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    Time for some pub changes

    We had a really good round of pub last night, but there were some really obnoxious things that people seemed to agree were annoying and should be changed.

    Small weasel
    - Can too easily sneak into fr and claim flag, this prevents a team which really earnt a win from getting the win.
    - Proposed change: make the weasel normal size

    lolnope
    - When there are loads of levis it ruins the flag game, either because you're constantly getting bombed/tkd from outside base, or because some of your team is leaving you short of players because they're levs.
    - In that situation, it's right to ?buy purepub
    - But if the levis ?buy lolnope then the game continues to be ruined.
    - Proposed change: Remove buy option for lolnope.

    Shield
    - Provides immunity rather than a shield. The player can fly into fr and claim the flag and there's nothing you can do about it. It's fully hax and it prevents a team which really earnt a win from getting the win (similar to weasel problem).
    - Proposed change: Remove buy option for shield.

    I also observed that after the good round, which was something like 20v20, all the players left afterwards. So a couple of rounds later it was only 2v2. I don't know why this happened or what to do about it, but it's something about rounds ending/starting I think. Ideas about this or anything else welcome, please contribute.

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    Oh and this thing is stupid and should be removed. It's super annoying to get a flashy chat window for no good reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rab View Post
    I also observed that after the good round, which was something like 20v20, all the players left afterwards. So a couple of rounds later it was only 2v2. I don't know why this happened or what to do about it, but it's something about rounds ending/starting I think. Ideas about this or anything else welcome, please contribute.
    Maybe we could reward consecutive wins, streak.

    Agree with everything you mentioned
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    Also, please for the love of god make pub large all the time. So tired of the ridiculous spawning that goes on when it's set to FR only spawns. I don't care if there is 2 people in the game, make it so they spawn outside of FR. Larger maps create better games, period. It's a spawnfest until we get like 40 players in, it is so stupid. Please, I've asked this like 1000 times but will do it again, give us normal spawns back. Least give it a trial for a couple months, I think you will be blown away how much more people will want to play pub. I'd bet my life on it. DO IT.

    -IxaDor

    PS: if you change the weasal size, please give it back stealth along with cloak. Terr's/javs have x-radar for that reason! Also, please consider bringing back lancaster spreadshot 1 hit kills (taking all 4 bullets results in death). It makes sense since 2 shots of 2x bullets does it, plus lanc is easily countered and fun to play against. Spread shot has it's own disadvantages too, so it's not likely going to make a huge difference. Let's make pub great like it was when I was a teenager in 2001 $

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    that's not FR lmao.. it's greater FR area. 1000% disagree though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dierienow View Post
    that's not FR lmao.. it's greater FR area. 1000% disagree though
    Since they changed it to outside FR rather than the old way, pub has died. I think a trial to restore it to it's formal glory days is worth merit since it was successful for like 16 years. Spawning is retarded, sorry you feel different but it's not fun for a lot of us.

    Edit: I mean how long does it take to fly from outside base back into fr? All 5 seconds? With a very high chance of not being spawned? If you count the fact that 3 out of 4 deaths is a spawn, you save way more time just spawning outside base like we always did. It's retarded.

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    yeah it would only really effect a player like me anyway who refuses to attach, since i'm refuse. that is why i disagree

    i prefer the skill of shooting a non-moving target to the skill of shooting a moving target. Some people like to practice at a target range, others at a high school. To each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixador View Post
    Also, please for the love of god make pub large all the time. So tired of the ridiculous spawning that goes on when it's set to FR only spawns. I don't care if there is 2 people in the game, make it so they spawn outside of FR. Larger maps create better games, period. It's a spawnfest until we get like 40 players in, it is so stupid. Please, I've asked this like 1000 times but will do it again, give us normal spawns back. Least give it a trial for a couple months, I think you will be blown away how much more people will want to play pub. I'd bet my life on it. DO IT.

    -IxaDor

    PS: if you change the weasal size, please give it back stealth along with cloak. Terr's/javs have x-radar for that reason! Also, please consider bringing back lancaster spreadshot 1 hit kills (taking all 4 bullets results in death). It makes sense since 2 shots of 2x bullets does it, plus lanc is easily countered and fun to play against. Spread shot has it's own disadvantages too, so it's not likely going to make a huge difference. Let's make pub great like it was when I was a teenager in 2001 $
    This guy been owning pub since 2010 and still doesn't know if you disable the !warp command that you spawn normally outside like back in the good days. GG
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    Also, every time I try to buy stuff I get this message...

    TW-PubSystem> You cannot buy an item while being a leader of the Kill-o-Thon.

    ... which is really starting to piss me off.

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    The issue with pub is, as always, satisfying everyone (or, rather, compromising in a way that satisfies the largest number of people). Most of what we have now is a series of long and complicated compromises that very narrowly navigate a middle ground.


