Hi, would you like to play a game? A rousing game of Empires? One where everyone (mostly) has their act together and teamwork is what makes or breaks games? Empires, the games of yore? THEN COME ON DOWN TO THE FINAL PUG OF SUMMER 2016. Where and when, Click me for your local time. On August 27th, 1900 BST / 2000 CEST / 1400 EDT / 1100 PDT. Click me for your local time. On Nubs event server. Join the empires vet group for event notices and to be kept up to date on what's happening. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/empvetpug How this works To start off with we will have a 15minute warmup on district at event time start. Just so people can join in. Please join in even if it's a warmup, having 10 people stumble in when we are drafting or even after the draft can be rather disruptive. We will be making the most out of scardybob's new pug plugin. To that end I just need 2 captains. You don't have to command too but be sure to grab yourself a comm(they will basically be your first pick.). You can read that link on how the plugin works but basically 2 people volunteer to be captains by typing !captain, then take turns picking players. After all players are picked then a 10 minute planning time commences so each team can plan accordingly. When the captain and team know what they are doing captain just types !ready, when both captains type ready round starts. When round ends teams switch sides for round 2. I have to check, I don't know if the plugin supports keeping teams between maps but if it doesn't... Well either we just do another draft(we might do this anyway if it's terribly off balanced) or we just have people join the teams they were on like good old times. I'm sorry to say but I won't be allowing prebuilt squads this time. This isn't going to be a series and I want this to be as simple and painless as possible. Maps At the moment I don't have maps set in stone, you are free to suggest any commander maps you want, stock or custom. Just keep in mind I'll make final decisions based on player count, with captains also having final say. I'm choosing slightly more summer themed ones, but go ahead suggest whatever. Please note we won't play as many maps if we switch sides on one map. Tropicovendetta, but I'm tempted to have cv's put on the ground so it can be played as a more traditional comm map. Isle, How much more summer like can you get? Traders, it's a rather bright city map. I'd say cyclopean but I feel like it's played all the time in pugs. Smokies, I see this in map list and looks like a real nice custom map. Again it's not set in stone, you're free to make suggestions. I'll update this on Friday with a final map list and order. About passwords Because we are using a plugin that can delay round start and force people to whatever team they are suppose to be on I don't think I will password this event. I hope you all really show any newer player what empires is really all about so they too can up their empire's game play. If I hear enough complaints I'll get a password on the server, but I don't think it will be bad thanks to scardy bob's plugin.