PLAAY Games' 20th Anniversary celebration continues with the release of our longest-running card set: for the twentieth consecutive year, SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game lets you re-live last year's dramatic pro football season on your tabletop, with cards and dice! The 2018 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game is available July 5th!
The real-life 2018 season was highlighted by frequent video game-like offensive outbursts. Leading the charge with an MVP season was Kansas City's gunslinging sophomore quarterback, who dazzled fans week after week, amassing over 5000 yards passing and 50 touchdown passes. KC's 54-51 loss to Los Angeles in week eleven was one of the most talked-about football games in a decade, the first time ever that a losing team had scored more than 50 points. Numerous offensive records were broken in 2018. New Orleans' diminutive passer finished the season with a 74% completion rate and a passer rating of over 115. The tight end position continued to evolve as a prime passing target, as San Francisico's rookie TE broke the record for most yards and Philadelphia's veteran TE broke the record for most catches. The ground game saw new heights achieved as well, with runners averaging almost a half-yard better per attempt than previous seasons, league-wide.
With all the emphasis on offense, though, the 2018 season culminated with an unexpected show of defense between New England and Los Angeles. Fans witnessed the lowest-scoring championship in the history of the Big Game, an eyebrow-raising outcome given that both clubs' defenses had been generous to opponents all season. But—maybe these clubs will produce a different ending on YOUR tabletop! Or, perhaps you'll see different clubs altogether make it to you title game—maybe New Orleans and Kansas City? (Fans in those cities would certainly enjoy seeing that, after the infamous "No-Call in NOLA" and "the overtime drive" at Arrowhead!) Just like real-life, all it takes is a couple breaks—SECOND SEASON gives you the tools to re-live and perhaps re-do football history!
With the 2018 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Board Game, you get over 1200 players, each individually rated to perform for you like they did in real life. Dallas' all-pro running back will display the same power, speed and durability as he showed in real-life, while New York's do-it-all rookie running back will post breakaway speed, impressive numbers and big-play potential. They'll find resistance, though, when they face run-tough defenders in New Orleans or Baltimore. Prolific passers will show the same stuff in SECOND SEASON, too—assuming they can stay out of the way of pass rush terrors in Chicago and Pittsburgh, who will bring the heat while you watch. Can't miss kickers in San Francisco and Atlanta will have the same "automatic" accuracy for you; in fact, we've created a new rating for these guys, debuting in this card set! And Miami's (and a handful of other teams') kick return unit will provide sudden-impact touchdown ability, just as it did in real-life. The game's biggest stars—offense, defense and special teams—will perform on your game table similar to what they did on 2018's real-life football fields!
But the realism isn't limited to just the stars: every player on every team will offer a high level of realism, whether they made the all-pro team, or ended up in the sports talk show dog-house! Cleveland's beleaguered franchise enjoyed a surprising renaissance behind its latest number one draft choice (again) quarterback, while fellow first-round rookie passers in New York, Buffalo and Arizona didn't fare so well. "FitzMagic" was a "thing" in Tampa Bay—for the first few weeks of the season—we've created special ratings designed to capture it on your game table! Of course, you'll need a strong spirit to take the coaching reins of the Arizona club, with a distinct absence of play-makers on both sides of the ball. Jacksonville and Minnesota were championship-contenders in 2017, but fell off dramatically last year. You'll experience the same sense of frustration with their SECOND SEASON counterparts, and maybe gain insight as to what exactly went wrong.
The 2018 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON puts virtually every player who played professional football last season at your command, each one individually rated to perform as they did in the actual 2018 season. Every team includes its top 50 or so players, and an additional varying number of "fringe players" who can be plugged into the action at your say-so. Pittsburgh's season was marked by the year-long contract hold-out of its star running back. But with SECOND SEASON, you can re-wind the clock, "show him the money" and get him back in the game! We mentioned Jacksonville's decline—it might not have happened had they not lost, among others, their star offensive tackle. Want to wave the magic wand and make him healthy for the season? You can! The 2018 Pro Season Fringe Player list includes projected "full season/healthy" ratings for these players and over a hundred others who had their contributions cut short for one reason or another.
On the subject of injuries, it's worth mentioning here that you'll also get an Injury Exempt card with your copy of the 2018 Pro Season, which outlines for each team the players who had "iron man" performances for the 2018 season. Nothing wreaks havoc on a season more than an extended injury to a key player. With the Injury Exempt list, you can legislate those kind of unpleasantries out from your tabletop experience. That is, if you WANT to! Many SECOND SEASON gamers prefer to let the injury list write itself as their season unfolds, using the Fringe Player list to fill the holes that are created. Use either approach, or create one of you own. It's completely up to you!
Your 2018 Pro Season package includes a concise season summary that chronicles in brief form what happened over the course of the real 2018 season. You'll also also get an Instant Results card, which will allow you to determine winners of games with a single dice roll, perfect for quickly re-creating divisional and conference races to accompany a full play-through of your favorite team's season. And, for the seventh year in a row, we've included a 2018 College All-Star team, reminiscent of the real-life squads that were assembled to face the reigning pro champion to kick off the summer exhibition season in the 1950s through '70s. You can kick off your OWN pro football season in classic style, with the College All-Stars taking on New England, or whomever you'd like to match them up against! These are the players who'll be pushing hard to make pro rosters in the dog-days of training camp—you can watch them in action right now! It's a fun combination of nostalgia and modern-day football fun, un-restricted by the demands and requirements of today's big money professional sports.
The 2018 Pro Season for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game gives you the entire pro football universe of teams and the above-mentioned extras in classic black and white printed team cards for just $33 postage-paid! Or get the PDF edition for $22, presented in team colors, delivered to your e-mail box, print-and-play the same day! Available July 5th! Questions? Let us know! We're always happy to help!