Fantasy Fantasy Baseball
January 25, 2016
You are the Wizard manager of a baseball team of fantasy creatures going through a season of fantasy baseball. Draft. Use magic. Battle.
Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is a card-drafting roster-management card game in which you are the Wizard manager of a baseball team of powerful and gruesome fantasy creatures battling through a season of fantasy baseball. Go head-to-head against other Wizard managers for Victory cards while building up your team’s statistics for even more Victory cards. But beware, your players may have spells cast on them.
Instead of the typical fantasy baseball experience taking months to play, the entire Fantasy Fantasy Baseball experience is boiled down to 10 minutes per player. The amazing fantasy creature art provide something for the baseball fan and the gamer in all of us.
Baseball fans will love this game, but you don’t have to be a big sports fan or baseball fan in order to have a lot of fun with this game.
Skip the Rulebook, Learn to Play
Draft your team. Use your magic. Battle for victories.
Developed by acclaimed designers Daryl Andrews and J.R. Honeycutt (now, those are two great baseball names) with art by Rob Lundy, Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is a roster-building card game where players must assemble and manage a team through a season full of unexpected challenges using players skills and magical abilities to win games.
Fantasy Fantasy Baseball weaves together all the best elements of fantasy baseball:
- Live draft
- Setting your lineups
- Head-to-head win system
- Free agency
- Rotisserie stat tracking
- Final battle for the championship
Fantasy Fantasy Baseball uses a clever combination of game mechanics which fit together to deliver an authentic fantasy sports experience, including:
- Card drafting – Think of it as your live fantasy draft
- Action programming – Setting your lineup
- Hand management / deck building – Choose which players start and which sit
- Simultaneous action – Go head-to-head with your opponent
- Variable player powers – Use your specific player strengths at the right time
Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is the first game in CSE Games Fantasy Fantasy Sports series. The next two titles are…
- Fantasy Fantasy Football (2017)
- Fantasy Fantasy Hockey (2018)
- 65 Character Cards
- 60 Win Cards
- 30 Event Cards
- 5 Wizard Manager plastic minis
- 5 Team Cards
- 5 Waiver/Turn Order tokens
- Scoreboard Game Board (“Rotisserie” Stat Tracker & Waiver Priority)
- Infield Game Board
- Board stands
- 25 Scoring pegs
- “Rain Delay / No Crying” token
- Championship trophy token
- Illustrated instructions
The Buzz on Fantasy Fantasy Baseball
Here is what some board game and sports industry heavy-hitters are saying about Fantasy Fantasy Baseball:
“I think it’s something that sports fans are looking for. On top of that, I love the fantasy aspect of the game. I really enjoyed how all the different cards work, the names of the players are all kind of funny, the special abilities of the players – there’s a lot of good stuff going on here. The game is fun. It does a really good job of simulating Fantasy Baseball.”
– Sam Healey (The Dice Tower, game reviewer)
“Elegant. Yet highly flavourful. Nice!”
– Eric Lang (game designer)
“Finally, a baseball game for us real nerds!”
– Dirk Hayhurst (MLB pitcher, broadcaster, author of The Bullpen Gospels, Out of my League, and more)
“The game is wonderfully illustrated… You don’t need to be a baseball fan to get enjoyment from this design, but it certainly helps. The thematic touches and most entertaining aspects arise from nailing that fantasy sports feel… an interesting game from a couple of emerging talents in Daryl Andrews and JR Honeycutt. It does a good job of integrating the two fantasy ideals, standing apart from other sports table-top titles.”
– Geek & Sundry
“A fantastic baseball game, in all senses of the word!”
– Lance Myxter (Undead Viking)
“I love seeing more sports-themed games coming out. This one is very innovative.”
– Mike Fitzgerald (designer of Baseball Highlights 2045, Diamonds, and many more)
“… a very interesting game with some new ideas, great artwork, quick playtime and a fun theme.”
– Andrew Bucholtz (Yahoo! Sports)
“Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is a really clever mash-up of both genres. It’s quick, full of fun and challenging decisions and finds the right balance between sport and sorcery to remain appealing to a wide audience.”
– Stephen Conway (The Spiel)
“You don’t have to like fantasy baseball to like Fantasy Fantasy Baseball.”
– Chris Zinsli (Cardboard Edison)
“… the Rotisserie board mechanism makes the choice of which players to start truly compelling. As the game progressed, I began to understand what my team was capable of… extremely rewarding.”
– Mike Mullins (co-designer of Bottom of the Ninth by Dice Hate Me Games)
“Fantasy Fantasy Baseball captures the fun of assembling your team while throwing in some unpredictable magic. A great combination!”
– Sean Jacquemain (The Daily Worker Placement)
“Gamers will like it for the drafting and hand-management. Sports fans will get all the references on the cards. And for those that like fantasy sports, it’s going to seem like a very natural fit.”
– Tyler Anderson (Bearded Meeple)
“I am not a fan of sports. But I am a fan of this game.”
– Travis R. Chance (designer of Heroes Wanted, Scoundrel Society, and Infamy)
“Excellent game. Challenging with great artwork and quality. Good balance of humour and strategy.”
– squeakyboy (BoardGameGeek.com member)
“Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is good, simple, and quick fun. Fans of fantasy sports and baseball will have a special affinity for it, obviously, but a person doesn’t have to fit into one of those categories to enjoy the game. The art is cool and the components are high quality… This game would be great to play with the non-gamer fantasy baseball fans in your life. It is super easy to learn and doesn’t take very long to play.”
– Ghettoblaster Magazine
Download the Updated Fantasy Fantasy Baseball rulebook.
Download the full explanations of the Event Cards.
Want to see the progress of the Fantasy Fantasy Baseball box art? Check out artist Rob Lundy in action:
About co-designer Daryl Andrews:
A member of the Game Artisans of Canada, Daryl is a lifelong baseball fan with several published games to his credit (Sagrada, TMNT: Showdown, Back To The Future: OUTATIME, Caffeine Rush and The Walled City) and many other titles scheduled for release in the next two years. Daryl is also the co-host of the Meeple Syrup Show (meeplesyrupshow.com), a video podcast of designers discussing design.
About co-designer J.R. Honeycutt:
Born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, J.R. has five published games with more titles scheduled for release in 2016-17. J.R. was on the development team of the hit game SeaFall and is also the host of The Nerd Nighters (dfwnn.org), a video podcast and community of gamers helping others.
CSE’s Fabio Del Rio briefly chatted with The Spiel about the up-coming Fantasy Fantasy Baseball at GenCon 2015:
Check out Fantasy Fantasy Baseball on BoardGameGeek.
Daryl Andrews & J.R. Honeycutt
1 to 5
20 to 50 minutes
8" x 10" x 2.25"