dafuge

dafuge's FM11 challenge

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The Aim

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.

The Rules

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, Download Link 2 Download Link 3. If for any reason this doesn't work, let me know, I'll fix it.

Here's where it needs to go:

W7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2011\data\updates\update-1110\db\1110\edt

Steam: C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/football manager 202011/data/updates/update-1110/db/1110/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, shed a tear, do what you need to do then move on.

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.

When 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.

Ryman League Premier Division

AFC Hornchurch    1050
Aveley            850
Billericay        1150
Bury Town         1100
Canvey Island     1000
Carshalton        1050
Concord Rangers   850
Cray              800
Croydon Athletic  700
Folkestone        750
Harrow            1000
Hastings Utd      1100
Hendon            1000
Horsham           900
Kingstonian       1250
Lowestoft         1200
Maidstone         750
Margate           850
Sutton Utd        1400
Tonbridge         1150
Tooting & Mitcham 1100
Wealdstone        1200

Zamaretto League Premier Division

Banbury           900
Bashley           650
Bedford           1050
Brackley          700
Cambridge City    1150
Chesham           900
Chippenham        950
Cirencester       700
Didcot            550
Evesham           600
Halesowen         650
Hednesford        1200
Hemel Hempstead   650
Leamington        700
Oxford City       1000
Salisbury         1800
Stourbridge       600
Swindon S         750
Tiverton          1100
Truro             1000
Weymouth          1100
Windsor & Eton    750

Evo-Stik League Premier Division

Ashton Utd        1000
Bradford PA       1150
Burscough         800
Buxton            850
Chasetown         800
Colwyn Bay        900
FC Halifax        1200
FC United         1050
Frickley          800
Hucknall          850
Kendal Town       950
Marine            1050
Matlock           1000
Mickleover        600
Nantwich          950
North Ferriby     1000
Northwitch        1400
Ossett Town       700
Retford           750
Stocksbridge      750
Whitby            900
Worksop           1050

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. If an agent offer you a player, you can sign him without scouting 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 11.1 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.

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 tables posted as there have been in the past. Completions of the challenge will hopefully be recorded in the hall of fame thread.

How to Post a Screenshot

  • While in FM, press Alt and F9
  • A picture will be saved to a screenshots folder, in the FM11 folder in your documents
  • Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket
  • Post the direct Url to the image here.

How to Add Links

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.

Enjoy :thup:

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Daf - cant download the .ddt file, click on the the link and it takesme to filefront but when I click on download now comes up (in a new window) with a list just saying "retain player" then the number?

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Daf - cant download the .ddt file, click on the the link and it takesme to filefront but when I click on download now comes up (in a new window) with a list just saying "retain player" then the number?

I've put a second download link up.

If people could let me know if the other one isn't working I'd appreciate it. I've rushed getting this thread ready so there may well be the odd mistake.

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I've put a second download link up.

If people could let me know if the other one isn't working I'd appreciate it. I've rushed getting this thread ready so there may well be the odd mistake.

Thanks mate-link 2 worked for me

Thamks for your hard work as well

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wooohoooooooooooooooooooooo. I think I'm secretly in love with this challenge.. :)

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yes, got a 5 star rating at the predicted game speed, seems nice :)

To bad Merthyr Tydfil went bust...

Anyone know where the screen shots end up when you have installed the game with steam? Can't find them

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No issues with the link for me. Teams have a full contingent of players. Are you going to be taking part this year, Dafuge? I know you gave it a rather immense go in 2010. Just wondering if you have the motivation to do it all again.

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Just want to say lets all try and hold off from uploading any 24th saves for at least a week or two so we don't have a bunch of clone games running.

Wonder if any of the legends will still be great this season?

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Are you going to be taking part this year, Dafuge? I know you gave it a rather immense go in 2010. Just wondering if you have the motivation to do it all again.

I think my FM2010 game has killed off a bit of my enthusiam since I did just about everything I could possibly hope for. I won't be starting the challenge on release day this year, although I may come back to it later on in the year.

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Really want Weymouth to come up, will the game take into account that they start on -10?

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I hope something was changed so the lower rep sides have a bit more of a chance to pop up.

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in case people are wondering which team I will choose, look here :)

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I'm pretty proud of that shirt :)

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I managed Chippenham a couple of years back. Got the sack after a takeover in the second year, after getting promotion to the BSP. Chippenham is a dirty word in my household ;)

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On holiday! (both ingame and IRL!) The first .EDT link worked fine for me. Glad to see Chippenham is still <1000 :) I'll be playing with them unless something lower comes up first!

I asked in the other thread, but just for clarification, it is ok to have deleted a certain file so as to fix a certain national team correct? This is not done through the editor and should only be a cosmetic change which will not affect any of our games.

