Eric Welsh

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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from BFGore in Adding coaches to the game?   
    Just a thought, but this could add some good depth to the game.
     
    Instead of setting up the tactics like we do now, how about hiring a coach who is known to run a specific system.
    If you want to run a defence-first trap-style team, hire some kind of fictional Ken Hitchcock. Have fictional bench bosses to represent each of the tactics that exist now.
    Imagine re-creating some kind of Broad Street Bullies scenario where your roster is populated with tough players and you have a coach who favours intimidation?
    Like you match your players to your systems now, you would sign players to run the system your coach prefers. If you don't, he may not give proper ice time to a certain player, or may even have the authority to sit that player out.
     
    And that player would then demand a trade!
     
    Like players, you could have upwardly mobile coaches who refuse to re-up their contract after a successful season.
     
    You could integrate coaches with the existing 'traits' system. Have coaches who clash with lazy or arrogant players. Coaches who are challenged by the idea of motivating lazy players. Coaches who have a calming influence on nervous or anxious players and coaches who push those same players into mental-breakdown territory.
     
    Loving or hating the coach could add another reason for a player to sign or not sign with your team.
     
    The coach could also factor into a team's reputation.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Jack Reacher in Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)   
    Thanks for all the work being done on this and I really look forward to seeing the results.
    I don't have a championship to my name, but I am proud to have taken my Howitzer Queenston Wolverines from 11th in the standings to IHL promotion in about 40 games, and my Fishbowl Duffield Desperados are on track to improve from ninth place to IHL promotion in my first full season.
     
    Maybe a little permanent note on my record: Good at making bad teams not quite so bad!
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Serge in Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)   
    I always figured I was participating by posting suggestions when I think of them.
    It'd be nice to be invited to a focus group, but I don't mind that I'm not. I trust that when myself or someone else posts a suggestion on the board, it is being brought up with the game designers and focus group and given due consideration.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Paul T in Adding coaches to the game?   
    Just a thought, but this could add some good depth to the game.
     
    Instead of setting up the tactics like we do now, how about hiring a coach who is known to run a specific system.
    If you want to run a defence-first trap-style team, hire some kind of fictional Ken Hitchcock. Have fictional bench bosses to represent each of the tactics that exist now.
    Imagine re-creating some kind of Broad Street Bullies scenario where your roster is populated with tough players and you have a coach who favours intimidation?
    Like you match your players to your systems now, you would sign players to run the system your coach prefers. If you don't, he may not give proper ice time to a certain player, or may even have the authority to sit that player out.
     
    And that player would then demand a trade!
     
    Like players, you could have upwardly mobile coaches who refuse to re-up their contract after a successful season.
     
    You could integrate coaches with the existing 'traits' system. Have coaches who clash with lazy or arrogant players. Coaches who are challenged by the idea of motivating lazy players. Coaches who have a calming influence on nervous or anxious players and coaches who push those same players into mental-breakdown territory.
     
    Loving or hating the coach could add another reason for a player to sign or not sign with your team.
     
    The coach could also factor into a team's reputation.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from MattBerserkers in Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)   
    Thanks for all the work being done on this and I really look forward to seeing the results.
    I don't have a championship to my name, but I am proud to have taken my Howitzer Queenston Wolverines from 11th in the standings to IHL promotion in about 40 games, and my Fishbowl Duffield Desperados are on track to improve from ninth place to IHL promotion in my first full season.
     
    Maybe a little permanent note on my record: Good at making bad teams not quite so bad!
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Jack Reacher in Adding coaches to the game?   
    Just a thought, but this could add some good depth to the game.
     
    Instead of setting up the tactics like we do now, how about hiring a coach who is known to run a specific system.
    If you want to run a defence-first trap-style team, hire some kind of fictional Ken Hitchcock. Have fictional bench bosses to represent each of the tactics that exist now.
    Imagine re-creating some kind of Broad Street Bullies scenario where your roster is populated with tough players and you have a coach who favours intimidation?
    Like you match your players to your systems now, you would sign players to run the system your coach prefers. If you don't, he may not give proper ice time to a certain player, or may even have the authority to sit that player out.
     
