Here are two scenarios that aim to help new owners of the RallyByrd Baseball Board Game learn the game in a fun way.
Here are two scenarios that aim to help new owners of the RallyByrd Baseball Board Game learn the game in a fun way. They’re both solitaire predicaments, not full sessions. The game is easy, but people bring different levels of board game experience.
These scenarios both start with a runner on first base and one Out.
In the first scenario, the learner plays offense, in the other, defense. The details reduce some of the regular options to make it easier on rules learning. They also make the situation a little trickier.
I designed the game with the social electricity and ferment of two live players in mind. Again and again, I made design choices intended to help two people want to take the game off the shelf and, without rules barriers, sit down and compete socially. The excitement, aggravation, worry, and second-guessing of each other I think is essential. Mind-saber clashes against mind-saber to make sparks. One face shows triumph, the other playful horror. That’s a memorable experience, and my idea of fun.
The panorama of baseball provides the ballad for the clash of wit and chance.
In RallyBird (aka RallyByrd), all choices have a chance of success or failure. It’s a matter of degree. When play testing years ago, I tried a random method of choosing offense or defense, and making decisions by deliberate choice for the other. I wanted to test the game’s ability to sustain conscious purpose. I proved to myself that conscious decisions, over time, won over random.
We all might want or need to play solitaire sometimes. I’m sympathetic. Do these unofficial charts work? I don’t know. They required a sizable random spirit to forestall predictability. It needs play testing proof in all respects. It might remain unofficial forever.
These charts do provide randomness. There’s a tension within them of purpose versus random. In addition, I don’t know if the mechanic of the charts works for enjoyment. What do you think? Again, the introduction provides my further thoughts on this.
By the way, here are some non-Amazon places you can purchase the game, signed and numbered, as supplies last: here and here.
The RallyBird Baseball Board Game is selling! At the moment it’s available on Amazon and on Ebay. I’ve ordered more from the USA manufacturer. People are finding it good to play when quarantined at home, and to give as gifts. Thanks to all of you!
Due to the tough times, and my thirst for the good of normality, I’m so pleased that MLB is offering any season at all right now. It’s a strange season for sure, short, with empty stadiums and artificial crowd noise. How do you feel about it?
I’m grateful and, seeing how people are suffering, not prepared to be negative about its compromises. How will it fit in with the tradition of assessment? When the season is over, I’ll add its suspect, asterisk-worthy 2020 season data to RallyBird’s Add On Kit.
To make the 2020 season possible, MLB has applied some special rules. How might this impact the Add On Kit‘s big league team approach? Most of the MLB changes don’t really fit into RallyBird Board Game’s scale. However, a couple of the rules easily do.
This includes 1) no spitting on the board game; 2) no high fives, and most importantly 3) 2020 season teams must begin extra innings with a runner on second base.
I was quite curious to see how I’d feel about the extra innings treatment in MLB this year, and I decide that given the situation, I like it. I recommend it for experimentation for RallyBird Baseball Board Game players, not just for COVID but also when you are pressed for time. I will try it, if my opponent agrees.
I’m not ready in general to give up the tradition of the pre-COVID, standard extra inning rules for normal times. But I like it as an option when we need it. If MLB some day adopts it as a regular rule to promote the long term interest of the sport, I’ll roll with it. Still, baseball’s tradition is part of the panorama of the game.
Finally, please note that the RallyBird Baseball Board Game is also going by the spelling RallyByrd Baseball. It’s the same game.
Peace and health to all! Play Ball! On your table!
Pete vs Suzie. May 12, 2020. Game number 9 in the #StayHome series. After Suzie told me about her familiarity with softball, we launched into an overview of the rules with a couple of practice At Bats. The game starts about the 12:00 mark and moves along quickly. There was some Internet fuzziness here and there but it’s not too bad–I’m grateful for the chance to play this way, and share it with anyone interested.
Suzie named her lineup of 4 (based on the number of team tokens): 1. Chauncy, 2. Chad, 3. Brad, 4. Sad.
She learned the rules quickly and was even able to correct me on the final play.
The game had a dramatic finish! Whether relatedly or not, Suzie is a fan of the Rally Bird. She called it the Equity Bird.