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#36875 West Chicago Protons Hall of Fame

Posted by bouncer on September 05, 2018 - 04:25 AM

Vojtěch Dolnan http://www.gameplanh...layer?gpid=3736

 

I have posted here my 5 cups top line C and RW, so next step is obviously the LW -  and that is Vojtěch Dolnan. Together with Chovanec and Brož*, the most successful Slovak player in this world. As I'm Czech, I'm happy to have so successful neighbor (and another 4 Slovaks in my affiliate, but no Czech player is in my team now). Dolnan is now 38yo, but still at his top 94 OVR. He is mostly playmaker though his career for high skating and passing, but has decent combination of all skills including scoring. 

We got him via trade in S2 and since then, he was stable part of our top line and also in all our 5 cups we won.

In 818 regular season games, he collected amazing 760 points (321+439), +248, 247 PPP, 2534 shots with 19:30 avg. TOI and 76 avg. performance. His 86 points (31+55) in 101 PO games was very important for us and ranks among highest PO points collected.

The purposeful role model is our long time assistant captain and has collected many individual awards: most points in GHL in S7 (77 points), most points in S11 (55 points) together with most goals (28), and most points in S13 (51 points) together with most assists (35) and best +/- (+32). 

 

*fun fact - Brož and Dolnan both started very young with Camden Blackhawks team in S1 and when relegated to SHL, they were traded to GHL (Brož to Grizzlies) in S2 and both trained hard, became top players, both won golden cup and never left their GHL teams.




#36869 West Chicago Protons Hall of Fame

Posted by bouncer on September 04, 2018 - 08:07 AM

Jeremy Hawks http://www.gameplanh...layer?gpid=4229

 

Jeremy is my favorite player and I cannot start active players with anyone else. He is true heart and soul of my team as he is the only one from the very beginning. 16  seasons with Protons! I got him as very talented, 21yo right-handed defender, 78 OVR in SHL (that was very high number in SHL S1!). Only later I realized that right-handed D is very valuable and I was always happy to have him. He is now 95 OVR (37 yo) and remain one of the best right-handed D in the league. I would compare him to Drew Doughty. Although he has high scoring, he is not the offensive gun as EK or Burns, but he is dominant D on both sides of the ice. He has high passing, high scoring, high defence, physical, and endurance. So he is also eating a lot of TOI... in the first 4 seasons he played 25:00 - 25:30 TOI average and pretty high performance. 

Regular season stats are 816 games played, 404 points (98+306), +162, 22:30 avg. TOI and 77 average performance. He has 105 playoff games (exactly the same as Protons played) with 57 points (17+40), +29.

There was drop in his performance in S5/S6, because this friendly guy was always willing to sign a long term contract for peanuts (9 year, $1 550 000 per season in S3), but he was training so fast, even he was feeling he is massively underpaid back then. We fixed that and still got cheap top right handed D. 

He obviously has 5 GHL cups, but also was with us when we directly promoted from SHL in S1. 




#36811 West Chicago Protons Hall of Fame

Posted by bouncer on August 31, 2018 - 04:20 AM

Nolan Daugherty http://www.gameplanh...ayer?gpid=15016

 

Nolan is not technically retired, but at age 41 he is waiting for contract offer and with declination from 94 OVR to 82 OVR, one can see he is no Jagr. But I think there might be big fat contract waiting for him in Russia. 

Nolan was for really long time the best or at least among best centers in the GHL. His 99 faceoff skill was really valuable and thus 56.7 FO% si among highest in GHL (he won stunning 6594 faceoffs in his regular season career). And for the Protons, he was top line center in all our 5 cup teams. 

Nolan was mostly known for his great two-way play and as top line center for most of his career, he played average TOI of 20:30 with lots PP and PK time. In 839 GHL games, he collected 706 points (257+449), +207 in +/-, 40 SHP, 2568 shots, 1808 hits. He also played 87 PO games with 63 points (23+40) and 56.2 FO%. 

He had most points in GHL in S8 - 76 points in regular season. 

This tough and nervous guy was a nightmare for PP of the other team (even at age of 41, he still has defence of 99)




#36810 West Chicago Protons Hall of Fame

Posted by bouncer on August 31, 2018 - 04:08 AM

Stefan Söderström http://www.gameplanh...layer?gpid=3622

 

Stefan was not in the productivity table, but he was most dependable defensive shield in GHL for his entire career. He retired this season at age of 37 with still great 93 OVR (his best was 94) and his key skills were defence, physical and spirit, all maxed to 99. Together with big body, ~200 cm and ~100 kg (sorry to US managers, I never really learned U.S. customary system - and I think this is funny - https://twitter.com/...318273025?s=15.), he was predestined to be PK specialists. 

