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Weekly News #121
Weekly News

Take part in this year's PCM World Cup

With only a couple of months until the PCM14 release, it is time for the annual world cup to crown the best PCM players around and also wave goodbye to the current version of the game. PCM France are organizing the events, but anyone is free to try their luck.

If you'd like to read more about the rules, dates and similar - go over here to find links to everything you might want.

New console game (probably) available for PS4 users too

No need to fear if you'd like to play the Tour de France 2014 console game, but have swapped out your old PS3 for a PS4, as it looks like there's a PS4 version to be added alongside the previous PS3 and Xbox 360 ones. The source for this is Rin, who spotted PS4 on the list of consoles for TDF 2014 on Amazon.

Please note that this is not a guarantee, but it is likely.

GeoGuessr returns to PCM.daily

One of last year's most popular games has found its way back, after taking a few months of downtime. Last summer, it quickly flooded Café Pedro before being moved to a thread of its own. Absolutely something to look into for those who enjoy geography and think they're good at identifying a location. You can find it through this link or from the 'Hot Topics' section.

Weekly News #120
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First screenshots of PCM14 - kinda...

While we have previously seen a picture of a computer where the upcoming Pro Cycling Manager 2014 were being played, we're yet to see the first actual screenshots - until now...

As some of you may be aware, Cyanide has a developer blog right here, which was recently used to showcase some of the new buildings that you'll soon get to experience in PCM14.

With the Tour starting in Britain this year, the developers have focused on creating British-style houses and environment. Realistic? Well, you tell me - check out the screenshots right here.

FDB14 now available...

The release didn't come soon enough to make it into last week's news, but after many hours of hard work PCM Focus proudly announced their latest DB earlier this week. To check out all the new features and test the altered stat matrix, download either from PCM.daily's downloads section or from over here - where you can also find instructions for installing the DB. Have fun!

... and the same goes for SpanishBase V3

While on the topic of DBs - the latest SpanishBase can now also be found in the downloads section. Get to both the download, the list of features and the instructions for installing by clicking this link.

2014 ManGame: Off we go!

With one classic for each division, the new ManGame season kicked off for real yesterday. Have a look at Badaling International, Down Under Classic and Clasica San Cristobal to find out which three riders became the first three to open their tally of victories this year, and hang around for many more races in the upcoming months!

Weekly News #119
Weekly News

#7 Story of the Month awards winners

With the incredibly popular The Comeback coming to an end earlier this week, there was never much of a question as to which story would claim this month's main award. However, worth noting is that it came down to a closer vote than perhaps expected, and a difference of only two votes between the first two stories.

Among the new stories, it is Trek Factory Racing #2014 that comes out on top. admirschleck appears to have found the right concept at last, after a number of tries in the past. baia's FDJ.fr follow in 2nd, three points behind.

From stages to DBs for Stylus

Some three months ago, Stylus was elected stage maker of the year, but it seems that covering one aspect of PCM isn't enough for the Italian member. His latest project is a historical DB from the year 2000, and the first preview screens and features have just been published. No exact release date has been given yet, but it is supposed to be at some point later this month.

And lastly - don't miss the Ronde!

In case you, for some reason didn't know, coverage will start any minute now - so get off the computer and find a TV close to you! ;-)

PCM.Daily to co-sponsor a cycling team! (April Fools)
News

We have reached news on the whereabouts of CrueTrue and what he has been up to on his "extended vacation." Turns out he wasn't just basking in the sun but conducting serious business.

We are absolutely delighted to relay the news that PCM.Daily is going to be the co-sponsor the Danish continental team Cult Energy for the 2015 season!

Cult Energy

For those that don't know, the team was founded in 2000 as the "Cycling Horsens" and as of last season has been sponsered by Cult Energy. The Cult Energy team currently sits in 11th position in the 2014 UCI European Tour.

How is this possible? CrueTrue was able to pull a few strings within the cycling community and his unique proposal peaked Cult Energy's interest. The major incentive, as we have been told, is the influence of the PCM.Daily community to bring in new and euthastic cycling fans for their fanbase.

However to make all this possible, there is a small catch. The money needed to support this co-sponsorship have to be funded somewhere. The solution? PCM.Daily is going to be charging a small fee for their next major database. This would be the PCM.Daily's 2014 DB coming out this summer for Pro Cycling Manager 2014. The estimated cost as of now is 5 euros (but could get cheaper).

