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Fantasy '86

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Since 1995 I have played the computer version of Strat-O-Matic Baseball which might as well be Dungeons & Dragons for baseball geeks. I always order the updated version of the game online but they still send me the mail order form along with some little newsletter. I usually just glance at it and throw it away but something caught my eye this time. SportingNews.com in recent years has run some sort of fantasy baseball version of Strat-O-Matic but I've never been interested in it as it costs $25 a team. Well apparently very soon they will be running a free game that will be based on the 1986 MLB season where you can make up your own team of players from 1986. They are doing in conjunction with their 1986 Take Two promotion where "celebrities" are replaying that season. From what I know of with the Sporting News version of the game the leagues are 12 teams each, you draft 25 man rosters with a salary cap, and play a 162 game season. You don't actually "play" each other as the games are simulated but you can make trades and make line up adjustments during the season.


So I pose the question to my three blog readers...would anyone be interested in doing this? The website say it's a limited offer so I have no idea if I'll even be able to create a league but it sounds like an interesting alternative to typical fantasy baseball and best of all it's free. If I get a feeling that there will be enough interest on the board I'll probably create a thread for it in the Sports folder when they starting take sign ups, which will be February 27th.

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Since the games are simulated I don't think you'd necessarily need to know how to play Strat-O-Matic, or at least that's what I'm hoping. There's supposed to be some sort of demo availalbe next week for how the draft works so I'll probably mess around with that to see if there is going to be any learning curve in order to be succesful in the league. If it seems like you do need to have some basic knowledge about Strat or if it is something where the players will have to be checking on their teams everyday then I'll pass on it. At this point I just want to gauge if there is enough interest to get 11 other people to sign up for a league.

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