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2019-07-14 15:52


The RZA Insider Magazine

Welcome to the second edition of the RZA Insider . With this week a look into the very psyche of RZA itself, some cool analysis and a look at surprising games in Thunder 1.

What is RZA?
It's a weird question perhaps as obviously RZA is an American Football simulator. The best one around! But for many, if we are honest with ourselves, I think we have to give a different answer perhaps. Because RZA is also a close knit and very friendly community.

I therefore decided to see if I can create a few personas of who plays RZA :-)

These players have been around since the beginning or at least a very long time. The game itself holds no challenge anymore. They conjure up match winning play books in their sleep. The real thing that keeps them here is the community and Pete. Some rumour that these players also sit on billions of dollars of cash!

These players have survived the very hard early seasons and have mastered at some level the game. They are getting to the play offs and if lucky, can make it to Elite for one soul destroying season. They are active in the community but also are perhaps secretly upset at the the dominance of the above group.

Same as above but only reads posts and hardly ever posts in the forum. We still love you though as you are a big part of RZA as well as you struggle as well to keep your team growing and to keep challenging for honours. Hopefully, perhaps, the Editor believes that maybe by reading this magazine they might be inclined to become more involved in the forums ;-)

These teams can be part of RZA for a long time but they just don't break into the top 10 of their division. Drafts come and go but they struggle to turn their team into a challlenging machine. Can be active on the forums or not. The editor has not spotted a correlation here.

They come often and leave often as well. We all feel for the N00BS. They join RZA thinking they will be establising a super bowl winning team within a season of two. Only when it's often too late they realise that this is a slow burning simulation where the marathon-running planner wins from the reckless sprinter.
The editor believes that we all owe it to the N00B we all once were, to reach out to there new manangers and make them feel welcome via a PM and especially to make it feel like they can reach out for help to any of us whenever they feel overwhelmed. This can turn around the dwindling user base of RZA!

Ah, everyone loves Pete. And although he can sure as hell be the topic of many a fierce discussion when it comes to the evolution of the game engine, the simple truth is that Pete is like a real Yoda to all of. His wisdom outshines our feeble minds at all aspects of the game. We demand, we ask, we complain. The Yoda merely listens and enquires and he only acts when he feels the need is to do so is really there. Slowly but surely he is weaving a simulator that always had no comparison and keeps making it better and better. We all thank Pete for being our Yoda!

So which category do you belong you think? And did I forget any personas? Let us know in the discussion thread!


any game or play can be featured here. If you think you've seen something worth mentioning here, send it via PM to Cheesehead.

Dumpling has been known within Thunder itself for scrutinising every game and play after every week to bring us the coolest, weirdest and most exciting games and / or plays. He is now bringing his skills to the wider RZA community. Thanks dumpling, keep 'em coming!

Statement made
Skunks produced a great winning performance against the Sultans. These two teams were both in the playoffs last season and are amongst a group of teams capable of winning the conference. Skunks however put in a great balanced performance with a mistake free passing game complimented by a solid running game and a punishing defensive sackfest !!!

Back from the dead
Knuckleheads scored 17 unanswered 4th quarter points against Pamplona Walls to pull off an excellent comeback with the last touchdown coming with only 34 seconds left on the clock.

Magnificent seven
After 3 weeks there are only 7 teams left with unbeaten records (with 4 teams losing for the first time this week) - is this an indication now of how strong Thunder is as a League.

Powerranking Admirals

Here are some of my thoughts behind this powerranking: Top group should be the best from last season -promoted teams + relegated teams.
2nd group are for those not quite good enough for the top, but tood good to be in the relegation figth.
3rd group are for those who need to step it up to avoid relegation. All teams promoted from league 2 are in here.

Editor: I took the liberty to export report to Excel and take a screenshot from there


This is a space where I will post interesting threads / posts from around the forums. If you wrote or have seen anything that you want featured here just PM Cheesehead.

In Elite League Solana Steve wrote an article on Elite Stats on Passing Yards and TDs by QB but the resulting discussion is also entertaining to read.

(Btw interesting side note here. QB Hategka is the second highest transfer fee ever in RZA. A staggering 245mill for a 19 year old! Seems it was worth the investment though.)

Not to be left behind Buziano did the same thing for Sea Devils 1.1. Article can be found here

Great work guys. The editor personally loves these kinds of stats. If anyone else has someting like this, contact me so I can publish them!

That was it for the second issue of the RZA Insider. As always the accompanying discussion thread can be found here Go there to comment on anything in this issue of the RZA Insider!

Your intrepid reporter Cheesehead

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2019-07-06 21:04


Launch of the RZA Insider Magazine!

Welcome to the launch of a brand new experiment in the RZA Universe: The RZA Insider - News, Subjective Analysis & Random Statistics from and by the RZA Community.

The idea of this was born last season when I launched a regional version of this called the Thunder Outsiders Magazine. It was written by me with the help of a few other managers. People seemed to like so slowly the idea started to grow that I could do something like this for the wider community.

