Welcome Comrades to the 88th edition of the Dispatch
Hippo has taken a well-deserved vacation so is off in the oceans of the South Pacific, which gives me the pleasant opportunity to present this issue of the Dispatch.
The interviewee this issue is Trinicardinal, and as expected of a Chatter, waxes lyrical on all topics under the sun. I thankfully get an honorary mention in his discourse, and am only one of many that have gotten the chance to know this esteemed individual. *cough cough* for a second there I was wondering if I really was talking about the bosom bud of Ace!
My own Clan Section steps it up a notch, so I'll let you read about our latest and greatest offerings!
Tournaments is it's own bottle of glory, with DaveH continuing to
in his tournament tips column.
My own attention was on the latest TPA2 results, as the latest update makes me regret the 1 game loss that helped games-man Swifte close the gap to my own partner dowian2 in the leaderboard!
Foundry has made me ponder a bit. The articles have always been top-notch, and they enticed me to try my own hand at commenting on maps in beta etc. That was not a pretty affair as I found myself a fish out of water! So after floundering my way around, and feeling out of my depth at some points, in the end I found it to be a quite rewarding experience, to be able to help in the development of maps in unique and creative ways.
Plus, it's always better to be acquainted with a map before it's thrust upon you in Random
Strategy found itself to be an interesting concept, but tougher in execution, and we've made the collective decision that it's probably best to fold it back into it's rightful home of Freestyle!
Finally, I'm off to publish this issue, and I leave you with some insight into the travails of Dispatch publishing courtesy of the step-by-step guide pioneered by hippo in the preceding issue:
For those of you unfamiliar with the process, let me let you know how it went:
1. Everyone said they were ready and I compiled the newsletter; 2. Realised that I had not yet done an intro so I did that; 3. Corrected my typos in the intro; 4. Ran my eye over the newsletter - yes it was still there; 5. Went to the announcement section; 6. Set up a new topic in a new tab (cause when you move the old newletter it's a devil of a place to get back to); 7. Unannounced the old newsletter and moved it to the archives; 8. Set up the news,letter by copying and pasting from construction; 9. Computer crashed; 10. Clicked the back button - nothing; 11. Cut and pasted again; 12. Hit submit and computer crashed again; 13. Tried refresh - nothing; 14. Did it again; 15. And again; 16. Panicked; 17. Did it again; 18. Panicked; 19. Did it again; 20. Calmed down and looked in announcements ... where the numerous attempts began appearing; 21. Laughed maniacally; 22. Deleted the unnecesary extras; 23. Fielded a query from swifte wondering what the devil I was up to; 24. Deflected; 25. Continued deleting until there was one left; 26. Tried to send the newsletter to the volunteer list; 27. Computer crashed; Hit refresh - nothing; 28. Did it again; 29. Stopped, realising that it either had worked or wasn't going to at that point; 30. Fielded query from Duke as to whether a minor amendment could be added; 31. Confirmed that was fine but better wait a couple of hours; 32. Stopped sweating; 33. Duke said he'd at least fix the main version; 34. Duke confirmed he had done the main version; 35. Time elapsed; 36. Time to try PMing again so I went to announcements; 37. Thought I had clicked edit, actually clicked deleted; 38. Clicked confirm; 39. Realised what I had done; 40. Panicked; 41. Various PMs with others; 42. Recreated newsletter announcement; 43. Tried to tell Duke what I had done but then deleted that; 44. Time passed; 45. Came back and confirmed to headline and managed to publish the newsletter to the subscribers (used a different computer!); 46. Beamed from ear to ear. Note, this is not the preferred method, just my insanity for today. Lesson to be learned. Go slow, do it right, be calm, smash that other F*%#ing computer!
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Welcome back Freestylers. I've got more mafia news for everyone this issue, while trinicardinal is interviewed. He answers many, many questions from plurple, and a particularly interesting (from my point of view at least) one from Ace Rimmer regarding recent revelations from a certain Notre Dame player.
You Stay Classy, CC.
safariguy5 Freestyle Executive The Scum Insider by safariguy5
The Scum Insider Newbie Help Want to get into the Mafia scene, but don't know how to play or even what it is? Consult these threads: Mafia Information, Mafia and You, and Rules and Terms of Mafia. Too much work? Too lazy to read through everything? No worries, you can always jump right into a game and ask for other players or the game runner to help guide you. What is "Mafia"? Mafia, for those of you that don't know, is a game that generally takes place in a town, where the townspeople have to determine who the mafia (or "scum") is and lynch them via a majority vote during the day and the mafia try to kill everyone at night and bluff their way out of getting killed by the town. Mafia News A new [Official] Mafia game has been started by blakebowling and pancakemix. This one is set around the Christmas holidays and uses a gift giving mechanic. You can view the thread here to familiarize yourself with the gameplay mechanics. Mafia Callouts Calling all players interested! Some mafia games need some filling: Sign-ups: Seeking Replacements: Consult the Replacement Thread to see what games are in need of reserves/replacements. Now get out there and investigate Mafia for yourself: viewforum.php?f=213 Advanced Roles and Strategy by safariguy5 The theory of an unwinnable position is discussed here. Kingmakers and Dilemmas What is It? A Kingmaker is a player who cannot achieve victory in a game, but can decide the winner of the game by his or her actions. This leaves them in the precarious position of deciding the winner of the game. Example Alice, Bob, and Jack are the only players left. Alice is town, Bob is mafia, and Jack is the serial killer. Alice is now the kingmaker as anyone she votes to lynch will hand the game to the other player. How to Use this Strategy In the example above, this is the classic 3 man remaining example of a kingmaker role. If Alice wishes to survive the day, the only possible choice is to no lynch and force the night stage. By doing so, Alice surrenders the Kingmaker role temporarily and puts the onus on the remaining anti town factions. Should Bob and Jack shoot each other, then Alice and town win. Should one of them shoot the other and the other shoot town, then the remaining player wins. Should both shoot Alice, then the game has the potential to draw. In this instance, Alice forgoes the Dilemma and gives the decision to the anti town roles.
