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    Re: TEW 2016

    So day off work and some December EPL matches to catch up on.... I got through January with the SWF. Finished first in the national battles, which was no real surprise. Made about 1.5m profit.

    Can't saying its really grabbing me yet. Usually it doesn't take very long for a save to dig its claws in if its going to. Especially one like this where I have some specific plans for specific workers that I want to have play out. I feel like I've bloated the roster a bit, especially considering the developmental talent I added. Its not a massive degree of bloat, and adding a B show certainly adds some flexibility with worker usage anyway. If I restarted, I would limit who I signed a bit but not MASSIVELY. Part of the intent is to start developing a new generation of talent. But I don't need every talented / likely talented / high SQ worker. I think I have a bit more restraint with a performance based company because I don't hooked by those "cool character" and/or "high Star Quality" projects who are never going to be very good workers.

    So still not sure where I want to go. Whether its continue with SWF, go back to Black Canvas, start up with Burning Hammer again..... Burning Hammer is definitely appealing in a lot of ways. Financially secure, pretty straight-forward booking, the fun of doing a Grand Prix event. Can sign up some of the best talent in Japan to develop. But the roster size is a bit of an issue. BCG is a bit too small - too much concern with finances and trying to hang onto to talented workers. If BCG was already Cult and could offer Written deals, that might be ideal. CGC doesn't appeal to me, and I did think a bit about PGHW and while certain aspects seem fun, the lack of a junior division makes it less intriguing. Last night, I took a peak at the ThunderVerse, where I have never really booked in Japan. The biggest Japanese promotion is United Promotions Japan, which is a bit akin to NJPW. That one is pretty self-sustaining, with plenty of talent, but doesn't appeal hugely. There are two other Cult-sized companies in Japan, both of which were formed by exoduses of talent from UPJ - DIASPORA and Pro Wrestling HONOR. DIASPORA is a company that focused on juniors but added a heavyweight division. I might take a closer look at DIASPORA. But I looked at HONOR closer last night. They are owned by Kenta Sonada, a huge star for UPJ who left to start his own company. They have a heavyweight division, junior division (more serious than true Super Junior), and women's division. The women's division is pretty meh to me. I checked a test save and was surprised to see that after a year, HONOR had gone from $2.5m in the bank to start to being well in debt. Another couple of months into 2017 on that test and they closed a bit into the 2nd year. Not good. Saw that Sonada has a pretty huge set-wage, about $50K per month. That's massive money for a Cult company. I didn't check to see if anyone else had a similarly oversized contract. My default is to use the existing owner as my user character, which would mean that wouldn't be an issue but then it also feels cheap as I would be wiping out a financial barrier. The Tverse Japan scene is probably a bit lighter in good prospects than the Cverse version is - which is the opposite for overall game-worlds. So I would be relying a bit on randomly-generated workers for the next generation of stars.

    Basically, TL:DR synopsis - still save bouncing, just put some time into Supreme


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    Re: TEW 2016

    In my TEW game, I've noticed in the last couple of weeks that my and everybody else's ratings have suddenly multiplied by like five. I'm wondering if I messed something up, if this is a glitch, or if it's possible this is just some built in boom in the wrestling industry? I know there's a 'ratings unit' option in the settings. I don't remember messing with it. Any advice on what might be happening?

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    Re: TEW 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by The EC View Post
    In my TEW game, I've noticed in the last couple of weeks that my and everybody else's ratings have suddenly multiplied by like five. I'm wondering if I messed something up, if this is a glitch, or if it's possible this is just some built in boom in the wrestling industry? I know there's a 'ratings unit' option in the settings. I don't remember messing with it. Any advice on what might be happening?
    Ratings? You mean TV ratings?

    There isn't a "multiplier" option that I'm aware of. The most likely culprit is that the wrestling industry jumped up significantly. And if it moved significantly, it was probably a narrative. You are playing a real world mod still, correct? That's probably pre-programmed. You can check into the Editor if you want to be sure.


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    Re: TEW 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Papa View Post
    Ratings? You mean TV ratings?

    There isn't a "multiplier" option that I'm aware of. The most likely culprit is that the wrestling industry jumped up significantly. And if it moved significantly, it was probably a narrative. You are playing a real world mod still, correct? That's probably pre-programmed. You can check into the Editor if you want to be sure.
    Yeah, I assume it is the boom. I've reached the exact point in the game where Nitro would premiere in real life. It's not a big deal, but if it had been some kind of glitch, it would have really ate at me. It makes sense but it's still kinda lame... everyone's TV ratings just multiplied overnight. Doesn't seem super realistic but eh, game can't be perfect.

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    Re: TEW 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by The EC View Post
    Yeah, I assume it is the boom. I've reached the exact point in the game where Nitro would premiere in real life. It's not a big deal, but if it had been some kind of glitch, it would have really ate at me. It makes sense but it's still kinda lame... everyone's TV ratings just multiplied overnight. Doesn't seem super realistic but eh, game can't be perfect.
    Does kinda suck that the impact of the narrative is a bit heavy and immediate, rather than more drawn out. Honestly, there isn't a lot of good guidance on just how much of an impact each narrative option and its "level" has. It takes a bunch of testing and tweaking, and that gets really fucking time consuming for a mod-maker.


