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#39414 Cage trash talk

Posted by Steve on May 15, 2019 - 01:53 PM

Took out Turkey Creek's 3rd string goalie in our key matchup! Don't be bringing your scrubs in against me, haha. Actually, thank god he got hurt since he had a shutout going 30 mins in!!

#39409 Some thoughts / tiny suggestions

Posted by Steve on May 14, 2019 - 01:36 PM

I'm ok with the current, slower development schedule.  Also, having the draft for Season will also give teams a chance to juice their development by ideally getting 1 or 2 players that can slide into their starting lines either the current season or 1-2 seasons down the road, very similar to NHL now.  I like how some, not all, older players are tanking.  I find it realistic, if annoying to have one of those guys.  But not everyone plays to 35 as a top 6 player, nor should we expect them to.  


I definitely don't want to see FAs pop up during the season.  As for trading, it's tough to find the perfect balance.  I see both points above.  I do like the idea of allowing trades and holding them until the end of the season.  It's a bit unrealistic, but does allow some "backroom" deals that go on between real GMs to be played out.  In fact, maybe not even have the game announce them until after the playoffs are over?!?!  Like a big trade/FA day in NHL!  Tune in to just see where everyone moved!  

#39397 Cage trash talk

Posted by Steve on May 13, 2019 - 02:00 PM

The dream is dead.  After getting 34 points during a recent stretch of 16 games, it looked like Elite were poised to not only climb out of the basement, but make a run for 10th place and avoid regulation.  Now losers of four straight against less admirable opponents than during that 16 game stretch, one against said 10th place team last night, there is just too much ground to make up.  Still playing for the play-in game is the best we can hope for.  My only hope is to beat up on Turkey Creek during the two times I will likely meet them in the play-in playoffs!  

#39029 Top Jerseys

Posted by Steve on April 05, 2019 - 07:15 AM

Nice work.  I was thinking of doing exactly this, but haven't had a chance to look through every team yet.  I'll add my list to this post eventually...



Go Bs!


Ugh, I actually hate the B's jersey and therefore Paul's!  haha.  But yes, it is subjective.  I prefer to see people's jersey's that are original, give me something I haven't seen before and memorable.  I actually really like Sheshegwaning Dragons jersey a lot!  Also, it's just a fun team name to say, if not spell!  


Related, I wish there was a way to incorporate our jerseys more into the game.  Honestly, other than in our signature on here and on our team homepage, does it even show up anywhere?  Our emblem shows up on the scores and recaps, but not the full jersey.  I think it would be kind of cool (although graphic heavy from a programming standpoint!!!) to see the jersey next to the team name on the Preview and Recap screens, plus in the standings.  Just a very minor opinion.  


I also think that had you bothered to scroll down to the bottom of the standings, you would have loved The Elite's jersey as well!  haha.  Still miss my old emblem shown here as my avatar.  Couldn't find anything remotely close.  

#38817 An extension to the 20 day trade lock rule

Posted by Steve on March 18, 2019 - 08:21 AM

There should be NO Free Agents after the initial list generation at the beginning of the season UNLESS a player gets cut!  Having these random players show up is ONLY going to reward players that have hours a day to follow the FA list, which is unfair to the majority of players.  I'm not faulting the manager that picked up the latest one, but the SYSTEM!  This is almost as bad as pay-for-play style systems.  The point of GPHM is that we all compete as managers evenly on that skill level, not on how much time we can devote to the game (stats analysis not included).  

#38784 Cage trash talk

Posted by Steve on March 15, 2019 - 02:11 PM

What is an even strength goal?!?  Will report back if my team finds out!

#38642 Red Tide/Arcola Trade

Posted by Steve on March 06, 2019 - 11:12 AM

I think I may have been the first to call this out during the live chat, but I am more than content to see the results, even if it appears intent was not there.  Self-policing ourselves is still the best way to handle this, so I stand by this.  Sometimes each of us might be involved in something that looks shady, sometimes due to our own fault and other times not, so glad we could flag it, talk about it (mostly) civilly, and then find a solution.  


I think a lot of people are on short leashes here due to the relaunch so expect a bit more scrutiny on each other and the game until we are a few weeks into the game and people are starting to feel more comfortable.  I know I am still trying to give the system the benefit of the doubt and see where it goes!

#38596 What are your teams like?

Posted by Steve on March 05, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Before free agency:


90 - 88 - 87

85 - 87 - 84

83 - 85 - 81

80 - 84 - 83*  *actually a C, but my best forward would otherwise be 80


91 - 88

85 - 85

84 - 83





It was pretty much a bottom tier team; and many of the better players are 33+.


After day 1 of free agency:


90 - 91 - 87

85 - 88 - 84

83 - 87 - 81

84* - 85* -  83    *currently scratched players that I will unscratching depending on what happens


93 - 91

88 - 88

85 - 85*    *Trying to move this guy and some other similarly rated D men as I have extra






I had 20m cap space before waiving and scratching any players which gave me some solid room to bid on players. I also got lucky as the two best free agency I acquired are 21, however most of them are 33+. My defense is absolutely insane and I am hoping that my goalie weakness won't be noticeable. Hopefully I can make some moves for some forwards just to round out my line-up. All-in-all my fortunate free agency has switched my team from a bottom feeder to a top contender. 


