UHS Build History - 2016
UHS has gone through a TON of revisions, changes and updates. The most recent changes are at the top of the page. I've removed references to database modifications from the old build updates as they are not relevant any longer since league owners no longer have access to the DB. UHS went live October 12 2005... most changes are found here in the build notes, however, changes made from Go Live to the end of the year are lost... I don't think they were anything major... just bug fixes and so on.
Build History by Year:             
UHS Build 10235 - September 14 2016
This build focuses more on fixing the all-star scheduling issue as well as allowing UHS to perform more efficiently with large leagues. The all-star scheduling bug fix took a LOT of effort to fix… I really do not like working with date adjustments. Large leagues began forcing the AutoGM to run for more than a minute so it would start overlapping, creating an imbalance for AutoGM teams that were run first (they got to go twice) vs. teams that were run last. Next build is going to be a doozy I think.
Large Leagues and AutoGMs
All of our AutoGM cron jobs are set to run once a minute. Typically this is more than enough time for regular leagues. There are times when leagues can get quite large, either due to lots of AutoGM teams, tons of players or a multitude of other reasons. The AutoGM itself is built to be run as a single piece of logic on its own. If the job happens to run longer than a minute, it will start again. This can lead to various undesired effects that can disrupt the league overall. As a result we have begun to track and record AutoGM job times. For leagues that require the job to run longer, the frequency between AutoGM jobs will be increased. This is an ongoing process, so if your league changes and requires less use of the AutoGM, the frequency between jobs will decrease back to 1 minute. To determine the length of time between AutoGM jobs, we always round up to the next minute. If your league needed 2m 30s to run the AutoGM it will be set to run once every 3 minutes.
You will be able to find the frequency (in minutes) for the AutoGM job in the login panel beside the DB information in parenthesis. As an example: DB 1-uhstjhl (1). This means 1 is the LeagueID, uhstjhl is the League's database name and the (1) means the AutoGM runs every minute.
At this point the code and databases are as optimized as I'm going to get them and I would really rather not limit leagues to the number of teams or players, so this is the only compromise I have to go with.
All-Star Schedule Adjustments
We've made some changes to improve how the all-star game or tournament is added to the league. Previously we had some issues with the regular season remaining on the league's desired days of the week when adding all-star games or deleting the existing all-star schedule.
Bug Fixes & Miscellaneous Changes
- In the Login Panel, the DB data has changed to LeagueID-LeagueDB (AutoGMTime).
- In the Team Home section, users can now click on upcoming Pro team opponents to compare their teams.
- The AutoGM will no longer consider players with 0 years left on their contracts for salary purposes.
- Junior players created after Season 1 will now be aged 15-16 instead of 15-20.
- Players created with an empty Country field but a set Last Name will no longer have a randomized Last Name assigned.
- Fixed an error where the cost of Mass Coach Scouting was $0.
- Released several back-end hotfixes to fix some improper code syntax. Hotfix: August 19 2016.
- Fixed an issue where declined trades from AutoGMs were not appearing on the Latest Transactions page. Hotfix: September 2 2016
UHS Build 10180 - June 22 2016
We have finally thrown off the shackles of HLS2 and brought goaltenders into the 99-club. Both goalies and players will now be measured similarly with the same maximum possible value. It meant creating some newer virtual stats that you wouldn't normally see in a game. It also gave us the opportunity to bring in poke-checks. Free Agency minimum offers and Chemistry re-rates were both modified. AutoGMs now offer draft picks to get out of a tough financial bind. From discussions with Jon Lau and Trevor Cook, we came up with a better way to have AutoGMs valuate players being offered out in those tough financial situations. We have a multitude of bug fixes and hotfixes that were deployed since the last build as well.
Goalies Join the 99-Club
Since the inception of UHS, goalies have only been able to have a maximum skill of 81 as the CH and SH skills were ignored. This was legacy logic when we moved over from HLS2. Goalies will now use the CH and SH skills and we'll also be tracking three new goalie stats to help with rerates. All pages have been updated to accommodate Goalies have a max of 99 skill, for instance Skill Classes no longer have the goaltender skill option. With the addition of the SH and CH skills to goalies the QK and PC skills have been modified slightly.
