Hello, FBA Fans!
We have officially started the 2013-2014 FBA Season!
Howlereen and Pre-season
Howlereen 2013 was held on October 31st, 2013 with the first episode of FBA Courtside: LIVE! for the new season. The Montana Howlers invited the Dakota Bikers to the match this year, with guest commentator Shane Rufus (Red Wolf, G) alongside host T.Matt Latrans in the booth. You can see the results here.
The rest of the pre-season was also generated and you can find links to each of the games here.
At the moment, my focus is entirely on preparing the engine. This is a LOT of work, the biggest part being having to learn new software, new processes, and writing new scripts and macros to make the system efficient and effective. I would sincerely appreciate everyone's understanding that I am trying very hard to get this prepared in time for the season, and that I will communicate the new head coach duties as soon as I can. From what I've seen so far, I can tell you this:
Head coaching should be much simpler this year. It appears that the new engine really only has two modifications that can be made: Roster order and playing time. And unlike the last engine, you can't set playing time by minutes (ha! Yeah, I know).
Playing time is a fuzzy system that defines "1" as being the amount of playing time the computer-run coach feels is best for the player. And number below one reduces the amount of time from that the computer feels down to "0" which is no time at all. Anything about "1" increases the amount of playing time with no apparent ceiling. Yeah, I'm kind of puzzled by it, too, but that's why I'm trying to figure this stuff out as much as I can before we get started.
Anyway, the good news is, coaching should be much simpler. Also, I've had a GM ask me about assigning assistant coaches. I'm still not clear on how assistant coaches would be used, but I'm not opposed to having them, so if you want to assign someone as an assistant coach, feel free to contact me.
Most of the teams right now are in good shape and ready to play. But we do have teams with some issues that I want to have addressed as quickly as possible. If the GMs for these teams could PLEASE address these issues quickly, I would appreciate it. Otherwise, I will step in and make modifications to your team myself in order to keep things on schedule.
- Only 14 players with $4m left in budget, should be brought up to 15
- Only 14 players, $6m left in budget, should be brought up to 15
New players in the FBA are asked what their official species will be called. This is the section that comes in parenthesis after their name. [i.e. Buck Hopper (Rabbit, G)]. This species designation is permanent throughout a player's FBA career.
The following players are new to the FBA, so if you want your player's official species changed, please let me know ASAP!
- Akako Tsubasa (Kitsune, G)
- Albert Jon Middendorff (Kodiak Bear, F/G)
- Alejandro Salazar (Prawn, C)
- Alessandro Serra (Weasel, G)
- Alexander Moon (Grey Wolf, F)
- Alphonse Norwich IV (Street Rat, F)
- Andrew West (Spotted Quoll, G/F)
- Barnaby Jazz (Shark, F/C)
- Catherine DeMille (Palm Cockatoo, G)
- Charita Hendley (Black Welsh Mountain Sheep, G)
- Dewitt Azad Ghakhar (Markhor, F/C)
- Diego Imperio (Degu, G)
- Elisa Lawless (Ocelot, G)
- Esequiel Cajeta (Tanuki, G/F)
- Evan Marshall (Helmeted Woodpecker, F)
- Friedrich Peschke (Cat, C)
- Jeri Naranjo (Cacomistle, G)
- Jerry Ratillian Michaels (Fancy Rat, G)
- Joseph Davis (Purple Finch, C)
- Juniper Hill (Maned Wolf, G)
- Kang-Dae Nabi (White Tiger, G/F)
- Kilisimasi Fu’afu’a (Huon tree kangaroo, C/F)
- Kresta Renstill (Silver Fox, G)
- Lemond Conkale (Florida Panther, G/F)
- Mahmud Zarif (Addax, G/F)
- Marcus Knight (River Otter, G)
- Mariam V. Walstein (African Cape Buffalo, F/C)
- Mason Yoder (Star Nosed Mole, C)
- Melanie Kazanishi (Saluki, G)
- Michelle Sundos (Genet, G/F)
- Mike Timmids (Pronghorn, G)
- Otis Najac (Bat-eared Fox, G/F)
- Phoebus Corvus (Utahraptor, F)
- Raoul Kidane (Ethiopian Wolf, C)
- Raul Zuleta (Red Fox, G)
- René Lacoste (Jackal, G)
- Renee Fiora (Malamute, F)
- Rosalie Smoot (American Bison, F/C)
- Russell Savoy (Binturong, G/F)
- Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C)
- Siegfried Romanoren (White Lion, C/F)
- Teresa Price (Raccoon, F)
- Terrence Tolliver (Pronghorn, G)
- Travis Buckner (Grey Koala, F)
- Viran Kivar (Jaguar, F)
- Vladimir Andreiovich Zhidkov (Siberian Tiger, G/F)
- Wallace Butler (Emperor Penguin, G/F)
- Wayne Kirkpatrick (Tasmanian Devil, F)
- Xavier Duncan Hanover (Wolf Rat, G)
- Zack Plushpaw (Pine Marten, G)
- Zack Tate (Zorilla, C)
At the moment, there are no plans for the next general meeting, but there are plans for the next FBA:CSL episode!
Thanks, everyone! B-Hop #7