news of December 2001

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That was C&C in 2001

It was another interesting year with C&C on WChat. For those who missed the party, I will give a short review of the major events here:

In January the ladder was in major trouble. Many players got no rank. Furthermore ACnDC drove it too far with his hacking and harrassing, he was hunted by the FBI and since then never seen really again on WChat anymore.

In February DragoNod spreaded a virus. ACnDC made a website looking a little bit like mine and filled it up with his own thoughts err... lies. All players got their ranking again, except ACnDC, who was point reduced for cheating.

In March, Westwood turned the possibility of user made chat channels off and gave no more prizes for the winners. LordSSB turned into a software pirate and ACnDC was pointreduced to zero for cheating. Sounds like last month, doesn't it?

In April Beasty was hacking on WChat and got help from LordSSB for that. My headline was "terrorism on WChat" for Beasty's other activities during this month. The FBI investigated ACnDC and his homepage was removed.

In May I was on holidays for some weeks and so I only published how ACnDC payed the bill.

In June a new found bug that allows to control the enemy was in the rumors. Furthermore the free win rushing looked bigger than ever.

In July Beasty lost his illegal hacker site several times. Each time he published it elsewhere, it was taken down again. I was bored by this cat and mouse game and ignored him in our 3rd round. Since then his site was never updated again and Westwood's sysops made some changes on the server to make his attempts useless. The other major event was a new unit cheat enabling gunboats and visceroids to be buildable. That cheat was too obvious and not used in the future.

In August Beasty added a new virus to his hacker tools. I made the visitor statistics of this site public. Since then you can use the link on the front page to see who is visiting here. Currently over 50 countries are visiting this site.

September was a boring month because nothing really interesting happened in the C&C world. In contrast to that the real world had some bad news. Even on my forum the terrorism was the only topic for a long time.

In October NKOslider started a tourney on his page.

In November the top100 site closed due to technical problems.

In December we were hunting free win rushers, I found Westwood workers in the C&C movies and ElPaladin discovered some interesting settings. Despite of opposite claims on my forum, many players have no idea what the mobile headquarters is for and how it works.

Mseop1 free win rush

ElPaladin sent me some thoughts and research results regarding Mseop1. I forward this to Westwood's ladder team too and we will see what they think about it:

    Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 02:16:05 EST
    Subject: 11th Hour Ladder News! This has taken much time to make; scrutinize w/ care plz!
    MIME-Version: 1.0

    NOTE: Good Intentions, Apology
    To MacMark:
    I know it is very hard for you to believe me Mac if you have read what Mseop said about me on the forum so Ill come clean here and now. I am an honest player for the most part, always have been and this many names thing that Mseop cites me on way overblown. I have some 1 gamers way low on the ladder where they are insignifigant to the ladder. I have only 1 name that im going for a high rank with I swear to god. I had 1 other Warcow329 I started the month with but stopped 20 points short of 400 because I was finding it very frustrating because few would play me early in the month. So I started XLordSSBX kind of as a joke but at the same time I wondered if I could get Top 10 finally. I want for the record that I never had intent to FWR with 'multiple nicks'.

    My intent of the reports I sent you throughout the month were people with multiple HIGH RANKED names. All of these names were Top 50.  

    To you I apologize for not being forthcoming with the names, I still dont even know all the ones on the ladder, a lot of them are gag names that I played maybe 1 game on. They were not intended for and are in no way fit for an FWR.

    The News: Mseop1 is a hypocrit- he free wins rush.

    As Pilbots said before he believes Mseop1 to be Pirahna40. We have not confirmed this. We do however know Mseop1 to be Fl1nstone. We watched the ladder as he climbed it on Champs94 (6 wins) and Fl1nstone fell (6 Losses). This all happened in one hour.

    Before:  5   Champs94    57 wins/ 3 losses         746
              12  Fl1nstone     38 wins/ 2 losses         674

    After:    3 Champs94:      61 wins/ 8 losses         818 (+ 72 points)
              18 fl1nstone       38 wins/ 8 losses         572 (-102 Points)

    Now this is very suspicious to me. Yes 30 points ARE unnaccounted for. I did a little  work using your Rank Calculator to see what 4 losses to Champs94 would do to Fl1nstone and for Champs94.

    Game 1: Champs94 + 25.46
    Game 2: Champs94 + 21.2
    Game 3: Champs 94 + 17.78
    Game 4: Champs94 + 15.24

    With rounding etc thats roughly 80 points, but since I rounded up and possible innacuracies of the calculator that is DAMN CLOSE. Notice a pattern?

    I have included prints of the ladder at the time I saw this happen! Note the times at which these SSs were taken. Also note this: The "Last Hour" is before, the "Mseop as" are after.

