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From: Homer
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Date: 08/14/2014 11:01:40
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BB is a very complex, long-term strategy manager game. And there are changes every single season. It can be overwhelming!! We know; we've all been there during our first seasons! Don't worry, though. This is a very supportive community, and everyone who seeks help or advise will be welcome. If that's your case, you've come to the right place!

1. Do I need a mentor?
That's a very complex question which may indeed have multiple answers. A mentor can be someone who helps us build our teams from scratch, until the moment we're ready to fly on our own. Or someone who can give you in-depth information about the GE or tactics work once you've got the basics. Or someone who, being an expert in a particular field (BB-Economics, Tactics and Match Preparation; Training; etc), will give you the knowledge to complement your already solid development in BB. And those are just a few examples. If you identified with these contexts, you'd probably benefit from having a mentor. Or a BB friend, if you prefer it that way!

2. But I don't want anyone to babbysit my team...
And you're right in thinking so! A mentor will be your advisor, but this never means you'll lose ownership of your team; you're the one pressing the button and, ultimately, it is your decision to analyse things carefully and decide which advise you want to take on board. The mentor just has more experience, and thus knows what you're going through because he did so previously. After all, it's nice having a human side behind, someone who can answer a particular question or just give sensible advise before mistakes are made, isn't it?

3. Ok, you got my attention! How do I do it?
It's dead simple. Everyone who is already experienced in the game can come here to become a mentor; and every newbie can come here to ask for a mentor to support him/her in the beginning and settle the basics of his/her team.

3.1.Prospective mentors: You are very welcome to join the proposal provided that you have some time to spend with a newbie seeking help. You don't need to have played this game for more than 10 seasons; as long as you're able to manage your team efficiently and you understand the basics of the game, it's more than enough. Also, you don't need to be an expert in every aspect in BB: you may be specialised in training, or the TL, or arena expansion, or maybe you're knowledgeable in every aspect. Remember that help forums are still here, so you don't need to know about everything in BB, as other people will always be ready to help. A minimum experience of 2 seasons is required.

How to become a mentor: Please leave a reply in this thread and I will include you in the list in the next post.

3.2.Prospective newbies: Feel free to ask for support! All we ask in return is three simple things: a motivation to do your best, a willigness to take on board the advise received, and a commitment not to leave the game in a few days. Please take into account that mentors are here giving away their free time to help others, something they do in a completely altruistic way.

How to ask for a mentor: All you need to do is contact one of the prospective mentors (please use the list provided in the next post) via BB-Mail.

3.3.Language: Please bear in mind that this is meant to be an International Mentorship Programme. This means that, unless English is already your native language or you are lucky enough to find a mentor/newbie who speaks the same language as you, you need to have a fluent communication in English and be familiar with the terminology BB uses.

Dear mentors: If you speak fluently any language other than English, please let me know. Otherwise I will assume you speak English and the language/s spoken in your team's country.

Last edited by Homer at 06/01/2015 18:34:01

From: Homer

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262132.2 in reply to 262132.1
Date: 08/14/2014 11:02:55
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3.4.Establishing the mentor-newbie contact:
-Newbies please BB-Mail one of them. Whenever possible, try to contact a person who has no or few newbies under their mentorship.
-Mentors (or newbies): It would be much appreciated if you could let me know who you will be helping once the communication has started. This is done in order to distribute the workload equally among all of us. Initially mentors may be asigned up to two newbies, but if you're ready to take more pupils (or less), just let me know as well.

4.Mentors List:

Whenever a mentor...
-Has an asterisk in front of his name, he is full and will take no more newbies at the moment.
-Team's name appears in italics, he can only take one more newbie.
-Speaks a language apart from English, this is indicated next to their team between square brackets.
-Is a specialist in a particular aspect, this is indicated between brackets.