show: Interrogation of trinicardinal
Q. Are there a lot of cardinals in Trini(dad)? Not really… there aren't many for sure and none in the trees. Q. How much do you enjoy being the Head Chatter compared to a Chatter? A lot more – it’s a lot more fun especially when coming up with new ideas for Live Chat Events. At least I don’t have to worry about it being turned down by anyone else (well except for admin) Q. Who is your hero on CC? In real life? In fiction? Hero on CC - ironically enough Ace Rimmer. Anytime I’m not sure on what to do as Head Chatter I ask myself what he would do. Hero in real life - no contest there. its my wife.. she’s an amazing woman and I’ve learnt a lot from her In fiction - James Tiberius Kirk Q. How many times has Bruceswar fallen asleep when modding chat? You mean he does it while awake? I always thought he sleep modded. I'm sure I've heard snores while he was banning somebody! Q. What do you like most about Live Chat? Its Live Chat… nuff said Q. What do you dislike most about Live Chat? I hate having to ban people. Sometimes they leave me with no choice though. Q. What is your favorite map? I have no real favorite although World 2.1 has been relatively good to me Q. What is the largest number of people youve seen in Live Chat at one time? Probably about 35 or so when lack decided to stress test LC.. In doing so I think he inadvertently also stress tested the Chat mods who were present at the time. Q. The cardinal is the state bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. 1) As trinicardinal, are you pleased by how popular your bird of choice is? 2) Should this even be allowed? If not, how would you choose which state can rep the cardinal? 1) I'm pretty pleased but why wasn’t I asked for permission first? 2) I’m an easy going generous guy so I’ll let them use it but they should ask for permission next time. Q. Did thehippo ask if you wanted be interviewed? Yes he did. He also sat on me until I said "Yes". Q. Can I (plurple) have a pay rise? Sure. I’ll double your salary. 2 times zero is how much again? I was never that great at maths… Given that I’m an accountant/auditor I feel sorry for my clients. Q. Why are you always mean to me (plurple)? I’m never mean to you… You don’t know what mean is... Do you want me to be mean? Q. Can I (plurple) ride the tortoises? Seeing that we don’t have wild tortoises in Trinidad and the ones in the zoo are too small… it doesn’t matter to me… Just leave the turtles alone! Q. As my (Amateil) boss, and always having to growl me, do you enjoy this? Hmmm… I’d probably enjoy it if I wasn’t married ... ofc that depends on exactly what you mean by having to growl you. Q. Would you prefer if I (Amateil) give you something new to growl me for? Well I am married so I’ll go with no. Q. Even though I (Amateil) feel like a kid in the principles office, do you laugh while you growl me? Iike I do sometimes because you knew that it was coming? If its something I pretty much knew you were going to ask then I’ll probably chuckle a little bit [insert evil laugh here] Q. How come you get interviewed?!?! I have no idea... they were probably approaching a deadline and no one else had agreed to be interviewed... in other words they got desperate. Q. Do you think this is possibly because I (Amateil) am too dull? I wouldn’t know, but I don’t consider you to be dull Q. Will you buy and care for me (Amateil) one of algaekiller's puppies? hmm... I think that was supposed to be courier one of the puppies in which case I might but my credit card is maxed out and I’m trying to hide from the bill collectors so you will probably have to wait a while. Q. What's your favorite card game? It’s a local game called All Fours and incidentally my nickname came out of me playing that game. Q. Who is your favorite person in chat whose name starts with a "c"? I’m not sure…. I don’t really know their real names. If you're talking usernames then its cooldeals (as you expected) Q. Do you often befriend people with mental disorders in chat? I don’t befriend them… they befriend me and ironically enough they gave me their real names. None, however, start with a “c” Q. Have any of the above ever tried to visit/contact you in real life? If they did I wasn’t home at the time and they didn’t leave a “while you were away” card/bomb. Q. What does it mean to "growl" someone? As a married man I don’t want to know (unless I’m about to growl my wife) Q. Do you offer free life counseling to help people become awesome like you? I ’m not awesome. I just try to figure out what Ace Rimmer would have done and do likewise. In other words I’m messed up. Q. Can we expect more events in the live chat in the future? I (NoSurvivors) know there aren't as many now. Would you agree this could make it more lively? Yes I believe it would make it livelier and that is why I’ve tried to increase what we’ve had. In fact we will be having one in the near future called Find the hidden Room. We're going to give clues and you have to find the room that the clues relate to. The first person to join the room gets a point. The person with the highest score out of 20 rooms will win a medal. We'll try to run it at least twice although I'm hoping for 3 times (at different CC times) so that everyone will have a chance to play regardless of timezone. We'll be looking to have the event nearer the end of February or early March so I would suggest that you keep an eye out for it. Q. How many bottles of sun tan lotion do you go thru in a month? None – I don’t use the stuff. Did you want me to rub some on your back though? Q. Other than pictures of plants, what other pictures do you take? Landscape shots are my favourite but I do take some shots of people (mostly my wife and daughter) I won’t mention the porn shots… ooops.. guess I did mention them Q. Who is your favorite person to spank in chat? Pirlo Q. Do you floss once or twice a day? Yes.. some days once.. some days twice (except when I don’t floss at all) Q. Do you prefer slacks or swim trunks at work? I prefer swim trunks but I have to wear slacks Q. Do you find pleasure in spanking #1_stunna more or Pirlo? Pirlo – no contest Q. Does Ace bring out the dark side of you when he is in chat? Nope… my dark side is always there Q. Do you ever have the temptation to drink heavily when Ahava showed up to chat? The requested user does not exist. Hmmm…. can’t want to drink over a non existing user. Besides I don’t drink alcohol. Q. If u woke up & saw me (#1_stunna) in your bed would u? 1 Go back to sleep. 2 Tell me to leave. 3 Cuddle me. 4 Have sex with me. 5 Make me breakfast. 6 Call the cops. 7. Run Screaming Q. When are you gonna send me some papaya? There you go.. I hope that’s enough Q. If 2 people get into an argument that necessitates disciplinary action who would you discipline (and why)? 1. The person who started it 2. The person who answered back 3. Both We’ve faced this a few times in Live Chat… Generally speaking its both since they’ve usually both violated the same rule and I can’t discipline one and not the other.. That’s not fair. Needless to say sometimes the second person isn’t very pleased with me when that happens (especially since they probably made the complaint in the first place) but like I say.. fair is fair. that's like saying bust him (and not me) because he did what I did.. only he did it first. Sorry… what’s good for one is good for all. Q. How many times have you typed a reply and then clicked send before realising: a. You misspelled a word completely changing the context; b. You did not read what the other person said properly and now your response makes no sense; c. You've just accidentally said something that you shouldn't; d. You can't understand your own response; e. You cringe and realise that you are boring even yourself; and/or f. You've just started world war three. a. Two many times b. You’re assuming that my responses make sense even when I properly read what they wrote c. Thankfully there’s an edit button (except in mafia). d. I’m supposed to understand it? That’s the recipient’s problem not mine. e. I never bore myself… I hardly read what I write anyway. f. Hey don’t try to blame that on me… I just typed start… What kind of moron uses the word “start” for a launch code anyway?!?! Q. Is it your fault that the Chat program keeps causing my (thehippo8) computer to crash? Of course not.. you just need to throw your computer in the trash and buy a new one from me… I can give you a special deal on “immune” computers . Q. Are there times when chatting starts getting interesting and: a. You have to log off for RL issues; b. You have nothing useful to add; c. Every time you add something you get blanked like you are not there; and/or d. You say something and everyone logs off. a. Unfortunately, yes.. the worst is when I’m the one giving the interesting story b. I never add anything useful anyway… I just pretend to and that’s only when I’m pretending to be interested anyway. c. I can’t remember… besides i can ban them if they don't so I think they're too scared to ignore me d. That only happens if I fart Q. Do you wish that more people would get involved in chatting? Yes.. that’s also one of the reasons I want to have more events.. to encourage