The #RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame is Available For Sale Again! (July 29, 2020)

How about some good news? The #RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame is available for sale again on amazon ! If you have amazon prime, you could have a copy of the game in your hands in a couple days at no or low cost.

More copies of the game continue to sift and percolate through their supply chain. Also, the factory I hired is producing more. Play ball! On your table!

Click the picture to go to the amazon store.

Board Gaming with a Pandemic Sense of Time

Snow falling on pear blossoms, pic March 14, 2020 from my home office.

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This morning I’ve been weighting and boxing up The RallyBird Baseball board game for shipment. Times are almost normal, but like the rowers in Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” we’re braced for impact. This painting is a kind of talisman of my mother. Since childhood, I’ve always wondered if the rowers made it through the crash of water with their sleek craft still afloat. Those craft look so sleek and nimble, the sailors so steadfast, I’ve tended to think that they will.1024px-Tsunami_by_hokusai_19th_century.jpg

The threat of the virus is impacting my family, as yours, in more than one way. So far, it’s all indirect, but still serious. One elderly relative has postponed her cancer surgery. Another is has had to postpone the difficult and volatile transition from living normally at his house to the acceptance of the facts of old age and moving to an elder care home. I need to fly to assist them–does flying to them mean I would be likely to bring the virus to their home? What can I do? At least three relatives have had their work suspended for weeks. Younger relatives are out of school. How will they make up the needed learning? You have experiences like this, I’m sure.

It’s serious, a historic scale event that will bring changes afterward that we can’t anticipate. Now team sports are suspended… What does that mean? Baseball fever was high a few weeks ago, and with it, sales of my board game rose. Now we have that damned other kind of fever, and no baseball at all. How strange, and how awful. It’s not important, but I continue to try to sell my game.

For board gaming, gatherings in public places are temporarily in decline. I wonder if, during our home quarentines, as we wait for the curve to roll forward and wash past us, board games will find more time on tables in people’s homes. They certainly could, if the need for social distancing, school closings, and work changes means couples and families are together under one roof in ways that seem like a strange, ominous holiday. We wait for it to be over. And while we wait, what should we do?

As in many market niches, for years now, there’s been economic pressure to move board gaming manufacturer to Ch1na. Will that continue? RallyBird is made in the USA, but as I look for ways to bring cost savings to you, I’ve seen how overseas manufacture makes a difference. Will we reassess the feasibility of a far away supply chain? Well, once things return to normal, why would we? Change is difficult. The one constant is that things change, but we can’t anticipate all the consequences. As I get older I remind myself to cherish the many good things in normal life and not take them for granted. I wonder if the eventual relief we share from the threats and harm of this pandemic will help us feel a re-enchantment will all that we have which is already so wonderful.

My work continues. I received word that one of my trademark applications passed a legal hurdle, and moves forward. I’m continuing as before, shipping my game to amazon in the hopes that it makes it easier for you to pick up at lower costs and possibly free shipping. Thanks for reading.

The RallyBird Baseball Board Game is available on amazon.com here.

Here’s a link to the most recent rules PDF. 

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RallyBird Baseball is Now Available on Amazon.Com

The 2nd edition of the RallyBird Baseball Board Game is now available for purchase on Amazon here through the Sir Deer & Owls company. I have signed and numbered this batch on the inside of the lid.

For those of you with Amazon Prime, the shipping savings are substantial.

Copies of the game are trickling through amazon’s system as well as Sir Deer & Owls’ logistical supply chain… The initial stock is small, but Sir Deer, Owls & I’ll be shipping more to the Amazon warehouse in a couple of weeks, and more after that too. We have more RallyBird Board Game operations in the works.

Spring is coming!

UPDATE: The first shipment of RallyBird Baseball at amazon.com sold out already! But I’ll send more to their supply chain in a week or two.

UPDATE2: Back in stock on amazon.com, and selling!

The RallyBird Baseball Board Game Add-On Kit: #Big League & #Coach Card Asymmetrical Defense

Now available! Click here.

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Now available — in response to requests by gamers — The RallyBird Baseball Board Game Add-On Kit: Big League & Coach Card Easy Advanced Game.

It includes: 30 color Big League team tiles, 24 new Glove tiles, easy 2018 team performance rules, easy Coach card advanced defense rules, and my commentary.

The Big League rules adapts historic team performance in broad focus RallyBird Baseball terms. At this time the 2018 season is available and included in the kit. Please note that “MLB” and its 30 team names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Separate from the Big League part of the kit is the Coach defense cards, which make use of the larger array of Glove tile values to assign each players’ defense different sets of strengths of weakness. In comparison, the regular RallyBird Board Game’s gives both sides the same set of Glove tiles (with a choice each half inning between 2 Glove tiles). The easy advanced game here sets up asymmetrical defenses using Coach defense array cards that apportion different sets of tile value arrays.

Arguably each type of Coach defense array is equal in strength, but different in risks and rewards, therefore leading toward different tactics and different angles of that good mental stress, competitive anxiety and nervous excitement games can offer. A defense strategy with fewer risks might be easier for offense to outwit–or is that wrong? Unsheathe the sharp swords of your opinions as you explore your baseball defense options!

Both the Big League and the Coach card add-on offer the quick set up and the normal rapid RallyBird Baseball pace of play.

As you may have guessed, this add-on kit requires the regular RallyBird Baseball board game. Thank you!

Where to Buy the RallyBird Baseball Board Game? Plus: a Shape

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…