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Old 12-20-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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FHM3 Update #4, Version 3.2.89, Now Available!

The new update for Franchise Hockey Manager 3, version 3.2.89, has just been released.

To apply the update:

-If you are playing the eSellerate version, just download the setup file and install it over your current installation. There is no need to uninstall or unlicense your current copy! However, you should quit the game before installing it, of course.
-If you are playing the Steam version, the game will auto-update if you have that option active. If you don't see the update in your Steam update queue, you may need to exit and restart your Steam client.

Download link for PC:
Main server: PC Installer

Download link for Mac:
Main Server: Mac Installer

Your existing savegames will be compatible with the updated game, but some of the update's fixes may not retroactively correct certain problems in existing saves. Saves with the April crash issue some users had with version 3.1.84 will, however, be fixed retroactively when the game is loaded after the updates and can be continued normally.

There's an early Christmas gift from us in this update, just in time for the upcoming world juniors: Junior tournaments have been added to international play - all of the Under-20 and Under-18 tournaments are included, down to the Division III level. A few notes on how they work:

-all Under-20 and Under-18 world tournaments are now in the game, from the world championship level down to Division III, including promotion and relegation
-GM/Coach jobs for the junior national teams may be offered to users just like the regular national teams
-NHL players will not participate in the tournaments (dealing with the issue of giving individual permission to participate players on an NHL roster is a little too complicated for the AI to handle at this point, we could've made it work eventually but it would've held up the update too long)
-WHL/OHL/QMJHL players will participate in the Under-20 tournaments, but will only play in the Under-18's if their team's season is finished (the U18's are in the spring at the same time as the major junior playoffs, basically the same situation as the NHL and the World Championships)
-junior teams will tend to have the same tactical preferences as the senior national teams (but the tactical choices will always be primarily driven by theier GM/Coach's tendencies)
-note that not all countries participate in one or both of the junior tournaments - there are a few, mainly at the lowest levels, that participate internationally only at the senior level, or in only one of the junior levels
-players on the rosters (or at least predicted roster) for teams in the 2017 U20tournament that starts next week had a data update to try to get the AI's player choices in the first year fairly close to real life, but bear in mind there tend to be a lot more surprise choices and omissions at this level than there are for senior tournaments, particularly for the countries with really deep talent pools
-you may notice that the Division I-A through III tournaments do not name an MVP, this is intentional as the real tournaments only name best forward, defenceman, and goalie, with no overall MVP
-performance in the junior tournaments does not affect the national rankings

Next time out: the next update will likely be out sometime in January (although we will do a hotfix if any gamebreaking issues with this update become evident.) It will probably focus on interface changes and improvements, particularly making the new tactical system a little more intuitive and user-friendly, as well as some development changes once we've had time to do a thorough evaluation of the effects of this version's development-related changes.

Change List:

Crashing/Freezing:
-potential crash in April (of any season) fixed; includes a retroactive repair to existing saves with the problem
-historical game freeze during June 30 - July 1 changeover in 2015 fixed
-possible crash in historical games during the NHL draft lottery fixed

Graphical/Text/UI:
-"View" option added to international tournament schedules (as was done with the leagues in the last update - i.e. you can now watch international games you're not coaching in)
-minor typo and tooltip corrections
-large number of nameless retired players no longer shown in league Front Office view in modern games

Gameplay Issues:
-bug that allowed the user to sign too many players (then get stuck because the game was unable to advance due to the roster size) fixed
-players on INT (international play) status are now correctly counted against the cap floor, so you can't fall under it if you have a lot of guys playing internationally
-national player generation quality levels adjusted significantly (down in almost all cases) to tone down the excessive growth in the NHL-caliber player pool in later years, particularly for certain nationalities; long-term testing with these changes is showing good results in a game running to 2049-50; now that this is done, we'll look at refining specific areas of ratings development
-nonplayable transactions in North America adjusted to fix potential traps in lower-level junior leagues that could keep good players stuck in Junior C/D; still some issues with it happening in Junior B, but we'll be revisiting that
-nonplayable transactions for some European teams/leagues will now be more likely to send young players to American junior leagues (and occasionally high schools); seems to be a growing trend in real-life, particularly in some countries, the numbers should be similar to the real totals (but highly variable since they're still a relatively small group of players)
-player junior preferences (i.e. the choice between college, major junior, and European junior) adjusted, a larger number of players of all nationalities will choose college
-missing data for NHL entry-level contract maximum values added in the period 1995-2004, should improve contract handling, particularly rookies, in this period

