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Once again, it's that time! <--Back
pic Once again, we have reached the end of a season and the beginning of a new one. And once again, the requests for information are coming in, like When, How, What and so on.
So here we go!

On Thursday morning, the game will be taken off line.
The entire system goes into "season-change"mode, backups are taken (3 backups at different stages during the season-change, just to be on the safe side), team are moved into their rightful divisions if they have promoted or relegated etc etc.
Then I have to add a division to the Swedish and Norwegian league, that are both currently FULL.
I also have a number of updates (read details below) to upload.

This time, I also have some hardware-upgrades to deal with. We are replacing a switch to improve our network performance, and we have to install a new CPU in one of the servers.

When all that has been completed successfully, I then run a different program that sets up the new season, with fixtures, generate youth-players and so on.

I estimate the game to be down for roughly 9-12 hours, depending on potential problems along the way.

The game will at least be back up by Friday morning, and ready for the cups this weekend, and the pre-season training camp this Sunday.
Then the new season begins on Monday morning with training at 09:00 and the first league round at 15:00.
A complete schedule will be posted in my blog, as always!

The new stuff
As I have written in the forums, this has not been the best of seasons for ManagerLeague. Twice I have had to upload fixes to the live game, and some problems have surfaced. More than anything, this is due to me being overworked, and not putting enough emphasis on testing and Quality Assurance.
But we have leanrt from the experience, and will try our best not to repeat it.
We do see a growing challenge in managing this growing community and game, when there is just 1 person doing all of the technical stuff, but hopefully we can afford to take on another pair of hands soon. We are working on it

So, over the past 4 weeks, what have we done?
We certainly do not want ManagerLeague to be known as a "buggy" product, so we have spent the entire season fixing and improving things.
Here is the full list.

Game tweaks
- Playing with 10 players after a red card or injury (and not having subs left) now makes the team suffer all intended penalties.
- It is now more important to let experienced players take Penalties. (Age and experience counts)
- Fortune-tax has been increased from 0,5 to 1,0 %
- League-based sponsors are now supported (Some things we have to add into the game just because of what our partners demand )

Game fixes
- Changing team-name while having active bids on players will now update the bids to show the new team-name
- Fixed the Message-button on the contact list so it now picks the right receiver, and not yourself
- Fixed javascript bug with the floating "tooltips" that would occur if the tip-function was called before the page was 100% done with loading.
- Fixed bugged transfers.
- Fixed the Sack-button on the player-info popup for names containing a '
- Fixed up a lot of old code in regards to countries, languages and updated the leagues-setup.
- Fixed a bug in custom cups: You can no longer join a league-specific cup unless you are in the right league (They were hidden, but you could still join them)
- Fixed a bug that prevented the Indonesian language to work properly.
- Fixed bug with message received after accepting open friendly

Game updates / Speedups
- Updated languages to new versions
- Optimsed training to run faster
- Optimised the transfer-history page

Portal fixes and updates
- Optimized News, Blogs, Articles and Competitions sections on the portal
- Fixed better logging of logins (problems were found with the first-time login after registration)
- Fixed problem with referral-links if they contained more parameters than the ref-id
- You can now use a space in your nickname when registering, it is no longer replaced with a "_"
- Fixed tooltip-bug on the portal (Tooltips could fail to go away)
- Reduced number of javascript required to load for all portal-pages
- Increased the height of the typing-window when typing a new blog-entry

Mobile fixes (for our mobile version at
- Fixed some issues on the mobile offers-page (like still using a 16 hour limit etc)
- Fixed some problems on the mobile messages-page (language-issues + error when using the REPLY-button
- Fixed the mobile front-page to use to new (and correct) language-settings
- Fixed various translations in the mobile interface
- Tried fixing foreign characters in the mobile version, but many mobile phones will still have problems with them. Not much I can do about that.

In addition to this, there have been a number of admin-fixes to allow us to find and deal with support, cheaters and other issues more efficiently.

I would also like to thank the players who have helped us locate problems in the development-version; Your help has been very valuable to us!
Also a big THANKS to our translators who have put in a great effort to update languages lately.

Looking to the future
With an increasing workload on my hands, I am slightly worried about when I will actually get the chance to implement things like Champions League and the Cup Winners Cup.
I hope that we will not be haunted by any *problems* next season so I can actually spend some time developing and not just fixing things and handling support and cheaters. I am in this because I like to make games, and at the moment I feel like I haven't been making games for some time As I said, we might be able to take on another pair of hands in not too long, and that will help a lot, no doubt.

There are a number of things we need to get done here, and to mention just a few, I can quickly list:
- A new portal
- A proper tutorial
- A translated manual
- Champions League
- Cup Winners Cup
- A better transfer-system
I also want a major upgrade of the simulator and some way of actually watching the games being played, yet this is too big a task to even begin with while I am the only developer.

Whatever happens we will be loaded with work for a long time, that much is evident.

Now I hope for a problem-free season, and a lot of pleased customers.

Good luck in the next season.

Christian "Spinner" Lassem
ManagerLeague Headquarters

Written by Spinner 11:03 31/10 2007

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41 comment(s)
By : Martin A BjørnsgårdOnce again   11:40 31/10 2007
pictureVERY NICE

By : miklesCool!!!!   11:41 31/10 2007
pictureI like that!!!!!!!
I think it will be an intresting season next season!!!!!!!!!

Lets hope you can get a helper.......

