The Schref May 9 @ 2:54pm
I might regret my decision on purchasing this...
I'm sure it's an awesome game if you're really into sims and I thought I would enjoy it because I like baseball so much, but I can't help but feel disappointed right now. A lot of it probably stems from just being confused, but I don't feel like I'm really doing much.

"Alright... umm.. I'll set the line up... Play the game out... cool, I won... Chris Davis got traded.. cool. Umm.. Play the next game, I guess."

I'm going to continue to play it and try to get into it, but I'm slightly disappointed so far.

:(
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brad  [developer] May 9 @ 5:26pm 
Have you checked the Manager's Office screen to see if there are any tasks you should take care of?

It really comes down to evaluating your team and deciding if it's good as-is or if you need to make some changes. If you're happy with the team, then you can just move ahead through the season. But if you want to make some moves, you can demote guys to the minors, bring guys up, shop players around if you want to trade them, check the free agent pool, etc.

If you don't want to play games out, there are tons of strategies you can set, so the AI will try to imitate what you would want to do in certain situations. (For example, maybe you want to be really aggressive on the base paths if you have a big lead early in the game. Or maybe you don't want a certain player to ever be pulled for a pinch hitter.)

If you want, I would be willing to get on Skype with you and walk through the game a bit and answer any questions you have.

We don't want you to be disappointed, but we also realize that not everyone is into baseball sims. If OOTP just isn't your thing, we understand. Thanks.
The Schref May 9 @ 6:19pm 
Maybe I'm looking into each individual day too much then? Should I be skipping ahead a week or two at a time, then reevaluate everything, and then skip ahead another week or two?

How many hours does a season usually take in OOTP baseball?
Doc Clarke May 10 @ 6:49am 
Though I haven't pitched into OOTP15 yet I have bought OOTP games going way back - and yes - very few people I know play with everything turned on. Some play just GM, very few control each game.
One of the best ways I've found is series by series. Appraise your players (check if any players are due back from 15 or 40 day lists whatever - any roster changes with your farm system) Set it all up and then let the AI play the series with it set to stop should an injury occur (there are other things ytou can get it to stop for - in fact the level of customization on how and when you butt in to make changes is enormous).

Check the wire regularly, look for bargains all the usual. Then if I make the play offs I might take over game by game, but not always even then.

If you go to the OOTP forums you'll find very few players play pitch-by-pitch, GM with some influence over manager as well.

Warning though. FInding the balance of what is rewarding to do might take a little time - but once you do - real time days will fly by as this is one of the most addictive games I've ever played.

Scritty
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brad  [developer] May 12 @ 5:05pm 
Doc has some good suggestions. In the end, how you play is really about finding the right balance, as he says. Some people like to sim large chunks of the season, others like to go a day or a week at a time. The game will stop when you have injuries and such, but you can turn those notices off, if you want, and have the AI handle those problems for you.

If you want to go day by day, you probably will find days where you don't have to do much other than move on to the next day, just like with a real life baseball team. Other times, someone gets hurt, you get a trade offer, you have to negotiate with draftees, etc., and then you have some tasks to take care of.

And if you want, I'm willing to get on the phone or on Skype with you and walk through some of the game screens. Just LMK. Happy to do that. Thanks.
deaconblue1 May 14 @ 3:03pm 
if you are managing a minor league team all you really do is set line ups and play games. once you take a major league GM job then you deal with moving players ,trades , free agents and then it gets more interesting for sure,
brad  [developer] May 15 @ 5:29pm 
Yeah, you really want to manage a major league team so you can do all the fun stuff. And you can jump right into that, of course. You don't have to start as a minor league manager unless you want to.
SDINO May 16 @ 4:30am 
Originally posted by The Schref:
I'm sure it's an awesome game if you're really into sims and I thought I would enjoy it because I like baseball so much, but I can't help but feel disappointed right now. A lot of it probably stems from just being confused, but I don't feel like I'm really doing much.

