Dice Hate Me Game, in conjunction with Handelabra Games, is bringing the baseball themed board game Bottom of the Ninth to digital devices.  They announced the impeding release with a Youtube video showcasing gameplay from the app.  Some notable features to the game include multiplayer and cross platform multiplayer, which are always requested.  The game will also feature fun animated meeples playing the game and running the bases as the dice are being rolled to see if they make it or not.

So if you want to take your baseball board game with you, look for the games launch on both Android and iPhone on August 17th.


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Bottom of the 9th: Clubhouse was launched just a few days ago and is the first “big” box expansion for the baseball game Bottom of the 9th.  In Bottom of the 9th it’s the last half of the last inning of a tie game, and so two teams, each controlled by one player, are dueling it out on the field to see who will win.  The original game had player cards that looked just like old style baseball cards and played with a combination of bluffing and dice rolling.  The expansion aims to expand that game with a slew of new player cards, a new set of cards called equipment cards, a bigger box, and the addition of a new mechanic called shift.  The additional player cards are much the same with a different array of abilities, the equipment cards add a new aspect of your team to customize as you have $1000 to outfit your team with gear before the start of the game.  The Shift ability allows you modify the result of the die in another way, taking a specific die result and changing it up or down one value, thus allowing you to better control your results.  Last about the expansion is what makes this a “big” box expansion, a bigger box,  which is meant to hold all the currently released cards and even more along with the tokens and dice, and it even comes with two dice cups for rolling.

Funding for this Kickstarter is already passed it goal and so is into stretch goals with extras like more cards and better components.  You can head to the campaign page to pledge for your copy as well as for the base game or the deluxe play mat.

Baseball board games are surging in popularity lately: Baseball Highlights 2045 and Bottom of the 9th being the two most recent additions to the market.  Now is the opportunity to jump into a Kickstarter for the next baseball-centric boardgame: Fantasy Fantasy Baseball.  This game combines the worlds of fantasy baseball and fantasy characters featuring orcs, zombies, elves, and more.  From the Kickstarter page:

Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is an inventive new card game in which you are the Wizard manager of a baseball team of powerful and gruesome fantasy creatures battling through a season of fantasy baseball. Go head-to-head against other Wizard managers for Victory cards while building up your team’s statistics for even more Victory cards. But beware, your players may have spells cast on them.

Instead of the typical fantasy baseball experience taking months to play, the entire Fantasy Fantasy Baseball experience is boiled down to 10 minutes per player. The amazing fantasy creatures provide something for the baseball fan and the gamer in all of us.

Fantasy Fantasy Baseball breaks down to: one part fantasy, one part fantasy baseball, one part baseball cards, with a pinch of satire.

Baseball fans will enjoy all the subtle and not-so-subtle baseball references, but you don’t have to be a sports fan in order to have a lot of fun with this game.

Players attempt to guide their team through an entire season of fantasy baseball, with games being decided by the skills of their players and the tactical use of magical abilities.  The project is also offering pre-orders for the next two games in the Fantasy Fantasy Series: Fantasy Fantasy Football and Fantasy Fantasy Hockey.  Designers Daryl Andrews (The Walled City, Caffeine Rush) and JR Honeycutt (Doug, Doug, Goose, Caboose and Twirk) collaborated on this project from publisher CSE Games.  You can find links to rules and a print and play version on the Kickstarter page.

A dice & card game for up to 2 players that boils the excitement of baseball’s final inning into a quick head-to-head competition!

Dice Hate Me Games and designers Darrell Louder (designer of Compounded) and Mike Mullins have brought a fast baseball game for 1 or 2 players to Kickstarter that plays from 5 to 15 minutes.  Bottom of the 9th “encapsulates the thrills and spills of baseball’s final inning into a head-to-head competition between an ace pitcher and a star-studded line-up of heavy hitting batters.”

The game takes place in the last three outs of a baseball game, and is played between the pitcher, who chooses his pitches secretly, and the batter, who must guess the location and direction of the pitch correctly for optimum power.  Each of the 20 different player cards provides unique abilities for each player, allowing them to manipulate dice.

Each copy of Bottom of the 9th comes with:

  • 20 punchboard player cards, full-color front and one-color back, in a foil-wrapped pack
  • 2 reference cards
  • 2 playing field pieces in card stock
  • 1 custom silk-screened Pitch Die
  • 1 Pitching Control Die
  • 1 Swing Die
  • 4 wooden base-runners
  • 4 wooden Pitch Tokens (2 red, 2 white)
  • 3 wooden Out markers
  • 2 wooden Strike markers
  • 3 wooden Ball markers
  • 2 wooden Fatigue markers
  • Punchboard “stick of gum” batter ball and strike count tracker
  • 15 Event & Scenario mini cards for solo play
  • Full-color rulebook
  • Sticker sheet (for Pitch Tokens and Fatigue Markers)

Richard Launius (Defenders of the RealmArkham HorrorRun, Fight or Die) has created a solitaire variant for the game that is included in the game.  Stretch goals include better quality components and even player cards for the Sentinels of the Multiverse heroes.  For more information on this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.