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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in 2020 Summer Games Sim- Sign-Up Thread   
    Greetings! My name is SecretAgentMan, and every time the Summer Games or Winter Games comes around, I run a sim tied to that. Given that the 2020 Summer Games in Japan start next week....well, that means it's time! This year, I am jointly running it between both SimNation and GMGames. (In the past, I've just been at SimNation)
    We will be using Going for Gold, a game that I am developing, as the method for simming this event. The game is still in what I would call an alpha state, though unlike in the past, I do have a functional career mode. There's also a Winter Games mode, which will be relevant in about 6 months, but for right now, we'll be using Summer Games mode.
    The way Summer Games mode works is that you pick one of 65 countries, each of which have different strengths/weaknesses based as best we can on real-life historical results. A world will be populated with athletes to represent each of those countries (so, not the real athletes of the 2020 Summer Games). As the head of that country's national athletics committee, you get 200 training points that you can spread amongst your athletes (with a max of 10 per athlete per event) to give them a boost and help push them towards the medal stand. Then, as the 2020 Summer Games occur in real life, we will sim along-side them.
    Deadline to join is Friday, July 23rd, the date of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Games. The alpha version of the program will start being sent out by e-mail early next week, and the sim will begin on Saturday, July 24th
    How do you join? Please provide the following information:
    Your forum handle OR a name you'd like to be called:
    Your e-mail address:
    1st Choice of Country (see below):
    2nd Choice of Country (see below):
    IF you have a particular connection to a country (such as being a citizen, having ancestors from that country, etc.), please also state that in your application. I will be assigning by first choice when possible, but accounting for personal connections when there is a conflict between multiple people wanting the same country. (Which may not always be obvious, since there are people from 2 different forums participating)
    Please allow 48 hours for your application to be processed and decisions to be made about which country you'll be given
    The 65 available countries are as follows:
    Argentina Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Canada Chile China Croatia Cuba Czech_Republic Denmark Estonia Ethiopia Finland France Georgia Germany Great_Britain Greece Hungary Iceland Israel India Indonesia Ireland Iran Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Kazakhstan Kenya Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malaysia Mexico Nepal Netherlands New_Zealand Nigeria North_Korea Norway Pakistan Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia South_Africa South_Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Thailand Turkey Ukraine Uruguay USA Zimbabwe How do you tell who will be good? Well, for some context, here are the Top 20 all-time medals lists, in real life, at the Summer Games.
    No.    Nation                          Games    Gold  Silver  Bronze   Total
    1     United States (USA)            27    1022    795    705    2522
    2     Soviet Union (URS)             10      395     319    296    1010
    3     Great Britain (GBR)             28      263     295    293      851
    4     China (CHN)                        10      224     167    155      546
    5     France (FRA)                       28      212     241    263      716
    6     Italy (ITA)                             27      206     178    193      577
    7     Germany (GER)                   16      191     194    230      615
    8     Hungary (HUN)                   26      175     147    169      491
    9     East Germany (GDR)            5      153     129    127      409
    10     Russia (RUS)                       6      148     125    153      426
    11     Australia (AUS)                 26      147     163    187      497
    12     Sweden (SWE)                  27      145     170    179      494
    13     Japan (JPN)                      22      142     136    161      439
    14     Finland (FIN)                     25      101       85    117      303
    15     South Korea (KOR)           17       90        87      90      267
    16     Romania (ROU)                 21       89       95    122      306
    17     Netherlands (NED)           26       85       92    108      285
    18     Cuba (CUB)                        20       78       68      80      226
    19     Poland (POL)                     21       68       84    132      284
    20     Canada (CAN)                   26       64     102    136      302
    And here are the Top 10 medals results from the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, and the 2012 Summer Games in England
    Rank       Nation                   Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
    1     United States (USA)       46       37          38          121
    2     Great Britain (GBR)        27        23         17            67
    3     China (CHN)                   26        18         26            70
    4     Russia (RUS)                  19        17         20            56
    5     Germany (GER)              17        10         15            42
    6     Japan (JPN)                   12          8         21            41
    7     France (FRA)                  10        18         14            42
    8     South Korea (KOR)          9          3           9             21
    9     Italy (ITA)                          8        12           8             28
    10     Australia (AUS)             8         11        10              29
    Rank        Nation                   Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
    1     United States (USA)        46       28          30          104
    2     China (CHN)                     38       31         22             91
    3     Great Britain (GBR)         29       17         19             65
    4     Russia (RUS)                   20        20         28             68
    5     South Korea (KOR)         13         9            8              30
    6     Germany (GER)               11       20          13             44
    7     France (FRA)                   11        11         13             35
    8     Australia (AUS)                 8        15         12             35
    9     Italy (ITA)                           8          9          11            28
    10     Hungary (HUN)               8         4             6            18
    I really hope you consider joining me on this journey as we sim alongside one of the world's biggest sporting events!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from bigb47 in 2020 Summer Games Sim- Sign-Up Thread   
