Luckily a huge amount of mapgen samples will be provided today. We gonna see first hand what the mapgen is capable of and what kind of games it provides - If it can reliably create reasonable maps.
That said, I dont think the quality assasment of current hand made ladder maps can be directly transfered to mapgen maps. The will likely never reach the aesthetic level of hand made maps - especially if you look at the astounding progress in the last maps made by Jip, Svenni, biass and other map creators.
The huge advantage of mapgen maps is, well, they are generated and no one has seen the map before. In short, its their novelty. And novelty is a quality of its own. Mapgen trains a player to adapt, to asses what a map has to offer, to think what might be good and what not so much. Hand made maps with established meta simply cannot provide that feature.
My point is, even if mapgen maps lack in comparision to hand made maps in some regards (which they do), they bring some new quality into the game which current ladder maps simply cannot provide.
Therefore I would love to see mapgen maps in ladder to some extend.
Maybe ask in "technical help" on FAF discord
Imo most of your observations you pointed out fall back to the maps hosted and played. Unfortunatly those are mostly Astro/Gap/Thermo in the lower to mid ranked area. Those maps are known to promote turtly playstyle and often feel like an eco-simulator without much interaction and use of all the units in all tech stages you got. The map layout simply just calls for it to be this way. On top of it, having such a distinct focus on eco and an overall clear meta seems to provoke quite some toxicity at time if someone didnt yet understand how those maps play out or just screws up. Overall, its pretty unfun if you like interaction und you may think, this is how FA is meant to be played. Lucky you, its not. There are alternatives but there should be more.
There are some players in the community trying to help to overcome that issue by hosting "all welcome" games on decent maps. E.g phong already deserves a medal for that as he is hosting 4v4 all welcome games on mapgenerator maps on a rather regular basis. Those are very welcoming to new and unexperienced players, usually have spread out spawns and no dedicated air slot. Games are rather dynamic and highlight the importance of map control.
I feel, FAF could benefit alot of such kinda moderated lobbys (mapgen or not is not the point) to present an alternative to the majority of teamgames hosted on the same 3 turtle maps in the lower rating area. (Dont get me wrong. If you like DG, well you like it - nothing terribly wrong with that.)
It seems to me, players in this range are often simply to intimidated to go 1v1 ladder or want to play in a team. Team Matchmaker could/will somehow solve that issue, although players need to overcome their fear to be thrown into the fighting pit and any many new players may be reluctant to do so after getting crushed horribly a couple of times.
It seems to me, it may be very beneficial to have some dedicated and welcoming FAF guys hosting newbie-friendly all welcome games (FAF kindergarden-bootcamp games if you like) on a regular basis on half decent maps. Just to have a low barrier/threshold alternative available opposed to the majority of "crap" lobbies. This could be a good and low effort way for new players to highlight all the different ways how the game can be played.
So, how to achieve that? Is it feasable to introduce "official" FAF lobbies for newbies hosted by well known community members?
you need to put a game title in
It is included, you need to enable it ingame though.
Menu -> Options -> Interface -> Draggable Build Queue
deactivate the "dummy drone" on the top right of the unit list in a game lobby. It was introduced to easily unrank a game.
@SteelTalon Try playing some mapgen teamgames. Hosts are usually quite open to less experienced players. Futhermore, mapgens games (due to their novelty) usually dont have fixed roles/lanes for players and are often quite dynamic to play. Both should be an advantage for ladder players.
Hi. I have no idea about linux but your game log shows:
"warning: Can't open lua file "Z:\home%USER%.faforever\bin..\Installed.Prefs"
warning: unable to load Installed.Prefs; using empty initial prefs"
so it seems you dont have a game.prefs file
Did you start the game once from steam?
If not, do so to create a game.prefs file (which safes your personal settings like resolution, hotkeys, templates and os on) and then try again on FAF
i too find large icons on normal resolution beeing way too big. The normal/small size is in that regard considerably better imo. One thing i want to add is that you dont have to use all icons. Just use the icons which seem useful too you and delete the rest. E.g i deleted nearly all T1 unit icons and most T1 building icons except radar. With this setup I feel the assesment of T1 army sizes is not obscured but you also see mixed in T2/T3 units much better.
To do that, you can open the icon file with a file-archiver program like win rar or 7-zip and delete the icons you dont wanna use. You can also open the icons within using e.g. irfanview with a plugin to see whats what.
@shultz13 try "Nvidia fix"
Sounds like the Nvidia driver bug.
Download and activate the "Nvidia fix" mod. That usually solves the issue till a better driver is available.
Try the pre-release client which should fix that issue.
Select an engie, press shift and double click on a mex ->the engie will build mass storages around the mex. This feature can be enabled/disabled in the options menu ingame.
v2021.10.0-beta should fix the connection issue according to this thread:
Ah yes, forgot to delete those. edited it above
@sheikah said in 15x15 Maps for Mapgen:
the command line options
the command line options
Thats sounds great! Whats the syntax for the command line to generate the different map sizes?
edit: @Emperor_Penguin answered the question. The syntax is --map-size [multiple of 64]. So if you use --map-size 768, you get a 15x15km map.
you can transfer the asi icons you use into a personal mod.
This thread (https://forum.faforever.com/topic/2571/how-to-use-different-strategic-icons) explains how to setup the mod.
Then, all you need to do is copy/paste the icons from ASI-installation file "advanced strategic icons.nxt" (usually in FAForever/gamedata) into the mod folder. You can open the .nxt with winrar/7zip. You can also open the icons using e.g. irfanview with a plugin to see whats what.
The one u are using i suppose. sound of the second monitor is probably not needed. The sound bug can be a bit nasty. If you struggle to solve it, you gonna find help on discord too. https://discord.gg/7GJjzHMs