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Everything posted by realtimshady

  1. It's probably difficult to assess young players when the quickly rise through the youth ranks. Munir El Haddadi is pretty terrible in FM14, and yet a starter for the senior team now. Or, maybe the Barça researcher still isn't doing his homework (lol).
  2. I'm running an FX-8350 and am pretty happy with it. Runs FM better than any PC I've had previous to it. If it meets your needs, you'll probably not notice a difference between AMD and Intel. That said, remember that one of AMD's biggest selling points over Intel is value for money. Set your expectations accordingly.
  3. You don't mention their personalities. Have you developed those through tutoring first?
  4. Twitch isn't something I've ever used, and it's difficult to see it being as big for FM as it is for other games, but it could have some cool uses. First to come to mind is its use as a tutorial/trainer. YouTube videos could work, but having two-way conversation might just be really valuable.
  5. I have trouble with substitutes too. If it's a youth player I'm giving "development minutes" to, I usually calmly tell him "no pressure", and get a positive reaction. Haven't really figured out the other players though, so I usually don't say anything. In general, I've had my best luck with team talks by really trying to put myself in the situation and consider the context. Once I lost a match I should have won after leading at the half, and my assistant wanted me to really come down on the team - ignoring the fact that I had three injuries and a BS red card in the second half and finished
  6. I suggest you head on over to the Tactics and Training Forum, and bring your tactic with you. There might be holes or inefficiencies you've overlooked, and the posters there can help point you in the right direction.
  7. I probably wouldn't have. You'll get as many opinions on this as you ask players, but that's mine. If I lose a match due to interface errors or real glitches (e.g. Keeper makes the save then walks into goal) I'll reload, but if I get beat due to tactical mistakes on my part, or unlikely but perfectly feasible random events, it's a loss. Even when it really, really, hurts. Full disclosure: I'd probably have to walk away from the PC and breathe before I came to the conclusion not to reload - impulse in the moment would be "yeah, run it again." Also, Victor Valdes seriously injured himself p
  8. That's a bit harsh. It's not unreasonable to be able to immerse yourself in a fictional world to the extent that you feel real emotions from the events that transpire there (you've never cried, felt angry, afraid, or any other emotion from watching a movie or reading a book?). Now if the OP has trouble putting those emotions away when turning off the computer and getting back to the real world, that's potentially concerning. The same as anyone who does the same with any other fictional world.
  9. I've never played a custom database, but Lawlore wrote a series of stories based on his games in an American database that are top-notch (and sold the database pretty well too). Here's a link to one of them.
  10. Man, what do you do when it comes time to sell yourself? That's gotta be rough.
  11. Big club or small club isn't necessarily easier or harder, but there are different challenges at each level. Learning how to survive and grow as a small club is a different kettle of fish than learning how to win a treble in the top league, which is different than learning how to win in the margins in the middle of the table. As a big club, it's harder to "screw up" - you've got a ton of money and usually much better players than your peers. It's probably a better place to learn how to create a basic tactical system (e.g. if this setup doesn't work for ManU vs. Maidenhead, clearly it's go
  12. I personally don't like to reload, simply because I don't want to spend the time going through a match I've already played. I don't play very quickly or as frequently as I'd like, and tend to watch my matches on comprehensive. If I want to get to the future, I can't afford to repeat a match. However, were I open to reloading, I would make a distinction between tactical errors and interface errors. If I lose a match because I make a tactical error, I'd accept the loss and try to learn from it. If I lost a match because I clicked the wrong button, I'd reload. If what I choose to do is wro
  13. Really, it's a stretch to expect more from any professional athlete. If we assume "athletic talent" and "intelligence" are random variables, it's unlikely that the any individual will have very high levels of both.
  14. I think he's referring to the Transfer Center. On the page of outgoing bids, it still shows up seasons after the bid was rejected. I've seen something similar, but have only played a few months past the rejection, and assumed it would clear eventually.
  15. I can't speak to the FM-mechanics of the idea, but intuitively what I don't like about this concept is that it really pushes me to hire senior team coaches with high working with youngsters. It can be hard enough finding top-level staff without that added constraint. My U19 staff however, all have high working with youngsters by design.
  16. In reality, I believe that is the case. I've even heard that the B-teamers train with the senior team on occasion. In FM though, I don't think that's the case. With the exception of the free movement between squads, I think they function entirely independently. For example, Barca B has a separate wage/transfer budget and coaching staff than the main club - and as first team manager, you can't influence it at all. I think the best way to think of it is as a loan club, which you can interrupt at will. If you haven't tried it yet, you might consider setting up a 2nd manager as B-team manage
  17. You should keep them in the senior team, unless they're young enough to play in the U19 (you are hiring good U19 coaches, aren't you?). I try not to send anyone to Barca B (or on any kind of loan, for that matter) until their tutoring is finished, they're too old for the U19, and they're not yet good enough for the senior team. If I manage it correctly, that will never happen with my 4- and 5-star potential youngsters (they'll jump straight from U19 to senior). Barca B will be the team for my Youth Intake guys who have La Liga potential (1.5-2.5 stars) but have aged out of the U19.
  18. I also play as a big club (Barcelona) and I do "micromanage" my staff (after all, they are my staff). Looking at what you've got there, you probably don't need a U18 GK coach unless your senior GK coaches have poor working with Youngsters. That slot I'd give to a U18 physio (and going forward, I'd try to hire GK coaches with high working with youngsters!) I also try to manage as if I were managing a club rather than playing a computer game. For example, just because I'm the new boss doesn't mean I have to prove it by firing everyone at the beginning. Mutual termination can be expensive at
  19. I'm playing as Barcelona and have never seen the Top 5 players, so it seems unlikely it is strictly based on reputation.
  20. It's nice to read about a positive experience with the game. I would say that the "correct approach" is the one which best enables you to enjoy the experience - so it sounds like your choices worked out. Welcome to FM!
  21. I sold Pedro from Barcelona for $53 million in the summer window after the first season. Didn't really want to see him leave, but 53 million? Sure. Also sold Montoya that window for 51 million. Might have got more, but that was his release clause.
  22. Have you tried arranging friendlies with bigger clubs, possibly foreign? You could probably find at least a few matches that would work out profitably.
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