Wow, this team is jacked.  My team is closer to your "before" team, but a couple tweaks with FA and actually waivers, I hope!, that I never even once tried to use in GPHM 1.0!?!  I think most teams are pretty equal and I like that at this stage.  But man oh man, the goalie situation is going to be interesting for a few seasons.

#38308 New Game World Names!

Posted by Steve on February 14, 2019 - 01:07 PM

Although I like creative names, they aren't often easy to remember.  I suggest instead maybe naming each league by a country or region?  Country would be obvious (Sweden, Germany, France, United States...) but regional could be (Europe, North America, etc.) or even more basic and one I like better (Northern, Eastern, Southern, etc.).  Could even go into North Eastern, South Western, etc.  

#38239 Game Plan Hockey Manager 2.0 - Release date announced!

Posted by Steve on February 06, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Good to hear from you Hurja!  


In the UAT, the teams at the GHL level were starting with about 1-2 90+ level players and the rest were 80-89 and had much more unique spread on skill ratings and profiles.  Thus, I hope this will benefit "good" managers more than the current field of players.  However, none of the UATs open ran past 1-2 seasons, so hard to determine the effect after 10 seasons, when Biscuit started to go off the rails.  Obviously, the GPH 1.X had tweaks that slowed development and decreased the drafted players OVRs, which is a good programming note that is being carried into 2.0.  Also, I believe there were further tweaks in the new version.  I know Anders has also stated that the hidden trait(s) that determine the overall peak ability and progression rate is a bigger factor in 2.0, which makes assuming a 85OVR 23 year old will be a 90+ by time they are 30 years old possibly less likely.  


I'd like to hear if testing beyond the UATs for Seasons 10+ proved that the new programming has resolved this problem.  

#38180 Season 17

Posted by Steve on January 28, 2019 - 02:33 PM

See, I'm not the only one that doesn't notice when Vandals win another championship!  Congrats!

#37473 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by Steve on November 14, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Just a small suggestion, but maybe try to tweak the values so multiple 90+ ratings will be less common? A player could really good in skating and shooting for example, but have defensive liabilities and what not. A good example in real life could be Tarasenko perhaps.


It's only season 1 in the UAT Beta version, but I confirm there are players that are perfect in certain areas and horrible in others.  I have Dmen that make orange pylons look fast, forwards that are as fast as lightning, but can't even pass the puck to their centerman, and a goalie that is awesome, until he has to move!  It seems harder to find great OVR players that don't have some sort of negative attribute either in skills or profile.  How that plays out over 10 seasons, that is a bit early to see, but at least from the outset, you have to make a lot of trade offs on players to field a complete team. 

#37397 Season 17

Posted by Steve on November 09, 2018 - 09:49 AM

Yeah, if anything, I find the FAs are still too eager to sign for too little money.  Ho hum, another season with us all with 90+ players and the two new teams barely able to scratch together a B squad, no offense!  The economic engine is broken in this and needs to be fixed before the new launch, whenever that is.  :)  


I'm always one FA from the title!  


I do think the reputation thing is now too out of control.  Rebels just signed Sontag for $3M and I offered $3.7M and was denied.  I'm fine with that, actually, as they are defending champs and all, but I got some message that I was over the cap, which wasn't the case because my other FA hadn't yet declined my other offer.  The system should default to whichever FA takes your offer first.  Now you can't make concurrent offers to FAs.  I agree you shouldn't sign more than you can afford, but if there are two FAs that are more or less equal in my book, I have to fight for one and if I lose, hope the other one wasn't taken yet?  That's not true to life.  Maybe I'm the only one that feels that way.  


Regardless, until the salary cap and salary requests are realistic, FA combined with the elevated OVRs make the game kind of broken.  

#37314 Please help with tactics and players

Posted by Steve on November 01, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Hello, everyone, can someone explain me these terms what i saw in tactics


Gritty players

Working hard players - i suppose its determined?

Mobile players

smart players - how can i know is he smart player?


And also about Offensive and deffensive tactics, if i play veryoffensive, thats means def tactics isnt working or what? Maybe you guys have some suggestions how to make my game more balanced ?


And thanks a lot if some one will response to this =)


For me, I've found that "working hard" players comes a bit from their profile.  For instance, "Lazy" players are probably not considered "hard working".  


Mobile players comes down to skating and I think "smarts" is some unknown combination of Ambition and OVR.  


As for tactics, I agree with Paul mostly, especially in that a lot of trial and error is needed.  I've played this game for more than 3 years now and either I am very dumb or the game is quite complicated to master.  I like to believe the latter!  haha.  However, there are managers that are routinely top tier in my leagues then others that are only until the current batch of contracts expires.  Plus, I've seen teams do (assume) almost nothing different and have completely different results (rise up and bomb!) two seasons in a row.  


I always think I am just one change away from the championship, which keeps my spirit alive, but in reality, I am often only one change away from being relegated!!!!

#37268 Season 16 General Chat

Posted by Steve on October 29, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Looking forward to actually confronting you on the ice and not just the message boards!