He has also 6 cups (5 with Protons and one with Mount Healthy Young Guns). He was briefly captain, but 'A' for most fo his career and as far as I remember almost always healthy. Stefan was best in GHL in +/- in S11 and +/- is probably his most impressive stat - he has in regular season +316 in his 834 GHL games. That is more than his points, 276 (42+234). One can also notice 1401 hits and 617 PIM. Average performance was 77 and average TOI 19:30. 

And even more impressive is his PO card - huge number of games, 115 games with 35 points (2+33), +32, 92 PIM and 190 hits. 

 

What a career for this determined role model. 




#36809 West Chicago Protons Hall of Fame

Posted by bouncer on August 31, 2018 - 03:53 AM

Bon Honda http://www.gameplanh...ayer?gpid=14969

 

Bob Honda is my second choice for HOF - I really liked his name and he also has 6 cups in total (5 with Protons and 1 in S1 Mount Healthy Young Guns). He was very important part of our team for the entire career, left-handed forward in our top line - average TOI per season was 20:30-22:00 and in S7 he has most point in PO (14 points in 9 games, which is second most to Frank Beard's 15 in S3). Unfortunately he retired too early, in age of 36, while still at highest 91 OVR. Compassionate and tough player was very universal in roles (as high skating, high scoring, high defence and high spirit player) and always performed very high as a sniper or a powerforward. He was loved team member especially for his willingness to sign quite cheap long term contract (highest was $3 370 000 per season for 6 years).

In 760 regular season (GHL only) games, he collected 683 points (321+371), including 220 PPP. He also has very high +225 in plus/minus, 2362 shots and average TOI of 20:30 with average performance of 77 over his entire career. 

He also played 91 PO games with 75 points (41+34) and +16 in +/-.




#36808 West Chicago Protons Hall of Fame

Posted by bouncer on August 31, 2018 - 03:12 AM

Today, I want to start with the already retired players. And later I will continue with the active ones.

 

Artem Bublik http://www.gameplanh...oalie?gpid=1798

 

There is already a special thread on Bublik, but I cannot start with anyone else. He was the cornerstone of all of our 5 cups. He has 6 cups in total (one  cup for the French Gulch Black Knights), which makes him second most successful goalie in Biscuit and most successful starter. He retired at age of 40 with still amazing 95 OVR (he lost some endurance, but kept other skill still very high). Despite being cocky and egocentric, he was loved. He would have stayed with Protons longer, but he was a money guy - he was paid $6 390 000 per season in S5 and he asked for similar amount in his late 30's (ended up with $5 575 000 per season with the Thetford Mines Pegasus in S11).

But his stats are amazing - he played in 570 regular season games (553 started - counting only GHL) with OVR performance of 75. He had 73 SO, 92.3 SV% and 2.23 GAA. In playoff he was stable as well - 75 games played (73 started) with OVR performance of 75, 8 SO, 92.2 SV% and 2.29 GAA. 

He had most shutouts 6 times in GHL, 6 times best GAA, 5 times best SV% and was named 1st star of the week 11 times (and made top3 of the week 18 times!). 




#36807 West Chicago Protons Hall of Fame

Posted by bouncer on August 31, 2018 - 02:57 AM

Since this world/server is about to end and this season will be most likely last one (might be even incomplete), it is good time to remember here some players - so I will introduce few of the most important players from the Proton team into Hall of Fame (HOF) in this topic. 




#36577 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by bouncer on August 14, 2018 - 06:57 AM

Since not all the managers in all leagues will move to the new system after the reset and some will, but to the different world or different league level, this cannot be done and it would make the new league very unbalanced as newcomers would not have any chance to get superstars like this... and even in slow Biscuit, we have quite some number of 92+ OVR around their 20y, so this would damage the balance in the new worlds for 15+ seasons. Terrible idea. I know the reset can upset many managers, but in this case it cannot be done partially - there has to be a completely new game with new start afterwards and let's hope it will be same or more fun.




#36487 S15 Trades

Posted by bouncer on August 10, 2018 - 04:16 AM

They actually might create free league after all - let's wait for October/November how this turns out.




#36451 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by bouncer on August 09, 2018 - 08:03 AM

IMO, still better than loosing half of the active managers because they are not willing to pay that money... but this is not up to us. 




