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  1. Epilogue: Plabax wins 100% of the major championships NHL '94 has had to offer since, solidifying the idea that Plabax really is as good as he thinks!
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    Open NHL'94

    This is the way I see it: The main goal of Plabax League was to influence all other leagues to be like mine, and for the community to model itself after the Tecmo community. Things seemed to be going on the right track, but unfortunately my progress was undermined because Et-Tu-Brute reverted to the old league structure. Instead of the community as a whole moving forward, my rule-set became an "alternative" rather than the standard, and we ended up moving backwards. It was an indirect way of the community saying, "we are not changing our ways". That is why I think not running Plablegs didn't kill NHL '94. Another thing to note is that 99% of slackers are slackers only because the community doesn't want to crack down on it. You are not grasping it correctly. For example, you say there were 40-50 coaches at times, and 20 were active. Under my method, if 40-50 coaches are around, then they are all likely active. The goal is not to have strict deadlines to kick the slackers out, the goal is to have strict deadlines so slackers don't exist. The point is.... slacking only exists because it's allowed (and supported) here. If there was absolutely no tolerance for it, then almost every single coach would be active, and you would likely never need a replacement outside of special events such as vacation, childbirth, divorce, etc. Lastly, there were more than 20 coaches last year. GDL 16 had at least 27 different coaches participate in it.
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    Open NHL'94

    I wasn't talking to myself. I was replying to aqualizard. Uncle Seth made the original comment, not me. I agree with what he said because it appears to be true. You may not like it, but you can't point out anything wrong in the comment. "Brutus killed NHL '94" is definitely not the message I am trying to portray. Here is a better way of putting it: NHL '94 is a patient on life support. Plablegs is the medication, Et-Tu-Brute is a doctor who unplugged NHL '94 from life support but didn't use the medication (due to consent), thinking nothing bad would happen despite some of his colleagues telling him the patient would die. That situation wouldn't make the doctor a killer, but you could say whether or not the patient survived was 100% in the doctor's hands.
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    Open NHL'94

    I stopped running Plablegs because I decided to stop playing. As for leading by example, it doesn't matter because there are too many people in the community who attempt to slander my character, take jabs at me and are more than happy to use my reputation against me. I don't think me being a "leader" is a realistic option. It's up to the other figures with the power, but those guys are more concerned with earning "high fives" and keeping their reputation up rather than doing what's right for the community. I agree with what Seth said here. Seth and I are like a boat driver who started to steer the Titanic clear of the iceberg knowing what would happen if the ship were to hit the iceberg, but Et-Tu-Brute is another boat driver who deliberately put the Titanic back in the path of the iceberg (for a good reason) thinking nothing bad would happen.
  5. Everyone keeps coming up with all sorts of theories, but it's simple. The leagues are PRO-slacker, and there is no incentive to play.
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    Ask and see who is willing to play. I personally think 24 coaches is too much. 18 I think should be the absolute max because there simply isn't enough depth in the weight bugged version of NHL '94 to build 24 teams that are all competitive. GDL wasn't always 24 coaches. 24 coaches is nice and all, but I hate the idea of someone losing a draft league because they didn't get a high enough pick, and they weren't willing to rip someone off in a trade.
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    King of 94 Tournament - Feedback / Improvements

    Most of the video game tournaments I have seen were 2-3 days. I guess that's to give enough time to avoid burnout, rest, play enough games, etc. I remember Seth wished he could have had more opportunity to play at the first KO94. I'm not even sure if I'll play this game ever again. Last time I played against someone was when I won Plablegs back in February. If I showed up to a live event, it would probably be for a hour or so just to watch. The game is also better without penalties and with even advantages, but people continue to play an inferior version of the game which isn't appealing to me.
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    King of 94 Tournament - Feedback / Improvements

    Would it be possible to stretch the tournament over multiple days?
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    MSG Network article on King of 94 II

    Congrats to AJ!! Maybe one day I'll get to claim a world championship of my own.
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    All leagues are dead
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    I Wanna Play NHL 94 At School

