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Insomnia King of the Planet Season 1

Unread postby icycalm » 02 Sep 2020 22:41

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SEASON 1 SYSTEM (designed by icycalm)

http://cosmicwar.net/systems/king-of-th ... anet-1.pas


LATEST RANKING (will be uploaded to cosmicwar.net once we're done)

01. ChevRage 3W 0D 1L = 6

02. icycalm 2W 0D 0L = 4
02. ysignal 2W 0D 0L = 4

03. schadenfreude 1W 0D 0L = 2
03. ExiledOne 1W 0D 1L = 2
03. Robomoo 1W 0D 1L = 2
03. Agentx 1W 0D 2L = 2
03. recoil 1W 0D 2L = 2
03. Some guy 1W 0D 3L = 2

04. Ciaróg 0W 0D 1L = 0
04. Archonus 0W 0D 2L = 0


Each player has to play everyone else once. A Win counts for 2 points, a Draw for 1, and a Loss for 0.

Tournament is open to all, inside and outside The Cult. Get in touch with me to join at any time.

Tournament duration will be as long as it takes. We're not in a hurry. It should be a few weeks at least. Once it's finished, we'll take a couple of weeks break, and then make a new planet and start Season 2.


ESSENTIAL RULES (screw even one of them up and the match doesn't count)

-The Insomnia Cosmic War mod must be used for all games, so whoever's hosting the lobby must have the mod installed and activated. The mod itself and instructions for its installation will be offered in the (upcoming) mod thread.

-At least two casters must be present for a game to begin.

-A successful cast is required for the match to be valid (so test thoroughly that the casters' voices are audible before you begin).

-Make sure you have picked your correct commander from the armory (set him to default so you won't have to do it every time). Register your unique commander here: https://culture.vg/forum/topic?t=7281

-Turn on the options "Player chooses spot on starting planet" and "Global Spectator Chat" in the lobby.


NON-ESSENTIAL GUIDELINES (if you screw them up, the match counts, but please don't screw them up)

-The title of the lobby should be set to "KOTP1: username v username", e.g. ChevRage v icycalm, with Chev's name coming first because of alphabetical order. If the names don't fit, shorten them.

-The title of the stream should be "Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game X: username v username", same alphabetical order as the lobby. The names will always fit here because Twitch's maximum title length is generous. That's why we spell the entire tournament title out.

-Start the stream in the game lobby, NOT in the game's main menu.

-End the stream in the victory screen, NOT in the game's main menu.

-At the start of the stream one of the casters should say "Welcome to Insomnia King of the Planet Season 1", announce the players' names, etc., and at the end of the stream he should say say something to the effect that, "And that was King of the Planet Season 1: ChevRage v icycalm" or whatever.

-The casters should make sure to open the economy tab so the viewers can see the players' names and colors, otherwise it'll be hard for them to follow what's going on.

-Use PIP to show another side of the planet. Even better, if you have a beefy rig, enable the mod that gives you a second PIP, and use one PIP for the other side of the planet and one for the first-person view. recoil is an expert at this, so maybe he can tell us how he does it. But make sure you have a beefy rig, otherwise the game might chug.

-Test your graphics settings to make sure you make the game look as good as your rig can make it.

-Streaming at 1080p30 is preferable to 720p60 because this is a strategy game and resolution is more important than framerate. Of course if your rig can handle 1080p60, that's the best.

-After a match concludes, one or the other of the contestants should post the result in this thread along with the link to the stream so I can update the leaderboard.


See you on the battlefield, commanders!
Last edited by icycalm on 25 Dec 2020 02:21, edited 6 times in total.
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Unread postby icycalm » 02 Sep 2020 22:45

To help the new players out, I've come up with some brackets. Everyone should first exhaust all matches within his bracket, before playing people in the immediately above bracket.

Bracket 1: icycalm, ChevRage, Some guy, Agentx, danjiro, recoil, Robomoo

Bracket 2: Beakman, Ciaróg, ExiledOne, ysignal

Bracket 3: Archonus, Effay, schadenfreude

Bracket 4: Adjudicator, Hanged Man, shock therapy
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Unread postby icycalm » 02 Sep 2020 22:48

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 1: ChevRage v ICYCALM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcQOCe8Iw3E

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 2: CHEVRAGE v Some guy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCKAliGE8Ow

Make sure to report the games in the order in which they were played, and capitalize the name of the winner. For draws, leave both names uncapitalized.
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Unread postby recoil » 06 Sep 2020 03:22

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 3: ExiledOne v YSIGNAL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXWJcaPgFrw
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Unread postby ysignal » 06 Sep 2020 08:17

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 4: Ciaróg v YSIGNAL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-njE9wq9ee8
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Unread postby Some guy » 06 Sep 2020 14:39

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 5: Agentx v SOME GUY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn27NG2-DFE
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Unread postby schadenfreude » 06 Sep 2020 14:43

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 6: Archonus v SCHADENFREUDE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcBp3Aet2HA
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Unread postby icycalm » 07 Sep 2020 02:53

The streams are improving tremendously with the PIPs, great work guys.

