We made it!
We recently introduced a significant new basic feature that allows the use of rankade ranking system without necessarily needing to create a personal account for all members of the gaming group. Many user have requested this feature - and we thank them for their suggestions - both here on BGG, on Reddit, and through other channels.
A ghost is a user that is not linked to an email address. Like regular users, ghosts belong to a group, participate in matches, are ranked, have activities and rewards. The ghost's name and icon can be edited only by the group's admin.
Ghost users can be turned into regular users at any time by linking them to an email address. Therefore you can create a group where users who want a personal account have a user linked to their mail while others have a ghost user, managed by the admin, fully usable within the group but without mandatory registration. As we said, these users can be linked later to their email address, if need be.
Therefore, it is now possible to create:
- Groups with regular users (linked to an email address) only
- Groups with ghost users (not linked to an email address) only (except, of couse, the admin)
- Hybrid groups with both regular and ghost users
An important note: ghosts can be created (and later, if ever, linked to an email address) exclusively via the webapp through the group editing and ghost management feature. Unlike regular users, ghost users cannot be added while you are recording a match. Ghost users created via the webapp can however be used in matches exactly like regular users, through any of rankade's interfaces (webapp, iOS app, Android app).
Here's a good starting point for more details on ghost, and these are some public group pages
A big thanks to all BGG users that pushed us in this direction: Mangoose, fellonmyhead, wery67564, Phelonius, and more.
We trust this new feature will be welcome and satisfy the many request we received, we await your feedback, and we are (as always) available for clarifications or anything else.