PPM Player Stats: Get Your Geek On Today With Career Stats

“Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”
~Aaron Levenstein

You know those insanely eclectic people who ride up on a motorbike, put on some metal music then break out the spreadsheet to track stats…? I’m a geek. A cool one, no doubt, but a geek all the same. I love stats, kick ass at games and go giddy with gadgets. As my wife once told me, “don’t fight it, embrace it”.

Those who’ve known me for some time will probably have heard me talk about tracking individual player stats at both Powerplay Manager hockey and soccer games. The PPM games are pretty good at tracking basic data, but they really lack important information such as powerplay goals, game winning goals etc. What can be done?

Get your geek on!

Since season 1 of both PPM hockey and soccer I have been tracking my individual player stats. After each league game i record things like powerplay goals/assists, shorthanded goals, overtime goals and game winning goals (all those vitals PPM doesn’t track).

Now, at this point you are possibly wondering why. I answer you this… why not? Ever been to an NHL website and looked at a players career stats and thought it would be cool to see that type of thing for your PPM players? You can, if you keep track of the data yourself.

Meet Donald Lafferty. He is the top line center for my PPM Hockey team, “The Brisbane Stars”. He joined my team from the Sports Academy late in season 2.

Donald Lafferty, Center
Sn GP G A TP +/- SOG SOG% PIM PPG PPA SHG GWG
2 3 2 6 8 9 12 16.7 0 1 0 0 0
3 35 7 11 18 -9 84 8.3 6 1 7 0 1
4 38 13 29 42 13 93 14 14 0 9 0 2
5 38 15 18 33 18 80 18.8 4 4 9 1 1
6 38 14 23 37 24 69 20.3 4 5 9 0 3
7 28 3 16 19 4 67 4.5 12 1 11 0 0
180 54 103 157 59 405 13.77 40 12 45 1 7

Season 7 data is naturally only partial as the season is still underway (at the time of writing this article). The PPG, PPA, SHG and GWG are all stats that I had to track manually.

So, why do this?

There are 2 reasons. First, tracking career data allows you to see how your player has improved or played over period of a few seasons. For example, a quick look shows that Lafferty is having a terrible time in season 7 and is well below his normal goals and points. As Lafferty is also on my #1 powerplay line, i can also see that his PPG data is lower than I would like, but he’s been setting more people up, which is a bonus. The second reason is simply because it’s cool. Hey, i did warn you that i’m a geek.

Want to track data?

PPM do most the work for you, so all you need is just the extra data. In a spreadsheet just list your players in column A, then put these headings in columns B, C, D etc; PPG, PPA, SHG, OTG, GWG. After each game just update those columns as required. At the end of the season, take the player stats table, transfer it to a spreadsheet, add this extra data to the relevant player rows and voila, full player data much like you get on an NHL website.

If you need help or suggestions, don’t hesitate to drop me a message here on the site or over at PPM (my team name is “Brisbane Stars”, username “trueblue55”). I’m always keen to help out where I can.

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Managers Breathe Again As PPM Soccer Season 3 Ends

If there was a song for each day, todays would have to be Queen’s “Another one bites the dust”. That’s because another hard season of soccer is over at Powerplay Manager, or at least, over for the majority of managers. There are still relegation and promotion rounds to play of course, so some teams are still very much in the midst of serious footy battles.

One of the key elements to season 3 to me was the development of my young players. I finally started to see the results of 3 seasons of hard work and careful training. It showed with my team, Trueblue F.C. coming first in the Oceania Div I.1 league and my center striker, Thomas Hartge finishing the season with 66 goals; the best in my league.

How did you do?

Season 4 will bring new challenges for all of us. I fully expect PPM to “tweak” the game engine prior to the start of the new season which could change how well our players act on the field or how our training regimes affect a players ability.

Until that though, enjoy the off-season. If you’re still involved in relegation / promotion rounds good luck in your upcoming matches.

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Major Mistake: PPM To Move Servers On Final Day Of Soccer Season

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PPM Seasonal Energy: How It Damages Your Players & Team Strength

Please note that information in this article is NOT confirmed by PPM and should be read so accordinglyseasonal-energy-graph

“He shoots.. he… passes out?”

Of all the aspects of the PPM game engine, one of the most confusing and often misrepresented is that of seasonal energy loss.

So what better time to talk about energy loss than now, as we head into the latter half of the PPM hockey season; a time when “random” and weird match results often seem to increase.

So what is Seasonal Energy?

Each time your players hit the ice (or field in soccer) they expend a bit of energy. The amount of time they play and how intense they play all have a direct impact on the amount of energy they lose. As its name suggests, seasonal energy loss is a number that continues to drop all season long.

Seasonal Energy Loss Per Game: Hockey

Note: These figures are based on a playing spending 15 minutes on ice. In other words, playing 4 lines with equal minutes. If you play 3 lines or change your ice time, they energy loss could drastically increase (or decrease).

