Prologue "And as the clock hits zero, Central Michigan are your 2020 Rose Bowl champions!" Wait, that's not how these dynasty things are supposed to go. Isn't the whole premise that you take a school that sucks and turn them into a powerhouse, then get tired of playing and put the game down for a year or so, then get drawn back into playing as spring games start up every year? Look, maybe its the nostalgia, maybe it's that there isn't another college football game that scratches the itch, or maybe it's because we're creatures of habit. I have no idea. But personally, I think most people in this community feel the same way. This game deserves a special place in our hearts for everything it's given us over the years. But I messed up. I disrespected the game. I went back to the same old spread option playbook, ran the same cheesy plays all year, and managed to make it to a Rose Bowl victory in year one. Whats the point now? Mid-way through the season, I realized exactly this. Do I really want to play this game for the millionth time the way I always have? No. No I don't. It's time I take a stab at actually playing this game the way it's meant to. It's time to have fun again. As most of you already know, I went to Central Michigan from 2012 to 2015. Honestly, I used to be ashamed of going to a school dubbed as "Little Sisters of the Poor" by Urban Meyer. It's not a small school, but it's also just some G5 school that isn't particularly hard to get into, nor are they good at just about anything. I looked down on a lot of my time there as it made me feel like a complete failure. Even worse, I decided to leave 3 credits before graduation to go join the real world. Well, a couple weeks ago I decided to re-enroll and finish out my final class to officially graduate, something I've had looming over me for ages. When I was planning out my classes, I thought back about all the experiences I had there and just how much I really accomplished over three and a half years. That place was key in shaping who I am today. I've still got some great friends from my time there. I've gotten all this life experience from that short stint at that university. I still use a lot of that experience to this day. For once, it didn't really matter how prestigious we were or how we weren't MSU or UofM. I have memories that are going to last me a lifetime. So all in all, fuck the haters. Central, much like this silly 7 year old videogame, has a special place in my heart, and I can't wait to officially be an alumni of the Maroon and Gold. Now how am I going to fix my mistakes from season one... The Setup Lets lay down some ground rules so you know what I'm working with here. Difficulty: Heisman Sliders: NCAA Defaults (I know, I know, chill) Quarter Length: 6 Minutes Rosters: OutrunFire0290 (The 2019-2020 postseason ones) All of this makes sense. I want to stick with the normal out of the box gameplay experience wherever possible. I've also gotta give a huge shoutout to the guys who do these rosters every year. They do a great service that allows us to keep this game alive. Now, on to the fun part. I may have gone a little nuts during my first season, but I did have some limits. Here are the rules I had in season one: -Gameplay- Unable to user the D-Line unless it was a goal line or special teams play - I have this bad habit of abusing the LE and getting 50+ sack seasons, completely ruining the game. To counter it, I can't touch the d-line. I'll be usering LB/S/CB all the time, no exceptions. No read option plays -Self explanatory. I did abuse the triple option though. No conservative clock outside of last 2 minutes before the half or the end of the game. -No 14-7 BS here -Recruiting- No 5 star recruits No 4 star recruits UNLESS they are from Michigan No custom prospects -House Rules- No redshirting seniors -What am I, evil? I have to schedule Michigan and Michigan State every season (as long as I'm at Central) - Remember 09' baby Quit the game mid-game -Live with your mistakes, loser. After going through a season, here are some additions and changes I will be enforcing moving forward to keep this fresh and fun (or frustrating): -Gameplay- Read option is now allowed , but the triple option is banned. I promise not to call this every single play and pass 5 times a game. I have standards. Spread option playbook is banned. Instead, I must pick a playbook to work with and choose custom audibles. -Recruiting- Recruiting restrictions are lifted. It's not going to be as realistic, but I think this will be more enjoyable as a whole. I still am focusing on close to home players by default since I enjoy that more. However, all players signed from S2 onward must match the draft requirements shown here: https://forums.operationsports.com/forums/ncaa-football/565720-nfl-draft.html This is going to be interesting as it makes the pool a lot smaller. If the weight is close enough, I'll allow it as players do gain weight over the years, but the height has to be in range. I'm still not 100% on OT/OG, so we're playing that by ear. -House Rules- Look, we're all sitting at home lazy AF during this quarantine. I could use a little activity. Every interception thrown = 10 push ups, immediately after the pick. RIP chest Every point against is a situp done concurrently after the game. RIP me getting into shootouts. And, for the worst one... If I break a rule at any point during this dynasty, I have to go for a run within 7 days of at least a mile. I don't guarantee I can run a mile. Actually, I guarantee I can't. But I'll at least give it my all. Closing Remarks This won't be your normal dynasty report. I'm not going to get in character or post graphics in every post. However, I do plan on this being story driven. I am going to make sure you awesome readers out there get a key synopsis of every little storyline I find. Some are going to be forced or obvious, and then some are going to come out of nowhere as the game goes on. I plan on posting two posts per season. One will be the season and all the normal gameplay stuff you expect. The second will be the offseason with recruiting and our setup for the following season. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed my little prologue blurb about what this is going to be! Look out for a summary of season one later tonight about how I messed up the start of the dynasty!