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  1. Ok, thank you very much, will give it a go. Thank you!
  2. Ok, will give it a go and let you know how it goes. Thanks!
  3. Hello all, Quick question- for years I've used FM custom graphics. I know they belong in C:\Users\Documents\SportsInteractive\...etc. This year I don't want all those graphics files hogging my SSD C:\ drive. I'd rather them go into my empty E:\ drive that holds 1TB of empty space at the moment. Is it possible to somehow redirect the game to find my graphics in my E:\ drive and not look for it in my C:\ drive? So for I've had no success. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
  4. Hello all, Quick question- for years I've used FM custom graphics. I know they belong in C:\Users\Documents\SportsInteractive\...etc. This year I don't want all those graphics files hogging my SSD C:\ drive. I'd rather them go into my empty E:\ drive that holds 1TB of empty space at the moment. Is it possible to somehow redirect the game to find my graphics in my E:\ drive and not look for it in my C:\ drive? So for I've had no success. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
  5. I really liked FM12, and I still think it is the best iteration so far. Hated FM13, FM14 is ok. FM15 looks like a more polished version of FM14. However- It's hard to realize how much changes from season to season. Example: I stopped playing Fifa with Fifa08. This year, I took a chance and shelled out the bucks to buy Fifa15. Holy cow, so much has changed and I am loving Fifa again (keeping in mind Fifa is what drove me to FM). But if I had bought every Fifa from 08 to 15, I'd be one of those people complaining about how "Fifa sucks, just another version of Fifa14". Yet, I'm not because so much has changed and I really like the changes. Bringing that same philosophy to FM: Like I said, I loved FM12. Played FM13 and hated it, uninstalled it, never played it again. So I was stuck with FM12 for 2 years before I bought FM14. The changes from just 2 years in FM are many. I liked some, not all, but enough to play some long careers with. In fact, I'm on a Pompey save in FMC for the first time, and I have to say SI- FMC, which I thought was a complete waste of time, is actually really, really fun. Kudos to you for that. My overall point is that when we take a hiatus from something that gets released year after year after year, the changes don't seem too big until we step back and look at where we've come 2, 4, 6 years ago. And usually, they are good changes. So, OP, will I buy FM15? Maybe, probably only if it's on sale. The game is not 50$ to me right now, so I will bide my time and play some more FM14 til then. P.S. For people who complain about FM on this forum- really guys. This is SI's forum. No one has sympathy here for people with complaints, legitimate or otherwise.
  6. This isn't a complaint about the ME, just thought I would post some stats from my game on set pieces and goals from open play. Past 10 games- Goals from open play- 15 Goals from set pieces- 21 These are from my games only. I could look at a few AI games just to see whether if it's related to the ME or my tactics. Or it could be a freak 10 games where more goals are coming from set pieces.
  7. Thanks pricey. I'll let everyone know when they can get involved. I will greatly appreciate all the help/experience I can get
  8. Sorry for the long delay folks. I've been busy with my last semester in grad school. I have a big project coming up which has taken up alot of my time. I promise I'll get something done towards the project soon. Thanks for your patience.
  9. First apologies for the massive delay. Summer break has a weird way of making one extremely lazy. The good news is that during the summer I was able to get a computer that can handle FM13 and FM14, so I am now more current with the rest of the world and not still stuck on FM12. Not sure when I will have something to download Jorgen, but I will need massive help eventually, especially if I decide to create fictional players for this game.
  10. Update #9 The 90's were exciting times for US Soccer. Despite the failure and near collapse of the NASL in the 80's, US soccer and its fans were looking forward to a new top division and hosting the 1994 World Cup. Preparations were made within the US Soccer pyramid to form a more concrete system along with a top league that was a requirement for hosting the World's top soccer tournament. The 94 World Cup turned out to be a huge success all around. Record numbers came out in some of the largest stadiums ever to see the World's top players perform. The US Men's team also made it past the group stage and into the knockout stage for the first time ever. They lost right away but it was to the eventual champions Brazil. A strong national performance by the USA only fueled the fervor for more American soccer. Although the World Cup had been televised before, the US capitalized on it like never before, bringing the Cup into every household possible. It caught the American imagination and many were hooked on the sport. As per requested by FIFA, the US enacted the American Premier Soccer League as the nation's top league. In an unprecedented move the ASL took the NASL division as its 2nd tier league instead of keeping the ASL second division which was already there. The result was the immediate relegation of all ASL second division teams into their respective regional leagues. The move was one part political another part marketing, but there was deep resentment by those teams relegated from the dissolved ASL second division. But the move was final and was the only black mark on the historic restructuring of the US soccer pyramid. The US pyramid further expanded into the Western and the Southern areas of America. Set up as the third tier were regional leagues each representing the East, West, Midwest, and South. Lower leagues were expanded and contracted as the decade wore on. This decade would see the largest influx of new teams US soccer head ever seen and the USSA wisely allowed the lower regional leagues alter their leagues as they saw fit to meet the demand of more teams. As the lower leagues were still normalizing, only the 1st three tiers of US soccer would remain largely unchanged until the current day. But it wasn't all roses for US soccer despite the largest growth of teams and fans ever seen and the enormity of the success of the 94 World Cup. Other sports also grew in popularity during the 90's. Baseball saw the rise of power sluggers and pitchers. Many hitters and pitchers began to break long standing records near the end of the decade. American Football came into its own with the dynasties of the 49ers and Cowboys wowing fans and the West Coast offense revolutionizing the game. Basketball saw a rise in popularity in terms of marketing, as everyone wanted to by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. All was heavy competition for the hearts of American fans. But to its credit, US Soccer held its own and prevailed strongly into the new millennium...
