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A 1-hour board game of baseball choices.

Let's Play Baseball! - "The Thinking Person's Sport"

RALLYBIRD BASEBALL is a baseball board game designed to emphasize meaningful decisions for both offensive and defense, as well as playability.

It's designed for quick play (about 1 hour) and rules that are easy to master and teach.

Offense secretly picks a tactic; Defense tries to anticipate it, and commits its strengths and weaknesses. Then Offense reveals the tactic. Both players compare the tactic against the relevant Defensive zones. Offense rolls the dice and if successful, moves the baserunners.

Turns are quick. Decisions are meaningful. Both offense and defense must make a decision each At Bat. You're involved all the time. Turns are short. Okay, let's play ball!

This is a fast, playable, real baseball game. It's not just about the offense. When there's a runner on third base, two outs, both coaches feel the heat to make the right decision. Your chances increase when you think the tactical situation through. Baserunners move counter-clockwise, so hitting to the right side isn't necessarily the same as hitting to the left. If there are two outs, there's no double-play threat. The details make your choices meaningful.

Generally the game takes about an hour to play. I suggest you start at the top of the 7th inning for a board game session that feels right-- tense, exciting! Keep them guessing, but don't lose your rhythm while doing so. Go for that home run. Go for the bunt. Steal third base--if you think defense expects you to hit to the right side. Every choice has a chance of success or failure, but if you outthink your opponent your odds increase.

The RallyBird itself is an optional rule that gives the underdog in the 9th inning an extra chance. A little bird token waits just off the board for a chance to inspire your team--or perhaps just peck some grass seed and fly away.

You can download the rules pdf here and take a look.

(A mini version of this same game is now available at The Game Crafter here: . It uses painted wooden Meeple figures for Glove tokens.)

Information at here: RallyBird Baseball


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Why buy this?

  • Meaningful decisions by Offense & Defense EACH at bat
  • Your call! Focus on tactics. Engaging, quick play.
  • Teach the game in 10 minutes. Play it in less than 1 hour.




Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date May 08, 2018
Edition First
Department Board Games
Genre Sports
Setting Modern / Present
Audience Casual Gamer
Primary Mechanic Press Your Luck

Peter Gelman's Games

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  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game contains a premium upgrade where the printed components will be embossed with a linen texture.
  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.


See It In Action

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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork