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The best-selling sports board game ever and its high-powered computer cousin. A game so great it was displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Strat-O-Matic Baseball is the ancestor of fantasy sports. Seriously Baseball – Strat-O-Matic.

What is Strat-O-Matic Baseball?

Since 1961, Strat-O-Matic has created the most realistic simulation of statistically accurate baseball. No other game combines Strat-O-Matic’s realism, statistical accuracy and ease of play. That’s because no other game matches Strat-O-Matic’s in-depth research – up to 1,500 hours to recreate a season in supremely realistic detail. Easy enough to learn swiftly, Strat-O-Matic’s ability to capture all the variety of real baseball keeps gamers coming back for more – for decades.

This true classic is updated with the latest players every year. Every player is rated with statistical precision in every phase of his talent – batting, pitching, fielding and running. The real league leaders will be your top performers. The underachievers will hurt your teams just as they did to their big-league teams. Each player’s strengths – and weaknesses – will come to life before your eyes.

Talk about interactive – YOU are the manager! Whether playing solitaire or joining the many thousands playing Strat-O-Matic in leagues, face-to-face and online, YOU make the choices about who to play and which opponents to match them against. In Strat-O-Matic, the decisions you make all game long determine victory or defeat.

You can customize your Strat-O-Matic experience from the moment you make any purchase. Will you be a computer gamer, a board gamer or a hybrid?

If you are a board gamer, choose card sets from 1911 to the present. For the most recent seasons, you may expand your rosters with Additional Players – excellent for full-season replays and “What-If?” projects. Here you’ll find “total cards” that combine the statistics for players who were with multiple inter-league teams in a season. Look here to find the players who made a splash as a late-season call-up, or who played key roles before injury cut their seasons short.

Computer gamers can buy season rosters back to the 1800s and can choose every season from 1901 forward. You can add old-time ballpark screen backdrops for any stadium. For current stadiums, we offer optional day/night color-ballpark graphics to supplement the standard black-and-white images. Also for recent seasons, you may add thousands of new lines of play-by-play tailored for that season (team nicknames, manager names, updated statistical milestones, etc.).

The best buy awaits our most rabid Strat-O-Matic Fanatics. When you buy the computer game, a nominal price adds the card-image option – ideal for gamers who want to combine the detail of the board game with the speed and ease of the computer. And if you order the card set with your computer game, you get all the cards – including the additional players – at about 70 percent off the usual price.

How to Play Strat-O-Matic Baseball (computer game)

Strat-O-Matic’s award-winning baseball sim is an amazingly flexible, yet powerful, game. It combines all the strategy options of the board game, with the ease and speed of the computer. No game offers you more ways to customize play to your liking. No game offers you such a dazzling array of statistics, also tailored to suit your preferences.

Use the game’s preset lineups for each team, or create your own. Play against a human or the clever computer manager. You can play “face-to-face” with anyone in the world through our Netplay feature! Or let the computer play both teams in seconds to test the vast “What-if” potential in Strat-O-Matic computer baseball. You can even give the computer instructions on how you want your team to be managed – ideal for internet leagues and season replays.

When playing the game yourself, a single keystroke commands most offensive strategy (swing away, steal, bunt, hit-and-run) and defensive strategy (set the infield depth, pitch around this hitter, hold that runner). Then watch the at-bat play out. If you love the Strat-O-Matic board game, purchase the Card Image add-on. Then tell the computer to show you the card images of batter and pitcher, which will display the result in such a way that you know the wisdom of your strategy decisions. Or you may prefer to watch the dramatic animated flight of the ball. Either way, watch it all against the colorful backdrops of every Major League stadium.

After the game, the unique Strat-O-Matic box scores can be customized to show you a score sheet, a detailed play-by-play and even a newspaper-style write-up of each game! The stat-report options for leagues, teams and individual players will satisfy even the most demanding numbers freaks.

Find out why so many gamers think Strat-O-Matic computer baseball rocks. Join thousands of them in online communities offering each other tips, memories and fellowship.  

How to Play Strat-O-Matic Baseball (board game)

Strat-O-Matic is the boss of sports board games, a memory-making experience. Ideal for playing solo or in friendship-bonding face-to-face play, Strat-O-Matic is easy to learn. Yet it is challenging enough to entertain for hours, as you make the player selections and the offensive and defensive decisions that decide the outcome. Make your lineup and in-game strategy decisions. Roll the dice that activate play (think of it as the pitch or swing). Then find the result on the statistically designed player card. Every player is unique, giving every dice roll drama.

It’s this easy: The first die tells you whether to consult the batter or pitcher card and which of his three columns to check. Two other six-sided dice are added to locate the result in the correct column. What a player does most (hit for average, hit for power, strike out, etc.) shows up on the most common dice combinations.

Because of Strat-O-Matic’s unmatched play value, a full nine innings can be played in less than 30 minutes. One dice roll ends most at-bats with the outcome right off the player card. Sometimes you’ll need a dramatic second role – to find out if your fielder is good enough to save a run or turn a double-play, or to find out if that long fly ball is outta here! … or caught at the warning track.

Three games in one, Strat-O-Matic will have you playing the Basic game within minutes of opening the box. Once you have a little experience, you may wish to adventure into the richly detailed Advanced and Super Advanced games, where lefty-righty advantages, ballpark effects, clutch hitting – and much more – practically put you in the dugout as a Major League manager!