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Lord Rowell

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About Lord Rowell

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    Far too old to be playing silly games like this ;)

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    In a hobbit house in the side of a small hill


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    Football Tactics, Football, FM, Drinking, Sleeping, Eating, Sci-Fi

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  1. Lord Rowell

    Greyed out ball in FA Cup ties on TV

    Thanks Ben. We've drawn Man City in the 3rd round. A vanishing ball might be a blessing in disguise!
  2. This is a weird one. My FA Cup ties thus far against Mansfield and Rochdale have both been televised. In both of these games, you'll see the ball is very dark and difficult to see. It looks like a shadow, but it is the ball I think. All camera views have the same problem. Only in 2D classic does the ball show. This hasn't happened for any other matches thus far, only these FA Cup televised fixtures. Version of FM is 2 x PKMs attached of the relevant games. I will also upload my save to the cloud, its LR 070119 Sunderland - confirmed as uploaded now. LR Mansfield v Sunderland.pkm LR Rochdale v Sunderland.pkm
  3. @rdbayly I think there are some issues with pressing. One is that the "standard" LOE by default doesn't engage quickly enough. I find that whatever mentality I play, going for a higher LOE works more effectively. Also, given your tactic mentality is balanced and you are using an offside trap, there might be a case for an even higher LOE, or very urgent pressing, a counter-press, or some combination of those. But you are right in what you say and I think we are having to work around this issue as FM players.
  4. In a very long term FM17 save that I only closed recently (with Nuneaton Town), I had to ground-share with Leicester City while a new stadium was built. I don't really recall any significant difference in form from what I would have expected during that season. If I remember correctly, we'd been promoted to the Championship, but with a feeble squad and were likely to struggle. We did, but stayed up. Anyway back to the point the season inc. home form played out as I anticipated. There may well be an effect but I wouldn't be overly worried.
  5. The clue is in the word Football "Manager". To be successful, you have to be a good people manager, just as in any other field. At the risk of sounding like an old fart I actually like the fact that in some ways its a bit of a teaching / learning tool in how to manage people. I've seen many a person on these forums fining and hairdrying their players and wondering why they get upset? Well seriously wouldn't you if someone managed you in that way? Its important to remember that footballers are people, just like you and I. This game, the full version, is a "simulation" of Football Management and day-to-day people management is very much a part of that, in fact I'm sure moreso than in the game. I do understand people sometimes want to switch off from that or have a lighter experience, that's fine. As has already been said, there is FMT, and there are other games out there as well.
  6. I've been playing / testing the Public Beta (and have submitted a number of reports with detailed comments, PKMs, screenshots etc), so I have been playing and reporting on this. I was doing this as a PSG save. I got bored and recently deleted it, then started a West Ham save as a. I wanted something different and b. I am still on Public Beta so thought I'd look from a different perspective. With PSG, the lack of central play was obvious as I had the best team in Lique 1, most teams defend against me. Nevertheless, I am concerned about lack of central play. They NEVER played central passes, even in obvious situations - I repeat NEVER. Now please stay with me, I ain't doing conspiracy theories I went to the West Ham save I started. I'm not far in, about 7-8 league games. I am seeing central play and through balls in some situations. These are the same situations in the PSG save i.e counter-attack or a bit of space in transition. The ME is the same so what has changed? 1. An unintended consequence is long shot success. I had an horrific pre-season defeat, 4-0 against a weaker Portugese side. I was playing 523, toying with some deeper lines of engagement, but this should not have been so extreme. - since then I am playing with higher lines and pressing (variants) as default. 2. I'm not playing with an AMC. This was a tactical decision with my squad but it is fact. 3. When I tried an AMC, the same problems happened i.e. dropping too deep, slow turning on the ball, this has been reported to extreme and rightly so. 4. Through balls tended to come from the half spaces, often through my use of IW or WP roles. That's fine. Howvever... 5. Through balls are NOT occuring under ANY situations from a DLF, even when obvious. I will try and report some specific incidents with PKMs as I go forward and am more confident on what I feel I'm consistently seeing. Nevertheless, I ask SI take note of the above and tbh its in line with prior reported issues. This ME is so so close to being fantastic but this is a nagging issue.
  7. Lord Rowell

    Is gegenpress really noob abuse?

    I did 3 1/2 seasons with PSG. At pre-release version of FM it was overpowered. However, I played and helped with the Public Beta up to and including where everyone else is now i.e. 19.2.1 ME 1922, its certainly not overpowered. Gegenpress was useless with my PSG side because with Neymar & Mbappe, I didn't have the players for that style. I'm managing West Ham now and safe to say Arnautovic, Yarmalenko, Chicarito and Anderson are at no point being asked to Gegenpress
  8. Lord Rowell

    Gay rights in FM19???

    Well actually we're having rainbow flags in English football, along with substitution boards, bootlaces and captains armbands https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/17/rainbow-corner-flags-armbands-welcome-lgbt-fans-stonewall-rainbow-laces This is about promoting inclusivity and helping everyone to feel welcome in this beautiful game of ours. Likewise, SI are doing the same in their game, and I support it 100%. I am absolutely baffled as to how anyone can think having these symbols shuts down free speech? It seems to me that opposing these symbols is what opposes freedom of expression, representation and therefore by extension, freedom of speech for people in those communities.
  9. Hi, I'm getting a problem that is repeating again and again with custom view. This relates to the most up to date Public Beta @16th Dec 2018 i.e. 19.2.1 I have created a custom view. In summary, its the same as the "selection view" but I added a column for overall injury risk. Two screenshots below. The first one shows it displaying successfully, there is plenty of room and as you can see, no need for a horizontal scroll bar. Without warning, sometimes when I go back to squad screen, or sometimes when I'm on that screen moving players around, the view gets messed up, with the appearance of unnecessary space, the injury risk column pushed far right, with the apprearance of a horizontal scroll bar on screen. I then have to scroll up and physically close up the columns to restore the view I want. I have tried fixing it, then exporting it again, but this has no effect. I have, when saving the game for you, saved directly to "The cloud", I presume this goes straight to SI's cloud for this purpose? The file is Paris SG 16th December 2018. Can you let me know if you've got this? If not, I'll upload it directly for you. Thanks. LR
  10. If I've got the same player at top of training scores, but I think he could do better, I tend to wait / hold back. Make him work for my praise. Experienced pros shouldn't need so much praise as the young uns. If the older ones are training badly, its not a good sign and it tends to repeat. Time to move them out.
  11. If you were working for Company X, and you had good reason to believe that Company Y would offer you 4-5 times your salary, what would you do? You'd ask for the same from your current employer.
  12. Yes, if you want to stay on Public Beta when that is resumed.
  13. Lord Rowell

    Why FM19 > FM18?

    I can only speak from my experience, but this is not what I've seen. Admittedly yes, I'm managing PSG. Neymar, who I play as an IF(S) has on more than one occasion cut through opposition defences like the proverbial hot knife through butter, and scored or laid on goals. Mbappe scores from wide areas as a W(S). Furthermore, I've been experimenting, and a couple of times I've put him in the AMC position as a SS(A) - no its not a position he's "meant" to play but he does have many of the attributes needed. On a couple of occasions I've seen him storm through the defence and finish beautifully. I'm now training him as a SS(A) as I really think this could be a future for him.