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Hello!

This project has been brewing for a few weeks - it's a NCAA ROM set with all 62 current D1 teams, and two teams confirmed to launch/reinstate their program within the next season. I wanted to capture the atmosphere of college hockey and allow for as much customization as possible - so there are 6 ROMs which can be played in tandem to allow any match-up someone one can think off. If you're not into the minutia, skip to the bottom for a download.

Features

  • 2023 Rosters
    • Every NCAA star makes an appearance - some 4th line/healthy scratch players are missing because of a lack of information and a smaller original scope for this ROM. I apologize if anyone is disappointed by this, but 64 teams with 20 players each is a lot of data.
  • Updated Sprites & Rink
    • Faceoff.pngBU NZ.png
    • The sprites in this game have the composite sticks that AdamCatalyst added in his NHL 23 ROM, and the stripe/rink format that JKline3 added in his NCAA ROMs.
    • I think this gave some great realism and detail while still keeping the NHL 94 look.
    • The uniforms and logos are mostly authentic, however, some teams received partial makeovers to match the aesthetic of the game or whatever assets I could find. Most notably - BC and Western Michigan go with the modern retro look to match their football programs.
    • I'd estimate a dozen or so teams have alternate uniforms throughout the ROMs - these are only road uniforms, so if you want to change them back to their standard dark ones, it won't impact the ice logos.
  • Student Section
    • Student Section.pngStudent Section 2.pngStudent Section 3.png
    • The crowd has been updated to feature student sections in every rink, with signs that change based on the home team's colors.
    • There are different signs in every ROM, as to keep the game fresh.
    • I spent a lot of time on this, so you'll notice a few big differences beyond the white from the base game. The hats have been recolored to more common colors (black or blue), and the bald guy got his hair back.
  • 4 "pods" of 16 teams, fit into 6 ROMs to allow match-up customization
    • The scope of the project changed quite a few times - so the teams are grouped by east/west instead of conference. I separated each region into 2 pods, and then mix-matched pods into 4 more ROMs. I explain this a bit better in the download, but this means any team can play VS any team - as someone who simulates lots of seasons and loves college sports, this is something I'm super excited to share.
    • Every ROM has unique touches as to make the game feel fresh - each has its own cover and Barry Melrose dialogue, and there are some alternate uniforms as well.

(Hopeful) Future Updates

  • Neutral Site Games - target date: American Thanksgiving 2023    Released: Version 2.0
  • Outdoor Games - target date: January 2023  Updated Target: December 2022 Released: Version 3.0
  • Update rosters and ratings before NCAA playoffs - target date: late February 2023
  • Spreadsheet season simulator - target date: ?  Released: Version 4.0
  • 2024 version of the game - target date: ?
  • Authentic NCAA rules (OT, delayed penalties, etc) - target date: ?

Lastly, special thanks to...

  • AdamCatalyst for allowing me to use his NHL 22 ROM as a working base, sharing his TileMolester references, and generally being a great help. Any rookie or veteran ROM hacker looking to get better should look at his stuff - it's wonderful.
  • JKline3 for allowing me to use his NCAA ROMs as references and allowing me to work off his sprite/rink updates.
  • ComicalFont  was the one and only beta tester from Discord - thanks!
  • UltraMagnus for helping me get rid of the glass-banging guy.
  • CoachMac, VonOzbourme, and KidsWasted  for doing amazing work that inspired me to try my hand at this hobby again.
  • Clockwise, Smozoma, Slapshot67, and wboy (among others) for laying the foundation for amazing ROM hacks.
  • The College Football Revamp and March Madness Legacy mod development teams for inspiring this.
  • EliteProspects, SportsLogos.net, and Wikipedia for being amazing resources.
  • Everyone I dragged to a college hockey event over the last three or so years.

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Download here!

Current Version - v4.1 - Released 11/23/22

College Hockey Gameday v4.1.zip

 

  • Fixed graphical error in Pod A - when you make 64 teams three times each, sometimes things slip through!
  • Updated my rink template to feature time keepers, better bench sprites, and coaches
    • To fit this in with the JKline Blue Line logo hack, I got rid of the I.R. buttons - I never reference them, so it didn't bother me. Sorry if it bugs you, but getting the rink to look how it does now was a goal of mine.

