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A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away…

Good evening, fellow cosmonauts, and welcome to the CSE – the Cosmonaut Space Enterprise. We wanted Cosmonaut Space Ship but Cascading Style Sheets got there first.

I hope you all have your oxygen tanks and vitamin packs, as we are about to go on your first excursion. You have all completed a fourteen-day training period, and we’re taking a trip to the awards planet, around which we’re orbiting right now.

Be careful when on the awards planet, as awards may come from nowhere and be presented to you. And there are plenty of near-misses too. I myself had three near-misses last year, two in the same award. But I got hit six times. Don’t let it happen to you!

Okay, folks, the airlock is sealed and we are prepared to board the shuttle. Please keep your arms and legs inside the shuttle at all times as we prepare for the fourth annual CSE awards.

Challenges

1. Best Challenge

dafuge’s FM10 challenge

FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge

Continental Dominance Challenge

2. Hardest Challenge

The FM ‘Give Youth A Chance’ Challenge

Gundo’s FM10 European Adventure Challenge™

Continental Dominance Challenge

3. Most Enjoyable Challenge

dafuge’s FM10 challenge

FM10: English small club to big club challenge: extended edition

FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge

4. Most Popular Player

Jérôme Hebert

Andrew Smylie

Chris Higgins

5. Best Challenge Idea

WW’s FM 10 International Champions League & Knockout Cup Competitions Challenge

FM10 – Oops! We’re going the wrong way!

The Goal Machine Challenge

6. Secret Award (to be announced)

Sign-Ups

7. Best Sign-Up

FM10 Top2Bottom

The Afrovision Managerial Contest

Avoid the Drop with Nigel Quashie & Hermann Hreidarsson

8. Best Sign-Up Idea

Destination Europe: Are You Ready?

The Commonwealth Games

Avoid the Drop with Nigel Quashie & Hermann Hreidarsson

9. Best Sign-Up Team Name

Volvo FC

Canadian Mighty Squirrels

Nordic Thunder

10. Best Failed Sign-Up

The Commonwealth Games

Oil Money to the World Cup (FM10)

The Real Dream Team

11. Best Standard of Sign-Up Updates

60 to One

The Afrovision Managerial Contest

The Elimination Challenge

Experiments

12. Best Experiment (to be announced)

13. Best Experiment Idea

AI Experiment: The Immortals

How do “Person Stats” truly affect player growth? – Experiment

Youth Intake Analysis

Users

14. Best User

canvey!!

Greasy Chip Butty

Lower Leagues Rule

15. Best Contribution to a Challenge

daemonic

Lower Leagues Rule

rlipscombe

16. Most Reliable User

canvey!!

Lower Leagues Rule

rancer890

17. Most Helpful User

Lower Leagues Rule

canvey!!

dafuge

18. Funniest User

PaulHartman71

Kenco

weeeman27bob

19. Most Missed User

Walcott’s Wonderkids

kipfizh

mikeytwigge

20. User of the Future

Charlesbeams

Dees-Blake

AcidBurn

Overall

21. Best Community Spirit within a Thread

Destination Europe: Are You Ready?

The Afrovision Managerial Contest

FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge

22. Forum that Stole the Most of Our Users

FM Career Updates

Off Topic Discussion

World Cup Forum

23. People’s Choice Thread (decided by you)

24. People’s Choice User (decided by you)

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Hark, cosmonauts, look over there! This award is one of the simplest organisms, yet it is one of the most prestigious. A spongy blob it may be, but its gelatinous skin is made out of gold. It’s been around for two years now, and presented itself to dafuge’s challenge both times.

The award goes to…

dafuge’s FM10 challenge, with 58% of the vote.

Although his stranglehold on the title is loosening slightly, dafuge does the hattrick by taking home this award again. Perhaps the fact that the majority of the biggest challenges employ a formula derived from this one makes it that little bit easier for this perennial English challenge.

Near Misses

These plucky cosmonauts almost got hit, but they didn’t make it into the final three to be voted on.

Gundo’s FM10 European Adventure Challenge™

Next: Hardest Challenge

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Hardest Challenge

The Hardest Challenge has one of the most varied diets of all the predators on this purple planet. In the three years it has been here, it has feasted upon three different flavours of cosmonaut, and it might be looking for a fourth. The San Marino “Double” Challenge, Gundo’s Challenge and the Danny Roberts Challenge were snared in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively.

