The "popular" servers really have gone downhill. I said they had gone downhill berfore but wows! I join SST tonight (other servers were full or empty) and it's a 4v4, with 260BP mind you. Ug, what a pointless waste of time. Who was it who said that they play to fight people, not bases?
So I go and join DretchStorm, right into "Rampage", or as I call it, Campage. I join aliens and find I can't even spawn. From previous experience I know that Rampage is 10-15 minutes of waiting around with my finger up my ass, even if I'm in the game. Noone does anything cause noone wants to die. Ug. I've seen some pretty good matches there brought to a complete halt by Rampage Mode.
Off to TJWs where there is a good, even match going on. I didn't want to unbalance it though. A good match can be hard to find sometimes, so take care not to hurt someone elses good match :)
Back to DretchStorm, where I realize (after questioning what I'm doing for quite some time) that only admins can use public chat. I can still hit t and say things but it will only broadcast to teams. I'm really starting to dislike this server.
Throw in a couple kill whores and it's no fun.
I then move on to Battle for Wesnoth, where I don't have to get worked up over silly server configs and/or being treated like a second class citizen for playing on someone's server.
I really can't wait for Tremulous 1.2, when servers will be set to a baseline.
In the last couple days I have seen some of the worst builders I've seen in a long time. Not just the brand spanking new put hive and trappers on the floor to block any stray humans from walking in type bad building either. I'm talking the use every available bp to build eggs (with one acid each) all around the human base. Aparently someone thinks the humans need more money!
Then there's s11. For the love of all that is holy, if you ever want to pwn noobs to pass the time, go to s11. I am certainly not the best player and I regularly dominate that server, having 20 kills or more than anyone else on the teams. I love being accused of hax! But then I find myself bored again.
Of course, s11 lost the helm of the noobist server when sup came along! What is sup server you may ask? Its the top of the server list without a name but showing all boxes. When you connect, the MOTD says nothing other than "Sup". There is no share or donate, no !listplayers, !admintest, or any other command that would indicate it's not a stock tremulous 1.1.0 build. I haven't tried any of the stock 1.1.0 exploits, though it seems like a good time to try the battlesuit bug! Think of groups of naked humans who move slowly and can't aim and are unafraid of the tyrants they call when they constantly run out to do battle with the 3 goons waiting just outside the door.
Sadly, all these servers have a core of good, somewhat experienced players who speak as if they are the wise men of the town, which I have to admit is at least partly true. Though they make the matches interesting, they can at times be the most annoying. So used to being surrounded by idiots, they are quick to assume that you are one too. Many of these people are admins on their respective servers and rarely play elsewhere, it ever, and so aren't exposed to different tactics as quickly as some of us who seek out new servers to explore. :)
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