Now on BGG: the RallyBird Baseball Board Game

The RallyBird Baseball board game now has a presence on the premier board game website, Board Game Geek. If all goes right over time, more content about the game will show up there. Here’s the address (or click the picture below): Shot 2018-05-27 at 10.47.40 AM.png

Theory 3: Baseball Offers a Natural Dramatic Structure

In this video I describe baseball’s natural dramatic storytelling structure. Yes I use a graph. There are two kinds of baseball dramatic structure. You may recall from grammar school the classic literary story graph with rising action leading to the climactic confrontation. The overall drama is the fatigue of the starter pitcher, the rising tension when the coach needs to send in the first reliever, and what happens next. I also argue that the baseball game includes mini dramas each half inning with the struggle of batters and baserunners against the hard limit of only 3 outs.

(If you’re looking for Theory 2, Baseball has dynamic topography, I appended the link below. And here’s the link where you can purchase the game. Thanks!


Theory 1: The Game of Baseball is Not Symmetrical

This new video replaces my previous effort on the same topic. It gives more description of my theory, and does not include a feline interference. I also quote from a baseball book as anecdotal support of my theory. In addition, it includes more specific information about how the theory influenced my board game design. I honestly don’t know if my theory is controversial or not. It’s probably not; however, I haven’t heard anyone talking about it in this manner. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to let me know what you think!

“How to Play” Video: The RallyBird Baseball Board Game

I hope you enjoy this and it makes sense. The rules book requires only 2 pages to teach the basic rules. There’s also a page that explains the components, a page that shows an example of play plus variant rules, and a few more pages of help for beginners plus a F.A.Q section. So while I try to cover all the bases (get it?), I want to repeat that the basic rules require only 2 illustrated pages.

Guess what, this baseball board game is available for purchase! Today, May 8, 2018, you may purchase it here:

Play ball!

What’s in the Box? Unboxing The RallyBird Baseball Board Game

Yes, what I hope is the final prototype arrived. We’re moving along quickly now! In this video I open up a new RallyBird Baseball Board Game and explain its components. Along the way I discuss my purpose with the game and how the pieces fit in, what they do, and where they go on the board. I also discuss the rules booklet and what it offers. Stay tuned–I will soon make a “How To Play” Video. This game will be available for purchase as soon as I can complete proofreading the latest prototype.

As I try to emphasize in the video, I designed the game for what I searched for and could not find in other baseball board games: playability, short game time, and meaningful decisions for both offense and defense. All too many of the easier baseball boardgames seem to imply that defense has no decisions (and that offense’s decision is nothing more than a die roll).

Technical note: I tried to improve the sound on this video compared to my earlier ones. There’s a slight fluttering sound… I’m hoping it will go away as YouTube processes it. This is probably magical thinking. I have a lot to do before opening this game for purchase, and finessing video sound technology is not first on my list. Thanks for your patience.


Video 2: Baseball Has Dynamic Topography


This video describes my theory of the baseball diamond’s dynamic topography. The 4 bases have different altitudes of value in the landscape of imagination where baseball resides. I hope my analysis shares a way of looking at baseball’s structure as a game that increases its appreciation. It’s a way to understand and enjoy each base as bringing its own set of attributes in an offensive-defensive struggle.

***Please overlook my migrating use of “topography” (the shape of the landscape) and “topology” (usually about abstract or geometry shapes, but also can mean the “topographic study of a given place, especially the history of a region as indicated by its topography. ” []). I think either word can work for this discussion but I shouldn’t mix them up as I did accidentally here. *** 

This theory impacts my baseball boardgame, RallyBird Baseball, in small ways but for the most part I think is intrinsic to the basic rules of baseball. My next theory video will be on baseball’s dramatic structure. Play Ball!

Update: The manufacturer has put what I hope is the final prototype in the mail to me.

Video: Baseball is Not Symmetrical

This video, my first, serves two purposes. One, to test my new video equipment and all that goes into making a video. Two, to briefly explain my theory of the ways that the game of baseball is and is not symmetrical. This theory impacts some of the design elements of a game I designed, the RallyBird Baseball Boardgame. Available late spring 2018. While the field is symmetrical, baseball’s game play is not.

Play is counter-clockwise. The significance of first base is a lot different than third base. Home plate is not much like second base in value. I try to explain the asymmetry of a common short hit to the right compared to the left. Because runners move counter-clockwise, the opportunities for offense and defense do not work out symmetrically. To offer one example, with a runner on first base, a short hit is likely to see the fielder trying to throw to stop the most advanced runner shortstop covering 2nd base. If the hit is to the right, the throw might hit the advancing runner, so the only play is sometimes at first base. If the hit is symmetrically to the left, the fielder’s options to get the out at second base don’t have that runner obstacle. This is not a 100%, rigid prediction of events, but a tendency that is not symmetrical.

Because this was my first video I left some observations about the diamond unstated… the uphill topology from home plate to first base, the slightly uphill slope to second base, the slight down slope to third, and the steep fall from third base to home plate.

PS. I’m still waiting for what I hope is the final prototype for proofing and then publication!

Edit June 5, 2018: I replaced the video link above to the current version without feline interference. This second attempt allowed me to make a few additional observations.