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  1. Considering the teaser, I think there will be changes to the staff relations & transfers. Will there be major changes as the community wishes, or just some fluff over bizarre UI changes - like this year's team talks/ interviews ?! We have to wait and see the full new features breakdown. I personally hope for an improvement of set pieces - I think a complete new logic and a new UI panels are needed for set pieces, but I will be grateful for some improvements and bug fixes in this department. I am scared by the new WCB position - new additions to tactical aspect of the game will bring more bugs. More bugs means more time to wait for a fix and I'm afraid the game will be kind of bad for a couple of month - like the FB/DM rating issue from last winter, key stats issue at release. I hope it will not be the case, but I am afraid after the FM21 experience.
  2. I am trying for some time to figure out the city pics .. and for the love of god, I cannot make them work as I want to. I have a pack with city pictures that imports them like this : <record from="club_id" to="graphics/pictures/club/club_id/background"/> The moment I have the city pics folder into the graphics folder - my backgrounds are changing... kind of expected, but unwanted ! Anyway this I can tick out with " allow display of custom background pictures" option. So far so good, the pics are ok. But I want to show them as little pictures in my custom Stadium Overview Panel.xml via Stadium Overview Info Widget.xml I am trying to use them like this : <widget class="background" file="backgrounds" id="bgnd"> <layout class="stick_to_sides_attachment" alignment="top" inset="0" /> <layout class="stick_to_sides_attachment" alignment="horizontal" inset="0" /> <layout class="stick_to_sides_attachment" alignment="left" offset="0" gap="0" /> <record id="object_property"> <integer id="get_property" value="bgnd" /> <integer id="set_property" value="file" /> </record> </widget> I do believe I should reference them some other way but everything is so confusing.. Every skin is handling backgrounds a little bit differently and I am tired of "try and fail" . Thanks in advance for any help. stadium overview info widget.xml stadium overview panel.xml
  3. Yeah, I feel your pain too. I've seen the dafuge challenge or youth academy challenge completed by others, and I just cannot improve after a playoff promotion from VNLN to VNN. I took Blyth Spartans to VNL, managed a decent 14th place in the first season in VNL - and I am looking depressed at others back to back promotions. I just cannot find decent players to improve. Low club reputation, a lot of rejected loans.. I Just lose my enthusiasm seeing all the contract/loan rejections.
  4. I've noticed a couple of days ago I've reached the 1k hours mark playing Fm21. So a feedback could be appropriate.. This is quite an achievement for me, as the only other game I've got 1k+ hours in was Crusader Kings II, and I do think some hundred hours are my wife's doing, conquering the world as Byzantine Empire . Fm21 is the greatest escape I had this year and really, really helped me mentally.. So you guys at SI - you should know that beyond criticism and moaning ( my own included) your work is helping me, bringing me escape and joy. Another interesting thing- for me at least, is that I didn't manage a top tier team in this 1k+ hours. I had A LOT of fun in the lower leagues. There were some disappointments - one was my dafuge challenge with Gosport Borough as it wasn't successful after 4 seasons in VNL South. But on the up side, I've just promoted Blyth Spartans to VNL from a 500-1 promotion odds - predicted to relegate. My striker was the top scorer with 40+ goals, I had the top assists guy in the VNL north - manager of the year etc. I've played a 4-4-2 counter attack that I've always failed to make it work, but this time I've done it ! I've won promotion through the playoffs on penalties last shot of the series .. it was glorious ! This year I've spent a lot of time putting together my own skin in November & December - working from home & lockdowns did let me with a lot of time on my hands. This was fun but also tedious - fortunately there are a lot of helpful guys in the skinning forum. Some UI improvements are needed - as sometimes our eyes are all over the place, clicking bottom left corner then top right corner etc. There are suggestions in the suggestion forum, couple of them my own so I'm not going into details here. But I would like to add that skin modding is really tedious and maybe, maybe you will look into that. Match Engine.. I am a slow player as I do like to watch the start of the game in full detail 10-15 minutes ( and every now and then when I feel is needed ) looking to see if things needs to be adjusted - as I've learned from the masterminds in the tactics forum. Beyond this I'm using comprehensive highlights . What I'm trying to say is that if the tactics / position/ roles are set correctly the football presented looks beautiful, so the ME visual presentation is pretty **mn good this