- This skill is now the key saving stat for goalies and is compared directly against the Skater's SH skill.
- This skill will rerate based on the calculated GStrength stat: SavePct * 10 - GAA.
- Existing goalies will have their SH match their PC skills.
- In leagues with skills hidden, this skill is scouted as "Solid".
- This skill will continue to be a key saving stat for goalies and will be compared directly against the Skater's PC skill.
- This skill will rerate based on the new Scrambling Save (ScrSv) statistic. Any time the goalie's QK is equal or higher than the Skater's PC for the shot, their ScrSv will increment if the goalie makes the save.
- This was done to decouple the SH and QK skills as it felt a bit weird to have two skills rerate based on a single statistic.
Puck Control (PC):
- This skill is now only used to determine Rebound Control and is no longer a key shot/save rating.
- Anytime the goalie succeeds in their PC skill check, the new Rebounds Controlled (RbC) stat will be incremented.
- This skill will rerate directly based on the new RbC statistic.
- Goalies will use this skill for poke-checks.
- Poke-checks can only happen if the skater is attempting a Deke goal.
- The chance the goalie even attempts the poke-check is 1% per CH skill as the poke-check is an extremely risky play.
- The chance the pokecheck succeeds is based on the goalie's CH skill and the skater's PC skill.
- If the pokecheck fails, the skater will receive a large bonus to score that is increased by their PC skill. Please note that it will still be possible for the goalie to make the save in this case.
- If the pokecheck succeeds, the goalie's PC skill is used to determine where the puck ends up. Please note that the goalie's RbC statistic *can* be incremented if they successfully control the puck in this scenario.
- Poke-checks do not count as saves during regulation or overtime / regular play, however, they will count towards making a stop during a Penalty Shot or Shoot-out Attempt.
- All successful poke-checks are now tracked under the Poke-Check (PkCh) statistic.
- This skill will rerate directly based on the new PkCh stat.
Free Agency Minimum Offer Values
Players that linger in free agency typically will stay there as their minimum offers are pretty high. We do have code in to decrease the minimum offers but have changed it slightly. Players on free agency will have their minimum offer drop by 50% at the commencement of the pre-season. In addition to this, their minimum offer will drop by another 50% once the league has changed over to the regular season. If the free agent has missed one or more seasons of Regular Season play, their Minimum Offer will then drop by 75%. This cycle will continue until the player reaches the Salary / Contract Minimum, by default this is $0.1M.
Chemistry Re-Rate Adjustment
Leagues that use Chemistry should be aware that the Chemistry skill was being rerated too quickly towards average (perfect) Chemistry. We have changed the rerate values for chemistry so that shifts toward average / perfect Chemistry happens only half as fast as it does now. Chemistry has also changed from being a 1 decimal value to storing 2 decimals.
Rerate: Not Applicable or Decrease = 0.01 to 0.10 Chemistry shifted towards average (perfect). Previously this was 0.01 to 0.25.
Rerate: No Change or Increase = 0.11 to 0.25 Chemistry shifted towards average (perfect). Previously this was 0.25 to 0.50.
AutoGMs to Offer Draft Picks - Released May 11 2016
AutoGMs will now have an option to offer up draft picks in order to get out of having a negative account balance. Offering up draft picks will not be an option if the team is only above the salary cap. Draft Picks will also not be offered if the league is in its Inaugural season.
Draft pick valuation is determined by the account balances of all teams in the league. If there are more than four teams in the league, the two highest and two lowest account balances are ignored for determining the average. That average is then divided by the total number of teams in the league to get the value of the draft pick in the lowest round. Values of draft picks will increase as the round increases (5th vs. 4th or 3rd or 2nd).
AutoGM "Get Out of Hole" Player Valuation - Released June 14 2016
Thanks to some discussions with the TJHL and a nice post by Trevor, we've changed the valuation code for players when the AutoGM needs to get out of the hole (either negative account balance or over the salary cap). The new valuation will be based on the player's skill and will rise exponentially as we approach 99. Prospects (players under MaxAgeProtected) will have their values doubled. All values will have a random value added or subtracted in order to help hide backwards math to determine player skill for leagues where skills are hidden.
