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Guy Gifford
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This is the 1972 version, flat board set up. Picture is different than one shown. All pieces are present.
Box has wear on all corners.

Sweetner:

Basketball Strategy



Complete game.

Box edges and sides show wear. White is showing along the edges of the box.

 
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
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And yes, it's...

More FOOTBALL!

(and no, I may not be done yet- have you looked at my collection???)

Somehow managed to save the best for last- of these three games anyway.

As the name in the corner implies, this has Sports Illustrated all over it. Well, it is missing the swimsuit issue...


So this is what's in the box- the exact same board and plastic football as Paydirt (and I mean EXACT!) some play cards (two sets) and some defense cards (also two sets). A scorepad and die round things out.

And a book. Remember, this is the 1972 version. Remember, this is Sports Illustrated ladies...

The book starts with this:
Quote:
"Women have made great strides against discriminatory practices. With the victory over the Stag Bar, the female has finally encroached upon every living bastion of male retreat - that is, except one: the TV set."


(Remember, don't shoot the messenger! Please?)

As Cthulhu is my witness, this was actually my favorite of the bunch. No teams, no team stats to juggle through. There are actually three sets of plays to call from for the offense, and 10 defensive formations. The defense cards are labelled A-J and the person playing defense picks one. The person on offense calls out a play from one of the sheets. The defender flips the card and the result is read off. Really simple. There's a single die roll for things like kickoffs, extra points, and big plays. So that's really about it. The included rules for solitaire (two paragraphs) were a bit confusing- using different sets of defensive cards depending on where the ball was on the field- so I just shuffled the 10 cards and flipped one for first down, the next one for second down, etc. I shuffled on first downs and changes of possession.

I got in a quarter of play. One side kicked two field goals (that's in the book!) and the other side scored a touchdown. And then I started thinking about how I might make this even more to my liking... by adding more dice, of course!

But not just any dice- a 10 sided die is too obvious and random. So taking a cue from real life, I may end up using 12 sided dice (or 2 six sided- not sure how I want the odds to play out) and having them call the defense. If it's 1st and 10, I'll use one die. If it's 3 and 2, that would be different die. And I'll change up the odds on the die- when it's likely a run would be called, I'll have more run defense faces (letters, actually) on the die. And there will still be that chance that a player falls down, or something odd happens. That's where the 1 or 2 extra faces would come into play.

And then I got sidetracked to post this before Mexico & Chile squared off. I didn't quite make that...
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
Not super exciting, for the trade pile $2
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jonathan schleyer
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CONDITION: Very Good. Played once

SR $5

BIN $10

or Trade

Not attending convention except for this flea market on Saturday at 12:30pm. However, I live very close so I could perhaps meet people at other times but only for large purchases/trades only.


SOLD! Thanks:

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Brad Restivo
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Lots of box wear. Components are in good condition otherwise.

Includes the hilariously titled "Football Widow's Handbook," which is "A Wife-Type Manual of Football Knowledge."

BIN $15
 
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
Jason Strong
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$2.99 from VV. Complete 1977 edition and included a stray dime.
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
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Avalon Hill's Football Strategy, 1972 printing for $2 at GW. Complete except for the 10 yard marker which I guess is just a tiny piece of cardboard I could print out myself.

A surprisingly neat looking game. Even comes with a "wife only" dummy guide to football which I will probably read because I know jack all about tackle ball.
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
Brody Sheard
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
Garry Lloyd
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Very good condition. Start £6 £5
 
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Man In Black



This throwback (literally) photo shows actor Tommy Lee Jones in his high school football uniform. He’s a senior here, at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas. Laura Bush went to the same school.
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
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Poll: The 2016 AH Cup
Second Qualifying Round
Select One:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
125 Football Strategy (AFC Fylde)
39.0% 30
129 Gulf Strike (Whitehawk)
61.0% 47
Voters 77
This poll is now closed.   77 answers
Poll created by J.L.Robert
Closes: Mon Feb 1, 2016 6:00 am
 
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$2.99 @ Seneca GW

I think I have left this behind in the past. Recently (2-3 months back) I played this with a friend and we had a great time! So, I decided to pick it up this time. Seems complete other than missing a D6 - I can probably find one of those lying around

Box is worn but solid, and looks like it had some good use over the years, but completely playable. Even has a good number of scoresheets left!
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Paul Schulzetenberg
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This is the last football sim at this scale on this list that I’d suggest anybody even bother trying. Putting this game this low will be heresy for some who are in love with this old Avalon Hill classic, but it did very little for me. This is pure outguessing your opponent, with virtually no randomness at all. If I pick a draw, and you pick defense B, it’s always going to be a two yard gain. No dice, no cards, no weather, no home field advantage is going to change that. Two yards, every time. The determinism lends the game a purity that means it is THE football game that some gamers swear by. Those gamers love the intricate guess/counterguess that the game provides. It’s a bit dry and repetitive for my tastes, but I respect the game nonetheless, and I’m not going to argue if you claim it as your favorite.
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This is the 1972 version, flat board set up. Picture is different than one shown. All pieces are present.
Box has wear on all corners.

