About this project
Pine Tar Baseball - 1915 (PTB), designed by James Formo, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game for 1 or 2 players that brings the 1915 baseball season to life. Ninety percent of plays are resolved in 1 die roll and no play takes more than 2 rolls. A game of Pine Tar Baseball - 1915 can be played in about 18-30 minutes after learning the basic rules.
The 1915 season is the 6th season being released for Pine tar Baseball. Previous seasons include; 2014, 1884, 1889, 1897, and 1973. The 1915 season was technically Babe Ruth's rookie campaign. He had only played in 5 games the previous season. He would play 3 seasons for Boston until being trading to the Yankees.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1915 will feature all 8 teams each from the AL and NL, making up 16 teams in total. Each team has a roster made up of 23 players. The players come on 3 sheets (8 1/2" x 11" 110# card stock) per team, for a total of 48 sheets.
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. I prefer to use the sheets as is and place them in sheet protectors (not included in the game) Some gamers prefer to cut out the cards from the sheets, but this is not necessary to play.
PTB: 1915 rolls out a new optional umpire rule. This uses a simple one time roll before the game starts. The roll determines the umpire pairing for the series and gives an opportunity for that days home plate umpire to impact the game. Sample image is below.
Game play is fast and easy. Ninety 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.
The video above is a 1/2 inning walk through using the 1884 season set. The 1973 season set has a different appearance to it as is shown in the photo just below.
You can try out Pine Tar Baseball by downloading this Print and Play PDF. The free Pine Tar PDF comes with 2 teams from the 1884 season as the 1915 teams aren't produced yet. All you need are 3 d10 dice.
Glen Perau - Hi James...got my game today, and I gotta say, it's awesome. The components are top notch, some of the best I've seen, and I own a lot of tabletop baseball games. The game play is fun, and easy to learn. After 2 games, I'm already implementing all of the optional rules ..definitely adds to the realism...I will be buying more products from you. Thank you again for your prompt, courteous customer service and your incredibly fun, realistic game....
I knocked out a 3 game series WITH all optional rules...in about an hour and 15 mins. Using defensive checks, the SO/BB ratings, throws out at home on hits...all of them..injury checks too...such a great game...More hobbyists should be playing this game....
Steve Page - I've played fourteen games of the 1889 National League schedule, with some amazing games already. A 4-3 nail biter between NYG and Boston, a 12-9 win for Chicago over Pittsburgh in 14 innings, and a no-hitter carried into the 7th, and barely won 7-6 by Indianapolis over Cleveland. The game plays so smoothly once you get a few under your belt. Pitching mantra for 2015:" Give me five, then dive." Pitching mantra for 1889: "Give me nine, then recline".
Kevin Robson - My copy arrived today!! Thank you James...it looks absolutely great. The quality of the contents are first class and the production values and attention to detail are superb! Well done too for the amazingly quick fulfillment from initial Kickstarter campaign.
Pete Manzolillo - This game is beautifully designed and presented with top-quality components. It comes in a sturdy box with an attractive cover. The charts, player cards and rule book are all on heavy card stock. The main rule book and optional rule book are on a smooth glossy stock and the layout really "breathes" with margins, paragraph spacing and bolded main sections. The rules are written in a conversational style, not legalese. You will actually feel relaxed while learning the rules!
George Adams - I received my 1889 Pine Tar Baseball game, Saturday morning. Opened the box and pulled out the game. Nice colorful components, very well packed. The teams (8 N.L. and 8 A.A.) come on nice sheets in color.
James definitely has a knack for laying out instructions, which are done very professional like. The game is driven by rolling on the batters card that is played with numbers 0-99, and occasionally hitting certain numbers which you then use the pitchers rating. It's an easy game to play, and I will add some of the optional rules as I continue. As I already stated, I love the pre-1900 years, so this will be played a bunch in the upcoming weeks.
At the $2 level: Anyone making a $2 donation would receive a sincere thank you as it would help sustain Pine Tar Baseball into the future.
At the $10 level: Backers receive a special link where they can download the PDF file that contains all 16 teams from the 1915 season. I will email backers the password that opens this file.
This PDF option is highly recommended for backers that live outside the United States. I don't offer the printed rewards outside of the US because of the high shipping costs and import taxes.
The rules and scorecards are available by downloading this free PDF version of Pine Tar Baseball. All that is needed is 3 d10 dice.
At the $20 level: Backers receive the color printed hard copy of the 16 teams that make up the 1915 season. This comes to 48 color sheets with 23 players per team. Plus 1 sheet that contains the umpire ratings for 1915. You can then use the free PRINT n' PLAY PDF download of the rules to play the game.
At the $39 level: Backers receive a boxed copy of the complete Pine Tar Baseball:1915 game. The boxed game includes the 16 color printed teams from the 1915 season. Plus 1 sheet that contains the umpire ratings for 1915. Then this level comes with a game box that contains all the printed game components and dice listed below.
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 four page optional rule supplement with rare play table
- 1 card stock sheet of game tables printed front and back
- 16 color printed teams from 1915 (3 sheets per team)
At the $45 level: A BONUS edition of the 1915 Pine Tar boxed game. This includes everything included at the $39 level, plus a special scoring booklet that contains 54 score sheets (enough to score 27 games) printed in black and white. The scoring booklet measures 8 1/2" x 11" and features a color cover.
At the $60 level: This reward includes the boxed game with all game components. The color printed player sets for both 1915 and 1897. Plus the special scoring booklet that contains 54 score sheets (enough to score 27 games) printed in black and white. The scoring booklet features a color cover.
The 1897 season features 12 teams. Each team has 2 pages; starters and pitchers. Roster size varied in 1897, so most teams in this set will have from 15-17 players.
At the $70 level: This reward includes the boxed game with all game components. The color printed player sets for both 1915 and 1973. Plus the special scoring booklet that contains 54 score sheets (enough to score 27 games) printed in black and white. The scoring booklet features a color cover.
The 1973 season features 24 teams. Each team has 4 player sheets; starters, pitchers, bench players, and extras.
CREATE YOUR OWN REWARD: Feel free to contact me for custom rewards that include 1915 and other seasons of your choice. Previous seasons available for Pine Tar include, 1884, 1889, 1897, 1973, and 2014.
Note that the 2014 is the only season that currently has an RISP column for batters. Seasons in the 1800's, do not have home/away pitcher splits. Those stats were not tracked in the 1800's.
All printed materials in Pine Tar Baseball - 1915 are color printed. (The 1 exception is the scoring booklets included as a bonus. These are printed in black and white with a color cover.
Both game manuals are printed on 65# 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# Matte card stock. The score sheets are printed on 28# Hammermill Laser Bond.
If the campaign reaches the $825 level, I will add the top 3 teams from the Federal League to all Reward Levels of $10 or more. Those three teams would be the Chicago Whales, St. Louis Terriers, and the Pittsburgh Rebels.
Some of the players played in more the Federal League and also in the AL or NL. So there might be a little overlapping of players. If we meet this stretch goal, it would take an additional week to get everything ready for printing.
Risks and challenges
While all projects have some inherent chance 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 re-printed.
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.
We have a strong history of meeting our deadlines, as this will be our 4th Kickstarter campaign.
Our experience from releasing three different Baseball game titles, along with 8 previous season sets, means LISG knows how to resolve any printing issues that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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