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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dynasty League Baseball Online - Baseball Simulation from the designer of Pursue the Pennant

After a four-year hiatus from running a successful, twenty year-old simulation league, I am recreating a 16 team online simulation league using Mike Cieslinski’s Dynasty League Baseball Online. My old league originally played his Pursue the Pennant board game, moved to Strat-O-Matic for a number of years, and then turned to Dynasty League Baseball board game the last few years. Unfortunately, as the league participants aged, real life responsibilities made it difficult to find time to meet face-to-face to play. Fortunately, Mike has developed a new online version of the sim, so we are giving it another go. So far ten old-time members of the league have signed back up. We are waiting to hear back from a few others. Since I’ve always felt that sixteen teams is the perfect size for a sim league, I’m posting on the site to see if any of you might be interested in joining in. It will be an auction-based keeper league with some dues required and a commitment of a few hours of week.

I realize this post isn’t particularly newsworthy but running this site does have its privileges. :D

Additionally, Mike has offered to run a free Greatest Teams Tournament with participants from the site. 

If you have interest in joining the league, post within the thread and/or friend me on Facebook so I can provide more info.

If you have interest in participating in the Greatest Teams Tournament, make your interest known in the thread as well.

Thanks and sorry for intruding!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4310721)
I'm interested, depending on the cost level and time committment. Is the time committment similar to a DMB league?
   2. Champions Table Posted: November 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM (#4310735)
Yes please.

And while I have this Interwebz-space, I'm interested in joining a keeper fantasy league, should anyone have need for a new owner.

Thanks,
Eric
   3. Steve N Posted: November 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4310763)
My Strat league has been in continuous operation since 1982. Some would say 1981 but since '82 it is a permanent league. You only gain or lose players via trade or draft. I hold he record for most career manager losses. Such pride. 20 teams. We have survived tantrums, delays, 2 deaths, and a myriad of other problems but keep on going.
   4. Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM (#4310764)
Like with DMB you can either manage the games yourself or autoplay the games with the computer manager. The cost (which will include the DLB account needed to play the games) should be around $100-$125 plus fees for transactions ($2 for call-ups, $5 for trades [negotiable as part of the trade], and money for LTC buyouts[when that's possible in a few years]). Depending on how much tinkering you do with your roster, transaction fees run from $25-$150 with most members around $50. As for time needed...preparation for the draft, about 8-10 hours on draft day and between 15 minutes to three hours a week depending on whether you play the games yourself or autoplay. Plus whatever time you spend discussing trades and taking, and dishing out, abuse from/to the other owners. :)

   5. Sean Sweda Posted: November 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4310968)
Just thought I'd chime in here to tell anyone who is interested in board game sims to check out the IBL Game. The game is free, cards are posted in PDF format. Some key features: park neutral cards, adjustment for quality of opponent, split regession, granular defensive ratings.
   6. Mike Cieslinski Posted: November 28, 2012 at 09:01 AM (#4311208)
A bit more information on what Jim eluded to about the offer for Baseball Think Factory fans and what makes DYNASTY League Baseball Online so revolutionary in terms of ease of play and realism for Fantasy Baseball simulation draft league players. DYNASTY League Baseball Online is the first and only Fantasy Baseball simulation game that allows you to play games live or autoplayed by the computer manager with stats, standings and leaders all updated in real time. If you have been in other baseball simulation draft leagues using stand alone software, you know about the drudgery of having to export and import files to a central Commissioner to update your league. With DYNASTY League Baseball Online everything is updated automatically to the server in real time eliminating the time consuming drudgery for both league members and commissioners to export and import stat files. Since the games are played on the server, there is no third party software or IP addresses needed to play live face to face games - you just click the join button and you are playing.

There is a free two day trial at DYNASTY League Baseball Online that gives you total access to the playing in real time daily Greatest Team bracket tournaments (there are 83 teams to choose from) and "Series" from more than 25 seasons to get familiar with the game. If you would like a bit more time with your trial just contact us at support@designdepot.com and we'll extend the trial length for you. There also is a $20 introductory coupon code Win12 that Baseball Think Factory fans can use towards a six month subscription that lets you participate in real time Greatest Team bracket tournaments, "Series" vs. a friend or the computer manager, real time public Greatest Team leagues and or private current season keeper draft leagues (like Jim's league).

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