Bug Fixes & Miscellaneous Changes
- Divide by 0 warnings on player profile games for Public Sites should no longer appear.
- Fixed an issue for public websites where players in free agency would not appear on the Career Stats list.
- COMs will now have an option to create 500 players at a time.
- Shots that are deflected will no longer have a chance to be "flubbed" by the original shooter. This resulted in some weird play by play messages.
- Big Hits and Fights were added to the All Players stats page.
- AgrSv was added to the All Goalies stats page.
- Big Hits, Fights, First Goals and Penalty Shot goals have been added to the League Players stats page.
- Aggressive Saves, Scrambling Saves, Rebounds Controlled and Poke-Checks have been added to the League Goalies stats page.
- Fixed an issue where players were not being added to the Free Agency list if they were ever involved in RFA Compensation at some point in their career. Released as hotfix on April 2 2016.
- Fixed an issue where projected finances were not calculating the Salaries Paid field correctly. Released as hotfix on April 2 2016.
- All fonts have been changed to Helvetica instead of Verdana or Tahoma. Discovered Tahoma isn't a web-safe / standard font. Whoops! Released as hotfix on April 5 2016.
- Fixed an issue where trades accepted by the AutoGM were not viewable by all GMs. Released as hotfix on April 6 2016.
- Fixed an issue where other trades were not being properly voided when the AutoGM accepted a trade if they involved the same picks or players. Released as hotfix on April 6 2016.
- Modified the 'Get-Out-of-Hole' code for the AutoGM to reduce the dollar valuation for their players by half. Released as hotfix on April 11 2016.
- Added checks to the AutoGM to ignore players from pending free agent bids or waiver claims when determining if an active team player should be sent to the farm. This was allowing the AutoGM to create a multitude of makeweights that were constantly being sent to the farm, however, more makeweights were required to set the team's game roster. Released as hotfix on April 11 2016.
- Several hotfixes were deployed to get UHS back up and running due to the unplanned server migration (and upgrade) that happened. Released April 15-17 2016.
- Fixed an issue where makeweight creation was not considering defensemen being placed in the "extra" position for the game roster. Released April 17 2016.
- Fixed an issue where other trades were not being properly voided when the AutoGM accepted a trade if they involved the same picks or players (see the hotfix for April 6 2016). This should hopefully fix the same issue. Released as hotfix on April 26 2016
- Fixed an issue where trades to the AutoGM involving draft picks would always be voided with the message "Pick(s) no longer owned by team." Released as hotfix on May 14 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the Waiver End time was converting the number of Waiver Clear Hours into minutes instead of seconds for behind the scene purposes. Released as hotfix on May 17 2016.
- Released a fix for the AutoGM where the Waiver End time was improperly calculated ONLY for cases where the AutoGM was simply moving a player down due to roster space concerns. Released as hotfix on May 17 2016.
- Added a check to ensure the AutoGM can afford to pay the Waiver Fee before making waiver claims. Released as hotfix on May 17 2016.
- Changed the AutoGM to now make "Get out of trouble" offers once every AutoGM Freq hours instead of every 3 days. This will allow AutoGMs to make more offers depending on the COM's AutoGMFreq setting. Released as hotfix on May 19 2016.
- Reduced the base valuation of players offered by the AutoGM from $50,000 to $40,000. Released as hotfix on May 19 2016.
- Released code to set the inaugural draft salary for AutoGM picks to be $40,000 * the player's overall skill. Released as hotfix on May 22 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM was not buying out farm players. Released as hotfix on May 22 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM was making waiver claims against players using incorrect position comparisons (ie. Goalie OV skill vs. Skater OV skill). Released as hotfix on May 23 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM would not consider money received for incoming trades if they had an account balance below $0. Released as hotfix on May 23 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM incorrectly valuated both incoming and outgoing draft picks in trades being sent to it. Released as hotfix on May 23 2016.