more people to come to Live Chat Q. What does CC do with all the chat info - or are you writing a book? I don’t know what CC does with it but I have built up a few hundred pages of blackmail material I mean interesting chat quotes. Q. Where are chocolates? All over but Trinidad Cocoa is very prominent in a lot of them… especially in some of the best! Luckily for me I had some very generous client this last year so i got quite a bit of free chocolate. Q. What player that used to be active in live chat but is no longer, do you miss the most? Ace Rimmer… he’s cool and funny and always had an interesting perspective in LC. In addition during the time that he’s been around he’s the best Head Chatter we’ve had in LC. Dazerazer ranks second. Thankfully they both made recent appearances and it would appear that dazey will be back more regularly especially. Ace still doesn’t seem like he will be around very often unfortunately. Q. What player that used to be active in live chat but is no longer, do you miss the least? I try not to dwell on negatives so I can’t really provide any names… If I don’t miss them them Its really because I don’t remember them anyway unless someone reminds me of a particular name. Q. If you had to make a sales pitch to promote live chat, what would you say? I hate sales pitches. I figure if the product can’t speak for itself then it’s not really worth much. LC speaks for itself. The proof being in the number of new people who come into LC and end up being regulars yourself included. If anyone wants a sales pitch visit LC a few times and judge for yourself.. I’ll let LC make its own sales pitch. Q. Who on this site, that is not a live chat regular, would you most like to see in live chat? Just about everyone as long as they like chatting we would love them to be in Chat, The thing I find cool about LC is that it’s like a one stop shop.. You can get answers to your questions, arrange games and Chat. You can even create your own private room for your purpose.. lots of clans use it for planning. Live mafia is played in a private room. We’ve even created spam rooms so we can legally post spam not to mention the joke corner etc. Its amazing what you can do in there really. Q. Who on this site, that is not a live chat regular, would you absolutely not like to see in live chat? I can’t say there’s any user that fits this one… Anyone who wants to use LC, whether for arranging games, getting help or simply chatting is welcome.. All we ask is that you follow the rules and have fun. Q. Without naming anyone (unless you really have to ) 1. Is their anyone that makes you cringe when the log into LC? 2. Is their anyone who makes you laugh a lot in LC? 3. When does chat get the most fun? When people are arguing or when a ridiculous conversation happens? 4. What do you think the other chat mods think of you? 5. What do the chat regulars think of you? 6. As someone who has never been into LC unless I (koontz1973) have had to, what can you say to make me want to come? 1. Not at this present time. 2. Lots of people. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. 3. Typically when the ridiculous conversations happen and they happen very frequently. 4. I’d like to think that they think I’m a fair and balanced person who tries to make LC fun. You'll have to ask them to be sure though. 5. Hopefully the same thing as the chat mods. Again you'll have to ask them. 6. Sounds like you’re asking for a sales pitch.. as I said I hate those. What I can do is give you some of the advantages of LC… In a lot of ways it’s like a mini but faster version of the Forums. A big advantage though is the ability to create private rooms for private realtime discussions where you don’t have to worry about being bothered by the Mods and only need to worry about those people that you have invited in… Those rooms can be a wonderful place to relax in. I often have several extra rooms open (in addition to the basic 3) They’re useful for rt mafia games, clan discussions, private department discussions, and so much more. Normally you can get answers to lots of questions as well.. Having trouble with figuring out a map.. ask and you normally will get someone who can tell you.. want advice on a move… That’s done there as well… Heck one of our conquerors – 100 mates is often there as well as other top players and several of them are very helpful. Got a question on site rules/guidelines and we can give you the answer.. just want to hang out? It’s the perfect place. That’s why I say it speaks for itself. If you take some time to get to know the tricks of Live Chat you can have lots of fun over there. As I said before all we ask is that you behave while there. Q. Why u are this awesome? I’m not awesome… I’m crazy Q. When are you coming back to play CC Mafia? Ooh that’s a hard one… I need to be able to have more time in rl and I don’t see that happening soon unfortunately. Q. Do you have any spare flour? Sure do.. I also have a gallon of maple syrup… Want some? Q. Please name 5 females from LC that you most suspect to really be male. Also feel free to add juicy details (e.g. live in Grandma's basement and addicted to cheetos, etc.) 1. Vodean - he’s way too anxious to hit on guys (I’m ignoring his drunken confession) so he’s obviously a 50 year old, balding potbellied man living in a rented attic and hoping to score some pics while pretending to be otherwise.. he just mixed up the target group a little because he smoked too much pot in his lifetime. Either that or he really, really wanted some free premium. 2. Arya - Obviously this is your multi so you can claim to be both male and female in an attempt to get the most photographs possible. 3. Marpesia - definitely a man going through a middle age crisis (he just bought a Harley) evidenced by the fact that he collects user's pictures but can only post one picture (in private) of a hairy man with D cup boobs. 4. Dazerazer – yet another multi but one who uses his cousin’s pictures to back up his stories. This guy though is 26 years old and still living with his parents.. He hardly bathes and never shaves and is obsessed with video games and big boobs, not to mention the pictures of his cousin. 5. ImissSCca – another one obsessed with big boobs and while he doesn’t know it he lives 2 blocks away from dazerazer and they both frequent the same porn shop. He, however, does not really play video games unless you count Leisure Suit Larry. Q. Ass or breast man? Both.. Why limit yourself? Q. Do you think I (Ace Rimmer) cheated? viewtopic.php?f=127&t=183500 Nope… sex wasn’t involved if it was involved you would have cheated. Q. Did you vote for me (Ace Rimmer)? I bet you did, because you're awesome like that. Actually I didn’t but that was only because I missed the voting completely.. otherwise I would have voted for you. Q. Do you miss me (Ace Rimmer)? Yes (see earlier answer) Q. Do you miss Tisha? (The answer is yes) Also a Yes.. even if you didn’t prompt the answer Q. Is it normally you or your wife that initiates your morning sex? I'm jealous, I (Ace Rimmer) don't know how you do that with a kid. Its pretty much mutual.. she’s always willing … and it is tough with a kid… but tougher yet is to get to work on time afterwards. Q. Do you believe me (Ace Rimmer) YET that I am busy at work? You can’t fool me.. you never work Q. Is there a mod you like to model (no pun intended) yourself after? Someone who is always just, fair, funny, etc? (You can say me (Ace Rimmer), my ego can handle it) As I said before… you. Q. Have you made partner yet? Not yet… maybe soon, maybe not Q. Honestly, do you wish you could actually spank Amateil when she gets in trouble instead of just yelling at her? I'm (Ace Rimmer) drooling thinking about it. Especially if she was in scrubs. Oh great! Can we get a clean up on Aisle 12?!? I never actually thought about spanking Ama.. that’s normally your fantasy… then again you basically fantasize about spanking anything in a skirt (or otherwise) Q. Do you think you deserve all this attention? I definitely won’t say I deserve it. I feel honored to get picked for the interview but and I can think of lots of others I would have picked instead…. There’s so much to learn about people Q. What's the worst lie you've ever told? I have the right to remain silent Q. Blue haired girl or pink haired girl? Choose! I’ll go with blue Q. What question have you not yet been asked by a fellow CCer but were really hoping to be asked? Ok so the question is What sort of music do you like. A huge variety but I especially like it when it showcases Trinidad & Tobago (either in the video or lyrics). Because of that I really like these two songs VIDEO VIDEO Q. Tell us something about yourself that Conquer Club might be surprised to find out. Hmmm… this might surprise some I was born and raised a Hindu. Then I met and married my wife upon which I converted and am now a Muslim. That being said I believe that all religions have the same basic elements and essential teaching to them and how we live (aka how we go about our daily lives) is more important than how many times we go to a place of worship. Q. Do you miss GLGH in the live chat? He’s one I tend not to remember so basically no. Q. How many time have