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An absurdist baseball game is tearing up the internet, thanks to fans

The official website for the game Blaseball won’t tell you any of the above. It is an information-heavy website full of box scores and statistics with a light sprinkling of absurdist horror. Nevertheless, Blaseball has completely taken over Weird Internet, and amassed legions of fans who, despite the bare-bones framing, imagine each Blaseball matchup in the language of epic poetry.

Blaseball (pronounced like baseball with an “L,” not like blasé-ball) is actually a very simple gaming experience. It’s an automated baseball league, with 20 teams each representing different regions, full of players with their own statistics. You play by picking a favorite team, passively earning coins when they win, and actively betting on match-ups around the league in order to maximize your profits.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2020 at 11:25 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: August 09, 2020 at 11:57 AM (#5968597)
this is unbelievable timing.

I was at a family outing last night, and my 20-something nephew - who has never expressed any interest in any sport in his life, neither competing nor watching - couldn't wait to tell me about "Blaseball."

he likes the idea that under certain conditions players will spontaneously combust, be eaten by a swarm of locusts, and so forth.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 09, 2020 at 12:02 PM (#5968601)
under certain conditions players will spontaneously combust, be eaten by a swarm of locusts, and so forth.
Brandon Morrow, I assume?
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 09, 2020 at 01:54 PM (#5968617)
Brandon Morrow, I assume?

No.

be eaten by a swarm of locusts

Joba Chamberlain.
   4. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: August 09, 2020 at 01:56 PM (#5968618)

under certain conditions players will spontaneously combust, be eaten by a swarm of locusts, and so forth.

Brandon Morrow, I assume?


Nick Johnson
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 09, 2020 at 02:08 PM (#5968621)
How are Brandon Morrow and Nick Johnson mentioned before Mark Prior. Very disappointing BTF, very disappointing indeed.
   6. For the Turnstiles (andeux) Posted: August 09, 2020 at 02:28 PM (#5968627)
eaten by a swarm of locusts

Zach Wheat, Jim Rice, or Jharel Cotton.
   7. AndrewJ Posted: August 09, 2020 at 03:05 PM (#5968634)
he likes the idea that under certain conditions players will spontaneously combust, be eaten by a swarm of locusts, and so forth

Phillies fans who lived through September 1964 or Black Friday in 1977 will appreciate the understatement.
   8. Yanigan Posted: August 09, 2020 at 04:48 PM (#5968648)
Things have been moving fast lately for this bunch, so they've taken a time out.

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