Baseball Mogul Frequently Asked Questions

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Feature Help

If you are confused about how a feature works in Baseball Mogul, click the Help button on the appropriate screen, or use the 'Help' menu.

If that doesn't answer your question, check the Baseball Mogul help files.

Q: I originally downloaded Baseball Mogul from Sports Mogul. My hard drive has crashed and I need to re-download the game. How can I do this?

A: Just email dee@sportsmogul.com. If you know your order number, that helps, but all she needs is the name or the email on the order to look it up. Be sure to specify which product you're looking for (Baseball Mogul 2010, for instance).

Please read the download FAQ for information regarding downloading and installation.

Q: I get a 'missing file' message when trying to view box scores or game recaps using Windows Vista.

A: Windows Vista has a serious bug that causes some folders to be set to 'read-only' without your permission. This makes it impossible for Baseball Mogul to output a box score file (or game recap). Furthermore, if you turn off the 'read-only' setting for the box score folder, Vista will turn the setting back on without telling you. Many other software developers are struggling with this issue, and we all hope that Microsoft fixes this bug with the next major release to Vista.

In the meantime, we have explored many workarounds and found one that appears to work on most computers: turn off User Account Control.

If this doesn't work, ask Microsoft for a refund for Windows Vista and use the money to buy a copy of Windows XP. No, we are not kidding. When we release software with bugs, our users aren't shy about letting us know about it. When Microsoft release a buggy operating system, they need to hear complaints from as many people as possible.

Q: How do I know where Baseball Mogul is installed?

A: Open Baseball Mogul and select "Open Game Folder..." from the Help Menu.

Q: I can't buy Baseball Mogul.

A: Our ordering system, for both Baseball Mogul and Football Mogul, requires that you have cookies enabled on your machine (this lets your web browser remember information from one page to the next).

To enable cookies:

Internet Explorer 6

Click on Tools in the top toolbar, click on Internet Options in the drop down box, click on the Privacy tab, and select the Medium setting using the slider control.

Internet Explorer 5

Click on Tools in the top toolbar, click on Internet Options in the drop down box, click on the Security tab, select the Internet globe and then click on the Custom Level button. Scroll down the list to Cookies and select Enable for both options available.

Internet Explorer 4

Click on View in the top toolbar, click on Internet Options in the drop down box, click on the Advanced tab, scroll down the list to Security and select 'Always accept cookies'.

Netscape Communicator

Click on Edit in the top toolbar, click on Preferences in the drop down box, click on Advanced in the category window and then select Accept all cookies.

Q: I bought the new version and installed it, but it looks like I am still running the demo version.

A: Unfortunately, you ARE still running the demo version. There is a bug with InstallShield that doesn't install the full game over the demo. You need to do the following (in this order):

  1. Uninstall Baseball Mogul (from Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs)
  2. Uninstall any Baseball Mogul Demo Versions
  3. Reinstall Baseball Mogul

We're sorry for the inconvenience. The good news is that InstallShield does NOT erase saved game files when uninstalling. We are searching for a solution that will prevent this in the future.

Q: I bought the new version and installed it, but it looks like I am still running the demo version.

A: Unfortunately, you ARE still running the demo version. There is a bug with InstallShield that doesn't install the full game over the demo. You need to do the following (in this order):

  1. Uninstall Baseball Mogul (from Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs)
  2. Uninstall any Baseball Mogul Demo Versions
  3. Reinstall Baseball Mogul

We're sorry for the inconvenience. The good news is that InstallShield does NOT erase saved game files when uninstalling. We are searching for a solution that will prevent this in the future.

Q: How do I transfer saved game files between computers?

A: The saved game files are stored in files with the ".mog" extension in the same folder as BB2K9.exe.

By default, this is c:\program files\sports mogul\baseball 2009\

In Baseball Mogul 2005 and later, you can automatically open the Baseball Mogul folder by selecting 'Open Game Folder' from the Help Menu.

(To find out which version you have, select 'About Baseball Mogul' from the Help Menu).

Q: Where do I find a player database with updated rosters and/or salaries?

A: This is the forum for discussion of the creation of new player databases:

http://forum.sportsmogul.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1729

Most new roster updates are created by other Baseball Mogul users who use the editing tools supplied with Baseball Mogul. These files are generally supplied as a .mog or .dat file.

You can create your own roster update by Resuming a .mog file, turning on Commissioner Mode (under Tools -> Options), editing player information, then saving the game file.

Once you have created or downloaded a new .mog or .dat file, rename the file to 'Universe.dat' (writing over your current Universe.dat file in the Baseball Mogul directory). Then, to use this database when you start the game, select 'Custom' on the initial splash screen. Then choose 'Custom Universe' from the next dialog box.

Q: I am unable to get the installer to work properly. Is there another way to install the game?

A: Please read the download FAQ for information regarding downloading and installation.

Q: I can run Baseball Mogul, but it is unplayable because the screen looks weird.

A: Many of the graphics settings for Baseball Mogul are stored in a file called Mogfame.dat in the the Basball Mogul directory (usually in C:/Sports Mogul/Baseball Mogul 2011). Delete this file to reset your graphics settings.

Q: Some dialog boxes don't fit on my screen (it looks like this).

A: On the Tools Menu, choose Options.

On the right side of the dialog, under display, you will see a text field next to the words 'Dialog Size Adjustment'. It will probably have the number '0' in it.

To make the game fit better on your screen, you need to make the dialogs smaller. So, change '0' to '-1', then click the 'OK' button. If this isn't enough, try '-2'.

Q: I am experiencing random crashes in Baseball Mogul.