    And that player would then demand a trade!
     
    Like players, you could have upwardly mobile coaches who refuse to re-up their contract after a successful season.
     
    You could integrate coaches with the existing 'traits' system. Have coaches who clash with lazy or arrogant players. Coaches who are challenged by the idea of motivating lazy players. Coaches who have a calming influence on nervous or anxious players and coaches who push those same players into mental-breakdown territory.
     
    Loving or hating the coach could add another reason for a player to sign or not sign with your team.
     
    The coach could also factor into a team's reputation.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Mocha in Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)   
    I always figured I was participating by posting suggestions when I think of them.
    It'd be nice to be invited to a focus group, but I don't mind that I'm not. I trust that when myself or someone else posts a suggestion on the board, it is being brought up with the game designers and focus group and given due consideration.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from canucks in Adding coaches to the game?   
    Just a thought, but this could add some good depth to the game.
     
    Instead of setting up the tactics like we do now, how about hiring a coach who is known to run a specific system.
    If you want to run a defence-first trap-style team, hire some kind of fictional Ken Hitchcock. Have fictional bench bosses to represent each of the tactics that exist now.
    Imagine re-creating some kind of Broad Street Bullies scenario where your roster is populated with tough players and you have a coach who favours intimidation?
    Like you match your players to your systems now, you would sign players to run the system your coach prefers. If you don't, he may not give proper ice time to a certain player, or may even have the authority to sit that player out.
     
    And that player would then demand a trade!
     
    Like players, you could have upwardly mobile coaches who refuse to re-up their contract after a successful season.
     
    You could integrate coaches with the existing 'traits' system. Have coaches who clash with lazy or arrogant players. Coaches who are challenged by the idea of motivating lazy players. Coaches who have a calming influence on nervous or anxious players and coaches who push those same players into mental-breakdown territory.
     
    Loving or hating the coach could add another reason for a player to sign or not sign with your team.
     
    The coach could also factor into a team's reputation.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from ColoKrabatt in Release: Fall 2018 (Just to keep you posted!)   
    I always figured I was participating by posting suggestions when I think of them.
    It'd be nice to be invited to a focus group, but I don't mind that I'm not. I trust that when myself or someone else posts a suggestion on the board, it is being brought up with the game designers and focus group and given due consideration.
  10. Like
    Eric Welsh got a reaction from ColoKrabatt in Adding coaches to the game?   
    Just a thought, but this could add some good depth to the game.
     
    Instead of setting up the tactics like we do now, how about hiring a coach who is known to run a specific system.
    If you want to run a defence-first trap-style team, hire some kind of fictional Ken Hitchcock. Have fictional bench bosses to represent each of the tactics that exist now.
    Imagine re-creating some kind of Broad Street Bullies scenario where your roster is populated with tough players and you have a coach who favours intimidation?
    Like you match your players to your systems now, you would sign players to run the system your coach prefers. If you don't, he may not give proper ice time to a certain player, or may even have the authority to sit that player out.
     
    And that player would then demand a trade!
     
    Like players, you could have upwardly mobile coaches who refuse to re-up their contract after a successful season.
     
    You could integrate coaches with the existing 'traits' system. Have coaches who clash with lazy or arrogant players. Coaches who are challenged by the idea of motivating lazy players. Coaches who have a calming influence on nervous or anxious players and coaches who push those same players into mental-breakdown territory.
     
    Loving or hating the coach could add another reason for a player to sign or not sign with your team.
     
    The coach could also factor into a team's reputation.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Mattti0 in Trade Offer Abuse by Fang   
    I just got a second team in Howitzer LIHL, so hopefully that livens things up a bit.
    Spent the afternoon on a free agent spending spree. One year contracts to a bunch of guys who are better than what I've got!
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Jack Reacher in Draft class presentation   
    My method of scouting the draft class involves inputting their ratings and such into a spreadsheet so I can more accurately compare Player A to Players B, C and D.
    It's a bit of a painstaking process the way the prospect list is set up now, where I have to click on the player, then click on 'show all ratings,' then click on 'show all traits'
    Rinse and repeat about 250 times.
     
