The [ppm] eyrie

May 17, 2009

The first Moon

Filed under: GVE chronicles — glanvalleyeaglets @ 9:53 am

The slowness of one day per day has certainly changed my perception of the game flow. It`s a nice feeling to be up to date with the virtual events and to sense the pulse of the first season. In particular, the short-term tactical aspect gets much more meaning than it was thinkable in the four-times sped-up beta.

Among the reasons why I started this weblog was to try catching things that otherwise would be forgotten far too soon. This is the first article for the Glan Valley Eaglets chronicles.

Glan Valley Eaglets can now look back on the first four weeks of the first full PPM season. In terms of rate of development this is the most exciting time as much can be done with relatively small amount of ppm money in a short time period.

The league. I had chosen to start the full version in a high but not the highest possible league, so the holy Random chose to put the Eaglets in German league III.7.
Having lost three games out of four in the pre-season preparation period, the Eaglets started the regular season with four straight victories. The goalie Uli Nock who joined the team from 2nd level SA recorded his first two shootouts 3:0 and 7:0. The streak of victories was stopped by an accidental overtime loss (5:6) against Berlin Capitals, but the next three league games were won again. After the furious start we got a 5 days long crisis during which the Eaglets lost two friendlies and, what is more important, two league games. Nevertheless, the Eaglets face the second Moon while leading the league both by points and team rating, two points ahead of another team from Kaiserslautern.

In German National Cup Eaglets are the lucky seed no. 13. The first round was free, and the second opponent was a TeamNoname. In the third round Eaglets face the first real opponent, Red Devils Berlin from II.4. Although Eaglets have the home ice advantage and slightly higher reserves of seasonal energy, nevertheless it is a K.O. round, so wing it or leave it.

Libertadores Cup. So far the Eaglets have played 7 games and lead the group D with 16 points (5-1-1). A top-notch result indeed! All the games were extremely close, all but one ending with less than 2 goals difference.

Development. Angelo d’Arrigo Ice Forum was extended to offer places for 550 spectators, and from Monday on will also offer snacks and drinks in three sectors. The training facility is on Level 4, the same level of regeneration is under construction, we have the 3rd level of human resources department and are building the 5th level of sports academy. The 275.4 k from the general sponsor cannot possibly cover these costs, so compromises must be gone into.

The team had to sell the top forward Dario Noack with OR 160, Off 37, Sho 37 with high qualities. The transfer fee was 1.7 millions. A second top transfer was the great coach Kenny Hartung, with OR 28; this brought another 1.5 millions ppm money. Finally, there was essentially a swap – Mathew Greis left the team for Mojmír Vávra. The second legionar is the Latvian forward Vents Vīļums who is a good substitute player for that transfer fee (50k).

In a word, Eaglets have had an excellent start in the dangerous new world. We shall see what the future brings. The development of the players and facilities certainly is a race with the Red Queen. Remember, you gotta run as fast as you can to stay on the spot. If you wanna move forward, ya gotta run still faster. I believe there is a second important rule. While the long-term strategical development is very important, we are not ready to disappoint the fans by selling everything of value in the market.

Team rating 31.14, world ranking no. 1110, goaltending 13, defence 13, offence 14, shooting 15

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May 14, 2009

The russian science

Filed under: PPM.statistics — glanvalleyeaglets @ 8:14 am

The West has always lagged behind the Russians in the scientific arena.” The certain irony lying behind this citation which I took from the homepage of David Wilcock lies in the fact that both I and Wilcock use some real scientific data from Russia to feed wild speculations about a universe 🙂

A group of scientists from the data mining field under the supervision of the leader of Black Pilots have ( here and here ) published the last and ultimate volume of data about the performance of tactics and countertactics in PPM hockey game.

