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Boston Red Sox pitcher and one of the founders of Multiman Publishing (Advanced Squad Leader is their most notable product) retired from Major League Baseball earlier today.

Normally news of an athlete retiring wouldn't be appropriate here, but given Curt's involvement in the board gaming community, I felt it should be noted. Whether you were rooting for him or against him, you have to admit he made a difference in all that he did as a pro.

Maybe now he'll have more time to devote to getting the reprint of Up Front! out the door
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ealdrich wrote:

Maybe now he'll have more time to devote to getting the reprint of Up Front! out the door


Would be nice, but somehow it feels like its going to another decade or 2 before its redone (how long between origional AH release of Titan and VG's reprint?)

He (Curt)had a pretty good career. I dont follow baseball, he did manage to get a pennant with the Sox didnt he? I remember when MMP was started and I saw that Curt Schilling was putting money in for it, odd to hear an athlete talking about something like ASL, almost as wierd as Vin Diesel talking about D&D......
 
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I had no Idea that he's involve with our small boardgaming community. The man is a great pitcher, I'll miss seeing him on TV.
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Curt Schilling was my favorite pitcher. I hate to see one of such stature retire from the game. He was well deserving of his World Series MVP. He always came across as being forthright, honest, and sincere. I like to listen to him talk about various facets of the game because he is so intelligent. Hopefully, because of this, he will do TV color commentary on play-by-play. I am well aware of his involvement in the gaming community, as I have heard him speak on that as well. Any additional involvement on his part could only benefit our thriving and growing gaming community.
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Wow, you learn something new everyday.
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I have a fantastic personal story about myself and Curt.

Back in 1991, I was part of a roadtripping trio travelling from Los Angeles to Avaloncon I. The group's primary driver was an active ASL player, and had arranged (via GEnie) to meet several players on the way to Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

One stop was in Texas, where we got to meet Curt, his then-fiancee Shonda, and his future father-in-law at Curt's home in suburban Houston. Curt and my buddies played ASL, while I enjoyed looking over his baseball memorabilia. We even were able to spend the night there.

The next morning, and we all woke up to the incredible news of the attempted coup in the Soviet Union. As the world was changing before us, we parted ways with Curt and his future family, and continued to "Don Con."

Fast forward to January, '92. I'm working at a sports collectibles store on a dull Sunday afternoon, chatting it up with the store's manager. He motions me to take a look at the "hot" woman standing behind me. I turn, take a look, and tell him I'll take care of her.

Out of the corner of my eye, I watch his jaw drop as I exchange pleasantries with Shonda Schilling; she and Curt are on a layover in L.A., on their way home from their honeymoon. She brings him over to say hello and sign a couple baseballs for the manager and myself.

Curt was later traded to the Phillies that Spring, and I would get to see him once when the Phils were in town to face the Dodgers. The following year he was pressed into service as a starter. His career would take off shortly thereafter, starting with his 1993 NLCS performance.

Curt, it was a great ride, and a brilliant career. Thanks for the memories, and for your generosity. Keep up the great work in the on-going fight against ALS. And best wishes to you, to Shonda, and to your family as you all start on the next chapter in your lives. Maybe you can make it out to Monster Con, one of these years, now!
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maybe NOW then HE & 'moi' can become *Special Together* and concoct some *Spicy Games*?robot
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Wikipedia has an entire paragraph about ASL. meeple
 
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davedanger wrote:
Wikipedia has an entire paragraph about ASL. meeple

Links are a wonderful thing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Squad_Leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Schilling
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J.L.Robert wrote:
I have a fantastic personal story about myself and Curt.

Back in 1991, I was part of a roadtripping trio travelling from Los Angeles to Avaloncon I. The group's primary driver was an active ASL player, and had arranged (via GEnie) to meet several players on the way to Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

One stop was in Texas, where we got to meet Curt, his then-fiancee Shonda, and his future father-in-law at Curt's home in suburban Houston. Curt and my buddies played ASL, while I enjoyed looking over his baseball memorabilia. We even were able to spend the night there.

The next morning, and we all woke up to the incredible news of the attempted coup in the Soviet Union. As the world was changing before us, we parted ways with Curt and his future family, and continued to "Don Con."

