Rock2ober

[NOTE: This is general information about the yearly Rock2ober events. For specific information about Rock2ober 2016 events, check the latest post.]

  1. What is Rock2ober?
  2. What version of Team Fortress is this?
  3. How is this different from the Weekly AGR Session?
  4. Do I have to email you to play?
  5. Why rock2?
  6. Will 32 people show up?
  7. How do I install AGR on my computer?
  8. I connected to the server, and started downloading, but it kicked me, saying ‘invalid chunk’ error’ . What do I do?
  9. I’ve never played AGR before, is there an FAQ?
  10. It seems really complex, is it?
  11. How can I watch the game as a spectator, live?
  12. I’m in Europe, wont the ping make this unplayable?
  13. Why is this website so ugly, can’t you fix it up, and make it look more ‘modern’? It’s not 1998 you know..
  14. Ok, but can’t I just turn up on the day? Surely you won’t get 32 players *again* ?
  15. I’m really new to all this, you keep referring to ‘AGR’, ‘CustomTF’, ‘Quakeworld’, ‘TF’ – what’s this game called?
  16. Why does anyone bother playing such an ancient game?

1. What is Rock2ober?

“Rock2ober” is an attempt, once a year, to get a FULL 32 player 16 vs 16 Quakeworld TF game, to create the most intense, action packed gaming experience possible.

2. What version of Team Fortress is this?

It’s ‘AGR’ (Attackers Go Red) , a mod based on Quake 1 CustomTeamFortress. If you haven’t played AGR before, you really should read the absolute beginners FAQ, to get an understanding of the unique gameplay, and special features of this mod.

3. How is this different from the Weekly AGR Session?

The Weekly AGR Sessions give TF players a fixed time and place they can meet up every weekend, and play a BIG, quality, organised, action packed Session. Players are free to pop in whenever they have the time. Rock2ober is different, in that players are asked to make a COMMITMENT, a special effort to play at a certain time and place, and thus ensure a 32 player game. Also Rock2ober focuses on one map – rock2.

4. Do I have to email  you to play?

No. This was the practice in past years, but in 2014 it was decided this was no longer necessary, so .. just show up on the day. You should register though so you can get on the mailing list and be contactable (via email)  if there’s any last minute issues or changes in server location.

5. Why rock2?

Because it’s my favourite map. And it truly ROCKS with 32 players! Here’s an interview with its creator.

6. Will 32 people show up?

No-one knows. We used to get 20+ players at the Weekly AGR Session, and in Rock2ober 2009 we achieved ‘full house’ – 32/32. It can be done again.

7. How do I install AGR on my computer?

Follow the instructions at this link.

8. I connected to the server, and started downloading, but it kicked me, saying ‘invalid chunk’ error’ . What do I do?

This can be a problem with older clients like EZQuake. Use the official AGR client, (as per the link above) which is supported (contact me if there are issues), and has features too amazing and mindblowing to go into here.  I know many old skool players are very attached to their clients, as was I, but I encourage everyone to try the AGR Client. Otherwise, you can try using it just to make sure you have all the files, and then try your older client.

9. AGR seems really complex, is it?

Well yes, there is a learning curve, as there are more options than ‘vanilla’ TF, but if you read the CustomTF FAQ it will all make sense. In any case, you can pick the standard classes and start have fun immediately. The best way to get good fast is to watch the Rock2ober movies  to get an insight into the strategies and mindset of the worlds best AGR players.

10. How can I watch the game as a spectator?

Since all 32 slots are taken by players, connecting in spectator mode is not possible. There has been a discussion as to the possibility of ppl watching the game via connecting to a QTV server, but this is probably not going to happen.

11. I’m in Europe, wont the ping make this unplayable?

Not at all! The server is based in the USA, and I play from Australia. Not only are there plenty of sneaky classes and skills you can use which don’t depend on ping, but the gameplay has been adjusted so that so those with a high ping can still ‘kick arse’.

12. Why is this website so ugly, can’t you fix it up, and make it look more ‘modern’? It’s not 1998 you know..

Maybe I will. I’m happy conveying information as quickly, and clearly as possible – that is a ‘beautiful’ thing in itself. Besides, I save my energy for coding, gameplay, and  promotions. In any case, 1998 was a ‘golden era’ for gaming, and I’m happy for the ‘style’ (or lack thereof) here to be evocative of that era.

13. What do you miss the most about old skool Q1 TF?

Ironically, it’s this:

14. I’m really new to all this, I keep hearing about ‘Attackers Go Red’, ‘AGR’, ‘CustomTF’, ‘Quakeworld’, ‘TF’- what’s the story?

Ok, here’s a brutally short history: In the beginning there was Quake (which everyone born before 1985 has heard of..?), then there was Quakeworld (which was a version of Quake for internet multiplayer gameplay), then there was ”Capture the Flag'(‘CTF’) which introduced teams and flags to capture, then there was ‘Team Fortress’ (‘TF’) which introduced different classes of players with different skills and weapons, then there was ‘CustomTF’ (‘CuTF’) which allowed you to customise your own class (and included a bunch of new weapons and abilities), and this brings us to ‘Attackers Go Red’ (‘AGR’), which removes the Red Flag, separates Attackers and Defenders into two teams, rewards Blue for Defending, and added numerous changes to facilitate its’ unique gameplay. I used to refer to the game as ‘AGR CustomTF’, but many players who didn’t like CustomTF didn’t know that AGR gameplay is radically different, and most CustomTF fans dismissed AGR as some kind of twisted abomination; so these days I just refer to the mod as ‘AGR TF’, or just ‘AGR’.

15. Why does anyone bother playing such an ancient looking game?

The same reason people still do such an ancient thing as the missionary position. Besides, it’s not ‘old’, there have been many changes, and the game is still being refined in 2011[EDIT: 2016!], you can read articles about the latest changes on this very website!