Walter A. Donaldson

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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to Paul T in Line-Up position   
    I thought Glawing's initial post was OK as well.  To me it seemed more "playful" than arrogant.  I also kind of like that there are some aspects of the game that are an unknown.  If every small detail of the game was known then every manager would set up their team the same way, use the same set up, etc.  Part of the fun of the game is figuring out what works best for your team and using it to your advantage.
     
    That being said, I have always wondered about the Left/Right shot and glad it was discovered and posted here.     
     
    I have also wondered about how a teams lines "should" be set up.  Logic tells me that line 1 - 4 should be: Scoring, Two Way, Checking, Energy... in that order.  But again, I'm glad the "answer" to this question is not known because it's very cool that every manager sets up their own team differently.  Note how I used "should" and "answer" as I am not totally sure if there is a correct set up or answer to this. 
     
    And yes, Anders SHOULD play this game.  There is no $$$ buy in or prize for winning so I wouldn't feel slighted in the least if he beat me - if anything it would be more of a honor to be able to beat him.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to ET2018 in Line-Up position   
    I saw nothing negative in Glawing's post. I think the hint was perfectly clear (utilize your player's handedness smartly). Just my two cents though.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to Glawing in Line-Up position   
    My bad! I'm so sorry! I had no intentions to be rude!
     
    My intentions was only to clarify that everything matters.
     
    I have now edited the answer.
     
    //Tobias
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to GamePlanHockey in Line-Up position   
    Agreed. The answer was probably not thought all the way through. I admit that. And you’re right, I know all the details about this game so of course I have an advantage over most managers. But I’m far from winning every game, I’m either a poor manager or it really proves how complex this game is. I’m hoping for the latter, which is also a good thing :-) But this is actually something I’ve thought of lately. Is it fair for me to compete in my own game?
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to koekefix in Line-Up position   
    Thanks for the clarification Anders. Altough bouncer is right in a way. The reaction was not very mature. Yes, we all understand we can't know everything about the game but to point that out like this is not the right way. And if you and Tobias have that information it does benefit you both, that's a fact.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to GamePlanHockey in Line-Up position   
    Just thought I’d jump in to clarify Glawing’s post. Don’t think he meant to be rude in any way, just that we normally won’t reveal how the game engine works in detail. And the reason he wrote “we” is because he is part of the organization I’m trying to build behind the game and not just the forum staff. But I understand this may not be obvious, we may need to clarify this further.
     
    Regarding left/right handed I believe you’ve already found all the info you need :-)
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to koekefix in Line-Up position   
    It doesn't matter. There is no evidence stating that a forward is better/worse playing offwing. Although there are managers saying that snipers are playing better on their offwing. But that's just personal experience.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to koekefix in My Goalie's a Piece!   
    Can't be mad at my n°1 goalie, he played an amazing season with the must shutouts in the league (7). You would expect that as he is one of the best goalies in the league but doing it as well is amazing!
     
    However... he screwed up big in the finals of the playoffs though. When you won the first game and lost the 2nd at home where the opponent scores 4 goals on 6 shots and you eventually lose the game with 5-1, when outshotting the opponent with double digits... In the final game outshotting the opponent again and lost it as well, bit dissapointed and very bitter.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to EXXEO in My Goalie's a Piece!   
    I'm resurrecting this old thread because I have goalie woes once more.
     
    My 19 year old goalie, Vestergaard, has been playing like a champ the first half of the Clapper season. Out of nowhere he took a nosedive. I keep my goalies fresh and at the most play them only two games back-to-back...unless otherwise needed. I've posted his last eight games (with no skipping) to show you his descent. Nothing has changed...except his performance. The rest of the guys are actually still playing quite well. I've put the most recent games first.
     
     
    GA GAA. SA SV SV%. SO MI. PER
    - 4 4.00 25 21 .840 0 60 57
    - 4 4.00 39 35 .897 0 60 71
    - 4 7.06 18 14 .778 0 34 58
    - 4 10.44 15 11 .733 0 23 52
    - 2 1.85 27 25 .926 0 65 83
    - 2 1.85 28 26 .929 0 65 81
    - 0 0.00 21 21 1.00. 1 60 93
    - 1 1.00 34 33 .971 0 60 87
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to ET2018 in My Goalie's a Piece!   
    I've yet to see a goalie that is entirely consistent. Not sure what influences their performance. For example, there is a goalie in my game world that 99 overall and had the best stats last season, but is currently pitching sub .850 games constantly this season. Good character traits too.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to zinnyzxx in Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)   
    Thanks for all the work you put into this game
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to ET2018 in What to do when you get promoted   
    Another thing - If you like building spreadsheets, build one and list out free agents and outgoing contracts you want to target. For outgoing contracts from foreign non-playable teams, you can target them early by offering them contracts once the deadline closes before the playoffs. I use spreadsheets to help build my teams, it might be useful for you as well, especially if you have a specific type of player or system that you prefer. 
     
