Miller: Strat-O-Matic builds out its digital game roster

From Stuart Miller at the New York Times on January 19, 2016:

Before the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets last fall, a small number of baseball experts were confident they knew what would happen. Two Royals players, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon, would hit home runs in Game 1. There would be a David Wright homer in Game 3, and Matt Harvey would dominate in Game 5, giving up just four hits and a walk in the first seven innings.

These soothsayers had no time-traveling DeLorean. They were testing a new digital simulation game, Strat-O-Matic Baseball Daily. The game, to be unveiled on Monday, is the latest step in the brand’s evolution from an old-school cards-and-dice board game into a modern digital one.

Traditionally, Strat-O-Matic — first as a board game and later in Windows and online formats — has been played using cards for each player based on statistics from the previous season. (The company, like its rival APBA, also sells cards representing bygone teams. Strat-O-Matic even created Negro League cards.) This meant gamers were always living in the past.

Not anymore.

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Originally published: January 25, 2016. Last Updated: January 25, 2016.