The things that made PL&R great:
- rotation - Goldrush, Badwater, Hoodoo, Frontier, Dustbowl even
- class limits - 2 spy, 2 sniper, no other limits
- auto-scramble -- this only kicked in if the winning:losing team frag ratios were way out of kilter; alternatively players could also !votescramble
- community -- I put this last because although a significant part of PL&R the community aspect can't be forced and forms because the settings & rotation made it possible to regularly find good games
I'm aware that the community of #14 and #25 pretty much disappeared for various reasons, some claiming that it was the forced teams that did it. The thing that worked about the auto-scramble on PL&R is that people were free to pick whatever teams they wanted. But if the players were collectively stupid and chose to heavily stack one team then it only took 5 minutes to play one round before the auto-scramble would kick in. So in the worst case you know the game might be **** for 5 minutes before a friendly pseudo-random number generator tries to balance things up Many argued that auto-scramble fails most of the time but quite simply the proof is that the PL&R servers were easily the most popular of the payload type servers in Australia.
The class limits helped to prevent the diabolical cases where you're trying to work with your team so you play medic but you've got 5 spies or 5 snipers to work with.
I was wondering if there are any servers with SourceMod available such that we could configure the class limits & auto-scramble as above? Or whether there would be admin interest in creating such a server.
I'd nominate #25 or #18 since they are both regularly empty and have similar rotations already, and #25 is probably still in many old GON players' favourites list.
Edit to add: I recognise that finding the right auto-balance settings (i.e. the right ratios) takes some tweaking and I'd be happy to help tweak that. There is a lot of self-interest at play as I very much want such a server to play on