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Lobby selection page
In the lobby
Getting into a game
In the site rewrite of November 2002, the EA registration procedure has been massively simplified - and it works! No need to miss out on your place in the league tables now!
If you are already registered with EA-Europe for another game, you may not need to specifically register for populous - try out your name and password at the log-in screen.
Start with a clean boot (ie. when your machine has just been switched on). Then run your virus checker (You do have one don't you? And you have updated the data file recently, haven't you? Of course you have - foolish not to.) While you're at it, defrag your hard disk and check that you've got plenty of free space (70MB would be good.) With that out of the way, check the icons on the taskbar. If you have any programs running in the foreground (ie buttons with icon and text) close them down or disable them unless they are vital for your online connection. Child protection programs, such as Cyber Patrol and Net Nanny may cause problems, so disable them if you have the password. Similarly, right click each of the icons at the right hand end of the taskbar and disable those which you don't need. Any program using a timer should go, and SETI@Home is a particular menace, so close that. You can leave the volume control, and any software needed for the CD. (EA recommends shutting down your anti-virus software as well. I don't, and it works ok for me, but if you get problems, it might be worth trying.)
To get onto the site you can either:
Start Internet Explorer and send it to 'www.populous.ea-europe.com'.
Start up Populous (with the CD in place, naturally) and select 'Multiplayer', and then 'Play on internet matchup service' (near the bottom). This will automatically start your modem and connect you to the Populous web site (www.populous.ea-europe.com). (This method doesn't work at present as EA have put the matchmaker pages on a different address. They may fix it later though.)At the Populous website, click on 'Play online', which will take you (via a redirecton screen) to the login screen. Enter your player name and password (the player name, at least, is not case sensitive) and on the next screen click on 'Play Now', on the right for the full game, or on the left if you're so tightfisted that you've only got the demo. This will take you to the Lobby Selection page (with a graphical selection wheel).
If automatic connection has been disabled on your machine, establish your internet connection in the normal way before you start.
On the right hand side of the screen is a column which should indicate how many players are waiting in each lobby. Unfortunately, it's broken too.
To translate: They're mostly three letter acronyms, or extended three letter acronyms (ie more than 3 letters) or abbreviated three letter acronyms (less than three letters) - grin!
Acronyms are a convenient shorthand to save typing, if you know what they mean, or a baffling code if you're on the outside. Most come from online chat and there are a number of sites with good glossaries, just search for 'IRC acronym' in any search engine. www.acronymfinder.com, for instance, has a comprehensive database which you can search, although you can't get a listing. Other 'abbreviations' are in the form of 'smiley's or 'emoticons' - just type one of those terms into a search engine and you'll get them by the truckload.
A few acronyms which crop up regularly in the Populous lobby, or which are not found in many glossaries include:
Away from keyboard|
Angel of Death
Be right back
Circle of Reincarnation
Electronic Arts (publishers of Populous)
Laugh my ass off (not to be confused with In My Arrogant Opinion)
Mate (English slang for 'friend')
Wassup = What's up? = Is there anything of interest happening at the moment, my good man?
Team Adept, a clan for Populous players (See clans)
Team Havoc, a defunct clan for Populous players (See clans)
Boats and Balloons
The first person into a hut (in the left-most position on the bar) will be the host. So, if you want to be the host, get in there first (or join a hut where the first space is empty) and you will find that there is an extra (brown) button on the bar for that hut. When the hut is full, click on that button to launch the game. No one else can do it, so don't hang around waiting or you will hack everyone off. As a newbie, I would recommend that you join other peoples games to start with, rather than hosting your own, at least until you have figured out what needs to be done.
If you're a newbie, I would recommend that you go for 3-player games to start with. Just about everybody will be better than you at this stage, so any 2-player games you have are likely to be short and brutal. 4-player games will be worse, because they usually work as two teams, 2 vs 2. Because you don't know what you're doing (yet!), you won't be pulling your weight and your partner will have a hard time of it. Your team may well lose therefore and it will be all *your* fault! It's not a good idea, therefore, to pretend that you are better than you are.
The feedback via e-mail function should be working again within the next 2 weeks. We have a new mailbox setup that will be monitored daily, and all feedback will be read. We do not yet know if points status and league position will be available via this e-mail system, it is something we are currently looking into.
Points to remember: If you use a launcher, and use your registered name, your account will still be credited with the points, even if you use a fake rank. If you impersonate someone else, and win, they get the points. If you use a non-registered name, no points will be credited.
Using a launcher is sometimes the only way to get a game:
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Last updated: 28 April 2004