Strat-o-Matic 1965 NL Replay (54 game season)

It started on a whim. In fact, I’d just finished creating all the team rosters and cards (see below) for Season III of my PUB League. I had the spreadsheet all setup to keep stats.

Team card for the Mudville Nine in my HOF/Heroes "PUB League III". I make a card like this for each team in the league. Those are the players' stats from the previous PUB League season.

But then, and I don’t know why, I had a sudden urge to use the 1965 season cards that had been sitting unused on my closet shelf for about a year. That was March 12th.

After 23 (real-life) days and 30 games played (6 for each National League team), the standings look like this:

It’s going to be a 54 game season, which will be the longest I’ve ever done in a C&D replay. If I can continue at this pace, the season should be done on Friday, October 5, 2012. That would be the perfect length, in my opinion, so hopefully I can continue at this pace, which, admittedly, is much faster than my normal pace. Normally, I seem to play at about a little less than 1 game per day.

What is different about my pace now?

  • I was recently told by my supervisor at work that I’m not taking long enough lunches (per company guidelines).  Suddenly I have time and an excuse to roll a game at lunch!
  • I’m playing the schedule out in 3-game series.  For some reason I haven’t quite pinpointed, I play a 3-game series between two teams much faster than I would play a 3 single games between various teams.  Don’t know why, but for me this works.
  • 1965’s low-scoring environment shortens play-time.

I will keep you updated as the season progresses. As you can see, I decided to split the league into two divisions just for the heck of it. Since I’m not playing the American League, I thought it would be fun to have an NLCS at the end of this season. I’ve considered auto-playing the AL on the computer and then playing a World Series C&D-style, but we’ll see how I feel about that when the time comes.

The season will be played with the advanced Strat-o-Matic rules/charts, but using super-advanced stealing and Clutch/Ballpark/Weather effects. I haven’t played with the advanced sides of the cards for years, but so far I’m having a great time.

I do own the 1965 season roster for the computer game, but have decided not to use it to keep stats. I’m going back to pen & paper for this one. For nostalgia’s sake.

It’s always for nostalgia’s sake, isn’t it?

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