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This page last updated on
April 23, 2008.
The information below was provided to me by Glenn Petroski
who is in charge of AREA.
This document is intended provide supplementary information about the data
used in AREA rating system.
What the various columns mean:
Rank is the ranking of all active players in this game title.
Number 1 is currently the highest ranked player of this title. This is
the guy to beat, or at least to attempt to catch.
AREA ID is this player's A.R.E.A. identification number. In most
cases, not real critical since with the wonders of computer technology
most players can be found by ID, name, or bits and pieces of other clues.
However, there are a number of name duplications, or names which could be
mistaken with poor handwriting. This provides positive identification in
such cases. All Peter Martins, and Michael Johnsons, as well as a number
of others, will be in trouble without their ID's.
Name is Last Name, First Name where:
First Name is the first name, or preferred name of a player. The
player who has a preferred moniker will have that listed here followed by
his proper name in parentheses. If middle initials (or names) are known to A.R.E.A.,
those will follow. Again, trying to positively identify everyone and keep
all of it straight. A.R.E.A. will correct or amend such entries to suit
individuals when notified, as long as there is no reason to suspect any
type of misrepresentation.
Last Name is the last name of a player. Included is the generation
(I,II,III,IV), if applicable. Sr. is converted to I, Jr. to II, to
circumvent confusion of the past and possible future. Positive
identification is the real goal. Beyond that amendments and corrections
are actually appreciated, as with first names. We will be switching back
to reporting Sr and Jr as distinct from I and II.
Rating is a player's current numerical score in a given game
title. This is how well rated this player is. Higher score means a better
player in this title. It means nothing in any other title.
All players begin with a 5000 rating. A rating near 5000 can be
assumed to be an average player. 7000 is pretty good, 3000 is on the weak
side. But it pays to refer to the qualifiers before judgment is made.
Frequency is the total number of games played in a given
title. A player with a 5100 rating and only 1 game played is not yet
reliable information. It means that he has only one game on record which
he happened to win. Likewise a 4900 rating with a Frq of 1 means that he
lost his only outing. A Rate of 6385 with an "F-10" says that this player
has won approximately 8 out of 10 reported games and is planning on
taking another 50 or so of your points!
Opponents is the total number of individual opponents
played in a given title. A player showing only 1 opponent has little real
experience. If his rating is high, it is because he has been beating up
on the same single opponent, repeatedly. On the other hand, an “O-100”
means that this is another Tom Oleson who takes on all comers at all
times, no matter what their rating.
Remote play is the number of games played by mail, e-mail,
or any media other than directly face to face. A zero here means that
this player has shown no interest in any except Face To Face play. If his
"R" matches his "F", he has never actually seen a live opponent. It might
be questioned if such a player actually is a live opponent himself?
Tournaments is the number of face to face tournaments
participated in. To qualify for a tournament credit, the GameMaster must
turn in ALL of the tournament results to A.R.E.A. No individual games
should be reported within such a tournament, the GM should take care of
all of these at once.
If a GameMaster does not support A.R.E.A., players may submit
their individual games to A.R.E.A. for individual game credits, but they
can not receive a tournament credit in this manner.
A tournament must have at least ten players and consist of at
least three rounds of competition, in a game of the same title. The
tournament must be live and face to face.
A GameMaster or club officer may report the game results for
gatherings that do not qualify as tournaments as a service to their
constituents, as long as they are recognized by the group as an
"official". Games so reported will not count as tournaments, but will
obtain full credit as games played by all participants with corresponding
credits for Frq, Opp, Rmp, and Activity.
Remote Competitions is the number of organized events
played in remotely (by email, chat program or postal mail) including
such things as ladders, king of the hill, tournaments, or the like that has a
GameMaster, director, or administrator with some sort of structure assigning
opponents with an ongoing format.
Activity date is the date a game of this title was last reported by
this player. An activity date more than two years old drops this player
to inactive status. He is no longer ranked with the active players,
although he retains his rating and all qualifiers. Upon reporting a more
recent game, the player is immediately fully reinstated. If no activity
is shown for ten years, the player will be dropped from the rating list
for that title, and will have to begin over if another game is submitted
after that time.
Last updated is the date that any changes to our information
about a game were last made.
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