you had to tell eddie2 to shut up? I tend to count using my fingers and toes so I reached 20 before I lost count. (again I feel sorry for my clients) Interestingly enough I think I've only had to kick him once. At least when you tell him to shut up he listens Q. If you could have additional regular rooms to LC, what rooms would get added? I wouldn’t add any more rooms actually… What I would do is add some more smilies… maybe a few more color options and add something to Control panel so that people could choose which tab will be their default tab (initially set to Help for New Recruits). Right now I can see the tech guys probably having a heart attack and being very glad that the decision is not mine to make. Q. What are the chances of getting social as the first tab you arrive in when joining chat, instead of help? That’s actually not within my purview at all…so I can’t give you a proper answer. I can make/pass on the suggestions but the decisions are up to admin. What I can say is that the question has already been raised and we are also (right now) examining Live Chat for some possible improvements (again I can’t give a time frame) With any luck we’ll get that and some more smilies as well as some other changes as well (not necessarily in that order). Q. What was the criteria for the recent live chat user appreciation awards? I’ll give you the process. Live Chat users and moderators made nominations for possible recipients. That list was then voted on by the chat mods. In voting we basically looked at the person’s overall activity levels in Chat and especially how helpful they were to others and their overall behaviour in chat. Those who were awarded medals were widely recognized as exhibiting lots of positive traits in Live Chat thereby making it a more pleasant experience. Those who won premium were ones who especially exhibited positive traits inside of LC and again that was voted on by the chat mods after we had the list of medal recipients but we also try to share around the premium so that in the case of a tie previous LC premium winners are not as likely to get it again. Q. I (Ace Rimmer) think that there is a strong possibility that Lennay Kekua was really InsomniaRed. What is your opinion? I’m not sure… its always possible… did you see any porn with Lennay Kekua? Q. Do you follow US politics at all? What is your opinion of President Obama? I try not to worry about Politics much… we have enough headaches with that in Trinidad as it is. Because of that I have not really formed a lot of opinions on President Obama Q. Is there anyone you approached for a chat mod position that turned it down? Besides you (Ace Rimmer) if you were interested in coming back? Not that I can remember Q. Do you eat "tacos"? I have been known to… Don’t you? Q. Why are you my (Ace Rimmer) kryptonite? Seriously. It pisses me off thinking about it. I think that’s why… it’s fun to piss you off. It’s also why I used to occasionally join the games you posted in Callouts… just to see you go ****! Q. How much rimming does Sir Rimalot rim if Sir Rimalot rims a lot? That’s a trick question, I know it is…. The answer is right there in your question - A lot! Q. Who's live chat's father? ---------II--------- mother? ---------II--------- older brother? ---------II--------- annoying younger brother? ---------II--------- baby girl? ---------II--------- baby boy? ---------II--------- long lost cousin? ---------II--------- grandpa? ---------II--------- dirty uncle? ---------II--------- black sheep? father - He's supposedly dead… apparently we were too much of a handful and we drove him to drink… then he got caught with a porn star that ended up in a coma. It all ended up being too much for him and he jumped off a cliff…. We never did recover his body though… mother - Oh she died also,… it was a tragic accident. Up to now we can’t figure out how she slipped and fell into the grave when we were burying our father (we really just buried an empty coffin but we didn't tell her that we never recovered the body)… we still ask “did she slip.. or was she pushed?” older brother - That would probably be me. Luckily I’m still alive annoying younger brother - Sounds like Sawdust91 baby girl - Does not exist on the internet and certainly not CC! baby boy - He doesn’t exist either….trust me they’re not babies although there are the times when you do wonder… Those don’t happen often though. long lost cousin - That would be The Saxlad - luckily he finally purchased a map and recently came back. he was lost for over a year though because he kept forgetting to turn right at Albuquerque although some of us are remembering why we pointed him in the direction of the desert in the first place. grandpa - Sackett58. He still has a dirty mind though…but then what would you expect consider how much time he and Ace Rimmer have spent chatting? dirty uncle - Ace Rimmer … you don’t get any dirtier than him. black sheep - pretty much the rest of the herd. Q. Trini why do you cease to exist on weekends? Weekends is family time… I’m home with my wife and daughter so I don’t really have time for CC (in other words rl takes precedence in that case) Q. Which is your favourite smiley in LC? Q. Me plurple is your favourite underling right? If it makes you feel better – then yes Q. Do you want more questions? Well you’re asking more anyway so my answer doesn’t really matter. Either way bring ‘em on! Q. What is your favourite animal? Cats Q. Which was your favourite pokemon? Pikachu Q. Do you believe in aliens? Ofc.. aren’t you one? Q. Can I (plurple) visit you? Sorry but the answer’s still no. Q. Are black holes really black? I’m no science expert so I’ll answer this way - Defining black as the absence of light and given that light cannot escape from a black hole (afaik) then it will look black… come to think of its also “black” to other radiation detectors… but the area around them would probably be a mass of activity in a lot of ways.. in other words go figure. Q. Did the earth eat porridge? That depends on how you define eat Q. Is blue hot or cold? Blue is a colour.. not a temperature. A blue star is hotter that a red star while blue on an infrared satellite picture shows a region colder that the red areas.. you pick which one you want to use Q. Are you writing a TFO to English dictionary? Not at this time nor do I ever plan to. You can if you wish Q. Is English your first language? Yes it is. Rambling is my second. although if you really want to get technical "Trini" (which is a corrupted slang filled form of English) is my first language Q. Who is your favourite alien in LC? Well you’re (plurple) the only alien in Lc so I guess that would be you Q. Do you ever imagine TFO in a skirt? No. I try not to picture TFO at all if possible. [sarcasm] Thanks for that particular mental image btw[/sarcasm] Q. What is your favourite food? Pepper Shrimp (as cooked by my wife) Q. Why am I (plurple) asking you questions? Because you can’t stop yourself and you’re probably really, really bored Q. When, if ever, is LC getting an update? If we’re lucky, sometime this year but it’s not my decision to make. Q. How did you pick your CC name? My CC name is basically the handle I’ve used from years… it’s an adaptation of a nickname I got about 19 years ago (while playing All Fours) that pretty much stuck. I added on the trini because I'm from Trinidad Q. How did you come across CC? The same way a lot of others have - Searching for online risk-like games Q. Have you ever thought about making your own map and if so what would it be? I have thought about it and If I do get around to one it would probably be a map of Trinidad & Tobago Q. Do you have a plurple to English dictionary so you can always correct me (plurple)? Nope Q. Did you plan to be a grammar nazi? Not really…we have enough of those around. I just pick up the slack on occasion though. Q. Why are you so good at correcting my (plurple) spelling? Because you’re so good at making spelling mistakes Q. Am I (plurple) normal? What is this normal thing that I keep hearing about? Q. Should I (plurple) stop asking questions? That’s your choice. I doubt you’ll stop now anyway…. you’re on a roll Q. What do you do for a living? I’m an auditor/accountant… kinda like a CPA Q. Why do you keep me (plurple) around? I like the entertainment Q. What is pi? It’s either blueberry or 3.1415926 something or the other (it’s been a while) Q. Am I (plurple) weird? Yes Q. Are you weird? Also a Yes Q. How come I (plurple) can't spell? Its hard trying to spell English words… especially when you speak some strange alien language Q. So what was that secret TFO told you? Well a secret by definition is a secret… it’s up to you to try to find out but I’m not going to tell you. Q. If you could have any super power what would it be and what would you use it for? I’d go with the power to fly… at least that way I shouldn't be stuck in traffic to/from work (not to mention the savings from not having to put gas in the car). Win, win! Q. If you could visit one place in human history where would you go? Why are you(plurple) limiting me to only one? With that Tardis of yours you can surely carry me to more than one spot! Oh well If I had to pick one I’d probably go