Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Good bye's

GW7 lost a few great guys to this week. SI have created 4 new beta GW's and of course needed some mods to help run them. Si Evans a fellow mod in GW7 and a guy I have been playing against since GW4(he became a mod at the same time as me) has gone across as an experienced Mod and with him he took Nick, Hamish and Monkey with him. All 3 of these guys where F.A. Organisers here in GW7 and have been rewarded for all their hard work and help with running the XFA & AFF F.A.s with a promotion to mods. I for one will miss them all and the lobby will be a much quieter place with out them!!!

Cya guys, take care and good luck

Saturday, 17 May 2008

New look to Blog

I was never happy with how my blog looked before if I was totally honest, it just never looked polished. So I went away and had a little play still not sure if I like it but is it better or worse let me know!

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Buy to Sell

There has been a lot of discussion regarding teams buying players in wage auctions just to sell on in a transfer 7 days later in the forums at the moment. For those of you that have been so far not been lucky enough to partake in the beta test let me explain

A wage auction is one where you state how much you are willing to pay a players wages in a blind auction, if you win you sign that player on either a 1 or 2 season contract and pay his acquisition fee which is in his profile either to the GW if he is a free agent or to his existing club. How ever after 7 days of signing a player in a wage auction you are then free to sell him either in a private transfer of a transfer auction. A private transfer being one where you and another manager negotiate how much he or she is willing to pay you for that player, and a wage auction being very similar to how an ebay auction works(i.e. you state how much you are willing to bid for said player, but only ever pay 2nd highest bid+£1 if you are the highest bidder). The prices that players sell for in this auction can far exceed the players acquisition fee so some (in my opinion) unscrupulous managers are signing a lot of players in wage auctions and then selling them on 7 days later for a large profit.

Well there is 2 ways of looking the first being if some one is willing to pay you x amount of money more then they could have picked him up for 7 days earlier then who am I or anyone else for that matter to argue. On the other hand buying players with the sole intention of selling them 7 days later is an exploit which needs closing. It is one thing to buy a player, play him a few matches, decide he doesn't fit into your side, then stick him in an auction and let the market dictate his value, and if you make a profit out of him lucky you!! BUT if you are solely buying players with no intention of playing them, and then heavily marketing them 7 days later and selling for a massive profit then this is another thing.

Me I am sat on the fence, torn between two very different view points that I agree with equally

The debate continues

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Ask a mod question 1

Stewart Downing asks:

Is it possible to set a official feeder or parent club without it being classed as cheating? If not will it be introduced into the game by release. Can you please discuss what would be the benefits or negatives if this was introduced. eg// does the parent have to pay the feeder a weekly fee, or any loaned players have to be in the starting 16 of the feeder unless it's official comp or they are injured or suspended. Thanks

Whilst I am not sure what SI long term plans with regards to "official" parent/feeder clubs. I do know that in beta at least that some teams (including at least 3 mod teams) DO have an agreement with other teams and it is perfectly allowed. The exact terms of these agreements are not always made public but generally it involves the parent club loaning youth players or fringe squad players to the feeder club for little or no wage contribution in return for first refusal on the feeder clubs players, sometimes scouting of players would also be shared between the teams. The only rules that MUST be kept to is NO match fixing and NO selling at ridiculously low or high prices. It is unfortunately impossible at this stage to include a weekly fee, and is impossible for either teams to bind the other to the terms of the agreement, it is all mearly based on trust and a gentleman's agreement. So if you are to do this choose the other team carefully!!! The benefits to both teams are clear, the smaller (normally poorer) club gets to have a constant supply of player which they may not otherwise be able to afford otherwise, and the larger club gets to give fringe players and youth players competitive matches which will increase the players stats and also first pickings on up & coming players
Hope this answers your question.

If you have a question you would like answering all you have to do is leave a comment below!!

Monday, 12 May 2008

Big well done to the Tigers

For those of you who don't know me I am a big Hull City fan, and although off topic from FML I would just like to say a big well done to the team for the result against Watford on Sunday, and good luck for Wednesday night and hope we get to Wembley and dare I even breath it the golden land of the EPL.

But even if we don't we have had a fantastic season and it is all down to the board, the players, the fans and especially big Phil Brown!!! The way he has turned us from relegation favourites to promotion chasers has been great, and proves what a great manager he is!!

Back in FML my team Area 51 FC created their own mile stone on Sunday night, in the fact that we moved into the top 50 in terms of rankings. Considering just over a month ago I was ranked at my lowest 409th it has reaffirmed my beliefs in the game, in so much that anyone can turn their performances around and become a force to be reckoned with.

So what was my secret?? Two things really firstly I created a team that I was happy with, throw in a couple of big signings(well big for me) and then ran with it. Indeed I think it is now a good two weeks ago since I made any 1st team signings, with the exception of a couple of cheap back up players when I was forced to by injuries or suspensions, and I think this stability has really paid dividends for me. The second thing was thrown on me and I had no choice in it , namely the 2nd tactic skills update, out went my long worked on and over complicated tactics and in came the default tactic settings, as I have progressed with the skills I have seen less and less need to tweak them, and for my team and probably other smaller teams the simple instructions have worked.

Now whether this is a good thing or not depends on your point of view, myself I cant see it taking me much further up the ranks and I will possibly have to strenghten both my team and my tactics to move much more. But that is for the next few weeks, now is the time to get my youth team sorted out.

Friday, 9 May 2008

Tactic updates

From the FML tester forum.

From the release notes...

- Reorganised the tactics skills so they should now better represent the needs of the moderate, intermediate and hardcore tacticians out there. The bad news, is that this means the existing tactics skills have been wiped. The good news, is that the time spent on these skills should be repayed in the form of an extended bonus.

To explain, we believe the first system we tried was a little over the top as it really forced everyone to learn at least a few tactics skills. Hopefully this system will be much more friendly to those who don't really care about tactics at all.

Furthermore the incoming system is designed to be of a similar length to other areas meaning the benefit gained for specialising here against the time spent learning the skills should be the same as in other categories.

Finally, the system is designed to provide a good intermediate level of tactical skill within a couple of days training which again should bring it more into line with the other area.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

New Feature-Ask a Mod!!!!

On the FML forum some one critised blogs on FML for not being informative enough, and it is true I have neglected mine in the recent weeks due to external pressures plus the fact that I am so addicted to FML that Id rather by playing it then writing about it!!

But from now on I am going to turn my blog over to you all. Send me your questions (about FML preferbly)& at least once a week I will answer as many as I can!!!

All you have to do is send me your question as a comment. I won't actually post these comments but reply to them as a new post.

So what are you waiting for?