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    Re: TEW 2016

    Started a new game with TCW. The company decides to make a huge change after being sold to BriCo and their long-running television show goes off the air. The plan going forward is to expand their roster drastically and focus their income around significant events instead of television episodes that build-up to major events. Basically they'll be a lot more UFC-esque. The first phase will be a U-30 event (with wrestlers under the age of 30 years old), an All-Action event (205 Live basically), Revolution (exclusive to women wrestlers and as far as Im aware, the first women only event promoted by a national company), and the regular monthly events we're used to featuring the most elite wrestlers in TCW. Four more events will be added thereafter focusing around Australia, Europe (including UK), America (Canada, US, Mexico) and Japan. So it'll be 8 events a month in total, each sporting their own rosters with occasional crossover. Each card is supposed to present marquee matches and would be built-up with press conferences ahead of time.

    There are tons of issues with this plan that make it somewhat challenging with TEW '16. First off, U30, All-Action, Revolution aren't likely to put up the requisite grades to get us pop gains, especially early on. Second of all, the 1 event per roster thing means that a lot of wrestlers aren't going to develop fast enough. Thirdly, the 1 event per roster thing means we'll have a huge roster and it'll be hard to tell if our income can keep up with it. Fourthly, once I introduce the regional promotions it'll be hard to tell if I should get them on bigger coverage or not considering they'll have trouble making the grade as well. Eventually, I'd like to set up a ton of child promotions once we have a TV network but we need to start making a profit to do that first.

    I've already burned through half the $5M budget setting all of this up.

    First card was TCW U-30 I: Wolf Hawkins vs. Jay Chord. The card was centered around the first round of the TCW U-30 World Championship and featured Wolf Hawkins & Aaron Andrews. This is an obvious downgrade for them and they should be in All-Stars but the U-30 will need a boost early on and they're nearly 30 anyways. Wolf Hawkins vs. Jay Chord was MOTN with a B, Mighty Mo & Zesshin Makioka was good too with a C but Makioka shattered Mo's knee and the surgery was a failure so he's out for 1 year and 3 months, Aaron Andrews vs. DeCipher was the 2nd best match of the night at a C+. The show got a 77 and I believe our pop was 78. So we're really on the threshold of Cult/National.

    Next up is TCW All Action I.

    I'll have to hope I can buy GCG at some point so I can get a TV deal in Japan without having to create a subscription network or anything.

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    Re: TEW 2016

    Been doing a couple of test runs with the AI booking my fictional company and the results are actually quite favorable.

    The show's are on average getting anywhere between 66 and 73 ratings with Harris (the owner) being the major star of the show, with incredible matches with the likes of Jake Idol and Jackpot Jordan (with Jordan a PPV Main Event was 83). They are running on a profit as well.

    There's just one problem, and that would be Texas Pete. I figured I could throw him in the company with a narrative that he finally cleaned up his act, but he's just not a good wrestler to justify keeping him. We'll see where it goes for now, but Pete as a champion is a bust so far.

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    Re: TEW 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim Barrows View Post
    Been doing a couple of test runs with the AI booking my fictional company and the results are actually quite favorable.

    The show's are on average getting anywhere between 66 and 73 ratings with Harris (the owner) being the major star of the show, with incredible matches with the likes of Jake Idol and Jackpot Jordan (with Jordan a PPV Main Event was 83). They are running on a profit as well.

    There's just one problem, and that would be Texas Pete. I figured I could throw him in the company with a narrative that he finally cleaned up his act, but he's just not a good wrestler to justify keeping him. We'll see where it goes for now, but Pete as a champion is a bust so far.
    I've always been tempted with a fictional company in the C-Verse. In 2010 and 2013 I really wanted to run a company bigger than the biggest indie, but smaller than the smallest national. Would be interesting to see you book it yourself and what comes out of it.

    So I've settled on NOTBPW for TEW 2013 (although using the '14 update). Initially I was put off when 5 of the top 10 guys were on time decline (and I'd later find out Dan Stone Jr is getting pinged for declining physical ability, making it 6 out of 10), and the structure of the rest of the roster wasn't set up for building new stars. You have 10 people above the mid 60s who are all awesome (don't love Harrison Hash's lack of selling, but beggars can't be choosers), but like I say, 6 are on time decline. There's then a big drop to the next rung of guys, around the 50-60 range, but none are good enough in-ring to survive in NOTBPW main event. There's then another big drop off, to around the 20-40 range, where there is promising talent, but a mile away from the main event in popularity. That was quite off-putting... but I've now realised that will actually make it quite a fun challenge.

    I like to have a narrative for my game to keep me tied to it. So in this case, mine is that NOTBPW has been complacent with pushing younger talent and shaking things up. They're top of the mountain in Canada, although not by much, and benefited from a once in a lifetime collection of main eventers. However, those stars on the way out, and their matches aren't what they once were, meaning it's time for a change.

    I've set myself three goals:

    Update and innovate: The roster hasn't changed much, particularly towards the top of the card, and the general product is what it's always been. So the undercard is going to get a makeover and get more attention, and there will be new things coming in. One will eventually be a Super Junior-like division, to play off Duane Stone's history.

    Create new stars: This is a necessity. Bloodstone and Duane are struggling to get above low 80s when fighting one another, and I've seen the AI in other games get 99 for that combination. That means pushing Owen Love and Jacob Jett faster than I might otherwise do, and bringing in people like Greg Black and Akima Brave and attaching a rocket to them. It also means I'll have to be prepared to pay top dollar if any names become available.

    Attack: We're top in Canada, but not by a long way, and it's a matter of time before SWF or TCW expand in to our territory. So I'm moving to theirs first and taking the fight to them. I want to be the number one company in the world, not just Canada.

