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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: Yesterday at 03:16:50 PM »
centauri has a discord, no?
yes. and it is not a replacement for a forum and is only used to coordinate people during the tournament so it doesn't overlap

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: Yesterday at 01:49:17 PM »
pretty much everything yugi said was dead on and pretty much everything roboteer said was super condescending and dumb made me want to give him the biggest wedgie of his life.

first of all, yea, having this fractured community is a real pain in the neck and is the main reason it's dying. second, i guarantee you that showcases are dying on all these other discords. don't get me wrong they may be super active, but they are dying because it's non-sustainable in the long term. forums are just so far out of the league of discord/reddit/twitter because they archive information and don't bury it. losing all that info is like burning books man i'm serious. how on earth are newbies supposed to learn if they can't lurk because they 1) can't find the dang channel and 2) can't view bots that other people built for longer than 5 min. it's just so bad. not that I think forums are the king of the hill by any means, but discord doesn't even do this better. immediate feedback? sure. a record of all post? abysmal. but that's the point of a community. saying forums are obsolete because of discord is like saying books are obsolete because texting was invented. that doesn't even make sense.

for GTM i feel like our discord should be deleted. it's such a cesspool and only serves to further divide the community for no reason. obviously stuff like OW and PWS can't be given that same treatment nor should they, but they are still a major cause of the community fracturing. i was never invited to a lot of these communities because i don't know the secret handshake and i'm not sure I would want to if I did because i like to showcase bots? i'm not sure if there is a solution to this mess as a whole. i do think having leadership you can look up to would go a long ways to making this a better environment but i'm not sure who that would be either. I still doubt I would want to do it.
'cultural/technological progression' is only a small part of this despite people seeming to think it's most of the problem. a huge reason why gtm is dying is that no one showcases anymore because people are too busy throwing their bots in the trash to immediately get buried on other fractured platforms instead. it's really depressing knowing that none of those bots will be remembered in 10 years. do you think anyone would remember this in ten years on discord? yeah right. but there is a guest reading it here right now.

I don't think this actually has anything to do with the fact that GTM has bad rep or it's a forum. When I joined in 2014, GTM had gone through a **** ton of drama and forums weren't exactly hip and happening, yet I'd say there was a lot of activity. Obviously not compared to the older days I weren't around for but, nevertheless, it was way more active than it is now and I felt it was in a good place. I just think Discord has allowed people to incredibly easily make their own private forums and it's escalated to this.

this is exactly it. it also blows my mind that pretty much all of the people posting on this topic about why GTM is awful and should fail are pretty much the exact members causing it in the first place.

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DSL TC Showcases / Re: Sickle’s unoriginal DSL Builds
« on: September 13, 2019, 01:32:29 PM »
zodiac is pretty neat but rapture has a really nice look to it.

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Contests / Re: Vote BOTM September Stock
« on: September 12, 2019, 02:02:37 PM »
at least the bottom and only bot looks kinda cool

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Site News and Feedback / Re: Open Admin Postions
« on: September 12, 2019, 01:22:41 PM »
I've thought about it but i doubt i would want to or have time.

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Brackets, Vids, and Awards / Re: CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | SBV
« on: September 08, 2019, 10:13:44 PM »
Strengths and weaknesses of the bots in my opinion (no comments on driving skill which is just as important)


Exactly Lethal: agile, great wedge, strong weapon  |  exposed drive, difficulty self-righting
Hell March: agile, stable, high damage  |  big chassis with weak armor, bad case of the wheel reversal bug, low battery power
Ground Zero 5: good weapon, agile, heavy  | the camera sucks cause the chassis is so off-center, exposed drive
No Train No Gain: strong weapon, protected front  |  no rear stabilizer, slow
jeffff: difficult to damage  | very difficult to drive especially in the octagon
Push for Pit: strong drive, heavy  | no weapon, bad wedges
Sledgehog Mini: hard to hit/wedge, durable weapon  |  weak armor, no wedge
Moldy Sponge 2: strong drive, heavy  |  difficult to drive, not invertible, tin foil armor

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Brackets, Vids, and Awards / CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | SBV
« on: September 08, 2019, 03:23:43 PM »

SPLASH

BRACKETS

VIDEOS

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Modifications / Re: IDEA: Everything mod?
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:57:27 AM »
:popcorn

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Public Tournament Discussion / Re: gtmcs 3?
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:54:46 AM »
ready for my de facto ironforge win

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: ROBOT COMBAT WEBCOMIC PARODY SERIES WIP
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:53:15 AM »
I can hear the DMCA's rushing to your mailbox

Cool drawing tho
Thanks!

