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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] New Featured Leagues To Enjoy!   
    Earlier this year we embarked on a project which we are calling Featured Leagues here at Wolverine Studios.
    We know there are a good number of online leagues out there but we wanted a program which highlighted leagues who not only were active and solid leagues but also were committed to keeping their leagues on the latest versions of our games and committed to providing a social presence as well through outlets like Twitch, YouTube and other social channels so that they were really sharing the league with the public. In return we’re happy to highlight what the league is doing and even offer members a special discount in the future. We’re happy to announce two leagues that have promised to fulfill this criteria.
    The first league is the Weekend Warriors Pro Football (WWPF) league. We are very excited that the WWPF has asked to join this program. The WWPF is one of the most respected Draft Day Sports: Pro Football leagues spanning more then ten years in their sim.
    As of writing the WWPF does have a few open slots – if you are looking for a top notch football league experience click that link above and join up today! They will be moving to DDS: Pro Football 2021 version very soon.
    The other league is a venture of our very own – the Wolverine Studios Basketball Association (WSBA). We are going to be running a fictional GM-only style league and we’re going to be broadcasting the sims live on our Twitch channel.
    The league was just announced this week and we’re taking applications for team ownership. To learn more about the league just click that link and the application to join the league will be there. We are very excited to get this started up for our Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021 fans!
    Joining an online league is an exciting way to test your skills against your fellow gamers. Do you have what it takes to compete and be victorious? We hope to see you in our leagues or following them on their social accounts. You can follow the WWPF on Twitter at @WWPFInsider and the brand new WSBA account @WSBAHQ
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] Splash! Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021 for Windows PC   
    Chris the co-ordinator of GM Games, takes you through the newest presentation in Draft Day Sports Pro Basketball 2021 (DDSPB 21) Take control of your favorite franchise and lead them to basketball glory with Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021.
    With the additions of the “Slybelle Real World Mod (Team Logos, Names)” and the “GM Games – Pro Photo Pack (Player, Draft, Coach, Court Photos)” you’ll be playing a franchise mode full of graphics, realism and life. Mods are here: https://www.wolverinestudios.com/board/viewforum.php?f=328
    [This press release is made courtesy of Wolverine Studios]
    We dug down deep into the AI for this year’s version to make sure that the AI was even smarter when it comes to things like roster building decisions and most importantly trading.
    We have completely overhauled trading in this year’s game not only to make the AI even more intelligent especially when it comes to valuing and trading draft picks but to make things more user friendly for you as well.

    You can see that now when going to make a trade you are able to see more detail about the other team in the trade. You can view what stage of build process they are at and what their biggest needs are. Don’t want to wait for trades from the AI? Use the brand new option to immediately shop a chosen player to the AI controlled teams. We even have added an option in the free agency session to replicate sign and trades to bring the realism to an entire new level!
    A Brand New Look…
    We didn’t just work under the hood either. Last year’s version saw a massive transformation in the game as we moved it to the Alchemium Unlimited platform. This year we started to show just how powerful this platform can be.
    DDSPB21 with Slybelle Real World Mod & GM Games Pro Photo Pack
    We’ve redesigned many of the areas of the game such as the player card above to make the information more vibrant, easier to read and better looking. You also see in that screenshot one of the many other new features we have added this year – player types.
    Players in DDSPB21 have always been created to be incredibly unique so that the job of building your roster was an exercise in putting together players that fit well as opposed to simply finding the highest rated players there are. Player types now help you to identify with badges players that fit a certain description such as a “bucket getter”.
    So Much More…
    DDSPB21 with Slybelle Real World Mod & GM Games Pro Photo Pack
    That’s only the tip of the iceberg for what’s new this year. Here’s just a quick list of some of the other new items.
    Offseason start mode Universe mode allowing you control of multiple teams at once New and more realistic player and coach models New schedule and new schedule screen New draft pick monitoring screen Expanded lineup tracking features New milestone tracking feature Offseason injury options Free agency rumors to help make decisions with D-league select players that skip college and enter the draft after playing a year in the d-league Expanded coach and player personalities Expanded linked league option with Draft Day Sports: College Basketball to allow stats and player information from your DDS:CB league to be visible right in your DDS:PB league DDSPB21 with Slybelle Real World Mod & GM Games Pro Photo Pack
    Join in the conversation about DDS PB21 on discord or below on Reddit…
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] Headline Features of Football Manager 2021 Mobile   
    Football Manager 2021 Mobile will land on the iOS and Android stores on November 24th.
    To get you fully prepared for another successful season ahead, here are this year’s squad additions.
    YOUR WORLD JUST GOT BIGGER
    There are three brand-new nations for you to test your managerial prowess as we welcome Argentina, Mexico and Canada to the Football Manager Mobile series.

    This means there are new divisions to dominate and a fresh pool of players to scout – unearth the gems hiding in those parts of the world.

    TOTALLY REVAMPED TACTICS
    Tactics in FM21 Mobile have been finely tuned so you can get the very best out of your squad. Managers now have more tools to play with including a host of renewed tactical templates as well as brand-new player roles. Simply select a tactical style from pre-sets so you can Gegenpress, Tiki-Taka or Route One your way to glory.
    Within that tactics, you can now deploy Roaming Playmakers and Inverted Wingers in your team to give you new ways to piece together your tactical masterplan.

    This revamp also considers set-pieces, which have been re-defined for the FM21 season. Not only can you assign a list of set-piece takers, but you can now dictate player instructions for both defending and attacking dead-ball scenarios. Get your centre-backs and target men in prime positions to meet the ball in dangerous areas at both ends of the pitch or organise intricate short-corner routines to surprise your opponents.
    BRAND NEW PLAYER DYNAMICS
    Squad hierarchy and player social groups give you, the manager, the full picture of your team. Understanding squad dynamics is crucial when controlling player morale and building success as a squad. Learn how your players operate and communicate together to create an atmosphere everyone can develop in.

    This new feature is bolstered by the addition of Club Captains. Now you can assign a captain and vice-captain when you walk into the training ground doors on day one. In FM21 Mobile, like in other iterations of FM, the captain’s role is crucial in maintaining a relationship between you and your players. Get the skipper on your side and the dressing room will be a happier place but upset your captain and your team’s morale may suffer. You cannot afford to get things wrong with the team’s leader.

    NEW AND IMPROVED INTERACTION
    You now have far more interaction options, including both conversation topics and answers. You’ll be able to speak to players and the media on a whole host of different subjects, giving you the detail you need to control every moment and make decisions in your club’s best interest.

    On the other end of these conversations, most commonly, will be players as FM21 has revamped their role in interactions. Players now give far more feedback to the events they experience and will be more vocal – as they are in real life – in reaction to things they admire or are unhappy about.
    FEEDER CLUBS
    Existing affiliate links between elite clubs and feeder clubs now allow those managers to send and receive young players on loan to help aid their development while winning valuable points for the feeder team. FM21 Mobile also allows you to create new affiliate links with feeder clubs so you can build your network in order to secure valuable deals.
    ENHANCED NEWS AND MEDIA
    News items and media articles are now much more reactive and responsive to you and your club’s movements. You’ll have the ability to comment on what you see too which can come in handy when you have to defend your player’s poor performances and publicly back your squad. FM21 Mobile blurs the lines slightly between the match action and the media reaction.
    CUSTOMISE PRE-SEASON
    FM21 Mobile gives you the ability to arrange your own friendlies. This new level of customisation allows you to test your squad against the very best and work on pre-season sharpness.

