The Shotgun Express is a chill environment for sim players. While we take a laid back approach to the dynasty each member is equally responsible for creating a community environment that everyone enjoys. Stick jocks need not apply. Cheesers ... don't even think about it. Here on the Shotgun Express, respect for each other, and the game itself, is much, much more important than wins and losses. With that goal in mind, we make changes on a regular basis to make each and every game a reflection of the real thing. That means: A realistic CPU opponent, stats in line with reality, recruiting that does not unbalance the game, and anything else we can think of that will bring balance to the community. Coaches: Carolinaeasy (Commissioner) Archie Griffin (moderator) egofailure (moderator) Goose Grat50 Boondock3691 RJ Emeka Sliders & Settings Difficulty: HeismanQuarters: 8 minsSpeed: NormalThreshold: 0 CAT - HUM/CPU QBA - 30/(15) PBL - (95)/(30) WRC - 55/(40) RBA - 45/(60) RBL - (95)/40 PCV - (75)/35PRSH - 75/(60) INT - (55)/45 RSHD - 55/(65) TACK - (75)/55 FGP - 10/20 FGA - 20/60 PUP - 30/(40) PUA - 35/(50) KOP - 30/30 Shotgun Express Rules Advance Times 48 hour hard advance. If you cannot get your game in make a public post on the main page asking for an extension. Sliders and Difficulty Settings We take great care in trying to recreate an authentic college football game each week. Our sliders are difficult, and they will get more difficult as we move on. This is not the place for sissies who can't take a loss. The CPU is a dangerous opponent here in "The Shotgun Express" and we expect guys to understand that. Each off-season, we adjust sliders to compensate for the trends we see occurring within the game. Each season, wins are harder to come by. Position Changes Position changes must be posted for the league members to review. If any league member takes issue with a position change, the commish may deny the change. This is unlikely to happen, but it helps to put it out there just in case. Playbook Changes The Shotgun Express coaches declare an offensive and defensive playbook at the beginning of each season. They are required to keep that book for the entire regular season. At bowl time, they may switch to another book, but that book must be within the same style (ex. A coach may switch one pro style book for another pro style book, but may not choose a spread book or a one back playbook). Defensive playbooks can only be changed in the off-season. Players leaving We play big boy football here in "The Shotgun Express." Guys transfer. Guys go pro. We make no attempt to bring them back if they try to leave. We do not go crying to their mommas and grandmommas to get them to come back to school. Whoever leaves, leaves. Run a balanced attack on both sides of the ball, and you won't have anything to worry about. Stat-hunt, and be prepared for the mass exodus, because your guys are gonna go pro, and their backups are gonna leave town. And none of us are going to hand you a tissue when you start crying about it. Scholarships Recruiting in "The Shotgun Express" is a competitive affair, and is only lightly restricted by rules and regulations. However, we do put a few rules in place to prevent any single team from knocking things out of whack. Here are the rules: If you are 4 star program you have no restrictions for the year. Recruit as many players as you like, make as many cuts as you need. Build a program. If you are a 5 star program you can recruit four 5 star players a year. Coaches at a 6 star program may only sign three players of five star rank per year. All teams 5 star prestige and above may sign up to 71 total players, and may cut down to 68. All teams 5 star prestige and above that recruit players of four star status and up MUST be keep them on the roster. Coaches are responsible for players who commit without scholarship offers. Penalties for violations are as follows: Violation #1 = No access to the ESPNU top 150 for the following year. If the violation is for signing a fourth five star recruit, player must be benched for two seasons, one of which may be a redshirt year. If the player does not transfer, he can play. If he plays a snap (CPU sim or otherwise) before year three, he must be cut, and it will be counted as a second violation. If the violation is for over-signing, coach loses access to the top 150 for the next season. Signing a top 150 recruit the next year will count as a second violation. Violation #2 = That stated above, plus a seven scholarship reduction. Coach must cut down to 63 at the end of the season, and then lose access to top recruits the next year. Violation #3 = There won't be one. Activity & Forum Presence We're busy, but we take the time to interact with the other coaches. We read and post in our forums every day, and we keep the league up to date on our games and recruiting classes. Small post-game summaries are required at least half the time, and a recruiting summary is to be posted in the summary section of our forums. Failure to do this for more than one week at a time will result in a sim being given for the current week. Basically, go two weeks without posting post-game stuff, and week three will be a simmed game.