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    Rob reacted to Woody in English football   
    @Rob best of luck mate. May the best team win!
  2. Happy
    Rob reacted to Foxy in English football   
    He would have been sacked last season if he wasn’t a club legend as a player.
  3. Favourite
    Rob got a reaction from Woody in Football Manager Mobile 2021 - Coming Soon   
    This.
  4. Favourite
    Rob got a reaction from Woody in Football Manager Mobile 2021 - Coming Soon   
    100% agree with this. I want Press Conferencss too.
    Oh wait, no I don’t.
  5. Favourite
    Rob got a reaction from gunnersaur in Community Tactic( Get Involved)   
    Genuinely made me LOL that.
  6. Favourite
    Rob got a reaction from gunnersaur in Community Tactic( Get Involved)   
    Can’t believe 9 at the back wasn’t an option. Fuming.
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    Rob reacted to Foxy in Community Tactic( Get Involved)   
    Can tell you support a team managed by Jose.
  8. Funny
    Rob reacted to Ashez in European Football   
    Pfft surely you've a kid you could give a shot to? 🎣🎣🎣
  9. Favourite
    Rob reacted to RichDave32 in Dave’s Seeing Double (Season 6)   
    Already moved on from the last challenge, decided it would be the double trouble and then the 1k. I want the triple crown 😁
    Team

    So I’ve managed A LOT of teams this year through lockdown. I haven’t been Juve or Zebre so I thought I would give them a go, I also decided I wouldn’t be doing internationals again as I don’t enjoy them.
    Dave’s Lads
    Sebastiano Esposito 


    Erling Haaland


    So this pick this time around was an easy one to be honest, I wanted Esposito instead of Pellegri in my triple threat career, but they wouldn’t sell, but this one I was able to get him. Haaland I forgot about last time somehow and he’s just great already on the game, so was hoping he could get good numbers early doors.
    There will be an update of how the first season goes tomorrow as I’ve already played it 😂
     
  10. Favourite
    Rob reacted to Dandypass in The  Fabled Number 10 Juventus Shirt - Season 2 & 3 Updated   
    Update Season 1 
    The player
    For the first season, Jeff, with the number 10 on his back, scored 33 and assisted 29 in 56 matches he played. Since his stamina point is not too strong (at 14), I used him 65-70 minutes every match and subbed him after he completed his task of scoring or assisting. That’s probably why he didn’t get any hat-trick for the whole season but he did stay injury free.

     
    Jeff did manage to win some awards and become Serie A top score with 25 goals

     
    And he is Serie A MVP

     
    The team
    Zebre (Juventus) won the Serie A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and reached the semi-final of the Champions Cup
    For the league, we reached 105 points, conceding 32 

     

     
    The Manager

     
    Rooms for improvement
    1. I let Jeff take all the penalties and it resulted in 4 or 5 more goals added to his name. Yet, he also missed 3-4 important penalties with the most important one in an away match with Man City which saw us out of the European Competition

     
    2. Jeff ranked first in the numbers of scoring and assisting but my two strikers (with roles set as DLF) didn’t score a lot with Dybala ranked second with only around 20 goals, Ronaldo with 15. It makes me wonder if I should switch the strikers' roles to poachers or targetman to let the them score more.  But will it take away the goals from the trequartista is a big question

     
     
    And so the first season comes to an end.  With Jeff scored 33 and assisted 29, we have 62 point. 
    Career Recap Season Player Score Assist Match  Point 1 Jeff Hendrick 33 29 56 62 See you again in the season 2
    Thank you 
     
     
     
  11. Favourite
    Rob reacted to Aaron Thornton in Aaron attempts The Liverpool Front Three Challenge.   
    This challenge is very popular so I thought why not give it a go, it's only one season long and it was very enjoyable to do, I just went head on into it without testing as I just needed something to sink my teeth into for a few hours, here's how I got on:
    Competitions:

