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Regular European game night (survey)
« on: 19-06-2013, 23:06:40 »
What?

Regular weekly game night on the official stats-enabled server (VBIOS, FHT or others). In comparison, North American players have tradition of gathering every Thursday (and sometimes Friday) to play (before on WOLF servers, and now on WaW server), and as such people always know that there is at least one or two nights a week, when they are guaranteed to find players on an active server with active admins. Such game night can be coincident with some open event once in awhile on stock maps with official stats.

Why?

Many people do not care where to play, but there is a sizeable group of players who, for various reasons, do not play on (frequently busy) 762 servers, or prefer an alternative if they can. The reasons could be: desire to play with official stats, players could prefer different set of rules, map list, administration style, etc.

This initiative is in no way targeted against 762 community, but our experience and conversations with many players had shown, that there is a need for alternative servers that need to be supported, so that the once popular servers such as WOLF or HSLAN would not disappear. Also, giving the players who do not play on 762 servers (a surprising many) an ability to regularly participate in public play would increase the active player base, and increase popularity of FH2

How?

We had organized the public opinion poll, where players choose week days and time intervals most convenient for them (European evenings), and also additional questions relating to the tournaments and statistics (official v. 762). Note that this poll would be posted in various forums, but one needs to participate only once.

Instructions

The poll is given in English to reach as many players as possible. If some questions are unclear after reading these instructions, we could help. It would be welcome, if the word about this survey would be spread around different language communities and instructions would be translated.

Follow the link to FH2 European weekly game night poll (Important: after submitting the form, save the link for editing your answer. Unfortunately, the way the Google Docs works, errors and duplicate answers can only be fixed manually in a spreadsheet, and automatic results would remain ruined/skewed).
  • Days. Note that while the weekends seems an obvious choice, week nights could be even more successful, because on the weekend people participate in tournaments, party, leave town on holiday, and so forth.
  • Time. Time is given in arbitrary two-hour intervals in UTC. Use time-zone converter to see how those intervals relate to your zone.
  • Tournaments. Indicate if you participate in popular FH2 tournaments, and if you can participate in public play even during an active campaign (for some people once a week is enough, while others can do both tournaments and public).
  • Statistics. Note your attitude in relation to official stats and 762 stats: do you avoid 762 altogether (for various reasons), do you prefer official statistics, or you do not care either way, but would like to have a choice of maps and servers on any given day.

P. S. Please, spread the word about this poll in social networks, if you think this is a good idea. We would also like to hear the input from the developers to see their attitude towards this initiative, and if it would merit official blessing.


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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #1 on: 20-06-2013, 01:06:31 »
Push!

There have been many thoughts shared at Forgotten Honor about this and many players agreed that they like to have an alternative way of playing FH2 and would like to have some kind of gamenight.

Really no offense to 762 here. I regularly play on 762 again, but this project might strenghten the playerbase and bring some people back into FH2 that have given up on it. It's for FH2 in general, not about competition with 762 or something.

I really hope that this idea makes its way to a weekly gamenight for many people to enjoy. If you are interested in this in any kind of way, fill in the survey Ug posted.

Here's the link again: SURVEY

I fully support this. Spread the word and keep this thread alive so potentially interested players see it!

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« Last Edit: 20-06-2013, 01:06:09 by Surfbird »

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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #2 on: 20-06-2013, 01:06:39 »
Again, reminder: please, be careful with voting, and save the link for editing your vote. We just had several possible duplicate votes, or people adjusting their vote without editing, and it is hard to identify without nicknames especially. But know, that if you trying to influence the vote by multiple voting, we will hunt you down, and kill…, er, detect and remove suspicious votes. It ruins pretty results graphs.
« Last Edit: 20-06-2013, 01:06:46 by theUg »


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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #3 on: 20-06-2013, 02:06:20 »
I put my vote in, even though technically I'm not in Europe, I more or less share the same geographical time.

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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #4 on: 20-06-2013, 03:06:21 »
Update: I had noticed that few people put earlier time intervals, so I had added 16:00 to 18:00 (UTC) interval to the time section. If anyone who wanted earlier times saved the edit link, they could edit their vote and check that time interval too to show those answers on the results page. I reiterate, however, this is UTC, not necessarily your local time, so make sure to convert.

