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  1. "Ammo FOBs" Promote Unhealthy Gameplay

    Logistics are already important. You literally can't do anything without em except drop one supply crate with enough supplies for one LAT via a concerted effort of three people for a period of time at least 400m from another FOB (a situation that's quite rare on pub servers, but I suppose does arise in more organized play). Removing that "exploit" will do very little because most people don't use it anyway, and those that do are generally wandering in the middle of nowhere (because most contested flags should already have a major FOB nearby, thereby preventing the FOB trick).
  2. See my response on previous page. INS/MIL don't need to be sneaky, they simply shouldn't rely on unscoped AKs, those are weapons for support classes that shouldn't be doing that much fighting. There is nothing "sneaky" about relying on explosives as your primary killers. Inside of 200 yards, I'll take an RPG over a scoped M4 every time - as long as you learn the correct adjustments for rocket drop, it's far more deadly. Also, INS HAB is already 350 points I believe whereas US HAB is 500. It's a noticeable advantage. Reducing the ticket cost of INS radios to say 10 would be interesting tho, because they can benefit from aggressive FOB building (360 degree HMG placements, SPGs, ammo crates for mines and RPGs, etc.).
  3. Do mortars suck?

    Well at least the mortar spam is dying down, I think people caught on to the fact that those things are largely useless unless you need to shell an enemy FOB/HAB in the open that you can't take down in another way and you have someone correcting your fire (in other words, a rare case). Mortars are fun but until the blast radius is improved they're very niche weapons.
  4. Meh. Optics and red dots are better than irons, yes. M4s are currently far better than AKMs, yes. So what? It affects the match relatively little. The main killing weapon for INS and MIL should be the RPG, they get two frag rounds for chrissakes. And Militia get an UBGL on top of it. Even Russians get a scoped MG, even though their irons are worse. The answer to enemy heavy vehicles as INS/MIL is to hide mines on every road. IEDs are an excellent tool to destroy FOBs, if a Scout gets 5 seconds at your FOB it's gone. Raider class gets 4 grenades (2 of them instant-action) and the excellent PPSH. Etc. Unscoped AKs are basically weapons for team leaders and medics, who shouldn't be doing the bulk of the fighting. US is indeed stronger on some maps, but this is more due to heavier vehicles than anything else, and the fact that INS teams tend to be less organized (jihad roleplay FTW).
  5. INS vs Militia would be less interesting than other matchups since both factions are mostly mirrored, but would indeed be kinda-realistic and add welcome variety to gameplay.
  6. Are you a good shot?

    THANK YOU! This should be included in all the manuals. Changing these settings worked miracles for my shooting ability. The second part of it was changing tactics to being a lot smarter and sneakier. Overall, I went from 3-4 kills a game to 5-10.

    Shhh... we don't want the Minecraft crowd to catch on to this and start wasting even MORE points on Oil Barrels and Mortar Shelters, now do we?

    Yes, that would be nice, and encourage teamplay.

    Oh, I can't wait to have 80 pub players building giant useless FOBs and misplacing assets! [/sacrasm] Half the time, FOB building is a problem even now, with SL wasting tons of points and time on useless fortifications that fail to hinder the attackers substantially (especially now that they're destructible), building up FOBs away from contested objectives, or sitting at first flag enthusiastically mortaring some random area half a click away from nearest enemy. Yesterday, after looking at some FOBs, I seriously started to contemplate if there is some overlap between Squad community and Minecraft/city builder simulator fanbase. I can't even imagine how cancerous it would become if regular players were allowed to play with assets. EDIT: I see Zylfax beat me to it EDIT2: "Rifleman should be able to create their own sandbags and drag them around. They should have several sandbags in their equipment. " ^This would lead to every bridge/chokepoint on every map being barricaded in short order, to stop enemy vehicles. Can't wait to be barricaded at Main by two bored riflemen.
  10. Make some changes to Invasion?