    Greetings! My name is SecretAgentMan, and every time the Summer Games or Winter Games comes around, I run a sim tied to that. Given that the 2020 Summer Games in Japan start next week....well, that means it's time! This year, I am jointly running it between both SimNation and GMGames. (In the past, I've just been at SimNation)
    We will be using Going for Gold, a game that I am developing, as the method for simming this event. The game is still in what I would call an alpha state, though unlike in the past, I do have a functional career mode. There's also a Winter Games mode, which will be relevant in about 6 months, but for right now, we'll be using Summer Games mode.
    The way Summer Games mode works is that you pick one of 65 countries, each of which have different strengths/weaknesses based as best we can on real-life historical results. A world will be populated with athletes to represent each of those countries (so, not the real athletes of the 2020 Summer Games). As the head of that country's national athletics committee, you get 200 training points that you can spread amongst your athletes (with a max of 10 per athlete per event) to give them a boost and help push them towards the medal stand. Then, as the 2020 Summer Games occur in real life, we will sim along-side them.
    Deadline to join is Friday, July 23rd, the date of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Games. The alpha version of the program will start being sent out by e-mail early next week, and the sim will begin on Saturday, July 24th
    How do you join? Please provide the following information:
    Your forum handle OR a name you'd like to be called:
    Your e-mail address:
    1st Choice of Country (see below):
    2nd Choice of Country (see below):
    IF you have a particular connection to a country (such as being a citizen, having ancestors from that country, etc.), please also state that in your application. I will be assigning by first choice when possible, but accounting for personal connections when there is a conflict between multiple people wanting the same country. (Which may not always be obvious, since there are people from 2 different forums participating)
    Please allow 48 hours for your application to be processed and decisions to be made about which country you'll be given
    The 65 available countries are as follows:
    Argentina Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Canada Chile China Croatia Cuba Czech_Republic Denmark Estonia Ethiopia Finland France Georgia Germany Great_Britain Greece Hungary Iceland Israel India Indonesia Ireland Iran Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Kazakhstan Kenya Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malaysia Mexico Nepal Netherlands New_Zealand Nigeria North_Korea Norway Pakistan Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia South_Africa South_Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Thailand Turkey Ukraine Uruguay USA Zimbabwe How do you tell who will be good? Well, for some context, here are the Top 20 all-time medals lists, in real life, at the Summer Games.
    No.    Nation                          Games    Gold  Silver  Bronze   Total
    1     United States (USA)            27    1022    795    705    2522
    2     Soviet Union (URS)             10      395     319    296    1010
    3     Great Britain (GBR)             28      263     295    293      851
    4     China (CHN)                        10      224     167    155      546
    5     France (FRA)                       28      212     241    263      716
    6     Italy (ITA)                             27      206     178    193      577
    7     Germany (GER)                   16      191     194    230      615
    8     Hungary (HUN)                   26      175     147    169      491
    9     East Germany (GDR)            5      153     129    127      409
    10     Russia (RUS)                       6      148     125    153      426
    11     Australia (AUS)                 26      147     163    187      497
    12     Sweden (SWE)                  27      145     170    179      494
    13     Japan (JPN)                      22      142     136    161      439
    14     Finland (FIN)                     25      101       85    117      303
    15     South Korea (KOR)           17       90        87      90      267
    16     Romania (ROU)                 21       89       95    122      306
    17     Netherlands (NED)           26       85       92    108      285
    18     Cuba (CUB)                        20       78       68      80      226
    19     Poland (POL)                     21       68       84    132      284
    20     Canada (CAN)                   26       64     102    136      302
    And here are the Top 10 medals results from the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, and the 2012 Summer Games in England
    Rank       Nation                   Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
    1     United States (USA)       46       37          38          121
    2     Great Britain (GBR)        27        23         17            67
    3     China (CHN)                   26        18         26            70
    4     Russia (RUS)                  19        17         20            56
    5     Germany (GER)              17        10         15            42
    6     Japan (JPN)                   12          8         21            41
    7     France (FRA)                  10        18         14            42
    8     South Korea (KOR)          9          3           9             21
    9     Italy (ITA)                          8        12           8             28
    10     Australia (AUS)             8         11        10              29
    Rank        Nation                   Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
    1     United States (USA)        46       28          30          104
    2     China (CHN)                     38       31         22             91
    3     Great Britain (GBR)         29       17         19             65
    4     Russia (RUS)                   20        20         28             68
    5     South Korea (KOR)         13         9            8              30
    6     Germany (GER)               11       20          13             44
    7     France (FRA)                   11        11         13             35
    8     Australia (AUS)                 8        15         12             35
    9     Italy (ITA)                           8          9          11            28
    10     Hungary (HUN)               8         4             6            18
    I really hope you consider joining me on this journey as we sim alongside one of the world's biggest sporting events!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from bigb47 in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Okay, how about a June update?

