Empires Rise and Fall. But Heroes live forever!

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Don't miss the Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War single-player demo! Play as one of the world's mightiest empires, Greece, Persia, Egypt or Rome and navigate your armies through land invasions and ship-to-ship combats. Command your troops as one of history's greatest heroes, such as Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, each with a unique set of abilities and weapons and fight alongside your troops to victory! In Rise & Fall, build a thriving civilization from the ground up!

Specific notes for next LAN

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Order of games
It's still smoother for the operation of the whole evening if we run the Racer first. Not everyone likes playing a lot of the same game all at once (Far Cry top gun, then straight into the Raw War version), plus Wayne needs the pizza time to make sure everyone understands how the V8 servers will be run. It is important to know that the host will be instructed by Wayne to click START when everyone is finished the race and he's taken a screen dump. If you're not in the lobby and clicked ready when the timer runs out, the next race will start without you.

Wayne has always aimed on RAW WAR being finished by 11:30 so we can be gone and quiet by 12. Five minutes in between maps in Far Cry should be plenty plus I don't think we'll need a full 90min for racing.

V8's
Next Lan we will probably run a "Collisions On" server and a "Collisions Off" server and see how many we get in each. That way people can choose their own destiny. If we fill one up and there's more want to play that style, then we can change the other one to that one, citing popularity. Alternatively we may run an A and B server.

Any AI cars will be on the lowest skill, to keep the servers full. More cars, more fun.

The type of cars to be used will be for the whole night (easier to calculate points) but Wayne will draw it at random on the night as a surprise.

Far Cry
We will run 3 large assault maps of 15 minutes each way (max 30 minutes).
It is imperative that you have the full map pack available BEFORE the RAW WAR starts.
We will trial punkbuster turned off so as to reduce the lag it causes. Remember that the rules prohibit cheats of any kind. Don't
be tempted!

Strategy
Points per server are now worth double the number of people in the server. So if there are 4 players in the server the winner will get 8, second 6 and so on.

Comments and Complaints
If anyone has any complaints, please see Wayne personally or email it to krostech@krostech.biz If people can only complain in secret, then Wayne won't give their concerns any weight. Likewise if you have any helpful comments on how we can improve the tournament then please talk to Wayne or Tim.

1 April 2006 LAN results

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1st April LAN - April Fools day - was a great one!

There was a good number of people including a bunch of new people - I think we had 22 all up.

Topgun was hotly contested again, though we had some lag issues - due to punkbuster. We will trial turning it off next LAN.

April 2006 LAN TopGun

Full results attached in PDF format, or click the small picture here to see the main scores and ranks. Remember that scores are averaged over your 4 best results. As we have only recorded 2 results so far this year average percentage scores are halved. Average frags however are exactly right.

RAW WAR was well organised by Wayne again.
We have ensured that scores are averaged across attended games so even if you drop one game in V8's for example it won't affect your score.
Here are Waynes comments:
I've added the racing servers together, taking into account the scores achieved by players that weren't in every race, and allocating a ranking to each player's score across both servers. This gives a greater disparity of scores, the same as the shooter. If only we could do it with the strategy, but people like to play different ones, so that's the way it has to be.

April 2006 LAN RAW WAR

Additionally we have doubled all the scores for all events so far in the strategy category so as to make the strategy games overall weight consistently with the other genres. This is due to having only 1 game in FPS and Racing, and 3 or more in Strategy.

For the scores, click the title to see the links for PDF versions attached, or the thumbnails for the large versions of the pictures.

4th March LAN Review and results

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4th of March LAN saw a good turn out of regulars with 2 new people and a couple of occassional visitors. Good to see you all there!

The action kicked off fast and furious with the First Top Gun event of the year. Unfortunately the server crashed about 16 minutes into a 20 minute match. We have used these scores anyway as with the new percentage based scoring system it doesn't matter. Thanks to Nightshade for giving me the idea on how to make this work.

Without Wayne to run the RAW WAR (he was in Japan) I was a little worried it might not go too smoothly. However my fears were unrealised and it seemed all had a great time. We had screen dumps (or scores recorded) for every game except the last race of V8's so we used the first 8 only here.
Powerslide guys need to remember to take sccreen dumps after every race not just at the end. We were able to work out the results however. Likewise DOTA and Generals players please give us your actual scores and ranking next time not just who won.

One point to remember is the way the scores are worked for all the RAW WAR Games. Rather than record the score we record the ranks. That is if there are 5 players in a server and you win you get 5 points. If there are only 2 players you only get 2 points. If there are 12 then you get 12. So it generally pays to play in a server with the most people in it as this is more likely to get you more points.

Finally for both Top Gun and RAW WAR the scores are going to be recorded for the entire year, but only the top 4 results for each player in each genre will be averaged to see who is the winner.

I have attached the results for Top Gun and the RAW WAR events for March as PDF files. Click the header to see them.

Tell us what you thought about the LAN. How can we improve it?

Lan 4th March Review and Scores

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4th of March LAN saw a good turn out of regulars with 2 new people and a couple of occassional visitors. Good to see you all there!

The action kicked off fast and furious with the First Top Gun event of the year. Unfortunately the server crashed about 16 minutes into a 20 minute match. We have used these scores anyway as with the new percentage based scoring system it doesn't matter. Thanks to Nightshade for giving me the idea on how to make this work.

Without Wayne to run the RAW WAR (he was in Japan) I was a little worried it might not go too smoothly. However my fears were unrealised and it seemed all had a great time. We had screen dumps (or scores recorded) for every game except the last race of V8's so we used the first 8 only here.

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