Mockers Week #4 – Redux


killzone2_smallAbout Thursday Night: I think we had eight people at one point, which worked pretty well. I have to say I died a lot. Some people are complaining that the game is laggy. That seems to happen when I set up the game. In the future someone else has to set up games, but please remember to allow people of all ranks to join your game.

Some people are itching for a clan battle. Frankly, I don’t see enough teamwork yet for that. I have some ideas, and I’ll be making a new post about a clan battle later.

About Wednesday Night: We had about ten people playing at one point last night, which was great. Thanks to everyone that showed up. Beware Hentaku’s turrets and shotgun! Man oh man!

One of the craziest parts about setting up a game is that I start the game before anybody has joined. I wander around a level to see if there’s anything new I can discover. Plus, it also makes the game a bit shorter while everyone gathers, because I’ve used up some of the time wandering around, which is good. But it’s always a shock when the first person enters the game because I usually don’t notice until BAM! I’m dead. What the? It nearly gives me a heart attack.

But then a lot of people fell out and by the end it was two against three, which wasn’t fair at all. I’m starting to think that six people is the minimum for a good game. At the very least, when the numbers get that low, it should be an equal number on each side. I tried dropping out and coming back in, hoping that the game would put me on the other side to help balance the game a bit, but it put me on the same side again. This is exactly why I had turned faction balancing off in a previous game, but it had backfired because people didn’t Auto Select, which you really should do. So guys, if you can choose a side in a future game, please don’t. Just Auto Select. If faction balancing is off, it’s so that we can try to balance unbalanced games, okay?

I have to say that I’m discouraged by the fact that The Mockers has more than fifty members, but I still haven’t seen some of them join us. Last night I saw someone from The Mockers who’d never joined us before, playing in a different game. What’s the point of being part of a clan then? I’m going to start kicking people, and going on another recruiting drive. If you have any friends that would like to join, and who would play regularly, please tell them about The Mockers. I have a lot of fun getting to know you guys, and hearing The Preppy Monk argue with someone else in the background was funny. “It’s not over, I was respawning!” :) (Sorry dude, it was funny.)

About Tuesday Night: Last night there were a total of four of us playing. (Fleakitten, Brasil, Hentaku, and me.) Thank-you for showing up!

While I had fun planting C4 and getting my last C4 ribbon, and therefore my C4 medal, I think that playing two versus two doesn’t work all that well.

Is setting up three game nights during the week too much? Would we get more of a turnout if I only planned one match? That’s kinda week, IMHO, for a clan built around playing KZ2.


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Darrin on March 25th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    I’d love to join, but I just have scheduling issues. I’ll probably join tomorrow night. Tonight I can’t make it

  2. #2 by bunnyhero on March 25th, 2009 [ 1850 Points ]

    i wish i had more time to play :( perhaps the demographic of the clan (less-skilled players) means that in general we’re less ‘hardcore’ about playing?

  3. #3 by Hentaku on March 25th, 2009

    lol, i think i was the only one to die by your C4. Was a pain in the butt. You can count on me being at most of them, as KZ2 seems to be the only game i can play online atm and i only play clan games right now too cause of my ISP being really slow and can’t handle large amounts of players. Also the reason i dont use my headset. I’m getting disconnect issues as well and my PS3 is in a DMZ, so all i can figure is it makes me lag out. Perhaps this is just a bad weak? It’s close to spring break and there’s some exams going on.

  4. #4 by Jason on March 25th, 2009

    @Hentaku
    Check to make sure you turn off UPNP on your router, this also causes disconnects and freezing with the Playstation network.

  5. #5 by JimmyMagnum on March 25th, 2009

    I’m only available thursdays, so if you do do 1 day, anything other than thurs would be impossible except for maybe fridays

  6. #6 by Thepreppymonk on March 25th, 2009

    Sorry, hw :[
    only 30 mins till we start yet again :]

  7. #7 by Darrin on March 26th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    Are we going to do any clan tournaments? That would be fun.

  8. #8 by Henning on March 26th, 2009 [ 0 Points ]

    I would like to, but I’d like to get a regular group of gamers I can rely on first.