#36449 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by bouncer on August 09, 2018 - 07:25 AM

Not really, ET. I'm not reading assistant report as it is confusing, sometimes even contradicting within one report, and I have 5 golden cups and was top2 team in last 10 seasons or so. 

You can do your own analysis and it will be better than what is written in assistant report - it is just feature that will make it easier for you and that should be the right base of an all-star account. You should not get anything that will help you win, but you should get various tools and statistics that will make the user experience better - from ad-free page, through tools to design your team (logo, jersey or possibility to add nickname for you players etc.), up to better statistics and reports. That is how it is done in best manager games around the web. 




#36444 Important! Where did all the mascots go?

Posted by bouncer on August 09, 2018 - 03:02 AM

The new logos are fine, but can you design different background for the while/pale logos? I saw there are ghost logos, but like a real ghosts, they are invisible! :)

I was not able to find one that fits protons, but there was none in the previous set, so never mind :)

And some logos does not fit well in the circular space on jersey and on the page. 




#36443 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by bouncer on August 09, 2018 - 02:57 AM

I guess it is too late to find a different solution - but for me the way how to get revenue from the game would be following:

1. Get more users in current or new game design (but still free with some supporting like all-star from Patreon, funding pages etc.), achieve number in thousands.

2. Prepare new update with improved all-star account (include basically all functions that are not necessary to win) - for example free user can have only 1 team in any world, all-star can participate in several worlds (and perhaps have type of account different for number of teams... by price obviously), all-star would have jersey, logo editor, assistant reports etc.

I guess at least 10-20% of the users would pay ~4 usd per month for such all-star, which is not enough now, but with thousands of users it can be just what guys are looking for - for them it does not make a difference if they have 200 paying out of 200 managers in total or 200 paying out of 2000 managers in total, but for the game world experience the more is better and obviously more people will likely attract more new managers. I'm just afraid there will be ~100-200 managers after the fall update and it will not be enough to have a good game world experience as expected. 




#36408 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by bouncer on August 08, 2018 - 02:52 AM

Those look like bigger changes than I expected.

 

Let me comment on the new features as I'm not in the focus group.

 

Design - I think the current design is nice and modern, the new one looks obviously great, but maybe it was not needed to put the time into making new design. 

 

New league system - both increased number of teams and new playoff format sound great I think this was needed a lot. Looks like a good balance. Now its time to get as many human manager as possible, as world with less than 50% of human managers will be, on some levels, boring as hell...

 

Inbox/Messaging - yes, that was already a must even before the new update. You really should make it for the fall update!

 

New database - this sounds also great! As are other features like jersey editor or tweaks to player development and potential. 

 

Relaunch - I think it is sad to restart the worlds completely, but I understand it has to be done as the database would not work and old teams might cause a lot of problems. I like the options to offer moving team name, colors, manager history record to the same league level of the same speed world after relaunch - how this will be done? You will send a message (email?) and wait one week for answer to do it for the user manually or this will done automatically by user when he first time logs in into new game?

 

Business - Yes, I completely agree this game needs to go to green numbers and pay you for the hours you spent developing it. 

 

Shaka Productions - I have tried to google it and nothing relevant came up. Weird? What I mean is that this game needs is a big promotion - articles in hockey related sites and so on. or partnering with a big player in the field. Partnering with friend is obviously ok, but for a real business I think you need even a bigger step...

 

pay to win - I'm with you, this can never be a pay-to-win game. But on the other hand I think this game should still offer free playing. I think that all star account is good way how to make money - you just need to expand to have thousands of users instead hundreds, which will make hundreds of paying users instead tens of them...

I will obviously pay as I really like this game and 3.50$/month sounds reasonable to me, but on the other hand I can see large % (like ~50%) of current users not paying that and quitting, which will still give you more money than current all-stars, but it will leave the worlds half-empty and boring on lower levels, so boring for newcommers and thus very few new users that will stay after the free trial. I hope I'm wrong, but I see that as this will mean an end to this game. I'm not kidding about this. 

30 days free trial is not enough for slow worlds - with 80 games per regular season and 5 games playoff series, the 30 days is not even 1/3 of the season. 

Anyway, it is your decision to go this way and I understand, but in that case I can't say it louder - YOU NEED MORE USERS to keep the leagues full and the game alive (plus it will bring you more money to possibly do this full-time). You need to promote the game at various places, sites that writes about NHL or about hockey fantasy. 




#36111 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by bouncer on July 25, 2018 - 04:35 AM

Then (based on the reset) I'm glad that my team in slow world Biscuit already peaked (as one of the few). Time to get even older to compete for the final cup :)