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PCM Change Wage Budget
pavelkov
Hi,
I'm in a career mode with a team and I only have extended contracts. But I have a tight budget to contract new riders. Can I change the wage budget of the team so I can dign new riders?
 
Ripley
(Unless something has changed since PCM 17.)

You have to keep two things in mind:

- The future wage budget largely depends on your current wages. Use an editor like Lachi's, load your savegame, go to dyn_contract_cyclist and add a zero to a current wage of one of your riders (100,000 instead of 10,000, for example). Save and the load in the game. You can now spend more. Don't forget to change that wage back after transfers are finished.

- But if you overdo it, you can run out of money next season, because you're far outspending your sponsor's income. You can change that in dyn_sponsor, that's the yearly amount (though you get paid per month).
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pavelkov
@Ripley Thanks for the reply! So there isn't a way to change the wage budget from the sponsor? I already have made the extends for the riders I wanted. Can I still change their wage value and than have a bigger amount of money to sign new riders or does that work differently?
 
Ripley
Well, you do change the wage budget (for next season) with this method, just try it out. Yes, you can do that at any time. Just don't change a new contract, that wouldn't help, change an existing one. Either one that is running beyond this season anyway or the "old" contract of a rider who already has an extension. You'll see it in the contract table, the rider will have two entries.
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pavelkov
@Ripley Does the contract wage change work the same in PCM 2012 (I play it because of nostalgic pleasure). And for example: I have extened Wiggins' contract. His wage is around 80.000. If I change it to 8.000, will it make my amount to spend bigger? And if I change his wage back will it be a big consequence for next season's budget?
 
Vansify
You can change your balance with the database editor.
 
Ripley
It works in PCM14, so I'm positive it will work in PCM12, too. And sure, there's more than one way to skin a cat. If you change Wiggins' new contract from 80k to 8k, you should have 72k to spend elsewhere. But that wasn't what I proposed.

Ok, let's take an (extreme) example from my current PCM14 story, screenshot taken on the 21st of June:

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The (future) budget at the bottom (581,800) cannot be changed right now, it's only an estimate anyway, you won't get the final budget until the season is over. What you can change with the method I described is the "maximum authorised wage bill" which (for reasons only known to the developer) is mostly dependent on your current wage bill, not the budget estimate for next season.

So by changing the current wages you can change the maximum authorised wage bill, what you're actually allowed to spend on wages for next season - independent of the budget you'll have, you can hire ten stars and bankrupt yourself easily. When I first realised this I increased the wages of several riders a little but then I realised it's enough to just change one (current) wage by a lot.

So don't change Wiggins' new wage, instead change his current wage. When you then load the save into the game and click on somebody, the first number ("...is estimated to be" ) won't change, Wiggins' new wage is still accounted for. But the maximum authorised wage bill will change, simply because the game "thinks" you are already spending more. In fact, until you change it back you will be spending more. If you do this on the 21st of June your wage bill will be higher on the 1st of July and remain higher until you change it back. I usually get all contracts done in July so I can change it back before August.

Edit: By the way, the reason I use this trick is not to overextend my budget but out of frustration that I cannot make more offers than this maximum allows, even though (especially with a weak team) many riders end up signing for another team. But the money is "blocked" until the rider makes a decision and alternatives will have signed with somebody else in the meantime.

Surely we've all seen this: On the 20th of June a captain will say he's really happy and would like to extend his contract. So you make him an offer a day later and he now says "it's too soon". A couple of weeks pass, and then you hear back from him, he's got several offers and cannot decide. So you offer him even more, but he's still thinking about it, and thinking for a whole week or so to eventually say "sorry, I'm signing with Quickstep instead". And only now the sum you offered him is freed up again, but by that point most good riders have found a new team. This is my workaround for that.
Edited by Ripley on 06-05-2020 10:00
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pavelkov
@Ripley Thank you for the reply! So, what I need to do is to change the current wage of the riders that I will have for next years ?
 
Ripley
Just try what I suggested in my first reply.
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pavelkov
@Ripley I ahve read it all wrong. If I want to make all transfers quick in July do I need to change some wage budgets of riders in June or just in the month July to let the method work?
 
Ripley
It's immediate, so any time you like.
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pavelkov
@Ripley, just tried it. I added a 0 to a contract of one of my riders but now I got 0 euros available to sign riders...
 
Ripley
Try again. I bet you changed a new contract rather than an old one.
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pavelkov
@Ripley I have changed it with 2 riders and it worked but I only got a maximum spendable budget of 8.000
 
Ripley
Maybe PCM19 adds another factor I don't know about - or maybe it's something I've already forgotten, because I've been playing well below budget for so long.

But now that you had some success you can try editing other things and see if it makes a difference. Learning by doing and using the forum search function. I'd probably try DYN_sponsor first and increase value_i_budget for my team. If you are using Lachi's editor the + on the very left is useful because it shows you interconnections between tables.
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pavelkov
@Ripley I took a while to investigate with Lachis in my career save but didn't found anything work... pretty disappointing but maybe I need to wait and see next season
 
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