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NEW Game - The ATP Graphics Makers Tour

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:02 PM
ATP Graphics Makers Tour



Hello all and welcome to the new MTF game called the ATP Graphics Makers Tour.
This fun game was invented by the lovely Poiree :worship: who runs the WTA version of it.
Everyone who plays this on WTA World, please note that the ATP version is different, with more rules, a different voting system and more restrictions in choice of Task, so you do need to read the rules.

This is a game in which Graphic Designers of all levels of skill compete in creating graphics with the ATP general theme.
Everyone with a graphic editor program is welcome to play, even if you fear your skills aren't good enough, you should play – you can only learn and improve. :yeah:

To see what the general look of these graphics is, please visit Poiree and safinaferrero's great tennis graphics site: http://tennisgraphics.blogspot.com/

If you can't or don't want to create graphics, there is another role for you, which is just as vital as the Designer – the Judge.
By being a Judge, you can grade graphics and impart your own view on others' work.
There are even small vCash awards for Judges.

The rules might seam complicated at first to you, as there is quite a lot to read, but feel free to just jump in and commit, you'll see that you'll get the gameplay very quickly once you're playing.

If we get enough players for this game, we hope to get our own subforum soon, where we can spread out. :D

Below is the Summary you can read that will link to different Rule Sections that you can read the details of the game in. After the Summary, you can see the color-coded Schedule of the Tournament.

Go to the Australian Open Thread (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=136095) to commit for the game. :)

This is the Thread Map:

Intro Post
Summary Intro (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994453&postcount=2)
Summary: What does a GMT Tournament look like for a Designer? (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994460&postcount=3)
Summary: What does a GMT Tournament look like for a Judge? (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994464&postcount=4)
GMT Tournament Schedule (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994470&postcount=5)
1. Matches format (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994474&postcount=6)
2. Tasks (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994480&postcount=7)
3. The Task Pool (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994486&postcount=8)
4. Format and Dimension of Graphics / Graphic Hosting (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994494&postcount=9)
5. Judges (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994501&postcount=10)
6. Judging (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994506&postcount=11)
7. Qualifications/Seeding (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994511&postcount=12)
8. Set Scores (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994515&postcount=13)
9. Ranking (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994520&postcount=14)
10. Specials (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994529&postcount=15)

Please feel free to ask whatever you want about the game if it's not entirely clear to you. :)

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:03 PM
~Summary~


There are two basic roles which make up the gameplay of ATP Graphics Makers Tour, they are the Designer and the Judge.

As a Designer, you create graphics according to the task posed and compete with another designer in a best-of-three-sets format.
As a Judge, you evaluate and judge graphics in the competition and assign scores to them.

Each tournament has a Designers(Players) List and a Judges List.


Commitments >
Normally, a GMT tournament will open for commitments two weeks before the ATP tournament begins Main Draw play.
Commitments for both lists will close one week before the ATP Tournament's Main Draw play begins.

For the Designer's List late entries will be accepted if the Designer manages to send in the Quallifications Graphics in time. (Quallies explained below)
For the Judges List, late entries will be accepted all the way until the quarter finals of the GMT Tournament, at least for the first few GMT Tournaments.

If you'd like to create graphics and compete with other Designers, read What does a GMT Tournament look like for a Designer?

If you either can't, don't like to, or just don't feel like, working with images, but you'd still like to voice your opinions about others' work, you can sign up to be a Tournament Judge. You should start with reading What does a GMT Tournament look like for a Judge?

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:04 PM
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 (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994486&postcount=8) 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:


Quallifications >
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(s).
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 (48 hours).
At this point you can score others' graphics. You, of course, cannot score your own.

IMPORTANT: 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. :D

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 section.

You then continue playing in this way, creating three graphic a day, until you are either beaten or win the tournament.


Ranking >
Ranking points will be the same as on the ATP Tour.
Each player is awarded vCash in the amount of his given ranking points.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:05 PM
Summary - What does a GMT Tournament look like for a Judge?
(see post #5 for colour-coded Tournament Schedule)



If you decide to join a GMT Tournament and express your views on others' graphic work, you first need to sign up.
You can do that by simply writing "JUDGE - IN" in the Tournament's Commitment thread.