    We win the League unbeaten with 106 points and a GD of 95 Lost 1-0 to Man City in the Community Shield, wiping out a potential clean sweep on day one 😠 Comfortably won the CWC as to be expected, we won 8-0 in the SF and 4-0 in the final Beat Man City this time 2-0 in the EFL Cup Beat Chelsea 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup Beat Atleti 1-0 AET in the CL, we couldn't take our chances, luckily a goal from Firmino was enough Beat Man City 1-0 in the FA Cup, wrapping up the treble  
    Transfers:
    In:
    Out:
    Liverpool start off with four right footed CB's, this didn't sit right with me, so the inferior 2 of 4 (Matip and Lovren) were offloaded for 2 left footed CB's in Ake and Romagnoli, Zielinski came in to add more quality to the midfield, (tried to sign Brozovic first, but Spurs beat me to him) Schulz and Castagne come in as backup to Robertson and TAA and last but not least I brought Super Mario back to Anfield, Brewster just wasn't gonna cut it as backup to Firmino in the short space of time I had. 
     
    The Shape:

    Fairly standard setup, nothing too crazy, 2 CD's, 2 Wingbacks that provided the width, 2 CM's either side of a DLP, the front three Salah cuts in from the right, Mane cuts in from the left and Firmino playing as an AF (I did try Firmino as a DLF at first, but I quickly changed it, cause there was nobody stretching the defence and sniffing around the box for opportunities. 
     

    A very strong defence this year, I played Attacking throughout the whole season and never changed it even in the middle of a match, so I find it quite interesting that our defence was so strong
     
    The Front Three:
    Mane: 28 goals, 28 assists= 56
    Firmino: 39 goals, 12 assists= 51
    Salah: 28 goals, 18 assists= 46
     
    League Points: 106
    League Goal Difference: 95
     
    106+95+56+51+46=354
     
    Final Score: 354
     
    A trophy-ladened season with the main three contributing to a large percentage of the goals, very happy with how they performed and Ive found a tactic by accident that I really like, I've always liked the ones that have water tight defences while letting the attack do their thing. Super Mario Balotelli was stellar too as backup to Firmino. 
     
    Really enjoyed this challenge, thank you @Rob, could you please add me to the leaderboard. 
     
    P. S: I must have a left footed CB at left CB and a right footed CB at right CB, I don't know why I do it, it's sort of an OCD thing I have with this game🤷‍♂️

  12. Funny
    Rob got a reaction from Aaron Thornton in European Football   
    It wasn’t to do with him being rubbish; he just had to get back home for homework and then bed.
  13. Favourite
    Rob reacted to RichDave32 in Dave’s Triple Threat Delight (Complete)   
    Season 17
    Transfers
    Results

     
    We won everything this year, adapted the tactic again to try and get the best out of them which means less goals, we shall find out how they did.
    Manager Profile
    Dave’s Lads
    Greenwood

    Pellegri

    Silva

    So as you can see numbers are falling now, Greenwood still getting a decent amount, I have decided this would be my last season. I am really struggling playing this now, trying to get through it as quick as I could. And I don’t think I would add much numbers in this going forward, I really want to try other challenges now.
    Season Total Goals - 93
    Greenwood Total Goals - 720
    Pellegri Total Goals - 571
    Silva Total Goals - 838
    Career Total Goals - 2,130
    So I really enjoyed my first big challenge here on Vibe, was a good score as well which makes things better, was nice that nearly all three players were involved in a 1,000 goals each with assists. Which is great, I could have carried on for another season or so, but I don’t think I would have added much to the score. Quite pleased to get this score as I didn’t have national team to help me along.
    Thank you for those who have commented and read this thread, enjoyed writing it up. Again for the last time, comments are more than welcome 😁
    I want the triple crown now!
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    Rob got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog and The Messi/Ronaldo One Last Dance Challenge COMPLETE   
    Brilliant score
  15. Favourite
    Rob got a reaction from RichDave32 in English football   
    Barcodes back to moaning then 😘
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    Rob reacted to Ian in Ian’s Inside Forward’s Trouble Doubles (Season 15)   
    Tactic
    This is the tactic I’m currently going with and have been since the midway point of season nine. The only changes from what I posted a few seasons back is the position of box to box midfielder and central midfielder have been swapped around and the attacking midfielder has been moved from the centre to off left centre position. The instructions and everything else remain the same and you can see that apart from the goalie, they are all real life players which is why I felt that this was the best time for this post.




