Red Rover is a game mode available in Rocket Arena 3, a popular mod for Quake 3. I open this thread to give more visibility to the past, present and future requests for this game mode.
The game starts with two evenly balanced teams, each player with all weapon and armors (as in CA).
When player A kills an enemy B, A gets 1 point, B loses 1 point, and B re-spawns in A's team.
The match finishes when the last player of one team gets killed. Optionally, this player is awarded a "last man standing" 5 points bonus.
Players accumulate points from match to match. After 11 matches, the game ends, and the scoreboard shows the players ordered by decreasing score (as in FFA), the first being declared the winner.
Appropriate for public play
This mode is especially suitable for public servers where casual or competitive players want to enjoy the game without taking it too seriously. Moreover it provides good fun even in non optimal situations.
The key features are summarized here:
- Although a team based mode, every player is on his/her own. The goal is to gather as many points as possible.
- The action is continuous and fun. There is no waiting time after dying, and anybody is welcome to join mid-game as the number of players does not have to be even.
- The mode is more robust to poor team play, to people deliberating trying to hijack their own team, or to big skill gaps in the skill of the players.