Commitments deadline is one week before Main Draw play of the ATP Tournament starts, but, at least in the beginnings of GMT, a tournament will take new Judges all the way until the quarter finals.
Judges who have been voting during the course of the entire tournament will, though, be rewarded with some vCash for their participation in this game. You can see the vCash awards table in the Judges section.

There is another feature of GMT that players define: The Task Pool.
This is a compilation of Tasks contributed by the players (both Designers AND Judges) 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 (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=7994486&postcount=8) 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.


Quallifications >
As a Judge, your work starts exactly 3 days before the first Main Draw match of the ATP Tournament begins. At that time, Quallifications Judging begins and you are presented with 3 graphics from each contestant which you can evaluate according to your own standards and principles of Judging.

The graphics will be organized into three categories, for the three tasks given to contestants:

1. Your pick for the winner of the ATP Tournament (this will be a graphic of an ATP player the Designer thinks(or wishes) could win the Tournament)
2. The ATP Tournament graphic (this will be a graphic of the Tournament itself)
3. Free Graphic (this will be a graphic whose content will be entirely dependant on the Designer and does not have to have anything to do with tennis)

You will be giving two grades for each graphic:

1. Objective - with this grade you will evaluate technique, composition, perspective etc. Basically, this grade expresses how well the graphic looks.
2. Subjective - with this grade you will show your own subjective thought of the graphic. Basically, here you give an intuitive grade reflecting the content and the overall look and feel of the graphic.

In the Main Draw, three grades are given, but they're limited to only two here, due to the large number of them, and to keep things simple for the Quallies.

You have two days to give out your grades, and you should post them in the Tournament's Play thread, NOT SEND THEM BY PM to the manager.

Designers themselves are also allowed to vote (except for their own graphic, of course) but they will be sending their votes by PM.
The author of each graphic will, of course, only be revealed after deadline passes.

To see which format voting takes, see the Judging Section.
Quallification and Seeding is specific in GMT, to see more, see the Quallifications / Seeding section.


Main Draw >
After the voting deadline, the manager(s) will tally up the votes and post the Quallification Ranking, Seeding and the Main Draw.

The next batch of graphics you can judge comes on the second day of the ATP Tournament.
Here's why:

Graphics 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, a designer has around 24 hours (or precisely - until the first ATP match of the NEXT day finishes) to send in his/her three graphics by PM to the Tournament Manager.
This retrospect viewpoint is one of the factors that makes GMT unique among tennis games.

So you get to vote again after the first match of the second day of the ATP tournament has finished.

This way you get to grade graphics made for the same matches you just watched yesterday, when the impression is still fresh.
This also makes it much more exciting for the Designers, as they get to use brand new photos.

After the Graphics are posted, Judging begins.
Each match is played in a one-on-one, best-of-three format. Each set is represented by a task given to both Designers. To read about tasks, go to Tasks Section, below.
When play starts graphics are posted and you can post your votes.

When you score a graphic, you assign grades to it in three categories:

1. Task Score
(how much the graphic accomplishes to represent the given task; the clarity with which the graphic conveys it's task)
2. Technical Score
(details of the graphic; perspective, blending, cropping etc.)
3. Overall Score
(your own subjective view of the graphic)
Go to the Judging Section to see this in detail.

Apart from the scores themselves, you are also encouraged to add comments on a graphic elaborating your grading, every designer likes feedback.

Please note that you CANNOT vote for just one of the graphics in a match. For your vote to be valid and count towards the final score, you must vote for both graphics competing in a match.
You do not, however, have to vote in all three sets for your grades to be valid.

After 24 hours, voting on the first and second sets is closed and results are posted.
If after the second set, a match is leveled, third set graphics are posted and voting carries on for another 24 hours.

Voting continues in this way until the Finals, when we get a winner.

After the Tournament ends, Judges who have been constant in their voting get vCash prizes as a small thanks.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:06 PM
Color-coded Schedule of a GMT Tournament


http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/198/gmtschedulehz8.jpg


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Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:07 PM
1. Matches Format


The matches are in a one-on-one format based on the draw and best of three (even in slams, as it would be much, much too time-consuming to design 5 graphics).

Each set is represented with a graphic designed according to the given task, so to play a GMT match you need to design 3 graphics.

If a player wins both the first and second set, the match is over and the third set graphics are posted, but not voted on.
If after the second set players are one set each, 3rd set graphics are posted for judging.

