I’ve revised my method of play presentation to reflect how I currently play. I use a hybrid system which blends aspects from the Basic game with section II, Options, of the Master Game instructional manual. In addition, I’ve addressed “lessons learned” on limiting running backs to their actual longs and “reduction rule” associated with 5db (nickel) and 6db (dime).
I’ve decluttered the “Method of Play” section and updated the following presentations: Hurried by the Blitz, Sack & Interception, and Yards per Catch (YPC).
The big football news out of the convention is the 2022 APBA Football card set will code certain QBs (Allen, Hurts, Jackson, Fields, etc) who frequently executed designed runs. Using Pro-Football Reference, APBA will identify the amount of called runs and incorporate this into the R-column. The scramble numbers (26/27) will be calculated only for actual number of scrambles NOT total rushing attempts. The coding will be like WRs coded with (EB/HB) to address the jet sweep.
This is a major upgrade that will enhance realism and playability. We have two gentlemen to thank for this major upgrade, Mr. Greg Wells and Mr. Doug Reese. I know that Greg has been working behind the scenes with John on this for nearly a year. Doug has been in the forefront on this matter, he has sent countless emails to APBA and has been quite verbal on this front but the “squeaky wheel gets the grease.” His persistence is a win for our entire football community and we owe both gentlemen a debt of gratitude.
To my knowledge, APBA is not going to re-issue any QB cards for season sets currently being sold in Stadium Shop but this new methodology will be used on all future sets. I would like to introduce my innovation for determining the amount of “called” runs for running type QBs. The below PDF explains this innovation and “Augmenting QB Rushing Attempts” is the excel file needed to make this process painless.
I vividly remember the day that Sascha came to our home. It was Saturday, September 14, 2013, and it was the day of the much-anticipated Alabama at Texas Tech game. For Tide fans like me, it was revenge day on “Johnny Football”. Sascha was a 5-month-old, shepherd/huskie mix, who was found wandering the back country roads of northern Alabama after apparently being dumped. Later that evening, she witnessed her first game of APBA Football and was most curious about the dice. It was game 188 of my 2011 NFL replay and from that moment on she never missed a game.
We have become inseparable partners over the last decade and have logged a lot of miles and rolled 20 full season replays together. I’ve always joked that she forgot more about APBA Football than most folks ever knew. Today she makes her way to the “Rainbow Bridge” and will be forever missed.
The game company’s “punt return-penalty” rules outlined in the Basic or Master Game doesn’t account for any return yardage associated with the following penalties: clipping, offensive holding, personal foul, or an illegal block. APBA specifies to enforce from spot of possession resulting in “zero return yardage for applicable returner and the 10 or 15-yard penalty being enforced from spot of possession.”
If I roll a Play Result (PR) 31 (Master – 7TQ or RP16/Basic 7TQ), PR 35 (Master – 18TQ or 26 TQ/ Basic 22TQ) or PR 36 (Master 5TQ or 3TQ/Basic 4TQ) during a punt return it triggers an additional dice roll to determine if the infraction occurred beyond or before the return gain.
Example for PR 31:
I’m using the Basic booklet and the PR is 31 resulting in 7TQ. I need to determine if the penalty occurred prior to the returner gaining 7 yards or did the infraction occur downfield past 7-yards. Once I roll, I look at the red die and if it’s an even number (2, 4, or 6), the penalty occurred downfield, so if the punt returner fielded the punt at his own 31-yard line and advanced it 7-yards to the 38-yard line, the 10 or 15-yard penalty would be enforced from the 38-yard line.
If the red die was an odd number (1, 3, or 5), the penalty occurred prior to the returner gaining 7 yards and the white die indicates the spot of the infraction. If white die was 3, I would award the punt returner a 3-yard gain and enforce the 10 or 15-yard penalty from the return team’s 34-yard line.
