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.