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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 3:00 PM EST.

The purpose of this chat is to answer any questions that you may have regarding Gridiron Dynasty -- recruiting, game planning, upcoming features, etc.

Is there still a minimum win total requirement before a school will consider your job application? I know that a school will strongly consider recent success in deciding who to give the job to, but it seems like I don't have enough total wins to get anything other than an "application denied." (natas46 - Hall of Famer - 2:59 PM)

There is not a minimum win total requirement to get a job at any level -- all schools look at your success over the past 4 seasons with more weight given to the more recent ones.

Lately we have seen a proliferation of alias abuse on the GD forums, someone using an alias similar to mine or moranis, for no purpose related to the game. Do you have any plans to clean up your site in this regard, and perhaps even to take preventative measures? Thank you. (snake_p - Hall of Famer - 3:00 PM)

If you find that you are having a problem with another user/alias, please submit a ticket and we'll try to handle the situation as best we can.

With the new promotion logic, will it be harder in general to jump from D1AA to a BCS or even an elite team? (smithjd - Hall of Famer - 3:03 PM)

Yes. DIA is divided into 3 basic groups: non-BCS, BCS, and BCS "elite". As you progress up these tiers, the schools in them will require a higher level of success. Since success is relative to the division you are playing in (i.e. a win in DIA means more than a win in DIAA), I would be very surprised if someone could gain a high enough success rating to jump straight from DIAA to an elite level or even a BCS level team.

does player effectiveness reset to 100% at halftime? (geedub - Hall of Famer - 3:04 PM)

No, it does not. Since the players have played an entire half, they will not start the second half at 100% --- where they start depends upon where they finished the 1st half and their stamina rating.

On what date are you planning to introduce more advanced defensive settings? (jakurus - Hall of Famer - 3:05 PM)

We are hoping to release more advanced defensive settings within the next several months, but no release date has been set.

On one of my DIII teams my effectiveness settings for all of my RBs are 80%, but sometimes on the first few plays or sometimes even drives my back-up plays rather than my starter. Sometimes this really hurts my first half...why does this happen? (mbriese - Hall of Famer - 3:07 PM)

On one of my DIII teams my effectiveness settings for all of my RBs are 80%, but sometimes on the first Players fatigue according to how they are involved with plays and their stamina ratings. If the player is involved in every play and/or has a low stamina rating, he could have to take a break relatively early in the game. Also, if a player is injured he will start out at a lower effectiveness and not recover as quickly.

I understand the upcoming promotional logic will require a CC or playoff experience. Will there be accompnaying logic to more severly penalize lateral moves to ensure that coaches don't simply jump from program to program, looking for an easy CC? (cbriese - Hall of Famer - 3:08 PM)

No, the penalty for lateral moves is unchanged. BUT, promtion to D-II does NOT require a CC or playoff appearance (they absolutely help a great deal) as has been the rumor.

With the changes in the promotion process, will more weight be given in the decision process to a coach that has taken a perenial loser and made them respectable but not a playoff team or to a coach that inherited a perenial playoff team and maintained that level? In short is it determined by "relative" success to team history or just success? (rc1990 - Hall of Famer - 3:10 PM)

Relative success or success relative to expectations is something that is very difficult to define objectively. When schools are looking for their new coaches, they look at success in terms of national championships, conference championships, post-season wins, and winning percentage.

Can you give us an idea of the new requirements for the 'elite' DI teams? (wadsworth - Hall of Famer - 3:13 PM)

In terms of reputation, loyalty, and experience, the requirements are unchanged. In terms of success, you will need a high winning percentage over the past 4 seasons with post-season success over that same time period. You can no longer coach for several seasons and simply accumulate enough wins by having good seasons. Only the truly great coaches will be able to coach at an elite level school.

Practicing pass routes for OL/DL, an effective way to improve their technique, or mostly a waste of time? (jeffkahleb - Hall of Famer - 3:14 PM)

I wouldn't bother.

Would practicing "pass routes" with my QB's help them run pass routes or know what routes their recievers are running? Waste of time to practice it? (zovakozi1 - Hall of Famer - 3:14 PM)

I would continue to practice pass routes with helps them understand what their receivers are doing out there.

Which defensive position profits the most from high elusivness, DL, LB, or DB? (smithjd - Hall of Famer - 3:16 PM)

Defensive players mostly use elusiveness to avoid and get off of blocks --- I would want a high elusiveness rating for any of those positions.

Would practicing pass routes with DB's be a waste of time? (zovakozi1 - Hall of Famer - 3:16 PM)

No --- it helps them recognize the routes being run by receivers and therefore cover better.

When will coach firings be added to the game? I think that this is a very important feature. More and more coaches are getting to D1A and some of them are doing badly with no punishment. (michfan2123 - Hall of Famer - 3:18 PM)

You'll notice that all coaches had their job status reset to very secure with the 2/28 update. This was done so that everyone was starting off at the same point for the status adjustments and subsequent firings that will be an active part of the game in the next couple of weeks.

When and What will be the next major update to Gd? Besides the Coaching change. (saint66 - Hall of Famer - 3:18 PM)

Defensive game plan options --- the timeframe is within the next several months.

any improvements to the polling system in tha weeks to come? not really a big deal for d3-d1aa but d1 it is a major factor (saint66 - Hall of Famer - 3:19 PM)

Yes -- we are continually monitoring the polls and have a change to SOS integration in testing right now.

I see you have made the new update not to allow coaches to skip divisions if they let the're credits expire and use the "back door method". What about not allowing them to not move up a division at all. Shouldn't they be forced to rejoin the division they just left to avoid this all together. (scottso14 - Hall of Famer - 3:21 PM)

Sometimes coaches leave that are in fact qualified to move up a division --- only these coaches will be able to come back in at the next highest division.

When will we see more depth spots for our advanced settings. Mainly with the OL and DL positions. Six just isn't enough for them. (scottso14 - Hall of Famer - 3:22 PM)

We are planning on adding more slots to the depth chart across the board (8) --- I do not have a release date to give you.

A quick search in Bryant of D-IA recruits shows 19 with a work ethic rating above 75. Shouldn't it be expected that the better D-IA players--ones with a shot at the next level--would want to work harder (havev a higher WE) to achieve that goal? (randallball - Hall of Famer - 3:24 PM)

I don't think that assumption necessarily correlates to real-life.

Any plans on making the Sim a tougher opponent--maybe with multiple formations on O and D? (randallball - Hall of Famer - 3:26 PM)

We may improve the game planning of sim teams, but the bottom line remains that we want sim teams to have good players so that they are attractive for coaches to take over while at the same time we do not want them winning conference championships.

This question arises out of a forum discussion with a number of participants ... Could a coach reach the point where no amount of wins, winning seasons, winning percentage, defeating top-10 or top-25 teams, nothing, can improve a coach's success rating by so much as a single point except only a CC or a playoff appearance? Thanks! (snake_p - Hall of Famer - 3:27 PM)

No. The success rating does not have a ceiling.

When are you going to let us be able to see the players letter rating in offense and defense sets as in basketball...its a total mystery to me why we cant now! (kevthekidd - Hall of Famer - 3:29 PM)

There are no plans to add this in.

When the firing actually starts to be in effect will different wins-losses (top 25, conference, home, road, rivalry games) hold different weight? (randallball - Hall of Famer - 3:31 PM)

A coach's job status will be dependent upon his success rating vs. the school's min. success expectation as well as his reputation vs. the school's min. reputation expectation.

Thanks for taking the time to post your questions, comments and suggestions.

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