- Injured or Suspended players will now have a red cross appear on the personnel roster in the COM screens. Released as hotfix on May 23 2016.
- Fixed an issue where injured / suspended players on the AutoGM team would result in other players being incorrectly assigned to the wrong position. Released as hotfix on May 23 2016.
- Updated the AutoGM to no longer poach Restricted Free Agents. These players hang in limbo until compensation has been set and chosen so the AutoGM doesn't consider them on their team until the RFA process is completed. Released as hotfix on May 25 2016.
- Fixed an issue where players currently in Free Agency would not appear in the Career Stats lists. Fix not released for public websites. Released as hotfix on May 27 2016.
- Updated the AutoGM to now consider all players owned by the team in regards to trading for money. Players that are at MaxAgeProtected are under are valuated higher. Released as hotfix on May 27 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM would value draft picks from the final round as zero points. Released as hotfix on May 30 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM would also decline / void trades if they were sending out a prospect, even if the other team was sending them one in return. Released as hotfix on May 30 2016.
- Fixed an issue where COMs would see the owner of the draft pick instead of which team's pick it was on the COM's Trade confirmation page. Released as hotfix on May 30 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM would also decline a trade if they had a negative account balance. The AutoGM will now only decline if they are trading away money. Released on June 3 2016.
- Additional code to evaluate player and draft pick overall value has been added courtesy JonL. This extra check will only run if the trade involves players. Released as hotfix on June 3 2016.
- Fixed an issue where Pick valuation could be slightly undervalued when offering trades to the AutoGM. Released as hotfix on June 13 2016.
UHS Build 9948 - April 1 2016
April Fool's Day... no but really... this is a legit build.
This is a relatively smaller build but it's one that comes with a major piece of functionality that will allow COMs and GMs the opportunity to contribute to the fantasy of their league. Media Articles are basically here to put an end to one of the needs of having forums. I have some further plans for Media Articles but we take baby steps first.
We also added in commentary from the AutoGM on declined trades. It's nothing huge or robust... just a little something to give you an idea about why the trade was declined.
Leagues now have the opportunity to allow GMs to contribute to the overall fantasy and culture of the league and team by writing media articles. Media articles are typically written in the vein of a local tv station or newspaper covering the team. This also allows the GM to earn extra money for their team.
COMs can modify settings in the Settings > Media Settings section. In here, the COM can set:
- Articles require COM Approval (default) or are automatically approved on GM Submission.
- Minimum Words required to qualify an article to earn money. By default this is set to 300 words.
- Maximum Revenue allowed for each article. By default this is set to $250,000.
- Revenue / Word will set how much money is earned per word (as long as they meet the Minimum Words requirement). By default this is set to $500 / word.
Media Articles will appear on the League home page above the Game Results.
Bug Fixes & Miscellaneous Changes
- The AutoGM will now respond with very basic comments on why the trade was declined. You will know if you're close to a deal (within 25%) or not.
- Fixed an issue where teams were not allowed to view trades they were not involved in.
- Status messages with excessively long words will now be wrapped so the Commissioner's Corder, Game Results and League Activity are not squished.
- Users will now be able to Toggle whether the Commissioner's Corner, Recent Media Articles, Game Results, Recent League Activity and Status Updates are shown.
- Fixed an issue where old draft picks would incorrectly be shown for trades completed by the Commissioner.
- Fixed an issue where Trades completed by the COM would not void other pending trades for the same players / picks.
- Fixed an issue where the play by play indicated the Goalie was being put back in the net despite never getting pulled for the extra attacker. Released on February 16 2016.
- Fixed an issue where a team losing by 1 or 2 goals would still pull the goalie if they were killing a penalty. Goalies should never be pulled if the team is on the penalty kill. Released on February 16 2016.
- Fixed an issue there a COM placing a player on waivers would calculate the end time based on days instead of hours. Released on February 24 2016.
- Fixed an issue where players were being released from teams and were placed in free agency, however, the AutoGM would not necessarily see them. Released on February 25 2016.
- Fixed an issue where attempting to relocate a team would result in an error. Released on March 5 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the new Fighting skill was not showing up in the Edit Player screen for COMs. Released on March 14 2016.
