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Old April 22nd, 2010, 01:44 PM
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What does your spreadsheet look like?

Since I've been preparing for another tournament coming up at the end of May, I pulled out my old army analysis spreadsheet and started plugging ideas in. I know other people do this too:
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I've got about 12 or so armies in the spreadsheet...
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I make a spreadsheet of 30-40 armies, 75% of which I know have no shot of being selected.
I'm just wondering what they look like. Mine looks like this:

I have columns so that I think about how the army would respond to the common problems (Q9, Rats, etc.) and last time around I color coded stuff (those armies are all from the Eugene tournament in 2008, I went with something that's not even on the list) and figured out every army's threat range and life and other fun stuff. What do you have on your spreadsheet?
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 01:46 PM
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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

Wow.

I don't make one.

I usually just get out a sheet of looseleaf paper and start scribbling words on it. Then I phone a friend.

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(I've also played many matches with great, fun people who were using Q9. So using Q9 doesn't make you a tool. But being a tool sure seems to make you use Q9.)
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 01:55 PM
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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

phone a friend = spider_poison

This was a roll up sheet from my GCarmies 2009 spreadsheet from last year. Each event (I was playing in) had its own tab and the top 8 armies on each tab autopopulated on this roll up tab.



I use a master SS to house all the units in sortable, filterable fashion that also auto calculates points and hexes as units & quantities are designated. From there, I copy paste the chosen units into the current Army spreadsheet.

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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. I've never gotten around to making the master sheet to pull from, though I suppose I could use bixby's to start with.

And Jexik, I'm kind of surprised. I thought you'd rate higher on the autism spectrum scale. High enough at least for obsessive spreadsheets.
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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

I don't use spereadhseets, one's head is good enough in most instances here
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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

My spreadsheets usually goes like this -

Variation of Knight armies
Variation of Orc armies
Variation of Dwarf armies
Variation of Roman armies

I also have the "other" category. It usually invovles like Dividers, Drones, SB, Armocs, Blades, etc.

I also have a category -
Can it beat Q9? Can it beat rats? Can it beat the 10th? Can it beat 'trons?

phone a friend for me = fomox. Though it's usally through pm or e-mail.

I've got most of my Gen Con armies already nailed down to about 2 choices for each event. TreasureQuest is really making me think though.

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I don't use spereadhseets, one's head is good enough in most instances here
I agree. Rarely do the spreadsheets spawn an idea, they are simply tools I like to use. Also, I like nice clean printouts.

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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?



All the tan areas are editable. Type in the unit and all the stats appear. Further, put a * or ** in the column next to the unit and the special abilities (and synergies) appear below along with the current Power Ranking over on the upper right.

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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

I like to have the spreadsheet just to remember. Without it, I would certainly forget some silly/fun army I thought up.
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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

R˙chean, that is a thing of beauty.

I love spreadsheets, but for army composition I mostly do it on paper and in my head. Last year I had a simple notepad document to keep track of my main ideas for each event. This year it is random notes in the margins of handouts I get at boring presentations/meetings, and email and texts back and forth with MM. A couple events are basically done (assuming they'll be no Wave D2 by then), but the main event choice will probably keep changing until August.

Fun thread, yagyuninja.
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And Jexik, I'm kind of surprised. I thought you'd rate higher on the autism spectrum scale. High enough at least for obsessive spreadsheets.
I just suck at using spreadsheets.

I don't own a camera either, because I like using my memory when possible. I kind of want a camera now though, so I can show others what I'm talking about here.

I know the point totals and likely armies well enough at most events at this point that I know exactly what someone's playing when they say, "I'm playing Knights" or whatever. I'll usually spit out one or two solid builds and one will be the one they're playing.
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phone a friend = spider_poison
Yeah, when my mind isn't enough, I look for some corroboration. He told me to play Vanilla Ice in the first tourney I actually won,* and I convinced him to play Trons in the main event the last two years, and Stingers/Rats in the '08 mindshackle.

Those phone calls are usually about 95% of our tourney prep, honestly.

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(I've also played many matches with great, fun people who were using Q9. So using Q9 doesn't make you a tool. But being a tool sure seems to make you use Q9.)

Last edited by Jexik; April 22nd, 2010 at 08:19 PM. Reason: *Check out what MM says for a good laugh. He still sucked back then.
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Re: What does your spreadsheet look like?

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R˙chean, that is a thing of beauty.

I love spreadsheets, but for army composition I mostly do it on paper and in my head. Last year I had a simple notepad document to keep track of my main ideas for each event. This year it is random notes in the margins of handouts I get at boring presentations/meetings, and email and texts back and forth with MM. A couple events are basically done (assuming they'll be no Wave D2 by then), but the main event choice will probably keep changing until August.

Fun thread, yagyuninja.
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