Front Office Football Community
Front Office Football has been around since 1998. And the community continues to grow with each version of the game.
Front Office Football 2004 introduced multi-player leagues to the franchise. The number of leagues
has grown with each new version.
One primary site, which we helped with in the late '90s but has been completely independent
from the beginning, is Front Office Football Central.
It is now generously hosted by Operation Sports.
You can find lists of multi-player leagues on this site, as well as a lively discussion about the
game. Solecismic Software does not officially endorse any independent site, and is not responsible for any copyright violations or unauthorized use of trademarks.
Conversions to Front Office Football Eight
Each new version brings different file structures. Because of the complexity of the task, we
do not allow the importing of Front Office Football universes from past versions of the game.
For existing multi-player leagues (and only for the multi-player game), we'll offer one
conversion of the file structure per league. We are now accepting conversions - only one per established multi-player league.
Instructions for Commissioners
Instructions for commissioners of multi-player leagues wishing to convert from Front Office Football Seven to Front Office Football Eight:
- Examples are based on a fictional league ID of IDLEAGUE.
- This can only be done after the Front Office Bowl, while the End Season button is visible to the commissioner.
- Put the following files in a zipped archive: IDLEAGUE.fps, IDLEAGUE.fpd, IDLEAGUE.ffn
and IDLEAGUE.fju, and all files in the form IDLEAGUE.YYYY, where YYYY is a year, like 2004 or 2005. No other files are needed for the conversion. Solevision will not work for past years, so please don't
include Solevision files (IDLEAGUEXX.YYYY, where XX is a week number from 1-26).
- Place this zipped archive in an easily-accessed web space.
- Send our support address (customersupport AT solecismic.com) a link to the zipped archive that does not require a login. Let us know if you wish to have economic information for all cities equalized (this does not affect stadiums).
- We will then convert the league files. You can either give us access to upload the resulting zip file to your web site, or we will place this on our web site temporarily.
- Place these files in the leagues/IDLEAGUE directory of your Front Office Football installation (this is under Users/LOGIN/AppData/Local/Solecismic Software/Front Office Football Eight in Windows 7/8. Place all the other IDLEAGUE.*** files you didn't zip up and send in this directory, as well, except
for the weekly Solevision files (IDLEAGUEXX.YYYY). Note that Front Office Football Eight is usually
stored under the Local folder while past versions are usually in the Roaming folder.
- Create a folder for your league under the export, import, leaguedata and leaguehtml folders, as well.
- Open the league in multi-player mode in Front Office Football Eight. Save it.
- Go to the Controls-Commissioner Menu. Run the Set FTP Directory Structure command. You must enter
the league name exactly as it appears in the file names. Many FTP implementations are case-sensitive.
- Run the Export Game Files command.
- Run the Replenish FTP Server command. This may take a while, as it will compress and upload
your entire league.
- If they exist, place the league's frfoot.fni, frfoot.fcy and frfoot.fcc files in the leagues/LEAGUEID directory of your Front Office Football Eight installation. These must be new files, created with Front Office Football Eight. You can also place ban***.bmp files representing team
logos in this directory. This is not a necessary step. You can create these files from within the
game at any time.
- If you've done this, you can run the Export Configuration command to upload those files.
- Note: If your league was converted prior to 8.0b, the 8.0b patch contains a fix for the
issue with many old staff members identifying as defensive coaches but specializing with offensive
linemen. While this is mostly a cosmetic issue, it makes running a team tougher. Commissioners can
use the Ctrl-Alt-K command from the game's background to convert these coaches. This will also work,
by the way, with the single-player game to fix Steve Hoffman, Tennessee's assistant coach. Remember
to save the game after converting. Leagues converted after 8.0b's release have already been fixed in
this manner. However, this fix uncovered a second issue that had essentially the same effect for teams exporting in the first exhibition week. So, in 8.0c, run Ctrl-Alt-K again and this will reset affected teams' defensive fronts. Ctrl-Alt-K is always safe to run. This situation shouldn't happen again in 8.0c, though. If you are converting under 8.0c, this isn't necessary. If you converted under 8.0b or ran the fix and haven't yet reached training camp, this isn't necessary.
Instructions for Participants
Instructions for commissioners of multi-player leagues to give to league participants:
- Go to the Controls-Participants Menu.
- Run the Enter New Career function. Make sure to enter the league name exactly as it appears
in the file names. Remind participants which team they need to select (this will be based on the
default team names, not the names as they appear in your league). This function is only available
when you first open Front Office Football.
- Run the Import Game Files function. This will open the game. You will need your team password.
- Optionally, run the Import Configuration function. Do this only if the commissioner exported
- Run the Restore Career function. This may take a long time. Save the game.
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