When did official servers get “relatively good reps”? I’ve always heard them referred to and described as cesspits. Are we assuming this is the case because of the presence of admins, or are people really saying this?
Having admins on the “official” servers (as apparently that’s what they are) happened for a reason: to mitigate hacking/trolling/griefing/glitching and preserve some semblance of a consistent and trustworthy playtesting experience. It doesn’t matter if your base is destroyed by punk hackers, or just some random newman who was handed 1000 rockets by an admin and told to “go play”… the effect on playtester experience is the same, isn’t it?
I like to give FP the benefit of the doubt and assume rocket launchers never made it past the dev branch, hell past the internal testing servers, until after they had fired at hundreds of prefab structures thousands of times from dozens of angles. The experimental branch should be about seeing how the changes perform in actual higher-population servers in realistic player-driven situations. I would really hate to think a change made it to an official server if it was still in the “I don’t know man, let’s see what happens” stage.