Welcome to DOSBall!
You've just entered one of the coolest fantasy baseball sites on the internet. DOSBall is a TOTALLY FREE fantasy league that uses the DOS computer version of the classic APBA baseball board game. We're a bunch of guys who love baseball and we generally find that traditional rotisserie leagues are not exciting enough, or just aren't challenging enough. We want something more mentally stimulating. So we play in the DOSBall league.
What is it?
Think of our league as rotisserie on steroids. At its most basic level, we do the same thing that a roto league does: we draft major league baseball players into our rosters, and we track their stats throughout the current baseball season.
But there's much more to it: baseball is a thinking man's game, particularly for a manager. So we actually play an entire 162-game baseball season with our players, using the tried-and-true APBA game system that's been an American classic for over 60 years.
It's a reconstruction of the previous year's MLB season, because we use the previous year's stats when we play our games. But there is a great deal of improvisation as well: our actions as managers control the outcomes. That way, it's not just stats we think about. It's everything, from how good a pitcher's move to first is, to how good a fielder your shortstop is, to how good your left-fielder's arm is. If it can happen in a real baseball game, then it's part of our DOSBall league experience. From triple plays to triple steals, we not only see it happen, we make it happen.
The games are all about matching wits. Should you try and steal second in the bottom of the 9th when your team is down by a run and your opponent's catcher has a cannon of an arm? Should you leave your pitcher in for the 8th inning even though his endurance rating is weak? Or should you bring in a hard-throwing reliever who can get you a much-needed strikeout . . . but has a high walk rating?
What do I need to join?
Just an appreciation of baseball. We'll set you up with the game on your computer in about 20 minutes. We have some expert technical people in our league who can set up anything, no matter what operating system you're running. Some of our guys use 64-bit Mac computers to play the game. Lots of guys play their games on Windows, both 64- and 32-bit. One of the tech guys plays all his games on a 64-bit Linux system.
You can even play your league games on your iPad via the cloud. No matter what machine you use, all your team stats and standings will be posted to the league web site. Whether you are an experienced APBA player or a roto leaguer wanting to try something different, you'll find our technical expertise and help will make things very easy for you. We'll even help you design a professional-looking logo for your team!
Why use an MS-DOS-based game?
We're big fans of the APBA DOS game. It's simple, elegant, and fast. It also lends itself well to head-to-head play over the internet. A typical four-game series can be played online in about an hour or less.
A lot of league members have tried other games over the years, and there are some decent alternatives. But we find the APBA DOS game has a charm all its own.
Yes, you can play baseball on your XBox 360 and the graphics are glitzier. But the art of sabermetrics - the study of baseball statistics - is embodied much more fully in APBA and our DOSBall league.