Miscellaneous:
-added more generated players at the start to make sure there's enough to fill the national team rosters
-reputation/quality data adjusted in the top two French leagues (had been a little too low, making outside players look too good relative to domestic ones), players in the Ligue Magnus should now be about 0.5 stars higher when viewed by a user playing there
-issue with nationality selection for generated players in custom sandbox games fixed (had been limiting players to a very small list of countries and creating far too many from some)
-various data updates and changes
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Old 12-20-2016, 02:49 PM   #2
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Will this update add the junior structure to existing sandbox games, or will I have to start again from the beginning? I just ask because I added the update and notice that under international tournaments nothing is listed.
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Old 12-20-2016, 11:38 PM   #3
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Will this update add the junior structure to existing sandbox games, or will I have to start again from the beginning? I just ask because I added the update and notice that under international tournaments nothing is listed.
It'll only be in new games - the international tournaments are similar to a league, they need to be part of the database when the game is created.
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It'll only be in new games - the international tournaments are similar to a league, they need to be part of the database when the game is created.
Is there any chance to bring the juniors into my game when I'm still at the "quickstart level"?
I started a new game a few days ago (v3.1.84, sandbox commish mode) and pretty much rebuilt the whole NHL, did tons of trades and new contracts. I'm still at day one, so I still have the "Save as Quickstart" option. I was hoping that I could bring the juniors into that game by starting a new game (v3.2.89) using the saved quickstart but it doesn't seem to work. Is there some kind of detour I could go to add those tournaments or can I stop thinking about it?
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Is there any chance to bring the juniors into my game when I'm still at the "quickstart level"?
I started a new game a few days ago (v3.1.84, sandbox commish mode) and pretty much rebuilt the whole NHL, did tons of trades and new contracts. I'm still at day one, so I still have the "Save as Quickstart" option. I was hoping that I could bring the juniors into that game by starting a new game (v3.2.89) using the saved quickstart but it doesn't seem to work. Is there some kind of detour I could go to add those tournaments or can I stop thinking about it?
No, sorry, the quickstart from the older version would be using the data that was in then, which didn't include the junior tournaments. Starting a new game from it will still have the older data, there's no way to migrate the new stuff to an older quickstart.
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Thanks for your quick response and clarifying it!
Pretty much what I expected but I wanted to be sure. Bummer, but thx anyway!
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hi JeffR,

Did you fix all the contracts, deadline signing dates, NHL rights, ... I explained in this post about the previous version:
http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/boar...ml#post4127441

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Hey guys good job on fixing that April 9 crash, what was causing it?
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:07 AM   #9
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Hey guys good job on fixing that April 9 crash, what was causing it?
Problems setting team rosters in one of the World Championships tournaments.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:13 AM   #10
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Did you fix all the contracts, deadline signing dates, NHL rights, ... I explained in this post about the previous version:
http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/boar...ml#post4127441

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Not yet. We're going to be taking a look at some of the contract problems, particularly the ones involving ELC's, in the next major update, and the incorrect NCAA rights date will probably be part of that (I suspect the problem is that the computer isn't recognizing that they're in college properly, possibly something to do with them being drafted before the game starts.)

The KHL thing is difficult because it's a conflict between modeling the proper KHL-NHL transfer situation (i.e. no transfer agreement and each league must respect the other's contracts), and the way the game's free agent system works. I'm trying to figure out a way to make the KHL-signed players a little more "aware" that they have an NHL option if they're good enough.
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Thanks again for this update

It has been said the Champions Hockey League was really high in the to-do list recently.

With the Junior International Tournaments in, it's one of the last "big" competition not yet added.
It will be for the next release ?

Because it is a really HUGE point to make a season fun (or not) with an European Club.
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There are a few issues we still need to work out before we can do the Champions League, particularly the participation of teams who are in nonplayable leagues.
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Is it possible to select to coach a Junior International Team at the start of a season? If so how can you do that?
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There are a few issues we still need to work out before we can do the Champions League, particularly the participation of teams who are in nonplayable leagues.
Ok, thank you.
Hope to see it ready in the next releases
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Achivement such as Grand Tour counts only if all leagues are won in the same save, right ?
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Will the under 2 seasons played players being exposed in the expansion draft be fixed in the next update?
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Achivement such as Grand Tour counts only if all leagues are won in the same save, right ?
Right.
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Will the under 2 seasons played players being exposed in the expansion draft be fixed in the next update?
Yup, it will.
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It was mentioned a few times of a January update.Do you have a timeframe of when a January update will be released? What can we expect with any tatical and interface changes?

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