HOW DO YOU PLAY UBTG?
UBTG’s game play is considerably different from common “replay” baseball board games. Yes, some actions are similar (UBTG uses dice as do other games), but many game actions are quite different. One of the main differences is that UBTG simulates every pitch… and involves many more gamer elected decisions than are available when playing the other games (see our Comparison matrix for more detail). These articles cover how UBTG strategizing utilizes simultaneous decision-making and requires real live opponents and is not designed to be played solitaire (as are many of the “replay” games).
For a comprehensive list of helpful hints, as well as practical advice both for real-life baseball and for strategies particular to UBTG boardgaming, we recommend How To Win At UBTG: The Ultimate Guide To Winning The Amazingly Realistic Strategy Board Game by UBTG designer T. H. Gillespie. It’s a powerful tool for the serious gamer.
We won’t provide all the rules here (you’ll get them all in the game box!), but the following is a summary of how UBTG is played. Also, you can follow this link for a sample play-by-play.
1. BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM
Each gamer drafts his “dream team” from UBTG’s draft pool of all-time stars. The game box comes with 240 all-time stars from across the entire history of American major leagues (UBTG is the dream game of dream team simulation!). UBTG’s player cards are composite cards representing how each star played baseball. You can build rosters reflective of real history, but UBTG does not provide season-based team rosters. You build your own dream team! UBTG’s players match up accurately against any other players, even those from different seasons, teams, and eras.
2. TRACK PITCH COUNT
Pitch count and pitcher fatigue is tracked with amazing accuracy. One customer called UBTG’s pitcher rotation system “unparalleled”. You’ve got to try this!
3. WORK THE COUNT AND OUTFOX YOUR OPPONENT
Each gamer keeps game pieces (4 differently-colored marbles and some chips) under the table, out of the opponent’s view. Once a pitcher-batter matchup is established (say, Walter Johnson pitching to Honus Wagner), the pitching team chooses one of the marbles (representing a “type” of pitch). The pitching team also chooses defensive sets (such as “playing in to prevent the score”) based on the current game situation. The batting team simultaneously chooses one marble, trying to anticipate the “type” of pitch being thrown. The batting team also chooses a batting strategy (such as “bunt” or “hit-and-run”). The batting team also can choose to take a pitch. All these choices are made secretly and simultaneously. Then, once the choices are made, they are revealed, and the gamers must follow through with the choices they have made. This kind of “simultaneous commitment” makes for extremely exciting and intriguing strategic possibilities… and feels amazingly like real-life baseball!
4. COUNTLESS STRATEGIC POSSIBILITIES
We will not go into great detail here, but there are many other strategic variables available during UBTG’s simultaneous game play. You can take big leads, attempt pickoffs and steals, use the element of surprise, and many more. Choosing and guessing each pitch is not merely a guessing game: each pitch has certain advantages and disadvantages (depending on the current count and game situation), and there is great strategic potential for cat-and-mouse intrigue. UBTG really plays like real-life baseball! You should check out a detailed list of our game’s features and our Features Comparison Matrix to see how UBTG stacks-up against the other games out there.
5. AMAZINGLY REALISTIC RESULTS!
Once gamers reveal their decisions and strategies for a given pitch or play, they roll the die and consult the appropriate Play Results Tables to find results. You will be amazed at how realistic the results are!
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