A long long journey

Is not coming to an end. A few weeks ago we sent jagreens IECC4 trophy to his home in Tennessee...please see the log yourself. :)

November 28, 2018
In Transit to Next Facility
Your package is moving within the USPS network and is on track to be delivered to its final destination. It is currently in transit to the next facility.

November 27, 2018, 7:10 am
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility

November 21, 2018, 4:37 pm
Processed Through Facility
Origin Post is Preparing Shipment

November 14, 2018, 12:17 pm
Processed Through Facility

November 12, 2018, 4:38 pm

Hey USPS, could you hurry up a little, please? Jagreen is waiting...


Trophy handed over to delivery service

Since today this beauty is its way all the long way from Germany to Tennessee. We hope it will travel safe, customs won't consider it to be something strange, and Jeff can keep it in his hands in a few days from now.

Since Jeff has won the 4th International Elite Challenge Cup here in RedZoneAction.org, he really deserves this trophy.


International Elite Challenge Cup Series 4 won by... jagreen!

A few months ago we started season 4 of our International Elite Challenge Cup. This annual tournament has become an integral part of RedZoneAction. Not only because 64 managers from all over the world are battling for the win...NO, it is so special because the winner is going to receive a real trophy. This hardware travels to wherever the manager is from.

In the past we have seen travelling trophies to Russia, the USA, and to Germany.

This time manager jagreen was able to beat 63 other teams with his Dalton Catamounts, and in a very close match vs. the Barmbek Cutbacks managed by Shanny, the Catamounts pulled of a win. The Cutbacks were able to make it a close game, but finished it being 4 points short.

Season 4...4 points short...OK.

So, this years IECC trophy will travel to USA, to Tennesee. This is where jagreen has his home. We will try all we can to make sure the trophy arrives during the next few weeks, and hopefully the postal service will do the job the right way. In return, we really hope jagreen will show the trophy around and brag a little bit with this shiny piece of metal. And, we hope as well to receive some pictures once the trophy arrived safely.

Thanks again to all managers who were participating in this tournament, and I am quite sure we will see a very challenging season 5 of this cup!


IECC4 - The Final

Old or new world? On Sunday a great journey comes to an end. While one team will look back and cannot lift anything into the air, the other team will win this thing, and receive a shiny, real trophy. Good luck to both teams!

IECC4 means Intercontinental Elite Challenge Cup. 64 teams from all over the world were trying hard to enter this final bowl game, but only 2 out of those teams were able to make it. This is series 4 of this great competition. What makes it so special? The winner receives a real trophy, no matter how far this trophy will have to travel...


Season rollover - Season 32 starts now

The season rollover is done. There are a few messages missing for retiring players and coaches, so please check your roster and staff twice not to miss any leaving players or coaches.

At the same time Engine 4.48 was enabled. Most important change beside some bugfixes: QB rushes. If you like to see your QB running the ball, just use your playbook and tell him to do so.

Good luck!


IECC4 - Final Competition - The last four...

We found the final 4 teams for our competition. Which if those teams will be the one to receive a real trophy?


IECC4 - Final Competition - Playoffs ahead!

Do you remember? A few months ago we started series 4 of our International Elite Challenge Cup. Yes, the tournament you can win a real trophy...

Now the competition enters the final stage. Playoffs!

Coming Sunday, 8 of the best teams are battling to get one out of 4 spots.


The Youth pull is different now. If your manager rank is below Top Manager or your Youth Academy level is at Premium, your Coaches will provide remarks on each of the players showing up during the Youth pull. The better your Coaches are, the better the predictions will be. But, of course your Coaches could be wrong with their prediction. But most of the time they know what they are doing. Btw, it does not matter which positions you have coaches for, your Coaching staff will provide remarks for every player.

Qb runs...

A QB running with the Football himself? This is no news...we have this RedZoneAction since almost the very beginning!

New: you can now control your QB runs by the Playbook! Just check it out. For now this is active for so called Friendly games only.


IECC4 - Final Competition - Kickoff

Did anyone notice? Today we have seen the first matches of our final round of International Elite Challenge Cup 4. It will come to an end in a few weeks, and I cannot wait to learn where to send the real trophy to.


You wanna join us, for our annual pick'em game at ESPN, right? (2018)


The years before we ran our annual pick'em game at ESPN, and we will do so this year as well.

We created a group already, for more information please join us in the Forums.

The winner if this pick'em - which usually was a close thing at the end - will receive a 3 months supporter account for free, and the runner-up will receive 50 credits.

