WELCOME APBA BASEBALL ENTHUSIASTS!
Welcome to UBTG, the revolution in strategy baseball boardgames! We do not wish to knock the great tradition of APBA Baseball, but we want you to be aware of how UBTG is different and revolutionary. The APBA Baseball game is one of the more well-known in a line of what has become known as “replay” baseball games (Strat, Replay, Dynasty League, Out-of-the-Park, Pursue the Pennant, and so on). Several of these games have computerized versions (e.g., Diamond Mind). All these games fall under the “replay” genre category because they are very similar in structure and game play. While UBTG features realistic play results and has some features that are similar to these games, we want to be clear that UBTG really is a different game altogether. We want you to be informed so that you can be assured your UBTG investment will deliver!
APBA BASEBALL GAME PLAY vs EVERY PITCH
The usual way APBA games (and most replay baseball games) are played is to resolve at bats with a single roll of the dice. A pitcher player card is matched up against a batter player card, and the entire at bat is resolved by a dice roll. There is very little opportunity for strategic interplay between the pitching team and batting team. In UBTG, on the other hand, every pitch is simulated with amazingly realistic tension and excitement.
APBA GAMES PLAY RESULTS vs MORE REALISTIC STRATEGIC PLAY
In APBA games, many results end up being fairly realistic, but the majority of these results are reached by simply rolling the dice. As mentioned above, there is little opportunity for gamers to make strategic decisions and outfox each other. Because UBTG simulates every pitch, there is opportunity for cat-and-mouse intrigue on each pitch… as is true in real-life baseball. But gamers must also make many more strategic decisions throughout the course of play: Will you bunt? And which direction will you attempt the bunt? Will you take a big lead? Will you take the pitch or swing away? Will you attempt a situational hit? Will you try to steal? Will you tag and run? Will you attempt a hit-and-run? Will you go for the extra base? Will you field the bunt or let it roll foul? Where will you attempt the putout? Will you play in to prevent the score or play double play depth? Will you cut off a throw or attempt the putout at a different base? And all these decisions are based on the specific situation you are in: Who is involved in the play? What are the running, fielding, hitting, and power skills involved? Lou Gehrig has great hitting and power, even good fielding… but his foot speed is not exactly Rickey Henderson-esque!
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PITCHER SIMULATION IN APBA GAMES vs REALISTIC UBTG PITCHER SIMULATION
One concern we have heard from many APBA games veterans is that APBA’s pitching simulation is not that realistic or intriguing. Frankly, we have heard this same observation from veterans of other replay games as well. UBTG’s pitching simulation, on the other hand, is amazingly realistic. We differentiate pitchers into “types” (e.g. heat, control, etc.), apply strikeout and ERA ratings, track pitch count, apply “big game” effects, and so on. You will be compelled to manage your pitching staff carefully if you expect to win. One customer called UBTG’s pitcher fatigue system “unparalleled”!
Before you buy another baseball board game, you should check out the following detailed lists of comparison factors. We believe you will agree that your UBTG investment will compare favorably with APBA and the other replay games in several key areas!