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  1. Hey all o/ Reading through these comments have made me eager to jump in the conversation. Most of you may not know who I am, but I’ve been a part of the ZE community for over 5 years on different servers. 3 years were spent on SGZE and over 2 years as an admin. I have experience with everything happening to the different ZE servers over the past 5 years. Some servers have been completely destroyed while others have been very consistent with their player count. Like what some of you have said, SGZE has definitely been through challenges. Low server population and unexperienced teams. But at the same time, we were able to tackle those challenges and rebuild our beloved community. It’s truly depressing to see how things have turned, but I’m with Fanservice on this. There’s still hope. Although I don’t play much ZE anymore, I still hop on GFL ZE once in a while. Every month, along with some old regulars on the server, there are many players that I’ve never seen before. Every week, I find a new player leading maps and teaching other players. At one point, ZE in general was dying. GFL, Mapeadores, Zeddys, and other servers outside the US were losing players. They weren’t hitting their high numbers consistently and some had lost all their players. But now it’s different. I return to CSGO after months and find different servers fully populated. New players have taken over. My thought that new players would never play nor enjoy ZE was proven wrong. There are new players. In fact, a lot of them. Attracting these new players require a group of regulars and staff members that have years and years of experience. We had great staff members trying to revive the server a few months ago. They did a great job getting players and playing different maps. It was awesome to hear players chatting and talking on the server once again. New players were joining, and it looked like they favored playing ZM the most. It’s nice to play casual maps to chill and chat with other players, but I felt that at least some sort of competition was necessary. I was not able to find enough players willing to try and beat the harder maps. We had new players with different mindsets or different purposes to play, compared to the new players we had years ago. Most of the new players we had a few months ago consisted of players who preferred playing casual maps and chatting with other players. Don’t get me wrong. These players definitely help with the process of server population. I’ve seen it. But when the number of these type of players become excessive, it hurts the community and player count. It hurts the regulars who want to beat maps and take on hard maps the most. The most annoying thing for us regulars with years of experience is to hear new players complaining or talking over the leader. Then we have the other new players who want to try the hard maps. These new players mostly play on other servers such as GFL, which is part of the reason to why it makes them so successful. I still remember the time when SGZE hit #5 on gametracker. We had clan groups and “tryhards” who wanted to complete maps to join those clan groups. New players were influenced by these players, and this cycle continued. Eventually, the server consistently hit its max player count. I know everything sounds repetitive, but I just wanted to add on to what Fanservice had said. Hope is still there. There are plenty of new players looking for a new server to play on. The most important step is how we control and teach these new players joining the server to meet the needs/wants for our regulars.
  2. Help needs ZE. Since ZE is a widely known community server that players enjoy, we would need to get that back up and running to maintain the fame of SG. During the time when SG was ranked below 10th, I would constantly hear people talking about SG, but now it they never talk about SG, and they think the server just completely disappeared. Honestly all we can do right now, is just grab a few old regulars and pull them back into the server. From there, we’re going to have to build back to the top again.
  3. Friday bit questionable... Maybe exclude at least 1 map out of the 3.
  4. Lmao I didn’t notice that >_ For the master chief skin, I know a few servers that have the master chief skin set to default. That would be nice and cool to also have on our server.
  5. The models on the server currently are a bit lacking. I understand that more models will increase the loading time for players to join, but I feel like adding a few more player models wouldn’t hurt much. I like the fact that you are able earn a skin through achieving the solo rank, which forces more players to play on the server and gives them a reason to grind points. Although this does cause different types of point farming, admins could be a little bit more stricter against point farming. Honestly the ZM models are fine. We could try new human models other than default, but we have to make sure it’s suitable for a CT model, and it shouldn’t be too large. Especially without the hide command, large player models can cause a disturbance in gameplay. Some skins I would recommend as exclusive or VIP skins are: https://gamebanana.com/skins/173848 https://gamebanana.com/skins/173848 Wesker’s love list: https://gamebanana.com/skins/169417 https://gamebanana.com/skins/169435 We could also bring back some of the CSS player models for an event: https://gamebanana.com/wips/50068
  6. Bumping this thread since I’ve updated many things. I find this entire list of admin room locations very useful myself, and I would like to share it to all of the new players. Again, massive credit goes to @EasterLee for most of these admin room locations. Thanks all!
  7. We do have a few admins in the ZE community, but most are very inactive at this time of the year (including myself). Recently, I’ve seen a few regulars gathering and communicating with other regulars to plan mini-events, which seems to be working. This is not the very first time I’ve seen a server “die”, and through my past experiences there has been servers that recovered from it. We could continue doing mini-events and slowly gather our old players back into the game, but we need to find better ways to convince players to join our server. Obviously, we have to find ways for people to prioritize our Steam-Gamers ZE server over other populated ZE servers. Our current solutions to fixing this problem: - Mini events by steam/discord groups - Large events by ZE admins - ZE meetings/discussions Some things we could possibly improve on to fix this issue: - Ways to convince old regulars to join the server, and new players to create a forum account. - Getting the new players more involved in the community. - Recommend and/or persuade some of our active and “admin-worthy” players to apply for admin. - Announce events not only on the steam-gamers forum, but also on the server. Time-by-time remind players about the event on a particular date/time (especially for the players that do not have a forum account). - Like WickedZealot said, more ZE players can get involved in forum discussions and meetings. Adding on: ZE tryhard clans are also another possible way to populate the server (even in 2019 ). A group of members form and represent their teams by wearing the tag in-game. Before 90% of my ZE clanmates went off to college or started doing other stuff, we always played SG-ZE together. Other random players soon became interested to join our clan, and plenty of players started applying. While the negative effect of this is map favoritism, this could be a great way to begin the revival of a dead server.
  8. Lululululluluull LUFFARRRENNN
  9. Very nice person that I can trust and help with for zombie escape. +rep

  10. Yay! Finally a ZE event!