Fast forward to January, '92. I'm working at a sports collectibles store on a dull Sunday afternoon, chatting it up with the store's manager. He motions me to take a look at the "hot" woman standing behind me. I turn, take a look, and tell him I'll take care of her.

Out of the corner of my eye, I watch his jaw drop as I exchange pleasantries with Shonda Schilling; she and Curt are on a layover in L.A., on their way home from their honeymoon. She brings him over to say hello and sign a couple baseballs for the manager and myself.

Curt was later traded to the Phillies that Spring, and I would get to see him once when the Phils were in town to face the Dodgers. The following year he was pressed into service as a starter. His career would take off shortly thereafter, starting with his 1993 NLCS performance.

Curt, it was a great ride. Thanks for the memories, and for your generosity. Keep up the great work in the fight against ALS. And best wishes to you, Shonda, and your family as you all start on the next chapter in your lives. Maybe you can make it out to Monster Con, one of these years, now!


If I only had a schilling for each time I heard that story.

But seriously, that's quite cool.
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I have a great Curt Schilling story.

Back in 2002, I had a chance to interview Curt down in Tucson, AZ during spring training. He had just gotten involved with the High Heat Baseball series and I was working for a website called Gamers.com, as well as writing The Point After, the sports column I wrote for several years for PC Gamer magazine.

A portion of the profits for High Heat were going to Curt's charity, which was trying to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and he wanted to get the word out as much as he could.

Curt was a great guy and we spoke for over an hour about his charity, his involvement in board gaming, his addiction to EverQuest and many other topics.

Then he agreed to a game of High Heat against me

He, of course, took the Diamondbacks and put himself on the mound. I took my hometown Mets and leadoff man, Roger Cedeno, came to the plate.

Schilling was cocky as he laughed at the light-hitting Cedeno and bragged about how he was going to blow him away with three pitches. Schilling reared back and let fly his All-Star heater on the first pitch. Faster than you could say "Multi-Man" I turned on his weak-sauce and Cedeno was circling the bases as the ball landed in the bleachers

The cost of the batteries for my recorder? $5

The cost of gas for the trip from my home in Mesa down to Tucson? $10

Hitting a dinger on the first pitch off of virtual Curt Schilling in High Heat Baseball? Priceless!

Hope you enjoy your retirement, Curt!
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Now that he has some free time, maybe Curt will make the trip to WBC to play with us.
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As a Red Sox fan the blood of Curt Schilling is salvation.

Every member of Red Sox nation will have that image of Curt bleeding on the mound and giving his all to our first WSC since 1918, burned in their memory.

LOL: Of course reading this and all these other posts makes it sound like he died. The man just retired.

I am not an ASL guy but I hope he keeps on gaming.

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Kevin Youells wrote:
Now that he has some free time, maybe Curt will make the trip to WBC to play with us.


I would love to see that. As a Yankee fan, I can think of more things to dislike about Schillings on-mound career than most - but I like the fact that he's a gamer. I also appreciate the hard work he's put in in the fight against ALS. I'm sure he'd be welcome in the Superstar Baseball tournament - there'd be a line of gamers who would want to take him on, starting with me.
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From reading his blog over the last couple of years:
http://38pitches.weei.com/

it sounds like he's more into MMORPGs and multimedia, leaving his buddies to handle the day to day of MultiMan.

And as a member of RedSoxNation, got chills last night as they replayed Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS.
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I became a wargamer in 1966 and a life long Red Sox fan in 1967. I will always remember and admire Curt Schilling. If I know Curt he will not disappear. I love J.L.s story. The closest I have come to Curt Schilling is watching him from the grandstands in Fenway Park.
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billyboy wrote:
I became a wargamer in 1966 and a life long Red Sox fan in 1967. I will always remember and admire Curt Schilling. If I know Curt he will not disappear. I love J.L.s story. The closest I have come to Curt Schilling is watching him from the grandstands in Fenway Park.


As a proud member of Red Sox Nation since 1958, I suffered through decades of futility with my team. Curt Schilling was a big part of the 2004 team that finally laid it all to rest. If you believe in "curses" ("The curse of the Bambino" was invented by Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy to sell a book), then perhaps it was Schilling's blood, shed on the home turf of the hated Yankees, that exorcised the demons plaguing the Boston Red Sox.

