EHM Challenge #46

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The TBL Eastside Hockey Manager Challenge

The Challenge is a user competition that allows you to showcase your GM skills by getting the best performance out of a selected team. We choose the team, then play offline at home and upload our stats four times per season. Anybody is free to join at any time. Click here to visit the Challenge Forum.

Challenge Rules

1) Joining & game setup
2) Gameplay rules
3) Stats recording & scoring
Please read the three rules threads above before commencing the Challenge. Click here to download a printable summary. Note that the rules periodically receive minor amendments.

Challenge #46
Season 1 Standings

GP Pts BP
smdesroches 40 45 0
pucku33 40 42 0
30Tanner 20 29 0
phabi 20 28 0
braeden 20 28 0
stone169 20 26 0

Recent Winners

#45.3  phabi
#45.2  Willby
#45.1  m0fownz0r
#44.3  watts555
#44.2  m0fownz0r
#44.1  watts555
#43.4  m0fownz0r
#43.3  m0fownz0r
#43.2  jmi
#43.1  jmi

Challenge #46 Montreal Canadiens

Challenge ends @ Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:59 am

Commenced @ Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:00 am59 days 20 hours 28 minutes remaining
Requirements: 
Eastside Hockey Manager: Early Access and TBL Rosters v10.1 rosters
Quarterly stats intervals: 
20, 40, 60 and 82 games
Overall standings: 
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Team stats: 
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Player stats: 
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Challenge #46 – Montreal Canadiens

by archibalduk @ Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:52 pm
We are pleased to announce the start of Challenge #46: The Montreal Canadiens!

The Canadiens have had a poor first half of the season with a dismal 17-20-4 record and with inconsistent performances from some of their star players. Can you do any better?

The following rules apply to the Challenge, namely:

1. Game Setup Rules; and
2. Standard NHL Gameplay Rules.


The Core Roster Rules do NOT apply to this Challenge. To participate, you will need to download the TBL Rosters v10.1 via the Steam Workshop.

All Challenge #46 discussion goes here: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=18803

P.s. we are still looking for one or more volunteers to run the Challenges going forward: viewtopic.php?f=74&t=18770
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Challenge 45 Winners!

by archibalduk @ Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:32 pm
Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the 1998 New York Islanders Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here.

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

Season 1
:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: nine-o
:3rd: Marsac

Season 2
:1st: Willby
:2nd: saberhagen83
:3rd: phabi

Season 3
:1st: phabi
:2nd: Willby
:3rd: Vasz
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Challenge 44 Winners!

by archibalduk @ Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:30 pm
Congratulations to the following users for finishing in the top 3 in the Arizona Coyotes Challenge! You can view the overall standings by clicking here.

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

Season 1
:1st: watts555
:2nd: StudnaCZE
:3rd: m0fownz0r

Season 2
:1st: m0fownz0r
:2nd: Khlu
:3rd: saberhagen83

Season 3
:1st: watts555
:2nd: Tupe
:3rd: saberhagen83
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Wanted! Volunteers to help run the Challenges

by archibalduk @ Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:07 pm
Unfortunately it seems Bruins72 isn't around much and so I will have to continuing running the Challenges in between other commitments (all of my free/TBL time is spent on the Editor). We normally run four or five Challenges per year but this year we have only run two because we no longer have somebody with enough spare time to run things. With this in mind, I think the Challenges desperately need a couple of volunteers to help run things.

Ideally we could do with a couple of volunteers who are experienced with the Challenges (preferably who have completed at least two full seasons in at least five previous Challenges). I can do all of the administrative work (e.g. awarding trophies and setting up each new Challenge via the forum software), but it would be great to have a couple of volunteers who can do all of the following:

  • decide on which teams to use;
  • write the short news items announcing each new Challenge;
  • moderate the Challenge Forum;
  • review and revise the rules;
  • respond to queries; and
  • generally take care of day to day running of the Challenges.

Realistically, the time commitment required is relatively small but volunteers will need to be prepared to spend time on the tasks listed above on a fairly regular basis.

If you would like to volunteer and have enough free time then please post in this thread. :-)
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Challenge #45 - The 1998 New York Islanders

by archibalduk @ Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:35 pm
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I'm happy to announce our latest TBL Challenge: The New York Islanders! Back by popular demand, we are returning to the 1998/99 Retro Rosters by CJ, Nino and Manimal. As with previous 1998/99 challenges, we will be starting from a saved game that you can download HERE.

All rules detailed in this announcement post supersede any rules listed in the challenge rules section.

For this challenge you'll put the saved game you downloaded into your saved games folder, usually something like this...

C:\Users\<computer_name>\Documents\Sports Interactive\EHM\Games

Next, launch EHM and load "Challenge 45 - Retro DB". Once the save has loaded you'll be brought to a placeholder GM. Go up to where it says "A. Turnip" and click the drop-down 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 New York Islanders as the team you'll control. At this point you may also add a GM for your AHL affiliate, Lowell Lock Monsters, if you'd like to control them as well.

The rules for the challenge are as follows...

Trades:
  • No trading is allowed in season 1 until the 1998/1999 Stanley Cup Finals are over.
  • Trading opens once the 1998/1999 Stanley Cup Finals are over. After that, you're allowed to trade at any point the NHL allows you to.
  • No more than 2 assets can be involved on either side of a trade. This means you're allowed 1 for 1, 2 for 1, 1 for 2, and 2 for 2 deals.
  • You may not trade for anyone over the age of 25. You are allowed to keep your older players and re-sign them though.
  • Any players involved in trades must be under contract. No "player rights" trading allowed!
  • 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 $31.37m in contracts but the Averaged Club Salary (which is what the cap looks at) is only $28.815m.
  • 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 (so long as the player is not over the age of 25 years old). Either 2 players for $525k or less OR 1 player for $1M or less allowed each season (going by cap hit).
  • 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.

Beyond that, normal challenge rules apply. Please ask if you have any questions. Save often and keep backup to certain dates in case you have to go back due to a crash or rules infraction. Also, in the game preferences, be sure to disable compressed saves. This has caused corruption in the past.

All challenge talk goes HERE.
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Challenge #44

by bruins72 @ Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:51 pm
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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.

All challenge #44 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:
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Challenge #43 Winners!

by bruins72 @ Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:20 pm
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.
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Challenge #43 - The 2003 Chicago Blackhawks!

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