So don't wait and join us!

Have fun!


International Elite Challenge Cup Series: 4 kicking off


Today we received the pictures and story by Notsch (nice read!), and this means nothing else than we can kick off series 4 of this format.

Again 64 teams will battle for a real trophy, in power mode. Power mode means: all teams are kind of equal in terms of player skills, so tactics matters! And no matter where you are from: if you can receive a parcel, we will make sure the trophy finds you will. Just finish this minor task of defeating 63 other teams from all over the world.and you will be the next Champion!

There is s small change to the rules: this year both the winner and runner-up of each qualification round will take part in the final competition...

Qualification rounds 1 and 2 are set and waiting for application.

More detail can be found here: Click

IECC3 - Notsch tells us a little bit about his home town Berlin!

Hi guys,

First of all sorry for the long delay. I really didn´t plan taking the writing of this text that long
and it is obvious predominately due to my lousy time management, but the fellow in the first picture
holding the trophy (that’s not me btw….) had definitely his share.

And secondly i like to thank pete for his great idea of creating RZA. I first came in touch with pete
probably about 10 years ago at TOG, where his son and me shared franchises in the same league. We
wrote messages back and forth and I would never have believed that we would still be in touch over
such a long period of time.
But next to creating his own game this guy had an even bigger idea in creating a tournament with a
real life reward. I can really tell you, being able to possess a “real” trophy and being able to show
them to friends is marvelous. It is now located on a commode in my living room and looking at it
fosters pride.

That is actually me holding the trophy. Pete asked me to show you some pics of my home town and
since I didn´t want to disappoint pete I took my camera and made some shots of the capital of
Germany and one of the larger cities in Europe, Berlin.

This is the street i live in and the depicted house being built around 1900 is pretty typical for this
borough. Many people think that after the 2 nd world war Berlin had to be built up totally from the
ground, but this is actually not valid for all districts. At least here in the Prenzlauer Berg there is still a
variety of houses dating back from the so called “Gründerzeit” between 1880 to 1914.

Also dating back to those days is this typical subway station, which is running above-ground on two
sections in Berlin. The graffitis on the picture certify the topicality of this shot.

This is just a nice impression of the sidewalk below the train rail from the last picture...pretty useful
during showers of rain.

And while we are speaking about graffiti: probably common for an urban environment you can´t walk
through Berlin these days without discovering streetart. Maybe those rats running up this house
aren´t not quite comparable to Banksy, but they are funny to watch nonetheless.

This picture is also pretty characteristic for Berlin, but it is a look you probably won´t find in any
tourist guide at all. Those building located next to the railway are typical working class houses and
probably still pretty cheap in rent.

Berlin is also known for his large number of parks giving enough space for recreation and
contemplation. Many parks are named after historical figures and you will find plenty of statues
while walking through Berlin. The picture above was taken in the Schilllerpark and so the bronze guy
is Schiller, who lived in the 18 th century and who is one of Germanys most important playwrighter.
Did anyone note the graffiti at the walls in the back?

With more than 12.5 million people visiting the town a year Berlin is a touristic centre. It still has a
myriad of buildings from the late 19th century. The picture above shows one of the most famous
ones: the „Berliner Dom“ is the greatest protestantic church in Germany. Its crypta is visitable and
contains the bones of many queens and kings.

One of the nicest places in Berlin is the Gendarmenmarkt, a wide square from the 18 th century
containing three buldings. Two of those are shown in the pic, the “Konzerthaus” on the left is one of
the better addresses to listen to classical music in Berlin, while the “Frazösischer Dom” (originally a
church) contains a viewing platform and a Hugenot museum. The Gendarmenmarkt was vastly
destroyed in the 2 nd world war and rebuilt afterwards.

After the 2nd world war Berlin (as well as Germany) was divided into four sectors and with the
beginning of the cold war the infamous Berlin Wall was erected. The Checkpoint Charlie is shown
above and it was one of the few crossing points between East and West Berlin. In 1961 the site
located in the center of the city witnessed a dramatic stand-off between soviet and American tanks.
Today the Checkpoint Charlie is a mostly crowded tourist site where you can take pics wearing cold
war uniforms, hats, gas masks or whatever you like.

Evening impression of the Fernsehturm located at probably the most famous spot in Berlin, the
Alexanderplatz. The Fernsehturm is the largest building in Berlin and was erected as a symbol of
Communist power in the late 1960s. As you can imagine it provides a spectacular view over the city.

