As we build out more content, you'll be able to dig deeper into the history of the GridCard, where it's come from, and how it's been played.
But right now, if you looked at the site, you may have trouble understanding why it's called GridCard.
To help illustrate that, let's take a look at what this game looked like when it was played on paper (or in Excel).
When we first brought the GridCard online, that's the basic style that we followed. Here's what it looked like the first few weeks we played online:
It was faithful to the offline game, but once we had a dozen people playing, it became unwieldy. And it was WAY worse on mobile. To combat that, we came up with the view that you have become accustomed to on the site now. It can handle a lot more people, still allows you to compare your game against someone else (hint: click on their name), and looks great on mobile.
But there's something about that old grid view, especially once you learn how to read it. You can quickly scan it to see how you're doing, how someone else is doing, and if you've still got a shot at winning. When we introduced the ProGrid Tour, it was the perfect time to reintroduce the Grid View.
To see the new view, first click on the ProGrid Tour button at the top of the page. This view is only available when you're viewing your game against the ProGrid players. Why? There's just no way this would work well on more than 7 players.
Once you do that, you'll see the current week in the Grid View (still works best on your computer as opposed to a phone). You can also go to Past Weeks, choose any past week, and see the Grid View.
But what are you looking at? Let's see if I can talk you through it.
- Across the top you'll see the usernames of the ProGrid Tour players. If you're logged in, you'll see your username as well. Click on the name if you want to view their career achievements and stats.
- Each row is one matchup
- Each column is one player's picks
- Each cell contains a number and a letter. The letter is the first letter of the team that player picked. Let's take that Rhode Island and Duke game. If the player chose Rhode Island, you'll see an R. If they chose Duke, you'll see a D.
- If the letter is on the left, it means they chose the left team in the matchup. The way we ended up doing this on the site, that left team is also the top team in the matchup view. If the letter is on the right, it's the right (or bottom) team in the matchup. This will help you if Kentucky is playing Kansas.
- Red/Green/Yellow/Black. Depending on the outcome, you'll see different colors. It's black if the game hasn't been played, green if the player got it right, red if they got it wrong, and yellow if everyone lost because the matchup ended up right on the line.
Give the Grid View a try! Once you get used to reading it, I think you'll become adept at knowing if you have a chance at winning, and will easily be able to see who you should root for.