    I've booked the first six weeks. I decided to create a backstory that Dan Stone Jr had been on hiatus after a humiliating loss to Steve DeColt before I took over, and DeColt has been lording it over him ever since. DSJ returned after DeColt's match with Sean McFly and accepted his challenge to a rematch. As his role of "Canada's Favourite Son" he insisted as part of his return that he could pick 2 youngsters that he wanted signed, who were Matthew Keith and Steven Parker, who will gradually be built up over the next year in the tag ranks. DeColt gets 90+ in any talking segment with DSJ, so I've been using that to build them both up (DeColt's already at 95 across Canada after 6 weeks!), and had them do "Pick Your Poison" in the last two weeks. DSJ picked his brother Duane, whereas DeColt (as representative of those who hate the Stones) felt Owen Love deserved a chance. DSJ and Owen went 40 minutes and got an 87 (the 2nd highest rating I've had so far, after DeColt/McFly), which led to a handshake which will start Owen's path to the main event.

    Elsewhere, Greg Black won the TV Title on his debut, and is ticking over with great matches against the likes of Cameron Vessey and Flash to help build them up, and will over time elevate the title as he takes on bigger and bigger names. I brought Akima Brave in as a babyface monster to truck through the worthless midcarders (I generally hate doing that, but in this case, I need stars and quickly). Jacob Jett and Erik Strong have been put together as "Sky High", are about to win the Tag Titles, and will be a vehicle for getting Jett over and close to the main event.

    In the Women's division, there's not a lot to work with in terms of pop, but I'm going to stick with it as I like a challenge. Kristabel Plum is the champ and miles above everyone else from a pop POV, but Lauren Easter is the one I want as the star. She's currently in an angle where she's feeling a lack of a challenge, so Victoria McFly-Stone is trying to find suitable competition. Eve Grunge has come in already, but I will likely have Principessa and Tamara McFly come in at some point, probably with an end point of Joanne Rodrigues being the competition she was looking for.

    All in all, it's a lot harder than I remember NOTBPW being from 2008/10, but that's no bad thing. If I stick with it (big if) I'll try to post updates on here with how it's going.

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    Re: TEW 2016

    @Jon - did you go further with it or no?

    @Grim - sounds fun. I've had the suggestion of creating a company a few times, but I've never gone very far with the idea. A clean slate where you build a company from the start SHOULD appeal to me but never really has. No idea why. Completely understand Pete not delivering.... but I think he used to be a very positive influence. Maybe even a locker room leader now. Honestly, unless I have a great locker room without him, I might consider keeping him based on that.

    @Keefmoon - I expect NOTBPOW IS notably more difficult. Quite a few companies that were relative "easy mode" on earlier versions became more challenging. I know by TEW 2013, time decline had more of an impact, especially on performance-based products, and heavy products also wears workers down faster.

    So yesterday's 2020 feature announcement was a notable change to dojos. You can now have training camps, dojos, and performance centers. This will more accurate recreate the setup the WWE has now, and what the WCW Power Plant was. I'm hoping for levels of investment that can be expanded over time, similar to how WMMA4 allowed you to invest in certain things like Headquarters, Hall of Fame, etc.

    I had a wonderfully quiet weekend and a fair bit of TEW time. Which I used to not play at all. I added a glut of free pics. About 600 in total. Now have over 3000 free pics for the Cverse. Love it. I like having new worker generation on high and having more variety to pics is great. The nice thing about the ones I added is there is a great deal more ethnic diversity in some of them. So I went from having a handful of pics for certain demographics to several dozen. I like that.

    I blame watching a couple of Wrestle Kingdoms, but the toying around with the SWF gave way to looking at puro companies again. I looked at Honor in the ThunderVerse but ended up back in the Cverse. I've never run Pride Glory Honor Wrestling - basically the equivalent of 90s All Japan King's Road style. So I was toying around with them, but decided against learning how to run a new company - I typically do a 2 or 3 month "test save" and then start over. PGHW is also a very serious company. That has some appeals.... but I really enjoy a super junior or junior heavyweight division. I COULD add a junior heavyweight division.... but I'm not sure that's a very PGHW type move.

    So started up again with Burning Hammer of the Wrestling Gods. The size of the roster maybe burn me out, but running a glut of tournaments thru the years makes for some easy booking. I did the same as before and switched it back to a touring schedule, and have a bit of a backstory for the change (which only matters if I was going to BTB the save lol). Created a developmental territory - Burning Spirit Pro Wrestling. Last time I opened up two seprate ones - one for juniors and one for heavyweights. Kept it simpler this time. I really don't want / need 50 workers in developmental. I will need to replace a decent chunk of talent and move some of the vets into "old grumpy dad in multi-tag" roles. There are also some young lower-card talent who could use a spell in development to move their skills forward a step.

    BCG is still tempting - whether going back to my previous save or starting another one. But I just don't want to deal with the finances. Not being able to push anyone who isn't loyal, just waiting to lose all the midcard and upper-card... can just be frustrating. Just no sure if I prefer dealing with that to BHOTWG's big roster. Being able to create some fun new super juniors is pushing Burning Hammer ahead right now so I'll go that direction.

    For now.


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    Re: TEW 2016

    Looked at Black Canvas Grappling last night. The limited roster size just makes it a bit more appealing right now. The negatives - tight money, losing talent - are things that I think I can live with. I just have to be careful with how I approach it.

    I've mentioned this before, but I generally tend to run bigger companies. Cult sometimes, but typically national. You can offer written deals. You have deal with the possibility, or reality, of losing talent to bigger companies when their deals expire. But there is at least some ways you can anticipate and plan around that. But a smaller company, where most of the roster isn't locked down or loyal.... it creates a level of uncertainty I'm not used to. It frustrated me in both previous BCG saves. Which is stupid, in a way. Because I expected it. Jon wrote some BCG recaps and tips on the GDS site and I've been using those. So I was plenty aware of the reality. But understanding something isn't quite the same as adapting to it.

