So, you’ve got a copy of Football Manager 2011 and want to play online and show your friends your the best Football Manager around! However, this can prove to be quite difficult to some. My FM2010 tutorial to this was one of the most popular posts on the blog, so I thought I would update it all for FM11
- Obviously a copy of FM2011
- An internet connection
- Hamachi (Download here)
Note: You will all need to be on the same patch to be in a network game, so if you want to play on 11.2, then you will need to all have the 11.2 update installed
Decide who will be hosting the network game. Preferably the person with the best internet connection as they are who you will all be connecting to. Whoever you have chosen to host, should then start a new game normally, selecting the patch you want to play on, and the leagues you want loaded. If you are hosting, go into preferences, then display and sound, then network and tick the box ‘run as server’, this will allow everyone else to connect to the save after everything has been set up.
Install hamachi, and once installed and loaded, click the power on button:
If you have going to be hosting the online game, then you will need to click the network tab at the top and click Create a New Network, a box will now appear where you will have to put in a unique ID and password.
If you are joining your friend who is hosting the network, you need to click network tab and click Join Existing Network and enter the id and password your friend used.
At this stage, the host has created a network on hamachi, started a new FM game and ticked run as server, and any one that is going to join the network game has joined the hamachi server. Everyone who is going to join the host’s game, will need to load up FM2011, click the huge Join Network Game button on the home screen, and click the button in the bottom right corner which says join other server. A box will pop up asking for the network address. You should put in the network address which is displayed on the Hamachi server which is displayed for the host.
Once everyone has joined the network game, you should be inside the host’s FM save, and ready to add a new manager and select a club. Everything from now on should run normally, and this is where the fun begins! My final step is to enjoy the network game, and absoutley destroy your friend’s and show you are the king of FM2011!
If you have any questions or run into any difficulties, don’t be afraid to leave a comment on this post and I will attempt to answer any questions!