Søren #Kierkegaard, #Baseball, and My New #RallyBird Rules (PDF)

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If I may translate the philosopher’s concepts in my own way, then baseball’s four bases represent Søren Kierkegaard’s scoring strategy. They exemplify his coaching observation of the first aesthetic, then ethical, and finally religious modes of base running, with a difficult slide (or leap) of faith to reach Home plate. Kierkegaard argues that one can have faith that the cloud of dust transforms into a Run on the colossal electric scoreboard, but one can never believe it, because the bright click of that scoreboard is beyond muscle achievement and beyond reason. The cerulean Run is something else. This unrelentingly requirement of test on individual strength and resolve relates to the compelling existentialism of baseball.

1st base is an achievement of individual aesthetics, the batter’s skillful use of the passions to swing the bat just right. This does not mean an abuse of passions, but the motivation is pleasure. Who among you has not exalted, as I still do, at the musical sound of the bat hitting the ball in its sweet, sweet spot? O sensual raptures! Mind you, to maximize pleasure thoughtfully, an Epicurean life is smarter, measured, more calculated than a hedonistic life. A runner can take an 11-foot lead from first base, sometimes a 12- or even 13-foot lead, but a hedonistic 14-foot lead? That cannot last. It won’t last. It doesn’t last.

A moment comes when the baserunner found a way to move beyond the limitations of the aesthetic approach and achieved second base. It’s a new way. Wary of mere pleasure-seeking, from oneself the player naturally thinks of the team, of the friendly dugout clearly in view, of what 2nd base represents as the border of a Runner In Scoring Position. From second base the player can easily see the comrade at bat. Trading glances, the second base runner can spy the pitcher’s grip on the laces of the ball and signal, with hand on chin, then hand on knee, that he’s loaded a fastball. (RallyBird’s Take the Pitch card reflects this specific possibility.) This is legal, but baseball’s unofficial regulations frown on it; at least, Defense may respond by beaning the player next time at bat. Ethics brings responsibility. Ethical responsibility means the player has moved from thinking about the self to others, but the self remains.

As baseball commentator Kierkegaard says, no player on second base has ever reached Home plate by running in a straight line toward it. The absurd fact is, that the player seeking Home must run obliquely (beyond logic, proof and reason) from the ethical second base toward the Third Base of religious feeling. The greater the uncertainty, the more likely that this will be a great sports moment, we in the crowd lean forward and making sounds beyond language. The baserunner blurs between third base and home. The ball returns like a cannon shot from the center fielder. The catcher reaches his glove. Unable to see the ball or Home, the Knight of Faith dives into the obscurity, with trust that Home plate will reach back to tag the player’s outstretched hand.

This RallyBird rule pdf (link below) is in progress, but I offer to share it with you. It looks different, but it is the same 1-hour baseball board game with quick decisions for offense and defense each at bat. I’ve added a couple of new variants including Series rules. Also I learned I could add an additional card to the game at no cost to you, so I added a trophy card. The rules include a picture of it. When I proof these rules, mull and ruminate a few more hundred times, I’ll replace the current ones that come with the game with this set.

RallyBird Board Game Rules version May11, 2019

Here is a concise and sensible summary of Kierkegaard’s stages.

You can buy the RallyBird Baseball Board Game here.

The Dark Oval of Fate, a decorative evolution to the #RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame, Symbolizing the Role of #Decisions pressing against the Roll of #Dice (plus #Heidegger’s Influence)

When Martin Heidegger raised the issue of Being, and Being-There (“Dasein”), I suspect he suffered a small chill, knowing  the influence he would have on baseball board game design. I think he was trying to get us to be aware that we poor souls find ourselves thrust in a world as it is. What follows (briefly) is our Concern. Without our sense of time, we could have no concern. Here I am pressed for time, and therefore I am Concerned about the graphic look of this baseball board game I’m trying to lift up into its own Being-in-the-World.

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As you can see, I’ve added the Dark Oval of Fate to the box cover. There’s a shadow under every pair of dice. How satisfying it is to know this, face this and make a decision! The thrust pierces through the veil, or, perhaps, we bend our épée on a fence post, not our opponent, while a beautiful woman in a ruffled outfit watches. I have ordered a prototype. Only you, dear reader, know what this graphical change symbolizes. May it lighten your Concern!

Please note, as a favor to you I did not use any semicolons in this post. O, how I wanted to!

New Box Art is Happening In #RallyBird #Baseball Land (plus Dramatic Myth of Sisyphus Reference)

In moments of pause, saith Camus, after Sisyphus has pushed his rock to the top of the hill, and it tumbles down again, he trudges down after it; and in that moment, before pushing it back up again, Sisyphus has his moment of triumph.

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Things are happening in R-B-B-B-Land! Stay (trudge) tuned (trudge)!

I, and my massive shoulders, do thank you.

 

PS. I offer my apologies for using a semicolon.

#MLB Team Name Tiles for the #RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame–Update (#Mets)

This graphic design is a work in progress–and I think this current design is better. I’m trying to convey the feeling of a ballpark’s electronic billboard. I haven’t finished this yet for the 30 teams (x2 for Away and Home, Red and Blue versions), nor have I yet ordered physical prototypes. Since the RallyBird Baseball Board Game is generalist (no lineup, no rotation) in order to make it a quick, easy, tactical and thoughtful 1-hour board game that 2 people will actually play in real life, I think the hex tiles with colorful team names would help the theme. (I have provisional rules for adapting the RallyBird Baseball Board Game to historical MLB performance. I’m testing them out based on the 2017-2018 season.) The players would place these at the top of the board to the left (visitor) and right (home team) of the Innings scoreboard.

 

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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!

#MLB Team Tokens for the #RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame — Work in Progress — Potential Brainwave

Hello! While I’m testing out the rules for the MLB, I’m also trying out various graphical ideas for team name tokens. I imagine that it would help the thematic feel of historic teams.

I’m trying out  hexagonal laser cut tiles and illustrating them with a ballpark display in mind… colors and images against a field of black. (These are hexagonal to differentiate themselves from the square Glove tiles for easy sorting, and small to be inexpensive to the consumer.)

The players would take these team name tokens and place them at the top of the RallyBird Baseball Board Game to the left and right of the Inning spaces. Each token would have two sides, red and blue, visitor and home. This of course harmonizes with the standard RallyBird Baseball Board Game.

This is not final. I don’t know about the distribution of the spaces between words and images, for example… I won’t really know what I think of this concept or the graphics until I order a physical prototype and try it out. But right now I think I had a little “brainwave” when I thought of adding the token images like player profiles in the real ballpark experience. Baseball tells a story.

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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!

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!

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.