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Pine Tar Baseball 1973, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game. Replay a game, series, or the entire 1973 baseball season!
Pine Tar Baseball 1973, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game. Replay a game, series, or the entire 1973 baseball season!
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Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 (PTB), designed by James Formo, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game for 1 or 2 players that brings the 1973 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 - 1973 can be played in about 18-30 minutes.

The 1973 season is the 4th season being released for Pine tar Baseball. Previous seasons include; 2014, 1884 and 1889. The 1973 season is an intriguing one. Five teams all finished within just 5 games of one another for the NL East title. A replay using Pine Tar Baseball could see any one of those teams taking the division.

Then 1973 was the year that Hank Aaron finished the season just 2 home runs shy of Babe Ruth's record. Aaron would break Ruth's record in April of the following year. Using PTB gives you the opportunity to replay Hank Aaron's historic chase of Base Ruth's all time home run record.

Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 will feature all 24 teams from 1973. Each team has a roster made up of 27 players. There will be stats for 648 players with a chance to increase this amount through stretch goals. This is why reward levels are higher for 1973 than they were for the 1884 season. More teams, along with larger rosters makes for over twice as many player stats.

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 4 player sheets consisting of starters, bullpen, bench, and 'extras'.

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.

Three position players from Pittsburgh's 1973 roster.
Three position players from Pittsburgh's 1973 roster.
Three pitchers from Oakland's 1973 roster.
Three pitchers from Oakland's 1973 roster.

Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 will roll out a new 'base on balls/strike out' pitcher rating that makes pitcher performances more unique. Other features include base stealing, errors, sacrifice bunts, and squeeze plays. Players will perform just as they did in real life.

Pitcher Splits in PTB 1973 include home/away splits and an additional split for when a starting pitcher faces the lineup for the 3rd time through the batting order. I believe that the 3rd time through the batting order split is unique to the Pine Tar Baseball game. This split makes pitchers perform as they did in real life. Some pitchers tend to get stronger as the game progresses, while other pitchers hit a wall around the start of the 6th inning.

Having home/away splits available gives a greater likelihood that teams home and away records stay true to real life. This may not play out in a single series but would be seen over the course of a season replay.

These features have always been included in the PTB rule set. In the 1884 and 1889 seasons they are not available on pitchers stats. This is due to the fact that those splits were not tracked in the 19th century. With these splits available for the 1973 season, replays for a single game, series, or an entire season will have greater depth to it.

Your name can become forever immortalized in Pine Tar Baseball lore. Anyone has the option to become a play tester. The benefits of play testing is that you will have access to a special link that allows you to download a PDF with 4 teams from 1973. These teams will be close to the official version but will not have been error checked yet. You can Print and Play these teams to test out the game and the new BB/SO pitcher ratings being introduced. You will need 3 ten sided dice in order to be able to play test. There is no requirement to report your results but comments will be welcomed. I will post 4 random teams in a link for play testers as soon as someone selects this option.The link will be messaged to those that participate.

Play testers will also have their name appear on a separate printed sheet that will list all play testers for the 1973 season. In this way your name will forever be a part of Pine Tar Baseball lore!

To become a play tester, just add $5 more to whichever reward level you choose. Kickstarter allows backers the opportunity to pledge more than the reward level amount. For example, if you wanted the boxed game at the reward amount of $48. If you also want to be a play tester, just make your pledge for $5 more than $48 (in this case $53). Keep in mind that if the reward you select requires shipping, the shipping amount will still be added for that specific reward.

At the $1 level: Anyone making a $1 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 24 teams from the 1973 season. I will email backers the password that opens this file.

I have found that the clip art added to the player sets makes the file size too large to be delivered via email. By uploading it to my website, backers can download the file at their convenience.

This PDF option is highly recommended for backers that live outside the United States as there is no shipping cost involved with this Print and Play file.

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 $29 level: Backers receive the color printed hard copy that contains all 24 teams from the 1973 season.

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 $45 level: Backers receive a boxed copy of the complete Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 game. The boxed game includes the 24 color printed teams from the 1973 season.

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
  • 24 color printed teams from 1973 (4 sheets per team)

Pine Tar Baseball Components - This is what the 1889 game looks like. In the 1973 version, the teams will be from 1973 and player stats will have left/right batting splits.

The top 2/3rds of the front page of the main game table.
The top 2/3rds of the front page of the main game table.

 At the $50 level: One pre-order for a numbered edition (limited to 20 copies) of the 1973 Pine Tar boxed game. This includes all game components as well as the complete 1973 color printed player season set.

