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  • [INFO] Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

    http://t.co/spSU5RFe or http://static.cdn.ea.com/dice/u/f/bf...inistrator.zip to DL them yourself.


    Lots of good information if you would like to know the settings and how they work. I am still reading through them. I'm posting this up so that players will know what is possible and what isn't, hopefully making our Admins jobs easier.


    From the BF3 PC Server Administration PDF:
    Ranked and unranked servers
    Currently, unranked does not work correctly. All game servers will have to run ranked.
    Our goal is to make unranked game servers allow full customization of the set of available weapons,
    regardless of the individual player progression.



    So there should be no questions! All servers will run ranked at launch!

    Post up your thoughts on the available settings! Remember that your thought might or might not be taken into consideration; this is not a democracy. Site Admins have final say in all settings.

    Thanks guys! :)

    EDIT: Quoting from Mikael Kalms (DICE/EA Official) over at the EA Forums:


    Originally posted by MikaelKalms
    Hi all,

    the first draft of the server administrator's manual is now available to the world here: http://static.cdn.ea.com/dice/u/f/bf...inistrator.zip

    Some highlights:
    - Remote admin protocol spec included
    - lists of all maps
    - lists of all gamemodes (and all maps can be used in all gamemodes)
    - list of gameplay-affecting settings in the admin manual
    - you can mix gamemodes in the maplist
    - For BF3 PC, Normal / Hardcore / Infantry Only are umbrella names for a specific group of settings; details in the manual
    - there is a section in the manual which describes how changing server settings affect filters and Quickmatch on Battlelog
    - unranked mode is, well, "nearly working" so for the first few days after launch all servers will run ranked
    - in ranked mode you can control all settings (but at some point we will enforce PB on, game-password off .. or similar)


    One thing which requires some extra elaboration is player counts, gamemodes, and how those things work together.

    When you rent a server from an RSP, you rent a certain number of slots. The RSP controls the max number of players on your server.

    In addition, you can temporarily lower the number of slots below the RSP-enforced setting through a remote admin command.

    Now. There is currently no mechanism that enforces that a given gamemode can have at most a given number of players... so you can in theory run any gamemode with up to 64 players.
    Some game modes (such as Squad Rush) will probably not work very well if you set the limit higher than intended. Most will function. Some will become less playable because the matches get a bit unbalanced. But for instance running Team Deathmatch with a lot of players should not be a problem.


    I will probably not be able to answer questions in this thread in a timely manner. However, things that you ask about here are things that we will try to cover in documentation updates.
    -Glycerin256 <-- add me in Battlelog, Steam, Origin. Sig rig MIGHT BE FOR SALE: i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz; AsRock Z68 Extreme4; 16GB DDR3 1866; Asus GTX 970; 500GB 840 EVO SSD; Xonar DX 7.1; Win7x64, 25.5" T260HD, etc

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    Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

    Source of that quote above:
    http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk/b...e-servers.html

    Looks like everyone is going to experience the default modes for BF3 initially. This puts to rest certain hot topic issues such as health/armor regeneration and 3D spotting. At least until they fix the issues with unranked modes. Unless of course Ranked servers are allowed to change settings but that doesn't sound right. Good information in those documents.

    glycerin you have been a crazy wealth of information passing. Thanks for your research!
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    • #3
      Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

      Originally posted by kilroy0097 View Post
      Source of that quote above:
      http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk/b...e-servers.html

      Looks like everyone is going to experience the default modes for BF3 initially. This puts to rest certain hot topic issues such as health/armor regeneration and 3D spotting. At least until they fix the issues with unranked modes. Unless of course Ranked servers are allowed to change settings but that doesn't sound right. Good information in those documents.

      glycerin you have been a crazy wealth of information passing. Thanks for your research!
      thats not the way I read it
      They want the ranked modes to be the 3 pre-defined (1) normal (2) hardcore (3) infantry only
      Then custom will be unranked, but ranking is not working yet, so at launch a server can be custom and be ranked, latter in a server patch the custom servers (TG) will drop off the ranked status

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      • #4
        Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

        Now that I have read over the documents I would think that one of the servers should be a hardcore setting. The option setup allows us to set up a pretty realistic server.
        -Glycerin256 <-- add me in Battlelog, Steam, Origin. Sig rig MIGHT BE FOR SALE: i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz; AsRock Z68 Extreme4; 16GB DDR3 1866; Asus GTX 970; 500GB 840 EVO SSD; Xonar DX 7.1; Win7x64, 25.5" T260HD, etc

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        • #5
          Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

          these are the 3 ranked official modes and the settings for each

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          • #6
            Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

            LOL i just did the same thing:


            EDIT: HAHAHHAHAHAH damn you silver for being too quick (and I am a perfectionist.)

