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Not exactly new to the hobby, but only recently have I started getting serious about it and this is the first post I’ve made. Thought I’d share the setup of my solitaire league.

It’s an 8 team league divided into 2 divisions, the East (Bengals, Browns, Lions, Packers) and the West (Broncos, Cowboys, Rams, 49ers). Each team plays 5 games, 3 against their division opponents, and 2 against teams from the other division. I haven’t settled on a playoff format yet. I like systems that reward division winners with a bye or something, so I’m torn between 2 formats. There’s a 6 team playoff, where the division winners get a bye, but I’m not crazy about 75% of the league making the postseason. My other option is to use a Page playoff, something common in Australia. The two division winners would play each other in the first playoff game, with the winner going to the final. The 3 & 4 seed would play each other, with the winner advancing to play the loser of the first game. The winner of that third game would advance to the final.

As for the games, I use 8 play quarters. I also use the TTQB for passing. I’m intrigued by passing sticks, but I like the practice.

To call plays, I’ve developed a simple system that I think lets me maintain some control and creativity, while still giving each team its own personality and not getting too complex. I’ve developed 8 different offenses, one for each team, that consist of 6 different formations. At the start of a play, unless it’s an obvious goal line or Hail Mary play, I roll a dice to determine the formation. I set up the offense, including angling receivers in anticipation of what might come and the down and distance situation is. Then, without knowing the specific play, I setup the defense. Each team is either a 3-4 or 4-3, which determines how many down lineman I use. From then I setup to try and cover as much of the field as possible and account for the game situation. Finally, another dice roll determines run or pass. Some formations are balanced, meaning 1-3 is run and 4-6 is pass. Others might be run or pass heavy, meaning I adjust the odds one way or the other. I don’t have specific plays. Instead, I determine routes, run direction, etc. based on what the defense is showing and the game situation.

So yeah, just thought I’d share my system. I’d love to hear any thoughts or questions or ideas. I may also start a thread with game recaps and what not, but it’s slow going. I’ve only finished about a game and a half and it took me an hour to get through a quarter today. 

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23 hours ago, TommyGun1522 said:

Not exactly new to the hobby, but only recently have I started getting serious about it and this is the first post I’ve made. Thought I’d share the setup of my solitaire league.

It’s an 8 team league divided into 2 divisions, the East (Bengals, Browns, Lions, Packers) and the West (Broncos, Cowboys, Rams, 49ers). Each team plays 5 games, 3 against their division opponents, and 2 against teams from the other division. I haven’t settled on a playoff format yet. I like systems that reward division winners with a bye or something, so I’m torn between 2 formats. There’s a 6 team playoff, where the division winners get a bye, but I’m not crazy about 75% of the league making the postseason. My other option is to use a Page playoff, something common in Australia. The two division winners would play each other in the first playoff game, with the winner going to the final. The 3 & 4 seed would play each other, with the winner advancing to play the loser of the first game. The winner of that third game would advance to the final.

As for the games, I use 8 play quarters. I also use the TTQB for passing. I’m intrigued by passing sticks, but I like the practice.

To call plays, I’ve developed a simple system that I think lets me maintain some control and creativity, while still giving each team its own personality and not getting too complex. I’ve developed 8 different offenses, one for each team, that consist of 6 different formations. At the start of a play, unless it’s an obvious goal line or Hail Mary play, I roll a dice to determine the formation. I set up the offense, including angling receivers in anticipation of what might come and the down and distance situation is. Then, without knowing the specific play, I setup the defense. Each team is either a 3-4 or 4-3, which determines how many down lineman I use. From then I setup to try and cover as much of the field as possible and account for the game situation. Finally, another dice roll determines run or pass. Some formations are balanced, meaning 1-3 is run and 4-6 is pass. Others might be run or pass heavy, meaning I adjust the odds one way or the other. I don’t have specific plays. Instead, I determine routes, run direction, etc. based on what the defense is showing and the game situation.