     
    Players
    Here are the players and you can see that although a few of them are getting on a bit, they’re still quality.
     
    Idea
    The idea of the tactic was to get the ball to the two inside forwards very quickly so they can get their shots off. I didn’t want us to dilly dally about with the ball in the final third because I felt that that would increase the shots from the deeper players. I went for through balls in the final third in a bid to utilise the boys pace and movement and it seems to work okay the most part. You see a lot of goals whereby a central midfielder will pick up the ball in the final third, play a through ball between the centre backs and one of the inside forwards will make a run from the side of the box to around the penalty area and score. With Mane and Salah in testing, nearly every goal seemed to be scored like that. I have noticed that this method isn’t as affective against teams that play three at the back which makes sense as the central defender in the three is just in the perfect position to intercept the through ball. I’d actually say, the tactic in general for the inside forwards anyway, is nowhere near as good against teams playing three at the back and I think that that’s partly the reason we’ve found international fairly easy as I’ve noticed most of the teams we face in this area of the world play a flat 4-4-2 which this system seems to work incredibly well against. You could switch things up and perhaps lose the through ball against the three at the back teams but I’ve never bothered on this save and another thing I’ve thought about is to maybe try early crosses to again try and utilise their pace and movement by getting it in there early before the defence is set. I did try it in some of my test saves and it didn’t really make any difference with the players I’d used so I’ve just left it off here but if these two had had great aerial, I’d almost certainly have given it a try.
     
    Changes
    The reason the changes came about was that I felt like the inside forward on the same side to the box to box midfielder was scoring the most goals, it wasn’t easy to work out in truth as I often rotated them from side to side but I did feel that that was the case. I thought it was probably due to the inside forward on that side getting more support which funnily enough was the opposite of what I thought would happen as I’d expected the box to box guy to get in the way and maybe hinder him but shows what I know. I’d tried the double box to box midfielders thing earlier and didn’t like it because it seemed to increase all of the shots from the other midfielders and I’d also tried double central midfielders which made everything too limp. I was happy with the central midfielder and box to box midfielder in there with the advanced playmaker but just wanted to get more support to the inside forward on the central midfielders side. I suddenly thought that if I moved the attacking midfielder slightly to the left, he’d maybe offer that support without it hindering the team and I think it works although it is difficult to work out as the two are now right in their peak years so could be very overpowered.
     
    Anyway, that’s the tactic and I’m not going to go into any more detail as I’ll be on all night. I mentioned the thing about what I think the attacking midfielder needs to help this work in the comments further up and there are a few other things but ultimately it’s mainly just pure quality that is needed as you can see from the players used. I can’t see many wanting to use this system anyway so this is almost intended as a reference for myself.
     
    Thank you for reading and I’ll be back with the season 11 update tomorrow.
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    Rob reacted to Woody in Ian’s Inside Forward’s Trouble Doubles (Season 15)   
    Another great season my friend and you are soo close now and will probably be done in 2 seasons(i guess).
    It does seem that the crazy tactics are back this year. I've struggled with the "normal" looking ones but there is something quite perfect by a strange one! 🤣
    Well done mate. 👍
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    Rob got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog and The Messi/Ronaldo One Last Dance Challenge COMPLETE   
    Well done so far! 
  19. Funny
    Rob got a reaction from FMFanatic20 in What's the best tactic?   
    But DUDE where are my ready made tactics?
  20. Favourite
    Rob reacted to RichDave32 in Dave’s Triple Threat Delight (Complete)   
    Thank you @Ian for your comment😁
    Season 10
    Well after smashing through previous years I took longer this time as I’ve been busier, work eh 👊🏻
     
    Transfers
    So as you can see a bit of business done, a lot of pending things which I end up cancelling when it comes to it the next season 🙈
    Results

     
    Funny really I felt like this was one of our worst seasons whilst playing but obviously things went quite well, don’t know why it felt like that. Lots of goals again but not as much as previously.
    Fixtures
     
    Manager profile 
    Only this year I’ve actually looked at the amount of trophies we’ve racked up, great amount. Getting closer to that 4.00 gpg.
    Dave’s Lads
    Greenwood

