The old SC thread:http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=35194Star…craft?
If you’re into computer games, you’ve probably heard of Starcraft. It is the best RTS of all time. The mere act of announcing Starcraft 2 shot the original Starcraft back into the top 10 best selling computer games chart. This is a ten year old game, and it is amazing.
How was this game created a decade ago I don’t know. I think many experienced players agree that the creation of Starcraft was a fluke. The strategies Blizzard had in mind when making the game are nothing like the strategies of today. Blizzard was completely off. No even close man. Still, somehow, the game is balanced (or at least as balanced as any game with three unique races will ever be). Starcraft was a mistake, and a very, very good one.
Starcraft pits three unique races in an epic battle of blah blah blah. Okay just play the campaign. To be honest, I don’t believe the campaign has aged well. If you’ve played other RTS games you will probably agree. Still, it is a Blizzard game so expect quality. I loved the storyline the first time I played through some many many years ago and look forward to SC2. If you’re into single player action or you’ve played the campaign already you should look into fan made campaigns and mods (www.campaigncreations.org
is a good one).
However, the real greatness of Starcraft is the multiplayer. The game is huge in Korea, with a number of TV channels dedicated to only Starcraft. It is here that Starcraft is played on a professional level, with big dollars on the line. Outside of Korea, the SC scene is as strong as any game. It only pales in comparison to those fanatical Koreans and uh probably Counterstrike. You will find Starcraft players of all skill levels from North America, Europe and China. Learn more about the Starcraft progaming scene in Korea here
Starcraft is also a brand of boats, but I don’t know anything about that.Starcraft and Penny Arcade
We’re a bunch of average joe Starcraft players, with the odd exception. Those exceptions are either pretty good or totally suck. If you’re new to SC then you will get smashed, but don’t worry about it. There are plenty of resources to learn if you’re willing to put in the effort (see below for websites and a beginners guide). Also feel free to ask players for advice either here in the thread or after the game.
For the most part we play 1vs1 and 2vs2 with other players observing the match. If you don’t want to sit around and observe then challenge someone or organize a second game. Seriously, just do it. There seems to be many people coming in and who want to play but never put an effort to get a game going.
Generally the quality of games decrease beyond 2vs2, but we will play the odd 3vs3, 4vs4 or RW (Race Wars; a 7 or 8 player game with Zerg vs Protoss vs Terran). Free for alls are pretty meh so we avoid them. We also enjoy UMS maps as well.Where and when do we fight?
We play on two different servers. The first is the US West server, channel PA. However, most of the time we’re on the ICCup server. Read below to learn how to get onto the ICCup server. Again, channel PA. This is a non Blizzard ladder server but you can play non-ladder games as well. Everyone’s in a different time zone but mostly everyone is from North America. We’re on any day of the week in the evening. If no one’s on make a post in the thread. Add players to your friends list make it easier to find people. Type /help in on Battle.net to get information on commands.
ICCup setup guide:http://sc.iccup.com/info/scstart/You must register at the ICCup site first to be able to get onto the ICCup server.
The same account is used for both.
Most games take place in game pa/pa (game name pa, password pa) or pa2/pa if there are more than one games going.Chaoslauncher
Chaoslauncher allows you to start Starcraft with various plugins implemented such as windowed mode. We used this when playing on Bnet. The best feature is the LanLatency feature, which lets you play SC with very quick response time. You can’t use this on ICCup though! ICCup has it’s own launcher.http://winner.cspsx.de/Starcraft/Tool/Chaoslauncher.zipPA Player List
Ask in thread or PM to be added.
Forum account | ICCup | US West
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This website concentrates on the pro scene in Korea and is the best English site for it. It’s also great for replays and VODs. Pretty big and active Starcraft community. The forums are a good place to learn. They also run great events like TL.net Attack and the Razer TSL tournament. The TSL is an online tournament featuring the best foreigners (non-Koreans). There is $10,000 is prizes and is open to everyone. After the ladder stage, the top 48 battle it out. Top 16 ard broadcast live with English commentary so it is very awesome! One of the biggest things to come to foreigner Starcraft pretty much ever.The TSL is now over but you should download the VODs from TL.net or check out the games on youtube!
