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  1. I need: 4 with GoCanes 2 with Leif Ericson 2 with Darko That's it. Let's schedule here, guys.
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    Bad Idea

    I am interested if the day and time is right? Wed or Thur 8pm-12 EST is a good window, I think? (I could be available around 9pm pretty consistently.)
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    2018 NHL'94 Bud of the Year (your turn to vote)

    100% true. And yet I still think he deserves it. Yeah, Halifax, put yourself on the ballot next year. (Or one of these Mods can do it, if you neglect to do so again!) Congrats, Chaos. You deserve it 100%.
  4. I am on vacation until Jan 7. So I am absent WITH leave. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be back, well rested, and ready to make a run for the cup!
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    "Tips and Troubleshooting" Cheat Sheet These are some issues and some fixes for RetroArch. The fixes and more details are in the messages below. TROUBLESHOOTING No Audio Issue fixed Win10 Jumpy Video fixed SNES "Multitap" Netplay Issue fixed Mac Fullscreen/Hotkey Issues workaround "Slow Motion" Video fixed "Black Flicker" Issue unresolved Please share your short tips and tweaks in the thread below! We want to cover as many situations as possible, and build this Cheat Sheet. TIPS A. Use Direct Connection (instead of Relay) if Possible B. Hot Swapping Home and Away with "i" Keyboard Shortcut C. Hotkeys (Keyboard Shortcuts)
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Tip C: Hotkeys (Keyboard Shortcuts) f - fullscreen i - hot swap home and away F5 - save state F6 - decrease save state slot F7 - increase save state slot F4 - load save state ESC - hard exit More to come...
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Tip B: Hot Swapping Home and Away with "i" Keyboard Shortcut One great thing about RetroArch is you can "hot swap" home and away. As long as the guy hosting is using Direct Connection. You can even do it mid-game or whenevs. This is super handy. To start, let's say both guys are connected. The host will be home, since he connected first. If you need to change that, do this: 1. the host hits "i" to leave (right from ROM menu or wherever, it will not reset anything) 2. the other guys hits "i" to leave, then "i" again to reconnect (he will be home now, because he is "first" to connect) 3. the original host now hits "i" to re-connect, but because he is 2nd to connect now, he will be visitor Tada!! Ideally, at least one guy will have Direct Connection ability. That person should host. (If both are Direct capable, it doesn't matter who hosts.)
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Tip A: Use Direct Connection (instead of Relay) if Possible Direct is better than Relay. Ideally at least one player has a Direct Connection. They should be host, and you can use the "i" shortcut (see below) to swap home and away as needed. There is a writeup for creating a Direct Connection here: RetroArch Setup Guide (it is at start, in sections 1 & 2)
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Issue 6: Black Flicker Fix: None Yet Description: A black flicker -- where for a brief moment the entire RA screen is black -- happens at regular intervals. Intervals can be only a couple seconds apart (making game unplayable) or every minute or so. We think it has to do with the refresh rate getting out of sync. We also think it happens more for the person connecting than the one hosting, or possibly only on the connecting side. More to come as we investigate.... In the mean time, possible play with the VSync, Refresh Rate, etc. under MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > VIDEO Also, it may help for the user experiencing the flicker to host. (Which requires that they use "Direct" connection, and "i" hotkey to be visitor.)
  10. I have two issues, which I experienced with jrolling. Issue 1: Delayed Buttons When I hosted, with a Direct connection, the timing was off. (This is almost always the case for me, with anyone, when I use RA.) It felt on my end like I was playing someone in Finland. There was a "constant lag", though it was uniform (no lag spikes). We did get a game in successfully, but I prefer using GENs because (most of the time) the button presses are more immediate. With the RA lag I experience, quick one timers are off, as are finesse dekes. On jrolling's side, he felt things were fine. (Though he is new, so maybe not acquainted with the nuances in feel, yet.) Issue 2: Jumpy Players When he hosted, with a Relay connection, it was unplayable for me. On his end, he said it was fine again. This time, even in menus, I could see it was off. His movements were frenetic when choosing his team, and flickering all over. When the puck dropped, my players were teleporting many pixels from where they should be, and jumping back again. After 5 seconds I stopped the game and said we needed to troubleshoot. Trouble(shoot) was, we are both new to RA, and had already had a heck of a time getting game 1 in, so we bailed. I was exhausted, and near tears. (Ok, I exaggerate.) NOTE: I understand I can use the "i" hotkey, to keep hosting, and have RA swap players 1 and 2, so he would be home even on my host, right? I tried this, and the behavior was strange. (I feel like it booted me out of the ROM, but maybe I hit another key?) My expectation was, at ROM menu where you choose teams, hit "i" and he would seamlessly be home, and I would seamlessly be visitor, no muss, no fuss. Is my expectation wrong? Thanks to any and all who can assist. (Probably "any and all" is poor Chaos.... *sigh*)
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    RetroArch Issue: Delayed Button Presses / Jumpy Players