And yeah, this COULD get me sued maybe, but this should fit the legal definition of a parody. I studied the general criteria and was at least able to work that part out. Add a few legal disclaimers and have a good argument on the legitimacy of this parody and I should be able to dodge some of these copyright bullets.

hes kidding

i really dont think you have to worry at all about parodies that aren't for profit and have no chance of hurting the profits of the IP. you have nothing to worry about bud. even if you did, unless you get a waaaay bigger following RW/BB wouldn't even notice anyway.

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Public Tournament Discussion / Re: gtmcs 3?
« on: September 03, 2019, 02:35:12 PM »
standard is 100% mandatory for a competitive tournament.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: August 30, 2019, 11:20:18 PM »
nobody wants to use a forum in 2019, and nobody wants to use anything with the letters 'GTM' in the name. there's a reason gtm gets next to no new users nowadays while all the other communities bring them in by the bundle

most of y'all already realise how trash gtm's rep is in the robot combat community by now, and more than likely we're going to take it to the grave

i think can ra2 actually has a decent future ahead of it, but i don't see it being with gtm as the main community
the irony is a bit stunning. you do realize constantly complaining about a forum sucking without adding helpful feedback is exactly the problem that causes a forum to be bad right

not criticizing any admin work you do, just saying that these constant snide comments is hardly being the change you wanna see. and if you don't wanna see change then that's another problem.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:52:51 PM »
Tournaments
mentioned this in my competitive irl thread but it's just a problem of the irl meta as a whole. you can't build for looks and combat effectiveness with ra2. you gotta pick one or the other. if ra2 was a game where a real life design was just as effective ingame then you could but it isn't. the old standard rules barely had this issue but standard builds take away a lot of what many people enjoy about the game and i realize this. there isn't an easy solution.

Modding
dsl was always crappily balanced, just back in 2008 no one really bothered that hard to infomine and figure out all the efficiencies until 123stw. which led to the great efficiency race which had its own pros and cons. which led to ironforge which is still the only ra2 version I would consider overall balanced. use DSL to build artbots and IF to build bots you fight with. doesn't seem like a big deal to me.

Discord and other places
gtm is old. older than many members, seriously. as someone who might seem incredibly ancient to newbies i can say that a big reason for the decline is a combination of culture shift away from forums and just ra2 being squeezed out of every drop of innovation that can be. it's just old, man. for a crappy budget game it's a miracle it's still around at all.

there is also a huge shift away from tight engineering into art bots. not bad or good, but the pretty bots today are nowhere near as well designed on the whole as from the pros of yesteryear when it comes to actual battles. i'm also aware this high standard scared a lot of people away.

the main problem with discords is they have no way to look back at old posts. very shortsighted, great for chat but they do not provide a substitute for a forum. they're made for different things.

Zoomers
if you act stupid then you'll be treated as such. been this way since the dawn of time. just be kind and respectful to others.
fyi badnik is a newbie and i don't really know who any of the people hoppin mentioned by name are including hoppin.




tldr; yes but its always been that way

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | Signups
« on: August 30, 2019, 04:38:59 PM »
09 entered as the prodigal lawyer. signups closed

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | Signups
« on: August 30, 2019, 12:47:55 PM »
one week and one spot left to enter.

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Custom Components Showcase / Re: Redalert's Mods!
« on: August 25, 2019, 02:29:25 AM »
ive wanted one my whole life

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | Signups
« on: August 25, 2019, 02:20:07 AM »
uberpyro accepted. one spot left  :gunz:

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | Signups
« on: August 22, 2019, 01:45:45 PM »
TCRR accepted for realz. 2 spots left

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | Signups
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:55:35 PM »
supa hot REIGNING CHAMPION thrackerzod accepted i guess

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: CENTAURI 3 - Online Tournament | Signups
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:39:14 PM »
8bean accepted. 2 spots left.

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