As far as baseball games go, Strat-o-Matic vs. APBA is an age old debate that isn’t going to end any time soon. You might have better luck converting a Lutheran to a Protestant than a Strat-player to an APBA-baller when it comes to the respective baseball games.
Hal Richman, founder of Strat-o-Matic, compared tabletop gamers to political parties in a 2009 interview with USA Today: “Generally, you don’t switch parties,” says Richman. “Once a Democrat, always a Democrat. Once a Republican, always a Republican. It’s your choice.”
In baseball, I play Strat-o-Matic. I love it. I’ve never tried the APBA game, I’ve never tried Statis Pro, or Replay, or Gen1400’s DICE baseball, or 15 Minute Baseball, or Cardboard Baseball, or Extra Bases, or Out of the Park, or Diamond Mind, or Pursue the Pennant, or any of the other million bazillion baseball games. I play Strat-o-Matic. One day I might give APBA a whirl, most likely with one of their deadball sets that Strat doesn’t seem to have any interest in releasing, but in the meantime, I have more Strat cards than I can possibly get to for years to come.
But as for football games, I am unaffiliated. I’ve never played ANY football games. I had a football game as a kid that I made up myself that was really fun, but I lost the rules and charts years and years ago. One day I may try to recreate it. In the meantime, which football game should I get?
Here is what I’m looking for (card & dice only, please):
- easy solitaire play – I only plan to play solitaire, so I’d need a game with play calling that isn’t dependent on surprising or out-coaching your opponent
- realistic stats – I like stats, and I’d like complete game stats for offensive skill players, and hopefully defensive tackles, sacks and interceptions
- game play in 45 min – 1 hr max (1/2 hour would be even better)
- individual player cards for skill players at least – I prefer player cards over team roster cards or sheets, but this is not a deal breaker
- not too much decision making – I love football, but I’m no football coach. Especially with defensive formations, I can get lost in the complexity of all the player movement and who covers whom
- preferably have college football teams available – I’d love to replay a couple USC seasons, but this isn’t a deal killer either