Game type Very low Low Normal High Very high
Friendly and tournament games 0.02 0.05 0.10 0.20 0.30
Competitive games 0.10 0.25 0.50 1.00 1.50

Seasonal Energy Loss Per Game: Soccer

Note: These figures are based on a player spending the full 90 minutes on the pitch. If you use substitutes in your matches, BOTH players will suffer the same energy loss, regardless of time on pitch.

Game type Very low Low Normal High Very high
Friendly and tournament games 0.02 0.05 0.10 0.20 0.30
Competitive games 0.10 0.25 0.50 1.00 1.50

Ok, and how does it impacts your players

Energy loss has a direct impact on your players strength. It does this by affecting the attribute values. As such, because your players strength is weakened, your overall team strength is going to be weakened also.

There has been a lot of speculation and discussion about seasonal energy loss over the last few PPM seasons. As no clear and precise explanation has been given by PPM on this issue, there has been a lot of independant research done to figure out exactly how much this energy loss has an affect.

The results are varied, however the general consensus is this; for every 1 point your seasonal energy drops, your attributes are lowered by 1%. So, for example, if your player has a seasonal energy of 90/100, then his attributes will be lowered by 10%.

Does this really have a huge impact?

Yes, most definitely! Well, more accurately, it “can” do.

Put it this way, if you have a player who has an energy of 80/100 that’s going to be an alleged 20% descrease in attributes. A player with an OR of 300 would therefore possibly only have an OR of 240 (300×20%=60). That’s quite a drastic drop.

How can you counter energy loss?

Playing games on normal, high or very high importance (or the equiv. in soccer) will have a massive hit on your seasonal energy. You may start to notice this in the latter parts of the season if your team appears to stop scoring or get scored on more often.

To get around this, it is highly recommended that you play games on low or very low importance whenever you can, to ensure your players seasonal energy stays as high as possible.

It’s a tough balancing act between winning games and conserving energy, but trust me, the effort you put in to managing the energy will make you a far greater manager.

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Laser Mouse Comparison: Microsoft X3 Vs Logitech M500

To me, computer peripherals are more than just tools to make my PC usage easier. Due to the heavy workload that I put my system under, I need my peripherals to be comfortable, usable and most importantly great quality.

So, a few weeks back when my Microsoft X3 Sidewinder mouse up and died, I was forced into an emergency situation; find a replacement late on a sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, for all my efforts I was not able to track down any stores open at the time who sold or stocked the X3 so had to find an alternative. After prodding and poking numerous different products I finally came up with what i considered at the time a “passable alternative that will do”; The Logitech M500 corded laser mouse.

The M500 is, like the X3, an low to mid range laser mouse and is often referred to as a competitor of the X3.

Features

While the X3 has a 2000dpi laser with switchable dpi buttons on top, the M500 is just a 1000dpi. Don’t be swayed though, as the vast majority of users of the X3 keep the mouse on the default dpi setting, which is 1000dpi. The X3 has buttons on both sides, which I always found annoying, while the M500 has 2 buttons on the left side, which are defaulted to back and forward buttons, incredibly handy while surfing the web.

The biggest difference in features between the 2 is the middle scroll button. The M500’s scroller is actually 3 buttons and 2 different types of scrollers. Push it to the left or right and you can have it do what you program it to. Click the button and you have hyper-scrolling and can scroll a long page in seconds with a single spin. The X3’s dpi switcher vs the M500’s hyper-scroller. It really is a matter of personal preference.

x3m500

Comfort

I really loved the feel of the X3, and when i got the ergonomically designed m500 I found it very difficult to get used to. Saying that though, now that I have used it regularly for a few weeks I can’t imaging going back to a regular style mouse again. The curved thumb section makes the M500 far easier to control and puts a lot less strain on your wrist due to your hand being far more comfortable while resting on the body of the mouse. To me, the M500 is by far the more comfortable.

x3m5002

Ride and Usability

Features are nothing if the mouse doesn’t give a smooth ride and is easy to use, right? As these are both laser mice, the quality of the precision is fairly even between the 2. The M500 does sit better in the hand which can give a more comfortable ride, although as with most computer mice, this is really more a personal preference than sure thing. I have used both on a smooth desk as well as mouse pads and also on jeans while on the laptop and have never found a fault with either of them.

So.. which is best?

Don’t ask me that, please i beg of you! Seriously, if you wanted a good quality laser mouse for a good price I think you could buy either of these and feel like you got a good product. The X3 is traditionally more of a gaming mouse and the dpi switcher will be a huge benefit to you if you do play games and require faster (or slower) scrolling. That aside, for general use I think the M500 has the slight edge purely from a comfort and usability point of view.

What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave comments below.

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