In warbarons there are different game modes.
Melee is a normal game just for fun.
Ladder games counts towards your ranking on the ladder.
Scenario is a mode that can only be played on maps created for scenario games. A scenario map is a map where the map creator can alter the default values and create triggers. It can be used to create map objectives, quests, historic setups etc.
Speed game mean that for a set period 1:30 - 5:30 from the hosting moment the game will be in speed mode. Speed mode mean thatplayers only have a few minutes to complete a turn. In speed mode you must be prepared to sit by your computer and play until the speed periodis over and the game change to normal turn pacing.
Normal just indicate that it is not a speed game.
1 vs 1
1 vs 1 is a game that starts with just two players against each other without possiblity to form any alliance.
Free for all is a game where more than two players are in the game from the beginning and all players start with status war with each other.Its possible to make a non agression pact during the game but only one player can be the winner at the end.
If you want to play a team game with teams made up of random people you choose melee when hosting a team game.If you select ladder when hosting a team game you and anyone who join the game must be in a team already. In team games all players on the same team do their turn simultanously which mean that a 8 player game can be quite fast.