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Re: The Truth about Empire

Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Sun 05 Apr 2009, 17:39

^HUN^ wrote:I read reports of thousands playing this game yet that could quite easily be just twenty MP and the rest on SP..
You only have to look at the MP Battle Lists to see that this statement is incorrect.

Battle Lists as in Ranked and Non Ranked games. Yes, you have the choice to play a Ranked game or an Non Ranked game.

The 4v4, 3v3, 2v2 games are many.

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Post by ^HUN^ on Mon 06 Apr 2009, 11:45

A slight exaggeration on my behalf? Should I take it that the figures quoted by steam are all MP then?

Should I also believe that negative comments posted on other sites are simply from those who do not have the game or don't know how to play it? Remember, there are those who find and exploit game flaws long before they become general knowledge. I don't suppose there are any bugs or imbalances either.

Furthermore, if a dedicated lobby was up and running, actual numbers would be there in plain view, for all to see and we would know whether these so called community figures were fact or fantasy. Maybe there is a good reason to keep the real figures invisible.
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Re: The Truth about Empire

Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Sat 25 Apr 2009, 13:26

I have noticed a drastic fall-off in the number of games being hosted over the last three to four days.

At first, you had to scroll down to show all games being hosted, similar to viewing two pages of battles.
Lately there has been as few as 6 to 8 games non ranked but increases to about 10 to 14 when adding ranked games.

Are players getting 'fed up' with ETW already? Shocked

This is on the UK Server.
I have not looked at other Servers because I understand that all are now available without having to change servers?


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Post by ^HUN^ on Mon 27 Apr 2009, 17:38

This all sounds very frustrating for you and Marcus.
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Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Mon 27 Apr 2009, 18:12

Frustrating is the understatement.

Last night I changed the Server to seven different regions and the only host name I recognised was FearofNC on the US Chicago Server.

See my post reply here...=> http://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showpost.php?p=2222741&postcount=11

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Post by ^HUN^ on Tue 28 Apr 2009, 17:37

There was a good and valid reason that I did not buy this game. Simply put, I do not trust CA to make a decent MP offering. Just suppose for a moment that this was an ancient era like the five dynasties, very much my kind of thing, I still would have waited to hear feedback and this kind of feedback would bring the same result. No purchase.

I've read the pros and the cons and I don't see what's supposed to be good about this game. If you just want to go online and you don't give a monkey's who you play then....but has Total War ever been that kind of game?
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Post by ^HUN^ on Wed 29 Apr 2009, 23:21

Lavos has posted a suggestion on the org that may be of some help to you. He says that if you join loads of groups you are able to see their hosted games regardless of the server. This could be one way join games containing known, trustworthy opponents.

I still think a dedicated lobby is better than this.
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Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Wed 29 Apr 2009, 23:49

Not quite as straight forward as it sounds.
You still have to click on each group in turn to see who is online/ingame and that doesn't mean to say they are in a game.
I'll explain it better when I see you.

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Post by ^HUN^ on Thu 30 Apr 2009, 15:50

I take it you and Marcus are still unable to link up?
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Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Thu 30 Apr 2009, 23:43

I haven't been able to catch Marcus online for a few weeks now. We seem to be logging on at different times.

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Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Tue 05 May 2009, 00:45

I have managed to have a few good 4v4 games these last few nights. :516668:

The plus side....no lag. cheers

Player names are now shown on the unit tags when mouse-over which is what we had in previous tw games.
The minus side...when you watch the replay of a saved game the players name is no longer visible. So you have to try and remember who took which faction. This part of the game is a real mess. Mad

CA still have a lot to correct to make this game a really good game. IMHO

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Post by ^HUN^ on Wed 06 May 2009, 20:40

I'm glad you've finally got somewhere. Judging by the apparent lack of activity on .org I can only draw two conclusions, either the org is dead or ETW MP has already peaked. The former, from MP perspective, has been true for years.
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Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Thu 28 May 2009, 01:19

Another three good 4v4 games played again.

Now I am meeting up with people I know and starting to enjoy our battles.

Starting to feel more like the old days but a BIG pity about the lack of a proper Foyer/Lobby that enables you to see all who are online and to chat with your mates.

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Post by ^HUN^ on Thu 28 May 2009, 23:11

With a group of vets who find the gameplay of ETW to their liking, it's such a shame a proper lobby doesn't exist. At least you are finding these players online now.
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Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Tue 25 Aug 2009, 18:00

Two different evenings two different games...

One game with Tomisama as ally..game started with snow falling (winter). After only a short time deploying...desync, snow started going back up to the sky instead of falling...LOL

One game with Marcus as ally..game played to the point of enemy armies routed...expecting the victory screen but got a...desync.

No reason given in either game so what is happening?

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Post by ^Tomisama^ on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 00:01

One game with Marcus as ally..game played to the point of enemy armies routed...expecting the victory screen but got a...desync.

Probably they quit and desynced the game. Who hosted that game?

In the snow game, the host simply did not know what he was doing, and I am pretty sure did not have the equipment or connection, and the game stalled.

We were grasping at straws joining games with people we didnt know (or thought we knew), and when you do that anything can happen bom

We need to get our team together and play against some folks we know.

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Re: The Truth about Empire

Post by ^Glyndwr^ on Wed 26 Aug 2009, 13:24

Probably they quit and desynced the game. Who hosted that game?
I was the host but we didn't see the usual...xxxx player has left the game...message.


In the snow game, the host simply did not know what he was doing, and I am pretty sure did not have the equipment or connection, and the game stalled.
That was my impression too.


We need to get our team together and play against some folks we know.
Yes but the different time zones make it difficult during the week days. Our evening is your early afternoon. Sad

One answer would be to arrange to meet up on weekends if possible. Idea

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