Chris (Re-LaX) emailed me to ask me about their CoD4 server @ http://www.lzservers.com/
and asked me if there was anything I could think of to improve their popularity.
I was on your Texas server Saturday. There was someone from LZ in spec (I think you, Chris) which is a great thing...cuz that's what attracts players. Once there, within literally 3 minutes it filled to about 10 people.
That's pretty awesome, it means your server is known and is probably showing up on browsers. People may not be coming in cuz they dont see many in there. The key is to get as many in the clan as possible to sit in spec - if theyre not playing/home...etc.. Believe me that works.
You guys play a stock-ish game, so the folks you will attract nowadays are a bit more of the noobish types. Either they ve just picked up the game or they are a younger group. I think most of the players there would be interested in the fun aspect of the game rather than some more serious clans.
In fact, most of these serious gamers and those that put in a lot of hours have moved on to either modded or competitive servers. TBH, there's only so much a person can take of the airstrikes falling on you. However, if your team likes that style of game then you should continue to play it. Sounds like you cater to a particular clientele and you seem to do well. You have had a great run-up the past few weeks...and your server has really gained popularity. Obviously there are many out there that enjoy the fun factor on your servers.
The only things I can add are as follows:
1. You need to either enable voice or get TS/Ventrilo to make the game more interactive. Get all the LZ guyz on voice preferably ON THE SERVER itself.
2. I didn't see a website advertised. If you have one advertise it.
3. Ask the guys that play on your server WHY they play there. And ask them what they don't like.
4. Look around the community and invite similarly sized clans to play on your server - exchange the favor.
Sundays are a good day for this...that's when many players are looking for servers...when they see 10,15,20 people on one server...theyre more likely to remember it.
By inviting a clan over...you immediately boost your server's rankings and you get it seen by many folks looking for servers in their browsers.
5. The server in TX was a bit laggy. I know its cheap down there, but it's too far away from the densely populated NE. Consider moving to Chicago. Obviously if your from down there...never mind.
Advertising your website if you have one is always a good thing...let me know if you are interested in that side of things.
Good luck with the server...looks like you are on the right track.
...he replied as follows:
Hey well thanks it's really not my server, and it doesn't matter where the server is located. I live on the east coast up north so it really wouldn't matter to me.
So reading your email I felt you think the server should be moved to Chicago? How would NY work? or something in the North east?
Chicago is about midway between population centers. Most of the big servers are located there.
Also do you think we should go custom maps? or stay stock.
This question is all about taste. Take a poll on your website and if the LZ guys are interested go to custom maps.
Having said that, there aren't many custom maps I would want to play in CoD4.
Finally what about Friendly Fire? I think it should be off but I am not really sure. Some server have it other don't. Both on and off it doesn't matter to the servers I look at. They are successful. But do more people play with it off?
You seem to draw a younger crowd. Having FF off will cause you less headaches. I'd leave it off.
The obvious question you didn't ask...stock vs hardcore. For me...I can't play with helos or airstrikes, they drive me nuts. But the crowd youre trying to attract are probably liking that style.
Finally how was the server controlled while you were there?
Good administrating or not?
To much complaining?
When i was there...it was very well behaved and it was fun to play there.