We have some exciting news to announce: Gridiron Dynasty 3.1 is coming on May 6th.
Our previous release focused on re-building the game engine. This release focuses on the interface and user experience.
Many users that visit GD are overwhelmed at the coaching interface – too many settings, textboxes, tabs. Pages could feel like work instead of fun. Those days are over with this release.
We’ve expanded upon last release’s “Game Mode” concept with the introduction of a “Beginner” mode. This mode is used exclusively in the D-III worlds; it simplifies most of the coaching pages while creating a level playing field for beginners and veterans at this level. As you learn the system you will see short explanations that hint at what’s available as you advance to DII and beyond. We believe these interface changes as well as the restricted DIII level will help us grow (and maintain) the number of users playing GD. This should be a benefit for our existing and veteran owners – less matchups against Sim AI and larger rewards for doing well (as rewards go up with the number of human coaches in the world).
If you’re a veteran user that’s been playing at D-III for a while, this will present some change. To access all the advanced settings you may be used to, you will need to move to D-II. To make this transition simpler, we will be temporarily relaxing the criteria needed to move to D-II. We know many of you enjoy playing at D-III because you’re in a conference with your buddies. As a result, we ask conference mates to communicate with one another so you can all move to the same conference at D-II.
Lots of these changes will ease coaching difficulties across all levels and will make running your dynasty less time consuming. At D-II and higher, these changes are to assist you in creating your coaching strategies and all of the previous control still exists. Screenshots will be coming through the week, please take a quick look at this thread for some of pages that will be changing.
Most of these changes will not be seen until the your world roll over after May 6th.
We have scheduled two developer chats to answer all the questions you may have.
Pre-Release: May 1st, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Post-Release: May 27th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
In addition, the new fatigue model will be released on May 6th with the new interface and an upgrade to resolve most of the current significant bugs in the engine.
We look forward to your feedback once the release is out and you’ve had some time to work with the new pages. As always, thank you for continuing to play and enjoy Gridiron Dynasty.