    Pellegri

    Silva

    So not sure what happened this year for Silva, nothing changed With the tactic or anything, but still got 51, but I’m use to at least 60 now! Pellegri has his best season though!
    Season total - 135
    Greenwood Total Goals - 427
    Pellegri Total Goals - 335
    Silva Total Goals - 508
    Career Total Goals - 1270
    So nice amount done as the boys hit there prime, hoping Silva wises up next season 👊🏻
     
    Thanks for reading, comments welcome and appreciated 😁

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    Rob reacted to Aaron Thornton in Aaron attempts the Messi and Ronaldo Challenge.   
    Thanks @Woody
    Year 2 of 2:
    With Season 1 seeing a lot of goals scored, we needed to find a way to shift more of them to M&R. Here's how we got on. 
     
    Competitions:

    We win the league again (14 less points and 15 less goals scored We won the Copa Del Rey, beating Alaves 5-2 We won the Supercopa, beating Real Sociedad 5-3 We dominated the CWC final couldnt convert the chances we created, eventually winning on penalties Lastly a very entertaining CL final, played in the cold conditions of Russia, we swept aside Shalke, 8-3 A clean sweep this season was nice to see, I tampered with the tactics a lot trying to find the best formula for M&R. 
     
    Transfers:
    In:

    Out:
    A change of system early in the season, required centre midfield reinforcements, Guilavogui and Coquelin were brought in as backup, they didn't expect much game time, so they didn't moan. Rabiot on the other hand was signed as a starter. Douglas Costa and Gelston Martins come in for more competition on the wings and Trincao, I didn't have a choice on this signing, but he played a handful of games when required. 
    With Todibo and Wague returning from loan spells, Bicakcic and Capa were now surplus to requirements, Ousmane Dembele, I wanted to keep but he didn't share that idea, so he jetted off to London, Coutinho I also wanted to keep around but he had other ideas also, so he returned to where he was once loved, Anfield. The rest were players we couldn't shift in Season 1. 
     
    Managers Peformance:

    This season kept up the trend of scoring plenty and conceding too much for my liking, we scored 219 goals this year (38 more than last year) and conceded 78 (10 more than last season) 
     
    Injuries:
    Again just one injury this season, Messi missing for ten days (Ronaldo must be made of Titanium)

     
    Fixtures:
     
    Players Performance:
    Messi:
    Ronaldo:
    They're physical attributes are taking a beating at this point. 
    Totals:
    48 goals and 7 assists for Ronaldo=55.  37 goals and 31 assists for Messi=68.  Of the 219 goals scored this season, M&R contributed to 123 of them, (85 goals and 38 assists) a nice total but I can't help but think it could've been a lot better. I tampered a lot this season to only end up going back to the original tactic I started with. Regardless I had a lot of fun with this and maybe in the future I'll retry this challenge with a bit more success. 
     
    219+55+68-78=264
    Season 1=214
    Season 2=264
    S1+S2=478
     
    It was great fun attempting this, thank you @Rob could you put me at 3rd of 3 please 😂😔
     
