Published on June 20th, 2012 | by Shopmaster47
Deep Dive Into Connected Careers – Day 1 Diary
So I’m here in Orlando, Florida and at the Tiburon Studio to get a closer and deeper dive into Madden NFL 13′s Connected Career.
I will be keeping a running diary of those who want to follow along. As questions in the comment section and I will try to go with it.
I’ll be asking questions along the way also.
11:44 – I’m here and I’m ready to start, should I play as a player or Coach? Let me know.
11: 49 – I decided to be a coach and go the Created Coach option and I selected the Redskins. You have a choice of 3 backstories (Motivator, Strategist, and Team Builder). I really think that these are going to determine who you gain XP throughout your career. The customization of the Coach is somewhat limited. 6 face types, 2 skin tones, 3 body types, and 4 apparel options.
I chose Coach!
Coach Name: Raymond Goode Jr
Team: Washington Redskins
Offensive Style: NYJ – Playbook (I was going to choose Redskins but there weren’t any Wildcat formations for RG III)
Defensive Style: NYJ – Playbook
12:00 – Crash …. argghhh! This is normal, don’t want people freaking out.
12:05 - Ok, back up and in. Here are the settings that the commissioner already set:
Salary Cap: On
Skill Level: All-Pro
6 Minute qtrs.
Player Progression Frequency: Weekly
Coach Firing: On
Game Play Tuning: Yes (This allows the commissioner to adjust gameplay tuning sliders).
Trade Deadline: On
Trade Type: Enable All (Determines the type of trades (human vs. cpu, cpu vs cpu, etc …)
Then there are some personal settings like strafe, draft player, re-sign player, etc …
Whew finally can start my career as Coach Goode!
12:20 - The twitter feed is crazy. Looks like Mike Tomlin got fired. Here are some of the Headlines: An Era Ends (Tomlin fired), Eagles Clean House (Reid fired), M. Shannahans out in Washington, etc.. There are about 12 stories and you can also filter the Twitter news to just ‘My Stories’.
12:37 – So I went straight to schemes and it has West Coast for my Offense and Base 3-4 for my defense. My question for Josh was what determines that. His response is you will have the scheme of the coach before you. So because I have the Redskins I still have Shannahan’s Scheme. The great thing is that you can choose what type of players you are looking for to change your scheme. So right now I am running a west coast offense with zone blocking offensive line. You can change the type of position you want in your scheme. Of course it doesn’t change those players that you already have but this will determine what players you are looking for in the draft and free agent. So it’s better to set each type of player before you start scouting or the draft.
Here are some examples:
QB Types: Field General, Balanced, Pocket Passer, Strong Arm, West Coast,
HB 1: Balanced, Power Back, Speed Back, Receiving Back, One Cut,
LE 1: 3-4 Versatile, Smaller Speed Rusher, Balanced 4-3, 4-3 Run Stopper, 3-4 Run Stopper,
CB 1: Man to Man, Press Run Support, Balanced, Prototype, Zone,
You’ll notice that there is a 1 and that just means that you can select the types for more than just the starter.
12:52 – So I look at my checklist for the week and I have 9 to do, so let’s get theme done. People are waiting on me to advance.
Here are my tasks for Week 1:
Cut Days (Cut 5 players)
1:58 – Ok, back from lunch and we are advanced to week 2 of the preseason and I have to make 5 cuts. Gonna be tough.
Play or Simulate Practice, let’s play practice.
Playing “Comeback Kid” Practice Scenario – Down by 8 with 2:54 left win get 500 XP
Week 4 Preseason ( missed the first week)
2:15 – Ok, so after 3 weeks I’ve only ained 2,225 XP. I can’t buy anything except for Contract Packages 1,050 XP for individual players, free agent pacjages for 787 XP for players, and 1,050 XP for XP Boost Package. Crazy!
I hate Cut Days, I have to cut 6 players.
Oh no, Reggie Wayne got hurt in a Preseason game and is out the rest of the year.
2:35 – Diving into Player Progression. I’m going to manually progress RG III, my HBs, WR, LBs, and DB
RG 3 had 1, 259 XP and does not qualify for any boosts. The lowest boost available was for 1,500 XP
Tim Hightower – had 1,274 XP again, nothing to spend on
Roy Helu – has 1,263 XP
Santana Moss – 1,699 but the only thing I could buy was Toughness that would move him from a 70 to 71
Week 3 Regular Season Record 1-1
Now my TE Fred Davis is looking to negotiate his contract. You have a choice to Negotiate, Withdraw Offer, or Delegate for the CPU to handle it. I’m going to negotiate.
I offered him less and less bonus and he said that his agent will get back to me. So there is no immediate decision.
Week 4 Regular Season Record 1-2
So in this week I actually started using the News Center to filter the news. You can filter the league news by Top Stories, My Stories, and Draft Stories. I used the filter to look at Draft Stories and to scout the rookies coming into the league.
I’m starting to think I need more Scouting Points. Right now you only get 1000 scouting points and that seems like enough until you see that you need 10K to unlock some of the scouting like overall.
Week 5 Regular Season Record 2-2
Now my FB wants to negotiate his contract. This practice week I decided to play the “Halftime” scenario where the game is tied at 7 coming out of the half.
I decided not to negotiate with my FB, I can find another FB, plus he drops everything. So I’m going to withdraw my offer. BTW – Fred Davis rejected my offer also. He doesn’t really fit my scheme so he’s going to test the Free Agent Market. Maybe I can trade him.