    The bad is that I have nothing new to show, or discuss.

    The good is that I have a new job, so while I spent most of this month job hunting and have a few busy months ahead, I am set up with a much better long-term situation (which bodes well for future development, in my mind)

    I still plan to have some sort of Olympics multiplayer game on the forums, but at this point, I may just take my 2016 version and add in this year's events and schedule. We'll see what I can come up with- watch this space for some updates as we get closer to the games!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from h2min in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Most definitely will need testers, and would appreciate the help! When we get to that point (late Spring, I'm hoping) I'll reach out here and get in touch!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from h2min in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    No formal log this month. Busy month at home has meant a pretty light month for programming work. I have been pushing my way through databases for various sports, though, and continue to make progress there. Hopefully  will have some more interesting stuff to come in future months (there kind of has to be....I'm running out of months before the Tokyo games!)
    Fun fact for the month: Want to know what the most dominant country in an individual sport is? Well, we have a new leader! Prior to now, China's Table Tennis program was the best I had found (USA basketball is 2nd)...they have been passed up by Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics, which offers up an incomprehensible level of dominance in the sport, both recently and historically. So if you didn't know....then now you know!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from h2min in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Development Log 8: Continued Database Progress
    My March update is short, because I haven't gotten to dig in on the code as much this month. However, I have been continuing to dig in with databases, which is always an interesting experience. I tend to learn a lot about sports that I'm not very familiar with, like which nations are good at fencing, and just how random Olympic football is (really, really random- no country's one more than 3 medals on the men's side, which seems weird). Getting closer every day/week/month to a proper representation of what an Olympics SHOULD look like, and I'm hopeful that I will get to code a lot this month. (Definitely will in May, but I'm hoping my schedule clears up a bit sooner in April, too) At any rate, keep checking this space- I'll have another update at the beginning of May!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from bigb47 in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    No formal log this month. Busy month at home has meant a pretty light month for programming work. I have been pushing my way through databases for various sports, though, and continue to make progress there. Hopefully  will have some more interesting stuff to come in future months (there kind of has to be....I'm running out of months before the Tokyo games!)
    Fun fact for the month: Want to know what the most dominant country in an individual sport is? Well, we have a new leader! Prior to now, China's Table Tennis program was the best I had found (USA basketball is 2nd)...they have been passed up by Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics, which offers up an incomprehensible level of dominance in the sport, both recently and historically. So if you didn't know....then now you know!
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    SecretAgentMan reacted to dynamoprag123 in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    thx for all the help
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in WWCS (College Soccer) looking for managers for a new season   
    Weekend Warriors College Soccer, part of SimNation, is one of the only simulation college soccer leagues out there. We use ESMS+, a freeware program, to sim our matches, and a custom recruiting module (also freeware) to do our offseason recruiting. We're nearing the start of our 2nd season and currently have 9 teams being managed, but we're looking for more! You would have the chance to shape your own college soccer program, and you could do it with pretty much any* team that's in the Division 1-FBS in the country. We had a great first season and we hope you'll join us for our second season. If you'd like to know more, please ask here, PM me, OR click the video (~7 min long) introducing the league. We hope you'll consider signing up!
    VIDEO LINK: What is the WWCS?
    *Except for the 9 teams that are already spoken for, of course
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from bigb47 in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Development Log 7: Making Progress
    My February update is a little bit bare on details, but I am happy on progress for the month! Some highlights include:
    -Good research happening behind the scenes to build the sport result database up. I haven't talked about it much, but there is a massive database of results from Olympic Games, World Championships, and other world competitions from 2000-on that is being built up to provide realistic player generation and results for the game. There has been good progress on that database this month.
    I've also been testing the player generation and event results on the basis of the parts of the database that are already complete (Winter Sports).  It isn't perfect yet- there are some problems with team events in particular, and I still need to mess with the "consistency" settings for certain sports- but I feel really happy that the results generally feel "correct", with a good amount of expected and surprise results.
    -Making progress towards a stable single-player release. Currently, the game is functional in "career" mode, but there are some important details missing. Namely, if your athletes grow/get better and have better results, your country's overall rating in the sport doesn't yet change. However, that is on the road to being completed, and I'm thinking that it should be done in the next couple of months. Once that is done, the database is finished, and I create a financial database that is stable (a process I haven't started yet), I should have a stable build for a single-player beta trial.
    My goal for this Olympics cycle has been to have my "career mode" in place before we start the Tokyo games this summer, so I'm optimistic that I will get there. I am still targeting and hoping for a beta release with functional career mode and the ability to do online leagues sometime late Spring.
    -So, please keep an eye out on this space! I'm hopeful to have a lot more to show off soon!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from bigb47 in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Let's do a January update!
    Development Log 6: Fine-Tuning Athlete Creation Process
    I was able to get back into the swing of things this month in terms of working on Going For Gold. I spent a significant amount of time tightening and improving the player creation system. I've been working in recent months on getting data into a database to generate ranking values for countries in each sport (0-99, with 99 being the best). However, those rankings weren't translating well to actual athlete creation. The top countries often would not have the best athletes (they'd be high up, but not the best), and that was definitely a problem that needed to be fixed.
    I basically overhauled the process and put several fixes in place, and I'm happy to report that it's going much better. The top countries in a given sport now receive more athletes for that sport, and the athletes are more consistently of better quality, and they are closer to their "prime" age. (The way I have athlete generation setup, players are created with a "top" skill level that is then adjusted based on the player's age)  I have to do some further testing on it in February to make sure that the results are relatively consistent, and then it's on to fine-tuning how those individual player rankings translate into results. It should provide for a much better-quality (and much less-random) actual simulation, so I'm pleased that I was able to progress on it.
    Here's an example (below) from a recent test. 
    This particular event is a skiing event, and you can see that Austria is near the top of the rankings (as they should be). However, other top countries (USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, etc.) still have some representation near the top, while countries that are less strong in terms of skiing do still have strong athletes, but they're still clearly further down the list. It leads to a distribution that I'm happier with that than in the past (which often saw athletes from seemingly random countries near the top) 

