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dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

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[B]The Aim[/B]

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.


[B]The Rules[/B]

Load a game with the English leagues only, with the Blue Square N/S selected, a large database (or smaller if preferred) and the attribute masking and the transfer boxes ticked. No additional players from any nation should be loaded. [URL="http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/setup.jpg"]It should look like this.[/URL]

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 19th June, this shouldn't take that long, perhaps about an hour. Saving on 18th 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, it's always a sad moment, a bit like when the farmer says 'that'll do pig, that'll do' at the end of Babe.

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.

Take over one of the new clubs promoted to the Blue Square North or South, 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. Everybody knows that real men manage a club with a reputation less than 1000 [IMG]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/IMG]

[CODE]Isthmian Premier

AFC Hornchurch 900
AFC Wimbledon 1350
Ashford Town (Middx) 650
Billericay Town 1100
Boreham Wood 950
Carshalton Athletic 900
Chelmsford City 1250
East Thurrock United 600
Folkestone Invicta 700
Harlow Town 600
Harrow Borough 750
Hastings United 600
Hendon 900
Heybridge Swifts 850
Horsham 800
Leyton 700
Maidstone United 800
Margate 1100
Ramsgate 850
Staines Town 800
Tonbridge Angels 850
Wealdstone 700



Northern Premier

Ashton United 750
Buxton 850
Eastwood Town 850
Fleetwood Town 1000
Frickley Athletic 850
Gateshead 1200
Guiseley 1200
Hednesford Town 1300
Ilkeston Town 1050
Kendal Town 900
Leek Town 900
Lincoln United 850
Marine 1250
Matlock Town 1150
North Ferriby United 950
Ossett Town 900
Prescot Cables 1000
Stamford 1000
Whitby Town 1100
Witton Albion 1250
Worksop Town 1200



Southern Premier

Banbury United 800
Bashley 600
Bedford Town 1000
Brackley Town 400
Bromsgrove Rovers 700
Cheshunt 600
Chippenham Town 900
Cirencester Town 750
Clevedon Town 750
Corby Town 650
Gloucester City 800
Halesowen Town 900
Hemel Hempstead Town 800
Hitchin Town 1000
King's Lynn 1100
Mangotsfield United 850
Merthyr Tydfil 1100
Rugby Town 600
Swindon Supermarine 450
Team Bath 552
Tiverton Town 1000
Yate Town 650
[/CODE]

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.

There are no restrictions on assigning feeder/parent clubs.

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.

No external utilities such as FMScout should be used and the database should be unedited. Should SI release a data update, this would be allowed. It is advised that people should update using the latest patches as they are released.


[B]Rules for this Thread[/B]

Player naming is allowed. (This is a warning for those of you who do not wish to see this)

Discussion on tactics is allowed. (This is another warning for those of you who do not wish to see this)

Screenshots for anything are encouraged.

When you join the challenge, could you post a screenshot of your manager's profile on the 19th June [URL="http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/dafuge/profile-1.jpg"]Like this[/URL] .

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.


[B]The Website[/B]

Thanks to Allan our webmaster, we have our very own website: [URL]http://www.dafugeschallenge.com/[/URL]

When taking part in the challenge you can register with the site which tracks your progress throughout the challenge. If you do not sign up to the website, your name will not appear on the list which I will regularly post in this thread.


[B]How to Post a Screenshot[/B]

<UL TYPE=SQUARE> <LI> While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard).

<LI> Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image

<LI> Save the file as a JPEG

<LI> Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack

<LI> Post the direct Url to the image here.
[/list]


Best of luck [IMG]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/IMG]

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wp Dafuge, here's to another year of this great challenge.

Will start as soon as I get the game, MON the Halesowen.

Good luck to everyone [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]

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As i said yesterday, i began this challenge with Halesowen and thankfully it seems i guessed the correct set-up. Here's my [url="http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/dln424/Profile-2.jpg"]Profile[/url].

After a torrid pre-season struggling to find a tactic of any use whatsoever, the first 3 league games weren't as bad as expected. A home defeat and two away draws sees us 16th after 3 games. Got 3 West Brom players on loan including Stuart Nicholson who is far too good at this level. Can't play too much tonight but thought i should register my start.

PS. I have scouts apply first time round to my advert.

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havent got the game yet, but i will be AFC wimbledon, to get them back to were they deserve!!!

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I'll give this a go when i get round to buying 08 as i'm skint atm [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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Screenshot of your profile should probably say 19th June, not 20th [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

Going to holiday and see if Hastings United can be promoted, if not not I'll wait and see if they can if there's a data update with the patch.

