Rolled out game number 400 of this mammoth 1984 project. It’s easily the highest number of games I’ve ever rolled for a season ever since I started doing this 30-some years ago.
My previous high was a 16-team project for the 2009 MLB season. Each team played a 28-game regular season and once you added in the championship series, I ended up rolling 229 games.
So I’ve nearly doubled that already.
I have to admit that the state of my mind right now is very much along the lines of “why did you commit to this?”
I really wanted to get the project wrapped up by September of 2016, but the pace I’ve been moving at is having me looking more like December of 2016.
The real problem is that when you’re into this hobby, you always find some other project you’re interested in taking on.
Lately I’ve been really enjoying Strat-O-Matic Basketball and I’ve been finding time here and there to replay the 1997-98 NBA playoffs. The game engine used to be a bit intimidating, but once I got used to it and memorized some the half-dozen rules that kept coming up for me, it’s gotten a lot easier. I can wrap up a game in somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes and that’s not bad at all.
And, of course, there are about 60 different seasons from the history of baseball that I’d still like to have projects with. I don’t know that I’ll ever make it. The answer, most likely, is to do more mini-seasons as I have in the past.
For example, last year I played with the 1934 cards. 4 American League teams and 4 National League teams. Each team played a 30-game season, which meant rolling 120 games. That’s not bad. At two games a night, even missing some here and there, you wrap it up in under 3 months. It was a really fun project, actually.
So I probably need to do more of that.
There’s always that part of me that wants to someday say that I replayed an entire season with cards and dice, but it would have to be an older season when there were just 16 teams in the league. And, even then, it might be just a National or American League replay – not the entire collection of teams.
An 8-team league playing the old schedule of 154 games means rolling up 616 games in total. If there’s no pressure and I play it casually, that seems like something that could be accomplished.
Okay, back to work everybody! Have a great Thanksgiving!