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Monday, November 19, 2012

Kickstarter: Tony La Russa’s Baseball with Fans

Ha! Kickstarter was Billy Miller & Miriam Linna...and they need the help more than La Russa!

A New Kind of Baseball Game from Legendary Big League Manager Tony La Russa and Pioneering Designer Don Daglow

How does a Manager design a Baseball game?

Tony La Russa knows how to manage in real life – he’s won more games than any other manager in the last century. But he’s not an engineer and he doesn’t code. How does he “design” a game?

Starting with the best-selling Tony La Russa Baseball series over 20 years ago, Don Daglow has been charting Tony’s approach to Baseball in the same way that major league scouts track managers’ patterns, then reviewing the results with Tony.  This allows us to convert Tony’s philosophical approach to the game to mathematical formulas, and that’s how we create the “artificial intelligence” that guides the AI’s baseball decisions.

Like all of us, managers grow and change over time.  Tony managed differently in St. Louis than he did in Oakland, so there’s lots of new work to be done.

Once the core gameplay is functional we have extensive meetings with Tony to tune the experience, then re-validate the results with him during testing to ensure it feels like he’s “managing inside the machine.”

Repoz Posted: November 19, 2012 at 04:24 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: games, media, sabermetrics

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   1. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 19, 2012 at 04:38 PM (#4306235)
Tony LaRussa Baseball: whoever make the most pitching changes wins!
   2. RMc and the Acevedo Naysayers: Reunion Tour 2016! Posted: November 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM (#4306275)
My grandpa played Connie Mack Baseball on his abacus!
   3. Walt Davis Posted: November 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM (#4306300)
In the remake of War Games, the Matthew Broderick character will save the planet by challenging the computer to a game of TLB. Broderick will pinch-hit with a lefty, the computer will counter with a lefty, Broderick will pinch-hit with a righty and ... the computer will grind to a halt because it knows it needs to bring in a righty but the rules won't let it do so.

HAL would have just re-written the rules.

Anyway Earl Weaver baseball from nearly 30 years ago is still probably the best computer baseball game ever* so if they can reproduce that, it would be great.

*OK, I've probably only played 6-7 computer baseball games but I'm still willing to take my chances on EWB.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 19, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4306344)
Do all the computer players do computer steroids in the computer locker room and get good and computer wasted on computer beer after the game?
   5. BDC Posted: November 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4306358)
Agh, I saw a copy of One Last Strike in a supermarket in ARLINGTON yesterday, and almost threw up in my mouth. Whatevers, Tony. God speed your luxurious retirement :)
   6. bobm Posted: November 19, 2012 at 08:34 PM (#4306362)
re-validate the results with him during testing 


In skimming TFE I read this as "drug testing". Weird.
   7. Frank Malzone Rating (GGC) Posted: November 19, 2012 at 09:03 PM (#4306392)
EWB is the only game I ever played, but I had fun playing it with my little brother. The Negro League team was teh awesome. What's the opposite of station-to-station baseball? That was their style.
   8. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: November 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM (#4306537)
What's the opposite of station-to-station baseball?

I'm picturing a velodrome with 4 corners and lots of negro leaguers going 'round and 'round.

But I doubt that answers your question.

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