Hatsticks is a HT-community-based project about collecting and exchanging virtual "stickers" of HT-players in online albums. To develop this promising idea, a Hatsticks Federation was founded on the 6th February 2009.
Soon after the pilot project, HT-Oxidus joined the team.
The original idea for the Hatsticks Project was developed after the launch of the new game design of the HT site in December 2008. vivastpauli (Marco Paesel) could finally turn into reality his concept. He built a Panini-style presentation of his own team for which he received a lot of positive feedback.
|Stickers about vivastpauli's team created with the new face design|
Soon after opening a dedicated Federation, he teamed up with allsports (Simon SteinMann), who made possible an platform for online interaction of sticker collectors from all over the world.
At the end of a project, for each stickers album, the users who collect all stickers are allowed to download a full pages printable version of the complete album.
Stickers Code Release
During the running period of a new album, or rather "a project", a certain amount of code is released every day together with a press announcements of vivastpauli or allsports (usually between 0:00 and 0:30 Hattrick Time). After using the codes on the official website collectors receive a certain amount of stickers per code. It's random which stickers are allocated to the sticker packs. Therefore any sticker has the same objective value.
- Daily codes
- The daily codes are regular codes which are accessible for everyone. Normally they have 6-digit structure with 4 letters and 2 numbers.
- Federation codes
- Additionally to the daily codes a federation code is published as a bonus for members of the federation.
- Easter Egg codes
- The world of Hatsticks also bears some Easter Eggs, so there are given hints sometimes to unlock them. They contain about half the amount of regular codes.
After some time of filling a new album the collector certainly gets doubles of already received stickers. There's a special section on the website where you can offer other collectors your stickers for others that you don't have yet. To find trade partners also special HT-forum's topics can be found on:
- Global forums
- The 4 main forums for English, French, Spanish and German speaking users usually have large attendance.
- National forums
- There are special exchange threads in many national forums for first language speakers without knowledge of the above ones.
- Federation forum
- The federation forum contains a lot of trade activity since it's focused on Hatsticks.
World Cup Albums
The first Hatsticks project, Greece 2009, caused a huge hype with a viral effect in the entire HT-community and made Hatsticks famous overnight.
Because of the enormous success the first server crashed after only 3 days. However the Hatsticks team found a new server and launched it back on one week later.
The first project included players and coaches from all 32 national teams participating in World Cup XIII hosted by Greece. There were also team flags and Easter eggs, so there were no less than 742 stickers to collect.
"Greece 2009 - Official Sticker Album" became a hype. Nearly 1000 people joined the federation in this time, trade topics were everywhere. No less than 21 trade topics were filled on Global (English) and many more on the different national forums around the world. The Hatsticks team got thousands of visitors on their team pages everyday looking for the daily codes.
To enlarge the hype even more, Easter Eggs were introduced in the form of secret codes that people had to search for based on some hints. Each of them included 5 additional stickers. The users who found them the first received the title of "Sir Stixalot of Codeshire and Bashory" in the federation.
These are the Sirs Stixalot of Codeshire and Bashory: Catalyst2950 (eggs 1, 2 and 10), GM-Baka (egg 2), TopGodo (egg 3), trashboy (egg 4), Aethon (egg 5), W-dic (egg 6), LeSchmuh (egg 7), Pirats (egg 8) and Mod-TaelS (egg 9).
With a little delay due to HT-Oxidus joining the project, the second Hatsticks album was launched in March 2010. The hype became just as big, if not bigger then the first one.
In "Thailand 2010 - Official Sticker Album" there were to collect 850 stickers of the national teams playing the World Cup XIV located in Thailand. Again players, coaches, NT-coaches, team flags and more from all 32 teams playing in round II were included. New was the addition of a Hall of Fame with stickers of the record internationals from all 124 Hattrick countries.
Once again the hype was enlarged with secret codes. This time they didn't give extra stickers, but revealed a secret image at the last page of the album.
South Africa 2010
"South Africa 2010 - Official Sticker Album", the third Hatsticks project, consisted of the 32 national teams playing the World Cup XV. This project was smaller then the last one with a total of 400 stickers to collect.
The project actually ran in Januari & Februari 2011, when the World Cup was already finished.