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Darren – End of my FM 2012 story and the end of my stories altogether?

Hey guys, long time no speak! :) Most of you may remember my last post including a little announcement about my vacation from writing and playing FM, it was a much needed break to freshen my mind and sharpen my creativity which seems to have dulled down recently. Well, that was almost a month ago and we are now so, so close to the release of FM13 (BETA version.) So as you might expect I won’t be carrying on my Scarborough/Charlton story.

With FM13 just around the corner I have already started planning for the Scouting Network and making my preparations for the year ahead. This responsibility which includes a passion and obsession with making the site bigger and better every year has led to a difficult decision. As of FM13 I will no longer be writing my stories on FMS nor any other site (of course I wouldn’t write for another site, that would be like supporting Sunderland :))

I want to thank all of you for your incredible support, I don’t like thanking individuals as there are too many to thank I’d hate to leave anyone out, but seriously, thank you all so much. Its funny, while people say these stories help gamers develop their skills and gain more passion to start a new save, its actually you guys that have helped me. Without your continued interest in my stories I probably wouldn’t have taken Newcastle to financial greatness, Malaga to World domination, Scarborough to Champions League glory or even resurrected Charlton from their fall to the lower leagues. And without doing all that I wouldn’t know the game as well as I do now, so in a weird way its your support that has developed my gaming skills.

So, that is the bad news, but lets focus on a little bit of better news. Myself and Johnny have been discussing a few ideas and things to do for the new games release and to be honest this is one of the reasons I have decided to stop writing stories. I want more time to write tactics, tips and of course make the scouting network better. So I will still be here writing as always and with a little luck you should be getting more helpful posts come FM13.

OK so that is all the announcements and important news out of the way, now I want to share something a little more personal and ‘real life’ based. As many of you know I managed Scarborough in my last FM12 story, guiding them from 9 divisions below the top flight to continuous Champions League glory. And I’m sure you remember me saying how sad I was at not been able to watch my club (Scarborough Athletic) any more due to their new stadium location. Well, today Scarborough were playing away to Pickering Town FC (where I grew up as a kid.) And guess who traipsed down to see the match. :)

It was actually a really good turn out with an attendance of 648 people, most of which were Scarborough fans they made quite a bit of noise :) Scarborough took a two goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes from two very well worked goals…both of which I’d have been proud of. But then Pickering rallied and won the match 3-2, a real shock as no one expected my old hometown to get anything from this match. Below are a few images of the ground and then a video just to show how much racket the away fans made :) Sorry for the quality its from my iPhone.

Hope you enjoyed the noisy ‘Red Army’ lol :) Anyway, I had a great afternoon and despite losing really enjoyed the game. That game got me considering tactics, different systems and management styles etc, so I’m officially itching at the bit for FM13! So I’ll be back with a bang in two weeks time :) See you then guys and thanks for taking the time to read.

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Gaurav Chaddah
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Gaurav Chaddah

Gutted! Darren, I love reading your stories but if its best for you then that’s fine, but at least our tips and things will still be around which I love to read, who will you be playing with on the new game?

saltwater
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saltwater

Can’t believe this! Your stories were always so good, what a shame! But your tips and guides always helped and maybe you can try and concoct another super tactic like the Arsenal one with more crucial free time on you hands.
Still, big big blow to the stories section on FMS. So is Johnny and Bhargav the only writers on the main site at the moment? And is there any possibility you will return?

Johnny Karp
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There will be some big changes on the website mate, I’ll make an announcement pretty soon. The website will be a lot better from now on, that’s what I can tell you now :)

As for the stories section, we already have quite a few cracking stories on the forum, some of them even better than the stories we ever had on the main site. So there’s no blow at all in my view.

Nick
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Gutted about this, but your Arsenal tactic and the post for it was very good, so hoping for more of the same! As the tactician maybe you could do a fan feedback section where people request, say, a good 3-5-2 that incorporates a target man, or an out-and-out 4-3-3 like Johnny’s tactic. That would be ace, good luck for the future! And also, got Inverting the Pyramid for my birthday, it’s brilliant.

saltwater
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saltwater

I have always struggled to make a balanced 3 at the back tactic as one tweak could make it overly attacking or overly defensive. I would like to see this too!

Kevin
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Hi There Darren
Of course I can fully understand your decision not to write stories, I made the same one myself :) Having just come off a 50 hour work week plus 10 hours commuting, heck there’s no time for hardly anything let alone hobby writing.

Anyway, all your stories have been flipping brilliant (I had to say it) and when you came over to FMS it just elevated the site even more. I also think your articles have been superb and heck your Y2G system was the basis and inspiration of my own Moneyball system. I’m sure your future articles will no doubt help countless others in the future.

Oh your Scarborough Athletic adventure today, specifically those pictures brought back memories of Bath City, Trowbridge Town, Avon Bradford ( who?) and Westbury United.

Thanks for sharingthem and all the FM entertainment.

Cheers

Kevin

Tom Miller
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Real shame not being able to come home from college and read the amazing stories that you have written. Thanks for inspiring loads of people to have fun with football manager and I have enjoyed reading you stories for years :) Good luck with the scouting network and tips this year
Thanks :)

Tom

Bhargav
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Bhargav

Ah Darren, this is sad news :( I really learned a lot from you and had a great time reading your stories. But at least you will still be writing strategies. I will sorely miss your stories, though.

Lye
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I missed your stories mate as all have been entertaining and exciting but i know you will be here for better things to help the community in developing their game skills. So we will still see you around. Thanks for the wonderful stories and i am eager to see what you and Johnny have in your sleeves.

Niels Theis Bendtsen
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You said the same last year so I guess I wont to see it before I believe it.
But I can only say thank you for the inspiration and I hope to see more and better things on the site.

Joel
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Joel

What about the podcast will you still make that? (I hope you do)

Thales De Mattos Oliveira
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If it is for the good of the site, then we can live without your stories. Good luck!

vaibhavc
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vaibhavc

Its sad to see that you wont be writing stories anymore, but I will be looking forward to your tips and tactics. At least you will be on the main site, posting tactics and stuff.

Rod
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Rod

I didn’t comment a lot but i always read your stories, so this are bad news, but you have to do what you feel more rewarding, and i’m sure we will be very benefited with you focusing in tactics. Good luck mate.

Zuil
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Zuil

Hi Darren,
Im long time reader but first time commenter. Its a real shame that you will stop writing your stories as they have bought lots of us enjoyment for some time now.

And reading your stories and everybody else’s on this site it has inspired me to create myown blog, and I hope you and anybody else who reads this comment will visit my blog and vote on the team that I will manage on FM13.

myfootballmanagerjourney.wordpress.com

And once gain Darren thanks for all the enjoyment you have given me reading your stories and good luck for the future.

Ana Garcia
Member

Wow so that’s Kevin you and I that are not planning on writing new stories Johnny must think we hate him or something! :)

Joke of course we all love him! But I really enjoyed your stories so they will be missed but at least you can focus or a different aspect which will benefit alot more people in need and in trouble with this very frustrating game!

Glad you not going for good and I look forward to your tactical masterclass posts in the future. :)

TheZiggy
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Sad to see you stop writing stories, but given what you’re doing with the site, something has to give. Unfortunately writing the stories takes a lot of time, especially collecting all the necessary screenshots and other bits.

It’ll be interesting to see the posts on tactics and other tips that you come up. I’m sure we’ll all learn something. The last year has seen very few posts in that line, so it’ll be certainly add something.

silva
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silva

Sad to see you going hope you will come back to write, would we be allowed to download your save?

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