If you're in London or visiting soon, the Minden Cricket team strongly suggests you get yourself down to Lords, the home of cricket, and visit the MCC Museum. 2017 sees the excellent "A Century of Cricket Games" exhibition enter its 2nd year. Cricket board game tragic, Dagbo Edmonds (otherwise known as the publisher of that fine cricket board game, Minden Playing Card Cricket) has provided his collection of cricket board games for long term loan to the MCC Museum and this forms that basis of the exhibition (making up 60-70% of all games on display).
On your visit you will discover a wealth of games from the past 100+ years, including excellent copies of Stumpz and He's Out, two of the oldest, finest games in the Lords collection.
For more info, try the Lords web site.
Update, March 26, 2016: We are now setting up a working group for the Open Source project outlined below. For more information and to register your interest visit our Delphi Forum.
For those who are fans of Minden Cricket and regular visitors to our Delphi forum you will know I have been a "little" tardy in terms of updating the forums and keeping up with a steady flow of news. While I don't foresee that changing for a while I thought while I have a few minutes I would update you with some news.
Meeting Gary - A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time in the flesh, Gary Graber, the designer / creator of Minden Cricket. Previously we have talked on the phone and, mostly, via email, so it was a treat to finally meet Gary when he visited London recently. We managed to catch up a few times and it was fascinating to get a detailed insight into how Gary creates his games (cricket is an old passion of his, but he is really a war game designer and publisher of a regular war game magazine - and he is also a History Professor in what I like to call "the real world"). During our meetings we discussed how we might evolve Minden Cricket hence the news below ...
Twenty20 Anyone? - while there can be no promises on when this might be delivered, we did discuss creating a Twenty20 version of Minden Cricket. The rules would be tweaked for the modern, shorter version of the game, and it would be designed as an entry level game, teaching people the basics of Minden Cricket, and eventually leading into the much richer version of the full 5th edition. Stay tuned ...
Cards Sets and Open Source - perhaps of more interest for people is some news on the card sets. Since creating the 5th Edition about 4-5 years ago it's been a steady seller and up until last Christmas I had managed to find time in my otherwise busy life to create new season cards sets each year. This is not a simple endeavour and generally takes about a week of full time work to do. As such the number of card sets available for Minden is reasonably limited. To help change this we are considering (I say "considering" because no final decision has been made yet) publishing the stats and formula of the Advanced Cards and allowing people to create their own sets. The only rider would be that the copyright for such cards would enter the public domain and ideally would be published on this forum and made available to other Minden Cricket gamers. If we go ahead with this, I expect to be able to work on this in early January next year so that it is more an 2016 project than this year as there is quite a bit of prep to reveal the formula for public consumption.
Image source: The Examiner.
A member of Minden Cricket's Delphi Forum and long time Minden Player, Anthony A from the good old US of A has kindly provided us with a set of Basic Ratings and rules for various ODI World Cup teams. These are included in our Freebie Section and the following are Anthony's observations about his set.
I've had a few emails over the past six months from people who have damaged or mislaid parts of the game. So I thought I'd add a PDF of the Pitch Cards for the Advanced version of the game to the FREEBIES area of the site. You can now download these and print replacements. Or if you haven't played or bought the game yet, this will give you a little insight into its depth.
Go to the FREEBIES section by clicking here.
Former South African great fast bowler, Neil Adcock, passed away yesterday (January 6). Adcock was one of the greats of the game and plied his trade during a period of superb fast bowlers.
Reading through the many news reports on his passing last night, I particularly liked this quote in The Hindu from Cricket South Africa's acting chief executive, Jacquest Faul, who said: "Neil was one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling. At that time England had Trueman, Statham and Tyson; Australia had Lindwall, Miller and Davidson; and the West Indies had Hall and Gilchrist. Neil was right up with the best of them."
Adcock played 26 Tests over a nine year period and took 104 wickets at an average of 21.10. In 1961, he was named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.
As a very small and modest tribute to Neil and his family, I have prepared his Minden Cricket playing card, which shows him to be one of the great bowlers in our game terms. He is also awarded the "Bouncer Intimidation" rating, which is a new rule introduced in the All Time Great XIs set.
Our condolences to his family.
You can download the PDF version of the card here.
Image via ESPN Cricinfo Player Profile page.
I wrote some time ago about doing a pack for the World Series Cricket Super Tests and, possibly, the one day games. For those interested, this is my next project. I hope to base the Super Tests on the actual stats of each Test and produce a card for everyone who played at least three Test matches.
In the meantime, while you're waiting, I've linked to the intro to the Super Tests from the Nine Network that was shown when they were originally played way back in 1978.
The 2011/12 Annual Career Cards are now ready :-)
You can read about them and, if you like, purchase them too, from here.
And for now ... a few facts:
A few facts:
- For the first time you can choose to purchase either the Full Annual set of 143 cards as a single set, or you can purchase individual teams.
- Anyone who purchased Minden in Q4 of 2012 will receive the full set for free. I will send them out via email by the end of January 6, 2013.
