Preparing For Your First Tournament
When you install the program for the first time, only one format
is provided. It is called Default. This format exists internally to the
bracket and cannot be edited or deleted. It is provided as a frame of reference
for you to create your own custom formats.
you start the program after registration, it will prompt you to start a New
Tournament. Click on the Edit button located to the top-right corner of
the box (shown on the right). This will allow you to create and edit your own
Another box, the Format Manager, will appear showing an almost empty list with a
range of buttons to the right. The easiest way to create your own format is to
make a copy of an existing one and modify it. To perform this operation, select
a format (Default if this is the first time) and click on the Copy
button. A new format titled "Copy of ..." will be created. You can
select this new format and click on the Edit button.
Alternatively, starting from version
18.104.22.168, you can install formats from the discussion
A new, larger box titled Format Editor will appear with lots of options to edit
(the picture isn't
shown in the text due to its size):
The first, probably the easiest, is to enter a new name for
the format you are creating.
Next, are the General Format Options:
|| Here the points for each match can be
selected. Seven common formats are provided for quick selection, but if
none of these are suitable, select Other. Another box will appear
allowing you to assign the match points for each round. The Semi-Final
and the Final points are always for the second-last and last rounds
respectively. Depending on the number of players in the tournament, rounds
3 to 9 may not be used, but the finals are always used. Also, at the
bottom is the tournament type: Single and Double.
Select the elimination type and when happy, click on the OK button.
|Time for boots:
||Enter the maximum time you will allow a
player to be booted for here. For most tournaments, a seven minute boot
period is normal.
||Clicking on this button will pop-up a box
where you can enter the time limits for the matches in each round. When
a match goes over this time, the table will start flashing, highlighting
that the match is over time and that the host's intervention might be
|| Enter the time the rules will be played
in the lobby. Any text string can be entered here. This may be left blank
if desired and can be entered before (or even after) you start a new
||Like the "Rules time" above,
enter any text string to represent when the tournament is scheduled to
start. This can also be left blank like the "Rules time".
||Enter your host name here. Like the
"Rules" and "Start" times above, you may also leave
this and the following three fields blank and enter them in when you start
a new tournament (or edit them after the tournament has been created).
|Host player's name:
||Enter your normal playing
||Enter the co-host's name here.
Normally this would be left blank and entered when a new tournament is
||The co-host's players
nickname goes here, but as mentioned above, this would normally be left
Finally, there is the Message Editor. The message
editor is where all the standard messages for posting into the lobby are
entered. To select the message you would like to edit, select the message
from the drop-down list. As you select a message to edit, the current
message is shown below in the area labelled "Enter Message".
Either modify the existing messages or type your own new messages. To add
special symbols and "tokens", click on the little grey cube
shape above the message editor. Tokens are special
codes that are preceded by a % symbol and are very important for the
message. An expanded version of the message (replacing tokens with actual
messages) is shown at the bottom. Go through all messages customising them
to your desire.
Another part of the format to edit is the Player
points. Click on this button at the top-right corner of the box to
edit the points that players received for playing in the tournament. These
are used as part of a ranking system that most rooms maintain. Refer to
your room's points allocations on how this is to be set. Click here
for more information on setting up the points.
The final part of the format that can be edited if desired
is the seating arrangements for the rounds. Click on the Player seating
button to select which table each round starts from by default.
Once all the name, format, messages and player points have been
set, click on the OK button to go back to the the Format Manager.
When you have finished creating/editing all your formats that
you would like, click on the OK button in the Format Manager to
save the formats you have created/edited. You are now ready to host a tournament
using the format you have just created/edited.