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    Good counter point tbqh GM 2nd player is cancer!!!!!
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    Some Thoughts

    Very pleased with the reception the new updating system has gotten so far. With over 500 individual items claimed since launch, it seems people are adjusting quite well and honestly haven't heard too much of people having any issues with it. There's definitely been recommendations that I'm looking at as I know it can be improved further, but overall I think the response has been great. I actually anticipated a lot more push-back than we got given that everyone's been forum updating for 60 seasons, but I think the benefits were so obvious that it helped anyone who might have otherwise held on tighter to the past. So what's next? I'm not sure yet. Probably notifications of some kind, but I have a lot I want to do like integrate the player store, maybe even league finances to some degree. I haven't started anything new yet after releasing the last update a few days ago, mostly because I'm going away for a week and a couple days tomorrow and knew I wouldn't have time to finish anything - once I start these things I tend to be a bit obsessive until its done so best to not drive myself crazy for a week. Plus all the Fallout 76 jazz got me craving some Fallout 4 so I decided to start playing all the DLC that I've had for awhile and never played 😛 In other news, today will be my last day simming VHL until early next week. In my absence, @Higgins will be simming both VHL and VHLM so be sure to give him some thanks for the extra time and effort (also direct all your sim-related complaints to him!). I'll still be around just mostly on mobile until I get back.
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    The one about Updating

    VHL Portal - Player Management System For S61 seasons the VHL has handled updates through simple forum posts containing links and manual calculations of the update scale. While a straight-forward solution, forum updating has many drawbacks. One is that it's quite a 'clunky' system for new members to adapt to add they're forced to learn the update scale and proper formatting. Another is that by the time a player submits an update, an updater approves it, and finally the sim updater puts it in the sim - you have a lot of duplicated work that extends the time it takes to get updated in the sim. I looked at improving these two issues significantly as requirements if any new system was going to be worth it. Luckily, I think I have managed to solve those with a solution that both presents a much better user experience and drastically cuts down the overall amount of administrative work required to get updates into the sim. Now to keep this announcement short I'm only going to attempt to summarize all the new features and systems in this post - more 'instructional' guides can be found at How to Update with VHL Portal and How to Create a Player. Player Management Area The main hub of the updating system is the Player Management area - this page appears as PLAYER MGMT in the main menu bar. This page allows you to quickly submit and apply updates to the player linked to your account - if you don't have a player linked yet, you will see an appropriate message directing you on how to do so. To ensure people can only edit their own players, players must be verified as being yours by updaters/admins before you'll be able to edit the player. Of course, this step is only required once per career. Once your player is approved you'll have access to the full player management area. On the right you will see several options for claiming TPE - the top 4 buttons give you a quick and dirty way of claiming single-items without ever leaving the page while bulk claim lets you claim many different things across different weeks at once. Note: If you have a 2nd player, link one player the normal way and message @Beketov or myself to set your 2nd one. Once we set the 2nd player, you will see an additional button that allows you to switch between your players. When you submit updates, they are sent to the Updater Approval Queue. The updaters will, as they have always done, check your links and verify that everything is correct. I should note, however, that I have built in a fair bit of validation before you're ever able to submit an update - for example you will be prevented from submitting a Point Task for multiple weeks or submitting an update that with push you over the weekly limit of 12 capped TPE for the week being claimed. Updaters can approve updates in a single click of a button and everything else is done automatically - this should translate to a significant decrease in the time it takes for your updates to be approved. Note: Experience claims don't count as TPE - but you still submit them through this system. Select the 'Experience' option under 'Claim Off-Season'. When an Experience claim is approved by updaters, the experience is applied to your player automatically - you do not have to apply it yourself, just have to submit the claim. Once updates are approved, the TPE is added straight into your Banked TPE balance which you will see on the left side of Player Management. You can then use the buttons to adjust your player attributes as you desire - the tool will show you whether or not you can afford to increase the attribute, the cost, and which attributes you've edited. The update scale is fully enforced automatically. Also - you can only decrease attributes WHILE you're editing them - once you save them they will be locked in and you will only be able to increase them. Simply save when you're done editing and they'll be saved and immediately updated on your portal player page, which you can also access on the left side of the player management screen along with 'Pending Updates', which shows you your outstanding unapproved updates and allows you to edit them before they're approved. To be clear, when you save your ratings, they are immediately saved. There is no need for additional approval by updaters once the TPE itself is approved because the update scale is enforced automatically. Player List/Player Pages - The player list is now found under LEAGUE >> PLAYERS - The player list now has a searching feature to allow you to easily find players - Player Page attributes are now drawn from the Player Management System rather than STHS - Player Pages now feature an 'Update Log' to show a chronological record of updates submitted through the Player Management System - Player Pages now show the User they player belongs to, TPE/Banked TPE, and season (if applicable for all 3) - New forum player pages will not show attributes but rather a link to your portal player page (see below) Create A Player With updates being done on the Portal, there was a need for a solution to creating players in the portal's system that did not involve having to wait for an admin or simmer to manually create them - as to allow the new player to apply their starting TPE on the new updating system and get updating as quickly as possible. For that reason, Player Creation is now done through a form on the Portal (can be found under TOOLS >> CREATE PLAYER). Filling out the form does 3 things: 1. Triggers creation of your player on the Portal along with your appropriate starting TPE so that you can apply it in Player Management 2. Triggers a post on the forum with your basic player information for Higgins to enter into the sim as well as a link to your Portal Player Page 3. Automatically links your account to the new player and submits it for verification to the Updaters - again to verify that the player belongs to you and, in the case of re-creates, verify carryover amounts. That's a lot going on in the background, but from a members perspective filling out a small form is a pretty straightforward way of creating a new player. Sim Updating This is perhaps the most important benefit of this system. Instead of being an hour-long job to update one league in the sim, Higgins and myself will now be able to update the sim ratings with the portal ratings in a matter of 1-2 minutes. Simply put, you as the player use the Player Management system to update your ratings and we, the simmers, can download those updated ratings at anytime we want and load them into STHS. The result should be significantly more frequent and accurate sim updates. Conclusion This was a long announcement. I probably went into more detail than needed, despite the wall of text I think this is a straight forward system and I think we'll get used to it quickly. ALSO - FREE TPE: To give you a chance to test out the system, you will earn 3 uncapped TPE for linking your player up. In Player Management, click 'Claim Other', select 'Other' for the type and something like "Linked Player" in the description. Lastly, I'd like to thank all of the forum updater's past and present for doing what was quite a shitty job, @Velevra for being the faithful sim updater all these seasons, and @Quik, @Beaviss, and @Beketov for helping with the ideas behind this, the testing and the implementation.
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    The one about Updating

