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  1. I always thought the sound in FM, was a massive opportunity for SI. The sound at present is minimal, if used at all and if I was working for SI, I would be looking at the possibilities of building into the game a "Radio Player" and looking to link up with the likes of TALKsport & Community Podcasts etc, to stream these within a player in the game
  2. I have been an avid player of the game for as long as I can remember. This year, rather than do the norm and start a career game, as manager of Tottenham, I wanted to start from the bottom of the leagues and work my way up the divisions, ideally with the one club, or via job opportunities that I earn. The choice, as to who that club would be, was actually a very simple one – Bishops Stortford. The rationale behind it was, that this is the town I went to secondary school in and where I spent the majority of my time effectively “growing up”, I had often been to see the club play in real life around the ages of 14/15 (I am now 34), so I did feel a natural warmth to the club/area. I wanted the game to be as realistic as possible from the get-go, so with that, I set my experience at the lowest, as a “Sunday League Footballer” and used my pitiful allowance of points to distribute. My first season, even as a seasoned player of Football Manager, was easily my most difficult that I have ever experienced, but also thoroughly the most enjoyable. I started with no money of note to mention and I decided from the off, that in order to effectively control the finances and more importantly, understand the strengths of my players, as I didn’t have the money to make mass changes and transfers...I wanted to concentrate on the senior squad and not worry overly at all about my U21 or U18 squads in the first season. I made cuts to staff and changed the backroom team, slightly improving them, but I was limited on the number of half good staff I could attract Transfers who added any value and worth mentioning thinking back, were a loan Centre Back by the name of Robbie Cundy, who was to provide some much needed pace in the back line and play a covering role, as a Limited Centre Back Standout players over the course of the season were: • Rio Bryan Edwards – Leader & Centre Back, Player of the Season, highest average rating and the man, I chose mid season to make captain. At the Age of 21, he will become a Club Legend • Mikel Suarez – Target Man Striker, who weighed in with around 10 important goals during the season The season was notable, for the sheer consistency of inconsistency and to be honest we were woeful at times, going stretches of 6-8 games without a win on several occasions. Prior to those meetings, I won’t lie, but I didn’t have a clue how to turn the tide and quite frankly thought it an inevitability that the chairman would wield his axe and I would be sacked I finished the first season in 18th, surviving JUST!!!. This included on two separate occasions me being called in front of the board, to then leave that meeting requiring a certain number of points from games, to keep my job – on both occasions I got the required points (actually quite easily to my surprise!) I found myself, questioning my own ability, was I actually any good at this game???... perhaps playing as Spurs all these years, had protected me and all that I had done in the game, didn’t really mean much considering the riches I had at my disposal and all the infrastructure and facilities a premier league club provides? I couldn’t actually even see where my next point was coming from at some stages, let alone a win, but when I needed to after ultimatums from the board, I seemed to always deliver critically I was at this point, referring to these forums a hell of a lot, reading blogs/articles on tactics, seeing how I could turn it around In terms of an achievement, I got much more from avoiding the sack/relegation after the season completed, than I have in as long as I can remember really when playing Football Manager, even when playing as Spurs in the Premier League. I was determined to learn from my mistakes of trying to over complicate Tactics/Shouts and Instructions and build on the squad and improve next season, without being in the position again of needing a certain number of points from games, just to keep my job! As I approached Season 2, I was given the news of the prospective new youth intake and I hurriedly arranged an internal friendly to review the prospects, alongside noting the recommendations of my Head of Youth Development. I ended up after this, keeping around 10 of them as they either improved my first team squad, or would add some depth for U21/U18 sides, at a very low cost. So my plan for the coming season 2 would be to learn from what I thought went wrong: • Minimise and simplify tactics • Keep a more settled starting 11 This post is really I suppose, for me as much as anything to maybe look back upon at some stage, but maybe some other people, might find it of interest and use also What is interesting, is the level of immersion into this Career/Lower League Management that I have found, this is demonstrated by the fact I have written this long post, but also by me now looking to attend actual Conference South Games, supporting Bishops Stortford again!
  3. Currently Inside forward with support duty I will put them back into a flat 4-4-2 and see if this improves things
  4. I actually didn't know about the overpowered issues I am playing a high 4-2-4 (AML & AMR), which would effectively leave me prone to attacks from the flanks I would presume??
