How do I get started playing?

Strat-O-Matic Computer Baseball is a multifaceted game with many options and features.  If you are new to the world of Strat-O-Matic and just want to get started quickly you should follow these steps:

1. If you wish to play with the cards (this game may be played with or without the Strat-O-Matic baseball cards), you must understand the ratings system.  Even if you don’t plan to use the cards, you will probably want to understand the ratings system employed by the game.  Without the cards, we recommend that you use the highest level of all the rules (this is Maximum or Super-Advanced, depending on the category).  With the cards you might want to start at the Advanced level until you become acquainted with how the game plays, and then you can proceed to the highest level of rules.

2. If you are playing a non-league game, no stats will be saved.  When you play your first league game you will be able to view statistics.

3. You can accept the defaults for most of the items shown in the menus when you start a game.  Items that you need to decide include your selection of playing league or non-league games (note that all scheduled games are considered league games), DH or NO DH, and if you wish to play with or without cards.

4. Don’t worry about messing things up!  You can always re-install the software.  Also each season individually can be restarted, which simply erases all statistics accumulated to date for that league.