    000111697 |Austria             |70a|27|F|0|Kerstin_Schuetzenuer              |7001-97(0) 000111677 |Austria             |70a|26|F|0|Kerstin_Koretnaar                 |7001-96(0) 000111776 |Austria             |70b|26|F|0|Marie_Wallner                     |7001-95(0) 000004132 |USA                 |70a|27|F|0|Ava_Brown                         |7001-94(0) 000074656 |Switzerland         |70a|24|F|0|Milena_Abdi                       |7001-94(0) 000004129 |USA                 |70a|26|F|0|Mary_Adams                        |7001-93(0) 000004134 |USA                 |70a|26|F|0|Margaret_Diaz                     |7001-93(0) 000022763 |Germany             |70a|25|F|0|AnnaMaria_Fischer                 |7001-93(0) 000111716 |Austria             |70a|27|F|0|Anna_Badem                        |7001-92(0) 000004135 |USA                 |70a|25|F|0|Elizabeth_Lewis                   |7001-91(0) 000027227 |Italy               |70a|26|F|0|Chiara_Gallo                      |7001-91(0) 000074651 |Switzerland         |70a|23|F|0|Anna_Spycher                      |7001-91(0) 000111689 |Austria             |70a|24|F|0|Laura_Klor                        |7001-91(0) 000004140 |USA                 |70a|26|F|0|Olivia_Martin                     |7001-90(0) 000027218 |Italy               |70a|27|F|0|Federica_Rizzo                    |7001-90(0) 000031137 |Sweden              |70a|26|F|0|Julia_Gustafsson                  |7001-90(0) 000031143 |Sweden              |70a|25|F|0|Alva_Petersson                    |7001-90(0) 000074664 |Switzerland         |70a|27|F|0|Laura_Ziegler                     |7001-90(0) 000074763 |Switzerland         |70b|27|F|0|Elisa_Abdi                        |7001-90(0) 000111675 |Austria             |70a|23|F|0|Marie_Stadisch                    |7001-90(0) 000111681 |Austria             |70a|27|F|0|Hannah_Peiper                     |7001-90(0) 000111734 |Austria             |70b|26|F|0|Kerstin_Mayer                     |7001-90(0) 000145972 |Croatia             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|70a|28|F|0|Rachel_Perez                      |7001-81(0) 000017906 |France              |70a|25|F|0|Alix_Bouthillier                  |7001-81(0) 000017935 |France              |70a|27|F|0|Sandrine_Boutin                   |7001-81(0) 000017956 |France              |70b|23|F|0|Alix_Moreau                       |7001-81(0) 000027219 |Italy               |70a|28|F|0|Roberta_Ricci                     |7001-81(0) 000027265 |Italy               |70a|29|F|0|Giulia_Greco                      |7001-81(0) 000031210 |Sweden              |70b|28|F|0|Jessica_Svensson                  |7001-81(0) 000055759 |Canada              |70a|24|F|0|Rosalie_Hall                      |7001-81(0) 000055767 |Canada              |70a|24|F|0|Leah_Côté                         |7001-81(0) 000059728 |Poland              |70b|26|F|0|Hanna_Lewandowski                 |7001-81(0) 000074665 |Switzerland         |70a|21|F|0|Aurora_Spycher                    |7001-81(0) 000074669 |Switzerland         |70a|29|F|0|Lara_Neumann                      |7001-81(0) 000081256 |Norway              |70a|26|F|0|Ingvild_Johannesen                |7001-81(0) 000081266 |Norway              |70a|30|F|0|Caroline_Johannesen               |7001-81(0) 000081280 |Norway              |70a|23|F|0|Emma_Hagen                        |7001-81(0) 000111779 |Austria             |70b|27|F|0|Kerstin_Stoeckel                  |7001-81(0) 000181951 |Liechtenstein       |70a|26|F|0|Anna_Schmidt                      |7001-81(0) 000189890 |Slovenia            |70a|27|F|0|Julija_Kralj                      |7001-81(0) 000004202 |USA                 |70b|28|F|0|Emma_Richardson                   |7001-80(0) 000017888 |France              |70a|29|F|0|Emmanuelle_Hachette               |7001-80(0) 000017889 |France              |70a|29|F|0|Chantal_Vasseur                   |7001-80(0) 000017909 |France              |70a|25|F|0|Sandrine_Bonnel                   |7001-80(0) 000022770 |Germany             |70a|26|F|0|Nina_Schneider                    |7001-80(0) 000022771 |Germany             |70a|26|F|0|Anna_Wagner                       |7001-80(0) 000027222 |Italy               |70a|23|F|0|Paola_Rizzo                       |7001-80(0) 000027233 |Italy               |70a|24|F|0|Chiara_Gallo                      |7001-80(0) 000027294 |Italy               |70b|25|F|0|Emma_Ferrari                      |7001-80(0) 000027312 |Italy               |70b|26|F|0|Cristiana_Costa                   |7001-80(0) 000031156 |Sweden              |70a|25|F|0|Nilla_Nilsson                     |7001-80(0) 000055761 |Canada              |70a|28|F|0|Sarah_Bouchard                    |7001-80(0) 000059724 |Poland              |70b|26|F|0|Justyna_Kaczmarek                 |7001-80(0) 000074667 |Switzerland         |70a|24|F|0|Zoe_Inler                         |7001-80(0) 000074673 |Switzerland         |70a|30|F|0|Lea_Inler                         |7001-80(0) 000074689 |Switzerland         |70a|26|F|0|Elisa_Abdi                        |7001-80(0) 000111693 |Austria             |70a|28|F|0|Marie_Wilfing                     |7001-80(0) 000111698 |Austria             |70a|31|F|0|Claudia_Dorner                    |7001-80(0) 000111713 |Austria             |70a|27|F|0|Lena_Eckhel                       |7001-80(0) 000111737 |Austria             |70b|27|F|0|Hannah_Obermoser                  |7001-80(0) 000145961 |Croatia             |70a|24|F|0|Fata_Kos                          |7001-80(0) 000145965 |Croatia             |70a|25|F|0|Lucija_Kovacic                    |7001-80(0) 000145969 |Croatia             |70a|27|F|0|Lana_Bozic                        |7001-80(0) 000181940 |Liechtenstein       |70a|27|F|0|Nina_Weber                        |7001-80(0) 000189865 |Slovenia            |70a|30|F|0|Dragica_Zupan                     |7001-80(0) 000189875 |Slovenia            |70a|27|F|0|Zoja_Krajnc                       |7001-80(0) 000189887 |Slovenia            |70a|27|F|0|Ana_Hribar                        |7001-80(0)
