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Pine Tar Baseball 1884, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game that brings the 1884 baseball season to life.
Pine Tar Baseball 1884, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game that brings the 1884 baseball season to life.
Pine Tar Baseball 1884, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game that brings the 1884 baseball season to life.
54 backers pledged $1,932 to help bring this project to life.

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Pine Tar Baseball 1884: Dice Simulation of a Classic Season

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Pine Tar Baseball - 1884, designed by James Formo (designer of True to Life Baseball), is a fun and fast paced dice and card game for 1 or 2 players that brings the 1884 baseball season to life. Ninety-five percent (not counting rolls on error checks which varies by season) of plays are resolved in 1 die roll and no play takes more than 2 rolls. A game of Pine Tar Baseball - 1884 can be played in 18 to 30 minutes.

Pine Tar Baseball - 1884 will feature 21 teams. Eight from the NL and 13 from the American Association. Roster sizes vary from team to team from 11 to 17 players. Most teams will have 16 players. Of these players, at least 4 per team will be pitchers. Most teams in 1884 used 3 man rotations. Occasionally, certain players will have stats as both a pitcher and as a position player.

The player stats are color printed on sheets. Nine players maximum per sheet. The stats have an appearance of a card with a border around each player, but they are not cut out individually. Each team will have 2 player sheets with the 2nd sheet including the suggested starting line up for that team.

Pine Tar Baseball - 1884  features base stealing, errors, sacrifice bunts, and squeeze plays. Players will perform just as they did in real life.

At the $2 level: Backers receive a PDF file that contains only the 2 best teams from 1884. Plus any team added through a stretch goal. If the 1st stretch goal is reached, this file would contain 3 teams in total.

The rules and scorecards are available in this free PDF version of Pine Tar Baseball. All that is needed is 3 d10 dice.

At the $7 level: Backers receive the PDF file that contains 21 teams from the 1884 season. Plus any team that was added through stretch goals.

The rules and scorecards are available in this free PDF version of Pine Tar Baseball. All that is needed is 3 d10 dice.

At the $17 level: Backers receive the color printed hard copy that contains all 21 teams from the 1884 season. Plus any team that was added through stretch goals.

The rules and scorecards are available in this free PDF version of Pine Tar Baseball. All that is needed is 3 d10 dice.

At the $36 level: Backers receive a boxed copy of the complete Pine Tar Baseball - 1884 game. The boxed game includes the 21 color printed teams from the 1884 season. Plus any team that was added through a stretch goal.

The game box includes:

  • 3 ten sided dice ( one each of red, white, & blue)
  • 1 green six sided die
  • 3 red game pawns
  • 1 disk marker
  • 1 dice pouch
  • 6 blank score sheets and 2 scoring pencils
  • 1 main instruction manual
  • 1 optional rules manual
  • 1 card stock sheet of game tables printed front and back
  • 21 color printed teams from 1884 (2 sheets per team)
  • Plus any team added through a stretch goal

Full color game box art will cover the entire box top. The box bottom and sides will be blank.

Pine Tar Baseball Components - This is what the 1884 game looks like, only the teams have different player names.
Pine Tar Baseball Components - This is what the 1884 game looks like, only the teams have different player names.
A close up of the top 2/3rds of the main game chart.
A close up of the top 2/3rds of the main game chart.

Game play is fast and easy. Ninety-five percent of outcomes are resolved by rolling two d10 dice. This will give values from 0 to 99. The results are read right off of the batter's hit column. Certain special plays require a 2nd roll that is either a 2 die or 3 die roll. There is no special roll for base running (except steals). How far base runners may advance is determined by the players speed rating, (either S, M, or F) and whether the batting roll was odd or even.

You can try out Pine Tar Baseball -1884 by downloading this print and play PDF. The free Pine Tar PDF comes with 2 teams from the 1889 season. The 1884 teams will have a similar appearance as the 1889 set. All you need are 3 d10 dice.

Please note that examples in the rules show modern teams that have left/right batter splits. These splits will not apply to players from 1884. This is because those types of split stats were not tracked prior to 1900. The same is true of pitcher grade splits. The good news is that this makes game play even faster for 1884 teams.

Here is a picture of a position player from the 1889 set. This same format will be used for the 1884 set that is being funded. Only the team names and player names will be different.

