honestly, the best advice i can give is to not even bother
i too took a very long break from outcast, and just this week went back to see if i could get back into it. every server ive been to in the last couple days has been filled with lemmings, and people that just ruin the game in general.
the type of people that accept your duel, then red DFA you while you are bowing. or come up onto a platform while you are spectating a battle, and force push you off, or saber you.
its not a problem with the game. its a problem with the quality of players that now over run the game. you are nothing to them but a better score.
its sickening, revolting, and i think all adminless servers should be closed while not attended. this kind of garbage makes me want to puke