Soccer Blast: Attack Process Flow Chart

I have three games in my collection: History Maker Baseball, Second Season, and Soccer Blast. Generally, I’d say that game designer Keith Avallone’s instruction booklets might rank behind only Strat-O-Matic Baseball and/or APBA Baseball in terms of clarity of instructions, and functionality and design of the booklets themselves.

Soccer Blast is no exception, however, the attack process (which makes up a large portion of your actual gaming time) can be a bit confounding. To help put it all in order for myself, I drew up this handy-dandy flow chart. I hope it’s useful to you, too.

Originally I planned to include color copies of this flow chart as one of the freebies in the newsletter that is coming out on July 1st, but after reading some threads in the Delphi Forums where it seemed like more than a few others were struggling to get the game’s attack process down, too, I thought it would do more good to post the chart here. If you use this and some of the other downloads from the blog, I hope you’ll consider supporting the site by buying a copy of or a subscription to the newsletter.

Soccer Blast - Attack Process Flow Chart

CLICK HERE to download the flow chart in Excel format.

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  1. So, I’m playing through my first game tonight and using your flow chart. From what I can tell from the rules and the flow charts that Keith included, there’s an error in your 5 box. I believe the correct action here is to add the numbers to see who takes the shot, but to ignore the “spectacular save” values. Rather, the spectacular save is checked after the shot roll, and only if there’s a goal chance (i.e., black ≤ shot + asst and white > save). In other words, the spectacular save check is made in what should be labeled box 11 on your chart (after taking the “YES” box from box 9). It’s confusing because the shooter and spectacular save results are on the same “on target” chart, but are used at different points in the process.

    Actually, now that I’ve typed that all out, I see that there’s ALSO a Spectacular Save result on the Goal chart. So now I’m really confused. I think it’s time to email Keith.

  2. Following up on my own comment. I missed paragraphs 2 and 3 on page vii, which describes the situation. You flowchart is correct on that count.

    I did spot two other (very minor) issues. In box 4, the operator should be >, not >=. Also, box 9 should be white.

    Thanks for this chart, by the way. It’s very helpful.

    • Thank you for those two corrections, Thom. I have made the changes to the downloadable Excel file. I really appreciate you showing such interest and taking the time to look it over so closely!

      Thank you!

  3. Oh, you’re welcome. I pre-ordered Soccer Blast based largely on your comments here, so I appreciate you helping to smooth the game by making this available.

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