10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Du Malone writes: Since autumn 2019 I've been following a Black Sea strategy on FM. My manager, Grigor Pasha, has worked clockwise around the coast, managing teams in Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine, before skipping on to Pazarspor in Turkey. To date, he's been in post for 2779 days and we've both been enjoying the experience … Continue reading 10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Learning from FM blogs: custom views

Du Malone writes: In recent weeks I've been reviewing my collation of FM content, asking myself which pieces have had the greatest effect on the way that I play. Here I focus on a pair of posts by FMStag on Dictate the Game, in which he shows how to make playing FM less arduous by … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: custom views

While we wait for FM21: a constructive approach

Du Malone writes: Now that the publication date for FM21 has been announced, I looked back to see how I was writing at a similar stage last year. Below is the text of a blog post from that time. I find that my thinking hasn't changed: I believe now, as then, that this time of … Continue reading While we wait for FM21: a constructive approach

Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Du Malone writes: My experience of video games is very narrow. I've played a few in-game seasons of Cricket Captain and a few hours of a shipping game called TransOcean. That's all -- except for Football Manager (FM), which is a different story. What my experience lacks in terms of breadth, FM makes up for … Continue reading Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Music and FM: my failure in Ukraine

Du Malone writes: In Music for #FM20 I sought to identify suitable music for listening whilst playing my Black Sea saves. The selections worked for me -- but that was months ago and it's time to refresh. Since I am now beginning an MFC Mykolaiv save, I decided to take the opportunity to search for … Continue reading Music and FM: my failure in Ukraine

It’s not all down to you: managerial reaction to performance on #FM20 and ITRW

Du Malone writes: In a previous post ('Your performance on #FM20 isn't all down to you: irrational bias on Football Manager') I argued that there are stochastic factors built into match performance. If, for example, you play a match, then exit without saving, and the load up again and replay it, you're likely to find … Continue reading It’s not all down to you: managerial reaction to performance on #FM20 and ITRW

Introductory guidance on blogging

Du Malone writes: On the page about guest posts I mentioned that we're open to suggestions for guest posts from people who are considering blogging about FM but who have yet to start. Here, for anyone who's new to blogging, I thought I'd set out some introductory advice. Protocol Here are my recommendations: Decide on … Continue reading Introductory guidance on blogging

Your performance on #FM20 isn’t all down to you: irrational bias on Football Manager

Du Malone writes: In my early days on Football Manager, I was manged Stoke. The third season proved unexpectedly tough. By the end of the season, we were staring relegation in the face. In the closing minutes of the final fixture -- I think it might have been in stoppage time -- we needed to … Continue reading Your performance on #FM20 isn’t all down to you: irrational bias on Football Manager

While we wait for FM20: a constructive approach

Du Malone writes: So FM20 won't be published until 19 November and even the beta version won't be out until a couple of weeks before that. It's disappointing, since the experience of previous years had led us to expect an earlier date -- though to my knowledge the producers never made any promises about that. … Continue reading While we wait for FM20: a constructive approach