- Fixed an issue where Firing a Coach was not applying the league's Salary Buy-Out Percentage. Released on March 14 2016.
- Added a new Unprotected Player report. The report will only appear for GMs or COMs when they are logged into UHS. Released on March 14 2016.
- Fixed an issue where Teams with a negative account balance could not purchase a $0 medical facility or staff. Released on March 14 2016.
- Fixed an issue where Players would remain protected after being traded, allowing teams to exceed the maximum allowed protected value set by the COM. This fix will be applied to AutoGMs once the build has been released. Released on March 14 2016.
- Fixed an issue where Expansion Teams were not appearing in Priority Lists for Waiver Claims. Released on March 14 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM was able to draft underaged players. Released on March 26 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM was signing drafted players to $0.125/1 contracts when they should have automatically be signed to the Salary / Contract as set by the Commissioner. Released on March 27 2016.
UHS BUILD 9758 - FEBRUARY 11 2016
Happy birthday, Owen! This is a massive build... it's so massive that it's actually the largest build we've ever released since we did UHS Dark. It's the first build of the new year and it took 2.5 months. We actually needed to shut down UHS for hours in order to properly deploy the build and convert all league's existing savepoints.
The All-Star / World Cup functionality was originally supposed to be the high-light of the build and that did take the majority of the work. All-Star stuff has been overhauled from top to bottom. But that wasn't all we had in store. We also implemented the AG skill change and introduced the new FI skill. It took a lot less time than we originally thought, so might as well push it through.
The AutoGM got a new piece of code to get them out of financial trouble and the Three-Star determination / selection received a much-needed overhaul. Just when we thought we were good to go, I got ambitious and decided to rewrite the personnel management code to make sure the AutoGM properly manages it's players.
We also have a new WIKI page if any UHS experts feel like contributing.
New Support Method - Discord
I'm happy to be able to offer another method of getting in touch with us for support or even just general chatting: DISCORD! If you haven't heard of Discord, it's a fairly robust chat program that also offers voice capabilities to folks that want it. All you need to do is click this link: https://discord.gg/0mQXA3o55cioiFhW and install the Discord program.
On Discord I'm known as Stone (don't ask... that's just my online "persona"). While I do keep the program running, I don't necessarily keep it open, however, you can get my attention by typing @Stone. If I still don't respond, I might not be at my computer or have access to my phone, so the best bet then would be to send in a support ticket. I typically won't be available by VOICE (for reasons), but I will most certainly try to respond in chat.
On the usage of the chat, since this is a fairly public forum we can lay out a bunch of rules but they can best be summarized by saying we follow Wheaton's Law: Don't be a jerk! No racism, prejudice, uttering threats and general douchebaggery. We can and will ban folks for abuse.
AG Skill Change
The Aggression skill was a fairly wonky skill. The higher it was, the more of a chance your player was going to get involved in a fight and not be on the ice. So for a highly skilled player, a high AG was bad as it meant he would likely be off the ice more than he'd be on. I feel a skill should be valuable if it's higher than lower. So it's time for a change.
Skaters: The AG skill no longer affects fights. Instead, the AG skill gives each skater a chance to change a successful check into a Big Hit. A Big Hit will now provide the team with a little momentum and will also result in the checked player losing extra energy. Big Hits are tracked under the BH statistic and will directly affect how the AG skill rerates for a skater.
Goalies: For goaltenders, the AG skill was pretty much useless since Goalies are not permitted to fight. The AG skill now gives the goaltender a chance to reduce the Scoring Chance by 1%. Saves made with a successful AG skill check will be tracked in the new AgrSv (Aggressive Saves) statistic and will directly affect how the AG skill rerates for the goaltender.
New Fighting Skill
Since the Aggression skill is now going to be focused on Big Hits and giving goalies a better chance at making saves, we needed a new stat that tells us whether a player is prone to fighting. The Fighting skill (abbreviation FI) does that. For existing players, the FI skill will match that of the AG skill. For new players the FI skill be a random 1-9 skill that does NOT count towards the player's overall skill.