    No, that would work fine.
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    Roger Sterling Bio

    Full Name: Roger Sterling Position: G Age: 25 Height (inches): 6'0" Weight (lbs.): 200 lbs Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Intro Relatively unknown before making his debut in the VHLM for the league's 60th season, Roger Sterling has quickly become a household name as he established himself as a promising up-and-coming goaltender more than capable of competing at the VHL level. His story is, quite frankly, boring - for the most part he's just a regular guy with a mostly regular up-bringing that was underpinned by the hard-work and dedication to the sport that is required of any person hoping to one day skate on VHL ice. It may not make for the most riveting of stories, but it could be said that such stories allow one to more easily cut through the noise and see the whole picture more clearly. Early Life Roger Sterling was born at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Mona and Roger (Snr.) Sterling. Roger Snr. was, for the majority of his adult life, a prominent advertising executive with the firm Sterling Cooper, originally founded by his father. Interestingly, Roger Snr. was a close friend and colleague to another parent of a (former) VHL player, Donald Draper. Roger Snr. traveled quite frequently due to the nature of the business, often flying to meet clients or to visit various satellite offices that the company maintained such as the one in Stratford where Don Draper's father was based. Roger Senior with Donald Draper (Snr.) This meant that the senior Roger spent a lot of time away from home but, as Roger the junior put it, "we always knew that we'd make the most of it when he got back so it wasn't that difficult for most of my earlier childhood". It was his mother, Mona, who first encouraged him to try on some skates and join the local minor league. Funny enough, when he first start playing at the Novice level, he had no intention of being a goaltender - hell, he probably didn't even know what a goaltender was at that point. But, the novice team was without a goalie and as the parents and coaches were discussing just what to do about it, Mona offered to buy Roger some pads and he would be the goalie. This was a lucky move on her part as, from what we've heard, it was pretty apparent from early on that if Roger belonged anywhere on the ice, it was in the net. High School The later years of Roger's childhood were markedly more difficult. The ever increasing extent of Roger Senior's travel and free-spirited lifestyle had been putting a strain on his marriage with Mona for years but finally when Roger Jr. was 16, it all came to a head and they split up. Roger moved to his firm's newly created New York office on Madison Avenue and only tended to visit every few months. Roger Junior stayed with his mother in Halifax, choosing to dedicate himself to the sport that he was now in love with, perhaps in part as an outlet for the familial difficulties he faced. By the time he was in High School, Roger was fully entrenched as goalie and, according to him, had his mind made up pretty early on that this was the career he wanted to pursue for his life. He played AAA up until High School, when he turned down an offer to join the Major Midget team to instead be the starting goaltender for his High School team. The team went on to win National's that year and the MVP award went to none other than goaltender Roger Sterling. Entry to the VHLM Despite his successes and his high potential that was apparent to his local hockey community, by the time he was out of High School, Roger was still relatively unknown to pro-level scouts and watchers. This put him in a bit of a difficult position of not knowing whether or not he should take the risk of trying to make his dream of going pro happen. His mother encouraged him to do it, follow your dreams she said, although it's likely that on some level she encouraged this to spite his father, who by this time was re-married to his 20 year old secretary and who certainly made known his preference that Roger go to business school and join the advertising firm. However, by this time, Roger was living on his own in Halifax and his contact with his father had dwindled to the point where he didn't really put much stock into his opinion. He decided to take a chance and declare his eligibility for the VHLM and much to his surprise, he was quickly picked up by the prestigious Will agency who rapidly secured him a position with the Las Vegas Aces as their starting goaltender. Although it was a rocky season, the stage that the VHLM gave him was enough for him, with the help of his agency, to finally get the larger community to notice his potential and by the time the S61 VHL Entry Draft rolled around, he was widely recognized as a rising star in professional hockey. In the end, he was selected 4th Overall by the Seattle Bears. Conclusion A lot of factors contributed to getting Roger Sterling to where is today. One is luck - for example, luck that his mother decided for him that he would be a goalie and luck that he had a mother who pushed him to do what he wanted to do. Another is just plain old hard work and dedication, something Roger has displayed towards hockey since he first laced up the skates (or, more accurate, had his mother lace up his skates). Perhaps, too, certain challenges faced in his upbringing helped drive him towards the outlet that hockey can be. Whatever the case, what we know now is that he's here in the VHL and he comes as a goaltender with the potential to truly be one of the greats. The rest of the story is, so far, untold.
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    Ko Kane Updates

