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RTG '22 | General | Race Selection, Career Progression
AbhishekLFC
Season 6 is ready to run! RTG is back for the 2022 season, and it's the sixth year that we'll be following our riders looking to make a name for themselves in the world of cycling. Last season was another step towards world domination with more riders than ever taking up the reins of their professional journey. They're back again to continue on their illustrious 'Road to Glory'.

For those who will be returning to the game, you will be familiar with the rules, but there are some important changes to look into (especially in the Specialization and GP sections). For everyone else who's interested, please do give the rules a read and feel free to ask any questions in the thread or PM me for clarifications.

ABOUT THE GAME

What is it?
Road To Glory is a Story Game where you start as a 19-year-old neo-pro about to be signed by one of the teams in the world of cycling. You lead your cyclist through his career, choosing whichever path you want to take towards glory.

Game Summary
The first step is to select a specialization for your cyclist. Your cyclist is allocated a specific number of stat-points which forms the base from which he starts to grow.

Next, you will be given a choice of teams to select as your first destination. Details about each team’s riders, and their strengths and weaknesses will be posted before the team selection process. Choose your team wisely to maximize the growth potential of your riders.

As races are covered in the season, your cyclist takes part in them and his results award him points, which in turn affect his growth potential, which determines the amount of statpoints he receives at the end of the season for growth.

Rider Creation
Set-up your rider with the following details:
• Name
• Nationality
• Specialization
• Favourite Team (from the ones in the game)
• Career Goal
• Height
• Weight

Feel free to put up a small write-up about your rider, maybe a paragraph or two, giving more details about their background, traits, etc. This may or may not influence the first and corresponding contract offers. Please read the rules in the spoiler below before signing up with your riders.

Rider Creation Rules
Spoiler
• Only male riders.
• No suggestive/vulgar names please. I will take the final call in approving your rider’s details.
• Dual nationalities are not allowed. If desired, feel free to mention riders who’ve moved countries/received dual nationalities in their back-story.
• Please assign realistic career goals to your cyclists. For example, a climber with a career goal of winning Paris-Roubaix will not be accepted.
• Career goals can be as ambitious or as simple as you can think of, provided they meet the criteria in the last point.

List of Available Nationalities
Spoiler
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina-Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Costa-Rica
Cote-dIvoire
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech-Republic
Denmark
Dominican-Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Gabon
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guam
Guatemala
Guyana
Hong-Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Namibia
Netherlands
New-Zealand
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto-Rico
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
San-Marino
Saudi-arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South-Africa
South-Korea
Spain
Sri-Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Thailand
Timor
Trinidad-and-Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United-Arab-Emirates
United-Kingdom
United-States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zimbabwe


Selecting Specialization and Statpoints
Select a specialization for your cyclist from one of the following:
1. Stage Racer
2. Climber
3. Puncher
4. Sprinter
5. Northern Classics
6. Classics (mix between Puncher and Northern Classics)
7. Time-Trialist
8. Fighter
9. Barouder
10. Roluer

Riders with each type of specialization get a different combination of stat-points, plus some stat-points will be available for customization. There will be a ceiling for every type of stat at every age.

At the end of the season, each rider will receive some statpoints which you can assign to them as you want. The stat-points a rider receives is equal to their Growth Potential.

There will be no statpoint increase for a rider beyond the age of 30.

[New] Twice in their careers, at the age of 24 and 29, at the start of that season, RTG riders will get the option of changing their specializations to an adjacent specialization. Details will be shared after sign-up.

Growth Potentials (GP)
Every rider will start with a GP of 11. GP ranges will vary as below:
• Rider aged 19-20: GP will be 10-12
• Rider aged 21+: GP will range from 11-16

Rider GPs will take a jump from 11 to 13 (both default values) when they reach age 21. GPs can be higher or lower than 11 at age 20 depending on the GP recalculation rules defined below.

Rider GPs will be recalculated every season, at the end of that season. The recalculations will follow a 30-40-30 rule, wherein the top 30% performers will receive a +1 GP boost, the next 40% riders will retain their previous GP, and the bottom 30% performers will receive a -1 GP deduction.

