Football Star Manager

The relocation plan

Next Month I will relocate from Canada to England. I will be in England for a number of months, how long is not fixed at this point. There is a plan, a purpose to this. I will work on my games and NOT have a day job as I do now. Over the last few years I have made good progress whenever I have been full time, and slowed down when not. The original development of Football Star* Manager, the renewal of my original Football Manager game, was done full time. Full time work added the match highlights. Full time work got the World Football Cup game done too. It’s productive. I like doing it, I fund it out of the day job.

For the last year I have been doing a day job. Now I will take a break to do this. So let me tell you what I expect to get done in that time starting June:

  • An update to Football Star* Manager (I will protect that it honours my original 1982 Football Manager, I will not harm the similarity in design and feel.)
  • A new game …
  • Completion of the Origin of Football Manager book.

I also expect to use the opportunity to communicate much more about my work.

Should be good! 🙂 (Maybe I will meet some of you too 🙂

P.S. If you want to help me keep doing this, there are things you can do to help with the funding of the work. Buy my games, sure, that helps, but maybe you already have. What also helps is to join my Patreon, which has the purpose of funding my games development work:


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Football Manager, Football Star Manager

Playing my renewed Football * Manager myself!

I used to be much more regular as a blogger,  but, where I regularly update is on my Facebook, Twitter and mailing list. Another thing I am doing at the moment is playing Football Star * Manager, the renewal of my original game, on level 6, making my way up the divisions, and posting regularly on my Facebook page  and Twitter how it is going. ]

Just beat West Ham to go third in the Premier League for example… 🙂


New Game in the works

I have something I am working on, another evolution of my work, I think this will be an interesting step on my games design journey. This is a point where it is a good idea to join my mailing list to stay in touch, and because I will do this game development in a way that is a inclusive of people that play my games.. The mailing list is here

So, I will be following on from Kevin Toms Football * Manager, and Kevin Toms World Football Cup


Games Design, Kevin Toms World Football Cup

Design Evolution- Kevin Toms World Football Cup

When I wrote Football Star* Manager, it was a new multi-platform games app that honoured the design of my original Football Manager game. When I wrote Kevin Toms World Football Cup, I took Football Star* Manager and evolved it into a World Cup game. Unlike when I first wrote multiple Football Manager games over a number of years, this time I am making a careful evolution. The consequence is that improvements I make for Kevin Toms World Football Cup can also be considered for future improvements to Football Star* Manager. For example, this pre-match strategy choice, which is part of Kevin Toms World Football Cup and is new:-


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Both games are here

Kevin Toms World Football Cup

The Challenge of writing Kevin Toms World Football Cup

It was really by popular request that I decided to create this game. It is an inexpensive adaptation of Football Star* Manager to the World Cup. In its way it is something that I perhaps should have done about 32 years ago!

But there are challenges. The World Cup Finals are short, you cannot trade players, And you cannot continue season to season. Or can you?

One of the things I decided to do was allow you to play multiple World Cups, and keep a record of your achievements over time. – Step 1 for adding games design spice to the game!

The Android version is available now here

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