Practice Remote Billiards

Playing billiards remotely is certainly less exciting and less engaging than a face-to-face game, however it has its advantages: it exposes you to less pressure than in face-to-face matches and forces you to improve some fundamental aspects of the game (such as the break and the attack game).

If you want to do some practice before launching yourself in the online challenges that are popular in social networks, we give you the opportunity to do it, for free, with our system (based on the Scoreboardx engine).

All you need is a smartphone (or any other device provided with a web browser) and an internet connection.

Our system provides you with a web scoreboard, a statistical area (where you can check your results and your progress) and automatically generates the overlay graphics to your streaming,

Access to the system

To access our system you need an account on Register a new account (it’s free), log in to the site and click on “Play Remote Billiards” from the main menu.

From the dashboard you can start new training ghost, see your global or single game statistics, resume games left pending and more.

Start a New Ghost

To start a new game just click on the “+ New Ghost” button, set the game distance (race to), choose the game and check “Practice / Training” (if you do not want the match statistics to be included in the public ranking of Remote Billiards site).

Manage Games

If you have already started at least one game, you will see it appear in the general list and you can act on any game through the menu on the reference line. If the game in the list is over, you will be able to review the detailed statistics, if the game is still in progress you can resume it, end it, see or copy the URL of streaming overlay.

Scoreboard Controls

When you start a new game or resume an existing one the web scoreboard will open.

This scoreboard was developed specifically for remote ghost training. Unlike the other scoreboards provided by the ScoreboardX system, this involves entering various data during the game. This is necessary to produce detailed training statistics and to create high-profile streaming graphics.

The steps are:

  1. Before Break Controls: Click on it when you are going to the break
  2. After Break Controls: Click “Valid” if at least one ball was potted and no fouls was committed during the break. Click “Dry” if no ball was potted on break e no foul fouls was committed. Click “Foul” if any fouls was committed during the break.
  3. Potted Balls On Break: The number of balls pocketed during the break (this options will be enabled only if “Valid” was selected in the previous step).
  4. Ball in Hand Controls: select if after the break you proceed with or without the ball in hand
  5. Runouts Controls: if you have been pocketing all balls regularly click on “runouts“. If a foul has been committed during the game click on “foul“, if a pocket has been missed click on “missed“.
  6. Total Balls Potted: The number of ball pocketed regularly (this options will be enabled only if “Missed” was selected in the previous step).

!! Scoreboard Tips !!: this remote ghost scoreboard requires several interactions to provide a high-profile streaming experience, but some of these can be performed together. If you are playing a training session and not streaming it, you can manage the scoreboard freely (for example you could limit the interactions with the scoreboard to a minimum and enter all the required data at the end of the run). If you are streaming your training session and you are using the overlay graphics, you should use the scoreboard more carefully because each action will be displayed in the graphics. For example, if you have performed a valid break and have decided to continue the game without taking the ball in hand, the flashing information of a golden run attempt will be shown in graphics. So if you are going live streaming we suggest you group the actions on the scoreboard like this:

  1. Go to the table, break and choose if continue the game with or without ball in hand. Go to put down the break cue and record steps 1,2,3 and 4 on the scoreboard.
  2. Go back to the table, play the game to the end, and when you have finished go to the scoreboard to record steps 5 and 6.

This way you will only have to interact with the scorer twice and you will always do so in moments that will not break your game or your concentration.

Scoreboard Stats

The scoreboard also provides a section of statistics in real time, where it is possible to follow the progress of the game, and see the details stats of the frames played.

On mobile devices the statistics section is positioned immediately below the scoreboard, on PCs or large screen devices it is positioned on the right side of the scoreboard.

Streaming Overlay

If you want to stream your training and want to enrich them with overlay graphics, our system generates it automatically. To access the graphics click on the menu icon on the reference line and select “Streaming Overlay”.

Our graphics show a lot of useful information that will update automatically and in real time, which will help your spectators to follow the game in progress.

The informations reported are:

  • playing distance
  • your score
  • the number of the break in progress
  • the score obtained in the last runs
  • the detail of the runouts
  • the break details
  • the average balls pocketed on break
  • the average points per run
  • and will provide in real time the status of the run (indicating the ongoing attempts of golden, silver and bronze runs)

If you are a beginner with streaming we suggest you follow our “Streaming your training” guide, which will explain which software to use, how to configure them and how to insert overlay graphics.

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