    BCG actually starts with some serious talent for a smaller company. Funakoshi is a favorite of both me and Jon. He's not quite a figurehead type, just because his Star Quality isn't ideal, but he regularly delivers strong matches with anyone. He can legit anchor every tour show. World champion Bunraaken Torii isn't far off. Blast Ikomi is notably less talented, but he isn't terrible. Razan Okamoto is another star and a great option for figurehead, despite being a lightweight. The downside is that he isn't loyal at the start. Neither is Tanyu Toshusai and he can't become loyal to BCG due to his age. Yoshinaka Taku is in a tag team with his dad (ultimate grumpy dad oldhead dynamic there) and is another potential star. And there is Rokuemon Matsushita, a big hoss who is loyal, but has some pretty notable drawbacks - Selling and Stamina. If he can be developed, another potential star. Now other companies come for Okamoto, Toshusai, and the younger Taku immediately. I tend to play as the legit owner (Yoshifusa Maeda) so I can offer enough to keep Okamoto, Toshusai, and Taku. That will make Okamoto and Taku loyal, but not Toshusai.

    So that means that I would have group of six loyal workers. Torii, Funakoshi, and Okamoto are stars. Ikomi is a step down. He doesn't deliver in the ring to the same level as the first three. But he could probably do okay with the world title if needed as the match grades would be a step down but still good enough to keep the company growing. Taku is a future star who needs work and Rokuemon is a possible star. Even if he doesn't overcome his limitations, his Menace can be leveraged into some popularity gains and he can a special attraction type worker.

    That group of six can be supplemented by a group of about six younger talents that are young enough to become loyal when they are signed. None are ready to be stars, in terms of in-ring or popularity. They all need a significant amount of work and time. But they can form a very solid midcard after awhile. Only one or two are potential stars, but a strong company needs a strong micard.

    The loyal workers are the only ones that matter. Everyone else is expendable.

    It can be hard to approach it that way. Some workers don't offer much. Oldheads who aren't great workers, but they can still have one or two skills at a high level that allows them to function as a "trainer" type, which is appealing. And they often have reasonable (for the level) popularity. But if the individual is on a bigger contract.... bye. They aren't providing value equal to the wage so they become expandable. Even a pretty talented worker with star potential.... they won't make or break the company on an individual basis. So losing them sucks but.... that's business. I will also try to avoid "booking paralysis" that comes from the possibility of losing some workers. Basically, I don't want to ONLY do things with the loyal workers. It feels like a waste if book a midcarder well for a few months then see them depart. But so be it. If someone else isn't ready or capable of that push, pushing someone who leaves is better than nothing pushing anyone, unless you are pushing them so hard it negatively impacts others on the roster. And I won't.

    There will always be other talents to grab. Whether its a marginally talented free agent worker, a talented worker who is loyal to another company but on a PPA, or even a gaijin. If I have to use gaijin touring deals for half the roster at some point, so be it. Gonna try to avoid getting up on the "but they are a BCG guy" mentality that seems to slip in. Roster churn is going to happen. Better to just accept it.

    Speaking of roster churn.... I lost over half he starting roster in the previous saves. That's not over the course of years, but under six months. Losing talent is pretty much the norm for regional companies if you have bigger companies in your region. But that's still pretty extreme. It doesn't help that GCG are one of the most predatory, and being at war with them means if they only sign the worker to a PPA deal, they will leave BCG. Burning Hammer is awfully predatory too but they will only target stars, not mediocre veteran midcarders. In my first BCG save, something that was immediately a negative but would have been a long-term positive was Golden Canvas hitting Cult. That meant that they went on another hiring spree - bad for BCG - and started offering Written deals, so we couldn't even try to outbid them to keep the worker. But.... it also meant they were no longer part of the regional battle, which would move BCG from second to first. That bumps sponsor money and attendance. That is kinda vital just as the tsunami narrative hits and tanks everything. And long-term, being at cult is probably a negative for Golden Canvas when the economy and industry tank as the costs go way up with the size jump but the sponsorship money and attendance will tank a bit. That timing could help kill GCG as a company. And despite being the oldest wrestling company in Japan.... fuck them.

    Edit - in that long ass rant, I forgot to mention.... Razan Okamoto is the best choice for figurehead. He's not the best of the group and he's not the world champ. But he has the most pieces. In this save, he's also willing to move up to Middleweight. That comes with a risk - he could get flabbier as he gets bigger and his SQ goes down. But I figure its worth risking. I'll wait til he finishes the change, then put him as the figurehead. As long as he's a decent figurehead, it means more attendance and merch, which is more money. For a company that struggles some with money, that could be notable.
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    Re: TEW 2016

    So the TEW new feature announcement for today is an adjustment of how regional and national (now area) battles work. Star Quality is no longer a factor, and the penalties now depend on the type of battle. I'm a fan of the change. I've seen some suggestions that the level of Star Quality / individual popularity that a company has should still be a factor, but maybe in a different way than direct involvement in the battles.

    Got a little bit down with Black Canvas last night. Just shortlisting and signing workers. Setting up the stables. That kind of stuff.

    I had two temptations that I am undecided on.