- The cards are in PDF format this year, so you can purchase and download instantly!
- If you buy the full Minden Game you get the cards printed on high quality card stock as part of the game
I'll write some more later, but for now, please enjoy!
Very sad news. I have just surfed to Cricinfo and seen that Tony Greig has passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He was only 66.
What a very sad thing. My wife worked with him briefly in the 90s when we were building web sites for the Nine Network in Sydney and she always speaks of their brief meeting with fondness, saying he was a very nice man.
Recently he has slowly been recognised for his important role in modernising the game, and with his lecture at Lord's last year, he has started to be forgiven by the English cricketing establishment. I have been listening to the many tributes to him on podcasts and streaming radio, and he was obviously much loved.
I am particularly impressed that Kerry Packer kept his word all those years ago that Greig would have a "job for life" with Packer's organisation. I will really miss his commentary.
Strangley, I am working on the 1970s Australia / England Decade set and there his is amongst all the famous names. At the moment he is looking like a SR B DR C+ (B- for those who play the Basic Game). Trivial, I know, but there you go. I will post his card here when done by way of a very, very minor tribute.
Pic via Cricinfo.
Season's Greetings to one and all!
Just putting the finishing touches to this year's annual update of Advanced Player Cards for Minden Playing Card Cricket. This year there are 143 Players Carded. As is the case each year, the Annual set includes all active Test Match players who were active during 2011 up until the final Test match before the New Year. The cards are based on total career stats up to that date and include players who have played at least 4 Tests in their career.
This set includes Ricky Ponting's final career card -- unless of course there is some miracle come back, and a card for Sehwag that has to be seen to be believed!
The cards will be available on the site by Sunday at the latest and for the first time will be available as a PDF that you get instantly upon purchase. The good news for those who bought the game in Q4 of this year (that's everyone who purchased the full game in October, November and December) is that you will get these update for FREE!
For the reset of you, don't worry ... I am going to do a very special price during December and January.
This year's set includes the following players:
Australia: BJ Haddin, BW Hilfenhaus, DA Warner, EJM Cowan, JL Pattinson, MA Starc, MEK Hussey, MG Johnson, MJ Clarke, MS Wade, NM Lyon, PJ Hughes, PM Siddle, RJ Harris, RT Ponting, SE Marsh, SR Watson
Bangladesh: Junaid Siddique, Mahmudullah , Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal
England: AJ Strauss, AN Cook, CT Tremlett, EJG Morgan, G Onions, GP Swann, IJL Trott, IR Bell, JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior, MS Panesar, NRD Compton, RS Bopara, SCJ Broad, SR Patel, ST Finn, TT Bresnan
India: CA Pujara, G Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, I Sharma, MS Dhoni, PP Ojha, R Ashwin, R Dravid, SK Raina, SR Tendulkar, UT Yadav, V Kohli, V Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Z Khan
New Zealand: BB Mccullum, BJ Arnel, BJ Watling, CFK Van Wyk, CS Martin, DAJ Bracewell, DG Brownlie, DL Vettori, DR Flynn, JEC Franklin, JS Patel, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor, MJ Guptill, MR Gillespie, TA Boult, TG Southee
Pakistan: Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal, Aizaz Cheema, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Misbah-Ul-Haq , Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Sami, Saeed Ajmal, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Gul, Younis Khan
South Africa: AB De Villiers, AG Prince, AN Petersen, DW Steyn, GC Smith, HM Amla, Imran Tahir, JA Rudolph, JH Kallis, JP Duminy, M Morkel, MV Boucher, RJ Peterson, VD Philander
Sri Lanka: AD Mathews, CRD Fernando, DPMD Jayawardene, HAPW Jayawardene, HDRL Thirimanne, HMRKB Herath, KC Sangakkara, KMDN Kulasekara, KTGD Prasad, LD Chandimal, NLTC Perera, NT Paranavitana, RAS Lakmal, RMS Eranga, S Randiv, TM Dilshan, TT Samaraweera, UWMBCA Welegedara
West Indies: AB Barath, CH Gayle, CS Baugh, D Bishoo, D Ramdin, DJG Sammy, DM Bravo, FH Edwards, KA Edwards, KAJ Roach, KC Brathwaite, KOA Powell, MN Samuels, N Deonarine, R Rampaul, S Chanderpaul, S Shillingford, SP Narine, TL Best
Okay, so it was in the Over by Over account of second day of the Fourth Test in Nagpur, but it was there and quite fun to see.
What was there I hear you ask? Nothing but a mention of the finest cricket stats based board game this side of the black stump.
And it was fun to see the usage spike, and we sold a small handful of games to boot.
So, a big thanks to long time Minden Playing Card Cricket supporter, Phil P, who sent in an email to the Over by Over team at the Guardian newspaper, which was then published during the lunch break.
Almost makes me wonder what would happen if I actually tried to promote this fine little sports stats-based board game rather than letting our sales tick over at a regular pace :-)
ps: in the spirit of the current ban on photographers by the BCCI, I've used an image that is from the files of Cricinfo that has little to do with the article above. Enjoy!