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    How Do Other Co-ops Handle Reserving Tasks?

    Hi, just hoping for some information on how other coops handle reserving tasks? Do you reserve only one? Have a huge complicated system? Any help or feedback would be appreciated.

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    Member Firenze's Avatar
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    Hey there!

    Check out these threads for some discussion on reservations here and here.

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    Thanks for the links Firenze I often heard this asked but didn't understand it until now, thanks

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    I’ve tried it thru the inbox with a team of 20-25 co leaders. It didn’t work well, people didn’t check regularly enough and never knew if a reservation was current or elapsed.

    In a team of under 10 or so, normal chat is sufficient to mention you’re prepping something, imho, particularly if people are generous about bumping any request about to drop off the chat screen. Formal claims are still tricky, even with so few. Takes a close team to not get in a snit if someone has an accident.

    Plus there’s the thing about not clogging up the board with requested tasks ages in advance, leaving less room for unclaimed ones. That can be paralysing. All in all, you always have to take a risk when doing long prep unless you claim 12 hours in advance, so I haven’t yet seen it work well.

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    Our co-op runs 13 to 15 members. Mining, heli order and HOL tasks are first come first served. All other tasks may be reserved. We use co-op chat to reserve tasks, following this format:
    ***** feed animals 133 points
    The 5 asterisks makes the reservation easier to see when scrolling thru chat.
    We allow one task to be reserved at a time. Reserving crop, factory and ship tasks allows members to prep in advance. Some members reserve a task because it makes sense for them to start before going to sleep.

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    Reservations in in-game chat, no reservations beyond 2 hours duration as chat flies by fast and keeping check becomes more of a pain and risk of accident increases, as we found out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmonia View Post
    Our co-op runs 13 to 15 members. Mining, heli order and HOL tasks are first come first served. All other tasks may be reserved. We use co-op chat to reserve tasks, following this format:
    ***** feed animals 133 points
    The 5 asterisks makes the reservation easier to see when scrolling thru chat.
    We allow one task to be reserved at a time. Reserving crop, factory and ship tasks allows members to prep in advance. Some members reserve a task because it makes sense for them to start before going to sleep.
    Our co-op runs in a similar way, and is also about the same size. Feed & zoo are also first come first served. We tried co-op chat but things kept getting lost/members not always looking out, even changing our town names proved difficult, especially when trying to communicate in more than one language, so we use the in-game message system & on the whole it works well.

    We usually only reserve tasks 2 hrs ahead, unless someone wants a specific crop task. We rarely have more than one task reserved at a time, and with the mystery tasks being snapped up, reserving tasks is actually quite a rare occurrence now. Yes, there have been times when reserved tasks have been taken by someone else, but we haven't suffered any hissy fits. It's just a case of move on and find another task.

    It would be made easier, if the devs allowed us to communicate more easily and/or gave us the ability to flag designated tasks.

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    Pink, what in-game message system are you talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starshine View Post
    Pink, what in-game message system are you talking about?
    The messages that the leader & co-leaders can send out. If someone below co-leader wants to reserve a task, they can request it in chat, & someone can send a message out on their behalf. I was a bit worried at first that everyone, especially non-racers, would get bombarded with messages, but thankfully that hasn't been the case.

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    We use chat with five icons the request so we can spot easier with scrolling. We also tag it onto our town sign so it shows up in chat with every post. We allow 2 reservations since sometimes that makes sense such as tree task and table task. Or sometimes I reserve a short then long term task. Takes some tweaking to fit your co-op. Greylady gave us the hint on using the town sign.

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