Hello beautiful people, and landwhales too.
tl;dr: Do you play QL frequently, but not #tdmpickup? Then please tell us why not, whatever the reason may be.
Not only has #tdmpickup always had the potential for having a larger number of active players, but it has come to my attention that #tdmpickup activity is dwindling considerably in recent times. This thread has two purposes:
1. To preemptively answer some questions players may have regarding #tdmpickup and promote it a bit:
#tdmpickup and its cousins #natdm.ql and #qlpickup.ru are IRC channels where a bot automatically (and very conveniently) organizes TDM matches. In #qlpickup.ru the bot even organizes matches for CTF and other gamemodes too.
Players simply need to join the channel, type !a, and they will be queued for the next TDM match. As soon as 8 players have typed !a to join the queue, the bot automatically assigns those players to a match, and the queue is reset to 0 until 8 more players type !a, and then another match starts, etc... Sounds easy right? Yeah, it is!
Each channel has a different bot, but they all follow the same principle. In addition to handling the queue, they also keep track of each player's individual performance. This allows the bot to create balanced teams, and it works surprisingly well, with very close matches happening frequently.
#tdmpickup has several dedicated servers available at all times, so there is always a server ready for the next match, even if there is more than one match on at the same time.
Of course, there is a bit more to #tdmpickup than just typing !a. There are advanced bot commands, the rating system, the map pool, the respect and etiquette, the friendships and rivalries, the occasional draft cups, the eternal 7/8s, the shamanic moments, the overtimes, the mercylimits, the lulz, blood, sweat, tears, and other bodily fluids, especially when prozac types !a... But most importantly there are the guidelines to keep things running smoothly. They are built on foundations of common sense, so you will only need to read them once.
To summarize it, #tdmpickup is pretty fucking fun.
No problem! You don't need to install an IRC software client if you don't want to. Thanks to the underrated miracle that is IRC Webchat that opens IRC directly in your browser tab, #tdmpickup is quite literally two clicks away:
Please remember to use an IRC nick similar to your in-game nick to avoid confusion.
If it's your first time playing in #tdmpickup, you will need to tell the bot what your Steam ID is so it can track your match history properly. Make sure you are using the desired IRC nick and then type the following command:
Your Steam ID is the ~17 digit folder that can be found in C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/Quake Live/ by default, and looks something like 76543210987654321. You can also use http://steamidfinder.com/.
Wrong! Players of all skill ranges and backgrounds play in #tdmpickup, from the likes of noctis, fearzzz and winz, right down to people who can barely strafe and shoot at the same time, like ins. Actually, noctis hasn't played in months. Whether it's through the bot's automatic rating system, or through captains manually picking teams, more often than not the teams are fairly balanced.
Yes, you may die a lot. Yes, you may cause your team to lose. Yes, you might not actually enjoy your first game that much... but trust me, you are more than welcome no matter how bad you think you are, and the best part of #tdmpickup, as with Quake itself, is the satisfaction of gradual self-improvement. With a different ping to get used to, new maps to learn, and all the different variables to consider over 20 minutes of non-stop action, it can be overwhelming at first, but give it time, and you will love it.
The *only* requirements that #tdmpickup asks of you, regardless of how bad you think you are, is that you A) use common sense, B) bind and use dropweapon, and C) know the maps before typing !a:
Also in the pool and played occasionally:
That's understandable, ping after all is the highest priority for some players, but if this is the main reason that is putting you off, please take a moment to check your ping on one of the new #tdmpickup servers, as your ping might have improved since the last time you checked:
/connect 22.214.171.124:27960; password tdm
/connect 126.96.36.199:27961; password tdm
/connect 188.8.131.52:27965; password tdm
/connect 184.108.40.206:27967; password tdm
Even if you have higher ping there than on your favourite CA server, please play a few games to get used to it and see how it goes. The sacrifice is worth it.
2. To find out the main reasons that are holding active QL players back from playing TDM pickups.
To be honest every reason will be of interest because it's reached a point where every single player counts, so please go ahead and tell us why you don't play pickups, or why you think other people don't.
Obscene language is welcome if it helps you express yourself.
Edited by quake is potat at 13:39 BST, 18 October 2016 - 23777 Hits