aqualizard

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  1. Raph has a terrific thread ranking teams in the Classic ROM here: NHL94 Team Rankings The top 10, in order, are CHI, DET, BUF, MTL, CGY, VAN, BOS, DAL, WPG, TOR... What would happen to rank using a WBF Classic ROM? I am sure there would be a big change? I have some ideas, but I would love to hear other people speculate what a WBF Team Ranking would be? Pretty sure CHI would drop from #1... PIT and BOS gotta go up... What do you think?
  2. The player base isn't growing anymore, so we need to work on attracting and, in particular, keeping new players. Let's come up with some ideas. Are you a new player? We especially want to hear from you about what will keep you playing. Is there anything making it difficult for you? So here are some ideas, and I'll try to link them to the post in the thread about them. "C" Leagues We already have "A" leagues for top players and "B" leagues for guys who haven't hit that level (yet). Maybe we need a "C" league for new guys to play against guys who they have a chance against and make friends with people in the same situation as them. I think it was CoachMac who had the idea of hybrid leagues, where you have A/B/C divisions which mostly play in their division but also play some games outside of it. Bridge Technology Gap Streamline the installation process. Find better software. Make it easier for users to get help. Game Nights Make a couple nights of the week specified as game nights. So those nights tend to be busy and you know you'll have some people to play. Ladder I've been meaning to make a ranked ladder integrated with the nhl94online.com site but haven't gotten to it yet. Streams Watching people play is fun... I think a 2on2 stream would be fun. Having a couple "Game Night" would help with this. smozoma says: I have this idea to make a ROM hack that allows kaillera server play with 3 or 4 players but the 3rd and 4th players don't actually play the game, they are just observers. This would allow someone to jump into the games and stream them without being a player. They could do commentary, too. Chat room We used to have live chat integrated into the website, but it was a virus avenue. There may be ways to integrate Discord chat into the site safely. Crack Down on Slackers Shorter seasons / enforce milestones ... More ideas will be added as users contribute ideas....
  3. Good discussion guys, but what about providing your own WBF Team Rankings? If nothing else, then a Top 3, even? DET, BOS, PIT?
  4. One of the great things about this community is how people play from all over the world! It is testament to how great this games is, and the community as a whole is better having participants from all over. The downside is: laggy connections. What are the best ideas and strategies to combat this? Whether is is hardware, software, using client instead of Hamachi, playing at a certain time, etc., etc., let's make the King of All Lag threads! Please add your comments and strategies below. I will also update this original thread with links that I find on this much discussed subject. There are probably some gems already in the forum. Useful Links Laggy Gameplay Thanks!
  5. Hey Darko, according to Depch, adding any frames to Smoothing, even just a "+1 frames", is a bad idea? For overseas connections we should be adding none. I know I am going to follow this advice in the future. I will also close down all other apps, like Discord, which I have not been doing.
  6. Depch, I really appreciate your posts in this thread. Even if nothing else comes of these discussions, that little tidbit of "do not use added frames for overseas connections" is invaluable! Sometimes, in desperation, I would add frames under "Smoothing" -- likely exacerbating the problem! -- thinking that if some frames were added maybe (a perceived) cushion would allow the frames a chance to "catch up" and not get dropped. Now I know my logic was totally off. On this topic, can you tell me what "Smoothing: If near UB (+4 ms)" means? Someone told me early on to stick with this setting, but I have never known what the "UB" was, and if this is really a good idea? Also, do you see any reason why, for overseas connections, trying the old school "client/server" approach, bypassing Hamachi, might be better? (I saw this mentioned by someone in Discord or possibly another thread...)
  7. When you say you don't feel lag, do you mean literally your games seem 100% fine? It is like playing someone in the same room with you? On my end, the last time we played, I don't think the game slowed down, but it was missing a ton of frames. Say that a forward did a standard crease cut, and it takes 2 seconds. If in 2 seconds he usually moves pixel by pixel so there are 60 frames as he skates across, I would just see frames 20, 40 and 60. It's like 3 snapshots and the puck is in the net, where I don't have enough clues to even respond, and may not have even seen the dude shoot! So if I am getting that little info on my side, I would be really surprised if you don't see anything funny on your side? (Maybe what we are calling "lag" is the wrong word.) When I play Depch, and sometimes guys in the States on the west coast, the game doesn't seem to be missing frames, it just seems "sticky" or "clunky" where the timing is subtly off...