back to the early days of the T&T stock exchange and buy a few hundred thousand shares. Q. If you could meat any famous person dead or alive who would you meet? I don’t want to chop anyone up into meat… I’m not a cannibal! … as for meeting someone… I wouldn’t mind meeting Ghandi. That would be very interesting assuming I could understand anything he said… although I’m not too sure how communicative he’ll be now since he's dead. Q. If you could invent one invention what would it be? A Cheap, easily manufactured yet Eco friendly fuel system Q. What would your dream job be? One where I can stay home… play CC, hang out in Live Chat and earn a few hundred thousand dollars every month… needless to say I haven’t found a job like that yet. Q. What CC improvement do you want the most? I’d love to see a proper sitter function put in place so you don’t have to give you password to anyone and when you r sitter takes a turn its automatically announced in game chat. Q. Which is your favourite map? I think I covered this before… no real favorites… my best scoring map has been World 2.1 Q. What would be the first thing you would buy if you won lots of money? Gifts for my family (and I have to buy some plane tickets for some CC players)… then I’m going investing,… maybe after that I can stay home and play CC and hang out in Live Chat all while earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a month… wait… how much money is lots of money? Q. What is your favourite colour? Generally blue, sometimes red. depends on what the colour is for actually Q. I (plurple) don't feel that LC is live enough so could you accommodate it at your place? Sure… I don’t mind if they put the servers there…once they’re paying for electricity, rent and the internet connection. Q. Who is your favourite off-topics poster and why? That’s a tough one because there are so many to choose from for so many different reasons. Its generally interesting reading posts from Gillipig, Gilligan, Andy, Robinette, AOG, Nietzsche, Phatscotty, DoomYoshi, Crazyirishman, FunkyTerrance, saxi, jonesey, Symmetry, Mr Changsha, as well as others . I’m really hard pressed to pick a favourite out of them. Q. How do you feel about the gun control debate in america? I think it’s just silly quite frankly. Granted I haven’t looked in depth at it but it all seems to be a knee jerk reaction to me. Q. Who is your favourite mod? Another hard one.. there are so many great mods and some that I’ve hardly interacted with. I’ve always had good interactions with iron, den, Isaiah, koontz, nobodies, Arya, Leehar, pcm, blake, SirSeb, strike, Duk, hippo, saf, Mets, all of them from Tech, TD’s, the Hunters, and ofc the Chatters (past and present).. don’t ask me to limit it to one Q. What is your favorite game type? Anything that’s not too demanding on me right now…. I like strategy games especially but I don’t have that much times for games… CC fits well.. here I generally play mostly standard or terminator games but my game count is low. Q. Favorite CC partner? I don’t play many team games but so far, what was probably my best team experience was a quads game with Swifte, cooldeals and BGtheBrain. So we have a 3 way tie for that category. Pirlo is also awesome especially when learning a map that he knows (Monsters in my case) and team games with the Chatters were quite good also for various Whac A Mod games. Playing on a team game with Ace Rimmer is great also… but it’s a lot of fun to play against him. Q. What do you think about 11 posts in a row by the same person? I’ve gotten used to his Attention Deficiency issues so I’m not surprised.. I’m just glad he didn’t do it in Live Chat Q. Who is your favorite ex-mod? Gee… also so many to choose from… Ace Rimmer, Gilligan, Victor Sullivan, e84, Masli, Gotta go with Ace Rimmer on that one though…. After all who else is going to tell me that we’re like brothers from different mothers? Q. What do you think about those colorful unicorns? They’re very colourful but why did you put food colouring on them?? Q. If you had to choose your successor out of the current LC mods who would you choose? nagerous is second in command and his main challenge as head mod was his time dure to rl. As long as he could manage it I’d give him back the job.
Welcome to a jam-packed Clans section for this issue. We're proud to introduce 2 new Clan reporters to the newsletter!
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. Icky to provide in-depth analysis of the ACC2 Tournament, while qwert gives us insight into the CL5, which he is hosting. He also has a special Serbian edition of his article, as an echo to past efforts by Quiksilver in his native French.
And then of course there's the redoubtable Swifte, who comes through with a look at the Semi-finalists from the CC3
Leehar Clan Executive CC3 Update by Swifte [IA]
It has been a gauntlet - but finally the semifinals of Conquer Cup 3 are under way! Since it's been a while since we gave a full report - here's a little refresher on our competitors and how they got here!
Semi-Final 1 Number 1 seeded coming in to the event, KORT cruised their way to the quarter finals, defeating LOTZ and DYN by significant margins. They nearly became the latest chapter of #24 OSA's Cinderella-like run through CC3 (OSA had already upset both #9 Pig Renters and #8 FOED), but KORT gutted out a 32-29 win to advance to this point. In the semi-finals KORT is facing... Much like KORT, TOFU, seeded #4 to start the event, squashed their opposition in the early rounds, even earning a 36-5 win over SOH in the Round of 32. They beat OTP soundly in the round of 16 - then faced a real dog fight against the rarely defeated Pack. They advanced by a margin of 32-29. With 4 games in the books, TOFU is off to the quicker start, leading 3-1. Check out the battle for yourself here. Semi-Final 2 AOC entered CC3 seeded #6 overall. In the early rounds, they very successfully disposed of 1RFG and BOTFM. In their quarter-final match up they pulled off a narrow 31-30 upset against #3 seeded EMPIRE. We'll see if they can use the momentum from that victory to defeat... AFOS have had perhaps the most difficult route of any of the semi-finalists, due to entering the competition as the #10 seed - however they have risen to every challenge, defeating TNC soundly in the opening round, and then proceeding to upset the #7 Immortal Assassins and #2 Spanking Monkeys (another 31-30 affair) in successive rounds. With 8 games finished, the advantage thus far goes to AFOS, who have jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Of course with 53 games still to play, AOC has plenty of time to turn things around. Keep up with all the action here. It seems safe to say we have two great matches are under way and 4 very deserving semi-finalists! The winners will face off for the title of CC3 champions - and the Dispatch will be here the rest of the way to keep you up to speed on the action! Clan League 5 - Signups by Qwert [MYTH]
As everyone knows, Clan League 5 signups are officially under way, and are scheduled to close on the 10th of February. This should leave plenty of time for all clans to examine all the rules and to make an informed decision on their participation. This year there are many changes - it will be considerably different to the preceding Leagues. We first removed the playoffs, and then introduced more of a League-based competition with two phases: Phase 1 Qualification , and Phase 2 League. Qualification will have 6 groups with 6 clans each (which will be adjusted accordingly with on the number of entrants), and depending on how clans perform in the Qualification Phase they will be moved into: Premier League(1st and 2nd from each QG) Second League (3rd and 4th from each QG) Third League (5th and 6th from each QG) This year the winners will be the clan who earn the most points in the Leagues. (With medals given for their achievement) So far we have already had 19 clans signed up. This is a great start and we expect even more to join, so that CL5 becomes the most competitive League ever. Here are some tables of what the Qualification Groups and Main Leagues should look like: Serbian Version
Као што сви знају, уписивање у Клан Лигу 5 је званично почело, и трајаће до 10 Фебруара.Ово оставља довољно времена да сви кланови добро проуче правила и прописе такмичења, и да донесу своју одлуку о учествовању.Ове године је по много чему специфична јер постоје многе новине у такмичењу и доста се разликује од претходних Лига. Као прво плеу оф је избачен, и такмичење ће се одржати у две фазе. Прва фаза квалификациона и друга фаза Лигашко такмичење.
Квалификације ће се састојати из 6 група по 6 кланова свака, и у зависности од пласмана у групама оне ће се пласирати у- Премијер Лигу(1 и 2 из сваке КГ) Друга лига (3 и 4 из сваке КГ) Трећа лиге (5 и 6 из сваке КГ) Ове године Шампион че бити Клан који освоји највише бодова у свакој лиги. До сада 19 кланови су се пријавили. Ово је одличан почетак и очекујемо још више да се придружи,и да Клан Лига 5 буде најбоље такмичење до сада. ACC2 Update by Ickyketseddie [1RFG]
Ok so first things first heres a quick introduction to the ACC2.
A faster-hitting knock-out bracket tournament for established and new clans alike.
