Play Example: Intentional Walk (Optional Rule in the #RallyBirdBaseball Board Game & Anywhere, #Controversial #Baseball)! My Opponent is #Schiller, Poet of Freedom. Runners in Scoring Position! Two Outs! #IBB #Controversy #Beethovens9th #RISP

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.

The Game of #Baseball Is Not Symmetrical. The RallyBoard #BoardGame Reflects This.

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:

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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!