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  1. "Would have" - My idea would be this. If SI looked at the different kinds of stadiums - let's say there are 20/30 different styles, i.e. some with athletics tracks, closed bowls, open ends etc etc - and just created a pool of them, each given a number and assigned to each team. Doesn't have to be an exact replica of the real life stadium, just similar. So for example Monaco etc could be 'type 4', Middlesbrough/Derby etc 'type 2' or whatever. Then let those be applied in the editor or whatever so that the relevant stadium shows up on the match engine. I played as Monaco once and was crying out for a bit of realism that would have featured a track around the pitch and so on. Am amazed that kind of template doesn't exist. If there was a way of dictating where away fans are located too that would be the icing on the cake in terms of realism, but I know that might be a step too far. I know FM 'isn't FIFA' but as someone who accepts the 3D engine for what it is rather than bothering about some specifics not being that realistic, better and more accurate stadium depiction would be a big plus in my eyes. I used to turn them off altogether given they're rarely realistic but can't do that anymore.
  2. Have a slightly curious problem with this in that whilst it works fine to start with, after a few games it suddenly stops working and reverts back to default or generic photos. It seems to only be remedied by loading up another skin either permanently or by switching to and fro - I use Wannachup and CFM Skin, for the record. Not just reloading the skin. On one or two skins it doesn't seem to work at all despite doing the right things with it. It's a great addition though as I quite like having the stadium my team is playing in appear beforehand.
  3. I like using 3D but sometimes the stadiums and crowd create a bit of lag, and to be honest I don't like them anyway given they're inaccurately represented. In previous versions we've been able to turn off stadiums in the preferences, but for some reason it's not an option this time which is annoying. I turn the crowd off sometimes but would just prefer nothing around the pitch in all honesty. Is there a way of removing stadiums from the graphics via the relevant SI folders? I'm hoping they might reintroduce the 'turn off stadiums' option in the next update but I fear not.
  4. Sorry for the bump on this but given the nature of this topic it makes my question more relevant. Why, as in all other versions, can't stadiums be switched off in preferences? I've always done that because I can't stand them given how unrealistic they are. I like watching in 3D though. Currently I'm just playing with empty stadiums as the crowd annoys me even more. In past versions I've just had the 3D pitch and that's done for me. Why they've removed the option is beyond me, particularly as it often gives those with low-end machines the chance to improve their graphical capabilities too.
  5. Just started playing FM18 today. I've set up a match plan with a couple of scenarios and I saved it so I could import it for each save as they're fairly standard things I could use in any game with any team. However, I set the plan up to use but in the next game it's gone and I have to import it again, despite having set it as default before. How come the match plans/scenarios don't just stay there so they can be used in every game rather than having to load it up each time? One other thing - the inability to turn stadiums off is annoying. I don't like them, or the crowds, so in previous versions have turned both off and it helps on the graphics side of things with the 3D engine too which I do like. Can't turn stadiums off this time though. Rant over.
  6. Great work as ever. Just a quick query - when the upcoming winter patch/data update comes out, will your updates then become what's not included in the new one, or merely a continuation of what wasn't included in the initial one. If that makes sense...
  7. Moving from desktop to laptop (finally) and have found this for about my budget in the sale. £200 off at £399. FM is the only game I play, usually with just a couple of leagues loaded up and always with a 3D view. Otherwise, lots of web browsing is my main use. ACER Aspire F5-571 15.6" Laptop - Black Windows 10 (pre-installed) Intel® Core™ i5-5200U Processor Memory: 8 GB Storage: 1 TB Up to 5 hours battery life http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-f5-571-15-6-laptop-black-10137492-pdt.html Not played FM16 yet so holding off until I get a new machine before I do! Not sure it has a dedicated graphics card which may be a issue? Thoughts please - hoping to get it by Wednesday when the sale ends!
  8. In a previous version you included a pic of the stadium about to be played in on the pre-match screens (or coloured seats if there wasn't one) I liked that, given you don't get to see much of the home team's stadium on any other screen before or during the game. Would be good to see it again in future releases.
  9. Which file are the correct promotions/relegations for the English leagues in? Can't seem to find the up to date divisions using any of them.
  10. Thanks. As I say, it's no reflection on your excellent work, merely in case there was anything I wanted to do myself. I'll probably just use the Transfers file and do everything I want to in there and load that one up in the game with the promotions/relegations file so at least all the teams are in the right place.
  11. Pro - I've downloaded your files and put them in the usual place. If I wanted to add a few changes of my own, which file should I load up in the editor? It's not that you've got any wrong, just if I wanted to tweak a few things/remove injuries/add any unspotted transfers etc before playing. Or would it be that I'd open all of your files up together? If so, would I just save changes as usual? Have always been used to one file covering everything but obviously there are a few there.
  12. In the past, when talking to a player unhappy at not getting many games, a fair share would accept my 'I make the decisions round here' type response and give it the whole 'fair enough, i'll be patient' response. Since playing FM14 I've noticed that virtually every time a player has the same problem, they get stroppy at that kind of response and want listing at the end of the conversation. It seems nothing I say can placate them. Anyone else found this? Obviously I can't pick every player but it's annoying when important squad players I don't want to lose/loan out etc start kicking off.
  13. But how about specifically getting them to just shoot more from long range?
  14. Since the sliders were disposed of, I've struggled to find a way to get some individuals with high 'long shot' stats to shoot from long range. My style of play tends to be short passing at a decent tempo and in an attacking mentality, which wins me plenty, but whereas before if I had a player with a 16/17 long shot rating or whatever I'd click his slider to shoot from long range more often, I can't do that anymore. Is it a case of telling them to 'shoot more often' in the player instructions and if so would that not disrupt the general team instructions? If I've got someone who can leather one in from 30 yards regularly I may as well make him do it!
  15. Superb work as always, Tom. Quick query - last time, you allowed for the small photos of the hosting stadium in the pre-match screenflow, in the style of FMC. Any plans to do so again? Was a great addition once the stadium pics were actually downloaded.
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