Here’s a pic of the Mini RallyBird Baseball box–set on top of the regular (or shall I now say, Deluxe?) RallyBird Baseball box. I’m still working on the components and trying to deliver a clear RB experience in a smaller format–and lower price. Maybe you’ll be able to carry it around in a cloth bag, included… we’ll see. I’m testing out various new wooden components with my eye on clarity and the bottom line for the consumer. With everything smaller, clarity becomes an issue. Do components block the line of sight? What if they do block the line of sight, but it’s impossible to live without them because they’re so cool? Also I’m not sure the final name of the small version will be “Mini” RallyBird… Meanwhile I’m keeping my eye on the price tag. It would be easy to let it rise up and up if I’m not ruthless with my choices, which I am! All this takes a great deal of time and fussy detail work (with graphics, for example), and waiting for the manufacture of various test versions, so it won’t be ready for awhile. I’ll keep you posted.
I filmed the next RallyBird Baseball theory video yesterday and editing it today. I’m uploading it now. It should take about six years to upload, possibly quite less than that. Perhaps even later today. I filmed it via my laptop, because I think my camcorder’s audio quality may be irredeemable. That dictates the angle and make it hard not to show my face. (“Don’t look at me!) Here is a still pic of me with my baseball tie and one of my colorful graphs.
It is funny and disconcerting to view myself–full stop. For one thing, this video shows my eyes looking upward when I try to be precise about my spoken language.
I asked google about this posture, and it offered this:
So I suppose it’s disconcerting to see myself processing information in a way that isn’t entirely self-aware. I’m only self-aware from the inside viewpoint. (“Let me out!”) Sadly I don’t have a sidekick who walks around with a mirror for me, like that wonderful man in the band called “The Time”… you may recall the highly engaging and hilarious performance from the movie Purple Rain.
Back to my somewhat less hypnotic and groovy examination of the shape of value of baseball’s sacrifice At Bat… I take an intuitive approach to evaluation, and explain why, and how it reflects on the RallyBird Baseball Board Game.
PS. Where’s my Mirror Guy?
Hello! I am fielding (get it?) inquiries about where to purchase the RallyBird Baseball board game.
At this time, June 2018, this is the only source: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/rallybird-baseball
Generally when I write about other things and mention the name of the game, I link it to that website, as I did in the first sentence above.
Now, what’s that I said in my title about a shape? I am constructing the physical shape of the type of At Bat called a Sacrifice. I’m trying to provide novel ways of approaching topics subject to over a hundred years of ferment, brains, brooding, and volume. I think I can offer that with my semi intuitive, math-informed poetic approach to baseball topics. An example is my previous videos such as Baseball Has Dynamic Topography.
Baseball is famous for its statistics, in part because it’s possible to isolate play events to individuals. Statistics as a field is famous for its ability to support lies, and for its revelations so powerful that in recent memory has transformed the way managers command their baseball teams. As a result, fans even say “statistics are ruining the game of baseball” — sometimes.
I’m reading (off and on) a recent book about baseball statistics that mocks baseball stat traditions like the RBI as meaningless. Isn’t that shocking? I am not arguing about that detail. I respect statistics–in fact I loved the class I took on it in high school. I just think I can offer something different, such as a shape. It might be a bit like Special Agent Dale Cooper’s intuitive approach to investigation in Twin Peaks…
So my working title on my next video is The Shape of the Sacrifice. It’s a way for me to mull through the multiple variables in evaluating the Sacrifice tactic, an issue that fascinates me. That’s why I included 3 kinds of Sacrifice available to the Offense in the RallyBird Baseball Board Game.
Final note: It looks like it wasn’t human error that botched my previous 2 videos–the explanation of the rules to a new player, and a complete game session. The microphone is faulty. J’accuse! I ordered a new, different one. We’ll see… or rather hear…
While I can offer no computer graphics, I do offer my fuzzy, halting, semi-articulate, grainy human self. At least there are no PowerPoint slides, right?
Note to human self: turn on the microphone.
This video describes my theory of the baseball diamond’s dynamic topography. The 4 bases have different altitudes of value in the landscape of imagination where baseball resides. I hope my analysis shares a way of looking at baseball’s structure as a game that increases its appreciation. It’s a way to understand and enjoy each base as bringing its own set of attributes in an offensive-defensive struggle.
***Please overlook my migrating use of “topography” (the shape of the landscape) and “topology” (usually about abstract or geometry shapes, but also can mean the “topographic study of a given place, especially the history of a region as indicated by its topography. ” [definition.org]). I think either word can work for this discussion but I shouldn’t mix them up as I did accidentally here. ***
This theory impacts my baseball boardgame, RallyBird Baseball, in small ways but for the most part I think is intrinsic to the basic rules of baseball. My next theory video will be on baseball’s dramatic structure. Play Ball!
Update: The manufacturer has put what I hope is the final prototype in the mail to me.
I’m back from my baseball research trip at Dodger Stadium. What’s left for me to do before the RallyBird Baseball Board Game is ready for sale?
- I’m waiting for the updated prototype to arrive in maybe two weeks (early May). This is the 4th and, I intend, final prototype.
- I’ll check the rules booklet and cards for typos, make sure the box illustration margins are symmetrical. It should be ready to go, with no more than minor adjustments. Or so I hope.
- I’ll use this updated prototype for commercial photos that help consumers understand what it is and the fun it offers.
- I’ll use it for a How to Play video. I’ve been promising this and think it’s a good idea. The game is simple, but probably easiest to understand through this method. Now, making a video entails a lot of things. A place to shoot, image and sound quality, light, framing, memory space in the camera, editing. I don’t want it to become a complicated task. If people unconsciously expect professional quality, well I hope I don’t completely disappoint them. I haven’t done this before and need to get it right. I was hoping to use my phone, but my tests suggest this won’t work. So I may need to buy a video camera. While I could offer the game for sale before I finish this video, I do mention this video as complete in the rules booklet. So I’m hoping to complete this first and do it quickly.
- Then the game is ready for sale! I want this to happen before the end of May, 2018.
As I wait for the latest prototype to arrive, I designed some business cards…