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Release Log

v4.0 - Released 11/23/22

- Excel Season Simulator added, along with sample spreadsheet

- Multiple visual tweaks - new scorebug, and default player portraits updated

College Hockey Gameday v4.zip

3.1 - Released 11/14/22

- Various bugs from outdoor patching process addressed

College Hockey Gameday v3.1.zip

3.0 - Released 11/13/22

- Outdoor hockey has arrived (and holy smokes... two months before I thought I would do it). The outdoor ROM pack has the neutral site settings with a few more alternate uniforms. This is my favorite outdoor rink template yet, there are more details in my post below.

- New splash screens for neutral site and outdoor games to differentiate ROMs.

- More bugs have been fixed as they have been found

College Hockey Gameday v3.0.zip

2.0 - Released 11/11/22

- All six ROMs updated with an alternate ROM that features a neutral fan section and "under the hood" tweaks to simulate neutral rink/eliminate advantage

College Hockey Gameday v2.0.zip

1.1 - Released 11/4/22

- Added NCAA trophy to playoff screen

- Fixed name bar at top of emulator in Pod A & C and Pod B & C ROMs

College Hockey Gameday v1.1.zip

1.0 - Released 11/3/22

College Hockey Gameday v1.zip

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16 hours ago, seamor said:

If someone knows an effective way to get rid of the Stanley Cup on the bracket screen, I have the location & palette, just am not the brightest.

Do you mean like this? 

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11 minutes ago, I got the puck said:

Your set is f****N BRILLANT!!! Thank you so much for these roms!!! 

Cheers!!

Thanks! I appreciate your support through the years with all my weird little projects :)

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Version 1.1 is live, with JKline's NCAA trophy mod added in.

Also, some developer's notes:

  • I enjoy playing with either 5 or 10 minute periods and line changes on - the game was tested and rated that way as well, so if you want to feel the biggest difference between a powerhouse like Michigan and an upstart like Stonehill, then take that route.
  • Penalty box player sprites could be better - I will see where I missed something before v2
  • Replacing the cup on the bracket screen does not mean that the cup is completely out - they lift it at the end of a tourney. I will also check that out and see what I'd be working with to change it. I believe it's the rink palette, which may be a challenge

Thanks for trying this out everyone - 21 downloads on V1!

 

 

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4 hours ago, seamor said:

Replacing the cup on the bracket screen does not mean that the cup is completely out - they lift it at the end of a tourney. I will also check that out and see what I'd be working with to change it. I believe it's the rink palette, which may be a challenge

Sprites for the Cup are at 6E944. They are indeed the rink palette. It's not something that I've tinkered with before since you have to get to the end just to test. Appears to be 6 groups of tiles that make up the image, 4 side views and 2 end views. If you were going to change it you would need something roughly the same shape to get it to match up with the "player lifting the Cup" pose.

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Looks like Jkline beat me by 5 minutes. If you're interested, I have tinkered with it for my IIHF Roms, sadly I have not found how to change the colour palette so you're kind of stuck with silver

But the only thing I can add is that save states and two player head-to-head are your friends.

Unless of course you want to play four games in a row every time you make a tweak...

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6 minutes ago, halifax said:

I'll post on social media for maximum download count. Boom!

Thanks!
 

If it gets enjoy traction, maybe at some point there can be a short tournament like some of us Discord folks did in 2020. 

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54 minutes ago, jmastert said:

 

You have always made my dreams come true, thanks for that..

 

And you've always checked out my projects :)

Hope you're doing well!

 

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9 minutes ago, seamor said:

And you've always checked out my projects :)

Hope you're doing well!

 

i am doing good and even more  fantastic since i got ducks and now college hockey in my life. I would love to commission a project from you one day.. love supporting your work.. you have brought joy to my  life lol .. but doing good bud, hope all is good with you and hope you finish that hockey book i believe you were working on..

