What a week it’s been for us Do-It-Yourself-types in the Strat-o-Matic world! First, Len Durrant releases a Japanese League Hall of Famers/Heroes set for both computer and cards, now Bruce Bundy re-opens his blog – that has been dormant for years – giving those of us that like to create our own cards open-source access to the man who has essentially cracked the code of Strat’s card makers.
On his site (which he calls “Rock n Roll Baseball”) Bruce is now giving us access to download his spreadsheet. The spreadsheet. It’s the closest thing anyone outside of a certain building in Glen Head, NY has ever had to the actual Strat formulae. Congratulations, DIY-ers. Knock yourselves out!
from the site:
The SPREADSHEETS download is my actual XLS file that I use to create my cards. NONE of the formulae are HIDDEN!!!!!!!! – they are there for you to learn, edit, manipulate, IMPROVE UPON! The one there presently is in it’s initial stage, and has the initial 2012 BASIC HITTERS CARDS numerically thru several on the initial phases – it is useable! When I complete this file, it will have all the numeric results to recreate virtually all aspects of the SOM Baseball set – BASIC & ADVANCED!!!!!
I’ll never forget the first card I ever made on my own: Josh Gibson 1934. I don’t have it nearby, but I’ll dig it out later and scan it in. Looking back on it, I see major mistakes in the creation – I didn’t have access to Bundy’s formulae at the time – but that sense of accomplishment, holding a perfectly usable Strat-o-Matic card in my hot little hands that I made myself! That didn’t exist before I created it on my own! Oh, what a feeling.
I have a feeling that many of us Strat/APBA/whatever else replayers are alike in one regard: we love to be in charge of our own little universe. What better way is there to do that than to be the actual Creator of a card?