The Fighting skill is simply a measure of how likely a player will engage in a fight, so we made the decision to leave it out of the Player's Total skill calculation... plus... we like that the total overall skill for a player is 99... adding Fighting to that would have increased that to 108 which feels a bit weird.
The Fighting skill is also not handled by rerates in the same way as the other skills. Fights engaged in at the pro, farm or junior levels all carry the same weight. The skater's Fighting skill will rerate accordingly... if they have fewer fights last season over the previous season and the ratio meets the threshold, the FI skill will rerate down... it doesn't matter if the skater is in the Junior, Farm or Pro league: A fight is a fight. Additionally, while other skills are impacted by the amount of time on the ice, the Fighting skill ignores Ice Time for rerate purposes.
All-Stars / World Cup functionality
The All-Star Game link is now gone and changed slightly. There is a new link that only shows up during the Regular Season under League > All-Star / International. This will take you to the new page to manage everything you need for the new All-Star / World Cup functionality.
An additional change you'll notice is that we've pulled out the Add Team code for All-Star teams and placed it into the Manage All-Star screen. You are still able to create / manage your all-star teams, however, you won't do that with the Add Team section like you would previously. In fact, once you are out of the Off-Season the Add Team functionality will be hidden / disabled since you weren't able to add Pro, Farm or Junior teams anyway.
When your league has all-star / international games played for a given day, a link will appear on the front page alongside the Pro, Farm, Junior game results link. In fact, the All-Star scores will be the default scores loaded as it is possible to sim international games on the same game day as the other levels in your league.
When creating an all-star team that has the same name as a Country, a logo will automatically be selected for the team using the 44 country flags we have on file. If you want to use your own logo, you can upload a 250x125 sized flag/logo for your all-star team. If no flag can be found the default All-Star flag will be used.
Penalties / Scoring
If you are running a single all-star game for the season, the base scoring chance will be bumped up to 25%. If you are running a tournament, the scoring chance will remain the same as a regular game. Penalty chances for a single all-star game will be 0% (no penalties) and 1% for tournaments (minimal number of penalties).
In a single All-Star game, goalies will switch like they have in the past. The starting goalie will play the 1st and 3rd periods. The backup will play the 2nd period. In Tournaments, the Starting goalie will play all periods but will switch with the backup if the team is down by 3 goals.
All-Star Skills Competition
For single All-Star Games (as opposed to tournament / international level games), we've added the results of the All-Star Skills competition. All players participate in each of the competitions, however, only the top 4 for each team are shown.
Fastest Skater Competition: This uses the skater's QK, SK and FA skills. Thanks to Jon Lau for supplying the base code that was slightly modified to fit UHS's needs.
Accuracy Competition: This uses the SH, PC and PS skills to determine how many attempts a player needs to hit 4 targets.
Hardest Shot Competition: This uses the player's SH and PW skills. Thanks to Jon Lau for supplying the base code that was slightly modified to fit UHS's needs.
Breakaway Competition: This pits all 18 shooters against both goalies using the SH, PC, QK and SK skills.
AutoGM - Personnel Management Re-Write & Code Review
Yes, here we are again, messing around with the AutoGM. We're going to keep at it until it feels just right. I've re-written the Free Agency Poaching, Waiver Poaching and overall player code into one Personnel Management section that will run before we get to set rosters. Once the Draft is over (or PreSeason and beyond), the AutoGM will begin to manage its players. If there are empty spots, it'll attempt to fill them with existing players first and then hit up Free Agency and Waivers.
The AutoGM will still look at Free Agency and Waivers to see if there are any guys out there that will be good for their team, however, they'll only do that one at a time.
The Pro Roster and Farm Roster setting code was pretty much gutted to eliminate the extraneous Free Agency and Waivers code. Makeweights WILL be created if the AutoGM lacks enough players to ice a team (less than 20 players) and there are actually still games remaining for the AutoGM to play in during the current Season Stage (PreSeason, Regular Season, Playoffs).
