We are delighted to announce that the second 2016/17 roster update of the season is now available to download! This version includes the 2016/17 ruleset which means all of the league structures and rules reflect the 2016/17 structures and rules. This update also includes various fixes and updates, including re-rated NHL draft prospects and updated Canadian Major Juniors and Scottish National League. A full changelist is set out below. Enjoy!
The much anticipated version 1.4 patch for Eastside Hockey Manager has now been released! Amongst the many changes is the introduction of the 2016/17 ruleset which includes the updated rules and structures for the various playable leagues. We are currently working on a new version of the TBL Roster Update which will take advantage of the updated rules and structures and expect to be in a position to release this very soon. We will post a further news item once it is ready.
I'm pleased to announce our next challenge! This time around we'll be using the Arizona Coyotes. We've used them in the past but it's been quite a while. They're clearly the worst team in the league at this point but they've got a few players that should be fun to have on our roster.
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 44 - ARI". Once the save has loaded you'll be brought to a placeholder GM. Go up to where it says "T.Challenge" 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 Arizona Coyotes as the team you'll control. At this point you may also add a GM for your AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners, if you'd like to control them as well.
We'll be starting the game with the standard U.S. start date. We're using a saved game file so that everyone is on even ground when it comes to player potentials (some players have random potentials which are determined when the game is created). At this time, you are allowed to hire and fire any non-player staff that you have. You may also offer contracts to any players that you own the rights that aren't currently under contract (shown under "Unsigned Prospects/Players"). You can also re-sign your players and staff that you have under contract already. Feel free to move players between your NHL and minor league rosters as you see fit.
There will be no trades, waiver claims, or UFA signings in the first season! The second season starts July 1st.
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. You'll be allowed a total of 3 trades per season. 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 upcoming 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: We're not dealing with a budget this challenge. Just stay within the NHL salary cap and whatever budget the board gives you.
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. 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.
We are delighted to announce that the first 2016/17 roster update of the season is now available to download! Numerous rosters in numerous leagues are now updated and many players re-rated thanks to the huge effort of Manimal and the many users who have contributed to the roster update. A massive thank you to them all.
A rough/non-exhaustive changelist is posted below. Note that the game currently has a 2015/16 ruleset and so the 2016/17 league structures are not currently implemented in this database. We will release an updated version once the 2016/17 ruleset is available in-game. In the meantime, enjoy!
Rosters and transactions updated as of 12 October 2016 for a wide variety of leagues included, but not limited to, the leagues listed below.
Fixed a typo in version 9.0 with Derek Mackenzie’s salary.
National Hockey League: - Updated rosters - Updated player ratings - Began adjusting non-player ratings
American Hockey League: - Updated rosters - Updated player ratings of AHL-contracted players
ECHL: - Updated rosters
Southern Professional Hockey League: - Updated rosters
Ontario Hockey League: - Updated rosters - Updated goalie Current Ability and Potential Ability
Western Hockey League: - Updated rosters - Updated player ratings
Alps Hockey League: - Updated rosters
Austria (EBEL) - Updated rosters
Central & Eastern Europe: - Updated rosters (KHL, VHL, Czech Republic and Slovakia) - Updated player ratings (KHL)
Denmark - Updated rosters - Updated player ratings
Finland - Updated rosters of Liiga, Mestis and Suomi-Sarja
France - Updated rosters
Great Britain: - Updated rosters for the EIHL, EPIHL, NIHL-1 and NIHL-2 - Corrected various dates of birth, names, heights, weights, jersey numbers, etc - Updated key attributes and Player Roles for players in the EPIHL - Updated team names
Norway - Updated rosters - Updated player ratings
Slovenia: - Updated rosters
Sweden: - Updated rosters for the SHL, Allsvenskan, Hockeyettan and juniors - Updated player ratings for the SHL, Allsvenskan and juniors - Updated non-player ratings for SHL and Allsvenskan
Switzerland (NLA and NLB) - Updated rosters
Added player career history for many players in the following leagues: - NHL - AHL - ECHL - SPHL - OHL - QMJHL - WHL - British EIHL, EPIHL and NIHL - Swedish SHL, Allsvenskan and SHL-affiliated junior teams
Competition histories updated for all playable leagues (except for certain World Championship histories owing to limitations with the EHM 2007 database). Note that the NLA, NLB and some World Championships histories require further work owing to legacy EHM 2007 database issues.
Updated team reputations for the KHL, SHL, Allsvenskan, NLA, DEL, Czech Elite League, Slovakian Elite League and all Swedish junior leagues.
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.
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.
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.
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