GamePlanHockey

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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Mattti0 in Current road map   
    Just a quick status update.
     
    The release is taking a little longer since we had a new baby in the family.
     
    Hopefully things will settle down the upcoming week.
     
    /Anders
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from MattBerserkers in Current road map   
    Just a quick status update.
     
    The release is taking a little longer since we had a new baby in the family.
     
    Hopefully things will settle down the upcoming week.
     
    /Anders
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Peekaboo in Current road map   
    Just a quick status update.
     
    The release is taking a little longer since we had a new baby in the family.
     
    Hopefully things will settle down the upcoming week.
     
    /Anders
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Steve in Current road map   
    Just a quick status update.
     
    The release is taking a little longer since we had a new baby in the family.
     
    Hopefully things will settle down the upcoming week.
     
    /Anders
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from EXXEO in Current road map   
    Just a quick status update.
     
    The release is taking a little longer since we had a new baby in the family.
     
    Hopefully things will settle down the upcoming week.
     
    /Anders
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    GamePlanHockey reacted to rainsilent in General user guide   
    Oh hey, look! I updated section 4 with a little tidbit after years of neglect. Specifically about lineup creation.
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    GamePlanHockey reacted to rainsilent in General user guide   
    Player Advanced
     
    To start this section off I will give the biggest mistake I see regularly from many managers regarding players. Overall fixation. Overall means nothing. Yes, it means nothing. Seriously it means nothing. No really. It means nothing. Ok, it means something. But only what you can expect a player to ask for when it comes to contracts. Beyond that it means about as much to you as the favorite color of that person you don't know driving a boat somewhere in an ocean nowhere near you that you will never meet. The player's individual skills are what is important. Let me give you an example. 2 players. Player one (P1) has an overall of 80. Player two (P2) an overall of 79. The mistake I see many managers make is going for higher overall players in FA when they don't need to and playing higher overall players higher in their lineup over more skilled players. There are at least two mismanagement issues happening here that I will get into much more deeper later. Let's look at the skills of the players I gave as examples.
     
            P1 | P2
    Spd  85 | 75
    Pas  75 | 85
    Pct   85 | 85
    Sht   75 | 85
    Def   75 | 75
    Phy  85 | 75
    Spi   75 | 75
    End  85 | 75
    Fof   85 | 85
     
    P1 is nothing more than a 4th line SHL or GHL checker or a poor choice for a BHL offensive forward whereas P2 is a player, depending upon the talent of the league, that can potentially play a 2nd or 3rd line offensive role in the GHL.
     
     
    Player roles. How to identify them and using that to determine how to put your team together.
     
    To be good at doing this yourself requires that you do a little bit of homework. Specifically scouting. More specifically scouting your league. To identify what roles a player can fill you need to know what the general "best" of your league is. You basically want to find out what the best 20 of x look like in your league. For instance I know that I have two of the best 9 playmakers (passing and puckhandling skills combined) in my game world (I used to have 3 of them but I believe in giving something to get something from the AI aka I like to make fair trades with the AI) in Mikulas Rakita and Waide Rose, yet they are 84 and 83 overall respectively. They are the two lowest overall of the top 9 but there is no reason they should not be in any other teams top 6 forward group. There are only 7 other players that are as good playmakers in the entire game world. How about a more extreme example. There is a 79 overall player in my game world that is one of the top 19 playmakers of the entire game world. The next closest of the rest of the 19 on overall is 83. That player should be playing a top 6 forward role in the GHL because again there are only 18 other players in the entire game world as good as they are as a playmaker. Yes, the player is pretty much crap outside of his offensive skills but he is the perfect example of a role player. He is an amazing offensive GHL talent relative to the current league and should be playing in a top 6 role. That is how you identify the roles a player can potentially play but how do you determine where to play them in your lineup?
     
