Strategically Thematic: Baseball Highlights: 2045


Hi! This is Ambie from Board Game Blitz, and this
is Strategically Thematic, a segment where I talk about theme in different strategic
games. This time, I’m talking about Baseball Highlights:
2045. Baseball Highlights is a two player deckbuilding
card game where you’re managing a team of futuristic baseball players. In the future, baseball games last 6 innings
and there are cyborgs and robots that play alongside natural humans. The game is a series of mini-games, each of
which represents one baseball game in the World Series. Each mini-game lasts 6 turns, which are the
6 innings of a game. On your turn, you play one card, and then
your opponent will play a card in response, and you go back and forth until the game is
over. Each card can have multiple abilities – defensive
and offensive. When you play the card, the defense is in
response to your opponent’s previous card, and then the offense decides how many people
you could get on base. One neat mechanic is that there are different
speeds of the batters – slow, average, and fast. When the runners are on base, they’ll move
forward when there are future hits. But they advance based on their speed – slow
runners always move one base per hit, average ones will score from second base if a single
is hit, and fast runners move an extra base per hit. But just like in real baseball, if there’s
a slow runner in front of a fast runner, the fast runner will need to slow down to stay
a base behind. So when you’re choosing the order of your
lineup, you want to keep in mind the speed of the runners. The different players also have different
strengths which go well with the theme. For example, robots tend to be really good
hitters, but they’re slow runners. Some players also have special abilities representing
their ability to hit or field well. For example, this cyborg is a good pitcher,
and robots can’t hit off of him, so his ability cancels all hits when played against
a robot card. The players you use each game also determine
how much money you bring in from the ticket sales. Popular players will give you more money,
but unpopular players, like robots, don’t bring in any money. Between each mini-game, you recruit new team
members using the money you gathered during that game, so you can improve your team and
even try to get players specifically to compete against your opponent’s top players. But each game you can only have 15 players
in your lineup, so when you recruit new players you need to replace one of your existing players. You have to make sure you choose wisely to
keep your team working well together. Baseball Highlights is a really neat game
that brings the highlights of baseball games to the table. Even though the theme is a futuristic version
of baseball, the main parts still feel similar, and the back and forth play to counter each
player your opponent uses is really fun and exciting. Thanks for watching Strategically Thematic! Let me know what you think in the comments!

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