What happened to Pursue the Pennant?
In the fall of 1995, PtP sent out a mailing to old customers indicating that the company had lost a significant amount of money on the 1994 card set, and that all orders for the 1995 set must include a $15 deposit. The 1995 card set never shipped.
What are the big differences between PtP and TIG?
The stealing system was completely overhauled, introducing a “bad jump” and increasing the chance that basestealers will get nagging injuries. Batter and pitcher cards are now completely park neutral with respect to all hits, and the vLH/vRH splits on the cards are produced using a regression algorithm. The defensive range system was expanded to have 11 range ratings, and the number of range plays was increased. The bunting system was changed significantly. Each card set includes a CHANGES file with a complete list of modifications from the previous season.
The target date for availability is early April. If you would like to be notified when the cards are available you can join the TIG Announcement Mailing List. You can also check the blog for updates (RSS feed).
The mandate for our project is to create a card set for the most recent MLB season so that the Internet Baseball League can play its 162 game schedule. Given that this is a 100% volunteer effort, and that most members of the Design Team have IBL commitments, it is extremely unlikely that card sets for past MLB seasons will ever be released.
I want to create my own card set, can you help me?
The Design Team is happy to share the general concepts behind our card generation process, including data sources and methodology. At this time there are no plans to release anything other than a finished product to the general public, as the card generation process is not sufficiently documented to be useful to third parties. The best way to learn is to join the IBL and become a member of the Design Team.
Are all card sets backwards-compatible?
No, there can be significant changes to game play from season to season. Each card set is released as a stand-alone product and previously released sets are not updated. You should download the all of the pertinent files (cards, rules, charts, etc.) for each season you wish to play. Read the CHANGES files for more information.
Where can I get the cards?
The IBL Design Team is making their cards available via anonymous FTP at ftp://ftp.ibl.org/ibl/cards/
How can I print the cards?
Recent card sets have been distributed in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher. Get the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader here. It is recommended that you set your page margins to zero before printing. It has been our experience that a full-service printer like Kinko’s will charge about $30 to duplicate onto a nice sturdy card stock and cut the cards.
What are those numbers on the top of the player cards?
These are: total hits / total on-base numbers / total bases