Overall I reviewed the entire AutoGM script with the goal of making it more efficient (less database queries and more optimized code) and smarter by pulling in projected expenses and revenue data. We are also calculating Player Salary Cap hits.
By no means, I don't think it's perfect and there will always be room for improvement, so if you notice anything wonky, please report it.
AutoGM - Get Out of Trouble code
I've added code to allow the AutoGM to sell off players to get under the Salary Cap or get out of debt (negative bank account value). The AutoGM will select a random player from their Pro Team and make a trade offer to all pro teams for cash. The value of the player is based on the player's Total Skill + a random factor. Offers will be valid for up to three days. If the offer is not taken the AutoGM will void ALL offers and make a new one with a new random player if they're still in debt or over the cap. Offers will not be less than $1 million.
This code will NOT run during the Off-Season. During that period the AutoGM needs to be able to move players around without freaking out about being over the cap and trying to sell off players. This code should only execute during PreSeason, Regular Season and Playoffs.
Three-Star Determination Overhaul
As most of you might know the old Three-Star determination method was to collect all the candidates, those who scored a goal, a game-winner or game-tying, a shut-out, save pct and so on and select the top three from those randomly. This method also tended to heavily favour the goaltenders. We've changed this to assign Star Pts based on the player's performance in that game. The players with the three highest Star Pts will now be your Three Stars.
Players: Goal - 1pt, Assist - 0.75pt, Game-Winning Goal - 0.5pt, Game-Tying Goal - 0.5, Overtime Goal - 0.5pt, Plus-Minus - used for tiebreaking only.
Goalies: Shutout - 1pt, Goal - 1pt, Assist - 0.75pt, Saves (if Shutout) - 1pt / 14 saves, Saves (if no Shutout) - 1pt / 28 saves.
Goalies will be able to get a three-star appearance if they make lots of saves even in games where there are lots of goals... as long as two or more players don't have multiple goals/assists. I've compared the point-weights to some recent NHL games and have seen that the three-star selections were fairly close to what actually were selected or could have been.
Waiver Clear Days (HOURS!)
We've changed the Waiver Clear Days field to now be Waiver Clear Hours to give COMs the ability to fine-tune when players can clear waivers. This field lines up with Free Agency and Contract offer fields which are also in hours. The change will be applied to any new players placed on waivers as we record the clearing time at the moment the player enters waivers.
Junior Goalie Fatigue Injuries
Junior teams will now better manage their goalies so they no longer get fatigue injuries. This doesn't mean fatigue injuries can't happen, in fact, goalies can play over their fatigue if they're the backup and get subbed in because the starting goalie is getting lit up. It's still possible, just not as likely as it happened in the past.
The wiki site is now up and running. We've moved our help pages and guides to the wiki and will continue to add more with time.
- Player Characteristics was moved from the UHS site to the Wiki.
- Idle Leagues / Deletion page was moved from the UHS site to the Wiki.
- Inaugural Season Walk-through page was moved from the UHS site to the Wiki.
- added new page for All-Star Games & International Tournaments.
- Updated Player Characteristics with new information for Aggression (AG) and Fighting (FI) skills.
- Added an article on Player Rerates and a step-by-step walk-through of the rerate formula.
Bug Fixes & Miscellaneous Changes
- Links to the Guides & Walkthroughs have been replaced with links to the UHS Wiki: http://wiki.hockeysim.ca.
- Fixed an issue that was causing Debug Output files to be incorrectly formatted.
- Fixed an issue that caused an error to be displayed when deleted All-Star teams.
- Fixed an issue where newly added Status Messages were appearing as -196 seconds ago.
- Fixed an issue where Draft Picks could not be found in Entry Drafts for Season 2 and beyond when using the Make All Picks function.
- Fixed an issue where the Home player's name would be used in the Live Game Penalty Summary when an Away player received a penalty due to injuring a player.
- Fixed an issue where unplayed games were not appearing on the Schedule page for Public Websites.
- RFA players owned by Teams becoming defunct will now correctly become UFAs.
- 172 Last Names and 41 First Names were added to the player pool from the 2016 World Junior Championships. UHS now has 1260 first names and 5929 last name-country combinations for a total of 7,470,540 name combinations.