    Updating is done via the Portal now so that we can load updates directly into the sim. I linked your player to your account for you so you just need to go to the PLAYER MGMT link on the Portal, submit your updates and then apply them. More detailed instructions: https://vhlforum.com/topic/50312-how-to-update-with-vhl-portal/
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    Ko Kane Updates

  8. Ask me some shit!
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    D - Shawn Glade Rookie Profile

    Wasting no time, welcome @ShawnGlade and well done!
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    News Manager

    Works for me. @Hybrid1486 you're on as News Manager, you can start when you get back from vacation! And Reives is on as VHLM Fantasy Zone director.
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    News Manager

    Easy job. Looking to pay someone 2 TPE/week for posting a few news articles on the Portal homepage each week. You don't have to write the articles, it's just a matter of picking out some good articles or important pieces of news like trades, writing a caption and uploading an image. Can do both VHL and VHLM stuff. Apply below!
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    News Manager

    I think I only need one person for this one but I have another position open for someone to run the VHLM Fantasy Zone every week. Would either of you prefer that job?
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    The Pod Cast Show - Episode 6

    I guess it's just trying to punish me for shamelessly skipping to the part about me because it lets me skip once and then the next 3 clicks are pop-ups before I can skip again. 😛
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    The Pod Cast Show - Episode 6

    Thanks for the shout out! I think I take the relative quietness on the new system as a good sign because it seems like everyone is adjusting well. As for the whole thing about it becoming more of a 2-step process - I'm definitely working on getting notifications to the forum when updates are approved to kind of push people to go do that 2nd step. Also, is it just me or did zippyshare like quadruple the amount of popup BS lately?
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    S61 Regular Season Index

    Ratings updated
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    S61 Regular Season Index

    INDEX GM's: Check your rosters, there is probably mistakes so let me know who needs added. Submit lines as soon as possible as the first sim will be Sunday.
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    All-Time GM stats

    What are the best ways to break this down for GM's? - Overall combined (all playoffs + regular seasons combined for each GM) - Overall Regular Season record for each GM - Overall Playoff record for each GM - Overall GM records by Team - ??? Is the combined one useful at all or should regular season/playoff just be separate?
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    S61 Group 6 Fantasy Draft

    Luka Volkov @Quik
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    S61 Group 6 Fantasy Draft

    D - Colton Rayne @Victor
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    The one about Updating

    @Beketov and I are considering whether or not to keep allowing those multi-week media spots as opposed to posting part 1,2, ect like was always done in the past. But not going to break the link validation over it, make a comment on original post each week when you go to claim it and link to that.
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    Lando Baxter Updates

    Looks like you're all good now. Sorry about that!
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    The one about Updating

    Giveaways can be claimed through Other the same way you claimed the 3 for linking your player Donations should be kept track of in the Donations thread where you claim your donation, likewise Player Store purchases will be kept track of through the player store thread (and admins will edit your player as necessary, like with +2 attributes for example) for now - but I'll be encorporating the Player Store into the Portal in the future.