April Fools' Joke

From Hattrick

Introduction[edit]

Hattrick has released Aprils Fools' Jokes on April Fools' Day since 2009, when the first official joke was made (Balls below). A number of times previously, local staff had made local jokes, but this was the first time ever that HT made official jokes. Considering the amount of forum posts the slightest change to Hattrick create, these occasions really get noticed.

Global (official) jokes by year[edit]

This is a list of all known official Aprils Fools' Jokes that have appeared so far:

2012[edit]

The 3D match viewer was introduced, but was just a composition of match text in 3d shape:

01-04-2012 3D match viewer
We've got a lot of requests about this during the years, and now it's finally here: a 3D match viewer!

Best change ever!

2011[edit]

A new setting was introduced:

01-04-2011 Pitch settings
Today we launch a new game feature: Pitch settings. With this feature you decide what your pitch looks like, which cut pattern you want, grass length and so on. More importantly, each setting will also influence your home matches in a certain way; for example boosting certain players or team parts. So choose wisely!

You can change settings whenever you want, but the settings selected when the training update starts are the ones that will be used for the coming week. Your pitch settings will be in effect for matches from round 3 in the series (next week). You can see how other managers have set up their pitch on their arena page.

2010[edit]

A new player speciality was introduced:

01-04-2010 Celebrating April Fools' Day
April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, rivals, and neighbours, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible.

To celebrate this day, Hattrick is releasing another player speciality: Fool. The benefit of such a player is that he will boost your team spirit - but only when this player plays at least 45 minutes in any competitive match. However, if he's not playing competively during the week, it might harm your team spirit.

Searching on the transfer market for any kind of player with speciality fool would redirect you to your own manager page.


2009[edit]

Balls[edit]

Hattricks very own annoying MS Paperclip bot, Balls, was introduced.

Local jokes by year[edit]

This is a list of all known local Aprils Fools' Jokes that have appeared so far:

2009[edit]

Pacific Islands (Oceania)[edit]

A Hattrick announcement went out to all Oceanian users, stating the following:

01-04-2008 Introducing Pacific Islands!
From next season, Oceania will be renamed to Pacific Islands and we will be introducing Australia and New Zealand as new countries. If you live in either Australia or New Zealand it will be mandatory to start a new team in your respective country. There will be a one season grace period, but come end of next season any users remaining in Pacific Islands who live in Australia or New Zealand will have their teams locked and have to wait 7 weeks before they can re-apply in their correct country.

Most people seemed to have realized this joke for what it was because of two facts; the sheer stupidity of it, and the fact that the announcement was made to Oceania users only.

Swedish Match Reports (Sweden)[edit]

Since April fools' day coincided with friendly matches this time around, a Swedish LA had some fun on the users behalf and changed some of the introductory match report lines. An example:

Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 801 at Wombat Stadium today. WIK had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation. Starters: Andersson - Möllerstedt, Paunović, Axelsen - Stickling, Zchut, Nyírfalusi, Özpetek, Stamenov - Verbruggen, Ek. ...

Was changed to (Translated from Swedish)

Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 801 at Wombat Stadium today. An unexpected solar eclipse made the field bathe in darkness, since it was void of electrical lights. The referee had no choice but to cancel the game, since the players couldn't even see the tip of their noses in the pitch black darkness. However, we can reveal how the teams had intended to play. WIK had chosen a strategic 3-5-2 formation. Starters: Andersson - Möllerstedt, Paunović, Axelsen - Stickling, Zchut, Nyírfalusi, Özpetek, Stamenov - Verbruggen, Ek. ...

Dutch Crowd number "fix" (Nederland+België)[edit]

The LA's had some fun changing the Dutch sentences stating the number of spectators to a fixed, very low, number. Due to this, every user who had his language set to Dutch had very little spectators. Luckily the money they received was correct. A result of this stunt was an overflow of conference topics from people wondering what had happened. An example was (Translated from Dutch)

No rain had been predicted, and nevertheless only a crowd of 5 had shown up at <<arena-name>> for the match.

2008[edit]

MOD-dnbrt (België)[edit]

It was announcend that dnbrt became Moderator. Dnbrt is knows as a notorious spammer so many people were supprised to see him become moderator. In coorperation with MOD-Ambi1 he even "closed" a topic (11042014.1) to make more people believe this "joke".

Unknown Year[edit]

NT Election (Denmark)[edit]

The Danish GM's announced that the NT Elections were being discontinued, and that a former, somewhat unpopular, NT Captain would be reinstated.