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!
Does it profit defense to give a free base to the opponent in order to face a weaker batter? The RallyBird Baseball Board Game tries to make this a difficult, meaningful decision by a simple mechanic. This is an optional rule you can find on the last page of the current rule booklet (Oct 2019) available here as a free pdf.
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…
Thanks for reading! There’s more information about the game below.
Here’s a link to the RallyBird Board Game Rules PDF.
The board game is currently for sale here.
Dynamic How to Play video below!
UPDATE April 6, 2019: the new version with audio is here:
The old version is below. I’ll be removing it soon. Thanks!
This just completed HOW TO PLAY video offers lavish illustrations! It goes over the various rules thoroughly from different directions, so I think it should be clear. The rules are easy!
This video offers all the information right now in pictures with words. It’s silent. When I have time I’ll edit audio narration.