**To Play, you'll need a standard deck of playing cards
with 2 Jokers. **
This game was designed primarily as an introductory game
for younger players as a basis to get them excited about the world of tabletop
sports board gaming. It’s not designed to be the final word in realism, as
there are plenty of other game choices to fit that bill. The Baseball Card Game
is meant to be a simple, fun to play game that doesn’t require much time to
learn or to play for that matter!
Now, before you roll your eyes, and move on, thinking
you've seen this product before, or feel it's too simplistic, please read
The idea for this game was the result of several different
conversations I had this past year with other gamers as well as with my own
children and their friends.
In my talks with other experienced sports board gamers,
often times the conversation would turn back to our youth, and how we got more
enjoyment out of the simple games of our youth, maybe even more so than the
ultra-realistic complicated games we have at our disposal today. When “we” were
children getting into the hobby was as simple as going to the local toy store or
local department store. There were plenty of sports board games available at
that time to introduce us to the concept and at least for me, a life long
passion. That isn’t the case these days. A handful of companies have made
attempts at hitting this market, but have failed miserably either due to poor
marketing and availability such as Cadaco’s revival of All-Star Baseball.
Or the games themselves were far too expensive and played horribly. (SportsClix
Baseball and MLB Showdown come to mind.)
This brings me to the conversations I’ve had with the
My own children are quite used to Dad’s paper and dice
sports gaming world. And they’ve tried and played several of the major baseball
games that have been available through the years. And while they’ve enjoyed
some of them, most of the time, the complaints range from, “this game takes too
long” to “Can’t you make my Little League Team so I can play with them”. Now,
in most cases I could and did create the Little League Team. But, it really got
me to thinking about some of the things I enjoyed about sports games when I was
9, 10 or 11 years old.
When I was that age, I could take my baseball cards, and a
couple of generic baseball games I bought at the local 5 and dime and play for
hours. If I wanted to play a game using my friends, my little league team, or
heck, even the pro wrestlers I watched on TV, I could do that! (Dick the Bruiser
was an amazing pitcher in the warped world of my youth)
Creating a generic baseball game though isn’t enough
today. As I mentioned above, two of the mainstream Collectible card type games
that have recently hit the market have failed miserably as they haven’t had good
game play mechanics, and they really bear no resemblance to reality. Today’s
kids that are involved in youth sports are a bit more sophisticated in their
knowledge of the sport. Even the 9-year old kids I coach in baseball know when
to sacrifice bunt, or know the concept of hit-and-run. So the challenge for me
was to create a simple playing game, in which kids could rate their own players,
but also bear resemblance to the actual game of baseball.
I think I have succeeded on all counts. In The Baseball
Card Game, free-swinging power hitters, high-average no power hitters and
everyone else in between are all “accurately” represented. I’ve also created a
simple interface in which the pitcher on the mound makes a big difference.
Control pitchers, Strike Out artists, and the mop-up man are also “accurately”
represented in this game. Factors like Sacrifice Bunting, Hit and Run, Stealing
Bases, and a player’s defensive ability are also factored into the game.
This is MUCH more than just a simple little game. While the accuracy may
not be to the 1000th of a degree, the game is strongly based upon reality and
will provide you with a very accurate snapshot of each and every player.
Most importantly though, I’ve kept the rating system simple
enough that any 8-year-old , should have no problem playing with any player they
can dream up. I’ve kept the game based upon reality. But, it’s also scaleable
to any level of play. You can play Professionals, Minor Leaguers, College,
High-School or even Youth League games within the framework of this game.
And while I’ve
stated the design intent was primarily for kids, The Baseball Card Game is also
fun, and realistic enough for even the veteran sports board gamers. The
Baseball Card Game is a great companion for business trips, plane rides or just
unwinding at home.
** A portion of
all proceeds go directly to the Pike County Youth Sports program **
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 16 December, 2006.