Accepting Nominations for Featured Custom

Discussion in 'Server Discussion' started by GrimGriz, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. GrimGriz

    GrimGriz L10: Glamorous Member

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    As many of you know, I has a server. I'm still experimenting with different ways to try and get people on it. This week I tried Meridian 24/7, and while everyone I've been on the server with liked the map it didna fill it. I myself don't spend a lot of time on 24/7 servers, so I'm planning on a more conventional rotation for next week. I still want to sneak some customs in though, so I was thinking I'd feature a custom map from one of us TF2maps people every week in the rotation.

    So, that's what this thread is about :)

    I'd like to get some nominations for what map I should feature in the rotation next week (my weeks start on Monday). I going to have the following rules for submission:
    1. You cannot nominate your own map - (in fears that we'd have 1 nomination from each author for their map).
    2. If Bob nominates your map, you can't nominate his. However, if Bob nominates your map, and you nominate Steve's map, Steve can nominate Bobs map...so if you guys are going to conspire to rig the nominations it's going to take at least 3 of you :woot:

    At this point I'm also open for suggestions for the non-custom rotation. Right now I'm leaning towards:

    Badwater
    turbine
    Dustbowl
    custom
    cp_well
     
  2. Icarus

    aa Icarus

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    From my experience if your server is low in rando population you should generally stay away from large file sizes (ie Meridian) and run smaller, simpler maps. Warpath, Turbine, and Lazytown are all good populators.
     
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  3. What Is Schwa

    What Is Schwa L6: Sharp Member

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    My map pl_Swift is proving to be fairly popular. It is a very small download (8 megs) and on a fast download players hardly even notice their joining bar doing anything different.

    I'll be releasing a V2 after the scout update, so if you have any feedback lemme know and I'll try to work it in.
     
  4. GrimGriz

    GrimGriz L10: Glamorous Member

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    Great, maybe someone will nominate it. Do you have a map you'd like to nominate? ;)
     
  5. Sgt Frag

    Sgt Frag L14: Epic Member

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    Ok dammit! people keep bringing up warpath (points finger at Icarus) for custom rotations.

    And I keep boycotting it because it's ugly and the gameplay is just one long chokepoint.

    But I give in.

    I nominate Warptah TF2. It's a new version that I recently saw on FPSBanana that has been revised into a much more TF2 look.
    I haven't played it yet but if you are gonna put warpath up at least give us a little change and let us see how this one plays.

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    But I still don't think going with a regular rotation (ie stock maps) is gonna populate the server. I jumped on the server and played for awhile because meridian was on and players were on. (although the server list said more players than were on and that pisses people off).
     
  6. luxatile

    aa luxatile deer

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    I shall nominate pl_swift!

    *Nominates pl_swift*
     
  7. PMAvers

    PMAvers L6: Sharp Member

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    Note that the whole "phantom player" thing can often be people that are still downloading the map. (I know that I've got players on mine that have *super* slow connections for downloading, and usually I have them download the map ahead of time outside of the game, since otherwise their download would finish when we're ready to change map again.) If people are ever cranky about such a thing, tell them to do a "status" on the console, that'll tell you exactly how many people are connected.
     
  8. Icarus

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    People who like Customs generally don't have the same tastes as people who like Stock. Having a mixed server may have adverse effects.

    Although Turbine, Steel, and Fastlane are sort of in a gray area
     
  9. GrimGriz

    GrimGriz L10: Glamorous Member

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    I'm not exactly boycotting FPS banana, but I'd rather feature maps from people that hang here

    I like stock, and I'll say I like customs...but not mariokart customs, or melee map customs...I guess you could say I like valve-ish customs, and I suspect the ppl that like stock maps will too...save for the DL part....which is why I'm going to give just 1 custom a week a go....1 quick DL and you're good for a week and broadening your horizons at the same time.
     
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  10. What Is Schwa

    What Is Schwa L6: Sharp Member

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    Oh yikes, you were serious about that stuff.

    Um, I think Oilfield is under-rated and could fit in nicely if you are determined to run a linear CP map.
     
  11. captainAngry

    captainAngry L7: Fancy Member

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    I run a mixed 28 player server for calculatedChaos

    It is really hard to get servers filled up when you want them to be, especially if it is a custom map. If you have a good base of regulars, gradually people will start coming to your server more often. Since I am trying to grow my community with an emphasis on custom maps, I have been working on getting more involved with that community.

    My server certainly isn't the most successful out there but during the times I want to play I usually find between 10 and 28 people to play with and have a good time. Since it is a community thing, most of us know each other so it definitely helps with the comradery.

    Anyway, you now have my 2 cents.
     
  12. GrimGriz

    GrimGriz L10: Glamorous Member

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    fwiw - i've added swift to the rotation even though the mapper made me go to fps banana to get it, and didn't bother putting it in bz2 format :cursing: