To be fair Iron, theyre saving you alot of headache. Playing against people who know the outcome of every possible move presented to them can be no fun real fast. I can follow some general rules that allow me to not play guessing games over what unit will beat what, but some guys can look at two units and the terrain and know almost to the men lost, how the battle will go.
Much more popular games have matchmaking services, stats, ladders, ranks, etc, that make sure equally skilled players get into games with each other. Since we dont have any of that we have to do it ourselves. I surely would never exclude anyone from a game for any reason (id just make sure they know the risks, but I enjoy helping people get better), but I understand why the top rung wouldnt want to spend their summer playing the mid rung. That I was even mentioned and possibly accepted means alot. This time last year id been told the same thing. Maybe next time.
That being said, id love to see some other types of games. How about one of these top rung players takes on several noobs at once? The pentagon game I think is a great idea. The war at sea is pretty unique. I liked the idea of meanfckers game too where one guy plans and the others do the operational aspects.
Theres still custom maps to explore, scenarios, theres alot out there in ATG other than just getting gang raped by experienced players.
Any FFA is going to end in a gang rape of SOMEONE, its inevitable. Ive played maybe 1,200 competetive games of Starcraft and Command and conquer and those kinds of realtime strategy games, and all FFAs end the same way there too. Its like 3 player games. One player will always be ganged up on by the other 2. Itll never degenerate into a 3 way fight, thats just not how these games play out, its not how human beings think.
With that in mind, yeah I agree we probably need to start making up some new game rules in the future since it seems were risking losing valuable members of the community. (I find you ALL very valuable members of the community!)
If theres an issue amongst us friends, we need to sort it out. Thats what a good community does.
< Message edited by Kraftwerk -- 5/24/2012 3:52:40 PM >