Starting the Game

Upon starting the game (after you've registered) you are greeted with this screen:



If you do not choose DirectX, it will default to OpenGL, which in my opinion is much nicer to look at as long as your computer can swing it. Using fullscreen mode or not is your personal choice. If it is not fullscreen you can switch to other programs easily and the game will simply pause, but it is much smaller on the screen. Make your choices and hit Play!

The Main Menu

Here is where your pre-managing life starts:



If you have a game saved you will want to resume your career, otherwise you will need to start a new one. You can do that either with the "Start new career" option or "Quick match". The difference is that a Quick match randomly creates a profile for you, you don't get to choose anything about yourself. This can make for a fun challenge, as you might not get the skills you prefer. You should only exit if it's after 1AM and you need to be up at 7. Or if you really need to do something else.

Starting a New Career

If you click that button you will be taken to a new screen. You only get to do this once a career, so unless you feel like starting over a lot, you'll want to make good choices. Here's a look at what you'll be seeing:



Hint: If you wind up with multiple careers you may want to differ on the names to make it easier to pick out which game to resume.

If you change the age up and down you'll find that your starting boxers and starting cash change accordingly. If you start young you won't have much money as well as fewer boxers, but can have a nice long career. If you start at an older age, you'll have an easier time getting on your feet financially and will have more boxers to manage from the get-go. I prefer to start young and build, but it does take a while to get a comfortable bank account.

Your nationality matters, because different boxers will gravitate to different people. The trump card is the United States, because it is the biggest boxing market in the world and you'll garner the most attention as an American. Well, that's how it should be anyway, I haven't fully tested what happens with different nationalities, but I have noticed an easier time as an American.

Your skills are very, very important to your success or failure as a manager. Each affects different portions of your life, and each has its own use.

Training

The higher your training score, the faster your boxers will gain in skill. It almost always takes many months for a boxer to reach his full potential, so you don't want this to be too low. Your training equipment (in another section) factors in as well, so there is a balance that needs to be kept.

Scouting

In my opinion this is the most important trait of all. It is your ability to look at a boxer and determine how good or bad he is. If you're inaccurate you may wind up signing a contract you'll regret with a boxer that just doesn't have it. You might also arrange a fight that is pretty much hopeless for your fighter and watch him get beat up in the ring. I say that you should assign the most points to this trait, even if you let others slide a little bit.

Charisma

A happy boxer is a better boxer, and your charisma skill will determine how easily you can keep your boxer's morale up. The higher the value, the more motivation you can give them in a fight, and the more likely they will be to respond to you if you talk to them from month to month. I don't give this a lot of weight, but you do need a bit or you'll spend too long getting fighters into top form.

Negotiating

Yes, there is satisfaction in bringing a nobody to the world championship, but everybody knows you're really in it for the money. You don't do these things for free, you've got to be paid for your expertise. The higher the value, the more money you'll make from a fight, which is your main source of income. You cannot leave this one all the way down unless you really want to be poor and unable to sign boxers. When you are looking for a new boxer but don't have much negotiating skill they will demand a much higher percentage of the purses if you can convince them to sign at all. I believe it also affects the amount of money you make from sponsorships, although the fighters figure in as well. Give it at least a couple of ticks up.

Luck

That chance you took on a boxer worked out because you got lucky. The higher it is, the more likely that you'll come out on top in iffy situations. It is not, however, a substitute for skill. I say skip it and make sure you can do your regular job better, but some may find it to be a bit of help.

Click on "Proceed" and let's start managing some boxers!