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Starting the Game

When you launch FHM2, you will arrive at the Start Screen after a short loading period. As the name indicates, this is your starting point for playing FHM2, allowing you to choose various methods of beginning or resuming play, as well as setting various configuration preferences.

Start Screen

You can also get back to the Start Screen after a game has been loaded by navigating to Game Menu and then choosing Start Screen. The Start Screen has several main options in the box, plus a handful of options along the bottom. The main options are as follows:

OptionDescription
Purchase FHM Now Links you directly to the FHM web store in order to purchase a license for the game. This option only appears if you have not already installed a license for the game.
Enter License Key Prompts you to enter a serial number to license your copy of the game. See Installing Your License for more information about licenses. This option only appears if you have not already installed a license for the game.
Continue Game Loads the last game you played. This button is unavailable until you have created at least one game. At that time, this option will become available, and the screen will display the name of the last game you created in parentheses.
Load Game Opens the loading screen, allowing you to choose one of your previously saved games to load.
New Game Creates a new game based on rosters for the current season.
New Historical Game Creates a new game based on any season from 1931 through the most recently completed season.
New Custom Game Creates a new custom game, allowing you to set up a fictional league in the format of your choosing.
Quickstart Game Loads a custom quickstart game file which you have previously created.
Preferences Allows you to modify global game preferences.

There are also a few more options listed at the bottom of the screen:

OptionDescription
Website Takes you to the OOTP Developments website.
Forums Opens the OOTP Developments Community Forums.
Manual Opens this online manual, but presumably you figured that one out already.
Credits Takes you to a list of people involved in the creation of FHM2.

All the new game options and quickstart game will, after the initial setup, take you to the Set Up Your Manager screen, where you can set up your manager identity, team, play mode, and other options.

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