The extended siesta is over, and Blaseball is back in form today. After taking an extended hiatus, the fourth season of Blaseball kicked off with a few new twists and surprises.
If you have yet to participate in the cultural experience that is Blaseball, it's essentially an absurdist take on modern sports. The framework is that each week in real time is a season in the world of Blaseball, as teams from various leagues compete in a format similar to modern professional sports leagues. Spectators can gamble on the outcome of the games and spend their winnings on various boons for their team or on further diving into the lore of this "splort."
One of the big changes this season is the addition of player stats. Any sort of glimpse into the actual inner machinations of the simulation behind Blaseball, called "Forbidden Knowledge" by fans, has been gleaned from outside observers. But with the advent of player interviews, each player now has their own stat card and various other facts attached, similar to a trading card.
Now, I can fully know whether Mike Townsend is vibing or not, or how Jessica Telephone compares in baserunning to other players. I now have some physical proof that Math Velasquez, a pitcher for the Houston Spies, has incredibly low pitching skill. (They're doing just fine, though, don't worry about it.)
Other updates include a revised gambling interface, which is greatly appreciated, and it seems like the servers are overall a bit more stable than they were before. I'm not watching a page stall out right before every new round of games starts, so that's a big win.
When we spoke to The Game Band, the creators of Blaseball, they said that part of their extended break between seasons three and four was to prepare Blaseball for a long future ahead. It's only opening day, but season four is already looking like a solid start (unless you are the Shoe Thieves). Rejoice and play ball.