Is FM progressive?

Du Malone writes: So far as I can see, the FM community takes a generally Whiggish view of history. By that I mean, principally, that the development of the game through successive editions is seen usually in terms of progress: recent editions are perceived as better than previous ones. This view is often accompanied by … Continue reading Is FM progressive?

How not to become Goliath: playing against lowly teams

Du Malone writes: Thinks are going well. You're riding high, stringing results together. Your next match is at home, against a team at the wrong end of the league. Anybody with much experience of FM knows what is likely to happen next. In fact, sometimes it feels as though there is nothing you can do … Continue reading How not to become Goliath: playing against lowly teams

Attributes and scouts: a note

Du Malone writes: Gaffer Graemo has announced an upcoming episode of his FM podcast, 'The Technical Area', devoted to the question, 'Attribute masking -- yes or no?' I won't contribute to that debate here. For one thing, I suspect it comes down to personal preference (mine is 'No'); for another, I'd like to hear what … Continue reading Attributes and scouts: a note

FM21 Touch | The Sidekick

Du Malone writes: On his Technical area podcast Gaffer Graemo has already provided a discussion of FM21 on Touch, Xbox, and mobile. Here I reblog a post from his blog in which he focuses in detail on his engagement with the Touch version.

This was just meant to be a podcast, but as I started writing the script, I felt that a blog post was needed to share what I wanted to write about. I feel that FM21 Touch has a lot going for it this year, deserving some sort of review here, allowing me to share with the community an insight into the game and also offering me an opportunity to create a story, just like I do with the full fat version of the game


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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

Now that we have club visions, why not save visions?

Du Malone writes: FM20 has introduced the notion of a club vision, in which the board sets out its expectations for the next few years. The vision isn't set in stone: it is liable to change and, in my experience at least, in fact tends to change a good deal. So far as I can … Continue reading Now that we have club visions, why not save visions?

Enganches, FM21, creative writing, and whisky: the FM Stag interview

Du Malone writes: I much enjoy reading FM Stag's online content, not least because of the sheer quality of his writing, so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to interview him for site. Before we focus on FM, I’d be interested to hear about your involvement, in whatever role, with non-virtual football… Outside … Continue reading Enganches, FM21, creative writing, and whisky: the FM Stag interview