Cosmic Celebrity Cricket

The players are aliens living on the Planet Flungo, in the far distant future. TV and radio transmissions from Earth have at last reached Flungo, and are popular amongst the inhabitants. Their favourite programme is "Test Match Special" and whilst they are waiting the 32,478 million years it will take Mrs. Snodgebucket from Chipping Sodbury to receive their request for one of her Dundee cakes, they are passing the time by running limited overs competitions.

As the Flungonians consist entirely of protoplasmic gunge, they cannot actually play cricket themselves, so they construct living replicas of beings they see on Earth TV, and take great pleasure in coming up with the most bizarre teams.

The postal game is for any number of players and can be played in league or knockout format as desired. For example a 4-team mini-tournament: Turns 1-4 are the two semi-finals played concurrently, followed by the final and 3rd/4th play-off concurrently played in turns 5-8.

Before a ball is bowled, players must set up their squads. The GM sends them the stats for their 18 cricketers and each one must be named by the player.

Squad members may be real, imaginary, live, dead, human, animal or whatever. The only restriction is that they must have appeared on TV or radio.

Prior to any matches being played, the teams are published in the zine. Note that being replicas it is possible for the same celebrity to appear in more than one team. Draws and tosses are made, so that each player knows who he is playing and on what pitch.

Each player then selects 11 players for the first match. Matches can be 20, 40 or 50 overs a side. Each innings consists of 2 turns - the first 15, 30 or 35 overs then (after drinks) the last 5, 10 or 15.

Between matches squad members can receive medical treatment and / or training.

1. Squad

At the start of the game, each player is issued with a squad of 18 players which he must name.

Each squad consists of the following:

TypeNo.BattingBowlingFielding
Star Batsmen 2 20+d6 2d6 d6
Batsmen 4 18+d6 2d6d6
Wicketkeeper 2 16+d6 d62+d4
Star All-rounders 1 18+d618+d62+d4
Batting All-rounders 2 16+d6 12+d6 d6
Bowling All-rounders 2 12+d6 16+d6d6
Star Bowlers 2 2d620+d6d6
Bowlers 3 2d618+d6 d6

2. Bowling Adjustments

Each bowler is assigned a random style of "spin"," medium pace", or "fast". This is important because of the pitch and the weather. The pitch conditions are known before the team is picked, but not the weather.

2.1 Pitch (D6):

RollDescriptionModifiers
1 Perfect batting stripAll bowlers at -2
2 Nice pitch for battingAll bowlers at -1
3,4 AverageNone
5 CrackedSpin bowlers at +2
6 Uneven bouncerFast bowlers at +2, medium bowlers at +1

Note that no pitch is used more than once in a competition.

2.2 Weather (D6):

RollDescriptionModifiers
1,2,3,4NormalNone
5Overcast Medium bowlers at +2, fast bowlers at +1
6Hot and drySpin bowlers at +1

Note that it never rains or becomes too dark to play (the Flungonians can control the weather).

3. Fielding

Fielding scores are used in the event of a run out chance, or a difficult catch.

4. Start of Match

Each player must choose his 11 to play the match. The captain and wicketkeeper should be chosen. The toss will have been made so each player will know if he has to supply batting or bowling orders initially.

5. Batting Orders

On the first turn of each match, the batting order must be supplied. This cannot be changed until the drinks break. Each batsman must be assigned a batting style, as follows:

StyleDescription
DefensiveReduces the chances of being out, but less runs are scored
NormalSensible batting
AggressiveQuite risky but ups the run rate
WahooCaution to the wind!

If not specified, the default is "normal". See GM's section for more details.

Free-format conditional orders can be supplied, e.g. "After 20 overs, if I have lost 3 wickets or less all batsmen will be aggressive, but will reduce to normal when the 6th wicket is lost."

The batting team has two reviews per innings which can only be used for lbw shouts. They are used up if unsuccessful. The default is for them to be used on all lbws until exhausted.

At the drinks interval, there is a chance to amend orders.

6. Bowling Orders

The bowling player must decide who is going to bowl which overs. No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs (20-20), 8 overs (40 over game), 10 overs (50 over game) or 2 overs in succession.

