Many people over the age of 40 remember the great game called “Small World”. Thousands and thousands played it and loved it, for all the main sports. You select your team of players and using five transactions per week you would use the inter-game economic system to not only accrue the most points, but acquire the most wealth (i.e. increase the value of your team as much as you can). I played it back in 1998 and 1999 for football, baseball and hockey. It was my favorite fantasy game. I loved everything about it. I love fantasy sports… and I love the entire ‘buy low’ and ‘sell high’ concept of stocks. And this was both!
So what happened?
Well, from what I could dig up, Small World grew too big and sold to RotoHog. RotoHog tried to monetize it and participation plummeted. Or maybe Small World tried to monetize it and sold to RotoHog after it had already plummeted. Whatever the reason – someone tried to charge money for the game and people stopped playing. I think it lingered up until 2004 or 2005.
Once I had the Dobber Sports network of sites up and running, my number one passion project was to bring this game back. And I will never charge money to play. I’m not stupid – I learn from mistakes, be it my own or other people’s! In the future I will monetize it by selling tools to help find the best bargains or better filter players, but that will be well into the future with a new platform and accompanying app. And I will make sure the price is very low and tools are worthwhile but at the same time not imperative (meaning you can still easily play and win without paying a penny – this I pledge).
So I have this game up and running, this will be Year 3 in Beta mode for Dobbernomics. The plan is to have the new platform ready behind the scenes for the New Year, and myself and a select few will play it and tweak it so it will be ready for release next year. In the meantime, this current Beta version will be the one we all play for another year. It’s a great way to get a feel for the game, get good at it, and get hungry for next year’s release.
Now, onto the reasons Dobbernomics awesome, and what it’s all about.