# The game basics
Game Plan Hockey Manager is an online manager game where you manage your own hockey team and compete against other users.
The game is played within the context of a game world which means that there a limited amount av available teams in each game world.
Each game world contains of five playable league levels with 16 teams in each level. Together these leagues form the main competition where teams may be promoted or relegated throughout the league levels where the ultimate goal is to win the *Golden Cup* in the GHL.
The available leagues are as followed (from highest to lowest league level):
1. Golden Hockey League (GHL)
2. Silver Hockey League (SHL)
3. Bronze Hockey League (BHL)
4. Iron Hockey League (IHL)
5. Lower Iron Hockey League (LIHL)
Every season is 77 days long and is divided into the following steps
Silly season - days 1-3
No games are played during silly season so this is the time to focus on signing new players and building your team for the upcoming season.
Pre season - days 4-6
During the pre season you have the possibility to invite other teams to friendly games. This might be a good way to get your players in shape and to spot any weaknesses on your team.
Season - days 7-66
Games are played on each day of the season making a total of 60 games during the regular season.
Season end - day 67
The very last day of the season is used to set up the playoff games. This day is also the transfer deadline.
Playoffs - days 68-76
Games may be played on each day of the playoffs but this also depends on the current league, see help files for leagues for more information. No transfers are allowed during the playoffs but teams may still sign extensions with own players.
Playoff end - day 77
On the very last day of the season contracts will end, players will age, new talents will be added and teams promoted or relegated will be assigned to their new league levels.
## Simulation speeds
The game moves forward a day at the time at specific hours. How often the game simulates depends on the game speed. This is individual for each game world, so choose a game world that fits your schedule.
Game worlds come in the following simulation speeds; Slow (24h), Normal (12h), Fast (6h) and Lightning (3h).
*I.e a fast game world will move forward one day every 6 hours.*
## Taking over a team
When a user takes over a team he or she will be assigned an already existing team within the game world that is not occupied by another user. The new user will then have the possibility to customise team name, mascot and colours. But all history of the team will be kept. Just like the move of a franchise in the NHL.
New users may as best be assigned a team att BHL level. That means that SHL and GHL level is only available through in game promotion.
## Navigating in game
The main navigation is found at the top bar. Here you’ll find links to *World page*, *Your league*, *Your team*, *Your manager page/inbox* and the *Transfer page*.
Through these pages you’ll have the possibility to navigate further to access other leagues, other teams and all players.
All players in the game are linked in two steps. The first click will reveal a quick summary card as a popup. This card contains the most basic information about the player. This card also has a link button labeled *Go to player page* which will navigate to the player page containing all player details and information.
## World clock
Below the top bar, to the right, you’ll find the world clock. Besides the current day and season mode this area shows a countdown. The countdown may be displayed in two different colours; Green and Orange.
A green clock is counting down to the next game whilst an orange clock is counting down to when the current day is ending. The countdown is displayed in real hours and may therefore differ in the various game world speeds.
When a countdown hits zero it may sometimes take up to 5-10 minutes for the clock to reset since it’s waiting for simulations to finish before restarting.