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Tabletop Sports Weekly 4-14-2003|
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Happy Monday! And welcome to another edition of Tabletop Sports Weekly.
The past week has just blurred by for me. To say this would be a busy
for me is an understatement. Along with school, job, family and the
internet activities, I'm also coaching my sons in Little League Baseball.
So, things have been hopping for me, but everything is fitting together
pretty nicely so far.
I realize this isn't gaming related, but that's never stopped me before!
I took my oldest son to see an Arena Football game yesterday. We went
Conseco Fieldhouse and watched the Indiana Firebirds come from behind to
beat the Dallas Desperados. This was my first Arena Football game live,
I'll say that it was better than ANY NFL game I've ever attended. The
atmosphere was absolutely amazing. Conseco Fieldhouse is also a tremendous
facility. For a $5 ticket it's an amazing value. If you have
an AFL team
near you, I highly recommend you check this game out live. It's faster,
harder hitting, and more exciting than television can portray. I only
that we had gone earlier in the season, as there is only 1 home game left.
Ok, now onto business...
I spent a lot of time with the website last week. It may not show at
glance, but I've started publishing the archives for Jim Gordon's Sports
Game Digest. I also reviewed Replay Baseball, finished the code for
Sports Game Museum, and have started the archive process for Tabletop Sports
Weekly. Publishing the archives takes some time, but by the end of
month, you should be able to read the entire history of BOTH publications
I also have a few other reviews to publish, but I like to give each game
least a week in the "top spot" on the web page. Even for games that
poor scores, the exposure should be worthwhile to the gaming producer.
We had another huge bump in subscribers this week. My mailbox is absolutely
flooded with mails from folks that have "re-discovered" TSW. Hopefully
soon, we'll be back to the 1700 members we had before I shut things down
year ago. I think I'm only a month behind on my email now! ;)
I plan to
spend the majority of tomorrow catching that up.
As for my tabletop gaming activities, I ran another 10 matches or so with
Wrestling's Finest. I'm amazed now at how the game flows for me.
would have imagined it when I first started playing, but now I can knock
matches in no time. Dave Arlington put it best to me, "the learning
eventually pays off".
I also spent a decent chunk of time working on my own games. I have
written design plan now for a basketball game, and almost have my boxing
game polished enough to have it tested. I've also continued to mess
wrestling game. I'm not exactly sure why, as I'm more than pleased
Wrestling's Finest and Legends of Wrestling and Face to the Mat. It's
something that seems to fuel me every now and then. And lately, I've
breakthrough after breakthrough with the basketball and wrestling games.
I also spent a bit of time this week with Dynasty League Baseball and Big
League Manager. With Spring arriving, I always have the itch to roll
dice. Generally, I'd play Replay or perhaps Strat or APBA. But,
games got my attention this week. Dynasty sure is a great game for
a game or two. I'm not sure that I will ever have the patience or the
eyesight to roll an entire season with the game. But, for a couple
games, it sure does provide a TON of strategy, and a realistic experience
that I don't think is matched by any other game. I really get that
"managing" feeling when playing Dynasty, that is somewhat missing in the
As for BLM, I guess it's one of those games that I'll break out every now
and then because I WANT to enjoy it. But, so far, it always leaves
scratching my head and frustrated. The rules aren't that great in my
opinion, and I'll probably never figure out the stupid big chart with the
blue squares! ;) I'm really looking forward to Wayne Poniwaz's Excel
version, as it might help me figure this blasted game out...LOL
That's all I've got this week. I'll see ya next week!
>From Matt Floray:
>From Lee Harris:
Another great read, and an issue I picked up on is that of "asking for
I find myself spending a lot of time now making season cards for Statis Pro
football, and theres one or two sites that have a lot of good stats but
always theres a lot of hard work manually tweaking stuff, mixing and
matching and cross referencing. It would be great to get official stats but
whenever I try to write to NFL.com, or Sports Illustrated or even Elias
Bureau, no one ever replies.
Whats the big premium on such information, I mean, OK, someone had to
collate all this data and information is power they say, but what the heck
do they think people want this for. Even if I explain its all a non profit
for fun kind of thing for tabletop enthusiasts, nothing comes back. I've
even offered to pay for stuff. Someone, somewhere has to have all this stuff
in a handy zip file, and how great would that be if we could get a copy.
