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  1. Back after missing a few versions and I'm looking to attempt this challenge in France, a country I've never been to in any FM, at least if my laptop can take it. Holidaying now, and just realised something. I was supposed to tick the CFA as playable divisions, wasn't I? That being the case, there's not really any point in holidaying til June 19, as the 2016-17 season will be simmed, so it will always be the same teams going up into National, right? Or have I messed it up?
  2. Pre-1960s it was a lot easier for non-big city clubs to compete at the top level due to the maximum wage and 'retain and transfer' system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retain_and_transfer_system), which basically treated players as serfs. Even when these were abolished the playing field was still reasonably level - Derby and Forest won the league, Ipswich and QPR came very close - until the early 1980s, when clubs stopped sharing gate receipts with the away team. This was a huge blow to those clubs who didn't have big, full stadiums and inequality has worsened with the advent of the Premier League, Champions League and massive TV and sponsorship payments mostly going to the giants. This is why Leicester winning the Premier League was such an extraordinary achievement. If they'd done it in the 1920s (when they finished 3rd and 2nd in successive seasons, missing out on the title by a point to Sheffield Wednesday in 1928-29) or even the 1960s (4th and FA Cup runners-up in 1962-63) it wouldn't have been such a big deal. Two historic giants of the English game that haven't been mentioned - Sheffield United and Wolves. But I think you should do Preston, the original Invincibles. I'd love to see them and Huddersfield in the Prem.
  3. Thanks for replying. The demos for both versions are massive and I have very slow download speed, hence my asking here.
  4. Is there a simple list of the differences between the two games? The Steam page for FM Touch 17 and the page at www.footballmanager.com are both vague, and the FAQ on this site are all to do with playing the game on mobile and cross-save compatibility, none of which are of interest to me. I'd just like to know what FM Touch leaves out of the full game.
  5. I'd like to see the scouting revamped. Currently scouts provide a full picture of a player's attributes from at the most two looks, and different scouts give pretty much identical feedback. My preference would be a system akin to the one in the Out Of The Park baseball management games, where the more you look at a player the more you learn about him, different scouts have different opinions and so on. In real life it's not uncommon for teams to keep tabs on players for over a year before deciding whether they want to put in a bid; in FM this would not give you any extra information. I'd also like to see more dynamic attributes, particularly for older players. Not to a ridiculous extent, but FM does not seem to produce many late bloomers - the likes of Ricky Lambert, Grant Holt and Matt Elliott (going back a bit, but a personal favourite!). As things stand, you know that if a player is older than early 20s and doesn't have the attributes, then he never will. Thirdly, there needs to be more transfer interest in players who perform well - not just ones from your team, but between AI teams as well. It's a bit frustrating to see a player score 70+ goals in three seasons for a mid-table BSS side and never see any BSP teams sniffing around them. Finally - please, please make the media interaction optional. It doesn't matter how much it gets tweaked, the basic format is a tediously repetitive mini-game that serves only to slow the season down. I know you can set your assman to handle it, but this easily leads to him saying something stupid that has a detrimental impact on your team. I understand why you want this feature in, but I can't see it ever working properly as things stand. I'm sure all these have previously been suggested on this thread, I'd just like to add my advocacy and reasons.
  6. Very enjoyable write-ups, noikeee. I particularly like your focus on players, a very effective way of making the little tinkers seem like actual human beings.
  7. Nice thread. I like the way you leave your clubs in good shape even though you have seriously itchy feet By the way, if you ever do get a tycoon takeover in Germany it should probably be regarded as a bug and reported. No individual is allowed to own more than 49% of a club.
  8. Goodness me, it's still going! Still an excellent read too. KUTGW 10-3.
  9. I would say this version of FM is the best in this respect. Previous versions were far too card-shy imo, but in FM12 I actually managed to pick up a fine for having six players booked in a game.
  10. Ooh, a difficult second season would certainly spice things up (even more)! Fine work as ever, 10-3.
  11. I'm sure you could still get a good story out of it 10-3 - the wannabe manager growing more and more embittered as the pile of rejection slips grows...
  12. Having not visited the Stories forum for ages, I find I have pages and pages of new Rob to enjoy! Sterling work 10-3
  13. Out Of The Park-style attribute visibility - instead of being able to see players' attributes through one or two scout reports, you only get to see a range initially, and the more you watch a player the more accurate your knowledge gets. This would apply to your own players as well as ones from other clubs. This would add realistic uncertainty to the game. Could be optional, as attribute masking is currently. A bit more info on the season summary page e.g. continental competition performances of your nation's involved clubs, five biggest transfers in each division, things like that for more 'immersion'. Added out of the box leagues - Japan if possible, Egypt, Algeria, a couple of other African ones, maybe Qatar, to make African and Asian career games more rewarding (or in the case of Africa, simply viable). Basically at least the top six rated leagues from each continent would be great.
  14. How do I sign young players (under-18s) to my squad. Im playing with Barcelona and Im keen to sign young talent from across the world (lets just say, since i love the underdog, I wanna sign a Djibouti player, a Brazilian player and a Slovenian player, which are all 16 years old). In actual fact, i found a player in Argentina that was highly recommended. I payed 4.3M for him, but since he is 16, i get him in 2 years. Now, Im assuming that his Argentine team does not have the same traning facilities as does my Barcelona, so WHY do i have to wait for those two years. FIFA rules. My understanding is that players under 18 are not allowed to move countries, except within the EU (so I'd assume your Slovenian should be OK). Someone else correct me if I've got that wrong.
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