    The first one.... the recommended roster size for BCG is 20 workers. We start with a bit over that (26, I think). I don't plan to bring in any gaijin touring deals for the first tour (which is underway in January) and I don't see much point in targeting talent that isn't loyal until the roster is actually needing more bodies. The signings will be Japanese workers who are 25 or under and therefore will become loyal. Some are quite young and green. But they have potential and almost all will turn into solid workers, if not great ones. Almost all start with no popularity. The original intent is just to sign up these worker, which bloats the roster a bit, and then ride out the coming talent losses while moving these youngsters up. Popularity does take a bit of time to build, even with the low popularity mechanic of TEW 2016, because no broadcast deals means only fans in the region where the tour show is being held see the worker, so they might jump up.... but only there. But mulling things, I'm a bit tempted too fast-track the process and gradual release 5-8 of the veteran workers once the new signings are on board. They would be vets of limited use and/or likely to be stolen. My hesitation is that even if the green youngster has close to the same talent as the veteran, they don't have the popularity yet. I don't want to neuter my midcard.... but I also don't really rely on that midcard to deliver the matches to secure the show grades. So having a 40 year old making $900 per appearance on a show in a multi-man tag is going to cost more than having a 22-year old making $400 per appearance, and that is obviously cheaper than having both. If I can do so without much damage, why wait out the process to happen naturally? Just jump from the vet to the youngster fast. Saves a bit of money and if I bloat the roster less in the short-term, I can run smaller shows - not shorter, necessarily, but using fewer overall workers. I am totally overthinking this to a significant degree

    Second thing.... a dojo. Mentioned that I have over 3K free pics now and I like to have new worker generation on the highest level from the beginning. I love randomly generated workers. For a company like BCG, they can be helpful. Previous saves have seen a few spit out that I signed but no one that was an immediate game-changer. Just more long-term projects. Having a dojo is unnecessary. The workers come thru existing non-affiliated dojos or without a dojo at all and can be signed up. But having a dojo and seeing the worker as a company "true blood" is awful appealing. Starting a dojo, in the most basic way, is cheap. Minimum is costs is $10K. I can afford that! But the rep would be 1%. Its $10K for every 1% better, up to a start up cost of $1m for a 100% rated dojo. But I don't think its going to be worth having a dojo that's at like 5% reputation. The reputation can go up over time, but churning out true bloods who are dirt terrible doesn't seem that useful either. Still mulling this one lol


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    Re: TEW 2016

    TEW is so addictive but also distracting from actually writing a booker... so I’m having to stay off it. I don’t think I’ll buy TEW 2020 but I’d love it if it had an EWR setting to make it quicker to book shows. That takes too long for me even on the traditional EWR type setting.

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    Re: TEW 2016

    Ran through all of 2016 with the AI booking tha company, and it's really all over the place. Harris, Pete, and Jackpot Jordan hotshot the title between themselves while they also signed Primus Allen, Benny Benson, Ekuma, and Big Smack Scott from the other companies. They lost Jordan & Idol as well as Sarah York and Joanne Rodriguez to SWF and USPW. TCW has been losing stars left and right, which is no surprise.

    Overall, I might make a few tweaks, starting with less money available as well as making a Narrative about Ross Henry signing a major contract to make MLW more balanced to have an actual MAJOR star head the company and prop the ratings.

    On the surface, El Mitico Jr. and Richie Riggins are easily the future of the company, while Ross Henry and Harris are mainstays for years to come. If I can keep Rich and Famous from getting scalped, then they'll be the big heel main event team.

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    I ended up rolling with a BCG file and its a pretty enjoyable game. They were always a smooth company to run with. Of course, there's the usual guys high tailing it out of the company thanks to GCG preying on us. I managed to make it to Heritage without anyone officially leaving but that was also the last event featuring Sojuro Sen & Tanyu Toshusai. I haven't made any changes to the production values and I am playing as Kazu Yoshizawa so I can't easily match deals from other companies. Nevertheless, I did manage to resign Yoshinaka Taku without competition and Razan Okamoto chose me over GCG. Made Razan figurehead immediately and gave him 1350 p/a, 10 years, exclusive in ring, no B-shows or house shows, 20% per event, creative control & hiring veto, travel covered and 1250 signing bonus. Hoping to get rid of all those when I eventually sign him to a written.

    Just got past BCG Heritage. Main event was supposed to be Bunrakuken Torii vs. Funakoshi but I didn't want to let Torii lose the title so early and Funakoshi would get pissed if he lost this one. I had Brandon Smith, Harker & Brody beat the shit out of Funakoshi so Razan took his place after winning a triple threat again Shiga & Ippitsusai earlier that day. Inejiro is on his way out of the company as well so he lost with Miura against Team Taku for the BCG World Tag Team. As for the BCG Challengers Series, I had Big Bruiser Findlay defeat Tanyu Toshusai to win the belt. Okamoto vs. Torii got a 70 which is pretty good and Toshusai vs. Findlay got a 60 which is another solid grade. So show quality isn't a concern at all but we need to improve our financial situation. Show got a 53.

    It's BCG TagMania time soon which means league time.

    1. American Demoliton
    2. Shiga & Ippitsusai
    3. Kamisaka & Kiyotaka
    4. Murkami & Sotomura
    5. Narahashi & Torii
    6. Toshinobu & Yoshinaka
    7. Funakoshi & Ikoma
    8. Harker & Brody

    Hopefully GCG don't try to swipe any of the competitors.