    Small vs Large Weasel
    We've gone back and forth on this one for years. The small weasel can be quite obnoxious; but, it's also quite unique, and some people really enjoy playing it. For the most part it has significant disadvantages vs the old small weasel. It may not seem so, but a lot of thought's been put into where its settings currently lie. It's been carefully timed to make it quite difficult to simply punch through a hole and rush the flag, for example, at least for a defending team that's paying attention. The rocket is much shorter than it once was, and the afterburner cost is quite high, meaning a weasel has trouble covering enough ground to make it to the flag without using up a lot of energy. Meanwhile, it doesn't start with stealth, and must buy stealth if it wishes to be totally hidden, meaning that most players can simply watch radar to spot a weasel. Even if purchased, stealth and cloak together are fairly high-drain and make for a difficult journey into the flagroom if not backed up by others. For the most part, it's able to take the flag only when it's done skillfully and/or against a team that's just not paying attention. If I'm mistaken in this, please let me know. For example, if they're able to rush a bit too cheaply, rather than simply reverting again to another solution with its own problems, we have the capability to tweak settings that may be a more subtle change, and compromise. The heavy-handed approach often taken in the past, especially by those inexperienced with settings work, I think has often thrown out the baby with the bathwater.


    lolnope
    This one's still controversial, and not sure how well it fits into the pub puzzle. It's been a feature request for quite a while, ever since PurePub's existed, and mirrors the concept that underlies the ability to buy PurePub, which is that those who have played pub successfully and for a length of time earn money, which can then be exchanged for the ability to control certain elements of gameplay.

    The idea is that for a relatively small price, people can buy PurePub/SortaPurePub for a short time (10 min), which is often enough to get Levis to change ship. If, however, someone is feeling really annoyed by the PurePub buy and wish to continue playing as before, they can override it by spending some ridiculous sum of money. The problem with this logic is that the sum is not so ridiculous. It was raised from $100K to $150K, but nonetheless, many experienced players are able to spend this without batting an eye, so that rather than being something exceptional, lolnope is bought fairly often.

    It's worth noting that PurePub can be bought again fairly soon after an !lolnope cancel, and the PP buyer receives a partial refund (or full refund in the case of SortaPurePub). There are also a number of tools available for proactively countering Levis (though not those on your own team), including cheap anti and free roof !deploy. Also, everyone can now see Levi bombs on radar, the radar's zoomed out further to see the bombs coming, they have a drastically reduced energy pool that makes hunting with spiders/lancs far more effective, they no longer have green sharing on their freq, and they have reduced recharge and reduced bomb speed.

    I'll see what increasing the cost of lolnope does to how frequently it's used. Would like to see if we can still find a way to include it in pub, though, as it's been requested by many people.


    Shield
    The shield may not have any meaningful role in pub at present. I think it may also be re-prized regularly, meaning it's always at 90-100%, which is near invincibility. Will need to think of a tweak, or just remove it.


    Leaving after a big round
    This one's really difficult. I've definitely felt this myself. After a long round, 20+ min, you're often just not ready to dive into another one. Especially long, intense basing matches can be intense and require a lot of concentration in order to win (or lose, even after all that effort). Then after this, you have only 1:30 to take a rest, get something to eat/drink, use the bathroom, and so on before it begins again. But a longer break between can also lose players. (Time between rounds might still be something to look at. Longer break between longer rounds?) A key Terr leaving is another big reason behind a mass exodus. And people talk so much crap to Terrs that rarely will anyone who doesn't have several years of Terr experience hop in to replace them.

    Streaks are an interesting possibility. Will add that one to a todo list. Not too tough to do. Should you earn it regardless of if you win or lose?


    Low-pop Basewarp
    As mentioned, you can toggle this off with !warp. (There are plans to separate round-start warp and low-pop warp but it's not a serious priority.)

    The low-pop spawns were put in around 5 years ago. A bit before this time, I was playing pub almost every night for several hours during off-hours, around 1-5AM EST. Even that long ago, we were experiencing massive problems with pub fading out and dying: 0 players for several hours at a time. One player would hop in a ship and float around spawn, and another player might hop in as well. But rarely would they go to base. If they happened to be two fighter ships, they might duel in spawn. If one was a jav, it could go into base and hope the fighter followed, or rocketjav around spawn. Usually people got bored and would quit.

    Without low-pop spawn, any time one team had a terr and the other didn't, the base game would basically fall apart, and soon after that, pub would die out. I watched it happen over and over for months at a time. Then K A N E added low-pop spawn.

    The change was immediate and drastic. Yes, spawning became much more prevalent (it still exists in normal spawn, by the way). But at the cost of some spawn deaths, suddenly pub stood a much better chance of remaining active with few players, no Terrs, etc. And by keeping those few players actively engaged, when more players did eventually come around, a base game could form.

    These days low-pop spawn works a little differently. It has two stages, very low-pop and normal, which also spawns to many locations in lower base, and reduces the chance of being spawn killed pretty significatly. It also takes into consideration whether a team has a terr or not, and doesn't count Levis as active teammates.

    If a decent group of people think it's worth experimenting without low-pop spawn as an option, we could give it a shot. But I don't anticipate a good result.
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