As in the sporting world, some tournaments require a little more luck than others. However, the winners of these tournaments typically gain their achievements mainly through skill. This tournament is not intended to rival the Clan League or CC as markers of the strongest clans but is an all-inclusive tournament which all clans can enjoy. Each round involves small clan-wars. The tournament would therefore not add a huge extra burden to clan leaders who may delegate responsibility to their deputies. Some clans still participating in CL4 and CC3 get a bye through the first round. The only real differences you might notice about how the ACC2 is run is that the starting bracket is randomised rather than using a seeding system and the scoring system, which is broken down like this. Meaning that whilst including singles unlike most clan challenges, they along with doubles count for a far smaller proportion of the total score, and the trips and quads make up the other 80%. Each tie involves: 4 Singles Bouts (each best-of-2) - each bout worth 1 point (total 10% of the scoring) 8 Doubles Games - each also worth 1 point (total 10% of the scoring) 12 Trips - each worth 2 points (total 40% of the scoring) 13 Quads- each also worth 2 points (total 40% of the scoring) 62 points available in total Ok so those not aware the ACC2 has already started with the first 2 rounds as good as complete and clans chomping at the bit for round 3 to start. There has been some delay in the third round underway due to the TO having RL issues and now Benga has stepped in to assist in getting things going again. Here's how things are lining up for Round 3. vs. Foed 0 - 0 MD (Starting) After a very convincing victory over IF, FOED move on to take on MD who defeated the recent NCC champions GR to gain there spot in the 3rd Round. vs. RA 5 - 12 PIGS RA who reformed last year will certainly have there new mettle tested when they line up against the PIGS. Can VioIets Risk attackers pull off a big upset here? They certainly worried the pigs with the first few results coming in there favour, although the PIGS are fighting back hard now. vs. TFFS 0 - 0 1RFG (Starting) TFFS defeated TLW by only a single game to secure thier place in the 3rd Round. They will be facing most likely 1RFG who only require a single point in the final batch of thier Round 2 machup vs. AoK to proceed. However the war has somewhat stalled and has just getting back underway over the last few days. [Some games in the last batch were also somehow created as Standard which has certainly not helped matters] vs. OSA 30 - 18 TNC The final matchup will be between OSA and TNC. You have to say OSA certainly are on the war path having knocked WAR out of this competition and coming very close to knocking KORT out of the CC3. It appears they are too much for TNC to handle while in this form, as they are securing the final points needed to win. The official thread with all the results can be found here - viewtopic.php?f=441&t=174682
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Dukasaur Tournament Executive Tournament Tips by DaveH
show: Analysis of termination Information
When a game is finished and archived the round information is not retained. This can be problematical for any TO who might be giving additional points to serial terminations, such as the prolific TO, greenoaks, as he does in his Good Luck, Good Hunting series. In these tournaments a player gets 1 point for a termination but then 3 points for the next termination if it is in the same round (and so on); i.e. another player has not played a move between terminations.
If we look at part of the full game log: You can see that immediately after the termination there is information about points lost and gained by both players, otherwise if there were another termination that same round, there would be no other players name as the first text after the date and time date. So, if we were to automate a programme to analyse the full game log, it would have to scan down the lines to find the word "eliminated", ignore the next line and check if the same player's name occurs up to the next termination. Simple in theory but the world of programming is never straight forward! The following routine produces the following summary from the full game log: The full game text is pasted (as paste special - text) in the area indicated and the button links to the macro detailed below. The second termination is in the same round so has the "IN SAME ROUND" text after it (if required this could also put in points and the player's name). What the programme does is scan down all lines of the log, erasing them from their position and rewriting at the top for analysis. Only if "eliminated" is found is the text retained, in which case the player's name is kept and compared with every name subsequently until the next "eliminated" is found. Obviously, apart from the points line, the same player's name will be on every line if it is the same round, otherwise it must be a "1 point" termination. There is additional explanation in the code: Code: Select all
' ' Subroutine to analyse terminator data from game chat ' iStartRow = 5 '1st line of game log text iStartCol = 2 'column used for game log iPlaceRow = 5 'start line for putting summarised text i = 1 'index for the text line position k = 0 'flag for "eliminated found" b = "" 'name of player that has "eliminated" another 'Does the next row have any text? While Cells(iStartRow + i, iStartCol).Value <> "" 'If so move it up to the next line used for summary Cells(iStartRow + i, iStartCol).Select Selection.Cut Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Select ActiveSheet.Paste 'if the flag is set, get the part of the text containing the player's name If k = 1 Then m = 1 'firstly check for the end of the name (space) c = Mid(Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value, 23 + m, 1) While c <> " " And m < 10 m = m + 1 c = Mid(Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value, 23 + m, 1) Wend c = Mid(Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value, 23, m) 'If the player's name has changed then it is not the same round for the next elimination If c <> b Then k = 0 End If ' Increment line number i = i + 1 'Check for "eliminated" For j = 20 To 50 If Mid(Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value, j, 10) = "eliminated" Then 'If so clear the next two lines Cells(iStartRow + i, iStartCol).Select Selection.Clear i = i + 1 Cells(iStartRow + i, iStartCol).Select Selection.Clear i = i + 1 ' get player name (to space) m = 1 b = Mid(Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value, 23 + m, 1) While b <> " " And m < 10 m = m + 1 b = Mid(Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value, 23 + m, 1) Wend 'b=player's name b = Mid(Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value, 23, m) 'increment placement Index iPlaceRow = iPlaceRow + 1 'if the k flag is still set it is the same round If k = 1 Then Cells(iPlaceRow, iStartCol).Value = "IN SAME ROUND" iPlaceRow = iPlaceRow + 1 End If k = 1 End If Next j Wend End Sub (These "tips" started off as ones that I used to make it a bit easier in managing my own tournaments. Now, I am looking at other types of tournaments and scoring systems by all you innovative TO's out there. So, if you have a unique scoring system that you would like me to have a go at automating, please let me know and I'll be pleased to try and assist. Any queries on the above I'll be glad to respond to of course. Please note that I use Excel 2003, so there may be variation in the menu instructions if you have other versions of Excel) TPA3 Wrap by DaveH
TPA Season 2: State of Play The one completed tournament since the last edition is Dukasaur's Friendship Festival Special Edition. Winning with partner Merch313 has brought Swifte even closer to Dowian2 with the scores now at Dowian2 5,420 points followed by Swifte 5,101; barterer2002 3,423; enormastitz 3,278 and tin trumpet 2,991. TPA 2 Standings TPA Season 3 The third and fourth tournaments have now finished: mviola's MV's 1v1 Round Robin Teams 3 with whakamole, Gromph and rmjw10 in the first three places. Highlander Attack has marked his return to competitive games with a comprehensive win in my tournament, The Fiscal Cliff. The leaderboard is in its early days, but already some of the usual suspects are beginning to appear at the top: gromph 812, enormastitz 584 and tied in third place, babagonosh, whakamole and highlanderattack with 500 points. Anamainiacks' Jack of All Trades is now in signups. It is a premier tournament with a variety of different game formats on different rounds on the Classic map. Also just starting signups in TPA3 is Chapcrap's double elimination triples assassin tournament on Classic map following his Mexican standoff series - Chap's Mexican Standoff DE: Classic 21 tournaments are now progressing, but there is still room for more, so, if you want a tournament of yours included in TPA3 and it will complement the existing list of tournaments, then pm me! The thread for the TPA3 details is at: http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=89&t=175675 The thread for the code that TO's will need to include in their tournament is at: http://www.conquerclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=177868 Join This? Or Not! by WorldCup4James
As January 2013 comes to a close, let's shine the spot light on those competitions that have the edge on the Tournaments page. All are still in need of players!
