So apparently I haven't been keeping up with Sauerbraten well enough lately. If I had, I'd have noticed that the game has picked up a Capture The Flag mode since I last checked.
I don't know what this means, if anything, to most of you, but it's a big deal to me. To this day, CTF is probably my favorite gameplay mode in multiplayer shooters. Sure, other modes are fun, but something about the frantic pace of a good CTF match just gets me every time.
Apparently there are other people who feel the same way. Everytime I log on to Sauerbraten lately, there is at least one CTF match going. Usually there are a few. People seem to be big on Instagib CTF, which can be fun sometimes, but it can also get absolutely insane if you have more than 4 players per side.
Of course, CTF isn't the only thing new to this release of Sauerbraten. There are the requisite new maps, a new player model, new graphical effects, and new single player campaigns. I have to admit though, single player Sauerbraten has never been my thing: too much "walk into a room and instantly see your screen flashing red as you're attacked by monsters on all sides" for my tastes.
This Sauerbraten release is definitely worth your time. One of the only things I think this game could really use at this point are real, honest-to-goodness bots. Human opponents are fun, but they're not always available. I know bots would be tough to implement, but I've still got my fingers crossed that some day I'll see them.