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Apr 30

Fundamental Truths of Football Manager Live

 

This piece was originally posted almost two years ago on the FM-Britain forums. Sports Interactive has provided football enthusiasts with a quality simulation game for over fifteen years allowing those to experience the dream of managing their favorite club. Whether it be a top-flight side challenging for European glory or a lower division team struggling to keep competitive, the primary opponent has been the computer itself. FMLive turns this long standing convention on its head by eliminating virtually all semblance of AI-driven actions – almost every variable in your experience comes from a conscious human mind. Transfer interactions, contract negotiations, match…

Apr 27

Episode 41: Strategic Approaches in the New Era of FMLive

 

One month past the re-launch, we discuss strategic differences between the game play of FMLive past versus update 1.5 onwards. The new framework of player wage demands, club reputation & skill specialization – what does progression look like now in Football Manager Live? How hard will it be to reach & stay at the top of your game world? Does anyone really have a clue what the FML economy will look like down the road? Joining me on this episode is a well-known member in the FML community: Jak Swan – beta tester & writer of one of the top FMLive blogs on the web. A run down on the topics & issues we cover on the show: Game world progression – is FMLive a…

Apr 23

Introduction To Football Manager Live: Webinar Wrapup

 

In conjunction with FM-Britain, this past Wednesday we held a live two-hour webinar as an introductory guide to Football Manager Live. Although many of our current readers & podcast listeners here are quite versed in the game, this webcast allowed us to expand to a fresh audience who may have just heard about Football Manager Live, but have never actually experienced the brilliance of the game’s core concepts. This presentation and live Q&A session allowed the present FMLive community to bridge this gap – hopefully, enticing others to give the game a shot for a month! A huge thanks to everyone who came out for it and supported us – from the experienced…

Apr 16

Football Manager Live Interactive Web Broadcast

 

On the heels of last month’s highly successful release of their latest Football Manager eBook – FM-Britain (in conjunction with Game World One) proudly present our first live webinar broadcast. Many of you might have attended the first two live webcasts over on FM-Britain’s UStream channel in February/March. Everyone who joined in had a blast – and I did as well! Now then, you know the technical capabilities and features on a free broadcast service are somewhat limited, which greatly hampered many of the cool, interactive elements we wanted to include in our webcasts. You also know we were heavily hyping our intention of upgrading our platform to an enterprise…

Apr 14

Evaluating Long-Term Strategies For Success

 

One of the things I’m most excited about with the re-launch of Football Manager Live is that it appears as though the game is being structured people building up to long term success. This has always been my preferred method and having been in Fowler since the launch originally back in 2008, I was confident I knew how I was going to play the game after re-launch, now I’m not so sure. Let me explain, but first a bit of background. The Path to Enlightenment When Fowler launched, it was the first time I’d played Football Manager Live. Unlike some of the guys who’d been in beta, I was a total newbie. Thankfully, I’d read an awful lot about the game mechanics…

Apr 12

Episode 40: The Re-Launch Roundtable

 

The Get Sacked! Football Manager Live podcast is back! After the hiatus waiting for FMLive to come out of virtual ‘purgatory’, we return to look at the recently re-launched game worlds. What a difference four months makes! Between the 1.4, 1.5 updates and the brand new game world structures, Football Manager Live definitely has some teeth in it once again. What has changed for the better? Lots. It’s all looks quite impressive. Will this rejuvenate the previously struggling MMO game to achieve the glory it rightly deserves – or is the future still really up in the air? Joining me on this episode are three long-standing members of the FML community: Mark Burton -…

Apr 09

Applying Scarcity To Skill Specialization

 

This piece was originally posted almost two years ago on the FM-Britain forums. I believe it still applies today in Football Manager Live and explains a very fundamental point with any zero-sum game. I believe the skills have direct game theory implications. Although I don’t consider myself an expert on the exact nuances of this higher math, my poker-playing experience with game theory concepts I think relate to this discussion. In a situation where the same decision by any participant results in anything but the same outcome, an advantage is seen. In poker this is typically called “getting the best of it” where both the wagers of you & you opponent match,…

Apr 07

Gaming Communities in The New Age of Social Media and Democratization of Search

 

Recently, I was speaking to Caleyjag, the founder of one of the top Football Manager fan sites on the web and also, quite likely one of the most innovative members of the FM community for many years. On FMFanboys, he made a statement that: “the community just isn’t needed as much as it once was.” All respect in the world to him, but I think he couldn’t be more wrong. The community is even more important now than ever before with the immense power that independently operated fan sites have in this new digital age. Type in “Football Manager 2010″ into Google and see what comes up. Realize this phrase is estimated at 1.2 million individual searches a month. Add…