Beginners guide to Editing

boozemonster

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The Data Editor provided with FM09 allows for the manipulation of the game database, which is the life and soul of the game. It is a simple enough tool to use and can change almost (note almost) anything within the game.

The most common manipulations are:
Clubs
Players
Leagues
Stadiums
There are countless other things that can be changed, but these are the main ones. Therefore these are what I will cover in a brief tutorial. They are easily done and once the concept has been grasped it should then be possible for user to change other data on their own.

Starting the Data Editor
The Editor can be found in Program Files/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2009/Tools/Data Editor. Another way of finding the tool is to go to the Start Menu/All Programs/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2009/Tools/Data Editor.

For Steam users, I've heard its here...
C: Program Files/Steam/Steam Apps/Common/Football Manager/Tools/Data Editor



Using Editor
So you now have the Editor running. To begin editing you first need to load your database. This is achieved by selecting File along the tool bar and then Load Database. You should have a choice of Default and you’re Updates


Clubs
To edit a club first choose Clubs under the Search tile in the left hand window of the editor. Then proceed to type the name of the club you wish to search for in the Text Field next to the Filter button. Then press return. For example I have searched for Nikao.

Double click to go to the club editing screen. For example I want to change how much money the club has; I want them to have 40Million, I would go to Finances and then change the Balance to 40,000,000.

To put players into the selected team go to Staff and Players---Players---Add---then enter the name of the player you want. Highlight, then OK.


Players
Go back to Search (you can do this by clicking Search in the recent items field and then click on People, write the name of the player you want to edit into the Text Field. Similar to how you did in Fig 3. Lets say you searched for Wayne Rooney.

Double click on him. Now comes the question of what you want to do with him. Maybe you want him to be the finest footballer in the world... easy. Edit his CA (current ability, how good he is now) and PA (potential ability, how good he could become).

There are many other things that can be changed if you look about, by going on attributes 1 or 2 you can change his specific skills, bear in mind that he cant have 20’s for everything even a CA of 200 will not allow that, you can set everything to 20 but the game will reconfigure his stats to best fit when the game starts.

Leagues
As you by now should be getting the gist of how this works I’ll go through things a little quicker.
You may wish to put your local team into the Leagues so you can play them, no problems. Here’s how to do it. Search---Competitions---(enter the league you want)---Select the team you want to swap with. You do this the same was as adding a player; by searching for them but highlight a team to swap with first. As the team that you have entered will most likely have a poor reputation (and reputation affects who you can sign amongst other things) you may want to edit the reputation of the club. You can do that on the details page of the Club, I recommend you change it to the same as the team you swapped with, this makes it fair. For seeding purposes in cup competitions, it is also advisable to swap the "last position" of the 2 teams around. This should stop you having to wait for a year to be entered into some cups and will enter your Reserve and U18's into their respective leagues.



Stadiums
You may wish to edit, but most likely you will want to create a new one, I will explain how to edit one, then it will be easy to use that knowledge to create one if you wish. Click on the Stadium option of the club menu, this will bring up the club menu of the stadium. From here you can change the youth and training facilities, academy, ticket prices and attendances, it’s all self explanatory.

If you select the underlined name of the stadium you can change the ground itself. Note your stadium doesn’t have to be in the same country as you play i.e. Cardiff is in Wales, this means your youth regens will come from Wales. If you placed Old Trafford in Moscow, Man Utd would get Russian regens. From here you can change the capacity of the stadium and also the expansion capacity too.


If you wish to create a Club, Player or Stadium. Click Edit on the toolbar and scroll down to what you want to create, if you’ve read the above you should have no worries creating whatever you want.


When you save your DataBase... dont save it as default or your updates, otherwise you'll have to reinstall to get back to normal. Save as something else.
 
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boozemonster

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no worries, I'll add more when and if I get round to it. In all fairness though, using the editor is fairly self explanatory and most of its just common sense. If I can ever get the league creation that im on with working I'll add that too.
 

Finn

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Nice booze~! Great work with that! Its a class guide! I know how to use the editor fairly well but I would love to know if its possible to create a country so that you can make your own domestic leagues and national team?
Cheers
 

Finn

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Nice booze~! Great work with that! Its a class guide! I know how to use the editor fairly well but I would love to know if its possible to create a country so that you can make your own domestic leagues and national team?
Cheers
Anyone know if you can do this>?
 

boozemonster

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Anyone know if you can do this>?
you can, but its really difficult, and even if you do put the 30-50 hours of fiddling about in, it doesnt work all to well. you have to swap a current league with the one you are making and switch the nations ect. non-league teams so you dont get chinese teams promoted into you macedonian league. its a right ball ache in truth.

for 2008 i found this... http://www.fm-base.co.uk/forum/f53/greenland-league-playable-t10337.html#post62966

but that was done poorly, since the DB's are almost the same in FM09 its not impossible to do.

ive also played in the Ghana league in either 07 or 08 that league was swapped with the Peruvian league i think.

i know how to do it in theory, but in practice its really hard. i didnt bother mentioning it in "beginners editing" because its far from beginners material. i only know of about 5-10 different DB's thats arent SuperLeagues.

if you were editing the english league to say Cook Island (only for arguments sake, there are only 7 teams it wouldnt work) you'd have to swap all of the teams, including all non-league ones you cant play as (this would mean that the cups and promotion would not include any rogue english teams, edit England the nation to be the cook island and vice versa, Change the flags, **** around with the qualification system for continental competitions, so that English teams still qualify for europe even though you can play as them(this is the really hard part) and the cooks qualify for the south sea islands club cup (although i dont think thats necessary since Australia are in asia now)

thats hours and hours of work and then test it, and if there is a problem go back and change and test again until its fixed.
 
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Greenie Bhoy

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How is it you actually make the updates activate??

As I can't seem to get them to work after I'm finished making changes
 

Finn

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You save it as a new database and when you start a new game select that instead of default/9.2/9.1!
 

Greenie Bhoy

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Sorry about the double post by the way

Also, does that mean theres no way at all to update the current databse? or do I have to start a new game?
 

Finn

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No prob, i've done it before plenty!
Nope unfortunately you can't update your savegames, you have to start a new game for it to take affect!
 

boozemonster

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Sorry about the double post by the way

Also, does that mean theres no way at all to update the current databse? or do I have to start a new game?
you can update the data base of a current game. you ned to use a tool like real time editor to do this

http://www.fm-base.co.uk/forum/downloads.php?do=file&id=58

you cant change everything with this tool, but if you custom DB has a few fault and you dont want to start your game again, i advise using this or a similar tool.
 

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Hey, i have created my own team and players and satff, stuck them in the BSS, they dont play in the normal FA Cup though, just the CSC, league and FA Trophy!!!!

How do you enter them into the FA Cup, with the chance of my team playing against some of the big boys?????

Any help greatly appreciated.
 

boozemonster

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Hey, i have created my own team and players and satff, stuck them in the BSS, they dont play in the normal FA Cup though, just the CSC, league and FA Trophy!!!!

How do you enter them into the FA Cup, with the chance of my team playing against some of the big boys?????

Any help greatly appreciated.
when you place your team into the league, swap their last position with that of the team they have replaced, otherwise its going to be your second season before it sorts itself out.

i cant use my editor. i installed through steam.
it says side by side config error how can i fix this
i cant personally help you with this I'm afraid. there must be someone on here who has had the same problem and fixed it though.
 
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