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How to Play the Game!

4th Street Computer Football is a strategy-based football simulation which matches player skills using plays that you call as a coach. See below for a more detailed description of how the board game edition of the game works (the computer game is closely modeled after the board game). You might also want to check out the instruction manual, or check out our new free demos (click here for the board game demo, click here for the computer game demo) of the game!


The Play Card...

First, let’s set the scene. It’s the first round of the playoffs, with Miami hosting New England. Miami’s got the ball on the New England 37 yard line with 4:23 to go in the fourth quarter. They’re down by a touchdown. 
The Miami coach selects a passing play, “F1 Cross” (F1 is the flanker, and he’s running a crossing pattern over the middle of the field). The play card looks like this:

The play card is essentially a 3” x 5” card filled with information about the ensuing play. The larger letters (s, T, G, C, Q, etc.) represent offensive players. The boxes and ovals represent defensive zones which may or may not be occupied by one or more defensive players. The lines represent the routes each of the offensive players takes after the snap. The heavy dashed line represents the the route taken by the intended receiver. Lightly dashed lines represent secondary receivers, while solid lines represent the motion taken by blockers. 
The smaller letters are the player ratings, which are followed by a number or range of numbers, which correspond to a 20-sided (d20) die. 
So let’s roll the dice and see what happens…

The d20 roll (which in this case is a 2) tells us what the matchup is. In this case, the left guard is matched up against the defender in the zone opposite him (in this case, let's assume that it is the right defensive tackle). 
Here are the two players involved on the play:

The offensive player’s “D” rating (pass blocking) is now compared to the “B” rating (pass rush) of the defensive player’s. These two ratings are subtracted (6 – 4 = 2) and compared to the d10 (in this case, a 6 was rolled). Since 6 is larger than 2, the defensive player wins the matchup. 
Now, the two d6 are added together (1 + 3 = 4). Since Thomas won the matchup, we look under his “B” column across from “4” and find the result code of “47”. This is a sack! (Result codes are listed directly on the game board.) 
 That’s it! All other plays are completed in a similar fashion.