Hello again, everyone.
In the last post of my St. Andrews FC story, I described a "problem" I encountered that made my game experience less enjoyable. I apparently had a bad balance in my game world that kept lower-level teams, like the ones in St. Andrews' league, from actively signing enough players to fill out their squads. As a result, I was playing against teams full of "grey guys."
At the same time, AI teams weren't seeming to find my players, either. Honestly, it made the game seem a bit too easy, because I could send a full squad up against teams that didn't have more than three or four full-fledged footballers.
I spent some time trying to create a more enjoyable setup, and I think I managed to come up with something.
I'll be returning to the lower leagues of England again, but this time I'll be playing Football Manager 16
. There's an outstanding edited database available for that edition called England, Enhanced, Expanded
. It allows me to manage a team all the way down to Step 5 of the National League System, which is the ninth level in the English football pyramid. That's where I decided I wanted to start.
I decided to try my luck with Loughborough University FC
Loughborough is located in Leicestershire. The Scholars play at Holywell Park
, on the university campus; the training facilities are Impressive, which was one thing that drew me to the club.
Because we're a university side, we are all amateur, and I'm limited to signing players who are age 21 or younger. I think that will provide me with a fun challenge. I don't know if I can keep them in the team once they're past their early twenties.
I still need to fill a few spots in my squad, so I'll be back after I've completed my preseason. Hopefully I'll be able to enjoy this ride for a while.