"Alright... umm.. I'll set the line up... Play the game out... cool, I won... Chris Davis got traded.. cool. Umm.. Play the next game, I guess."

I'm going to continue to play it and try to get into it, but I'm slightly disappointed so far.

:(

I guess you never wanted to be a big league manager? Have you not done pitch by pitch mode or single pitch mode in a game yet? Have you been the bench manager yet? To me it sounds like you haven't done that. To me controlling everything game to game is where it is at. Try what I am saying and see if you like the game better.

To me with these sports sims I am a stat freak and so I love this stuff. Well I love the stats related to on the field play and not the financial side. Anyway let me know if how you were playing was how I play cuz I am not sure if you were just setting lineups and then simming the game for the day or actually doing on the field managing that is more significant and to me just simming well that sounds like a total bore. No wonder you would be disappointed.
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sean.bailey May 16 @ 12:38pm 
I think the more you play the more you will find the play style that fits you. I do a mix between managing and simming. I really like the real time simulation mode if I dont feel like managing a whole game but would be willing to jump in if my team was in a tight situation and needed my expertise. There is no wrong or right way to play this game which makes it one of the best out there. I have had leagues that I just sim and follow the stats. Hopefully you get into it more. Once you do I think you will have a great experience.
Jim-inator May 19 @ 4:23pm 
I think you are all makng Schref's point. You have to play a lot to figure out how you want to play. I'm like Schref, I played a little over an hour but hardly did anything myself (just simmed).

I've dropped it for now. Maybe I'll be inspired later but I'm not sure I want to spend many hours trying to figure out the best way to play. Right now it is either too simple or too complex to enjoy. Finding a happy medium could be a real chore.
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Baseball Savant May 19 @ 7:16pm 
There is so much you can do. Like others said, the first thing you should be doing is checking the manager page to see if there is anything you need to do. This game offers so many different types of play that you can potentially have a season last anywhere from 15 minutes of straight simming to 15 hours of doing everything!

I have game files where I just act from the outside, making major trades and callups and files where I do everything down to the last bit of detail. Change lineups and rotations at every level. Track development of prospects everyday. Coach each MLB game. Establish strategies even for the minors. Manually choose who gets promoted within the different levels of the game. Spend hours pouring through scouting reports to find the gem in the rough during the 21st round of the amateur draft. Tracking progress of your top prospects on a day to day basis. Even develop lists and deep scouting of minor league players you want to trade for at the deadline. I have a file all the way from OOTP 12 where I took over the Astros and did exactly what I mentioned above and built them to a powerhouse franchise. You can do pretty much anything with this game.

If you want, feel free to add me and I can help you begin to understand this game if you're still confused and show you some of the other ways I make it more interesting!
brad  [developer] May 20 @ 2:46pm 
Thanks, Baseball Savant. And if anyone wants help, I'm available too. I'll even get on Skype or the phone with you and go through the game. I've done it before, so it's not a big deal.
wrtc May 22 @ 12:36pm 
I have played only 5 hours so far but I'm already confident that the game is exactly what I hoped for. One of the biggest thing already is that OOTP got me excited about baseball (it is pretty much unknown sport here).

My knowledge about baseball is still near zero but I hope watching games (Detroit Tigers) and studying will give me enough knowledge and skills to enjoy game's all features and aspects in future. It will take time and effort but that's of course part of the fun.

Thanks to developers for the Linux/SteamOS version.
brad  [developer] May 23 @ 6:17pm 
Thanks, Dett. Let us know if you have any questions. I'm happy to discuss baseball basics with you too.
Dubb93 May 23 @ 7:29pm 
Personally I find the game to play better the less you focus on day to day actions. I tend to sim a day at a time and read news reports, but I generally will only look at standings on a daily basis and dig into my roster, lineup, and stats on a monthly basis.

Sometimes I will watch important games like tie breakers and key playoff games, but I need the game to move fairly fast personally. I like to sim a full season each time I sit down and play the game. Exactly how fast I move depends on how much time I have available that particular day.
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