  8. Played some exis tonight! Skip this ROM is excellent, well done. Looks fantastic, feels amazing (light and quick), and you applied some great patches/hacks to make it fun! Sorry I couldn't play in the league, but I look forward to playing some exis with some of the regulars!
  9. I would happily do it! Definitely seems more polished and stable than the GENS/Kaillera angle... Thing is, this community does not like change. Heck, we only got off AIM when it stopped working entirely (outside of the U.S.). Also, even though Kega is closer to the real Genesis in speed, people may have gotten used to (and now prefer) the speed of GENs. But sure, I would switch over to Kega no problem. Or at least try it out to see if there are issues I didn't notice the first time around?
  10. No the KEGA game save files work exactly like GENS ones. I have uploaded them without issue.
  11. Actually, sorry, it is a Plasma TV. Would that have delay, too? And yes, I always feel it is not rock solid like playing on a Genesis, but figured that was the nature of "emulation / internet" and now (I guess?) my TV? Well, if nothing else, I have an excuse for being a career B level guy? But seriously, I play on an LG 50PV400 Plasma TV. Does plasma lag, too? (I am googling now!)
  12. One other idea is, if the connection seems crap with an overseas guy, agree to use KEGA instead of GENs. The last time I played Pearate the connection was horrible; on my end missing frames all over the place. I should have suggessted we used KEGA. Pearate once did a small tourney using KEGA and with a bad connection it was much more playable. When it ran into trouble, it would slow down a lot, but it didn't seem to drop frames. Sometimes it would really grind, and timing was off, but you never found yourself getting scored on and scratching your head "where did that come from?" because half the frames just didn't appear. It actually looked better on my LED TV, too. And full screen worked, so I wasn't getting interrupted with AIM messages and whatnot. So that is a strategy, too, if both sides agree...
  13. Hey Depch, I am glad you replied. You are further away from me than the French guys, yet our connection is better. To be clear, when you say "do not use added frames" you mean that in Kaillera, the host should have the dropdown box that says "Smoothing" set to the first option, which is "None (+0 Frames)"? Is that all you do? May I ask what kind of connection you have? Cable? DSL? What up and down speed? Is there anything else you can think of that makes your connection so much better than the French guys? Thanks!
  14. Hey Clockwise, I like your determination! That said, I *do* think a kickstarter could do this, if it was handled correctly. (A polished presentation, with a solid gameplan.) IMO, the correct route is to get Jim Simmons, the original developer who made this game 99% of what it is, on board. Get him to agree to $100k to make a public domain version of the game (or even freeware or whatever pay-what-you-want is called) and get volunteers to do everything else (pixel art, music, project management, etc.). Then, with Jim S. on board, and a solid plan in place, go to crowd-funding for the 100k or whatever he agrees to. If Jim S doesn't agree. you would have to have some sort of demo contest to establish if someone was good enough to code it. But I do believe the coding can be a 1 person job. (It was when he did it, using assembly language and an empty text file, in only a few months. Using modern languages and IDEs and existing code libraries will greatly speed things up.) That said, few people and possibly no one alive is as good as Jim Simmons would be for this job. Edit: Here is a message where I proposed this originally...
  15. Mssg received. Ok I can do 4pm EST today. Must be done by 5pm, which I think it will be. So if you are on time, let's rock! Thanks!
  16. Darko, I am off work today with an eye issue. I can pop on at 3pm EST today to try for games? (That is 9pm your time, right?) Hopefully we can make this work. If I get you in, I am at 100% completion.
  17. Thanks for the heads up and link, Jer_33. Related to your advice, you can also look at AJ's updated lineup thread, and see his notes with CB checking. Although I am not well versed in rosters, I will give a stab to start things off. These teams will get a big bump up: NYR (with heavyweights Messier and Tikkanen (and Lightweight Gartner)) PIT (with heavyweights 66, Jagr, Francis and Tocchet, plus solid D in Murphy and Ulf) BOS (with heavyweight Neely and Ruzicka, plus #1 heavyweight D-man Bourque) TOR (all of a sudden there is a place for hard shooting Andreychuk and Clark) I will say a new order, from best to worse, as: CHI BOS MTL PIT DET NYR BUF TOR ....still thinking
  18. Thanks, TomKabs! That info, while sad to hear, is insightful. That the top leagues with modern equipment keep NA and Europe separate is telling. (I only play this game online, so would never know that.) Buuuuuuutttttt.... What is the *best* we can do? As I said, Depch is far away, and his connection is usually decent. We cannot have perfection, but there are different degrees of what is good enough. Also, there is a lot of variance in how good the connections are with particular people! (Sometimes my connection with Brutus is horrible, and sometimes it is good -- not that he is overseas; just an exmaple.)
