Beginners Resource Pack


For a long time, it’s been OK to not understand tactics in FM – you could still win with the help of good signings and a downloaded tactic. That’s still true to a certain extent, but the times are a-changing; tactics are becoming a key element of playing, as they should, and reacting to in-game situations is something that is becoming more of a necessity than an optional luxury. And as people rush to try and work out where they’re going wrong, they’re finding a lot of incorrect information at one place and a lot of verbose and complicated information at another.

We don’t plan to dilute down our articles – it’s what we love to write and clearly you guys enjoy it – but we do want to cater to those who want to get stuck in to tactics for the first time and have nowhere they can go to find it.

This pack of resources is intended as a sort of gateway to the world of FM tactics. It’s our way of nudging beginners along, so they can enjoy FM more and get their teeth into some great, advanced posts, of which there are many.

We wanted to prioritise accessibility and ease of use for these resources so even the most experienced player could use them. As one of the people we asked to review the pack said, resources that “can be stuffed in a pocket, pinned to a wall or kept in a drawer instead of having to remember a URL is brilliant.” URLs – bah! Bookmarks – pssh! Hell, you don’t even need the internet; we believe that some things are better on paper, especially important information. Hopefully this helps.

The pack contains 6 print-out style which aim to explain the basics of tactics and a further two troubleshooters which can be used to react to in-game situations. It can be seen as a ‘Things you need to know’ but we’ve heard from many experienced FM players who have said that it has helped them too.

This pack is brought to you in a “pay-if-you-want” basis. If you feel that this is worth anything at all then just click the button below which will take you to a secure Paypal payment; we promise we will use it only for good and not for doughnuts. Probably.

Download from here.

Download from mirror #1 here.

Download from mirror #2 here.

UPDATE 03.02.2013: there is now a more aesthetically pleasing version of the Resource Pack courtesy of Birdace from the very welcoming French FM forum FMEra. These sheets have a much nicer look to them and are perfect if you plan to use the Pack on your PC, tablet or phone rather than as print-outs.

Download the alternative version from here.

Download the alternative version from mirror #1 here.

Download the alternative version from mirror #2 here.

PTW posts as eBooks: read about FM on-the-move

Reading FM and tactics posts when you’re at your PC is all well and good but what if you’re out and about or catching up on some reading in bed? We want our articles to be as accessible as possible and available in a number of formats so you can get the most out of what we have to say.

That’s why we want to mark our 50th post by making our articles available in eBook form. All the images and formatting are still in place so you can enjoy everything just like you were visiting us online and you can comment and access links by saving them as bookmarks and loading them when you’re back online.

Download .epub file (suitable for iPads and iOS devices, Blackberry Playbook, Kobo, Android devices and more)

Download .ePub file from mirror

Download .mobi file (suitable for Kindle devices, and any devices running Kindle App)

Download .mobi file from mirror

Let us know if you enjoy reading our posts in this way; a positive response will encourage us to continue to produce articles in this format both from our older posts and in the future.

The most obscure places you read PTW posts on a postcard please!