Strat-O-Matic vs. APBA: more fuel for debate

So much ink has been spilled over the years in this debate, but it’s always fun to revisit.

Betty or Veronica?
The Beatles or The Stones?
Strat-O-Matic or APBA?

Here is an article from the September, 1987 issue of Sport Magazine discussing the two games.

I don’t necessarily agree with the article’s primary supposition, which can be summed up in the quote below.

From the article:

So which is better? Howard Ahlskog, who runs a monthly game magazine called the APBA Journal, thinks the two games are meant for different audiences. Strat-O-Matic, with its card individuality, managerial choices and overall speed, has strong play value. But APBA, with its statistical accuracy, fewer decisions and detailed charts, has powerful replay value.

The article specifically states that APBA “has more realistic statistics, but Strat-O-Matic puts you in the Manager’s chair.”

Does APBA have “more realistic statistics?” Does Strat-O-Matic offer more managerial options? I don’t know, but it’s always worth a discussion.

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  1. People should play the game(s) they enjoy the most, be it Strat-O-Matic, APBA, and/or some other game. That said, I have no doubt whatsoever Strat produces more realistic statistics than APBA if both games are played out of the box. You really don’t see people trying to build a “better Strat” as I and many others have done with APBA. And that’s because Strat doesn’t need fixes – especially on the pitching and fielding side.

  2. Also:

    Veronica and the Beatles.

  3. Agree with Ricky on all three choices. I really like APBA baseball but Strat-O-Matic has more realistic statistics except maybe for pitcher’s hitting ability.

    Great blog btw mate. Really enjoy the soccer write-ups. I’m very much enjoying playing APBA Soccer…


  4. People don’t tinker with Strat as much as APBA because it’s not as easy to make modifications, not because the game doesn’t need them. Many APBA players enjoy the tinkering – it’s part of the fun of APBA.

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