The bowling team has two reviews per innings which can only be used for lbw shouts. They are used up if unsuccessful. The default is for them to be used on all lbws until exhausted.

At the drinks interval, there is a chance to amend orders.

7. Between Matches

Each player has 6 squad helper points which can be spent on medical treatment for injured cricketers and/or boosting squad members' stats. Only one point per squad member can be spent on improvements, but there are no restrictions on medical treatment. Injured players who do not receive the necessary treatment (e.g if they have 3 injury points then 3 helper points will cure them) must sit out the next match after which they will be healed.

8. GM's Section

To GM the game, a set of polyhedra gaming dice (D4, D6, D8, D10 [or D12 ignore 11 and 12] and D20) is all you need. A computer program could be used but the instructions below invlove rolling dice. A lot.

8.1 Ball by Ball

For each ball, roll 2D6 of different colours, assigning them as dice 1 and dice 2.

Dice 1Dice 2Result
111 run
121 run
211 run
222 runs
33? runs: D6 - 1 = 1 run; 2 = 2 runs; 3,4,5 = 3 runs; 6 = all run four
444 runs (boundary)
55HOWZAT! Go to 8.3
66Big Hit D6 - 1-4 = 4; 5-6 = 6
14Extras D6 - 1,2 = no ball; 3 = byes*; 4,5 = leg byes*; 6 = wide

* roll D6 - 1,2,3 = 1 run; 4,5 = 2 runs, 6 = 4 runs

All other combinations represent a "dot ball".

8.2. Batting Style Modifiers:

StyleDescription
DefensiveDice 2 becomes a D8, and if it comes up 7 or 8 a dot ball results
NormalBoth dice are D6
AggressiveDice 2 becomes a D8, and if comes up 7 or 8 matches dice 1 (e.g. 5,7 = howzat!)
WahooAs aggressive, but a D10 is used for dice 2

8.3. Howzat!

First the method of possible dismissal is determined by rolling a D10:

RollDismissal Type
1, 2Caught by wicket keeper
3, 4, 5Caught by other fielder
6, 7Bowled
8Lbw
9Run out
10Other D6 - 1,2 = run out, 3,4 = stumped, 5 = hit wicket, 6 = hurt
8.3.1. Run Out

In the event of a run out, roll a D10 to see which player is attempting the throw (skipping the wicket-keeper who is assumed to be manning the stumps). Roll a D6, subtracting 1 if the batsman is in "aggressive" mode, and 2 if in "wahoo". If this number is less than or equal to the fielder's fielding skill - the batsman is out.

8.3.2. Hurt

If "hurt" is indicated, the batsman has been injured and is out for the rest of the game (unlimited substitute fielders are available and they all have a fielding skill of 1 + D4). The extent of the injury is determined by rolling a D6 and subtracting 1. If this results in zero injury points the player will be fit for the next match without medical treatment, otherwise squad helper points must be spent (see rule 7).

8.3.3. Skill Check

For all other results, a check must be made that the chance has actually occurred - i.e. at this point a 6 or 7 implies a ball has been bowled which may or may not hit the stumps depending on the relative skills of the batsman and bowler.

This check is done by calculating the following

H = 10 + bowler's skill rating - batsman's skill rating

n.b. don't forget the pitch and weather modifiers.

Next roll a D20, if this is greater than H, no chance has occurred, otherwise proceed as follows (note that 1 is always a chance, and 20 is always in).

8.3.4 Catching Chance

First roll a D6: 1-4 = easy catch (OUT!), 5-6 = hard catch

Next, if it's not the wicket keeper, roll a D10 to determine the catcher. Easy catches are always made, for a hard catch, roll a D6 which must be less than or equal to the fielder's fielding skill, otherwise the catch has been dropped

8.3.5. Bowled, Stumped, Hit Wicket Chance

Always out.

8.3.6. Lbw Chance

The batsman is out unless a 1 or 2 is rolled on a D6 indicating the umpire has given the batsman the "benefit of the doubt" . However, if the batsman is given out and the batting side use a review, another D6 is rolled and a 1 or 2 overturns the verdict. Similarly if the batsman is reprieved by the original decision and the bowling side uses a review, another D6 is rolled and a 1 or 2 overturns the verdict.

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