Monday, 3 March 2008

The come back kids

Many guys who start FML make the mistake (IMO) of just importing their old tactics from FM07/08 etc and then wonder why they get thrashed. Well the reason is quite simple where as on FM08 you are always playing the same computer which is preprogrammed to react in certain ways, on FML you are playing up to 1,000 different human brains, so every game you are gonna need to play slightly differently. Also most users are not gonna sit back and watch there side get thrashed 3-0 so they are gonna come at you and a grab a comeback. All to often I have heard the same guys moaning I was winning 3 or 4 nil then lost 5-4. Asked what they did to protect their lead all to often the reply is nothing I was hammering them.

Today I have played quite a few games where I was winning by an odd goal with a couple of mins left on the clock, and I to made this mistake... result was I either lost (5-4)or at best draw 1-1. What should I have done??

Player tiredness comes in to affect here, take that super star MC who has scored 3 goals and got 4 assists and a rating of 9 but his condition is 73, well I should had dragged him off shouldn't I

Also is dropping back and letting the other team come on to always the best thing to do? I would have to say no!! some times the best form of defence is offensive, but just deeper offensive then before!!

But every game and every team is different so the same approach will never work all times, it is just a case of experimenting and learning what will work best for your bunch of players and when you do suffer from a come back the best advice I have ever been given is rewatch the match again, and try to work out what did your opponent do and how did you combat it...if at all!!!!

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Blogs & Fansites

There are many Fan sites & blogs dedicated to FML springing up throughout cyberspace at the moment and I quite often have a gander at a few of them(see the link section to the left )especially when the server is down as I like reading about different perspectives on the game. I do not see these sites in competition with my own blog. How ever comments from a moderator of one such Fan site to my publicising this page in his thread on the official FML forum has made me think why do people such as myself start fan sites & blogs?

I do this for myself really, if people want to read it or not is their choice, I have put a few links on the forum just to let people know of my blogs existence. I don't actually care if they read it or not to be honest,

None beta testers will read blogs such as mine and (to name just two) to see what they are missing out on and whether it is the sort of thing they will want to buy come retail, if I help just person decide then its a bonus.

SI have stated that they are quite happy for blogs and fansites to spring up on the back of beta and hopefully these sites will generate even more interest in the game.

How ever when you have some sites trying to convince people not to look at other people work I begin to wonder what their motives are??? Clearly it is not just the love of the game that drives them to publish things about FML in cyber space!!!

BTW if you know of any other websites dedicated to FML please let me know with a link attached and I will add the link to this site.

My new team

Friday 29/2/07 2030hrs GMT

After a short but sweet farewell to all the guys in GW4 I signed out for the last time and joined GW7. Upon arrival I was greeted by the familiar faces of Si & Rich with their blue bands at the top, I on the other hand was still down as just another user having joined up a bit later everyone from SI who could change my status wasn't about which gave me chance to set up my team in relative peace.

Now i have known guys who have spent hours if not a couple of days getting there initial squad together scouting around and sniffing around the players and moulding an almost perfect team(well as good as you can with just 500K to spend and 100K wage total) not me I go for the quick and easy way and just let the AI randomly select players based on a few easy questions, if I recall these were the filters I used 1 GK, 1 DR 1 DL 4 DC 2MR 2 ML 4 MC and 3 S aged between 18 and 27 with a total wage bill of 75K

Less then a second later I had my initial squad, immediately I released my DR & DL as these wouldn't be required (unfortunately you cant select 0 for any position) then a quick glance at my GK reveled he to would be ditched (eccentricity 19 lol) and as I wanted a S with a good long shot ability the weaker of the three was also ditched this left me with just the simple task of having to scout a decent GK and a forward with high composure and high long shots attributes and a fair bit of pace and natural fitness. As the more experience managers will all ready see I had a fairly good idea of my tactics and I now had a squad of 16 players, a wage bill of 82K which would give me plenty of cover for my 3-5-2 tactics I am so very fond of!! Sure I could have refined it a lot more but for me one of the joys of FML is taking a poor team and improving on them, many will disagree and prefer the lets start good and keep there approach which is all well and fine but not my cup of tea.

Confirmed button hit and I was ready for my 1st game, tactics would come later for me as I go down the road of start with a default 3-5-2 and tweak it over a number of games as I find weaknesses in my team!! two games later it was 2 wins notched up and I was chuffed, the next game things went pear shaped 0-5 the beginners luck had ran out.........

About me & this Blog

I started as a FML beta tester back in December 07 in game world four after 3 seasons with my team (REAL TIGERS ALBION, Area 51 FC & Philadelphia experiment)in the DFA I was nominated by the mods(thanks Guys) to become a moderator for a new Game World (GW7) SI had set up, after careful consideration and weighing up the pros and cons 30 seconds later my mind was made up and the email accepting was sent off, and I said my good byes(sorry if I didn't catch anyone) released all my players and off I went along with 3 other guys.

Instead of talking more about the game in general ( i will leave that to Nik and his superb blog this will be more about me and the birth of a new team in a new world.