More details to follow when CrueTrue gets back!

Weekly News #118
Weekly News

FDB14 nearing release

In the next few days, the PCM Focus DB team will be adding the final adjustments to their new 2014 DB. Alongside usual features like updated stats, squads and stages, it also includes new things like feeding stations in stages and a new interface for PCM. A full list, plus some sneak peak screens and promo videos can be found over here!

Have your say in the first ever favourite ManGame jersey contest

Hardly anyone can dispute the popularity of the annual favourite rider and team contests have achieved over the course of the last few years. As a result, Mresuperstar has now presented a third category: PCM.daily's favourite ManGame jersey. Voting is still only in its early stages, so jump in and make sure that the shirt you like makes it all the way!

To do so, have a look at this thread.

ManGame crits set for return

They were widely appreciated last year, but eventually started fading away due to the heavy workload that was necessary in order to keep them going. However, the crit series have returned with Australia's Bay Cycling Classic - offering a chance for riders from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan and Great Britain to show themselves before the actual season starts.

If you have riders eligible for racing (the criteria for participation can be found here), hurry up and sign them up, because many spots have already filled up!

First Interview with Cyanide on PCM14
News

It is that time of year again, with approximately 3 months until the new game is released, and this year PCM.daily have been given the first interview about the game!

The interview is with Clément Pinget, and reveals the first real bits of information about what we can expect in Pro Cycling Manager 2014. The main conclusions are below, or you can click here to read the full interview.

Career Mode

The career mode has been one of the main areas of focus for improvement this year, and two systems have been developed from scratch. The first involves equipment, and allows you to sign contracts with suppliers and participate in research and development programmes for new parts. The second involves the contracts and transfers system. The realism of transfers have been improved - in terms of both salary levels and the nationality focus of a team - and players will have more choices available when dealing with this part of the game.

Tutorials

It has been many years since there was a demo for the game, and this looks set to be partly addressed in the form of two tutorial levels. One will be aimed at total beginners, but the other will be geared towards more advanced players and will help to highlight the changes that have been made between 2013 and 2014.

Gameplay

The main change here relates to an automatic mode where it seems that you can let the AI take control over part of your team - to allow you to focus only on the important riders. It will also be possible to give multiple orders to a rider at the same time. So while a rider is collecting water bottles for the team, you can tell him to go straight to relaying once that task has been completed.

Daily Form

The impact of daily form looks set to be greater this year, which will lead to some more unpredictable results - an outsider could achieve a big result if he has a great daily form for that race. How the daily form is generated has also been changed - with a rider's recovery and the weather conditions being important factors. In career mode, rider illness will also lead to a rider receiving low daily form for a few days in a row.

Resistance Stat

As many people noticed, the Resistance stat had become irrelevant after changes to PCM2013. This has been addressed for this year's game.

Stage Editor

A new feature will allow climbs or route sectors to be inserted straight into a .zcts file, without the need to map them out every single time. Already nearly 60 famous climbs or places have been recreated from France and Italy, including the likes of Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux. This could be a great time saving feature for stage makers.

Long Term Plans

Beyond PCM 2014, there is a hope to improve the ease in which the game can be modded, in particular with the installation of different database - making it possible for the game to work with multiple different databases at the same time. Cyclocross is also in the minds of those working on the game, having been a popular suggestion for many years.

More news to come

There will be improvements to the multiplayer mode, and other changes to the career mode, as well as news about new features for the console version of the game. But further information on this will have to wait for now!

Weekly News #117
Weekly News

Fantasy classics: Remember to change riders for upcoming cobbles

With Milano - Sanremo and the first race of Velogames fantasy spring classics out of the way, we travel north to Dwars Door Vlaanderen - which takes place on Wednesday. A different set of riders than what you used for Sanremo may be needed for some of you, so don't forget to make your changes before then!

ManGame: Done with transfers? Here's what to do

Several teams have already shut down their transfer season, and the rest will be following in the next few days. The actual season can't start quite yet however, so here's a little reminder of what PCT and CT managers can do while waiting for everyone to finish. Remember, the earlier this is sent in - the sooner the season can begin!

- C1/C2 selections for PCT and CT teams. Have a look over in this thread to find out how this is done

- Wildcard applications. If you want any, which? Information can be found here

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