            I also did this:

            -Glycerin256 <-- add me in Battlelog, Steam, Origin. Sig rig MIGHT BE FOR SALE: i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz; AsRock Z68 Extreme4; 16GB DDR3 1866; Asus GTX 970; 500GB 840 EVO SSD; Xonar DX 7.1; Win7x64, 25.5" T260HD, etc

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            • #7
              Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

              hm... I'm surprised at the settings they call 'hardcore'... actually looks decent.

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              • #8
                Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                looks like hardcore ranked may be what we settle on at launch based on the avail options.

                Question about hardcore. Is weapon damage tweaked or does everyone just start with 60% of normal mode max?

                “Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough!” Benjamin Franklin

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                • #9
                  Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                  Originally posted by WhiskeySix View Post
                  hm... I'm surprised at the settings they call 'hardcore'... actually looks decent.
                  Maybe add "nametag" to the Hardcore mode?? It was pretty difficult to identify different factions.

                  I deserve a ribbon for Mortar Specialist

                  Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.
                  J.F.C. Fuller

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                  • #10
                    Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                    double post

                    I deserve a ribbon for Mortar Specialist

                    Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.
                    J.F.C. Fuller

                    Proud to have been a member of the 5th, 71st and my beloved 19th

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                    • #11
                      Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                      Originally posted by sc1ence View Post
                      looks like hardcore ranked may be what we settle on at launch based on the avail options.

                      Question about hardcore. Is weapon damage tweaked or does everyone just start with 60% of normal mode max?
                      Damage is Normal at 100%. Only player health is affected.
                      -Glycerin256 <-- add me in Battlelog, Steam, Origin. Sig rig MIGHT BE FOR SALE: i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz; AsRock Z68 Extreme4; 16GB DDR3 1866; Asus GTX 970; 500GB 840 EVO SSD; Xonar DX 7.1; Win7x64, 25.5" T260HD, etc

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                      • #12
                        Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                        The major thing I dislike about hardcore mode in other games is that there are weapons that are one shot kills that fire rapidly. In normal mode, one shot kill weapons often require a long reload. in hardcore, an m60 can become a 1 shot kill weapon. It makes weapon choice more restricted. Those weapons that are meant to be heavy damage weapons get ignored for more rapid fire medium damage weapons.

                        “Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough!” Benjamin Franklin

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                        • #13
                          Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                          Originally posted by glycerin View Post
                          Damage is Normal at 100%. Only player health is affected.
                          If a kill is 3 rounds from an AR, I'm ok w/ that... That's what the beta felt like to me...

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                          • #14
                            Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                            That's the point of hardcore though. The only solutions should be don't get shot OR make sure you have a medic nearby. IMHO crosshairs should be turned off (its an option to have them on/off) to limit 1st hit hipfire possibilites (it makes hipfire more difficult)

                            Also, keep in mind that 3D spotting will be disabled, so concealment should be alot more effective. I am looking forward to playing on Hardcore mode (HOPEFULLY WITH CROSSHAIRS OFF). :)
                            -Glycerin256 <-- add me in Battlelog, Steam, Origin. Sig rig MIGHT BE FOR SALE: i5 2500k @ 4.5Ghz; AsRock Z68 Extreme4; 16GB DDR3 1866; Asus GTX 970; 500GB 840 EVO SSD; Xonar DX 7.1; Win7x64, 25.5" T260HD, etc

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                            • #15
                              Re: Battlefield 3 - Server Administrator Docs - Unranked Mode unavailable at launch!

                              Originally posted by Exploding_Silver View Post
                              thats not the way I read it
                              They want the ranked modes to be the 3 pre-defined (1) normal (2) hardcore (3) infantry only
                              Then custom will be unranked, but ranking is not working yet, so at launch a server can be custom and be ranked, latter in a server patch the custom servers (TG) will drop off the ranked status
                              in ranked mode you can control all settings (but at some point we will enforce PB on, game-password off .. or similar)

                              I read it again and read that from the EA forum post. So ok yea you can control settings in Ranked mode. Which may then become unranked later on.
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                              "Young gamers assault while Older gamers flank."
                              "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

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