Matches are only played in the Main Draw, and the Qualifications Round has a different format. Read more about it in the Qualifications/Seeding format.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:08 PM
2. Tasks


A match is played in a best-of-three-sets format.
A set is played as a contest between two graphics, which are then voted on by other contestants and Judges.
The set tasks have a defined format :

First Set Task: Each pair of players is given a task drawn from The Task Pool randomly.
Second Set Task: Each player chooses between matches of the current round of the tournament designated by the GMT manager (number of suggested matches depends on round, table below).
Third Set Task: Each player chooses either a match-up or a player playing in the current round of the tournament, excluding any players or match-ups that the player had already done in the GMT tournament.

Number of 2nd set matches offered to GMT players by manager, by round:1/64[slams] – 8 matches
1/32 – 6 matches
1/16 – 5 matches
1/8 – 4 matches
Quarters – 3 matches
For Finals and Semis, all matches are offered.
Example:

If GMT players were playing Quarters of Doha '09 each player sends 3 graphics:

1st Set
Randomly drawn task from the task pool > Past Winner of ATP Doha
Choose between:1. Murray
2. Ljubicic
3. Federer
4. Escude
5. Koubek
6. El Aynaoui
7. Rios
8. Santoro
etc.
You make El Aynaoui.

2nd Set
Choose between (options decided by manager): 1. Federer - Kohlschreiber
2. Murray - Stakhovsky
3. Nadal - Monfils
You make Nadal - Monfils.

3rd Set
Chose between:1. Federer-Kohlschreiber
2. Murray-Stakhovsky
3.Roddick-Hanescu (but not Nadal-Monfils, as you already did that for Set 2)
4.Nadal
5.Federer
6.Murray
7.Roddick
8.Monfils
9.Kohlschreiber
10.Hanescu
11.Stakhovsky
You make Monfils.

Note: You CAN choose an individual player even if you had him in a match up earlier, and vice versa.
The graphic needs to be different in some way though, even if you choose the same original photo.
In the example above, you CAN use the same original photo of Monfils in both your designs, but the work on them CANNOT be identical.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:09 PM
3. The Task Pool


The first set of every match is a task drawn from The Task Pool.
Once commitments to a tournament are concluded, every Player and every Judge can send exactly one task to be included in the task pool. You should send this by PM to the GMT Tournament manager.
Sending a Task is not mandatory, but you're highly encouraged to do so.

You only get to send ONE task, and it should be sent anytime between conclusion of commitments and the beginning of the GMT 1st round. Everyone who doesn't send 2 days before Main draw play starts will be sent a PM reminding them of it.

The task given has to be relevant to the tournament played, here are some example categories of tasks: 1. Any player in the main draw (or final round of the quallification draw)
2. Any potential match-up in this year's draw
3. Any previous winner of the tournament
4. Any previous match in the past of the tournament
5. Any event that has happened in the tournament's history
6. Any infrastucture the tournament contains (courts, stands, grounds etc.)
7. Something in some way typical for the tournament
Etc.
You can also specifically state which format the graphic should be made in, such as in an avatar or a signature format.

Here are some of the formats or requests you can pose when setting the task: - avatar format
- signature format
- caption (you can then further specify an Internet meme, like "i can has...", "all ur ___ are belong..." "ur doin it rong" etc. anything you can think of and like)
- player must be on the ground
- player must be performing a backhand
- player must be celebrating a victory
- a certain aspect or quality of a certain player, such as: „Roger Federer – The best one-handed Backhand in the Game“, or „Novak Djokovic – The Entertainer“, or, say, „Andy Murray – A Sexy God“. :p
etc.
Make the tasks as simple or as complicated as you'd like, your imagination and the connection to the tournament played are the only limits.

The tasks will be drawn randomly and assigned to each match as the 1st Set Task. If someone draws their own task, the draw is repeated, so you can never play your own task.
If somehow there aren't enough tasks for all the matches, the manager will have to fill the list in.

If there are more people sending in the same tasks, they aren't drawn more then once – every task from the task pool is given just once. Also if a player has already done a task that's drawn for him/her, the task is redrawn.

Each tournament will have a post containing all the tasks in the task pool, it's sender(s) and the players it was drawn for.
The list will fill up as tasks are drawn, no tasks will be posted before they are drawn for a match.

