I cant seem to find any good servers to play on (Q4max). All the servers are either locked, crash my game when I try to join, refuse to let me download files or have insanely high ping (im in eu).

1) If anybody still plays this game, which servers are you using?

2) Does anyone have any passwords for some of the good looking but locked servers (venom)?

3) I havent been able to find a populated Q4 irc, is there a channel or forum that the ~10 remaining players use so I can bug them?

4) Lastly is there a way I can connect directly to a friend without connecting to a server? Connect by ip?

The game is a lot of fun, but all the shit around it like this is making it hard to actually play it