Below are some guidelines for the Multiplayer Adventures forum. Your comments are welcome.
There are three types of multiplayer events held on this forum.
The first is what we call an impromptu event. Any forum member can offer an impromptu event as simply as posting an IP, a starting point, and a meeting time. If others are free at that time and want to join, ah, instant multiplayer fun.
The second type is a planned event involving one or more themes. This may be a single event or a series of events involving several pilots. Any forum member can propose such an event, enlist some support, and run the event on his own server for the enjoyment of the participants. If you have some ideas for such activities, toss them out and watch them grow.
This forum can be used by anyone to set up an impromptu or planned multiplayer event on their own server or direct IP connection. We are glad to be your meeting place for MP flying.
The third type of event is what we call a sanctioned event. These are monthly formal events that are run by the forum moderators for all forum members and others who wish to participate. Our goal is to offer one sanctioned event per month, normally on the first Sunday at or around 2100 GMT. Sanctioned events are single day events that involve significant preplanning. They have the following characteristics:
1. They are announced in advance and are components of a formal calendar.
2. Sanctioned events always have a theme and a formal name. These events are not just flights from point A to point B. They involve not only the flight, but also, some activity on arrival.
3. Each sanctioned event will have a formal announcement on the forum that provides all details about the event, how to connect, extra scenery required, etc.
4. Each sanctioned event will be announced by the moderators of this forum as a NOTAM on the Main Page of FlightSim.com before the event.
5. Not everyone will want to participate in every sanctioned event. We plan to consider more frequent sanctioned events as our forum membership grows.
6. Our sanctioned events start on time and end on time.
7. Registration is required of all pilots so that we know that everyone has the registration packet materials in advance of the event. The cutoff for registration is 1200 GMT on the day before the event and no exceptions are made. Both the FSHost server and the Teamspeak server require a password for entry on the day of the event. The password is provided as part of the registration process.
8. We always run our sanctioned events on one of our moderators' servers to try to minimize connect problems and maximize server stability. A backup server is always designated and ready to go online. We try to address all server connect problems, but if others are not having connection problems, we will not hold up an entire event to try to solve a single connect issue.
9. We always put our flight and Teamspeak servers online before a sanctioned event to provide an opportunity to determine connect issues and provide help in solving them. Our servers are always online the day preceding the event from 2100 to 2300 GMT. If you want to check out your ability to connect in advance, this is the time to do it.
Capn_Sonic maintains a mailing list of members who want to be notified of upcoming planned and sanctioned forum events. If you would like to be notified by email of these, simply send a forum email or private message to Capn_sonic. You can also email him direct at email@example.com. Geoff does not release the mailing list to anyone, but will gladly announce your event to the list. If you are planning an event, drop him a note, give him the details, and he will email the pilots.
We are glad to have this forum and we appreciate your interest and participation. Feel free to email or send a private message to Geoff or me with any thoughts or issues. We will always respond promptly.