My Worst Nightmare Tournament organiser iamkoolerthanu, quite intentionally, puts himself in a horrible situation by running a 4-round single elimination tournament that includes four of his least favorite maps! Competitors will find themselves battling in 1v1 Fog of War games on Forbidden City, Poison Rome, Cricket, and Hive. There's just 8 or so spots remaining, so be quick! The Forgotten Nine In yet another "almost-trademarked" 10-phased mega-competition, Dukasaur gives credit to nine of the less-recognized maps of 2012 that received sub-par ratings in the Map Awards 2013. The game types are diverse (Standard in addition to Assassin and Terminator), and virtually all settings have a chance of appearing. From Africa II to Istanbul to 1982, 40 players have the opportunity to experience the fruits of the Foundry 2012. Qwertylpc's March Madness It's nearly that time again, college students and basketball fans alike--March Madness! The popular single-elimination U.S. college basketball championships come to life in CC thanks to qwertylpc, whose tournament is already looking for signups in order to time tournament play with March Madness play! Sign up with a home map and settings, representing any school. Fight as favorite until the Final Four, or emerge as the distinguished underdog #16 seed to upset the top-ranked teams from around the nation. Twenty players and twenty schools are already in--basketball fans, don't miss out on the chance to add another level to your enjoyment of March Madness this year! These are my picks, but if you don't like any of these go to the Create/Join a Tournament or Tournaments Tab and take a look at the many others waiting to be filled. If you're craving tourney action now, check out the Requests for Immediate Players section of the tournament forum. You can be playing very quickly after signing up as a reserve.
Well, we are truly well into the new year now. Nothing new to play on this year apart from New Zealand but we do have 3 maps almost ready to play and should be in beta any day now.
with its colourful graphics and easy gameplay.
has a local flair to it.
whilst not being a classic city, has brought another city to life. So how is the classic map coverage going then. Lets see.
Quenched Beta In Foundry Attempted but failed
So only Oceania has been finished.
This issue, we have some thoughts from yours truly over a very old idea that got dug up recently, generalhead asks what would the foundry or even the site be without the help of volunteers and lastly, which maps are in the foundry right now. Some new ones so make sure you take a look and help those ones you want to see in play. If anyone has been wondering what has happened to the competitions, do not despair, they will make a return next issue.
koontz1973 -- Foundry Executive Maps in Development. koontz1973
Drafting Room Where maps start life. But like all new babies, this is where they need the most attention. by koontz1973 League by Industrial Helix Colonization Wars: Earth by Armandolas Lisbon Metro 2030 by jonofperu Links by generalhead Easter Island by Iksarra South Africa Map Foundry The main block of work is done here. by koontz1973 Classic Cities: Cairo by cairnswk Race to Promontory Summit by vaughn03 Ring of Fire by cairnswk Massacre à Paris by isaiah40 Miami by dana1971 4 Star Meats by Lancelot du Lac France 2.1 by cairnswk Spanish Amarda by isaiah40 USA 2.1 by Seamus76 Tribal War Israel by koontz1973 Vertex/Austrum by isaiah40 Research & Conquer by Seamus76 Three kingdoms of China by cairnswk Rail South America by cairnswk WWI - Gallipoli by Oneyed Fragmentation of CSFR by koontz1973 Labyrinth by generalhead Alamo by Lancelot du Lac France 2.1 by Oneyed The Great War Happy gaming everyone, whatever map takes your fancy. What would the Foundry be with out volunteers by generalhead
What would the Foundry be with out volunteers The Foundry can be a snails race. It can take from months to years to create a map. Some times emotions can run high. Map makers can get upset with the Mods because they don't think they are moving fast enough. Mods get mad at the map makers because they believe that they are being unreasonable. One thing that we must remember is that we are on the same team. Our goal is to make maps to the best of our ability and to work together as a community to achieve this goal. I have nothing but praise for the mods in the foundry. They take time out of their day to help people make a map and get a medal when they don't need to. What do they get for it too? I know a lot of them do it because they enjoy the process. I believe after they put in so much time they should not have to pay for Premium. That is the least this site could do for the mods putting in so much of their own time to make this site enjoyable for other people. Here are a few reasons the mods might not always be able to post 24/7. One reason is they might have their own maps going on . They have the right do work on there own maps. How rude would it be to say you help me with my map, but cannot work on one of your own. In reality the foundry is not all that the mods do. In koontz case he also is the head of the newsletter foundry section. He also post a lot in general discussions. He runs his competitions. Like I said too he is working on a few of his own maps. who knows what else he does on this site. I don't even know if he plays any games . Plus we all have our regular lives. I know Koontz has like 15 kids and works two jobs. I am not just sticking up for koontz but am trying to make a point about all mods. I only used koontz because I know the most about him. (Mod Edit: I do) People are always so quick to complain and are always so slow to take on any volunteering positions themselves. Volunteers should be lifted and and not brought down by complaints. If we complain about volunteers all the time and then no one wants to volunteer then where are we? The whole process is shut down and no one is making maps. People should be appreciative for what they have and not what they don't have. We are lucky to be able to be involved in the map making process on this site and to have such great help along the way. The advisory of mods might get slow sometimes, but it has never stopped. every day their are new post on maps, Sometimes only minutes after the map maker has posted. I understand that the map process can be long and tedious. Sometimes the map makers want feed back so they can push their maps forward in the process. Sometimes waiting for mod's can be aggravating. But without the mods there is no foundry. With out the mods there are no new maps. Without the mods there is no new input. Some times their movements might be slow, but I would rather slow than never. And if we start giving the mods a hard time and they decide to not volunteer any more because of it, then what? I am not saying that there might not be some legitimate complaints. Remember that the mods are volunteers. Here is the definition of a volunteer (a person who performs a service willingly and without pay). Without pay is the key word there. The least we can do is pay the volunteers with our kindness, understanding and sense of gratitude every once in a while. Food for thought by koontz1973
Limit the amount of maps a map maker can have in the foundry. This is not my idea and it is not a new one. Whilst looking at an old thread posted on January 2 nd 2010, when our esteemed foundry foreman was the almighty MrBenn, it struck me as an idea worth perusing again, so do not shoot me. In an attempt to keep the development of maps moving in the workshops and forge, mapmakers will be limited to developing up to two maps at any one time - the idea of this is to encourage cross-fertilisation. So how would this work. Well, all map makers would be limited to only 2 maps in the main foundry at any one time. The drafting room and beta maps would not be included. What would this mean for the main foundry? (Pros) All it would mean is that fewer maps would be in the main foundry. The pros for this include allowing the foundry cartographers more time to look over individual maps. Whilst we all strive to make maps fair and balanced before beta, more time from the blue boys will allow far fewer mistakes. With less maps to look over, the players who do come into the foundry will have less choice but more effort would be made to analyse the maps there by those that do come. Map makers would then have more time to look over their own maps. Less maps will be put onto vacation (with the new rules, this is a good thing). What would this mean for the main foundry? (Cons) Cannot really think of any more cons. But that one con alone is enough to stop this. With maps taking many months at a time, imagine how many maps we would of lost from the likes of cairnswk or natty dread. That would mean no rail series, no Das Schloß, no Trafalga, no Eurasia and only around 170 maps to play instead of the 220 we have. This loss of maps would be horrendous. Less maps would come out from the likes of cairnswk Happy gaming everyone, whatever map takes your fancy.
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Yes, you read that right. Due to popular demand, we at the Dispatch have realised that this section is but a schimera - it truly belongs as part of Freestyle and from next issue that is where you can expect to find your future doses of strategy!
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thehippo8 Temporary Strategy Executive Brief SoC Update by TheSaxlad
TheSaxlad here filling in for Macbone this issue on the SoC update!
