I have been play testing my add-on rules for applying the 2018 MLB season to the RallyBird Baseball Board Game. This requires the larger array of Glove tiles than the standard board game includes. They also come in different colors.
Generally, both 2018 teams have decent hitting and pitching but slightly less than average defense. The rules I’m testing give a slight edge to the Dodgers.
Dodgers scored 1 run in the top of the 7th. Then the Giants came back and small-balled in a couple runs. (You can see the damage in RallyBird terms, shaking the pitcher and defense in general, with the two missing tiles that the board’s printed Glove values must fulfill. You can also see part of each teams sky blue stack of Run tiles beside each dugout.)
Then, with runners at the corners, the next Giants bat let out a tremendous, musical CRACK. Kayakers in McCovey Cove saw it coming, and started paddling!
It’s going… It’s going… (Here’s a picture of the first of the two required die rolls make a Home Run in the RallyBird Baseball Board Game.)
Second die roll attempt below…Caught at the wall!
The kayakers were disappointed but not mad because it is a lovely day to be in the Bay, lovely to be floating in the shadow of their city’s great stadium, and hear the sounds of the team, winning 2-1 as the eighth inning begins. Will the Dodgers answer?
Here are sample pictures of a tense game situation in a recent play session of RallyBird Baseball. I’m on the right, playing Home (blue). The situation as we join us is… It’s the 10th inning, with 1 Out. Score is Red 3, Blue 2.
Note: The RallyBird made an appearance earlier, which I squandered, so it flew away. I’m on my own now!
The pictures below are screen grabs from the video I took of the match–while failing to turn the microphone on, as I mentioned in my previous post.
Here’s the situation… 10th inning, 2 outs, bases loaded, down by 1 run. And due to limitations with the video source, here I have to leave you hanging. Folks, it’s a mystery what happened next. Yep, I guess we’ll never know if I hit in another run or perhaps even two for a Walk-Off. No, we’ll never know.
Okay seriously my next At Bat was another Out… I left ducks on a pond stranded… What a finish! Visitors 3 – Home 2 was the final score. Congrats to my worthy opponent M. who persevered in this tense game session of RallyBird Baseball.
If I can recover pictures of the remaining (tragic) play I’ll come back and add them.
Well, a friend graciously agreed to let me video my explanation of the rules to her. In fact, we went on to play a full, thrilling game of RallyBird Baseball on video.
M. is a fan of baseball and also boardgames. She’s a perfect candidate for someone who would enjoy RallyBird Baseball.
There were bases loaded, steals, walks and mind-games. There was sass talk, theory talk, and defenses that bent without breaking. There was guessing, double-guessing, guessing right and blindsiding surprises. It was tie score in the 10th inning. She managed to sacrifice in a run. So then bottom of the 10th, I had the RallyBird on my side. And it was not enough! Victory went to M. I congratulate her! The score was Visitor 3, Home 2.
Afterward I found out that did not have the microphone settings on. Here I walk away stoically to my metaphorical dugout. I did not break a metaphorical bat over my knee.
Sometime, as soon as I can, I’ll try again–both a video of my explanation to another person who can ask questions and clarifications, and a video of a gameplay session.
I may be able to offer still pictures of part of that match.
Here is a very short time-lapse video of a play tester’s Walk-Off Home Run when playing the RallyBird Baseball board game… the player token rounds the bases… teammates rush out of the dugout and leap around him at home plate. (I recommend you set play speed to 0.5 if you can.. click the control to the lower right beneath the image.)
The video also shows a typical Defensive array of Glove tiles on the board. The red-numbered Glove tiles reflect previous Offensive success moving a runner against them. In this situation, after the successful Home Run, Defense will have to remove the red tile in the upper left (left field of the board). This was a walk-off home run.
But if it hadn’t been the end of the game, it would make Defense’s work more difficult as she has only 5 Glove tiles left that half-inning. She wouldn’t have had enough Glove tiles to cover all the 6 zones on the board. That means she’d have to leave one Zone empty, using the lower value printed on the board. Offense would have to guess which one as Offense selects his tactics first and place the At Bat card face-down, then Defense sets up the Zones.
This was sad for Red, defending above. Fortunately, she enjoyed delicious revenge in a following game. After trailing in score in the 7th and 8th inning, she successfully used the (optional) RallyBird power in the 9th. The RallyBird gives the underdog in the 9th inning the choice to re-roll when on Offense, but the RallyBird flies away as soon as you miss one of those re-rolls. Red put runners on the bases then pushed them forward with small ball infield hits again and again (thanks RallyBird). She came back 4 runs in the 9th inning to win. Now Red was cackling and proclaiming RallyBird love, and Blue was cursing that bird. So there!