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Old 02-15-2017, 09:38 AM   #1
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FHM3 Hotfix, Version 3.3.113, Now Available!

A new hotfix update for Franchise Hockey Manager 3, version 3.3.113, 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

Barring any newly-discovered game-breaking problems, this hotfix will likely be the final update for FHM3, clearing up some issues that arose with the large 3.3.109 update as well as making a few other fixes and changes. We'll be moving on to FHM4 development immediately; we have some fairly elaborate plans for a large overhaul of the game's internal systems that will take some time to implement and test properly if we want to get them into 4 along with the usual array of other major additions and changes. We wound up releasing later than we'd have liked to last fall, so we're starting the substantial changes earlier this time around - that'll get the game to you sooner next season, we hope, with even more new and interesting things in it. As always, we'll still be monitoring the forums and Facebook (FranchiseHockeyManager), Twitter (@FranchiseHockey), Reddit (/r/FranchiseHockey), etc. on a daily basis, answering questions and offering help as needed, so if you have any problems or suggestions, please let us know. We will, at various points in the next few months, be looking for additions to our testing and research teams, and possibly some other forms as help as well; we'll post in all those places when we're ready for that. Thanks for your continued support, we look forward to making an even bigger and better version of FHM next season.

Changes in 3.3.113:

Interface:
-Fixed display error that showed the wrong tactical fit values on the Select Role screen for special teams.
-3-on-4 tactical roles (and scores) now shown for defencemen (had been blank.)
-Order of the logos on the momentum display is now correct, had been reversed
-For games that haven't been played yet, the team schedule screen now shows '-' as the result instead of T
-Shootout list is now changeable by the user while games are underway
-If a player is injured and has to leave a game, his fitness will drop to 0% (mainly so there's an easy indicator of which player you need to replace when you're looking at the strategy screen)
-Fixed some small typos/text issues

Bug Fixes:
-Possible crash while viewing international tournament history fixed.
-Club logos no longer shown on the international teams stats screen for a particular tournament's history (had been showing NHL/AHL/WHL teams)
-Tournament winner names now displayed correctly on the stats screen in international tournament history (had been showing NHL/AHL/WHL teams)
-All-Swedish Champions achievement fixed, wasn't being recognized properly
-In international tournament history, the standings screens for individual years now sorts teams in proper order, was listing them randomly for some tournaments.
-Bug that could cause large fluctuations in international rankings after the first season fixed
-Database issue that caused "Jim Unknowns" to appear in recent draft histories fixed
-AI head coach will now use new goalie selection mode in GM-only games (had been leaving everything set to 0/minimum value and was always using the same starter)
-Newly-created staff will no longer get scouting regions that don't match any of their nationalities

Simulation/Rule Changes:
-AI's choices for the Backup start frequency rule will tend to give the starter more preference unless that ratings are extremely close.
-New injuries.txt file, fixes off-ice injuries that were mistakenly set to be allowed on-ice (no more dental surgery or dog attacks during games), and lowers frequency and duration of some injuries, mainly arm/shoulder-related ones
-Missing transfer deadline for Suomi-Sarja fixed
-Uncontracted under-20 players now have their rights set correctly during historical game setup (they were being left as UFA's, they'll now belong to the correct team)
-Fixed problem that was still allowing some players to avoid NHL entry-level contract rules
-Some 19-year-old CHL players were being sent to the minors by AI-run NHL teams instead of back to the CHL, fixed

Data Changes:
-OHL rosters overhauled to fix a large number of ratings issues and to reflect current season performances
-Continued adjustment of historical fighting ratings toned down to lower excessive penalty totals in some years in annual recalculation mode
-Added several later-round 2017 NHL draft prospects who weren't in the database yet and upgraded the potential for some others who were on the Central Scouting mid-term rankings but were underrated in the game
-Swedish Division 2 rosters received large update
-National-team level players for non-major countries added/updated
-Large number of players who've been inactive for two or more years retired
-Various miscellaneous changes to other players, teams, and staff

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Loving the game so far. My only big concern (and I'm thinking maybe this new hotfix might fix it) was the AI making poor choices when it comes to goaltending, specifically in the post season.

