Alright, this is something I feel strongly about so strap in, this might get long.
Enigma wrote: It almost seems that nobody cares about six of your servers being dead.
I'd say this is untrue; I really miss #2 not being entirely dead... though mainly I enjoyed playing with a few ukcs people, whom I've since added to friends and so I don't really have a need to play on UKCS unfortunately. The last server remaining (i used to play on dustbowl #5 when i mained wm1, and i never really played on 2fort) is 32 player and instaspawn iirc (don't quote me on that) which really isn't my thing because it effectively removes certain classes and playstyles from the game. So I'm left to either play on a UKCS I don't enjoy, or find a different chain of servers; it's not that I don't care that no-one plays on #2 or the vanilla ones, but it's that I kind of.. forgot about ukcs. :[
Enigma wrote: Perhaps changing them to 24 players would work?
If the other servers are anything to go by, I don't think this would help.
Since gunmettle, valve servers seem to be the default 24 man server for (semi-) skilled players to be on.
heuji wrote:i've said it before, turn one into a jump map server, pretty please.
This would be great for me, I've actually been looking for a decent jump server to add to my favourites for a while. Ideally it would have some more plugins that the other servers don't, like ammo/health regen or location saving, but hopefully this shouldn't be too much of an issue to implement? I have no idea how hard that sort of thing is really.
heuji wrote:i get why you folks don't want MGE and DM servers
Could someone fill me in?
heuji wrote:i find i hardly play UKCS these days as i only really play #8 for the community, the maps and 32 man just doesn't work for me
Pretty much what I was trying to say.
I'd add that it only ever seems to be badwater, upward, swiftwater and barnblitz; all good maps but have some issues with accommodating 32 players.
ApacheFlame wrote:One answer is to copy popular servers.
Have you tried copying other chains' popular servers? Having a 24/7 badwater/upward server might be a compromise between what your regulars want and filling the servers, perhaps making them 24 man.
heuji wrote:i've also stumbled on quite a few ex-UKCS regulars playing other servers for the very same reason(s) as myself.
you see me a lot more than you realise probably, my name is usually something dumb like "dooooooooogs"
Volderran wrote:Might be nice to updated the 2fort extreme to a ctf extreme:)
Not sure this would be such a good idea: from when I played on this server it seemed really laid back and chatty, not really focussed on the objective. I think changing the maps quite a lot would make players leave and try and find a different 2fort server, because some people don't seem to be familiar with ukcs (e.g. lucasz.kartanas01 typing !unusual, !premium and !rtd in chat) but do seem familiar with 2fort (battlement sniping).
Maybe it's just me who treats 2fort as a messaround map though.
_yog wrote:I'm among the persons that are regular players and that would be very glad to play something else than payload maps.... it is just pity to sum up tf2 to only spam payload maps.
I see it just like only playing on skial hightower; you're missing out on most of the game.
_yog wrote: I'd be the happiest person if hoodoo could be kicked out of the loop.
Hoodoo should not exist
yog wrote: for the moment I cannot find the same atmosphere I find on ukcs servers so I stick on #8, but it's just pity.
I'm probably not meant to advertise other servers obviously, but it is out there. [:
I did write a whole thing here about chunky pasta sauce and a TED talk, but I took it out because who cares about statistics really?, but basically yeah, I agree with yog that the worst thing that could happen if you change the dead servers up a bit is that they stay dead and some admins waste a chunk of time fiddling with their servers. I'd suggest something fun that you can't find via quickplay (that has full functionality when the server's empty!), like jumping (preferably), surf, dodgeball, that football thing, MGE, soap dm, warioware (lol), smash bros....
Thanks for taking the time to reply Apache, we don't say that enough.