Roly is already working on a GB community server and it looks like his plan may be to go with Classic Casual. Since I prefer Classic Competitive, I decided I might as well offer my server particularly for the use of my fellow duders. I spent much of the last week fighting with problems a recent beta update brought to the CS:GO servers for a lot of admins, but today's launch update seems to have resolved them. Because of that, I still have a few things I'd like to tweak, but we should generally be good to go here.
As I mentioned, this server is Classic Competitive. It can handle whatever number of players we want, but I'm starting it at 18. We'll adjust up or down, from there. Though smaller numbers of players tends to mean a greater level of skill required, I've also always found it a bit boring. Fine for truly competitive (as in tournament) play, sure, but not for fun. And just because we want Classic Competitive doesn't mean we don't want fun.
The only real differences between Classic Competitive and Classic Casual are:
Competitive: 30 rounds per map. After fifteen rounds, teams swap sides (I've set ours to 20, but will adjust if it feels necessary). You start with slightly less cash, but can carry significantly more. No taser. You must choose to buy a defusing kit. You can buy vests and helmets. Friendly fire is enabled. Player collision is enabled (so that you can't run through each other). Alltalk is disabled (meaning teams can only voice-chat within their own team so they can strategize, though everyone can chat via text.)
Casual: 10 rounds per map. Start with more money, but have a lower maximum amount you can earn. Allows the taser. Everyone gets defusers for free. No vest or helmet. 50% damage. No friendly fire. No player collision (so you can run through each other). Alltalk is enabled, meaning everyone can always hear each other, no matter what.
Note that these are really the ONLY differences between the two modes. Casual does not mean that you run around in silly hats shooting each other with nerf weapons and Competitive does not mean that everyone is super hardcore and super serious and playing in a tournament. In fact, a lot of the competitive servers I've been on recently are pretty silly and fun. Don't let either the words "competitive" or "casual" scare you off from either one. They just offer a different feel of play. I can't tell you which is right for you. Only which is right for me. And for me, that's actually competitive. But mostly because I like having the choices for armor and defuse kits and I like having to be careful not to shoot my team and not being able to just run through each other (I feel it changes the pace of the game so people don't gung-ho-style it for the center of the map with reckless abandon). However, I've been playing a lot of Casual, too, and it's just as damn fun.
I'm sure we'll see plenty of cross-over, too. I definitely plan to be around on both servers and I suspect there will be some cross-over in admin-rights. I don't plan on this server being a home for racist, homophobic, mean-spirited jerks and if we have the volume of community to keep the server active, it should have an admin around most of the time to keep things sane.