I have never been a competitive person. When I play games, including sports, my main purpose is to have fun, not to win. That has always put me at a disadvantage when playing games against more competitive personalities. But I don’t care. Especially in those anonymous online games, I love coming up with weird things I can do to mess with other people, or just create a comical situation in the game. Games are supposed to be fun.
Back in the late 90’s when I was in college, I started a Starcraft clan. We called ourselves the Metal Militia, after an early Metallica song. We had over 50 members. One of the best features of the clan was that we had one of the best clan websites out there. On the website, there were rosters, rules, calendars, map downloads, strategy guides, and more. This article from the original clan website might still be useful today. The concepts are general enough to apply to Starcraft, Starcraft II, or even other games.
This is some of the fun stuff I do in Starcraft games after I get bored. Some of them are more fun against computer opponents because they are stupid. Others are fun to do to totally throw off and confuse human opponents. Remember, Starcraft is a game, and games are for fun, not competition!
Hallucinate enemy workers while they are mining minerals. The enemy workers stop working to attack the hallucinations.
Hallucinate dropships and randomly send them over enemy bases. Build up a huge force of hallucinated dropships to freak out your opponent. Ocassionally mix in some real drops!
Restricted Mineral Patches
Burrow zerglings at expansion resource patches. Make sure you burrow them on the spot where enemies would normally build their command centers. Newbies may not understand what’s going on when they can’t build close to the mineral patch!
Only make cannons and drones throughout the game. Expand all over the place and build cannons everywhere with surplus minerals. This won’t win you any games but it can be fun. If you start getting too many minerals, then you can build up an army really fast and attack (build like 10 gateways).
Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Put a marine behind every tree and make sure they hold position. This can be very fun on maps with lots of trees, like Sherwood Forest. You can destroy entire expansions with a handful of marines hiding behind trees.
Call the Wild
Build lots of Dark Archons and mind control as many critters as you can. Then make your critters patrol the entrance to your base!
Build sunken colonies and spore colonies throughout the map. Try to cover the entire map with zerg creep.
Keep building tanks til you reach your supply limit, then send them all into your opponents base at once. Don’t siege them, because that spoils the fun and slows you down.
Million Man March
Make as many of the same unit as possible and flood them into your opponents base. I like using zerglings because you can make up to 400 of them in a game!
Fun With File Saving
During a game with human players, save the game with creative filenames. Try saving as “Private Ryan”, “Myself from the Zerg”, or “Virus to Hard Disk”. Be creative. All the players in the game will see messages pop up on their screens like “Saving Virus to Hard Disk”.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Only build workers throughout the game and mine as fast as you can at as many mineral patches as you can. When you want some action, try sending 50 workers to your opponents base to steal gas and minerals. Maybe you can even park a command center inside an enemy base and use 50 workers to mine, attack, and repair your center as it gets attacked.
Follow the Leader
At the beginning of games against the computer, send a worker to a computer base, attack one of their workers once, then run away. The computer doesn’t know better and it’ll send all of the computer workers to follow your worker that attacked them. Lead the computer workers all over the map. It’s fun.
Make lots of science vessels (or any flying unit for that matter) and make them follow each other in a chain. Then send out your chain all over the map.
Build about 10 nuclear silos on any money map, then sprinkle the map with nukes. Be wasteful and unpredictable with your nukes. Nuke spots for no reason sometimes. Make your opponent think you’re psycho. Maybe you can even get your teammate to say “Stop!” to make the enemy think you’ve turned on your teammate. Just keep it clean and don’t actually nuke your teammate!