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Frey United Software Games

Since 2002 we focus mainly on sport management games, but as you can see on the list below we also ventured into other genre of browser games.

Results predictions


New feature is now available in La Gazetta della Rama, results predictions, which allows you to test your knowledge about other teams - each week 10 most interesting matches from top divisions are chosen and you can try to predict their results. There are prizes for the number of results you will guess correctly, but they are not life changing amounts - it is just a bit of fun afterall. Since the matches are chosen based on clubs positions and results so far you can place your predictions only for upcoming round.

Additional info added


Since training sessions and staff assignments proved to be tricky without proper guide I have added additional info to those two elements. On club page, where training schedule is being assigned you will find short explanation to all of the training types available right now. It contains details what kind of influence they have on players, but also what risks are behind them. The staff guide was added to game rules (see details - staff), where all professions are shown with explanation what role they play in your club. Also the employee induction process was explained.

Few fixes and upgrades


Few quick fixes were introduced during this week, one of which sorts out the stadium capacity for matches. That is the good news, the bad is some of managers have decided to increase capacity of ALL FOUR stands at the same time, which means the fans will not be allowed to enter their stadiums. Stand under construction is... well, a construction site, and as such it is restricted area for fans. Small change was made to sponsor negotiations - now you can sign sponsorship deal before the negotiations will end (although they have to be on some level of progress anyway). If you wait until the end of negotiations you will (most likely) get a better offer, but you can sign the deal at current level of sponsorship income and contract length if you want to. Oh yeah, and one more thing - sponsors can now pull out of the negotiations if they feel your club is not good enough for them to associate with. One function from old Football-o-Rama was re-introduced: televised matches. Each round one match, the most interesting one among top division matches, will be transmitted live via RamaTV, which means both teams involved will get some extra money. To make it slightly more interesting each of the managers can add his reaction to the match result. Also additional elements were improved / re-balanced, among them the connection between having a scout assigned to certain role and being able to see match statistics. From now on it will take a scout set to other divisions to see individual player statistics next to match report, with two exceptions: you can always see them in your own matches and in case of those televised by RamaTV.

Additional scouting options


New scouting options were just activated - if you have active scout assigned to other divisions you can use him to prepare reports about players from other teams or those available on transfer lists (including amateurs). Each report has additional travel cost of 2000£ for the scout, so it is not exactly a cheap option, but it will allow you to gain some insight into player before you make an offer. Of course scout report has its limitations - scout provides you with summary of players, f.e. good playmaker, struggles in defensive situations, etc. but it will give you some idea what skills to expect from him. Another limitation is time - each report is valid for 5 weeks only, after that it will disappear. You can also use that option to gain some details about players in your opponents teams, but it would quite expensive. Oh, and there is one more detail to that mechanism - your scouting efforts might be spotted by journalists, so everyone, who will check gossip column in La Gazzetta will know what your transfer plans are.

Interface upgrade


Game interface is being upgraded. After changes Lone Detective will have the full account feature, where you can create account, sign in and review cases, there also be lobby for users, where scores will be stored. The account will be linked to our other games, so if you already have Frey Account you will not have to register again for Lone Detective.

Interface update


Football-o-Rama interface was just updated to make full use of the club staff. For new teams it will mean that some of the player data will not be available right now, which was one of the basic concepts beyond Rama development. All the new players details are unavailable even to the owner of the club they signed for until the player will spend some time in the club (like few weeks) or will play few matches for his team. Also once you select team captain (via club strategy page) he will help with learning the player details faster, as well as the coach assigned to the first team (via club organization page). Of course some parameters are easy to unveil (like pace or shooting), others will take some more time (like tactical skills or set pieces). Similar rules apply right now to players in other clubs - you will not see their details unless you hire a good scout and assign him to watch your opponents. In case of the players that did not yet played any matches you will know only basic data, like height and built, but after they will play few matches more details will be available. At the same time the club organization page allows you to assign some of the staff members to their jobs, but each time you change the assignment that staff member will take some time to work in full capacity in new job. It might be a bit strange at the beginning, but there will additional options available to learn more about players, even before you will sign them up.

New functions added


New elements are available in game interface: ticket prices, club strategy and club organization. Ticket prices are... pretty much self-explanatory, so I think we are gonna skip that one. Club strategy allows you to set goals for your team for current season, like what the training should concentrate on, which development target is most important (youth players, first team, defence). Also in this interface you can set overall style of play for your team and select team captain. All of those settings, once saved, are fixed for reminder of current season, including team captain. They only slightly change the tactics that you will choose for every match, they are more general targets to achieve. Club organization is another layer to your club staff in Rama - here you can give specific assignments to your staff members, especially scouts. They can watch your opponents, they can scout throughout other divisions for potential transfer targets or they can scout for new talents. That list will expand with time, but now it will allow us soon to add one more layer to staff, but that will be explained later.

Normal service will resume in 3... 2... 1...


It’s been busy time dealing with tiny bugs, which merged into bigger bugs, which were postponing introduction of few features. I was sure it will take no more than a day or two. Well, don’t wanna reveal too many secrets, but 10 days and 14 rolls of duct tape later most of the problems were resolved and this week activities should be running smoothly. In recent update: - staff scouting was activated, - sponsor negotiations were activated, - training reports were activated, - stadium improvements were activated, - match attendance formula was fixed, - transfer deals were improved, - staff generator procedure was slightly improved. With few little things remaining in progress now we can move back to normal running of the game and introduction of new features.

Three days to go


Only 3 days before start of first Football-o-Rama season and it’s the last chance to join game with clean slate - on Saturday all free slots in divisions will be filled by robots. Sorry, I mean the cyber-existent persons. For next 3 months, the duration of active season, new managers joining Football-o-Rama will have to takeover spots previously owned by cyber-existent persons and they do leave a lot of mess behind them. And also your club will start with match balance of previous owner, so join now and avoid the disappointing season start.

First milestone reached


We just reached the first milestone - 24 clubs have joined the Football-o-Rama divisions in last 7 days, which is not bad for a game that was inactive for about a decade. Division C1 was opened for new managers and (in worst scenario) Division D1 can be available before start of the season. Now we are aiming at our second milestone - after 24 users our next goal is one million users in 7 days. Or... the closest number we can get :) Next weekend the season calendars will be available and normal game functions will be activated: progress of negotiations, progress of stadium improvements, transfers, training reports and La Gazzetta. Thank you all for joining, hope you won’t be disappointed with new Rama!

National team manager upgrade


Niklas Persson’s Project, a national team manager game mode in Santa Monica FC Online just got an important upgrade - more details of players are now available, like the level of division they play right now, what is their status in their club, as well as stats from current league season. We also introduced new events that will happen in that game mode, among them are notes from your scout that will provide you with updates about your players.

Our multiplayer online soccer manager


Our multiplayer online soccer manager Football-o-Rama just re-opened after few years of hiatus - you can now register, create club, join division and take part in friendly games that are runup to the regular season. Game is still in development, but join now and see what else we can do beside Where is Caroline?: play now.