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#38295 New Game World Names!

Posted by Paul T on February 13, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Some ideas:









Or you could go with somewhat famous nicknames:







Or some combination of the best players as mentioned above:







Maybe a vote at the end once all ideas are compiled?

#38255 Playoff Speed

Posted by Paul T on February 07, 2019 - 11:21 PM

This was voted on a bit ago.  I had a recent post in the focus group that voting should take place per game world.  I can't really speak for fast or normal since I will be joining the slow world, but I'll give my two cents anyways.


Fast - No need to speed up the playoffs for obvious reasons.


Normal - I wouldn't want playoffs sped up here either.  A game every 12 hours is good.  A game every 6 hours and you are possibly sleeping through 2 games.


Slow - Yes, I 100% believe the world should be sped up during the playoffs for quite a few reasons.  If you are not involved in the playoffs, or even if you get eliminated quickly, you are waiting forever for any action.  If you are in the playoffs, I don't see why you wouldn't want quicker results.  A game every 12 hours seems reasonable.  I mean, even if you are a lazy A-Hole :D that sleeps 10+ hours a night, you still won't miss an opportunity to change things up between games, if needed.  I also have 3 kids and work 60 hours a week on average, so I'll never buy the "too busy" claim.  Keep it moving!

#37917 Weird Standings

Posted by Paul T on December 31, 2018 - 02:06 PM

I'm an aficionado of old games, so I've always found a tie where two goalies sparkled and kept it 0-0 or 1-1, exciting. Like there are some games like in the 80's which was one of the less great eras in hockey. But in the 50's and the 60's, even the 70's, a tie could really be exciting. I'm just saying there are really no fans in this game that watch games, so why do we revert to ties instead of the weird point settings.


I agree.  Not that I was around for the 60s & 70s, but I've watched plenty of replays and those close, low scoring games were exciting.  Especially considering back then goalies had to make more flashy, reaction type saves.  I think for most people, low scoring games stopped being exciting when goalie equipment got bigger and nowadays, saves are more positional than reactionary.  It's really an unfair criticism and underrated skill, however, it is less exciting for fans, so it is what it is.  I somewhat blame the NJ Devils as their Trap games in the mid-90s were downright boring to watch.  It takes a special person (or Devils fan) to appreciate that type of hockey.


As for the point system... I have always viewed this game as more of an Olympic/European style hockey game.  There's not much in this game that is similar to the NHL.  Point system, promotion/relegation, etc.  The current World games use the same 3-2-1-0 point system. 

#37915 Weird Standings

Posted by Paul T on December 31, 2018 - 09:11 AM

I'm torn on the Tie vs. OT/shootout loss point debate.  I definitely miss the old (simple) standings of W-L-T.  I think it is a more accurate and fair reflection of team standings.  Part of me wants the NHL to revert back.


On the other hand, the fan experience should be taken into account.  In the 80s, almost 1 in 5 NHL games ended in a tie.  20%.  I've witnessed a few ties (live) and the feeling is unfulfilling.  When you spend good money to go see a game, having it end in a tie sucks.  Every competition should have a winner and loser.  Unfortunately for hockey, ties would be more common and are harder to prevent/break, given that scoring is rare as compared to other sports such as football, baseball & basketball.  You don't want regular season games going 2+ OTs, thus the need for shootouts.


The last thing I'd want is for regulation wins to count as 3 points as it would throw everything out of whack (in my own mind, at least).  It's a complex issue and the solution will never please everyone. 

#37891 Weird Standings

Posted by Paul T on December 30, 2018 - 01:19 AM

Because there is a difference between winning in regulation and winning in OT/shootout.


3 points for winning in regulation

2 points for OT/SO win

1 point for OT/SO loss

0 points for regulation loss


I'm guessing the other team's record is 16-1-1-3 = 51 points.

While yours is 14-3-1-3 = 49 points.

#37771 Ridiculous results (sometimes)

Posted by Paul T on December 17, 2018 - 09:12 PM

Because the other team will underestimate a significantly lower rated teams gives lower rated teams a chance. Sometimes I feel it is too heavily weighted, however it can create a lot of drama!


There might be something to this.  My team was struggling in our first year in GHL and on a 6-game losing streak (one of the losses being against a team that is 1-29, that being their only win) THEN all of a sudden I somehow beat the team that recently 3-peated as GHL champ and arguably best team in the game world.


I suppose I still wouldn't call this ridiculous as it happens in real life sometimes, just a very odd-timed win.

#37678 We got any happy Seattlers here?

Posted by Paul T on December 07, 2018 - 09:06 AM

Ain't that the damn truth!


I shouldn't bash him - because the moves he made early on as GM in Boston had a big impact on the Bruins winning the Cup in 2011 (the only Boston Cup I've been alive to witness).  I'm extremely grateful for that.  But most of his moves after the 2011 season were baffling - and when he left Boston and took the job in Edmonton, with a gift wrapped Connor McDavid at his feet, he was put in a great situation which he still somehow managed to F up.  It is still mind boggling to me how Edmonton fails to have any success with all the high 1st round draft picks they have had over the past 10 seasons.  I figured at some point they would start having the same success the Pens had when they drafted Malkin and Crosby.

#37671 We got any happy Seattlers here?

Posted by Paul T on December 06, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Not from anywhere near Seattle, but a 32nd team will balance out the divisions and satisfy my OCD :cool:


It will be interesting to see if Seattle can duplicate the success Vegas had during their first year in the league.


