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Inaugural BF3: League of Manly Men

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  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    Ohhhh, its on tonight! Remember, when we play on our server, we CANNOT play with B2K maps as several members still do not have B2K
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    Tonight... I hope I can squeeze time in with the kids bedtime and wife's last night before she leaves on a long road trip until Sunday.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    Great first night, guys! Full server!
  • UPSWeezerUPSWeezer Behind you... GENTLEMEN Icrontian
    Looks like I may have to purchase a new game...
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    I can't wait to have everybody up to date with B2K so we can get some epic Wake Island games going.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    I'll buy it tonight... It was a blast last night. I need more practice though. Yep... more practice.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    Feedback from everyone last night? I might be contacting you individually to see how it went, but figured I'd open the floor up here for them as well.

    Time work out alright? Map choices and gametype preferences we should explore? What needs to change?
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited Jan 2012
    If someone is going to try to administrate the server we'll want a definition of rules. Is it acceptable to destroy vehicles in spawn? How about killing people in spawn? Obviously hackers are going to be kicked(right?). Are these things immediate kicks? Do we give warnings? When will you ban people?

    As for using vent, having 8 people in one channel does not work. It won't work if we are on the same team, it definitely doesn't work if we aren't. My preferred voice comm setup would be to have squad based chat happen in skype (or similar), and cross-squad team coordination happen in vent (where communication would be limited).

    I'm still trying to figure out what all the butt-hurtness was about with us being on different teams. I didn't, don't, won't, like the idea of us using admin powers to force move all of us to one team. The way things were last night we had two full squads, on two different teams, in two different vent channels. Our squad was able to work together and coordinate attacks and I ssume the other squad was as well.

    Isn't this the idea of getting us all on the server at the same time? Get together. Work together. Kill each other.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    I've started a rule-based discussion here: http://icrontic.com/discussion/95002/defining-server-rules

    I'm hesitant to begin with Skype, only because IC uses Ventrilo for everything (outside TF2). Further segmentation only makes it harder to get people to use whatever we're trying to push. KISS is what I'm trying to go by, here. It might be as simple as adding sub categories in the BF3 chat area, right? Does Ventrilo allow support of hotkey channel switching a la TeamSpeak? (i.e. F4 puts me in Channel A, F5 Channel B)

    I'm not sure where butt-hurtness idea came from, but I think that might have gotten overblown? From a personal standpoint, I was a bit surprised to see we'd opted for seperate teams only because I'd pictured everyone wanting to play together in my head. If that's how we want to handle it, I'm all for it - that's how we started TF2, afterall. As long as we get everyone playing together I'm happy.
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    Wasn't so much 'opting' for different teams as that was the way we ended up. It would have taken quite some time for us to switch teams the normal way and we didn't want to force-move.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    I left my opinion on server rules over on the other discussion.

    Voice... I don't mind Vent but I cannot stand that I cannot dual key bind. I have a standard mouse key for voice but when I'm flying I cannot go to the mouse to talk. I like the idea of squad based channels though. It would be awesome to bind one key to squad, one key to team, and one for the server... Dream, I know.

    Overall, I was very pleased with last night. I wish folks would be a bit more even keeled on the game. Threatening to leave because of not liking how the game/players are playing is a bit harsh. Hopefully we can get the rules set and then we can all have fun.
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Mountains Icrontian
    I had a blast last night, even though I lost consistently. I wasn't butt hurt at all about the teams, but I do like poking fun. I do think clan stacking and having all of us work together on a team would be a blast, but it's just my own opinion and I'm totally fine if it never happens.

    As far as the com thing, why don't we just setup 2 subchannels in vent: One for US and one for Russia. I doubt we ever have 4 squads going at once ... in all likelihood we have 4-5 players on each time sort of like we did last night. In which case 2 vent channels is purfecto.

    I also think it's a bit brash to want to quit over the occasional spawn camper, but I understand how that could get to someone if the part they enjoy most about the game is being ruined. Still there is AA, and S2A weapons and so many other places to spawn and so many things to do.

    The best part of last night, I thought, was how close the last game was. We lost by a hair, and as the pressure was mounting I started a killing spree. I think I got 8 kills in the last few minutes of that round because I so disparately wanted to win for the squad. I don't get that feeling playing with strangers. It was a blast. <4 I'm ready to do this once per week.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Looks like I may have to purchase a new game...
    I tried to tell you over break dude! Get it! Better than MW3!
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Jan 2012
    So is Wednesday the official time moving forward? I went ahead and added it to the Icrontic Google Calendar for posterity:

    The Icrontic Calendar
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    edited Jan 2012
    ...wat? ...It should have already been there?

    Edit: Nevermind, I was holding off on adding the official event until I was sure everyone was happy with Wednesday. Now that you're back from CES @UPSLynx, do you plan on doing ICMLP on Thursday, still?
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    TONIGHT, GENTLEMEN!
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    GET ON SERVER MAGGOTS!
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    Life got in the way... sorry. I was looking forward to playing tonight. :(
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    Good night for me. Got ace squad and had an 18-9 game that felt good. Won several times through great squad/team work. Enjoyed it!
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    Great night again, tonight, guys! Had a ton of fun - a lot of you guys are getting too good at this game :(
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    a lot of you guys are getting too good at this game
    I wasn't there so don't worry, I'll bring down the average. :)

  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    Q don't sell yourself short - you're incredibly annoying because you're the most patient guy I've ever seen in a tank. Most cat-and-mouse games end with one or the other sprinting off with the terrain, but you positioned yourself twice so that couldn't happen in week one. Trying to wait you out or act like I'd been killed was fruitless.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    Oh tanks for the compliment. :D

    I do love my tanks... or AA for that matter.
  • IlriyasIlriyas Magician, Sunbro, Grossly Incandescent Toronto, Ontario Icrontian
    Really need to update my PC so that I can play BF3...people on Xbox just don't get the whole 'team' idea.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Pissed I missed this, I was in San Francisco with Prime all day for a THQ event.