In general, I am pleasantly surprised with the response so far. However, that makes me wonder: where all these people were before, we could be populating the servers all the time. :) This survey shall go on for couple of weeks to a month to encompass as many players as possible (especially, inactive), but we could start trying some of these days shortly, maybe even this upcoming Sunday, and next Wednesday (as the poll stands now).

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I put my vote in, even though technically I'm not in Europe, I more or less share the same geographical time.
Obviously, geographically it does not matter, one can be from Trinidad, Guinea-Bissau, Fiji or North Korea, so long they are willing to show up during European evenings. We are just as happy to see you here, as we are happy to see you at WaW Thursdays. :)


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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #5 on: 20-06-2013, 03:06:15 »
 I still believe some type of weekly event would draw allot of players.

 Lets say for example WAW Thursdays:

 1 week would be a British Night with all British maps

 2nd week an All American Night ect

 Objective night

 Another could be tank night, maybe infy night


 Having run BF1942 campaigns for my previous clan 5thMR, we found formats wildly successful.


 My schedule varies & im not European, but i will vote. (Why exclude America?)
 ;)



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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #6 on: 20-06-2013, 08:06:53 »
We would like to help this out, but we have Tournament covering Thursday's-Friday's. Any other day, we will happy to host this every week.

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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #7 on: 20-06-2013, 10:06:33 »
^ He's talking about Forgotten Honor community hosting the server, in case you are wondering.

My schedule varies & im not European, but i will vote. (Why exclude America?)
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I don't think America gets excluded. It's an European gamenight mainly because the intention was to make it happen at European time and especially on an Europen server. You can still choose the time you can participate in the survey. Furthermore this can be very international. It's just that earlier many Europeans are going to play and later on some Americans might join, while numbers of Europeans decreases. But you might profit, because some Europeans might want to stay longer than usual.

So the main factor is that this will be based on a European server (or Russian, which would be rather subpar though, especially for Americans) Also the thought was that you have the American gamenights and that Europe can need something like that too, which does only naturally handicap you due to higher ping and problems with the time you can play.

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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #8 on: 22-06-2013, 00:06:18 »
Push!

We can't afford to miss anyone who is potentially interested in this ;)

Fill in the survey if you like the idea and want it to happen!

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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #9 on: 22-06-2013, 08:06:12 »
To get the ball rolling, based on the votes so far, we going to start testing this idea in practise as such: VBIOS server would host Saturday and Sunday (that means this Saturday, that means, tonight), while [F|H] server would take over Wednesday. We need people who all say they are eager to play to actually come up and play. To not leave the server if the seeder people are AFK. Just stick around get the game going.

I am not too sure about turnout today, because WaW has a battle (I, for one, shall be there), and it is a short notice, but we need to start trying, so we are going to start gathering on VBIOS server tonight, and tomorrow night around 16:00 UTC.

Also, I have high hopes for next Wednesday as well. Mark your calendars.


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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #10 on: 23-06-2013, 23:06:24 »
I love to play on 762, since years but I think it is great to have a greater variety of maps offered at the same time. I am definately  into this.

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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #11 on: 23-06-2013, 23:06:16 »
I love to play on 762, since years but I think it is great to have a greater variety of maps offered at the same time. I am definately  into this.
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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #12 on: 24-06-2013, 21:06:02 »
Despise 762(sorry lads, don't like your rules or map list). So I for one would defo welcome this!

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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #13 on: 24-06-2013, 21:06:55 »
Deek, can you be more specific about map list. A constructive criticism, if you will. I also think that people overplay some maps, and dislike many for no good reason. I really like all the maps, but I am especially excited about maps that are rarely played nowadays (mostly African, of course).

The whole point of this exercise is to give an alternative experience to 762 for those who do not care about official stats as much as some of us do. Server rules, it’s a whole another story. ;)


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Re: Regular European game night (survey)
« Reply #14 on: 24-06-2013, 22:06:35 »
If you want to see the maps playing on 762 click below. I am sure we have a good selection of maps depends on what time of day you come in.

http://www.762-ranking.de/fh2stats/?page=info&pid=&ln=en