Backyard Baseball captures the spirit of an impromptu game played by two teams of two kids each. The game lasts three innings. Each half-inning consists of a series ofÂ plays, each of which has four steps:
1. The fielding player positions the fielder pawn, then secretly chooses a pitch card.
2. The batter chooses a batting card, both players reveal their cards, and roll the die.
3. Compare the roll to the # on the pitcher’s card; if it’s less, check the pitcher’s card to see where the ball goes, otherwise use the batter’s card. If the fielder pawn is there, it’s an out, otherwise it’s a hit!
4. The batter may try to extend the play and advance the runner(s), but the pitcher gets to play a card to try to throw the lead runner out.
The batting team only has two pawn, so when a pawn that’s on base has to bat, it’s replaced with a ghost runner.
If a runner reaches home, the batting team scores a point (run).
After three outs, the teams switch roles and repeat the process.
The team with the higher score after three innings wins!View Book
Good games don’t emerge out of thin air. Game design is a craft, and as in any other craft, there are skills and knowledge, acquired through study and practice, that accelerate progress toward better games. You Said This Would Be Fun explores these skills, showing how great games exhibit qualities that designers of all experience levels can strive to emulate. There are many game design journeys — that of the first-time designer with a fresh idea, the experienced designer looking for new approaches, the enthusiast seeking a deeper understanding of how games work — and if you are on (or considering joining) any of these, this book will be a useful guide to help you along your way.View Book