This time I will play Prometheus and not the Eagle and bring these secret data to you dear reader who have stumbled across this weblog. The data are stored as follows. #{Games with regular victory for row tactics} – #{Games with Overtime} – #{Games with regular victory for column tactics}

RU/UKR Nor Def Off Cat Brk Fch
Normal XX-XX-XX 57-8-46 111-43-148 96-30-83 37-24-86 65-11-74
Defensive 46-8-57 XX-XX-XX 40-11-30 17-4-18 23-5-14 19-6-21
Offensive 148-43-111 30-11-40 XX-XX-XX 71-21-44 47-13-41 52-7-26
Ctrattack 83-30-96 18-4-17 44-21-71 XX-XX-XX 39-6-15 17-7-46
Break up 86-24-37 14-5-23 41-13-47 15-6-39 XX-XX-XX 15-2-28
Forechcng 74-11-65 21-6-19 26-7-52 46-7-17 28-8-15 XX-XX-XX

These data are from the Russian leagues I.1-III.16 and Ukrainian leagues I.1-II.4, including all Russian games of Days 1-8 and some incomplete input from later days 9 and 10. These data may be regarded as independent from mine and hence interesting.

May 10, 2009

How important is game importance?

Filed under: PPM.statistics — glanvalleyeaglets @ 6:54 pm

“I am hunting high and low…” or should I rather take the golden mean and go with normal? This is supposed to be a high-wire act, a matter of balance – to save the seasonal energy while not losing too many points due to low importance.The cost in terms of energy has been revealed. A league game with low (L) importance costs 0.08 points of seasonal energy, for normal (N) importance it is 0.4 and 2.0 for high (H). The cost in terms of performance is far less known. So let us let the statistics speak. German leagues I.1 thru III.16 again, games of TeamNonames excluded.

Day H-N H-L N-L
1 12-1-12 2-1-1 5-1-9
7 7-5-16 0-0-2 6-2-9
8 17-4-15 1-2-0 8-1-8
9 8-6-18 0-0-2 5-7-9
10 13-6-17 1-0-1 10-2-7
NC2 21-8-32 0-2-2 8-1-11
11 13-3-10 2-0-1 11-0-11
12 10-7-14 1-0-2 11-0-5
13 8-5-19 1-0-3 4-3-14
Total 109-45-153 8-5-14 68-17-83

Please take these stats with a grain of salt. I can think of many reasons why these data might be biased, such as:

– frequent usage of high importance leads to rapid energy decrease, which in turn leads to bad performance of High in this very study.
– good managers will seldomly use high importance in a league game.
– managers of teams performing above average in their league might go down to low importance for some games. If there is a bias towards stronger teams in the pool of teams playing Low importance, this will surely influence the stats in favour of Low importance.

This has a personal flavour, too 🙂 In the first 7 rounds my team played with Normal importance and did not lose a single game. When I switched to Low importance, we lost 2 league games out of 3! All low counterattacks vs normal breakup…

May 8, 2009

Raw data from the maze of tactics

Filed under: PPM.statistics — glanvalleyeaglets @ 8:04 am

Please don’t ask me about the purpose of this posting, it is just what it is. A small-scale study of the relative performance of different ppm hockey tactics.
Let me credit the manager Gibeor who inspired this study by his own project Тактика-контртактика.

The data were collected manually using the match protocols of games played in the first three German leagues I.1 III.16. The games with participation of TeamNoname were excluded from the statistics.

Notation: Day: match day of the league game (NC – National Cup), Nor: Normal tactics, Def: Defensive, Off: Offensive, Cat: Counterattacks, Break: Breaking up of play, Fch: Active forechecking. Since not all the names of tactics have been translated consistently (the meaning of Pressing is different from German to Russian version), here is a small dictionary.

English Normal Defensive Offensive Counterattacks Breaking up of play Active forechecking
Deutsch Normal Defensive Offensive Konter Pressing Aktives Forechecking
Latviešu Normāli No aizsardzības Uzbrūkošs Pretuzbrukumi Pretinieka spēles izjaukšana Aktīva atbloķēšana
Русский Средне Оборонительный Атакующий Контратаки Разрушение игры Активный прессинг

The data are stored in a self-explanatory way. For example, if you seek the performance statistics of Defensive tactics against Offensive tactics, you find the third table (against Offensive) and the third column (for Defensive). The entries are total number of wins – overtimes – losses; these are further sorted by the league game days (in separate rows). The bottom row is the sum over all games of the season.