IMPORTANT: You can send in any task you can think of, except for the two fixed tasks given in every Quallifications round, which are: Your pick for Tournament Winner and Tournament Graphic.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:10 PM
4. Format and Dimensions of Graphics / Graphic Hosting


There are 4 dimensions in which you can create your design in.
They are1. Avatar - 144 x 168 pixels
2. Signature - 800 x 260 pixels
3. Standard - 500 x 350 pixels
4. Poster - 500 x 500 pixels

IMPORTANT: To be a Designer in ATP GMT, you should have an account opened in one of the Photo Hosting Sites. Recommended are www.tinypic.com (http://www.menstennisforums.com/www.tinypic.com) or ImageShack (http://my.imageshack.us/) (but not photobucket, since they have your username in the link).
When you're finished with your graphics, you should first upload them to the site of your choice, and then send the links by PM to the Tournament Manager before the daily Deadline.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:11 PM
5. Judges


Designer + Judge
Every player is automatically entered in the Judges List.

If, for some reason, you do not wish to vote at all, you can ask to be removed from the list, but note that you will then not be allowed to vote at all, and even if you change your mind and post a scoring post, it will not be included in the match score.

To be excluded from the Judges List, just post „JUDGING - OUT“ in the Commitments thread.
Read about how to be a Judge below.


Judge
If you can't work with images, or just prefer not to make graphics but would still like to cast your vote, you can sign up to be a Judge.
As a Judge, you can grade each graphic made by GMT contestants according to your own esthetic taste and principles.

When play starts and graphics are posted, you can view and analyze the graphics and then post your grades in the tournament's thread along with any comments you might have.

Please send all your grades in one post, to make your grades easier to find.

If you wish, you can elect to be sent a reminder PM when graphics are posted for the next round of judging, summarizing all the matches for the day.

The Judging format is explained below, in the Judging section.

A Judge can also, and is encouraged to, contribute to The Task Pool.

If, by some chance, everyone on the Judges List has already voted, a Set can finish early and the next set can begin.
When a Set is finished, next set graphics are immediately posted and the scores from the set that just finished added up.
The final Set Score is the average value of all the Scores cast. See Set Scores section for details.

Every player is allowed to lobby for his/her match by reminding anyone on the Judges' List to vote and comment in his/her match, although mentioning which one is yours would not be fair and is not allowed.
PMs are, of course, private, so there is naturally no way to sanction this, and it remains on the player to keep the match fair. You wouldn't get much satisfaction by winning through biased judging as it's not really a reflexion of your skill or effort.

The Judges which are constant will be awarded with some vCash at the end of each tournament, according to this scale:

100 vCash – if you voted on every match(in total, so all sets) in the tournament, including all the Quallification graphics.
80 vCash – if you missed between 1 and 3 matches(incl. Quallies)
60 vCash – if you missed between 4 and 6 matches(incl. Quallies)
40 vCash – if you missed between 7 and 9 matches(incl. Quallies)
20 vCash – if you missed between 10 and 12 matches(incl. Quallies)

Special:
42 vCash – if you voted on ALL Main Draw matches but none in the Quallies

If you missed voting on more then 12 matches – no vCash for you! :p
A match is counted as voted on if you voted on all the sets played.
Players don't get vCash for judging, as they are already receiving vCash for ranking points.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:12 PM
6. Judging


Every Designer (except if you posted a decision not to judge in your post of commitment) can judge graphics in every match except in their own.
A Judge (who doesn't play) can grade graphics in every match.


Main Draw
You cannot grade just one graphic in a match, for your scores to be valid, you must grade both graphics.
You do not, however, have to grade all the sets for your scores to be valid.
A score (any number between 1 and 10, including both numbers) is assigned to each graphic in these three categories:1. Task Score
(how much the graphic accomplishes to represent the given task; the clarity with which the graphic conveys it's task)
2. Technical Score
(details of the graphic; perspective, blending, cropping etc.)
3. Overall Score
(your own subjective view of the graphic)
Categories explained in more detail below*
When play starts and graphics are posted, you post your scores, on the main tournament thread(both Designers and Judges post their scores in the main thread, there is no need for PMs), in this format:ROUND / MATCH / SET
Graphic A: TASK Score / TECHNICAL Score / OVERALL Score
Graphic B: TASK score / TECHNICAL Score / OVERALL Score
Example:

2 / 3 / 1
8 / 7 / 8
7 / 6 / 8

Other formats allowed:
b)
2/3/1
8,7,8
7,6,8

c)
2nd Rd, 3rd match, 1st Set
Graphic A: Task:8, Technical:7, Overall:8
Garphic B: Task:7, Technical:6, Overall:8

d)
2,3,1
A: 878
B: 768

And any other variants of it.