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13 minutes ago, jmastert said:

I would love to commission a project from you one day.. love supporting your work.. you have brought joy to my  life lol .. but doing good bud, hope all is good with you and hope you finish that hockey book i believe you were working on..

Your high praise really means a lot - but I do this simply for fun and also would never want to get paid, since I think it puts us in tricky copyright territory and if you're paying the other hackers here who are much more talented deserve it!

I ended up transitioning that book project into something else and it was pretty neat - got to talk to some NHL and media guys and practice some digital design/content stuff.

If you ever have any ROM ideas or notes on how projects like this one could be better, shoot me a PM and I can add it to the list.

Have a good one :)

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Awesome man!!! I know next to nothing about NCAA hockey (except Matthew Knies, since I'm a Leafs fan), but I know that I like your ROM. Love all the little touches with the fans in particular. The "YOU SUCK" sign made me laugh. Seriously great job!

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12 hours ago, AdamCatalyst said:

Awesome man!!! I know next to nothing about NCAA hockey (except Matthew Knies, since I'm a Leafs fan), but I know that I like your ROM. Love all the little touches with the fans in particular. The "YOU SUCK" sign made me laugh. Seriously great job!

Thanks! So much of it was because I was able to build off of your work and JKline's, I really appreciate the foundation you guys laid!

 

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1 hour ago, segathon said:

Student Section.png

love this

 

Thanks! Maybe at some point I’ll do special editions for a few teams (Michigan gets a “GO BLUE”, Penn St. gets a “WE ARE”, BC gets “SUCKS TO BU”), since it’s my favorite part of the ROM too. 

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  • seamor changed the title to College Hockey Gameday - 2023 NCAA ROM(s) - Neutral Site Rink ROMs out now!

Hey all, 2.0 is out now!

  • There is now a folder in the download with all six ROMs redone with neutral rinks
    • The advantage is set to 1/1, which in my opinion, creates good balance
    • The dasher is now yellow to look more like an NHL rink, and the ice logos is this stock logo the NCAA uses for hockey so you can make whatever tournament you want (if you want to edit it, it's in the first logo slot and uses the arena palette)
  • Hopefully can get the outdoor ROM done before December.

Edit: finding some bugs that came with the change. Marking here so I know: benches, and color of boards on ref screen.

Neutral Ice.png

 

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  • seamor changed the title to College Hockey Gameday - 2023 NCAA ROM(s) - Neutral & Outdoor Rink ROMs out now!

Hello (again). 3.0 is live now.

Outdoor Net.pngOutdoor Menu.pngSnowy Scoreboard.png

  • Outdoor Rink is set up, with lots of details I enjoy. There have been a few outdoor rink templates (including my own), but this is in my opinion the truest look. The glass is "transparent" and the lighting is ever so slightly tinted yellow to give a sunshine/stadium lighting effect.
  • The scoreboard is snowy, the splash screen is Soldier Field, and teams that I have seen wear alternate uniforms outside receive updates to wear those jerseys. A few football inspired uniforms too.
  • Bugs have been tracked and fixed.

 

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Have to say, I like the look of that rink.
I've been sketching ideas for my own outdor rink, but in leaning for a much older style without glass means I can't borrow that awesome transparent look.

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Just now, von Ozbourme said:

Have to say, I like the look of that rink.
I've been sketching ideas for my own outdor rink, but in leaning for a much older style without glass means I can't borrow that awesome transparent look.

Thanks!
 

Let me know if you need anything from me that might help with whichever path you choose. Excited to see what you do!

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Found a bigger bug in the Pool B/D version - will patch soon. Apologies to any Michigan State fans who cannot play outdoor games in this specific ROM.

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Bugs patched - sorry to those who downloaded! Typically playtest as BC vs BU, didn't expect there to be an issue with a team pointer table.

This is also the final patch for the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy!

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  • seamor changed the title to College Hockey Gameday - 2023 NCAA ROMs, Spreadsheet Simulator, Outdoor Rinks, and more

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