Are your fingernails chewed off yet? Need some reassurances that this season will end like a dream rather than a dose of harsh reality?
Maybe Strat-O-Matic will offer some anxiety relief. Strat is the game, both tabletop and computer, that has been around for 55 years and is popular with a lot of hard-core fans who want a more intense involvement.
The basic idea is that each player has a card with results determined by dice, either tangible ones rolled by the gamer or those imagined by the computer. The dice can be very realistic over an entire season when taken as a whole. One player might be a bit of an outlier but an entire team is likely to perform much as it did in reality, given competent managing.
Of course, the game company tries its chops as predicting the World Series as a promotional tool and a way to have fun. Just as in real life, anything can happen in a short series.
This year Strat has a new product called Baseball Daily that adjusts the cards each day based on the previous day’s performance AND his past results.
Here’s the good part. Strat has correctly predicted the winner or each Series game, so far. It has the Indians up 3-2, as it should.
So take heart. The dice predict a 7-2 Tribe victory Tuesday night with a key relief appearance by Danny Salazar. The story ends with:
CLEVELAND WINS WORLD SERIES 4-2.
Looks like it’s Cleveland’s year!
…the Browns? Who?
Strat’s Facebook page offers a peek at what the board game look like.