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    Update, just finished TagMania. Things aren't exactly perfect. The strict backstage rules has made for some incidents I would've wanted to avoid. Matsuzawa and Funakoshi in particular weren't pleased with my decision to fine them for breaking the rules and are having morale issues. Funakoshi brought friends backstage, I fine him the 1st time but just warned him the 2nd time because he already had simmering tension with me by that point. No one has last the company in the past month since those three signings. In any case, the finish for TagMania ended like this:

    American Demolition - 14
    Narahashi & Torii - 12
    Funakoshi & Ikoma - 10
    Toshinobu & Yoshinaka - 6
    Murkami & Sotomura - 6
    Harker & Brody - 4
    Shiga & Ippitsusai - 2
    Kamisaka & Kiyotaka - 2

    Afterwards, on the 8th road to show to TagMania, I had American Demolition do a semi-finals match against Team Taku, and Narahashi & Torii face off against Funakoshi & Ikoma. American Demolition as well as Funakoshi & Ikoma won their matches to have a showdown at TagMania. Narahashi & Torii got a shot at the BCG World Tag Team Championships at the event since they beat TeamTaku during the series. Team Taku defended their titles but have dates with American Demolition and Funakoshi/Ikoma in the future after the Maeda Grand Prix. Yoshinaka Taku will also have a future date with Bunrakuken Torii possibly since he pinned him during the tag title match. These aren't guaranteed but they're easy way for me to set-up future title matches. Funakoshi & Ikoma defeated American Demolition in the BigBattle TagMania finals.

    Top matches of the tour:
    American Demolition vs. Blast Ikoma & Funakoshi (Road to TagMania) - C+American Demolition vs. Blast Ikoma & Funakoshi (TagMania 3) - C+
    American Demolition vs. Dynamite Narahashi & Bunrakuken Torii (Road to TagMania) - C
    Blast Ikoma & Funakoshi vs. Dynamite Narahashi & Bunrakuken Torii (Road to TagMania) - C
    American Demolition vs. Team Taku (Road to TagMania) - C

    I still very much hate the idea of having the Grand Prix have an off-month in between but for now I'll stick with it.

    Grand Prix Competitors:

    Blast Ikoma
    Bunrakuken Torii
    Funakoshi
    Kadonomaro Kamisaka
    Nobuharu Yokokawa
    Razan Okamoto
    Roku Sotomura
    Yoshinaka Taku

    Avoiding using any of the gaijin since they're extremely likely to be signed away and mostly sticking to loyalist. I'll expand to two groups in another year.

    I can understand the issue with BCG. For the 1st year I assume, it feels like you're not making any progress growth wise. Between the regional battles, the bad income, people stealing your boys, the tsunami. Hopefully I can stick through it. I'm worried about losing pop in the rest of Japan since we're so close to getting that 1st TV deal at 30 pop Japan wide but it is what it is I guess.

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    Re: TEW 2016

    YAS!

    I love reading anybody's recaps, but especially Jon when he's running the same company as me

    I will reply more thoroughly when I can, but just wanted to say that you nailed the reasons I love running BCG and what I find frustrating at the same time. Its easy, its simple, and there is enough talent to pull some surprisingly decent grades. And growth is just a matter of time and sticking with it. But the financial concerns in the meantime, the waiting for most of your roster to be taken away, and the required focus on such a small group of talent in terms of pushes.... it can be a grind. Even know that's what you are stepping into, it cna still be a grind lol. But any company has its drawbacks and limitations.


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    I had to do a few more changes, mostly backstage. I turned catering on and only have no drugs/smoking/drinking on. Animal Harker, Giant Brody, and Bulldozer Brandon Smith's touring contracts ended but I'm bringing Bulldozer back in. The regional battles were another shitshow and I finished 4th for most regions (3 for 2 of the regions). EX2010 have brought Magnum Kobe in on loans and he's been killing it for them. 5SSW/GCG are unsurprisingly good. Still waiting for GCG to hit cult.

    The 1st half of the Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix has been fun.

    Top 5 Matches:
    Bunrakuken Torii vs. Funakoshi - B
    Funakoshi vs. Razan Okamoto - B
    Razan Okamoto vs. Yoshinaka Taku - B-
    Funakoshi vs. Yoshinaka Taku - B-
    Funakoshi vs. Kadonomaro Kamisaka - B-

    That's all four of Funakoshi's matches so far. I gave him a $2K bonus to get him back to positive morale and he's been tearing it up.

    Table:
    Funakoshi - 8
    Razan Okamoto - 6
    Roku Sotomura - 6
    Bunrakuken Torii - 4
    Yoshinaka Taku - 4
    Blast Ikoma - 2
    Nobuharu Yokokawa - 2
    Kadanomaro Kamisaka - 0

    3 matches left. Then it'll be #1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3 in the semi-finals and the victors main event the Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix.

    We made a loss of 97K this month vs. 112K in January. I think most of that was because the YM Grand Prix made it easier to not use as many guys. Used Masayuki Shiga & Murkami a bit more sparingly because of their huge ass contracts.

    Anyways, vacation month time. Roster is down to 22 active wrestlers. We'll see if anyone gets poached during our off-month.

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    Double post. I'm the new Big Papa. Just got through the Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix. Naonobu Murkami's contract expired so he's no longer on the roster. That's a big expense off the books. Funakoshi ended up facing off against Bunrakuken Torii & Yoshinaka Taku in a triple threat match (the latter two drew on the final night). Meanwhile, Razan Okamoto faced off against Roku Sotomura, a surprise top finisher. Funakoshi lost against Torii (he pinned Taku, though). Okamoto also lost to Sotomura. Had to have Funakoshi keep strong so the match wasn't as great as it could've been but it was still solid. At the Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix, Roku Sotomura had his 2nd singles match against Bunrakuken Torii and once more beat the BCG World Champion to become the 5th holder of the trophy. He will challenge Bunrakuken Torii at Test of Champions to try and beat him for the 3rd straight time.