    And that’s it, another exciting season of FM21 Mobile awaits with new features that bring you ever closer to the football world you’re creating.
    Join the conversation about it with the GM Games community…
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] Football Manager 2021 Beta Available Now   
    Introducing Football Manager 2021 in 60 seconds. This marks the beginning of our FM21 feature reveal period. Screens that only get a few seconds of air time here will make a huge difference to your world in FM21 Football Manager 2021 Beta is now live and ready for installation on the Epic Games Store and Steam.
    If you have bought FM21 from a SEGA-approved digital retailer, you’ll be delighted to know that the game is now fully playable* and includes the online modes Create-A-Club and Online Career Mode with cross-compatibility between Epic and Steam. As always, any progress made in Career Mode can be carried forward when your game updates on full release on Tuesday 24th November.
    WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FM21
    We’re sure that most of you know the drill by now, but this is a Beta and not the full game, so you may encounter some bugs and glitches which our developers will be working tirelessly to fix before full release. Feedback is essential to us, so if you do find any issues, please use the Report Bug button on the sidebar in the game. Alternatively, you can log them on their community forums.
    HOW TO INSTALL
    PURCHASES FROM EPIC
    Quit and restart the Epic Games Launcher and you’ll see that Football Manager 2021 is available to install.
    PURCHASES FROM STEAM
    Simply quit and restart Steam and you’ll see that Football Manager 2021 is available to install.
    PURCHASES FROM ANY OTHER PARTICIPATING DIGITAL RETAILER
    Your retailer should have sent you a confirmation email with a code, or a link to redeem your code which can be activated on Steam by following the instructions below:
    1.    Launch the Steam client software and log into your Steam account or create a new, free account
    2.    Click the Games Menu
    3.    Choose Activate a Product on Steam
    4.    Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the activation process
    *Fantasy Draft, The Store, Steam Workshop and both the Pre and In-Game Editor are not available in the Beta.
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021 FirstAccess Begins Today!   
    For as long as we have been in business our focus has been squarely on developing the best franchise mode in sports gaming. We’re proud to announce that with today’s FirstAccess release of DDS: Pro Basketball 2021 that franchise mode has reached new heights! Today starting at noon EST you can pre-order, download and play the latest beta build and see for yourself.
    PRE-ORDER DRAFT DAY SPORTS: PRO BASKETBALL 2021 So how do you take the best basketball simulation game on the planet and improve it? As Walt Disney once said, “There is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.” The same holds true for us – it’s all in the details.
    Details Matter…
    Let’s take a look at the player card for example. In order to plus the presentation we’ve completely redone the player and jersey models in this year’s game to make the players more vibrant and come alive better. We also completely changed the header to provide not only a more attractive view but also make the detail a bit easier to read. As for the card itself we’ve totally redone the ratings display and added a brand new player type feature so that you can quickly see with colors and icons who are exceptionally skilled players. The end result – a beautiful and vibrant player card that delivers you the info you need in an attractive and clear manner.
    Speaking of redesigns take a look at the new dashboard screen and the new look at your team roster. Replacing simple text we have full color clickable mini cards that have all the info you need on each player. The gain here? You’re able to constantly visualize your players and that’s key. This is just one of the steps we have taken this year to bring your players to life. Not only do they still have their individual play styles that make them unique pieces to your team’s puzzle but we’ve taken steps such as this to really help you to find that attachment to them. They’re not just names and ratings – they’re YOUR players.
    If you’re a veteran of the 2020 version you’ll also notice that the flow has been changed in terms of the links to make more sense. Now your left side contains the league and then team specific links while the top contains information pertaining to your player in the game. It’s little details like this that go a long way in making your experience better.
    Immersion Is King…
    One thing that felt important in making you connect with your league is telling the story of other players in the league so we have introduced milestone tracking in this year’s game. The game already contained a rich and deep almanac that you can peruse at your leisure to remember the good old days of the league but we wanted to add something new that connects you with the players and their personal quests to achieve greatness during the course of your league. Not only can you check out these milestones any time you would like but you’ll also get notifications of them while you simulate the league so that you always know when those important milestones have been reached.
    Speaking of those notifications do you ever feel that while simulating that you’re missing out on too many things? Now you’ll receive notifications specific to your team after each game so you know how your team and top players performed as well as notifications about injuries, trades, special events such as triple doubles and the aforementioned milestones so that you always have your finger on the pulse of the league.
    Making Good Into Great…
    This year’s version is chalk full of other important improvements such as the major work that went into trading. As you can see we’ve now given you tools to make trading more intuitive for you while at the same time making the already smart AI even smarter. You now get to see what sort of building stage the other teams are in as well as their biggest needs. Don’t want to wait for trade block offers? Add a player to a trade and ask the team for an offer on the spot now. We’ve even added the ability to perform sign and trades during free agency. We’re not only increasing the realism and presentation of the game world but we’re continuing to make it deeper and deeper with new features like these.
    We didn’t even let the boundaries of immersion stop with DDS: Pro Basketball 2021. In the past you’ve been able to link your league with a DDS: College Basketball league to import rookies automatically. That’s nice functionality but why stop there? This year when you link leagues you’ll be able to check out the standings from your college league as well as see the rosters and stats for each team in the scouting section. The only reason you’ll have to leave the game is to actually proceed the college league in DDS:CB – everything else about the league will be at your fingertips in the game – even the ability to tag players you want to monitor for future drafts!
    Really we can go on and on with amazing improvements and new features in this year’s version but we think you get the idea…nobody cares more about franchise mode in a basketball game and nobody does it better than we do! You can find out about more new features as well as view more screenshots and see the game trailer at the official DDS:PB21 homepage but we know you’re ready to get your hands on the game so hit that button below and get started. #BuildYourDynasty with Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021.