     
  22. Happy
    Rob got a reaction from Ashez in Nintendo   
    Just watched a few All-Stars reviews. Feeling stupid emotional about the game now. Wtf is wrong with me?
  23. Favourite
    Rob reacted to Scratch in Discussion: Is FMM too easy?   
    I agree completely with @Woody  😄
    Actually I agree with most of what's been said. It's not 'easy' for people new to the game, but once you've been playing for a few years you're probably gonna think it's very easy.
    I don't think SIGames can make it 'harder' in general, because as people above have said, that would alienate their main customer base. That said, I would like them to make it a little more difficult for people who know the game inside out, by closing some of those holes you can exploit. 
    I'm talking about making regens truly impossible to recognise, killing the "move transfer budget to wages before End Season" thing, etc. Yes, you don't have to use those things, but once you know they are there it's hard to ignore them. Just take them out!
    It should also be much harder to sign players. They do have the system in place where you can sign almost anyone at Barca, a lot fewer at Celtic, and not many at Partick Thistle for eg, but it could be a lot more solid than it is now. And really, if you sign 20 players in the off season (✋ guilty!), there should be some sort of penalty to team harmony - it doesn't have to be a complicated system, but there should be something to keep things realistic. Even if it was just the board stepping in and telling you that you can sign a max of X players per window.
    We'll still try to find ways to score insane amounts of goals, but I think the game would be better if they changed some of those things and it shouldn't make it any harder for the average user.
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    Rob got a reaction from Woody in Discussion: Is FMM too easy?   
    This is the second of my Vibe discussion pieces. The first can be found here:
    One of the comments I often see on the forum is ‘the game is too easy.’ It’s not one I necessarily agree with as it’s a very subjective comment as it very much relies on how you load-up your save, the constraints you add within your career, and the challenge, if there is one, that you choose to face. 
    The best scenario as an example of this is the classic 1,000 goal challenge (known as a 1kc). I utterly love seeing people smash their first 1kc. Whilst some observers have, in my opinion, obnoxious and unnecessary snobbery regarding clubs and players challengers use, I genuinely think any first-time 1kc is brilliant. However, once you’ve done a few 1kcs you end up finding them easy as you know what to do; you have a well-developed and balanced go-to tactic. At the end of this scenario you think ‘this game is too easy’, yet the original incarnation of yourself found getting your first 1kc hard and was extremely happy you achieved it. So what was it: easy or hard?
    In addition, the PC version of Football Manager is notoriously detailed and requires a lot less ‘plug and play’ than FMM. People therefore see FMM, which is essentially Coke Lite to the PC version’s Full Fat Coke, as a simplified and easier game. But are they muddling the word ‘easier’ with the words ‘less detailed’?
    I’ve asked three very respected Vibers for their opinion: Foxy, Ian, and Woody. So without further or do, here they are:
    @Foxy:
    ‘I think once you have played the game for a significant amount of time, so in my case 20+ years including Champ Man and the PC version of FM before moving over to FMM, you learn how the game works and how to consistently win but that doesn’t make the game easy. Take a look at this years or any years forum on Vibe and the top read threads will be tactics. This year the top 5 most read threads are all tactic posts and then if you add the pinned threads in as well the Tactics Index is the most read thread this year with over 300k views.
    The only reason for this can be that not everyone who buys the game finds it too easy and that many are looking for some help with tactics. The game is easy if you always pick the big teams but then as many of us do we find other ways to enjoy the game with challenges but there is many people don’t play that way and don’t necessarily find the game simple. The one area the game needs to improve over just making the game more difficult artificially is the AI managers as if they weren’t quite so dopey in squad building and buying/selling players the game would be tougher.’
    @Woody:
    ‘I agree completely Foxy.’
    @Ian:
    ‘It’s a difficult question to answer as I think you could say that the game is both too easy and too hard if that makes sense. Pick a top team and the game seems a little too easy but pick a poor team and for me the game could easily be considered slightly too hard or harder than it should be compared to how things are when managing one of the bigger teams anyway.
    Most features on the game seem to have to be added in a one size fits all way to make the game small enough to be playable on most mobile devices which must make things tricky to get everything right. Take the conditioning fiasco from last year where the developers finally admitted they’d made a mistake with the update but some actually thought it was ok. Of course, when managing a top team with really fit players across the board it was perhaps and I say perhaps playable but managing at a lower level was anything but as I proved when I did a little test at Blyth. I only got about five or six games in, could then hardly field a team and it became clear that it was unplayable. It’s almost like you really needed a different system for different levels of the game but as I said earlier, it doesn’t seem possible. Same with budgets, where it seems to be a basic one way system and the developers have said previously that the only way they could get the game to reflect the spending power of certain clubs like PSG without messing up the whole system was to just add the sugar daddy feature to them at all times. 
    The a.i. is very poor when it comes to squad building and it seems to have always been that way so doesn’t seem like it’s an easy fix. The thing is, I’ve actually found that this year once you get about 7-10 years into a save, there just doesn’t seem to be the quality of peak aged players available. It may have been similar in previous years but it does seem worse this year and it’s very frustrating in truth. I could be cynical and say that I think the developers have done this deliberately to try and make the game harder and it has in some ways but only in a frustrating way which is the only way I honestly think they can make the game any harder.

