David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 22nd
23:32:23 GMT
Origin Div 1

OK, I know these read in reverse order but I wrote the ABE piece first.

Next up for Div 1 champ is the contender with the highest (just) starting T11 in the division. Old Colony!
A 6/24 SWAN to get early goals and at the back a probable Golden Gloves with that MAVerick Warren Sapp, a 4/26 at season start but where will he finish?
Second keeper is a 2/18 so a star player of 2/25 and the future main keeper.
Defence has strong apprentice and DM cover so flexibility is there too. A 5/15 Captain Johnsen can finish as a 5/22 as well to free up DM players.
Logan is supported by a 2/18 and 4/21 FW. A 1/15 coaching opportunity too gives them a player for the future.
A great 4/21 MA and two good MF players give them a MF that can support up front or mix with the DM players as required.
David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 22nd
23:12:41 GMT
Origin Div 1

Who are going to be champions this season?
Well. It's a tough one to call but last years champs, Aberdon, have to be a top contender again.
GK cover provided by a 2/18 who will coach up nicely to a 2/25 and the other keeper is their captain. Coaching and/or bonuses take him to a 5/27 so that's two top class keepers which are what are needed for league play.
Two SW players. One a 6/18 who will be main sweeper and the first of 2 apprentices 0/8 SW who will play the minimum to get to 0/15, all set for when Kari Arneson SW 6/18 retires.
Four already solid DFs supported by two 1/15s and a 0/8 mean that their defence is both solid and future proofed.
A 4/20 DM and a 4/21 UT give excellent flexible cover for DF, MF and FW as required. 2 WGs and a MAV FW will give plenty of goals too.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 22nd
20:28:46 GMT
Kit Thoughts

The new Belgrano home kit reminds me of prison attire. Is that how Supreme Leader Malone's
players feel when they take to the pitch?



Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 22nd
20:26:24 GMT
S39

Oh yeah, we are so close I can almost taste the winning season the Quaffers are destined to have. Yep, I said
here it first!


Ellis Simpson
Elana Torun

February 22nd
16:37:58 GMT
Truly, the Calm Before the Storm

We are all keenly waiting for the start, I can see. Have a good season one and all.
Mike Parnaby
Huascaran Heights

February 22nd
12:26:53 GMT
CPs

Cheers Stewart!


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 22nd
11:27:46 GMT
CPs

Mike, it will happen when Adam closes Pre-season around tomorrow lunch time.


Mike Parnaby
Huascaran Heights

February 22nd
10:25:03 GMT
CP purchase

When to the CP's be allocated to the team's balance? Being new I just want to make sure I get what I need before it's too late!


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 21st
15:52:06 GMT
Prediction Bug

This happens when you accidentally hit submit on the fixture without setting an option first.

ill reset for you Jon.


Jonathan Miles
Warley Bromwich Albion

February 21st
14:43:11 GMT
Predictions Bug? Additional

My bad. Yes of course Old Colony should be there. MVV Caledonian too if they make predictions.
But Albion definitely should not be. Trust me we are not Caley in disguise!
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 21st
14:25:25 GMT
Prediction

Joanthan,
I believe you are referring to the Caley vs Colony match this Friday. While I am correctly listed
under X since our team plays, I agree WBA should NOT be listed under X. Might be something easy
enough for Adam to correct before kick off Friday.


Jonathan Miles
Warley Bromwich Albion

February 21st
10:47:45 GMT
Predictions Bug?

WBA and OLD are showing X for one of the week 4 matches, but neither of us are playing in that
game...
Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 21st
09:58:46 GMT
Friendly Gates

Are you saying that TED's 0.2 bonus had no effect? Didn't appear to work for USL v COL (Match 2)
either where both teams have morale bonuses and their gate share was still only 4K. In fact after a
quick sample check, I can't find any team who received more than 4K this pre-season.


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 21st
09:16:03 GMT
Gate reductions?

Nope. Friendly attendances are at the behest of morale bonuses. You want to gain that extra 2k
per game then try to get friendlies with teams with bonuses.


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 21st
09:11:43 GMT
TED Test

I looked through the code for instances of where TeamID = 55 THEN 'execute special system' but I
could only find those sub routines for team ids 3, 1 and 16.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 21st
09:11:39 GMT
Friendly Gate Money

Has the gate money from friendlies been reduced this season? We netted 18K from our three friendly
matches last season, but this season has only paid out 12K. The hooded-one tells me that he is not
amused!