    PRE-ORDER DRAFT DAY SPORTS: PRO BASKETBALL 2021 The post Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021 FirstAccess Begins Today! appeared first on Wolverine Studios.
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] ‘Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021’ what you need to know about First Access!   
    Draft Day Sports Pro Basketball 2021 is just around the corner and, after what feels like an eternity of waiting, Wolverine Studios have dropped a number of exciting new features ahead of the full release date.
    So how does Wolverine Studios take their basketball simulation game and improve it? As Walt Disney once said, “There is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.” The same holds true for Wolverine Studios – it’s all in the details.
    With the additions of the “Slybelle Real World Mod (Team Logos, Names)” and the “GM Games – Pro Photo Pack (Player, Draft, Coach, Court Photos)” you’ll be playing a franchise mode full of graphics, realism and life. Mods are here: https://www.wolverinestudios.com/board/viewforum.php?f=328
    Details Matter…
    Let’s take a look at the player card for example. In order to plus the presentation we’ve completely redone the player and jersey models in this year’s game to make the players more vibrant and come alive better. We also completely changed the header to provide not only a more attractive view but also make the detail a bit easier to read. As for the card itself we’ve totally redone the ratings display and added a brand new player type feature so that you can quickly see with colors and icons who are exceptionally skilled players.
    The end result – a beautiful and vibrant player card that delivers you the info you need in an attractive and clear manner.
    DDSPB21 Player Card with Slybelle Mod & GM Games Pro Photo Pack
    Speaking of redesigns take a look at the new dashboard screen and the new look at your team roster. Replacing simple text we have full color clickable mini cards that have all the info you need on each player. The gain here? You’re able to constantly visualize your players and that’s key. This is just one of the steps we have taken this year to bring your players to life. Not only do they still have their individual play styles that make them unique pieces to your team’s puzzle but we’ve taken steps such as this to really help you to find that attachment to them. They’re not just names and ratings – they’re YOUR players.
    DDSPB21 Dashboard with Slybelle Real World Mod & GM Games Pro Photo Pack Mod
    If you’re a veteran of the 2020 version you’ll also notice that the flow has been changed in terms of the links to make more sense. Now your left side contains the league and then team specific links while the top contains information pertaining to your player in the game. It’s little details like this that go a long way in making your experience better.
    Immersion Is King…
    One thing that felt important in making you connect with your league is telling the story of other players in the league so we have introduced milestone tracking in this year’s game. The game already contained a rich and deep almanac that you can peruse at your leisure to remember the good old days of the league but we wanted to add something new that connects you with the players and their personal quests to achieve greatness during the course of your league. Not only can you check out these milestones any time you would like but you’ll also get notifications of them while you simulate the league so that you always know when those important milestones have been reached.
    Speaking of those notifications do you ever feel that while simulating that you’re missing out on too many things? Now you’ll receive notifications specific to your team after each game so you know how your team and top players performed as well as notifications about injuries, trades, special events such as triple doubles and the aforementioned milestones so that you always have your finger on the pulse of the league.
    DDSPB21 Fast Sim & Toasters with Slybelle Real World Mod & GM Games Pro Photo Pack Mod
    Making Good Into Great…
    This year’s version is chalk full of other important improvements such as the major work that went into trading. As you can see we’ve now given you tools to make trading more intuitive for you while at the same time making the already smart AI even smarter. You now get to see what sort of building stage the other teams are in as well as their biggest needs. Don’t want to wait for trade block offers? Add a player to a trade and ask the team for an offer on the spot now. We’ve even added the ability to perform sign and trades during free agency. We’re not only increasing the realism and presentation of the game world but we’re continuing to make it deeper and deeper with new features like these.
    DDSPB21 Trading with Slybelle Real World Mod & GM Games Pro Photo Pack Mod
    We didn’t even let the boundaries of immersion stop with DDS: Pro Basketball 2021. In the past you’ve been able to link your league with a DDS: College Basketball league to import rookies automatically. That’s nice functionality but why stop there? This year when you link leagues you’ll be able to check out the standings from your college league as well as see the rosters and stats for each team in the scouting section. The only reason you’ll have to leave the game is to actually proceed the college league in DDS:CB – everything else about the league will be at your fingertips in the game – even the ability to tag players you want to monitor for future drafts!
    Grab a copy of DDSPB21 with First Access code PB21FIRST right here https://gmgames.org/draft-day-sports-pro-basketball-2021/download/
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] Com2uS (Korea) has acquired 100% stake of Out of the Park Developments (Germany)   
    Com2uS has announced that it has acquired 100% of the stake in Out of the Park Development (OOTP), a German game company.
    Founded in 1999, OOTP is a German company that provides PC-based sports management games such as ‘Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP Baseball)’ and’ Franchise Hockey Manager’.
    ‘OOTP Baseball’ is a management game that has secured the license of MLB, an American professional baseball game, and is currently being serviced through the Steam platform and online downloads.
    Com2uS is expecting high synergy between the two companies with this acquisition of OOTP. Com2uS, which already has the know-how of global sports licensed games such as MLB, NBA, and KBO, plans to strengthen its competitiveness by adding OOTP’s management genre capabilities. In addition, the company is in a position to successfully lead the global market expansion of OOTP games and mobile version services through organic collaboration. 
    Com2uS has raised its brand status through global business performances in the United States and Europe, as well as a long-established global business network, and will further promote M&A for overseas companies in the future. 
    Markus Heinsohn, CEO of OOTP answers questions about the acquisition:
    Q: How long do you intend to stay on board before the next project?
    A: I have absolutely no plans to leave the company anytime soon. It’s my dream job and what I can do best, so why change? Andreas will retire in about 3 years, he’s already a grizzled veteran. 
    Q: I know that COM2US has kinda good in-game graphics in their mobile games, such as MLB 9innings. Can I expect their graphic nohows can be adapted into OOTP pc?
    A: We do not know yet how the 3D engine of the Com2uS products work, so for the short- & medium-term future, the OOTP 3D engine will stay in place.
    Q: And do you expect a change in the billing policy to occur? I know that Korean games are very charge-inducing.
    A: No change here, shop systems will remain the same.
    Q: Will there be a price increase for the next product?
    A: I am pretty sure the answer to that is no. We have toyed with that idea in the past, since games have been at the same price for decades while everything else got more expensive, but I think $39.99 is still the sweet-spot for us.
    Q: I know Com2us has a different league license (eg KBO). So, do you have any plans to make other leagues a reality like MLB?
    A: Yes, that is the plan.
    Q: As you know, Korean fans of OOTP have long wanted to translate OOTP into Korean. Is it finally the moment they’ve been waiting for?
    A: Yes, translation work starts immediately and we hope it’ll be done in time for the OOTP 22 launch.
    Q: Congrats. What would you anticipate to be the biggest positive impact or difference in the game in 3 years due to this sale?
    A: Thanks! I think all areas will benefit, as we now have bigger resources and more experience in the background. If I had to guess though, the biggest progress will probably be made with our mobile product(s), as here our experience so far has been quite limited.
    Q: What does this mean for the development of PT? Will you be drawing on COM2US for development advice, given their track record in running microtransaction-model games?
    A: They are very happy with PT, but you are right, they have lots of experience with these kind of game modes. We’ll see if that experience can be applied to PT in a meaningful way… I personally expect this to happen more for marketing purposes than the game design itself.
    Come join the discussion about the acquisition…
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] Kicking off Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 for Windows PC   
    Wolverine Studios has announced that Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 is now available today worldwide (October 1st, 2020). DDS:PF21 has been rebuilt from the ground up on the Alchemium Unlimited platform to provide a new presentation for American football management.
    [This press release is made courtesy of Wolverine Studios]
    If you are looking for a true franchise mode experience DDS:PF21 has it in spades. You have the ability to run every aspect of your franchise from designing and calling plays, deciding your weekly strategies, hiring coaches and of course signing and drafting players. Speaking of the draft it has been totally redone to give you the most interactive and immersive experience in any football game. Enjoy the running commentary from the on-screen announce team, insightful draft tidbits and of course the thrill of making your selection hoping you have just unearthed the next gem to be the star of your franchise.
    That’s just the start of the new additions to this year’s game. Here are just a few more of the new things you will find in DDS:PF21
    See the Las Vegas Raiders with the Real World Mod, and the players with the GM Games NFL.com Player photo pack
    Lifelike Players
    Players now have social types, multiple player traits, player mentoring options and player storylines in addition to ratings that accurately impact the outcome of the game based on the formations they are used in. Not only will you have to find the best players for your favorite scheme but you’ll have to make sure they are forming a good team off the field as well. You will feel like you are truly managing a football team and not simply managing a bunch of numbers.
    New Ways To Analyze Players
    Take advantage of the new performance grades to let you see a high level view from your coaches on how a player has been playing in each game and new notifications show you exactly when a player has increased their ratings during the off-season or season thanks to their training schedules.
    More Customization
    You already enjoyed the ability to customize so much about the game such as team names, logos, player faces and more but DDS:PF21 takes that customization to a whole new level. Edit more details about coaches, configure your own hall of fame requirements, choose from multiple playoff options and explore the new data export capabilities to analyze statistical data in the way you want to!
    And Most Importantly…Even More Realistic Results
    The game engine has received multiple improvements to give you what really matters and that is realistic results and results that are truly impacted by your decision making. New play design options allow for motion and play action plays, revamped depth options allow for designation of third down backs, a total revamp of the penalty system allows control in accepting penalties and the AI has received multiple upgrades in penalty and 4th down logic.
    Catch your team in 2D mode. Either watch after a sim, see highlights or coach your team for hands-on action.
    So if you’re ready to hit the gridiron this season with a game that is truly dedicated to franchise mode then Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 is for you. A free, fully-playable demo is available at wolverinestudios.com
