One of my favorite parts of being involved with Powerplay Manager is seeing new members join up and introduce themselves on the forum. It’s fantastic to see that people are not only hearing about PPM but actively getting involved.
Of course, with every new member there are countless questions and even more mistakes; mistakes that can be easily avoided with just a little education and knowledge. Here are 5 very common mistakes people make at PPM, and how to easily avoid them.
Mistake #1: Not Reading The Guide
I know what you’re thinking… a pretty lame mistake, right? Not at all. The fact is, NOBODY knows this game better than the people who created it, and those same people wrote the guide. Almost all of the information you essentially need to know about PPM can be found within the guide. Have you read it?
Mistake #2: Not Asking Questions
PPM has a fantastic forum that is active every single day. If you have questions, you can guarantee that the answers can be found on the PPM forums simply by asking. Here’s an important tip… did you know that almost every single successful PPM manager is active on the forum? That’s not a coincidence either. Do you know what EOR or EQ are? No? They’re not in the guide (that i know of), but they are on the forums. Above all that, the forums create a fantastic community feel to the game and you’ll make some great friends.
Mistake #3: One Attribute Players
This 1-attribute situation is two-fold. First, it applies to when you buy players off the PPM market. In short, if you see a player who has a huge primary attribute but small secondaries, do NOT buy them. They may look good, but in fact they’re not. Secondly, it applies to YOUR training. Don’t train these types of players as they’re a plague on the game and hated by many great managers. Train your team smart with great balanced attributes and you’ll have a far stronger team.
Mistake #4: Friendly Games
The mistake more accurately is not playing them. While it may appear that playing friendlies lowers your players energy levels but the loss is so small it’s not really a concern. More importantly is the OTR gain you DO get by winning friendly games. OTR gain is important to your overall teams success at PPM. Get them friendlies scheduled today.
Mistake #5: Positions
In both hockey and soccer you have this great preferred side attribute for your players. You also have preferred positions. The guide explains how to work out which players are good centers or wingers in hockey, and explains that the preferred side attribute is an important one if you want to build a team that is both strong, and consistent during games. If you have a winger who prefers the right side, try and play him on the right, and so on. This may sound like a straight forward thing to do, but you would be amazed how many people screw this up.
Bonus Mistake: Auto Set Lines
Please do NOT use them. Take the time to manually set your lines in both soccer and hockey. The PPM system will auto-generate a lineup for you, but it’s based on OR and appears not to take into account things like preferred side or position. As such, you goalie could find himself on your wing, and so on. Don’t use it at all, under any circumstances! I can not stress this enough!