By : ShlomiKeep on growing! you are the best   11:41 31/10 2007
pictureThanks a lot for this game. Having a very good time managing things and developing my team. Cheers!

By : StrongholdGood Luck   11:48 31/10 2007
picturein findin the 2nd person that will help you
+ thx for all

By : BigSirAlexGreat   11:52 31/10 2007
pictureyou are the best spinner

By : paulo6969tax   11:54 31/10 2007
pictureFortune-tax has been increased from 0,5 to 1,0 %

This is bad,we dont have blame of making more money than other managers.

By : Mr FredrikDoh..   11:55 31/10 2007
pictureMore taxes..

By : Alfio Basilesweet   11:55 31/10 2007
picturesounds good except for the taxes

By : gloinnice   12:38 31/10 2007
picturesounds nice.. but does "League-based sponsors are now supported" means?

By : john_boy_joviyouth team   12:48 31/10 2007
picturei like these game but the only thing missing is a youth team that you can train and you should be able to buy free player for free just a credit.

By : mithzzzabeutiful   12:56 31/10 2007
picturei cant wait to play in champions league cup but i propose to make the uefa cum and the intertoto cup so smaler teams can play internationaly

By : E.T.?good work   12:56 31/10 2007
pictureChampions League & Cup Wnners Cup - nice done

Still no upgrade for the offside trap (swich on - off in the events) - not a grate news

By : VanCrickenExcelent work   13:03 31/10 2007
pictureThe simulator part would be a major development for the future.

By : RinaldoRinaldo   13:39 31/10 2007
pictureSounds great, Christian "Spinner" Lassem good work!

By : Ancelotti1I didn't know...   13:53 31/10 2007
pictureHow much you've actually fixed this season!

The future stuff looks great, I hope it will be here in some seasons!

By : tommy1911Polish Forum   15:19 31/10 2007
picturewhen you add polish language forum???

By : MrWhitenice work!   15:24 31/10 2007
pictureWinky..........keep up your excellent work spinner!!

By : mitch hedbergi'm stoked   17:36 31/10 2007
picturekeep up the excellent work. ML is one of the best games i've stumbled across - thanks from a happy manager.

By : Mr KleivboNice   19:38 31/10 2007
picturesounds nice!

By : Kevin KeagenExiting   21:08 31/10 2007
pictureI really like this game, and hope you can pull off the new improvements soon
Keep up the goal works

By : Mr KaizerDon't worry, be happy!   22:32 31/10 2007
pictureThis is already a great game, Spinner!
Relax, slow down a bit, don't kill yourself.
Enjoy your family! Have a life!

By : FleXUSsounds nice   23:58 31/10 2007
picturei like the "new transfer system, i think"
i do want to be able to see all players, not just the ones who are for sale. Then maybe people dont list those who they dont wanna sell Winky

Id really like to be able to watch games. Hope you can make that happen in the future Winky

By : Adib   02:44 01/11 2007
pictureTobias should be the new pair of hands, lol

By : BozoMr. Kaizer seconded   04:15 01/11 2007
pictureI second Mr. Kaizer's motion An unhappy, stressed Spinner is no good to us. Hopefully you can get the helping hand to offload the extraneous things to

By : Bettina Langlo JevneGood Luck!!!!!!!!!   09:07 01/11 2007
pictureGood Luck for Admins
- that uploads at season change go fine, and they have a nice unproblematic day

Good Luck for Managers
- to get high Q great new players!Winky

By : John_Brown;D   09:08 01/11 2007
pictureMake an anouncement on the general page like:
Looking For Workers If You live in boston or something

By : scroogeWow   09:12 01/11 2007
pictureim lloking forward to the future changes now they sound great

By : timmetjeBug   17:45 01/11 2007
pictureI think that the Transfer bug was the greatest bug

Is it completle done?

Good work Spinner

By : Terrier07   20:06 01/11 2007
pictureNice one!

By : Antero Emanueltaxas   22:28 01/11 2007
picturebem como sempre... Gostei de ler esse trabalho sobre as taxas acho muito bem
boa sorte a todos

By : jorik2007simulation   23:24 01/11 2007
pictureGood work i think its a really cool idea to get a simulation because it wil be so much fun and exiting.

but your working on it and i think its a great game

good work spinner

By : erik1990watch the games?   12:22 03/11 2007
pictureWatching the games being played?that sounds nice! good work spinner!

By : Mirko SlumkaGermany   12:55 03/11 2007
pictureWhy dont pic germany as a league??

By : Steven G GerrardVery good!   13:05 03/11 2007
pictureI'm looking forward to the new season now.

By : AlastairGreat   09:31 05/11 2007
pictureLike the part about older more experienced players taking the Penalties

looking forward to the next season

By : Steve GGood work   23:43 05/11 2007
pictureLooking forward to this and futured seasons when we can watch the games in action.. Keep up the good work!

By : Maffernice work   16:47 07/11 2007
pictureLooking forward to the new season

By : philry4nMobile CSS   16:22 27/11 2007
picturei'd love this

By : FersbooI'm having a blast.   20:47 28/11 2007
pictureThanks for the great job.

By : Sir_Stian_john boy jovi   09:50 29/11 2007
picturejohn boy jovi hat would be really cool. a good tip to spinner.
Let us get a youth team that we could train ourself.

By : carstairsALBERT. SCOTLAND   17:24 18/12 2007
pictureWell done. glad to see. have had trouble with transfers.

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