    GM Games will be coming out soon with a review and more video content. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow General Manager Games on Google News to stay updated. Discuss the game with other manager fans on Reddit!
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 Now Available!   
    Purchase DDS:PF21 Wolverine Studios is proud to announce that Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 is now available both here and on Steam. DDS:PF21 has been rebuilt from the ground up on the Alchemium Unlimited platform to provide the most stunning and realistic experience in simulation football today.
    If you are looking for a true franchise mode experience DDS:PF21 has it in spades. You have the ability to run every aspect of your franchise from designing and calling plays, deciding your weekly strategies, hiring coaches and of course signing and drafting players. Speaking of the draft it has been totally redone to give you the most interactive and immersive experience in any football game. Enjoy the running commentary from the on-screen announce team, insightful draft tidbits and of course the thrill of making your selection hoping you have just unearthed the next gem to be the star of your franchise.
    That’s just the start of the new additions to this year’s game. Here are just a few more of the new things you will find in DDS:PF21
    Lifelike Players
    Players now have social types, multiple player traits, player mentoring options and player storylines in addition to ratings that accurately impact the outcome of the game based on the formations they are used in. Not only will you have to find the best players for your favorite scheme but you’ll have to make sure they are forming a good team off the field as well. You will feel like you are truly managing a football team and not simply managing a bunch of numbers.
    New Ways To Analyze Players
    Take advantage of the new performance grades to let you see a high level view from your coaches on how a player has been playing in each game and new notifications show you exactly when a player has increased their ratings during the off-season or season thanks to their training schedules.
    More Customization
    You already enjoyed the ability to customize so much about the game such as team names, logos, player faces and more but DDS:PF21 takes that customization to a whole new level. Edit more details about coaches, configure your own hall of fame requirements, choose from multiple playoff options and explore the new data export capabilities to analyze statistical data in the way you want to!
    And Most Importantly…Even More Realistic Results
    The game engine has received multiple improvements to give you what really matters and that is realistic results and results that are truly impacted by your decision making. New play design options allow for motion and play action plays, revamped depth options allow for designation of third down backs, a total revamp of the penalty system allows control in accepting penalties and the AI has received multiple upgrades in penalty and 4th down logic.
    So if you’re ready to hit the gridiron this season with a game that is truly dedicated to franchise mode then Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 is for you. Don’t just take our word for it though – view our trailer below and then try a free demo for yourself.
    Get Social With Us
    The most important thing we do is interact with our customers. You can find us on these social networks to keep up with the latest information on DDS:PF21 and all of our other games.
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] It’s here! FirstAccess for DDS: Pro Football 2021 launches September 1st   
    A new season of NFL football is upon us and with that comes the FirstAccess of Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 (DDSPF21). GM Games plans to put out a thorough review this month from our own legend Grant Piper.
    Let’s share with you some of the core elements of the game and what’s new in this years experience?
    Franchise Mode
    Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 combines a realistic and deep franchise mode with a beautiful interface to give you the football simulation experience you many have are looking for.
    You Are In Control
    Make trades, sign free agents, customize your gameplan and playbooks down to the finest details including creating your own plays and when it’s gameday you can call your own plays and watch the action unfold as the physics based game engine shows you the action in fun and exciting 2D gameplay. Don’t want to do it all? Hand over some of the responsibilities to the AI and only control what you want to.
    Improved 2D Gameplay
    Build Your Dynasty
    Choose your favorite franchise and get ready to lead them to the promised land. Play season after season in this career based simulation. Every season brings new challenges with salary demands, drafting new players and player personalities. Marvel at the achievements in the historical archives so you can relive the excitement of past seasons. There’s nothing else that puts you in your own game universe like Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021.
    The draft is HERE!
    What’s New in DDSPF21 ?
    DDS:PF21 is totally rebuilt from the ground up on our new “Au” platform giving the user an incredibly beautiful and easy to navigate interface. Social types, multiple player traits, player mentoring options and player storylines give players a true life quality. You’ll feel like you’re managing real athletes – not just looking at numbers on a screen! New performance grades let you see quickly how players are performing and at what point in the season they are earning improvement bonuses in their ratings. Customization options have improved even more! Edit more details on coaches, hall of fame configuration options, multiple playoff options and new data export capabilities for you to analyze data your own way. The game engine has received multiple improvements as well. New play design options allow for motion and play action plays, revamped depth options allow for designation of third down backs, a total revamp of the penalty system to allow you control over accepting penalties in 2D play as well as AI improvements for penalties and 4th down logic. Use coupon code PF21FIRST at checkout and you will save 10% when you pre-order. This offer is only good during the pre-order stage so get your copy today!
    Leave a comment about DDSPF21 on our sub-reddit…
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] Share Your Dynasty – Part 2   
    Tim Moungey
    Wolverine Studios Community Manager
    We continue our dynasty writing advice series this week. Last time, I discussed the most common mistakes that beginning dynasty writers make. Today I’ll be talking about how you get started with writing a text sports sim dynasty/AAR.
    Decide what type of dynasty it’s going to be
    You might think the most important decision is what team you’re going to play as and write about. It’s not – in fact, that’s actually one of the least important choices you’ll make. Rather, it’s choosing the type of dynasty that will inform everything else.
    Generally speaking, there’s four main types of dynasties/AARs
    GAMEPLAY
    This is the most common one. You play the game, report the results, and talk about what decisions you’re making and the strategies you pursue. This is exclusively first-person (I), with you as the narrator. Every streaming dynasty falls into this category, though some might combine elements of later type.
    In many ways, this is also the easiest one to write. You don’t have to think about characters, there’s no need to be concerned with how the story is progressing – you simply just write down your thoughts, commentary, and how the game is going.
    What appeals to readers about gameplay dynasties/AARs is seeing the mechanics of the game and witnessing the thought process of the decisions you’re weighing – for example, do I keep my star PF and SG together, or do I trade the PF for an older elite C and draft picks that can be used to both win now and have the assets to try and lengthen my window?
    NARRATIVE
    The second most frequent dynasty/AAR type is narrative. Here, you’re telling a story built around a cast of characters in the game universe and the events that happen while you play. This can be any point of view – although first and third will appear the most often.
    Here, you have the greatest freedom in terms of structure. For example, many of my dynasties/AARs over the years have used a framing narrative that surrounds the game’s story, which ends up giving readers two main stories to follow – the framing narrative and the one within the actual game itself. Sometimes, they even get more interested in the framing narrative than the game’s! Another example: Tiger Fan’s excellent OOTP narrative dynasty set in the late 1800s/early 1900s that makes heavy use of the epistolary device (i.e. telling the story in letters).
    As you might guess, readers are most interested in the characters and story with a narrative dynasty/AAR. The game results and the strategy take a back seat to the drama (or comedy) that’s playing out in the writing.
    HISTORICAL / JOURNALISTIC
    With a historical/journalistic approach, you’re playing the game and reporting the results without discussion of your decision-making and strategy options. You’re also not putting a spotlight on the story or characters, because they’ll emerge through your reporting.
    Examples of this include the History Book genre of AARs of Paradox Interactive games and the newspaper articles that Point Guard uses in many of his Draft Day Sports: College Basketball dynasties (note: he uses a blend of narrative and journalistic, so it’s possible to combine genres).
    For fans of this genre, it’s the feeling you get of reading a really well-written textbook, reading a newspaper, or following along with your favorite blog. The story develops organically and you become invested in tracking the results – cheering for a team or player, or getting mad when it’s suddenly reported that the team’s star QB has signed with a division rival.
    INTERACTIVE
    These dynasties are all about collaboration. It’s not just you who are the creator of this work – it’s the input of others. I’ve seen different takes on this – the most common for sports sims is having other people create players, inserting the players into the game, and reporting how their career develops – and if there’s choices to be made about an inserted player’s career – such as should the player demand a trade? – the decision is made by that player’s creator, not you as a writer.
    Other variants – the collaborative gameplay dynasty/AAR, where the writer takes volunteers for different areas of decision-making/strategy choices, or makes the choices a groupthink project, where people vote on which route to take. A classic example of this is Bryan Swartz’s dynasties for different games over the years.
    The draw with interactive dynasties is that your readers are able to take active part in the game experience with you. Be forewarned, however: While interactive dynasties obviously have the highest rate of reader participation and comments, you need to be organized and absolutely commit to a timetable to keep things moving.
    Pick your team and set a writing schedule for yourself
    Okay, so you’ve got your dynasty type in mind. You’ve probably already picked your team, but if you haven’t, go ahead and do that. Now comes the other important part of ensuring you have a long-lasting dynasty/AAR – setting a writing schedule.
    This can be as loosely defined as “once a day” or “once a week” or as specific as “Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 pm to 9 pm”. But you need to set a schedule, and here’s why: The key to creating a readership and making sure you’ll write is to do so consistently.
    I’ve worn a lot of hats in my career – teaching, writing, public relations, social media marketing, etc. And the one thing I’ve found is with anything that involves serial writing – whether it’s a dynasty/AAR, a blog, or a social media campaign – is that consistency matters. Stick to the schedule you create and readers will know that, “Hey, it’s 9:30 pm on Tuesday night. Mike Inkwell will have a new post on his Milwaukee Bucks dynasty to go read!”
    If readership is your goal, I can not stress the importance of consistency enough. It’s one of the ways I’ve been very successful at helping clients and employers break their website and social media traffic metrics.
    Remember, this is for fun and enjoyment
