After a months-long hiatus, absurdist baseball simulator Blaseball is finally returning, with Season 12 beginning on Monday, March 1.
Blaseball launched last summer as a free, online, browser-based baseball simulator where fans gamble fake money on the outcomes of games between teams such as the Kansas City Breath Mints and the Chicago Firefighters, then use their winnings to vote on rule changes for future games. The game achieved a level of cult popularity as rogue umpires began to incinerate favorite players, a giant peanut god descended and wreaked havoc, and fans across teams collaborated to fight it off in a climactic RPG-esque battle.
A total of 11 seasons — with each season lasting a full week of 99 games and a weekend post-season — played out last year before developers The Game Band put the game on a “Grand Siesta” to prepare future seasons. Now, the game is back with a number of new features, many of which appear to be geared toward making the game more accessible and easy-to-follow, especially for newcomers.
A new “Feed” is being added to help fans track recent events happening in Blaseball, which was previously challenging as many of the updates were shared primarily over the game’s community Discord or Twitter. Blaseball will also now take place with an on-season of three weeks, followed by an off-season of two weeks, to give fans time to catch up between events.
Additionally, The Game Band has announced a few other features whose implications are not yet known (in keeping with Blaseball’s mystery, of course). “Concessions” are being added, which seems to impact the voting system somehow. There will now be “mysterious weekly team tarot readings,” a “Crabitat” added for the Baltimore Crabs (a team that “ascended” last year by winning three seasons, but hasn’t been seen since), and “Wills,” a new feature to help teams strategize and organize around getting the rule changes, buffs, and other voting outcomes they want.
Blaseball will kick off again on March 1, 2021, presumably returning to the same format of 99 games over Monday through Friday with new games starting every hour on the hour, a post-season on Saturday, and a “Slabbath” on Sunday in which votes are tallied and new rule changes take effect.