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#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.

#36925 Can a leopard change his spots?

Posted by Paul T on September 13, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Deferiet Leopards never change their spots.


Also, what littleb said.

#36735 2nd Annual "Tarnished Silver Biscuit Plate" PreS 16

Posted by Paul T on August 24, 2018 - 12:05 PM

OK, it's that time of season again.  Time for the 2nd Annual Tarnished Silver Biscuit Plate!  For those who missed last season's extravaganza, the best way to describe this tournament is, think GHL GOLD CUP... but better!  Or here is a link to last seasons tourney:  http://forums.gmgame...-plate-pres-15/


The round robin tournament is between 4 prestigious SHL teams, who at one time in their history auto-promoted from BHL. 


1) Minnedosa Musketeers.  They need no introduction.  They were the winner of last year's Tarnished Silver Biscuit Plate and the only one of these teams to make the SHL playoffs.  They were tired of always finishing 2nd best to the Leopards and went into S15 with a chip on their shoulder.  A literal chip because all they do is aggressively shove food into their faces.  They are known as being the biggest, baddest and fattest team in all of Biscuit. 


To get a glimpse of their greatness in action, here is a link to their preseason training video: 


Last seasons result:  3-0-0-0, 15 GF, 8 GA


2) Tullahoma Tomcats.  I would say they need no introduction, but they do it themselves anyways.  A team that exceeded all expectations last season, but it still was not good enough for Coach Wendel.  Anything short of a 60-win season catapults him into a rage of fury. 


The below clip was taken after a S15 win in which the Tomcats only won by 1 goal (start video at 0:45): 


Last seasons result:  1-1-0-1, 8 GF, 8 GA


3)  Pittsboro Plastic Attack.  The SHL newcomers certainly held their own last season and avoided relegation by a large margin.  Known league-wide for patience with player development and building an empire via draft picks.  Coach Naekfor is meticulous when it comes to building a team.  Everyone who has ever tried to pry a draft pick off his hands has received the same response:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08i9kvCJvJ0


Last seasons result:  0-1-1-1, 8 GF, 10 GA


4)  Deferiet Leopards.  A disappointing season for the Leopards that was foreshadowed by a disappointing preseason tournament.  The Leopards missed the playoffs by a single point for the first time since taking over the franchise.  While most teams dwell on the golf course, that just isn't their style.  Instead, these hard rockers threw a killer party complete with fine women, booze and blow and partied their faces off.


The full party was recorded here in this completely NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR CHILDREN video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5bindJbnwA


Last seasons result:  who cares, what's it to you anyways?




Season 16 schedule (Home teams on left):

Day 4 - Leopards vs. Plastic ... Musketeers vs. Tomcats

Day 5 - Tomcats vs. Leopards ... Plastic vs. Musketeers

Day 6 - Leopards vs. Musketeers ... Plastic vs. Tomcats

#36714 Adam Gundersson cheating

Posted by Paul T on August 22, 2018 - 11:11 AM

I am noticing some sketchy trades that recently happened in BHL Dangles.  I reported it, but maybe someone here can tell me if I am over-reacting.


It's hard to tell if it is cheating or just managers accepting really bad trades.  You're right though, the trades are horrible and all in favor of 1 team (Eagles).


Trade 1:  Eagles get a big, 22 y/o, 80 OVR  --  for a small, 25 y/o 78 OVR.  (somewhat garbage)


Trade 2:  Eagles get a big, 29 y/o, 82 OVR + 4 more mediocre players + a BHL 1st and 2nd -- for a 76 OVR.  (major garbage)


Trade 3:  Eagles get a 20 y/o 78 OVR + a 21 y/o, 77 OVR --  for a 28 y/o 76 OVR.  (garbage)


Trade 4:  Eagles get a 79, 77, 77, 74 + two BHL 1st and a BHL 2nd  --  for a 77 and a 76. (dumb)


I should probably mention upfront that I don't care about Dangles.  I just happen to have a team in LIHL to test a few things out.  And again, I don't have enough evidence to confirm this is cheating or just other managers accepting really bad trades, but let's call it how it is.  Those trades are pure garbage - and IMO, something that ruins the game for a lot of people who are trying to have an enjoyable experience building a team the right way.