If they gain promotion in anyones save any chance you could upload it please? If they do it'll be very rare as their reputation is so low.

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Well done to [B]dafuge[/B] and [B]Allan[/B] for making this possible. [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]

Will get my game up once I get my copy sometime next week.

Good luck to all.

[I](If anyone happens to have a team promoted with a low reputation which will be rare then I'm sure it would be appreciated if they could upload the save game)[/I]

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week off next week, fm all the way [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Thank god its up. I hadnt played the game yet waiting for this. [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

Im on holiday now....

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[quote]Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
Meet, (at least until the patch comes out), the new manager of [url="http://s54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/Chippenham0809/?action=view¤t=JimbOKavprofile.jpg"]Chippenham[/url].

Unfortunately, my position is a little precarious from the off due to my [url="http://s54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/Chippenham0809/?action=view¤t=ChippenhamInfo.jpg"]Chairman's status[/url].

[url="http://s54.photobucket.com/albums/g118/Jimbokav1971/Chippenham0809/?action=view¤t=23goals.jpg"]Some things never change.[/url] [/quote]

How come you have knowledge of France, are you half french? Good luck by the way. My chairman is in the same mindset as yours.

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[quote]Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Retire your 'Holiday Man' manager, it's always a sad moment, a bit like when the farmer says 'that'll do pig, that'll do' at the end of Babe. [/quote]

[img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's what I thought, lol. [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Holidaying the game at the moment - will prob be up and running either later this evening or Saturday (too busy tomorrow)

[img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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[quote]How come you have knowledge of France, are you half french? Good luck by the way. My chairman is in the same mindset as yours. [/quote]

Do I have knowledge of France [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]?

So I do....... [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]

No idea.

Nationalities are N.Irish and Irish, (I have a choice of England, Ireland, Scotland, & N.Ireland).

Honestly have no idea.

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Will be interested to see how people get on, especially if anyone takes over Buxton.

I'll be in the San Marino thread (assuming Ter ever starts it .. ), and if I complete/get bored of that one, I'll be back in Slovenia for Gundo's challenge.

Good luck all [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]

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LOL, I am a real man I will take control of an under 1000er.. [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Good luck to all! [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]

I'm holidaying now while I cook my dinner. I think I'm just a little bit [I]too[/I] excited about starting this challenge...

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[quote]Brackley Town 400 [/quote]

...that would be sweet [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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Here we go.

Decided that after umpteen reloads North Ferriby will not get promoted so I will take on the challenge of Worksop Town [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]




[url="http://%5BIMG"]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q244/kccircle/ManagerProfile.jpg[/IMG]]Manager Profile[/url]

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[quote]Originally posted by Gundo:
That's super dafuge. [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]

Any news when the website will be up and running? [/quote]

Im working on the site / Testing and hopefully launching tonight (but dont hold me to that). I was gonna be on time if release was tomorrow, D'oh!

Anyway [B]I still need testers[/B], anyone willing to help right now send me an email at [email]allan@dafugeschallenge.com[/email]

Thanks!

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I wonder who will be the first to post their first end of season update? [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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Anyone seen Ashton Utd promoted yet?

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Allan, you should have mail.

Is the saving on the 18th June and then reloading and going forward a day the best way to get a new selection of teams? Ie, is it better and more reliable and holidaying over and over again?

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[quote]Originally posted by Gundo:
Anyone seen Ashton Utd promoted yet? [/quote]

I didn't on about 35 reloads. Only sub 1000 teams I saw were Hendon (once), Halesowen (twice)

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I'll certainly join in when I get a copy of the game on Saturday.


I wonder if anyone would be lucky enough to get Brackley Town to pop up in the game.

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[quote]Is the saving on the 18th June and then reloading and going forward a day the best way to get a new selection of teams? Ie, is it better and more reliable and holidaying over and over again? [/quote]

Yes.

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[quote]Originally posted by kccircle:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Gundo:
Anyone seen Ashton Utd promoted yet? [/quote]

I didn't on about 35 reloads. Only sub 1000 teams I saw were Hendon (once), Halesowen (twice) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Damn it! It's not looking good. [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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Day off tommorow, so hopefully FM will arrive then so I can get some good game time in, and possibly start this [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img].

If not then I'll aim to finish the FM07 version of the challenge! [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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[quote]Originally posted by Gilbster:
Allan, you should have mail.

Is the saving on the 18th June and then reloading and going forward a day the best way to get a new selection of teams? Ie, is it better and more reliable and holidaying over and over again? [/quote]

I have no mail.

Its possible the DNS issues with the site are causing errors with dafugeschallenge.com email, try allanbrown [at] gmail.com

Thanks

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I'm still crawling my way towards the first league game.

