#FootballMogul2012: 1.2 – The Team

Welcome back to the blog, ladies and gentlemen. On Tuesday I shared the introduction to a game series I had discovered called “Football Mogul” where I took over as the general manager of the New England Patriots in their 2001 season.

We ran out of time before we could cover the roster and other team details, so this post will get into that in some more detail and show off the game interface before we get into the actual playing of games.

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#FM15: The Journey V: Untouchable!

It’s time for another update on my journey to rise from zero to hero in the brutal world of football management! Things are actually still going golden! It’s almost amazing how well things are going, if I’m being honest. Right now, we’re sitting in 3rd in the Isthmian First Division South table, which is a complete over-achievement, and we’ve still got 12 games to try to make our way into a top-two position and get promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division, which will put us one level below the National League. It almost makes me afraid of when we’ll fall from our lucky streak and lose that magic step, if that day comes.

Anyway, let’s get down to business with the update on what’s happened since the last time I did an update, shall we?

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#FM15: The Journey IV: Looking Up!

Welcome back to The Journey. I’ve had a good bit of play time going before Thanksgiving, so I decided to write up a new blog post before leaving for the family dinner that I can have scheduled to post today, since as I said, I’d be away and not online or gaming.

How are things looking since my sack from Barnstaple? Well, quite rosy, and it’s nice to say that. Barnstaple’s lack of funding and underperforming players were beyond stressful, but Faversham’s are actually reasonably decent, and I’ve been rocking a 3-4-3 tactic that I’m testing out, and things have been going splendid! In fact, we’re sitting in 4th place right now, which is a massive over-achievement for the team, not that I can claim all the credit. My predecessor Ray Turner did a decent job setting up this team before his puzzling desire to bail for relegation candidates Hythe. Let’s see how things are going!

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#FM15: The Journey II: Dropping Points

Today is September 20th. It’s my 22nd birthday, and what better way to celebrate than at the pub with Harry having a few pints following our 0-1 victory against Wells? It was a good match. Quite nerve-wracking, if I’m being completely honest. Our league performances have been less than stellar, and the FA Vase round saw us lose 3 players to injuries lasting at least 2-3 weeks or more, with the longest a fractured arm that our physio reckons will put “Kiz” Hamer out of the reckoning for at least 5-6 weeks. Considering he’s pushing for our starting striker and captain’s spot following weeks of poor performance, it’s certainly a loss. Our club doesn’t have the depth to deal with so many injuries at one go.

Training is going as well as it can be, considering we only have one day of general training each week. It makes it hard for the team to gel and get used to our tactical arrangements with a competency that will push us to the next level. It’s lead to more than a few losses in situations where we should have won. Our team is more than capable of getting it to the goal, but they are having trouble actually finishing, and it’s more than frustrating when it’s coupled with the defense’s penchant for giving away fouls in the penalty box.

Despite our expectations of first, we wrap up the day of my birth in 9th in the league with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses with many instances of points dropped.

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#FM15: The Journey I – Find me someone… Anyone!

My first time out on the training ground as a head coach. I’m not quite sure what to think of it. It’s certainly more than a little intimidating to me, being an American fan of the sport and only 21 years old. What the hell do I know about being a coach, aside from what I think I know? And, besides that, I’m 11 years junior to Harry York, the man I’ll be working with. A Londoner, just as uncomfortable in this small town as I am. At least he’s as unqualified as I am, though I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing that the two random dudes who walked in asking for the openings got it. He seems a good man, though, quite likeable, the Londoner, and he’s got some ideas kicking around in his head already, so I’m sure we can get a working relationship going.”

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#FM15 – McKnight Named to USA National Team for Olympic Games

United States-born Damon McKnight has just been appointed as manager of the USA U23 Squad. McKnight (27) was introduced to fans and media earlier today in a press conference held in the Allianz Stadium press room in Sydney, Australia and live-streamed on the USMNT Facebook page before a match against A-League opponents Wellington Phoenix.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn – Homecoming?

Hey, blog reader, it’s Damon once again, with a new update on my adventures in Skyrim and the expansions that I am blindly playing. I’ll admit that I didn’t expect to be writing up a blog post about my Dragonborn experiences so soon after the Dawnguard one, but here it is.
It took me so long to play Dragonborn because my first Elder Scrolls game was Morrowind, and I have really fond memories of my times on Vvardenfell and in Mournhold and Solstheim. It’s really hard to not try to compare the same locations when they are in different games, and I didn’t want to know what Dragonborn’s version of Solstheim was and end up completely disappointed with what I saw. There are things I like, there are things I dislike, and we’ll get to those here in just a moment.

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