To post all your scores for all the matches for the set being played follow a format like this one:Round 1, 1st Set
Match 1: A:789, B:788;
Match 2: A:678, B:568;
Match 3: A:589, B:878;
Etc.
The constant, which HAS TO be adhered to, is the order of all the elements (> with scores, 1st one is the Task, 2nd one Technical, 3rd one overall, with graphics, A comes first, B second)
The order of the elements in bold and red, above, must be as shown.

If you want to make sure you haven't accidentaly mixed up the numbers, or you just plain have a short attention span :D, you should send your scores in format C for each match.
This can help you review your grades before you send, to make sure you haven't mixed up your grades, as, once you post, scores are definitive and unchangeable.
Any post that has been edited is disregarded in the final tally.

Any comments you have about the graphic are always welcome, and a player will most probably appreciate any feedback. Just please keep the criticism constructive. :angel:

Quallifications
The Quallifications Round has a different format then the Main Draw, both in play and in voting.
To read more, see Quallification / Seeding Section below.

When you post your grades(or send them by PM to the Manager, if you're a Designer) you give out two grades for each graphic:1. Objective Score – Technical quality of the image, details etc.
2. Subjective Score – Your own subjective grade based solely on your own preferences and esthetic criteria
Here's a suggestion on how voting for 10 sets of graphics should look like:Task 1
1(8,7), 2(5,6), 3(8,9), 4(5,6), 5(9,7), 6(7,7), 7(8,6), 8(8,10), 9(9,5), 10(4,9)

Task 2
1(8,7), 2(5,6), 3(8,9), 4(5,6), 5(9,7), 6(7,7), 7(8,6), 8(8,10), 9(9,5), 10(4,9)

Task 3
1(8,7), 2(5,6), 3(8,9), 4(5,6), 5(9,7), 6(7,7), 7(8,6), 8(8,10), 9(9,5), 10(4,9)
Or any other variant of this, so long as the order is respected.


*Main Draw Categories explained in more detail:1. Task Grade – with this score you grade how well you can understand the graphic; eg. if the task given is Safin vs. Ferrero, 2nd Round Wimbledon, you grade how well you think the graphic shows that it is just about that, and not something else. In this specific case, you should lower the score if the graphic shows the players on a surface other then grass, or if you can't clearly recognize either Safin or Ferrero. Similarly, you can heighten the score if the graphic somehow indicates that this is Wimbledon, or that it is the second round, or if there are groups of screaming fangirls, in this particular case. :D

2. Technical Grade – with this score you grade how well you think the graphic is composed technically. Blending, colors, perspective, cropping, fonts – this and many others factors are graded with this score.

3. Overall Grade – with this score you grade how well you personally like the graphic. While you should be objective in the previous two categories, in this one you are encouraged to give an intuitive grade, according to your own personal tastes and esthetic preferences.
You yourself can decide whether you will let this influence your grade or not, but you can even cast a lower or higher score depending on your own personal like or dislike for it's theme, if you wish to do so.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:13 PM
7. Qualifications / Seeding


ATP GMT has a very specific Qualifications Round, both in playing and in judging.

Purpose
This system was devised to keep Quallifications more open to anyone who is really interested in making graphics for the specific tournament they are playing, and give them a better chance to enter the Main Draw. In that sense, this Quallification system awards effort and interest in the tournament and, hopefully, makes up a Main Draw of players really interested in creating graphics for this specific event.


Tasks
Instead of individual matches, three tasks are set for the Qualification Round and they apply for all the players (EVERYONE in the entry list) – everyone does the same three tasks and they are each scored individually. Quallifications is an individual contest and is not played in a match format.

The three Quallification tasks are the same for each tournament.
They are:1. Your pick for the winner of the tournament
2. A graphic of the Tournament itself
3. A Free Graphic (anything you want, does not have to be related to tennis at all, your choice is completely unrestrained)
Grading
Instead of the 3 Scores given out in Main Draw matches (Task Score, Technical Score and Overall Score), Qualification matches are graded with only 2 scores: Objective and Subjective.1. Objective Score – Technical quality of the image, details.
2. Subjective Score – Your own subjective grade based solely on your own preferences and esthetic criteria
Deadlines
The Quallifications graphics acceptance time will run from the moment the commitments are closed, and the deadline is 72 hours(3 days) before the first main draw match is played.
Your three graphics will then be graded during the course of 2 days. All your scores will be added together and will then be put in ranking order with all the other graphics.

