news of October 2000
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|[29 October 2000]
Additional maps on WChat
Some days ago I joined a game set up on the map Green Acres. To my biggest surprise it wasn't Green Acres when we played. It was "Village Of The Unfortunate", a multi player map that comes with the Covert Operations CD for the DOS version of CnC.
How comes we could play this map? On local area networks (or on Kali) there's no problem to play every map You want on a Mac or PC in multi player matches. Only restriction is the WChat application itself: It shows in the Mac version only the 16 standard multi player maps as it does on CnC DOS or CnCgold for the PeeCees. The Covert Operations Missions CD adds some more multi player maps to the PeeCee version of WChat. I had installed the maps of the Covert Operations CD on my Mac too some time ago and so my CnC found that map on the my CnC folder. That's it. My WChat displayed "Green Acres" because it has no more entries in it's menu. The same would happen to PeeCee users who don't own a copy of that mission disc.
If Westwood would ever do that little patch to MacC&C's WChat, I could select the Cover Operations maps when setting up a game myself. And more they could sell this mission disc for the Mac version too by patching it only a very little bit. I managed to play all these additional missions on my Mac and I installed all additional maps too. All You need is to put them into You CnC folder ;-)
Related links and further indeep informations:
Today I got an email from an ex-cheater who switched sides and plays now for us, the good guys:
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 19:32:55 +0200 (MET DST) To: <MacMark@t-online.de>
I like to hear that :-)
I asked McCreadie about the so called "scout cheat" which is unknown to me. He explains:
I saw that someone might have been using this in the tournament. Let me explain what it is (I did this to ww a few months back). People (mostly heli rushers but really anyone) gives their units a sight of 10 which gives them an advantage when scouting. This does not make an out of sync error because it is not something that has to be the same as the other persons c&c95.exe (eg units credits ect). It is a really annoying cheat and I dont blame Master for early resigning (not a cheat it is legal in ladder play). I hope this helps you understand a bit more (I think he gave his chinook a sight of 10 and it was able to go in the shroud). I think ww can detect this on the ladder. Thanks
I think such a cheat would make the game going out of sync. Usually any editing of the game files causes sync errors. Does anybody have more informations on this "scout cheat"?
When Westwood had started the ladder system there's been no 3-minutes-rule. This rule says, that every game lasting less than 3 minutes won't count regardless what happenes.
Then some players begun to get and give free wins. They set up a bogues game and one of them surrenders. Usually this happened right after the game started. The 3-minutes-rule counters this because they would have to waste now 3 minutes of their time for every free win.
In the last few months computers became faster and Internet connections have been improved too. Now, if 2 players with fast connections meet, they can conquer the other player easily under 3 minutes. Their computers and their connections to the Internet are so fast they can do it in that little time. A new kind of cheaters use the 3-minutes-rule to their advantage. If they face a certain loss, they resign under 3 minutes. What should I say? I always said medium speed games rule! (The speed You get on a local network if You put the speed slider into the middle.)
A few days ago I discussed the problem with Mary on WChat when she was online again. She said Westwood introduced the 3-minutes-rule because they want more tactical games. I disagree with that. I think a heli rush is very tactical. I think an early Chinook loaded with an Engineer is very much of a tactic. But let me mention this again: Both the heli rush and the Chinook rush cannot be done with my 33.3 modem connection under 3 minutes. So this is a problem of You speed freaks out there again.
Mary also said they introduced this 3-minutes-rule to protect modem players versus faster connected players. Sorry, Mary, but this is completely without any sense! C&C synchronizes the 2 computers. This means, every player with a fast connection and a state of the art computer has no advantage over me with my 33.3 modem and my older than 5 years Macintosh. The game runs on his computer as fast as on mine. In fact some players hate me for my slow connection. I like it for more unit control and more tactics. But I found only really good players understand what I mean with that. Mary maybe doesn't know it all, because that rule was introduced way before she worked as our ladder mistress.
My suggestion is that Westwood changes it into a 1-minute-rule. The problem of early resigning when facing a certain loss would be removed but such a change. If You read my reports page You will see that the running loser problem increased recently.
Some guys on my forum experienced that other guys pretend to be them. As a solution for this problem You can now secure Your identity on this forum by password.
If You want to be a registered user You should mail me the following:
You don't need to type in Your name if You want to post something on the forum, if You're a registered user. Typing in Your password is sufficient. If You type in any name that name will show up beside Your registered name.
Your registered name will show up in color on the forum, if You typed in the correct password. A faked posting abusing Your name won't have color.
Guests are still allowed on the forum. They can use any name.
Some days ago Westwood offered support for our tourney. I told them
I published all infos about that tourney on my page now. The last players will be named until late Sunday. It's all in the "news" section. If You like to give prizes to the best 3 at the end, I think they will appreciate that ;-)
Today I got their answer:
From: Contests <Contests@westwood.com>
Thank You, Westwood! That's very nice :)
When we've finished our tourney in the end of October 2000 I will anncounce the winners and who will get which prize. The winners will have to mail me their names, mailing addresses (including country and postal code) and telephone number so I can forward the winners to Westwood. Good luck to You!
If You mail to Contests@westwood.com You receive an auto reply telling You the rules and that Your mail is put into a database. Furthermore they're hungry for Your reports and hope to get 2 or 3 times as much reports as they get currently. Their goal is to get all the cheaters. Every mail is read personally but not every mail will be replied.
From: Contests <Contests@westwood.com>
Until today I found that the following players want to join the tourney. I made the pairs for the first round by random choice. If someone wants to use a different nick instead of the one listed here, that's ok.
Westwood is giving some more prizes. I have to determine how they will be awarded. The available prizes - many thanks to Westwood - are:
Some of theses players already get a free copy of RA2 from Westwood as they told me. I thought again about awarding the available prizes and looked at the attempts of some players to cheat in this tourney. I'm tending to give that CD to the most fair player in this tourney or something like that.
Stroke out names didn't play or didn't meet their opponent and are removed from the tourney.
The dead line for more players joining is Sunday, 08 October 2000. You need to email me to be listed in the tourney. Everyone is allowed to join. The current pairs won't be changed. If necessary additional pairs are added. Start for the tourney is Monday, 09 October 2000, but all pairs can start earlier if they like.
The dead lines for the rounds are:
If Your opponent didn't answer You and doesn't show up in time to do Your games, then mail me. You will move on. He will lose.
The settings for the first matches are made by the players at left. The settings for the second matches are made by the players at right. The neutral settings for the third matches are:
The winner of each pair emails the results to MacMark@t-online.de.
The second round will be
I will publish the 2nd round pairs when I get the results of the 1st round.