  19. One thing I wanted to add, this thread is for lag caused by great distances. When you play someone thousands of miles away, it is not possible to have a game like they are right beside you, but I am sure there are some ways to reduce lag and play the *best* and least laggy games that are possible. I know when I play Depch, Darko and Pearate --- all thousands of miles away from me -- I can always feel it. But Depch's connection is acceptable to me. Not as good as many that I play that are closer, but certainly decent. Maybe he is doing something different, or FInland just has a better internet? Who knows. But it gives me hope that a good connection is possible, even over great distances. On a side note, please do not think I am attacking anyone, or calling people out. I mean it when I say we are better as a community having overseas participants! I am just addressing what I think it a 500 pound gorilla in the room, and hoping to find ways to improve things for everyone, and FUN for everyone.
  20. Ha, sounds good, Coach. I just played Leafs vs Charleston again, and swept them. Sort of discovered an easy-ish way to score in the last game. Just do a classic crease cut. Even that juiced goalie flops like a moron and leaves a yawning cage. When I play solo I am going to avoid doing this cheap move to keep it fun. Also got better at the deke and one timers. Scoring on 40% of dekes now. Love thse ROMs!
  21. I don't know enough about OA and DA effects... (I think people disagree about what they do, no?) So I can't give advice there. I have read that having DA higher than OA makes for stay at home D-men, but I am not really sure? But whatever makes the D-men stay back, that will be the prferred setting. (I feel like it is good already, but when the stats are up on nhl94rocks, we will see if the D-men get points or not...) I will say because the guys are so quick and heavy, and check so well, the D is tough as is. I think I did start to figure out how to skate around them as I kept playing, but if they get near you, you will wind up on your butt. Similarly, when I was first deeking against the goalie, I was not scoring, where I usually do against CPU. I found I have to hold the puck longer and shoot more obliquely to have a chance to score on a deke. Most of my goals are coming on classic slap shots, like when Clark skates right to left, and does his hard left handed slap shot from 15 feet out. One timers for me are rare so far, but do happen. I get most of my goals in this order, most to least: 1. slappers from skating across net 2. dekes 3. one-timers 4. glitchy goals I include glitchy goals because I have yet to score more than 5 or 6 goals in a game, and usually score 2 or 3, so I appreciate a glitch here and there where some funny rebounds or bobbling happens...
  22. I am actually going to post my series on NHL94rocks.com and you can see the stats. Without looking, I think they pass as much as a human, and check much better. THey also take more shots and one timers. And yeah, goalies are way better than Belfour. On normal CPU, I score about > 80% of my dekes, but on the juiced goalies, it is more like 20%. When I am lucky enough to make it to the net, that is!! Really loving the games, Coach! Seriosuly!
  23. Wow, I played a 7 game series TOR vs Charleston!!! I won 4-2! That is right, the CPU won 2 games! This is way better than playing crap teams against CPU Chi with my goalie pulled, and all the other weird things I used to do to get a decent CPU game. Also, I can't believe, again, how amazing the AI is in this ancient game. The juiced defense in unbelievable, and some of the one timers the CPU forwards score are outrageous. One of these juiced teams should have been in the original game. Makes the replay-abilty so much higher...
  24. Awesome, Coach! Great job! Can't wait to try them out. Especially the WBF CLlassic one! (I mean, being WBF it is going to be like what must have been really intended? Time for Pittsburgh to shine!) NIce Work!!! Way above and beyond the call of duty! Heck, I am going to try my hand at Maple Leafs vs Charleson CPU right now, WBF style! Clark is gonna kick ass!!!!
  25. Awesome! Totally professional, and really impressive. Nice work, dude! Sounds amazing!