Ranking
For each graphic, both scores are added together.
The cumulative Quallifying Score is made up of a total of 6 numbers (Objective Score and Subjective Score, for all three graphics).
The Qualifying Score spans from 6 to 60.
The players are then ranked according to their scores.
If more players have the same amount of points, those with more 10s are ranked higher. If noone has any 10s, then those with more 9s are ranked higher etc.
Your Quallifying Score then defines the Quallifying Ranking.

Your Quallifying Ranking is then added to your Tour Ranking (the Ranking you were holding at the conclusion of commitments), and the average number determines your Main Draw Score. The players are then ranked and Seeded finally according to this score, the player with the lowest Main Draw Score being seeded 1st.

So the Formula is: Quallifying Ranking + Tour Ranking = Main Draw Score

Example (with three players):

Ranking during conclusion of commitments: Player 1 – 1st
Player 2 – 2nd
Player 3 – 3rd
Quallifications are played. Player 1 – graphic 1 (68) + graphic 2 (65) + graphic 3 (56) = 6+8+6+5+5+6=36

Player 2 – 56 + 64 + 68 = 5+6+6+4+6+8=35

Player 3 – 67 + 78 + 77= 6+7+7+8+7+7=42
Quallifications Ranking: 1st – Player 3
2nd – Player 1
3rd – Player 2
Main Draw Score: Player 1(1+2=3), Player 2(2+3=5); Player 3(3+1=4)

Player 1 is seeded 1st, Player 3 is seeded 2nd and Player 2 is seeded 3rd.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:14 PM
8. Set Scores


For each graphic, average scores are determined and then compared with the opponent graphic.

Example (with 5 votes) :

Graphic A gets: 565 673 569 6610 556
Task: 5+6+5+6+5=27; 27/5=5.4(rounded up that's 5)
Technical: 6+7+6+6+5=30; 30/5=6
Overall: 5+3+9+10+6=33; 33/5=6.6(rounded up that's 7)
Final Average Score: 567 = 18

Graphic B gets: 678 768 579 575 778
Task: 6+7+5+5+7=30; 30/5=6
Technical: 7+6+7+7+7=34; 34/5=6.8
Overall: 8+8+9+5+8=38; 38/5=7.6
Final Average Score: 678 = 21

Graphic B wins the set.

If the graphics get the same final score, they are considered to be tied at 6:6 and then the tie break is won by the player who has the most 10s. If there are no 10s or they both have the same number, then 9s are compared etc. until the winner is found.
If everything is identical – higher Main Draw seed goes through.

The „tennis set score“ is then calculated by ratios of the final scores.
(it's a bit of simple math work for the managers, if you're uninterested in the formulas, feel free to skip it)

In this example:
The winning graphic's final score is divided by 6;21:6=3.5
Then the other graphic's final score is divided by the number we just got to get the number of games the other player got.18:3.5=5.1
The score is then rounded up to the nearest possible value. In this case it's 5, and since we can't have a score of 6:5, and it would be unfair to round down to 4, we get the set score to be 7:5.

So, in this example, graphic B wins the set 7:5.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:15 PM
9. Ranking


The points breakdown is the same as it is on the ATP Tour.
If GMT gets enough players and starts off, every player will be awarded vCash equal to their number of points after the conclusion of the tournament.

Harmless
01-11-2009, 08:16 PM
10. Specials


In the first version of GMT, on WTA World, there is a Duels Thread, where you can practice in between Tournaments, and for fun.
ATP GMT has something to a similar purpose, but in a different format.

Between Tournaments, ATP GMT will run mini-tournaments – Specials.

A Special will be a short event, taking about three days, in which a theme will be defined, and then all the contestants will send in one graphic as their entry.

Example:

Say a contest is announced called „The Forehand Special“.
Designers will have 24 to 48 hours to create a 500x350px graphic on the subject of „Forehand“.
After the deadline, graphics are judged and top three are proclaimed.
These events are just for fun and practice, so no ranking points will be awarded, although vCash will be awarded to the Top 3 graphics. The vCash table will be defined later on.