Dobbernomics: Why Should You Play This Game? Ideas, Strategies…And Why It’s So Damn Good



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 (on the cheap) only to aid in finding the player you want, quickly, but it won't be imperative to play the game – just to give an edge as a time saver.

I have this game up and running, this will be Year 5 in Beta mode for Dobbernomics. The plan is to have the new platform ready for next season. This time for realsies. Work has actually been started. The new platform will be quick, slick, clean, and have an accompanying app. We have lots of new ideas to implement when the new platform finally gets released, including incentives/rewards, new tools and better filters.

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 it's awesome, and what it's all about.

Each player gets $50M to spend on a team consisting of:

7 forwards, 3 defensemen, 2 goaltenders

Forwards/Defensemen: G 2.5, A 2.5, +/- 1.0, PIM 0.3,