Developments Press Forward with the RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame!

*I received the latest prototype of the *mini* RallyBird Baseball Board Game, which features printed “meeples” (wooden person-shaped pawns) instead of glove tiles! I just need to make a minor change regarding the Outs tokens and revise the rules as needed… Meanwhile, I can’t offer pictures because….

* ….We received the first of several new baseball-o-dynamic RallyBird artwork elements which will I will incorporate as appropriate–including changes to the box. This means work with graphics software to conjure up the image…

*….And therefore I will need to order a new prototype of the *mini* RallyBird Baseball Board Game before sharing pictures.

*….BUT I already made graphic revisions to the standard RallyBird Board Game box, and ordered a copy of just the empty box. The manufacturer’s elves have chalked it on the master board in the queue to make. When I receive the new box, just try to stop me from sharing pictures of it with you!

*A manufacture has stamped out test samples of the 2018 MLB Team Tiles for me, and handed the box to the postal agency to arrive via the saddle bags of jet-powered ponies.

*I paid a “service” (legal) to review my customer facing elements and received a phonebook sized list of suggested changes. Do any of you remember what a phone book is? Included on this list was the jettisoning of my recently completed How To Play video for something shorter. Point taken, and I shed no tears. I merely glance upward with a momentarily stricken face. Then I look back horizontally with my cowboy cheek muscles manfully forcing upward smile factors.

*…Said “service” also had problems with my beautiful, beautiful rules. For example, there was no Overview (due to economy, but no one wants to hear my excuses.) For another example, I didn’t explain what a Double Play is. So with trepidation I add MAJOR RULE REVISION to my To Do list, as confabulating such a document not only requires editing work with words and pictures, but also producing a perfectly sized image file of the page (which then cannot easily suffer editing corrections). All the while, I need to continue to be handsome and not succumb to the call of little birds chirping outside the springtime window. And wait there’s more to do! Bust in all the needed information in a pleasing manner, while keeping in mind that page numbers come in sets determined by the manufacturer, and every extra bundle costs the consumer. We don’t want that! Do “we”?

*….Fortunately I am driven by wild horses as I sit cross-legged in the iron sledge of my determination. One horse is named Pop Fly, and the other is Ground Rule Double. I’m lucky to have these challenges to demolish and smash. So as I get back to work, I will do arm curls with heavy kettle bells to make the challenge a little harder. One-a and a two-a. One-a and a two-a….


Here’s a link to the RallyBird Board Game Rules PDF. 

The board game is currently for sale here.

Dynamic and in Depth How to Play video below! Marinade in the How to Play experience as you would a Turkish bath. Also includes FAQ and sample of play.

#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!

#RallyBird #Baseball #BoardGame Playtest pics: 2018 #Dodgers v #Giants

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!1.JPG

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.)2.JPG

Second die roll attempt below…3.JPGCaught 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’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!

Testing MLB Team Rules for the RallyBird Baseball Board Game

I designed the RallyBird Baseball Board Game for a easy, 1-hour, thoughtful board game experience of the sport. This meant when I recently took on the task of adapting historic MLB team performance to Rally Bird, I did not try to drill down on the charismatic, individual statistical performance of players. Instead, these optional, add-on MLB rules I’m testing depend on team averages over the season. This is a necessary simplification to keep the RB board game quick and playable, yet with emphasis on decisions for offense and defense each At Bat.

Within these broad modifications, the decisions of the board game players and their dice determine the individuality of events. It’s fun for me to try to adapt MLB team performance to the characteristics of this board game. Does it succeed? I don’t know yet, but I’ve designed and ordered the components I need to test the playable asymmetry of the 2018 season. This includes a larger set of Glove defense tiles, and the print out of the adaption rules (1 page) and individual team ratings in RallyBird Board Game categories.

By the way, enjoy today! It’s opening day of the new MLB season! –PG