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.
Is this controversial? I don’t believe the game of baseball is symmetrical.The RallyBird Board Game reflects this. Yes, the field has bilateral symmetry, sure. But the game includes the action. Runners only may move in a counter-clockwise direction. First base is a lot different than third base! The relation of second base to first base is a lot different than second base to third base.
This play action differentiation impacts the action value of the left side of the field compared to the right side. It impacts situations, and I think delivers a feeling of action value to the bases that is not level. When measured by action value and potentiality, the level field actually has “altitude” differences (I made a whole video about baseball’s topography.)
Because I believe that baseball is not symmetrical, some pairs of At Bat card tactics are also not symmetrical. Here’s one pair:
Grounder Right is slightly more effective than Grounder Left. In the RallyBird Baseball Board Game, Grounder Right moves a non-forced runner more often.
Grounder Left and Grounder Right aren’t the only non-symmetrical cards in the RallyBird Baseball Board Game. I show these two similar Left/ Right card treatments in the video I made on this topic below, Infield Left and Infield Right.
Let’s not forget there are more right-handed athletes than left-handed…
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Here are sample pictures of a tense game situation in a recent play session of RallyBird Baseball. I’m on the right, playing Home (blue). The situation as we join us is… It’s the 10th inning, with 1 Out. Score is Red 3, Blue 2.
Note: The RallyBird made an appearance earlier, which I squandered, so it flew away. I’m on my own now!
The pictures below are screen grabs from the video I took of the match–while failing to turn the microphone on, as I mentioned in my previous post.
Here’s the situation… 10th inning, 2 outs, bases loaded, down by 1 run. And due to limitations with the video source, here I have to leave you hanging. Folks, it’s a mystery what happened next. Yep, I guess we’ll never know if I hit in another run or perhaps even two for a Walk-Off. No, we’ll never know.
Okay seriously my next At Bat was another Out… I left ducks on a pond stranded… What a finish! Visitors 3 – Home 2 was the final score. Congrats to my worthy opponent M. who persevered in this tense game session of RallyBird Baseball.
If I can recover pictures of the remaining (tragic) play I’ll come back and add them.