Bottom of the 9th is a quick dice and card game for one or two players that brings all of the thrills and excitement of baseball’s final inning into a head-to-head competition between an ace pitcher and a star-studded line-up of heavy hitting batters. Bottom of the 9th would be classified as a “filler” game, and can easily be played in about 5 to 15 minutes.
Every one of the player cards feature abilities that can be used when they gain an upper hand on the opponent, allowing them to manipulate their dice. At the beginning of each pitch, the batter and pitcher each pick one of the four following types of pitches (High, Low, Inside, Outside). Batters will have a unique MVP ability that activates whenever the player is able to accurately predict the type of pitch thrown. This usually adds/subtracts from a batter’s swing which will make it easier for the batter to get a hit.
So what’s in the box?
- 20 punchboard player cards, full-color front and one-color back, in a foil-wrapped pack
- 2 reference cards
- 2 playing field pieces in card stock
- 1 custom silk-screened Pitch Die
- 1 Pitching Control Die
- 1 Swing Die
- 4 wooden base-runners
- 4 wooden Pitch Tokens (2 red, 2 white)
- 3 wooden Out markers
- 2 wooden Strike markers
- 3 wooden Ball markers
- 2 wooden Fatigue markers
- Punchboard “stick of gum” batter ball and strike count tracker
- 15 Event & Scenario mini cards for solo play
- Full-color rulebook
- Sticker sheet (for Pitch Tokens and Fatigue Markers)
For a better idea on how to play Bottom of 9th, we’ve included a video from the YouTube channel, “Watch It Played” that does a great job explaining the rules to the game. There’s also a full play through available as well.