Sweetner:

Basketball Strategy



Complete game.

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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
Eric Miller
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In light of the playoff games...

Visiting teams all won last week. A little odd. I tried to get my wife to play, but no- she took a nap instead. And then missed the OT of Packers-Cardinals.
 
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Eric Miller
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June 18 (my mom's birthday!)

From my SGOYT entry:

And yes, it's...

More FOOTBALL!

(and no, I may not be done yet- have you looked at my collection???)

Somehow managed to save the best for last- of these three games anyway.

As the name in the corner implies, this has Sports Illustrated all over it. Well, it is missing the swimsuit issue...


So this is what's in the box- the exact same board and plastic football as Paydirt (and I mean EXACT!) some play cards (two sets) and some defense cards (also two sets). A scorepad and die round things out.

And a book. Remember, this is the 1972 version. Remember, this is Sports Illustrated ladies...

The book starts with this:
Quote:
"Women have made great strides against discriminatory practices. With the victory over the Stag Bar, the female has finally encroached upon every living bastion of male retreat - that is, except one: the TV set."


(Remember, don't shoot the messenger! Please?)

As Cthulhu is my witness, this was actually my favorite of the bunch. No teams, no team stats to juggle through. There are actually three sets of plays to call from for the offense, and 10 defensive formations. The defense cards are labelled A-J and the person playing defense picks one. The person on offense calls out a play from one of the sheets. The defender flips the card and the result is read off. Really simple. There's a single die roll for things like kickoffs, extra points, and big plays. So that's really about it. The included rules for solitaire (two paragraphs) were a bit confusing- using different sets of defensive cards depending on where the ball was on the field- so I just shuffled the 10 cards and flipped one for first down, the next one for second down, etc. I shuffled on first downs and changes of possession.

I got in a quarter of play. One side kicked two field goals (that's in the book!) and the other side scored a touchdown. And then I started thinking about how I might make this even more to my liking... by adding more dice, of course!

But not just any dice- a 10 sided die is too obvious and random. So taking a cue from real life, I may end up using 12 sided dice (or 2 six sided- not sure how I want the odds to play out) and having them call the defense. If it's 1st and 10, I'll use one die. If it's 3 and 2, that would be different die. And I'll change up the odds on the die- when it's likely a run would be called, I'll have more run defense faces (letters, actually) on the die. And there will still be that chance that a player falls down, or something odd happens. That's where the 1 or 2 extra faces would come into play.

And then I got sidetracked to post this before Mexico & Chile squared off. I didn't quite make that...
 
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Brody Sheard
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Brody Sheard
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This is the 1972 version, flat board set up. Picture is different than one shown. All pieces are present.
Box has wear on all corners.

Sweetner:

Basketball Strategy



Complete game.

Box edges and sides show wear. White is showing along the edges of the box.

 
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I bought this at a thrift store for only a few bucks. It's a lot of fun, but ultimately it's just an ok game. It's still not what I'm looking for in an NFL style football game experience.

I reviewed it here: [Roger's Reviews] Strategy Football: Old School Gridiron
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Well, Tom, it's finally football season!

I know how you feel, Bob! What can be more exciting then a game between highly trained professionals on a field of... wait.. we just got some news in...

What is it, Tom?

Well, Bob, it seems the NFL has decided to finally put their foot down on the massive increases in payroll and expenses.

Oh? Are they putting a lid on these 100 million dollar contracts?

No, Bob, the NFL is cracking down on the.. refs. It seems the officiating crew is tired of paying for parking at the games they work on, so they are demanding that the NFL validate their parking tickets. The NFL refused, and locked them out.

Well, Tom, I'm glad that some fiscal sense has finally shown up. That $12.50 extra a game could really cut into the player's salaries and the owner's profits!

Yes, Bob... err.. well.. anyway, it says here the NFL has hired replacement refs and assured the fans and teams that there will be no change in the level of officiating due to the refs lock out.

Ok, Tom, it looks like we are about to start play! Wait! There is gunfire on the field! Security is wrestling someone to the ground.. Oh, it's one of the replacement refs! I'm getting word... Well, Tom, it seems one of the replacement refs is actually a retired track and field coach and he was just starting the ..err.. race by firing his starting pistol.

It looks like they have it straightened out, Bob, and have disarmed the referee. There is the opening kick off! He's at the 20.. the 30.. and brought down by McGuffin at the 32. Nice run back and...Bob, what is the referee doing?

Tom, it looks like he is yellow carding McGuffin for low hit.

