Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is a real-time strategy (RTS) game released in 2007. It is also the last good RTS, and potentially game, ever.
Despite this most gamers — not realizing gaming reached a pinnacle in 2007 and has since descended into a mess of RPGification, Loot Boxes and bloom over-use — have moved on to other games and more importantly other genres1.
One need only look at the modern-game design horrors unleashed on the Dawn of War genre to see the decline of RTS and gaming generally more clearly. From the high-point of Dawn of War: Winter Assault in 2005 to the best-forgotten mess of Dawn of War III in 2017 everything has been ruined irrevocably. Nothing is good anymore, food doesn't taste the same, music isn't what it was2. I'm not getting old, things are getting worse. I'm still cool and relevant!
Few things in gaming quite match the state of stressed, overwhelmed, misery induced by Forged Alliance. Thankfully the Forged Alliance Forever (FAF) project has continued to develop Forged Alliance, providing graphical updates, balance changes, matchmaking, performance improvements, new maps and more.
Because gamers have departed from the True Path matchmaking generally takes a while. A small active user-base means that depending on the time of day and day of week you can be waiting anywhere from 10 minutes to over an hour for a lobby (the pre-game matchmaking bit) to fill.
It is generally necessary to be ready to balance and start the lobby within a few minutes of it filling. If there's too much of a delay everyone will leave again and the waiting time will have been wasted.
Which brings me to the justification for my project, FAF Lobby Sim. While the lobby is running on my desktop I don't want to have to sit checking it every few minutes. It would be good to be able to do other things elsewhere while having a way to check on the occupancy status.