Since I'm about to release what will be my last major update of Tecmo Super Coach '09-10, I'm down for a little history story time.
I'm Maynard. Rod made my name green
, which is perfect for me...... Mmmmm.......
I've been around these boards a long time, in that I was visiting every half year or so in the mid 2000s, but only created an account / started frequently posting in 2008 when, after half a lifetime of casual TSB under my belt, was I reunited with a legitimate streak of played seasons with a housemate and great friend of mine, Anthony, during 2006.
He and I must have played 20 or so seasons, logging in all of our season stats in Excel spreadsheets over the course of 8 months or so. Drinking, smoking, trash talking, drinking, smoking, rinse and repeat. We started with MAN games, but my history with TSB sort of separates my skill level from the casual videogame player; this is not to say plenty of individuals couldn't school me who frequent this forum, I'm sure. Although, to my credit, I still have yet to play a single person in a game of TSB from this forum community. So, Anthony, who was more competitive than myself, especially after being in the state of intoxication that we were when TSB was in full effect, didn't like losing all of the time.
When I was younger, back when I was playing TSB with my old man, I couldn't very well play MAN games with him. I would have destroyed him and no way was my old man building that kind of hand / eye coordination. I proposed we play Coach Mode since I wanted to include the old man despite his virtual handicap. That's when I grew an appreciation for Coach Mode and the concept of football played as a game of chess.
Flash forward to Anthony's situation: and so I proposed Coach Mode to him. In our later-20s, Anthony and I realized that another positive of Coach Mode, beyond leveling the playing field some, was that we could truly utilize videogames in the way that we appreciated them, as a relaxer. Having the ability to drink, eat, and consume any an all agents of inebriation while ALSO playing TSB in the form of Coach Mode sold us completely on the playing style.
After he moved out TSB went into hibernation until my next housemate and bud, Dan, moved in. He was a TSB fan as well, but was even worse at playing manually than Anthony was. Coach Mode to the rescue! But it was during my time coaching seasons against Dan, when after I experienced a 2100+ yard season running with Neal Anderson in Coach Mode playing every game against a human coached opponent, that I realized Dan and I, at the very least, needed some form of updated version of TSB.
That's when I joined The TSB Repository. That's when I realized how much information was out there about editing TSB. That's when I realized people like Jstout, CX-ROM, Bad_Al, and others who paved the path for any of this shit to be laid out like it is (as far as I'm concerned anyway) were still lurking in the corners of the forum in partial hibernation after many years of productivity. That's when I started fucking with TSB. The rest is the rest.
I've been messing with my ROM edit, which is a combination of many efforts, as denoted in the credits screen of the game itself and in the Instructions, for the better part of two years or thereabouts. I had no previous knowledge of editing NES ROMs. It did take patience for me to learn many of the concepts needed to graphically edit, or hexadecimally (I just created that word right now) edit TSB. I consider myself a fast but stubborn learner, who better adapts to working with concepts by fucking with them, and which is highlighted by reading about them from those who know better. I'm still learning all sorts of shit about how to edit this game, and there are many people who are way better at doing so than myself. That being said, I'm happy with what I've been able to create, and am always looking forward to that next update--however occasional it might be, as I tend to have a very active life outside of messing with TSB.
Enjoy the Repository. I do!