A new game means vast improvements, right? An improved interface, a better match engine, maybe a new media system. Well I am less than enthused with what I have seen from the game in beta but remembering last year’s beta impressions and then the changes that were put in place post-beta, I will try to reserve full judgement until I have played the game for a short length of time. Removal of sliders and a restrictive tactical interface is going to take some getting used to though…
Assuming I do get used to it and start enjoying the game a bit more, what can you expect from FM Veteran this year?
Well hopefully more of the same for starters as, during my blogging hiatus, FM Veteran passed 200,000 views which is fantastic so I’ll try not to change what isn’t broken (take note, SI).
Also, there will be something new involving a regular guest blogger… for a few more details read on.
So as I said, I would expect more of the same. In case you’re new to FM Veteran, this means a combination of tactical articles, such as Analyzing Your Tactic and Spotting Problems, occasional non-tactical guides, such as my Tutoring Guide, and the most regular articles – diary pieces about my current saves, such as my epic Feralpi Salò save from last year.
I try to keep the diary blogs interesting, though, rather than just regurgitation of scores and scorers. I try to include details of my tactics, why I chose to sign certain players, highlight what’s going wrong as well as what’s working and try to give an idea of my general approach to squad building and how I play the game.
These game diaries are likely to revolve around two separate saves for the early part of FM14:
Many of you will know that I have a slightly bizarre obsession with Rapid and Austria – built up through an FM09 journeyman game where I landed in Vienna for a couple of seasons. After that, I enjoyed it so much I kept going back. When Lee Scott (of the outstanding FM Analysis blog) then introduced me to the concept of a ‘Club and Country’ game, Austria seemed a perfect fit. If you aren’t sure what a C&C game is then I’ve written a handy guide – here.
I’ve had various attempts at this save for the last 4 years but this year I’ll be returning to the format which I found most enjoyable and which ended up lasting from release day of FM11 until the day that FM12 came out. Therefore, I’ll be using the editor to create an Anschluß merger of Germany and Austria, placing Rapid in the second tier and taking it from there.
A guest blogger and a network game
The second game diary will introduce two new concepts to FM Veteran – a regular guest blogger and a network game.
A old school friend of mine recently discovered the blog despite my cunning pseudonym and expressed an interest in playing a network game… something which I was a little hesitant about at the start as my parents always told me that it’s impolite to humiliate people in public. However, against his better judgement, I have relented and shall be attempting to pass on the wisdom of my ways / have left myself terribly exposed to an incredibly public failure of epic proportions.
Jealous of my super-awesome pseudonym, he will also be writing under false pretences. Sadly, his pseudonym is really quite clever – trust an English graduate to come up with Petr Uchio (google it if you don’t get it). Anyway, ‘Petr’ will be providing regular contributions to the blog as we attempt to explore how a relative noob takes to FM14 and all the changes that have been implemented since he last played the game.
Actually, it’s probably better I let him introduce himself…
Thank you so much for that warm and slightly threatening introduction. As you’ll have gathered by now I’m (not really) Petr Uchio. It’s a real honour to be allowed to blog for you regularly and even more of one to be quite so publically humiliated by an old school friend.
I certainly have a chequered career when it comes to FM – I’ve hit a few heights in my time but have also plunged the depths, with my recent failure to survive six months in a job on the Beta version particularly unimpressive. Quite why I’ve decided to lube up and touch my toes for Shrew so publicly I’m not sure, but it promises to be a spectacular show over the next few months.
Obviously I don’t have the same level of tactical experience as Shrew, so to begin with there’ll be none of the “How to create the inverted three-quarter semi-complete regista” type of article from me. That’s not to say I don’t hope to get up to speed quickly but my initial articles will be more about understanding the game’s engine than exploiting it.
There’ll be a fair bit of story-telling too, as I attempt to articulate quite how awful my charges are, so I’ll be relying on your comments and feedback as I grapple with my own limitations. And of course, the better your help, the more likely I am to defeat this site’s famous host: I’m sure we would all like to see the Shrew tamed by a relative FM novice!
Hopefully the network game will be an entertaining twist to the usual game diaries on the blog and perhaps a less-experienced outlook on FM will be an interesting juxtaposition to my tired and weary ramblings. At the very least you’ll be able to laugh at one, if not both, of us being utterly humiliated…
So that’s it, just a short introduction to my plans for Football Manager 2014 and an even shorter introduction to Petr Uchio.
If you have any requests for articles that you would particularly like to see then let me know in the comments below. Thanks, as always, for reading and here’s hoping FM14 is as successful for FM Veteran as FM13 was!