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  1. The link you list goes to a league that is a draft league that didn't seem to have any rookie draft, aging, development, etc., which is more the direction of dynasty I was referring to. Any chance it's the wrong link or turned into something else? Anybody else have interest in a league where there would be something like this? I'm fairly sure I could handle running off-seasons, developing the rookie sheets, etc, but I'd need help setting up sites, organizing enough players, and getting everyone to agree on the formulas that age current players, and create rookies. They'd obviously have to manually put into the .bins via NOSE, but in 16 team league, it wouldn't be that much, and you wouldn't have to re-draft full rosters at the end.
  2. Don't know how complicated the aging, rookie creator would have to be, but I'd imagine the Blitz style weight-bug fix would be better suited for this type of league, as all rookies being randomly created would potentially end up with some odd combos that the classic style would probably make even weirder. Has anyone ever tried anything like this? I used to play the old hockey simulator that you could use to play within the Gretzky hockey game, which is as far back as I can remember a hockey simulator being around. Being able to actually play out the games with a real entertaining game instead of Gretzky would be awesome. I still get hand cramps thinking about trying to score on that keyboard. I played online baseball sims, and simdynasty was the best one that created all fake names, and had aging, developing & drafting to go with trades. There was some basic flaws in the simulator that ended up ruining it long term for me, but with online play, there would be no simulation needed. 3do had a baseball game that was similar to the EA games that added rookies over dynasty style seasons, so I'm not re-inventing the wheel, but how you implement the rookies and the aging/drafting, off-seasons is what would determine the success ultimately. TO me, that would seem like the "next level" type thing for someone to do on this site. I'd be happy to help out with anything that doesn't require actually programming the code! As normally with "new league" ideas, I'd assume you'd need to get enough interest, but with this idea, you could have smaller leagues without having overly stacked teams, because you control the draft pool, the development, etc. 12-16 team leagues are easier to keep together, imo.
  3. Sorry, that came out a bit longer than it looked when I typed it! The main message if you take anything out might be to re-organize what is downloadable, delete or achive the old, unnessary threads from before Baby Einstein-smoz came into being, and make it more accessable without having to navigate through posts from 2006 only to find out they are obsolete on page 6 of the same thread because Super Smoz made an even greater program. That dude is amazing. Reading back through those "discovery" forums and his ability to lay out the ideas plus code the solutions really made me glad to log in AFTER he's fixed 90% of things!
  4. Hello everyone. I'm new around here, and I've spent a lot of my free time curiously catching up on your last 6 years or so of your forums. Half the time it's because I was looking for the answer to a question, and had to sort through a 5 page topic thread to see if the question is ever answered. I think the site has several topics pinned to the top, so it's easy enough to get the basic grasp of things, but the true guts is not laid out in a friendly, non-nerd way, like the initial page of "getting started" is. If someone is looking to expand through the base use of this game aside from joining a league or playing exihibition games, you'd need to be pretty proficient in computers to do it. Most of my "computer" code type talk is so far behind me I don't remember any of it, as I never use it, so I can "read" along, but I can't actually figure out how you would do some of the real cool things. I once learned how to read binary, how to program C++, etc, but after not using it for 15 plus years, it's but a fuzzy haze to me! Anyhow, I am but one guy, and have invited 3 friends to the site within 3 weeks of finding it. None have opted to play online through the site, as they seemed overwhelmed by it, yet all downloaded the programs I told them to, and play me/each other on occasions either direct or via Hamachi. Being able to upgrade the casual experience would only bring more and more people back to the NHL94 game, and in turn, bring more and more competition, members to this site. Inevitibly, old blood leaves, and new blood is needed to fill in to keep leagues going, so even without being a contributor to code, helping those have access to things has a long term benefit to everyone who plays here. For example, #1 How I would say set up my own offline draft that would look cool like in the GDL, especially sorting through weight, speed, etc as you can in the drafted section. You'd need some file downloaded I'd assume to do this, doesn't have to be the GDL file, as those guys might not want to "share", but if the site had a base one, it'd be a bonus. Right now, we'd be doing an email draft at my house, and logging onto GDL's site to sort through guys! #2 I've read how to save the stats, and I have created the savestat.file, and IF I were able to join one of your leagues that have already started, I could easily upload the game onto that league's site. However, if I wanted to keep some stats from exhibition between myself and any friends, well I wouldn't know what to do with the savestat.file. I can use an excel spread sheet, and have imported data before, but this one is amiss to me, even after reading 2 hours of various threads. So a downloadable stat extractor would help guys run offline leagues. I never did Madden Online, but I've heard from non-programming type video gamers how much fun they used to have setting up online leagues. In the case of NHL94, most guys loved tournaments 20 yrs ago, so having the ability to see up things offsite to keep records during tournaments, etc would really get the old NHL94 mojo meter running. #3 Classic, Weight bug, classic draft, survivor draft, etc. for leauges, and how "often" are games played. By this I mean, how long does a season take, and what is the average wait time to get into that league. The reason I post about this is I feel the mass confusion deters others away, and when you log in, league play is at the bottom. I still haven't put myself on a waiting list because I would hate to join a "dead" league, and can't figure out which ones have ended, started, etc, other than GDL seems to have just ran it's draft. For the record, I'm not complaining. I don't expect anyone to "give" me anything like I'm owed. I'm not a paying member. And in addition, several people are helpful in making sure files are downloadable and with good directions. But, if you take a step back, log into the forum as if you had fresh eyes, you might see the chaos I'm describing. Either way, I look forward to playing some more NHL94, and joining a league soon.
  5. Appreciate Raph showing up tonight and enabling meet to hit on something....unfortunately, most of the night, I was hitting myself after I gave up yet another goal. Hopefully, I held my own enough to warrant some re-matches another time. Best part about this game is it takes around 10 minutes to play a game, so you can jump in and out of 2-3 games without distracting your whole life's schedule.
  6. Didn't really see a forum spot to post if you are looking for a few good games of hockey non-league to cap off a night. Wife is hogging the TV w/ Oscar crap. It's got me in the mood to hit something. I figured if you post in the rookie section, it goes to the back of page 25 of "Intros", so anyhow. Sitting around wanting to play some NHL94. AOL is brutus.khan . If that fails for some reason, try me on the site. (edited because i guess i'd had my AOL in wrong)
  7. Hi. I'm interested in joining any leagues. I'd love to get some games in to vet myself via exhibition. Play online most days with a friend from work, so I'm familiar with the Hamachi setup. Not too famaliar with AOL, but Iļl try to have it up & running to get in a few games. Old video game name was Brutus Khan so I set that up for my AOL. Anybody intersted, send me something & I'm ready to go. Thanks, Doug PS Also, most of anybody I ever met outside of this site always played no line changes, no penalties, but seems online forum, most of you play with penalties on. Is that the norm?