PPM Finances: The Value Of Buying

Regardless of what level of league you are involved in, all hockey managers face one challenge above any other; balancing winning now Vs building for the future. From NHL managers (the Maple Leafs are a great example of what not to do) to the KHL, to local hockey in your home town, the balancing act of now Vs future will most probably weigh in on almost every decision you make as a hockey manager. At PPM it’s no different.

If you read the forums at PPM you will notice there are certain topics that appear to trend over and over again. “Why did i lose this game?”, “Which facility should i upgrade?” and others asking questions or commenting on things like staff, scoreboards or stands. All of these things have one thing in common; they pretty much directly have an impact on how well your team plays and/or directly affect the financial outcome of the game for your team.

Which brings me to the question of today… which is better, focus on winning now or plan ahead and build for the future?

Focussing on winning now

When you make the choice to focus on winning immediately, the viable options you have with your finances drop drastically. Longer term upgrades become less important and you will find yoursel leaning towards upgrades or purchases that can immediately see results. Buying players and staff from the market or upgrading your coaching department are the big three options in this group. If you do have money saved up in PPM and want to boost your teams rating, then i believe the first stop should be the market place… but DO NOT BUY! No, instead all you want to do on the first visit is RESEARCH. See what’s available and within your finances. From what I’ve seen, a 300+ OR player will start at around $12 Million dollars and go up from there. If your team has a low average OR, definitely look to upgrade with a high OR player as the impact can often be seen immediately! Buying Staff is the same principal… you want staff who will step in and make a difference immediately, so coaches, physios etc are all great options, and look for guys with really high OR. I personally like staff who specialize in a single attribute, and while these guys will often cost more, they are (in my opinion) much better for your teams growth. Lastly, if you do want to do upgrades but want the results sooner rather than later, look to the coaching department, so your daily rate of training is improved.

Building for the future

For those who already have strong teams, or those who would rather build their teams foundations for the future, then maybe ignore the market right now. Look to the longer term upgrades that will help your team. The Sports Academy tops this list, and don’t be afraid to really drop a lot of cash into that if you have it. Scoreboards, Stands and Stand features like restaurants, stores and skyboxes are also great purchases for down the road. If you do want to go to the market, look for players with long-term advantages, such as VERY high qualities, 6/6 CL and great attribute balancing. You can get some great bargains for good prices if you shop around and are selective. If you’re one of these buyers, remember that the guy you buy might not be ready to get in the lineup right away, so keep training in mind when you go shopping.

The Value… where is it?

In my opinion… always pay a visit to the marketplace, and if you have funds that are not being kept aside for other things, don’t be afraid to drop a few of them on a player if one jumps out. I had a discussion recently about a player i purchased off the market for $15 Million. It took me 3 weeks to save up that money from my sponsor deals, so dropping that kind of amount on a single player is fairly serious for me. I did however knowing 3 things: 1) His OR was 45 more than my teams average, 2) His qualities were high enough for me to build him into a MUCH better player and 3) his attributes were perfect, and very high! While I may have spent $15 Million, the benefits to my team are worth much more than the cost of not spending that money.

Weigh up the cost of spending Vs the cost of what you would get in return

That’s the real value. Research, Confidence and a little luck will make one helluva strong team!

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Exciting Changes At Powerplay Manager

PowerPlay Manager

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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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

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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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