    I might be up for some BF3 tonight or some time this weekend, been awhile since I dug into a good game.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    I hope to be online tonight... I haven't played since Monday. WAY to long!
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    I will be on tonight as well

    Transport chopper flag capping team?
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    TONIGHT!

    Ok, lets try to get at least two full squads going again, maybe 3 now that we've added some people to our playing list.

    GO! GO! GO!

    PS. I want Canti as my jeep driver tonight
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    FYI... Vent is fine but I am leaning towards the built in party voice chat since I can do voice activation. I have mine set up to allow for me to talk quietly to my kids without broadcasting... I speak louder (which is normal when I see something that is gonna kill me) and then it picks it up. I am really not fond on Vent's inability to bind two keys (mouse and joystick) and I cannot find voice activation.

    Oh, and YES, I'll be on for at least an hour or so starting after 7:00 PM Central.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    I'm going to a talk later tonight, but maybe ~845 or 9P CST for me.
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    edited Jan 2012
    @QCH

    Multiple PTT keys (Have not tried this myself):
    http://www.thehoboclan.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2735

    Voice Activated (First red arrow on the left):
    image
  • TiberiusLazarusTiberiusLazarus Dewmander Misery Icrontian
    Tested the above for multiple ptt keys. Result: works.

    There is also many other uses for the bindings section. Such as: change to specific channel, PTT to channel X and all sub channels.
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Definitely a good idea - we have squads set up, and with this command, you can talk to the entire BF3 channel. (see attach)
    vent test.png
    691 x 568 - 141K
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    Sorry I was only able to pop in for a few... Kids and wife all needed me. :(
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    No action this week, hopefully we have a better turnout next Wednesday!
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Everyone needs to stop playing SWTOR for a night to play BF3 ;)
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Mountains Icrontian
    Sorry guys I've just been stupid busy. Last week I only managed two rounds. I had all intentions of playing last night but work happened.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    edited Jan 2012
    On a positive note, FUZZY-CWM, the guy who we reached out to the second week, ended up playing with me for most of the night.

    Left me a message on my battlelog wall saying it was the first time he/she'd ever played with a friend before and had a blast - I had to explain how it only gets better when we have 2 full squads running.

    Let's not disappoint next week!
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    Sorry about last night, I was participating in a paid Alpha Test for some new open world game thingy thats really the best explanation of it I can provide.
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Everyone needs to stop playing SWTOR for a night to play BF3 ;)
    Sorry - new game effect. I would have dropped down if you guys had enough for a couple squads to get the server started, though.
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian

    Sorry - new game effect. I would have dropped down if you guys had enough for a couple squads to get the server started, though.
    The problem is that we need EVERYBODY there or else we don't reach critical mass on player numbers and random pubs don't join to fill out the server.
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    Yeah... I fired it up... no one was playing other than Nights so I jumped on with nights. Played for a while and no one else jumped on Vent or ICs server. I decided that it was a bust and spent some time with the family. Next week, join Vent and IC's server and try to get it going.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    edited Jan 2012

    Sorry - new game effect. I would have dropped down if you guys had enough for a couple squads to get the server started, though.


    The problem is that we need EVERYBODY there or else we don't reach critical mass on player numbers and random pubs don't join to fill out the server.
    Correct, we actually had 7 people capable/ready to roll at 7pm.

    Q
    Pig
    Fuzzy
    Me

    Cannon
    Laz
    Lynx


    That being said, though, there are 30+ people in our battalion. We should be able to fill our own server up. We've seen how quickly only 6 people can fill it, though.

    I'm not holding you guys accountable, though - I mean if you can't make it you can't make it. If there's other games you'd rather play that night that's fine too :) I have those same nights, so I completely understand. I'm flattered that you guys are so apologetic for missing a screwaround night in BF3, though, so I'm not complaining there, either :)
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    I was attending a talk that I could have just read on her PPT and futzing around on the Dallas bus system (which fucking sucks).
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    Damnit, this paid alpha I am in seems to only be on wed nights from 8-9 PST, craptacular.
  • CannonFodderCannonFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    I'll be on tonight
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    I'm also going to be on tonight.
  • pigflipperpigflipper The Forgotten Coast Icrontian
    edited Feb 2012
    Anybody? Started 30 minutes ago, hello?

    And we already gave up on our server, good job.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    Great turnout last night, guys! We had a full server for a few rounds - was a bit slow to start up but we had fun invading other servers as well.

    Would pushing the start time back/forward help anyone at all? We still kinda have an even distribution of everyone across the US with IC-West guys reinforcing after dinner.
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    So what's going on with this, everyone? We've had about 4 weeks in a row now where we're saved very late in the night by activity, or we have about 2-3 people playing. There's definitely BF3'rs online, but no real help in trying to populate our server.

    Do I need to change the day? Do I need to change the time? Do we even want to continue with this or should I free up the day on the IC calendar for something else?
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