11.13.19: Creed vs Balboa on AFR!

LOB was back on After Further Review with Steve Tower last night! This time he featured the movie icons from Rocky. As he conducted it live, I also conducted the same matchup in parallel. In the AFR match, Creed and Balboa.... well... just watch it! Let me just tell you what happened in mine:

  • R1: Creed started fast with jabs and crosses as he danced circles around Balboa. Rocky rallied in the final minute to make it close.
  • R2: Creed's jab pumped even harder, opening a cut over Rocky's right eye. Creed also scored some good hooks in a dominant round.
  • R3: A clean hook put Rocky down early in the round! Balboa was stunned again by a finishing combination, but then replied with a powerful combination of his own! They traded in a hard exchange before Creed began to outbox the brawler again.
  • R4: Rocky picking up some momentum with hard hooks and uppercuts inside, but a crisp combination from Creed may have stolen the round.
  • R5: Balboa started imposing his will here, landing the harder shots in-close. Probably his first round on the scorecards.
  • R6: Creed responds with a vicious cross that stunned the challenger! Balboa relentlessly hammered away downstairs. Creed controlled the final minute with a quick hook and a nice combination.
  • R7: Balboa turning up the heat with a jolting uppercut and a solid hook! Creed flashed a stinging double jab, but Balboa walked through it with two more combinations.
  • R8: A nice hook from Creed early, but undaunted, Balboa threw punches in bunches including a hook to the body that hurt the champion! Creed stayed away and countered, but it was not enough as the tide seemed to be turning for the challenger.
  • R9: Creed decided to brawl. The round was close until the final minute, when a sharp combination had Balboa stunned. Great response by the champ.
  • R10: Balboa drilled Creed with a clean straight punch! Then a devastating hook floored the champion! He climbed back to his feet only to be pummeled by two more big combinations! Creed was in big trouble! An even exchange followed and a foul warning slowed the pace. Then... POW! Balboa ran into a clean hook and fell to the canvas! Balboa then had to weather the storm before the bell! Awesome round!
  • R11: A back-n-forth high-action round! Balboa outworking Creed, but Creed landed the cleaner punches. But just before the bell, a powerful combination sent Rocky down for the 3rd time!
  • R12: Balboa came back even stronger with punishing uppercuts and hooks to the body! Creed was clearly in jeopardy as he continually back-pedaled! Big round for the challenger as the champion was stunned for nearly two desparate minutes!
  • R13: Creed countered beautifully early on, but the latter 90 seconds was all Rock! Hard crosses and hooks to run away with this round.
  • R14: They were back in their default modes. Creed fired effective hooks from the outside, while Balboa scored hooks inside. Creed had a slight edge.
  • R15: Balboa came on strong in the final two minutes, pouring it on with solid combinations. Creed failed to land anything cleanly, but managed a couple of even exchanges in the final 60 seconds. Balboa punctuated the fight with a good combination before the bell.

Summary points: 4 knockdowns, 10 stunning punches (3-pointers) but amazingly no 4-pointers!, Balboa on TKO watch in the 12th, Creed in the 13th and 14th. Punch Points: Balboa 106, Creed 105

The scores: 9-8, 9-8 Balboa, 11-7 Creed. A split-decision victory for Rocky! Round 12 was the biggest difference. Despite no knockdown in that round, all three judges gave Balboa a 2-point margin. I didn't think he'd overcome the three knockdowns!

Plenty of drama and a razor thin verdict! Oh yeah. I'll be doing this again sometime.

11.05.19: Restocked and Ready to Rumble and... Errata Pack 2 is in the Mail!

Dozens of letters were mailed-out today containing the 7 corrected cards mentioned in last week's Base Camp Newsletter. A customer appreciation bonus is also included and I can hardly wait for these to arrive. Fun stuff!

Meanwhile, the restocking of the core game is finally complete! I've been working on this (off and on) for a month. We had a delay in the dice reorder and then further delay waiting for the errata reprints to arrive and get integrated into the inventory. I was able to finally put everything back together today. Phew!

The results of the LOB Support Poll are in. We got a 30% response rate, which is not bad as far as these things go. Thank you to all who responded! I'm glad we did this poll, because the results were quite different than I expected. Here is a ranking of the proposed products in order of customer preference:

  1. Featherweight Expansion Set
  2. Bantamweight Expansion Set
  3. Career Campaign Guide
  4. Gilded Age Expansion Set
  5. Tactics Deck
  6. FAC Deck

There was a fairly large interest drop-off from #2 (Bantams) to #3 Campaign Guide and another drop-off after the Gilded Age Set to the two card deck ideas. The results suggest that the community would be best-served with more expansion sets rather than accessories. In 2020, we will likely look at doing super-middleweights, junior middleweights, and maybe even junior lightweights.

