interesting stuff. to me, it would seem like it would be really hard to ever figure these messages out when youre battling a human.
.but.... it would seem like it might be possible to make pretty good guesses based on battles with sims.... and then use that knowledge to apply to battles with humans (keeping in mind that the human adds in unknown elements like how much money they have whether they have made any promises or will do so going forward, etc.
im basing this off the idea that sims do not continue making effort throughout recruiting.... but i cant actually remember if this is really true in other words, do the plunk down all their money up front? i thought they did.
maybe most of the info above IS based off sim battles, but there seems a fair amount of human battle and no battle stuff mixed in.
in my current situation vs sim...
this was the first message i got after getting enough effort to get on considering list this happened at 11pm right after signings started (i had been making effort on him for 3 or 4 cycles, but took a bit to pull him down and then get considered.)
Coach, it's down to a handful of schools - you're on my very short list, but I feel like I still need more information about the program.
my gut feeling was that i was behind fairly solidly, and with cash running low i really felt i might be throwing good money after bad, but my other gut said "go for it" i did nothing for the 2am cycle, and no updates, except that WOTS indicated the other school was ahead,
so, prior to 5am i did two HVs and promised start and promised 20 minutes. i had tried to offer promises several times previous, but he wouldnt take them. (by the way, what is up with that? does it imply anything when he does or doesnt take your promises?)
but this time he diid take them, and the home visit message, while not a slam dunk message, seemed to indicate that things were very close.
and, i got a scholarship update message:
Coach, thanks again for the scholarship offer - I really like your program, but I have to tell you, I may still have some other options that I want to check out yet.
this is encouraging because (if i am correct about simmy not continuing effort) then this seems to indicate a change in status of the battle.... right?
in other words, if you are behind and nothing changes... he doesnt send you another note saying youre still behind...right?
or like some have suggested, maybe all we can really gleen from these types of messages is that it is close and theres no way to know if youre ahead or behind?
deep down, though, i still fear that i am behind, but my gut now says that new message told me that i went from "behind" to "very slightly behind".