Strat-o-Matic’s computer version is tremendously customizable, and getting moreso every year. The ability to customize your gaming experience isn’t usually intuitive, however, and can be maddening at times.
Tonight I thought I might get around to updating the player urls in my version of Strat, so that when I’m in a player notebook, I can just click on “Web Page” and I’ll automatically be linked to the player’s Baseball-Reference.com website.
You’ll notice, however, that when I open the player notebook for 1965 Roberto Clemente, there is a little picture of his 1965 Topps baseball card. I love this little bit of chrome for the game, but getting it to show up there was no easy feat, either.
To get your player photos to appear in the game, you have to first download the player photo to a directory called “Player” (ok, easy enough – make sure the batter photos are in the “Batter” file, though, and pitchers are in the “pitcher” file). Then you have to go back to a file called the “alias” file and enter some text that tells the computer to associate this particular player (1965 Roberto Clemente from the Pittsburgh Pirates) with this particular photo (his 1965 Topps baseball card).
When complete, that alias line will look like this:
b,roberto clemente,1965,pit,roberto clemente 1965 topps
If you want all your players in your league to have little photos, you have to edit the alias file for every one of those players, so that their name links to their card photo every time it appears.
This would be frustrating and tedious work, frankly, if it hadn’t already been done for us. Thankfully, the Strat-o-Matic community – the folks at the Strat-O-Shack in particular – has taken this work on and there are numerous places on the internet to download complete player photo packs and alias files to just copy & paste into the game files.
I learned tonight that player urls (that little button that links to the Web Page of each individual player) is much more difficult to setup if you have already setup an alias file.
On “Brian’s Strat-O-Matic Player’s Page” Brian offers Player URL links for all players (I’m not sure when it was last updated). Great!
Here is what part of the completed URL file looks like:
Notice the problem? In the highlighted line, because I have the alias file for Roberto Clemente 1965 setup to look for his 1965 Topps card, in order to get his Player URLs to work in the game I had to use the name of the alias instead of the name of the player.
To do this for every player is going to take days of work, that I’m not willing to do. Disappointing, certainly. But I learned a valuable lesson:
Wait, no I didn’t.