The above recalculations will be done against all contracted riders of the same age in the game, and not against only the RTG riders of the same age. With this rule, if a rider falls in the top 30% of all contracted riders of their age, they will receive a +1 GP boost. If they are in the middle 40%, their GP will remain the same. If they are in the bottom 30% in terms of scoring, they will receive a -1 GP deduction.

• The last GP recalculation for a rider will happen when they are 35 years old, after that season is over.
• The amount of statpoints a rider receives at the end of the season will be equal to their GP.
• Statpoints increase will be done after GP recalculations.
• The higher the GP, the more coveted is the rider in the peloton (actual stats are also important). In this regard, GP is also a reflection of rider reputation.

[New] For 2022 season only, all riders are getting a statpoint (GP) boost equal to 2x the number of years they have already spent in the game. For example, if your rider has been in the game since the first (2017) season, you get a statpoint boost of (2x5 =) 10. If your rider joined last season, you get 2 extra statpoints than your current GP. You can use the total statpoints to improve your rider in Career Progression. This is to help them catch up with the rest of the peloton, and especially their age group riders. The Career Progression system is also slightly modified. Details will be shared when it is time for the same.

Rider Scoring
Points will be awarded to riders depending on their results. These points will be used to make GP recalculations at the end of every two years. Points awarded for each race will depend on the category of the race the rider attended.

The points file is available here: https://www.dropb...etp2a416w6

Selecting Teams and Contracts
Once riders have been created, you will receive contract offers from three teams for your rider. Team options that you receive will depend on the riders needed by a team and nationality. Two of these offers will be from teams matching the criteria above. The third offer will be from a wildcard team.

Contract lengths vary from 1 to 3 years in the game. It is more likely that your first contract will be of either 1 or 2 years. You might get a 3-year contract if you match a team’s requirements perfectly.

For every consequent contract discussion, your rider will receive offers from teams depending once again on riders they need, nationality, your rider’s stats and GP. A champion team will wish to sign a rider with a higher GP. Similarly, a lower ranked team is more likely to chase a rider with a lower GP. This is not to say that we will be looking at a situation where the best riders will only be signed by the best teams. A contract offer will be a result of a combination of all four factors mentioned above. The relative weights depend on the team in question.

Teams
There will be 22 teams in this game, with 21 teams continuing from last season (Qhubeka ASSOS do not continue), and 1 new teams joining. All teams will take part in all races. All teams will be in the same division.

For cyclists at their peak, teams will follow an IRL pattern of recruiting riders, for example, Quickstep will have a tendency to recruit more classics specialists while Movistar will prefer climbers/punchers. Region focused teams will prefer riders who are either from their focus regions or from other countries speaking their language. For young cyclists, teams will tend to recruit riders for specializations they lack in, so as to allow the young cyclists enough space to grow. Again, this does not mean that there will be no variability in recruitment. Cases like the Izagirres and the Herradas leaving Movistar to join Bahrain Merida and Cofidis respectively may also happen. Also, a team having three stage racers will almost never look for another stage racer even if there’s a strong stage racer with high GP available. I will change some of the teams’ recruiting patterns, to better cover the globe, but will mention those when the teams are introduced.

A team standings will be maintained as both a Points race and an Olympic format of the count of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals won by each. Better teams will tend to go after better riders, both in terms of stats and GP. It has to be remembered that the final act of receiving a contract from a team depends on a combination of Stats, GP, Specialization and Focus Region. Each team will have its own unique weight for these factors, by which they will shortlist potential new recruits.

The Team List is available in the spoiler below. The team details will be made available here:

Team List
Spoiler

1. AG2R Citroën Team
2. Astana Qazaqstan Team
3. Bahrain Victorious
4. BORA - hansgrohe
5. Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
6. Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7. EF Education - EasyPost
8. Groupama - FDJ
9. Hagens Berman Axeon
10. INEOS Grenadiers
11. Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Materiaux
12. Israel - Premier Tech
13. Jumbo-Visma
14. Lotto Soudal
15. Movistar Team
16. Quick Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17. Team BikeExchange - Jayco
18. Team DSM
19. Trek - Segafredo
20. UAE Team Emirates
21. Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
22. Vini Zabù


The updated DB is available here: https://www.dropb...fl7t1ynseo

Calendar
The calendar will consist of 41 races, and 177 RDs, along with the U25 World Championships. It will consist of the following break-up:
1. 3 Grand Tours – 63 RDs
2. 5 Monuments – 5 RDs
3. 15 Stage Races – 90 RDs
4. 19 One Day Classics – 19 RDs
5. U25 World Championships: Individual Time Trial and Road Race

There will be 10 U25 races – 6 stage races and 4 classics, covering 40 race-days, and they are included in the race and race-day breakup given above.