    Edit - Forgot to add, any cap penalties will clear after you promote, so you can release players on multi-year deals before the season flips.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to ET2018 in What to do when you get promoted   
    This. I did better in the SHL because I used my draft picks to get GHL-level players, and if you are lucky, you can find some old guys in free agency that are above your league level too and come cheap. Don't be afraid to trade draft picks. Your focus should be on promotion until the GHL anyways.
     
    You can be competitive, just make sure your guys aren't below the league level and be aggressive with player acquisition. 
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to Erzac in What to do when you get promoted   
    Use that increased cap space and go wild in free agency. Also, if you want to push it, you can try to acquire some established players with draft picks.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to ET2018 in New Training techniques   
    I think Anders has discussed adding staff members that could help improve player traits. That would certainly be a welcomed addition.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to Wick Schozen in Teamwork & Winner instinct   
    Well that seems realistic to me. In the NHL if a captain is injured you don't see another player take the letter, it's just your captain is injured and out of the lineup, still the leader in the dressing room though. So if you gave the letter to another player, there'd be a ripple effect in the room and once the captain is back and the letter is returned there is now a player who had that leadership taken away. 
     
    I haven't had my captain injured *knocks on wood* but I have had alternates go down and I usually just wait for them to return.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to Wick Schozen in Teamwork & Winner instinct   
    I find trades interesting. You can add a player to your lineup that is an improvement, but better results won't come straight away. I find it can take anywhere from 10-15 games for my team to either feel normal or show improvement. I think it has to do with the player coming in with just 'ok' confidence. As a result I pretty much never make trades that affect my main lineup in the final 20 games of the season. 
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to Erzac in Teamwork & Winner instinct   
    These are indeed quite puzzling.
     
    From what I've observed(merely observations, not based on actual raw fact),
     
    Teamwork: Solely based on traits, doesn't fluctuate without roster moves.
     
    Confidence: A mix of individual players' confidences as well as team record. The only time I've seen better than OK confidence was last season in SHL where I had multiple long winning streaks. Even then it didn't rise above "good", so there must be some other factors involved as well. Perhaps some traits factor in?
     
    Winner instinct: Largely based on "big games" - trait, goalies seem to factor in more than your average skater. There are also some unknown factors involved that make it fluctuate a little. Possibly season record or recent games affect it somehow. I've witnessed a drop from heroic to strong, and from strong to ok while absolutely nothing else changed. No roster, lineup, confidence or training change. Just time passing, I.E. games being played/training happening(with no modifications to intensity).
     
    I also have a wild, possibly completely misplaced hunch, that your whole roster factors into these, including players in the minors. That could explain some of the weird fluctuations as well as the confidence bar seemingly lagging behind the main roster's overall confidence. But I've zero tangible facts on this.
     
    As to whether these have any actual effect on team performance, I haven't figured out. If there's an effect, it would seem to be quite small. Any big movements in the team spirits are (almost) always associated with trades, thus making it hard to judge whether the differences in team performance are a result from the different players or the team spirits changing.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to Wick Schozen in Teamwork & Winner instinct   
    In regards to teamwork and winner instinct I feel they are about managing players traits in your roster, confidence is a whole different ball game but I'll get to that in a bit. I had to make some roster moves at the start of this season to get my teamwork back up. Too many arrogant and cocky players on my team seemed to take my teamwork in the wrong direction and I wasn't willing to test how much of an impact that would have on my team's record. 

    Simply signing more heroic or determined players won't affect winning instinct as much as creating a better balance among your team in terms of the trait. Adding more players that push the teams winner instinct in the right direction while also subtracting those that don't will obviously have a greater impact.
     
    I know some feel that teamwork, confidence and winner instinct doesn't have that much of an impact but I feel it does in a relative sense. For example, a player that is 95 overall will need to produce far more than a player that is 85 overall to feel confident in their game. So it is the same for a team, if a team has the potential to win the cup that means the players rostered on that team are all going to be really good. So if those players aren't producing at elite rates their confidence will reflect that as will the teams. 

    On that point I keep seeing the Biscuits GHL win referenced. The way I see it, if that team was capable of winning the cup, they had elite players on that team. So even though they beat teams that were feeling more confident, their superior player overcame inferior teams that were playing at the top of their game. 

    I'm not sure if I perfectly explained the idea I'm trying to convey but basically I see confidence as the ceiling of a players performance. Like so:

    ---------Players Peak----------
    Elite player high confidence
     
    Good player high confidence
     
    Elite player ok confidence
     
    Good player ok confidence
     
    Average player high confidence
     
    and so on......
     