The reason is that we all have our regional forums. Some are active, some not so much. But apart from Discussions forum there is not really a cross-regional forum where cool or interesting things are highlighted.

The goal therefore of the RZA Insider is to report on all things interesting in the RZA world. Whether that is an epic match, an incredible play, a opiniated blog post or some statistical analysis of a part of the game. All is possible and welcome. The hope is that this will increase cross-regional discussions about our leagues as well as just highlight the cool stuff that might be happening in leagues other than your own.

I am the editor of the publication and everyone can PM me to send in ideas or send content they want to see featured in the Insider. Also, over the last few weeks I've secretly contacted many of the active forum users to see if they were willing to help with this initiative. Fortunately many were enthusiastic about the idea so hopefully that will mean that we have a steady flow of interesting content over the coming 16 weeks.

The magazine will not have a scheduled publishing date. It will come out when there is enough content. Also this is an experiment so we will review it after the end of season 35.

To start of with I've asked someone from every league to write an introduction to their league and where possible a preview of the coming season. We will post this in the mag when they become available.

Season 35 Overview of Fire 1.0
written by our Fire reporter Sverngolld
Welcome to the dawn of Season 35. Managers are currently hard at work clearing up last minute details with their teams to usher in the first games of the season, right after the draft.

It’s immediately noted by this reporter that the perennial powerhouse, Haiku Hurricanes, went bot. A moment of silence for the passing of a legend.

Starting at the top, AC East is headed by the dominant Ajalvir Destroyers. They are forecast to easily return to the playoffs. However, The Bonecrushers are coming on strong, reaching Round 2 of the playoffs last season. Berlin Raccoons were in a slow build over Season 34, it remains to be seen if they blow up this season and push for the playoffs. Finally, this division welcomes Shengoku to the fold.

AC North holds The Hainaut Gamecocks in control, over one bot and two newcomers. Might be easy sailing to the playoffs for the Gamecocks, with real attention payed to gaining homefield advantage. Rabaul Jacanas and West Virginia Highlanders join the division after promoting.

AC South looks competitive, though The Lunatic Purple Cowboys are definitely on top. Dolphins Pisa, Schonspieler, and Berlin Devils are all building and it looks like some good games can be observed in this division.

AC West is owned by the legendary Tigercats. The San Antonio Storm is the next tier with the division welcoming the Green Bay Hackers (reborn) and The Seattle Grenadiers.

NC East hosts only one team from last Season. The Romford Wanderers return with two new teams, Watford Hornets and Penn State. The botted out Haikou Hurricanes reside here as well, looking to upset a few teams as their team ratings haven’t fallen to normal bot team levels yet.

NC North is the stomping grounds of The Lyon Eagles, followed by Neroverde and The Bonaval Acorns. New to the division out of promotion is The Fort Worth Horn Frogs.

NC South will be very competitive as well. The Maykop Misfits are the favorite, but Sacko Del Toros were on a tear in Season 35. The Andorran Castellars should be in the thick of things with the Toros. The division welcomes Misawa.

NC West should belong to The Fargo Knights, if ratings mean anything. Gladiatori Roma and The Arsago Seprio Boars will make this division one to watch. Tuscan Wildfire joins the division with a Rookie Head Coach.

Doing the same for Thunder is our dumpling:

Thunder 1 Review
written by our Thunder reporter dumpling

AC conference
With the top 5 ranked ELO teams of the league in the conference this makes for a heavyweight slugfest.
The Cheese are returning from Elite and will be expected to make at least the playoffs.
Cougers with an $8.6m weekly wage bill will be looking to win more than just the West division (which they have done for the past 7 seasons).
My tip though is the Thunder Bolts who have the best HC I have ever seen (CP 100, Exp 5, Con 5), you should also check out their QB and LB coaches too - wow !!!

NC Conference
The newly promoted teams from Thunder 2 will provide a guide as to how well new managers can face off against old timers.
Juggernaut had a tough season in Elite but will surely want to get back to winning ways
Sultans will be looking to go one further than the conference championship game (especially as Basterds are now in Elite)
My tip though is the Skunks who lost a close playoff game last season to Basterds by 3 and beat the Sultans home and away.

This is a space where I will post interesting threads / posts from around the forums. If you wrote or have seen anything that you want featured here just PM me

Meitheisman posted some incredible stats on wins of teams in Elite and breakdown of Elite Play Offs performance
Direct links for google sheets:
RZA Elite Wins Including S34
RZA Elite PO Breakdown

Solana_Steve updated the total Elite bowls per team and which league the team comes from .

In Sea Devils excellent writer Kanar wrote up a very entertaining post-season awards article up: Team Awards & Player Awards

That is it for the inaugural edition of the RZA Insider. We would love to hear what you think of the RZA Insider in this thread here (as this article cannot be commented on) as well as ideas or just talking about the content of the first issue!

Your intrepid reporter Cheesehead

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