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VP4 on Steam Beta Testing begins.
Friday Night 9ball tourney
However Ive made a couple of changes to mention.
It is now winner breaks.
The match goals have been adjusted slightly as have the handicaps.
The major change is that this tourney is now an established rating tourney.
This means than in order to be elligible to play in it you must already have played in total at least 24 9ball matches,this includes in challenge rooms and match rooms.
Anyone who tries to enter the tourney and does not meet the criteria will be prevented from participating till they have met the requirements.
The established rating means that now anyone who plays in the tourney,it will be their own 9ball tourney rating that they have established that will determine handicapping. So there wont be any unfair ratings.
Virtual Pool 4 on Steam
Virtual Pool 4 has been greenlighted on steam.
Right now that means that Steve Chaplin is in the middle of a lot of background work in setting the game up and availablilty will be soon.
There is intended to be one significant change on just what kind of package that VP4 will consist of.
Without divulging any information....it should be a more suitable setup especially for any new Steam purchasers of VP4.
VIRTUAL POOL 4 ONLINE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
A Free Online Pool Game with an Event-Oriented Social Network
Celeris has released Virtual Pool 4 Online, a free 3D online pool game
and an event-oriented social network with tournaments, ladders, a
calendar of events, and a pool lobby where you can chat with your
friends. The gaming platform lets you play 28 games including 8-Ball,
9-Ball, Snooker, Billiards, and Pub Pool.
The games let players compete in tournaments or play with friends.
Tournaments run continuously, and include single- and double-elimination
formats. To ensure a high level of competition for all players from
novice to champion, some tournaments are restricted to players of a
certain skill rating, and others have handicapping.
The Virtual Pool 4 Online website is a social network that keeps players
connected with friends and events. In addition to player profiles,
friends lists, tournament sign-ups, a calendar of upcoming events,
rankings, and statistics information, players can also view tournament
brackets and real-time match scores. Players can find friends and enter
their pool rooms with a single click. Players can even upload great
shots to share with other players.
Virtual Pool 4 Online's lobby is the main meeting and chatting place for
players. It's easy to find opponents there, or just hang out and enjoy
the conversations with other pool enthusiasts. It's simple to set up a
private chat and hold a personal conversation. Players can create Match
or Challenge rooms and optionally password protect them to make them
private. In Match rooms, players can play any game, to any score, on any
table, in any venue, with players chosen by the game master. There is
even team play. Challenge rooms are "King of the Hill" events in which
the winner stays on, and other players queue to try to beat the king.
At no cost, players have unlimited access to 8-Ball, 9-Ball, and 6-Ball
on a bar pool table. Players can upgrade to Premium service for an
annual $9.95(US) purchase of V$ 1000 of virtual currency that can be
used to enter tournaments. Top tournament finishers win virtual currency
prizes. Players can also use virtual currency to buy break cues, jump
cues, after-market playing shafts that lower cue deflection and make
shooting more accurate, and fancy cues with ivory and precious stone
Players can enjoy Virtual Pool 4 Online on any modern Windows computer.
For more information, or to start playing immediately, visit
GET V$ for VP4 Referral's
Celeris announces a player referral award program that awards V$300 for premium player referrals. When new players sign up they enter your player name in the Referring Playername field. If that player signs up as a premium player, you get V$300. If they sign up as player gratis and they later upgrade to premium, you get V$300.
So round-up all your friends, neighbors, pub buddies and whoever else you can get to join the Virtual Pool 4 Online community. Give this link to prospective VP4 Online players:
Help us grow and get rewarded for your effort!
Virtual Pool 4 Online Promo vid
Teamspeak set up guide
Make sure you download ONE of the two top download links on that page.One is forwin 32bit and the other is 64bit version.
The password is guitar12( all lower case letters)
Should you need remote assistance installing VP4 or with any other issues,we may be able to help you using
TEAMVIEWER,you can download this programme from here
Steve Chaplin's Guide to VP4 Online
Each tutorial video is below to help you out.
VP4 Online Registration and Installation
VP4 Online Login and Lobby
Player Gratis Introduction
VP4 Online Basic Controls for Game Play
VP4 Online Website Introduction and My Profile Page
VP4 Online Calendar of Events
VP4 Online Playing Tournaments
VP4 Online Playing Ladders
VP4 Online Website Other Pages
9ball's guide for VP Online *newbies(politically correct term)
You might be a first time visitor to the series and think that online will be a piece of cake anyway.....what is there to worry about?
No matter who you are,things are about to change in your Virtual Pool world soon enough.
Just as in real life Pool,Billiards or Snooker,everyone has a different level of skills and Virtual pool 4 will be no different.
If you play in your local pub or bar or Billiard hall you will soon get to know the hustlers out there and the whose who of the best players around.
However your thinking I dont want to get my arse handed to me time and time again from these players.
So what can you do?
