HBD Updates (Sitestaff posts only) Topic

We just wanted to let you know that we have updated the main navigation to work with iOS 5. If you guys see any issues please send in a support ticket so that we can fix it.

11/1/2011 4:55 PM
HBD Update Details:
  • Next starting pitcher designation will now take off days into account .
  • Newly designed Playoff Bracket page.
  • Tryout Camp position players have been added.
  • Active/Inactive is now a toggle rather than a two click action.
  • Futures game selections will now be based on projected overall rating rather than stats.
  • Probable Lineup for the next scheduled game has been added to the franchise profile.
    • This feature can be accessed by either clicking the "Probable Lineup" link on the World Office homepage or by opening any franchise profile and clicking the "Lineup" menu choice on the left hand side.
  • Free Agent demand reduction logic has been improved.
  • Deactivating a player during Spring Training will now remove the player from the Spring Training roster.
  • AI demotions now take Rule 5 status into account
  • Row highlight color has been dimmed by 15%
  • Minor Bug fixes
We have some larger items we would like to focus on for a future update. We have yet to decide what that is going to be, but we will surely keep you posted. In the meantime, please swing by the developer chat tomorrow and ask some questions and keep posting in the suggestions forum.

11/14/2011 3:42 PM
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In addition to the small update Patrick mentioned above, we are preparing a larger marketing campaign for Hardball Dynasty to coincide with the end of the World Series.
As you've probably noticed, we made some adjustments to the World Center page to make it a little easier for a new player to get into HBD.
We've also lowered the price of the first season to $4.95!  So, if you have any friends, co-workers, etc., that have been on the fence about trying the game, please let them know of the price drop.
As an additional thank you to all our current and former players, we've introduced a $5.00 off promo for HBD that everyone can use on their next purchase.  (it expires on 11/30/2012).  The promo code is "KUNGFUPANDA".
We have more in the works beyond today's update and the marketing campaign. We are currently working on a huge update to our SimLeague Baseball game. Included are engine improvements, fixes and additions. These will be brought into HBD before the revamped SimLeague Baseball game is released.
Finally, we'd like your input on some HBD marketing. Please vote here.
Thank you,
Tom Z
10/25/2012 5:00 PM
HBD universe,

We released an engine update today that will be in effect with the next round of games.

To view the complete list of engine enhancements, please click here.

We hope you enjoy the improvements!
1/14/2013 3:00 PM

We released a minor update this AM. It includes:
  • Inbox page - ability to move up/down messages as well as delete and move to the next message
  • Edit Rosters page - any player involved in a pending move is now highlighted for better tracking
  • Edit Rosters page - position player and pitcher sections now include a player count total, as well as pending change totals
  • Players can now be classified via their Player Profile. We left this vague, so it can have different meanings to each owner.  A player can have no classification, red, orange or green. Once classified, a colored dot will appear to the left of the player on all pages. This can help you better track prospects, rule 5 draftees, diamonds in the rough, etc.  Easy to use, carries with you from season-to-season and whether player is on your franchise or not.
  • Added options column to all views on Edit Rosters page
This is the start of more frequent updates. We have more on the horizon and will be attempting to push an update every other month.  Future updates will have a bit more depth.

We hope you find these updates useful. We continue to monitor suggestions in the forums and submitted in tickets.

Thank you!

4/23/2015 12:31 PM (edited)

The next HBD update is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th. It's a biggie and is focused primarily on making the Amateur Draft less formulaic and eliminating the trend of Advanced Budgets being set to $0. Here's what it will include:

  • Owners will only be able to view historical ratings for players within their franchise. If the player isn't in your organization, you'll only be able to see Current Ratings, Projected Ratings and other rating changes from the current season.
  • Prospects (until signed) will only display projected ratings instead of both current and projected ratings.  This change was necessary to best accomplish the next item...
  • A new, fuzzier projected rating system will be introduced for high school, college and international scouting.*
  • International prospects will now hit the market with low demands, so supply/demand can better dictate the player's skill and so that bonus demand can no longer be used to infer player quality*
  • Diamonds in the Rough logic has been improved so that there will be fewer, yet more impactful player bumps.
  • A few other prospect-player development adjustments we'd prefer not to explicitly detail.*
  • Hall of Fame Voting page has been revamped
Items with asterisks will take effect no sooner than Tuesday, May 26th and only after a world begins its newest season (i.e. when schedule is generated).  Put another way, if you are at the all-star break in your 12th season, you won't see the changes until you begin season 13.

All other items will take effect immediately on Tuesday, May 26th.

We're sure this question will be coming, so we'll answer it now:  we will not be lifting the maximum budget change of $4M from season to season.

This update will most likely cause some debate, so we wanted to get the info out early. We'll be monitoring the HBD forums until the release to follow along with concerns, questions and feedback.

Thank you
5/7/2015 3:19 PM

The May 26th Hardball Dynasty update is now live.

In addition to the items spelled out in the post above, the Budget Analysis page has also been adjusted so that only the Player, Prospect & Coach Payroll are available for other franchises.

