(ed. note: This is our first official article from new writer Mike Estep. Welcome aboard, Mike!)
So Many Card Sets, So Little Time
by Mike Estep
Welcome to my first article under REPLAY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES. My purpose with this regular feature will be the thoughts, ramblings, techniques, methods and innovations that I find that have worked for me in my APBA playing. I am not claiming to be an expert or that my ways are the best. I just want to be able to give some “food for thought” if you will on the thought processes of an average APBA person like myself. I have never conducted a full season so I thought it might be interesting to share my thoughts as I go about this whole process with grit and determination. I am sure along the way you can learn from my trials and tribulations as I go about “climbing my Mt. Everest” of completing a full season using the cards and dice. However, I have also in process an OFAS Tournament (which I am posting the results for in the forum APBA BETWEEN THE LINES), and I also have a 1927 single season simulation going for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I plan on finishing those on the side as I plan my new adventure. I invite you to come along and be part of my world as I go about getting this project organized and share with you the innovations and tips that have worked for me.
I am perfectly happy and having fun with my OFAS tournament and 1927 Pirate simulation. However as someone who has been involved with APBA since 1981, I have never completed a full season replay. I have been mostly a tournament and single team replay competitor. However a couple of weeks ago I was able to secure an original 1975 season set. Now for those of you who are fans of the Big Red Machine that is a magical year for sure! So now I am thinking I should conduct a full season replay using those cards. To add to my confusion, (sorry I know this feature is supposed to solve problems) I also have that 1968R set and also that original 1949 set that I have been itching to play. I also believe that both of those sets deserve full season treatment.
Now my dilemma is beginning to become a bit more clear I hope. Do I plunge into a 1975 replay and not do anything with the 1968 or 1949 sets? Do I conduct a replay for all three at the same time? Do I do this as I have always done and just do tournaments so that I can use all three easily?
Well I have arrived at this much: I want the feeling of plunging into a season deeply and experiencing all of the players for all of the teams. I love tournaments but there is not a lot of depth to the tournaments. I love single team replays but again I am not really getting to experience all of the wonderful players of that particular year on a deep level. Yes, it is time for me to join that rarified bunch of APBA loyalists who have completed a full season replay. So the answer I have reached is that I am going to conduct a full season replay. Now the question is, which season will it be? Stay tuned………we are about to leave base camp and begin the ascent of my Mount Everest……a full season replay!
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