That repeat level of excitement that Vegas brought would certainly be welcome, however, Seattle will have a slight disadvantage as compared to Vegas in that Vegas was approved in 2016 and began play the following year.  There will be a 3-year gap between Seattle's approval and the expansion draft, so other teams will have time to get a bit more prepared with their contract situations than they were when Vegas joined.  Well, except Edmonton because Chiarelli has no idea what he's doing.  :)

#37544 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by Paul T on November 21, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Time for another update. I have during the last week reworked the contracts of players. The main reason for this was because I felt there wasn't enough salary difference between a star player and a depth player. So in the upcoming release star players will have significantly higher salaries, just like in the NHL today. But also, depth players will ask for much less than what is currently the case.


But just as what always been the case the salary will not only be influenced by overall but also player reputation, psychological profile and the competitive situation currently on the team (and more).


Here's a screenshot that shows the a more diverse salary situation on a team: https://cl.ly/6d06dcda7e0e


Very nice!


The past two updates have been key for me.  My favorite aspect of this game is strategically building a team within the cap limitations.  The contract update will add some major depth to this game, which is great.  And like Deadwing, the new customization options for team jerseys is probably what I am looking forward to the most. 


Just a minor thought, but could the contracts for super-star players be even higher?  To relate to NHL contracts, McDavid sits at 12.5M per.  Tavares, Kane, Price, Toews, Eichel and Kopitar are all 10M+.


In any case, Thanks for the updates!  Really looking forward to this.


(is it appropriate to post the South Park image of Randy Marsh when he finally gets access to the internet after losing it for a few months???)

#37400 Season 17

Posted by Paul T on November 09, 2018 - 10:57 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! 


Hey now!  The Leopards B-squad are going to come out firing on all cylinders.  :)



I am... in Silver... maybe Anders would move me up LOL



Yes, this needs to happen!  Although with the new auto-promotion system after the reset, I'd be surprised if you didn't either win SHL or promote via SHL playoffs in S1.


...and if this upcoming season last's long enough, there's a solid chance you are in GHL by the end and I am back in SHL.  Haha.

#37381 Season 17

Posted by Paul T on November 08, 2018 - 12:37 PM

I'm still around, although not as much as I'd like recently.


I can also tell I'm going to have a hell of a time competing in GHL this season.  21 MILLION!  Wow.  I can't wait to see what he eventually accepts from another team.


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#37220 Season 16 General Chat

Posted by Paul T on October 24, 2018 - 01:04 PM

Well, I spent 4 seasons in BHL, then promoted to SHL.  Then spent 4 seasons in SHL and will be promoting to GHL for next season. 


I am slightly bummed out that I won't get to compete against the current GHL managers in Biscuit.  I would have all but guaranteed that in 4 seasons I would have been GHL champ. ;)

#37197 Goaltender cheese!

Posted by Paul T on October 22, 2018 - 09:03 AM

Here's a previous post where this was discussed in detail: 



I offered a fairly logical solution.  Not sure if this is on the Admin's radar to fix.

#37095 Please help with tactics and players

Posted by Paul T on October 09, 2018 - 09:39 AM

Gritty players - I am fairly certain that gritty refers to Spirit.


Working hard players - i suppose its determined?  - I always assumed that working hard also referred to Spirit, but I am not 100% sure of that.  And your thought on it being related to Determined may also be accurate.  That's something I had never thought about before so can neither confirm nor deny it.


Mobile players - Skating ability.


smart players - how can i know is he smart player? - I'm actually not sure on this one.


The following is all personal opinion based on having played the game for the last year and a half.  There is really no right or wrong way to think about offensive and defensive tactics other than ensuring that your players fit those tactics.  I would assume that it would be beneficial to pick offensive and defensive tactics that require the same attributes, but it really is just a matter of preference (which is also part of the fun of a manager game, specifically this one, in that you can set your team up however you want it).  I don't think certain tactics work better than others on their own.  I have seen many teams have success with different tactics, but again, I think the effectiveness of the tactic really relies on getting players who fit your style.


Playing "very offensive" is based on your team focus.  I would assume you have your team focus tactic (when tied) set to Very Offensive.  If you want a more balanced game, try setting it to Normal.  Try different settings and see what works best.


Two things I think are extremely important.  Again, these are personal opinion and maybe not shared among all managers, but just to give a certain perspective.


1. Set your team up the way you want it set up.  It's much more fun that way.  There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to which tactic works best.  To use radical examples, maybe based more on history than current day, if you are a fan of the Big Bad Bruins, you might want to set up your team with big, gritty, physical players and maybe play a Crash the Net style.  If you like the Flyers, maybe play a similar style and a bit dirty.  Devils fan, try the Trap defense.  Kings fan, use Possession.  Etc...  Then once you pick your tactics, go out and get players who fit your scheme.


2. Test things out until your team functions as expected.  Don't be afraid to lose a few games.  The most fun I've had playing this game was in the first season when I had no idea about anything and just tested different tactics, team focus, line focuses, line combinations, the list goes on.  I was a bit anxious as well and wanted to figure it all out relatively quickly, but thinking back, the journey was much more fun than the destination.  Even after 8 seasons, I still like trying out changes here and there to see how they work.


Hope that offers some helpful insight.

#36965 Player contracts

Posted by Paul T on September 19, 2018 - 02:31 PM

So with the upcoming upheaval in the game, long-term signings are moot?  Like trying to get  4-year college degree when you know the world will end in 1 year?  In Clapper LIHL, I have a player with shaky traits but good ratings performing wonderfully well; have brought him back from unhappy to frustrated, would like to sign him and further improve his attitude, but feel his salary demands are excessive and I'm afraid to get locked in for 2 years at that.  But-if things are all going away soon, is there any reason why I would not want to just sign him to get his best effort this season, with no future consequences?


I would say to sign them and get their best efforts this season.  If for some reason the reset is delayed and we get 1 more season in the current worlds, you can finagle a trade or use waivers.  I will be in the same boat.