What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Though I didn’t come around here much over the summer, those months were not devoid of Tabletop-Sports gaming. Quite the contrary, in fact.

I have a full-time job*, I have two young daughters, a wife (woo-hoo!), and all the attendant demands on my time that come with all these responsibilities. Fortunately, I do manage to find time to either roll a game or work on this blog nearly every night. However, most of the time it’s one or the other – rarely both.

* “What?!” you exclaim. No, it’s true. I don’t play these games or write about them for a living. It’s a labor of love.

Which is why this summer, while taking time away from the blog, I had a little more late-night time to actively pursue some of the following projects.
11-8-13 Current Projects

These are the projects I’ve been actively working on this summer:

  • 1977 Yankees (as played) – (Strat-O-Matic Baseball C & D): it was while reading The Bronx is Burning that I decided that I had to play the 1977 Yankees season. I’ve reached September in the replay and I’ve fallen in love with this American League season. The original idea was to play 1977 Yankees, 1982 Angels, and 1973 A’s, to get each phase of Reggie Jackson’s career, but I may also undertake a complete 1977 replay one team at a time, too. I’m seriously considering it. That Red Sox team is stacked.
  • 1982 Angels (as played starting pitchers and opponents only) – (APBA Baseball and Triple Lite): This replay started a little over a year ago, and I reached the 50 game mark quickly. Somewhere around the 65 or 70 game mark, however, it stalled. It’s hard to tell why. I just picked it up again in earnest the last couple of weeks and I’ll have a mid-season report for you as soon as I can tally up the statistics.

    You might notice that I started this replay with APBA Baseball and now I’ve added Triple Lite as well. Triple Lite is a new game by Greg Sovan (creator of Playball!). It’s a really fun, quick-to-play (as opposed to quick-play) basic baseball game that gives accurate results and is super-easy to learn. Best of all, you can’t beat the price. $5 per SEASON for the pdf download.

  • 2011-12 EPL Tournament – (APBA Soccer): Sometimes with APBA Soccer I feel like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III. Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in. I can’t escape it, I love this game. It has its flaws, but there is something about it that triggers a little endorphine release every time I pull the game out. This tournament is being run exactly like the 2011 MLS Open Cup Tournament I played last year. I’ve reached the Quarterfinals in the tournament and it’s been a blast. There have been a couple surprises. I’ll be posting some results soon.
  • 1938 Detroit Tigers/MLB – (Strat-O-Matic 2012 PC Game): This project is in its final week. I’ll probably play the last handful of games of the project tonight, in fact. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read Jeff Polman’s Dear Hank: a fictional 1938 Season in Letters, you’re missing out.

    My replay is the “fictional 1938 Season” that forms the framework around which Jeff tells the story of Detroit Tiger slugger Hank Greenberg, and ten-year-old Markus Edelstein, as young Markie attempts to escape the burgeoning Nazi movement in his home country of Austria. It’s a captivating and harrowing tale. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the replay. Being a part of the story has given me a perspective on the replay that I haven’t had in any other season I’ve done. It’s been a blast.

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