It should be interesting to see who is willing to come first season with the new negotiations and agents. Looking forward to hopefully not dealing with agents for a few years after starting my Man United save yesterday lol.

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I managed Chippenham a couple of years back. Got the sack after a takeover in the second year, after getting promotion to the BSP. Chippenham is a dirty word in my household ;)

I've completed the challenge on both Fm09 and Fm10 so it's the only team I want. Last year I spent 4 days reloading before they popped up.

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Well I'm clearly doing something wrong as the file is not there on my laptop! Have saved it to C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2011\data\updates\update-1110\db\1110\edt but its not there?

When I try and download it again its there but with a little lock on it? Anyone able to point out what I've done wrong and tell me how to fix it?

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Where have Truro gone? They were my team last year. I wasn't going to pick them again anyway, just odd that they aren't in those lists there.

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Well I'm clearly doing something wrong as the file is not there on my laptop! Have saved it to C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2011\data\updates\update-1110\db\1110\edt but its not there?

When I try and download it again its there but with a little lock on it? Anyone able to point out what I've done wrong and tell me how to fix it?

If you installed it via Steam, put it here:

C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/football manager 202011/data/updates/update-1110/db/1110/edt/

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I swear I set it to June 24th, but I came off holiday on July 1st. Really, really annoying.

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i didnt use steam straight from disc,btw what does the (x 86) next to prgrame files mean? I dont have that?

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Blah, not sure what happened, but despite setting holiday man to return from his holiday on June 24th... he decided to take yet another week off and come back on july 1st :mad: Apparently 51 weeks of vacation isn't enough :p

Restarting to try again.

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Quavis. Just had the same. I had a rolling autosave and managed to get back to 2nd May.

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i didnt use steam straight from disc,btw what does the (x 86) next to prgrame files mean? I dont have that?

Its because I'm on Windows 7 64bit. You can just ignore it if you haven't got that.

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i didnt use steam straight from disc,btw what does the (x 86) next to prgrame files mean? I dont have that?

(x86) just means he is usuing a 64 bit version of Windows rather than 32 bit. Try downloading it to your desktop so you can find it, then copy/paste it into the proper folder.

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Blah, not sure what happened, but despite setting holiday man to return from his holiday on June 24th... he decided to take yet another week off and come back on july 1st :mad: Apparently 51 weeks of vacation isn't enough :p

Restarting to try again.

Happened to me in testing last night also, pay close attention when its close to the 24th.

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Argh been holidaying almost to the end when I discovered I forgot to include BSP/BSN/BSS :(

Starting over...

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Quavis. Just had the same. I had a rolling autosave and managed to get back to 2nd May.

Thanks for reminding me about the rolling autosave! I just clicked the last one which was july 1st. Looks like theres a may 2nd one for me as well. I'm just going to holiday to June 1 this time, they go daily until the 24th. If i wasn't the only one, its obviously a game fault and not me just not paying attention.

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Where have Truro gone? They were my team last year. I wasn't going to pick them again anyway, just odd that they aren't in those lists there.

Looks like I've missed them out, not quite sure how that happened.

If someone could check the rep for me I'll get them added.

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I've holidayed from May 2nd - June 20th now with no issues. Dailying to 24th.

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Looks like I've missed them out, not quite sure how that happened.

If someone could check the rep for me I'll get them added.

Their rep is 1000.

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Anyone started yet, I hope that people will have some players ready for me to look into for when I finish work later :)

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not started yet, mid way through holidaying. Hoping to pick a low rep team, but I'm not overly bothered - Just dont want the real high rep teams.

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Yeah, I wasn't planning on starting this until a few months down the line, but can't resist now that the thread is up. Holidaying now.

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first ever shot at this challenge and holidaying right now. hopefully fc united i want maybe reloading till they come if thats allowed.

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Yay tried downloading again and it works! am on holiday now

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MikaelS - I've just had Chippenham come up. If you want the save, you can have it and i'll start a new save, so that we don't get a clone game.

I'd rather know sooner rather than later though. :thup:

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For anyone who is hasn't reloaded enough to memorize which teams already existed in the BSS/BSN, I noticed that the teams which are availible for use in this challenge will have default logos, where those that were already there (and can't be used) will have proper logos. This will of course only work if your not using a logo pack currently.

If your looking for a low rep team, I'd suggest copying/pasting the 3 lists dafuge posted, sort them alphabettically, delete all that have reps over what your looking for, and then just check default logos against this much smaller list. It will help cut down time in between reloads.

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Some teams originally in the BSN/BSS don't have logos though. Chelmsford and Vauxhall Motors are two in my game. I agree though, it's the fastest way to see. I'm already sick of Sutton!

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Anyone yet got a link to alogo pack yet? I deleted last years one when I uninstalled FM10

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Anyone yet got a link to alogo pack yet? I deleted last years one when I uninstalled FM10

Should be out with the face back later tonight looks like.

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