On the tactics front, one advice I have to offer is that when you land near an enemy and there's land between you, you should be pushing in with vehicles. I see people going full bots or other weird stuff like that, I would annihilate you if you did that to me. Vehicles are how you destroy bases, and only when there's water in between or the distance is too great you find other means (and even then, you should be dropping teleporters behind their bases and pouring vehicles through, if you can). Bots are for raids, but if the enemy base is right next to you, there's no time for raids and you have to push hard. Vehicles will do that for you.

Lay off the air fabbers too except for special long-range missions, or to grab metal over water etc. On top of being inefficient, they are very easy to kill by even a single passing fighter. That's why people who use them keep going "Where's my air fabbers at?!" every five minutes. Your air fabbers are gone dude, and they aint coming back, so use some real fabbers instead next time.

I will be writing strategy/tactics articles and posting them on cosmicwar.net. I've already got a killer one half-finished. I just need to find my admin password for the site because I can't log in lol. Been years since I updated that site.


P.S. The latest pro building strategy is, instead of making tons of factories, to make a few and support them with many fabbers. That's why recoil says he sees people making three pgens per factory nowadays. I saw this in a Marshall video and he explained it. I don't like it one bit because finding the real estate to lay down rows of factories was a huge part of this game, to the point where in smaller planets and moons in the late-game there's no more space to build and you need to expand in space. If this strategy is insurmountable, I plan to nerf it in our mod. One disadvantage I can see to it right away is that if you have few factories, and they are bunched together too to make fabber-support easier, they can be taken out with a nuke, and then you have no factories. The fabbers too can be killed far easier than a factory, via a raid for example. So for longer, bigger games, more factories might still be the best strategy, but for smaller wars, and especially right at the start, fewer factories with lots of fabber support might be the way to go, unless I decide to nerf it. But I won't do it until I am good at it and feel that I understand it fully.

P.P.S. Leaderboard updated. Keep an eye on my math and let me know if you spot any errors.
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Unread postby recoil » 12 Sep 2020 11:05

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 7: Agentx v CHEVRAGE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WghBb_83irg
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Unread postby ChevRage » 12 Sep 2020 11:53

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 8: RECOIL v Some guy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLOB9brWgdc
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Unread postby ysignal » 12 Sep 2020 12:34

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 9: CHEVRAGE v recoil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLXcaQ5gbQ8
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Unread postby ChevRage » 12 Sep 2020 13:48

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 10: ROBOMOO v Some guy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZbzr98QNao
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Unread postby Some guy » 13 Sep 2020 14:18

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 11: AGENTX v Robomoo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY6AFJ9N1tM
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Unread postby icycalm » 25 Dec 2020 02:31

I updated the leaderboard in the OP. If you don't see your name there it's because you haven't played any matches. Talk to people and play some matches to be listed. Also, everyone double-check my math at least for your own results and let me know if I've made any errors.

All 11 games that have been played so far now have their streams publicly viewable on YouTube.

In other news, I added the following rule:

I wrote:-The Insomnia Cosmic War mod must be used for all games, so whoever's hosting the lobby must have the mod installed and activated. The mod itself and instructions for its installation will be offered in the (upcoming) mod thread.


I'll be making the mod thread later tonight, after I've tested the mod, and then I'll update the rules with a link to it.

By the way, note that building a Ragnarok and blowing the planet up is a valid way to get a draw. Not that our games get far enough to allow Ragnaroks to be built, but it may happen some day, especially in future seasons with bigger planets. You best believe next season we're going 1,200 radius (current is 900).

Regarding the streams, I've watched many of them and skimmed the rest, and they are fantastic. Only problem is that some of them are jerky, not because your PC can't handle them, but because of some bug with either the game or OBS. It happened to me last week with my Clanless Wars and Battle Royale streams: the game was running flawlessly for me, but in the stream it looked as if it was jerky. I am not sure what's causing this, but I think it's either using "display capture" on OBS, or it's just OBS itself, in which case I will try another program, like XSplit for instance. Most people don't have this issue, but Exiled and I have it, and I think I saw at least one more person in one of the streams above. It's definitely something we should look into and eradicate because it makes the streams in question unwatchable.

As for how the season is going... Chev's at the top, but I've beaten him. I am the only guy who's beaten him. So all I need to do is play my games and I'll be number 1, unless there is an upset, which could happen if one of you gets lucky. I'll put some training in to see that doesn't happen.

See you on the battlefield!
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Unread postby ExiledOne » 26 Dec 2020 00:18

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 12: Archonus v EXILEDONE
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/849824463
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Unread postby icycalm » 26 Dec 2020 00:55

Insomnia King of the Planet 1 Game 13: ICYCALM v recoil
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/849856455
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Unread postby icycalm » 26 Dec 2020 04:29

Leaderboard updated.
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