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Help Me / Re: Add Players
« on: June 05, 2006, 03:25:36 PM »
On the Preferences Tab, press the "Name Format" button.

Suggestions / Re: Seating people at different tables
« on: June 05, 2006, 01:47:47 PM »
I think the biggest problem that TheCOG was probably referring to is subconscious or unintentional collusion.  It happens.  A lot.  And much of the time it is completely innocent.  But it's unfair to other players, whether or not it is intentional.

Help Me / Re: cant add pictures
« on: June 05, 2006, 09:48:33 AM »
The X indicates that the picture cannot be found.  If the pictures are stored locally on your PC, it means the src attribute (the path to the picture) is bad.  If the pictures are stored remotely on a website, it could mean that the src attribute is bad, or that you don't have access to the picture (could be any number of reasons for this).  Take the src attribute and paste it into the location bar on your browser.  If you can see the picture, you should be able to see it in the TD.

When I say src attribute, I mean:

<img src="">

If you post one of the <img> tags you've included in your layout it would be easier to help.

Help Me / Re: Help with unique points formula
« on: June 04, 2006, 08:34:56 PM »
There are a number of ways to accomplish this, here's one.  Set your "Points for Playing" to:

10 + (nh*5) + if(r=1, 50, 0) + if(r=2, 40, 0) + if(r=3, 30, 0) + if(r=4, 25, 0) + if(r=5, 20, 0) + if(r=6, 15, 0) + if(r=7, 10) + if(r=8, 5, 0)

For the second session, add:

+ (na * -25)

You'll have to adjust the points manually to add the 10 and -5 points for hitting/being hit by a player with a higher/lower league ranking.

Suggestions / Re: Seating people at different tables
« on: June 02, 2006, 02:01:15 PM »
Actually, I was glad to see someone with the same point of view chime in before I did.   :)

Suggestions / Re: Seating people at different tables
« on: June 02, 2006, 11:50:11 AM »
I have to agree with Canopic on this one.  One of the valuable aspects of the TD seating players is that the seating is random.  This avoids a lot of issues all by itself.  If you prevent couples from being seated at the same table (and I understand why one might want to do this), it doesn't matter whether you do it manually or the software does it for you, you are tainting the randomness.  So you've started down that slippery slope either way.  However, I guess also I see why having the software do it would make it easier to deal with (fewer questions, etc, if couples just "randomly" ended up at different tables).  I'll put this down on the feature list and give it some thought but I won't make any promises.

General Discussion / Re: Why do my screens rotating during the game?
« on: June 01, 2006, 12:16:16 PM »
From the FAQ:

If you are using an included layout, such as the built-in layout (BlueAndGreen.tlo), you will notice the screens change automatically. This can be prevented in two ways:

   1. Lock the screen when the screen you wish to see is displayed. You can lock the screen by pressing Ctrl+L. Use Ctrl+L to unlock the screen after it has been locked.
   2. Remove the additional screens from the layout's screen sets. On the Layout Tab, press the Screen Sets button. On the Screen Sets dialog, delete all of the screen sets except for the Default screen set. Then, delete each screen from the Default screen set that you do not wish to be displayed.

Help Me / Re: Formulas
« on: June 01, 2006, 09:25:20 AM »
The program allows you to award points for buying-in, rebuying, adding-on, hits (busting other players out), and as prizes.  These are all static, in that they can only be numeric amounts.  For example, you can award 3 points for buying-in to the tournament.  Or you can award 2 points for rebuying (or -2 points if you want).

There is also "Points for playing", which might not have the most apropos name, but nevertheless...  This is where you can enter formulas to award points depending on various factors, such as rank or how many players are in the tournament.  On the Game tab of the Settings page, press the Points for playing button.  There you can create and test your formula.

