This graphic design is a work in progress–and I think this current design is better. I’m trying to convey the feeling of a ballpark’s electronic billboard. I haven’t finished this yet for the 30 teams (x2 for Away and Home, Red and Blue versions), nor have I yet ordered physical prototypes. Since the RallyBird Baseball Board Game is generalist (no lineup, no rotation) in order to make it a quick, easy, tactical and thoughtful 1-hour board game that 2 people will actually play in real life, I think the hex tiles with colorful team names would help the theme. (I have provisional rules for adapting the RallyBird Baseball Board Game to historical MLB performance. I’m testing them out based on the 2017-2018 season.) The players would place these at the top of the board to the left (visitor) and right (home team) of the Innings scoreboard.
Hello! While I’m testing out the rules for the MLB, I’m also trying out various graphical ideas for team name tokens. I imagine that it would help the thematic feel of historic teams.
I’m trying out hexagonal laser cut tiles and illustrating them with a ballpark display in mind… colors and images against a field of black. (These are hexagonal to differentiate themselves from the square Glove tiles for easy sorting, and small to be inexpensive to the consumer.)
The players would take these team name tokens and place them at the top of the RallyBird Baseball Board Game to the left and right of the Inning spaces. Each token would have two sides, red and blue, visitor and home. This of course harmonizes with the standard RallyBird Baseball Board Game.
This is not final. I don’t know about the distribution of the spaces between words and images, for example… I won’t really know what I think of this concept or the graphics until I order a physical prototype and try it out. But right now I think I had a little “brainwave” when I thought of adding the token images like player profiles in the real ballpark experience. Baseball tells a story.
Another prototype just arrived! My 2018 MLB Teams Add-On for the RallyBird Baseball Board Game, Prototype #1.
To keep it inexpensive, there would be no box… owners of RB Baseball would just put these extra glove tiles and rules in that box. These Glove tiles are the same as the standard RB Glove tiles, but in different sets of colors, and a wider range of values and repeated values. I’d like to add team name tiles too, but that would increase the cost of course… I need to test out the ideas…
It’s Spring here at the Nest, but I’ve been ignoring the sun, the chirping birds, the blossoms, the sense of joy and frivolity… I’ve hunched over my computer keyboard, pecking, pecking. I painstakingly created over 400 slides, illustrated each of them and added instructional text. The rules are so easy… but covering every situation, step by step, with as much clarity and ease for you as I can muster, it’s a serious project.
I’m about 2/3 recording the audio for them. And then I’ll compile them into a fancy new How To Play video for rules to the RallyBird Baseball Board Game. As I type this, I’m taking a break to actually watch an MLB game. I’m only human! At least, I would like to be.
How much longer to finish? I don’t know. I’ll try to get up before dawn to see if I can wrap it up. But you know how it is with computer work… everything takes longer than it seems… I’ll keep on it with a sense of urgency and determination. (This is my usual attitude).
I have a report from the Nest. Well as you can tell there’s a flurry of activity at the RallyBird headquarters! While I’m waiting for the prototypes of Mini RallyBird version 4 to arrive, I’m also waiting for the first prototype of the 2018 MLB Teams add-on kit. And while I wait, sometimes with the new season roaring the background, I’ve started working on a new How To Play video. I’ve never been satisfied with the first one I did in a hurry. The camera was a disappointment. I didn’t have time to do it right. So it goes. This new one in progress, I think, will be about 100 times better. Here’s a sample, a screen grab from the work in progress.