-Áll Ðrãgøøñs: (194831)
-Beanz Odyssey: (24876)
-Bull Knights: (30874)
-Fc Oans Zwoa Gsuffa [German]: (80538)
-*Japantraining (Training and market specialist) [Japanese]: (53445)
-Kaotic3: (38709)
-KK Bosna ASA BH Telecom [Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian]: (119497)
-Knätofs BBK: (173598)
-Krituliai (Training and Match planning specialist) (178563):
-Kwaiwah (Team building, training and finantial optimisation specialist) [Malay] (52857): Mentors Seoul Sacrum Tigers (40626)
-Llucmajor Airplanes [Spanish] (79238)
-Mountain Eagles (Training and Tactics specialist): (30640)
-Northern Kyushu Ramen Kings (Micronation specialist) (53423):
-Optic Fibres: (91681)
-Quebec Pugs (Training specialist) [French] (33615): Mentors baguio dawgs (190286)
-Southpoint: (22883)
-Spazs Ballers [Portuguese]: (25071)
-The Mighty Oaks: (196389)
-The Myrmidons (Training and Tactics specialist) (37681): Mentors Magic32Lakers (38107)
-The Players (Training & tactics specialist): (38819)
-Topola Eagles [Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian]: (100346)
-*Wolf Dogs (Training specialist) (28477): Mentors PhilippinePride (55324)
-Woodbridge Wreckers [Dutch] (38314): Mentors Kangaroom (89077) and Drunken Sconnies (28488)
-Zagreb Hell Patrol [Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian]: (41166): Mentors Vineyard Brawlers (97892)
-Zagreb Trolls (Training and Team building) [Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian] (98548):

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262132.3 in reply to 262132.2
Date: 08/14/2014 12:13:36
Forty Two
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Second Team:
The Falling Whale
I think that's a good idea. We will wait before sticking it, but that's a good initiative.

One thing, I would recommend that newcomers send a BB-mail instead of posting here. From my experience on the french forum, the tutors do not look that often to the thread and sending a BB-mail directly shows that you are motivated and willing to be proactive instead of a "i want a tutor lol" post.

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262132.4 in reply to 262132.2
Date: 08/14/2014 13:12:38
Woodbridge Wreckers
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Always willing to help out so sign me up.

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262132.5 in reply to 262132.4
Date: 08/14/2014 16:09:00
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I'm willing to help some newbies out so sign me up. I may only have a season and a half under my belt but I understand the aspects of BB.

"Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they're afraid they might get hit by a pass." George Raveling
From: Myles

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262132.6 in reply to 262132.1
Date: 08/14/2014 16:48:54
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Sure, I will do it. 13 seasons of BB will do it.
I've only mentored one man before but, ready to help
But, you have to remember if someone is stubborn enough, they won't think we are right.
Long live BB!

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262132.7 in reply to 262132.1
Date: 08/14/2014 17:34:24
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I can mentor, I only have 2 and a half seasons under my belt, but I have learned a lot through the USA offsite and am willing to help out.

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262132.8 in reply to 262132.3
Date: 08/14/2014 20:20:13
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Thanks! I think it is getting a very positive response, taking into account several managers have already offered their help in a few hours.

As for your suggestion, agreed. The opening post has been re-written to address this. :)

Last edited by Homer at 08/14/2014 20:26:39

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262132.9 in reply to 262132.4
Date: 08/14/2014 20:22:07
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Many thanks, Jeroenderbar! You have been included in the Mentor List and I have put Dutch as a language you speak fluently other than English. If you speak any other language, please let me know, as I have introduced this to ease communication with mentors/newbies who may share a common language :)

Last edited by Homer at 08/14/2014 20:27:13

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262132.10 in reply to 262132.5
Date: 08/14/2014 20:24:06
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Many thanks for your reply, Sportsmaniac99! You have already been added to the Mentors List. As for your short experience, it's not about how long you have been over here, but how well you used this time. In your case, I'm sure you can do a wonderful job.

Also, if you speak any language other than English, just let me know, as this has been recently introduced.

From: Homer

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262132.11 in reply to 262132.6
Date: 08/14/2014 20:26:17
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Thanks for offering your help, sparky44! I have modified the OP to ensure newbies understand they must do their best to take on board the advise received :)

Also, if you speak any language other than English (I have assumed you also speak French from your team's name, am I right?) please let me know as this has been added to ease communication.

Last edited by Homer at 08/14/2014 20:42:40