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  1. Are there restrictions on the squads for friendlies? That would be annoying.
  2. The info shows in my game, see screenshot. I'm currently trying my luck with Stirling and was looking at this earlier.
  3. I don't know what you mean by Screen Flow coming up. I mean untick Visit News Automatically, the option is in screen flow, which is in preferences/interface. I never see the social feed and the inbox seems to have less minutiae this year, I assume its all in the social feed. Have a look for the option, hope it solves your issue. I have attached a screenshot of where I mean.
  4. need more info

    I have the same issue, no pitch markings are showing. I play on my laptop, when I began playing a few days ago I altered the match settings during my first match to find out what my laptop could handle. The white lines disappeared during that match as I adjusted the settings. I settled on low for most things, put it to 60 fps, and turned off stadiums, scenery weather and all of those options. I just played with the pitch and a black surround. From this point on the pitch markings were showing and there was no problem. However, yesterday I decided to flirt with the fantasy draft, and decided to add some atmosphere, so I turned on the stadiums and crowd and set them to low. The game still ran at 60 fps, but the pitch markings had gone. Turning off the stadiums and crowd had no effect, still no pitch markings. I have reset my graphics options to the settings that were working and loaded up my main Stirling save. But now the pitch markings are not showing there either. I have attached two pkms. The Stirling pkm had the white lines on two days ago. The Earley Eagles (fantasy draft) pkm has no pitch markings. With white lines darkfng_17.0.1_Edinburgh City v Stirling 0, 220_fm-3.pkm Without white lines darkfng_17.0.1_Hardly Athletic v Earley Eagles 0, 458_fm.pkm Additional Information. So I restarted FM a few times and played with the settings. The white lines returned in my main save when I set all graphics to low, but the whites lines were jagged, so I set the graphics to recommended. The white lines were now perfect but the laptop was hot, so set graphics to lower with medium anti aliasing. All working well now, laptop just a bit warm. Also discovered that pkms are saved even when you quit a match. So I have several pkms of the game back after restarting a few times. The first 3 had no white lines, the last one is where the lines returned. Without white lines darkfng_17.0.1_Stirling v Braehead 0, 470_fm-1.pkm darkfng_17.0.1_Stirling v Braehead 0, 470_fm.pkm darkfng_17.0.1_Stirling v Braehead 0, 479_fm.pkm With white lines darkfng_17.0.1_Stirling v Braehead 0, 470_fm-2.pkm One last thing, I obviously spent a lot of time changing graphics settings during a match. Sometimes I would change a setting click confirm and the message would simply be "confirm settings'' but a few times the message said ''updating graphics''. Not sure if that;s of any use, but I think that completes my report for the day.
  5. This is very cool, congratulations! Now about those fitness, stamina and work rate stats Combine dramatic improvement there, with your natural leadership, decision making, long shots and all round pace and I might be interested in signing you for Stirling. Will get scout reports in the mean time and I'm sure we will all have another look in FM18! Best of luck in your preseason.
  6. I've not used the Fantasy Draft much but I don't see an option to play it how I think it should be played. I want to set up a Fantasy club (once - save the club details for next time) Then go to a lobby page where fantasy games are available against other random people. You have, what seems to me to be, a very large player base (13,000 on FM17, 30,000 on FM16, and 6,000 on FM15 according to steamdb.info) so I would assume there would be enough to play like this. Then I want to join a Fantasy game with 5 other players and play a ten game league. Or a variation thereof, I guess specified by a host, I am a bit hazy on this, maybe just have SI set the formats. I am not sure if I am just missing this option in the current game. I don't have 5 friends currently online playing, I don't want to go through the hassle of organising a group to play at a certain time. Family life dictates that I will never really have a set time that I can play. But I do frequently have time available for a 'session'. Ten games would be a decent session. It would be nice to be able to take a break from my long, painful slow rise through the ranks from Stirling in League 2 to, well to be honest League 1 I will try fantasy against the AI but it really seems to me that it should work in a manner similar to above outlined, have I misunderstood how it works currently?
  7. See if this works. Load your saved game. Click on FM (options) - Preferences - Interface (from the drop down menu) - Screen Flow - Untick Visit News Screen Automatically. You have to do this every time you begin a new career. I think that works for me, let us know if it works for you.
