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Baseball Classics is a game company based in Denver, Colorado that develops and produces a tabletop baseball simulation game.
Baseball Classics was founded in 1987 by Dean Patino while he was living in Simi Valley, California. Inspired by the games he played as a child like Strat-O-Matic and APBA, he sought to create a game that expanded simulating baseball seasons by producing any Major League Baseball teams from 1901 to the present day.
After the game’s initial creation, the game was put on hold in 1989. In 2001, Patino relaunched the game, rebuilding it from scratch. This version introduced its signature “traffic highlighting” color coded system making it easy to tell how good a player was based on their card.
In 2015 the company added a monthly subscription service called Dollar Baseball Club, where players could receive a certain number of individual teams every month.
In 2018 MLB Ballparks were added with a new fielding component.
The game accurately predicted both the 2018 and 2019 World Series winners in a simulation using the active rosters from each team.
How it works
Baseball Classics uses a color coded rating system on its cards, contrasting with the text based design of other similar games like Strat-O-Matic.
The game uses individual player cards and dice rolls to determine the outcomes of pitches, at bats and games. The game can be played by one person making the dice rolls and decisions for each team or can be played against another player. The game utilizes additional charts to expand the option to play the game in a basic, intermediate or advanced version.
Each player card is based on an athlete’s actual performance from any given season. A unique algorithm is used to create player cards that represent actual outcomes to the millionth percentile. Players have the options to expand from the basic version to include baseball game elements like bunting, stealing, fielding, pitch-by-pitch and managing against other simulated managers. The addition of ballpark fields allows players to include defensive fielding positioning.
In the media
- Baseball Classics on Twitter
- Baseball Classics on Facebook
- How To Play - Baseball Classics
- Baseball Classics Simulation | Board Game | BoardGameGeek
- World Baseball Classic | MLB.com
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