Let’s say that, like Billy Pilgrim, you are one day abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and placed in a Tralfamadorian zoo habitat. tralfamadore question

The Tralfamadorians, who exist in four dimensions and thus have the ability to see the entire history of the universe from inception to destruction, know that there is no such thing as random chance. When they meet you, a human with a keen interest in tabletop-sports games, they develop a deep curiosity about humans. Our fascination with dice, probability, and the notion of reliving and changing history through the elements of our tabletop-sports games is completely foreign to them and they decide they want to observe you as you are immersed in your tabletop-sports world.

Just go with me, here.

Montana Wildhack

Billy Pilgrim had the good fortune to spend his time on Tralfamadore with Montana Wildhack (above). You’ll get your tabletop-sports games instead.

So, while Billy Pilgrim had the fortunate experience of living in a Tralfamadorian zoo with the lovely Montana Wildhack, your companion in your zoo habitat will not be as lovely. You will be alone, in a comfortable environment, with whatever you may need to play your tabletop-sports games. You don’t know how long you’ll be there, but you presume it will be the rest of your life.

You are allowed to bring 5 tabletop-sports games to Tralfamadore, each with one season (or set) of cards/team sheets/whatever is required to play the game.

Which 5 games would you bring?

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  1. David Troppens

    Tough one.
    I’d probably bring my 1998-99 EPL set for Net Results Soccer.
    I’d probably bring one of my Serie A sets for NRS as well, just don’t know which one.
    I might have to change one of those. We’ll see.

    Replay Baseball – I’d have to bring two sets. Gosh, do I bring seasons I didn’t experience or something like 1984 – I was 15, there’s a lot of teams and the Tigers won the World Series. I think I bring 1950 Replay, since the Tigers were good, could win it, but I won’t be upset if they don’t. Let’s go something in between. I just purchased 1979 from someone on the boards. I haven’t played it at all. I was 10, so I remember a lot, and while the Tigers weren’t great, they’d be a fun team for me to play. Let’s go 1979 Replay.

    This leaves me with a problem. What will be my fifth set? My Ultimate Tiger Replay set of my own made Statis-Pro cards? A Time Travel set? Another Statis-Pro set? What about Dialed-in Racing? Or how about something like Bullseye Ball? That’s right, Bullseye Ball isn’t a table-top game. I guess I’d have to go with my 1984 Dialed In Racing Winston Cup set. It’s a fun era to replay.

    I kept it to five and didn’t cheat. If I read this a month from now when I have some of my NRS sets completed from last year, this may have changed. But they aren’t, so they can’t be included.
    Final five
    2011-12 EPL Net Results Soccer
    2010-11 Serie A Net Results Soccer
    1950 Replay Baseball (classic set)
    1979 Replay Baseball (classic set)
    1984 Dialed In Racing Winston Cup

  2. Excellent response, David! I’ve been thinking about my list all week and still haven’t narrowed it totally down, but here’s my best shot for now:

    1. Classic Soccer w/Champions League Finalists Set
    2. Soccer Blast w/2013-14 EPL
    3. Strat-O-Matic Baseball w/1985 season
    4. History Maker Baseball w/1959
    5. Legends of Boxing

    I have a hard time leaving out a football or a basketball game. I’m really tempted to swap Classic F1 in there somewhere, or Mea Copa (the World Cup quick play), or Strat Football, or Second Season…

    It seems to me that if I’m going to be playing the same game for years, then I’ll want a game that will grow and evolve over time, which is why I chose Soccer Blast and History Maker Baseball. Both of those games will give me stories that can evolve from season to season, and both allow you to rate and create players – another facet that adds endless possibilities.

    1985 was the year I first started playing tabletop-sports games, and so that year holds a special place in my heart. I know I need Strat Baseball in there somewhere, so this is the season I’ll replay with Strat.

    Classic Soccer I chose because it’s still my favorite soccer game, and there are so many possibilities with those CL teams that I think I’d never run out of ways to play with them.

    And lastly, Legends of Boxing is another game that gives me the opportunity to create a whole world with stories and careers that play out and evolve over time. As a boxing game engine, I prefer Title Bout, but if I’m all alone on an alien planet I’m going to need stories. I’m going to need a world to get lost in. Legends of Boxing is better for that, in my opinion.

  3. Enjoy your blog very much, Paul! Thanks for the effort.

    I started playing tabletop sports games in 1972 with Sports Illustrated Baseball, which was based on the 1971 season. APBA soon followed in 1973, which was based on the 1972 season. Although play APBA baseball well into the 80’s, the game’s seriously flawed pitching system eventually led me into the Strat-O-Matic camp. Actually own the first issue of Replay baseball, which was based on the 1972 season. So wished I still had those cards! So the early years would have a huge impact on my choices:

    1. Replay Baseball with the recently released 1972 season.
    2. Strat-O-Matic Baseball with the reissued 1971 season.
    3. Strat-O-Matic Baseball with the original 1972 season.
    4. Strat-O-Matic Baseball with the original 1979 season.
    5. Strat-O-Matic Basketball with the original 1985/86 season.

  4. There is a terrific discussion on this topic going on over at Delphi-Forums, with 59 responses so far:

  5. Brian Fitzgerald

    I would bring SOM baseball with the 1969, 1971, 1973, 1956 and 1953 seasons

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