TITLE BOUT II HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION BEING REDONE. HERE'S WHY!
There are almost 200 heavyweight boxers who have cards (see Master Card List under the "More" tab). These boxers were the first boxers rated for the revived Title Bout II game. However, that was four years ago. During that time, changes have been made to the tables, new formulas have been developed for more accuracy, and various components of the game have been tweaked. While the current Heavyweight card set is fine as is, there are reasons for a redo:
1. The formulas have changed in various areas. While the current heavyweight cards still function quite well (in my biased opionion), theyremain so now and in the future because the ratings for each division are relative to that division. But redoing the heavyweights aligns them with the other card sets.
2. New boxer cards will be included in the set to enhance the value. Several notable names have yet to be carded. That doesn't mean the new fighters will be champions or strong contenders, but they either were involved in an important bout or will add depth to the division. Official cards for Nikolai Valuev, Lee Oma, Ernie Schaaf, Kirk Johnson, Wayne Bethea, Guz Dorazio, Harry Bobo, and Don Cockell will be among the new fighters available for use.
3. While Title Bout II's customer base has a mixture of young adults along with life-long boxing buffs, the overall age skews toward 40-years old to 75-years old. In consideration of age and eyesight, I am 95% sure that I'm going to move to a larger card, 2.75" x 4.75" Tarot card size. A few useful pieces of information for each fighter have been added (but not necessary to play the game), the majority of the space has been dedicated to a larger, roomier text for easy reading that will lead to faster and more enjoyable play.
SET 1 of the Premium Heavyweights is now available.
The Jack Johnson card below Is a scan of one of the new Tarot-size boxer cards that make up the 60-card deck that will be available for purchase tomorrow early afternoon at DriveThruCards.
One of the features of the new card design are the Gold cells found under Fatigued. The Gold cells indicate a negative change from the starting numbers, indicating a diminished rating. You can see with a glance the effect of running out of Endurance and having to use the Fatigued side of the card.
Other improvements can be scene in the amount of data on the actual boxer card: height, weight, and reach; as well as the boxer's place of birth, and a "Status" cell that describes the boxer in a single glance.
NEW TITLE BOUT II TABLES
I've posted a new download. It contains the .pdf of the new set of tables and play area, etc. It's free because I simply don't feel it's right to have someone buy the game one day and have to buy the same but updated component the next day.
The new tables are optional. They are, in my opinion, superior in many ways to the ones currently being used. That said, if you are happy with the current tables, there's no need for you to switch. Of course, because they are a free download, you can experiment with them and judge for yourself.
The new tables are, I think, easier to use, more accurate and better looking.
PRINTED TABLES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING.
DRIVETHRUCARDS will now Handle All Printed Components.
New to Title Bout II? You can now purchase all the necessary components needed to play the game as a Single Bundle at DriveThruCards at a special Introductory Price! (Note: Printed rulebook must be ordered separately at DriveThruCards or downloaded free of charge on the website's Download Page.)
NEW VERSION: Title Bout II for Windows 1.1.6
(Version 1.1.6 must be downloaded and installed if you wish to use the light-flyweight division and the minimum weight division.