Thought I could offer a good perspective on things considering,
I first started playing on .ru back in May (I played a few months when BNE [mostly BGH lol...]first came out before moving on to starcraft, war3, etc.) -- Considering the game is so old and it's such an insulated community, I thought there would be more push back than there actually is. Most of the people here have been pretty welcoming, with a few going out of their way to help me along and answer questions (undine, grunn, quilkes, oneorcarmy, TK, old school have all helped me )-- In the first two months it was definitely annoying/frustrating getting kicked out of games, but I love the game so, I was willing to put up with it. (I also remember the skill gap within counterstrike and getting helped and helping people with that game in college).
Enough people know me now that i'm able to play in at least 50% of gow games without getting kicked. There is definitely still a small contingent of guys in the gow games that are aggro/annoying and will kick me,but i get it, it's hard to balance when someone is new, and you just want a competitive game (also nerd rage is always a factor). As Cel said, they're under no obligation to be welcome to new comers, etc. etc. Cel, you're also an extremely nice guy, so it's easy to get into your games play in your weird map rotation (the weird map rotation crew is also nice)
Usually when you comment/watch gow games it's with most established players--so you might not see some of the nonsense that UK Spree is talking about towards newer players.
There's a small contingent of newer players that have been playing the last few months (MSFC, celticdruid, ogreslayer (no relation
) obituary)--so hopefully these guys stay--I know I will. If I see someone being picking on these guys, I will probably say something--don't care that i've been here for only a little while. All the guys helped me probably because someone helped them when they were new---it's kind of how it works. I understand some people just want to play, and not build the community, but like Spree said it is such an old game, I think it's only a positive in the long run.
I don't know what its been like on ru for the past few years, is there usually a small group of newcomers every year or so or is this new group larger because of COVID (It was in my case)? The first month on ru is the hardest, so I will try to be welcoming to any new players I see and pay it forward
--even though i've been here only a few months, I think it's important.