I'm finding it VERY hard to fill the squad.

I started off with 9 youth players, (1 of whom was a Danish GK), but none of them are capable of playing first team.

The job centre helped me out in terms of numbers.

I started off with no staff and I now have the following.

Ass Man.
First Team Coach.
Player Coach. (AM/FC Tunisia).
Coach.
Player GK Coach. (GK).
Fitness Coach.
Player Youth Coach. (AMR Welsh).
Physio.
Scout 1.
Scout 2.

I've brought in 7 players on loan. How many are we allowed? I expected to only be able to sign 4 [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img].

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[url="http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/9249/profilelb8.png"]Profile[/url]

Just taken over Chelmsford city [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

Cant find an assistant manager though :@

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Looks like it would be best if you were allowed to retain English players, as its not ideal or realistic having to sign a whole team.

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[quote]Originally posted by Scoham:
Looks like it would be best if you were allowed to retain English players, as its not ideal or realistic having to sign a whole team. [/quote]

I like sign a whole team [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]

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I'm in.

Currently reloading my June 18 save repeatedly, hoping to get a somewhat interesting team.

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I'm in aswell.

I've reloaded about 10 times but the best I've gotten is Bedford, with a 1000 rep.

Hopefully I'll get a team under 1000.

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[url="http://img81.imageshack.us/my.php?image=icklebittprofilekr4.jpg"][IMG]http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/8400/icklebittprofilekr4.th.jpg[/IMG][/url]
Well here goes nothin [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

Boreham Wood 950 rep, real man I am [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Allan I registered, but it won't let me into the site once I have tried to validate my email as a new member...

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[quote]Originally posted by Des Tiny:
Allan I registered, but it won't let me into the site once I have tried to validate my email as a new member... [/quote]

Wd be the kinda thing u send me over email so not to bug evreyone here [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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Currently holidaying :d can't wait but think im going to go above 1000 rep since im not a man yet im only 17 :d haha technically not old enough to be a 'real man'

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Fine, just because I write that, 900rep Chippenham pops up...

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You should have mail [B]Allan. [/B] [img]http://community.sigames.com/customicons/icon14.gif[/img]

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I looking forward to starting this challenge tommorow!! What´s the name of that program you use to upload images straight away??

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woohooo!! Way to go dafuge (&allan)

Im on it! holidayin' as we speak!

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Bontcho Guentchev [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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[quote]Bontcho Guentchev [/quote]
Who Is He? Divulgeeeeeee [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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Looking forward to this challenge again this year. Although i didn't come close to finishing last year (stupid corrupt game files) I'm really looking forward to giving it a go again this year.

Still about a week to go on this side of the world... so keep those updates coming so all of us yanks have something to read while we wait.

[B]Jimbo[/B] Super Kyle looks like a machine on your holiday year... where did Barrow end up finishing? Seemed like in the mini demo challenge people were having a very hard time with them. Might be hard to pry away a 20 goal scorer though. Whats his initial value?

Do you have any French coaches? It seemed like in the demo I was picking up a bit of knowledge from a random coach despite not having that country set as a nationality.

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I've been meaning to try this challenge for a long time now, and I guess with a new version of FM its a good time to start. I decided to manage Merthyr Tydfil; no non-grey players outside of the youth squad, and no staff either! Lots of work to be done before the start of the season, but I do get Cardiff City as a parent club, so hopefully I'll get a few good loans in from them.

[url="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z125/Wellyboo/Dafuges%20Challenge/Profile-19-06-07.jpg"]Manager Profile[/url]

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here a link for kit in the southen premier league

[url="http://www.fmglive.com/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=30&func=startdown&id=1369"]here[/url]

I think here is a north premier pack also

[url="http://www.fmglive.com/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=30&func=startdown&id=1416"]here[/url]

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[quote]Jimbo Super Kyle looks like a machine on your holiday year... where did Barrow end up finishing? Seemed like in the mini demo challenge people were having a very hard time with them. Might be hard to pry away a 20 goal scorer though. Whats his initial value?

Do you have any French coaches? It seemed like in the demo I was picking up a bit of knowledge from a random coach despite not having that country set as a nationality. [/quote]

Super Kyle is only valued at £2,000 but anything at all is reasonable down here. He is listed as indespensible though and is contracted until June 2010.

I have a player/coach who is Tunisian, but his knowledge is all African [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img].

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I will be starting soon Dafuge.

Just playing as a big team to get to grips with the game and everything.

Here is to hoping my parents home club Worksop Town are promoted or my birth town Hemel Hempsted! [img]http://community.sigames.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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