    I realize I’m getting heavy into the explanation of theory and craft here, so let me step back a bit and point out that no one is getting paid for their dynasties/AARs (with the exception of streamers who have a large enough subscriber base to rake in advertising and sponsorship dollars). It’s an exercise in fun and writing development – a chance to escape into the world and story you’ve created and share it with fellow game lovers.
    We’re out of time for today, so next week I’ll conclude this series with a FAQ and/or discussion of common issues that come up in dynasty and AAR writing. If you have something you’d like to see me address in that post, feel free to leave a comment.
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] The Global Community of Text-Based Sports Sims   
    Tim Moungey
    Wolverine Studios Community Manager
    One of the most underrated aspects of the gaming world – whether console or PC – are the communities that spring up around a particular product. This is even more so the case in the Internet age, where ease of low-cost digital communication has coincided with the rise of English as the primary global language to make the establishment of and connection between playerbases a simple prospect.
    So it is that in my decades now of playing text-based sports sims that I’ve found literal lifelong friends – from places like Ireland, England, Spain, Brazil, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Germany, and many more countries too numerous to list here. And of course, all across the continental United States and stretching out to Hawaii and Alaska.
    Primarily this occurs through multiplayer leagues – many of which run for literal years in real-life terms. And even when a league finally disbands, the creation of new ones finds many of the same people migrating from league to league – or, frequently – participating in multiple MP leagues at the same time. Chats spring up in Facebook Messenger groups or in other conversation mediums such as Slack, where the discussion becomes a mix of the game, the league, and off-topic/real life topics. Over time, this forges friendships – something that can be difficult in our adult years, as numerous research studies have demonstrated.
    The friendships forged from these leagues can sometimes have far-reaching effects. Just to give one example, when I was looking for another job a few years ago, one of my European friends from a Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball league looped me in to a Creative Writer position at his company – a mobile game developer. I actually made it as far as the final round, where I finished second to someone who already had experience working with that type of development. While I didn’t get the job, it was still an opportunity I never would have had access to otherwise.
    You might counter that the MP community is small, the bulk of text-sim players are those who play solo. This is true. But even the solo player base creates opportunities for community. See Paradox’s AAR forums, where players write stories about their games, our own Dynasty section, etc. It’s a display of creativity and imagination that draws people in, makes them want to read and stay around. (And in some cases, even purchase games because the story has hooked them in – something I’ve accomplished with more stories than I’ll ever know).
    Though the MP base is small, and the overall sports text-sim market a niche within the video game industry (save for perhaps Football Manager, which enjoys the advantage of a lengthy history and showcasing the world’s most popular sport), that makes creating community and forging connections all the easier. And in a way, it’s fitting – just as the sports text-sim market is comparatively small, so too are the number of developers. Many of them are independent, solo projects programmed on a part-time basis until they secure a stable enough revenue stream to quit their day job and work on the games full-time.
    Thus, ask Gary if he knows X or Y text-sim developer and he’ll almost certainly say, “Yes.” This developer community, despite technically being competitors in a business sense, frequently converse with one another, and many have met in real life. So rather than cut-throat as many industries are, there’s a spirit of cooperation and supporting one another – sometimes leading to business partnerships as developers come together under an umbrella. Such is the case with Gary and Brooks and Shaun in the PureSim days (who I hope will make a return to baseball at some point).
    This developer community also frequently supports and encourages novice developers to grow the industry and bring in fresh talent and voices. Gary, as many of you know, began with .400 Software Studios, with Total Pro Basketball and Total College Basketball as a self-taught developer. Even me, your Community Manager, has dusty design documents from the beginnings of projects lying around (an Olympics-style text-sports sim, a basketball player RPG that would synergize with the Draft Day Sports basketball engine, even a traditional RPG that would be a Wolverine Studios genre first if it ever came to fruition).
    But it isn’t just on the development side that sports text sims benefit from community. Professional licensing is expensive – a cost far beyond the reach of most independent developers. For legal reasons, team names and logos are fictionalized by default. With a modding community, who willingly volunteer their time, energy, and skill, real-world databases are created. These user mods greatly assist in the immersion factor of the game for players, who are used to the real world and sometimes don’t desire to immerse themselves in a fictional universe.
    Finally, and this is one of the most recent developments in the sports text sim community, are streams and shares of video gameplay. Historically, game streaming has been the province of action-oriented games – leading to the rise of esports leagues (now considered a professional sport by many people). Text-based sports simulations typically haven’t received the streaming treatment. But that’s changing. We’re seeing more and more players streaming and creating “Let’s Play” video dynasties, and they’re attracting attention.
    We’ve even started doing this ourselves by way of creating streaming developer diaries in the last week or so. They’ve been favorably received, giving us another avenue and opportunity to communicate directly with our players and gain their feedback on things such as proposed changes and feature wishlists. It’s a much more immediate, intimate experience that allows for faster compilation of player opinions, rather than just the old way of re-reading the forums and emails and compiling data that way (Note: We still use those methods, too. It allows us a more complete picture of what players want and think).
    As you can see, the community involved in the sports text sim world, smaller than other genres though it may be, is not a single, monolithic entity. Rather, it’s a broad, literally globally-spanning phenomenon that involves numerous strands. Whether it’s the multiplayer leagues, the solo player dynasties, the tight-knight developer and modding groups, or the newly arrived streams, there’s plenty of ways to get involved in the rich, vibrant community of our genre. To take your first steps, why not visit our forums or download one of our free demos?
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] Shaun Sullivan to expand role with Wolverine Studios   
    For those of you unaware of Shaun Sullivan, he has been a fixture in the world of computer sports games for over two decades. Fans of the old Front Page Sports Football series might remember him as one of the creators of some of your favorite add-on utilities that helped make online multiplayer leagues super realistic. In the past Shaun has lent his development talents to our golf series and Shaun also was the architect of a fantastic baseball sim titled PureSim Baseball which even had a few versions released under our umbrella years ago.
    Last year we were extremely fortunate to pick up our relationship with Shaun again as we worked closely with him merging his Alchemium Unlimited platform with Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2020 and Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2020. The results of that partnership have spoken for themselves as the basketball titles received a beautiful new interface with expanded capabilities. All in all it was an entire refresh of an already outstanding series.
    This year Shaun has once again been lending his talents to Wolverine Studios as he has continued to sharpen AU and has been working both with Gary Gorski on the next gen of the basketball games as well as with Brooks Piggott in helping to bring AU to Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021. The combo of an already fantastic game and the Alchemium Unlimited platform are sure to make our Draft Day Sports: Football titles the premier football sim games on the market this fall.
    Shaun’s role in the company also will be taking on further expansion in 2020. After the successful combinations of AU with our annual Draft Day Sports titles, Shaun will be once again working directly in product development with the company. We look forward to continuing to work with Shaun to deliver the best sports simulation game experiences possible.
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] OOTP Developments and Solecismic Software Part Ways   
    In a shocking development, Out of the Park Developments and Front Office Football’s Jim Gindin have parted ways after working together for more than two years on the much anticipated Front Office Football 9. Fans had been eagerly looking forward to a marriage of Front Office Football’s statistics engine and Out of the Park Development’s graphics and UI.
    In a statement, Out of the Park Developments cited a change in direction for the studio and a lack of resources to continue dedicating to the project. Jim Gindin partnered with Out of the Park Developments in February of 2018 and has been working on the newest iteration of Front Office Football ever since.
    Despite the optimism, the project had been plagued with a lack of communication and long development times. At the time of their split, the game still does not have a release date. Out of the Park Developments has seen a lot of recent success and have moved to a yearly release model for their most popular franchises which include Out of the Park Baseball and Franchise Hockey Manager.
    The good news is, Out of the Park Developments released all of the code for Front Office Football 9 and the naming rights back to Jim, the original owner. Jim Gindin and Solesmic Software have been releasing critically acclaimed football manager games for years and this project should not hamper those efforts. The game might not look the way fans had imagined when the two first teamed up but as of now, there is still hope for a release of the next Front Office Football game sometime in the future.
    You can read the full statement by Out of the Park Developments here.
    You can follow up with Jim’s blog here.
    Join in on the discussion on reddit…
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] Understanding Advanced Stats   
    Tim Moungey
    Wolverine Studios Community Manager
    What Do Those Advanced Basketball Stats Mean, Anyway?
    Sports metrics and measures of analysis have made dramatic improvements over the last decade or so. We’re now able to better pinpoint from a statistical perspective just how good a given player or team actually is. Here at Wolverine Studios, we keep current on the latest models and advanced statistics and find ways to integrate them into our games.
    But that can often lead to confusion from people who aren’t as familiar with the latest trends. What’s Offensive Rating?, they ask, and what does that stat tell me about my team and players? Consequently, we thought it’d be a good idea to talk about some of the advanced stats for one of our flagship games, Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball – specifically, explaining what they measure and how you can use them as a gauge.
    Offensive Rating, Defensive Rating, and Net Rating
    The brainchild of statistician Dean Oliver, Offensive Rating, Defensive Rating, and Net Rating mark one of the biggest leaps forward in terms of understanding how both players and teams perform on those respective sides of the ball.
    Offensive Rating
    Team
    We won’t delve into the mathematical formulas here, as they can be rather eye-glazing and don’t address what you want to know. But simply put, a team’s Offensive Rating measures how many points a team scores per 100 possessions.

