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Old 1st Jun 2004, 07:55 PM   #1
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Cool Serious about Alien Swarm? Then Read inside

#Swarm.Pickup on Qnet is now fully functional!

The channel is designed for ppl who want organised games of Alien Swarm with like minded people without all teh stress of getting together a good group of people to play and a good server to play on, we've done that for you!

We recently recieved 'Official channel' status from the AS team and also got sponsored by Multiplay.co.uk who have gratiously supplied us with 2 servers for the pickup channel!

Swarm.Pickup #1 runs Single Missions while Swarm.Pickup #2 runs Campaign's

Around 40 users in the channel at the moment bug blasting as we speak!

Very easy to use system, just join the channel and type:

!add <class>

where <class> is the 1st letter of the player class you would like to be during the game eg.

!add M

Will add you as a Medic ( W = Weapons Specialist, T = Tech and E = Explosives )

Come on down and join the bugapalooza in #Swarm.Pickup on irc.quakenet.org
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Old 2nd Jun 2004, 09:18 AM   #2
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Talking

*Bump*
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Old 2nd Jun 2004, 09:54 AM   #3
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I'll make an effort to stop by.
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Old 2nd Jun 2004, 10:16 AM   #4
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This may sound bad, but.....

While I am a GAME expert, all other aspects of the internet elude my attention.

If some one could explain how to join this channel I would be very greatfull

but remmeber explain as you would to a child. even though im a 24 year old X army combat vet. LOL
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Old 2nd Jun 2004, 02:02 PM   #5
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IRC Tutorial should help you along m8 =]

Sorry I shouldve included it into the origonal post.

Still w8n for this thread to be made sticky
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Old 2nd Jun 2004, 02:19 PM   #6
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Looks like you made it in tho tinygod, played a game with you earlier today. Good to play with someone that has an actual plan (and mike!)
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Old 2nd Jun 2004, 06:08 PM   #7
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YAY YAY.

I figured it out lol. Just took a bit.

FOR OTHERS

qnet = quakenet server

channel is : swarm.pickup

simple as that
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Old 2nd Jun 2004, 07:58 PM   #8
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Yea you should really put the whole irc server address in
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Old 3rd Jun 2004, 05:59 AM   #9
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I have also made a IRC Guide but yous will do for now....

Also, Exclusive to that channel, Im making a Unofficial Guide to AlienSwarm for n00bies to have a look and understand the game!

Also, Im available for Pick ups so dont hesitate to visit now
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Old 4th Jun 2004, 10:20 PM   #10
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Since nobody else bothered, here's an actual link to the channel:

irc://irc.quakenet.org/Swarm.Pickup

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Old 7th Jun 2004, 12:09 PM   #11
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Excellent idea. I'll surely be visiting this channel tonight to get some pugs going.

I'm growing tired of the pub players, but every once in awhile I'll run across a patient and skilled group. I was in a completely random group of 6 last night.... but everyone acted and played great. We walked most of the time...kept formations... and worked as a team. I was amazed at how easily we finished the mission.

These are the kind of groups I'm looking for... and then dive into the realm of "hard" and "insane" difficulties.

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Old 7th Jun 2004, 12:23 PM   #12
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 Originally Posted by PoweredBySoy:
These are the kind of groups I'm looking for...
... and those are the kinds of groups you'll find in #Swarm.Pickup.
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Old 7th Jun 2004, 02:55 PM   #13
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Oh the irony. The other kind of groups you will find are teamkilling friendly fire death match players where it takes you 20 tries to reach Williams and on Salvage you never get out of the door. I can't even believe the game I was just in.
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Old 7th Jun 2004, 05:45 PM   #14
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Ye...Pickup was great... Damn ye elves and dwarfs for stealing meh cookies!
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Old 9th Jun 2004, 08:34 PM   #15
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Pickup is either pretty good or simply terrible
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Old 10th Jun 2004, 12:32 AM   #16
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What time EST (GMT -5:00) is pickup usually active? I'm in Indiana, USA. I didn't get wind of it until last night, and by then the room was dead, of course. I'd really like to play with some guys who know what they're doing.
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Old 10th Jun 2004, 06:31 AM   #17
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Blah, newbies stay away from pickup if you can, go train pubs, its really not fun when a newbie stays 10 mins away from the team in rescue...
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Old 10th Jun 2004, 09:40 PM   #18
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I'm a little confused on how to join...Once I click on Join Multiplayer in AS...What do I do? A step by step guide would help lol...I feel sorry for myself lol
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Old 12th Jun 2004, 10:53 PM   #19
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i need help as well as to how exactly i join a pickup game. im in the channel right now but no one is talking. i also saw a message from SwarmPickup

