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Timothy
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At my work, we presently have a league of Pizza Box football that we play over lunch. Yes, we're engineers.

We like the game because it's very easy to learn, allows for basic offense and defense strategy, and the games last an hour or so.

Is there a baseball game anyone could recommend? We're considering Strat-o-matic, but would like something slightly less complex. (Some of our guys don't have the patience to spend a lunch learning a game.) We'd also prefer to avoid CCGs.
 
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Thies Kolln
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Strat-o-matic isn't very complex at all if you just play the basic rules. You can teach it in <5 minutes and easily get in a game (or, if you really play quickly, 2) over lunch. You can then add complexity if you wish, or just stick with the basic version. The game has some flaws, to be sure, but it's just plain fun to play.
 
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Well, I enjoy Sportsclix, but that's a CMG. Of course, it's discontinued and rather cheap. That's probably my favorite.

There's Harry's Grand Slam Baseball, but that's probably far too abstracted to suit your purposes.
 
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windmill88 wrote:
Is there a baseball game anyone could recommend? We're considering Strat-o-matic, but would like something slightly less complex. (Some of our guys don't have the patience to spend a lunch learning a game.) We'd also prefer to avoid CCGs.
For less complex, I'll second Harry's Grand Slam. But also take a look at Sid Sackson's Card Baseball (from A Gamut of Games). That one only uses a regular deck of cards, plus some tokens to track base runners.

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I heartily recommend Sports Illustrated Baseball. It's got a terrific balance of simplicity and realism, is very easy to learn, and it plays in around 30-45 minutes.

Best of all, it's free(-ish)! Randy Cox has put out some excellent sets of cards: a complete MLB 2004 set, and the Teams of the Past set, which features 62 Major League teams from 1902 to 1999 (for example, '61 Yankees, '86 Mets, '12 Giants, '76 Reds, '92 Jays).

These are available for download here at the geek in chart format, or at www.tabletop-sports.com in card format (my preference).

(If you don't want to print stuff out, you can buy one of the various SIBB releases on eBay, or Randy has a self-published Ultimate All-Time All-Star set available for purchase.)

If you download one of Randy's sets, you'll have everything you need to play (rules, charts, cards) but the dice. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/122066 is a tutorial on how to create the dice.

Also (scoop!), I'm planning on releasing a Print-and-Play 2006 World Series set in a couple weeks. I'll have whichever two teams make it to the WS done in time for the actual WS.

I just discovered SIBB this spring, and it's my favourite new (to me) game of the year.
 
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I'd say Baseball Strategy

It's rather abstract, but it's similar to PBF
 
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There is a dice-based one called (I think) Inning-a-Minute Baseball. Fast and more than likely very simple. Never played it.
 
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David Molnar
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Thies wrote:
Strat-o-matic isn't very complex at all if you just play the basic rules. You can teach it in <5 minutes and easily get in a game (or, if you really play quickly, 2) over lunch. You can then add complexity if you wish, or just stick with the basic version. The game has some flaws, to be sure, but it's just plain fun to play.


I have to second this. I've been playing since I was ten, when I just played with the basic rules (no lefty-righty matchups, no catcher's throwing arm adjustments, etc.) You can pick and choose additional rules to add in as you go along, it doesn't have to be "basic" straight to "advanced". SportsClix is a bad idea, both in terms of realism (extremely low-scoring games) and time (not suitable for lunch unless you want to stop after 5 innings. rainout I guess. Hey, how about that Devern Hansack? woot!
 
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I would say Replay Baseball. Easily the best Baseball boardgame I've played.
 
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I'd suggest WOTC's MLB collectible card game. It's a fantastic baseball simulation (my friends and I have had several leagues and tournaments over the years), fun and quick to play (games usually take 30-60 minutes). The game is OOP but probably readily available... HIGHLY recommended!!
 
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David Molnar
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How is 60 minutes quick?
 
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May I suggest digging up a copy of issue three of Knucklebones Magazine (www.kbones.com)? A brilliant writer has an article decribing and comparing several baseball boardgames. To that list I would like to add Grand Slam Baseball by Xanadu Leisure.
 
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Ron Martin
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Check out Monday Morning Manager
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9186
Game plays fast and you can tweek the rules for league play to change the stats of the players you created.
 
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Strat-O-Matic really is quite easy to play, and a game can be played in 20 minutes or so.
Or you could try what a friend of mine in high school used to do at home. Sit by a window with a watch; set a time limit for how long you want a half inning to last and count how many vehicles drive past in that time. Each vehicle that passes by counts as a run.
When the time is up, it's the next team's turn to count vehicles. Repeat for nine innings and high score wins! My friend usually used two-minute innings, and his games usually ended in 3-2 scores or so. He lived out in the country and seemed to actually enjoy this. Now I'm getting sad just thinking about it.

Now, though, my friend is an accountant for Michigan's biggest Indian casino, so perhaps his car counting really paid off in the long run.
 
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molnar wrote:
SportsClix is a bad idea, both in terms of realism (extremely low-scoring games) and time (not suitable for lunch unless you want to stop after 5 innings. rainout I guess. Hey, how about that Devern Hansack? woot!



Well, perhaps you'd want to try the 2005 edition, then. Plays in half the time and has much more in the way of scoring and scoring opportunities.

Since 2004 turned so many people off, though, so I can understand if you never tried 2005. I guess I should have been more clear as to what I was referring to.
 
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franklincobb wrote:
molnar wrote:
SportsClix is a bad idea, both in terms of realism (extremely low-scoring games) and time (not suitable for lunch unless you want to stop after 5 innings. rainout I guess. Hey, how about that Devern Hansack? woot!



Well, perhaps you'd want to try the 2005 edition, then. Plays in half the time and has much more in the way of scoring and scoring opportunities.

Since 2004 turned so many people off, though, so I can understand if you never tried 2005. I guess I should have been more clear as to what I was referring to.


Yes, you're right. The 2004 edition was a turnoff. Such different games (I've heard), they should probably be separate entries in the database. Of course I found out about that trade-in deal they had at the beginning of 2005 like the day after it ended.
 
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