Hello everyone, I'm a new player and just signed up!
As I've never done this any words of wisdom or advice would be great as I get started. Also if anyone would like to play just shoot me a message and I'm there.
Openra offers variety of gameplay.
You have different mods to boot with; TD, RA, D2k
If you focus on the most popular (Red Alert) you end up with 3 different online experiences:
*1V1 : You are alone to face another player and let the best take the game. A competitive player base exist and is always looking to welcome and help newcomers. The community uses discord as platform to communicate. You have the official server but also the openra academy server which is exclusively designed to teach the game and help to progress in the 1V1 environment. Don't be afraid to check those out. The 1V1 scene is the only one to have a permanent league RAGL and regular tournaments.
*teamgames : you play with other players vs another team ( 2v2 to 6v6 or even ffa). Sadly there is few "organised" teamgames so far. So just look at a lobby with slot available, join, pick a team and go. This is a more casual environment but as it is public and not regulated you can face the best behaviours and the worst trolls. In the overhaul, you will meet more nice people but always remember to say that you are a newcomer so people don't get mad at you for losing the game.
*Custom maps : You can find all sort of minigames with different gamaplays and objectives. be sure to alwais check the readme in the lobby or asking the right question to understand what to do.
I hope you'll find what you seek.
Once again, Welcome
To add to what Whocares said, here are two quick and excellent ways to get involved with the community and to get better at the game should you so desire:
This is the discord where there is very active discussion happening about everything from tournaments to mods to memes : https://discordapp.com/invite/FTySxfm
And this is another discord to the 'academy', a place where you can go to systematically improve your 1v1 skills and get the help of some of the best players doing so: https://discord.gg/C2CadJT