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#37024 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on September 29, 2018 - 01:46 PM

I know many are wondering how everything is going and when it’s going to be released.

First, so sorry for the lack of updates lately and thanks for being patient.

We’re working real hard with the upcoming release but personally I haven’t been able to put in as many hours as I wanted the last month, which also reminds me why we’re doing these changes in the first place.

That means that we’re behind schedule and will not be able to launch the release in October as first mentioned. And to not make any promises we can’t fulfill we will now announce that the big release will instead be made in December.

The current game worlds will be open and free to play until mid November. Before then all current players will be given the option to keep their current team name and colors in the new release. A message will be sent both in game and via email once ready.

Thanks again for your patience and I understand if this wasn’t the news you were hoping for. But the release is coming and we’re working as hard as we possible can.


#36644 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 17, 2018 - 03:34 PM

We have now gotten quite many responses to the poll that was sent out a couple of days ago and even if we're still expecting a few more responses I just wanted to share some quick insights with you.

 

So I'm glad to say that it looks like the majority will actually sign up for the $1.99 subscription! And even that no one has actually committed to anything it makes me confident enough to proceed at this point. I also want to thank for all comments posted both here and when answering the poll!




#36643 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 17, 2018 - 03:18 PM

 


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I would like to pay you once a year, instead of month after month. Just take my$25.00 and mark me off as paid for a year. Continue with the month by month for those who need that option.  IF it fails( it should not)  and it does not work out, then keep my $25.00  . how does that sound?

 

 

 

That's very generous of you Mark! But it comes down to what's possible and what's going to be the easiest for us. We don't want to add extra administration at this point.




#36556 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 13, 2018 - 08:24 AM

@Anders, you could send out a game-wide vote just to get a feel of how many people will be sticking around, how many are on the fence, and how many are big no-no's. Maybe keep a sentence in there that asks people to comment on the forums and give them a link


This is a good idea. An in game message including a link to a poll have now been sent.


#36545 Players on Waivers Bug

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 12, 2018 - 04:42 AM

Appreciate it. I think it may have happened via me performing the action on my phone, waiting for the page to load (poor connection), and clicking the "Submit" button again once or twice. Hope that helps you work it out - thanks!

 

Thanks. That could explain how this happened. I’ll see how I can prevent this from happening in the future.
 

Could this be related to multiple stats issue?


I don’t think this is related. But I’ll check anyhow. Thanks.


#36520 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 11, 2018 - 02:54 AM

It’s very hard to get ads to work unless you have a huge user base. Very few people click ads and they clutter the game. It’s not an option for us right now.

A one time fee would create too much of obligations on both parties. At this point we doesn’t know how things will turn out and therefore is a monthly subscription the way to go in my opinion.

I believe it’s also hard to compare a subscription on an online game with a regular console game. You don’t buy the online game, you pay for using the service. The online game evolves, the game you payed for a few years ago isn’t the same online game that you pay for today. All updates are included in the fee. An console game is outdated quite fast. This is my opinion and I understand that others may feel differently.


#36506 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 10, 2018 - 05:10 PM

The Blog post part 2 has now been updated with the following.

 

Price for an subscription is changed from $3.50 -> $2.99 / month. No big change I know.

 

But here's the real news. (Copy paste from the blog post).

 

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Special offer to all our current users

We really want to show our appreciation to all of you who currently play this game and to keep as many of you as we possibly can. That’s why all of our current users, that sign up within the first month after the release, will be offered a lifetime $1.99 subscription plan PLUS getting one extra team for free. That is two teams for $1.99/month. 
 
Note that secondary teams must be created in a different game world.
 
Free leagues
The subscription plan described above is required for participating in the main competition (LIHL -> GHL). But we also  want to offer some free to play option. 
 