The formula you describe is simply: n-r
or: numberOfPlayers - rank

Yep, you've found an issue with displaying values less than 0.1.  Note that it isn't a calculation issue, but only a display issue.  So, values are computed correctly, but displayed incorrectly.  Doesn't really change how it's affecting you, I know, but nevertheless...

Thanks for posting the HTML output - that was helpful.  I was able to quickly see that the other values were correct, and only the .9 was incorrect.  Made it easier to narrow down the problem.

Fixed for the next version.

General Discussion / Re: General Information
« on: May 29, 2006, 05:22:19 PM »
Is player movement random?  The answer is yes and no.

Because of the different settings and configuration options of the software, all kinds of player movement can occur, but in general, movement falls into one of two categories:  (1) one or more players (usually only 1) are moved to balance the number of players at each table; and (2) one or more (usually only 1) tables are collapsed.

When a balance needs to occur, the software basically finds empty seats that are good candidates to put players in, and finds players that are good candidates to move.  Then they are ranked.  Then from the group of "most moveable" players 1 (or more) players is chosen at random.  Likewise for the destination seat(s).

If you tell the software where the dealer buttons are located, you are reducing the randomness of which players are chosen to move, because the software will do its best to make sure the moved player is an equal number of seats away from the dealer as he was before he was moved.  If there are only 2 seats to choose from to place a player, there are only 2 possible players at each other table that would qualify to move.

Help Me / Re: Player Rankings
« on: May 25, 2006, 10:10:13 AM »
I think you are still misunderstanding the term "placed".

Typically, a tournament will have prizes for the top ranked players.  For example, a tournament might award prizes to the top 3 players (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).  Another tournament with more players might award prizes for the top 5 players (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th).  With the Tournament Director software, you would award these by creating prizes that are assigned to specific ranks.  A prize for rank 1 (1st), and prize for rank 2 (2nd), and so on.

When you use the term "place", as in "Did so-and-so place in the tournament?", the question is referring to whether or not the player got one of the top ranked spots, which is different for different tournaments.  For the first tournament mentioned above, the player "placed" if they got 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, since those are the ranks with prizes awarded to them.  In the second tournament mentioned above, a player would "place" if they got 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th.

The software defines "placed" in exactly the same way.  If the tournament in question has prizes for ranks 1, 2, and 3, then players who achieved rank 1, 2, or 3 would "place".  "Placing" does not distinguish between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th place, or any other rank.  If you got the 1st place prize in a tournament, you "placed".  If you got the 5th place prize in a tournament, you "placed".

So, for example:

A player plays in 5 tournaments
Each tournament awards prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
The player ranks 1st, 6th, 3rd, 10th, and 5th in those tournaments.
The player "places" 2 times (when he got 1st place and when he got 3rd place)
2 / 5 = .4

Therefore, for this player, "Times Placed" is 2 and "Average Placed" is .4

This player "places", on average, 40% of the time.

Help Me / Re: Player Rankings
« on: May 23, 2006, 05:31:28 PM »
Correct.  A player "places" if and only if they are awarded a ranked prize.  If you have no ranked prizes, then no one places.  Following this logic, in your Stats, each player will have a "Times Placed" value of 0.  And the average of 0 across any number of tournaments is 0.

General Discussion / Re: Stupid Question?
« on: May 23, 2006, 12:39:29 PM »
I have 2.0, so the question I am asking is, "Will I always be able to use it, if I don't care about upgrades?"

Yes, as I mentioned in the last message, "The license doesn't expire".

Help Me / Re: Player Rankings
« on: May 23, 2006, 12:38:41 PM »
Well, you can't average the times a player placed unless you know how many times the player placed overall.  You can't know that unless you've defined what makes a player "place", and the definition is that they receive a ranked prize.

What you're looking for is average rank, not average placed.  Average rank is not there, because it in itself is not too meaningful.  Instead, you'll find "score".  Score is basically an average ranking weighted for tournament size.  There are two methods for you to choose from at the moment for calculating each player's score.  A future version will allow you to supply your own formula.

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