerous copies and unauthorized card sets for the game have been sold on the secondary market since Avalon Hill folded. Most recently, an unauthorized fan-created set of All-Time Great Heavyweights being sold on ebay was met with a public Cease and Desist order from Jim Trunzo on the Delphi Forums.
In recent years, PT Games has had success updating, augmenting and republishing out-of-print titles. Football Bones is an updated version of Statis Pro Football, created with the original game designer’s blessing. Hockey Bones is a new, officially licensed version of Face-Off Pro Hockey. In this regard, PT Games’ release of Title Bout seems to fit within Plum’s direction for PT Games. These republications of out-of-print titles have seen success with the loyal fans of the original titles, and have generally been praised as faithful and worthy releases.
Click on the image below to see PT Games’ press release announcing the licensing of what was once an Avalon Hill product and what will be called Advanced Title Bout in its new iteration.
[10:27am PST - post edited to clarify that the name of the new game will be "Advanced Title Bout"]
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The two-pages-per-PDF-page setup was done so that it looks like an open magazine when you have it open on the screen. Since a few have requested the single-page-per-page format, I’ll offer both formats from now on.
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I don’t know, but I’m curious: what do you think?
All PDF editions were sent in an email this morning. All print editions ordered through Friday, June 27 have been mailed, too. If you’ve ordered since then your magazine will be in the batch that goes to the post office today.
If you purchased either the PDF or the print edition and you haven’t received an email from me with the PDF attached, please let me know (email: email@example.com) and I’ll send it out to you right away. I’ve worked hard to make sure that there aren’t any hiccups with this first release, but since this is all uncharted territory for me I don’t know exactly what to expect.
If you have received the PDF and/or the print edition already:
What do you think?
Expanding audiences mean more opportunities for this underrated genre
Even as tabletop sports games have become quite popular after their feature in the Guardian a few years back, many are still unaware of the joys of these great sports simulation games. Tabletop sports games are often left to be played in small specialty hobby stores, away from the view of the general public.
But could tabletop sports games soon find themselves in the public’s eye because of casinos? Casinos have recently begun to show an interest in appealing to younger audiences. Not only have casino operators begun offering the hottest EDM parties to their patrons, but they’ve also started featuring themes that appeal to younger generations. Online casino operator InterCasino, known as the oldest gambling website in the world, has even teamed up with Paramount Pictures and DC Comics to bring DC Comic slots featuring Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman to its users.
More importantly, however, New Jersey casinos have also begun offering fantasy sports booking services to their patrons. While most casinos had once been confined to offering booking services for real life sporting events, this no longer holds true as casinos have begun noting the wildly expanding market of fantasy sports simulation events.
“This presents a great opportunity for both casinos and companies currently providing fantasy sports tournaments to create a mutually beneficial relationship where the fantasy providers can expand their business and the casinos can have another attractive amenity to bring visitors to Atlantic City,” says Lisa Spangler of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Not only that, but tabletop games themselves are also quickly becoming more popular, with many sports bookers even offering services for tabletop games like Magic: the Gathering tournaments. Pinnacle Sports has even recently teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to bring betting to official Magic: the Gathering Pro Tours. Pinnacle Sports has found a way to allow players to have the most versatile betting options, allowing them to bet on either players or the cards that win the tournaments.
This innovative way of looking at sports bookings has opened the doors for less contemporary hobbies and industries to start being featured by bookers as well, and it seems that tabletop sports games may soon find themselves the focus of sports bookers as well. Is there anything you’d like to see in future tabletop sports booking services? What games do you think these bookers will be focusing on?