FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11, 2013
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I launched oneforfive.com two years ago (almost to the day!) in part because I couldn’t find anything like it on the internet. There were a couple of sites devoted to specific games. There were a couple of gamers blogging about their specific replays. There were a few mostly game-specific forums, too.
But what I couldn’t find was a blog or website devoted to the hobby as a whole. I couldn’t find a blog that gave me the stuff I wanted [ed: see "The Blog I Want to Be"].
In the time since the blog was launched, I’ve tried to keep the site up to date with gaming news as much as I could, but there is far too much going on in the hobby and far too many games out there for me to keep up with them all. If there is anything I’ve wished for, it’s more hours in the day to devote to my gaming and to this site.
There have been many times in the past few years that I’ve wished for a weekly news and reviews outlet that would give me a quick rundown of everything going on in the hobby.
Steven Tower and his weekly gaming news video blog, “After Further Review with Steven Tower” has filled that niche.
What lead me to making my videos was a random comment on Board Game Geek where someone said they would like to see History Maker Baseball in action before they decided they wanted to buy it. I thought to myself that I had a basic knowledge of filmmaking and was vey engrossed in HMB so just decided to throw up a video review on YouTube and just see what happened.
Needless to say it exceeded all of my expectations and got lots of great feedback. So I made another video review for the stock car game from PLAAY.com and then just on a whim decided to do a news video. They were all so well received that I just kept at it and now I’m two months into this with no end in sight,”
Steve is relatively new to the hobby. “I started playing tabletop sports in 2006 with Replay Baseball,” Steve explains. “I found the Replay site accidently when I was doing a Google search on baseball. Needless to say it was a great discovery and after I played my first couple of games I was hooked by how easy the game was to play but yet how deep the game engine was and the wide variety of results that could come up.”
He soon moved on to other games, other sports, other game companies. Today Steve is actively playing many games, and has already posted video reviews of Net Results Soccer, History Maker Baseball, Replay Baseball, among others. He’s consistently released weekly updates to his AFR Game News Weekly video show, too. What’s next for Steve Tower? What’s next for After Further Review?
Once things settle down and most likely after I get a real camera for my show, I would like to do a series of videos just showing a game being played so people can actually see how they look in action. Most likely these would be on games that I had already reviewed and would just people an even deeper look inside a game that would go beyond what I show in the reviews themselves.
Also, I would like to have a website for my show at some point so that I can have my videos posted somewhere other than YouTube as well as being able to give updates to viewers outside of my videos and perhaps to have a forum for viewers to discuss games and the reviews. That’s probably a little ways down the road but I’m always thinking ahead to what I can do bigger and better with the show.
Steve’s prolific output of quality news and reviews video shows is an impressive and exciting development in the Tabletop-Sports world. The hobby has survived with almost no coverage of this type for a generation. I hope that Steve’s work as a Lone Wolf in the forum of video on the hobby inspires more sports-gamers to share thoughts their thoughts and enthusiasm for the games that keep us rolling the dice.
Click on the bracket below to see it at full size.
Three of the first four matches went to extra-time, but it was the first match of the tournament that was the cracker.
Sunderland advances to face the #4 seed, Tottenham Hotspur. Also advancing from the play-in round:
Though I didn’t come around here much over the summer, those months were not devoid of Tabletop-Sports gaming. Quite the contrary, in fact.
I have a full-time job*, I have two young daughters, a wife (woo-hoo!), and all the attendant demands on my time that come with all these responsibilities. Fortunately, I do manage to find time to either roll a game or work on this blog nearly every night. However, most of the time it’s one or the other – rarely both.
* ”What?!” you exclaim. No, it’s true. I don’t play these games or write about them for a living. It’s a labor of love.
Which is why this summer, while taking time away from the blog, I had a little more late-night time to actively pursue some of the following projects.
These are the projects I’ve been actively working on this summer:
You might notice that I started this replay with APBA Baseball and now I’ve added Triple Lite as well. Triple Lite is a new game by Greg Sovan (creator of Playball!). It’s a really fun, quick-to-play (as opposed to quick-play) basic baseball game that gives accurate results and is super-easy to learn. Best of all, you can’t beat the price. $5 per SEASON for the pdf download.
My replay is the “fictional 1938 Season” that forms the framework around which Jeff tells the story of Detroit Tiger slugger Hank Greenberg, and ten-year-old Markus Edelstein, as young Markie attempts to escape the burgeoning Nazi movement in his home country of Austria. It’s a captivating and harrowing tale. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the replay. Being a part of the story has given me a perspective on the replay that I haven’t had in any other season I’ve done. It’s been a blast.
We won’t see the first APBA or Strat-O-Matic (or Topps) Rookie Cards for the Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig for a few months yet, but there are a couple of games that have already released cards based on the 2013 season.
One of the best-kept secrets in the tabletop-sports world is a baseball game by Greg Sovan called “Playball!.” Playball is a full-play baseball sim that rivals the big dogs in terms of playability, accuracy, and the fun factor.
If you missed it, back on October 3rd, Greg released a Beta pdf set of all eight 2013 playoff teams for free to anyone who cared to preplay the playoffs. It was a tremendous and magnanimous offer.
I played a game of Classic Soccer last night between two 2012 Major League Soccer powerhouses: Chivas USA and Toronto FC. It was a decent match between the two worst clubs in the league; fun to play, but the details of the match were certainly not extraordinary in any way.
I bring it up though, because in the 52nd minute I made a mistake in my interpretation of the rules that led to a Chivas USA goal. With the final score of 3-1 Chivas, that one goal didn’t change the outcome of the match. There is no doubt that the goal did change the complexion of the match, however, as Chivas went on a run and scored twice more in the next ten minutes. By the 63rd minute, the Goats led 3-0.
For those who know Classic Soccer, Chivas midfielder Alejandro Moreno has a Shot-GS rating of 90-19 and when the Cross chart said to add 7 to his GS rating, I forgot to implement the “teens rule.” His max chance at goal should have been only 7%, but I gave him 19 + 7 – 8 (keeper’s adjustment) which came out to 18%. His roll was 15% and I awarded the goal.
The mistake itself is not a big deal. The game was already in the 75th minute when I discovered the error, so I just played it out. This match was meaningless anyway. But it got me thinking:
What are some mistakes you’ve made in your gaming career? What do YOU do when you discover you’ve blown a call?
In Strat-O-Matic, the most common mistake I make is to forget to change out the pitcher between innings and so the batter is essentially batting against his own pitcher. In APBA Baseball I’ve read results off the wrong chart. I’ve misinterpreted and forgotten rules in other games plenty of times. Sometimes I’ll play out the rest of the game, sometimes I’ll try to even the call out with a makeup call for the other team.
What do you do?