The comments section was interesting as well. We'll hold on to that feedback and address a few of those questions in the December newsletter. Now it's time to focus on Featherweights!

09.21.19: Soccer in the Pipeline!

In the September edition of Base Camp Newsletter, we discussed how the parallel designs of Quick Fixture and Dice United influenced each other. Now the best of both games is being merged into the new Dice United! First, we just prefered that name over Quick Fixture. Secondly, the core logic of the game has grown with layered integration of the team ratings. From Quick Fixture, the timing method, the team ratings, and the ancillary charts for Keeper Checks, Great Chances, and Set Pieces are mostly intact. But Dice United contributes the Action Table concepts and Aggression ratings for Pitch Battles, which evolve the game to the next level. It still plays nearly as fast as Quick Fixture, while providing a deeper experience.

Here's a sneak peek at a logo I'm working on for the new game!

We are working hard on this one. If all goes according to plan, Dice United will be available in late November.

09.18.19: Off to the Print Shop: Lightweights!

The upcoming 6th expansion for Legends of Boxing has been sent to the print shop. Target release date, October 1st. Here are the fighters who made the cut:

Sammy Angott, Alexis Arguello, Henry Armstrong, Harry Arroyo, Cesar Bazan, Robin Blake, Livingstone Bramble, Charlie "Choo-Choo" Brown, Chango Carmona, Pedro Carrasco, Jimmy Carter, Teo Cruz, Howard Davis Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Esteban DeJesus, Paddy DeMarco, Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, Ernesto Espana, Vilomar Fernandez, Art Frias, Joey Gamache, Norman Goins, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Philip Holiday, Lew Jenkins, Hilmer Kenty, Duk-Koo Kim, Ismael Laguna, Tony Lopez, Lenny "Boom-boom" Mancini, Jeff Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jean-Baptiste Mendy, "Bobcat" Bob Montgomery, Shane Mosley, Orzubek Nazarov, Claude Noel, Jimmy Paul, Freddie Pendleton, Jose Luis Ramirez, Mando Ramos, Edwin Rosario, Rafael Ruelas, Frankie Ryff, Gilberto Serrano, Wallace Smith, Dingaan Thobela, Edwin Viruet, James Watt, Juan Zurita

About 40% of these guys received special traits. Can you guess who a few of them might be?

09.04.19: SportsSim Magazine Debuts!

Issue Number 1 is available in PDF and print HERE! Yes, there is story about the development of our own Legends of Boxing, but there is much more! Plenty of good stuff on the hobby in general and baseball in particular. Check it out!

08.26.19: LOB gets Honorable Mention in Tabletop Gaming Magazine!

The current issue of this fine UK-based magazine has an article by our friend Tom Gerbasi on the return of Title Bout! Woven into this intriguing story are some quotes from me. Mr. Gerbasi also goes on to discuss the emergent games in this genre, LOB and Glory Days Boxing. Check it out HERE

08.25.19: New Expansion Set and Updated Fighter List

Below is the final list of the 50 fighters in the Light Heavyweight Set:
• Jorge Ahumada 
• Dennis Andries 
• Melio Bettina 
• Jimmy Bivins 
• Bobby Cassidy 
• Ezzard Charles 
• Anton Christoforidis 
• Billy Conn 
• John Conteh 
• Bobby Czyz 
• Ray Elson 
• Bob Foster 
• Pierre Fourie 
• Tiger Jack Fox 
• Victor Galindez 
• Bob Godwin 
• Thomas Hearns 
• Virgil Hill 
• Harold Johnson 
• Roy Jones Jr. 
• Slobodan Kacar 
• Don LaLonde 
• Sam Langford 
• Gus Lesnevich 
• John Henry Lewis 
• Yaqui Lopez 
• Lloyd Marshall 
• Henry Maske 
• Harry Matthews 
• Joey Maxim 
• Freddie Mills 
• Archie Moore
• Kemper Morton 
• Eddie Mustafa Muhammad 
• Matthew Saad Muhammad 
• Lotte Mwale 
• Danny Nardico 
• Willie Pastrano 
• Dwight Qawi
• Vicente Rondon 
• Maxie Rosenbloom 
• Mike Rossman 
• Jimmy Slade 
• Michael Spinks 
• Leslie Stewart 
• Fabrice Tiozzo 
• Gene Tunney 
• Prince Charles Williams 
• J.B. Williamson 
• Tommy Yarosz

This set will be available in the shop this afternoon!