Freedom of information? I dont think so!
Sadly, the end result is this information just gets lost and is never really
used to its full potential. I mean, this is not a marketable asset, as I
doubt more than a handful are interested, so what are these people
Its great that MLB.com seem to have historical stats but the NFL only show
the last year or two and even hobbyist stats sites dont have a complete set
of old data. I understand in the real world, everyone likes to put a value
on things, but I've spent many years running a very large internet golf tour
for free, and I've always enjoyed the tabletop style of hobby where people
do things for free, for the love of the game, and I think its a shame more
big organisations dont do more for releasing information, which, lets face
it, is not going to make them a raft of money but could be used by people
who willingly give their own time and effort to create things for other
people to freely share in.
Stats Inc. will sell you any football stats you want from 1991 to the
In the past, they had an online service that you could join and go in and
log any stats from any of those years. All the stats from their books
football, baseball, etc., were available and some that are not in any books.
It was great. Alas, they canceled the service because of lack of members.
>From Bob Jinkerson:
Jeff and Readers,
I am finally getting around to posting. First of all, it is great to
the TTS Weekly in my mailbox again. I love reading everyone's thoughts
activities in the tabletop world.
Thank you for your kind words regarding "Wrestling's Finest". I have
the proud owner of the game for just over two years and I count Tommy Vogel
as a very good friend, along with others I have met through the game.
have three ongoing projects with WF--my own Federation which is called the
PWF (People's Wrestling Federation) encompassing every wrestler who is
available; a yearly tournament using the "Top 10" of each year. I began
with 1962 and am getting ready to start 1976; and finally St. Louis in the
late 70s using wrestlers who actually competed here during that time.
using Harley Race as my World Champion, as he actually was, but am
conducting my own Missouri State Heavyweight Championship tournament.
In baseball, I finally completed my All-Time Cardinal Championship team
tournament, which was won by the 1934 Cardinals, better known as the
"Gashouse Gang". My primary game for this was Negamco, but I also used
Strat O Matic, Extra Innings, APBA and Program IV at various times.
I am in
the first month of my replay of the 1996 Cardinal baseball season using
Those have been my primary projects of late. I have lots more in various
sports that have been gathering dust for awhile.
Jeff, it is great to have you back.
(ed- It's fantastic to be back! )
>From Mike Clark:
In a recent newletter, Jeff mentioned how he had thought Real-Life
Basketball was the best until he played other newer games and then went back
to Real-Life Basketball and saw the flaws in the game. And he used
"ignorance is bliss" to describe how great the game was before he was aware
of the flaws. I can relate.
Many years ago, I was a young teenager with a paper route trying to save
college. To save money I bought inexpensive games that allowed me to
my own players. I had Extra Innings baseball, Program IV football,
Real-Life basketball. I thought they were all great. I knew they
perfect but that was okay with me. I either lived with the few flaws
aware of or made my own fixes. I knew other games existed, but I had
seen them and thus I had nothing to compare mine too. I was in my own
little heaven with these games.
Then a couple of years ago, I rediscovered the hobby and the on-line
community of tabletop sports players. Through their discussions
through playing newer games, I became more aware of the flaws in my games.
The flaws became less tolerable. And so I ended up replacing each with
newer and better games. Today I am playing Replay baseball, Second
and 1st and 10 football, and Above the Rim and Midcourt basketball.
sit playing these new games, every once in awhile the old games call out
me from the shelf. I pull them out and play a game or two. It
right to be playing them. But by the end of the game I am again aware
the flaws. I consider what I might do to fix my old games, but decide
I would rather use my precious little time playing rather than redesigning.
So the games go back to the shelf. But I keep watching the forums in
that someone with more time than I have and more creativity than I have will
come up with the perfect fix for my old games.
(ed- Excellent post mike! I go through the same thing quite regularly.
of the old baseball games that I played for "fun" was Brettball. It
cheesy game endorsed by George Brett. It's not big on realism, but
break it out every now and then just to play)
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