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Messages - Dark-Al

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You know, I remember that you mentioned a few times about one of your planned robots known as Shape-Shifter for the Heavyweight division, than ended up on the wait-list before being moved to the main competitor list. Do have any photos of the bot or have any knowledge about the design that you will be willing to share with us?

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I honestly think k we need LESS staff
I have to disagree with you on this one. I honestly feel that the staff numbers at the moment are just at a good balance, except that I feel that some less active staff members should be replaced with users who would be more active to deal with certain problems, just to prevent certain incidents from taking too long to solve, because one of the admins or moderators may not notice or they're not online at the time.

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Sorry if I'm late to the party. But I do agree with most of the points that Kill put forward along with most other opinions that other users have. However I do have some own opinions on what I would like to see on this forum.

To start of the wiki: The wiki itself isn't being used for really anything. Often, I don't normally see a lot of users using it for any such use expect for posting memes and unnecessary edits, mainly including the time when I got into an edit war on the wiki, all because one user was constantly spamming in their name into the notable tournament host section of the notable users page, without asking the admins first. The worst part about this was that when I try to fix the page because of my urge to solve the problem, I have one of the forum moderator on the discord, joining in onto the side of immature user, poorly joking about "Can you stop spamming the wiki!".  To be honest if the wiki is going to be like this, it's best to take FOTEPX suggestion: Just achieve the wiki. Barely anyone uses it and when they do, what would happen is the above.

The Challenge board is a bit of a mess I agree with many on this. But the point I'm making isn't on the lines of the lack of use of the challenge board, but mainly in the overall moderation and lack of motivation on hosting a challenge. The main board moderators are most of the time inactive and sometimes, most active challenges that haven't been resolved in a couple of months, were just left for that time before one of the board moderators take action to lock the thread and give a disqualification out. Personally, when the challenge board gets more active when more users are encouraged, I would like to see a overhaul on the staff for this board and give the roles for board moderation over to more active users, so those users can respond more quickly to challenges that been completed, handing out user disqualifications and be willing to host challenges if no one else steps in.  As for the hosting itself, the problem is the same as with the tournament hosting problem. While a challenge board match can be less time consuming then a full on tournament, no one has any motivation of hosting. This is the result of the point Hoppin made, which was that the difficulty of new users getting into AIing, but I also believe that because of the lack of any proper challenges, no one is going really feel like that they really want to host. So, my solution is to try and possibly encourage users to use the challenge board a little more often. Sure we have the challenge belt, but with the current position of how the belt is formed, I doubt anyone will be willing enough to have a challenge.


The tutorial section needs a bit of updating. With new tutorials being created every so often including a tutorial on exporting OBJ files through OBJRA2 and then into RA2, it would be nice if such newer tutorials were included in the tutorial index, to mainly benefit new users who need to know some of the basics of modding files, as well older users who want to learn something new and updated, without both types of users needing to scroll through pages of forums on the board to find the tutorial they need. Also on the same section, I do agree with Hoppin again, I do feel that some of the older tutorials need updating for users trying to get into AI and such a better starting point in making AI packs or starting their tournaments, such as asking an experience users to make a step by step video guide of something just to give a user a better chance at making a start in the area.

I would a lot more points about the forums, but I feel the points that I put down will be enough for now. But when I have some more points to make, I'll be posting them here.

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Public Tournament Discussion / Re: General Tournament Discussion
« on: April 22, 2018, 11:30:07 AM »
Do something in stock please
Maybe try something new, such as maybe a Stock Cruiserweight tournament or something. There's nothing stopping you from doing so.

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Public Tournament Discussion / Re: General Tournament Discussion
« on: April 22, 2018, 03:09:31 AM »
what kind of tournaments are people interested in atm
You can probably tell that by looking at all the tournament boards at the moment, there's a sheer ton of DSL-IRL tournaments that have been happen due to the overall popularity of the meta. You can still do a tournament that doesn't use DSL-IRL as the meta, but just don't except users to be flocking in when sign-ups are open.

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Stock Showcases / Re: geese "builds" stock
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:10:34 AM »
I forgot to comment on this. But all these bots look pretty amazing. I have to agree with Fracture on the Flamer, Face Spinner combo bot for being the one bot that pretty much stands out from the rest, for mainly having the slickest design of the bunch.

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Site News and Feedback / Re: New Staff
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:41:47 AM »
I wake up to find out the news. So, Congratulations Doot and also to Pwnator for your new aligned modding duties!   

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: RoboGames: Series 2 (SIGNUPS CLOSED)
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:59:09 PM »
I'm very glad to see that many more builders decided to take part as well as also builders from the previous tournament making new bots and entering new weight divisions they didn't enter the first time around. When the time comes as the madman I am, I might do a massive run down of all 308 bots when the splashes finally do come out.   