    Creating a lineup sounds easy to do however it is a lot easier to mess it up than it is to get it right. This is where I see a lot of managers getting it wrong. The first thing I do when making a line is to decide on whom I am building that line around. Choose a player for each line and then find 2 complimentary players to play alongside them. I prefer to build around my centers. It makes things rather straightforward. No matter the 4 players you choose the next step is building the lineup around those players via finding players that complement the players you are building each line around. The key to doing that well is identifying the strengths of your players. If the player you chose for your first line is a sniper you want to get a playmaker to play with him and the third be good, but not great, at both just in case either one of the other two players have a bad game to prevent the line from being shut down. Likewise, if the player for the 2nd line is more of a playmaker you want to be finding a shooter and another who can do a bit of both. What about if the player is a two way forward? Well, the key thing to remember is that, at the end of the game, the goal is to score more points than your opponent. This means that you want your more defensive lines to be able to contribute offensively as well every once in a while. Thus when building those lines take a look at their offensive skills and build them with that still in mind but with less emphasis.
     
    So this is my IHL team's roster.


     
    Something you will notice is a lot of centers. It wasn't intentional. That said let me go over how I built the lines and why I did what I did. First I chose who I would build the lines around. As I said I prefer to build my lines around my centers. The 6 best centers I have are, in no particular order, Chenard, Keef, Gagnier, Spiva, Sibelius, and Sibley. Of those 6 I went with Gagnier, Chenard, Sibelius, and Spiva.
     
    I built my first line around Gagnier. He is my best offensive center and you want your first line to be your best offensive line. That said Gagnier is a do everything offensive player which means I want to pair him with a playmaker and a scorer. The idea behind that is if any one player on that line has a bad game the other two can comfortably take up the slack without much difficulty as, no matter what, there is still a playmaker and shooter. My best playmaker and my best scorer are Fausher and Mckennon respectively so I put them with Gagnier. For an offensive line you want to focus on offensive talent no matter what tactics you are using nor the rest of the skill set of the player in question. Even if everything else skill wise is bad if the player has some of the best offensive skills on your team play him in your top 6.
     
    I built my second line around Chenard. At this point, things got tricky for me because you want your 2nd line to be your 2nd best offensive line however that couldn't have been done if I gave Keef his own line as he is my 2nd best playmaker and I don't really have a suitable 3rd playmaker for a top 6 playmaker role. Thus instead of giving Keef his own line I put him on the wing here and gave the line a shooter in Markkula for the best offensive balance I could manage.
     
    The 3rd line is where you ideally want to start really striking a balance between offense and defense. While this line isn't ideal in that manner I know it should be an ok line as it was my best line in the LIHL the season prior. The center is Sibelius and the two wingers are Hoy and Lymburner. Again if you look you see a playmaker, scorer and a third that can do a bit of both on that line. As I said prior this helps assure offensive balance on the line making it harder to shut down.
     
    The 4th line can easily be a do anything line that you can scrape together for specialist purposes. I've created checking and energy lines with my 4th line and found success with such set ups both times by finding the right players. However, this line is just what is left with what I have. It is centered by Spiva with Stpeter and Wahlstrom as the wingers. While it isn't ideal and is kind of ho-hum with nothing really interesting going on I didn't really have an option at this point.
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Chris in Help us spread the word   
    Ok now its time to intensify our efforts to spread the word about Game Plan Hockey Manager! And we need your help! So if you’re interested please read the following message. Thanks!
     
    We would really appreciate if you could visit our profile on GM Games and rate the game. And if any of you would like to write a review and/or join the disqus that would be awesome! Here’s the link: http://gmgames.org/game-plan-hockey-manager/
     
    We have now started to advertise on google and will soon run a campaign on Facebook. But we are also interested in any other relevant areas. So if you are browsing around on other forums and such please add a link to the game. But only if you feel it’s relevant for the discussion and topics.
     
    One more thing.
     
    If you already have an account please avoid searching on google to access and find the game. This will help us to focus on finding new users in our Google ads without getting to much traffic from existing users. Not a big deal but if it can be avoided we appreciate it.
     
    Thanks for considering helping us out!
     
