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==Spectating==
 
==Spectating==
As a spectator you can view the battle from the eyes of the combatants one by one, or you can choose to have a detailed over-view of the whole battle. As a spectator you cannot be harmed in any ways, nor can you attack other players. While spectating other players you have the advantage of reading their habits, tactics, accuracy and favorite weapons. This is particularly useful in the [[Manual/Gamemodes#Tournament|Tournament]] game-play.
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As a spectator you can view the battle from the eyes of the combatants one by one, or you can choose to have a detailed over-view of the whole battle. As a spectator you cannot be harmed in any ways, nor can you attack other players. While spectating other players you have the advantage of reading their habits, tactics, accuracy and favorite weapons. This is particularly useful in the [[Manual/Gamemodes#Tournament|Tournament]] game-play, <small>but in this particular gametype do not use the "start" menu unless you want to avoid fighting (see the related example below)</small>.
   
To enter the game as a spectator, press '''ESC''' followed by '''JOIN''' and then '''SPECTATE'''.
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To enter the game as a spectator, press '''ESC''' (key) followed by '''START''' (menu item) and then '''SPECTATE''' (menu item).
   
Note: In version 0.6 there is a bug when spectating: While in spectator mode for a tourney (1on1) game, you are in free spectate, and there after during game-play, switch to spectate Player A, then you automatically end up at the bottom of the queue list of waiting players. This can cause extremely long waiting times for a player who keeps switching between 'free-spectator' and 'player-spectator'.
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When you are spectating, if you press "ATTACK" button (usually, left mouse click), you begin ''"follow" spectate mode'' (seeing in first person for the point of view of another player), and clicking again you cycle between players. If you pres "USE_ITEM" (ENTER key by default), you switch to ''"free" spectate mode'' again (your "virtual camera" can "fly" around the arena as you wish).
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If you are already fighting and you switch to spectator mode using the menu, you will ''suicide'': probably you will lose a frag (point), but please notice that the scoring mode may vary depending from the current [[gametype]].
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==Some examples==
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* If you are playing in ''[[Free For All]]'' mode (g_gametype 0) and your score is 3, then you select ''Esc --> Start --> Spectate'', you switch to ''spectator'' mode and your score is shown as 0 (because you are currently "out" from the match), then you select ''Esc --> Start --> Join Game'' and you will enter it again, with score 2.
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* If you are playing in ''[[Tournament]]'' mode (g_gametype 1) and currently fighting, then you select ''Esc --> Start --> Spectate'', you will immediately lose the match, and you will be placed at the end of the queue. When you lose a match in Tournament mode, you always switch to ''spectator'' mode and are placed at the bottom of the queue (unless there are only two players in the server). <small>Tip: You can see your position in the queue and your number of tournament matches won/lost when showing the [[score table]] (usually, holding TAB key).</small>
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* If you are in ''Tournamament'' mode and currently spectating, then you select ''Esc --> Start --> Spectate'', you will be placed back to ''the bottom'' of the queue. To avoid this, if you want to switch from ''spectate "follow"'' to ''spectate "free"'' mode, simply press the USE_ITEM key (ENTER by default), instead of using the "Start" menu. In Tournament mode, you don't need to manually choose "Join game" from the menu: you will automatically enter the game when it is your turn. In short: when playing in Tournament mode, you don't need to use the "Start" menu unless you want to avoid fighting. <small>Tested with OA 0.8.5.</small>

Revision as of 21:04, September 16, 2010

Spectating

As a spectator you can view the battle from the eyes of the combatants one by one, or you can choose to have a detailed over-view of the whole battle. As a spectator you cannot be harmed in any ways, nor can you attack other players. While spectating other players you have the advantage of reading their habits, tactics, accuracy and favorite weapons. This is particularly useful in the Tournament game-play, but in this particular gametype do not use the "start" menu unless you want to avoid fighting (see the related example below).

To enter the game as a spectator, press ESC (key) followed by START (menu item) and then SPECTATE (menu item).

When you are spectating, if you press "ATTACK" button (usually, left mouse click), you begin "follow" spectate mode (seeing in first person for the point of view of another player), and clicking again you cycle between players. If you pres "USE_ITEM" (ENTER key by default), you switch to "free" spectate mode again (your "virtual camera" can "fly" around the arena as you wish).

If you are already fighting and you switch to spectator mode using the menu, you will suicide: probably you will lose a frag (point), but please notice that the scoring mode may vary depending from the current gametype.

Some examples

  • If you are playing in Free For All mode (g_gametype 0) and your score is 3, then you select Esc --> Start --> Spectate, you switch to spectator mode and your score is shown as 0 (because you are currently "out" from the match), then you select Esc --> Start --> Join Game and you will enter it again, with score 2.
  • If you are playing in Tournament mode (g_gametype 1) and currently fighting, then you select Esc --> Start --> Spectate, you will immediately lose the match, and you will be placed at the end of the queue. When you lose a match in Tournament mode, you always switch to spectator mode and are placed at the bottom of the queue (unless there are only two players in the server). Tip: You can see your position in the queue and your number of tournament matches won/lost when showing the score table (usually, holding TAB key).
  • If you are in Tournamament mode and currently spectating, then you select Esc --> Start --> Spectate, you will be placed back to the bottom of the queue. To avoid this, if you want to switch from spectate "follow" to spectate "free" mode, simply press the USE_ITEM key (ENTER by default), instead of using the "Start" menu. In Tournament mode, you don't need to manually choose "Join game" from the menu: you will automatically enter the game when it is your turn. In short: when playing in Tournament mode, you don't need to use the "Start" menu unless you want to avoid fighting. Tested with OA 0.8.5.

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