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.

Prototype of the Mini RallyBird Board Game

Yesterday, the third prototype of the Mini RallyBird Board Game arrived…

I left the scissors in the photo to help you get a sense of the small, portable size.  The smaller size also means cost savings for the consumer, both for the game itself and cheaper postal fees. Gameplay is the same, but some of the components are a little different, and I’m adjusting the game board accordingly to help match, and for visibility.

I was able to make revisions and order a fourth prototype…. this is progress!

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.



Rules Here! Download the Rules to the RallyBird Baseball Boardgame

Here are the RallyBird boardgames rules in colorful PDF you can download and read!

The rules take up the first 3 of the 8 pages. The 4th page is a diagram illustrating the simple system, plus some some variants including the fun RallyBird rule. The 5th and 6th pages are a Beginner’s Guide that offers some help (for those who want help) with the cards and their tactics. The last section, the 7th and 8th pages, are Frequently Asked Questions by my play testers, and my replies. This pdf is 7.6 MB.

RallyBird Rules, Guide, FAQ

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You can purchase the RallyBird Baseball board game here.

Additions to the RallyBird Baseball Beginner’s Guide

Discussions with early purchasers of the game motivated me to make a few pointed additions to the Beginner’s Guide pages of the RallyBird Baseball rules. These all have to do with the individual details of the cards–the ways in which they stand out from each other. A casual glance from a new player may not be enough to notice these idiosyncrasies.  (You can learn more about my rationale for it by watching my video explanation of baseball’s asymmetricity.) These At Bat differences will impact the success or failure of your offensive decisions.

You can see these changes in the red font of this screen capture:

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To be clear, none of this changes any rules or text on the cards. These discussions by the way are so helpful. I welcome your comments and questions. Play ball!

Baseball Logic

In response to this question about a Runners In Scoring Position double play situation, I amended the rules to include this specification…

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This does not change any rules. It’s just a clarification that makes explicit the logic of baseball. I want people with different levels of baseball confidence to enjoy the game, so I’m happy to make this addition. I write about all this more extensively in my previous post.

Thanks to the RallyBird Baseball gamers who asked the question!

RISP then Double-Play? What Happens?

An early purchaser of the game contacted me with a request for clarification on this question which came up in a play session.

When there’s a runner on 1st and 2nd base and the batter hits a Grounder Right into a double play, does the runner on 2nd base advance?


Let me fully specify. In RallyBird Baseball terms, the card that Offense played is one of these five:

Infield Right, Infield Left, Grounder Right, Grounder Left, Bunt Hit:

What happens in a common Double Play (dice < Gloves result) with no Outs if there are also runners on 2B, 3B? By common Double Play I mean with runner on 1B put out while forced to advance to 2B and the batter put out while advancing to 1B.

Baseball logic applies. Since there is a runner on 1st base, a runner on 2B must advance to 3B during the hit which quickly turns out to be a Double Play at 1B and 2B.

If there was also a runner on 3B (in other words Bases Loaded), the advancing runner from 2B to 3B in turn forces a runner on 3B to score. If there’s no runner on 2B, a runner on 3B stays on base during the Double Play result.

For Sac Right/Left in this situation, runners on 2B and 3B must hold. They had to return to base after the fielder caught the ball, and then the infielders had control of the ball.

Although baseball logic makes sense here, I’d like the game as much as possible to specify the resolution. I want players with different levels of baseball confidence to enjoy the game. I don’t think I can fit all this information on the respective cards, but will look for a place in the rules. Actually I already know there is no room in the rules, so will have to agonize a little…

Incidentally, if a runner scored on a double-play, that doesn’t count as an RBI for the batter! This is a clue to baseball tradition’s sense of relative value between outs and runs, and helps me think about the sacrifice fly & sacrifice bunt. I’d like to do another video on that topic, but I’m still cogitating and scribbling graphs in a dog-eared notebook.

(Runners on 2nd and 3rd base are Runners In Scoring Position in baseball lingo, or RISP. This is a good acronym to have in your ready baseball vocabulary.)