Been a While

Just checking in with an update.

Been laying a bit lower as of late, though I have been plenty busy in the hobby.

Here are all the projects I am currently logging time on…

  • 1984 MLB
    • A 64-game replay using all 26 teams, played with Strat-O-Matic Cards & Dice. I started this towards the beginning of 2016 and it is nearing completion. I’ve rolled 774 of the 832 games in the regular season schedule, which is good for 93% of the project. Hoped to get it done by year’s end and that won’t happen, but it’s still good progress.
  • 1901 MLB
    • A full season replay using APBA Cards & Dice. This is early going, but I still re-visit it from time to time.
  • 2004 NFL
    • A full season replay using Strat-O-Matic Cards & Dice. Just started this this fall and, gotta’ say, pleasantly surprised. Thought it would take too long to roll games and I’d lose interest, but the opposite has happened. I’m half-way through Week 2 of the season and sometimes would rather roll these games than the 1984 MLB project, but I don’t want to flake on that thing. It’s so close to wrapping up, that I just have to hammer away.
  • 1966 NFL
    • A team replay of the Green Bay Packers using Strat-O-Matic PC. I’m off to a 3-0 start with one amazing come-from-behind victory in there. Enjoying it.
  • 1997-98 NBA
    • A replay of the postseason using Strat-O-Matic Cards & Dice. Haven’t played this since last winter and need to get back into it. So far I had played 2 games for each team in the postseason.
  • 2012-13 NHL
    • A full season replay using Strat-O-Matic Cards & Dice. This is going way too slow. Again, other projects seem to get in the way, but I really enjoy Strat Hockey.

And this doesn’t include other projects I intend to be running right now…  I’d like to get another team replay using Diamond Mind Baseball going. I’d like to get a team replay using Strat-O-Matic Basketball for PC going. I’ve got some other things that I’ve been play-testing that I’d like to dive into more.

There’s just not enough time to get to it all.

I may be stretching myself a bit thin with all of these projects!

Hope everybody is finding time for everything.


Game Winning Drive – 1985 Update 1

I made a previous post related to Downey Games’ Game Winning Drive and wanted to give an update on things.

Through four weeks of the 1985 NFL season, teams are averaging 20.6 points per game – a bit under the 21.5 that happened historically.

AFC Central: The Steelers and Browns are each 3-1, with Pittsburgh having the advantage of having taken a head-to-head game.
AFC East: The Jets are a perfect 4-0 with the Dolphins behind them at 3-1. The Patriots – losers of the Super Bowl that season – are off to a 1-3 start.
AFC West: The Seahawks are also 4-0, while the Broncos and Raiders are 3-1.

NFC Central: The Bears and Lions are each 4-0. They don’t meet until week 10.
NFC East: The Giants are 3-1 while the Washington football club and Cowboys are each 2-2.
NFC West: The 49ers lead with a 3-1 mark and the Rams are 2-2.

No sense in trying to figure out the Wild Card teams with this mess. In the AFC there are four non-division-leading teams who are 3-1 while in the NFC, the #2 Wild Card could go to one of five 2-2 teams. That’s a lot of calculating.

I’ll try to bring another update here when we get to the half-way point.

As for my feel of the game? On the positive side, you can get a game set up and played in 10-15 minutes, easy. But on the negative side, I find myself missing some details of a game, such as the scoring plays and some basic statistics.

I don’t imagine it would be too hard to come up with charts you could use to add those in, but then your game would maybe take more like 20-30 minutes and I’d feel the urge to start tracking stats, which would add even more time.

So maybe it’s best to just leave well enough alone!

Platinum Series Baseball: Rip-Off?

As I mentioned in my initial review of Platinum Series Baseball, it bore a very strong resemblance to Dynasty League Baseball, which had evolved from Pursue the Pennant.

I’m not the only one to take note.

My initial thought, in fact, was that maybe the guy who designed Dynasty had moved on to work for PSB and I just sort of went with that assumption.

Turns out? Not the case.

There has been, for many years, a freely available card game out there on the internet called IBL, which is essentially very much in line with the Dynasty/PtP model.

There have been some interesting developments over at the IBL web site that are worth checking out.

On the site, IBL game designer Sean Sweda posts the following:

Sometime in late March, after all work on the 2015 cards had been completed, I received an email asking whether I was affiliated with a company producing a game called Platinum Series Baseball. The reason I was asked is because the sample cards posted at their website looked very similar to the IBL cards. I explained that I had no business arrangement with the company producing the game and immediately began investigating.

After some digging around I discovered that not only were the card mock-ups similar to IBL cards, but the posted rules and charts for this game were almost entirely verbatim copies of IBL rules/charts from previously released seasons. It was also obvious from the extremely poor quality of the mock-ups and documentation that the people behind the game did not have a finished product. Given that the ethically challenged individuals behind this game had no qualms about violating U.S. Copyright Law or licensing terms, it was entirely possible that their business plan was to steal as much as possible.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out, as PSB has representatives going to town on the comment section of Sean’s site, threatening legal action.

Meanwhile, questions about where they drafted their rules from on PSB’s Facebook page are routinely deleted.

It’s pretty messy and I definitely regret purchasing from them. Sad story.