One big question we wanted to answer from the lengthy forum topic discussing the update - Advanced Scouting Budget continues to only affect projected ratings for players that have been signed by a big league club.  High School, College and International scouting continue to impact what prospects are discovered and their projected ratings.  One suggestion made by users was to have Current Ratings also affected by Advanced Scouting Budget. We'll be giving that some consideration.

We have another update planned within the next month that will introduce different player development and injury recovery patterns.  

We hope you enjoy the changes to the game and we'll continue to listen to feedback.

Thank you

5/26/2015 9:43 AM
Now that most worlds have rolled to the next season where the new logic from the May 26th release is in place, I wanted to provide a general overview of how the new scouting system is working since we've been receiving some customer support tickets from folks after their Amateur Draft.
In the old system, the accuracy of all the scouting departments was the same (driven by budget amounts, of course).  A high school scout (with a budget of $10M) would be about as accurate as an advanced scout (with a budget of $10M).  If you had $10M budget for both your high school scouting and your advanced scouting and you drafted a high school prospect, his projected ratings would not change much when you signed him.
In the new system, the accuracy of the high school, college and international scouting departments is now different and less accurate than the advanced scouting department. And because current ratings are no longer visible for prospects, scouts can now under project a prospect's ratings. This means the shift in projected ratings once a player enters your advanced scouting department can be potentially larger in the past.
This also means the Amateur Draft will be less formulaic.  Budgets still matter very much, but there is more variability.  Can you occasionally have a scout be way off on a player with a $15 budget? Sure, but it'll be less likely than if you had a $10M or $5M budget. But it also means your scout may be wrong in a favorable way as well.
Hope this helps explain what you may have experienced (or what may lie ahead).

7/28/2015 12:00 PM
The October 15, 2015 game update is now live!

Please use this forum thread to report bugs, suggestions, etc.

The update includes:
  • A completely new look, but with the same great gameplay
  • The game is now playable on any device
  • Improved functionality within the Manager's Office and several other feature improvements
  • The game is now more social and includes better ways to market your world to outsiders, plus any world member can now send invites in open worlds
10/15/2015 12:10 PM (edited)
We pushed a build yesterday afternoon that includes some post-release fixes:
  • copy/past from clipboard
  • commissioners of private worlds can now send invites
  • deleting final inbox message no longer crashes
  • owner profile no longer crashes
  • Optimize Lineups/Pitchers with players on rest no longer duplicates players
  • nav menu on mobile adjustment
We pushed a build just now with additional fixes:
  • Chicago franchise logos have been corrected
  • Edit Pitching Staff - the level and the option to show player settings now stick properly as you exit/return to the page
  • Trade proposal issue where cash involved in trade was not being reflected on payroll budget on screen
  • Players can once again only be classified when within your organization
  • Edit Pitching Staff - brought back the keyboard shortcut so you can use keyboard to jump to role. Will be bringing back tab functionality soon also
  • World Office - fixed a display bug when world is entering playoffs
  • Player Profile - the DL History tab is once again working
  • Edit Pitching Staff & Edit Lineups - optimizing when players are on rest works now
  • Many other minor display issues

10/16/2015 5:02 PM
We pushed a build just now that included:
  • Trades - on-screen financial fix for cash involved in trades
  • World invites - now have more obvious links to click (as opposed to just text)
  • World Center - Open Worlds and Private Worlds are now ordered by number of openings
  • Tables - adjusted column width on tables across the board which benefits mobile users
  • Player settings - unsaved player changes are now visually indicated like other managerial pages

10/19/2015 4:32 PM
We pushed a build this morning that includes:
  • Player profile section has been adjusted so upper section is not as tall to reduce scrolling
  • World Office result popup now displays properly for ML post-season games
  • The hamburger menu on all profile pages has been enlarged to help with mobile usability
  • All Manager pages have had the Optimize feature fixed on mobile
  • Default season on Hall of Fame results page is all seasons once again
  • World Player Search page now has last name text box set to receive keyboard focus by default
  • Edit Lineups page we have re-worked the "Save To" button so you now have the option to save to any or all lineups
  • Some pages were having their page filters reset on column sorts (such as Player Statistics). this has been fixed across the board
  • Edit Rosters page - position players can once again be sorted by position column
  • Several other minor display fixes
We'll have another update later today including World Office re-arrangement.

10/21/2015 9:19 AM
We pushed a build just now that includes:
  • World Office page has been re-arranged based on user feedback
  • Edit Lineups page - you can now click a slot, then click another slot to perform an insert instead of a swap
  • Darkened the font on every page
  • Franchise Profile- probable lineups page loads stats again
  • Franchise Profile - player rankings now align properly
  • Edit Rosters - 40-man view, level sort works again
  • Schedule page, score now opens box score instead of pbp
  • Hierarchy pages now include links to other hierarchy pages at top 
  • A dozen other minor UI issues
Expect another update tomorrow afternoon.

10/21/2015 6:00 PM
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