Ahoy, commanders! Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night – sweat soaking your sheets, a scream fighting to tear its way out of you – all because you were going to face a new army tomorrow and you weren’t sure how you were likely to fair against them? Yeah, me neither. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t share my curiosity in how a game’s meta is shaping up. Well, wonder no longer, friends. I’ve started putting a fair amount of effort into actually living up to the slogan, “We have stats. Stats are cool”. Which brings me to the announcement of iToysoldiers Release 4.2-rc10.
The main focus of this release is to total revamp the battle statistics for game systems and their associated factions. There’s some minor visual tweaks that make the pages look better and give you a better idea of what content is associated with a given game or faction and the battle meta page has been completely redone but the real meat is in the statistics.
Every game system or army/faction that’s been involved in a battle now has a link to “Battle Stats” for that army or game. I’m going to use my favorite army, the Dark Eldar as an example. So if you zip over to the Dark Eldar Stats page (or you can follow along with your favorite army) you’ll see something like this:Here's what the new army stats page looks like using REAL Dark Eldar stats
The first row provides some high level numbers: the number of battles, the number of players, the number of battlefields an army game has been seen at, and the number of factions it has fought against (for game systems this number is the number of factions that have fought battles). Each is linked to a table (or list in the case of battles) that provides some information about the number of battles, the W/L/D numbers and the average battle score.
After that is a handful of spiffy charts. Let’s talk about ‘em now, shall we?
Battles over time
This is just a simple display of all the battles reported by the faction or game.
Average Battle Score
Until I get a better system in place, average battle score is the current mechanism to provide relative rankings between players and armies. It’s an average of the total battle result value divided by the battles that the faction has been the primary faction (no, being an ally faction doesn’t contribute to the battle score). Since this just a number between 1 and 5 (5 being the highest) it gets to be a gauge.
Pretty much what you’d expect: a chart that shows how many battles were a victory, a draw, or a defeat. Goes along with the Average battle score chart nicely, dontcha think?
Most Battles Leaderboard
This one’s fun: who’s the commander who fights the most battles? You can, of course, see the full list on the Player tab.
Commander Survival Impact
This one is fun and the start of metrics that aren’t quite as pedestrian as a simple count. What this chart shows is based on the criteria of commander survival, how many battles did this army win. I know Warmachine/Hordes players won’t get a ton of use out of this chart (assassination rule and all that) but for most other games it’s kind of interesting. So for Dark Eldar, if my commander survives the battle players win 58% of the time. With CSM it’s about 75%. It also shows the results based on the commander being slain. Handy to know whether you should consider protecting your commander at all costs.
Opponent’s Army Impact
This is a riff on the Commander Survival impact chart except it shows the results based on the faction of the opponent. Here’s where you can see how well the given faction does relative to other armies. So in our Dark Eldar example, Space Wolves are the army of choice to go against. DE win 72% of the time against these guys. Avoid the Tyranids. At all costs. The faction does the best against armies in the upper right hand bit of the graph.
One caveat: A faction will have had to play against the opponent’s faction at least five times to get on this chart. So if you don’t see your faction then you need to get those games in so that the metrics are more relevant.
Can you tell I really dig these “impact” charts? This one displays the impact of the allied factions brought to the battle. In the Dark Eldar example I think it’s clear that I need to bring Harlequins.
Most Battles Against
This chart displays the total battles against the top five factions that an army has played against. It’s pretty pedestrian, just a simple count, but interesting.
And that’s all I have for now. I plan to add more as they come to me and if you have some suggestions do not hesitate to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I aim to please. Oh yeah! Don’t you worry! Player stats will be getting a similar treatment really soon.