The Leagues United is currently the most successful and active league is BZFlag. It launched on February 21, 2016. There are currently 32 teams, 5 of which are active. There is a massive number of players in Leagues United.
Leagues United offers challenging competition and includes some of the top BZFlag players.
Be sure to visit the official Leagues United forum and read the "sticky" threads at the top of the page. They contain a lot of important information.
Playing in Leagues United
Rules and Guidelines
The league has a high standard of behavior and sportsmanship. So check these rules before doing anything else:
- Match disturbance, player harassment, language, cheat accusations in public (1 day -7 days ban)
- Using cheats on public servers or in other leagues (6-9 months)
- Using cheats in the league (1 year to life)
These are subject to change, so please always check the Official Rules page directly.
Matching in Leagues United
A good way to get started in the league is to play fun matches (typically abbreviated as 'fm'). These types of matches are very popular. Only official matches are entered into the website, so there is less pressure during a fun match. Players do not have to be in a team, and players from specific league teams don't have to play on the same color.
Fun matches can also have additional players join during play. Make sure that the current players don't mind before joining a match. Players should self-kill by shooting while facing a wall or self-destructing with the delete key. This ensures there is not an unfair advantage due to initially spawning on the team base. The phrase "sk please" is used quite often to request that someone self-kills.
Fun matches are not reported.
Teams, Matching & Reporting
Once you're registered and want to get some action. Firstly you're going to need a team. You can join a team by visiting the teams page and hitting the "Join" button next to the team, that is, if the team is open to anyone. Most teams however, are closed and can only be joined by invitation sent from the team leader. Usually you will always find some teams that are interested in new and active players. If you want to contact the leader of a team or the team itself, use the "BZMail" option that can be found at the top or bottom of any Team/Player profile page. Don't be discouraged if the first couple of requests get turned down, most teams like to get to know the players before they accept them into their team. But it's easy to establish yourself within the Leagues community. You can get to know players best by playing fun matches, spending time on the various public servers and talking to others in Observer during matches. It's a learning by doing system.
Once you've found and joined a team you like you can immediately start matching! There are some rules you should take into account before doing so though.
Basic commands needed during official matches:
- /countdown - Start the match timer.(Matches can be 15, 20, or 30 minutes.)
- /countdown pause - Pause the match timer. Should not be abused and should only be used when necessary. (E.g. a player has to stop for a moment, etc.)
- /countdown resume - Resume the match timer and allow the match to continue.
- /gameover - This will abruptly end the match at any given time. (Do not abuse! Ending a match with out any notice will most certainly lead to a ban.)
- /mapchange - This changes the map that is currently on a server.(Currently supported maps are Babel, Ducati, DucatiMini, DuPi, HiX, Pillbox.)
- Do not start the match timer before all participating players are ready and make sure everyone has agreed on playing an official match.
- Make sure all players agree with opponents lag before starting the match. It is frowned upon to start a match and realize half way in that the lag is unplayable.
- Everyone participating should either able to finish the match or have a substitute available in case.
- Make sure the server is an official Leagues United match server.
- If a player goes [NR] (which means they are 'Not Responding', thus have lost their connection to the server somehow), pause the match and wait for a substitute or for the player to rejoin
- Make sure everyone is ready for a substitute before it happens to prevent major chaos in the match.
- If two more players want to join from the respective teams, make sure everyone is prepared and has said yes to the addition of players.
- Pick a server closest to the majority of players. If it is a half/half case, just agree on one.
If for some reason a match has to be canceled, make sure a player of both teams somehow saves score, remaining time, position of flags/players. (Easiest by taking a screenshot - hit F5) When the match can be resumed later, adjust the timer to the remaining time the match was stopped at. Use the /timelimit <minutes go here> command to adjust the timer before a match.
Official league servers
It is very important that you only play official matches on the official league servers.
Here is a list of the servers and their respective locations.
