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Okay, so we've reached the point where we've nearly built all the bits of the 2012 Fantasy Cycling game, only three days after it started. There's still a few things to do on the, erm, to-do list and these are they:

1) rider form graphs and stage points on their pop-up profiles (plus headshots of everyone)
2) tabs in user leagues for the different competitions
3) invite box to invite a friend
4) system emails with stage updates and previews
5) mobile version of site

all of this is scheduled to be ready for the Paris-Nice.

is there any other functionality you'd like to see? if so, comment below. we won't guarantee that we'll build it but we do try and make the game as playable and friendly as possible.

please note: this is not the place to discuss possible rule/scoring changes, as there won't be any rule/scoring changes. the rules are set for the season.

cheers!

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LabMonkey [97 posts] 4 years ago
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Can we change the rules / points scoring system please...  13

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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Do away with the forum! Then people who don't want to spend time researching can't get a free piggyback to a high score simply by asking who's likely to win!  14

OK a bit harsh... read as sarcasm! I'm just P'd off at my poor start!  2

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AWPeleton [3310 posts] 4 years ago
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Squiggle wrote:

Do away with the forum! Then people who don't want to spend time researching can't get a free piggyback to a high score simply by asking who's likely to win!  14

OK a bit harsh... read as sarcasm! I'm just P'd off at my poor start!  2

Dont worry matey just point them all in the direction of Gkam he will keep them right with their decisions, just like last year.  19

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Aye i'll sort out the people who are playing for the sake of winning over the people who enjoy cycling  4

When the bigger races start, you'll see my daily recommendations and riders to watch out for  44

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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Still waiting for the nationalities and home towns of all the riders hangers on...  21

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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If Dave is reading this, PLEASE could you

Instead of showing me a HUGE list of leagues that i could join, but i don't have an interest in joining, Could you hide that away and give us back the list of region's, where we can compare our region with another by average score's, much more interesting this year as my region only has 17 players  19

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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i'm not reading it, sadly  1

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lucas [74 posts] 4 years ago
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Already mentioned in another post, but:

orli wrote:

... for the leagues... [c]ould you add a column that... indicates the rank within the overall for the competition?...

I also like the arrows, up or down, indicating whether you went up or down in the standings... Could you add a number? For example, 21+ or something that indicates number of spots jumped?

Could you also tag on an free transfer to the team that lost the most positions in a day?  1 And take away one from the current leader?  19 4

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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lucas wrote:

I also like the arrows, up or down, indicating whether you went up or down in the standings... Could you add a number? For example, 21+ or something that indicates number of spots jumped?

+1  1

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shenderson [2 posts] 4 years ago
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Currently I can see transfers made for the upcoming stage of other people, surely these should only be visible after transfers are locked to prevent other people in my mini league from knowing the changes I have made?

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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shenderson wrote:

Currently I can see transfers made for the upcoming stage of other people, surely these should only be visible after transfers are locked to prevent other people in my mini league from knowing the changes I have made?

oops  1

fixed now. i think

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shenderson [2 posts] 4 years ago
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Thanks

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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Squiggle wrote:
lucas wrote:

I also like the arrows, up or down, indicating whether you went up or down in the standings... Could you add a number? For example, 21+ or something that indicates number of spots jumped?

+1  1

you went up one place?

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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lucas wrote:

I also like the arrows, up or down, indicating whether you went up or down in the standings... Could you add a number? For example, 21+ or something that indicates number of spots jumped?

that's running now. there's quite a big number next to your arrow, i see. mister stage winner.

bad day for the instigator though. actually that's really interesting. thanks for suggesting...

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fraser [27 posts] 4 years ago
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Could we have an option to make transfers in advance.

For example i would enter what transfers i want for Sunday's stage today and then the system would automatically make those transfers (providing i have enough credits) on Saturday.

This would help make it fairer for people who are not able to log on every single day.

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lucas [74 posts] 4 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

... that's running now...

Pretty cool. Now, not to be ungrateful, but could you move the numbers to either side? I'm running IE 8 and the numbers appear practically right on top of the arrows.

dave_atkinson wrote:

... bad day for the instigator though.

Are you "the instigator'?...

dave_atkinson wrote:

... actually that's really interesting. thanks for suggesting...

Number of positions jumped?...

lucas wrote:

Could you also tag on an free transfer to the team that lost the most positions in a day?

How about a free transfer to the last 10 positions in the current competition?  4

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm running IE 8 and the numbers appear practically right on top of the arrows

probably a css caching issue, they seem fine here. try emptying your cache.

