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|7 weeks 6 days ago||My pleasure||
I think that's generally what happens for first time auctioners. It might depend on how many first-timers there are in your league. Some people think that the values assigned by their favorite fantasy magazine or website have to hold true and they go off of that instead of the flow of the auction. For some reason it was the opposite for our first auction draft. People wanted to hold onto their money thinking we could all get steals later. Second year there were huge spendings, and then after that we all found a nice balance.
Takes a little bit of experience to get the hang of it, but even then sometimes it's a crapshoot (I had Doug Martin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Lamar Miller last year. Let's just say I didn't do as well as most years).
Best of luck to you, I hope you find the auction as enjoyable as I do.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||That's a difficult question||
One of the things I really like about an auction is that you never know how it's going to turn out. Some people will spend an outrageous amount of money on certain players and you can find great deals later in the draft. The thing is, you never know which players those are going to be until the clock is ticking.
As a general rule running backs always go the highest, you'll even see people spending a lot more on a RB3 or rookie RB than starters at other positions. You can get a second or third tier QB later in the draft (Romo, Eli, etc.) for cheap, and most of the time the same holds true for WRs. I wouldn't personally spend any more than the minimum amount on a K or DEF, but if you do only spend a dollar more.
My normal strategy is to expect to spend a lot on a stud RB and then sit back a little and see how things unfold. I don't like to be too aggressive or too conservative; I find I do better if I'm in between those. Some people won't have any money after 30 minutes, and some will have all or most of their money after 30 minutes. Another thing I like to do is to drive the price up for players early on by bidding for people that I don't want. You just have to be careful because sometimes others are doing the same and you may end up stuck with that person for more than you wanted. I especially do this on hometown players. AP (we are all from MN) will go high in any draft, but especially ours. My guess is that someone this year will spend more on Patterson than most WR2s, so I'll try to drive him up a little higher also.
Good luck with your draft, I really think you'll enjoy it more than a traditional snake. Sorry I'm probably not much help but I always feel like if I go into it having a clear-cut strategy things always change regardless. It may be a bit scary at first, but afterwards I've always found I enjoy the process a lot more and have a lot of fun trying to figure out a strategy on the fly.
Edit: I'm not a big mock draft person (I think there's better ways to spend fantasy-prep-time), but if you are doing an auction for the first time I might try a mock or two. They didn't have mock auctions back when we started but I think it would given me a better feel for the process if they did.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Not relevant to the OPs||
Not relevant to the OPs question, but I absolutely love doing auctions. I have a league that has been together for over 10 years and it's not even a question of how we are going to draft. We've been doing an auction draft for amost that long, and with the way the websites (yahoo or espn but I think we use espn for the draft) have it set up these days you can customize your settings to make it run smoothly and quickly.
I like the fact that everyone has a chance at any player. I would highly recommend an auction for anyone that hasn't tried it, especially if you're looking to spice up a league or try something different.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Who knows?||
Maybe Gibson will be a much better D-coordinator than a DB coach.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Nagbe||
If you haven't clicked on the links for Nagbe, do yourself a favor and watch.
I would also like him to become an American citizen. DO. WANT.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Belgium||
I was going to say that Belgium has a really good and young attack, Lukaku could come back to form any day now, and that Hazard scares the crap out of me... But this is a POSBANG thread so screw those guys. We got this!
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Silver hair?||
Did Dani Alves spray paint his hair silver?
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||"And since the books have||
"And since the books have been out for so long - who the fuck cares?"
So do you ruin classic movies for your friends when they haven't seen them due to the same attitude?
I care a little bit. I haven't started book 5 and, since the show is skipping ahead of the books, had no idea that's how it went down. Now I do. It's not the biggest deal in the world, but it would have been nice not to know right now.
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||You're not wrong||
But in this case, especially, it would be a pretty big shock for non-readers.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Non-book readers||
MGoBender is right, the LSH thing is a pretty big spoiler and something you do not want to google. I have a feeling it could be spoiled by searching and not even clicking on any links. I was a little upset to see that in the OP myself once I figured it out. Just a heads up.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||You are correct||
The show is not the books. I understand that, and I'm pretty sure the OP understands that the show is going to differ slightly as well (at least I hope so at this point). But I don't think there is anything wrong with voicing his disapproval of a scene. I know that all the non-book-readers hate when book-readers talk about how things are different, but nothing was spoiled and there was no harm done.
Personally, I like coming here to look at the comments to see if others were as happy or sad about how the show plays out differently. I absolutely hated that last scene but it is what it is and the show needs to cut some things out because they have limited time. It's nice to know that other people are upset about the same things being omitted as me because that means that I am comprehending it correctly and am getting a true sense of what the characters are supposed to be like (I'm not a great reader). Maybe that's just me, I don't know.
