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Strat-O-Matic Still A Hit On Opening Day

Long lines typical for cards' release, game's founder says.

Despite its availability online and via the latest mobile devices, 's release of its 2012 edition baseball cards in Glen Head on Friday attracted fans from across the tri-state area, with some arriving as early as 8 a.m. in advance of the 12 p.m. release.

As the clock struck noon, founder Hal Richman joined the line of "Strat" faithful to offer a few words about the release amidst cheers of, "You're the man, Hal!"

Despite the challenges of digital competition, Richman claimed the game is stronger than ever, with a documentary due to be released in the summer and an ever-expanding online presence.

"It's another good year, and [these] fans are just a small segment of people who play Strat-O-Matic. Some pick up 20 packs for their leagues," said Richman, the game's founder. "We're looking forward to a great year and some great baseball."

Fans outside the Strat-O-Matic building on Railroad Plaza shared his enthusiasm.

"We've been coming every year for eight years now," said Heston Livingston of Flushing, who arrived at the Strat-O-Matic building at 8:30 a.m. with his sons and some friends.  "The game is fantastic, we can't wait to get into this year's new cards."

Several Boston Red Sox baseball caps were visible in the crowd.

"I've been playing for over 35 years," said Rich Hamill of Boston, a Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. "I'm not sure how the team will be rated this year. I wasn't happy with the real team's performance, so I've just got some of the better Sox players."

For more, visit the Strat-O-Matic website, where you can browse through the game's different versions, including the online game.

Frustrated Long-time Customer February 14, 2012 at 02:58 PM
What isn't mentioned is all of the issues with the downloading of the "E-Delivery" that Strat-O-Matic touted in press releases. Or that they touted the "gifting" of games, that would be sent to the recipient's email...which upon a call this morning to their offices I was told that they "thought it would work but it didn't, and you have to go in through the buyer's account to get the download." Or the turtle-like speeds some people have had loading the game. They don't mention any of that. Sure, it's a great game...IF you get it when you were supposed to (the gifter prepaid/preordered 3 weeks ago for "E-Delivery"), and IF it works without the frequent crashes so prevalent in V14, V15, V16 before (the last 3 years of netplay versions).
Pam Robinson (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hi, we're unaware of those issues. We'll try to relay to Strat-o-matic and hope they have some solutions. Thanks for letting everyone know.
mike robb February 14, 2012 at 06:50 PM
the company produces the best statistical sports simulations available...but they cheap it when it comes to resource allocation ...........most of their effort goes into their leading product which is baseball...........while this makes some sense, the other sports should at least get some of their glaring shortcomings addressed..... for example: endgame clock realism was sorely absent from football,basketball,and hockey the company knows this from customer input yet they fail to make improvements they did institute a 2 minute clock finally in football but not bb or hockey...... simple inexpensive fixes for glaring shortcomings yet they fail
Jason Molinet February 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I've waited in line for a set of these coveted baseball cards. It's quite an experience and makes the ensuing season of play all the more memorable.
Michael Hardman (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Interesting story Pam. Opening Day at Stat-0-Matic is on my bucket list. I've been playing the game for years and was so excited to see Patch in Glen Cove, because it is a place I know well from ordering games and cards from Strat-O-Matic. Jason, I'm so jealous you have the new cards already.
Jason Molinet February 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
@Michael I didn't get a set this year. But I know the feeling...
Michael Hardman (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Jason-There are few thrills in this world greater than getting the cards in the mail and then opening them up.
Greg Maxwell March 14, 2012 at 09:12 PM
When I ask people if they have played Strat and they answer "no", I kind of feel sorry for them. Their enjoyment of baseball is not what it should be.
David March 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I worked there in the mid 80's and I never played the game.
Lee Brodinsky June 14, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I just finished the computer version of the NHL 2010 season, wish the software was programmed so the results would lead to an automatic playoff schedule. Also I had a bit of a computer crash last summer and tech ignored my e mails to reset the codes on many past NFL seasons I submitted. Are they not doing this any longer since the emergence of E delivery? All this aside love the games, have been playing since 1966.
Lee Brodinsky June 14, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Also, NHL and the like computer games don't revert to a playoff schedule upon conclusion of the regular season. Difficult to stop a game and pull goalie. It seems who ever is ahead in an NHL or NFL computer game early on stays ahead for the most part. Lots of little quirks because, as you suggest, the resources are allocated primarily for baseball.

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