    Anders & Tobias
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Fangowolf in [SOLVED] Playoff brackets   
    This should now be sorted with the latest release. 
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Deadwing in v2.0.3   
    Improvements and bug fixes
    Fixed bug where reminder for expiring contracts did not work Fixed broken layout in playoff bracket Fixed bug where managers was not fired on time Fixed layout bug where obsolete account info was visible on world page Fixed bug where wrong team was displayed as golden cup winner Fixed bug on promoting and relegating draft picks
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Steve in Current road map   
    Thought I’d share a couple of lines and revive this topic to let you know what we’re currently working on for the next release other than various bug fixes of course.
     
    Our top priorities for the next release is to ensure that new users will get the grip of the game as fast as possible. Therefore we will reintroduce the guided steps on each page plus integrate the help files into the game in a better way. We will also extend and complete the content of the current help files.
     
    Afterwards we will most likely look into adding support for PayPal, improving instant messaging, extend player training options and adding league awards. Please note that this is our current priority and may be changed over time.
     
    And remember that we’re always considering your suggestions and feedback.
     
    Thanks!
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Mattti0 in Current road map   
    Thought I’d share a couple of lines and revive this topic to let you know what we’re currently working on for the next release other than various bug fixes of course.
     
    Our top priorities for the next release is to ensure that new users will get the grip of the game as fast as possible. Therefore we will reintroduce the guided steps on each page plus integrate the help files into the game in a better way. We will also extend and complete the content of the current help files.
     
    Afterwards we will most likely look into adding support for PayPal, improving instant messaging, extend player training options and adding league awards. Please note that this is our current priority and may be changed over time.
     
    And remember that we’re always considering your suggestions and feedback.
     
    Thanks!
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    GamePlanHockey reacted to TheWizard in Help us spread the word   
    Some great reviews on GM Games in the last week praising GPHM!  Thank you to those who contributed!  Keep them coming!
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    GamePlanHockey reacted to granpubah in Just a Thank You!   
    The PM, Announment features are great adds!!!
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Paul T in Help us spread the word   
    Ok now its time to intensify our efforts to spread the word about Game Plan Hockey Manager! And we need your help! So if you’re interested please read the following message. Thanks!
     
    We would really appreciate if you could visit our profile on GM Games and rate the game. And if any of you would like to write a review and/or join the disqus that would be awesome! Here’s the link: http://gmgames.org/game-plan-hockey-manager/
     
    We have now started to advertise on google and will soon run a campaign on Facebook. But we are also interested in any other relevant areas. So if you are browsing around on other forums and such please add a link to the game. But only if you feel it’s relevant for the discussion and topics.
     
    One more thing.
     
    If you already have an account please avoid searching on google to access and find the game. This will help us to focus on finding new users in our Google ads without getting to much traffic from existing users. Not a big deal but if it can be avoided we appreciate it.
     
    Thanks for considering helping us out!
     
    Anders & Tobias
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Paul T in Message Reply/Delete buttons   
    As of the latest release messages now have a max height with scrollable content. This will hopefully improve the experience you're describing.
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    GamePlanHockey reacted to Thunderhawks in v2.0.1 - v2.0.2   
    Thanks again for all the hard work the devs are putting in to the game.. i cant imagine debugging code would fun.. keep up the amazing and hard work. I very much thank you for all the hard work (can't say it enough)
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Thunderhawks in v2.0.1 - v2.0.2   
    Comment. The following release notes will also include some changes that have been installed prior the publish of v2.0.0 release notes in this change log.
     
    Improvements and bug fixes
    NEW! Manager inbox improvements with message types divided into tabs Find players: Improved and new filters allowing to search for overall and rating ranges. Fixed bug where promote draft picks from playoff teams did not work properly Fixed bug where certain inbox messages could not be deleted Fixed bug on youth draft Fixed bug where a player could be offered and accept a contract even if already having a pending contract. Fixed various bugs in layout/design. Fixed bug where subscription info window crashed. Fixed bug where draft pick didn't transfer in a trade. Fixed bug where reminder emails was sent multiple times.
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Steve in v2.0.1 - v2.0.2   
    Comment. The following release notes will also include some changes that have been installed prior the publish of v2.0.0 release notes in this change log.
     