As a special bonus, this edition also comes with 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 $58 level: This reward includes the color printed player sets for 1973 and 2014. Player sets only without game components.

Shipping within the US is $17 This package will weigh over 10 pounds, so I am only offering this reward within the US.

At the $65 level: One pre-order for a copy of the 1973 Pine Tar boxed game that contains both the 1973 and 1889 season sets.

At the $75 level: This reward includes the color printed player sets for 1973, 1889 and 2014. Player sets only without game components.

Shipping within the US is $19 This package will weigh over 12 pounds, so I am only offering this particular reward within the US.

At the $90 Gift Pack level: Includes a pre-order for 2 copies of the 1973 boxed game at a savings of $6 when compared to the reward 4 level price. Get one game for yourself and give one to a friend.

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.

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 1973 teams aren't produced yet. All you need are 3 d10 dice.

All printed materials in Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 are color printed. (The 1 exception is the scoring booklets included as a bonus at the $55 reward level. 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# White Matte card stock. The score sheets are printed on 28# Hammermill Laser Bond.

Complete the 1973 Season Set - I will have the player set completed one week before the campaign ends. This will allow enough time to error check the players.

Electronically deliver the 1973 season PDFs - This will begin 2 weeks after the campaign ends. These should all be delivered by the 2nd week of September.

Deliver all the color printed 1973 season sets - This will begin during the 2nd week of September and will take from one to two weeks depending on the volume of rewards to be delivered. Once mailed, items shipped within the US generally take a week to 10 days to arrive. Shipments overseas will take an additional 2 to 3 weeks for the post office to deliver them. Occasionally, customs may delay shipments overseas and customs fees may be applicable. I have no control over custom fees.

Deliver the boxed edition of Pine Tar Baseball 1973 - This will have the same time frame as the 1973 printed sets above.

Boxed editions of Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 that also include additional season sets will also have the same time frame as the 1973 printed sets.

1st Stretch Goal reached at $2000 funding level - At this level, three additional player sheets will be included. This will add 27 more players to the 1973 season set. If this goal is reached, these 27 players will be added to all reward levels. I'll try to get 1 more player per team, but will prioritize which players are done by those with the highest number of plate appearances.

2nd Stretch Goal reached when 60 more people like either one of my game pages on Facebook - At this level a 1 page list of unrated relief pitchers will be rated for their pitching grades. These pitchers won't be on player sheets like the bulk of the roster. Instead they will have all there base running, fielding, BB/SO ratings listed in columns. Since most of these seldom used relievers did not have an at bat, they will share a single generic batting outcome column. This is a good way to get about 24 more pitchers into the game.

How to meet this stretch goal: My Pine Tar Baseball game page currently has 73 likes. While my Life is Sport Games page currently has 87 likes. Together they have 160 combined likes. Simply like one or both pages and if the combined likes totals 220 before this Kickstarter campaign ends, then this stretch goal is reached.

3rd Stretch Goal - If both stretch goals above are reached, a 3rd stretch goal will be added.

I started a poll that lets baseball fans vote on which season gets 'carded' next for Pine Tar Baseball. Seasons to choose from include: 1905, 1915, 1935, 1937 Negro League, 1946, 1957, 1963, 1974, 1977, 1980, and 1982.

Click here to view the poll and vote!

It has been pointed out that there are better Negro League seasons to replay than 1937. If the 1937 Negro League wins all voting, I will start a mini poll that only has Negro League selections. Then that poll would determine the final outcome.

Polling will end on the same day that this Kickstarter campaign ends.

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. We played one game, right out of the box, I took St. Louis because I wanted to play Tip O'Neil, and Mike took the Indianapolis Hoosiers, since he is from Terre Haute, Ind. The Browns beat the Hoosiers 5-0, behind the pitching of Ice Box Chamberlain. Tip O'Neil went 1-4 with a walk and scoring two.

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.

Only with the continued support of our Kickstarter backers is it possible for Life is Sport Games to continue to bring fun and enticing baseball seasons to life. In appreciation, LISG promises that all 1973 season rewards will be shipped out at least 2 weeks before any 1973 editions are made available for general retail.

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

Other Ways you can Help Support Pine Tar Baseball - Even if you are unable to contribute, you may still help by sharing our campaign with friends, coworkers and family who have a passion for tabletop baseball. Thanks for your support!

 HD version of the Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 project video

Pine Tar Baseball main website.

LifeSportGames on Facebook.

LifeSportGames on Twitter.

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.

Our experience from releasing two different Baseball game titles, along with 6 previous season sets, means LISG knows how to resolve any printing issues that may arise.

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