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 21st
09:08:20 GMT
Morale Test

Thanks Adam, but you didn't include TED in your test! I don't know if you remember my Blogs on
this subject from last season. I first noticed it in Match 20 but thought that I might have mis-
recorded our pre-match morale value. However, our next 'Rivals' win came in Match 39 and my morale
value dropped by 0.1. We had another 'Rivals' win in Match 41 which brought another morale value
reduction. I went through all the 'Rivals' fixtures on the Match 41 scoreboard and all other
morale values appeared to have been correctly calculated. It would appear that the phenomenon only
affected TED! I'll reset my 'Rivals' choices and we can watch what happens when I play a 'Rivals'
game this season.


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 21st
08:56:59 GMT
Morale Effect

Stewart. I ran a test match with assistant coaches on the test server. Here is an extract from the
log.

PROCESSING MORALE CHANGES
Sitan Dama Morale Pre= 0.500

Sitan Dama Win

Sitan Dama Morale Post= 0.584

Double Morale Effect with Rivals.

Sitan Dama Morale Pre= 0.584

Sitan Dama Win

Sitan Dama Morale Post= 0.653

I.A.C. Korea Morale Pre= 0.500

I.A.C. Korea Loss

I.A.C. Korea Morale Post= 0.417

Double Morale Effect with Rivals.

I.A.C. Korea Morale Pre= 0.417

I.A.C. Korea Loss

I.A.C. Korea Morale Post= 0.347


Dont worry Steven this was just a test.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 20th
10:27:55 GMT
TED Rival Morale Effect

Adam, did you manage to investigate the issue where a TED win against a rival reduced my morale
value instead of increasing it?

I've currently chosen two Origin Division 3 teams that I hopefully won't play as my rivals for
this coming season in case you cannot resolve the issue before the end of Pre-season. In that way
TED will not be penalised for a 'Rivals' win.


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 20th
08:17:05 GMT
6 Hours

I think about 5 or 6 hours.

The only thing that will be updated is your CPs Bank and rivals.

Nothing that will affect a lineup.


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 19th
19:03:26 GMT
The Shadow

Stewart,
Old Colony is willing to be a repository for your excess funds. Instead of watching that cash leave the league, send some to
our Quaffers and know the money will be put to good use. No amount is too small (or large)!


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 19th
18:12:58 GMT
Pre-Season Close

Glad to hear it! The shadow of the hooded-one is moving rather quickly towards my bank balance!


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 19th
17:23:36 GMT
Preseason Close

Adam,
Approximately how much time will there be between preseason close and kickoff Friday?


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 19th
17:10:42 GMT
Preseason will close....

Preseason will close and be processed around lunchtime on Friday.

I hope you all can make it.


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 19th
16:09:25 GMT
I was In...

I was in the wrong place.

I see you now. Fixed. Its been like that since this version of the game. :)


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 19th
15:40:08 GMT
Ditto

http://the-manager.com/auctionsubmit.php


Mike Parnaby
Huascaran Heights

February 19th
14:23:27 GMT
Yep, I get it too

http://www.the-manager.com/auctionsubmit.php
when you click on Predictions number 1


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 19th
14:18:18 GMT
Predicto-Bid

I get the same.
The hyper-link displays even before you press it as '....auctionsubmit.php'.

I have a green 1 for Auction 1 indicating I've placed bids so I don't know if that's a factor.
Maybe something on page formatting is being moved/replaced when bids are in.
Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 19th
14:02:52 GMT
Link

I cannot recreate this. I go to the prediction page when I select one of the match numbers.


Mike Parnaby
Huascaran Heights

February 19th
13:29:33 GMT
Agreed

I had spotted that too Stewart but I assumed (obviously wrongly) that as no matches were there to predict on, it would fix itself in session 1 of the new season.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 19th
10:31:02 GMT
Prediction League Link Broken

If you go into your club menu page and press one of the numbered buttons for the "Prediction League"
you are taken to the "Auction Bids" page instead of the expected page for entering your predictions.
For example, if you press the Number 4 button under "Prediction League" you are presented with the
bid input page for Auction 1.


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

February 19th
09:10:30 GMT
A Change for Friendlies.....

In the future you will only be able to offer and accept a friendly when you comply with roster rules.

This will avoid the need fro Non League players to join your teams for a friendly match.


Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

February 18th
01:07:35 GMT
Who

Yes 👍 itís really the only info required
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 17th
14:14:08 GMT
Friendlies

The number of friendlies being played seems to have increased this season:

Match 1: 12 played
Match 2: 13 played
Match 3: 14 scheduled

Itís good to see managers taking advantage of this nice little feature. Hopefully the trend continues.


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 17th
12:12:37 GMT
Who?

