- I'd like to welcome you all on board!!!
A few weeks ago, while the disk team was frantically researching Warren
Luhning's skating ability, a revelation hit us to start an email list.
nearly done with this year's disk and the discussions here won't have much
on the disk as it will be out soon, but we decided we could do the disk even
better next year if we got the hard core APBA gamers involved in the
of both process and players. That should be why you signed up.
Those of us on the disk team are hard core hockey fans and APBA hockey
fanatics. We all run or have run long term sucessful leagues. And we all
have perspective on the ratings. We NEVER let our emotions get in the way
of this project. You may not like Lindros, but that shouldn't stop you from
giving him his deserved 4's and 5's in every catagory. You may hate
but he deserves his his 5 PHY and 5 INT due to his bone crushing open
ice hits. We strived with the disk to capture the essense of every player,
and provide gamers with the best disk ever.
We also have a unique insight into the game. I programmed version 4. Jeff
Kraus wrote the APHComm utility, among others. Steve Couloumbe has
written some nice utilities for the game. Jim Connell, who will get a final
review say on the ratings, is the creator of the game. We feel that the
team is supremely qualified to do this disk the right way.
However, we're not so proud to think that we don't make mistakes
or overlook things. That's why we wanted to start this email list. To
get the thoughts of the gamers. If you have a gripe about the disk,
post it here. If you're being a homer and are mad your favorite player
didn't get all "5's", don't be surprised if you get told why, in no uncertain
terms, and with statistics backing up our side. If you want to gripe, at least
some brainpower into it. I really don't want to see this list turn into a
bunch of teen agers on hormonal overload chanting "so and so sucks".
There is too much of that on the net, and we're too serious about hockey
and the APBA sim to put up with that stuff here.
Besides gripes, let's talk process. Let's discuss what we did in putting
the disk together, and what can be done to make it better. The new
NHL stats have gored alot of sacred cows (like a Ron Francis 5 faceoff
rating). We want to make sure that we are making the best use of
the stats and not overlooking obvious misuse of new stats.
Feel free to begin discussions. I want you to keep in mind that I'm a busy
guy, as are Jeff and Steve, so all questions won't get answered immediately.
I expect a barage of different topics, but I personally like to follow one
thread until it is completed to everyone's satisfaction before moving on.
That's not to say that other discussion's shouldn't take place, but I
may only take time to clear up one topic in detail at a time.
I have left the group unmoderated (I am the list's manager right now) and
I expect to keep it this way as long as flame wars don't break out. Nearly
all of the hard core APBA hockey fans I know are intelligent and reasonable
people; we have to be intelligent to read the fast scrolling text :).
I don't expect too many problems, but I do expect alot of enlightening
Let the discussions begin!!!!!!!!!!
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