Best way to do relationship charts?

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Post Post #0  (ISO)  » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:55 pm

So if you've ever gone into one of my confessionals, I tend to do these relationship charts where I color people's names in green if I'm close with them, pink if they're an easy target, yellow if they're a threat, etc, and give a short comment on them.

I think it's a really good and easy to read way of seeing what one person is thinking about his competitors. But I always feel like what falls short in that format is trying to say what I think of the relationships of other people.

Like for example, if I was a spectator, or I was a player trying to map out people's motivations and I wanted to do something similar, to try to put everybody's relationships, alliances, and personal agendas into one easy to read document, is there any known good format for that?

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Post Post #1  (ISO)  » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:08 pm

relationship nexus with different coloured nodes/connections
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Post Post #2  (ISO)  » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:16 pm

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Post Post #3  (ISO)  » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:19 pm

I mean, it doesn't leave much room for description but something like this would work well on a larger tribe if you're just trying to summarise

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and then you can go into the specifics underneath

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Post Post #4  (ISO)  » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:31 pm

A lot of people use webs and colour code them. I can't say I've seen people include threat level in their assessments though, so that's a cool metric you got there.
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Post Post #5  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:33 am

i have no idea what lsgs are like but this is an interesting problem
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Post Post #6  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:40 am

oh yeah i agree with captainmeme
can imagine your representations of gamestates right now as an N-by-1 matrix where for each of N players you measure your relationship with them while you could instead have an N-by-N matrix where you measure each person's relationship with each other person's relationship. The diagonal of this matrix can just be greyed out (or set to maximum affinity...)
it'll be harder to see all your notes in one place since they'll likely be truncated from cell to cell, but if you make the table right you'll be able to "focus" on particular players and see all your notes about them listed in full together
there might be some cool mathy things you can do with matrices like these to maybe predict relationships between people or other dynamics, but i'm not sure if such things would fit the context of an LSG game or not; interesting to ponder sometime maybe
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Post Post #7  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:18 am

the only problem is if you want to denote multi person alliances. maybe give each alliance a code, and add the codes people share into their corresponding relationship box?
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Post Post #8  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:22 am

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Post Post #9  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:42 am

In post 7, randomidget wrote:the only problem is if you want to denote multi person alliances. maybe give each alliance a code, and add the codes people share into their corresponding relationship box?

Add another row/column for the alliance!
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Post Post #10  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:13 pm

you should play one and try it out imo,,,
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Post Post #11  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:30 pm

Here's how I did mine in #2016:
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Post Post #12  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:32 pm

In post 8, Fluminator wrote:Image



yeah... the reason I made this thread is because the nodes-edges thing is kinda hard to scale, especially from the spec POV who sees all

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Post Post #13  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:38 pm

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Post Post #14  (ISO)  » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:36 pm

In post 8, Fluminator wrote:Image


I'm so happy someone else made use of this chart haha. Still the craziest thing I've ever done to figure out shit in the merge.

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Post Post #15  (ISO)  » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:30 am

sorry, I only do voting charts:

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Post Post #16  (ISO)  » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:22 pm

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Post Post #17  (ISO)  » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:14 pm

the best thing about that round was that what actually happened wasn't on the spreadsheet


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