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Challenge #43

2003 Chicago Blackhawks
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Challenge #43 Winners!

Season 1

:1st: jmi
:2nd: Peter_Doherty
:3rd: smokey

Season 2

:1st: jmi
:2nd: Beukeboom
:3rd: m0fownz0r

Season 3

:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: stone169
:3rd: SteveBonus

Season 4

:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: SteveBonus
:3rd: stone169

Congrats to all the winners and thank you to all of the participants! Trophies will be awarded to profiles shortly.

Posted by bruins72
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:20 pm

Franchise Hockey Manager 3 - Out Now

Franchise Hockey Manager 3 is now available on Steam and eSellerate (there is a 10% discount on Steam until 7 November). We have a discussion thread running here: viewtopic.php?f=113&t=17196



New features include:

New Career Mode: Path to Glory
Path to Glory is a streamlined and more approachable way to play the game, with improved game and information flow, including more news from your league and the rest of the game world. You generate your GM/coach, complete with special skills, and start your career with a lower-level team before working your way up the ranks. Or you can jump right into the pro scene with your favourite club and lead it to glory.

Over the years, you gain experience and improve your skills until retirement beckons, hopefully with a few championships under your belt. You can carry on in your original game world with a new GM/coach or start fresh with a brand-new game.

International Play
FHM 3 features all the major international tournaments, including qualifying stages, and full international rankings, all the way down to the Group III level, offering the chance to lead non-traditional hockey nations like Australia, South Korea or China to glory.

New Role-Based Tactical System
The tactical system has been completely revamped, allowing you to choose from a variety of pre-set tactics to build your team's system and then assign players specific roles that fit into that system. Every game is now a tactical struggle between coaches to win and hold the edge over the other team, while getting the most out of their players.

Rebuilt Injury System
Injuries are now generated directly from in-game events and correspond to specific activities - fights will break noses more than they will sprain ankles. Players are now rated for durability in different parts of their bodies, and serious injuries in one place can leave them more vulnerable to more injuries of the same type later in their career. And recovery time from injuries is no longer a sure thing - you may expect your superstar to be back in time for the big game, but your trainer might bring you bad news.

Updated Development Process
Player development has received some significant changes, introducing more variability and making player evaluation much more uncertain.

Updated Interface
The well-received FHM 2 interface has been refined even further to make playing the game easier than ever.

Achievements
Your in-game accomplishments can earn you 50 different achievements that work in both the Steam and non-Steam versions of the game. If you play through Steam, you get a Steam achievement that matches the in-game one.

Sandbox Mode
If you prefer more free-form gameplay, the traditional game experience is still available.

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Posted by archibalduk
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:43 pm

EHM status update from Riz (October 2016)

Riz just posted a pretty good summary of the status of EHM on the hfboards http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showp ... tcount=380

Someone had made a post saying "I just checked Steam spy and sales for EHM are around 110.000. FHM 2 is around 10.000. Yet, FHM will have new release and EHM won't. Dont understand, odd... :-( "

And Riz replied:

EHM numbers on SteamSpy were around 30-40k before the HumbleBundle deal where a lot of people then got it basically as a freebie as a part of a package of games. So those numbers can be a bit misleading.

And yes, the plans was always to get EHM back on Steam to allow us to work on it even as a side-project after the initial release with future versions something that we can look into depending on how it all goes etc.

As for the lack of updates lately, I've been quite busy with the FM release cycle this year so not a lot of time to put into EHM in the office hours. I'd like to do more EHM stuff "off-the-clock" but having our first-born daughter join the family this year has taken the front seat on the allocation of my spare time :-)

And like it was posted above in the thread, there is a very good 3rd party editor in the works on TBL and I'm also working on a built-in editor for EHM itself and that work has been ongoing since before we went into Early Access originally. It's just a complex project that takes time, since all the playable leagues can nowadays be setup via the database.


Posted by nino33
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:42 pm

Franchise Hockey Manager 3 - Coming on 17 October

The release date and features of Franchise Hockey Manager 3 have been announced today. The game will be releasing on 17 October but those who pre-order will have access to the gold beta on 14 October and will get 25% off the retail price (the retail price is $39.99 and the pre-order offer price is $29.99). FHM 3 is the first version to include an NHL licensing of the team names, logos, etc.

The features announced so far are:

  • Officially licensed by the NHL®! Teams will have their real logos, insignias, and uniforms along with the Stanley Cup® Championship and post-season awards!
  • All-New 'Path To Glory' Mode: A streamlined and more approachable way to play, with improved game and information flow as well as news from around the world that impacts your experience.
  • Generate your GM/Coach, assign your skills as you wish, start low and work your way up - or take the helm of your favorite team and take it to the Stanley Cup® Championship!
  • New Role-Based Tactical System: Allows the coach to choose from a variety of pre-set tactics to build their team's "system" and then assign players specific roles that fit into that system.
  • Much, much more to be announced soon!

Here is the pre-order link: http://store.esellerate.net/s.aspx?s=ST ... 1348230811

Here is our FHM 3 discussion thread: viewtopic.php?f=113&t=17196

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Posted by archibalduk
Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:13 pm

Challenge #43 - The 2003 Chicago Blackhawks!

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I'm pleased to announce our next challenge! This time around we'll be using the Chicago Blackhawks. We haven't used them in a TBL challenge since way back in Challenge #9! We're going to be using the Retro98 DB again. Nino33 did some additional work to the DB and released an UPDATE . In this challenge we'll be using a saved game from Nino33 where he simmed up to April 1st 2003.

