The RallyBird Baseball Board Game Add-On Kit: #Big League & #Coach Card Asymmetrical Defense

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Now available — in response to requests by gamers — The RallyBird Baseball Board Game Add-On Kit: Big League & Coach Card Easy Advanced Game.

It includes: 30 color Big League team tiles, 24 new Glove tiles, easy 2018 team performance rules, easy Coach card advanced defense rules, and my commentary.

The Big League rules adapts historic team performance in broad focus RallyBird Baseball terms. At this time the 2018 season is available and included in the kit. Please note that “MLB” and its 30 team names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Separate from the Big League part of the kit is the Coach defense cards, which make use of the larger array of Glove tile values to assign each players’ defense different sets of strengths of weakness. In comparison, the regular RallyBird Board Game’s gives both sides the same set of Glove tiles (with a choice each half inning between 2 Glove tiles). The easy advanced game here sets up asymmetrical defenses using Coach defense array cards that apportion different sets of tile value arrays.

Arguably each type of Coach defense array is equal in strength, but different in risks and rewards, therefore leading toward different tactics and different angles of that good mental stress, competitive anxiety and nervous excitement games can offer. A defense strategy with fewer risks might be easier for offense to outwit–or is that wrong? Unsheathe the sharp swords of your opinions as you explore your baseball defense options!

Both the Big League and the Coach card add-on offer the quick set up and the normal rapid RallyBird Baseball pace of play.

As you may have guessed, this add-on kit requires the regular RallyBird Baseball board game. Thank you!

Where to Buy the RallyBird Baseball Board Game? Plus: a Shape

Hello! I am fielding (get it?) inquiries about where to purchase the RallyBird Baseball board game.

At this time, June 2018, this is the only source: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/rallybird-baseball

Generally when I write about other things and mention the name of the game, I link it to that website, as I did in the first sentence above.

Now, what’s that I said in my title about a shape? I am constructing the physical shape of the type of At Bat called a Sacrifice. I’m trying to provide novel ways of approaching topics subject to over a hundred years of ferment, brains, brooding, and volume. I think I can offer that with my semi intuitive, math-informed poetic approach to baseball topics. An example is my previous videos such as Baseball Has Dynamic Topography.

Baseball is famous for its statistics, in part because it’s possible to isolate play events to individuals. Statistics as a field is famous for its ability to support lies, and for its revelations so powerful that in recent memory has transformed the way managers command their baseball teams. As a result, fans even say “statistics are ruining the game of baseball” — sometimes.

I’m reading (off and on) a recent book about baseball statistics that mocks baseball stat traditions like the RBI as meaningless. Isn’t that shocking? I am not arguing about that detail. I respect statistics–in fact I loved the class I took on it in high school. I just think I can offer something different, such as a shape. It might be a bit like Special Agent Dale Cooper’s intuitive approach to investigation in Twin Peaks…

So my working title on my next video is The Shape of the Sacrifice. It’s a way for me to mull through the multiple variables in evaluating the Sacrifice tactic, an issue that fascinates me. That’s why I included 3 kinds of Sacrifice available to the Offense in the RallyBird Baseball Board Game.

Final note: It looks like it wasn’t human error that botched my previous 2 videos–the explanation of the rules to a new player, and a complete game session. The microphone is faulty. J’accuse! I ordered a new, different one. We’ll see… or rather hear…

“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: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/rallybird-baseball

Play ball!