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#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.

#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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