Whats happening in the SoC right now? Well teacher, tutor and moderator ElricTheGreat is running the SoC Student Terminator Shootout II! Similar to the last competition (which was won by Musicdude33) the competition involves 6 or 7 player terminator games and over 100 cooks (or students) vying for the prize of a glittering society of cooks medal as well as 3 months of premium! Signups have now finished, but for those of you wanting to learn more about terminator games and the way they are played, maybe have a look at some of the games, see the moves that the competitors are using, and root for your favourite! Also happening in the SoC forums is our ex-strategy editor Viceroy63 and other members of the society have come up with a set of rules or commandments if you will to playing Terminator! Although written in the style of Moses, the advice is definitely not outdated, and well worth a look for anyone! Here is a gem from the list, just to get you started! Viceroy63 wrote:Thou shalt not be as a Bonus Monkey in the land. This is an abomination! for those of you that want to find these commandments the thread is here! The last word begins to Macbone who says- Macbone wrote:Another thing, is that the SoC is always looking for experienced team players to be SoC team training teachers. Applicants should have at least a silver medal in the team setting they apply to teach (doubs, trips, and/or quads) and be willing to play some tryout games with other SoC teachers and students. If you're interested, you can contact me (macbone) and Commander9. Thats all for now folks, over and out! Collected Wisdom: FreeFalling123 takes us to Jamaica - with questions by thehippo8
We recently played a game on the Jamaica map (
). If you don't know me, I am the chief of the CC newsletter (the Dispatch) and I am also in charge of the strategy division (on a temporary basis until I can find a permanent replacement). As you may have gathered, strategy is not my strong point, particularly on unfamiliar maps. But I use them for experience and in the hope I can meet experts like you!
Anyways, as any good reporter, I also try and capitalise on oppotunities when I meet friendly folk to ask some questions which become the basis of articles.
FreeFalling123 wrote: Nice! Hey, thanks for having me. You have obviously done some research where I have not. And yes I remember my first time on Jamaica was off a random. I've found a lot of my success playing random games. Knowing the map helps, but what it all comes down to is how you attack, when, where and the timing of it all. If you play a map by choice, it will also be by choice of your opponent so you better be on your game. So, here are the questions! 1. I see that you have played 25 games on this map (out of the 3921 games you have played as at writing this). You have won 64% on Jamaica (as compared with an overall 54%). Don't you think you should play Jamaica more? I would say the first to go in a Jamaica game should win the majority of the time. For me, I’ve had more first goes than not and to be honest I’m still not accustomed to a lot of the happenings around the board. I’m just going to stick with finding it on random occasions. 2. What (if anything) do you like about the look, theme and imagery of the map? The map appears to be very friendly, but it’s a mean ol’ thing. I have always appreciated the child-like glow of the fish and pigs along with the slaves hanging all about the near and far planks of the map. It’s very appealing, just not as easy as it looks. 3. Our game was a manual deployment and trench game. Do you think that made any difference to your usual strategy on this game? I play with a pretty loose concept going into manual trench games. With trench it’s always a good idea to reach out as for as you can, weak as you may be. It’s important to build up plenty of fronts and nab as many bonuses as you can before you clash with your opponent. Be warned! Games can get pretty stagnant with these settings. 4. Given that deployments start on the ships, do you agree that killing your opponent's ships is the basic strategy? If not, why not? It’s hard to say really. In the trench/adj game we played, a lot of guys were doomed to stay on the ships anyways. Because of this, I was hoping to control a good portion of the board before going after your ships. However, you will find that Jamaican enthusiasts greater than I have targeted the ship right from the beginning and found success in this strategy – just grab your cobs first, stack a bit and smash the ships. Nothing too special. 5. Would you alter your basic strategy in team play? Team play will always spice things up a bit. If it’s trench I’d probably go for bonuses rather than the other team’s ships. If you hit your cobs with ease, help out your teammate with his. Without the trench, I have seen teams only have 1 player grab the cobs and shoot out at the other teams ships with some success. It all depends on your style and how you choose to play it. 6. Do you try and capitalize on the various bonus options on the Island and in Port Royal & Kingston? If so, do you have any preferences for bonuses? Does it make a difference where you start I think it’s a given that some bonuses are better than others on most if not all maps. It’s hard to say things like “never go after Europe” or “always go after Aussy.” I’d say most of the CC greats are opportunists and take what they can get. If you can steal bonuses from your opponent, do it. Otherwise, take time to really justify attacking that neutral for the bonus, if you believe in the play, make it. The biggest problem I’ve noticed in lower rated players is a constant over-neediness for bonuses and especially specific bonuses. When the opportunity is there for an easy +2 go for it, but you don’t want to take a bonus and give it right back to an opponent -- regardless of which one. In general, I’d leave the bonus nabbing for trench games, but if you find one isolated enough in a no-trench game, latch on to it. 7. Would your strategy regarding bonuses change for team games? Of course! However, I will say there is a huge difference between singles, doubles, triples and quads. And however much I’d like to think I am the master of all game types, I'm not. Generally speaking, trench games you will want to spread out as much as you can (nabbing as many bonuses as you can along the way). If it’s non-trench, stack and then smack some ships, forget about the bonuses. Of course, with everything there are exceptions and unique strategies that come and go so don't shy away from any ideas of your own. 8. Our game did not even get to Port Royal & Kingston - do you see that area as a large aspect of this game usually? If not, why not? Yeah talk about bad dice. And then unfortunately my nuke swept away any chance of recovery for you. I wouldn’t say it was that great of a hindrance (not charging for those small bonuses), but the critique I’ll put on your game play — and most of it is time-troubled pressure — is that you didn’t have a hard-headed dedication for grabbing your cobs. I saw you lose 13v6 and then you stopped going for it (with confusion being the main problem). You really want to get the cobs in trench games. Otherwise, to further answer the question, yes it would have been very beneficial had you reached the docks and cut me off at Morant where I picked up those cheap bonuses. 9. Would your views on Port Royal & Kingston change if you were playing a team game? Team games are always a little different. I think I would say the same thing as I have been saying. Spread out everywhere! Including the Morant – PR Docks connection. 10. How do you rate this map as to complexity? Well I would never try to compare a standard map with a conquest map. As far as conquest maps go I’d say Jamaica is pretty simple. Most of the time you know where you opponent starts. If you have time to look at the map it’s pretty easy to find the bonuses and strategize. It may seem like a daunting task, but for the most part I’d say it’s pretty easy if you put in some time and effort. 11. Do general spoils, types of carding, team play or other factors alter your view on this maps complexity? Cards aren’t very complex -- nothing is too complex. You just have to be willing to adjust to the settings. Find a method to believe in and work around that and you can’t go wrong. 12. Do you have any other comments on this map or otherwise not covered by me? Practice, practice, practice. The more you play it the more you will understand it. You may have to change up your style depending on settings, but for the most part a map is just a map. Background Information: 1. I see you are in Dynasty - what led you to them, do you enjoy clan wars, what do you see to be the future for clans? I have never really been the most enthusiastic about clans. KraphtOne asked me if I’d join his squad for the next clan battle and offered to put me in some team games and I thought, “why not?” It all seems pretty harmless, I’m not the biggest fan of them, but Dynasty has treated me well. 2. You joined in 2010 but have already played more games than many on CC, are you aiming to become conqueror? haha conqueror, nah I am just one of those people that takes everything pretty seriously. I’ve been trying to have more fun with it, but it hurts me deep in my soul to lose or not try my best. Top 50 has way passed my expectations, but who knows maybe my competitiveness takes me to new heights. 3. You have but 36 posts, as at the time of writing, and they only relate to tournaments you were in or an issue you had with freestyle - do you spend any time looking at the CC forums? Well it's a recent change. Not sure why, but I have cared more about the community as I have gotten older. I still think there is a glitch in freestyle, but I’ll try to contain myself haha. But yeah the forums are nice. I’ve got nothing bad to say about them. 4. What, if anything, would you do to make CC better? If you are asking me what I’d do, I’d give the players a way to customize maps. There are already so many that it keeps us busy for some time, but I want to see a CC special designer kit Nah I don’t know. You guys update and make changes around here plenty. The site is great. Keep doing whatever it is you guys are doing. With appreciation, Free
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