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PostSubject: From the Unknown to Champions - Dafuge's FM11 Challenge   2010-11-17, 19:23

Credit goes to dafuge from the SIgames Community forum for the challenge, the original thread is here.

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.

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.
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