  9. #9 by Rich on March 26th, 2009

    It was great playing with you guys last night. I wish I had time to play more but I have to get up early for work. I also wish that I didn’t suck. Man, do I die a lot. My fiance watched me play for a little while and just shook her head. As for a clan tournament, you’d probably be better off if I didn’t play! :-)

    Rich (SicSemperTyranis)

  10. #10 by Henning on March 26th, 2009 [ 0 Points ]

    If we had a clan tournament, it’d be better if you DID play. The Mockers is more about having fun than about doing well. The Mockers has a large variety of skill sets, and there’s always some people who get killed more than others.

  11. #11 by Fleakitten on March 26th, 2009

    Lol Rich. I doubt you die as much as I do.

  12. #12 by Rich on March 26th, 2009

    Well, if a tournament comes up I’d probably try to play. Why not? As long as its for fun. I just checked my stats – Kills – 828 Deaths – 1041. That’s a .8 kill ratio. That’s ugly! :-(
    But, at least I’m enjoying my frequent dying!

  13. #13 by Henning on March 26th, 2009 [ 0 Points ]

    Hey man, 0.8 is better than what I can manage.

  14. #14 by Thepreppymonk on March 26th, 2009

    Yeah i had to help my sister with spanish, and i heard you chuckle.
    i had to mute my mic, that wasn’t even half the argument.
    i doubt i’ll be able to join, but ill try.

  15. #15 by MIKEblu on March 26th, 2009

    Sorry I missed you guys last night. By the time I got on (about 7:30PM PST) I think everyone had called it a night. Tonight I have to watch some NCAA but I’ll try again next week.

  16. #16 by TCCCCnME on March 26th, 2009

    My move is 100% complete. I am now back online and will no doubt be on tonight. I apologize for not being there for the past week, but I didnt have an internet connection to get online to play. I’m can’t wait to play!!! All you memebers who aren’t showing up are missing out. Henning if we wanted to we could use the 8 to 10 core Mockers we do get and play a tournament.

    Between, TCCCCnME, BlackStaffer, Hentaku, Doshin, SicSemperTyranis, Mikeblu, Thepreppymonk, xBerserker, Ostrowalker, Derekthemangler, we could easily play a 8 on 8 or 5 on 5 tournament.

    If you are there the majority of nights and I left your name off the list I apologize. But the point is we have enough gamers who show up and can be counted on to try our hand at tournaments.

  17. #17 by Thepreppymonk on March 26th, 2009

    @TCCCCnME
    I have to return killzone 2, i’ll buy the game in 2 weeks prior.
    but once i buy it, ill be glad to tourney.

    BTW,
    the game we played tonight got real laggy at times, and i was lagged out twice. :[

  18. #18 by bunnyhero on March 27th, 2009 [ 1850 Points ]

    i am too low-ranked (and low-skilled!) to be much good in the clan games now :(

  19. #19 by JimmyMagnum on March 27th, 2009

    sorry I couldnt make it tonight, had some truck issues and was set back a couple hours and then after I got it up again, I had to go buy stuff for my fishing trip tomorrow/today, so didn’t really have any time to get on :(

  20. #20 by Henning on March 27th, 2009 [ 0 Points ]

    bunnyhero: no you’re not! I think that with a little bit of teamwork, everyone can contribute.

  21. #21 by Trieloth on March 27th, 2009

    Sometimes life happens and I cant join. Every once in a while Iam not the one playing the games. If I have friends over Iam not gonna play cuz they’re to damn distracting. Also I just got a tattoo machine and Iam teaching myself how to give others tattoo’s. So iam kinda busy/distracted lately..if you need to kick me so be it. But I would like to be apart of the clan. :/

  22. #22 by Hentaku on March 28th, 2009

    @Jason
    Thanks for the UPNP thing, that seems to have done the trick.

  23. #23 by jerryhat on March 28th, 2009 [ 1595 Points ]

    I’ve joined every Wednesday so far but can only play for round an hour at a time. I’m quite poorly with various problems and my hands start to cramp up really badly if I go any longer. That’s why I disappear. I’d still like to be part of the clan if that’s possible.


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