- Fixed an issue where the rerate code was a little bit off from the intended calculations / formula.
- The AutoGM will now only send offers to players with expired contracts if their skill is 80% of the team's highest skilled player. Previously this was set to 75%.
- Fixed an issue where selecting Make All Picks would incorrectly use the serpentine method for entry drafts.
- The Build History is now located under About UHS.
- Made some css tweaks to make the profile of buttons smaller.
- Made some css tweaks to decrease the height of the UHS navigation bar.
- Replaced the UHS Build link in the login panel with the league's Database Name.
- Fixed an issue where it was possible to make free agent offers to players that were retired.
- The Last Wage column has been removed from the COM view of the Team roster.
- Fixed an issue where the player options were not appearing for Farm or Junior teams in the COM view of the Team Roster.
- Removed the Farm Team: ## text from appearing on the COM view of the Team Roster. This was being used for debugging.
- Added a TOT column to the COM Team Roster to show the total number of players on the team.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM wouldn't pull back correct TeamStandings data when performing Player Release functions. Released on November 16 2015.
- Fixed an issue (I think) where the AutoGM was releasing all players. Not sure why this was happening, however, I did see the AutoGM job hanging for one league. I added in some extra code to ensure player/team arrays are fresh for each Release check. Released on November 17 2015.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM was not making contract offers to players with expiring contracts. This relates directly to the problem "fixed" on November 17... players were not being offered new contracts so they were all released once free agency began. Released on November 20 2015.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM would hang in a very specific set of circumstances (affected only one league) when setting the team's game roster. This would result in players being bought out incorrectly and also caused game roster errors within the sim engine. Released on November 20 2015.
- Added an additional check for roster positions where the PlayerID is 0. This results in errors when the game is about to be simmed. Released on November 21 2015.
- Fixed an issue where Trades involving other teams were not being voided if the players/picks were being offered to the AutoGM. Released on November 24 2015.
- Fixed an issue where creating unassigned players in a relegation league would result in the players not appearing in Free Agency. Released on November 25 2015.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM was not making Entry Draft selections. Released on November 26 2015.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM was signing Free Agents and then immediately buy them out. AutoGMs will no longer buy-out players that are on the first year of their contract with the team. Released on November 29 2015.
- Fixed an issue where GMs making a Coach Free Agent offer would receive a message saying they already made an offer in X number of hours even though an offer had not been made. Released on December 3 2015.
- Released code to prevent the AutoGM from running for teams (and their applicable farm teams) if there are games queued. Released on December 14 2015.
- Fixed an issue where Incoming trades could potentially put AutoGMs over the Salary Cap or under the Salary Minimum. Released on December 15 2015.
- Released code to allow AutoGMs from Relegation leagues to make more than 5 Free Agent offers during the Off-Season so that they can fill their rosters. Released on December 31 2015.
- Fixed an issue where clicking the UHS Wiki link would make the Wiki page show in a super short frame. Released on January 14 1016.
- Released code to clean up issues where the AutoGM could crash the Free Agency tables... this resulted in some Free Agents not being able to be signed. Released on January 21 2016.
- Added further checks on SavePoint names to ensure illegal characters can't be used. Released on January 23 2016.
- Released a change to limit AutoGMs to only look at the top 5 free agent coaches instead of everyone that is better than their current coach. Released on January 26 2016.
- Fixed an issue where the AutoGM could ignore player and pick ownership for incoming trades. Released on January 31 2016.
- Added further limits on the AutoGM and free agency: if the AutoGM's team salary cannot support even one player at the minimum Salary, the AutoGM won't bother looking at free agency at all. Released on January 31 2016.
- When the AutoGM is looking at Free Agency to fill out their team, they will pull back only the top 50 free agents instead of ALL free agents. Released on January 31 2016.
- Fixed an issue where players could remain on their team with a 0-contract if they had ever been an RFA. Released on February 8 2016.
- Fixed an issue where a team claiming a player on waivers resulted in all teams incorrectly paying the waiver fee with no ledger entry. Released on February 9 2016.
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