So yeah, just thought I’d share my system. I’d love to hear any thoughts or questions or ideas. I may also start a thread with game recaps and what not, but it’s slow going. I’ve only finished about a game and a half and it took me an hour to get through a quarter today. 

Cool setup!

With 8 play quarters, how long does a typical game last?

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20 hours ago, WeeVikes said:

Cool setup!

With 8 play quarters, how long does a typical game last?

Well, I think I’m slow, but it seems to take me about an hour to get through a quarter. I’ve only finished a couple games like this though so I’m hoping to get a little faster. I experimented with another format that I thought would be quicker where each team got 2 possessions and that was it, but it didn’t seem much faster and I didn’t like the feel of it as much. I also have 2 young kids to contend with so it’s rare for me to get in time without interruption. I did just finish building a little man-cave which lets me keep the game out and set up, so I’m hoping that speeds things up too.

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On 5/8/2020 at 6:54 PM, TommyGun1522 said:

Not exactly new to the hobby, but only recently have I started getting serious about it and this is the first post I’ve made. Thought I’d share the setup of my solitaire league.

It’s an 8 team league divided into 2 divisions, the East (Bengals, Browns, Lions, Packers) and the West (Broncos, Cowboys, Rams, 49ers). Each team plays 5 games, 3 against their division opponents, and 2 against teams from the other division. I haven’t settled on a playoff format yet. I like systems that reward division winners with a bye or something, so I’m torn between 2 formats. There’s a 6 team playoff, where the division winners get a bye, but I’m not crazy about 75% of the league making the postseason. My other option is to use a Page playoff, something common in Australia. The two division winners would play each other in the first playoff game, with the winner going to the final. The 3 & 4 seed would play each other, with the winner advancing to play the loser of the first game. The winner of that third game would advance to the final.

As for the games, I use 8 play quarters. I also use the TTQB for passing. I’m intrigued by passing sticks, but I like the practice.

To call plays, I’ve developed a simple system that I think lets me maintain some control and creativity, while still giving each team its own personality and not getting too complex. I’ve developed 8 different offenses, one for each team, that consist of 6 different formations. At the start of a play, unless it’s an obvious goal line or Hail Mary play, I roll a dice to determine the formation. I set up the offense, including angling receivers in anticipation of what might come and the down and distance situation is. Then, without knowing the specific play, I setup the defense. Each team is either a 3-4 or 4-3, which determines how many down lineman I use. From then I setup to try and cover as much of the field as possible and account for the game situation. Finally, another dice roll determines run or pass. Some formations are balanced, meaning 1-3 is run and 4-6 is pass. Others might be run or pass heavy, meaning I adjust the odds one way or the other. I don’t have specific plays. Instead, I determine routes, run direction, etc. based on what the defense is showing and the game situation.

So yeah, just thought I’d share my system. I’d love to hear any thoughts or questions or ideas. I may also start a thread with game recaps and what not, but it’s slow going. I’ve only finished about a game and a half and it took me an hour to get through a quarter today. 

That's really awesome what you're doing with your league old. It's fantastic that you have such a love and passion for the game and it keeps our spirit alive. Do you keep stats and all that other great stuff I would love to see it

 

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17 hours ago, Long island EFL said:

That's really awesome what you're doing with your league old. It's fantastic that you have such a love and passion for the game and it keeps our spirit alive. Do you keep stats and all that other great stuff I would love to see it

 

Thanks! The only stats I plan on keeping are team rushing and passing yards. I got rid of my computer awhile back so I’m limited in what I can easily do. However, I am thinking about starting a thread here where I would post some game updates, pictures, and maybe an occasional video if I can figure that out.

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1 hour ago, TommyGun1522 said:

Thanks! The only stats I plan on keeping are team rushing and passing yards. I got rid of my computer awhile back so I’m limited in what I can easily do. However, I am thinking about starting a thread here where I would post some game updates, pictures, and maybe an occasional video if I can figure that out.

That would be great. it's always exciting to see what other people are doing around the country and I hope you have a great season. If you need help let me know I'll be happy to help you

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