That’s why we will introduce a separate league structure called Free Hockey Leagues (FHL) within each and every game world. These leagues will be below LIHL level attracting players around 40-60 overall. Leagues will be completely free for users to play in, no subscription required. Teams can not promote from this leagues but there will be a playoff after the regular season with a designated winner. 
 
Most but not all features will be available in these leagues. For instance is youth draft not available but trades are. 
 
Even if separate FHL will play an important part of the game world since teams in the league will interact and sign free agents from the same free agent pool as the competition leagues. This means that they will help create world history, for instance players evolving in free leagues continuing their career in higher leagues.
 
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#36425 Important! Where did all the mascots go?

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 08, 2018 - 03:44 PM

New mascots are now available in the game!

 

This message have been sent to all managers in all game worlds

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New mascots are finally available! Your team have automatically been given a new mascot in the same category as before. Depending on category the fit could be for better or for worse. In some rare cases teams may even have lost their mascot without replacement. This is because there wasn’t an exact match on the number of mascots in each category. But don’t worry. All teams may choose a new mascot. Go to your team page and choose Edit team from the Action menu. You have all been given an one time opportunity to edit your team, All star account or not. Please note that a lot of managers might be accessing the available list of mascots simultaneously which may lead to several managers choosing the same mascot by accident. Then you might be given an error message afterwards. If you do please try again and choose another mascot.

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To be honest, the new mascots are not as good as the previous ones. But this is what we got at this point. We will evaluate the new mascots and consider what options we have in the future. Thanks.




#36419 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 08, 2018 - 02:02 PM

Thanks for all your feedback! It's most valuable as always!

 

To answer the question regarding the release date, we're aiming to release in October. But it's not decided just yet. There is still so much to do so I'm not feeling confident enough to make any promises on a release date at this point.




#36401 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on August 07, 2018 - 04:16 PM

Thanks for all feedback guys!

 

I have now finally finished a new blog post that will hopefully shed some light over the upcoming release this fall.

 

The blog post is divided into two parts:

 

Part 1 - The features

Part 2 - The business

 

And here's a sneak peak of the new design (work in progress). (Also available in the blog post)

http://www.gameplanh...ts/fall2018.png




#35957 Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)

Posted by GamePlanHockey on July 17, 2018 - 03:56 PM

Here’s the latest update.
We’re now well under way of developing features that are being included in the big release this fall. After discussions with the focus group we have decided to extend the leagues to a total of 28 teams divided into two conferences. Playoff series will be played best of five games. We’re also adding a sixth league to each game world.

More about this and other features including a full release plan will be available very soon.


#35907 Important! Where did all the mascots go?

Posted by GamePlanHockey on July 13, 2018 - 02:05 PM

We are now close to finding a new mascot provider. Hopefully we can have mascots back in the game within a couple of weeks. But there will be new mascots to choose from so all teams will be given the possibility to re-choose their mascot. More info regarding this is coming soon.

 

And thanks for all your suggestions.

Designing your own logo is a feature that we would love to add in the future!




#35845 Important! Where did all the mascots go?

Posted by GamePlanHockey on July 10, 2018 - 08:33 AM

You have probably noticed that all team mascots have disappeared from the game. The license that grants us permission to use the mascots have expired and unfortunately it seems like we won’t be able to extend this license to the same terms any longer. We’re currently working hard to find another provider of team mascots. 

 
Until then all mascots have been removed from the game. 
We are really sorry about this and ensure you that we’re working hard to find a solution as soon as possible.
 
If you have any suggestions on good mascot providers or artists that allows us to use them in our game don’t hesitate to give us a shout! Send an email to anders@gameplanhockey.com. We appreciate all the help we can get in this matter.
 
Thanks



#35666 [SOLVED] Recently drafted players' Bio page does not load

Posted by GamePlanHockey on June 24, 2018 - 04:01 PM

This should now be fixed. Thanks for the reports!




#35117 v1.3.4

Posted by GamePlanHockey on June 01, 2018 - 03:06 PM

Thanks for the report. I'll have a look at this