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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 7-29-99
   

Players

If you don't like people, then don't run a server, it's that simple. You will meet every type of person out there, from the newest newbie to the worst scum of the universe. Handling them is one of the trickiest aspects of running a successful server. If you don't take an active role in the "user administration" of your server, you will be empty all the time. Below are a few tips to handling and attracting users:

  • Post your information - Where do people go for what's up with the server? How do they contact you when somebody behaves terrible? Most mods allow for a message of the day or similar features where you can post the URL of your server's support page.
  • Don't be heavy handed - As much fun as it is being god, don't try to control the players on your server. Nothing pisses off people more than getting kicked off because they asked you a legitimate question, or they were beating you in the game. On the reverse side, don't allow one obnoxious player cause others to leave. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." It's been our experience to play under another nick on the server, that way we can still "frag in peace", while keep an eye on what people do when they don't see administrator.
  • Don't "abuse" your low ping time - Remember, life at ultra-low ping is different than life above 200. It may be good for your ego to whup up on everybody while they're statues, but it's not much fun for them. We're not saying don't play on your own server, but spend some time watching other people, or let them kill you back once in awhile.
  • Set Up a Message Board - People love message boards, but they seem to hate e-mail. You think your server's running great, but you won't know for sure until you put up a message board.  Probably the easiest to setup and maintain are the ones over at Gamers Extreme. Basically it's point and click, and you provide a link to it.
  • Know the limitations of your server's hardware - Just because you think you have enough hardware, or bandwidth, watch the point at which the server begins to lag, and set it to a maximum clients of 1 less than that point. Unfortunately when a server is overloaded, everybody begins to lag. If you overwork your server, people will only remember the time they logged on and it ran like crap.
  • Be helpful - This may at first sound silly, but be helpful. When you see somebody type "how do I get the grapple hook?" on your server, tell 'em. Friendly staff makes a big difference, especially with newbies. They need the most hand-holding, but are the most enjoyable as they progress in skill.
  • It takes players to get players - In the beginning, play with your friends or coworkers on the server. Even if they suck. People don't go to empty servers. Most people check Gamespy pretty regularly, and if your new server is faster ping-wise with people in it, they'll join.  It's been our experience that you often will also pick up "homeless" players. These are folks that enjoy the friendship and sense of community you've laid the foundation for. These are the core of any successful server.
  • Get Auto-Aim Bot Protection - If you run a server without some sort of protection against auto-aim bots, lame asses will find your server. After they do that, they enjoy running your regulars off (we consider auto-aim users worse than people who play Unreal). If your mod supports it internally, turn it on. If it doesn't, check out BW Admin. It works with many mods, and is updated pretty regular.

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