Welcome to another season of Football America, SECOND SEASON Pro Football Board Game's classic fictional professional football league!
Football America was born in 2000 with the debut of PLAAY.com, as an "alternate universe" of pro football. The premise behind Football America is that it's sometimes fun for sports board gamers to play out an open-ended scenario, where you're creating your OWN pro football history, rather than re-creating it from what happened in real-life. With this set of Football America team cards, you arrange your league into divisions or conferences, create a schedule, and see what happens! Watch with intrigue as divisional races develop, teams surge or fade, stars emerge, story lines develop—it's all the drama and excitement of a real pro football season, except, YOU'RE writing your league's history as you play!
Previous seasons of Football America are available, starting with the 2010 season. Or, you can jump in right now with the 2017 season! We've created a team-by-team "viewers guide" to the 2017 season which you can read/download here. Insiders agree that Orlando and San Antonio seem best-positioned to make a run for the 2017 championship, and Memphis and New Jersey appear to be facing long, tough seasons. The rest of the league is "in the hunt," with various recipes for a hoped-for playoff berth. But, just like in real pro football, a key injury or unexpected plunge in performance from a counted-upon star player, or a sudden out-of-the-blue emergence of an unheralded free agent could change everything! Your league's story will be totally unique, completely engaging, with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you looking forward to "what's gonna happen next!?"
Over the years, SECOND SEASON fans have come up with a number of different ways to enjoy the fun of Football America. Your 2017 season will include an "instant Results" card, which allows you to gets results of games with a single dice roll. Many fans play a "game of the week" format, setting up a league schedule and designating one game each week as their featured, nationally-televised TV game. They'll use the Instant Results card to generate results for the rest of the weekend's league schedule, and then cap the week off with the featured game, played in full on their tabletop. Other fans assume the role of coach of one of the league's twelve teams, playing all of their team's games, and quick playing the others. Another popular project is to quick-play the entire league schedule, and then switch to full-play mode for the playoffs. This usually results in a three week playoff schedule, with a wild-card round, a semi-final round and a championship game, a three or four-game project that can be completed over the course of a weekend or two.
Of course, there are plenty of full-fledged SECOND SEASON Pro Football fans who set aside the Instant Results grid and full-play the entire schedule, every game start-to-finish, keeping complete statistics and posting weekly highlights either on a website or on the PLAAY Games Delphi Forum. With a twelve-team league playing fourteen games, it's not a daunting task—many gamers have completed a full league season within a time frame of several months.
Any way you play it, the 2017 Football America League for SECOND SEASON Pro Football Game is pure football fun, unencumbered by "what happened in real life." You get ratings for twelve teams, over 400 players in all, each individually rated for their football abilities, and a card containing ratings for about 75 "fringe" players, whom you can add to rosters as needed due to injuries or poor play. Plus, you get an Instant Results card and—NEW this year—a full week-by-week 2017 league schedule, including featured "game of the week" TV games! It's everything you need to run your OWN football league, for under $20—that's a lot less than Jerry Jones paid! NOW AVAILABLE! $19 printed, $12 PDF. Questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.