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Contests / Re: VOTE BOTM APRIL 2018
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:29:33 AM »
My thoughts and verdict:
1. The Bot looks pretty well made, except the splash completely ruins the joke and possibly the joke could of been on the lines of "And you call them gold sawblades despite the fact they are obviously canines,". At least there will be trouble in town tonight.
2. Similar to the last splash, these are well made bots. But it would be nice if we can just know about both their actual weights are and their internals instead of what weight class their in. Not overly bad but needs a bit of works on it.
3. Sees Robotnik on the splash: you win my friend. Nah, just kidding. This is a pretty much full of craziness both on the splash and on the bot. It would be nice to the internals though. Otherwise a good contender for this month's BOTM.
4. Hi Dragonsteincole! Yes Cephalopod will be proud of this one. Just look at it's face it's an adorable! Definitely a strong contender for BOTM this month.

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Multi-Entry Signups / Re: Shove Off! - A KOTH Tournament [Discussion]
« on: March 27, 2018, 11:27:39 AM »
This sounds interesting. I'll think about building something maybe for the Ironforge bracket, mainly just to brush up on my Ironforge skills.

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Challenge Board / Re: RA2 CHALLENGE THREAD - DISCUSSIONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:27:11 AM »
Updated Rules:

Stock HW

no hax mode

Unrealistic

Hopefully Dragonfire accepts host.

Combat Arena, Hazards off.

No cheatbot2

No BFE.

Rule of Seven break is allowed.
take me on, I will see if your bot can handle the popup of the HeavyDerby
Before I do accept, is component freedom allowed for this challenge?

No.
Fair enough, I'll just step to one side and just let the challenge go your way without me.

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Challenge Board / Re: RA2 CHALLENGE THREAD - DISCUSSIONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 08:30:34 AM »
Updated Rules:

Stock HW

no hax mode

Unrealistic

Hopefully Dragonfire accepts host.

Combat Arena, Hazards off.

No cheatbot2

No BFE.

Rule of Seven break is allowed.
take me on, I will see if your bot can handle the popup of the HeavyDerby
Before I do accept, is component freedom allowed for this challenge?

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Challenge Board / Re: RA2 CHALLENGE THREAD - DISCUSSIONS
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:56:39 AM »
Anyone up for a challenge?

Rules: Dragonfire as host.

Mod: Stock

Realism:Unrealistic

Arena: Combat Arena, hazards off
I would love to take your challenge. But please do state some additional rules. Like this:
Stock MW Unrealistic
BFE, AFM and Hax mode etc. is banned
Component Freedom and Rule of Seven breaking is banned.
Cheatbot2 is banned.
SNS and use of the Trinity glitch is banned.
Arena: Combat Arena, hazards off.

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Stock Showcases / Re: Ra2Winner999 Plays Stock
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:45:53 AM »
Here are some pics of my 36HS.


Armor:DSA

Name: HW-36HS

The rest you can see in the internal pics


Please comment!
Regardless of your image uploading. First of all, your chassis is too large. You know if you looked some examples of 36HS spinners like Absolute Chaos or Vela from BBEANS 5, both bots use a technique/glitch known as snapper loading which an explanation of this glitch and few other useful glitches can be found here: https://gametechmods.com/forums/tutorials-and-tips/ra2-stacking-and-using-glitches-to-build/. Also, I wouldn't use servos for the  Sure when you put it into practice it's tedious process, but it can pay off when finished, even in the lower weight classes. Also, how many batteries are you using? Not only that, if you just try and stack the batteries and use the following glitch above for the weapon mo, you'll find yourself a lot more weight to play around with to put towards some more Ironspikes instead of the razors for a better weapon inner radius and possibly an additional weapon motor for more weapon use. I'm not experience in making them but I hope this helps.

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Real Robotics Discussion / Re: Robot Wars Is Officially Dead
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:27:22 AM »
It's very sad to hear that what was a part of my childhood getting rebooted two years ago, then the show ends up being cancelled. But on the bright side, at least the show went out with a bang with series 10 being a very enjoyable series to watch and particularly rememberable along the fan base.
wtf why. I thought viewing figures were good?
For Series 8 yeah. S10 struggled to break a million sadly. Whole situation is just a bit sh**.
I recalled that one user on the Robot Wars Sub-Redit stated that series 10 of Robot Wars was put up against the BBC documentary series Blue Planet around the same time-slot, and of course , Blue Planet was one of the most viewed programs of last year. Of course I don't blame the program for the full death of Robot Wars, but with the program took the large majority of the view share when it was on and most other shows that aired around the same time like Robot Wars never really got a chance to breath in terms of viewership. So of course the program struggled to break the millions in terms of viewership. 

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Looks pretty good visually. You still have some weight left, upgrade the armor or batteries maybe?
It's nice to know that someone does appreciate the visuals. But I'm afraid that I had to ditch the weapon set up on Doot's recommendation, due to the weapon set-up causing some problems with the end piston gears causing to move the weapon arms seriously out of place and causing some Havok issues, but I'm still keeping the chassis though. Currently, I'm working on a new weapon set-up based on a flipper set-up and hopefully I'll finish it soon.

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Discussion / Re: I'll make any robot wars replica!
« on: March 03, 2018, 04:01:12 PM »
Psychospout?
Edit: If you really want to, try your hand at Jonathan Pearce or Noel Sharkey if you want.   

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Boy this showcase does need a bit of dusting, I think I can see the cobwebs on some old shame. So for some of who looked over the discord, I was making a SHW for Doot's Robogames tournament and now I've finished the job. I still believe it's still not good enough so I need some verdicts on what you think about it.

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