    Despite my use of multiple nicks I dont FWR myself I have no intent ever to its gay and its not winning. Id see anything to see this old hypocrit DQd for FWRing.

    So in conclusion Mac I know you to be reasonable, and I feel I have been a pretty clean player in the past and a reliable source for your news section. So if you can see past my own wrongdoings we can get the bad guys in the end.

    I hope that you realize that this is strong evidence against this supposed champion.

    Peace to all and Happy Holidays,

He included these three screenshots:

Thanks for the mail. I hope you read One rule and no exceptions ;-)

One rule and no exceptions

We guess C&C players must have a brain, right? Sure, they need it for the game and to do the right maneuvers on the battle field. But, in despite of this, there's one simple fact 99% of all players don't get into their heads:

1 nick per month to play ladder

Are the rules that hard to understand? No! But instead of following the ladder rules, they come up with the wildest excuses like

  • the other guy did it too
  • only to punish a cheater
  • just for fun
  • it was an accident, no intention.

To state it again: There're no exceptions! None! If you use more than 1 nick to play ladder during one month, you break the rules and should expect to be punished.

For the new year 2002 you all should make the resolve to stop using multiple nicks! I made my own resolve too ;-)

If you have knowledge about multiple nick users, feel free to inform me and Westwood's ladder team by using my report formular.

Usage of the Mobile HQ

Thanks to a hint from ElPaladin I found out what the mobile headquarters vehicle is for. That unit was mentioned in some C&C documentations like the C&C strategy FAQ, but until now, I had no idea, what it's good for. In some single player missions you can see that vehicle, but in multi player matches, I never saw it surfacing - until today. ElPaladin told us on my forum, that he played "bases off" and "capture the flag" and saw that unit then:

    Hey Mac,

    It's christmas eve and so I decided to play a series of 'fun' games, which would have silly settings such as capture the flag, base off or play on a random or Cov Ops map. Here are the setts I came up with for the first game:

    Units: 5
    Technology: 3
    Credits: 9999
    Map: Lakefront Clash
    Bases Off
    Crates On
    Tiberium Off
    Capture the Flag

    I expected to have the usual Artillery/ 2 Light Tanks/ Nod Buggy/ Minigunner/ Rocket Soldier set, but when the game slowly came up (it was lagging because of my ISP) I saw this new unit that looked at first like a Recon Bike combined with a Viceroid and I wondered "What the hell is that thing?". I ran my cursor over it and found a completely new and untold of unit called the "Mobile HQ".

    It is apparently some sort of flag substitute designed specifically for these wierd types of games. Here are the properties:

    Looks like the Mobile Radar Jammer from CnC Red Alert
    Has the armor of a Nod Buggy
    Moves at the Speed of a Light Tank
    When destroyed ends the game for the controlling player

    As for the game? It was short but pretty funny. I got an airstrike from a crate and bombed the HQ... and his Light Tanks that would normally survived the blast blew up.

    The game has some fun implications- I suggest you guys try it!

I tried it myself and found it's true. Look at my screenshot for a new started match on Green Acres with bases off, capture the flag and 18 units.

picture of the "Mobile HQ" (mobile headquarters) vehicle

You might know, if you play capture the flag, you have to move the enemy flag with a vehicle to the starting point of your flag. If the enemy flag arrives there, you win and all enemy units explode. The starting point of the flag is always right next to your construction yard and before you deploy it, the mobile construction yard holds the flag. But that's only possible with "bases on" games. I never thought what whould happen to the flag on the MCV / CY (mobile construction vehicle / construction yard) if you turn bases off. You don't get the MCV /CY with bases off and thus no flag. Instead of that you get the mobile headquarters.

What's up with the Mobile HQ in those "bases off / capture the flag" games? The goal is to protect your own Mobile HQ and to destroy the enemy Mobile HQ. I tried it today and it's really great fun. You need completely different tactics compared to "bases on / AI off" games. For that kind of settings no tactics are published anywhere yet and I think it's a totally new kind of battlefield in this classic game.

I strongly recommend you to try theses "bases off / capture the flag" settings. It's thrilling!

I've to admit that it's my own fault not having that fun earlier, because in the C&C strategy FAQ is written:

    [2-2-19] Mobile HQ

    These units only appear in multiplayer games of capture the flag, when bases are turned off. They are unarmed, and are weak units. You must protect your own mobile HQ while destroying your opponents' mobile HQs.

    Keep them surrounded by your units. Even a Hummer can destroy one in a few shots.

Well, what can I say more?