    I would love, love, love it if the prospects were presented the way I view my team's roster on the 'ratings' page, where everything is laid out in a cut-and-pasteable way.
     
    Even if you're not doing some kind of foolishly labour-intensive process like mine, I think it would help less involved GMs if they could do a bit more eyeballing of the draft class before the draft.
     
    I've heard that everything in this game matters, but I don't think everyone is accounting for everything in draft evaluation, because accounting for everything is currently a lot of work.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from littleb in How's Communication in Your World?   
    I am trying to send welcome messages to everyone coming into the LIHL. No responses from any of them though.
    A couple GMs in LIHL have been in contact with me, which adds to the fun of the game when you can bat around ideas on your team and theirs, but I find the game to be a lot of 'hurry up and wait.'
    Lots of down time between sims and if I had a few messages to answer I'd be enjoying this more.
     
    That said, absolutely enjoying the Game Plan experience so far and I am working to try and engage newbies at my level.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Glawing in How's Communication in Your World?   
    I am trying to send welcome messages to everyone coming into the LIHL. No responses from any of them though.
    A couple GMs in LIHL have been in contact with me, which adds to the fun of the game when you can bat around ideas on your team and theirs, but I find the game to be a lot of 'hurry up and wait.'
    Lots of down time between sims and if I had a few messages to answer I'd be enjoying this more.
     
    That said, absolutely enjoying the Game Plan experience so far and I am working to try and engage newbies at my level.
  15. Like
    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Jack Reacher in How's Communication in Your World?   
    I am trying to send welcome messages to everyone coming into the LIHL. No responses from any of them though.
    A couple GMs in LIHL have been in contact with me, which adds to the fun of the game when you can bat around ideas on your team and theirs, but I find the game to be a lot of 'hurry up and wait.'
    Lots of down time between sims and if I had a few messages to answer I'd be enjoying this more.
     
    That said, absolutely enjoying the Game Plan experience so far and I am working to try and engage newbies at my level.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Keskustankeisari in Historical stats   
    I would like to see a deeper statistical record tracking stats/rosters from past seasons.
    I plan on running my team for a long time and I would like to be able to look back from time to time to see what my roster looked like in season 13/16/18, what the standings were that year, what the stats were.
    I currently only see basic win-loss record info.
     
    Maybe I haven't found the correct screen yet, but that's something that would interest me.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from ColoKrabatt in Historical stats   
    I would like to see a deeper statistical record tracking stats/rosters from past seasons.
    I plan on running my team for a long time and I would like to be able to look back from time to time to see what my roster looked like in season 13/16/18, what the standings were that year, what the stats were.
    I currently only see basic win-loss record info.
     
    Maybe I haven't found the correct screen yet, but that's something that would interest me.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from flowbish1 in Historical stats   
    I would like to see a deeper statistical record tracking stats/rosters from past seasons.
    I plan on running my team for a long time and I would like to be able to look back from time to time to see what my roster looked like in season 13/16/18, what the standings were that year, what the stats were.
    I currently only see basic win-loss record info.
     
    Maybe I haven't found the correct screen yet, but that's something that would interest me.
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from Chris in New GM in LIHL   
    Hey folks.
    I've just taken over as the hockey boss of the Duffield Desperadoes (formerly Oshawa Aztecs).
    This is my first hockey simming in quite some time. I was involved in the early days of EHM and Front Office Football, but life and kids and things like that took away whatever time I had for the games.
    Now that that there's a good online one, figured I'd give it a try and I will attempt to do the best job possible.
     
    Thanks!
     
    Eric
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    Eric Welsh got a reaction from MattBerserkers in Fishbowl season 13 discussion   
    Hey. Just wanted to chime in and introduce myself as the new GM of the Duffield Desperadoes (formerly Oshawa Aztecs).
     
    Once upon a time I was a veteran of original Eastside Hockey Manager and Front Office Football sims, and thought I'd get back into it with Game Plan. Hit me up with any reasonable trade requests.