A little bit of frustration is settling in with Blood Bowl my past handful of matches. No, not the gameplay (which can be punishing) No, not the randomness (which I love) – but Yes, the weak network programming.
BB keeps a “reliability rating” with your account. Basically it is a percentage based score of matches played vs matches completed. My first 17 games I had a rating of 100% and proud of it. Players who challenged me knew I would stick through to the end no matter how poorly, or how brutal, the game was going.
It is now down below 80% – none of which I have control over. Since the last patch I have been getting funky network sync errors and random disconnects. Strange, and very frustrating.
Final frustrations after the jump…
BB made the odd decision to connect players directly together instead of a central server. Teams are stored on a central server, both pcs pull from there then hook up directly.
This has lead to the speculation of rampant cheating. Everyone knows that if you pull the plug on your Internet during s match (if a player you like dies, for example) then your team info isn’t updated. The pulley gets a safe team (and still gets the loss and the rep hit) while his opponent gets the win, some SPP and couple MVP designations.
Some of these disconnects have cost me losses, while some have not. It doesn’t make much sense to me how the same error can produce different outcomes. I am starting to suspect my opponents when it happens now when I am winning and it happens. I don’t know what my opponents think of me when I am losing when it does.
Strangest part of it all is that we can both play the game until the end most times, and the error isn’t obvious until players don’t progress after the game, or players who should be injured aren’t.
I don’t mind losing – you still get money and advancement points when you lose (and also strategy experience). I get nothing but the brackets and a reliability rating hit – basically nullifying anything positive for time spent – with the added kick in the jewels of a lower RR.
I’d have to buy a new game to reset my RR – it is per account. Frustrating when you lose pieces of your online reputation when it is beyond your control.