My excellent opponent Jeremy and I faced off this afternoon for a quick paced 50-minute game! It helps to have consistent Internet. You don’t want to miss Jeremy singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game!”
What fun– although I find the multi-tasking of videoing the game a distraction, and remain a “think about one thing at a time” guy, I feel so much appreciation for the tools that support it. StreamYard works great, and of course YouTube makes it possible.
I was able to improve my camera angle over StayHome game #1 against Drew. Now you can see most of my head most of the time. You don’t want to miss that! I’m looking forward to more games against Jeremy and Drew–and I’m asking others as well. Some are shy, but it’s only going to be recorded for everyone forever and ever. So we’ll see!
So far all my live video opponents are fanatical Cubs fans. This is not a requirement. If you own a copy and want to play against me this way, please reach out to me.
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.
This kit is an add-on to the RallyBird Baseball board game. You cannot play with out the base game, which provides a baseball contest between teams of equal potential. This kit provides way to match up teams of different ability–different mixes of strengths and weakness. It does so in two ways. Here’s what it includes:
- The Easy Advanced Game… Coach Defense Cards that change the array of Glove values of the standard RallyBird Baseball Board Game. For comparison, the standard game gives both players the same starting Glove values. This advanced game gives each player a different set of values–all with the same sum. I think this implies different strengths and weakness, different risks and benefits, and different strategies–all for you to discover. This does not add more than a minute to game play time. The rules fit on 1 page!
- Big League Teams… tiles and data. This includes 30 team tiles in red (Visitor) and blue (Home). It also includes data for the 2018 season. I intend to provide the 2019 season as well as a free download for owners of the kit. Unlike the Easy Advance Game, with which this does not mix, it offers variation of offense and defense for individual teams–in simple RallyBird Baseball game terms. The rules are on 1 page, with an example of play on a second page, and team data on 2 more pages.
- 24 new Glove tiles, 12 for each side. In support of the two add-ons above, this supports both the variable defenses of the Easy Advanced Game and the Big League Teams rules. The regular RallyBird Board Game does not include enough tiles to support either set of rules, so you need these to play.
These materials fit inside the regular RallyBird Baseball game box. You don’t have to pay for an extra box, nor grant it more shelf space.
As you can see I tried to make the video interesting and on point. When I finish cogitating the 2019 season data I’ll probably replace this video with a revised version.
Update: The Add-On Kit now comes with the 2019 team data. The 2018 season is available as a free PDF after you purchase the game. Thank you!