A big point of discussion for all Cube2: sauerbraten folk, old and new, is the community. Where is it headed? The ditch? Maybe it’ll just stay the same? Or will it rise into the magnificent popularity that our counterpart, quake live, has? We all want the game to be more popular and more fun, so how do we go about achieving this? And this is exactly what the question in todays’ Q&A hopes to achieve:
You are now the leader of sauerbraten, tasked with improving the game and the community. What would you do?
<Skillz> I have a couple thoughts. First and foremost: Different maps, encourage editors to make more playable maps and are not only playable but FUN to play. We can’t count the number of players who have left because they do the same shit over and over again. Forge, reissen, dust2, forgotten, redemption, authentic, turbine, ot, complex… Sure you get some damnation thrown in there and some mercury if you play with WiDeN (maybe some kffa with frosty) but I mean changing modes doesn’t make it any less of a repeat than what we’ve done before. They’re great maps but we need more diversity. One problem that is our community’s fault though is we shoot ourselves in the foot, we say we’re sick of playing the same stuff but we choose it anyways, or we have a very closed mind to even trying things like ctf, or hold, or protect or collect. I think I’ve played a total of 5 collect games since the mode came out. Maps/modes aside, another problem we face is competition. In swat’s little article about mixes, I wouldn’t say they’re KILLING the game, but I mean mixes in general are just about getting a game going and having fun. Which is good BUT it’s not a battle to protect your honour or your clan’s honour. Sure we have SSL once a month but that’s it. Once a month. There needs to be a constant competition between clans and inside the clans too. I would suggest an ongoing 1v1 ladder and potentially some 2v2 and 3v3 ladders even. This gives something to strive for. To be named “the best” is quite compelling in ANYTHING one does. From old players to new, it’s safe to say we aren’t very welcoming in general. The “while 1” stuff, while fun (I do it too :s), makes a person think “wow, these people are just assholes” and NOBODY wants to play games with assholes. They’re born and we throw them into an ocean and say “swim to shore”. Obviously sauer isn’t an extremely complicated game but some people DO need direction.
<Zoocata> If I were the head developer of Sauerbraten I would make sure that community and team interaction is a must. I’d incorporate gamemodes that require a team to work together to complete instead of just mindless fragging around the map (king of the hill?), or maybe give servers functions to properly advertise their own forum, other servers, etc. If I could get these into the game, things would be so much easier. I’d also update the wiki to actually include the things you need to know about the game.
<Neon> To improve the community and to maybe attract new players to the game, there could be hosted things like tournament with cash prizes for example. also some kind of global scoreboard or a good working global chat for everyone (just as an example, I know those things may not even be possible to create). a new version of Sauer could may help this too, but I would only add maps and maybe a new mode/player model. At the gameplay itself, I wouldn’t change anything, I’ve heard from people they may want to have the footsteps making noises now as well, that’s a pretty dumb idea in my opinion, it could destroy some gameplay parts. the graphics should become a bit fancier as well, but still should offer a good amount of fps, for people in the community which have quite an old pc.
<Frosty> If I were to describe sauer development in one picture I would use that ugly grey/metal bullet ridden background, its just old and ugly and has been there for so long, development is going nowhere. So if I had to improve the game I would definitely take some nerdy classes, then I would know what I’m doing, then I’d make sauer feel like it was made in 2015 and I’d probably modify a few parts of the gameplay: mechanics, (I think it’s stupid that commiting suicide is the tactical thing to do in ectf) and maybe reduce the amount of content such as maps like the killer k’s (ksauer, konkuri-to, kmap5, killfactory and katrez_d) and reduce the filesize and have more simplicity that way. The Sacha Baron Cohen in me wants to oppress everyone and change a whole ton of german words into aladeen, but in all seriousness I’m fine with the community as a whole, if you are always complaining about how the community sucks, you are probably the problem and not everyone else, it reminds me of those loud-mouthed hoes in high school who complained about drama always following them and they had no idea why… However I would like to see less aladeen energy (negative energy) overall and see less bitch fights and have everybody be more friendly… thanks for reading!
So, what would YOU do? Do you think these guys have some great ideas? Maybe you have some great ideas of your own! Let us know and post your brilliant thoughts in the comments.