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brxnivy of Hattrick
By: Robert F. Ludwick | Game Data | 11:46am, July 28, 2003
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A sports fanatic, brxnivy's screename was concocted by his wife. He owns, in part, a masonry company with his father, and can't seem to get enough of Hattrick.

OMGN: Care to give some background information about yourself, brxnivy?

brxnivy: I am 25 years old, married with 2 kids, and am part owner of a masonry company with my dad. I am a sports nut, I will play any sport at any time, and will watch any kind of competition. My wife can't understand how I can watch things like pool on ESPN, but it's not that bad when nothing else is on :)

OMGN: Give us some details on how and when you came to Hattrick.

brxnivy: I found it through a link on That was last June and I was hooked immediately. I had tried other soccer sims, but this one was far and away the best I had played.

OMGN: Where did your screename and team name come from

brxnivy: My team name is just something I have always used. I play fantasy sports also, and I always use the snake theme (ie: Vipers, Pythons, Cobras) I originally tried to name my team Vipers, but the name was taken, so I went with the Pythons. My screen name is actually something my wife thought up. I am a big Cubs fan, so it is inspired by the outfield wall at Wrigley Field. brx=bricks n=and ivy=ivy I like using it since it is never used on any sites that I register on.

OMGN: You're currently working hard in the LOTA federation in Hattrick. What kinds of jobs do you do for LOTA?

brxnivy: My biggest job with LOTA is to run the AmCup. That is almost all of my work and I will get into that more with the next question. I ran the ranking committee last year, but it was getting to be too big of a job along with the AmCup, so I am in the process of handing that off to another user. More details of that will be forthcoming as soon as something is finalized. As for other things with LOTA, I chat with the President, GM-Idigum, and some of the other directors and VP's from time to time about things LOTA should get involved in. LOTA is now one of the largest federations in Hattrick, so we continually have to assess what our membership is looking for and try to keep them interested in the federation. Anyone with ideas is welcome to share them so that the fed can continue to grow and attract new members.

OMGN: You administer the AmCup for LOTA. What is organizing such a large friendly cup like?

brxnivy: I don't think it's that bad, but I may be different than most in that regard. For some reason I like running tournaments and competitions. Early in the season I start the sign-up process. That's fairly easy, as many people want to participate. I just started sign-ups a couple days ago and already over 80 people have responded. After that, the main task is tracking who is out of their National Cups. Since the 1st round of Group Play starts in Week 5, many teams are still in their National Cups, that takes the most work. I also have to find alternates on occasion, as teams go far in their National Cup or actually forget that they are in the AmCup and schedule another friendly. Setting up the groups and schedule is not tough at all, since I have a template set up from previous year's and just insert the current teams. Other than that, I just bookmark the games each week and it only takes about 15 minutes to update the website with current results.

OMGN: Obviously, to be in a federation you have to have Supporter. Would you say Supporter is worth it?

brxnivy: I love supporter, it is definitely worth it.. I am a stats junkie, and I love seeing what my best games have been, what percentage of people train what, and other stats. I also like being able to bookmark players, it makes it much easier to keep track of guys I want to bid on. I also like being able to give my players numbers, it helps me keep them organized.

OMGN: Aside from federations, what is your favorite feature?

brxnivy: I guess I kind of answered this in the last question, but I look at the stats all the time. Any of the stats are great, including looking at previous matches against teams in my series.

OMGN: How many supporters do you have?

brxnivy: Only 3 at the moment, Vyking, Nagle and Echo_Fox.

OMGN: Back to Pythons. Should IV.20 be afraid of what your team has to offer this season?

brxnivy: They probably don't have to be afraid this year, even though my team should be competitive and I am shooting for a top-3 finish. Next year I really hope to challenge for 1st as my new training program will have had time to develop and I will be able to improve my team more with the sale of trainees.

OMGN: Is your team where you anticipated it would be, this far along into existence?

brxnivy: It's about where I thought, even though last year was a step backward. I finished a disappointing 5th, when I was planning on a top-3, but most of that can be attributed to switching from Keeper training to Playmaking training. I played half the season with starting inner mids with bad stamina. That was tough to overcome. But now all of my starting inner mids have at least solid stamina and I have a brilliant keeper from my previous training, so I should continue to improve. I went out and invested in 3 17yo solid and 3 18yo solid playmakers last year, so they should really start to result in some nice profits after they are trained to an adequate and sold. I hope to be in III within 2 to 3 season, and then I will see where it goes from there. At that point, the competition seems to get very tough.

OMGN: If you were promoted into III this past offseason, given your current team status, what would be the first thing you did to it?

brxnivy: I would have to improve my offense. My defense is decent and I am training playmaking, but my offense is very inconsistent. My next few big purchases will be aimed at addressing that problem.

OMGN: Are you looking forward to using the new Tactic Types that will be introduced into Hattrick soon?

brxnivy: I am very excited about the new tactic types. I hope it makes people try out other formations and try to outsmart each other, rather than just setting a 3-5-2 lineup and seeing who has the best players. These tactics could help a good manager with a little less talent knock off some better teams. I think that it will change the way the game is played quite a bit.

OMGN: Let's get off of the subject of Hattrick. What website (Other than Hattrick, email, homepage, etc) do you visit the most?


OMGN: What is your favorite type of music?

brxnivy: I listen to all kinds of rock music, not much else.

OMGN: What is it like living in your area?

brxnivy: I live in an area that is growing quickly. Used to be a farming community about 20-30 years ago, now it is all subdivisions and malls. I live about an hour from Chicago, so I root for all the professional sports teams from there. (I know, it's tough, they all suck, but things are looking better for a couple of them) My family and my in-laws all live within 5 minutes, so I see them quite often. With 2 kids and work I stay pretty busy. I like the area I live in. It is developed, but is not like living in a big city. Hopefully it stays that way, but probably not :(

OMGN: Do you play any other online games?

brxnivy: I play a college basketball sim at That is where I found the link to Hattrick. I also play fantasy football at a site called It is not like regular fantasy football. The teams are made up of 53 man rosters with offensive and defensive, players have salaries, the only draft is a rookie draft every year, other than that, players get bid on in free agency. It is pretty in depth, but a lot of fun.

OMGN: Is there anything else that you'd like to get in to end this interview?

brxnivy: Um, not that I can think of. I am just ticked off right now. I just saw that I tied my first league game of the year with my teams best game ever, according to Supporter stats. I have to rebound next week now against the team that beat me the last week of last season and made me play a relegation game. I also wanted to tell everyone to talk about Hattrick to others. Get as many people interested in the site so the game can continue to grow. I have only gotten 2 people to play (my 2 brother-in-laws), but I will try with some more. I hope everyone has a good season and that their star trainee does not get hurt (like mine did tonight, but he is only bruised but training :)
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