    You can use a USB.
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    Pass Shots and CB Checking: The Truth

    Epilogue: Uncle Seth beat Raph in 5 games.... Nobody wanted to listen (like always), and the Plabax turned out to be correct yet again.
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    Open NHL'94

    Momentum stopped (possibly temporarily) because the leagues kept catering to the slackers. Even after the Plabax League, the community still came up with leagues primarily designed for slackers, and guys who would show dedication to the game were constantly brushed to the side. The slacking here is at an extreme. Go anywhere else and you will see that people will find the time to do something if they really want to do it. Here, we constantly have to listen to excuses and wait 25-30 days to finish a season due to guys who claim they are "busy" and have no time to play NHL '94. Despite the fact that these guys are so damn busy.. they keep signing up, and whenever you boot them / suggest they don't play, you are the bad guy! It gets silly, especially when you look at another community with similar demographics such as the Tecmo Community and see that they have no issues there. No tolerance for bullshit, less coach turnover, quicker seasons, more seasons, more fun. They are still going strong, and they get 100% completion regularly. I've been around for six years, and I've never played in a league with 100% completion. There is definitely still an interest in the game. The game is too fun for people to stop playing. What really drives the interest level (in my opinion) is the quality of the online experience, which is primarily measured through leagues. I think the community could be active with the right league setup. I find the game fun, but I don't like waiting 30 days to play minpind, and I don't like waiting 25 days for AJ to play a playoff series.
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    Open NHL'94

    The reason NHL '94 is good is because it is the way it is. Tinker too much with the game and you will end up with a NHL '95 type thing. For example, if you edit the goalies too much you may mess up the near-perfect manual goalie system. The ROM hacks we have available are almost enough to make the optimal version of NHL '94. Some things are missing such as the ability to quit the game, aim your one-timers manually or the ability to poke check at will on goalie control (not during a penalty shot). Besides that, the only problems are the minor bugs such as the penalty shot bug.
  15. I treat it as if it matters. This way, you can't lose: If it does make a difference, then you are playing on your desired setting. If not, then it doesn't really matter.
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    Making offline solo play challenging

    To me, Boston is the best team. Out of the players who are not handicapped, Boston has the best forward (Juneau), the three best defenders (Sweeney, Wesley, Murphy) and the fourth** best goalie (Moog). They are also tied for the strongest home/road advantages in the game which makes them even harder to beat. Even if nobody was handicapped, I think it would still be possible to win an online league with this team depending on the rules.
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    The BS factor of 94

    The tilt may be appealing to you, but it's not to most. It's in every single EA Sports game in existence (at least after 1993), and I've heard numerous complaints about it. CoachMac is the first person among many I have come across who enjoys it. The feature brings results that are SIMILAR to real life, but there is no true real life comparison. In real life, things can be controlled and they are not pre-determined. In EA Sports video games, certain games are scripted/pre-determined and out of the control of the players. Say you want to dial 911. If you manage to press the right combination of buttons, you will input 911. It's possible your finger slips and you input 912 by accident.... that is bad luck. However, the BS Factor equivalent would be something forcing you to dial 912 even if you are inputting 911 perfectly.
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    brilliance of NHLPA '93 ratings

    NHL '94 has better ratings and is more fun.
  19. The most impressive part is that the wedding ring is still on the finger!!! ..We know the fate of some people here in marriages
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    Blowout Win

    Reminds me of how I used to beat kingraph back in the day!
  21. I agree with the matchups being fine for noobs.
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    Surviving Summer Redux

    You would think this stuff was done on purpose We know how to prevent this issue.. yet the same bullshit leagues built for slackers keep coming back! When is it going to stop?
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    RIP Jacques Ysaye, composer of "Brass Bonanza"

    Why not a thread about something that's actually important to the community... such as "How we can fix online leagues"?
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    My Greatest Strength

    What do you think my greatest strength was as an NHL '94 player?
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    Meet the DCB99

    I think online play is fun too. I just don't think it's worth anyone's time to play in the leagues until the commissioners can get their act together. Every league has no champion and never finishes.