#36659 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by Paul T on August 18, 2018 - 11:29 AM

I think we are at a point where continuing to debate about the financial details of the refresh is pointless.  Anders and Glawing have put in the time and done their research on what they think needs to happen and how they want to proceed.  They have also provided reasoning behind every decision.


I truly hope most people stick around after the release.  Especially all the managers that I currently compete against in Biscuit.  I'm not sure what to tell the folks who feel the latest offer of $1.99/month for 2 teams isn't worth it.  Implying that they should continue to put time and effort into something that others should enjoy for free just seems crazy to me.  I do feel for the people who would like to stick around, but simply can't swing it financially.  As someone who has 3 kids and was once covered in a mountain of debt, I totally understand.  Hopefully there will be a sponsor type option when this is rolled out - even if it's just for a period of time.    Kudos to the guys who brought this up and are willing to support other managers.


My last comment about the refresh, for what it's worth.  When this was initially announced in the focus group I was completely against it - and was somewhat vocal about my concerns.  But after hearing about all the work being put into it and all the improvements being made, I did a complete 180 and am now excited for it to happen. 

#36413 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by Paul T on August 08, 2018 - 10:07 AM

I am a fan of all the changes/improvements being made for the upcoming release and appreciate all the work being done to make it happen.  I do have a few other ideas that may be beneficial for the game, but will wait to post them when I have more time to elaborate - most likely in the focus group.  Just one question and one comment for now.


TIMING:  Bouncer asked above and I will ask again... is there an approximate date for the release?  Are we talking closer to September or November?


FINANCES:  Personally, I have no issue with the monthly fee and plan to support the game, but I do share some of the concerns already mentioned.  If people feel it's not worth it, then fine.  But I'm afraid there will be many people who simply can't contribute at this time (I've been in those situations before) and am concerned that with the expanded worlds and leagues there would be >50% computer managers, which would set the game back in quite a few ways.  I'd throw out some ideas, but feel it would be more appropriate to discuss privately when finances are involved.

#36225 S15 General Chat

Posted by Paul T on July 30, 2018 - 09:40 AM

Forever connected by some weird magnetic force.


Season 12 - tied in points (both promoted from BHL to SHL)

Season 13 - tied in points

Season 14 - tied in points until the final day of the season


Season 15...


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#36197 Adam Lundberg cheating- Dangles SHL

Posted by Paul T on July 29, 2018 - 01:36 PM

Pardon my bluntness, but he needs to get some help a girlfriend.



#36122 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by Paul T on July 25, 2018 - 12:47 PM

So that means that important decisions like this are taken by those having All Star accounts and not by the whole community? 


Actually, no.  Certain topics were voted on.  There was never a vote for this topic, it was more of a discussion.  Anders is simply asking for opinions to determine what is in the best interest of the game long-term.  Nothing has been decided yet.  When information is available, Anders and the mods will notify everyone.


I have no stake in this whatsoever, just figured I'd share these facts to avoid the back and forth that has been happening.

#36115 S15 General Chat

Posted by Paul T on July 25, 2018 - 08:36 AM

Trouble in Deferiet!


The Leopards recent string of losses has created turmoil in the locker room as coach Paul T has started to question the compete level of his players.  After making the SHL playoffs the last two seasons and getting off to a hot start this season, the Leopards are slowly skidding down the standings and seem destined to miss the playoffs for the 1st time since relocating to Deferiet. 


After their loss to the #1 Indians yesterday, a scuffle ensued between coach Paul T and the team's longest tenured and most respected player, Juan David Waller.  Despite giving up almost 6" and 30 lbs, Paul T got his point across.


