> Keep the faith, buddy! I seriously doubt APBA is ever going to put
> money into the APBA product. They don't have a lot of money to
work with as
> it is. If I knew who to talk to I'd inquire about buying it
myself. I know
> Jim Connell, the originator and designer, has first dibs on its
> I don't see anything happening. Wish I knew what was going on. I
> care if Jim buys it or if I buy it myself or if a few of us go in
and buy it
> together or whatever, just get into the hands of SOMEBODY who will
> something of it (i.e., put a GUI interface on it and a true database
> architecture behind it).
Let me throw my hat into the ring here. Some of you may have played
or tried out FACEOFF Hockey for Windows. Although I departed from
that team last March, the entire look and feel of the game was my
design. So I have lots of experience in porting DOS programs to
Windows and in hockey sims as well. I'm also the lead programmer for
Diamond Dreams which is a DOS baseball sim.
Thus, if anything were to happen, I'd be *very* interested in helping
out or even taking the lead in making it happen, if no one else
> At this point, even something as necessary as the 4-on-4 OT and
> scoring rules for the standings is asking too much of Dave to do
> It's dying a slow death, and it doesn't have to be that way.
I can't do anything about the 4-on-4 OT, but I do want to point out
that I'll be adding stuff to my report programs (that have
surprisingly been passed from league to league to league!) that will
handle the 1 point for a Regulation Tie. The exact mechanics are
unknown at this point, but the worst case will have the Commissioner
listing the number of regulation ties for a team in a text file that
the program will read and use when it generates the standings.
On a different note, I have an alternate suggestion for the disk
team. What if someone built a Java Hockey Simulator that used the
disk team's ratings. The game *wouldn't* be APBA as it would be
built without any knowledge whatsoever of APBA's workings. But it
would use the same ratings and might even be able to read APBA-
formatted files. Currently, there is nothing in APBA's license that
stops someone from doing that with their season disks. However, the
disk team was much better at limiting the use of their work. 8-) If
they were to loosen the usage restrictions of their disks, then this
hypothetical game would have a start, with at least the disk team's
Given the state of the code as Dave tells us and the huge effort
required to go from a DOS game to a Windows game (as I said above,
I've been there!), something like the above might be a better move.
That way, no one has to buy anything from anybody.