A cricket simulator I made

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Ambrose Burnside

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My wife got me the old Test Match board game for Christmas. Not the one with the green felt mat, the metal ball and the plastic fielders (have had that one since I was a kid), but the even older 2D one from the 1950s:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18657/test-match


This is not so much of a game as a device for simulating a test match. The board holds a score board and two rotating randomizers. The bowler rotates his handle to first ball of the over and back to the start, revealing a type of ball (leg break, bouncer, etc). The batsman rotates his handle to the type of ball bowled, and back again, revealing a batsman scoring runs or being dismissed. If you know the rules of cricket, it's obvious how to simulate a test match given these rules.
It's so bad it's good. It's 100% luck-based, no skill required at all. And it's possible to be bowled by a bouncer. And LBW.

Was all out for 60 in my first go :laughv1:

I thought about dusting off my ancient and unused programming skills to convert it into an electronic version just to see if I can, and here is the result:

https://antipodeangames.itch.io/cricket-simulator

Be kind :love:
 

Moonwatcher

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My wife got me the old Test Match board game for Christmas. Not the one with the green felt mat, the metal ball and the plastic fielders (have had that one since I was a kid), but the even older 2D one from the 1950s:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18657/test-match



It's so bad it's good. It's 100% luck-based, no skill required at all. And it's possible to be bowled by a bouncer. And LBW.

Was all out for 60 in my first go :laughv1:

I thought about dusting off my ancient and unused programming skills to convert it into an electronic version just to see if I can, and here is the result:

https://antipodeangames.itch.io/cricket-simulator

Be kind :love:
The very first thing I coded as a kid was a cricket scorecard generator in BASIC. :)
 

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Howard Littlejohn

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Ah, a cricket simulator. So many hours not wasted in the 90s/00s trying to get my Ultra Cricket team to win something.

Doesn't seem to work in Chrome. In Edge, Zim were 4/4 before recovering to 55. NZ were 1/13, them 7/17, and lost by 10. Which is about how I recall that cardboard game.
 

Grand Uncle Horace

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My wife got me the old Test Match board game for Christmas. Not the one with the green felt mat, the metal ball and the plastic fielders (have had that one since I was a kid), but the even older 2D one from the 1950s:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18657/test-match



It's so bad it's good. It's 100% luck-based, no skill required at all. And it's possible to be bowled by a bouncer. And LBW.

Was all out for 60 in my first go :laughv1:

I thought about dusting off my ancient and unused programming skills to convert it into an electronic version just to see if I can, and here is the result:

https://antipodeangames.itch.io/cricket-simulator

Be kind :love:

The remarkable Mobbs who developed the Qooty sim (see Sweet FA Board) might give you some advice.
 

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My wife got me the old Test Match board game for Christmas. Not the one with the green felt mat, the metal ball and the plastic fielders (have had that one since I was a kid), but the even older 2D one from the 1950s:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/18657/test-match



It's so bad it's good. It's 100% luck-based, no skill required at all. And it's possible to be bowled by a bouncer. And LBW.

Was all out for 60 in my first go :laughv1:

I thought about dusting off my ancient and unused programming skills to convert it into an electronic version just to see if I can, and here is the result:

https://antipodeangames.itch.io/cricket-simulator

Be kind :love:

Perfect start

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Ambrose Burnside

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Thanks for the kind words everyone :)

Strange it doesn't work on Chrome :( I'll investigate :) Works on Edge, Firefox and on my phone.

There's a few things I want to change/improve. One is how no balls are handled (as with the board game, my game doesn't grant the batting team an extra run, nor does it force the bowling team to re-bowl it) and another is to recognise things like hat tricks in the commentary :) And being bowled/caught LBW from a bouncer is a holdover from the original board game too :D

If anyone has any other suggestions, happy to take them on board :)

Thanks again everyone, much appreciated :)
 
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budge27

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This is a blast from the past - Gees I haven’t seen this game in a long time!

I remember getting this for Christmas one year as a kid (was hoping for the green felt version with the metal ball..) and played in non stop with my brothers. We ended up getting a tennis version which was a pretty similar concept.

When I went to High School in the 80’s we also made a cricket simulator in computer class - from memory a few us come up with a pretty good version…buggered if I know where it is now.
 

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