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Old 11-02-2019, 12:42 PM   #1
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As a New Player - Where to Begin?

Is there a user-friendly introduction to this game? I love baseball, love statistics, looking for management game more than a MLB Show type game, collected cards as a kid etc., so I'm sure this will be a great fit for me. However, skimming through these threads I see a lot of posts about differences between versions or specific feature questions that make sense for veteran players or those just new to 2020, but where should a brand new player to the franchise begin? There seems like a lot to unpack all at once.

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play it a bunch, and don't get caught up in forum groupthink.

once you form some opinions or wants, you can make those changes as you go, or just go with the flow and not worry about causality or shifting dials -- all about personal preference.

there's no wrong way to play. there are false perceptions applied to personal preferences and personal bias, but no wrong way to play. (you can be wrong about the how, but still like it, and what else matters at that point?)
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My advice is to keep it simple at first. Don't try to launch right into some customized, complicated, multi-faceted project. Those are great and fun but probably better for when the learning curve starts to level off a bit.

Start with something that is close to your heart, something you are already quite familiar with. A time that means something to you, a team you follow or did follow closely, etc.

Mostly be open to failure and learn from it. If you are perfectionist and just starting to play the game, well, that can be worked with (I have some of those tendencies) but you have to keep telling yourself, it's just a game and I'll get better as I play it more. I guess what I am saying is to second what NoOne said about learning by doing and not worrying about how anyone else plays the game (other than to get inspiration for future projects).

And mostly: Have fun. And do it your way.
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If you currently follow baseball, there is no easier way than to take over a team using the QuickStart majors game. Players and teams you know. Take over as GM and manager of a team.Jump in and manage a game or two. let the game run itself for a week or two..make a trade, sign a free agent..see what parts you like and what parts you want to leave alone.
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My advice is to keep it simple at first. Don't try to launch right into some customized, complicated, multi-faceted project. Those are great and fun but probably better for when the learning curve starts to level off a bit.

Start with something that is close to your heart, something you are already quite familiar with. A time that means something to you, a team you follow or did follow closely, etc.

I agree 100%. Keep it simple and familiar.


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Is there a user-friendly introduction to this game? I love baseball, love statistics, looking for management game more than a MLB Show type game, collected cards as a kid etc., so I'm sure this will be a great fit for me. However, skimming through these threads I see a lot of posts about differences between versions or specific feature questions that make sense for veteran players or those just new to 2020, but where should a brand new player to the franchise begin? There seems like a lot to unpack all at once.
You know what I did with my first version (OOTPX) for the entire development cycle? I checked out all the various settings in test games to try to figure out which ones were gonna work for me, and which ones I could really do without. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING!!! But I can get a game set up in five minutes exactly the way I want it down to the smallest detail. The point is, there is no "right" way to play or even to not play. There's only your way. You'll find it eventually, but you may have to wander through a whole lot of what you don't want to get there.

There are also video tutorials here. They're from OOTP13, which was out seven years ago, but I would imagine the basic principles are still the same. Another video here (OOTP19: much more recent, but don't ignore the OOTP13 ones as you might pick up something despite them being from a much earlier version of the game) with lots of links to more videos in the column off to the right. Don't be afraid to dive right in and start a simple, stripped down game. Don't worry if you end up having to start over. We've all been there. I can't count how many times I've started and stopped, re-started and stopped, re-started and stopped, lather, rinse, repeat. If you get stuck, there are lots of people here who can help out. This game has a veeery steep learning curve, and you may just have to follow Samuel Beckett's advice:

"Ever Tried.

Ever Failed.

No Matter.

Try Again.

Fail Again.

Fail Better."


Enjoy the journey.
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What I did, nearly a million years ago:

I printed out the entire online manual and put it in a binder. I highlighted, annotated, and read it cover to cover before I even purchased the game. I then proceeded to create the most complex, convoluted fictional game I could. I tweaked everything I possibly could. I made terrible decisions. I scrapped league after league. I eventually got better at understanding the game, but never stopped creating leagues, playing them for a little while, getting a more exciting idea, and starting over.

That is one approach. If I had it to do all over again, I would start with one of the Quick Start games that come out of the box and play around with it - getting a feel for the mechanics of the game, the screens, etc. Then, I would try creating my own small league, and try to get a feel for the more advanced features and settings.

Point is, there is a steep learning curve to this game and the key to a long, loving relationship with the game is to find a way to make getting over the curve as fun as possible. I believe that the best way to do that is to start with a simple quick start and just start playing.
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Once you get to playing and perusing it, the questions will come in good time. Trust me! And, as some of us like to point out on this forum, kiss your family and say Goodbye to them.

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