    --------Player slump-------
     
     
    Basically I see it as how much of would a good player performing at his peak outperform a great player playing ok relative to his skill level.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to EXXEO in Teamwork & Winner instinct   
    Well we had a five game winning streak, lost a game and then lost in a shootout earlier today. I went back to see how the team was looking and now the Confidence is OK, the Teamwork is Good, and the Winner Instinct is back to OK (and in the blue again). I'm really confused. Also, the Confidence bar is at like 90% Green but we're just Ok in that department while the Teamwork is near 75% and Good...and how do I lose Winner Instinct???
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to GamePlanHockey in v1.3.4   
    Bug fixes and improvements
    Fixed bug where waiver claims could be stuck even after the player transfered to his new team Fixed bug where a player didn’t receive scratched status when injured or assigned to minor league. Fixed bug where draft picks couldn't be removed from a trade offer (when countering an offer). Fixed bug where the "Find player filter" (Transfer page) didn’t load the correct results. Fixed bug where player confidence could be shown in green even if the label said “Uncomfortable”. Fixed bug where total ice time on lineup could be below 100%.
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    Walter A. Donaldson got a reaction from Glawing in The Mariners its first Years   
    The Menahga Mariners are a Storied Franchise, Originally founded by George Compton of Menahga, who ran a small Cargo shipping company, and to honor the Sailors of old, naming them the Mariners. They were a Solid team, but struggling in the BHL, never cracking the Play offs.
    So in season 18, they hired General Manager Don Werner, Formerly of The Mckinleyville Rangers, Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds, and Bakersville Patriots. He in turn hired former player turned Coach Walter A. Donaldson, affectionately known as Bean Pole due to his thin and tall look, though not really tall, he just looked that way standing at 5'10 and 170 pounds. Bean Pole, took the Mariners to 12th place in season 18, in season 19, he took them to 8th place.
     
    In season 20, some changes came in, five veterans joined the Club and seemed to turn the trick to success, their names were Andy Dear, Josh Vezeau, Mo Mason, Mavrick Smith, and Joe Starnes. These five would lead the Mariners to 2nd place, behind the Ogema Outlaws, Going 39 (including OTWs), 16, and 5. Joe Starnes posted a fine 2.15 GAA and a .935 SV %. Dear Put up an excellent 45 +/- and adding 5 goals, 34 assists for 49 points he also led the league in PIM with 139, with Vezeau putting up 3 goals, as well as 32 assists for 35 points, Mason scored 12 Goals, adding 38 Assists, for 50 Pts. Mavrick Smith,  scored an Impressive 35 goals, and 28 assists for 63 Points. The Three defensemen became Mariners in season 18 but did not find Prominence until season 20, Smith and Starnes arrived in season 20.
     
    They would have a Solid beginning in the SHL Finishing 8th in their Inaugural SHL season, but things slowed up in season 22, as they dropped to 12th, the following year they fell to 13th. The Next year the team got off to a slow start, much due to Coach Donaldson's Health trouble and he was often away from the Team. Manager Werner had family troubles as his Wife died, causing him to resign mid-season, Coach Donaldson followed soon after. The first Years under Werner and Donaldson, were done, but far from over.
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    Walter A. Donaldson got a reaction from ColoKrabatt in New Training techniques   
    This may have been brought up prior, but I think if there is General, Defensive and Offensive Training, why not have a Physical Training, that way guys can be trained to work on the Checking Line. Even if they are small, they can be taught to use their size to their advantage, and be effective in their role.
     
    Another thing is mental training, you know a way of Pushing Lazy players, into giving everything they got, as well as getting guys who are a bit too gentle to be tougher and meaner, and vice-versa for the toughness category. This way through a little pushing and training, you can get the kind of player you want. As well as maybe helping nervous guys become more stable in big game situations. This would be good so over time with a lot of time and work maybe players will change their tune on their game, I know I've changed my mentality in real hockey with a little coaching, why not have that in Game plan hockey.
     
    How about adding drills to train guys in endurance, like Suicides, Stops and starts, the Montreal Mile, Wind sprints etc. I know those drills are quite helpful in improving endurance, why not add that here too? Better yet have practice Schedule settings, like what drills and skills you want your players to work on, and how hard you want to push them in Practice. This would just add on to the training and improve realism a bit.
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    Walter A. Donaldson got a reaction from PulmonaryGoose in New Training techniques   
    This may have been brought up prior, but I think if there is General, Defensive and Offensive Training, why not have a Physical Training, that way guys can be trained to work on the Checking Line. Even if they are small, they can be taught to use their size to their advantage, and be effective in their role.
     
    Another thing is mental training, you know a way of Pushing Lazy players, into giving everything they got, as well as getting guys who are a bit too gentle to be tougher and meaner, and vice-versa for the toughness category. This way through a little pushing and training, you can get the kind of player you want. As well as maybe helping nervous guys become more stable in big game situations. This would be good so over time with a lot of time and work maybe players will change their tune on their game, I know I've changed my mentality in real hockey with a little coaching, why not have that in Game plan hockey.
     
    How about adding drills to train guys in endurance, like Suicides, Stops and starts, the Montreal Mile, Wind sprints etc. I know those drills are quite helpful in improving endurance, why not add that here too? Better yet have practice Schedule settings, like what drills and skills you want your players to work on, and how hard you want to push them in Practice. This would just add on to the training and improve realism a bit.
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    Walter A. Donaldson reacted to ET2018 in Adding more tactics?   
    That would be a nice addition as well. I just think a few more tactical options would add some variety. It's like having a soccer game but only having four formations or systems to choose from, when there is nearly 100 formation types and tactical approaches in the modern game. I know hockey is a bit different, but you still see more variety in international hockey and the NHL.