Tutorial – How to play Famous Fastballs, a baseball card game from Famous Games Co
So you want to be a famous baseball player…
Well step up to the plate for a moment and let’s see what you’re made of.
Baseball’s all about statistics. We use pennies to track some stats on these
four cards. Another four pennies track your baserunners
on the Infield card. As you can see, it’s the top of the first
inning, with zero outs. The Home team is on the pitching mound and the Visitors have the
bat. Congratulations! You’re ready to play.
Now, baseball’s a bluffing game, champ, particularly between the pitcher and the batter.
The pitcher has to throw either a ball or a strike. And the batter? Well, he’s either
going to swing or he ain’t. If you can get inside your opponent’s head, you’ll be
playing the big leagues in no time! If the batter’s hand signal doesn’t match
the pitcher’s, he’s out! See how we tracked it on the Outs card?
However, if the pitcher throws a ball and the batter chooses not to swing, the batter
earns a free walk to first base. Move his penny on the Infield card and bring
in the next batter. On the other hand, if the pitcher throws a
strike and the batter chooses to swing, we’ve got a hit on our hands.
Now a good hit’s all about placement. The batter’s got some control over that but
so does the pitcher and his fielding team. Hit placement is determined by each player
drawing 0-3 fingers from behind their back and then adding up the results.
The batter wants the black results and will often play high numbers to achieve them. The
pitcher wants the white results so he’ll often play low numbers. The typical result?
A single base for the batter. But the pitcher won’t let that go on forever.
At some point he’ll want to switch strategies, lure the batter into a big triple play, and
put an end to that half of the inning. But what if the batter sees it coming and
signals with two fingers instead of three to take the home run? It’s a head game,
see? And both players are going to be doing their best to keep each other on their toes.
In the meantime, keep batting and hitting and scoring those runs until the pitcher finally
gets his third out to end this half of the inning.
After the third out, advance the penny to the next half-inning on the Inning card, clear
the baserunners from the Infield, reset the Outs to zero, and swap Pitcher and Batter
cards with the other player. Because the penny’s in the red column of
the first row on the Inning card, that means we’re in the bottom of the first inning.
The color of the column indicates whose turn it is to bat.
Each inning lasts about five minutes. If you’re new at this, try the first five innings to
get a taste for the game. For a longer game, just flip over the Inning
card and play the full nine. Winning isn’t everything, champ, but youwon’t
make it to the World Series without it. If you scored the most runs over the course
of the game, congratulations! You’ve earned it.
I promised I’d make a famous baseball playerout of you so thanks for letting me show you around
the grounds. Now that you know the game, it’s time to
get a league together and play ball. Go on and make me proud!