To take a small club who were previously unplayable in the game from the Blue Square N/S to Premier League and Champions League glory.
Just like last year, to make sure that the eligible teams have the correct squads, we will be using a .ddt file to retain the players for those teams. Download Link Alternative download link. If for any reason these don't work, let me know, I'll fix them.
Here's where it needs to go:
Vista - C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2010\data\db\1000\edt
Steam - C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\football manager 2010\data\db\1000\edt
Or with the 10.2.0 patch, here:
C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2010\data\updates\update-1020\db\1020\edt
To make sure it is working, when you set up your game, go to preferences - extra files. You should see it listed and ticked in there like this.
Load a game with the English leagues only, with the Blue Square N/S selected, a large database (or smaller if preferred), the attribute masking, real players and transfer boxes ticked and the add key staff box unticked. It should look like this.
In addition this year, for those of you who want to add to the database to make things more competitive at the top level in the long term, you can set the database level to custom to add the players for the top clubs in each continent. It should look like this. This is purely optional, but no extra players can be loaded on top of this, this is the limit.
The extra levels of detail that you can change while in the game are up to you, as they shouldn't make a difference.
Add yourself as an unemployed manager, the details are not important at all. I like to call mine 'Holiday Man'.
Go on holiday until 25th June, this shouldn't take too long, perhaps about an hour. Saving on 24th June may give you a better choice of teams by reloading the game then going on holiday for one day, I would strongly recommend trying this.
Retire your 'Holiday Man' manager. After spending his entire career on holiday I'd love to know how he spends his retirement.
Add a new manager, the options are up to you but 'past experience' must be set to the lowest possible which is 'Sunday league footballer'. I understand that choosing different nationalities may have an effect later on, but I trust people will be sensible with this. I would expect people to use their own true nationalities.
Whena adding a new manager, choose one of the new clubs promoted to the Blue Square North or South to manage. They should appear in this list which also shows the reputation of the possible clubs. The reputation should act as a difficulty level, the lower the reputation, the harder your game should be.
Isthmian League Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch (1050)
Bognor Regis (800)
Boreham Wood (1150)
Canvey Island (1100)
Hastings United (1100)
Sutton United (1300)
Tooting & Mitcham (1100)
Waltham Abbey (700)
Southern Football League Premier Division
Cambridge C (1150)
Hemel Hempstead (750)
Oxford City (1000)
Swindon S (750)
* reputations updated with 10.3 patch.
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Ashton United (950)
Boston United (1300)
Bradford PA (1150)
FC United (900)
North Ferriby (850)
Ossett Town (700)
It is now up to you to manage this club all the way to the Premier League title and UEFA Champions League crown.
You may not move clubs unless you are sacked.
If you get sacked, you can either take over a newly promoted club that satisfies the original criteria (check the club's league history), or just start again.
Any form of international management is not allowed, until you have completed the challenge.
Assigning parent clubs and loaning players is completely up to the player, although it should be noted that on occasions a parent club can lend players which will make the first season or two slightly less of a challenge. It is completely up to you how you play this one, but everyone knows real men don't use parent club loans. Personally, I like to assign a parent club for financial benefits but never take any players on loan from them.
To sign a player, you must be able to scout them, this doesn't mean you have to, just he must be accessible to your scouts. If you have a foreign player on a free transfer who is willing to come on trial, you do not need to be able to scout them, as long as you have them at the club on trial so you can get a coach report on him.
No external utilities such as scouting programs should be used and the database should be unedited, this is particularly important with the new changes to the editor. Should SI release a data update, this would be allowed but any other data updates are not. It is advised that people should update using the latest patches as they are released, we have waited for 10.1 before starting so I would expect to see everyone using it from day one.
Use of save game editors is strictly banned, whatever the reason.
Rules for this Thread
Player naming is allowed.
General discussion on tactics is allowed, although people should not refer to downloaded tactics. They are not banned, but I would expect the majority of people to avoid them.
Screenshots for anything are encouraged but please post links to your pictures, don't post them as images as it makes the pages slower to load. Posts included embedded images may be deleted without warning.
When you join the challenge, could you post a screenshot of your manager's profile on the 25th June like this.
Progress of your club should be documented using this thread, we want to hear the story of your club all the way through. Please keep us updated, even if you are doing really badly.
At the end of every season, could everyone post some kind of season review, including at least a screenshot of a league table and the clubs transfer page. If you give this a title in bold it makes it a bit easier to pick out.
Sadly we no longer have the website to track our progress, so there will not be any full tables posted as there have been in the past. I will try and keep a table of PL and CL wins and completions going, so if you win either competition for the first time please make it clear in your end of season review.
How to Post a Screenshot
How to Add Links
- While in FM, press Alt and F9
- A picture will be saved to a screenshots folder, in the FM10 folder in your documents
- Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket
- Post the direct Url to the image here.
At the top of the forum, go to 'Settings' then 'General Settings' (on the left). At the bottom, select 'enhanced interface' and save the changes. This will give you access to the extra posting tools that make it easier to post links. Once you've done this, highlight the word you wish to turn into a link, then use the link button (looks like a little globe) to paste in the direct Url to your screenshot.