    (The event rankings go all the way down to 35, so there's a lot more athletes, but I didn't want a gigantic list here in the thread. All 65 countries currently programmed into the game have athletes in the sport, provided that they have a national ski federation, which some countries do not)
    At any rate, that's the update. Thanks for reading...see you in a month!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from bigb47 in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Going to update quickly to say that....not much to add this month. There is work being done (both by myself and Bernie, another forum member here) on the summer sports rankings database, but still slow going this month. I'm hoping I will have more to update in December/January. Will let you know either way!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in College Soccer League Starting Up; Looking for Managers   
    Hi all,
    I am starting a college soccer league over at SimNation called Weekend Warriors College Soccer (WWCS). It's a brand-new league that will use ESMS+, a freeware soccer simulation that is pretty easy to use, and has been used successfully in online leagues for almost 2 decades. We currently have 5 managers signed up for the league, and we are looking for a few more before we get started. I would be happy to explain details of the league and answer any questions that people might have, but it's designed to be a fairly low-intensity league.
    If you are interested, please post in this thread over at SimNation https://www.simnation.net/forums/showthread.php?49472-Weekend-Warriors-College-Soccer-Sign-Up-Here!&p=278983#post278983
    We hope to see you in the WWCS!
    -Jeff (SecretAgentMan)
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    I believe in updating this thread every month, but because this is a hobby project (and not my only hobby, nor certainly not a career of mine), there are some months where I don't end up doing much. This month is one of those months- I am kind of stuck right now and need to get some progress going again.
    So, I'll give another update in a month, but in the meantime, if anybody has any questions about this project, feel free to ask. I would be more than happy to answer!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in How I started.. Playing Sports Sims   
    Fun topic!
    I started with board games, though as a '90s kid, this was moreso a matter that it was what my Dad shared and played with me. Specifically, that meant All-Star Baseball (I saw someone else here had played that, too!), and Bowl Bound College Football (the old board game). Played a lot of sports video games as a kid and teen, and then got more into the sports sim world in college by searching online for Bowl Bowl College Football (the old board game) and stumbling across Bowl Bound College Football (the more modern Grey Dog sim game). Played in some leagues, and also played and ran a soccer league using the freeware ESMS+ software.
    Not a lot of time to play anymore, but I like trying to develop stuff, and I'm hoping that as my young son gets older, I can do a 3rd generation of All-Star Baseball with him.
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from bigb47 in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    It's time for a September update, and a new development log! Not a ton of progress this month, but I thought it would be interesting to share some information on the goals I have for customizing Going for Gold
    Development Log 5: Adding New Sports into the Game
    One of my goals for this game is to make a flexible enough infrastructure that users can easily edit the game to add or change events, giving them opportunities to customize the game as they see fit. At present this is done via editing text files, though I would love to get the game to the point where users can work within the game to achieve the customization options that they would like to see.
    To that end, I'd like to talk you through something I've been doing recently: adding new sports into the game. As I'm preparing for next summer's Olympics, I am needing to modify my events and schedules from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Part of the issue is that new sports have been added in, including baseball and softball, which I have been working out for demonstration purposes.
    At present, the system is a bit unwieldy, as I have to edit something like 15 different text files? In the process of doing that, I establish a two-digit code for each sport, and then add data for each sport, such as each country's rankings and facilities values, as well as a general "age range" for the sport that establishes the minimum age for an international-level player of that sport, a maximum age, and a "peak age" whereby most players would reach their absolute best skill level (obviously, it's an average and not a hard rule)
    After that, I have to put in place some event information for the specific events in that sport. (This is fairly simple for baseball and softball in particular, but other sports I have to end later, like Karate, will have different events and weight classes to deal with). As part of this process, I end up putting a decent amount of data into the text file. (As can be seen in the image file below)