"SwarmPickup has changed the topic on channel #Swarm.Pickup to Next Up: Map not defined yet - (3/6) M: Xersues/[NiX]oki - T: ?/? - E: ? -W: Isurus @ 212.42.16.54:7777 || | Hosted by www.multiplay.co.uk || Supported by www.utskills.com #utskills"

but i have no idea what all that stuff means. am i supposed to click on something or does someone eventually tell me what server to join?
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Old 12th Jun 2004, 11:04 PM   #20
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Here's how it (should) work:
  • People join #Swarm.Pickup
  • They add themselves using !add <class> e.g. !add m
  • Then you wait around until you have enough people
  • When there's enough people SwarmPickup will tell you the server IP and password
  • You then go into Alien Swarm and enter this server
In practice people often just come along to the server and join without adding themselves on the pickup, and people who did add themselves forget and don't play.

The topic is telling you how many people have been added and their class. Usually there will be someone there to help you anyway.
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Old 24th Jun 2004, 12:25 PM   #21
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Sadly it isn't quite working as it should, and pickup servers have been empty lately. There are some flaws that confuse newcomers and drive away regulars, and imo prevent a good idea from flourishing. Among others:

1) The bot is very basic, and doesn't reflect the state of the server. It merely parrots back whatever people in the channel tell it. There's been a single player added to the pickup for some days in a row, and I don't think he ever joined the server.

2) What is a map called AO-DanselResearchFacility doing in the MPUK servers? It doesn't send correctly to clients and it cannot be found anywhere. The result is that anyone voting for that map gets the server locked and noone can connect or play anymore.

3) There are 2 MPUK servers for pickup but only one is advertised in the channel.

The result is that hardly any new players are using the pickup, and old players are migrating to other servers. Unless something changes, pickup will probably disappear soon.
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Old 25th Jun 2004, 05:31 PM   #22
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 Originally Posted by Butters:
There's been a single player added to the pickup for some days in a row, and I don't think he ever joined the server.
He's still there... maybe some people could come along and add themselves just to get rid of this "barcode" guy. He's not been on the channel since he added himself to the pickup. It just annoys me that every time I join I see he's still there and I know there hasn't been a game for about a week.

EDIT: never mind, we did it \o/
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Old 27th Jun 2004, 07:32 PM   #23
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 Originally Posted by Butters:
2) What is a map called AO-DanselResearchFacility doing in the MPUK servers? It doesn't send correctly to clients and it cannot be found anywhere. The result is that anyone voting for that map gets the server locked and noone can connect or play anymore.
I second that. I'm trying to find it right now so I can clean those servers up.
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Old 29th Jun 2004, 02:17 PM   #24
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Talked to some MPUK admins today and they said it will get removed asap. Hope so, there are 3 servers locked on those maps atm. Empty, of course.
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Old 5th Jul 2004, 11:01 AM   #25
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 Originally Posted by Isurus:
i need help as well as to how exactly i join a pickup game. im in the channel right now but no one is talking. i also saw a message from SwarmPickup

"SwarmPickup has changed the topic on channel #Swarm.Pickup to Next Up: Map not defined yet - (3/6) M: Xersues/[NiX]oki - T: ?/? - E: ? -W: Isurus @ 212.42.16.54:7777 || | Hosted by www.multiplay.co.uk || Supported by www.utskills.com #utskills"

but i have no idea what all that stuff means. am i supposed to click on something or does someone eventually tell me what server to join?
i advise u 2 use the All-Seeing-Eye, a program used for connecting 2 game servers. download via http://www.udpsoft.com/eye/
after starting watch the AS-register, there the server should appear (the word "pickup" certainly is in the server name)

EDIT: by the way: is there any possibility to remove urself from the list again? my nick is printed there for days now...

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Old 30th Apr 2005, 08:58 PM   #26
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Does the community still use this Pickup as Fwee described at the start of this thread? From reading the posts I see this irc channel #swarm.pickup, is still the main one for AS
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Old 30th Apr 2005, 09:12 PM   #27
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The channel is still used, but I think the actual pickup bot isn't functioning as it should.
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Old 30th Apr 2005, 09:37 PM   #28
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The bot functions, people just don't use it. So no, people don't use it as Fwee described. It's used to chat about Alien Swarm, other things, or (occasionally) to organise a game. If a campaign is running low on players, someone might also call on people in #Swarm.Pickup.
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Old 30th Apr 2005, 10:24 PM   #29
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Not "call" so much as "scream like a maniac"
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Old 1st May 2005, 04:17 AM   #30
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"00bs! THN!/#1!/#2!/#3!/#4! Now! Campaign! Need more people!"
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