Example of PR 35:
I’m using the Basic booklet and the PR is 35 resulting in 22TQ. I need to determine if the penalty occurred prior to the returner gaining 22 yards or did the infraction occur downfield past 22-yards? Once I roll, I look at the red die and if it’s an even number (2, 4, or 6), the penalty occurred downfield, so if the punt returner fielded the punt at the punt return team’s 31-yard line and advanced it 22-yards to the opponents 47-yard line, the 10 or 15-yard penalty would be enforced from the 47-yard line.
If the red die was an odd number (1, 3, or 5), the penalty occurred prior to the returner gaining 22 yards, add both the red and white dice to determine spot of the infraction. If dice roll was 65, I would award the punt returner a 11-yard gain and enforce the 10 or 15-yard penalty from the punt return team’s 42-yard line.
Example of PR 36:
I’m using the Master booklet during the first quarter and PR 36 results in 5TQ. I need to determine if the penalty occurred prior to the returner gaining 5 yards or did the infraction occur downfield past 5-yards? Once I roll, I look at the red die and if it’s an even number (2, 4, or 6), the penalty occurred downfield, so if the punt returner fielded the punt at the punt return team’s 31-yard line and advanced it 5-yards to the punt return team’s 36-yard line, the 10 or 15-yard penalty would be enforced from the 36-yard line.
If the red die was an odd number (1, 3, or 5), the penalty occurred prior to the returner gaining 5 yards and the white die indicates the spot of the infraction. If white die was 3, I would award the punt returner a 3-yard gain and enforce the 10 or 15-yard penalty from the punt return team’s 34-yard line. Note: the return always is less than the gain, so if the white die is a 5 or 6, just treat as a 4-yard return.
I would like to wish all my fellow servicemembers a “Happy Veterans” Day and thank you for your service to our nation. The below photo was my Basic Training picture taken back in 1983 when I was just a 20-year-old kid. Since I read in the APBA newsletter about the upcoming release of the “83” card set, I think it’s only fitting that this will be my next replay project.
Anyone who has been around APBA Football for the past ten years or more are quite familiar with Mr. Geoff Giordano. Geoff was the founder of the original APBA Football Facebook group and had a huge following prior to his hiatus from the hobby. Well Geoff is back in the fold and rebooted his APBA Football Club on Facebook with his “Legends of the Game” interview series. It was wonderful reconnecting with my old friend during the past week’s interview.
I was going through some old photos and came across the below photo of Roy Langhans and me playing a Face-to-Face Football game at the 2019 APBA Convention. Roy is APBA royalty, without question, if there was a Mount Rushmore of APBA, his face would be on it. He is a first-class gentleman, who carries himself with grace and kindness. I will never forget the first time that I met him, it was at my first convention. These were still the days when there was only a baseball tournament at the convention and I am purely a football guy. I hear a voice behind me saying “Hey, Oguard” and I turnaround to see Roy introducing himself. He reaches in his pocket and removes this old football scoresheet from his college days and provides me the back story. It was hilarious and proved to be an excellent icebreaker because from that moment I felt at home.
The game that we played was between the 1993 Miami Dolphins and the 1993 New York Jets. Now, Roy is an original APBA Hall of Famer who is proficient in every game the company ever produced. He has Dan Marino and he opens up the first couple series with a “2-Tight End” formation and roasting me with screen passes. Needless to say, he had me reeling at first, but I have learned my lessons over the years from Greg Wells and adjusted accordingly. It was three hours of pure bliss!
Hopefully, the convention will resume next year and for those of you that never attended, I highly encourage you to do so.
Kirk and Kevin Weber, founders of “Double Take: An APBA Gaming Podcast” were kind enough to request an interview with me to talk APBA Football. It was a great time and I greatly appreciated being on their show.
Their podcast is available on all the major podcast platforms and apps. One would just need to search for Double Take: An APBA Gaming Podcast. The app I used to listen to the below episode was Anchor.
Both of these gentlemen are a class act who produce a first-rate product that I will listen to moving forward. Thanks again for the opportunity to be on your show!