    In the file above, I've got each of the Baseball and Softball Tournaments placed with an event code, which gets repeated twice. It's a "Y" for team event, and each team has 25 players. 6 teams qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics. There are a maximum # of teams that can qualify (again, 6), and the actual structure of the event is listed as "TBD", because I have yet to put that into the text files (because they are using an odd double-elimination format for baseball). Each country has a maximum of one team that can qualify, and a minimum of 0. Even with that little bit of information, I have a lot of customization potential- I can easily change the size or structure of the tournament, or the size of each nation's roster.
    After that, I also put in information into a different text file about records/standard scores, so that the program can create an accurate result for the game. (That way you won't be seeing any 35-25 sorts of scores in a baseball game) Then, I have a few more text files to add that relate to the event structure being used in the Olympics. Baseball and Softball particular will involve new structures, as they are 6-team tournaments, which is rather unusual for the Olympics. But, for many sports, there are some fairly standard structures that get used again and again and again. (For example, 12 teams in 2 groups works for Olympic Basketball and Olympic Handball, and most timed events such as swimming/track and field/skiing/etc. can use the exact same general event structure as well)
    I end up with new, customized sports and events that can be inserted into the game. As I said, I'm hoping that I can eventually streamline this process a bit so that anyone can easily do it, but for right now, it's at least possible. I figured I would take you under the hood a bit this month so you can see more about how I intend the game to work.
    Thanks for reading, and I'll see you in another month with another update!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    It's time for a September update, and a new development log! Not a ton of progress this month, but I thought it would be interesting to share some information on the goals I have for customizing Going for Gold
    Development Log 5: Adding New Sports into the Game
    One of my goals for this game is to make a flexible enough infrastructure that users can easily edit the game to add or change events, giving them opportunities to customize the game as they see fit. At present this is done via editing text files, though I would love to get the game to the point where users can work within the game to achieve the customization options that they would like to see.
    To that end, I'd like to talk you through something I've been doing recently: adding new sports into the game. As I'm preparing for next summer's Olympics, I am needing to modify my events and schedules from the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Part of the issue is that new sports have been added in, including baseball and softball, which I have been working out for demonstration purposes.
    At present, the system is a bit unwieldy, as I have to edit something like 15 different text files? In the process of doing that, I establish a two-digit code for each sport, and then add data for each sport, such as each country's rankings and facilities values, as well as a general "age range" for the sport that establishes the minimum age for an international-level player of that sport, a maximum age, and a "peak age" whereby most players would reach their absolute best skill level (obviously, it's an average and not a hard rule)
    After that, I have to put in place some event information for the specific events in that sport. (This is fairly simple for baseball and softball in particular, but other sports I have to end later, like Karate, will have different events and weight classes to deal with). As part of this process, I end up putting a decent amount of data into the text file. (As can be seen in the image file below)

