redspottedhanky.com, the online train booking website, has launched a ‘Fantasy Football Cup’ game on its website. At first glance, it doesn’t seem terribly interesting – you create your own fantasy football team, earn points based on their performance at the World Cup and the highest ranking players win an iPad or Kindle.
However, when you look at the details, it becomes a lot more interesting. Every point you earn in the competition will be converted to 3p of redspottedhanky train travel vouchers, up to a maximum of £15. A decent amount of vouchers should be relatively easy to hit because you can have 37 ‘transfers’ during the tournament which allows you to remove players whose teams get knocked out.
This is how it works.
Step 1: Visit the home page for this game and click on ‘Register Now’
Step 2: Register your details – if you have a RSH account already, make sure you use the same email address
Step 3: Create a name for your team
Step 4 (optional): For fun, you can join a mini-league to compare your score against others. I have created a ‘Head for Points’ mini-league. If you want to join it, click ‘Join a Mini League’ and enter ‘Head for Points’ as league name and ‘headforpoints’ as password.
Step 5: Go to ‘My Team Page’ to create your team. You need to allocate your notional budget of 100 points across 11 players. For each of the 11 spots, click on ‘Select Player’ and select someone from the list. (If you know nothing about football or feel lazy, you can also let the computer pick a random team for you.)
Step 6: Click on ‘Captain:’ to pick your team captain – this person earns double points! Don’t forget to hit ‘Save’ at the end.
Step 7: You’re done!
Until 12th June, you can tweak your team for free. After that, you can only make changes – mainly to remove knocked-out players – during six specific transfer windows. 37 transfers are allowed in total over the entire tournament.
So, create your team (or, ahem, a number of teams if you have a number of RSH accounts) and prepare to sit on the sofa for a month ….
It literally takes under 3 minutes to create a team if you let the software pick a random team for you. Even if you can’t be bothered to do transfers as the tournament goes on, it is easy money to set up a team now and leave it.