Of Kings and Legends
Work has begun on the first Kings of the Ring expansion set for Legends of Boxing. Our first series of expansions were mostly focused on Hall of Fame fighters and noteworthy opponents, with the exception of the journeyman set of heavyweights.
This year, the approach shifts to broader coverage by decade. Each Kings of the Ring decade set (KotR) will feature 100 fighters across all weight classes. These will also be the first ratings to leverage the power of LOB for Windows to compile data and more thoroughly vet the numbers.
KotR Set 1 will feature recently retired and some active fighters from the previous decade, 2010-19 to help bring the LOB collection up-to-date. The first step is deciding who will get carded. The following is a preliminary list of 101 fighters. In the process of analyzing these fighters, some names will drop off and others will be added. A few may get moved to a different decade, depending on when they peaked. There are many tough judgement calls in terms of making the cut and determining the division for which the fighter should be rated. But we have to start somewhere, and this is it:
John Riel Casimero
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
Robert Easter Jr
Omar Figueroa Jr
Sonny Boy Jaro
Juan Manuel Lopez
Juan Carlos Payano
Daniel Ponce de Leon
Gary Russell Jr
Leo Santa Cruz
Billy Joe Saunders
- Stone Cold Hockey
Development of this game remains our primary focus. In the past couple weeks, the game has been further streamlined in key areas, such as timing and results involving stamina, agitators, and enforcers. Meanwhile, more nuances of this crazy sport are being captured. Mechanically, the dice and charts are pretty well settled. In the weeks ahead, we will begin to focus on statistical output and adjustments. For instance, it remains to be seen how well the scale of the game covers significant differences in eras, from the 60s to present. Playing time for our test group is already in the 10-12 minute range, so it is pretty comparable to Dice United in that regard. That's for minimal stats of course. Keep an eye on the blog posts at our website for more updates on this ongoing project.
- Dice United: 2020-21 MLS
A recent discussion at The Summit on FaceBook reminded me that the MLS completed a full season last year. It honestly fell off my radar! For now, this is the #3 priority (behind Stone Cold and Kings of the Ring), but I will try to carve out some time to get this done.
Musings about boxing, both real and imagined.
I watched Miguel Berchelt vs. Jeremiah Nakathila with interest, mainly to see how Berchelt would look after a wicked KO loss to Oscar Valdez last year. Fighters always have excuses, many legit, and many not-so-much, but the truth is nearly always confirmed at some point. Berchelt said he was drained making weight. He also pointed to COVID. Both might have been true. (I had a rough go with COVID myself in 2020 and I can tell you my lungs are still not the same). Now, Berchelt was stepping up to 135. It turns out that weight drain was not likely the problem. Now, Nakathila's reach and size were. Berchelt had gone from an unyielding destroyer to a smoldering ruin. For a moment, in round 4 I believe, Berchelt summoned a remnant of his old self, but that was the only spark in an otherwise one-sided beatdown. Berchelt seems to be done and I wouldn't rule-out COVID as a valid excuse. But we know the ring takes its toll as well. Berchelt is just the latest example of why the Shattered condition in the Career Campaign Guide is such a steep penalty.
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