    Are you referring to issue #1, or #2? Also, can you expand on the "i" hotkey to swap players? (How to use, expected behavior.)
  12. Just played a Christmas' series vs Atomic. It was 1 1 in the second, game 7, and the whistle went indicating I took a penalty. But then a second one popped up a the same time. Then a 3rd. All of a sudden I had three simultaneous 2:00 PIMS. Was furious. Hate when this nonsense happens in a game 7. I have played many hundreds of hours, this *must* have happened to me before. But I can't remember it? Two simultaneous is not that rare, but 3? Anyone ever take 4? (Or, gulp!, more?)
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    Most Simultaneous PIMS (for one side)

    Now that I reflect on it, 5 must be the limit. I do not think one player can get 2 penalties in one go (I have never seen it, anyway), and since goalies can't get penalized (even for brutal hits!), that leaves only 5 players on the ice that can get a call. (Less if you are shorthanded.) So, 3 must be rare. But I can't help but think -- like lightning striking 2x in the same spot -- on some rare occasion 4 and even 5 must have happened. Heck, here is a woman that won the lottery twice on the same day!
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    2018 NHL'94 Bud of the Year (your turn to vote)

    I liked it better when you cast several votes by yourself. Also, didn't AngryJay win and refuse the trophy or something? And he is up again? Did Riddick Bowe get another WBC belt when he threw his first one in the trash? (I kid, AJ is a worthy nominee every year. Love that he is a top tier player and does the vids and other stuff to make others better.) And I love what Arda has done. He is in a unique position with his media ties and skills, which really benefits the community. But you gotta go with Chaos. If Chaos disappeared, it would be he equivalent of our little community getting hit with a nuclear bomb. The dude is irreplaceable. (On another note, IMO you yourself should be in the running. You definitely should be Bud of the Year one of these years, Halifax.)
  15. Everyone is familiar with those crease cuts. Your opponent cuts across your crease, and your idiot goalie stacks his pads, leaving a yawning cage for an easy lay up. Sometimes you actually take control of your goalie in time, and yet (in what I consider a glitch) he flops right down all the same, even though you did not activate him stacking the pads. (If I took control, I want to have full control, dammit!) What is the best way to prevent these crease cuts, and swoops with similar effect? (That result in stacked pads, yawning cage.) Is it more about preventing them with your D-men? Or early, proactive goalie control? (Sometimes I do the early manual, but feel I am still prone because my manual is not expert level.) Maybe there is some technique I am not thinking of? Share your knowledge! Any tips and suggestions are appreciated. Atomic and Zep seem especially good at making my goalie flop like a moron, and it is frustrating the hell out of me. (I don't exi vs Zep much, but know he is an expert at inducing the Flop, especially with #99 whom he loves. I exi Atomic all the time, and he gets one of these cheese goals every couple games, whereas I get them on him rarely. I give him credit -- a goal is a goal! -- but seek some tips on preventing them. If I haven't figured it out in 25 or so years, I need help. So help!!) Thanks! NOTE: I am talking about standard crease cuts as well as swoops near the net, both of which result in stacking the pads and easy goals. How best to defend these?
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    nhl 94 algorithms and structure - Look up tables

