I like dept in my games and I usually take a lot of time playing the game. Both because I load up a lot of players and leagues as processing delays don't bother me and because I tend to do a lot of other things on the side when I play. I usually only play one save each version so I'm not too bothered with the speed.
Glad I'm not the only one who seems to take their time playing FM - my only concern is that it's hard to find the time to commit to it! Ultimately I think this is what will eventually stop me playing the game.
It all changes from player to player. I have always considered myself as an average speed player, but I am currently on the sick from work thanks to an ACL injury and I have breezed through about 6 or 7 seasons less than a week.
I play the game quite a bit, but it took me around a week to get through a season with Forest as I was so busy with scouting signings, match preparation and generally making myself believe I could get them promoted.
It's taken me 7 hours today to play a match in the Premiership. So yeah, I'm pretty slow.
I think there's a confusion going on here. Some people are talking about game time (length of time playing the game it takes to finish a season), and some people are talking about actual time (eg. they started their new FM game on 10th November, and only finished the first season on the 24th, meaning it took them a fortnight).
I'm somewhat slower then you Colorado, first season took me about 2 days 16 hours of gametime. Can't say I'm not enjoying myself with my current save. Second season usually goes a little faster as most things are set up already.
Two/three weeks for me. It takes about 30 minutes for my game to progress a week as I have full detail on, all players in top division clubs in Europe and all UK leagues including Level 8 in England and county cups.
Fm says 2days, 1hr and I'm in first season, Feb.
I play windowed mode and watch tv show/youtube at same time as I've gotten a bit bored of FM now. I never enjoy the first couple of seasons, I just want my newgens
I've played for around 8 days, game time and I'm just starting the 5th season. I tend to have periods where I will fly through a game but then spend ages trying to scout and sort out my shortlist. Just like I'm doing now...can't for the life of me find a second striker and attacking mid.
I've played 83 hours (3 days 11 hours), and i'm in January of my first season (but then again the first season always takes just a little bit longer then the following seasons, unless you change teams). I would like to speed up my game but I always watch games in full as I find looking at the stats and analyzer a bit boring and like to see for myself what is going on and what needs to be inproved upon. Than I tend to forget myself looking at trainingprogress, new players, my current players form and moral and what have you, new backroom staff, and tinkering with my tactical setup. Very slow progress and I wish I could speed it up but I'm not really prepered to cut down on anything I'm doing so I guess I have to live with it.
An average season for me takes maybe a day or two of real life playing. I usually play through a season quicker when things are going well. If I'm winning a lot of games I tend to spend less time tinkering.
It's definately noticeably slower than FM11 for me.
I think the thing I notice most is the private chats. It seems to take forever every time you click a response, it was much faster in FM11. Really hope they fix that with a patch as I find private chats a brilliant way to bring up morale, but it's so slow that it saps my morale at the moment...
Took me about 3 to 4 days (3 x 24h) to finish my season.
Apparently i never got to my 4th season.
In past versions i always start a new save somewhere around my 3rd or 4th season, just started on my 3rd save of FM12 yesterday.