#7. "RE: join W!O today.... if......." In response to Reply # 6
Some things never change.
Our unit left due to the automation issues and some of the politics you are speaking of.
I think that's way I have enjoyed NBT as a player... Some of the teams are not so hot... but the game play in league drops and the rules and the admins seem to all... just... work! Without any of the above noted stuff
Lewis MacLeod - Civi! / No Rank! Call Sign: NHu_Baladar
#12. "Best Automation?...no contest." In response to Reply # 4
>But, in all fairness, W!O has the best automation, and rule >system of ANY league out there.. by FAR.
Battletech Universe hands down.
-Client based mech inventory management. -Client based system to varify all TRO based variants and toss the hackers..hehe. -Over 2000 planets modeled with 4 enviroment zones each, variable weather conditions and a full spectrum of planetary defense equipment such as radar and surface to space armaments. -Supports multiple mission types synched to the automation for such things as mech raids, a bit of tech stealing, kitnap a team member, or just establish a beachhead to "liberate" his planet -Fully interactive universe map database for moving drop ships, warships, jumpships and other general needs. -Battletech based ecomony -Automated Battle and movement email forwarding system for such surprises as "A clan fleet has just been detected at your jumppoint at planet xxx" And much much more!
#13. "RE: Best Automation?...no contest." In response to Reply # 12
Sounds pretty much like the other major leagues out there (minus all the stuff that is necessary to enforce your "stock" rules.)
Also "client based" screams security issues, unless you mean you developed a w32 client that talks to an authoritative server. Personally I like web based clients, so that I can access the automation from unix-based systems.
"kitnap(sic) a team member"? Yes, I know you mean kidnap, but exactly how does that play out? I'd not like to have my "character" kidnapped so I couldn't play in a drop.
As far as fair admins, I'll have to give kudos to Striker while he ran the UTS. At least I think all sides were always yelling at him equally, so he must have been fairly unbiased.
#14. "RE: Best Automation?...no contest." In response to Reply # 13 Mon May-26-03 01:19 PM by GDL_Fox
BTU isn't a stock league anymore...surprised folks still don't know this.
Can't describe the technical side but know you begin at a set of rooms (call it lobby for lack of a better term) not too dissimilar to the zone. Each encounter has already been assigned a battlenumber, and that’s the link to league server. You hit one button to check out mechs according to what’s already on that planet. The drop commander also knows the battle ratio for the drop based on average mech of each respective force.
You start a game, drop in and select the assigned mechs out from a collection of authorized TROs. Automation automatically selects the map, weather, time of day etc. During the first minute of the drop the automation authenticates that users are using signed out mechs and checks the configs for hacks etc. Any problems and the game ends and the problem is clearly Ided (e.g, GDL_PVT-Bonehead dropped with an unauthorized Highlander..etc). Once game is complete the results are reported to the automation, database updated, and a report made available in the lobby. It’s elegant and simple and has been running now for more than six months few problems, while reducing the administration for the commanders.
On Kidnapping, from BTU rules: Kidnapping Raid - Restricted - Only Mercs and Pirates may perform this raid. If the raid is successful, then the Kidnapped Member is unable to participate in any future battle drops and will be un-validated and locked out of the BTU Automation, which includes the forums. Units may negotiate the return of their member(s) using whatever means at their disposal. If negotiations between Units fail, the Automation will release the lockout on the 15th day of each month.
Considering it only applies to Capital planets that are hard to get to and only two types of units my conduct them and still need to win it’s not been used very often.
#9. "RE: join W!O today.... if......." In response to Reply # 8 Thu May-22-03 06:55 AM by Methos
He was respected as a person......just not as an admin. Based on the way he handled specific situations.
Anyhow, W!O overall is a good league. It's basically the only mixed-tech planetary league out there, especially if you want a realistic galaxy and FFP play. And there are teams for all levels of challenge.
#11. "RE: join W!O today.... if......." In response to Reply # 0
Uhm...that wasnt really necessary right ? W!O is a good league and compared with another leauge *cough* - the admin is fine. Some units may be whiners in there but thats what you got in any league. Besides some small issues, I enjoyed it in W!O.