    In the file above, I've got each of the Baseball and Softball Tournaments placed with an event code, which gets repeated twice. It's a "Y" for team event, and each team has 25 players. 6 teams qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics. There are a maximum # of teams that can qualify (again, 6), and the actual structure of the event is listed as "TBD", because I have yet to put that into the text files (because they are using an odd double-elimination format for baseball). Each country has a maximum of one team that can qualify, and a minimum of 0. Even with that little bit of information, I have a lot of customization potential- I can easily change the size or structure of the tournament, or the size of each nation's roster.
    After that, I also put in information into a different text file about records/standard scores, so that the program can create an accurate result for the game. (That way you won't be seeing any 35-25 sorts of scores in a baseball game) Then, I have a few more text files to add that relate to the event structure being used in the Olympics. Baseball and Softball particular will involve new structures, as they are 6-team tournaments, which is rather unusual for the Olympics. But, for many sports, there are some fairly standard structures that get used again and again and again. (For example, 12 teams in 2 groups works for Olympic Basketball and Olympic Handball, and most timed events such as swimming/track and field/skiing/etc. can use the exact same general event structure as well)
    I end up with new, customized sports and events that can be inserted into the game. As I said, I'm hoping that I can eventually streamline this process a bit so that anyone can easily do it, but for right now, it's at least possible. I figured I would take you under the hood a bit this month so you can see more about how I intend the game to work.
    Thanks for reading, and I'll see you in another month with another update!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Hello all! I would like to share a little bit of what I have done this month working on Going for Gold.
    Development Log 3: Creating Country Ratings from Real-World Results
    I'm a few days late, but I wanted to get in my July update. I have been continuing to build databases, and in July, I finally finished all of the results for Winter Sports, so I wanted to share those here. Basically, I took each of the game's 65 countries, and inputted real-life records regarding medal total, qualifications (for both Winter Games and World Championships), and most recent yearly results for the winter sports season. Then, a coefficient value is calculated. 
    The coefficient is a decimal between 0 and 1. 1, a perfect score, is basically not possible in real life. It indicates a country that wins every possible medal in every possible situation, every time for the entire history of a sport. In reality, a coefficient above .9 reflects historical dominance in a sport, and I have only seen two examples thus far (Chinese table tennis and American basketball). A coefficient in the range of .7 usually indicates that the country is the best in their given sport at that time, while a coefficient of above .5 indicates that the country will be a consistent producer of medal winners. Coefficients around .15 indicate that the country is average, while a coefficient of 0 indicates that nobody from that country ever medals or even places at international events.
    What I'd like to share today is the top-rated country, and the corresponding coefficient value, in each winter sport. These are based on real-world data, and should be a good indicator of future performance in real-world winter games as well.
    Alpine Skiing (Speed) = Austria (.6705)
    Alpine Skiing (Slalom) = Austria (.6850)
    Biathlon = Germany (.6582)
    Bobsleigh = Germany (.7502)
    Cross-Country Skiing (Distance) = Norway (.7204)
    Cross-Country Skiing (Sprint) = Norway (.7653)
    Curling = Canada (.7711)
    Figure Skating = Russia (.6491)
    Freestyle Skiing (Moguls) = Canada (.6809)
    Freestyle Skiing (Aerials) = China (.6908)
    Freestyle Skiing (Skicross) = Canada (.6930)
    Freestyle Skiing (General) = USA (.7217)
    Ice Hockey = Canada (.8302)
    Luge = Germany (.8201)
    Nordic Combined = Germany (.6578)
    Short Track Speed Skating = South Korea (.7165)
    Skeleton = Germany (.5088)
    Ski Jumping = Germany (.5899)
    Freestyle Snowboarding = USA (.7185)
    Snowboardcross = France (.5795)
    Alpine Snowboarding = Austria (.6414)
    Speed Skating (Sprint ) = Netherlands (.6602)
    Speed Skating (Distance) = Netherlands (.7403)
    These coefficients will eventually be used to give each team a numerical rating number between 20 and 99, with 99 being the highest possible value. No one seen here would receive a 99, as that will be reserved for the aforementioned outliers (Chinese table tennis/USA basketball/etc.) . If you're curious about how a particular country does in a particular sport, just let me know, or if you'd like to see the whole table, I would be happy to share.
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    SecretAgentMan reacted to JoshM in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Sounds really interesting. Keep us posted on your progress!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Hello...technically for a second time?   
    Thank you! It's much appreciated. I'm glad to be able to share what I am doing, and I hope that there are others who find it interesting.
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Going for Gold- Development Thread   
    Hi all,
    My name is Jeff, but I go by SecretAgentMan on a couple of sports forums sites. In my very limited free time, I am developing a game called Going for Gold. It is, basically, an Olympics sim. You take control of a country's athletics program, and work to build up your athletes and teams so that they can win medals at the Summer Games and Winter Games. I post a regular progress thread at SimNation, and I wanted to do likewise here, so that I can share development with others. So, with that in mind...here's my first development log here at GMGames.
    Development Log 1: A basic overview of Going for Gold
    Where did the idea come from?
    After participating in online leagues in college, I found myself with a little bit too much time (and too little employment) on hands after graduation. I started pursuing the idea of making a sport sim of my own, and after a couple of false starts, I got introduced to GameMaker, a programming system I still employ. That was early in 2010, and the Winter Olympics in Vancouver were fast approaching. I decided I was going to make sims for several sports in time for the Winter Games, to celebrate my favorite sporting event. I started small, with ski jumping, figuring that it would be one of the easier sports to program. Good call. I barely got something done, but I did get something done. I had a good experience with it and decided to expand it into a full-fledged ski jumping game, Going for Gold: Ski Jumping. I developed that until 2013, and got it into some sort of "finished" state, though it was never released or published. From there, with the 2014 Winter Games approaching, I started to make a rudimentary Olympics sim, titled "Going for Gold: Winter Games". I took the same ideas and, in 2016, made "Going for Gold: Summer Games". After that, I combined the two into one game, Going for Gold, prior to the 2018 Winter Games. I have continued to work on it intermittently ever since, with a particular focus being an addition of a career mode. (None of the previous versions had had that)
    Currently, the career mode, summer games, and winter games are all operational, though far from polished. I was, of course, intending to have another trial run this year with the Tokyo Olympics, but with those being postponed, I am continuing to refine features with the hope being that I have a stronger career mode in time for the double whammy of two Olympics in a 6-month span in 2021 and 2022.
    How does it work?