Personally, I think it was an eight-game stretch of great pitching and timely hitting.

Although his career regular-season statistics are borderline, Curt's post-season performances will get him enshrined some day in Baseball's Hall of Fame. Perhaps he will mention our great hobby in his speech.
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I believe most of us (in Red Sox Nation) will be wishing him his best in the future, and thanking him for his performance in 2004. I have my fingers crossed that he makes the votes for Hall of Fame.

I did hear a rumor (on radio this morning) that during his retirement he will be spending his free time gaming. Which is something I hope to be able to do when I hit that milestone.

I wonder if he has a profile here on BGG.

Didn't know about the MMO and BGG side of him that's cool to hear. I always get a kick out of it when a pro-athlete/celebrety is a geek like me.
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Prestonisnormal wrote:
As a Red Sox fan the blood of Curt Shilling is salvation.

Every member of Red Sox nation will have that image of Curt bleeding on the mound and giving his all to our first WSC since 1918, burned in their memory.

LOL: Of course reading this and all these other posts makes it sound like he died. The man just retired.

I am not an ASL guy but I hope he keeps on gaming.



I drifted away from baseball fandom sometime in the late 90s -- overlong games, blown up (alleged) drug users, and a general lack of interest in the game's personalities of the next decade took their toll on my once rabid interest*. But 2004, damn... that gave me chills, and I was never a Red Sox fan, nor did I ever give Schilling more than a passing interest before that.

That moment, that game... maybe a top ten sports moment for me. If I were a Sox fan... I can't even imagine what it means. I would guess for many it's #2 behind the championship, and for some maybe even #1. For me, it's the one event in baseball in more than a decade that just blows my mind. As a sports fan, I'm ever grateful for that moment.

* really not trying to start any kind of debate on the nature of baseball and whatnot here -- just trying to demonstrate just what Schilling means to me as a sports fan.
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Sobriquet wrote:
Prestonisnormal wrote:
As a Red Sox fan the blood of Curt Shilling is salvation.

Every member of Red Sox nation will have that image of Curt bleeding on the mound and giving his all to our first WSC since 1918, burned in their memory.

LOL: Of course reading this and all these other posts makes it sound like he died. The man just retired.

I am not an ASL guy but I hope he keeps on gaming.



I drifted away from baseball fandom sometime in the late 90s -- overlong games, blown up (alleged) drug users, and a general lack of interest in the game's personalities of the next decade took their toll on my once rabid interest*. But 2004, damn... that gave me chills, and I was never a Red Sox fan, nor did I ever give Schilling more than a passing interest before that.

That moment, that game... maybe a top ten sports moment for me. If I were a Sox fan... I can't even imagine what it means. I would guess for many it's #2 behind the championship, and for some maybe even #1. For me, it's the one event in baseball in more than a decade that just blows my mind. As a sports fan, I'm ever grateful for that moment.

* really not trying to start any kind of debate on the nature of baseball and whatnot here -- just trying to demonstrate just what Schilling means to me as a sports fan.




OK, OK. We need a youtube video post covering some of this moment. I need to run to a meeting but someone must be able to find it.
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J.L.Robert wrote:
The next morning, and we all woke up to the incredible news of the attempted coup in the Soviet Union. As the world was changing before us,


I was in Army Boot Camp when this happened. The Drill Sergeants told us in the morning. They didn't have much info, so it was a bit scary at the time, as we didn't know what was going to happen.

Not trying to hijack the thread, Curt's had a great career, and I wish him all the best with future endeavors (which hopefully includes more ASL).

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Kevin Youells wrote:
Now that he has some free time, maybe Curt will make the trip to WBC to play with us.

I've been waiting a few years for Schilling's retirement, thinking the exact same thing.
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Curt... I hereby challenge you to a game of ASL on VASL!!!
 
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Grats Curt on a Great Career. Sorry you could win a WS with the Phils.

The Hall of Fame awaits!
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Curt is as much into gaming as any professional athlete out there. He was a huge fan of Everquest, and even wrote a review in PC Gamer one year (that was incredibly well written, BTW). He owns a computer game publishing company, and a board game company. And he was not afraid to talk about these things in the mainstream media! He is our friend! I can't wait to see more from him!

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