APBA Pro Football Replays


I’ve used the APBA Football Master game to replay several seasons.  The Master game provides the “ebb and flow” of an actual contest and allows the “coach” the opportunity to deploy multiple personnel packages to mirror today’s game or the single platoon system of yesteryear. On numerous occasions, I’ve matched team records and have come extremely close to replicating team and individual statistics.

My purpose for creating this blog is to present my current and previous replays, offer “method of play” alternatives, share innovations, provide tools for evaluating individual cards, post links and informational tips to assist with preparing for and conducting season replays.          

 APBA Football Cover

Mark DerGarabedian “Line Changes” Simplified

Sometimes I believe it’s best just to provide a person’s quote to sum up a situation. In the words of my good friend, Mark DerGarabedian.  “Simple goal of this sheet – help a new person adjust the line changes correctly. I don’t think the game should be enjoyed by only those who have played a long time and know this stuff as second nature. Need to have some helpful aids for new players too, in my view”

Copy of APBA Football O vs D adjustment chart.

“Delphi Forum” Game Writeups

I want to make it as easy and enjoyable for the readers who follow my replays on the Delphi Forums as possible. I’m curious as to what format you would prefer to see future game write-ups be posted from now on. Please take a second to answer the below poll.

Updated “Method of Play”

Being a student of the game, I’m always trying to fine-tune my playing method to increase speed of play and obtain realistic statistics. I’ve revised my “Method of Play” to reflect my latest playing techniques. The primary changes are to limit rusher’s to their actual long for specific situations, revised quota for “Rare Plays”, simple solo method for determining “Trick Play” defense, and modified goal line techniques.

The update presentation can be found under “Method of Play” in upper ribbon.

“Trick Play” Defense

While conducting my current 1967 replay, I’ve noticed that the “halfback pass” was used at a greater frequency compared to today’s game. This sparked a conversation between Mark Zarb and me regarding “Trick Plays”. During our talk, it was identified that my current “Method of Play” doesn’t address a “Trick Play Defense”. To rectify this, I will be implementing his simple but effective method for determining if a “Trick Play” defense was called.

Here is how a called “Trick Play” will look like on my tabletop. Once per half, I have the option to call a trick play (i.e., bootleg, end around, non-QB pass, etc.) against a standard or nickel defense when replaying modern seasons. Roll the dice and if the result is 11, 33, or 66, the defense called a “Trick Play Defense” and I will score the play as a 7-yard rushing loss by the ball carrier, intended passer or punter. For all other dice rolls, read the number 2-lines up and the defense is automatically in “D” alignment against the run and “G” alignment against the pass. On running plays, if the card number is 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15 or 31 through 36 use it. On passing plays, if the card number is 1, 13, or 21 through 36 use it.