FOOTBALL

Football Player Editor/Creator

The Football Player Editor/Creator is a full featured editor for ABPA Football Players.  It allows you to change any player rating or statistic on a player disk, add new players to a season data disk and create your own season data disks, including the "fumbles.9xx" file and the "Locator" file used by the Game.  It also contains tools to help you create player card numbers from raw statistics.  It does not matter whether you use APBA Football for DOS or APBA Football for Windows.

Some of the things you can do through the Editor are:

APBA's DOS Football Editor will allow you to change some of the player ratings.  But it will not allow some of the changes I wanted to make.  I wanted to be able to add or remove positions from a player.  I will use a hypothetical player to illustrate those changes.

For years Swifty O'Toole has received ratings at EB and FS.  But this past year, Swifty only played at EB.  I want to use Swifty at FS in the Dime Defense, so I want to be able add the FS position to his card.

Swifty has also returned punts for years, but he did not this year.  I would like to give him a TC on his card.  After I give Swifty his TC, I can put him on the Punt Return Platoon at TA or TB, but he won't return any punts unless I also add punt return stats for him.

These changes were the genesis of the Player Editor.  And as long as I was programming anyway, I made the Editor so any rating, attribute or statistic could be changed.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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Multiple Card Viewer

While you can view individual player "cards" in the Editor, the Card Viewer allows you to view multiple cards simultaneously.  It can be used to compare, for example, all of the halfbacks on a team to determine who should start.  Or use it to compare all the starters to determine whom to place in each formation.  Or use it to compare players to determine who your next draft choice should be.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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RoboCoach Editor

The RoboCoach Editorenables you to edit the Robot Coaches in the APBA Football Game. You can also create custom coaches, similar to MicroManagers in APBA Baseball.  There are no programming or special skills required.  The Editor also automates the installation of custom coaches into the Game.  A number of custom coaches (courtesy of Scott Griffin, author of the Robot Coach in the Game) are bundled with the program. Although the RoboCoach Editor is a Windows program, it will work with coaches from both the DOS and Windows versions of APBA Football.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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RPK Utility

A companion program is included which allows you to inspect a player file and determine which RPK record keys are in use and by whom.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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Team Editor

The Team Editor was originally intended to allow you to set the Level of Aggressiveness for an APBA Football team. The capabilities of the program were expanded during design to include the editing of League Names, Conference Names, Division Names and Teams. The Team Edit feature allows you to change a team's year, city, nickname, and won/loss record. It also allows you to create a "fumbles.9xx" file for a newly created season disk or edit the "fumbles.9xx" file on an existing season disk. Because the APBA FB Game allows a maximum of 15 Locator records for each of receptions, interceptions and sacks per team and a maximum of 150 unique RPK records in a game, the Team Editor can count the number of Locator records and RPK records in use by a team, as well as identifying which players use which records to help you know who to adjust.

This program is available in the Football Bundle.

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Locator Synchronizer

The Locator Synchronizer keeps the "locators" used by the FB program for identifying receivers, interceptors and sackers in synch between the Locators file and the Teams file. If you create your own data disks using my Football Player Editor, the Editor will create a Locators file for you and will keep it synchronized with the Players file as you edit players. The Draft function of the APBA Football program will then create the appropriate locator references in the Teams file. But what if you want to change a player's receptions, interceptions or sacks after you have drafted your teams? You could drop the changed players from their respective teams and then redraft them, or you could use the Locator Synchronizer to update the Teams file with all locator changes in one operation.

This program is available in the Football Bundle.

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Other League Adjuster

In addition to homemade data disks for APBA Football for past NFL seasons, some folks have created season disks for leagues other than the NFL, such as the old WFL or the USFL or early AFL seasons. There are two schools of thought on rating the players in one of these other leagues. The first way is rate the players within their own league. The best players in the league would be rated as a 5. The second way is to rate the players in relationship to the NFL. APBA apparently did this with their first AFL cards in which the highest rating given was a 4. A case can be made for each of these approaches, but what if the creator of the season disk followed the first approach but you want to follow the second approach? That's where the Other League Adjuster comes in. The program quickly and effortlessly drops the rating for the players on the disk one level. That is, all 5's become 4's, 4's becomes 3's, etc. Of course 1's are unaffected.

This program is available in the Football Bundle.

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Receiving Grade Adjuster

This program adjusts Receivers's Grade Ratings to match those created by the Football Editor. It operates on an entire disk at once. Just pick the era of the season disk you are adjusting and then click on Open.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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Sack Calculator

Some homebrewed disks do not have sack statistics. The sack locators were entered directly instead of being calculated from stats. This program will calculate the number of sacks a player with a sack locator probably had and will automatically update the season disk.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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Football Player Name Adjuster

The Football Name Adjuster can change all names to mixed upper and lower case or force all last names to upper case.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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Football Player Text Exporter

The Football Player Text Exporter creates a text file of an APBA Football Season Disk player file for export to a Spreadsheet Program like Lotus 123 or MicroSoft Excel.  A file named export.txt will be created in the same subdirectory as the data disk from which it was created.  The text file created can be read into a Spreadsheet Program using the "Import File" facility in the Spreadsheet Program.  Consult your Spreadsheet Program documentation for details.  Column headings will be created along with the data and will be imported along with the data.

This program is included in the Football Bundle.

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Fix Passing Stats

If the first passing record added to a season disk created by the MakoJo Football Player Editor is added through the APBA 'Merge' facility, then the passing stats may get out of synch. "fixpstat.zip" contains "fixpstat.exe" and "St_pass.999". Copy "St_pass.999" into the "\seedfls" subdirectory of the MakoJo Football Player Editor. Copy "fixpstat.exe" into the same directory as the Football Player Editor. "fixpstat.exe" will fix any disks which have the passing stats out of synch due to this problem. Using the updated "St_pass.999" file in the disk creation process will prevent the problem from reoccurring.

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Booklet - Making Season Disks for APBA Football

This how-to booklet covers all of the steps involved in making a Season Disk for APBA Football from tips on player rating to the creation of auxiliary files such as the locators file and the fumbles file. There is a heavy emphasis on using the MakoJo Utilities (which are free) but other tools are mentioned as well. The booklet was originally a handout at the 1998 APBA Convention in Lancaster for the Computer Football Seminar. It is in Word Perfect format. There are two documents within the zip file. The first is the booklet cover, front and back, inside and out. The second is the booklet itself.

The booklet is available for download in WordPerfect 6.1 format or can be viewed online. When you are done viewing use the BACK button on your browser to return here.

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