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meninblack [23 posts] 4 years ago
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I see that now it's not possible to see the transfers made by other people for the upcoming stage and I agree with that, but is it possible to see these transfers when the stage has started instead of after the end of the stage (like the last year? So it's much more interesting to follow the stage...

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orli [75 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't know how practical this would be:

1. When you search for riders can you add a button that would list only (!) those riders that are below my current balance and (!) are available due to the other restrictions - team restrictions and star rider and domestique restrictions? It would save some time searching... Call me lazy!  1

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AWPeleton [3310 posts] 4 years ago
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orli wrote:

I don't know how practical this would be:

1. When you search for riders can you add a button that would list only (!) those riders that are below my current balance and (!) are available due to the other restrictions - team restrictions and star rider and domestique restrictions? It would save some time searching... Call me lazy!  1

I'm pretty sure when your searching for transfers you can put in the "search values below" or when you bring up the riders for the next stage it shows "add" if you can afford them. If not then you cant add them to your team.

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Rvizzle [94 posts] 4 years ago
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Hopefully this is one of the more simple requests - A latest stage score column to be added to all leagues between total score and positions changed.

I'm aware you can access this by clicking into the overall score for a total breakdown, but this would be really interesting to see at first-glance.

Cheers!

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giff77 [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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What about an icon whith who is holding what jersey either on the rider list or their info window?

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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giff77 wrote:

What about an icon whith who is holding what jersey either on the rider list or their info window?

Thats just watering down the game and making it far to easy

As it is, i'm hating the Dream team and In form markers  14

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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Quite agree Gkam84!!!

Look at the TDU site if you want to know all that info. I've got a set of about 6/7 tabs with quick access to different sections of that site and a few others.

The fun of it is doing the research, (although I still want those wheels). I especially like doing it in French and Spanish.

A more relevant point to the actual forum though is;

can we know the total amount of points different riders have scored for our team up to that point?

It's not really that important but would be fun to know. I'm sure Boassen Hagen is top of my team but who is 2nd or 3rd. Without some tedious calculating I don't know.

Maybe the rider who gets the most points in the Fantasy league overall could win the roadcc TDU Fantasy shirt prize. Perhaps Dave could give it to him in person!

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

As it is, i'm hating the Dream team and In form markers  14

you've always been able to sort the riders by form, so nothing much has really changed. it's just a bit more accessible. one of the main reasons for the redesign was to make the game easier to play. and form wasn't much help picking valverde  39

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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I know you've always been able to sort it by form, but having an all be it small F beside there name makes it easier to spot, Its not really a factor towards the start of a race but as we get into the final week of a grand tour, people who don't research will just pick the guys who have a D and F beside there name, knowing they will get some safe points

Because as a grand tour goes on, the "form" riders are going to be those highest up in the GC, Points and Mountains, because in this game they are scoring points every day

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charliemac74 [187 posts] 4 years ago
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I think the form indicators are of less value given the increased points available for stage finishes this time round. Yes you can grow safe points just using them but that will never replace good planning, knowledge of riders and taking a punt on the stage results.

Additionally it makes it more accessible to new or less experienced players, and in my book anything that gets people more involved with the sport is a good thing (as well as increasing traffic, dwell time and site loyalty!).

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giff77 [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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I really do not see how a 'current' leaders jersey takes away from research. As we all know somebody could have 'form' yet totally stuff up on a stage, get caught behind a crash. Having a gentle reminder on who is wearing what jersey is helpful. I work earlies and am in my bed 8pm. I do not have time to go trawling the internet to see if cav is wearing yellow going into the mountains on le tour. To call up the rider profile and see that a rider is still holding the leaders/point/kom or whatever jersey would be useful. It does not necessarily mean that I am choosing a rider soley based on what jersey he is wearing..

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Alan Tullett [1568 posts] 4 years ago
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It doesn't take that much to bookmark a few of the key pages on the official tour site; results, stage profiles etc, put them in a folder and open with one click. That gives you quick access to all the key info. Quicker than using the info on the fantasy site.

After that you'll need to do some research if you want to be even in the top 50, let alone win.

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giff77 [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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Oh. I should have also mentioned. My only main internet access is via my phone (90%). So internet access is not brilliant especially as many sites do not have mobile versions. So all and all pretty much shafted. Thanks guys  2 guess I'll be retiring then or just stay bottom of the pile. A bit of a fizzy I know but some of us do not have the luxury of broadband, time etc...

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