The time is almost upon us.
Some of you may have already started playing Football Manager 2015 via the downloadable beta demo, but for the majority, November 7th is the date that Football Manager 2015 is released.
Of course, we at Balls.ie will be completely immersed in the world of Football Manager, and it's a world we know very well, so we've have compiled an essential list of things you NEED to do before Football Manager 2015 comes out and you block out everything else going on in your life.
Say your goodbyes to friends, family, colleagues, and everyone you don't live with.
Download the "licence fix" to correct the imperfections caused by legal issues.
"The sortitoutsi real names fix changes the instances of fake names in Football Manager 15 to the proper, real life names for awards, cities, stadiums and competitions, in cases where the actual name is not licensed. It will also fix the fact that the German National team doesn't call up real players."
Legal problems mean that certain players/leagues are not properly licensed in Football Manager 2015, but thankfully the lads at sortitoutsi.net have done the hard work to make your game as authentic as possible. Get it here.
Make sure your suit is dry cleaned.
Download the appropriate face-packs, kit-packs, and logo-packs to ensure maximum authenticity.
You can't bring Portsmouth back to the Premier League and then realise that none of the Premier League teams have the proper kits or logos, once again, the lads at sortitoutsi.net come to the rescue. Get them here.
Stock up on Pot Noodle and energy drinks.
You know full well that you won't be able to stop hitting 'Continue' for long enough to prepare a meal, so Pot Noodle will be the staple of your diet for the foreseeable future, and the energy drinks will ensure you make it to just one more transfer window before you black-out. It might be an idea to stock up on multivitamin tablets at well...
Do your research!
We reccommend at least an hour on sqwakwa.com to get an idea for the different football philosophies of clubs in the lower divisions of Europe's finest footballing countries. An idea of the current best players in the Eredivisie and Ligue 2 is also vital. Alternatively if you're not hard-core enough you can wait for our career mode clubs and wonder-kids guides which will come closer to release.
Perfect your laptop-in-bed technique.
The most successful Football Managers are those who refuse to be restricted to "conventional" locations for gaming. Take your work to bed with you and mute your celebrations as your new Ghanaian striker thumps home a last minute winner with your soon-to-be-ex girlfriend asleep beside you.