Our first attempt was a success. Drew was a terrific opponent, bringing spirit, baseball acumen and engaging patter the whole time. Thank you Drew! Imagine, a head-to-head 2,000-mile distant split screen game of RallyBird Baseball! Starting at the top of the 7th, we completed the contest and enjoyed it. I hope you can too!
There were technical problems–mostly from the Internet stalling (you know why… things going on…). This dragged out the game maybe a 1/2-3/4 hour longer than it would have otherwise. It took a little extra effort to communicate where we were putting the glove tiles, but it wasn’t a problem. It was terrific for me to play the game with Drew this way.
I had set up my camera phone on a tripod with a careful angle, then found out that the software wouldn’t allow me to host via camera. So I had to scramble and set it up on my laptop’s. That’s why my camera angle isn’t quite right–I had to hunch down. Anyway I learned a lot and think the software is amazingly easy and capable. I hope to do this again with Drew and other volunteers (perhaps “volunteers”).
Here is the link to the game session (or just click the picture above):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8CQHwSkr1Q
I don’t know if I’ll look into editing the video or not; I’m not sure what is possible via the YouTube interface.
Afterward the amazing Drew worked up scorecards for the 3-inning game, below (contains spoiler alert)! I believe I can say I taught Drew how to score a game this way during a Twins game we watched together at that incredible downtown stadium. Drew learned it immediately and now excels at it. As you can see, the game was eventful. There were multiple occasions of bases loaded, and two-out offenses! The bats were hot with a lot of hits. His comments correspond to our observations during the game.
Something happens tomorrow as I write this, Sunday April 5, 2020 noon Pacific Coast Time USA! We invited you to watch a #livestream lockdown video #RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame battle !
Little unworldly novice and ingenue, eyes always red from crying with fear, me, vs that glowering curmudgeon, that photographic memory brain baseball expert and luck manufacturing titan, who never quailed from any challenge, yes the Honorable Heartland Master, D. He’s too tough for vowels!
A baseball drama across 2,000 miles !
And your eyes can be there! No bat splinter shall touch you!
Here is the third of the three-part series that pits Schiller against me in a game of RallyBird Baseball that demonstrates the general course of play and some optional rules. This one features the BIRD, the BIRD!
This is the 2nd “sample of play” video in the series that pits Schiller against me. Schiller again uses controversial tactics. It joins us at the top of the 9th. All die rolls are real, one shot events determined by chance or fate. I like to think the RallyBird Baseball Board Game has an extra value of allowing you to test out these controversial tactics for yourself. In the case of the Sacrifice tactic in baseball, its official history shows an evolving evolution–how it impacts the batter’s statistic batting average or not. A Sacrifice Fly, earning a run, is defined differently than a general Sacrifice, which merely advances a runner–at the cost of a nearly certain Out. When is it worth it to you to use this tactic? I think it’s fun to wrestle with the decision point.
I have been play testing my add-on rules for applying the 2018 MLB season to the RallyBird Baseball Board Game. This requires the larger array of Glove tiles than the standard board game includes. They also come in different colors.
Generally, both 2018 teams have decent hitting and pitching but slightly less than average defense. The rules I’m testing give a slight edge to the Dodgers.
Dodgers scored 1 run in the top of the 7th. Then the Giants came back and small-balled in a couple runs. (You can see the damage in RallyBird terms, shaking the pitcher and defense in general, with the two missing tiles that the board’s printed Glove values must fulfill. You can also see part of each teams sky blue stack of Run tiles beside each dugout.)
Then, with runners at the corners, the next Giants bat let out a tremendous, musical CRACK. Kayakers in McCovey Cove saw it coming, and started paddling!
It’s going… It’s going… (Here’s a picture of the first of the two required die rolls make a Home Run in the RallyBird Baseball Board Game.)
Second die roll attempt below…Caught at the wall!
The kayakers were disappointed but not mad because it is a lovely day to be in the Bay, lovely to be floating in the shadow of their city’s great stadium, and hear the sounds of the team, winning 2-1 as the eighth inning begins. Will the Dodgers answer?
Here’s a link to the RallyBird Board Game Rules PDF.
The board game is currently for sale here.
Dynamic How to Play video below!
Not only does this video revise the one I posted last week in organization, it also adds my narration. It includes why play RallyBird, a thorough rules explanation, FAQ, sample of a real play session, and a picture of me. In the final portion, after being methodical for so long, some personality and exuberance escapes! Cheers!