Information

About the Longshanks

Rating & ranking system

Instructions for players

Instructions for event organizers

Features

About the Longshanks

Purpose

The Longshanks was designed as a way to keep track of games and ranking for a local league. Since then, it has grown into the primary worldwide Guild Ball ranking system.

It aims to provide Guild Ball players and spectators the best way possible to keep track of the competitive scene.

The Longshanks also provides in-game tools and an event management system designed specifically for Guild Ball, allowing players and tournament organizers alike the best possible experience.

Contact us

The best way to cantact us about any questions or requests is by email.

The Longshanks administrator can also be contacted at the Steamforged Games forums, Twitter, or Facebook.

Before contacting us, please read through this information page - you may find the answer to your question here!

Acknowledgements

• Ben Redmond

Ben created the first Guild Ball ranking system. He started the very idea of rating and ranking competitive Guild Ball players and was a significant inspiration for the Longshanks.

• Kevin Stewart

Kevin has been instrumental in providing feedback on the functionality of the Longshanks system. He has also provided a number of ideas and suggestions that have been crucial to the site's success. For example, the bookie page was entirely his idea.

• Adam Theide
• Alex Botts
• Jayden Eisenbarth
• Paul Waters

These people performed early testing of the Longshanks event management system and hosted some of the first Longshanks events in the real world. Their feedback has helped make that system work as well as it does.

Ranking

Rating & ranking system

By default, the Longshanks system looks at all tournament events in the past year. You can apply a number of filters to adjust to change which games the ranking system pulls data from, including date range, region, and event type.

Player ranking is based on the rating percentage index (RPI).

WP = win percentage
OWP = opponents' win percentage
OOWP = opponents' opponents' win percentage

Rating adjustment

Since the number of games played by each player varies significantly and there is a notable skill vs. luck factor in Guild Ball, RPI is multiplied by a sigmoidal term that weights towards more games being played. This adjustment is designed to reward players not just for winning, but for playing and winning often.

n = number of games played

For context, the RPI → Rating adjustment is fairly large at 10 games played (50%) then shrinks rapidly, getting very small at 20 games (3.4%). It is almost non-existant at 30 games (0.1%).

Certainty

To assess how well the rating system is estimating player skill, a level of certainty is calculated for each player. To get this number, the ratings of the two players in each game are compared. If the ratings agree with the game outcome, certainty goes up. If they don't, certainty goes down.

There is a 5% buffer built into the certainty calculations, so a player's certainty isn't penalized for playing opponents of similar skill. The overall certainty for all games is currently 88%.

Players

Accessing your account

If you have played in a competitive Guild Ball event in the past, you are probably already on the Longshanks' roster. Check the player list to confirm. Follow the "claim this profile" instructions to log in and acccess your account. Once you claim an account with your email address and password, you will be able to access all the features of the Longshanks system.

If you aren't in the player list and would like to have a profile created for you, contact us by email or at the Steamforged Games forums.

Attending an event

If you have logged in to your Longshanks account, you can pre-register for future events that are OPEN. To do this, find the event in the events list and use the registration button that appears on the event page. Once registered, you can withdraw if needed. When you arrive at an event, the tournament organizer will add your name to the player list if you haven't already been registered.

Once an event begins, you will be able to see your name and current standing on the event page. You will also be able to see and enter the results of your current game on your control panel.

If you need to drop from an event after it begins, use the "drop" button that appears on the event page.

Editing player information

Once you have access to your Longshanks account, you will be able to edit and update the information in your player profile. To do this, go to your control panel. From there, you can change your name, enter alternate names, change your home region, enter an email address for your account, and change your password.

When events are imported from other management systems (TieBreak, etc.), games are matched to players based on name. To ensure that all of your games are linked to your account correctly, either your display name or one of your alternate names should match the name(s) you've used to register at events using other systems.

To avoid confusion, please use your full name (first & last) as your display name. Nicknames are allowed but not encouraged. If you choose to use one, make sure that it is unique.

Security & privacy

It is strongly not recommended that you use the same password for the Longshanks that you use for other online accounts.

If you wish to have your name removed from the Longshanks system, contact us by email or at the Steamforged Games forums.

Event Organizers

Hosting an event

Create an event by clicking the "create new event" button on your control panel. After that, you will be able to enter details such as the name, date, and location of your event. You will also be able to register players for the event.

Player capacity

You may set a player capacity for your event. If you do this, players will not be able to register for the event once it reaches the player cap. As the TO, you will still be able to add players beyond the cap.

Adding players

When adding players to an event, a menu may appear as you are typing in a player's name. If you see the correct name in this menu, select it. This will ensure that the correct player profile is used.

If the correct name does not appear, type in the player's full name (first and last) and a new profile will be created for that player. Please confirm the spelling of names before creating new player accounts.

Event types

Tournament Follows the standard procedures outlined in the Organised Play Document.
Friendly Side events, alternate game modes, Big Leagues, guild release events, etc.

Event status

O L F H
Included in rating calculations
Event in the future
Event in progress
Event in the past
Test event
Games editable by TO
Games editable by players
Players can register, withraw, and drop
Visible to the public

Event status

When you create a new event, it will automatically be HIDDEN - change it to one of the other states in order to make it publicly visible.

OPEN

This state allows players to register for future events and enter their own scores for ongoing events. Most events should be in this state until they are finished.

FINISHED

This state is for events that have completed.

LOCKED

While in this state, only the event organizer can enter game results or modify player registration. This state can be used:

  1. temporarily to make changes to game results in a completed event
  2. to prevent players from registering for a future event (invite-only events)

HIDDEN

This state allows event organizers to practice using the event management system and should generally not be used for real events. These events do not appear in any public lists and game results aren't included in any rating or ranking calculations.

When setting up a test or practice event, always use real players. The system creates a player profile for each new player added to any event. To avoid filling the player database with false entries, please refrain from using imaginary players!

Features

Update log

2017-12-12

2017-11-22

2017-11-09

2017-11-05

Requested features