Strat-O-Matic Baseball is a dice and paper game that first came to market in 1961. The game is based upon a system of statistical probability that effectively re-creates the baseball achievements of real Major League ballplayers in a board game setting. Each and every player has their own seperate "playing card," which accurately reflects their real life contributions and abilities. Hitting, baserunning, pitching, defense, bunting, clutch hitting . . . every aspect of the sport of baseball is covered in Strat-O-Matic's unique and accurate card images. This allows the thousands of Strat-O-Matic players an indescribable amount of realism and control in playing Strat-O-Matic games. It is a flexible system, conducive to individual "replays" of actual Major League Baseball seasons, draft leagues, and play-by-mail leagues. Thus, people who would like to see if the 1969 New York Mets can find that magic again are able to go back and play the entire 1969 season, with all of the actual players having their own accurate cards. In this type of situation the Mets might win it and they might not. But the Strat-O-Matic player can rest assured that the results obtained are as statistically accurate within the boundaries of the actual 1969 season as humanly possible.
At the same time, another person could participate in a draft league using playing cards representing the 1998 baseball season. He could have the good fortune of drafting Mark McGwire from that year and, if he was so inclined, play his games in Coors Field in an attempt to break McGwire's record of 70 home runs in a season. McGwire may hit 60 home runs, or 70, or maybe even 80, but every factor, from the ballpark effect, to the day-to-day weather, would be taken into consideration. Strat-O-Matic is THAT thorough.
Further, players do not perform against one another equally well in Strat-O-Matic: if one left handed batter hit .400 against righties and .200 against lefties in real life, you can bet that he'll have a hard time getting a hit against a lefty in SOM. If a right handed relief pitcher had a .350 batting average against versus lefties and a .150 batting average against versus righties, he'll sit down most righties in Strat-O-Matic without a problem. Players are set up to perform against lefties and righties in Strat-O-Matic EXACTLY as they did in real life.
Today, Strat-O-Matic is also played on computer. While nothing can replicate the intimate feeling of playing the game with dice and cards, the game's presence on computer has made statistical accumulation easy and game play both quick and unburdened. Consistent with the quality of the original game design, the computer version is user friendly, packed with features, and is THE cutting edge of statistically based baseball games.
If you are interested in purchasing or investigating a purchase of Strat-O-Matic baseball, please call 1-800-645-3455. You can receive detailed literature, a free demonstration program, or make an immediate purchase. Strat-O-Matic has versions for both PC's and Macintosh computers, as well as the boardgame version that started it all.
Alternately, you can surf over to the Strat-O-Matic site where you can download the demo programs and find out more about the company that makes this baseball simulation. Or you can send postal mail to:
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