Sneak Preview: New PPM Tool Surpasses Expectations

Those who have been reading my content for some time may remember a review I did a long time back about a PPM tool that helped you determine your players true strengths via the EOR and EQ calculations.  Well, I am very pleased to announce that the creater of that tool, Wessel, has been working on a brand new, updated version of the tool, and let me tell you, it’s really good!

A little bit of history first though.  Wessel has been in the process of creating this tool and it’s previous versions for the last few years.  Originally the tool was developed as a WordPress plugin, which allowed you to import your players data and it would tell you the results.  Following that came a Greasemonkey script, which gave the tool direct access to many features on the PPM website itself.  This tool has been one of my favorites for a long long time.  The newest version breaks the chains of Greasemonkey, and delivers a knockout punch directly via the Firefox Addons system.

Functionality

Let’s get straight to the things you want to hear… what the heck does this tool do, and why should you be interested?

The primary feature of the tool (right now) is to display your team in a way that highlights which players are best for which positions.  As you know, having a successful player on PPM takes more than just offense, defense or goalkeeping, it requires a ratio of different attributes all working together to create the “perfect player”.  Over exagerated I know, but you get the point.  The basic player display screen of course doesn’t give you this magic number, it only lists each of your players attributes.  But the PPM Tool does.  Using a combination of mathematical calculations the tool will convert your players attributes and display them using their EOR (Effective Overall Rating) and EQ (Effective Quality) figures.  Not sure what EOR and EQ are?  I direct you to an older post of mine which can be found here.

Current featues in the preview version of the tool:

  • Display your players strenghts based on EOR/EQ
  • Select which multiplyers to use in EOR calculations (Energy, Chemistry, Experience, etc)
  • Set and adjust your training rations directly from your team settings page.
  • Turn the tool on and off which a click of a button (on your team page).
  • Export your team directly to a CSV file.
  • Currently the tool ONLY works in the soccer version of the game.  Others coming.

Other than the requirement that you use the Firefox browser, there are no issues with the tool.  As a regular Firefox user myself, this of course did not bother me at all.

The Design & Style

The best way to describe the style of the tool is to say it’s seamlessly built into your PPM team page, so it looks like it’s part of the page. 

Players page with the tool turned off.  Notice the button to switch it on.

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Players overview page with the tool turned on.

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With the tool turned on, the columns now have all new headings to display the EOR figures.

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The team settings page now contains your ratio settings.

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Release Details

Right now the tool is in development (hense the sneak preview) and is currently unavailable for download / install.  It is being worked on and hopefully a full release date is just around the corner!

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EQ & EOR: The Figures Explained In Detail

EQ and EORI have had an incredible response to my post yesterday regarding the EOR and EQ calculations. I have been involved in online games and manager games for a few years and it just amazes me how PPM managers are so keen to develop and learn new things about the game. That is truly awesome as really helps make PPM the fantastic game it is.

Ok, so EOR and EQ. I have been beating myself up over this for the last day as there are some who believe this information should not be public. So, I have come to a kind of middle-ground. I am going to make the information available to anybody who wants it, but I wont put it on my site here. If you do want it, drop your details in the form below and check your email address for an email which contains the full article, INCLUDING the full math as well as an excel / open office worksheet.

I apologise in advance for doing it this way, but it was a happy compromise between giving too much and not giving anything.

Thanks again, here’s the form (or use the one in the right menu).

PPM: Learn About EOR / EQ Here
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EQ & EOR: The Player Training Power-Duo

EQ and EORA commonly overlooked part of the PPM gaming system is the use of effective training. This has always seemed strange to me because training is the number 1 most important feature of your stadium or arena for long-term growth and success of your team.

The problem isn’t a managers lack of ability to train. Indeed, almost all managers I have spoken to have expressed that they try really hard to build a solid team but simply do not know how to best build their team. Sure, we all know (well, most anyway) about the preferred ratios (2-1-1, 4-3-2 in hockey and things like 4-3-3-1, 4-2-2-2 in soccer, etc), but ratios are only one part of expanding your players skills.

How do you know what a players true value is?

Average Quality is a great figure, but is actually fairly worthless when it comes to the true value of a player. For example, a Right Wing hockey player might have a really good quality in their Goal and Defense attributes but lower qualities across all the others. Their average quality might be up in the high 70% but for a winger, goal and defense are not important attributes so the average figure is skewed. Likewhys a forward soccer player may have high quality defense and midfield but low quality offensive and shooting attributes. Their average is high, but as a forward he would be a low quality player.

So is there a way to solve this and get a true value figure?

Yes, there is. Effective Quality (EQ) and Effective Overall Rank (EOR); 2 figures that work alongside each other and give an accurate description of a players skills and qualities. In short, they become an accurate replacement for the current OR and AveQ figures.

In part 2 of this article I will explain what each mean and describe how you too can work out the true accuracy of your team.

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