APBA has now been taking pre-orders for its new Pro Soccer Board Game for some time. APBA President Marc Rinaldi made the rules available in pdf form for the game which is due out very soon.
I enjoy watching soccer on occasion but don’t really follow the game. If you do though, it looks like it might certainly be worth a look especially considering the lower price point. The game is $22 and the cards are $20 at APBA’s website. Still not cheap, I know, but less so than the other sports. I know others are really looking forward to playing the game.
A couple reasons APBA Soccer might succeed:
- while Soccer (the sport) doesn’t enjoy immense success in America (though it is gaining), it IS the most popular sport in the world. The goal (no pun intended) is get the fans out of the stadiums for a while to play a tabletop game.
- from what I am reading, APBA Pro Soccer Board Game is one of the first serious soccer tabletop games out there. With the Company breaking ground like this, that gives them a good headway into the “soccer tabletop” market, such as it is.
Also, it might be a good business move by APBA Company to branch out into a untapped sport like soccer. There might be many sports fans out there intrigued enough to give APBA a try based on the new game. How many of those new fans are also baseball fans who might buy the APBA Baseball Game? I’m not sure either but hopefully the Company has done their metrics and foreseen this.
Regarding game play, APBA claims its soccer game is not a play-by-play simulation (thank goodness). Rather it is more of a statistical representation. From their rules:
APBA Pro Soccer is designed to be statistically accurate in its results, allow for player input, and create a flow of play that provides ease and enjoyable game play. We have not attempted to reproduce a play-by-play simulation but have included all facets of soccer and still allow you to complete a full game in less than 1 hour.
If you want more information on the APBA Pro Soccer Board Game, start with the Rules put out by the APBA Company. If you want even more info and don’t mind parsing through the chaff, you might want to check out a couple threads on the Between the Lines forum here and here.
Again, I’m not a huge soccer fan but I hope the soccer game does well for APBA’s sake.