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I’ve noticed a growing base of enthusiasm for this game. Have downloaded the rules and I’ve seen the sample play article. The introduction of the FAC upped my interest as I like mininmal chart lookups and have limited table space. My question for those who have played FC is what has caused such an outpouring of enthusiasm? What sets this above the other games we have available to us that makes it worth spending on yet another game? I have Payoff Pitch, Strat, and History Maker among others. Not looking for a comparison to each/any of those games per se, but rather a reason you’re so excited about this one. Thanks.
Easy to get into; easy to play. With a richness of detail and realism below the surface that does not bog you down. Great seasons to choose from (ed. note - at 62 you can guess my favourite era!) with more coming. Great components that make you want to play more.
Has that same addictive, fun feel that APBA Basic had for me right out of the box in 1969.
Hope that helps your decision!
Stampeders, Stampeders, Stampeders, Stampeders, Stampeders, Stampeders, Stampeders. Did I mention Stampeders!
Baseball has really only broken my heart once, when OUR Expos departed for Washington my friend.
The Stampeders, on the other hand, break it on a seemingly annual basis! Certainly the last few years. So once again I face a potentially heart stopping weekend (hopefully two!) ahead!
There's been a decent amount of word of mouth (forum?) lately from people who's opinions I respect. I have been contemplating a baseball project with another game but before beginning I thought I would take a look at Fall Classic given what I've heard, and also since it also offers the season I am interested in.
Like yourself I downloaded the rules and charts, along with the demonstration teams from the 2016 WS. I've played around with them a bit and played the first game of the that year's WS. While the 5-4 Cleveland win caused me to question the game (kidding! kidding!) I've liked what I've seen. I think the interaction between the pitcher and hitter cards is outstanding and allows for certain players to influence a game more than others. I also like that it does account for defense and ballpark effects but does so in a manner that feels right and is "enough" but not too much. I know there are still parts of the game I need to master a bit more, but I do not think that should be a problem.
The long and the short is that Greg now has some of my money and I look forward to the arrival of 1979 over the next week.
I have only played one game of FCB with George "you got me hooked again" Adams from KC and the game just flows well and feels right. I am an experienced APBA, SOM, Replay enthusiast but this game has a place at my tabletop. Yes after just one game.
Thanks to all of you for your input. Let me ask this: If I use the FAC cards, how often do I need to consult charts? And can I use the basic chart (again, game layout space is limited and I don't want to flip charts for each base situation ala APBA).
THIS is the question for me as well. I almost pulled the trigger on this game, but the one thing that prevented me from doing so was the chart flipping. I didn't know there were FACs...
Even with dice, the number of times you need to flip are pretty limited. The base advancement is on one side of one chart, and the error/range plays are on the back of the rule book. So rare plays, bunts and steals send me into the book, and I quickly (three or four games) memorized the steal process.