    As I mentioned above, I have 3 modes: Summer Games, Winter Games, and Career. The individual "Summer Games" and "Winter Games" modes are designed to be a short-term sim. You drop in to the Games, pick a country, and take a look at the athletes that you will have competing in the games. You then take "Training Points" (which basically simulate coaching and other such factors) and allocate them to certain athletes to boost their chances of success. You go through the games, win medals (or not), and see how you do.
    Career mode, though, has a little bit more detail to it. You start by selecting one of 65 countries from a list, allowing you to represent many of the most successful athletic nations from throughout the world. 

    From there, you get a chance to simulate through a full year that includes both the summer and winter sports. As you play, you'll be able to see the schedule for the year and how your athletes are doing, and you can check the standings for each event throughout the season. At the end of each year, you get to go through the Finances, where you can decide, sport by sport and athlete by athlete, just how much you are going to support them and their ability to train and improve. As the years go by, you can build your country's athletic association into a powerhouse, growing in World Ranking and dominating more and more sports. (Or, you know, fall into disrepair. That part's up to the player, after all!) Athletes grow and decline, then retire, and new athletes come into the fold as you play year after year. Your ability to manage finding and find strengths and future stars will constantly be tested, but you have the opportunity to lead your country to glory at the Winter and Summer Games quadrennial after quadrennial.

    I'll try to dig into more specifics in the weeks and months to come as I continue to grow and update this game, but I wanted to at least start out by introducing myself and by introducing what I have to offer. I hope that you enjoy, and I would welcome your thoughts and feedback!
    Thanks sincerely,
    Jeff (SAM)
     
     
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Hello...technically for a second time?   
    Hi, my name is Jeff, but I go by SecretAgentMan on a couple of different sports sim forums. I think I technically joined here like 5 years ago, but I never posted anything other than an intro post at that time.
    So, I'm "re-joining", as it were, and saying hello again. I have been playing/programming sports sims for almost a decade and a half, but my primary involvement now is in programming. I currently am developing an Olympics-style simulator titled "Going for Gold", and I tend to trot it out for beta tests every 2 or so years when we have a Summer or Winter Games. My intent here is to post updates for "Going for Gold" as I work to program and polish it. I am hoping that in sharing how things are going, I can find other interested parties who are willing to try it out and offer feedback.
    A few people here might know me from other places. I can also be found posting occasionally over at SimNation's forums, and I used to run an ESMS+ soccer league called the IFF over there. I was also actively involved with TotalSportsWorld.net back in the day, and before that was an active participant in Gridiron Glory, one of the biggest BBCF leagues around at the time. (Man, I miss the kind of free time I had in college) I've also played OOTP, but sparingly, simply because I am a big baseball fan and I worry about losing every ounce of my limited free time if I get too involved with it!
    So, yeah, hello! I hope to connect with some Olympics fans over here and share what I'm doing. Hope you like!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Sim the 2016 Summer Olympics!   
    Watching the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics? Want to sim alongside it? Well, look no further!
     
    Hi all, my name is SecretAgentMan, and I like to program sports sims in my spare time. In particular, I like to program games tied to the Olympics. I've recently creating Going for Gold: Summer Games, a summer Olympics Sim. 
     
    Over at SimNation, we're currently running a Summer Olympics sim, and we are still taking/looking for signups. So if that seems like something that would be up your alley, head on over and check it out!
     
    I've created a post with some links and information here: http://www.simnation.net/forums/showthread.php?39324-SimNation-Summer-Olympics-Thread
     
    Hope to see you in Rio!
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from interstellarshadow in Hello   
    Hi, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name's Jeff, but online I go by SAM (SecretAgentMan).  I'm an active member of the SimNation sports community, and I've participated in college football (BBCF) and soccer (ESMS+) leagues in the past, and I'm a former commissioner of the IFF (International Football Federation), and ESMS+ league.
     
    I also do some programming in my spare time, and I'm interested in unique sports simulation ideas, including olympic sports.  I'm in the process of creating a game I call Going for Gold: Winter Games. It's a Winter Olympics simulation where you control a National Olympics Committee and manage the budgets and other aspects of your winter sports athletics program.
     
    I'm hoping to meet some fellow sim fans here, particularly people who are interested in international sports like I am.
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    SecretAgentMan got a reaction from Chris in Hello   
    Hi, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name's Jeff, but online I go by SAM (SecretAgentMan).  I'm an active member of the SimNation sports community, and I've participated in college football (BBCF) and soccer (ESMS+) leagues in the past, and I'm a former commissioner of the IFF (International Football Federation), and ESMS+ league.
     
    I also do some programming in my spare time, and I'm interested in unique sports simulation ideas, including olympic sports.  I'm in the process of creating a game I call Going for Gold: Winter Games. It's a Winter Olympics simulation where you control a National Olympics Committee and manage the budgets and other aspects of your winter sports athletics program.
     
    I'm hoping to meet some fellow sim fans here, particularly people who are interested in international sports like I am.