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"Breezy fun…. [Deadball] captures the spirit and feel of the sport." —Baseball Prospectus

"With Deadball you can simulate America’s Pastime during any season, no matter where you are." —Sports Illustrated Kids

Deadball: Baseball With Dice is a fast-paced baseball dice game that uses real statistics to bring the ballpark to your tabletop. Since it was first introduced in 2017, its elegantly simple rules have made it a hit with baseball fanatics and new fans alike, as thousands of players from around the world have used it to replay classic World Series, create dream teams, and design beautifully crafted fictional leagues. A 1-2 player game, Deadballtakes about 30 minutes to play and can star players from history, present day, or your own imagination.

Whatever you love about baseball, Deadball will bring it to life.

This book, which replaces both the original Deadball: Baseball With Dice and Deadball: 1909, contains everything you need to play the game, including: 

  • Complete rules for the game’s Modern and Ancient eras, allowing you to recreate games played any time from 1900 to today. 
  • Instructions for team generation using real or fictional players.
  • Updated rosters and player descriptions for the legendary Southern Circuit, an eight team league of misfits and eccentrics whose story is being told in 2022 and 1913.
  • Two new campaigns for Nine Game Pennant, a fast-paced mini-campaign that drops you right into the heart of the fight for the Southern Circuit title.
  • All the digital supplements you need to get going, including blank scoresheets and the invaluable quick reference guide.
Guide to the core mechanics of Deadball: Baseball With Dice, introducing the d100 roll for Batter Target that determines the result of every at bat.

What About the Other Deadball Books?

This rulebook is fully compatible with past expansions for Deadball, all of which feature unique Nine Game Pennant campaigns and additional features that deepen and enhance the core game. They are:
  • Deadball: Year II, which features a franchise generator that allows you to create the ballclub of your dreams from scratch.
  • Deadball: Year III, which includes rules for throwing the World Series, the Steroid Era, and all sorts of dirty play.
  • Deadball: Year IV, which includes three pieces of ballpark fiction written by W.M. Akers, including one starring his acclaimed private investigator, Gilda Carr.
  • Deadball: Masters of the Game, which makes the financial and historical sides of the game richer than ever before.

Make it a Grand Slam With Deadball Complete: In Print or PDF!

A NOTE ABOUT DICE: This book does not come with dice. You can play Deadball with any standard set of RPG dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d00, d12, d20), or a dice-rolling app.

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Chad R December 08, 2023 4:59 pm UTC
Hey W.M. Akers - Love the game and have been playing a ton of it.
I have a rules question. Under Pitching on the bottom of page 35 it states "If a starting pitcher allows a run in the 7th inning or later, their pitch die is automatically reduced to d4."
But, on the the Quick Reference pages that came with the game, under Pitcher Fatigue it says (for modern) AFTER 7 innings, if the pitcher allows a run, reduce the XXX to d4. And, the Ancient page says AFTER 8 innings, if the pitcher allows a run, reduce the XXX to a d4. Which version was intended for that rule?
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WM A December 17, 2023 7:39 pm UTC
Thank you for the question and I'm sorry for not getting to it sooner! I follow the rule as written on the Quick Reference—this rule comes into effect AFTER the 7th (for Modern) or 8th (for Ancient).
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Jacob T February 28, 2023 1:15 pm UTC
I'm interested and have the first edition. What are the changes? Would getting the second edition be recommended?
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tegan M February 16, 2023 10:05 pm UTC
This is in my top 3 of the best tabletop baseball games ever made. It's so easy and enjoyable. It also has a lot of depth to it. Thank you so much. And the maker is the sweetest person ever.
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Jason K December 17, 2022 8:07 pm UTC
Is there any discount or upgrade path for buyers of the previous edition?
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