Summary - What does a GMT Tournament look like for a Designer?
(see post #5 for colour-coded Tournament Schedule)
If you decide to join a GMT Tournament, first you should announce your commitment
to play in the Tournament Commitments
thread. (If the game gets enough players and we get our own subforum, there will be a separate thread for commitments, and a separate one for playing)
You can do this by simply writing "DESIGNER - IN
Every player can also be a Judge
and you are AUTOMATICALLY
entered into the Tournament's Judges List
If you do not wish to score others' graphics in this tournament at all - if, for whatever reason, you do not want to be a Judge - you can also state that in the same post, by writing "JUDGE - OUT
Please note that in that case you are off the Judges list definitively
and, even if you do change your mind and decide to vote somewhere in the course of the tournament, your vote will not be counted.
There is another feature of GMT that players define: The Task Pool
This is a compilation of Tasks
contributed by the players that are then randomly drawn as the 1st Set Task for each Main Draw GMT match.
Every Designer and every Judge is allowed to contribute to The Task Pool.
You get to send in only one task, which is in some way connected with the ATP Tournament played.
See The Task Pool
Section for details.
You can send in Tasks for The Tasks Pool from the time commitments end to the time that Main Draw matches of the GMT Tournament begin.
When commitments deadline is over (one week before main draw play)
, Quallifications Round
for the Tournament officially starts.
Quallifications are described in more detail in the Quallifications / Seeding
sections in post #12, but this is what you will have to do to play:
From the time that commitments are closed, you have 4 days
(96 hours) to create three graphics
on the given subjects, the graphic being no larger than 500 pixels in width
, and no larger then 350 pixels in height
When you are finished, you need to upload your graphics
to a hosting site somewhere on the Internet (read more in the Format and Dimensions of Graphics / Hosting
Section, in post #9) and then send the links
to them by PM to the manager
You can send them one at a time if you wish, it doesn't have to be all three in one PM.
The Quallifications Round for every tournament is the same
; the same three tasks are assigned and EVERY DESIGNER IN THE ENTRY LIST
has to submit his designs to be eligible for the Main Draw.
GMT Main Draw play is in a one-on-one match format, but Quallies ARE NOT
. They are an individual contest
, where your ranking is determined by your place in the graphics' final score table.
For every tournament Quallification Round, the same three tasks are offered
, they are:
1. Your pick for the winner of the ATP Tournament
(you make a graphic showing the player who is your pick for the winner)
2. The ATP Tournament graphic
(you make a graphic to represent the ATP Tournament being played)
3. Free Graphic
(for this graphic, you are completely unlimited in your choice of subject, it does not have to be related to tennis at all, it can be completely abstract, whatever you want)
When the Quallifications deadline ends (4 days after end of commitments, 3 days before ATP Main Draw play
), all graphics are posted in the Tournament play thread by the manager(s).
The graphics are then judged and assigned points to during the course of two days
At this point you can score others' graphics
. You, of course, cannot score your own.
The Quallies, besides having a different playing format, have a different Judging format. Instead of three scores in Main Draw play, you assign only two scores in the Quallies
, and all your grades are sent via PM to the managers
, not posted in the thread. (As, clearly, people would assume which graphic is yours because it isn't on your voting list.)
Judges who are not playing will be posting their scores in the thread.
When the deadline of two days for Judging passes, all scores will be tallied and the Quallifications Ranking List
will be published.
Your Quallifications Ranking
will then be added to your Tour Ranking
to create the Seeding List
This system is designed to award those Designers who are particularly interested in the current tournament they're playing, and to boost their chances of higher seeding if it's a tournament they're really interested in.
Main Draw >
In the last day before Main Draw play starts, Seedings are calculated and Draws posted.
ATP Graphic Makers Tour
is a game that focuses on the esthetic experience of the ATP Tournament, and that is why in GMT play starts AFTER the first ATP match of the day is FINISHED
From that moment, you have around 24 hours (1 or two days, depending on the round and the tournament) to send in your three graphics by PM to the Tournament Manager
This retrospect viewpoint is one of the factors that makes GMT unique among tennis games.
GMT is not about predictions, it is all about YOUR OWN view of the matches.
Also, the fact that you get to make graphics of the matches you just saw, with the emotions and experiences still fresh, makes it much more exciting.
There's also the added benefit that you'll train your eye very well, as you'll most likely always be, at least partially, watching the match while thinking about which shots would look really great on a graphic.
After 1st day's play of the GMT Tournament ends (with the end of the first ATP match of the tournament day), graphics are posted for judging, in a one-on-one, best-of-three-sets format, according to the Draw.
Also 2nd day's play begins and you are again tasked (if you win your match, or if the format is of the Round Robin) to create three graphics for Day 2.
The exact tasks for a Main Draw match are explained below, in the Tasks
You then continue playing in this way, creating three graphic a day
, until you are either beaten or win the tournament.
Ranking points will be the same as on the ATP Tour
Each player is awarded vCash in the amount of his given ranking points.