uhm... there seem to be some problems with some of the trackers. I have edited the tracker list and have requested a deletion of the torrent from tpb to reupload it later. In the meantime you can just download the attachment if you want to check it out.
ZK uses a huge number of maps that are auto-selected based on how many people are in the current battle. There are some users with hideously slow internet connections that can't download the maps very quickly and are constantly holding up each and every game as they download maps. Furthermore, ZK is constantly featuring more and more maps. Jasper does quite a bit of the "featuring" as he finds maps that he likes. So I could put together a map pack with only the current featured maps, but that list might double in six months.
Some of them mentioned that they had limited access to high-speed internet at places like a friend or family house, or at uni, or at an internet cafe. I did a search to see if anyone has a map pack, and stumbled on this.
Now that I am seeding, I am giving all of these players a link to the torrent so that if they can grab a high-speed connection for a few hours, they can download the map pack. It's a bit overkill, but I'd rather give nubs too many maps than not enough.
Lastly, now that I have the huge pack, I plan to update it with maps that have been released since the pack was created. Then I will reorganize and re-release the pack with directories segregating maps based on popularity. Most torrent clients provide an option to prioritize some files ahead of others. So, If someone only wants to download the smaller 1.6 GB pack, they would tell their client to prioritize the "most popular" set, or whatever I plan on calling it. Not sure when I'll get around to doing this, but in the meantime it can't hurt to be seeding the current pack.
I do not see the use for such all-maps pack. Did you sort out some maps or it basically everything that is on springfiles? I think a mappack with some 10 to 20 selected map might be more usefull. Have some diverse maps from (1v1 to 12v12, land,sea,large,small,...) so players have a starting point.
Agree, our NOTApack with 42 most played maps (with diverisity covering most of the types of gameplay) and with How_to_win_that_map manuals on our NOTAweb is the better solution, I think. Less maps with some additional info helping player to understand the difference beetween them is better way.
Nice idea but I think 1400 maps is a bit over the top. [..] I think you would be hard pressed to find 400 good maps that have been played in the past year.
A pack with the top 100 maps played this year (infos should be available from springfiles, autohosts or someone who makes statistics like bibim) would be around 1-2 GB. That pack could be hosted by HTTP and torrent and probability anyone downloads it would be higher than with a 20GB pack. That pack should be advertised together with spring/mod downloads.
Packs containing more then 200 maps make no sense for me. I had 200+ maps in my folder, but after reinstalation i started only with our basic 42 maps and its much better, when you want to change map. A lot of maps makes mess. And with such fast internet connection why dont have maps on springfiles? 18GB it is still a lot for my HDD. I dont use most of them, btw.
Both packs is an ok idea, just that there could be a smaller pack of the current best maps that would not take so long to download.
From our experience with different sizes of pack, the most liked pack is the 900MB pack, that containts 42 maps and game. 200 downloads in last three days in comparation with small pack (125 MB, game, widgets, 1 map) - 65 downloads. No interest in minimal pack with no maps.
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