Tudor was best known as the makers of the Electric Football
their mechanical NFL Football Strategy board game. During
mid 1970's they must have decided to branch out and fill a
perceived gap in the statistical replay market - hockey. At
time that this game came out (1976) neither Strat-O-Matic nor APBA
produced a stats-based hockey game. There were some smaller
companies that had games out there but none with large distribution
systems. Looking back it seems like a smart move.
Unfortunately it didn't work out for them.... While it is not
the same class as Strat-O-Matic the game certainly adequately filled
the gap at the time and it looks really sharp.
The game has many similarities to APBA. The player cards use the 2 digit dice system to generate play results and the overall strength of the teams will alter which column you pull results from on the various charts. In the few games that I played it seemed to produce pretty accurate stats. As with most first run games there are numerous errors and omissions. The labeling on some of the charts is wrong. The instructions are lacking in detail in places. If you are an experienced statistical replay gamer once you understand the game mechanics the mistakes will become obvious and you will be able to fix them on your own or improvise. I would not recommend this game to a novice.
Despite these flaws this game really deserved a better fate. I have not been able to find much info on it's history or what finally caused it's demise. Perhaps it was just a little too similar to APBA. And of course Strat put out their hockey game 2 years later. All the careless errors couldn't have helped. A new-comer to replay games would be lost if this were the first game they bought. For a company that was as large as Tudor was at the time the mistakes really should have been caught before the game was put into final production. If anyone has any info on the history of the game I'd be interested to hear it.
The card set is overall in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition. This is a complete set of player cards reflecting the 1975-76 season stats. To my knowledge this was the only season ever produced for the game. I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for. Only a handful of teams have been punched out. The rest remain attached in their original perforated sheets. I would grade them 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The other game parts are overall in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition. The game is complete except for the puck. This is really just used as a pawn so anything will do to replace it. All the game parts have been thoroughly inspected and all have been accounted for. I would grade them 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is overall in EXCELLENT condition. It has suffered some light caving from having another game stacked on top. No stains or writing. No split corners. I would grade it 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in the middle of
season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the
players is missing? Well I have thoroughly
inventoried this set and
compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you
that feeling while playing with this set. I am not of the
that a simple card count
will do. The sets often came with missing or
duplicate cards from the
factory, and who knows what the original owner may have done with them
in the course of playing with them.... Be sure to ask
your card seller if they have in fact verified
that the card set is complete by comparing it to the
I have also carefully inspected each and every card in order to determine the condition grade I have given to this set. I do not feel that a cursory flipping through of the cards is adequate to determine the condition of a set - it is too easy to miss something. Once again - always ask your card seller to verify that they have done a careful inspection of the condition of all the cards in the set before putting their grade on it.
MINT (10): I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9): Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played. Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box. Perhaps some very light handling creases to the instructions or other minor flaws with the game parts. Boxes will have only the slightest hint of shelf wear. EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of. Cards may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear but the vast majority will be close to flawless. Game parts might have some light handling creases or other signs of careful use. Board might have just a hint of color loss or dented corners. Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing or a very light stain. VERY GOOD (5-6): The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well. Cards will have dented corners and perhaps some may have rubber band wear to the edges. A few cards (less than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the edges (a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains. Perhaps a couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be noted). All card results will be fully readable. Other game parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly stained or have any serious damage. Box may have some rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners, minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape. No major structural damage and artwork will still be generally attractive. GOOD (3-4): Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still playable as is. Cards will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased, written on or have rubber band residue. A couple may be torn and taped back together. All card results will be fully readable. Other game parts show considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in usable condition. Box may have staining, writing, split corners, dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still usable. POOR (1-2): Only suitable to fill a space in your collection. Cards are heavily worn and some are badly damaged. Game will be missing parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.