The result:

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#35955 Ridiculous results (sometimes)

Posted by Paul T on July 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

I'm not sure I would say 'ridiculous', but sometimes the team that dominates in shots and possession does not win.  Sometimes.


I was originally going to agree with you here that it seems to happen more than it should, but after looking at my box scores and results, I don't show that to be the case.


To test it, I didn't use a strict formula, I just tried to get a general feel for the game.  I went into each box score and looked at the shots and possession, and used a combination of those to determine what team "should" have won.  For example, if Team A had 5 more shots and 10% more possessions, you can say they should have won.  Or if possession was somewhat even, but a team had 10 more shots, etc. 


My results:

I went 9-2 in games I dominated.

I went 8-4 in games that were somewhat even.

I went 3-7 in games where my opponent dominated.


I suppose my only gripe here is that I should dominate a lot more than I do (and/or get dominated much less often) :P

#35940 The Humor Therapy Thread

Posted by Paul T on July 16, 2018 - 04:09 PM

Today I won 2-1 in OT.

The game tying goal was scored by a Nervous player and assisted by two Anxious players.

The OT winner was scored by an Anxious player and assisted by another Anxious player.

My goalie stood on his head to stop 27 of 28.  He's Nervous.

#35849 Mascot issue / Solutions

Posted by Paul T on July 10, 2018 - 09:05 AM

I was going to make the "upload your own logo" suggestion a while ago, but then realized that would be going down a risky path.  I still think it's a good idea.  Personally, there is literally nothing in the world that would offend me, but am also sensitive to the fact that others could be uncomfortable over various images.  We would need a way to monitor it and keep the site family friendly and/or safe for work use... if that's even possible.

#35508 Trade Deadline earlier in the season

Posted by Paul T on June 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

For possible fall release... I think having a trade deadline earlier in the season would be beneficial for a few reasons.  I will use Days 55 as an example (which falls around Game 50). 


Also to go along with this suggestion, I would also recommend that those players who are "happy with their current contract", be open to re-negotiating or flat our refusing to re-sign around Day 45 (around Game 40).


1) First, I think it would add some excitement to the game mid-season, giving managers another milestone to look forward to.  Preparing for the draft is exciting.  Silly season/free agency is exciting.  The playoff race toward the end of season is exciting + actual playoffs.  Why not add something in the middle for managers to look forward to?


Around Day 45, players are either willing to re-sign with your team or refuse to re-sign.  You then have 10 days to get your trades in before Day 55.  Personally, I think it would be an exciting 10 days of managers trying to wheel and deal before the deadline hits.  Then all managers must live with their decisions for the remaining 10 regular season games and through the playoffs.


2) Second, it would require managers to be proactive and take calculated risks based on their expected finish.  It would eliminate teams from making those final day trades to stack their teams for relegation - and would also not allow managers to trade expiring contracts on the final day of the season, which caused an issue this past season.


3) Finally, this is how professional sports are run - and I know that as a fan, I get really excited around the trade deadline every year in anticipation of what trades will be made.






#35502 Inaugural Tarnished Silver Biscuit Plate PreS 15

Posted by Paul T on June 14, 2018 - 08:32 AM

Normally I'd give it to the player from the winning team, but given the format of 1 player per team, I went with Kivinen, who I felt dominated in his two starts.  I may be slightly biased as he pitched a 40-save shutout against me and stole the game.  Who knows what would have happened if he started that 3rd game (not sure if it would have helped or hurt his cause). 


Camarillo is a very close 2nd.  6 points in 3 games is amazing.  He probably would have got my vote if there were some goals mixed in there. 


I love that my nominee had 1 point and was a -1.   :cool:  The 6/4/5 stats are what I like to see, though!  Hopefully those intangibles will start to translate into results.  Go Leopards!


Congrats to the Minnedosa Musketeers for winning it all.  This is like Boston's college hockey version of the Beanpot.