Can we get Manager's names added to the match reports and match viewers pages?
It's nice knowing the team and the ref and the venue and the attendance and the weather and the
number of coffee cups sold and all that but in the match comments it's nice to refer to a manager by
name.
Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 16th
14:08:40 GMT
Squad Minimum is 21 Players

Time is rapidly running out for those managers whose squad contains less than 21 players to do
something about it before the league purchases non-league players on your behalf to make up the
shortfall. Raid the Transfer Market quickly. It is the cheaper option by far.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 16th
14:01:54 GMT
Or Five, Even

Unfortunately that's right, Colin. Friendlies don't count towards erasing suspensions, or count
towards anything for that matter! And if you play three friendlies then players on a two match ban
miss five games. Spackman and Stein share your pain!


Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

February 16th
11:42:32 GMT
Four

Two red cards = 2 match ban
Except when you agree* to playing two friendlies and then itís four. I will get the hang of this eventually.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 15th
18:09:24 GMT
Swansong + Maverick = Fun!

Iíll start a poll and see what people think.


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 15th
14:49:26 GMT
Swansong

A nice touch from Mr Beer @ OLD to make a keeper a Maverick. They only need to play half the time anyway and the back-up or possibly main keeper is there to cover 2 or even 3 games in a row whilst they recover EL.
Being able to Swansong them for Age 6 means you could still get use out of them after their MAV status has been reduced by aging or before they age down to 3rd keeper so I can understand why you would be interested in that as an option.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 14th
18:55:01 GMT
Swansong

I could make the case it should be allowed, mostly because the player is saying an emphatic good-bye to the league.
Should it matter that he has a previously assigned special ability?

Perhaps the Swanson can only be applied to players who have a special ability from a previous season? That would
prevent a mega Swansong-Maverick combination, right?


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 14th
18:51:43 GMT
Swansong

No. It's a special ability.
Can you imagine a Swansong Maverick!
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

February 14th
18:32:10 GMT
Swansong Question

Can the Swansong be assigned to a player who already has a special ability? I feel it should be allowed, but requesting
confirmation.


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 13th
23:39:59 GMT
Squad Limit Solution

I admire your confidence.
I've always found with Olmec it's better to live in hope than expectation. I'm not confident things will happen the same way two games running, never mind two seasons! :-)
Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

February 13th
22:39:33 GMT
Squad Limit Problem

It looks like those clubs that played friendlies tonight and did not have a squad of 21 players were
forced to sign Non-league players for exorbitant fees. As per last season, I would expect Adam to
cancel these signings to give teams the opportunity to increase their squads to 21 themselves before
the first league programme commences on 23rd February.


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 13th
19:15:56 GMT
Squad

Well, that's definitely one of those squad lists I was talking about. Any and all would be good if
it's feasible.
Steve Allan
Aberdon F.C.

February 13th
16:20:37 GMT
Squad listings

It would be better to see a differentiation on the match preview screen IMO.
David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 13th
16:02:02 GMT
Squad Listings

Can we look at modifying the various squad listing pages to show Special Players with a different background from the usual white or grey to help differentiate them from regular players.
Having them listed underneath helps a little but an at-a-glance option, especially when your opponent has 5 or 6 suspensions would help when submitting line-ups.
David King
Unsporting Lisbon

February 13th
14:18:25 GMT
Great Players?

Adam found that the game engine started to 'break' when SL was too high so the coaching and agin sysytem was modified so we wouldn't get SL 30+ players any more. Or at least, only on rare occasions.
He wanted HA, morale and OTF to feel like they were a proper influence on games again.
So under current rules and 'normal' coaching of the top end apprentices, the 0/8s, you can get them to a 4/28 in their 5th season. It's a serious investment of K resources and time to get them there.
In this version of Olmec, SL 25 is a star player. SL 25+ is a superstar and they are hit harder by aging.
A one off Maverick who can jump 12 SL in one season is a major boost or you can treat it as 5 free SLs so you use less resources to build your team that season.
Steve Allan
Aberdon F.C.

February 13th
11:29:47 GMT
Mav

Interesting point that i hadn't really considered Colin, The aging table has (rightly) been set
up so superstars are basically impossible for more than 1 season. I had presumed that these
maverick players would be still a starter in their second season but looking at the aging
tables it's clear that they will start at 20SL max and suffer from the EL issues. To me, that
is a player that is not worth coaching and so will be a squad filler. Great if you have the
squad to accommodate it.
Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

February 13th
10:51:39 GMT
Mav

The main thing I have noticed about Manager in the few seasons I have been here is that no matter
how hard you try to get one or two great players in the squad the ESA will always beat you. Most
players gravitate back to 19/20 SL with a few on either 18 or 21. Therefore the Maverick player, in
my opinion, will only benefit from the initial 5 SL bonus for one season but will forever be stuck
with a poor EL recovery and that makes that Special Ability a non starter for me.
Good luck to anyone who tries it though.
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