  11. Update 8 The 80's. Big hair. Leather and lace. MTV. Pacman. While the Reagan Revolution was affecting the majority of Americans, another revolution of sorts was influencing US soccer. The NASL reached its zenith in the early 80's, mounting a serious challenge to the Old ASL's status as America's top flight soccer league. What exemplified their power was the news that Columbia would be unable to host the 1986 World Cup due to financial and other logistical complications. This led to the USA putting in a bid to host the Cup, along with Mexico and Canada. With the expansion of the NASL and the recent fervor for soccer in America, US officials felt that winning the bid would be a sure thing. More investment was put into to the NASL in hopes of finally bringing World Class soccer to America, thus showing the rest of the world how far US Soccer had come, but also to hopefully spur even more support for a sport that was losing ground to the increasingly popular baseball, football, and basketball leagues. Everything was poised for the NASL to reform US soccer in America. Thus, no one foresaw what would happen should the US lose the World Cup bid, which they did to Mexico, a nation who already hosted a Cup and already possessed an ingrained culture of "futbol" as the national sport for years. Like letting the air out of a balloon, the effect crippled the NASL and its hopes for a hegemony on US Soccer. Investments shriveled up overnight, and by 1984 the NASL was on the verge of folding completely. The glory years of the NASL were over and never to be repeated. Fortunately, the ASL was in a position to keep the NASL running, even at a minimal level. Once the NASL lost its own independence, the big name players, the luxury, the sponsors left and the NASL became nothing more than a mid level league. However this was to its benefit. The NASL had grown so quickly in such a short span of time that it was unable to sustain itself without the help of major investment. It had grown so large it would have been unable to stay afloat on its own anyway. World Cup or not, it would have been only a matter of time before the poorly run league would implode. The ASL's long history and knowledge of grassroots ownership and financial restraint helped to pear back the NASL into a smaller league while still being sustainable. Many teams in the lower NASL levels began to create new leagues, such as the Western Soccer Alliance, the Lone Star Soccer Alliance, and the Southern Soccer League. These divisions would prove to be fertile grounds for future expansion in the next decade. It was generally agreed that eventually the NASL would dissolve and integrate their teams into the ASL lower leagues or new spin-off leagues that would join with the ASL down the road. Near the end of the 80's, some good news did come to US Soccer. In 1988, FIFA granted the USA the 1994 World Cup. This honor was given with the specific stipulation that America needed a clear-cut top division for soccer. The ASL had been the de facto top division league ever since the Soccer Wars, but the recent explosion and implosion of the NASL over the past two decades had thrown the honors of top division into a bit of confusion for the rest of the world. Once the US secured the Cup bid, the ASL and its other leagues came together for meetings to discuss how to restructure American Soccer going forward into the 90's and towards the world stage of a World Cup...
  12. I'm actually looking to Russia in terms of league setup. They are a large country that has to address the issue of large distances to travel. No other European country comes close in terms of the size of the USA, so I figure that's where I'll start. I want to stay away from England, since it's so familiar to so many folks here and wouldn't feel genuine to a real American setup. In the end, I want it to feel as authentic and unique as possible to the regions of America.
