Published By: Grey Dog Software- Saturday, December 31 2005
Arlie Rahn- I will be glad to answer any questions you guys may have and go through some of the items in update 1.1
Q: Have the "late" issues such as jucos disappearing and weak DT recruiting classes been fixed?
Arlie Rahn- It's on the list, but I haven't fixed either yet. Jucos may be a result of academics.
Q: Most, if not all, LG's are unhappy, will this issue be fixed in 1.1?
Arlie Rahn- Yeah, that should be fixed in the first beta.
Q: Do you intend on adding any more plays to what is currently offered?
Arlie Rahn- Not in this version.
Q: Any plans to round out the PBP?
Arlie Rahn- yeah, I don't know if it will make 1.1 - because of all the other priorities, but I am going to try some things out for the PBP.
Arlie Rahn- Some other items of the update include:
Remove recruits that don't get an offer from going to schools without a scholarship
instead, those slots will be filled by real walkons
Tweak the player creation logic (lower prestige teams)
Adjust grades on report card
fix position strength for recruits (DT)
Look at jucos
Change the expectations comments
implement a new poll system
Add in the playoff bracket
Fix PBP bugs and other reported bugs
Tone down scouting error
Arlie Rahn- That's the main list right now. I'd say I am about 50% done. I would also ask that if you guys run across any issue or bug, please post it in tech support in the GDS forum. I've been using that forum as a checklist for bug fixes and I may miss them if they are posted on other forums or in the main BBCF one.
Q: What about FG kickers being too good? Also some issues with punters and returns?
Arlie Rahn- Yeah, I will look into this. It's on the list ;)
Q: Passing Yardage in general is a bit too high as well, with the update in DT's that could change.
Arlie Rahn- I think it's also a product of too many good QBs on bad teams.
Q: Can we expect something like a single game records page for each team in a future patch? (or is there already one and I'm just too stupid to find it?)
Arlie Rahn- I will add a records page to the HTML reports.
Q: Do you indicate if a fair catch is used on punt returns?
Arlie Rahn- Yeah, it's a stat called "FC". It should state either a downed punt or a 0-yard return in the PBP.
Q: Anyone seen a blocked punt yet?
Arlie Rahn- I'll check into the blocks, they can happen
Q: Any plans to implement in-game audio (similar to TPF)?
Arlie Rahn- Not for this version
Q: Is it possible to just sim everything for a few seasons before taking over a team?
Arlie Rahn- Sure, just click sim multiple seasons, choose a number, and it will end in camp after those seasons are completed. You have to choose a team first, but you don't get graded on those seasons. It's under the options tab.
Q: Will we ever be able to edit the play by play? or is that asking too much?
Arlie Rahn- I'm not promising anything yet, but I would like to setup a system like that once I get through these main issues. I'll see what's involved.
Q: So whats the status of the pro football sim?
Arlie Rahn- Once I get through these update with BBCF, I will start looking at a pro football sim.
Q: The two strategy options I would most like to see added Arlie, are: It seems the offensive AI over matches the DEf AI, meaning on 3rd and 6, an offense will consistently get 7 yards, on the defensive side, too often I will be in a Dime Deep Zone, and a simple curl or screen will pick up 40 yards, yes it happens but i feel too much, I would also like an option to double a reciver or key a back
Arlie Rahn- There's a lot of factors in play results. Tackling plays a big part - especially for lower teams.
Q: I would assumw that you will use the same engine for your pro game arlie?
Arlie Rahn- There will be some changes to the engine, but the ratings system will be the same
Q: Will we get more stats at some point? situational stats, for example?
Arlie Rahn- Not in this version, I think we track even more than available real life college football data.
Q: What language are you using for BB?
Arlie Rahn- VB, mostly Win32s though. So, it should mimic C++ pretty close from an overall performance standpoint.
Q: Will the next version have some sort of 2D view similar to TCB?
Arlie Rahn- There's too many other high priority items right now, but it's not a bad idea.
Q: Can you tell us more about the editor? Is it fairly standard? Is it something to get excited about?
Arlie Rahn- As to the editor, you will be able to edit personal info for each college player. And edit each player's actual and potential values for each skill and their athletic attributes.
Q: Is there a way to get 1.04 with fixes and save 1.1 for the additions.. ie - editor and such?
Arlie Rahn- I need to get them in. I've been putting off the editor and reports for a while.
Q: What about coach editing so I can choose my own age?
Arlie Rahn- It's just a college player editor for now.
Q: Arlie, anyway to have the recruit watch list during the season being able to right click on a player and have them put on a short list or your own watch list? I would like to see maybe 20-30 players from week to week stat wise and my own list made up of players would be nice to look at from week to week, instead of sorting them all the time.
Arlie Rahn- It's not a bad idea, but let me get through this current list and I will see what I can do. Maybe for a future update.
Q: Will we be able at some point to further define our fourth down playcalling? Right now, it seems we have little input.
Arlie Rahn- It would be very tough to change that at this point.
Q: Are tweaks still being made to 4th down logic?
Arlie Rahn- I will continue to tweak the 4th down logic.
Q: Does adaptability impact anything besides ability to change positions?
Arlie Rahn- It also impacts playing someone out of position,ie, an OLB at ILB, or FB at TE. If he has high adaptability and good size/run stuffing it might be a decent idea.
Q: What would it take to move an entire state to a different region for recruiting? (Specifically, I'm getting an error when trying to move all of the HS's in NC into the Southeast)
Arlie Rahn- That would be tough. The HS states are setup in the game to be based out of a certain region. I don't think you can change that, ie, functions in code classifying NC as Atlantic East.
Q: Will you be cleaning up some of the PBP discrepencies?
Arlie Rahn- Yeah, I will try and get as many cleaned up as I can verify.
Q: I see a lot of inside runs that are described as going for a couple of yards and then getting no gain
Arlie Rahn- Yeah, that's because 0-2 yards are all grouped in for the same PBP phrases. Perhaps a 0 yard category when the time permits to add it in.
Q: Are you a Packers fan, arlie? (i thought you admitted that somewhere before)
Arlie Rahn- Unfortunately, a packer fan ;).
Arlie Rahn- Thanks again to everyone for showing up