TF2Maps.net Official Server Rotation

Discussion in 'Site Discussion' started by Nineaxis, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    My first task as moderator is to set us up a rotation that will get people to play on the server when it's not a gameday! Now, I could throw a bunch of random maps onto the server and be done with it, but I'd rather have your opinion on it.

    I'm leaning on good late-beta/rc/final maps from our community that random people would enjoy playing (that means, maps at a high playable state- no major balance issues, dev textures, or otherwise).

    Rotation Draft (in order)
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    pl_hoodoo_final
    cp_yukon_rc4
    pl_waste
    cp_furnace_b3
    ctf_aurora_rc
    tc_meridian_rc2
    pl_frontier
    cp_steel
    pl_cashworks_rc2
    cp_glacier_rc

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    Maybe? (if you want them, say so!)
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    cp_silvertrail_b3
    cp_gydan
    arena_lighthouse_rc1/koth_lighthouse_rc3
    arena_waste/koth_waste
    arena_offblast_b1
    pl_stovepipe_b3
    Feel free to suggest any maps.
     
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  2. uma plata

    uma plata L6: Sharp Member

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    Yes to all, they're all solid

    Throw Stovepipe in while you're at it

    Also: arena_offblast (latest version)
     
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  3. Dr. Spud

    aa Dr. Spud Grossly Incandescent

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    Can there be a few official maps thrown in there? What I've found is that I like the TF2maps servers better than the pubs I play on. But the thing is I like me some granary, badlands, goldrush, etc in addition to custom maps.
     
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  4. StoneFrog

    StoneFrog L6: Sharp Member

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    Protip: Everytime cp_broma comes into rotation, everybody on the server runs away. Get rid of it. I beg you.
     
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  5. The Political Gamer

    aa The Political Gamer

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  6. Dr. Spud

    aa Dr. Spud Grossly Incandescent

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    aw, I really like cp_broma :(
     
  7. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    MUST add Frontier and Cashworks.

    People play them where I go all the time.

    Halfacre, I see that empty the server a good bit.
     
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  8. Zmathue

    Zmathue L2: Junior Member

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    Add frontier to the rotation.
     
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  9. Shmitz

    aa Shmitz Old Hat

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    Have we investigated the possibility of a flexible rotation, where it plays different maps depending on how many players are actually on the server?
     
  10. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    My idea is that running the server as 24/7 customs will attract people wanting to play custom maps, so we don't lose half the playercount at a map change from an official to a custom.

    If people like the idea, I will investigate it. Meridian doesn't work too well with a low playercount, which I'm guessing is your concern.

    EDIT: Replaced Halfacre with Frontier and added Cashworks
     
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  11. Shmitz

    aa Shmitz Old Hat

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    Actually, meridian is one of those maps that does work fairly well with fewer players, due to being modular. The big pl maps like halfacre, frontier, and cashworks aren't so hot with a sparse population though, at least in my experience.
     
  12. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    I'm with Shmitz on this one. However, small-population games do suffer a higher rage-quit than large ones, and Meridian is no exception. Since we are effectively starting from scratch, make sure there are a minimum of 2 vanilla maps between each custom. Now then, maps that I insist upon cuz they are awesome-sauce :D Edit 1: arena_waste and cp_silvertrail get my approval. Not so sure about the others.

    ctf_colorblind
    cp_aqua
    cp_gydan
    cp_harbor
     
  13. drp

    aa drp

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    ive only played gydan
    but i see what nineaxis is talking about and trying to get the 'customs only' crowd.
     
  14. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    That would be nice, but that represents a rather small portion of TF2 players. Even I play customs only half the time.
     
  15. Sgt.Sausage

    Sgt.Sausage L7: Fancy Member

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    cp_silvertrail_b3 would be cool

    arena_waste/koth_waste, ah what the heck

    pl_stovepipe_b3 Definettly YES
     
  16. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    The way I see it is this: we have 874 members of our Steam group. Our server only needs 24. "Jump starting" it isn't a problem. Keeping people playing is. The idea behind the rotation is making it so that people who like to play customs can play the best customs, people who like to play custom maps will find our server and be able to play custom maps, and in the end, we would be able to keep up a playercount. People who play 2fort, Dustbowl, Gold Rush, or Badwater will join for 2fort, Dustbowl, Gold Rush or Badwater, but what's the chance of them sticking around to download Waste, Frontier, or Meridian? While viewing playing custom maps as "black and white" or an "on-off" switch probably isn't the "correct" way and doesn't represent the TF2 player base accurately, it fits.

    Most popular servers are 24/7. 24/7 2fort, 24/7 Dustbowl, 24/7 Payload, whatever. We can develop ourselves as the best server for 24/7 custom maps if we try.
     
  17. Dr. Spud

    aa Dr. Spud Grossly Incandescent

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    Gah, I got cp_broma confused with cp_gydan. I actually don't like broma, but I really like gydan.

    edit: and be sure to clear out the huge number of outdated map versions, they kill map votes each time. Also you could find a way of limiting the number of official maps that pop-up in end-of-map votes. Having the occasional official map being voted on seems like it would work instead of having them in rotation. But when we get 4 official maps and 1 custom to choose from, it's too much.
     
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  18. Penguin

    aa Penguin Clinically Diagnosed with Small Mapper's Syndrome

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    Rotation Draft (in order)

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    ctf_2fort
    Fixed it for ya ;P

    Haha, no, what you have sounds great.
     
  19. jpr

    aa jpr

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    at least 1 characters.
     
  20. StoneFrog

    StoneFrog L6: Sharp Member

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    pl_waste is awesome with a low player count. Me and Nova, 1v1 spy duel over the payload!