Editing the draft pick file 101

Here's a scenario I have seen a few times, your online league commish traded your draft pick to the wrong team, how can it be fixed without trading more? Simple, edit the draft pick file. I will answer 2 questions before we begin, as far as I know, you cannot remove nor add draft picks. Ok, lets get started.

1. Open your draftpicks.ehm file with notepad. This applies to a game already started and the file before starting, pretty convenient huh?

2. Now you are looking at a very long line of #'s, wacky stuff, lots of 0's here. Reminds you of your high school days....ummm, ok, back on topic. Scroll down until you see a # other than a 0, usually a 1.

3. If this file is untouched, the line will be: (get ready to scroll)

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This is what an untouched line looks like, don't worry if it all changed, you will understand what to do in a minute.

4. There are 30 sets of 5 #'s, get it yet? 30 teams, 5 draft picks each.

the first 5 #'s being:

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This is team 1 (Anaheim's) 5 draft picks. Want to trade one? Ok, lets trade the 2nd round pick to New Jersey. The team # for New Jersey is 20, now the line looks like this:

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Pretty simple huh? If you start to get lost because so many picks have been moved, simply break them up, 5 at a time. It can get quite confusing once you have moved a lot of them, but now you know how.

5. Addressing the years and lines.

The numbers in the line will repeat, this continues for the next season. To know what year you are trading with, make a backup copy and trial and error it. each set of #'s in 30 sets of 5 is a whole new year. Is this making sense? Lets do another example then.

6. Trading a pick from next years draft! This is the same process, except now you have to go passed the first set of #'s (as seen above at the top, listed below #3) to the next line just like it. The next line is the next season, and so on. It can be tricky, because the first line isn't always your current season, sucky huh? All you have to do it keep trying. Let's trade Carolinas 4th to New Jersey in the same line as the 2nd New Jersey got from Anaheim:

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See it? The 4th # in the 6's is Carolina's 4th round pick, now it is New Jersey's pick. This concludes another great EHM 101 lesson.