HOW DOES UBTG COMPARE WITH OTHER BOARD GAMES?

 

Welcome to UBTG’s Board  Game Comparison Matrix! Following are two charts that make key comparisons to show how UBTG is different from some of the major baseball “replay” board games (Strat, APBA, and so on). Most games in the replay genre are very similar in structure, game play, and purpose. These include Strat, ABPA, Replay, PtP (Pursue the Pennant), and several others. Many replay computer simulations also are very similar. While some features may be more easily processed on computer (clicking on a team’s roster, for example), the actual flow of the game and ongoing strategic decision-making are very similar to the replay game format. The following two tables focus on: (1) How UBTG has more game features and strategic options than other common replay board games; and (2) How UBTG’s price compares with other common replay baseball games.

 
 

Feature Comparison Matrix

apba-logo-redstrat small logoReplay baseball logoUBTG logo
Realistic ResultsYESYESYESYES
Negro League StarsYESYESYESYES
Negro Leaguers Rated Alongside Major League Stars (so they can play against each other accurately)NONONOYES
All Nations StarsNONONOYES
Pre-1900 StarsNONONOYES
Pitch-By-Pitch ActionNONONOYES
Every Possible Double and Triple PlayNONONOYES
Gamer-Elected Bunt DirectionNONONOYES
Gamer-Elected Double Offs and CutoffsNONONOYES
Gamer-Elected Pitcher’s PickoffNONONOYES
Gamer-Elected Dive PlayNONONOYES
Gamer-Elected Bunting For a Hit with No One On BaseNONONOYES
Gamer-Elected Letting Bunt Roll FoulNONONOYES
Gamer-Elected Taking A PitchNONONOYES

While there are many other features that make UBTG revolutionary and unique, it should be clear from this table that UBTG offers many more features than other “replay” board games. This is especially true in the area of gamer-elected strategizing. If you want more ways to outfox and outplay your opponent, UBTG is the game for you! You should also check out the 2nd chart below for a comprehensive pricing matrix.

 

Pricing Comparison Matrix

At first glance, UBTG appears to be more expensive. Upon closer examination, however, we find that UBTG has more bang for your buck.

apba-logo-redstrat small logoReplay baseball logoUBTG logo
“Basic” Game box$22.00

Includes 2 sample team rosters’ player cards
$48.50

Includes one complete season’s team rosters’ player cards
$31.95

Includes 4 sample team rosters’ player cards
$59.99

Includes 240 all-time top player cards from across American league baseball history, from 1840s to present. Includes Negro league and All Nations teams stars. At the time of publication, UBTG includes players that cannot be found in any other simulation.
Advanced or Master Addition$25.00N/A or Included in “basic” game box aboveN/A or included in “basic” game box aboveIncluded in “basic” game box above
Full season card set (player cards for every team from a single season)$44.00Included in “basic” game box$55.95 (standard) & $69.95 (deluxe)N/A (UBTG includes all-time stars for dream team simulation rather than cards for particular seasons)
Player card expansion set or additional season$44.00

Includes all players from a single season
$37.75

Includes all players from a single season
$55.95 (standard) & $69.95 (deluxe)

Includes all players from a single season
$24.99

Includes 120 cards representing the next tier of players, ranked just below the 240 stars that come with the game box
S & H fees$8.50$12.00Free$14.99
Weight of basic game box2.5 lb3.85 lb2 lb3.95 lbs
Size of basic game box2.25x8.25x10.38 = 193 sq inches total1.38x10x19.5 = 269 sq inches total2.75x8.88x11.38 = 277 sq inches total3x11.75x15.5 =546 sq inches total
Total amount spent on “basic” game only, including S&H$30.50N/A (see row below)$31.95N/A (UBTG “basic” game includes “advanced
game”–see below)
Total amount spent on “complete” game, including S&H$99.50$60.50$87.90$74.98
Total amount spent on “complete” game and 1 additional card set, including S&H$143.50$98.25$143.85$99.97
Total amount spent on complete game and “dream team”-style all-time, all-star player cards, enough for 4 teams, including S&HMinimum $143.50

*Could be much higher
Minimum $90.49

*Could be much higher
Minimum $143.85

*Could be much higher
$74.98
Total amount spent on complete game and “dream team”-style all-time, all-star player cards, enough for 8 teams or more, including S&HMinimum $187.50

*Could be much higher
Minimum $100.49

*Could be much higher
Minimum $143.85

*Could be much higher
$124.96
Amount spent per lb when buying “complete” game$40$16$44$19
Amount spent per sq inch when buying “complete” game~$0.51 cents~$0.22 cents~$0.32 cents~$0.14 cents

 

Conclusion

UBTG’s game box is bigger and contains more materials (charts, tables, and an unparalleled game board). The last two rows tell it all: UBTG’s dollar per sq in beats the others hands down. As for dollar per pound, only Strat barely beats out UBTG, but that is because just about all Strat game weight comes from the single season card set included. If you take both games’ player cards out of the mix, UBTG outweighs Strat by 3 to 1. You can claim that the other 3 “complete” games include a greater quantity of player cards per buck. But each card set offered represents historical rosters from only one season. If you want to match up any season’s players against a different season’s players, you have to buy more than 1 card set. That is why the total amount spent to play “dream team” simulation could be through the roof for these other games (depending on which players you want in your pool).
 
Additionally, there is no guarantee your dream team player matchups won’t be affected by era-specific distortions. UBTG’s cards, on the other hand, are lifetime composites, representing how players played throughout their entire careers. So you only need one card for each player (vs one card per player per season). UBTG adds recently accrued all-time stars to its player pool approximately every 3 years, but you don’t need to keep collecting additional seasons (which duplicate many of the same players and which cost more money!). Your single set of player cards is all you need to play UBTG and your dream team draft pool is ready-made… and you can rest assured you are getting the top players of all time (including Negro league and All Nations team stars), all rated so as to afford a level playing field across the board. UBTG is more than collecting single season card sets. UBTG focuses on its game materials and game play just as much as its player cards (see our other features and comparison charts HERE). There is a LOT in your UBTG game box!
 
Simply put, UBTG is the dream game of dream team simulation.
 


 
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