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  1. This post hits one of the issues with more recent versions of FM right on the head. The game is complex, which is good. The game's complexity is poorly explained and represented in-game, which is bad. That final paragraph is heartbreaking- to my eyes, what's being described is not the game being "hard", but the game being inaccessible and obtuse.
  2. FM stopped being an annual purchase for me around 2015- checking back on Steam, I poured about 3,500 hours into it back then, same with FM12, with those in between a bit lower. I bought and am still getting on with FM19, but it's only been 1,200 hours in two years- it's fine, but it's nothing amazing. I didn't bother taking much of a look at FM20, because of the glacial, two-steps-forwards-one-step-back way in which the series had been improving- it's mostly just a facelift and a sledgehammer to the ME which may or may not improve things. What probably frustrates me most is the lack of FML revival. Far and away the best version of the game, and the fact that so many of the innovative things it included (fan types/club cultures, club recruitment camps- @Federico, help me out?) haven't yet seeped into the main game is a crying shame.
  3. Summary: A regen signing was apparently born in 2018, making him 7 years old (game year is 2025). He also has a full playing history since 2018. Looks like it must be a birthday glitch of some kind. There is no custom data in the DB, just a skin, and false names on at game start. Files Uploaded to the SI Cloud Service: last save overwrite backup.fm
  4. So, how dead is this? NOT AT ALL! I mean, my desktop PC died a death before Xmas, so I've been stuck using the girlfriend's laptop since then. No FM Editor going on there, unfortunately. However, I now have a shiny new PC and am currently populating it with Steam's finest. Once I have the Editor redownloaded, I'll see where the latest save file is at (saved to an external HD before the PC died) and provide a more in-depth update. Off the top of my head, I believe I had just got the regional Franxia league system with an end-of-season playoff working. In the mean time, I've been all over creating kits for Marblemoor's non-league teams, so that country is going to be especially fleshed out.
  5. In the other thread, timbo's example, the Wolfsburg schedule- my own equivalent is attached. On that page, the dashes are not clickable- this is with this as the only nation/league loaded, and with my manager unemployed. I have been able to attend other matches by going through to the date as mentioned by Blue Lou in the other thread. Thinking this may be looking like one for the bugs forum, if it isn't deliberate?
  6. @HUNT3R The dash on a team's Schedule page is no longer clickable; you have to navigate to that date's fixtures (which can be done by clicking the competition) to attend.
  7. Thank you all. Bit odd that it's become more roundabout to do, but I'm glad it's still possible.
  8. In previous versions, it was possible to attend other matches as a spectator by pressing "View" on the schedule, particularly when unemployed, prompting speculation about why you were there. It's quite handy for testing edited graphics and database elements. This seems to have been removed- is there another way to do it?
  9. You need to highlight the "Text" part, and change the colours there. At the moment, you have the "Icon" highlighted.
  10. Reading this thread start to finish, I would be interested to know if @wrezanini1 ever played Football Manager Live? Between the fantasy elements, the online play-at-your-own-pace style, and the discussions about development, it seems like the black sheep of the FM family would've been right up your street.
  11. So, I've started with Franxia this time around- here's a sneak peek at the teams in their leagues and a few of the graphics for the top side in the country, Danecaster Arrows. The idea behind the nation is one where there is about a 50/50 split between English and French citizens, having been settled by both at different times, with the nation replacing New Caledonia in the database. The basic structure of the Franxia League is two evenly-matched divisions, the Franxia English League and the Franxia French League, with each featuring teams based in either English or French cities. Both leagues crown a regional champion, with a championship match between the two league winners crowning an overall champion at the end of the season. The nation also features a standard knockout domestic cup, the Franxia National Cup, featuring all 32 teams with no seeding. Still a bit to do from a data perspective- the next steps will be getting some staff and stadiums set up- but it's coming along nicely.
  12. So, I'm free thinking here, and one of the areas that I think FM doesn't do a great job of is letting me be the manager. It lets me manage, but it doesn't let me inject my personality, as the manager, into the way in which the team is run. Yes, it allows me to make decisions on what I do and don't delegate, and it allows me to decide on punishments when they occur. But that is true of me and every other manager playing the game. In a previous thread, some time ago now, I pointed out that one of my biggest bugbears with the series was being told "there isn't a suitable reason to hold a team meeting". This may well be true, but last I checked, I'm the manager. If I want to hold a team meeting, I damned well will, and who the hell are you to stop me? Yes, it may be stupid and pointless and result in everyone snoring through it, but I'm in charge, and that's what we're doing. And really, this is an extension of that same feeling- the artificial limits in the game that prevent me from managing the team- for better or worse- the way that I want to. Which brings me back to the topic title. As manager of the team, if I want to set an absolute on something, make something a punishable offence, and set up essentially "house rules" for how the team should play, that's currently not possible. This could be, for example, banning backpasses to the keeper, or direct shots from free kicks, or being caught offside, or any other regular in-match occurrence that I want to encourage/prevent, no matter how much it upsets the team or how bonkers it may sound from the outside. As the manager of the team, that's my prerogative, and there could be good reason for it- maybe all of our players suck at taking free kicks, or maybe I want to limit how much our doofus keeper has the ball at his feet, or try and force a player to learn that being offside is a bad thing. What punishment? Talking to? Minor fines? Start the next game as a sub? Negative incentive is still incentive, and over time, it should train behaviours out of players, much as they may hate me in the process of it happening. And while my thinking here is that this would predominantly affect lower leagues and semi-pro players, I mean, Paolo Di Canio, Premier League manager did happen.
  13. Motorsport Manager is worth a look, seems to have some FM influence in it, and plays really nicely. For me, it would be a music management sim with FM's stylings. Rob Cooper gave a taste of the sort of depth that could be achieved before he joined SI with his Chart Wars series, and there still hasn't really been any major dominant game in that genre that's really let you sink your teeth into it. If someone could nudge him to get on with a sequel, I'd much appreciate it.
  14. That is correct. If you want a South African naming set, you will need to edit an existing country or extinct one that shares it.
  15. Ok, a minor update. To get this underway, I've been consolidating the existing graphics to see where the project was left previously and where there's still more work on that side to be done. The results are as follows: Marblemoor (64 league teams, 64 non-league) - all Division 1-4 teams have kits and badges created. About 50% of non-league teams have kits created, with a few also having badges. Franxia (32) - all teams in both regional divisions have kits and badges created. New Elizabeth (32) - all teams in all four regional leagues have kits and badges created. Baird Colonies (64) - all teams have kits created, none have badges yet. That is... more than I remember being done. That's no bad thing. Obviously graphics are not the top priority, compared with getting the data files etc. ready, but they do very much assist with the immersion into a world once everything is ready in terms of testing the database.
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