08.13.19 Up next: Light Heavyweights!

I just sent the Light Heavyweight Set off to the print shop. It will be about a week or two to turn them around and have them ready to ship. (See the updated list of fighters above, 08.25.19) Tunney, Foster, Moore, and Charles are just nightmares in that division. In reviewing Tunney, I gained a new respect for his sharp punching and aggression against other light heavies. Fantastic at controlling the gap. You also have the likes of Jimmy Bivins, Harold Johnson, Roy Jones, Langford, and Spinks to push them to their limits. On the other end of the spectrum, I dropped in a few obscure guys like Ray Elson and Danny Nardico, just for kicks.

08.08.19: Junior Welterweight Expansion Released!

Another set of 50 fighter cards brings the total number of fighters for LOB to 375! There's more to come. We are already working on the Light Heavyweights. Here are the fighters in the new Junior Welterweight set:

Pedro Adigue, Bruno Arcari, Alexis Arguello, Rene Arrendondo, Domingo Ayala, Lennox Blackmoore, Timothy Bradley, Piero Brandi, Monroe Brooks, Johnny Bumphus, Antonio Cervantes, Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Martin Coggi, Billy Costello, Bruce Curry, Morris East, Perico Fernandez, Alphonso Frazier, Paul Takeshi Fuji, Arturo Gatti, Carlos Maria Gimenez, Leroy Haley, Gene Hatcher, Ricky Hatton, Joao Henrique, Carlos Hernandez, Akinobu Hiranaka, Nicolino Locche, Duilio Loi, Sandro Lopopolo, Ollie Maki, Saoul Mamby, Terry Marsh, Benny Medina, Miguel Montilla, Saensak Muangsurin, Zach Padilla, Eddie Perkins, Vince Phillips, Rafael Pineda, Aaron Pryor, Willi Quatuor, Frankie Randall, Conny Rudhof, Ubaldo Sacco, Lonnie Smith, Michael Stewart, Hector Thompson, Kostya Tszyu, and Mickey Ward

06.13.19: Welterweights: the Third Expansion Set

This set of 50 fighter cards has been sent to the print shop! We plan to release it on July 7th. Here are the fighters included:

Virgil Akins, Art Aragon, Billy Backus, Tommy Bell, Maurice Blocker, Johnny Bratton, Mark Breland, Simon Brown, Oba Carr, Scott Clark, Freddie Cochrane, Curtis Cokes, Miguel Cotto, Pipino Cuevas, Brian Curvis, Aaron Davis, Tony DeMarco, Roberto Duran, Angel Espada, Crisanto Espana, Billy Graham, Davey Green, Emile Griffith, Joergen Hansen, Gypsy Joe Harris, Lloyd Honeyghan, Colin Jones, Don Jordan, Nino LaRocca, Roger Leonard, Hedgemon Lewis, Antonio Margarito, Milton McCrory, Buddy McGirt, Jimmy McLarnin, Victor Ortiz, Manny Pacquiao, James Page, Carlos Palomino, Benny Paret, Pete Ranzany, Luis Rodriguez, Johnny Saxton, Marlon Starling, John H. Stracey, Meldrick Taylor, Saverio Turiell, Jorge Vaca, Adolpho Viruet, Harold Weston

We initially planned a combined set of welterweights and junior welterweights, but after further discussion and consideration, it was decided that it would be cleaner and less confusing to keep the junior sets separate as well. So this 50-card collection sets the standard for future expansions. The upside is that the junior welterweight set will also include 50 cards, instead the 25 originally rated for the combined set. The price is expected to be about $10.

05.17.19: Next Expansion Set: The Middleweights!

The ratings are done! Next, we will review and proof them for a few days. The plan is to send this set to the print shop in next week. Here's the list of fighters:

