This post is in response to all the queries we have been having about when the site is going to go live. As some of you may know, we were going to do an in-house full-site review yesterday. Well, we did and after about 5 hours or so we have a mixed bag of news:
The bad:We won't be going live this weekend as the wild optimist in me had hoped
The good:The core features needed to get a working version of the site up and running live are mostly in good shape. I am fairly confident that we should have a beta version up and running towards the end of next week.
Overall:This has been a monumental task so far, and we are well aware that this is just the start of the journey. Looking back and seeing how far we have come and the challenges faced, I am quite happy, all things considered:
As fantasy players ourselves, we understand the need to get things kicked off prior to the season starting (all the more important in a draft style game such as ours). In addition to the draft, there is also the matter of organizing league participants, prize money (if you choose to go this way), tactical mind games etc. etc. The good news is that the drafting system we have implemented should significantly speed up the drafting process when compared to the spreadsheet method* - more complete information on the drafting process to follow in the coming days.
Anyway, that's all for now. Feel free to share your comments/suggestions below (or on twitter if you prefer - follow button on the right)
*For those that want to play draft style fantasy football but do not want to risk missing the first gameweek (although I genuinely believe it will still be fun if not ideal) waiting for our site to go live, I am happy to share the spreadsheet template and rules my mates and I have been using (just ask in the comments below).
If you could share your template, that's be fantastic mate!
Linked in the following article with full details:
Okay, so as asked by a couple of people, how were we playing this using spreadsheets before? Well, I'll outline the process here, while trying to find a balance between keeping it short and sweet and still providing enough detail.
1. Use Google Docs!
It's free, and it allows everyone to connect at the same time. Also, as it's in the cloud, it is always up to date. You can look back at past revisions if necessary and is the ideal tool (short of a fully dedicated site) to play fantasy football in this way. Sample: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiNH-JHpkhe8dFVVX2RiaDNyNUdZTFdieHliaUtUemc&usp=sharing
2. Decide between doing the entire game manually vs using an existing salary cap based fantasy game
Personally, none of our group could be bothered going through the hassle of creating a point scoring system, updating each player's scores manually, keeping track of transfers/team sheets and scoring the entire game manually which is why we went with the second option.
My time in Paris was a fun journey. It was a school trip last year. Took a lot of saving and bag packing to get there but in the end it was worth every last cent.
As we had teachers with us, who were flute in French. It wasn't hard getting around and finding fun places to eat and relax as they have been there so many times before. The only bad thing about my holiday in Paris was the hotel. As it was on the outside of Paris. It took about 30 minutes maybe more to get home each night. And to be honest the hotel wasn't that nice either. It was small and if you kept your window open at night you could hear cars and people going by. As we got to the hotel at about half 10 or 11 each night you had time to relax before you take shower and go to sleep like most of my friends they went on there phones but no not me. You had to get a wi-fi code and everyone else has a different one to each other. And just my luck didn't work not even one night for me.
We went to I think every site there is in Paris. I was so tired walking around everywhere. My favourite place was of course Disney land. It made me feel like a 10 year old kid again. Running around to all the roller-coaster and hearing the Disney music everywhere you go. I was so happy going around with a smile on my face the whole time.
We went to loads and it was so amazing. I was so lucky to go on that amazing experience to Paris and see the thing I always see in movie and photos and touch them to see if they are really real and that I am really in Paris.