Performance against opponents playing Normal

Day Def Off Cat Break Fch
1 3-0-3 15-2-10 4-3-4 12-1-5 11-6-16
2 0-3-3 9-1-9 6-2-6 15-3-8 12-2-11
3 4-2-7 14-0-5 4-5-6 21-2-10 8-3-10
4 2-1-5 14-3-10 10-0-5 17-2-7 11-7-10
5 3-1-4 8-1-14 10-0-5 12-3-7 7-3-14
6 2-1-4 4-2-11 5-0-2 7-4-7 5-4-6
7 1-0-1 4-4-12 6-1-3 10-3-9 6-2-12
8 2-2-5 5-3-12 3-1-8 9-3-4 10-5-4
9 2-0-5 5-2-5 5-2-7 15-4-5 5-2-8
10 3-2-7 6-5-5 7-0-3 12-4-3 12-3-10
NC2 3-0-5 12-1-9 7-3-5 13-7-10 12-4-15
11 0-3-2 9-2-5 3-3-4 14-1-6 3-1-5
12 2-0-3 13-1-4 6-0-5 9-2-6 12-2-9
Total 27-15-54 118-27-111 76-20-63 166-39-87 114-44-130

Performance against opponents playing Defensive

Day Nor Off Cat Break Fch
1 3-0-3 0-0-2 1-0-0 2-0-1
2 3-3-0 0-0-3 1-1-1 2-0-2 2-0-3
3 7-2-4 1-0-0 2-0-2 2-1-0 0-0-1
4 5-1-2 1-2-2 2-0-1 1-0-0 2-0-2
5 4-1-3 0-0-1 1-1-1 1-0-0
6 4-1-2 1-0-2 0-0-1 1-0-3 1-0-1
7 1-0-1 1-1-2 0-0-2 1-0-2
8 5-2-2 0-1-2 0-1-1 2-0-0 0-1-1
9 5-0-2 0-0-2 0-1-1 3-0-1
10 7-2-3 1-1-2 1-0-0 1-1-1
NC2 5-0-3 2-0-0 0-0-1 2-1-0 1-1-0
11 2-3-0 0-0-2 1-0-2 1-0-3 1-0-2
12 3-0-2 1-0-2 3-1-1 0-0-2
Total 54-15-27 8-5-21 7-3-13 16-4-10 15-3-17

Performance against opponents playing Offensive

Day Nor Def Cat Break Fch
1 10-2-15 2-0-0 0-0-4 4-3-0 0-2-3
2 9-1-9 3-0-0 2-1-1 2-1-0 1-1-5
3 5-0-14 0-0-1 1-1-3 4-0-2 2-2-2
4 10-3-14 2-2-1 0-0-2 3-0-3 2-1-0
5 14-1-8 1-0-1 5-1-6 1-1-2
6 11-2-4 2-0-1 0-1-1 1-2-2 4-0-4
7 12-4-4 2-1-1 2-1-3 5-0-2 1-0-2
8 12-3-5 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-3 2-0-1
9 5-2-5 2-0-0 1-1-1 5-0-3 3-1-2
10 5-5-6 2-1-1 3-0-1 2-1-2 1-0-3
NC2 9-1-12 0-0-2 4-3-0 1-1-2 2-0-1
11 5-2-9 2-0-0 2-0-1 2-1-5 1-1-3
12 4-1-13 2-0-1 4-2-2 1-2-3 0-1-7
Total 111-27-118 21-5-8 21-11-20 37-14-33 20-9-37

Performance against opponents playing Counterattacks

Day Nor Def Off Break Fch
1 4-3-4 4-0-0 0-0-2 3-1-1
2 6-2-6 1-1-1 1-1-2 0-0-6 1-0-0
3 6-5-4 2-0-2 3-1-1 1-0-1 1-1-1
4 5-0-10 1-0-2 2-0-0 0-0-2 2-0-2
5 5-0-10 1-0-0 1-0-1 1-0-0 2-1-1
6 2-0-5 1-0-0 1-1-0 3-0-4 2-0-1
7 3-1-6 2-0-0 3-1-2 1-0-3 2-0-1
8 8-1-3 1-1-0 0-1-1 2-1-2 4-1-0
9 7-2-5 1-1-0 1-1-1 1-1-2 2-1-1
10 3-0-7 0-0-1 1-0-3 2-0-1 1-0-0
NC2 5-3-7 1-0-0 0-3-4 0-0-1 2-0-2
11 4-3-3 2-0-1 1-0-2 1-0-3 2-0-1
12 5-0-6 2-2-4 0-0-1 2-0-1
Total 63-20-76 13-3-7 20-11-21 12-2-28 26-5-12