    American Demolition also challenged Team Taku for the BCG World Tag Team Championships having defeated them in the TagMania series. This time, they weren't so successful and Yoshinaka Taku was able to retain for Team Taku. Blast Ikoma & Funakoshi are up next to challenge the BCG World Tag Team Champions since they won BigBattle Tag Mania.

    Top 5 Matches of the 2nd Half of Yoshifusa Maeda Grand Prix:

    Funakoshi vs. Roku Sotomura - 80 B
    Roku Sotomura vs. Razan Okamoto - 76 B-
    Roku Sotomura vs. Bunrakuken Torii - 76 -
    Funakoshi vs. Blast Ikoma - 74 B-
    Funakoshi vs. Nobuhara Yokokawa - 73 B-

    Funakoshi dominating it as always but Roku Sotomura also showcasing that I was right in my decision-making.

    Funakoshi - 14
    Razan Okamoto - 12
    Roku Sotomura - 10
    Bunrakuken Torii - 7
    Yoshinaka Taku - 7
    Nobuharu Yokokawa - 4
    Blast Ikoma - 2
    Kadonomaro Kamisaka - 0

    Table ended like this.

    The road to Test of Champions begins now. Not sure what I've got planned for Survival.

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    Loving seeing all the updates everyone is doing. Especially on BCG - it's a company I've looked at a couple of times but have never really gravitated towards enough to book a show. It's always BHOTWG that gets my interest in Japan, mostly because of written contracts and the heavyweight/junior divisions.

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    TEW is so addictive but also distracting from actually writing a booker...
    Man is that ever true. Managed to get three months of my NOTBPW save done, but it's totally at the expense of my BTB. Going to have to leave TEW alone for a bit if I don't want to fall stupidly behind on the BTB.

    The save has been a lot of fun, though. I've been incredibly unlucky throughout, but it's added to the challenge in a good way. That Dan Stone Jr, Duane Stone, Johnny Bloodstone, Tim Westybrook and The Natural are all on time decline, and that Bloodstone and DeColt have no chemistry as partners, has forced my hand to try something different other than mixing and matching DSJ/DeColt/Duane/McFly/Bloodstone to A* matches every week.

    Case in point, I just got through the Ed Henson tag cup. My main story had been Steve DeColt had beaten Dan Stone Jr in to taking a hiatus (before I took over), but DSJ returned to stand up to him. They went one on one on PPV... and DeColt won again. Now DSJ has to see if he can still belong at the top.

    On the path to that PPV match, in his first match back DSJ faced Owen Love of the Can-Am Blondes, who was 1 of only 3 people on the entire roster over 60 popularity who wasn't on time decline (even though he is 39). Owen took DSJ to the edge in a 30 minute match on TV, earning DSJ's respect, which made Owen's partner, The Natural, jealous. Going in to the Ed Henson Cup, The Natural told Owen he wanted a break from their team so he could focus on himself, which Owen reluctantly agreed to. Now that Owen wasn't entering with his usual partner, DSJ asked him to team with him. The idea was they would win the whole tournament, getting Owen over as a tippy top guy, and only making The Natural more jealous, leading to their break up and Owen eventually winning his first world title after 20 years as "just" a tag guy.

    Except, literally right before their first round match, I get a note telling me Owen Love and Dan Stone Jr have absolutely zero chemistry as partners. Given I need them to team 5 times in this tournament, including a main event of the PPV, that immediately squashed that plan. Even worse, they were the last team to have their first round match, meaning the other 15 teams had already been entered and hence there was no-one left to team with DSJ, who was supposed to win the whole thing on his redemption arc.

    Luckily, the one person who didn't have a partner was Greg Black, who I'd left free as the TV Champion, as I wanted him to be barred from entering so he could defend the TV Title at every show. Given Owen was off the cards, I came up with a plan where, just before Owen and DSJ had their round one match, Owen was found out cold and written out for the time being (in reality leaving him to work pre-shows with some of the young prospects who need his tutoring). That meant DSJ had to turn to Greg Black, who luckily he didn't have any chemistry issues with. This also meant The Natural finally had a real reason to enter, in that he was dedicating his performances to his fallen partner.

    So the 16 team tournament ultimately came down to DSJ & Greg Black vs. Steve DeColt and his partner Julian Watson in the final. DSJ and Black won, meaning DSJ has an element of revenge over DeColt heading in to their blow off match, and Greg Black is now pretttty over having won the TV Title and the Ed Henson Cup in his first two months.

    So overall, I think the bad luck of chemistry actually made for a better story, and now means the fallout is more interesting too. I'm going to have Owen Love return and blame Greg Black for taking him out so he took his place in the tournament. That'll lead to a rivalry with Greg against the Can-Am Blondes, which is an opportunity for Black to drop the TV Title and in the process move in to the main event (finally a main eventer who isn't 38 or over!). Eventually, though, I think it'll turn out it was The Natural who took out his own partner in jealousy, leading to a break up between them. If not him, I don't know who it'll be. But it's been a really fun story to book.

    Had a couple of good hires too, although not sure what to do with them. The first was Lobster Warrior not being kept on by SWF, meaning I could pick up without competition. He's 40, and number 2 on time decline, but I only signed him for a year and he's the 6th most over person in the company, so he's worth having. No doubt he'll be Chris Morrisette, badass technician wanting to prove himself after having made a joke of his career, but not sure where he'll actually go in terms of rivalries. Maybe something with Duane Stone.

    The other signing was Sammy Bach. TCW wanted to keep him so we got in to a bidding war, and I probably overspent for someone with 64 popularity, but at 35 years old and with 98 star quality he's the ideal person to push in to the main event. If Greg Black can get a shot at the top, Sammy Bach sure as shit can. But again, zero idea on what to actually do with him when his contract starts.