The award goes to…

The FM ‘Give Youth a Chance’ Challenge, with 53% of the vote.

To say this challenge is difficult would be an understatement. From deep in the lower leagues, you need to bring a club to glory without signing any players. Stephanie McMahon’s Secret Lover knows how make a nut tough to crack.

Near Misses

English small club to big club challenge – extended edition

FM10 Danny Roberts Challenge

Next: Most Enjoyable Challenge

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Most Enjoyable Challenge

Cosmonauts, don’t duck! This one is a very friendly award, and the ones who get hit by it are the most popular cosmonauts on our voyages. Gundo’s challenge won it in 2007, and dafuge’s challenge won it in both 2008 and 2009, although last year the award was split with Wallace v Roberts.

The award goes to…

FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge, with 37% of the vote

It looked a bit indecisive there, but it snared a cosmonaut in the end. Congratulations, cosmonaut iacovone, the award deems that your challenge (although responsibility for running the challenge is shared) is the most popular cosmonaut here, or at least the most fun.

Near Misses

rancer890’s FM10 Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Gundo’s FM10 European Adventure Challenge™

Next: Most Popular Player

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A first award for Big Nation challenge!! i'm going to claim that as a 'kind of' win!! especially if i don't win my award.... ;) Seriously though, we have a great little gropu in there and in my opinion it's the best challenge because of that...

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Most Popular Player

Watch out! This award always hunts in packs. They reward the most popular footballer, and usually all go for one victim, who is often by far the most popular of the voyage. Kyle Wilson, affectionately know as Super Kyle, won it in 2007, Paul Wallace in 2008 and Andrew Smylie in 2009, and this extraterrestrial critter likes the latter so much that he is in the running again.

The award goes to…

Andrew Smylie, with 63% of the vote

They’ve developed a taste for Andrew Smylie, and NepentheZ’s player, who concluded an epic and prolific career this year, takes it for the second consecutive time.

Near Misses

Axier

Paul Spence

Hernan Fernandez

Next: Best Challenge Idea

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Best Challenge Idea

It’s a shape-shifter this one, but it flies really slowly so is easy prey for the other aliens here. In 2007, dafuge’s challenge won the award, and in 2009 it went to Real London CSE. It has been known to assume the shape of the Best Failed Challenge award, which the Monthly Challenges won in its absence in 2008. The awards were separate in 2007 and 2009, when the Best Failed was won by My Big Fat Goalkeeper can Score more than your Big Fat Goalkeeper and the Extremes of Europe challenge respectively. Now, they are back together as one award.

The award goes to…

FM10 – Oops! We’re going the wrong way!, with 42% of the vote

A well-thought out and novel challenge takes the hit this time. With the aim of taking a Premier League side to the bottom of the pyramid while following strict regulation, this challenge earns Egon Petri the award.

Near Misses

Continental Dominance Challenge

The Malta Challenge: Double Trouble

Next: A trip into the planet’s jungle, an unchartered place

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The Jungle

Watch out, cosmonauts, we don’t really know what’s in here! Whatever it is, it got daemonic last year, when it was first spotted.

The award goes to…

Razer82, who completed 3 of the forum’s biggest 8 challenges in 30 seasons and is therefore the Best Challenge Completer

It was more difficult to give this award this year than last year, when there was a clear winner. Razer82 completed his own challenge, along with Gundo’s and the Big Euro Nation Challenge.

Near Misses

daemonic, who completed 3 challenges in 34 seasons. daemonic played the English extended challenge rather than Gundo’s, but it was felt that as a Champions League win from the top flight of a minor country is more difficult than one from England, the challenges are equivalent despite a lower initial league in the extended challenge.

Gareth Keenan, who completed 3 challenges in 52 seasons.

Next: Sign-Ups

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Sign-Ups

Best Sign-Up

We’re out of the jungle, cosmonauts, but this part of the planet is inhabited by the sign-up awards. This big, green one to your right is for the best sign-up. It’s usually an herbivore but it got the Race for the Whitehouse last year, the Eurovision Striking Contest in 2008 and wisla’s First Ever Sign-Up in 2007.

The award goes to…

The Afrovision Managerial Contest, with 42% of the vote

This lolling creature found it difficult to choose a victim, but it is my own sign-up that gets this award. It is a big-time Eurovision-style sign-up but was pushed hard by the other nominations.

Near Misses

60 to One

Destination Europe: Are You Ready?