Sam Thompson from 1889 set
Sam Thompson from 1889 set

 Below is a sample of a pitcher from an 1889 set.

Charlie Buffington from 1889
Charlie Buffington from 1889

The 1884 set will include all 8 teams from the National League. Since roster size varied back then, not all teams will have the same number of players. Most teams will have 16 players with roster sizes varying from 11-17 players. Each team will have 2 player sheets with a maximum of 9 players per sheet. The sheets do not come with the players cut out. They are easy to use in this format since the starting 8 position players appear on the sheet in the same order as they bat in the starting lineup.

Complete the 1884 Season Set - It will take 4 weeks to finish up the 1884 season. This coincides with the length of the Kickstarter campaign.

Electronically deliver the 1884 season PDFs - This will begin as soon as the season set is complete towards the end of May. These should all be delivered by the 2nd week of June.

Deliver all the color printed 1884 season sets - This will begin during the 3rd week of June and may take several weeks depending on the number of backers. Please allow until the end of July for delivery to all backers at this level.

Deliver the boxed edition of Pine Tar Baseball 1884 - This will begin towards the end of July and be completed by the end of August.

Once items are shipped they generally take an additional week to arrive within the US. Items shipped within the US will have a tracking number. Shipping times overseas can take several weeks.

All printed materials in Pine Tar Baseball - 1884 are color printed. Both game manuals are printed on 80# glossy cover paper. The game mat is printed on 120# Kromkote Gloss/Matte card stock. The player sheets and game charts are printed on 110# White Matte card stock. The score sheets are printed on 28# Hammermill Laser Bond.

None of the 1884 logos are official logos. Logos were not widely used in 1800's baseball. All logos used throughout this season set were created and used with the permission of Pete Manzolillo of Jet Signs of Long Island.

1st Stretch Goal reached at $500 funding level - At this level the Saint Louis Maroons (the Union Association champion from 1884) will be added to the 1884 season set.

2nd Stretch Goal reached at $1000 funding level - At this level a two page history of baseball in the early 1800's and of the World Series will be included to all backers.

Backers that chose a level that delivers a PDF file will have this history included in their PDF file. Backers that are to receive a printed copy of either the 1884 season set or the complete game will receive a printed copy of this history.

3rd Stretch Goal reached at $2000 funding level - At this level, a special 1 page chart will be added with a couple rules unique to the 1884 season. One of these rules deals with the high number of home runs allowed at Lake Front Park II (Home of the Chicago White Stockings). George Adams alerted me to the fact that 142 home runs were hit by the White stockings in 1884. The next highest total by any other club was 39. The reason was that the distance to the wall at the foul lines was only about 180'.  This new park rule will account for this so that most of Chicago's home runs will come in their home park.

The back side of this added chart will have a written explanation on how to apply the rule. The chart will also include the team logos mentioned earlier that were created by Jet Signs of Long Island.

Only the support of our Kickstarter Backers makes it possible for Life is Sport Games to bring fun and engaging games to the public. In appreciation, LISG promises that all backer rewards will be shipped out before any 1884 editions are made available for general retail.

LISG is committed in keeping all backers up to date throughout the entire creation process. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Risks and challenges

While all projects have some inherent chances for delays, Life is Sport Games will be working with a printer that we have used many times in the past. They have always corrected any errors on orders that were placed with them in a timely manner. LISG allows extra time to review the product we receive back from the professional printer in case anything needs to be redone. This is why the estimated delivery date for the printed version of the 1884 set is 1 month later than for the electronically delivered PDF version.

All packaging of items for delivery is done by LISG. This is why some reward levels have been limited to ensure that we are able to ship out all rewards in a timely manner.

Our experience from releasing two different Baseball game titles, along with 5 previous season sets, means LISG knows how to resolve any printing issues that may arise.

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    One pre-order PDF copy of only the 2 best teams from the 1884 season. The two teams are the Providence Grays and the New York Metropolitans. File will be delivered electronically vie email. The password to open the file is included.

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    One pre-order PDF copy of the 1884 baseball season player sheets only. File will be delivered electronically vie email. The password to open the file is included.

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    One pre-order for a copy of the 1884 Pine Tar boxed game. This includes all game components as well as the complete 1884 color printed player season set.

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