To watch a replay
Download the replay from GameReplays and save it to the following folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Docmuents\My Games\Company of Heroes\playback (where 'USERNAME' is the name corresponding to the user login on your computer).
Launch CoH and then go to Skirmish -> Recordings, and select the replay file you just saved.
To upload a replay
Click on the "Upload" link in the replay system menu, browse to your replays directory (C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Docmuents\My Games\Company of Heroes\playback,where 'USERNAME' is the name corresponding to the user login on your computer), and select the file you wish to upload.
Fill in all of the necessary information, and hit submit.
To save a replay from a game you just played
CoH automatically saves the game you have just played.
It asks you if you want to save your replays after each game by pressing Save Replay.
If you want to organize your replays yourself, you can still do that. CoH records the game and stores it locally, making a file called 'temp', and it puts that file in the following folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Docmuents\My Games\Company of Heroes\playback
It only uses 'temp' as a file name, which means it replaces the replay with the latest you get, once you play a new game. So in order to save your replays, you have to go in and change the file name or move the file.
To make it easy to get to the folder once you have found it, we suggest making a shortcut to it, and place it on your desktop or something so you can access it quickly and easily.
You can adjust the speed at which you view a CoH replay. There is also a speed info box in the lower right corner where you can adjust the speed with your mouse.
Currently, you cannot jump forward in the game, only speed it up.
Keep in mind that you can speed up and slow the game down when needed, and you can pause it at all times, using the 'Pause/Break' key on your keyboard.
You can switch perspective when watching. By default, the perspective is the 'Poster', showing you the posters view.
By clicking on the drop-down menu in the lower right corner where it says '[Poster's name]', you can select any other player in the game, thereby seeing things solely from their perspective, meaning you are limited by fog of war , just as the player would be.
In addition to this, when selecting the perspective of a player, you can see their income.
You can turn off the fog of war by pressing the FoW buttom.
Watching replays, and not just seeing them, is a bit of an art, and it is something you will get better at as you improve at the game as well.
Find out what you need to look out for. Watch the timer for comparisons.
The main list of replays is broken down into two categories: Member Replays, and Popular Member Replays.
The Member Replays list is where all newly submitted replays go, the Popular Member Replays list is where replays are moved to once they receive enough wubs (this number varies from game to game).
The purpose of this is to make it easy to find replays that are worth watching. An active game section can have a deluge of replays posted each day, and it can often be challenging to find replays that are worthwhile. The popular list acts as a filter for the better replays.
Wubbing (love -> luv -> wuv -> wub) is how you determine popularity. If you like a replay, simply wub it, and your vote will get counted towards its popularity.
This is where ALL of the replays are located. Everything is in here, and split between Member Replays and Popular Member Replays. Any time you want to go back to the main replay list, just click this link in the menu.
The Popular Member Replays list is sorted by date of popularity. That is, the replays which just became popular start at the top, with the oldest popular replays at the bottom.
The Member Replays list is sorted differently. It's sorted by whatever the last action was: wubbed, submitted, or replied to. A newly submitted replay will always start at the top, but if an older replay is wubbed or replied to, it will be "bumped" back to the top.
This is where you upload replays. Simply follow the instructions and you'll be all set.
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame is where you can find the very best replays. These are replays that were voted in by the community, and they represent some of the most skillful and entertaining replays around.
This list is sorted by Last Post, which makes the list behave more like a forum. The discussion-friendly nature of this list makes it easy to see what replays people are currently interested in discussing.
Note that the Hall of Fame replays are still accessible from the All Replays list.
eSports Replays (coming soon)
This page lists all replays from major events & tournaments. The list can be filtered by each event, allowing you to quickly find replays from the major gaming events that GameReplays covers.
This list is sorted by event, with the newest events at the top.
Note that the eSports replays are still accessible from the All Replays list.
The expert replays list makes it easy to find the replays from GameReplays members who are designated to be experts by the community and staff.
This list is sorted by Last Post, and the replays are also accessible from the All Replays list.
Shoutcasts (coming soon)
The shoutcasts list is a list of shoutcasts, rather than replays. Clicking on one will bring you to the shoutcast page of the associated replay. It's a convenient way to see which replays have received shoutcasts.
This list is sorted from newest to oldest.
Search (coming soon)
The search link provides access to a power search engine that makes it easy to find any specific combination of information you want. Search for any replays on a certain map, all the way down to a specific matchup between specific players on a specific map at a specific date....well, you get the idea. The possibilities are endless.
My Stuff makes it easy to keep track of your activity and contributions to the replay system. You can easily find your own replays, see your reviews and how much feedback they have, and find your comments.
Hall of Fame replays are automatically nominated once they receive a certain number of wubs (this 4x the number needed to become popular), and are then voted on by the community in a week-long poll.
If after one week 70% of the votes are in favor of the replay being added to the Hall of Fame, then the replay will be updated with Hall of Fame status, and the poll will be closed.
We will play with the numbers until we reach a target of roughly 1% of all replays making it into the Hall of Fame.
Some sections don't use the Hall of Fame format however. Please check out the Silver and Gold Replay FAQ questions for a answer on those.
A few sections on GameReplays use the Silver Replay category.
Silver Replays are replays that are entertaining and show a fun match. The match does not have to be on a pro level and mistakes are allowed to be made. It is all about having a fun and intense game to watch. Silver replays can also contain new build orders or strategies.
Only Replay Reviewers can promote a replay to Silver. Make sure to apply for a Replay Reviewer position if you have interest in this power as well.
A few sections on GameReplays use the Gold Replay category. The Gold Replay category replaces the Hall of Fame.
Gold Replays are replays that are really entertaining and show a very fun match. The match does not have to be on a pro level and mistakes are allowed to be made. It is all about having a really fun and intense game to observe. This is also the place for outstanding new strategies and wtf-moments.
Note that Gold Replays do not have to be perfect. It is all about entertainment value.
Only Replay Reviewers can promote a replay to Silver. From here he can request a staff vote to make a replay Gold. Each section staff will decide if a replay is gold worthy. We will look at changing this system into a community vote later.