Next: Best Sign-Up Idea

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Best Sign-Up Idea

This next creature has a varied diet. Sometimes it likes to take successful cosmonauts, and sometimes it likes to take cosmonauts who aren’t so successful but who have a good idea behind them. We think it favours the former, but we’re not quite sure, so keep your heads down! 60 to One, The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition and When Two Islands Go to War: Shetland vs. Orkney won this in the past three years.

The award goes to…

The Commonwealth Games, with 47% of the vote

It’s gone for a cosmonaut who hasn’t had the success he deserved, as Lower Leagues Rule takes the award for his self-explanatory sign-up. Not only is a good idea found in the backbone of it, but clever and inventive ways of interpreting FM statistics are also used.

Near Misses

The Afrovision Managerial Contest

FM10 Top2Bottom

Next: Best Sign-Up Team Name

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Best Sign-Up Team Name

What’s that, over there? It can’t be? We thought this award had become extinct. I still remember it fondly from when it got Manana Banana FC in 2007 and Sporting Lisburn in 2008.

The award goes to…

Canadian Mighty Squirrels, with 47% of the vote

These squirrels aren’t so mighty as this award of prey latches its jaws onto them. rancer890’s creation gets the award, although that might be because Nordic Thunder was so scary it frightened off the award.

Near Misses

Team North American Coffee

Gnome’ania United

CSKA Oddworld

Next: Best Failed Sign-Up

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Best Failed Sign-Up

Cosmonauts, look to the floor! Can you see them, the little green worms? They are the best failed sign-up award, and they feast on the less successful cosmonauts. On one hand, its chilling to think of yourself as being devoured by green worms, but on the other hand, it’s nice to be useful. They took Conquer the World…once You’ve Conquered Oceania last year, It Could be You Who’s Crap in 2008 and Hom3r’s Interesting Sign-Up in 2007.

The award goes to…

The Commonwealth Games, with 58% of the vote

Lower Leagues Rule’s Sign-Up does a double-header, winning both the Best Failed Sign-Up and the Best Sign-Up Idea. It just shows how much potential the idea had.

Near Misses

Formula One meets Football

Next: Best Standard of Sign-Up Updates

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Best Standard of Sign-Up Updates

This is the vainglorious beast, which does love a good update. It spends most of its time lounging, and so when it does feed, it likes big chunky cosmonauts to get its teeth into. The Inevitable Domination of Mediocre European Football Clubs (as well as awful Puns) won it last year, when it was first spotted.

The award goes to…

The Afrovision Managerial Contest, with 53% of the vote

I’m slightly surprised by this, as I would have voted for 60 to One, but my own sign-up fights off my other sign-up and Dees-Blake’s Elimination Challenge to win. The updates are adorned with graphics such as flags and tables, but also contain an injection of comedy and plenty of match facts.

Near Misses

FM10 Top2Bottom

Volvo FC

Next: Experiments

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Experiments

Best Experiment

Well, cosmonauts, here we board a boat to take us over the seas of this planet. The seas here are extremely salty and sulphurous, so there are only two life forms in here. One is a majestic sea mammal, which, if you are lucky, you will see jumping over our boat. It celebrates the best experiments, and has chosen to feast on both versions of kipfizh’s AI Experiment since we added the sea to our space excursion in 2008.

The award goes to…

Youth Intake Analysis

The award has chosen roversawh7’s experiment, and I’m not surprised: it’s the only cosmonaut this year with any real meat on its bones. roversawh7 has maintained a saint-like dedication to this experiment, which is already many decades into the future, therefore it wins this award hands-down.

Near Misses

There were no near misses for this award

Next: Best Experiment Idea

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Best Experiment Idea

And here is the other inhabitant of the sea on this planet. It’s a fish, so won’t be coming out of water, but it’s strong magnetic jaws can pull cosmonauts in. Last year, we lost two cosmonauts overboard: ***The AI Era – Forza Savona!!*** and AI Experiment – an extreme league in an ordinary world. In 2009, these creatures chose AI Experiment – Birth of a New Nation.

The award goes to…

How do “Person Stats” truly affect player growth? – Experiment, with 42% of the vote

It was a well-thought-out experiment, and actually had the traditional intention of trying to find out more about the game. Holyehsauce’s works haven’t managed to get themselves going, but this one was a good idea nonetheless.

Near Misses

Savona – The Reprise

[AI Experiment] – ©ashford Town

Next: Users

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