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    Currently in discussions with Moe Man on brewing a special King of 94 - WI beer and having available on tap. The man has a gift. If you fly into CHI, there might be something that away that isn't available up here.
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    In, and I am down with whatever # of guys we have. I am sure we can get at least 16 guys. If we get 22-24 guys, do we keep it 56 games? I think we can, but guys truly have to dedicate themselves or schedule a couple of hours per week where they announce it on the forum AND show up to discord to match up with guys when they say they will. I think a lot of us are overreacting to the spring and summer, which were bad this year. My summer was particularly tough as far as being on here, and I was trying to run a league. Bad recipe. Fall and winter is when we're all amped up to play some '94. I am rededicating myself, daily anew!
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    Last updated May 27, 2018 Part 1: Wifi Versus Wired The Short Story Plug In! (And disable wifi) The Long Story No matter how great your wifi is, or you think your wifi is, you are always better off wired. Period. The reason why boils down to interference and packet loss. A wired connection has a shielded cable that all but eliminates any local radio interference. A wifi connection, no matter how modern and how close you are to your router, will always be prone to interference. If you live in a city, even your neighbor using their microwave oven could interfere with your wifi signal! Nevermind all of the electronic gadgetry that we use all around us every day ourselves in our own homes. If you have the option, and even if it means buying a 50' cable and running it up the stairs from your basement to plug in, do it! (You don't want to be the guy that everyone dreads playing because you have a spotty connection.) Another option, mentioned by Smozoma below, is Powerline Adapters, which use your existing power outlets and wires to create a wired connection, all for less than $100. People sometimes convince themselves that wifi is "good enough" because they see their ping rate, and it looks good. Heck, if you can stream Netflix in HD how the heck can't you play this ancient videogame. Why not? Because it is not the same thing. At all. Among many difference, video streams like Netflix get buffered, so there is a lot of "wiggle room" to make sure you get what appears to be a smooth feed. In online games, there is no wiggle room. You want your button presses to register NOW! This is all about ping and latency (which can be disrupted by radio interference), and has nothing to do with bandwidth. When you do a ping test with wifi, you might see your connection is great, and it is: At that very moment, with no interference. But then, at seemingly random times, you will get lag spikes, even though things started off great. These are not really random. They are the microwaves, baby monitors, various electronics and even other people's wifi, interfering and grinding your games to a halt. Ethernet Versus USB Versus WiFi For our purposes, any wired connection -- whether Ethernet or USB (via an Ethernet to USB adapter) -- beats WiFi. Again, because of the interference. Nowadays there seems to be a trend to design laptops with fast USB ports but no Ethernet port. If you are in this situation, do not be tempted to use your laptop's built in WiFi, or to plug in a USB WiFi adapter. Use a USB Ethernet adapter to get that shielded cable plugged directly from your router to your computer, staving off any possible radio interference. Part 2: Overcoming Great Distances The Short Story You can't overcome great distances. The Long Story: If someone in North America plays someone in Europe, you will feel it. There is simply no way to overcome the great distance. While light travels in a vacuum superfast, electricity through (copper) wires is much slower. It is slower in absolute terms, but it is also slower because wires zigzag, and repeaters, switches and routers all conspire to grind things down significantly, as well. Because you cannot defeat the physical reality that long distances will slow things down, you need to do everything within your power to help a tough situation. Here is a thread worth reading: Overseas Games and Laggy Connections. Part 3: Cable versus DSL versus Fiber The Short Story People are successful with any of them. A Note on DSL For the lowest possible Ping rate, it is a good idea to have your ISP "disable interleaving". In a nutshell, "interleaving" is some extra error correction, which will add a small bit of time to your ping rate. This correction is probably helpful for streaming videos, but a real annoyance for playing NHL94, where we want our button clicks to register *now*! You can read more about it here: https://www.gpforums.co.nz/threads/292343-Interleaving-Explained Unfortunately, you will have to have your ISP turn it off for you; you cannot do it yourself. ...More to come - tips on how to have better connectivity - minimum speed requirements (anything faster than dialup usually good enough) - hamachi vs client server connection - anything else any networking peeps can think of? See: http://royal.pingdom.com/2007/06/01/theoretical-vs-real-world-speed-limit-of-ping/
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    One thing I think should be clear heading into the draft is Season 3 Keepers, so here is the rule. 0 keepers = 2 Teams who play in the Stanley Cup Final 1 keeper = 6 Playoff teams who do not make the Stanley Cup Final 2 keepers = 2 non-Playoff teams. Expansion teams or Teams with a replacement coach will get zero keepers. This is subject to change only if everyone agrees similar to last season when we lowered the number of keepers for everyone, but we turned out with 6 coaches and 6 keepers. Now we have 10 coaches and 10 keepers. Future Expansion I would like to get to 12 Teams and have the 6 A Coaches be the Original 6 Teams and the 6 B Coaches be the 6 1967 Expansion teams. 22 Game season playing each coach twice. And the realign top 2 move up and bottom 2 A move down each season. Playoffs would be all A vs A and B vs B until the Finals and then the B guy would get his once in a lifetime shot. However I am fine with less as long as we keep the seasons moving with motivated coaches. I am never going beyond 12 teams.
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    Man seems like your almost on the brink of competitive league retirement unless it's absolutely necessary, shame there isn't enough guys who can play up to your level to keep you interested in the regular season. Losing the best of the best in every league is what is hurting this place we don't need new blood as much as everyone thinks, what we really need is the old top level players to return, that is what this place is missing.
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    If we have enough dudes, I'll be happy to run GDL. If we don't have enough for GDL, but do have enough post-classic, I'll privately chat with those 12-16 coaches & set up the rules we most agree upon. If there is enough interest, but not enough consensus, then I'd go with Et Tu Brute Season II, since those rules are already setup. My order of preference would be GDL, GDL, GDL.
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    I am interested. But I feel the way Brutus does, that to be GDL, it has to have a large number of coaches. If there aren't enough coaches, I would rather it be a GDL-like league with a different name.
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