Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Contest Time! No Spelling Necessary

     Welcome back Buffet readers. Tonight BA Benny's Baseball Card Buffet is glad to offer a contest for a Strat-O-Matic Baseball game (2009 edition). I have four to give away but this contest is for one of them. I have one board game and three computer games up for grabs so the winner will have choice of either this time around.
      Since 1961, Strat-O-Matic has created the most realistic simulation of statistically accurate baseball. Every player is rated by Strat-O-Matic’s unique rating system with statistical precision in each phase of the game – batting, pitching, defense and running.  Strat-O-Matic Baseball is played with the exact same rules as professional baseball. Each major leaguer has his own Strat-O-Matic Player Card based on his overall stats from the 2009 season. The gamer controls every aspect of each play from determining the starting line-up, stealing, hitting and running to replacing the starting pitcher. Instead of a bat and ball, the gamer uses dice, player cards and charts to play the game. You are also capable of ordering different seasons so you can get your favorite teams from any year. I picked up the 1969 and 1986 seasons for the computer game I got so I could play with the Mets World Series Championship teams. You can check out the link at the top of the sidebar to check out their site.
     The first contest is simple. Just leave a comment about what sports related board games you played as a kid. I played several of these type of games as a kid. I did play Strat-O-Matic Baseball as a child back in the seventies as well as another baseball game called All-Star Baseball. Each player had a round card that slid into a spinner slot and each spin would determine the outcome of a play. Between this and "Strat" we would spend hours playing full seasons and keep stats for all our players and even gave out awards after we finished the season. Paydirt was also a similar game in the football realm that we played as well. This was well before the computer age and at very early days of cable tv so we really had to be creative in drafting teams since the only exposure to out of town teams and their players was the game of the week on Saturday's. Thinking back makes me think that sometimes simpler may have been better.
   All people who comment will be entered via random .org to select a winner. I will pick a winner on Friday evening so you have a couple of days to enter. Let's take a walk down memory lane and hear about your favorites.

      






Thanks for Reading!

12 Comments:

Matthew Glidden said...

All-Star Baseball was my go-to game for a number of years. Hard to forget those times a spinner dropped onto the barest sliver of a HR line to win a crucial game!

Rocco said...

I remember playing WWF board game as a kid. You would pick your wrestler, and it had all the best ones (hulk, ultimate warrior, jake the snake, million dollar man, etc...). I don't remember the specific on how the game was played but i know i played it pretty much everyday with my brother from about the age of 6-9ish.

Joseph said...

I've never played any sports board games but I did have the "Classic Major League Baseball Board Game" when I was a kid. I didn't even realize it was a game until I got older, I just liked the cards that came with it. I've played a ton of Strat on The Sporting News's site and it's a great game, the only issue I had was no live draft, it would be way more fun with a live draft. Thanks for the cool contest.

AdamE said...

The only one I played as a kid was electronic football. You know the one where the board shakes and all the players go o one side or the other.

dpuccio said...

I played Strat-o-Matic and Statis Pro Baseball for hours and hours as a kid. I would get home from school and go to my room and continue my season. I like Strat-o-matic more but with Statis Pro you could make cards so I had tons of home made cards so that I could play season after season.

Slangon said...

I played Strat and I also had this football game that I have no idea what it was called. It consisted of a plastic sheet that was the field, a set of goal posts and this kicker guy that when you pounded on his head his leg would kick. The object, obviously was kick field goals, but it didn't take long for me and my brothers to discover that it was much more fun to launch the hard plastic football at each other.

Offy said...

I played Strat as well as some weird dice baseball game that I got on a family vacation. It didn't have any players just dice for the pitcher and batter that would reveal the results.

TheBrooklynMet said...

I too had and even tried the Classic Major League Baseball Board Game.

Dan said...

I played some game that had a VHS tape with it, so your decisions were based off the video at random points. I don't remember what it was called. I also played/still play occasionally Sportsclix.

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

Sweet! I'm glad that I'm in on this contest.

cubbyblue34 said...

I too played Strat-O-Matic as a kid. We played not only the baseball version but football, basketball, & hockey versions as well! Many many hours of Strat enjoyment that I recall fondly.

Okie2003 said...

Never played a game like this as a kid in the 50s, but spent many a night sitting in the car listening to KMOX all the way from St. Louis to North Central Texas. When my kids came along we played a simple board game (can't recall the name) and a couple of Atari computer baseball games. A couple of them started collecting cards and still do. Now we have league play over the phone (free cell phone minutes are great) with MBL Showdown. Now the grandkids are beginning to play. It is fun, but Strat-O-Matic would be like making the big leagues.

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