  8. OP - Load your saved game. Click on FM (options) - Preferences - Interface (from the drop down menu) - Screen Flow - Untick Visit News Screen Automatically. You have to do this every time you begin a new career. I have been doing this automatically for a couple of years now because I hated being taken to the old news screen. I did it with FM17 and have never* been taken to the Social Feed. I also used to unsubscribe from all the awards, leagues, countries, players and everything else that my assistant manager would try to subscribe me to. This time I have let my assistant manager follow whatever social feeds he wants, it doesn't bother me because I never see them. But now you have me wondering whether or not following social feeds uses processing power and slows down the game at all. Thinking about it, surely it does. I'm off to unfollow everything he is following, it's about time he got off social media and did some bloody work. (Obviously I am using my laptop for my main game so any data processing is noticeable) *to the best of my recollection. I will add the caveat that seeing as Hunt3r did not offer this solution, it may not be a solution to your issue at all, his knowledge of the game is far superior to mine. Let us know if this helps.
  9. You could think of yourself as the immortal Director of Football. Pick your favourite lower league team and choose the best assistant manager that you can find, because in this scenario he is the manager, not you. I would recommend playing Football Manager Touch for this. Then allow your assistant to do everything you do not want to do. Use the instant result button for matches. Spend your time searching for players and taking care of the contracts if that's all you are interested in at the moment. The seasons will fly by and you can see how your acquisitions work out. If you do get sacked simply retire that version of yourself and add a new manager who takes over at the club, you are the immortal Director of Football. I've played a couple of games like that and they are quite entertaining for a while, eventually you'll learn enough that you'll want to try the full version of FM. Heaven help you then, before you know it seasons will crawl by because you've loaded up all the teams in all the leagues and will only play watch matches on full highlights so you can tinker with every aspect of your tactics.
  10. Seems like that would be a bug if you are only going on holiday for the day of the game. If you pick the team the day of the game, then click holiday there is (or at least used to be, I haven't looked in FM16) a checkbox for use current team selection where possible.
  11. When you click to activate the two year extension by the club it adds two years to the length of the contract. I usually do it in the final year of the initial three if I want the player to stay for at least one more season, I can always sell him in his final year. I never do the maths on bonuses vs salary. I assume that if the players are getting paid high amounts through bonuses then the team must be achieving success, which usually leads to more revenue.
  12. I aim to reward players that perform so I usually put max bonuses for goals, clean sheets, winning anything, team of the year and scoring 30 goals. Then I usually put contract to 3 years with a 2 year optional extension for the club. I exclude yearly wage rises, promotion wage rises, minimum release clauses. After that we settle on the lowest possible salary that I can get.
  13. Did either player get a large signing on fee?
  14. For the last 4 or 5 versions of FM I schedule a friendly for every 3 days to begin 3 days after returning to training from holiday. I pick my first eleven and my backups for each position, plus the best of the rest for the sub 12 spot. I always manage the friendlies, as soon as the condition of a player dips below 70% he gets subbed by his backup. I frequently rest the whole squad from training before the next friendly so that the condition can improve closer to 100% or sometimes start the backup players and have the first eleven on the bench. I save both team selections as FR 1 and FR 2 to make it easier to switch them before the match. By the time the season starts everyone is at 95-100% condition and 100% match fitness (now sharpness). I am possibly missing out on some physical gains somewhere, but I have not noticed them.
  15. I'm using a 3 yr old desktop, mid range, and playing FM Classic. I have all European leagues loaded down to the level they come with, ie 4 divisions in England, 2 or 3 divisions in most other countries. Also have Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay. I have set my database to small for the last 5 versions of FM, there are 100K players. The game moves along at a fast enough speed. I suggest firing up a game with a small database and only the premier league in England. The game will fly by. Then quit and load up a small database with all the nations and leagues you could ever want. Compare the speeds and decide on number of leagues that suits you best. FM seems to have made improvements in overall processing speed over the years, using FM classic removes all the media and personality calculations from the equation which must boost speed somewhat. I would be interested to hear why anyone prefers a large database, particularly if using fewer leagues.