When you’re new to the server it can seem difficult to join, host, or play matches against other people — don’t give up! These problems are common and very easy to solve.
This article covers the following:
You host a game but no one joins
This usually means people can’t join your games because of “high latency”. If that’s the case you will probably see this message in the game lobby, or receive whispers/private messages from other users saying “lat” or “latency”. The solution is to follow this guide for port forwarding your router.
You can’t join someone else’s game
If you try to join someone’s game but receive the message “The latency to the game creator is too high” that means the game host probably needs to forward their ports (see above). If you can’t join their game but other people can then you probably conflict with them — read more here.
You join a game but get banned immediately
Multiplayer Warcraft 2 (like many online games) can be very competive. Many people on the server have 10+ years of experience and play at a very high level, so letting a brand new player into 2v2 or 3v3 match can fatally unbalance the teams. To avoid this many players will only play with people they know and/or will ban new players on sight. Generally it isn’t anything personal against you, it’s just to ensure they get a fair and challenging game.
Many veteran players are willing to let new players “watch” as long as they don’t interfere with the game. “Watching” is exactly what it sounds like — at the beginning of the game you ally everyone and everyone allies & shares vision with you, and you sit quietly and don’t build for the rest of the match while watching everyone else play. This is a great way to immerse in high level gameplay & gain valuable insight into the common strategies and techniques like build order, resource management, and offensive/defensive tactics. For more info about watching check out our Watching Recommendations.
Another option which allows you to actually play is to look for other players who are also new. You can double click any username in the right-hand column of the lobby to view their profile and check their stats — look for people with lots of losses and very few wins. You can alternatively type “/stats username” (without quotes) anywhere on the server to view someone’s stats.
You can also make a post in the Noob Recruitment thread on the forum, a place where new players can get in touch and arrange casual low level matches amongst themselves.
No one in the lobby answers you
There are usually 15-20 people idling in the main channel (War2BNE) at any given time, meaning they’re logged on to the server but have WC2 minimized or are away from their computer. A good rule of thumb is to check the status page to see how many people are online — generally if it’s fewer than 50-60 total players you won’t see much activity in the lobby.
Not enough players online for a match
This is probably the biggest problem new players face. Since we’re a small community it’s not always possible to find enough people for a team match 24/7, but there are a few tips for working around this.
- Weekends and evenings are almost always busier and the best time to play. War2.ru has players from all over the world so peak times vary based on time zones, but a large percentage of our users are in the USA.
- Invite your friends to join you. The more people you bring the fewer people need to join your matches to fill the teams. Posting on our forum and Facebook group are also great ways to find other new players and arrange times to meet on the server.
- Matches created by the HostBot are hosted & autostart every five minutes. Any number of players can join and play vs four computers. You can also instruct the HostBot to create custom matches for you and your friends.
- Be flexible with teams. If you’re a stronger player be willing to face weaker players 1v2 or 2v3 once in a while — these matches can still be challenging and fun, and if you win you’ll have mad gloating rights. :)
- Use the Game Monitor webapp to notify you of new games while you alt+tab out of WC2 and do other things. When a new game is hosted the monitor will will notify you immediately with a sound so you can return and join, without having to sit around in the lobby waiting for games to be hosted.
- When all else fails you can play vs computers by hosting a match with the game type set to “Melee” and then selecting “Computer” from the drop down menus. You can also watch interactive War2BNE InSight replays that let you scroll around the map and check any player’s resources while the match plays out (great for learning strategy!)