Note
Only those races will be played in 3D which have custom riders. The others will be simulated.

Riders will pick their own calendars based on the rules in the spoiler below. Non-custom riders will be picked by me for every team for each race.

The calendar is available here: https://pcmdaily....st_1413740

Calendar Selection Rules
Spoiler
1. Till age 23
a. Max 60 RDs
b. Max 2 GTs

2. Age 24 – 32
a. Max 90 RDs

3. Age 33 and above
a. Max 75 RDs

4. Clashing races cannot be picked.


Trainings
You can select trainings for your young riders in blocks of 5 days. You can train your rider for a maximum of three blocks, i.e., for 15 days, in a year. However, it is to be remembered that training your riders will reduce available RDs for your riders by the number of days for which you train them. Each block of training adds to the rider’s score which will be used in GP recalculations.

The trade-off between training and races is that your rider will lose possibly higher points from race results in exchange of guaranteed scoring from training. The amount of points that a rider will receive for training is available in the points file.

Riders above the age of 25 cannot be trained and training effectiveness reduces as the riders become older.

There will be no training specialization to be decided.

Race Reporting
Race reports will include a short write-up on the key events of the race, with a focus on how the custom riders got along. Stage and Race results for a stage race and Race results for a classic will be included at the end. Races without any custom riders will only have the stage and final results, as applicable.

Reports will be available in the Calendar and Race Results page.

Miscellaneous
• The game is currently in the year 2022.
• All riders retire at the age of 36, after that season. However, you are free to retire your custom riders at the end of any season and start over. Riders can be handed over from one person to another, even exchanged by mutual agreement, after a season. However, you are not allowed to be in control of more than one rider at a time.
• Riders begin to decline from the age of 33, before the season starts. Rate of decline depends on GP at the time and is faster for a lower GP. Riders will decline faster for non-specialization stats (for a sprinter, the non-specialization stat would be MON, HIL, etc.).
• As far as possible, races will have different variants every season depending on what I have available. Feel free to suggest race routes.
• At the end of a season, other riders in teams might be retained or released depending on what I feel the team needs going ahead. Custom riders are free to share their thoughts on who they feel should join their team/not continue in their team if they want. This may or may not be considered when I take those decisions.

Cheers Smile

Latest DB: https://www.dropb...fl7t1ynseo
Points File: https://www.dropb...etp2a416w6
Calendar: https://pcmdaily....st_1413740
Career Progression: https://www.dropb...w9ix2froet
Race Selection: https://www.dropb...zwmuuffh05
Riders: https://pcmdaily....st_1413650


Game Running Information
Spoiler
PCM Version: PCM 20
Database: PCM.daily 2022DB
The race reporter will play as a control team of three riders with stats which should allow them to stick with the pack in Stage Races. These riders will not affect the rest of the peloton in any way.

SIGN-UPS ARE NOW OPEN. Sign-up is done by indicating your interest in this thread and creating your rider (this does not need to be done immediately, deadline will be provided in due course).

If you are a Returning player, please also indicate your willingness to continue.

For details as to how things unfolded in the past seasons, please check the RTG '17, RTG '18, RTG '19, RTG '20 and RTG '21 threads.
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 08-06-2022 06:37
 
AbhishekLFC
GAME TASKS
1. Sign-Ups - Ongoing
2. Contracts for Free Agents - DONE
3. Calendar Reveal - DONE
4. Specialization Change for Eligible Riders - DONE
5. Rider Development (for returning riders) and Stat Allotment (for new riders) - In progress
6. Race Selection - In progress
7. Season Begins

Edited by AbhishekLFC on 06-06-2022 17:56
 
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