  13. So while I've been going though the 80's a couple questions came to mind. Feedback would be great! 1. Consolidation of clubs- For realism's sake, should this be done? For example, Paterson, NJ has 6 teams. Paterson has a little over 100k people living there. Does that seem realistic? Brooklyn has 10 clubs alone. Same with Philadelphia, LA, NY. Should I consolidate these teams so that by present day there are only 1 or 2 teams representing Bethlehem, PA or Kearny, NJ? For bigger cities I can understand having multiple teams. So how many teams realistically would be too much for a big city? Looking at London for an example, they have 20+ clubs in the whole English pyramid, so maybe I shouldn't worry out about it. But how about the smaller cities? 2. Club reputations- When I eventually crack open the editor, I'll have to reset club rep to match the fact that many clubs will have been around since the 1920's and 30's, but also take into account that some recent clubs like NY Cosmos will have had considerable early success and need the appropriate rep to attract good players. In the db, all the MLS clubs have reps in the 5000-6000 range I believe. This gives them 3 to 3 1/2 stars in the game compared to the rest of the world. Should I make them on par with the Mexican clubs (4 stars)? Or should I look at Europe and try to compare some league and club reps over there? Or leave the MLS as is and adjust the created clubs accordingly? Or create some sort of formula that takes into account league wins, cup wins, years in service, etc.? 3. Creating players- Instead of creating teams with no players on the rosters, would it be worth it to create players to fill the rosters of at least the major teams created? Will that help the leagues/clubs keep in pace with the game world? I've noticed with games I create it takes a full season or two for clubs to fill rosters and settle into the game. But on the other side, I'm already creating 300+ clubs. Is it worth it to create at least 3,300 players, plus coaches, plus favored personnel/icons/legends, etc? If it is an idea that sounds like it adds to the realism of the game, please let me know. I would be more than happy to do that if only to see that the game feels more real when you start. 4. Youth- Because FM still hasn't been able to make a realistic youth system for the game, US youth usually suck and the USMNT degrades after so much time. Aside from editing a nation's youth rating and giving clubs in that nation good youth facilities and recruitment, what else can affect youth in a country so that clubs can produce decent youngsters and wonderkids as time goes on? I do plan on each club having reserve and u-18 clubs. Does that affect a nation's youth at all? Or is there something else I am missing? I want you to be able to feel like you can produce good youth players and not have to constantly find youth abroad or keep paying older players in order to have a good team. The latter route seemed to happen in every MLS save I had in FM12. Any comments and suggestions would be great. Sometimes when you work on something for so long, you become oblivious to the obvious.
  14. The pyramid structure I admit is going to be difficult. At this point, at least 2 national leagues will be levels 1 and 2, but I am divided over using an East/West setup in level 3, or going ahead as I planned with 4 conferences and then regional leagues in level 5 and below. The problem I foresee is the reconciliation between regionalizing leagues and making sure they don't become imbalanced too quickly due to promotions/relegations.
  15. Update #7 The 70's was another interesting chapter in American history. Long hair, afros, bellbottoms and disco was in. The Vietnam war ended, the Cambodian massacres began, and Watergate closed the door on "Tricky Dick". Elvis died, Star Wars premiered in theaters and a little known company called Microsoft was founded. Jimmy Carter's price and wage controls backfired, triggering gas shortages and nationwide stagflation. If the 20's was the Golden Age of soccer, then the 70's was its Renaissance. The NASL continued to explode into a mega-league, ending the decade with 51 total teams. What began in the 60's as a single league funded by MLB owners ended in the 70's as a National Soccer league with two lower divisions, East and West. This NASL beast would give birth to many of the modern teams of today's US Soccer structure. Most notably would be the advent of the New York Cosmos. Joining the league in 1971, the capture of the World Renowned Pele in 1975 spurred the Cosmos to 3 championships within the decade. The Cosmos were the example of big spending, signing big name players from across the globe in order to win championships. Initially this spurred other teams to follow suit in order to compete and made for a strong, healthy league. However, this pathway to success would prove to be detrimental going into the 80's. The fiscally irresponsibility would eventually come to a head in the next decade. Yet, without this initial spur of NASL growth along the glamour of soccer and superstars, Americans might not have been hooked enough on soccer to follow through 80's into the 90's and beyond. Other notables from the decade were the Tampa Bay Rowdies winning 2 championships and teams like the Portland Timbers who finished in 2nd or 3rd consistently. The NASL in this decade would prove to be the testing ground for many new clubs and many who would eventually form the nucleus of modern day powerhouses in US Soccer. The NASL's continued success did not go unnoticed by their rivals in the ASL. After years of turning a blind eye to the explosion of soccer in the Western USA, the ASL finally granted an ASL contract to the California Soccer League. This small league eventually grew to a healthy 12 teams by the end of the decade, although it acted more as an independent league by being disallowed from promotion into the ASL National division until the league grew further and would prove to be profitable. This lesson was learned from mistakes by accepting the Midwestern teams too early. The leagues shrank to 8 and 7 team leagues as more and more Midwest teams became successful in the ASL leagues. Indeed, this was a landmark decade for the ASL as three teams for the Midwest won the ASL 1st Division, with Holley Carburetor winning it twice in three years. Another success despite the popularity of the NASL was the return to prominence of some of the Golden Age powerhouses such as Bethlehem Steel, their archrivals Fall River Marksmen, Philadelphia F.C., and New York F.C. The ASL hoped the recent rise to power from such vaunted and old clubs would spark a renewed interest in the league. Two interesting notes of the decade. First, in 1975, match fixing in the New York and New England regional leagues was finally uncovered. Match fixing was a recurring problem in some of the minor leagues, and the USSFA was right in stamping it out with authority. All teams in both leagues were suspended for one whole season, with no promotion. This sent a clear message to any other club or league if they had thoughts about match fixing. The second interesting note is about the poor Baltimore Cantons. In 1970, they finished the league as winners of the ASL 1st Division. But by the end of the decade in 1979, they finished dead last in the New Jersey Regional league. It was a clear indication that no club is safe from a steep fall from grace. It seemed everything was looking aces for all the leagues going into the 80's. The sudden decline of the NASL was not on anyone's mind yet. The 80's, like the 30's, would prove to be a critical decade where US Soccer would have to be saved once again.
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