  • Georgie Abrams
  • Vito Antuofermo
  • Joey Archer
  • Johh Ashton
  • Iran Barkley
  • Nigel Benn
  • George Benton
  • Nate Bolden
  • Lou Brouillard
  • Rocky Castellani
  • Jorge Castro
  • Hacine Cherifi
  • Mike Colbert
  • Les Darcy
  • Laurent Dauthuille
  • Terry Downes
  • Antwun Echols
  • Kevin Finnegan
  • Frank Fletcher
  • Tiger Flowers
  • Don Fullmer
  • Gene Fullmer
  • Ceferino Garcia
  • Marcos Geraldo
  • Joey Giambra
  • Herol Graham
  • Julio Cesar Green
  • James Green
  • Eugene Hairston
  • Loucif Hamani
  • Mustapha Hamsho
  • Henry Hank
  • Thomas Hearns
  • Gerhard Hecht
  • Al Hostak
  • John David Jackson
  • Julian Jackson
  • Tony Janiro
  • Reggie Johnson
  • William Joppy
  • Sumbu Kalambay
  • Solly Krieger
  • Caveman Lee
  • Andy Lee
  • Ray Leonard
  • Tony Licata
  • Jan Magdziarz
  • Sergio Martinez
  • Gerald McClellan
  • Holly Mims
  • Alan Minter
  • John Mugabi
  • Michael Nunn
  • Michael Olajide
  • Carl Olson
  • Ken Overlin
  • Kelly Pavlik
  • Paul Pender
  • Juan Roldan
  • Dave Sands
  • Wilford Scypion
  • Ray Seales
  • Tony Sibson
  • Billy Soose
  • Bunny Sterling
  • Shinji Takehara
  • Frank Tate
  • Jermain Taylor
  • Quincy Taylor
  • James Toney
  • Gratien Tonna
  • Randy Turpin
  • Rodrigo Valdez
  • Bobby Watts
  • Lester Yarbrough

04.23.19: The Latest Gamescape Video: Advanced LOB

More Heavyweight Action Coming Soon!

The first fighter card expansion set for LOB has taken shape! This grouping of 75 heavyweights will bring a lot more diversity to your fighter selection with Control ratings ranging from 1 to 8. Furthermore, 22 of these fighters have received special ratings to capture particular tendencies, but which ones?

  • Pedro Agosto
  • Omelio Agramonte
  • Johnny Arthur
  • Buddy Baer
  • Bob Baker
  • Trevor Berbick
  • Willie Besmanoff
  • Duane Bobick
  • Frank Bruno
  • Joe Bugner
  • Primo Carnera
  • George Chaplin
  • Randall "Tex" Cobb
  • Gerrie Coetzee
  • Gerry Cooney
  • Jean-Pierre Coopman
  • Francesco Damiani
  • Embrell Davidson
  • Michael Dokes
  • Buster Douglas
  • Jimmy Ellis
  • Butterbean Eric Esch
  • Alfredo Evangelista
  • Luis Firpo
  • Jim "Fireman" Flynn
  • Mac Foster
  • Fred Fulton
  • Tony Galento
  • Mark Gastineau
  • Andrew Golota
  • Toxie Hall
  • Herbie Hide
  • Tunney Hunsaker
  • Ike Ibeabuchi
  • Ingemar Johansson
  • George "Scrap Iron" Johnson
  • Boone Kirkman
  • Vitali Klitschko
  • Kallie Knoetze
  • Scott LeDoux
  • Brian London
  • Ron Lyle
  • Buster Mathis
  • Peter McNeeley
  • Bernardo Mercado
  • Ray Mercer
  • Karl Mildenberger
  • Michael Moorer
  • Tommy Morrison
  • Randy Neumann
  • Gordon Racette
  • Alfio Righetti
  • Lucien Rodriguez
  • Jose "King" Roman
  • Giuseppe Ros
  • Bob Satterfield
  • Axel Schulz
  • Bruce Seldon
  • James "Bonecrusher" Smith
  • Renaldo Snipes
  • Leon Spinks
  • Ron Stander
  • Randy Stephans
  • Pinklon Thomas
  • James "Quick" Tillis
  • David Tua
  • Tony Tucker
  • Mel Turnbow
  • Nino Valdes
  • Stan Ward
  • Mike Weaver
  • Jess Willard
  • Carl "The Truth" Williams
  • Jimmy Young
  • Lorenzo Zanon

More LOB Demos and an Update! 04.03.19

Two more videos are up on our Gamescape channel showing actual play using just the basic rules.

Meanwhile, our print shop is supposed to ship the corrected chart and card reprints today. As soon as they arrive here, we will begin shipping Errata Packs out to the current customers. In the meantime, we are reviewing ratings for our first heavyweight expansion set.

LOB and the Pursuit of Excellence

Once LOB reached customers, a few errata items were discovered. Nothing major, but it was enough that we felt the need to stop taking orders until all the charts and cards were reviewed and corrected. An email has gone out to all customers regarding errata and next week we will reordered all the affected components. The replacement charts and cards will be sent to all existing customers before the store re-opens for new orders. Look for it in a couple weeks.