Yellow carding? Isn't that soccer?

When you are right, you are right, Tom. Looks like they are trying to explain it to .. lets see here.. that official is Manual Ortega.. he is a soccer ref from Paraguay.

Bob, it seems Mr. Ortega can't speak English, so they are having some trouble with rules translation. Ok, it looks like to speed things up they are just letting it ride, and McGuffin now has a yellow warning against him.

Ok, play has resumed. The Broncos are lined up in a shotgun formation, Manning drops back. He fires one off.... oh! Just a little long. The receiver had his man beat, but the … wait, there is a whistle on the play.. What is going on, Tom?

Bob, I think one of the officiating crew just called Manning for Icing.

Icing?

Yes, Bob, Icing. Icing is an infraction in the sport of ice hockey. It occurs when a player shoots the puck across at least two red lines, the opposing team's goal line being the last, and the puck remains...

Tom, I know what Icing is! What .. ok, we are getting word... It seems that the back judge is actually a high school hockey coach from Canada. They are looking for a French translator..

Ok, Bob, looks like the head office called down to the field about the delay. To keep the game moving along, they are just resuming play and penalizing Denver 10 yards for .. icing.

The players seem a bit confused, but are trying to make the best of it. Ok, second down. The Broncos line up in the I formation, the running back slashes across the line and is brought down for a gain of 14. That...

Wait Bob, it seems one of the officials is in the end zone and is signaling.. yep, he is saying the field goal is good!

What field goal? It was first down! They ran the ball!

Hey, Bob, don't kill the messenger! I'm just telling you what is going on. It looks they are reviewing the play, because, as you know Bob, all scoring plays must be reviewed.

What scoring play? Tom, the Bronco's running back was tackled at their own 36 yard line!

Well, Bob, here is the announcement... How about that! The play was upheld! Ok, the Broncos are now up by 3, and it's second down and 6. The Chargers are lining up for a kickoff return.. but the Broncos are lined up in the shotgun! There is massive confusion on the field.. but it looks like the refs are letting it play out. Manning drops back.. and his tight end is wide open in the flat!

Of course he's wide open, Tom! The Chargers are expecting a kick return! That's what normally happens after a scoring play!

I know, Bob, but someone forgot to tell the refs that. It looks like the Chargers finally brought down the tight end at the 20. A gain of 46 yards on a short pass play, how about that! Wait, it looks like the Chargers coach has thrown a challenge flag on the field.

And no wonder, Tom! I'm surprised he hasn't.. wait.. what is the line judge doing?!?

It looks like, wait, let me get my binoculars... Yep, the line judge is writing a ticket to the Chargers head coach for .. littering?

Littering?!?!

Yep, it seems the line judge is actually traffic cop from Milwaukee.

Tom, the Charger's coach is livid! He is.. ok, looks like he isn't going to spend the day fighting it in court and is just paying his fine now.

What?!?!

Well, to honest, Tom, it's what I would have done. No sense it losing a day of work, driving in town..

Bob, you idiot! That's not the issue. How can a coach be fined for...

Hold it, Tom, looks like the play clock was never reset! Manning sees that and rushes his team up to the line. A quick hand off, and the running back is stopped after a minimal gain.

The Chargers did a good job stuffing the run there. Their linebacker... oh my word, what is going on now?

Tom, it looks the French referee is giving a penalty to the Bronco's running back for Charging.

Charging?!?

Tom, In Hockey, Charging is when a player violently checks another play, usually into the boards, and...

Bob, for the love of God, I know what Charging is! What I want to know is why it is being accessed against a FOOTBALL player!!

Tom, I'm just calling them like I see them. Ok, it's now second and long, and Broncos have lined up..

Bob, I only count 10 men on the Broncos team.

Well, Tom, the running back is in the penalty box for Charging, remember? So the Chargers have an opportunity for a power play here. Good chance to sack the quarterback, if you ask me.

What?!?!?!

Ok, Manning is audible out of.. and there is a whistle. Looks like, yep, the officials have signaled the end of the first quarter and are directing the players to the other end of the field.

End of the quarter?!?! Bob, we are only one and half minutes into the game!

I know, Tom, time flies when you are having fun.

Fun? FUN?!!

Yep, Fun, that's what I said Tom. Whoops, looks like the Umpire has called Manning out, and that's the end of the second inning. Any thoughts on the game before we go to commercial, Tom?

Yes, Bob, I quit.
 
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Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3187]
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You would think with the holidays i would have gotten more gaming in. I even went to a party Saturday night that was supposed to double as a game night, it wasn't.

So I got a half game in of Football Strategy. My brother enjoys football and board games so I bought this and 1st & Goal a while back. But we never seem to play them or have time to play a full game.

Football Strategy is a fun simple game. Maybe too simple. How to you make a sports board game that takes player error into account?
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