Again just as in real life and in no matter what game you play,there is a learning curve that we all had to go through and you will certainly need to learn all the different shots that will give you an armoury that you can fall back on when your playing online matches with friends or opponents perhaps in online tourneys.
Where do you start.?
The Virtual Pool offline version has a very good tutorial for all newbies to the game and Steve Daking will guide you through all the different types of shots you will need in order to improve your level of play and be competative.
Will you just be a banger or a player?
What do I mean by that?.Well what I mean is that I have seen many players play pool or snooker online over the years and they never plan ahead,this is your basic fundamental part of every game will you will ever play in Virtual Pool.You MUST always be thinking about your next shot and about where you want to put the cueball.Simply banging balls into pockets can be fun,but you keep losing.
Think about your next shot and plan your route ahead and visualise.
Try and SEE the shot your attempting to play before you need to play it.
OK that sounds fine but you cannot put the cue ball where you want it if your not in full control of the cueball.Its like a car in the sense that its only as good as the driver.
The cueball will be under your full control,once you have learned the mastery of English(or side),topsin,backspin(draw)etc.
The cue ball is like a dart board or a clock face and depending on where you put the cue tip on the face of that ball will determine the type of reaction that you will get from the cueball when you play that shot.
I cannot stress enough the importance of cueball control because thats what the difference is between them and us....the guys that run the table or make the big breaks all the time have all the basics taken care of,they are in full control of what they are doing and can get the cueball to go where they want with pinpoint accuracy..
You wont come to Virtual Pool 4 online and be an overnight sensation if your a noob,you will have to pay your dues and you will have to learn the hard way and you will get beaten frequently and heavily most likely,BUT you must not be discouraged
Some people say its best to stick with players of your own similar abilities to get more fun out of playing online.I would disagree with that statement.
In order to improve your game you should deliberatley make an effort to get to play the better players around as you can learn an awful lot from watching them play every shot.
To get the best out of Virtual Pool 4 its best to start at the bottom and work your way up in all facets of the game.The longer you play it the more you will learn and the better you will become but that takes patience and lots of it.
Right here is my Newbies guide to VP4 online.
1.Start off by making sure you have your mouse set up correctly.This is the very basic and first thing you MUST do to aid you in your control of shots in the game.Try lowering the sensitivity or raising it and playing a few shots with those different settings.The more in tune you are with your mouse sensitivity settings,the better in control of shot power and weight you will have.What you are trying to acheive is a FEEL for every shot you will ever play in the game.You will be a much better player straight away simply by doing this right at the start.
2.Virtual Pool 4 is a 3D Billiard simulator and the game allows you to study the table from every angle....so do it.Take your time to look around the table and the lie of the balls while your opponent is shooting and especially when its your turn to shoot.You will have a much better idea of what shot your needing to play for your next ball.
3.Think.........If theres not a shot on for you,then how can you make your opponents next shot as difficult as possible.This is a part of the game that many players dont use at all.
Dont shoot without having thought of the consequences for you or your opponent.
Safety play is one of the biggest weapons in your arsenal and must be used in good measure and at just the right times during play.You will win many games by simply having thought out a good safety shot and giving your opponent lots to think about themselves and benefitting from the mistakes they make trying to negotiate their way out of the tricky situation that you put them in.
Percentage play can win the day time and time again.You can be brave and go for all your shots and on very rare occasions it might work for you on the day,but its very likely that you will be paying a heavy price from not having thought your shot through.
4.Challenge to improve yourself.
You wont get better at the game by just playing the same people online all the time,so if you like to shoot 8ball or 9ball the best way to meet up with different skill levels of players is by joining a Challenge lobby or a winner stays on table.
Simply by playing in these types of room you will be playing one rack at a time and against different players all waiting to knock you off the table.
There will be online tournanents in Virtual Pool 4.
The tournaments will mostly be handicapped as in many real life tournaments in the public or amatuer game
Again you will get to play differing levels of ability but this time in a tournament style either by straight one loss and your out or more likely in a double elimination style where you get two chances in each tournament.The handicapping system means that depending on your ability or rating for a particular game type you will benefit by getting perhaps a one or two rack start on your opponent or vice versa.
This makes tournament play a lot more fun for all,especially those of us who might not be to the standard of many others in the same event and it gives you a head start .It also means that the better player who is handicapped has to focus more in order to win through.
Its and old cliche used in many sports...."It's only a game"
Virtual Pool 4 has been a long time coming and its the chance for the Virtual Pool commmunity small though it is at present to grow and grow.
We are going to have a proper home to go to when playing online and its our own Virtual Pool server especially for us.
Its up to all of us who choose to play online to be part of that community by taking part in it and having fun.
its also up to those regular Virtual Pool players to welcome the hopefuly many new players to online and to what is still the best Billiard simulation out there
Virtual Pool 4 Online is coming soon....are you ready for it?
Will you be a banger or a player?
Now is the time to prepare and get your practice in for when it comes.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.