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    Nice recaps.

    @Keefmoon - I 100% think that Lobster Warrior should be in NOTBPW as the Lobster Warrior. He totally fits in there. The DeColt's are based in the Maritimes, after all, and they are heavily maritime, much like the northeast corner of the US. Local industry is heavily fishing-based. The fans there would go all-in for him. I believe this down to my soul.

    @Jon - welcome to being the new me.

    I also got my BCG save going. Had family in town all weekend so limited gaming time. Ran 2 shows so made it exactly one week. GCG started their raids. And then something fucked up happened.

    So in previous saves, I've been able to keep Razan Okamoto, Yoshinaka Taku and Tanyu Toshusai because, playing as the owner, I outbid GCG. It doesn't take a MASSIVE contract for any of them. Just a bit pricey - closer to $2K than $1K. Razan and baby Taku become loyal. Tanyu does not, due to his age, so there is every chance that GCG comes back for him later. Or Burning Hammer or PGHW or someone. So on the first day, I offered new deals to all three. I watched to see when GCG made their offers, and then countered. But on Wednesday of Week 1, I got 2 messages about Tanyu. The first is that GCG had made him an offer. The second was that he had accepted and would be loving. W.T.F. Not how its supposed to work. If that was Razan or even Taku that happened with, I would be rage-quitting and starting over (or bouncing to a different save in typical Papa fashion). But Tanyu... fuck it. He's good and a future star, but he was going to leave at some point. I don't get to overpay him for a couple of months while he develops towards being that star.

    GCG is also signing away two other vets who are solid. But those two were expected. They happened every time. Just a waiting game til the offers come in.

    I'm really starting to question whether Shiga and Murkami are worth keeping around. They are 51 and 49 years old, respectively, and while they are good Performance skills, they are not outstanding. They are highly likely to be on Time Decline, which impacts their matches. If they aren't, GCG will steal them. If they are, you are paying really high appearance fees for workers who drag down every single match. Both are on Time Decline in this save. They've only worked a tag match so far. I will probably have Torii have a title defense against Shiga at Heritage.

    Speaking of Torii.... He is the leader of one of the 4 stables I created. I found names I like for the other 3. But was going with the lame Project Bun for his. Then I came up with an awesome name and I thought I added it into the game but maybe I never hit save or something cuz its gone. And now I can't remember it. More tragic than losing Tanyu TBH

    So I signed only young workers who become loyal. Some of them are pretty green. But hey, loyalty. One exception, which was an accident. Not sure how it happened, but I apparently have a new main eventer - Tsuneyo Yanagimoto. A super junior talent who is the Exodus champion. I must have made a contract offer by accident. He doesn't fit stylistically, but he should be able to put a decent match on with the top guys. He seems likely get snapped up by Burning Hammer so doubt he will be around long anyway. $1.4K per appearance so he's not cheap. He won't be working regularly for us lol

    Attendance for those first couple of shows is a bit higher than I expected. I've lost less money in the first week than I expected, especially after upping the production values. I am guessing that the economy and industry are pretty good to start, though I keep forgetting to check. That's nice if it means we are in a bit better financial spot when the tsunami wipes everything out.

    I forgot to check to see if the game spit out any randomly generated workers on the second day. Often creates a handful of announcers / commentators.

    So my tentative plan is to have Torii carry the belt into the summer of 2016. As Jon pointed out in the Soapbox last night, having him lose in the summer and have an overall reign of about one year would be the shortest GCG has ever had. I would generally prefer to stick with longer reigns, but there can be some value to have someone get a shorter one - it shows fans that title defenses aren't cursory and you cannot count on every title reign being close to 2 years. Another thing Jon pointed out in the SB is that Funakoshi's higher popularity makes it tough to have any of the other main eventers go over him. I like to create positive relationships between most of my main eventers, which could help. But I'm not at all against the idea of Funakoshi winning the belt and getting a long reign as he carries us towards cult. But.... I don't think I will go directly from Torii to Funakoshi. I'm toying with the idea of Razan Okamoto taking the belt off of Torii in something of an upset. Razan would have a fairly short reign - a couple of defenses. Then drops it to Funakoshi, who gets a typical traditional puro reign.

    Mentioned before but with his A Star Quality, my intent is to have Razan be the company figurehead. But he was willing to move up in size so I'm doing that first. If it works, he will be a Middleweight with possibly A* Star Quality. If it bombs, he shouldn't drop lower than B+ in SQ and would still be an option. I want Razan to represent BCG in more ways that simply being its ace. Funakoshi is the heartbeat of Black Canvas, puroresu in human form. He presents the past of puroresu. Razan, a bit more dynamic and something of an underdog due to his size (even as a MW, he would be a smaller MW), and he represents the company itself. The feisty battling underdog with endless fighting spirit to overcome his opposition. But we need a story arc. So Funakoshi will be the personification of puroresu, taking the belt from Razan and holding it for a long time while Razan works towards eventually overcoming him. Much like Black Canvas itself rising up and taking down GCG.

    With Tanyu leaving, I had Rokuemon beat him for the belt. I wanted someone loyal and there just weren't a lot of options. I figure Rokuemon is going to have constant undercard matches to develop his Stamina, so he can defend it on dark matches against local hires and such. I honestly haven't decided how I want to roll with the Challenger Series belt. I've seen some interesting suggestions on the GDS board. Right now, I'm rolling it as an "open challenge" belt where anyone can put their name forward, regardless of establishing themselves as a contender, etc.

    How are you booking that one, Jon?


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