- brad.leaguesunited.org:5196 (London, England)
- brad.leaguesunited.org:5197 (London, England)
- brad.leaguesunited.org:5198 (London, England)
- allejo.leaguesunited.org:5196 (New Jersey, USA)
- allejo.leaguesunited.org:5197 (New Jersey, USA)
- allejo.leaguesunited.org:5198 (New Jersey, USA)
- BRL.ARPA.NET:5196 (California, USA)
- BRL.ARPA.NET:5197 (California, USA)
- BRL.ARPA.NET:5198 (California, USA)
The replay servers can be found on port 5195
If a match is not played on one of these servers, than it cannot be counted as official.
Every match, official or fun, is automatically recorded and saved to the respective replay server. Some servers have websites where the replay file, time, date and players are posted.
You can find help on how to get a replay start and running on the servers but here's a quick summary:
- Find the replay file you want by either using the above mentioned web-sites or by using
- /replay list -n (if possible, will display a list of recent replays in chronological order)
- /replay list *10042009* (will show you all replays played on April 10th, 2009)
- Once you've found your replay file
- /replay load #index number
Use /replay skip + or - <amount of seconds> to navigate within a replay Use /replay pause and /replay resume to pause and resume a replay
Along with the various official servers, there are quite a few public servers set up using either identical or similar settings to the league. Players usually meet up there to get warm and just shoot around before or after a match. Anyone can play there, regardless of being registered in the league or not. Some of these public servers are running the /mapchange feature, some are CTF and some are just FFA.
Settings and Options
A big part of Leagues United, is being able to compete. But the premise for that, is having good settings that will make things like dodging, shooting and jumping a lot easier. A very large amount of the league players use mouse and only a dozen keyboard. If you are just starting out, a recommendation for new players is to try playing with mouse first, as many things will be easier to do later on. In this game, it's impossible to become the best dodger, jumper and shooter at the same time. These are two if not three completely different types of playing that require many different settings.
Most of the setting adjustment is done by the Config_File, as you can not exercise all your possibilities in the GUI options. You can find a lot of detailed information by using the Search option on BZBB. Many players have posted their personal configs and other tips there.
For mouse players, these individual playing styles, also mean individual mouse settings. Mousebox size, mouse DPI, mouse sensitivity are all crucial. Usually slower mouse settings and a big mouseboxsize, will enable you to be a better jumper and or shooter, while fast, sensitive, precise mouse settings and a small to even negative mouseboxsize will be enable you to dodge better. Next to all the native options, some players use mouse enhancement applications, see Whitelist for further info.
Very experienced players however, are known to be able to jump, shoot and dodge with extreme precision. So, no setting in the world is going to help, if you don't practice and play enough.
You might have asked yourself how you're supposed to find other players online if you want to arrange a match. There are some very useful BZStats and Player checkers that are have been useful to the whole community for years.
- The general BZStats checker that Strayer coded shows a massive amount of information on everything BZFlag related.
- http://bzstats.strayer.de/leagues/lu/online/?lang=en (that shows all current GU players that are online)
Abbreviations you should know
As mentioned already above, there are some abbreviations used very often in the league. If you haven't already, check out Jargon for more non-league specific abbreviations and Jargon. Below are some league specific abbreviations. Note that this is not a complete list, just the most common terms you should know in order to prevent confusion between players or in a match.
|offi||Referring to an official match. ("offi?" means somebody wants to play an official match)|
|fm||Referring to fun match. ("fm?" means somebody wants to play a fun match)|
|sk||Selfkill. (Expression often used when new players join an already running fun match. New players should kill themselves once immediately after spawning.)|
|tk||Teamkill. (More frequently used outside of league play too)|
|def||Defense. Your flag is under immediate attack or about to be taken. Watch out for yours!|
|att||Attack. Focus on getting your opponents flag.|
|gs, ns, n1, g1||Good shot, nice shot, nice one, good one. Frequently used when a player does something that the other regards as nice or skillfull.|
|ty, thx||Thank you. Thanks.|
|hf, gl||Have fun, good luck.Usually always said to the opposing team before a match starts|
|gg||Good game. Usually said by all participating players after a match has ended.|