posted September 06, 2001 10:12 PM
Here's another rant by that Throckmorton guy who only just bought the game 3 weeks ago and should just shut up and let the experienced players make all the big decisions!
The treadmarks community should do more to help newbies. We are currently a bit confusing to new players, and it is important to remember the cluelessness game players often start out with. I'd like to make suggestions to all players concerning demo servers, and crazy servers.
Let me preface by explaining who I am so you understand my suggestions: I've played lots of online games (loved Battlezone) and have been on the internet since 1989 so I was quick to pick up on the concept of the treadmarks "community" and "mods". I bought TM about a month ago after playing demo for awhile and so these suggestions come from my recent experience figuring out how all this TM stuff works.
First the demo server(s): Many owners of the registered game still play on the demo server all the time (it seems to be the server most likely to have some non-ai players). We should encourage new players by helping them with tips and hints, and also remind them of the wonders awaiting them if they buy the game. I myself played shareware for 8 months before I bought. I would have purchased sooner if I knew how much cooler the real game is (esp CTF)
Concerning "crazy" servers:
By crazy I mean the ones with ALL the new maps and ALL the mod weapons and the whole game is just stupid with blind, skill-less fragging and chopped up, un-navigatable landscape. We have to label these "expert" or something so new players don't get too pissed when they try one.
This rant is based on my experience. I bought in August and signed on the Cornell (I think) server first. I thought I bought a ****ty game when the action started and 12 or so tanks just kept killing each other in "furballs" of confusion. It was nothing like the demo game. Soon I realized there were more normal servers, and I now know I LOVE this game. But many newbies may not have 15 years of gaming experience and years of online gaming experience like I do, so they may get frustrated and pissed. So I think we would all benefit if admins labelled their servers "heavily modified" and/or "expert" when they have so many mods, and label them "regular" or "vanilla" or especially "new players welcome" when the server game is stock.
The goal of this posting is to remind the established long term players that newbies exist and should be helped frequently so they stay, play, and spread the word. Then the number of players will grow (there's lots of room for growth: sometimes I see only 1 or 2 players online, out of 5 billion or so on this planet.)
Thanks to all who read this far...
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