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Scoring Levels

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Scoring Levels

Versus allows you to score your games in many different ways. Perhaps the key aspect is that of scoring levels though it is this very area that causes most confusion amongst users of the app. This blog post will hopefully answer any questions that anyone has about this and might give you some new ideas about what is possible with your score keeping and analysis.

Firstly, each instance of a Versus is effectively a match. As such you do not need to add, indeed you should not add, ‘match’ as one of your scoring levels. But you need to ask yourself what you want to consider as being a 'match'. It's not always as obvious as it may seem.

An example: Scrabble

Let’s take the board game Scrabble as an example. A single game of Scrabble is won by the player with the most points at the end of that game. A 'match' then could either be the winner of that single game or, if you are playing in a ‘best of’ type game, the match will be won by the person who reaches the target amount of games (i.e. 3 games in a best of 5 match).

In Versus, for the former example (i.e. you want to score each game as a match) you should have just one scoring level: "points". In the latter example (a best-of match) you would likely want to use two scoring levels: "points" and "games" (though if you are not interested in recording the actual points scored in your games of Scrabble then you would just need one level again, but this time: "games").

Essentially what you then need to decide upon is whether there is the possibility of there being multiple games within a single match. If there are, then, for games where you are also wanting to record points, you would need two levels.

Another example: Snooker and Pool

Let’s continue with snooker as the example. You could opt to just record the amount of games (or rather ‘frames’) that each person has won. If so then you would set up Versus to record only one scoring level for the game Snooker (with the associated labels set to ‘frame’ and ‘frames’). You might however also wish to record the points scored in each frame. In that case you would set the scoring levels to two and label them as points (level 1) and frames (level 2). This is the example used in the image attached.

For Pool (9-Ball or 8-Ball etc) on the other hand, you would only ever really need one level of scoring ("frames") as there are no points scored in Pool.

Summary

In essence, you need to ask yourself two questions when determining scoring levels:

  1. Might the match consist of more than one game (i.e. best of 3 etc) or will there only ever be one (e.g. a boxing match or a football match).
  2. Is it worthwhile / interesting / useful to record points scored. In other words: ‘what level of detail might I want to see when reviewing my scores?’. If you are happy knowing how many games/frames you score on average then go with just one level. If however you would like to see an average of how many points you score in each game then set it up to record both levels.

There is a further consideration too which involves when you are adding the scores and the 'granularity' options that come with that. But that is for another post. This one has been confusing enough....

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