    Improvements and bug fixes
    NEW! Manager inbox improvements with message types divided into tabs Find players: Improved and new filters allowing to search for overall and rating ranges. Fixed bug where promote draft picks from playoff teams did not work properly Fixed bug where certain inbox messages could not be deleted Fixed bug on youth draft Fixed bug where a player could be offered and accept a contract even if already having a pending contract. Fixed various bugs in layout/design. Fixed bug where subscription info window crashed. Fixed bug where draft pick didn't transfer in a trade. Fixed bug where reminder emails was sent multiple times.
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from canucks in Help us spread the word   
    Ok now its time to intensify our efforts to spread the word about Game Plan Hockey Manager! And we need your help! So if you’re interested please read the following message. Thanks!
     
    We would really appreciate if you could visit our profile on GM Games and rate the game. And if any of you would like to write a review and/or join the disqus that would be awesome! Here’s the link: http://gmgames.org/game-plan-hockey-manager/
     
    We have now started to advertise on google and will soon run a campaign on Facebook. But we are also interested in any other relevant areas. So if you are browsing around on other forums and such please add a link to the game. But only if you feel it’s relevant for the discussion and topics.
     
    One more thing.
     
    If you already have an account please avoid searching on google to access and find the game. This will help us to focus on finding new users in our Google ads without getting to much traffic from existing users. Not a big deal but if it can be avoided we appreciate it.
     
    Thanks for considering helping us out!
     
    Anders & Tobias
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from rainsilent in Help us spread the word   
    Ok now its time to intensify our efforts to spread the word about Game Plan Hockey Manager! And we need your help! So if you’re interested please read the following message. Thanks!
     
    We would really appreciate if you could visit our profile on GM Games and rate the game. And if any of you would like to write a review and/or join the disqus that would be awesome! Here’s the link: http://gmgames.org/game-plan-hockey-manager/
     
    We have now started to advertise on google and will soon run a campaign on Facebook. But we are also interested in any other relevant areas. So if you are browsing around on other forums and such please add a link to the game. But only if you feel it’s relevant for the discussion and topics.
     
    One more thing.
     
    If you already have an account please avoid searching on google to access and find the game. This will help us to focus on finding new users in our Google ads without getting to much traffic from existing users. Not a big deal but if it can be avoided we appreciate it.
     
    Thanks for considering helping us out!
     
    Anders & Tobias
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Deadwing in Help us spread the word   
    Ok now its time to intensify our efforts to spread the word about Game Plan Hockey Manager! And we need your help! So if you’re interested please read the following message. Thanks!
     
    We would really appreciate if you could visit our profile on GM Games and rate the game. And if any of you would like to write a review and/or join the disqus that would be awesome! Here’s the link: http://gmgames.org/game-plan-hockey-manager/
     
    We have now started to advertise on google and will soon run a campaign on Facebook. But we are also interested in any other relevant areas. So if you are browsing around on other forums and such please add a link to the game. But only if you feel it’s relevant for the discussion and topics.
     
    One more thing.
     
    If you already have an account please avoid searching on google to access and find the game. This will help us to focus on finding new users in our Google ads without getting to much traffic from existing users. Not a big deal but if it can be avoided we appreciate it.
     
    Thanks for considering helping us out!
     
    Anders & Tobias
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    GamePlanHockey reacted to rainsilent in v2.0.1 - v2.0.2   
    Amazing update.
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    GamePlanHockey reacted to Deadwing in v2.0.1 - v2.0.2   
    That's some serious bug squashing.. thank you.
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    GamePlanHockey got a reaction from Erzac in v2.0.1 - v2.0.2   
    Comment. The following release notes will also include some changes that have been installed prior the publish of v2.0.0 release notes in this change log.
     
    Improvements and bug fixes
    NEW! Manager inbox improvements with message types divided into tabs Find players: Improved and new filters allowing to search for overall and rating ranges. Fixed bug where promote draft picks from playoff teams did not work properly Fixed bug where certain inbox messages could not be deleted Fixed bug on youth draft Fixed bug where a player could be offered and accept a contract even if already having a pending contract. Fixed various bugs in layout/design. Fixed bug where subscription info window crashed. Fixed bug where draft pick didn't transfer in a trade. Fixed bug where reminder emails was sent multiple times.