    Player
    As you might expect from the above, a player’s Offensive Rating measures how many points that individual scores per 100 possessions.
    The higher the offensive rating, the better the number, obviously. So what’s a good offensive rating? That depends. For the last two seasons, the average NBA offensive rating has been 110.4, according to Basketball Reference. In the early 2000s – before today’s perimeter-oriented offense, it ranged from 103-106.
    However, take note of any time a player, team, or lineup has an Offensive Rating below 100. That means they’re scoring less than a point per possession. That’s not very efficient usage at all.
    Defensive Rating
    Team
    As you can probably guess, Defensive Rating looks at how many points a team gives up per 100 possessions – or the opposite of what Offensive Rating measures.

    Player
    Similar to what we’ve already seen, a player’s Defensive Rating tells us how many points a player surrenders per 100 possessions.
    Completely opposite to Offensive Rating, you want the Defensive Rating for both your team and players to be as low as possible. Don’t be surprised if a player has an average Defensive Rating over 100, though – only 30 people in NBA history have ever achieved a Defensive Rating under 100.
    Net Rating
    Simply, net rating is the difference between Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating. A positive number is good; a negative number bad. Let’s take a look at some of the lineup data from a save to see how this is displayed in DDS:PB.
    Our in-game lineup tracking lets you easily see what the good (and bad) rotations areAs you can see, the team’s most used lineup and third-most used lineup are playing very well, and there’s a potential Death Lineup (h/t to the Golden State Warriors for introducing this to our basketball vocabulary) at the bottom of the screen. Excellent net ratings all around.
    Where there’s an issue? The second-most used lineup. That’s a horrible Net Rating. And although we haven’t shown you the full screen, it’s clear from looking at the aggregate lineup data that Mike Berry and Jason Minor on the court together is the issue – every single lineup involving that pair has a negative Net Rating, regardless of who else is with them.
    Effective Field Goal %, True Shooting %, and Usage Rate
    The days when Field Goal Percentage and 3 Point Percentage were the best measurements of a player’s offensive efficiency have been dead since the 1990’s. We now have Effective Field Goal %, True Shooting %, and Usage Rate, which paint a far more clear picture of just how good a player is on the offensive end.
    Effective Field Goal %
    The math here is simple enough – (Field Goals + 0.5* Three Pointers)/Field Goal Attempts. What EFG % has over plain FG% is that it takes into account the fact that three-pointers are worth more on the stat sheet than two-pointers.
    So you could, for example, have a player who attempts 10 field goals inside the arc and makes 4 of them. You could have another player who attempts 10 field goals behind the arc and makes 4 of those. On the stat sheet, the FG % will be 40% for both. But the EFG will be 40% for Player A, and 60% for Player B. That’s a massive 20% difference.
    What qualifies as a good Effective Field Goal percentage will, like everything else, depend on your league. In the early 2000s, the league average was around 47-48%. In today’s NBA, the average is 52.4%. Averaging them, you can use 50% as a ballpark measure.
    True Shooting %
    So what’s missing from Effective Field Goal %? That’s right – free throws. True Shooting % (TS %) rectifies that. The formula is Total Points Scored/(2*(Field Goal Attempts + 0.44 * Free Throw Attempts).
    As a rule of thumb, True Shooting of 50% is average, 55% is excellent, and above 60% is world-class efficiency. To gain a complete measure of how good a shooter a player is, it’s best to take into account both their Effective Field Goal % and their True Shooting %.
    Usage Rate
    The calculation is incredibly lengthy, so we’ll simplify it for you.Usage Rate establishes what percentage of a team’s plays a given player was involved in that resulted in one of the following: a field goal attempt, a free throw attempt, or a turnover.
    An average usage rate is around 20%, which is logical – 100% Usage available, divided by five players on the court = 20% usage per player – everything be equal.
    Where this matters in DDS:PB terms: You want your most effective players, as measured by Effective Field Goal and True Shooting percentages, to have the highest Usage Rates to maximize your team’s offensive efficiency. Let’s look at the same team from earlier to see an example.
    DDS: Pro Basketball 2020 is full of advanced stats to help you make decisionsGreat news here from the team’s perspective – Kendall Dallas  has the highest True Shooting and Effective Field Goal percentage *and* the highest Usage Rate. No wonder this squad went 48-34 this season. Dennis Sanchez, on the other hand, looks terrible from those metrics. But that’s why he’s only played in 3 games this season. The staff knows he’s a poor performer in their setup.
    As you can see from that screen, there’s more advanced stats we could talk about, but we’ll reserve those for another post. We hope you’ve found this information helpful. To check out a free demo of Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball or any of other sports simulations, go here.
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    GM Games got a reaction from CTGames in [GM Games] ESPN story references General Manager (GM) Games   
    This week GM Games was contacted by Dave Wilson, Senior Editor of ESPN. Our conversation talked about the history of sports sims, the differences between AAA sporting titles, his family and the current simulation replays of events lost. It was an honor to be considered for reference.
    For the organization, being at this since 2011, it is a milestone to receive the acknowledgement of the effort for sim sports lovers. It is with pleasure to share the article from ESPN for our users and hope more people find their way in to simulation sport gaming.
    Dave references and chronicles many of the sports simulation developers we have been including on our website for years. You will find these games under our categories either by sport or platform in our navigation menu.
    Unfortunately, it is an odd time for sports considering the loss of march madness, delay of major league baseball, and the postponed NBA and NHL playoff schedule. Let’s hope that we get the real thing back as soon as possible.
    For those indoors and are learning about these games, you will find a list of free games here to try. Please join the GM Games discord server and tell us about your favorite games or career stories.
    Signed, Chris, Director of GMGames.org
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] ESPN story references General Manager (GM) Games   
    This week GM Games was contacted by Dave Wilson, Senior Editor of ESPN. Our conversation talked about the history of sports sims, the differences between AAA sporting titles, his family and the current simulation replays of events lost. It was an honor to be considered for reference.
    For the organization, being at this since 2011, it is a milestone to receive the acknowledgement of the effort for sim sports lovers. It is with pleasure to share the article from ESPN for our users and hope more people find their way in to simulation sport gaming.
    Dave references and chronicles many of the sports simulation developers we have been including on our website for years. You will find these games under our categories either by sport or platform in our navigation menu.
    Unfortunately, it is an odd time for sports considering the loss of march madness, delay of major league baseball, and the postponed NBA and NHL playoff schedule. Let’s hope that we get the real thing back as soon as possible.
    For those indoors and are learning about these games, you will find a list of free games here to try. Please join the GM Games discord server and tell us about your favorite games or career stories.
    Signed, Chris, Director of GMGames.org
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    GM Games got a reaction from chowderhead9 in [OOTP Developments] Out of the Park Baseball 21 is available now!   
    OOTP 21 features smart new guided experiences,  an all new 3D Ballpark Construction Kit, reimagined scouting and drafting, all the new 2020 rosters, gameplay and roster rules, completely refreshed Perfect Team, and much more! We are proud to announce that Out of the Park Baseball 21 is officially available worldwide. The 21st version of the […]
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] 2020 NBA Roster Update for Dynasty Manager 16 (DM16)   
    It is finally here. We have talked endlessly about getting an NBA roster update on #dynasty-manager chat. And now, amazingly, a major roster update for Dynasty Manager 16. Don’t ask us if there will a new version of the game, we have no clue. We do know that InczeTigate is busy working on another sports project (ssshhh… Patrick Mahomes, Touchdown!)
    This is a reminder that GM Games is THE official host of Dynasty Manager 16 (logos & roster files) DM16 As per the game owner. Dynasty Manager 16 (NBA basketball) has been created for Android and iOS.  If you don’t know about this basketball simulator, it has been loved and has a loyal following. See the above tabs for DM16 information or game features.
    Let’s take a moment to thank this beautiful bastid VierchasLitofcas. 
    He is asking that if you love his roster updates, then please send a couple bucks to keep the updates coming. It took many many hours for his update to be put together and tested.  [ https://paypal.me/VierchasLitofcas?locale.x=da_DK ] … You can reach him on our official discord server channel for Dynasty Manager 16.
    Instructions:
    You can download the CSV and make changes if you wish. If you want to import this roster and logos directly to your game, type the following URL website link EXACTLY as it is displayed here (Case sensitive you must the exact URL! It is http with an “s”!)
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] The upcoming madness of DDS College Basketball 2020 (PC)   
    March is almost here but you don’t have to wait much longer to feel the madness. Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2020 will be released on March 9th, 2020 but you can pre-order right now and starting February 26, 2020 you will be able to download playable beta builds all the way up to release!
    [The content narrative is courtesy of Wolverine Studios]
    DDS: College Basketball 2020 is our biggest and best effort yet! This season we have completely rebuilt the game on the brand new Alchemium Unlimited platform which has allowed us to deliver the most attractive version of the game yet. As you can see the entire UI has been redeveloped giving you the ability to easily move around your association while giving you access to the impressive amount of data and reports in the game.

