- With another disk in the books, it's time to look ahead.
We have an announcement that APBA is porting the game over to windows.
That is a good thing. From what I heard so far, there is not going to be
huge changes in the rating system. That is also a good thing. However,
with APBA looking to get the game back in the market, they will
obviously be looking for revenue from season disks. We need to give some
thought as to how to proceed, if at all.
I was starting to get burned out on doing the disk project. This year,
with moving, really made it tough. Am I willing to do it again? I have
been borderline on that issue. However, as the season winds down, I
usually get a little excited about the prospect. But, next year will be
different. Here are the issues at hand:
1) APBA will want to sell its own disk. If we do a project and nobody
buys APBA's disk, the game may not survive past next year, or even
simple bugs in a new windows version may not get fixed to due lack of
$$$. Then we'd be left right where we are now.
2) lack of NHL stats. The NHL stats have been harder to get (thank
Derrick for working out this year's issues) and they have dropped some
key stats (most notably blocks). This makes doing the ratings even
harder, and if we can't get their stats off the server next year, we'd
be in bad shape to do a disk.
3) changing of the file format. In going to Windows, the data file
formats are going to change. This means that all the utilities that Jeff
and I have written to work the disk files during the project would be
worthless. I don't know if I (or Jeff) wants to totally rewrite our
utility sets. Plus, we'd have to hack the file formats all over again,
as I doubt APBA would just give them to us.
One of the goals I do have is to develop a system for making the
objective player ratings from the stat set. I have not done too well on
this in the past, and would like to try a bit harder after some notes
this summer suggested that other on this list have some good ideas that
seem to work. It would be great to get rid of the long review process
and have the ratings generated from hard numbers. Then, this disk can be
easily tweaked to bring in players that didn't come out quite perfect.
Since the rating system should stay the same, these efforts would have
usefulness if the APBA made disk is not up to par.
Any thoughts on any of the above thoughts are welcome and appreciated.
Any algorithm approaches that any of you are hoarding out there to build
player ratings are also very appreciated.
The AHL is a 30 team league in our 12th season. We recently lost one of our owners, and the Pittburgh franchise is now available. Anyone interested, please contact myself or Brad Utterstrom.
The league website is here:
Any questions, just ask...
[Attachment(s) from Andrew Martin included below]
Bah!!! Wrong one! Try THIS one (version 1.60)
OK – I am pretty sure I found the problem.
Please try this version of the Statdump application and let me know if it has any problems.
I didn’t get a chance to do more than just make sure it got past the error that was causing it to crash...so there could be more problems.
I’ll continue looking tonight but any feedback from others would be appreciated.
Q: How do we change the name if we can't find them in the first place?
From: 'D. Atkinson' boomhound@... [hockeydisk] <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: hockeydisk <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 8:46 pm
Subject: Re: [hockeydisk] APBA disk
if you are having issues with programs reading the apba files, whether statdump or APHComm, I would start with changing the names of J.T. Miller and J.T. Brown. I believe that's where the issues are coming from. I tried using past formats for these guys, but it's a new world with 2 initials and shared last names...didn't know issues might happen.
On 10/7/2014 8:34 AM, Ghislain Henri ghislainhenri@... [hockeydisk] wrote:
I think i found the issue. It seems to have an issue with a player’s name (maybe a space at the end).
What I’ve done after inserting players to each of our league’s team, I’ve deleted all the other players from the disk.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the player’s name, but I did proceed in batch of 40. After 3 batchs of deletion, statdump.exe was working
Hope it helps
I don't use stat dump, but I can look at the files and see what's different. My guess is that there is a 0 versus char(20) issue somewhere that is messing things up.
On 10/6/2014 4:54 PM, Ghislain Henri ghislainhenri@... [hockeydisk] wrote:
Anybody has issue with the Stadump.exe?
With the new disk, for some reason, it does not generates the stats in htm.
[Attachment(s) from D. Atkinson included below]
Here is a schedule file for those that want it.
On 10/5/2014 4:54 AM, 'Jerry Howell' jeromerhowell@... [hockeydisk] wrote:
Thanks for all that helped get the disk out! Your hard work is much appreciated. I didn't see a schedule included, did I miss something?
Here ya go guys.....you will need to login/register to download. Please encourage your others to do the same rather then passing around amongst yourselves. It just helps us get an idea of how many people are out there using it. Thanks!!
Thanks for all the work!
Sent from my iPhone
As the APBA community awaits Brian's uploading of the disk, its a good time to thank the disk team once again for their hard work and dedication.
Great job, guys!