    As for pre-calculating things, I don't think it is necessary. It would be a pretty simple formula to calculate things, so I don't think it would be advantage to do it ahead of time. Furthermore, there are quite a few variables, so it would be a ton of pre-calculated stuff which would defeat the purpose. (I could be wrong, or missing something. I am definitely not an expert in Assembly Language, which is what I know NHL94 and its ancestors were written in. But I just don't see the calculations taking much time.) On a weird tangent, when you take a shot that rings of the corner of the post/crossbar, and it hovers there for a split second, and then goes into the net, I have always thought it is like a supercomputer crunching some insane math and it just can't come up with "Is it in, or out?" (I wonder why it does that. Makes me chuckle.)
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    nhl 94 algorithms and structure - Look up tables

    Seems to me, when a shot is taken that "touches" the goalie, there is definitely a calculations that take into account shooting skill versus saving skill. That is, puck speed (which was based on initial Shot Power plus a random whiff factor) and especially Shot Accuracy, calculated against Goalie Skill (various attributes). Sometimes a high Shot Accuracy forward will score on a shot that looks identical to a low shot accuracy shot guy, where the latter does not score. Similarly, for goalies, shots will bounce off Roy and Eddie like they are made of stone, and sail right through Hrudey and similar crap tenders like they are swiss cheese. Heck, some slappers look like they go through a hole in Hrudey's chest, like he is a donut.
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    Et Tu Brute Deuce IS OVER!

    Yeah, thanks, and congrats!, Brutus! Season was excellent. I enjoy the WBF leagues more, and I think you had the right idea with a weighted draft. (I know it is more work.) Also, the short penalties are the way to go. (I am playing Classic now, and a 2:00 PIM with 5:00 periods seems insane.) Overall, very enjoyable, and your Commish effort is appreciated.
  19. I got it. Was suspicious and did not open the attachment. Atomic also received it. Did not open. Here is a clue: It was sent as a reply to an email I had sent admin@nhl94.com. It was a reply from my personal email account, which is not associated with the forum or nhl94online.com. (Those use another email account I have.) So, if I had never personally reached out to admin@nhl94.com, I do not think I would be getting the email. (I checked, and I did not receive the email at my nhl94online.com email account.)
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    Fall 2018 Classic League Start

    I am sure the Commish will weigh in, but I think it is a minority that flat out won't use Retroarch. (And for them, they are probably having a tech problem with RA, just like you are for GENs, so it is not like they are just being grumpy.) I think > 80% of people can use either (but that is just a guess), which includes myself.
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    Coach Profiles

    I asked several well known coaches 10 questions, with the idea of getting to know them better. Here are their answers, in their own words, in alphabetical order. (Any that come later will be in order of posting.) Now that several have come in, there are some interesting patterns. Some things that keep coming up: The game is easy to learn, hard to master (or some variation). Also, people loving the era (something special about the NHL in early to mid 1990s). Average age is around 40, and it is not uncommon for someone to join the forum early on, but then be on hiatus many years before jumping into online play much later, for whatever reason. In some instances, for a particular Coach, I ask a couple custom questions. (I mean, how could I interview Icestorm without picking his brain about Pass Shots?) Hope you enjoy what has been shared, and you can return the favor by doing the interview as well. You never know, it could be some community members share the same city, and neither of them are aware yet? Or maybe some of us share the same job, or have other similar interests? Let's get to know one another.
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    Coach Profiles

    Open your eyes, matey! The J&J profile was from only a few days ago. Jump in, and tell us your story.
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    RetroArch Issue: Fast Desync

    Atomic and I experience quick Desyncs when we try to play together. Either from start of game, or near start (within seconds). Both run Windows. Both have Port Forwarding (so Relay Off). Not sure how to troubleshoot it? (I will google, but thought someone might have insight?) Played GENs without issue after.
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    RetroArch Issue: Fast Desync

    I did just host MikeG, and had a great connection. (My best ever with RA.) So I think Atomic has something screwy happening. We will keep looking into it.
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    RetroArch Tips and Troubleshooting

    Issue 5: Slo-Mo Video (from Buc on Discord) MAIN MENU > SETTINGS > DRIVER and turn on "Threaded Video". (See message below from Chaos) With Threaded Video set to Off, Buc said "it looked like it was going into slow motion half the game even when I was just playing the computer." Buc uses Win10.