So, after a countless number of delays (our apologies for that), we are ready to go!
We are already 8 gameweeks into the season, which is not ideal, but the game should still be immensely fun - and for myself personally, it is a ready made excuse for my appalling performance in the official game: "I'm focusing on draft style fantasy football this year..."
Stay tuned for a series of explanatory posts regarding how some of the features in the site work, although for the most part they are intuitive and easy to use.
My top tip for those reading this (for what my fantasy knowledge is worth): Prioritize Yaya Toure and Aaron Ramsey very highly. As part of midfield double pivots, both have been classified as DM's, they get more points than AMs and FWDs for goals, get more points for clean sheets and score points for tackles they put in as well.
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Note - Photo courtesy of quickmeme.com
I used to play fantasy epl on their website years ago in high school, then stopped because of owning the same roster as my friends. Been playing fantasy football (NFL) for 5+ years now in multiple leagues/year so I've been waiting for something like this to come along. Looking forward to see how this goes, I'll be looking to get a league going for the 2014/2015 season. Out of curiosity, how hard was it and how long did this take for you to develop (seems like a bitch to do)?
Hi Richard! Sorry for the late reply. We'd love to have you use the site and hope it lives up to expectations. It is definitely a different experience to the official site.
It took months and thousands of dollars (and the maintenance costs are ridiculous as well). I'm hoping I can continue to fund it for upcoming seasons without having to resort to ads or the like but not sure I will have the choice. I also have a bunch of ideas to drastically improve the site but am constrained by capital (I'm happy to make the time investment as I love football and fantasy football so much).
I am exploring the idea of a kickstarter project but am unsure of its potential.. Fingers crossed!
It's hard to know with kickstarter if it's going to get the traffic or not, but it's definitely something I'd throw some money at. If you do kickstater, maybe you'll get lucky and get some help from reddit, can never underestimate what redditors can do. I wish you guys the best of luck and hope to see succeed.
I am hoping to try an organise a big league with family, friends etc next year. I started playing Fantasy Football (NFL) this year and it is vastly superior to what we have on offer here in the likes of The Sun or on the EPL website.
Some great effort here, fella. I will be keeping an eye on this place!
Thanks for the vote of confidence and sorry for the late reply (visiting Africa at the moment and the internet is a shocker!).
Yes we are also of the opinion that draft style is the way to go. Now it is simply a matter of optimizing the site and generating enough users to justify spending more resources on the matter.
Good to have you on board!
I started playing fantasy football back when I was in secondary school - about ten years now? Give or take... In all this time I, and many others, have noticed an inevitable pattern. By the time the season is halfway through, every team has a squad that is 75% identical. Between your mini-league of friends, between every person's fifteen man squad, all players will, without fail, be derived from a pool of about thirty players (maybe about forty if you stretch it).
Think about it. Take last season (2012-2013) as an example. Less than 15 games in, the vast majority of players had most of the following: Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Michu (what is his first name anyway?), Cazorla, Walcott, Benteke, Lukaku, Baines, Ivanovic, Begovic etc. About the only variation between teams came in the defensive department - an area where most players choose to field only three defenders anyway (something else that can be improved upon).
And it takes away from the enjoyment of fantasy football!* You have Van Persie in your team so you get excited when he scores. But wait, every one of your rivals has him as well except that one guy who hates him so much so you're not really gaining any sort of advantage over the field. And in fact, some have him captain so are earning double points from him... Hmmm... Maybe you should be rooting against him? Seems counterintuitive.
When I think of the defining moments of my childhood, one of the biggest memories is the day that I first played Final Fantasy VII. I had just got a Playstation for my birthday and FFVII was one of the games that came bundled along with the console. From within the first fifteen minutes of game play I'd befriended a man with a gun for an arm, conjured lightning from the sky and blown up a Mako Reactor(whatever one of those was). Needless to say, like the majority of the other ten million people who bought the game worldwide, I was hooked.
For weeks I played methodically through the story, enjoying the drama and humour that had been so expertly weaved into the narrative. The FMV sequences blew my mind; never had I seen graphics such as these in a game, the battles were the perfect difficulty, employing just enough strategy to keep the game fun without being too difficult, heck, even the mini-games were enjoyable.
At the time it was the perfect game, and even by today's standards I feel few games truly live up to FF7. Eventually though, the game was beaten (multiple times), new games had come to take over my life and before I knew it, I was playing Final Fantasy X on my Playstation 2 whilst poor FFVII collected dust in a corner.
I have played the 1998 PC port a couple of times since, but it was so rife with bugs and errors that most people just didn't bother. But this can be said no more! Square Enixhas officially re-released the PC version of Final Fantasy VII! I have played it over the past couple of days and have experienced nostalgia overload as a result.
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