About this project
Pine Tar Baseball - 1982/2016 (PTB), is a fun and fast paced dice and card game for 1 or 2 players that brings both current and past baseball seasons 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' can be played in about 22-30 minutes after learning the basic rules.
The 1982 and 2016 playoff set are the 7th and 8th seasons being released for Pine tar Baseball. Previous seasons include; 2014, 1884, 1889, 1897, 1973, and 1915.
Take a test run with these 2 preliminary 2016 teams. These teams have not been fully error check yet, just an early release for test purposes.
How the Campaign is Set Up: You may select the complete boxed game with both the 1982 full season and the 2016 playoff set, or you can get the complete boxed game with either one of those 2 seasons. In addition, if you already have the boxed game you can choose to only get the player sets, either one or the other, or both of them.
There is also a PDF reward for both player seasons combined or separate.
Background on the 1982 Season: Milwaukee and Baltimore were tied with only 1 game to be played in the season. This was a make up game between the 2 teams that had been called earlier in the season due to weather. AS a result, the final 3 game series that Baltimore had just swept from Milwaukee ended up becoming a 4 game series. Milwaukee won that game to clinch their 1st Pennant. They would win the ALCS over California to face the Cardinals in what turned out to be a highly contested 7 game series.
Some background on Pine Tar. The pitchers for both 1982 and 2016 will have home/away splits. Pine Tar also has pitcher splits for when the pitcher is facing the lineup for the 3rd time that game. I believe Pine Tar is the only game that has this fatigue model in use. Correct me if I am wrong. It isn't always fatigue either, as a few pitchers get stronger as the game progresses. 1982 and 2016 also features left/right batter splits.
Teams from the 1982 set each have 29 players on their roster. The players come on 4 sheets (8 1/2" x 11" 110# card stock) per team, for a total of 104 sheets between the 26 teams.
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.
Teams from the 2016 playoff set each have 29 players on their roster. The players come on 4 sheets (8 1/2" x 11" 110# card stock) per team, for a total of 40 sheets between the 10 teams.The 10 teams in this playoff set will contain all 3 division title winners from both leagues, plus 2 wild cards from both leagues.
Play Along Live with the 2016 Playoff Teams
Regarding the 10 playoff teams for 2016. Now the final rosters won't be released until late October for PDF and early November for printed. However, for those that back the 2016 playoffs, (in any format -PDF or printed) I will release the 10 teams in a PDF before the wild card game actually starts. (via a download link I will message to backers)
This early draft will only have 9 pitchers and the 10 most used position players completed. They won't be error checked at this point, so may have some minor typos and such. It will be enough to play along with the actual games as they happen live.
Then I'll update the teams again with more players after the WC rounds. Everyone who selected a reward with the 2016 teams in it, will get the entire finished and polished set 2 weeks after the Kickstarter campaign officially ends (In the format that the reward describes). Just thought it would be fun to have teams available to replay as the playoffs unfold.
Video below is a demo of the 1884 teams. Those teams didn't have batter splits or pitcher splits. Both the 1982 and 2016 teams will have all those splits. See the examples of the 1982 St. Louis players near the top of the campaign.
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 1982/2016 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 - 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.
Reward types include PDF, printed player sets, and boxed game sets. All boxed games come with the components 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)
All printed materials in Pine Tar Baseball 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 $1,200 amount, backers receive the following bonuses.
- One extra team will be included with the 2016 playoff set. This will increase the team set from 10 to 11.
- One extra player will be added to the 1982 team rosters. This will bring the 1982 team rosters from 29 players to 30.
Stretch goal apply to PDF's, printed player sets, and boxed game versions.
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.
Our experience from releasing three different Baseball game titles, along with 9 previous season sets, means LISG knows how to resolve any printing issues that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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