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Doing reviews for Gaming Trend has been fun, but it’s certainly taken away from my ability to post here. So I’m trying to establish a routine to where I can do both. I love writing reviews for them, but war games are few and far between while football games are absent altogether. I miss just writing for writing’s sake, so here I am!

I’ve played several games lately I’d like to do some reviews here on. This requires a bit of a rewrite on my part if it’s a game I’ve reviewed for Gaming Trend as I prefer my style here to the style I need to write for them. I also have some reviews of games you won’t find on their site that I have played and would like to discuss.

That said, gaming wise I spent most of the spring playing my mega league in Statis Pro Basketball, but I’ve gotten some 1973 Second Season Replays in. Here’s some recaps:

 

Falcons Blast Inept Saints

If there’s ever a bad side to playing football simulations, it’s when you play a game between two teams with painful to watch offenses. This was the case for much of the game, as Atlanta clung to a 13-3 lead heading into the final quarter. Then, the flood gates opened. Dave Hampton scored from seven yards out, and after a botched kickoff, Ken Mitchell tackled the returner in the end zone for a safety. Set up by a deep Bobby Lee pass to Tom Geredine, Hampton rumbled in from five yards out and within three minutes the Falcons had blown open a 29-3 lead. The misery continued to pile on for the Saints as Archie Manning’s deep pass to Jubilee Dunbar was intercepted by Ray Brown and returned 64 yards for a score. A tipped Manning pass fell into the hands of Jess Phillips for a 42 yard score and slowed the bleeding some, but Manning was sacked in the end zone on the next drive by Tommy Nobis and Mike Lewis, ending the scoring at 36-10. In all, New Orleans managed just 188 yards of offense and Manning ended the game with a disappointing state line, 8 for 22, 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Manning was also sacked four times. Atlanta should feel fortunate to come away with such a resounding victory considering they gained only 281 yards themselves.

 

 

 

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Living Ratings & Upcoming Reviews

I created this blog for a number of reasons. I wanted a place to record and post my football replays. Eventually, I wanted a place to write about war gaming. And finally, I wanted a place to write about my search for the great football games that are out there. I grew up on Statis Pro. I rated it a 10. Yet, before I get heavy into replays I wanted to see what else was out there. Ideally, I would love to find the perfect replay system that has every available season from 1950 on and run with it, but that’s just not going to happen. Already I’ve learned that I enjoy different games for different reasons. Fantasm would be a great replay system, but unless you plan on living to be 340, doing one the one season using Fantasm would be ridiculous.

This means that as I play and review new games, my ratings for previous ones may change a little. Statis Pro isn’t going to drop to a 6 by no means, but it may not stay a 10 either.

That said, I have several games on deck for review. I start some online classes this week, so it may be the weekends before I can review (and in some cases play) these titles.

Here’s the upcoming list in no particular order:

1. Second Season – I was introduced this last year and have played a handful of games of it.
2. APBA – I just bought a copy of this. I have never played it. When it arrives, I’ll give it a spin. Been curious about this one for some time.
3. Strat-o-matic – The other big dog along with APBA. Admittedly, I have it rated a 6 on BGG, but that’s based off my memory from playing it in the mid-90s. I remember not liking it, but I don’t remember why. I bought a copy and will give this another play with new eyes.
4. Solitaire Football – This is my newest find. I need to print off and cut out the seasons. It seems like an interesting system with much quicker play. Curious to see if it has enough for a good replay of is it more on the lines of Paydirt.
5. Tabletop Statis Pro – It’s basically Statis Pro, but they’ve added a few rules. Like Solitaire, I need to finish printing and cutting this one out. Excited to see if this enhances the system or not.
6. Football Bones – I have the 5 games above, but this and the next game I do not own. I’ve read what the designer has said about it and looked at some sample cards. I’m intrigued and this is on my buy list for the future.
7. 4th Street – Again, this will be a future purchase, but it’s a game I want to play because it looks to have some elements of Fantasm in it. Will be down the road sometime.

Welcome to The Field Generals

When I was 12, I got my first football board game, Statis Pro Football, featuring the 1986 season cards. I was immediately hooked by the impressive defenses of LT’s Giants and Singletary’s Bears. I love passing with Marino’s Dolphins and Montana’s passing. I played the heck of that season, and I still have those tattered cards. Not long after that, I was introduced to my first war games, Kingmaker and Axis & Allies. I spent many weekends playing those games into the early morning hours with friends and my father.

Years went by and I stopped playing games, but I recently reconnected with this passion. I dug out the old Statis Pro cards and bought some other seasons I was missing. I started playing war games as well and slowly built up a collection of both genres. I know own about 50 games, at least 10 of which are various football games. All this led to the creation of this site. Here I will discuss various football games to play (and how good they are to play) as well as blogging about war games I get a chance to buy or play.

I hope you enjoy the site. Please feel free to contact me about football or war gaming thoughts or questions.