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Ranking Systems

There's an article on Life with Alacrity that Cap'n Cleaver passed on to me about ranking systems and it gives some notable examples from various games.

As we use a ranking system in Puzzle Pirates, I thought you all might find it interesting, too!

Collective Choice: Competitive Ranking Systems


Posted by Marninlouise

Not too interesting, Sorry Hypnos...

January 29, 2007 at 10:03 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Cassis

I suppose the sad (well, if you'd ask me) me moral of the story is that people don't want articles and information from blogs, especially if it's long articles and lots of words: they want short sentences, lots and lots of pictures, and surveys which determine what type of fruit or fiction genre the blogger in question is.

Personally, I'm more interested in yet more details about how the OM...er...OM client works. (As getting a disembodied ocean broadcast from someone who wasn't logged onto the ocean in question was odd, especially after I had to explain that no, I really got a message, I'm not mad, but was I really the only one who got it...? Either that, or the entire Three Rings company is staffed with rabbit fans.)

January 29, 2007 at 11:20 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Cassis

... /e stabs the second 'me'

January 29, 2007 at 11:21 PM PST | permalink

Posted by BrazenBecky

So among all these possible systems of ranking players, which does Puzzle Pirates use? I know my rankings on ice are hugely lower presumably from the more "elite" player population but you seem to be able to lose one battle and your ranking goes down while you can win several battles and your ranking stays the same.

January 31, 2007 at 12:41 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Hypnos

The Puzzle Pirates system is based on the ELO system. The article writes, "it means that a great player gains little from beating an average player, but an average player gains a lot from beating a great player."

Hah, and as for the system message, that's a feature that was added fairly recently and used infrequently when we need to deliver some sort of reminder to somebody but that person is not online.

January 31, 2007 at 10:21 PM PST | permalink

Posted by ruby_spoon

Absolutely fascinating - I particularly liked the way 'A tale in the desert' deals with cheating. Also very interesting to compare the PP system against all those, and the ways in which it has been tweaked to overcome the ELO shortcomings.

February 04, 2007 at 11:08 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Berx

not to sound stupid, but is there a ranking system like 1 hour of bilging=narrow and 2= solid or whatever if so, please tell me where.

February 20, 2007 at 07:15 PM PST | permalink

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