    So, basically I think the game is easy in some ways and hard in others and can’t see a way where it can be any different without a major overhaul of the game.’
    @Woody: ‘I agree completely Ian.’
    So there’s our views. What are yours? All comments welcome.
  25. Favourite
    Rob got a reaction from Woody in Discussion: Is FMM too easy?   
    This is the second of my Vibe discussion pieces. The first can be found here:
    One of the comments I often see on the forum is ‘the game is too easy.’ It’s not one I necessarily agree with as it’s a very subjective comment as it very much relies on how you load-up your save, the constraints you add within your career, and the challenge, if there is one, that you choose to face. 
    The best scenario as an example of this is the classic 1,000 goal challenge (known as a 1kc). I utterly love seeing people smash their first 1kc. Whilst some observers have, in my opinion, obnoxious and unnecessary snobbery regarding clubs and players challengers use, I genuinely think any first-time 1kc is brilliant. However, once you’ve done a few 1kcs you end up finding them easy as you know what to do; you have a well-developed and balanced go-to tactic. At the end of this scenario you think ‘this game is too easy’, yet the original incarnation of yourself found getting your first 1kc hard and was extremely happy you achieved it. So what was it: easy or hard?
    In addition, the PC version of Football Manager is notoriously detailed and requires a lot less ‘plug and play’ than FMM. People therefore see FMM, which is essentially Coke Lite to the PC version’s Full Fat Coke, as a simplified and easier game. But are they muddling the word ‘easier’ with the words ‘less detailed’?
    I’ve asked three very respected Vibers for their opinion: Foxy, Ian, and Woody. So without further or do, here they are:
    @Foxy:
    ‘I think once you have played the game for a significant amount of time, so in my case 20+ years including Champ Man and the PC version of FM before moving over to FMM, you learn how the game works and how to consistently win but that doesn’t make the game easy. Take a look at this years or any years forum on Vibe and the top read threads will be tactics. This year the top 5 most read threads are all tactic posts and then if you add the pinned threads in as well the Tactics Index is the most read thread this year with over 300k views.
    The only reason for this can be that not everyone who buys the game finds it too easy and that many are looking for some help with tactics. The game is easy if you always pick the big teams but then as many of us do we find other ways to enjoy the game with challenges but there is many people don’t play that way and don’t necessarily find the game simple. The one area the game needs to improve over just making the game more difficult artificially is the AI managers as if they weren’t quite so dopey in squad building and buying/selling players the game would be tougher.’
    @Woody:
    ‘I agree completely Foxy.’
    @Ian:
    ‘It’s a difficult question to answer as I think you could say that the game is both too easy and too hard if that makes sense. Pick a top team and the game seems a little too easy but pick a poor team and for me the game could easily be considered slightly too hard or harder than it should be compared to how things are when managing one of the bigger teams anyway.
    Most features on the game seem to have to be added in a one size fits all way to make the game small enough to be playable on most mobile devices which must make things tricky to get everything right. Take the conditioning fiasco from last year where the developers finally admitted they’d made a mistake with the update but some actually thought it was ok. Of course, when managing a top team with really fit players across the board it was perhaps and I say perhaps playable but managing at a lower level was anything but as I proved when I did a little test at Blyth. I only got about five or six games in, could then hardly field a team and it became clear that it was unplayable. It’s almost like you really needed a different system for different levels of the game but as I said earlier, it doesn’t seem possible. Same with budgets, where it seems to be a basic one way system and the developers have said previously that the only way they could get the game to reflect the spending power of certain clubs like PSG without messing up the whole system was to just add the sugar daddy feature to them at all times. 
    The a.i. is very poor when it comes to squad building and it seems to have always been that way so doesn’t seem like it’s an easy fix. The thing is, I’ve actually found that this year once you get about 7-10 years into a save, there just doesn’t seem to be the quality of peak aged players available. It may have been similar in previous years but it does seem worse this year and it’s very frustrating in truth. I could be cynical and say that I think the developers have done this deliberately to try and make the game harder and it has in some ways but only in a frustrating way which is the only way I honestly think they can make the game any harder.

    So, basically I think the game is easy in some ways and hard in others and can’t see a way where it can be any different without a major overhaul of the game.’
    @Woody: ‘I agree completely Ian.’
    So there’s our views. What are yours? All comments welcome.
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