Thanks again to CJ, Nino33, and everyone else that contributed to the Retro98 DB!



The rules and setup laid out in this post supersede anything found in any other posts or old challenge rules!

So here is how this challenge is going to work...

First, download the SAVED GAME and put it in your Games folder. It's usually something like C:\Users\<Name>\Documents\Sports Interactive\EHM.

Next, launch EHM and load "Challenge 43 - Retro Chi". Once the save has loaded you'll be brought to a placeholder GM. Go up to where it says "F.LastName" and click the dropdown arrow. Select "Retire". You'll be brought to the screen where you can add a new GM. Add yourself (past experience set to "Automatic") and select the Chicago Blackhawks as the team you'll control. At this point you may also add a GM for your AHL affiliate, the Indianapolis Ice, if you'd like to control them as well.

So at this point, you'll see that it's April 1st 2003 and the NHL season is almost over and the Blackhawks are currently in last place. The first thing you'll want to do is send out scouts to scout the upcoming NHL draft. You're going to have a high pick so you'll want a good report on these players. You'll also have Ottawa's first round pick from a deal that the previous GM made. That pick shouldn't be as high since Ottawa is a playoff team. I would also suggest scouting the AHL and NHL so you'll have some scouting reports once it's time to start trading. There's only 3 games left in the season. Let the head coach pick the roster and lines. Also, choose to not coach the games yourself (just for these 3 games) in the General Manager Options.

At this point, you can re-sign your players and staff with expiring contracts and if there's any unsigned prospects whose rights are expiring you can sign them too. Other than that, you should just sit back and keep hitting continue until the draft comes. For this first draft, you will not be allowed to make any trades. Just take your picks. Once July 1st 2003 rolls around, that's when you can really get to work.

Once you hit July 1st 2003 you can start making some moves. At this point you'll be able to hire and fire staff, make trades, and sign UFAs. The following rules with be enforced from this point...

Trades:
1 for 1, 1 for 2, 2 for 1, and 2 for 2 deals allowed.
Any players involved in trades must be under contract. No "player rights" trading allowed!
There will be no age restrictions on players traded this time. In the past we limited it to younger players.
Draft picks are allowed as components of the deal, except 1st rounders. Only picks for the next draft are allowed.
Example : Player for a 2nd round pick, 2 players for a 2nd and a 3rd round Pick, or Player for Player, and so on.

Budget:
The league has a salary cap of $48M. The team we'll be taking over has $36.4M in contracts but the Averaged Club Salary (which is what the cap looks at) is only $22.8M. We'll be enforcing a challenge budget of $34M (that's the Averaged Club Salary).

Others Points:
No waiver claims allowed!
UFA signing is allowed. Either 2 players for $525k or less OR 1 player for $1M or less allowed each season.
No restrictions on staff hiring and firing other than you have to wait until July 1st of that first season to do any of it. After that, it's open season!
You may run your AHL affiliate. You don't have to coach the games for your affiliate. You can even "Go On Vacation" with your AHL GM and check in occasionally. What you do there is totally up to you.
You must coach your NHL games and you may NOT go on vacation with your NHL GM.
It's recommended that you keep backup saves in case you have to go back. I usually have a save for every quarter.

Standard stats logging and screenshots will be required!
Go HERE to upload your stats each quarter.
Go HERE to post your screenshots at the end of each season. Look at some of the other users screenshots from previous challenges if you're not sure what you should be taking screenshots of.

All challenge #43 talk goes HERE.

That should cover it. If you have any questions please ask in the forums. We've got many challenge veterans that can help answer many of your questions. Other than that, good luck! :thup:

Posted by bruins72
Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:21 pm

Challenge 42 Winners!

Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the 1998/99 Tampa Bay Lightning Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here. As always, a massive thank you to Bruins72 who works tirelessly to keep the Challenges running! :notworthy:

All of the users below have been awarded the usual trophies and TBL Points.

Season 1
:1st: bede420
:2nd: saberhagen83
:3rd: cecede123

Season 2
:1st: Peter_Doherty
:2nd: bede420
:3rd: braeden

Season 3
:1st: Beukeboom
:2nd: m0fownz0r
:3rd: braeden

Season 4
:1st: bruins72
:2nd: m0fownz0r
:3rd: Asher413

Season 5
:1st: Asher413
:2nd: stone169
:3rd: bruins72

Season 6
:1st: bruins72
:2nd: m0fownz0r
:3rd: Beukeboom

Season 7
:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: Beukeboom
:3rd: MWE

Posted by archibalduk
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:32 pm

Challenge 41 Winners!

Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the Djurgardens IF Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here. As always, a massive thank you to Bruins72 who works tirelessly to keep the Challenges running! :notworthy:

All of the users below have been awarded the usual trophies and TBL Points.

Season 1
:1st: Huega
:2nd: braeden
:3rd: cecede123

Season 2
:1st: Huega
:2nd: m0fownz0r
:3rd: NorthernLights

Posted by archibalduk
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:32 pm

Challenge 40 Winners!

Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the New York Rangers Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here. As always, a massive thank you to Bruins72 who works tirelessly to keep the Challenges running! :notworthy:

All of the users below have been awarded the usual trophies and TBL Points.

Season 1
:1st: Kopi
:2nd: jesterx7769
:3rd: Smylie

Season 2
:1st: Kopi
:2nd: jesterx7769
:3rd: Peter_Doherty

Season 3
:1st: Kopi
:2nd: Asher413
:3rd: m0fownz0r

Season 4
:1st: MWE
:2nd: saberhagen83
:3rd: Asher413

Posted by archibalduk
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:32 pm


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