Also they have their own collection of useful links on everything Starcraft here
Another news website, but Gosugamers also follows the “foreign” Starcraft scene. In Starcraft, “foreign” means stuff that happens outside of Korea. Teamliquid is still your best bet for the pro Korean scene, but Gosugamers is the best English news site for anything else. They are also a good resource for replays. In particular, look for RR (recommended replays), cause these are especially awesome. Again, look at the forums as a place to learn (generally Teamliquid is better for this though).www.wgtour.com
Go here and sign up if you’re interested in competitive play. Prizes, tournaments, ladder. If you’re new you will get stomped here no doubt, but you will learn faster. WGTour is a bit of a joke, but it has had its good days. ICCup is where its at right now. You must download the ICCup launcher to connect to the server, and use it to start SC everytime you want to log onto ICCup. It has features such as antihack and autoreplay (saves and labels your replays automatically).http://www.mediaesports.com/
These two sites are the place to go to watch great Starcraft players with English commentary. Excellent for learning Starcraft, and a huge time waster. Micro Media is a US based Starcraft clan who hosts Ascension, an awesome tournament with a unique format featuring the best foreign players. Episodes are released weekly. GomTV is a Korean professional tournament and have recently invested quite a bit of money to spark interest in the foreign community. They have hired Nick “Tasteless” Plott, a TL.net member, to do live English commentary. The future of gomTV’s English broadcast depends on viewer numbers, so please try to support it. Unfortunately, Korea happens to be on the other side of the world so the hours are late. GomTV is broadcast every Sunday!http://www.scforall.com/
This website is run by the same company that owns eStro, a Korean progaming team. The site is specifically for bringing Korean Starcraft to the English world. Being associated with eStro, they get a lot of inside interviews, games and other nice stuff both with progamers inside and outside of eStro. Currently they are running the Spirit tournament, a tournament to bring "foreigner" (non-korean) SC players into Korea. Like the TSL, it is played on ICCup and has a ladder stage followed by a tournament. Weekly showmatches will also be played between top foreigners and progamers with commentary from Artosis (of Ascenscion fame) and Coach Lee (retired eStro coach). Both are very knowledgeable about the game, and Coach Lee knows a lot of inside info on the progamers.http://www.worldcybergames.com
World Cyber Games also supports Starcraft, along with all the other popular competitive computer and video games. Its pretty much the Olympics of video games and a good chance to see foreign players face off with Korean pros. This takes place during the summer, ending with the WCG Finals event in a new host city every year.
And of course, there are plenty of Starcraft videos on Youtube. Baezzi is your best source for uploads of the Korean pro scene. Diggity, Moletrap and Klazart are some people who do commentary on Starcraft games, but really you should go to Ascension or gomTV for that, cause these guys aren’t very good.http://www.youtube.com/user/Jon747www.sclegacy.com
A very old SC website. They don’ bother with competitive Starcraft news at all, which is good cause TL.net and GG.net do a good enough job of that. Go here for interesting bits about any other happenings such as SC2, mods, maps, campaigns and other neat stuff. Because they’re so well known and established they sometimes get some nice stuff from Blizzard (inside information on SC2, prizes). They are also the creators of the popular Pimpest Plays annual feature, where the top 10 amazing Starcraft plays of the year are highlighted. You can find these on YouTube if you’re interested.www.fighterreplays.com
Upload your own replays or download and rate others. Replays of all skill level here. Nice website since it provides quite a bit of information on the replay so you can decide if its worth downloading. This is a relatively new website run by the same guy who do Ascension.www.campaigncreations.org
Some of the best fan made campaigns, maps and mods are hosted here.http://www.genesoul.net/gundamcentury/
Awesome Gundam mod for Starcraft, very nicely made. Balance sucks though.http://dominionwarmod.com/
Another nice looking mod, this time Star Trek. This mod has been in development forever, I think you can download the beta.http://boxerbiography.blogspot.com/
The biography of Lim Yo Hwan, aka SlayerS_`BoxeR`, possibly the best Starcraft player ever and definitely the most loved. His words are slowly but surely being translated into English for you to enjoy.
There are many other websites, but these are the main ones.
Hell, it's about time!
Guide to Starcraft
See Cynic Jester's post below. The OP was too long cause there is too much awesome in here.
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