LOB Demo on Scoresheet Notation

Posted to the Gamescape channel on 03.29.

LOB Demo with a Conclusion

Let's end with a bang!

LOB Demo Continued...

Round 3 include cut and foul points

LOB Opening Round Demo on Gamescape

An example of pre-fight procedures and a first round demo!

03.19.19: LOB Preview on YouTube

Big thanks to Steve at After Further Review for discussing the upcoming release in his News segment! My new Gamescape video preview of the game is embedded below. Check it out!

03.05.19: Getting Real Around Here...

The photo below is the fully realized version of Legends of Boxing! Although I've only been on this path for three months, my dream of seeing this game in professional level production goes back to 2005. So yeah, today was a big deal! For those not already familiar with LOB, the primary charts, mode cards, quick reference card, and scoresheet are shown.

02.26.19: More Learning Curve for the Launch and GridZone Developments

So remember that previous bit about the print shop approving my layouts? Well, after I submitted the whole order, the fighter cards were rejected. So, I had to reformat the whole set. As a result, I had space to add five more fighters to the lightweight selection: Joe Brown, Kenny Lane, Lauro Salas, Juan Nazario, and Paul Spadafora.

In other news, there have been some neat developments for GridZone. Our friend Chris Hernandez is developing an online app and he's looking for play-testers. Check out his current demo HERE.

Interested? If so, reach me through the Contact form on this website and I'll forward your email to Chris.

02.18.19: Off and Running!

It is now official. LOB is going to print! Layouts have all been approved and the initial order is in queue. It will take about a month to get everything organized (dedicated space in my house) and ramped-up (online shop). We should be open for orders in late March, tentatively the 25th. The core game will come with 120 fighter cards:

02.05.19: In Training with Legends of Boxing

So for the past month, I've been learning a ton! From sourcing to publishing software to commercial print standards. Here are a few of the good and less good things I've discovered:

Less good: Small volume gets the shaft.

  • Boxes: I designed a nice cover for a chipboard box that I wanted for the game. Most manufacturers (US-based), said their minimum print run is 5000 units. Well my first print run is 100 units, so out of the question. But I kept looking, approaching smaller print shops. Most of them couldn't do it at all. I did find two companies that would do a print run of 100 boxes but the quotes were outrageous. Bottom line: Economy of scale won't support a nice custom chipboard box as I had hoped. So I'm still looking for alternatives.
  • Game boards: Again, I wanted nice thick boards, but similar story. My print run is too small to bring the cost down and make it feasible.

Good stuff:

  • The full-color game boards look great! They will be on the thickest card stock available through a small print shop. I can hardly wait to see them in physical form! Hopefully by the end of February.
  • Fighter cards! This is the biggest thing that has been missing from LOB all these years. They will be 2 x 3.5 inches on 110 lb stock and die-cut. Black & white, laser printed. The print shop is supposed to approve the layout today. I plan to feature over 100 fighters from various primary weight classes in the core set.
  • The new Mode Cards look really crisp and sharp! Aside from some minor text revisions, they're the same as they've been for years. You've probably heard the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!".
  • New Player Aids: The game will include a flowchart of the basic procedures and a nice Quick Reference card. Sneak peak of the Quick Ref below.

The core game will come with dice instead of fast-action cards (FACs). LOB was originally designed as a dice game. The 2010 version featured FACs to allow smoother flow of the action. So as you can see, I've waffled on this myself over the years! But I needed to decide on one or the other for the core game, which informs how the instructions are written. If we see enough demand for FACs later on, then I'll produce a set as an add-on. So this is yet to be determined.

Looking ahead, I hope to start taking orders for LOB in April. We are excited to get this first product out there and see what happens. If all goes well, we will continue to support the game with several more products including more fighter card sets, a full-blown career system and more. By late summer, we hope to be turning our attention to Quick Fixture, giving it the same professional makeover. Thanks for checking in!

01.08.19: Is it a hobby or a business? Let's find out together!

In the past couple months I have been considering the pros and cons of offering free games. In truth, it has always been a conflict for me, but life has a way of changing your perspectives. In short, I feel that free product does more harm than good, particularly in the cottage industry of sports board games. So, effective immediately I have taken down Legends of Boxing, Quick Fixture, and GridZone. The plan is to give them a makeover and offer them as hard copy products with real game boards and card decks. This will help to establish our game line and give us something to build on.

Wish me luck as I start down this new road! There's much to be learned about publishing software, sourcing, printing, components, and shipping!