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Eric SimonBy Eric Simon
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Eric SimonBy Eric Simon
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About

This game has been a long time in the making. I first created it more than 30 years ago as a simulation game to quickly determine the outcome of historical matchups. Sometime later, while I was still in college, I added a trivia component to help me remember various facts from my coursework. A few months ago, while recovering from rotator cuff surgery, I came across some of my old notes and statistics and decided to reboot it for a third time.

I decided to put it on Kickstarter because I think it's a really fun game and I wanted to share it with others. I created a website, Baseball Trivial Challenge, where I intend to post a lot of the game components (dice stickers, charts, etc.) for people to download for free. I also intend to post player cards and teams for folks to print, too. I would love to build a community of users.  

Description

Baseball Trivia Challenge is a run-scoring game where players roll dice and occasionally answer baseball trivia questions to determine the result of each inning. It is designed for two or more player but can be played solitaire, if desired. (You can download the rules here).

Players create their own team of superstars or use one of more than 100 historical teams currently available for purchase or as a free download (see above).  Since individual games in Baseball Trivia Challenge can be completed in under 10 minutes, it is recommended you structure play as a tournament where each matchup is comprised of a series of three, five or seven games.

Players determine a lineup and batting order, keeping in mind that  each "at bat" represents the result of an entire inning (a lineup card with a preset batting order is included with each historical team). In addition, each player must select a starting pitcher.

The Game Dice

Players roll five dice to determine the result of each at bat. These dice are described below.

Playing the Game

To demonstrate how the game is played, I'll play the final 3-innings of a game pitting Los Angeles against Chicago. Clayton Kershaw will be the pitcher for Los Angeles and Jose Quintana will take the hill for Chicago. I will manage Chicago against a fictional opponent named Joe. 

It's the seventh inning and Los Angeles and Chicago are tied at two. Chicago's Ben Zobrist is up to bat. I roll five dice (see above for a brief description of each die).  

Only the first two dice are relevant in this case. The first die is a 20-sided die (d20) and it shows I rolled an 11, which is the number I'll use to determine the result of the at bat. The second die is the control die and it has a bat icon indicating I must read the result from the batter's card. The third die, referred to as the stamina die, is blank. This means I don't need to perform a stamina check to see if the pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, is fatigued and must be removed from the game. Finally, the other two dice are only used to select which fielder is involved on fielding plays (an outcome I'll discuss in detail later).

Since the number 11 is not present on Zobrist's card, no runs are possible. Chicago doesn't score and we move to the bottom of the seventh inning. Yasmani Grandal is at the plate for Los Angeles. 

 This time I roll a 5 and the control die indicates I should read the result from the pitcher's card. Since the number 5 does not appear on Quintana's card, no runs score. However, the red dot on the stamina die indicates I must perform a stamina check. I'll explain briefly how this is done.

Take a look at Quintana's card and locate the numbers in parentheses, i.e., 6/4/4. Reading from left to right, the first number (6) refers to the number of games rest Quintana requires after each start. The second number (4) is the number of innings he is allowed to pitch before any stamina checks are made. Finally, the third number (his stamina check number, also 4) represents the maximum d20 die roll enabling Quintana to remain in the game if a stamina check occurs.

Since we're in the seventh inning and Quintana is only allowed to pitch 4 innings before a stamina check can be made, we must make a stamina check. To do so, we compare the result of the d20 dice roll with his stamina check number. Since the d20 die roll is 5 and his stamina check number  is 4, he must be removed from the game. I will replace him with Hector Rondon the next time Los Angeles is at bat. In the meantime, Anthony Rizzo has stepped up to the plate to face Kershaw. 

 I roll a 12 and must consult the batter's card. Since a die roll of 12 corresponds to 4 runs on Rizzo's card and it is my turn to answer (players take turns answering questions), I will be asked a trivia question. If I get it right, Chicago will score four runs to take the lead! (Also, notice that Kershaw failed his stamina check and must be removed from the game.)

 I answer "Barry Bonds" to the question "After winning the Gold Glove Award in 10 of his first 11 seasons, he never won another." Unfortunately for me, the correct answer is "Ken Griffey, Jr." Since I answered incorrectly, Chicago fails to score and it remains 2-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. I try to console myself, knowing I may have cost my team victory. In the meantime, my fictional foe, Joe, is ecstatic!

Joe rolls a 15, which corresponds to 3 runs on Bellinger's card. Joe immediately answers Yogi Berra to the second question on the question card above (Q5). Since this is the correct answer, Los Angeles surges ahead, 5-2. Joe celebrates by giving himself a high-five.

The stamina die is blank, so Rondon can remain in the game for the ninth inning if necessary (I'll need to at least tie the game to get there first). Meanwhile, with victory in sight, Joe replaces Kershaw with ace closer, Kenley Jansen, who will face Chicago's Kris Bryant to begin the ninth.

This is a great match-up. Bryant had a fantastic year for Chicago, smashing 29 homeruns and driving in 73 runs while Jansen posted an other-worldly 1.32 ERA and recorded 41 saves.

I'll need some luck. If the control die indicates the result must come from Jansen's card, the game is over; it won't matter what I rolled on the d20.

 I roll a 9. The control die has an icon of a ball and glove, indicating the result must come from a fielder if one is identified (the glove icon); otherwise, I must refer to Jansen's card (the ball icon). Let me explain how I know all that.

Two fielding dice are used to identify the fielder in question. The first die (the fielder position die) will always reveal one of three sets of numbers {1 2 3}, {4 5 6} or {7 8 9}. These refer to the standard shorthand for baseball player positions (1 = pitcher, 2 = catcher, 3 = first baseman, 4 = second baseman, 5 = third baseman, 6 = shortstop, 7 = left fielder, 8 = center fielder, 9 = right fielder).

The second die (referred to as the fielder selector die) indicates which of the three fielders revealed by the first die is involved in the play and can also be blank. A circle "O" identifies the fielder in question.

To resolve the play, I must identify the player indicated and read the result from his fielding card (which is always on the back side of his batting card for position players and included as a separate generic card for pitchers). Note that if the second die were blank, the result would be read from the pitcher's card since a specific fielder would not have been identified (we wouldn't know whether to use the left fielder's fielding card, the center fielder's or the right fielder's).

In this example, the fielder identified is 8, the center fielder. The center fielder for Los Angeles is Joc Pederson. This is a huge break for me since Los Angeles is almost without exception a great fielding team. Almost. Joc Pederson is that exception. The fact I rolled a 9 is immaterial. Every number on his card is associated with 4 runs! I'm in prime position to take the lead! 

 The question is another "stumper" but at least it's multiple choice and I am spared the further embarrassment of an inappropriate guess. I decide to go with "A dropped flyball" as the answer to the question about "Merkle's Boner" on the question card above. The correct answer, Joe informs me, is "a base-running error." I hang my head. I can sympathize with Merkle. My "error" just cost me the game, too.

Kenley Jansen earns a save and Los Angeles wins, 5-2, while I ruminate about what might have been. Over the course of three short innings, I missed two key questions worth 8 runs! Instead of winning 10-5, I wind up losing instead.

Risks and challenges

There is very little risk involved with this project. The game is complete except for the 2018 team cards, which will take approximately 15-30 minutes per team to create as most of the process is automated.

My primary challenge is to make sure contributors are receiving great value. The cards, charts and game box are all very high quality but not cheap; however, I feel the quality of these components contribute to the gaming experience (for instance, I would love to eschew dice stickers in favor of printed dice but it's prohibitively expensive). My pledge to contributors is to offer as many teams, charts, etc. as possible as card image files they can download and print for free!

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