Ladies & gentleman, I have an idea.
Whenever a new FM is released my first dilemma is always where to start. Do I start at the top & see what I can win? Do I start at the bottom & work my way up? International footballer? Sunday leaguer? Somewhere in the middle? I never know!
The idea I've had is to answer all these questions long before FM16 ever hits the stands.
In short this "story" will be a twist on the usual B.A.P. format whereby I will add myself into the FM database & follow my career in football. I will then use the resultant career to begin my FM16 story.
My aim here is to create an immersive experience through which we can all follow the evolution of a young Aussies career. From his first tentative steps into the world of professional football all the way through to (what I hope to be) a successful management career spanning decades & multiple iterations of the game.
Now, as FM16 is still quite a ways away & this part of the story only involves me simming through the seasons to see where I end up I wont be devoting too much time to it. So don't expect rapid updates.
I will just sim a season here & there when I feel the urge & post as I go with the goal of having a fully completed playing career before FM16 on which to base my future stories.
As far as setup goes, I will be using Weiry1's Aussie pyramid database (found here http://www.fm-base.co.uk/forum/football-manager-2015-editing-discussion/183887-australian-league-system-pyramid.html) & starting as a 16 year old prospect on a youth contract at (near enough to) my local team, Tamworth in the 7th tier of Weiry's Aussie pyramid.
My CA will be set at 70, my PA to -8. Hopefully this will allow me to progress up the levels a bit, maybe even represent my country or secure a move to Europe whilst also being realistic enough for me to start at the bottom.
I will be leaving all my stats at zero & letting the game randomise it all, right down to what position I will play.
Hopefully I can have a successful career & you all can enjoy the beginning of what I hope will be an epic journey! Cheers.
Edit - Forgot to mention that when I created myself I put 20 for manager as my preferred staff role! Hopefully this will ensure, once my playing days are over, I will be offered a management job & decide the starting point for my management career.