year! But there are some things that should be improved, because for example after 1k+ hours of seeing throw-in offsides near the backline, things can get really annoying . Also there is a little bit of an issue when players are running for loose balls - mostly in set pieces situations - when it looks like the the visual presentation is a bit off - players moving slowly, or not moving towards the ball. Anyway it feels wrong & equally frustrating. Talking about set pieces .. dear lord. Not going into that as I ( and others ) have already did in other posts. This is a constant complain from a lot of people and it should be a priority for the next installment. By the way, I've just noticed ( I know ! after so many hours .. ) that loading a set pieces collection during the match doesn't work. Not cool ! considering the amount of clicking needed to change every set piece. Player ratings philosophy has changed- xg orientated, analytics & player stats shown only during the half time and at the end- I don't know what to say about this. Sometimes I want to know why my FB has a 6.3 rating in the middle of second half at 0-0. I have no idea really. I can speculate based on my game experience ( but it's kind of cheesy ) - lots of uncompleted crosses and lots of lost headers. But how about tackling ? How about passing ? What if I am playing on Key Highlights ?! The Key Passes/ Headers stats release issue & the December patch FBs & DMs ratings fiasco... that was horrible ! For the amount of joy this game brought me this year .. there was a considerable amount of frustration that FM21 inflicted on me during last winter, waiting for the January patch . Anyway.. with good and bad I'm having a lot of fun with FM21 close to the end of the cycle. Cheers.
  5. Gosport Borough FC Season 4 2024/25 - National League South 17th Final Notes: I give up. I didn't managed to improve the club at all. No investments, the players are subpar and my tactics are bad most likely. Maybe I will come back to this challenge this year or the next one.. but for now I need some wins to get back the joy I had playing this game. I'm in awe of people here who can get promoted after 1 or 2 seasons. Chapeau !
  6. Gosport Borough FC Season 2023/24: Vanarama National League South - 11th Season Sumary: We played.. badly. I had such high hopes for this season and it just.. bleah. We've started really bad with 4 loses in 6 games... and it was a constant struggle trough the rest of the season. The only upside of this season was the fact that we've played some young guys from the academy and they played really well. League Table: Table Transfers: Nothing out of the ordinary .. Here are the 2 kids that impressed this season : Carwin Smith and Iwan Davies. Tactics: We've played a 4-4-2 formation, trying to control possession but our midfielders are so bad.. Notes: I have lost my enthusiasm and I don't think we'll ever escape National League South.. The board doesn't want to improve anything because there is no money. We cannot attract quality loan players, we cannot find a parent club for god's sake ! We need some wins in FA Cup or FA Trophy, maybe we will increase our reputation and get some money in.
  7. Hi, Sometimes I miss some notifications from the Assistant Manager as they do not " pop out " with a different text color / font / style. It would be nice if we could set up color codes for opposition changes mentality, etc. Thank you.
  8. Hi, Pretty much as the title says, it would be a little nice QoL improvement as the player will have this info in the opposition report without going for some clicks to find out if the pitch will be wide, short etc. Or maybe just a little link that will take you to the stadium info. Thank you.
  9. Season Review Gosport Borough FC Season 2022/23: Vanarama National League South - 10th Summary: After a short vacation IRL, we've finished the second season on a better position than the previous one.. but it was unpleasant. We cannot score even if we are 1v1 with the keeper. The board is disappointed with us failing to play attacking football. Well, we are trying to score - but we are a little rubbish in front of goal .. On a positive note we managed to score some goals from set pieces - corners and free-kicks . Not on such a positive note: we've missed a lot of penalties. League Table: league table Transfers: The biggest hit was our GK Lo-Tutala leaving for a "bigger club", which in his mind was the newly promoted Cray Wonderers. You finished 16th Lo-Tutala , 16th! :)) We've signed a lot of players but none was truly important. We've even managed to get a loan player as no one wanted to come play for us up until the second half of the season. Key Players: Other than our team leader and captain CB Matt Casey ? None. Yap. I want to trade them all Tactics: We've tried to play possession football - and the board says we've managed to do that - with a 4-4-1-1 formation and a positive mentality. But it was boring ! Notes: We have to improve. This 10th place feels like a miracle. We will change our tactics to a 4-4-2 with a TM and a Poacher. Let's see how it goes.
