“Big Bucks Baseball simulates action, strategy of real game”

Sports Collectors Digest
Big Bucks Baseball board game has been produced by Kitchen Table Games, Inc.
The game simulates a real baseball game as it combines the strategy of baseball with the excitement of Monopoly, the thrill of dice and action of roulette.

The game gives the players the feel of being a baseball team owner or manager. It includes 30 sculptured figurines, three dice, 32 player upgrade snap rings, 12 ball-strike markers, ten concession/broadcast replicas, two miniature game baseballs, 90 pieces of currency, 32 special event cards, score sheets, game board, and instruction booklet.

The game is priced at $39.95 plus $6.95 shipping. Massachusetts residents must add 5 percent sales tax. To order with a credit card, call (800) 470-2312. To order by mail, send a check or money order made payable to: Kitchen Table Games, 5 Grant St., Framingham, Mass. 01701.

“Investor Bets Board Game Will Score Big in Japan”

Wall Street Journal
A Massachusetts entrepreneur is hoping Japan will get past its penchant for electronic games.
He’s facing some stiff competition, though. Some of the hottest-selling toys in Japan are electronic ones: video games and the Tamagotchi Virtual Pets. But Larry Bucaria, a Framingham, Mass. inventor of a baseball board game, is fixing to change that – with the Japanese External Trade Organization going to bat for him, no less.

The government-sponsored trade group recently ran a two-page spread on Mr. Bucaria’s Big Bucks Baseball in its quarterly publication. Already, four Japanese firms have expressed interest in acquiring the rights to sell the Monopoly-like game in Japan. It may be too early to tell who has the inside track, but Mr. Bucaria says “negotiations are going well.”

Big Bucks Baseball is a spin-the-dial game that allows players to amass wealth by quickly building a parking and refreshment concession empire, while spending the dollars trading for the league’s best players.

I’ve tried to make the game as close to real life as possible” explains Mr. Bucaria, a 68-year-old retired Raytheon executive who took five years to invent the game.

The game was interesting enough for Boston University marketing professor Michael Peters to assign Big Bucks Baseball as a class project for a group of graduate students earlier this year to determine its potential.