Reserved Slots for Server StartersIf you are amongst the earliest 5 people who start up any empty TF2 server at any time of day you will receive VIP across all UKCS TF2 Servers. This VIP will remain active for as long as the server you started still has players on it.
This is a fully automated system, with in game prompts informing you if you are a candidate to win a slot, and when you win a slot. There are also in game prompts to remind people to start up empty servers.
say "/vip" in game to see information about prize slots on that server.
If you win a slot, to join the servers when full its easiest to have the UKCS Plugin. See below link for details:
Get servers started and win a reserved slot prize!Now the longer description, please read before asking questions:Motivation
We often get the situation where one server is 33/33 for hours, while the others remain empty because nobody wants to be first on. However, when a few people do try they would normally fill within 30 minutes. This system is to reward those players who help get servers started. Suddenly its an advantage to be first on.
Look for servers with fewer players on to help start it up and win a prize!Example in Action
Lets say TF2#1 is full and you can't get on, but TF2#2 is empty. You join TF2#2 and keep playing until it reaches 20 or more players then you get a reserved slot on TF2#1, TF2#2 and TF2#3. You keep that slot on all servers until TF2#2 next empties. Now you have earned a reserved slot on TF2#1 and can freely join it.
If the server stays with players on it for 5 days, your VIP will last 5 days. Who gets the slots
Each server has 5 prizes to award to helpful players, so 15 prizes available. Prizes are valid on all TF2 servers.
The reserved slot prizes are given out when the server reaches its specified player count target (around 20 ish). The 5 people who joined the server earliest and who are still on there get the prizes.
This means, if you join the server when it has say 6 people on it, you would still win a prize if any of the 5 on earlier than you leave the server before it actually fills up. You will get a popup telling you if you're now in the earliest 5 due to somebody leaving.
If you startup more than one server, you increase your chances of keeping your VIP as it will last as long as any one of the servers you started keeps players on it.
in game will tell you who the earliest 5 people on the server are. If any of those leave, the list is updated with the next earliest 5.
Current sponsors who already have reserved slots are not illegable for winning reserved slots.Additional
To be seen as 'still on the server', you must not leave playing the game for more than 2 minutes. You must rejoin a playing team aftrer a map change within 2 minutes as sitting idle in spec does not count as filling the server.
If a server crashes, or is restarted, then the VIP slots are not lost as long as some people join the server again after the restart.
I may change specifics of how many slots are given out, and the targets depending on how things go. I will keep the system live only if I see it making a difference in keeping the servers in use.Final Thoughts
Work together to get the servers filled as everyone benefits from having a choice of full servers to play on.