  10. I am supporting this with all my heart ! Waiting for the game to recognize that you've moved to upper league is so frustrating. Half the summer is lost in terms of recruitment .
  11. Save Introduction Gosport Borough FC I was afraid to post the save start not knowing if I would be able to finish at least a season, but here I am with a season in the bag ready to introduce myself. I was signed by this beautiful club ( look at this amazing logo !!! ) , and there was me at the begging : Starting Attributes. Somehow I'm speaking French, but hey .. I'm not complaining. The club wanted to play attacking & possession football - well surprise, surprise mes amis (!) - it didn't happened. Board Expectations Season Review Season 2021/22 : Vanarama National League South - 14th Summary: We've managed to avoid relegation with a decent mid table position with 4 matches to go. Here is our lovely press officer Marie with the notice: League Table: end of season table Transfers : 20 something players from A LOT of trials. Some were good, some were just bodies to cover some positions. Key Players: GK : we managed to find a young GK that help us in the second part of the season. Lo-Tutala CD: a young towering central defender was already at the club : Matt Casey CM: another young player that was already at the club : Joe Lea ST: first part of the season was on the shoulders of the already established young poacher Pat Suraci , who was also at the club when I took over. Around mid season we've managed to find another good striker during a trial : Lewis Wilson Tactics: We've tried to play a counter attack 4-4-2 - with some success- but it was a struggle. We were waiting miracles from Pat Suraci every match and at some point during the season I've decided to go for 4-4-1-1 or 4-1-4-1. We've managed to lose less and secure our position in VNL South. We are still looking to find some goals with the free kicks and corners as our big center back should be a threat. Maybe next season. Notes: We've scouted some possible free signing from the relegated teams - we have a lot to improve. We should prepare to play a little more into the board expectations : attacking and possession. There is a new requirement from the board : to develop players using the youth system and to sign players under 23. Well, we'll try !
  12. I would like to kindly suggest a customizable screen flow as I've noticed I am using the same screens every time before a match. It would be nice if we could arrange a screen flow with X days before the match from the following list: - squad view - with preferred view. I cannot make myself pick a team from the new Pre-Game Tactical Screen. I've noticed some youtubers are doing the same thing also. - opponent analysis - if available. - tactical screen. - league overview - already available. - medical screen. Thank you.
  13. Width related questions. I hope I'm not talking nonsense .. Lets consider formation F1: 4-4-2 and formation F2: 5-3-2 , both with Balanced Mentality and no other TI or PI instructions for the sake of the argument. Q1. Is F1 width equal to F2 width in game? Intuitively I would say FALSE but I would like to make sure. Q2. Is the width of the formation relative to the width of the pitch ? More precise : Is a wider pitch stretching the formation creating gaps between players - so the width of formation is relative to the pitch - OR the distance between players remains the same and there is more space on the flanks - so the width of the formation is fixed ? Again no TI or PI instructions. Q3. Does the GUI width slider is an absolute number or relative to formation width ? if Q1 is False and GUI slider is formation relative then a standard width for F1 is different from F2 standard width - seems logical. If the slider is an absolute number then Q1 kind of needs to be TRUE - and then F2 creates more density in the same width, instead of covering more width.
  14. I'm playing LLM in England 99,99% of the time, as I am fascinated by the English Football Pyramid and the immense number of levels & teams it has. I am amazed to find teams with 120+ years of history and I just love reading about them, I've also find myself doing this. I am also checking out the opposition town & stadium when " travelling " to away games. Sometimes this has a bittersweet feeling - as I would have loved to grow up supporting a small team in an idyllic small English town. Sometimes I look up players pictures online for those in my team that do not have and you know, put a face to them I've recently discovered The Dafuge Challenge and The Youth Academy Challenge and I'm trying to play one of them.
  15. I've just discovered this forum & challenge and god.. you guys are great ! You are dragging me into this madness . I will start a save when I will get home from work. Quick off-topic question : I've seen a lot of strange nick names for your players and I'm pretty sure there is something good behind them so : What's with all that : john doe 30c , john doe yp19a17 ?
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