Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Apologies for the lack of recent posts. Real life collided with blogging in a big way, between getting busy at work and then getting really sick for a couple days. I should start doing regular posts again in the next day or two. Lots of updates on Rotohog news, strategy, and more.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Responses & Comments

Other than George's comments on my previous post, seems like customer service has been excellent. While I may get special attention as a blogger, I've heard that the support has been good from lots of sources. In fact, maybe TOO responsive - the last minute trading floor hours change appears to have been in response to complaints from just a few people.

Clearly the biggest flaw in the game is that the current transaction rules will make it impossible to win without treating Rotohog as a nearly full time job. I'm sure they'll fix this for next season. I'm trying to work out some slightly less time intesive strategies for myself, but doubt those will allow me to do better than top 50 or so.

The Rotohog guys set out to find the best fantasy baseball player in the world, and I believe they've created a game where the best person will win almost every time. The only problem is that right now some of the required 'skills'are not what they should be.

Monday, April 2, 2007


Just got this from David Wu: "Phil and the guys are correcting this as we speak.
Your point total should show up soon. Sorry about that."

These guys are awesome. I report a problem at 3am their time and they're working on it already at 4:10am their time!

I'd be interested to hear more about people's experiences the first weekend of trading. I'm currently around $395 (down from about $435 at my highest). I was about five minutes too slow selling my Mets and Cards...the run-up and then crash in their prices was even stronger than I expected...I guess we should be ready for that whenever there's only one game on a given day. We'll see what happens when there are more games today. Luckily for me, I wasn't at my computer for the IPO or I would have lost out on that. The other big surprise for me is that so far, it doesn't seem like people realize the importance of closers...their prices haven't really gone up much except ones who clearly were underpriced.

Opening Day

If you followed the strategy of stocking up on Mets and Cardinals for yesterdays game and then sold immediately after the lineups locked into place for Rotohog (10 minutes before game time) you may have noticed a problem. You have 0 points this morning, and your lineup for yesterday doesn't show the players who you sold! I reported this problem around 6am Eastern and got a reply back from David Wu at Rotohog that he forwarded the email to their technology team and he will get back to me as soon as their technology manager wakes up. Pretty quick response considing it was 3am David's time. For those of you who haven't figured this out yet, the 'David' who sometimes comments here is David Wu - the founder and CEO of Rotohog. So far I've found him to be extremely responsive to questions and comments about the game. I'm sure some of you who sold Carpenter right after lineups locked in are hoping he won't be quite so responsive this time! But no fear...I'm confident they can fix things, because all the transactions are timestamped, so it should be easy to tell what everyone's correct lineups were last night.