Ghosts in the Machine

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Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Guns of Brixton » 27 Aug 2020, 21:15

Not everyone is aware that the PlayDip ratings that you can look up and admire with a premium membership only shows those players that have been active for the past 3 months. After that a player's stats can still be queried by name and her ranking appears as if she were still on the active player list, but the player is no longer shown in the rolls of the top players.

Now many of those players are legends of this site, achieving hundreds of solos (collectively), winning famous tournaments and leaving us spellbinding AARs, but unless you played them way back when, their accolades are lost in the bowels of the archived games. I propose to remedy that somewhat and maintain a list of the top ghosts of PlayDip yesteryear. So far I have come up with 72 players that faded into ghost status with standard ratings of 1500 or more, including 9 with ratings above 2000. Considering there are currently only 51 active players above the 1500 threshold and just 5 above 2000 and considering I'm sure my research is just the tip of the iceberg, I'd say the ghosts represent a pretty important subset of PlayDip lore. Please feel free to add names that I've missed or let me know when ghosts have returned to the ranks of the living.

Ghosts with Std Rating of at least 1500 with rating, followed by games played: solos, draws (losses):

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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Guns of Brixton » 27 Aug 2020, 21:42

Or for completeness, here is the list of the ghosts I've found (in red) interspersed with the current 52 players above 1500 standard rating:

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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Audacia » 27 Aug 2020, 21:53

Legends indeed. Hopefully, time will see the return to the active ranks for some of these accomplished players.
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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Woolgie » 27 Aug 2020, 22:47

Wait, Durkeety is a ghost? Where did they go?
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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Fatmo » 27 Aug 2020, 23:09

Too bad the records of the old hall of fame, when they used the fading echoes scoring system, were lost. Legends like Sock were high up there. Also impostors like me :)
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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Custer » 28 Aug 2020, 00:01

WHSeward and dib are still around.

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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Guns of Brixton » 28 Aug 2020, 01:35

Custer wrote:WHSeward and dib are still around.


Woolgie wrote:Wait, Durkeety is a ghost? Where did they go?


They may be active in the forum or around the site but none of these guys have played a game in 3 months and so don't appear in the standings. No fear though - as soon as they join in a game again they will reappear like magic in their appropriate spot in the ratings tables. Like me, for instance, when I emerged from hibernation this week.
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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby Guns of Brixton » 28 Aug 2020, 01:37

Fatmo wrote:Too bad the records of the old hall of fame, when they used the fading echoes scoring system, were lost. Legends like Sock were high up there. Also impostors like me :)


I know - I joined immediately after the "new" scoring system was implemented 7 1/2 years ago. If there was a way of including them (you) in this I would but there was no carryover between the old ratings and new.
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Re: Ghosts in the Machine

Postby sock » 18 Sep 2020, 06:56

Fatmo wrote:Too bad the records of the old hall of fame, when they used the fading echoes scoring system, were lost. Legends like Sock were high up there. Also impostors like me :)


Hey, when did I ever become a legend? Nice to be remembered....
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