Sometimes it seems that the producers are taking their freedom and spinning things out of spite for the book-readers. I mean, there's no reason to introduce Grey Worm's and that one girl's (name is escaping me) "love story" when you could be building important details that actually are happening. I love the time-saver of having Brienne and The Hound meet instead of all the in-between stuff, but then they leave out how The Hound and Arya were just let go at the gate to the Eyrie after announcing themselves. Some things just seem funny because the show writers are intent on changing the story but they don't seem up to par to fill in the missing parts.
tl;dr version- I'm not attacking you for your comment (and I actually think you've read the books), I just think it's funny that non-readers complain about book-readers disagreeing with how things shake out yet they themselves complain about things when it gets too "fantasy" (skeletons, whitewalkers, wights, etc.). We understand that they are not going to be identical, but it would be nice if they included what most book-readers thought was important.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you||
For confirming my point.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Great strike by Oscar but an||
Great strike by Oscar but an even better save by the GK
|13 weeks 4 days ago||It's futile||
I get what you're saying, and you're absolutely correct, but people that make these comments will never understand because they aren't willing to give soccer a fair shot.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||RZA||
"Other Bad Wu Tangist is probably Masta Killa unless you want to separate RZA's rapping from his producing, in which case it's clearly him, because he's an incredible producer and a brutally awful lyricist."
Hmmm... I always thought liked RZA's lyrics but maybe I just liked his voice and delivery. Either way, U-God and Masta Killa would like to have a word with you if you think RZA is clearly the worst lyricist. I mean, you don't have the alias "At Least I Ain't U-God" for no reason.
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||Thank you||
That was my guess, but I appreciate the clarification.
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||Someone that pays better||
Someone that pays better attention and has a better understanding of the books than I do will probably answer your question better, but for the most part season 4 is the last half of book 3. There are some things that season 4 has introduced that I'm not sure has been covered up to my reading (I'm almost done with book 4), but I'm not sure if that's the show going its separate way or if it's in book 5.
For the most part:
Season 1= book 1. Season 2= book 2. Season 3= first half of book 3. And season 4= last half of book 3.
|14 weeks 13 hours ago||That's OK if you disagree||
I'm OK with that. Perhaps "ratings" wasn't the best word because I honestly don't ever look up any ratings on the show, I just know that the show is popular.
1. I think the rape shows HBOs willingness to push the limits and boundaries, therefore keeping viewers glued because they aren't sure what they will do next. Although disgusting, rape catches people's attention. I cannot offer another reason that they would deviate and include this in the TV show.
2. Agree, and in some cases I'm glad they do.
3. I wasn't trying to say that the action scenes were what drew people to the show. I was only trying to offer the difference that two viewpoints will take to express the same story, and in doing so I used two different directors based off of their history of films. Perhaps I used a poor example. I do agree that the characters and politics are a huge draw, but a small part of it is also HBOs willingness to push the limits and display graphic and grotesque scenes. The show would lose a lot of appeal if it were on, say, ABC.
|14 weeks 13 hours ago||Show didn't do him justice||
IMO, the show didn't do Jon Snow any justice. I always really enjoyed his chapters in the books, but his show scenes were always kind of dull and lacked something. It seemed like most of his scenes were "fillers" instead of showing what a real emotional rollercoaster he has ridden his entire life. I did like his last moment with Ygritte on the show, I'm glad they put that part in.
It's interesting to see the dichotomy from the books and show. In the book, I started off hating Jaime and then grew to really like and respect him during his journey with Brienne. I was behind in the books at that point and when I caught up I realized how much I really enjoyed his chapters. Then they showed him rape Cercei and I realized that the show will never do his character, or others, justice because they want ratings. It's like watching the same movie done by Quentin Tarantino and Jerry Bruckheimer separately. One will go for the huge ratings and big action scenes while the other will dazzle you with developing characters and taking his time to produce a quality film.
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||I agree with you||
That post by Seth was unnecessary, there were two pretty big spoilers on there (I actually thought the mammoth reference was funny). The strange thing is, the whole thread actually did a pretty decent job of keeping spoiler-free (not many do). Kind of weird that it was a mod/employee that did the most damage.
I do think that one or two of the events that we as bookreaders are expecting to happen will not happen until next season. One reason I think that is because I don't think they have enough time to do everything well enough in one episode. Another reason is that book 4 offers less action than the previous books, and they'll need to spread out certain events to keep the non-readers interested. They could very well end book 3 with the next episode, but in my mind that would be a travesty because everything will feel incredibly rushed.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
That just brightened my evening!
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Same boat||
I am somewhat in the same position as you, just about a year ahead of you. I decided to start reading while the series is going and I don't regret it. Whatever course of action you decide, you should do what other posters have already said and finish book 3 regardless. It's still fresh in your mind and, unless you want to start a massive book over again, you'll forget little details that you've already read. I've done this plenty of times and I read it somewhat regularly. Plus, if I remember correctly, the show really starts to deviate from the last half of ASOS and it's really interesting to compare while it's fresh in your mind.
I started reading about midway through season 2 and am about 100 pages from finishing AFFC. In my opinion, I liked being behind the books because it was much more enjoyable for me to have a scene in mind while I read it and think "that's what really happened"... as opposed to now when I watch the show all I can think of is "that's not right, the book does a way better job of explaning and has so much more detail." With that being said, I don't think it's ruining either experience for me.
I will say that AFFC and has been mildly disappointing, but I'm not sure if that has to do with the way I read and watched them or because I don't like the characters as much. To me(a very casual reader) it's a bit slow and seems like it's plodding along. I do get a sense that all of these events are leading up to something, but I just haven't reached it and it's not as engaging as the first 3 books.
tl; dr version: I'm not sure it matters, just make sure to finish ASOS because it's really well written and gives fine details and betters the events.