  5. I have had a massive downturn in form since the last update (since release) Prior to beta I was second, last two games since release, I have lost 7-1 & 5-1
  6. Is it possible please to change your Home Town somehow, once you have started a Save? Many thanks
  7. In the tactics screen, is there a way/view where it will detail roles/duties actually on the pitch?
  8. I just went through some old posts I have done on this forum about FML and even just reading them, it brought back some great memories... The below post was on the FML First impressions thread replying to Ov Collyer: Re: First Impressions Thread (esp non-beta testers) Hi Ov, well what can I say, apart from a brief specific post yesterday I havent felt the need to come onto these forums since my Lineker Gameworld Launched on Tuesday... simply because its that good. Firstly, I never beta tested the game and my first encounter with FM Live was upon official release The only reason I post now is due to my return to work, after booking a day and a halves holiday to play the game upon release. If I was at home I wouldn't be on here as I would be playing FM Live, but unfortunately work would not welcome an FM Live stint, during office hours! Quite literally I am obsessed, like a girl you see every day who you cant stop thinking of, my only thoughts currently are of FM Live. What tactics, what skills, what strategy to take in terms of when to sign/who to sign - I cant stop thinking of FM Live. In fact I would go as far to say I would kick any girl off any bus, if I could go home and play it now. The game itself is a credit to all at SI/Sega and to all the beta testers. Thanks has to be given to the mods who are wonderfully helpful in the chat rooms, despite my inquisitive nature on every aspect of the game. I really would urge anyone to drop into the chat rooms every now and again, for chit chat or specific help on tactics or just help in general... it really adds to the community aspect. Around the community aspect, a lovely little touch which I like is when you add a contact, you receive updates in terms of latest scores when they play a match. Great feature, which really adds to the community aspect of keeping up with your friends teams performances, hell why not go and watch the game like i did, if it looks an interesting game. One thing I thought would add to that feature, is if you could add the goalscorer to the pop-up that appears when a goal goes in, as this would prompt me to enquire about the availability of that striker who keeps on appearing having scored. As a complete newbie to FM Live and a person who really likes to take their time over things and get deeply involved in my club/players etc, I took around 3 hours to manually pick my squad. Really, Really enjoyed that whole process, did not experience any lag that I noticed at all. Ended up picking a squad of 16 players, based soley on what attributes I needed, not taking any notice of player names, i just went by the players that met my strict attribute criteria. Now this resulted, in me only having heard of two players Freddy Grisales and Thomas Mhyre (Sp?), not a problem this is a strategy I am going for. Over the course of the last couple of days I have played Non Ranked Friendlies and Senior Friendly matches, at the end of day 1 I was 300+ ranked, now after day 2 I am sitting in the 500+'s. In all games, I have a record of 7 Wins, 7 Draws and 6 Losses, which I have to admit I am a little dissapointed with as just dominating possession but not creating enough clear cut chances. That's by the by and possibly I am digressing from the point I am trying to make (but if anyone can help me tactically on creating more chances for my 4-5-1 tactic could you PM me), in that the match experience itself is a very exciting and engaging one. Largely opposition managers are a delight to play against and I can see many of them becoming friends. However, I have taken a few knocks from some, relating to playing games at "Normal Speed". Unfortunately my personal preference seems to differ from the majority, and I would like to actually play at even a slower speed. So from an FM series player, who normally plays on extended highlights etc, getting used to the speed the matches fly by, takes a little while to get used to. Overall a fantastic game, complete value for money and a whole new world (my mate rung me up after signing in for the first time and started singing that) Connor FC Ballaghkeen Lineker Gameworld
  9. Thanks, but I am currently zoomed to the maximum 100% but would like a skin where that is increased, if there are any? Many thanks
  10. Hi All I have recently purchased a MacBook Air 11", and would like to make the text within the game bigger, is there a skin anyone could recommend please or any advice. Many thanks for any help
  11. I wonder if anyone can confirm if the new Nvidea shield tablet, is compatible to play the full version of FM14 on it please? Many thanks
  12. The biggest single piece of advice I could give you would be to ensure you that you in pre-season, ensure your teams spend most of their training focus on Tactics and Team Cohesion, really helped me
  13. the spacebar trick worked, thanks very much
  14. I am in a game, its reached the end of the first half of extra time (105 minutes) But the game has no option to kick off 2nd half? Any help would be much appreciated
  15. I cannot currently continue my game as I have a Must Respond Message, but the message relates to a press conference which has already concluded. Therefore I cannot continue my game? Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks
  16. Hi All I have transferred all my graphics/facepacks from fm2013 to fm2014, all work ok in FMC mode, but on starting a full game, I cannot see any of them and they are not working Any ideas? Many thanks
  17. Appreciate all the help guys, just left some spaces as per the advice. Thanks very much
  18. Unfortunately, that doesnt change the default coach in the Individual training screen
  19. I cannot meet the minimum requirements for home grown players, when trying to register my squad. Anyway round this, as game wont let me continue as "Must Respond"
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