MLB Teams Add-On for RallyBird Baseball, Prototype #1

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Another prototype just arrived! My 2018 MLB Teams Add-On for the RallyBird Baseball Board Game, Prototype #1.

To keep it inexpensive, there would be no box… owners of RB Baseball would just put these extra glove tiles and rules in that box. These Glove tiles are the same as the standard RB Glove tiles, but in different sets of colors, and a wider range of values and repeated values. I’d like to add team name tiles too, but that would increase the cost of course… I need to test out the ideas…

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!

How to Play the RallyBird Baseball Board Game video (with narration and dynamic illustration)!

Not only does this video revise the one I posted last week in organization, it also adds my narration. It includes why play RallyBird, a thorough rules explanation, FAQ, sample of a real play session, and a picture of me. In the final portion, after being methodical for so long, some personality and exuberance escapes!  Cheers!

How to Play the RALLYBIRD BASEBALL board game (new video)

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.

Thank you!

Progress Continues on How-To Video (pics)

It’s Spring here at the Nest, but I’ve been ignoring the sun, the chirping birds, the blossoms, the sense of joy and frivolity… I’ve hunched over my computer keyboard, pecking, pecking. I painstakingly created over 400 slides, illustrated each of them and added instructional text. The rules are so easy… but covering every situation, step by step, with as much clarity and ease for you as I can muster, it’s a serious project.

I’m about 2/3 recording the audio for them. And then I’ll compile them into a fancy new How To Play video for rules to the RallyBird Baseball Board Game. As I type this, I’m taking a break to actually watch an MLB game. I’m only human! At least, I would like to be.

How much longer to finish? I don’t know. I’ll try to get up before dawn to see if I can wrap it up. But you know how it is with computer work… everything takes longer than it seems… I’ll keep on it with a sense of urgency and determination. (This is my usual attitude).

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Here’s a link to the RallyBird Board Game Rules PDF. 

The board game is currently for sale here.

In Progress: A New “How To Play” Video for the RallyBird Baseball Board Game

I have a report from the Nest. Well as you can tell there’s a flurry of activity at the RallyBird headquarters! While I’m waiting for the prototypes of Mini RallyBird version 4 to arrive, I’m also waiting for the first prototype of the 2018 MLB Teams add-on kit. And while I wait, sometimes with the new season roaring the background, I’ve started working on a new How To Play video. I’ve never been satisfied with the first one I did in a hurry. The camera was a disappointment. I didn’t have time to do it right. So it goes. This new one in progress, I think, will be about 100 times better. Here’s a sample, a screen grab from the work in progress.Screen Shot 2019-03-29 at 10.05.18 PM.png

Stay tuned!

Here is a link to the rules PDF: RallyBird Rules, Guide, FAQ .

You can pick up your own copy of the regular sized RallyBird Board Game here.

Testing MLB Team Rules for the RallyBird Baseball Board Game

I designed the RallyBird Baseball Board Game for a easy, 1-hour, thoughtful board game experience of the sport. This meant when I recently took on the task of adapting historic MLB team performance to Rally Bird, I did not try to drill down on the charismatic, individual statistical performance of players. Instead, these optional, add-on MLB rules I’m testing depend on team averages over the season. This is a necessary simplification to keep the RB board game quick and playable, yet with emphasis on decisions for offense and defense each At Bat.

Within these broad modifications, the decisions of the board game players and their dice determine the individuality of events. It’s fun for me to try to adapt MLB team performance to the characteristics of this board game. Does it succeed? I don’t know yet, but I’ve designed and ordered the components I need to test the playable asymmetry of the 2018 season. This includes a larger set of Glove defense tiles, and the print out of the adaption rules (1 page) and individual team ratings in RallyBird Board Game categories.

By the way, enjoy today! It’s opening day of the new MLB season! –PG

Theory 4 video: Baseball “Sacrifice” At Bat Evaluation (RallyBird Baseball Board Game)

What is the shape of value of the “sacrifice” At Bat in baseball? In this intuitive approach, I try to offer this. I call it a shape because it’s more than just a yes/no thing, more than a simple risk/reward relationship, but highly situational. Even when you consider all batters equal, there are still a lot of factors to weigh. The answer may have to be your choice of will, not your confident calculation. Lines and shapes are ways to try to wrangle the forces that push on the outcome.

Df6O3sMUEAA-9dl.jpg-large.jpegWhen you’re playing the RallyBird Baseball board game, you have the opportunity to make these evaluations for yourself based on your runners on base, how many outs you have, your inning, the number of runs you need, your opponent’s defensive style, and how many runs you want to score. What combination of risk and reward works best for you tactically and strategically?

This video explores the dimensions of risk and reward behind a decision to hit a ball in such a way to trade the batter’s Out to advance a runner already on base. To me its a fascinating risk/reward question with multiple, drifting variables. With all batters equal, when is it better or worse to hit a sacrifice rather than attempt a normal At Bat? This is one of the decisions you need to make when playing the RallyBird Baseball board game. As I say in the video, this need to make decisions provides the “good pain” in board games that I like.

For sale now (June, 2018) here: https://bit.ly/2rvmzBa .

Also see: RallyBirdBaseball.com . Thank you for watching.