One of the great benefits of the tabletop-sports hobby is that – after the initial layout to purchase a game – generally it is relatively inexpensive to maintain an active involvement. One $50 season of baseball cards, for instance, could provide thousands of hours of entertainment if a gamer chose to undertake a complete replay with that set.

Most of us don’t tend to have that kind of dedication and focus on one project, however. I, for one, have lots of open projects going at any given time, and I love to start new ones often. Sometimes the research and the setup of a new project is more fun than actually playing it.

If it were up to me, I’d buy the new card set and the new PC version of most of my favorite games each year. I won’t play with all of the ones I have anytime soon – I have limited time and myriad responsibilities – but I sure love to think that I might.

Like the dozens of books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet, each of those seasons represent a journey yet to be taken.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an unlimited budget to buy new games and/or the current card set of my favorite games each year. I have what for me is a reasonable budget of $20/month to spend on the hobby. That’s $240 per year, which is certainly more than enough, but of course I’d always love to be able to spend more.

Which is why, when Strat-O-Matic marketing manager Adam Rosen announced the first ever Strat-O-Matic Scavenger Hunt which comes with a $250 first prize to the winner, I was excited. The tasks on the list aren’t impossible, though some are harder than others. I’m competitive and resourceful though, and I feel I have a chance to win a prize that’s greater than my annual gaming budget.

Ruby and Eme Baseball Express
It’s been easy and, dare I say, fun, too. I played a 4 inning game of Baseball Express with my 5 and 6 year old girls today. They are still a little young for it, but they understood the basic concepts and we all had a great time. The girls have rolled the dice for me on occasion in the past, but actually playing a game against each other with me walking them through it was a new step. We wouldn’t have done it yet if not for this Scavenger Hunt. So there you go. It’s got my endorsement.

I’m not going to brag about how many points I have so far, but I’m doing pretty well. There has been some backlash from StratFans that the list of items to collect requires an unreasonable amount of cash for the individual to pony up. But like I said, I’ve made great progress at checking stuff off the list and I have spent exactly $0.00 on meeting the challenges so far. At some point I think I might have to buy the bumper sticker, so the cost of participation won’t be completely free.

If Strat Marketing is reading this, here are a few more points to add to my total:
Founders edition with Certificate of Authenticity
Item #11: Display a Strat-O-Matic Founder’s Edition board game (photo including the certificate).

Items #18 & 7 (this is a 3 point submission – I’ve already sent a pic of playing a game with the kids, but here’s a video)
Submit a video of 2 children playing Strat-O-Matic Baseball Express:

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