Unfortunately, viruses and spyware are growing problems. Many people who've reported frequent crashing have been able to solve them by updating their virus definitions and running a virus scan. And of course if you don't have anti-virus software, you should. You might also need to redownload the game and reinstall the game.

It's also possible that "spy-ware" may be interfering with Baseball Mogul's ability to write to your hard drive. There are free spy-ware removal programs, including SpyBot, available at safer-networking.org.

If you do have a crash that you can reproduce by following a specific set of steps, please send us an e-mail describing the exact steps. If we are able to reproduce the crash following the same steps, then the bug is in Baseball Mogul, and we will fix it as soon as possible.

Q: How do I run Baseball Mogul on a netbook (or older computer)?

A: Baseball Mogul 2011 is designed primarily for screens that are 1024 pixels wide, by 768 pixels high (or larger). If you are running on a smaller screen (most netbooks are only 600 pixels high), then you can change the 'Dialog Size Adjustment' to make the game fit on your screen. In the Tools Menu is a section called 'Options'. Next to 'Dialog Size Adjustment', enter a negative number ('-2' works well for most netbooks). This should allow the interface elements to fit on your screen.

Q: When I click on a game on the Calendar Page, it sims to that game and plays it live. How do I play two or more games on the same day?

If you right-click on a game (instead of left-clicking), it will flag the game to be played live without actually starting the sim. Then click the team name at the top of the Calendar Page and select the other team, and do the same for that team.

Q: Is there an easy way to flag all of a team's games for live Play-By-Play?

A: Yes. Right-click on three games on the Calendar Page. Baseball Mogul will see that you are trying to select many games and will present some options so that you don't have to click 162 different games.

Q: How do grades in Baseball Mogul 2004 convert to numerical ratings in later versions of Baseball Mogul?

A: The A-F ratings have been changed to a 50-100 system, to improve accuracy and sorting:

98 = A+
95 = A
92 = A-
88 = B+
85 = B
82 = B-
78 = C+
75 = C
72 = C-
68 = D+
65 = D
62 = D-
55 = F

Most ratings are graded from 50-100 for major-league quality talent. Unlike the other ratings, Endurance can be as low as 10. This is because Endurance is also an approximation of the number of pitches the pitcher can throw in one game before losing effectiveness. So a pitcher with a 75 Endurance can throw about 75 pitches before losing some effectiveness. He may still be effective on his 85th pitch, but he will be tiring.

Q: Baseball Mogul plays a round-robin to resolve a three-way tie for the playoffs. Is this right?

A: In a word: no. Major League Baseball uses a one-game playoff to resolve three-way ties, with the loser going home. In Baseball Mogul, I chose to implement a round robin because it is more fair to the teams involved. Jayson Stark and many MLB GM's agree with my view on the subject (http://espn.go.com/mlb/columns/stark/grumblings/767892.html). Nevertheless, we may change this code to the official MLB format at some point in the future.

Q: Can I print Scouting Reports?

A: You can't print scouting reports. However, there is a handy little feature where you can copy a page of data to the clipboard, then paste to something like Microsoft Excel and print from there.

Follow these steps:

1. Select Team --> Roster
2. Select the Team or League you want to display
3. Click 'Column Headings' to select which stats you want to show
4. Right click anywhere inside the player list and choose 'Copy Players To Clipboard'
5. Open an application like Microsoft Excel and select 'Paste'

Q: How does Baseball Mogul load data from the stat database?

A: Here's how Baseball Mogul creates player databases:

For years BEFORE the current season, Baseball Mogul looks in the "database" folder to find where each player was at the start of that season. It then loads all career stats leading up to that season.

Because the current season hasn't been played when we ship each new version in March, the database doesn't include any stats for the current season. Therefore, when starting in the current season (by clicking the 'Modern' button):

1. Baseball Mogul loads the most recent season and puts players on the team they were with at the END of that season.

2. Then, to accomodate off-season transactions, Baseball Mogul loads a file called Rosters.csv from 'Players/Input' folder. If a player's name is listed for a team, he is moved to that team.

If a player is on the wrong team, you can edit the Rosters.csv file and Mogul will do the work of moving the players (also, you can share this Rosters.csv with others without the trouble of editing the player database, or creating a new Universe.dat file).

Please visit this forum for updated discussions about player databases.

Q: In historical seasons, Baseball Mogul loads fewer real life rookies the closer I get to the current season. This means that in 2004 or 2005, there are a large number of fake players in the Amateur Draft. Why is this?

A: Baseball Mogul loads real-life rookies in the year that they turned 18, approximating the age at which most players enter the Amateur Draft (we chose age 18 because we currently don't have access to real-life draft data).

Many of the players that turned 18 in recent years (e.g. 2003, 2004, 2005) aren't yet in the majors. Since we only have stats for players with major league experience, that leaves us without enough players to fill the Amateur Draft.

Therefore, Baseball Mogul needs to create fictional players to fill in the gaps. The closer it is to the current season, the more fictional players are needed to fill the draft pool.

Q: I have a great idea for a new game! What do you recommend?

A: I have been making computer games since the 1970s, and professionally for the last 24 years. My first recommendation is to not waste much time pitching an "idea" to game companies. They have more ideas than they know what to do with. What they want to see are game prototypes or demos, and an experienced team that can bring the game to completion.

If your game is similar in scope to something like the first Baseball Mogul (i.e. a development budget of $75,000 or less), you should find a way to get the game up and running on your own, and probably self-publishing (like we did with our first version).

If your game idea needs a larger budget, you should probably get some game industry experience and contacts first. Gamasutra is a good place to start.

This site basically reiterates the above advice about selling your game idea, but in more depth.