    Above you see the new dashboard screen in the game which gives you access to your roster, schedule, news and important information about your team and upcoming opponent. The top also contains a searchable drop down box with every team and conference – no more hunting through conferences to find a team you are looking for. Just type the name and you’ll find them. With over 350 teams to consider that alone is a huge time saver!
    With our brand new look comes some great innovations in function as well. One of the biggest parts of the game of course is recruiting. Last season we introduced a quick recruiting feature to try and make it a bit simpler but this year we really honed in on that feature making it THE way you recruit in the game now.

    A look at our brand new recruiting screen shows you exactly what we have done here to make this area much more user friendly and much faster. You now have hotkeys for not only adding players to your watch and call lists but also for the weekly recruiting functions. Each of those seven drop downs contain different ways you can filter out the recruits to your liking and your choices will remain saved. You also see we’ve added things like color coding interest levels and giving you visual reminders as to things like players you have already hosted for a visit.

    Our redesign doesn’t just stop at the league screens – we’ve taken the 2D screen to an entire new level with some massive changes there as well. Notice at the bottom of the screen a visual indicator for the fatigue levels of the players on the floor and you can see that all of your coaching options are now available to you at all times without having to switch back and forth between popups. You truly will feel in charge of your squad with all of these options just an easy click away. The in-game experience has never been better!

    Our efforts didn’t stop at just re-imagining what was already there – no way! Above you see one of the new features debuting this year – the recruit class screen. This gives you a scouting report from the in game media outlet which provides a look for each team at who they have signed, who they are offering scholarships to and who the WSSN feels is interested. It’s a new twist in recruiting and arms you with additional information when making your own recruiting plans.

