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FREE VIP RESERVED SLOTS FOR SERVER STARTERS

Postby TC on Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:29 am

Reserved Slots for Server Starters

If 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:
viewtopic.php?p=6581218#6581218

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.

Saying /vip 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.
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Postby TC on Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:07 am

Well done to these people who started up TF2#1 this morning in just 35 minutes. They now have VIP across all TF2 servers!

TF2#1 STEAM_0:0:16016807 Raphi D:
TF2#1 STEAM_0:0:440821 ProyO >
TF2#1 STEAM_0:1:14586704 [FireWork]ReD_MaNiAC
TF2#1 STEAM_0:1:15982729 ReD_PionEER|UKCS|
TF2#1 STEAM_0:1:681219 `Sage

Prizes still to be won by starting up TF2#2 and TF2#3. Get on there! :D
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Postby LuckyNV on Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:53 am

awesome idea :D
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Postby UK_sniper on Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:55 am

Such a brilliant Idea.

Do they get a little pop up that tells them they got the VIP?

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Postby Im over here! on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:00 am

Brilliant Idea TC.

unfortunatly i'm never up that early :(
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Postby TC on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:18 am

All servers filled up in record time today! Well done everyone.

Congratulations to the players below who were the first on and stayed on starting up each server this morning. Their prize VIP applies to all TF2 servers while the server they started keeps with any players on. This is particularly useful with swapme - having free movement.

TF2#1 STEAM_0:0:16016807 Raphi D:
TF2#1 STEAM_0:0:440821 ProyO >
TF2#1 STEAM_0:1:14586704 [FireWork]ReD_MaNiAC
TF2#1 STEAM_0:1:15982729 ReD_PionEER|UKCS|
TF2#1 STEAM_0:1:681219 `Sage

TF2#2 STEAM_0:0:5137258 [Kla]us.renken
TF2#2 STEAM_0:1:10698119 t!KK3r
TF2#2 STEAM_0:1:17487590 Gibbles
TF2#2 STEAM_0:1:7255725 [GL] Extremer
TF2#2 STEAM_0:1:9679660 jaeger |UKCS|

TF2#3 STEAM_0:0:3439418 mighty_kåpa
TF2#3 STEAM_0:0:7407608 *sketch
TF2#3 STEAM_0:0:9651445 Dog of War
TF2#3 STEAM_0:1:18356148 [GL] Phoenix
TF2#3 STEAM_0:1:9679660 jaeger |UKCS|

To win these slots, you just need to be the first players to get the servers started. :D
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Postby Mez on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:28 am

Looks like Jaeger is going to have a VIP slot for a while!

Absolutely amazing idea...this is probably one of the best ideas you have come up with :shock:


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Postby um!!! on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:37 am

yea good idea lol, its horrible trying to start the servers!!!!
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Postby *sketch on Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:54 am

Nice TC. Great considering I'm off for two weeks 8)


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Postby Sc(x)tish Sn!per Jnr. on Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:29 pm

If someone who is starting the server already has a reserved slot through sponsership will it be passed on to the next in line?


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Postby Trev on Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:53 pm

fantastic idea and execution tc, surely this is a world first? :)
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Postby um!!! on Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:32 pm

tc
doesnt cod need help starting up?
im sure u could offer it to them as well
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Postby Bun on Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:34 pm

My brother is phoenix, so I was all like, omg. I go tell him, and he's all like, OMGWTF!


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Postby Inevitable on Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:05 pm

Lol, it's like some sort of lotto.

You should present all this like a gameshow.

No seriously, it would be awesome :D
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Postby RLCrazyCat3 on Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:13 pm

lol tc, resorting to bribeing people to start the servers now?.... i like!
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Postby Bucket \_/ on Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:33 pm

should be fun and great idea, 1 problem can i get up early enough? :roll:
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Postby TC on Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:45 pm

Bun wrote:My brother is phoenix, so I was all like, omg. I go tell him, and he's all like, OMGWTF!


Laughing hehe - nice :P
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Postby Nelsaidi on Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:23 pm

lol :D
Awesome idea, but i wont be needing it after the small gift you gave me ;)

So what happens if the person is a already has a VIP slot, does it go down to the next person? If so then great :D

Still waiting to post a donation i got ready 2 weeks ago :P
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Postby sarah on Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:08 pm

Thats a fantastic idea, really well done Nigel, im sure that took some work to get into practise....!! :)
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Postby TC on Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:38 pm

nelsaidi2 wrote:So what happens if the person is a already has a VIP slot, does it go down to the next person? If so then great :D


Yes, it goes to next non sponsor.
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