Countdown: PPM Hockey Season 5

We are only days away from the start of the new season at Powerplay Manager. Congratulations to all those who did fantastic in season 4. Comiserations to those who didn’t do so well, and a massive kudos to those who got themselves promoted to higher leagues.

Season 5 should be a good one. After 4 full seasons teams have started to establish themselves with their own style of games. Managers like you and I have developed and tested our own training regimes and have established or at least semi-established teams with regular players. Team OR averages have gone from 100 in season 1 to over 300 and even 400 in season 4. Growth, training and strategy have become more integral to winning than simply having “that” player.

Season 5 is where the game REALLY begins. All the hard work now goes into practice now that we’re past the honeymoon stage and well and truly into the fully establishe game phase.

Where do you see yourself in season 5? What are your team goals? If you’ve not thought of these things before now is a great time to do so.

I will leave you with this one thought as we head into the new season… defeating teams is only 10% about having a strong team. Play smart and you stand to do very well!

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Exciting Changes At Powerplay Manager

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Over the last few weeks there have been in incredibly exciting improvements to the Powerplay Manager online game.

October 2, 2009: The improvements began with the introduction of trophies for all tournament, league and competition winners, so you can now not only brag about your win, but show it off with a shiney new trophy! Also implemented during this update was the “online users” page, which is a great way to track down who’s online, see who has pro-pack and much more. The PPM team also introduced the PPM Facebook Page and Group.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2345238254
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PowerPlay-Manager/40840299922

October 12, 2009: Press Releases have been incredibly popular features of other manager games, and PPM has now implemented their own. You can now post press releases about your team, players, etc to share with the wider community. These are a spectacular way to help spread the word, brag about wins, inform about changes or simply act like a real hockey team and post regular updates. This update also introduced the PPM Twitter page. If you are a twitter user, be sure to follow PPM!

http://twitter.com/hockeymanager

October 15, 2009: This was a major update for fans of the propogation of the game, as PPM how reward those who help spread the word with a fantastic credit referral system. This is also a fantastic way for Support Team Captains to measure their marketing efforts and track new members.

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Powerplay Manager Video Guides

I’ve been saying I would get a few video guides for Powerplay Manager up for a while now, and i’ve finally got to it. 2 new videos have been uploaded covering the following topics:

  1. Upgrading: Arena Vs Facilities
  2. Player attribute balance & the marketplace

You can find the videos here:

Powerplay Manager – Arena Strategies

Powerplay Manager – Marketplace & Player Strategies

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Hockey Arena Video Tutorial Series

Introducing the Hockey Arena Tutorial series of videos. Since creating my first review of the Hockey Arena site I have had a number of people ask if i could cover the finer points of the game. Hence the idea of a video series was born. I apologize in advance for the quality of the videos. I am still learning the ins and outs of Camtasia and trying to find the best setting to use.

The series comprises of 8 videos and covers the following topics:

  1. Your Players
  2. Setting Your Lines
  3. Training your players
  4. The Marketplace (buying and selling)
  5. Your Stadium
  6. Your League
  7. Game Tactics
  8. HA Tools (Firefox add on)

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Hockey Arena Video Tutorial Series

Introducing the Hockey Arena Tutorial series of videos. Since creating my first review of the Hockey Arena site I have had a number of people ask if i could cover the finer points of the game. Hence the idea of a video series was born. I apologize in advance for the quality of the videos. I am still learning the ins and outs of Camtasia and trying to find the best setting to use.

The series comprises of 8 videos and covers the following topics:

  1. Your Players
  2. Setting Your Lines
  3. Training your players
  4. The Marketplace (buying and selling)
  5. Your Stadium
  6. Your League
  7. Game Tactics
  8. HA Tools (Firefox add on)

HA-Tools Firefox Extension Download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5883

The videos



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Powerplay Manager Review

Most of us have dreamed of running a professional sports team at some point in our life. Over the years there have been a multitude of ways we’ve been able to “live this dream”. Sports manager games on PC and console have had us not just live the dream, but play the dream.

For Hockey fans, most will remember Eastside Hockey Manager, possibly one of the best NHL Manager games to ever hit the market. Now however, with the Internet moving into the Web2.0 world, games such as these are becoming more available, without any need to download software and even better, without any need to spend a cent.


Introducing: Powerplay Manager

Powerplay Manager puts you in charge of your very own hockey team, not only as General Manager, but as Coach, assistant coach and president all wrapped into a single user-account. Your goal; to battle it out in leagues against other people just like you to gain promotion to high leagues, more rewards and better team growth.

Those familiar with hockey manager games will understand that Powerplay Manager sounds very similar to Hockeyarena. That’s because it is. In fact, if you’re a mad hockey fan like me, no doubt you’ll be busy in both these games.

What you control:

In short, everything. You get to not only set your own lines, choose your tactics, schedule friendly games and watch “live” matches, behind the scenes you will be actively building the infrastructure of your club. Build youth through sports schools, upgrade your arena with new seating, better quality maintenance and stores. Hire and fire staff to produce better quality returns for your money. Buy, hire and trade players on the market and carefully manage your teams budget. Set your training schedules, active practices and build a team that includes strong skilled players and high-chemistry lines.

I wasn’t kidding when i said you control “everything”.

Playing other users:

The game itself has 3 main areas.

1) Build your teams infrastructure, including arena, staff and economic stability.
2) Train your team and work to win your local league, where you play against other users just like you.
3) If you get good enough, work to manage national teams in international play.

Your league matches are scheduled for you (much like Hockeyarena), and you can schedule friendly matches against whomever you wish. Wins and Losses all have an impact on your team. You can set your tactics so the team plays more relaxed in friendly games and more fierce in must win playoff matches.

The “Pro” Option:

Like Hockeyarena, Powerplay Manager also offers a pro option which allows you to gain additional features for a small cost. This cost goes towards keeping the game free, and is well worth it’s tiny cost ($20 AUD for 3 months approx).

Going “pro” gives you the extra leg-up so to speak, as it allows you to schedule games better, set more efficient tactics and naturally have far more features in each section of the game. The best part however, is that you literally feel like you have more control over your team with these extra features. It is well worth the cost. I’ve been asked if the pro game is similar to that which Hockeyarena offer and the fact is yes, it is very similar.

Powerplay Manager Vs Hockeyarena:

Due to a lot of questions i’ve been asked lately, I will be posting a comparison between the 2 games in the coming days. For now, I want you all to know that you should definitely join both. Don’t let the look and feel of the games put you off either one, as the important thing about Sports Manager games is the gameplay itself, not the way it’s delivered. From that point of view, these games are very similar. More on that in the coming days.

In closing, Powerplay Manager is a must have for any hockey fan. But that’s not all, as Powerplay Manager is a “Sports Manager” game, that will be rolling out similar versions for football and other sports in the coming months.

The URL: http://www.powerplaymanager.com

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