One of the weirdest objects to find in Berlin is the so called Weltzeituhr (world clock). It is also
located at the Alexanderplatz and it shows the current time in 148 major cities. I don´t know exactly
why, but since its erection in 1969 it has become a huge tourist attraction and ‘let´s meet at the
Weltzeituhr’ is a common saying in Berlin.

My final picture shows the Brandenburg Gate in the sunset. While the wall divided Berlin it was
located directly at the border and after the unification it became a symbol for the peaceful revolution
and for Germany itself.

So, thank you very much for the story and the pictures! It is a real pleasure to have managers like Notsch in RedZoneAction.org, and of course Notsch deserves the trophy and the pride that comes along with it. Now, this was the real final act for IECC3, and we can go for the next International Elite Challenge Cap soon.


One small step for a coder - big improvement for players progress

If one reads the manual, especially the training section, he/she might find a new paragraph:

From season 30 on, there is a factor based on the age of the player. Younger players get a bigger bonus for their training progress, while elder players get a smaller bonus. For Favre-like players the bonus might turn into a negative effect as well.

We won't reveal the true numbers of the change, but you will see a big change during tomorrows training for the first time.


Season 30 starts now!

OK, Season 30 is here, and with it a few major changes!

The Draft is happening during the next few days, so be prepared and set your Draft order! As well the Mediacenter waits for pledges again. Remember, the early bird gets much more payback, so it is wise to pledge until Tuesday evening as much money as you can. Check the conditions, the manual is up to date!

But for the changes...there were some major changes in the game sim engine. It is all about Out Of Position Penalties, and about formation balancing. There is plenty of discussion going on in the forums, and we try to meet some of the discussed topics with the changes made. And, the Out Of Position Penalty is describe in the manual. We did not change the outcome, but we fixed a lot of glitches in here.

Have fun!

Btw: we will start another International Elite Challenge Cup series soon. So if you want to bring some new managers over to participate: now is the right time. And of course, it is the right time everytime to tell your friends about RedZoneAction.org!


A change, forced by law regulations

Dear friends,

The European Union has hardened the privacy policy rules two years ago. There was a "grace period" of 2 years, which will be over soon. The new regulations force site-owners like me to provide much more enhanced information how data are stored, processed and deleted.

In my opinion this is a good move!

However, I am not able to provide such information in any other languages than English and German. This is the reason I will shutdown all translations beside English and German during the next few days. The country forums will stay as they are.

Sorry for any inconvinience this might cause.

Privacy Officer


Free Scrimmages?

Yes, Free Scrimmages. From now on you can play as many Scrimmages as you like, if you are using the "Friendly Games Engine".

Some bigger changes were added to the simulation engine. We added a more advanced formation balancing facility, to make future balancing work more easy, and more trackable. But such a major change does not come with any guarantee of being free from glitches. Therefore we invite you to run Scrimmages as much as you like. We can't wait to receive your reports in the forum.


RZA user meeting, Berlin

The NFL season is over! Last night the Eagles pulled a win in such a close close game. We have seen nearly no defensive action by both teams. "D wins championships" seems to be not true anymore, and once more the haftime show was not what we would have expected...a German newspaper even confused the protagonist, and wrote "watch Justin Bieber tonight"...

But we do not confuse things, and want to introduce two managers to you. On the left side of the picture, there is notsch from Landru Athletics, one of the most successful teams in RedZoneAction.org for years. On the right side you see hollyhh2000, owner of Wilmersdorf Wadenbeisser - who are another very successful team in RedZoneAction.org.

They guys met in a Pub in Berlin, just to talk about this and that and everything, they had a good time, and enjoyed the beer. Needless to say who is the favorite of the upcoming season...just check the brand of the beer...

Thanks for sharing this picture!


RZA users public viewing

You see these lovely chaps? On the left side: bwadders76, owner of Shard End Sharks. On the right side, you see his opponent in todays Wildcard game, Admirals league: Erdington Doleys managed by H1LL5. Both, sitting in the pub, having a beer each, and watching the game. It seems, the Doleys were busy with ordering beer while the Sharks made the game plan. The Sharks won 69:7 at their home, the Fish Bowl! Sandy Kang, QB of the Shard End Sharks had 8 passes for touchdowns, completed 34 passes for 522 yards.

We say: thanks for sharing, Cheers!


And the winner of our season 2017 NFL pickem is...

Congrats IMGregory, you won this seasons pickem!

Congrats Brewnoe, well deserved Runner-up.

Needless to say, it was as close as it could be. One point difference between the pickers on top of the table, quite nice!

See you again in August!