Here is a quick overview of NPBL:
· Fictional players
· No finances, scouting, or coaching system
· Franchises are built through the Amateur Draft, Trading, and Free Agent claims of undrafted/released players or players in the NYSL Independent League
· 1-10 ratings scale, normal accuracy, stars for overall and potential rating
· 24 franchises that have 4 levels of minors plus an international complex
· OOTP generated draft pool plus International Free Agents for combined Amateur Draft Pool
· 162-game schedule, no interleague, slightly favors divisional play (18 games against each division opponent, 12 games against other division of subleague opponent)
· No DH in NPBL
· Slack and StatsPlus
· Sim schedule: Monday-Wednesday-Friday, exports due by 8am CST, sims ran sometime between 8-11am CST, normally in-game sims of 10-11 days depended on calendar month
The National Pastime Baseball League was founded back in 2000 using OOTP 2 with 24 original teams in 2 leagues of 12 teams split into 3 divisions of 4 teams.
The league moved to 2 leagues of 12 teams split into divisions of 6 teams in 2011.
NPBL expanded by 4 teams to get to 28 total in 2027 where it went with 2 leagues of 14 teams split into divisions of 7 teams.
Before the 2043 season, NPBL opted to contract by 4 teams to get back to 24 total teams. The league voted to realign with 2 leagues of 12 teams in 1 division and the top 8 finishing teams in each league would make the playoffs.
In 2048, NPBL decided to go back to 2 leagues of 12 teams split into 2 divisions of 6 teams with the division winners plus 4 wildcards for a 6-team playoff field.
In our 80+ year history, there’s been several franchise relocations and rebrandings. There are many franchises that still have their founding team identities still in tact: Maryland Admirals, Massachusetts Patriots, Louisiana Blaze, Wisconsin Lumberjacks, Kansas Storm, Illinois Jethawks, Washington Griffins.