Multiple nick users detected

According to an email I got recently, we've several multiple nick users on the ladder. It's not allowed to use more than 1 nick per month to play tourney. I forwarded that email to Westwood's ladder team and asked them to check this issue. I expect them to do something (again) if this turns out to be true. But read for yourself:

    Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 00:51:19 EST
    Subject: (no subject)
    MIME-Version: 1.0

    There are several two namers high on the ladder this month, all of whom are NEWBS. I have played 3 of them, and beyond their several nicks, they all are also cheaters. I have attached several screenshots of the ladder and have taken the time to circle their names in color code:

    Brigadero Nicks = Blue
    Johnboy21 = Yellow
    ODBJohnie = Green
    N1musashi = Red

    Please post these screenies on your site and forward them to Westwood's Ladder Team if they still take information I assume they will be interested. As for their other cheating?

    ODBJohnie from everyone elses account and mine Ref Cheats and then Out of Syncs. This has happened to me twice and to others

    N1musashi and Brigadero: We all know these guys are complete cheaters. They are like ACnDCs grandkids or something. In all the games Ive played with them Ive been cheated in some way. I have been DCd by Brigadero 2 times, and ERd by him once. I have also been Skeyed and ERd by N1musashi, and have been told about multiple accounts of him DCing.

    Too all of you, nothing too personal just clean up your f*cking act or leave.

I put the screenshots sent to me together into one picture.


I got a new email giving some corrections to above informations:

    Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 13:26:53 EST
    Subject: (no subject)
    MIME-Version: 1.0

    Here are the next batch of screenshots. Due to an error on my part (because John8787 [joked] that he was Johnboy21) I had John8787 as Johnboy21. That is incorrect, as now I know that Johnboy21 is none other than that cheating skank ODBJohnie. We shall see how these multi namers end up...

Again I put the screenshots sent to me into one picture. Why does the blue guy only surface 1 time? Strange.

corrections 2

Today the last open question was answered and I can publish the completed picture as it looks now for me. This is the up to date - composed - screenshot of the multi-namers. According to it these players are outlaws:

  • Slertof1 = Beicola = Mintocup = Stardump
  • Defeatnow = Brigadero
  • Johnboy21 = Odbjohnie = Johnn1962

Using multiple names for playing ladder during one month is not allowed.

The mail for the latest update was:

    Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 17:44:01 EST
    Subject: whoops my bad
    MIME-Version: 1.0

    Blue guy Defeatnow also Brigadero, forgot to send that last Screenshot of him, It was neglected because it contains his other nick only... hope that this helps to complete the puzzle

Now it's Westwood's turn to verify all this and punish them if necessary. I informed Westwood's ladder team today about it again.

Westwood workers in C&C movies

If you played the missions completely you see the ending movie and a list of people starring in the movies. Those of you who look closer to it will find that some guys from Westwood were playing in the movies as NOD or GDI persons. The name "Sperry" e.g. appears not only in the cast list, but in the "$perry financial networks" and some more.

But most interesting for me, Virtual Ted himself played a role as a NOD officer in the movies. In one screenshot you see his name and on the other screenshot you see him on the left side being a hardliner of NOD.

Did you see the photos of Westwood people already on my site?

Tracing the free win rushers

Some guys give themselves free wins on the ladder (not allowed). Be it by using multiple names of their own (not allowed) or be it by a free win rush team featuring several players bringing one guy to the top (not allowed).

Compared to all other cheats, the free win rush "FWR" is somewhat harder to recognize by Westwood's ladder team. Due to this fact some covert operations were necessary to trace those FWR activities. When the November ladder ended, a few FWRers were detected and disqualified according to the ladder rules.

You might ask what these covert operations are, but I cannot reveal them, because we need them and they would be useless if I tell you too much about it. The reason I'm writing this at all is: I want these FWR guys to know that their free wins won't be of any use for them any longer. You can go and spend the rest of your life with FWR, but all your time will be wasted, because you will be disqualified and all your hard work will be completely in vain! Instead of that, the guys, who didn't cheat will pass you after the ladder check at the end of each month and will be listed instead of you in the hall of fame.

I cannot stress this fact enough again and again since years: Cheating in any way won't help you much, because sooner or later you will be caught and punished. If your life depends on your ladder position, then try this:

  • Begin with reading the newbie hints. This is not a joke!
  • Read all tactics.
  • Play no rules.
  • Get your ass handed by better players and learn from those lessons. Yes it hurts, but it's necessary. This is how all the best players ever have learned this game before. They told me about it.
  • Play any settings. Don't be a "one map wonder"!
  • Don't cheat, because it distorts your sense for your real skills. You would think you were good, but in fact you suck badly and you don't recognize this fact! Does this hurt? Yes it does, but there's no alternative to it.

And now, take a deep breath, change your life, be a good guy and learn this game from scratch!

And for all the good guys out there: Keep on reporting! If you see someone cheating, give Westwood and me a hint and the "special forces" are on the way. Well, they're on the way so or so, but you can speed up things and help us with your reports to focus on certain targets.

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