The plugin that prevents VAC banned players from joining the server has been updated. With this update I can now permit players with old VAC bans (in other games) to join. As a result players with a VAC ban older than 6 years can now join the server.
On suggestion from hEATZ, map nominations are now possible. Since the map pool is kind of large now, I also think that nominations will be useful. So the corresponding plugin got added.
A new map has been added to the rats maps server. The name of the map is de_bedbugs_csgo. It's a quite old map ported from CS:S to CS:GO. But don't get fooled by the first view. The map may don't look that good and is quite big, but I've played the map back in the CS:S days and I remember to have had some nice play sessions. So give the map a chance, before you rock the vote.
The popular map de_rats_1337 got updated to de_rats_1337_v2. SkyDusH, the creator of the map, added a few nice things. For details on what got changed see the workshop page of the new version.
Also the map pool got changed. I removed de_attic_rats again. Because this map is way too big for the normal rats style game play.
The tick rate of the rats maps server is now 102.4 ticks. From my observations the server can handle this tick rate. Unfortunately 128 ticks are not within the bounds of possibility. This might get different some day, if a server hardware upgrade is viable.
Two rats maps were added to the map pool. de_attic_rats and pro_rats_go. These maps aren't new and I was a long time unsure if they are good enough or not. But since there is the map vote system, this shouldn't be a real problem.
The website also got updated for working well on smart phones and tables. This change is about time, because quite a few visitors were using these devices.
And last but not least: Since there was already some demand for an opportunity to support the rats maps server, a donate button got added to the website. See the donate page for more details, including all costs of the server.
The rats maps server is now running all maps from the Steam workshop. This has useful advantages, like easier map download and automatic updates. If you want to be prepared, you can download all maps from the Rats Maps Server Collection by clicking "Subscribe to all". Since this change can also cause trouble, please report problems to an admin if you think your problem is unknown.
Also there is a new map, it's de_rats_brb. A really good looking and well done rats map. For more information about the map you can visit the de_rats_brb workshop page. Have much fun with the map and maybe leave a nice comment to the creator on the maps workshop page.
I removed the knife plugin from the rats maps server. This was requested by the CS:GO developers. They requested this by an email to the csgo_server mailing list. Here is an online copy of that email, in case you want to read it yourself.
Within the next hours there will be a short downtime of the complete server. Our ISP has to install an important software update. I'm sorry if that downtime happens while you are playing.
Update: The software update is done.
As announced I moved all servers to a new server machine with a new IP. Some small things still cause trouble, like the Mumble live view. But all servers run fine. So here the most important info for you, the new rats server IP: 22.214.171.124:27015. If you like not to get bothered again with the next IP change, you can add the server to your favorites list with our domain: csgo1.li-ga.eu:27015.
Update Fri 10th April 2015
I learn today that the Steam favorites list don't care about domains (anymore?). So never mind what I wrote about adding the server with our domain.
Within the next few days I will move all servers to a new server machine with a new IP. So be ready for adding the new IP to your favorites list and that there could be a downtime. Especially things that rely on the domain li-ga.eu might be longer unavailable, due to DNS caching which can last up to 24 hours.
The map de_rats_enno_livingroom has been added to the rats server map pool. The map has been created by enno, one of our regular players. So have fun with his map on our server.
As you may have notice, some minor changes to the website has been made in the past few days. These changes are the live views of our servers and some links to quick access related things.
The map de_rats_workshop has been removed from the rats server map pool. This happened because this map was the most unpopular rats map on the server.
The website is launched. At the moment with information about the servers and a few useful links to them. The site will hopefully be expanded soon. Things such as the forums and more dynamic content are planned.