Pete vs Suzie. May 12, 2020. Game number 9 in the #StayHome series. After Suzie told me about her familiarity with softball, we launched into an overview of the rules with a couple of practice At Bats. The game starts about the 12:00 mark and moves along quickly. There was some Internet fuzziness here and there but it’s not too bad–I’m grateful for the chance to play this way, and share it with anyone interested.
Suzie named her lineup of 4 (based on the number of team tokens): 1. Chauncy, 2. Chad, 3. Brad, 4. Sad.
She learned the rules quickly and was even able to correct me on the final play.
The game had a dramatic finish! Whether relatedly or not, Suzie is a fan of the Rally Bird. She called it the Equity Bird.
StayHome LiveStream RallyBird Baseball games continue, reaching number 5. Here Drew and I meet for a second time in what promises to be a series. As you can see in the thumbnail picture, events occurred which inspired me to throw my hat.
Big thanks to Drew for playing! See you for game 3 of our series soon….
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!
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.
The latest RallyBird Baseball news hot off the wire…
Well, a friend graciously agreed to let me video my explanation of the rules to her. In fact, we went on to play a full, thrilling game of RallyBird Baseball on video.
M. is a fan of baseball and also boardgames. She’s a perfect candidate for someone who would enjoy RallyBird Baseball.
There were bases loaded, steals, walks and mind-games. There was sass talk, theory talk, and defenses that bent without breaking. There was guessing, double-guessing, guessing right and blindsiding surprises. It was tie score in the 10th inning. She managed to sacrifice in a run. So then bottom of the 10th, I had the RallyBird on my side. And it was not enough! Victory went to M. I congratulate her! The score was Visitor 3, Home 2.
Afterward I found out that did not have the microphone settings on. Here I walk away stoically to my metaphorical dugout. I did not break a metaphorical bat over my knee.
Sometime, as soon as I can, I’ll try again–both a video of my explanation to another person who can ask questions and clarifications, and a video of a gameplay session.
I may be able to offer still pictures of part of that match.