    How about the brand new insights screen that gives you some great new stats such as the bubble chart above showing efficiency vs usage for your team vs the rest of your conference. As you can see there are a bunch of different options here including a VERY expanded lineup tracking option all to give you the most information possible in managing your team.
    It is not just screens, data and functionality that are new to Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2020 either. Thanks to the feedback of our community we’ve incorporated a slew of other changes as well. Here’s a short list of just some of the new features.
    There are now 353 teams to choose from in the game Play by play logs can be generated for games Scheduling has been redone to allow for 20 game conference schedules Teams get use of an extra scholarship immediately when an underclassmen declares for the draft The Tournament Maker feature has an option to auto generate an entire tournament bracket In game improvements in presentation for things like the selection show and playing out tournament games from the championship tournament The all new Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2020 is calling you, coach. Take advantage of the pre-order offer to get your savings, qualify for your complimentary Steam key and get FirstAccess to the game. Take the challenge today!
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] Details of OOTP 21 baseball have emerged!   
    Out of the Park Baseball 21 – the 21st version of the award-winning sports strategy franchise – delivers the most new features and improvements in series history! It features unprecedented depth and customization, brand-new guided experiences for newcomers and veterans, authenticity licensed by MLB and the MLBPA, and a bounty of offline and online experiences found nowhere else.
    [This press release is courtesy of Out of the Park Developments]
    Out of the Park Baseball 21 is the biggest and best version ever made. Built upon the foundation of a series that has twice won Metacritic’s PC Game of the Year – the only game to ever do that – it delivers unprecedented baseball authenticity across the board.
    “OOTP is an astonishing accomplishment!” – Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry
    Out of the Park Baseball 21 Basic Features
    Discover new talent, draft the next superstar, negotiate with free agents, enter trade talks with other teams, build your dynasty and guide a franchise into an infinite future! As a manager, dive into the more hands-on management and set your team’s lineups, pitching staffs, in-game strategy and call the shots from the dugout. You can oversee your league at a high level, or play out each game in the redesigned 3D game mode, managing play by play or even pitch by pitch. OOTP has it all covered!
    OOTP 21 comes with accurate 2020 MLB and MiLB rosters featuring ultra-realistic player ratings, schedules (including the London Series and the MLB at Field of Dreams), and league rules. Plus, all historical MLB seasons (1871-2019, including full historical minor leagues) and dozens of international pro and independent baseball leagues from around the world, featuring accurate 2020 rosters and player ratings. You can even create your very own fictional baseball universe with fictional teams and players, the possibilities are endless. The Infinite Baseball Sandbox!
    New features in OOTP 21 include:
    All new Game Flow guides you through the unique OOTP experience in a smart, fully customizable way! Not sure what to do next? Game Flow gets you where you want to be, depending on what is happening right now. Whether it is Spring Training, the dog days of summer, or the offseason, it is easy to find what to do next. A fun way for newcomers and veterans alike to experience Out of the Park Baseball! At long last – build your franchise’s dream ballpark! 3D Ballpark Construction Kit 1.0 allows you to configure a 3D stadium to your whims. Choose from many different field shapes and sizes, ballpark layouts and architectural elements and combine them with Ballpark Factors to emphasize the kind of organization you want to put together – defense, power, speed, gaps, you name it. This long-awaited feature lets you live a childhood dream – building your own ballpark! Upgraded Live Services! The smashing success of Live Starts expands this season, with additional information being used to make each Live Start even more authentic. Start your OOTP 21 experience from any date of the 2020 MLB season – from Day 1 through the end of the 2020 Postseason – with up-to-the-minute Rosters, Injuries, Trades, Standings, and more! New 2020 MLB rules, tactics, and player strategies! Baseball is changing in significant ways, and we have got everything in place. How will you use the all-new 26-man rosters to your advantage, as well as the new 28-man September configuration? How will you strategize around the new 3-batter-minimum for relief pitchers? What will your lineups and rotations look like with separate 10- and 15-day Injured Lists for pitchers and hitters? It is a whole new world! Community-driven User Experience improvements! A beautiful new interface with fully customizable player page statistics. Plus! Player lists are dramatically improved and can be configured to your liking, with more information than ever available at your fingertips. Big 3D in-game upgrades! New in-game camera modes let you ‘follow the ball’ during the action, and multiple camera angles are available for pre-pitch, during the pitch, and after the pitch. Dozens of new 3D animations are in place, and the entire 3D gameplay has been smoothed and polished. Plus, we have completely reworked in-game audio for better crowd and ambient noise during games – including ballpark-specific audio customization! Scouting reimagined! We have rebuilt scouting from the ground up this year, with significantly improved AI, new visual indicators of scouting accuracy, a new and fully customizable Player Scouting Page, new Needs-based assignments, organically created scouting reports coming at different intervals, and more. You have never experienced scouting in OOTP like this! Drafting reimagined! A huge amount of new information is in your hands for the draft, including Mock Drafts, Future Draft Classes, sortable Draft History, and more. Realistic high school, college, and junior college player progressions make draft classes more interesting – and authentic – than ever. You will be positioned to dominate! New statistics! Strikeout percentages, walk percentages, strikeout minus walk percentages and more are tracked and displayed to ensure you are fully aware of how successful (or not) your players are. New league customization options! Build your baseball universe YOUR way with improved League Expansion that has been made even more configurable, including long-desired improvement of Minor League team arrangements. The All-Star Weekend goes BIG! For the first time ever, experience and play the Prospects Game and admire majestic blasts in the Home Run Challenge. Upgraded technical design under the hood! Reduced save game space requirements use less of your hard drive and optimize the game’s installation and simulation speed The most active development team in the business roars back this season! Each week we produce dozens of videos and podcasts, including the popular weekly video shows This Week In Perfect Team and Perfect Team Playoff Push every Thursday, multiple Franchise series, and two audio podcasts – OOTP Now and The Kevin Kennedy Show! You are in direct touch with the developers and the community every day. Many more improvements, all built upon the incredibly deep award-winning Out of the Park Baseball engine that has accurately simulated the World Series winner the past three seasons on MLB Network and produced entertaining simulations for FiveThirtyEight.com!
    Perfect Team 21 mode:
    Perfect Team is an incredible free online competition mode in Out of the Park Baseball that shook up the industry when it first launched in OOTP 19. Assemble, customize, and manage your team by collecting baseball cards from the past, present and future of Major League Baseball. Set your strategy and tactics, then compete against players from around the world to see who is truly the best!
    Do you have what it takes to build the Perfect Team?
    New features include:
    New player card selection – collect over 4000 cards! Beautiful new player card artwork A brand new league structure with 2 new league levels and a single Perfect League. Can you become the ultimate Perfect Team champion? New promotion/relegation systems for a more dynamic league evolution Improved ratings calculations for every type of player card Hundreds of new Collection Missions with great rewards New in-season Special Tournaments – including qualifiers – and competitions with unique rewards, enhancing the wildly popular Perfect Team Tournament feature New content delivered each and every week all Perfect Team season long Dozens of surprises big and small all year! [ Comment on reddit ]
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [Wolverine Studios] Wolverine Studios Releases Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020   
    College Football is quite possibly the most exciting season of any sport. One loss could be all it takes to rob a team from a chance to win their conference or make the playoffs. It truly is a sport where every game matters and it’s a shame the season only lasts a few months.
    But that doesn’t have to be true! You can experience the excitement of college football ALL YEAR ROUND with Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020.
    Purchase DDS:CF20 Take control as head coach of your favorite school. Recruit, gameplan and find a way to beat your hated rival. Take your team to the playoffs and bring home the big trophy.
    Speaking of the playoffs are you in the camp that would love to see an 8 team playoff? Well that happens to be one of the new features in DDS:CF 2020! And customizing the playoffs is just one of the many things you can change to suit your game world. Edit players, coaches, schools, jerseys..just about anything you could want to edit is available to do so.
    Don’t forget the new play designer and custom playbook options. Import and export playbooks to share with friends or if you don’t have the time or expertise to design your own plays use the new playbook generator and have a custom playbook designed for you.
    After you have built a winning playbook check out the new media improvements in the game. The new in-game magazines provide a whole new level of detail and the in-game news feature keeps your finger on the pulse of the entire association. Our recruiting improvements makes an already good system great with the addition of “talking points” which allows you additional opportunities to attract players to your program.
    We could go on about the improvements in this year’s version but why don’t you find out for yourself? You can even try a free demo! College football season isn’t over – it’s just the beginning with Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020.
    Purchase DDS:CF20 The post Wolverine Studios Releases Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020 appeared first on Wolverine Studios.
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] OOTP announces mobile GO! and MLB and MLB Players license extensions   
    Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of Major League Baseball (MLB), MLB Players, Inc., and MiLB.com, today announced that they have extended their license agreements with MLB, MLB Players, Inc., and MiLB.com through 2020.
    [This press release is courtesy of Out of the Park Developments]
    This includes the delivery of Out of the Park Baseball 21 as well as an all-new mobile experience Out of the Park Baseball Go! and ensures these products will be delivered with full MLB, MLB Players, Inc., and MiLB licensing.
    Out of the Park Baseball is a multiple-award-winning PC title, widely recognized as the most in-depth and authentic strategic representation of baseball at the major and minor league levels. Its 20th anniversary edition (Out of the Park Baseball 20), released in March 2019, has shattered all company records for units sold and Daily Active Users and has continued to significantly build its user base each month since release. More information will be available about Out of the Park Baseball 21 closer to its release next spring.
    Out of the Park Baseball Go! is a brand-new mobile title that is currently in development. It will allow Out of the Park Baseball 21 users to fully extend their OOTP experience beyond their computers, with the ability to play their OOTP PC-based franchises and Perfect Team Mode clubs on mobile devices. Out of the Park Baseball Go! will be delivered in 2020.
    “We are delighted to continue our strategic partnership with Major League Baseball, MLB Players, Inc., and Minor League Baseball,” said Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “The combination of Out of the Park Baseball 21 and Out of the Park Baseball Go! will mark the next phase of our transformation, delivering unprecedented access to our fans to live out their baseball dreams anywhere and everywhere they are.”
    “Our partnership with MLB, MLBPA, and MiLB has been perfect,” said Out of the Park Developments COO Richard Grisham. “Our fans love the authenticity and realism, and the support we get from the organizations elevates our games to unparalleled levels. The future is bright – and we’re only getting started.”
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [OOTP Developments] Out of the Park Developments announces MLB and MLB Players, Inc. license extensions   
    Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of Major League Baseball (MLB), MLB Players, Inc., and MiLB.com, today announced that they have extended their license agreements with MLB, MLB Players, Inc., and MiLB.com through 2020. This includes the delivery of Out of the Park Baseball 21 as well as an all-new mobile experience Out […]
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    GM Games got a reaction from Chris in [GM Games] Prepare soon for Bowl Glory! DDS: College Football 2020 on Windows PC   
    If you’re ready to experience the excitement of building your favorite school into a national powerhouse then get ready for Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020. There is no season in sports that is as exciting as the college football season. Every single game matters and just one loss can put you out of contention for the championship before your season even gets started.
    [Press release details are courtesy from the Wolverine Studios blog]
    Wolverine Studios has worked hard to once again bring you some major improvements to the game this season and we can’t wait to show some of them off.
    One of the most anticipated and exciting new features is the custom playoff option. No longer are you bound to having just four teams compete for the championship. With DDS:CF 2020 you can expand the playoff format to get eight teams playing for the title!

     
    In order to get yourself to the championship though you’re going to have recruit some star players. This year we have expanded the recruiting function by adding “talking points” which allow you more avenues to attract players to your school and give recruiting an even deeper and more dynamic feel.

     
    Once you land those star recruits you need a plan to make the most out of them. The custom playbook feature has received a massive expansion with the ability to create custom plays or even have a playbook generated for you based on you choosing some basic settings. This option lets you get as detailed as you want or lets you do things very quickly at a high level so that everyone can find a comfort level with their playbooks.

     
    First get a look of those player photos and jerseys! You can customize these just like everything else in the game and they bring a whole new feel of realism to the game.
    Speaking of new…check out the performance tab on the player card. Now you can get a performance report by game for every player on your team. Want to know who’s making the big plays or really dragging you down? It’s never been easier to understand your team and see where you need to make adjustments!

     
    But understanding your team isn’t enough – you need to keep tabs on an entire college football universe! The best way to do that is with the brand new magazine feature giving you in depth looks at recruiting, the best players in the association already and previews for every conference and the entire association so you can see just where everyone stacks up heading into each season. This fantastic new data will make your game world really come to life!

     
    Take a look at the 2D gameplay screen complete now with running commentary. Get details about the play as it unfolds or even actions that you wouldn’t be able to discern just from the 2D such as when an offensive lineman makes a big pancake block. Just another way the football development team has stepped things up for you this season!

     
    Best of all that’s just some of the new improvements in DDS:CF 2020. Performance improvements under the hood make sim speeds even faster, the sim engine and AI management areas have received improvements, penalty logic has improved, historical prestige tracking has been added to see which programs rise and fall over time, coach hiring has received improvements and so much more.
    You can make every day a college football Saturday with DDS:CF 2020. Now get ready to #BuildYourDynasty!
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