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Old 04-23-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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Real World Setup Vs Fictional Setup

I was wondering what most of you play.
Do you like to try to mirror the real world of baseball or do you like to create your own fictional leagues.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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I create my own fictional league. Currently I have a US baseball league comprised of 8 Major league teams with 3 levels of minors.

I find it so much more fun and less stressful to do this rather than worry about if the game is representing my "real life" players correctly.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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Fictional. It began with a real-world-like setup, but I've since have had fun with the different varieties of options we have. For instance I have a league on Mars. For me its fun playing this way.

A lot of people play historical where they either recreate history or play with an alternative history. That could be a lot of fun too, but I haven't tried it.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:18 PM   #4
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I also play with fictional players and leagues. I had played Strat-o-matic for a long time which only has "real" players. When they stopped making a Mac version, I looked around and found OOTP. The idea of using fictional players didn't really appeal to me, frankly it seemed kind of silly. But I downloaded the demo and rather than look for real player rosters (they didn't come with the game then) I set-up a quick fictional league and got hooked pretty fast. Now it's the only way I would want to play. As silvan said you don't have to worry about whether your players track the real player results and you do get attached to them. It's kind of exciting when a player you drafted gets into the Hall of Fame 20 years later even if he played for another team most of his career.

I created a 12 team league with two levels of minors. It's modeled after the Valley Baseball League, a College Summer League in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:31 PM   #5
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Whether solo or online, I play only fictional teams and players.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:31 PM   #6
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I was wondering what most of you play.
Here's some data. According to that poll, people play fictional:historical:real on an 8:3:2 ratio.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:39 PM   #7
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Historical league setup with fictional players. That way I don't get annoyed by seeing George Brett traded for Dickie Noles.
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:55 PM   #8
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Historical league setup with fictional players.
That's referred to as a hybrid league. They sure are a lot of fun to play.
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Historical league setup with fictional players. That way I don't get annoyed by seeing George Brett traded for Dickie Noles.
Dickie Noles, LOL!
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Dickie Noles, LOL!
In the 1980 World Series Dickie Noles scared the pee out of George Brett by throwing a fastball right under his head. Brett was so intimidated that he was essentially a non-factor the rest of the Series.

Dickie Noles is also one of the few guys who was ever traded for himself (via the player-to-be-named-later Henry Chiti method).
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In the 1980 World Series Dickie Noles scared the pee out of George Brett by throwing a fastball right under his head. Brett was so intimidated that he was essentially a non-factor the rest of the Series.

Dickie Noles is also one of the few guys who was ever traded for himself (via the player-to-be-named-later Henry Chiti method).
That'd be the Cubs in the infinite wisdom.
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I had played Strat-o-matic for a long time which only has "real" players. When they stopped making a Mac version, I looked around and found OOTP. The idea of using fictional players didn't really appeal to me, frankly it seemed kind of silly. But I downloaded the demo and rather than look for real player rosters (they didn't come with the game then) I set-up a quick fictional league and got hooked pretty fast.
That would be me, also. I play with fictional players in a semi-real league structure (a variant on the Oriental leagues). I've tried to do historical and 'real' MLB, but I just can't make it work. I'll be trying again with Version 10, though.
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Real teams, fictional players.
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In the 1980 World Series Dickie Noles scared the pee out of George Brett by throwing a fastball right under his head. Brett was so intimidated that he was essentially a non-factor the rest of the Series.

Dickie Noles is also one of the few guys who was ever traded for himself (via the player-to-be-named-later Henry Chiti method).
Well I would be scared too if there was a baseball lodged in my neck.
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Well I would be scared too if there was a baseball lodged in my neck.
It went right under his chin. What did they used to call that? Chin music?
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:13 PM   #16
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It went right under his chin. What did they used to call that? Chin music?
They still do, except now when you do it a warning or expulsion is usually in order.... Bob Gibson would not enjoy pitching in this era.
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Well, seeing as how I'm still playing Season Ticket Baseball 2003, I've resorted to fictional leagues with fictional players and fictional teams. However, I do mimic MLB in most regards to my league setup.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:56 AM   #18
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What do you fictional guys do about logos and graphics and unis and stuff? Do you just go without or hope you can find what you need to match up with the teams in your league?
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I do without. My setup is pretty minimalist. No stadiums, photos, logos, caps or uniforms; no sound, no ball movement. The only individualizing thing I use is FaceGen, and that's only because it's easier for me to remember faces than names.

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I use fictional leagues usually. Usually a 12 team league with 3 levels of minors. If feeder leagues have been improved in 10 I'll add a high school and college league.
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