Since my talk of this game on another thread was pretty much looked at with sardonic scorn, I'll just post all this here in case someone cares.
If you enjoy sports at all, I highly recommend checking it out. http://www.strat-o-matic.com/
Here's a Wiki
describing the NY based company, which has been around since 1961 (so 54 years). They originally just made a board game simulation of baseball, the rulkes of which have become more and more advanced over the years, releasing updated rosters every year.
From the Wiki:
"In a Strat-O-Matic game, each athlete is represented by a player card, on which are printed various ratings and result tables for dice rolls. A player, who may play solitaire or against another player, is in charge of making strategic and personnel decisions for his/her team, while determining the results of his/her decisions by cross-referencing dice rolls with a system of printed charts and tables. (The basic scheme may be understood in connection with the adjoining images, representing the baseball game. One die selects which column is used on either the batter or the pitcher card, while the other two dice specify the outcome within the column.)
The results on the player cards are determined by a combination of the respective athlete's real-life statistics for the previous year and (mostly in the case of the baseball game) independent research of news articles and scouting reports. All Strat-O-Matic games offer a "basic", "advanced", and "super-advanced" version; the more advanced versions give more strategic options to players while taking into account additional nuances of an athlete's abilities (e.g., in baseball, differences in hitting vs. left-handed or right-handed pitchers). The computer adaptations essentially rely on the same algorithms as the tabletop games, but they have the additional advantages of faster play and statistics compilation."
Pitcher card example:
Batter/Fielder card example:
Then in 1968, the company released a football game (for both college and pro), a basketball game in 1973 and a hockey version in 1978.
Then much later, they made a computer version that you can play with the same rules for any of the games but online against others in single games or leagues or just by yourself.
A friend introduced me to the baseball version and I can't convey just how awesome I think it is. I started just playing the board game version with cards and dice in a 6 player league where we all drafted our players from amongst available players from 8 teams that we chose. I'm currently in first place as of week 12 out of 20 weeks, heh.
I'm playing my version of the Seattle Mariners.
I bought the football board version with the same players drafting players for our football teams. I'm, playing my version of the Seattle Seahawks of course. Our season hasn't started just yet. Even Josi's in the foootball league.
Sports fans are likely to love this game. Sports fans who are also math nerds are even more likely to love this game. Again, I highly, HIGHLY recommend it.