Born during covid, Blaseball This bizarre fantasy baseball simulation imagined baseball played in an alternate universe of horrors.

The game I wish I had played Blaseball, and now it looks like I won’t get to because developer The Game Band is shutting it down. The The company is a leading provider of specialized services. is Laying off employees Blaseball They will be part of the development team, receive severance payments, health care extensions and have a staff member dedicated for help with job searches.

This was an excellent example of procedural story-telling. Blaseball The players can bet to win points in a particular week. Dungeons & DragonsStyle could tear games apart, or even reality. After the weekend, Blaseball’s community could spend their points to vote on new rules for the game, and in true D&D fashion, anything could happen. Or at least that’s what I gather from this delightful recap of what became known as The The Discipline Era

Here is a brief summary of some highlights. The Discipline Era saw a hellmouth open that devoured the Moab desert, three eldritch gods in the form of a giant peanut, a huge floating microphone that may have been a player’s ghost or something, and, naturally, a massive squid that seemed to mostly hang out, but once tried to eat someone. Los Angeles, split in infinite parallels, was the result of a grand slam which blew apart spacetime. The Los Angeles Tacos to The Infinite Tacos

After the piss off The Great Shelled One, by refusing to respect its idols entombed three of the most idolized athletes in huge peanut shells. The Was there some kind of financial miracle that resurrected the community and resurrected these people?

The crows were also out in force.

Samuel Fung has written a fantastic article about The Verge that covers the season from a player’s perspective, and it’s well worth a read.

If you’re not sure, Blaseball’s developers said this:

The The short version is You can also find out more about us here. Blaseball isn’t sustainable to run. It’s not sustainable to run. Blaseball’s inception, we’ve been fighting against the amount of work it takes to keep Blaseball Our team is healthy and we are able to support the team financially. We’ve tried countless solutions to make it work, and we’ve come to the conclusion that this fight isn’t one we can win in the long run. The The cost is both literal and metaphorical is Too high

Blaseball A devoted fanbase was created online, and a merchandise store with fan-created clothing, apparel, etc., was even set up. Blaseball The proceeds of the sales were used to donate all profit made from the cards, mugs and much more. The Store will operate up until June 30th, 2023. After that date it will be closed.

It sounds like it was a beautiful three-ish year run, and I’m sad I kept forgetting to be a part of it.