For example, in my most recent season I was facing the Bruins in the Conference Finals. After losing Games 1 & 2 and only scoring once in those two games, I was shocked to see Boston starting Malcolm Subban in Game 3. Rask was not injured, in fact he had 5 flames next to his name, while Subban was cold.

Goalie changes in the playoffs are rare, and unheard of when your goalie has given up 1 goal in two games.

I logged in today to post this and saw this update so I'm hoping the changes made will address this. Other than that the game has been a blast, keep up the good work!
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I am afraid that role selecting for the special teams still has many issues. On many lines I now have players that say 3/4 or 4/5 on the role screen coming out as a 4/4 or 5/5 on the strategy screen. I am guessing this is misleading.
I also have defenders on the penalty kill still incorrectly displaying on the role screen i.e. 1/5 which then turns into a much higher score.

I have no confidence in my selections at present, so please could you fix asap. Thanks.
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And now I am looking at the 'play game' strategy screen and a load of different players are now affected (on the kill as far as I can tell) including the suggestion that I should play Scott Laughton as a crease-clearing defenceman

edit: the power play is messed up as well.

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I am afraid that role selecting for the special teams still has many issues. On many lines I now have players that say 3/4 or 4/5 on the role screen coming out as a 4/4 or 5/5 on the strategy screen. I am guessing this is misleading.
I also have defenders on the penalty kill still incorrectly displaying on the role screen i.e. 1/5 which then turns into a much higher score.

I have no confidence in my selections at present, so please could you fix asap. Thanks.
It looks like the changes may have introduced some new errors there, we'll take another look. The displayed values on the strategy screen are the correct ones, though; it's the Select Role popup that's wrong.
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It looks like the changes may have introduced some new errors there, we'll take another look. The displayed values on the strategy screen are the correct ones, though; it's the Select Role popup that's wrong.
In some instances the values between the main and in-game strategy screen are not matching which suggests that it is not just the pop-up that is suffering from display issues.
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In some instances the values between the main and in-game strategy screen are not matching which suggests that it is not just the pop-up that is suffering from display issues.
Player ratings vary from game to game due to various factors, which may change the values from the unadjusted ones shown in the strategy screen. It shouldn't be by more than 1-2 points, and 2 would likely be rare, so if you're seeing more than that, it might be a problem.
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Player ratings vary from game to game due to various factors, which may change the values from the unadjusted ones shown in the strategy screen. It shouldn't be by more than 1-2 points, and 2 would likely be rare, so if you're seeing more than that, it might be a problem.
I think a couple of players went from a 5 to a 3. It didn't feel right. I am fairly certain there are now display issues on the main strategy screen at the least.
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I think a couple of players went from a 5 to a 3. It didn't feel right. I am fairly certain there are now display issues on the main strategy screen at the least.
In my experience, putting a player in a position he doesn't normally play (left wing to right wing or left defense to right defense for example) has also affected those ratings.
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Seen a player drop from 5 to 2 between strategy screens now. Also seen that there are now problems with the defenceman at even strength so please check that too.
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I love how proactive you guys at not only fixing the remaining bugs, but also releasing updates quickly to your user-base. Thank you so much guys!
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I am afraid that role selecting for the special teams still has many issues. On many lines I now have players that say 3/4 or 4/5 on the role screen coming out as a 4/4 or 5/5 on the strategy screen. I am guessing this is misleading.
I also have defenders on the penalty kill still incorrectly displaying on the role screen i.e. 1/5 which then turns into a much higher score.

I have no confidence in my selections at present, so please could you fix asap. Thanks.
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I also have the very same problem. Will there be any new hotfix that could correct that?
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I also have the very same problem. Will there be any new hotfix that could correct that?
Yes, we've got that part fixed now. Working on a few other things before we release it.
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is this the reason y all my forwards are 1/5 on the powerplay when i put them on the point?
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is this the reason y all my forwards are 1/5 on the powerplay when i put them on the point?
probably yes. Not only this but the entire mess on Power Play and Penalty Kill screens
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is this the reason y all my forwards are 1/5 on the powerplay when i put them on the point?
No, that's actually a separate thing, related to a problem with the penalty killing forward spots. Working on fixing it as well. Tactical role display seems to be all correct now in the newest test build.
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