Performance against opponents playing Breaking up of play

Day Nor Def Off Cat Fch
1 5-1-12 0-0-1 0-3-4 2-0-0 1-0-2
2 8-3-15 2-0-2 0-1-2 6-0-0 1-0-0
3 10-2-21 0-1-2 2-0-4 1-0-1 2-1-1
4 7-2-17 0-0-1 3-0-3 2-0-0 3-2-1
5 7-3-12 1-1-1 6-1-5 0-0-1 4-0-1
6 7-4-7 3-0-1 2-2-1 4-0-3 4-1-0
7 9-3-10 2-0-5 3-0-1 4-0-3
8 4-3-9 0-0-2 3-2-2 2-1-2 3-0-2
9 5-4-15 3-0-5 2-1-1 2-0-4
10 3-4-12 2-1-2 1-0-2 1-1-3
NC2 10-7-13 0-1-2 2-1-1 1-0-0 1-0-3
11 6-1-14 3-0-1 5-1-2 3-0-1 2-0-4
12 6-2-9 1-3-3 3-2-1 1-0-0 2-0-3
Total 87-39-166 10-6-16 33-14-37 28-2-12 30-5-27

Performance against opponents playing Active Forechecking

Day Nor Def Off Cat Break
1 16-6-11 1-0-2 3-2-0 1-1-3 2-0-1
2 11-2-12 3-0-2 5-1-1 0-0-1 0-0-1
3 10-3-8 1-0-0 2-2-2 1-1-1 1-1-2
4 10-7-11 2-0-2 0-1-2 2-0-2 1-2-3
5 14-3-7 0-0-1 2-1-1 1-1-2 1-0-4
6 6-4-5 1-0-1 4-0-4 1-0-2 0-1-4
7 12-2-6 2-0-1 2-0-1 1-0-2 3-0-4
8 4-5-10 1-1-0 1-0-2 0-1-4 2-0-3
9 8-2-5 1-0-3 2-1-3 1-1-2 4-0-2
10 10-3-12 1-1-1 3-0-1 0-0-1 3-1-1
NC2 15-4-12 0-1-1 1-0-2 2-0-2 3-0-1
11 5-1-3 2-0-1 3-1-1 1-0-2 4-0-2
12 9-1-12 2-0-0 7-1-0 1-0-2 3-0-2
Total 130-44-114 17-3-15 35-10-20 12-5-26 27-5-30

Last update 17/5/9

The tables and this page might be updated or not updated on more or less regular basis depending on my mood, time schedule or any other objective or subjective reasons left to my own discretion.

Caution: If you stumble upon this entry and plan to apply this for your next match in PPM, be careful! The match result will depend not only on the tactics but also on the players’ skills, energy, lines, special lines, game importance and other tactical aspects. A team may be better suited to play one tactics than another. Finally, there is an allmighty god or goddess that we know by the name HOLY RANDOM.

There are situations where average data just don’t help. The average temperature of two sick persons may be 36.6 degrees centigrade even when one has 42 and the other 31.2, right?

May 7, 2009

We claim this space as our Eyrie

Filed under: Uncategorized — glanvalleyeaglets @ 12:29 pm

Yep,

we are the Glan Valley Eaglets. It is true what they say, we only exist as numbers in a database which is a part of a hockey simulator, the powerplay manager (PPM), and yet we claim this space as ours! Actually it was our manager – he has such a big mouth that he just can’t shut up until they finally kick him out of the place. Any place. We just wanted to give him some space outside our locker room, so he can live out his writing compulsion without talking the pseudointellectual sh#t out of us. He is dangerous indeed, he can’t write or speak correctly either English, German or Russian, and yet he tries. Unfortunately. When facing him, you can expect to hear a mixture of any of these languages in any combination. Sometimes even Latvian, which happens to be his mother tongue. Other than that, he is our freakin’ manager and we are giving all we can so that his plan comes together on the ice.

Now that this is our eyrie, we can define our hunting fields. We can expect reports from PPM, both concerning us, the Glan Valley Eaglets and PPM as such. Perhaps an occasional bit of statistics gathered by our freak manager. Who knows what it might be good for!

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