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We've been beavering away behind the scenes to get our updated game ready for the Tour Down Under...

Incoming! Okay, so it's Christmas and everyone's talking about that right now, but then it'll be new year and back to work with months of dark commutes ahead and nothing to look forward to. Right? Wrong! Fantasy Cycling is back! And this time it starts almost as soon as 2012 does, following the early season action down in Oz.

We've chained Dave to his desk and he's not allowed to go home for a well-earned slice of turkey until he's sorted out the new transfer system. So we're pretty confident that you'll be able to sign up and pick your team when you get back to the office in the new year. Well, maybe not on the Tuesday. But that week, certainly. Which will give you ten days or so to get your squad sorted for the first competition of the 2012 season, the Tour Down Under.

So what's new? Well, lots of stuff. We've re-engineered the game engine to make it easier to use, and there'll be some rule changes. We're not going to let on what those are just yet, sorry. Suffice to say that your team selection can be a bit more flexible, and you'll be able to make all your transfers at once, instead of one at a time.

The other thing that will be changing is the game emphasis: we'll be running it more as a series of competitions, and less as a season-long game. That doesn't mean that there won't be an overall season winner – there will – but we'll be focusing on each competition separately, and there's 11 to play. Eleven! There'll be bigger and better prizes for winning a stage, too, so everyone's in the hat for a decent prize on every stage. So that's good.

The consistency league is out, replaced by an overall high stage score table. So you only need one good week and you could find yourself in the top ten of that one...

There'll be lots more to tell you but it's all hush hush for now, we'll give you the full run down when the game is launched in the new year. We're excited and we hope you are too... stay tuned.

That's not the official 2012 logo above, by the way.

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jc2 [28 posts] 5 years ago
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Excited already... Time to get the magazines out and sort out the form

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Wooliferkins [50 posts] 5 years ago
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Almost time to get my fantasy butt kicked again  4

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andybnk [97 posts] 5 years ago
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Brilliant can't wait! Going thru my TDU team in my head already!!

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seabass89 [212 posts] 5 years ago
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I allready have a team in planning.. Oh yes..

Keywords:

Young and talented!

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Winton [67 posts] 5 years ago
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Read this then went straight to a divorce lawyer. Thought I had better get the ball rolling early...

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keith roberts [204 posts] 5 years ago
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 4 gotta do better than last season...Blackfoot bikers mk 2 are going to grimpeur theyre way to the top!

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step-hent [723 posts] 5 years ago
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Woohoo! Will there still be a purists competition within each round?

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dave atkinson [6297 posts] 5 years ago
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step-hent wrote:

Woohoo! Will there still be a purists competition within each round?

yes  1

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Super Domestique [1614 posts] 5 years ago
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Cool.
Can't wait but know I have to lol.

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captain_slog [377 posts] 5 years ago
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Transfers all at once sounds good.

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Fringe [1047 posts] 5 years ago
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will the ToB feature this year i wonder.

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 5 years ago
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Can't wait! Notice I'm in your Facebook ad on the side at the mo with the wife who's probably not quite so excited!

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JAndrewHill [1211 posts] 5 years ago
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and with MC being SPOTTY has that just put an extra 10% on his transfer price?

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WolfieSmith [1378 posts] 5 years ago
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Nooooooooo! Why don't you leave me alone with your gorgeous addictive game. I only made the top 15% last year and it felt as if I'd lost the TDF by a second. I can't go through the pain of trying to get in the top 10% again..... You won't get me signing up again.No..No..NO!........Oh go on then.

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mr_stru [25 posts] 5 years ago
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I would love a whole season purists competition because I am lazy  1

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seanieh66 [196 posts] 5 years ago
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 16 Excellent, can't wait.