I have wondered for some time, why we have a limited mappool on #tdmpickup.eu. Right now it is:
- Dreadful Place
- Grim Dungeons
- Hidden Fortress
- Deep Inside
- Realm of Steel Rats
The question is why? I going to argue that this limitation is a bad thing. For that I see 3 main reasons:
Map diversion is fun
According to http://qlstats.info/tdmpickup/detail/desc/rating #tdmpickup.eu has a total number of 2409 players. That is not a big community compared to heavyweights like SC2, BF4 or even the huge DOTA/LOL stuff. So the most important goal should be to increase this number or at least make sure it doesn't get any lower. I'd like to argue that more map diversity, more possible change from game to game will keep the game fresh and interesting. Otherwise people will get bored of the same maps being played to death. Already, people start complaining about "Purgatory becoming the new Campgrounds". I think a bigger mappool would tackle this problem to some extent.
Bad maps sort themselves out
But what about really bad maps? I myself hate Hidden Fortress and would not mind seeing it drop from the pool forever. Please note though, that I am not argueing to do that. I say, if there are really bad maps that for some reason id software stamped the "TDM-sticker" on, they will sort themselves out. The community knows whats good and whats bad. Which maps work and which do not. So, bad maps might be voted sometimes (big deal..) but then less and less. Until they are gone from the scene - all the while still being in the pool. There is no reason for a mappool with limited number of TDM maps, because bad ones will be dropped by the players themselves.
More maps make pickup games harder to balance
This might be true, especially early on. But
1) maps are a fundamental part of the game/fun so a rating system should not be more important
2) the formula needs to take maps into account (per map weighted ratios)
If the current rating does not take maps into account, well - it needs to change. Simple as that.
So, what are your thoughts on this?