    Yeah that re-cappable thing is also true on Chora Invasion. That's the map I was talking about earlier. Against a semi-competent INS team, US is totally screwed there. Not only do they lose due to mercy bleed if they fail to rush Mosque (which the insurgents can get to slightly faster than US), US also has to hold Mosque while attacking the next flag. Flags should be un-recappable there. I think the longest I've seen the US team hold out was maybe 10 minutes.
  11. Well, let me put it this way. Squad is a game primarily about in-squad cooperation and teamwork, right? Working in close connection with other people? Then why the heck is forming long-term connections nearly impossible for pub players? You form bonds with 1-2 players for the duration of match, maybe a few matches on the same server, and then they're gone more or less forever. IRL, cooperation in military units is achieved through long-term training and experience, not by throwing random people together every half an hour and expecting them to act as a team. For example, in WoT you entered company matches as a "squad" of 10 people. SL would start the squad and send invites to people he knows (he could see if they're online). Many of them would be playing together for months or even years. Squad could also be unlocked so pub players could enter and talk, proving they're competent. You could even check people's stats ingame and see if they are good. Heck, I briefly logged into WoT two years after leaving it, and immediately a players asked me if I want to restart the old team. And, once again, this isn't clan matches. This is teams formed from pub players using in-game tools. This is what Squad should strive for. Now, obviously, Squad operates under different server rules than WoT, but there are still numerous improvements that can be done: 1. Invite friends who are in-game onto your server/team 2. In addition to locked and unlocked Squads, make a setting for "friends only", and/or "friends preferred" (similar to how claimed vehicles work) 3. Possibly have a system where squads can be assembled in the "lobby", then enter the servers as a full squad. Maybe have servers that can only host 60 players and then have 20 slots reserved for full squads entering, or something to that effect 4. Create a separate ingame chat for your friends ingame (yes this can be done on Steam or Skype or something, I'm talking something intuitive that will operate ingame) 5. Keep Squads permanent between matches on the same server, i.e. as long as people didn't leave the server, they would start the next game in the same Squad as last match I'm sure there are dozens of ways to do this, some probably a lot better than I could come up with. The point is, Squad could be so much more if you knew the people you were playing with - it's a game about teamwork, after all. Other games do it in a variety of ways, why not Squad?
  12. Subj, basically. Currently, my biggest regret in Squad is inability to keep lasting connections with good players. I don't want to join or form a clan, but it would be nice to have a "Friend List" and connect with them somehow. At the very least, have special symbols on scoreboard next to people you have previously marked as "Friend" and who confirmed it. Maybe have an option to invite people onto your server from inside the game, or even pre-assemble squads before joining a server (although that would be problematic for full servers). Yes, I know similar things can be kinda-maybe-sometimes done via Steam or external communication services, but a game primarily centered on communication and teamplay would be much better off if players could organize without having to jump through hoops. To give an example, World of Tanks is much more casual than Squad, but back in the day I was able to build up a core of "Friends" to play company games together using the game's social interaction mechanics, and we knew each other pretty well in-game. Heck, even the Wargame series allows you to keep a friend list and invite people to play with you, resulting in lasting in-game connections. Even the global game chat, even though it mostly consisted equal part of inane game mechanics arguments and trolling, was often useful to invite people to server, ask something quickly, or kill a few minutes. https://www.reddit.com/r/wargame/comments/4u8q3t/why_dose_warchat_seem_so_cancerous_at_times/ So, thoughts? Do you guys also think the lack of long-term player interaction in Squad is a huge issue, or am I the only one? What specific mechanisms can you propose to improve lasting social interactions of players ingame?
  13. Make some changes to Invasion?

    I would say that the change actually needed is remove the "mercy bleed" from Invasion gamemode, some maps clearly weren't designed with it in mind. Currently on some maps (the one where the first cap is mosque... forgot name) it's actually easier for defenders than attackers to get to the first neutral flag. And if they hold it for literally 3 minutes, it's more or less game over for attackers.
  14. Allow IED place on player/suicide vest

    AFAIK devs said they won't add large VBIEDs because of feels (cue the meme pictures here). Which is unfortunate, both because large VBIEDs would be awesome to play, and because they're a huge deal in modern battlefield. During the siege of Mosul, according to insurgent stats, they knocked out 22 Abrams MBTs with VBIEDs, making VBIED the biggest tank killer on the battlefield (closely seconded by ATGMs with 20 MBT kills). You know how many Abrams were destroyed by all manner of RPGs? 3 (three).
  15. AK74 recoil

    Except both 5.56 and 5.45 tend to tumble and deviate hugely if they hit anything at all on their way, making them a lot less useful when firing through underbrush, fences, walls, vehicles, and particularly thick sheets of cardboard. This is the primary reason some people prefer 7.62 for forested or urban terrain. Yes the low-caliber high-velocity rounds have good penetration on paper, but what the paper doesn't tell you is that they tend to veer way off course immediately after "penetrating" whatever twig they happened to graze. Russians partially tried to fix this issue with 7N6 bullet but it didn't really work that well and also the bullet no longer tumbled quite as much in human bodies, so I think they switched yet again. Now, you would be completely right if you said that bullet deviation has nothing to do with damage falloff. However, since bullet deviation when shooting though wheat / leaves isn't adequately modeled in the game, one can perhaps model it though greater damage falloff or lower penetration.
  16. Locked squads Good Idea or bad idea?

    I will generally echo your sentiment. Even though I'll say that on a lot of pub servers assets are still used poorly (you inevitably get a mortar squad that enthusiastically shells some random zip codes, generally getting 8-10 kills between them while also hogging a logi, etc), at least now the SLs who misuse assets are only removing 2-4 people from the fight for objectives, as opposed to 9.
  17. Yeah, I use Steam options, but that doesn't solve the problem. Or rather, doesn't solve it as well as I'd like. As I've said, even WoT or Wargame have social interactions integrated into the game much better than Squad does currently.
  18. AASv(*)

  19. View on kids playing?

    The community overall is pretty nice, kids are few but most people don't have a problem with them. There are a few uptight powertripping SLs, but honestly they're dicks to anyone who doesn't wanna roleplay a dumb GI, regardless of age. Because the game requires so much cooperation, the vast majority of people will judge you on your own merits, as those become apparent within a few minutes of gameplay. As long as you do the tutorial and work with the squad, you're already better than many pub players.
  20. Speed Reload suggestion

    Note it's more or less the same shovel we have ingame. Just better steel, and well sharpened. But even a poorly sharpened shovel of mild steel will do a number on an unarmored human. It basically functions as a broad axe. Not that Squad needs shovel melee for any reason... but it's just as realistic as knife or rifle melee.
  21. Al Basrah Addiction

  22. Gas attacks?

    If the devs were to include something non-PC in the game, I would argue for larger VBIED trucks or hostages. Both tactics are used 1000x more frequently and effectively than gas. Heck, VBIEDs apparently killed more Abrams tanks in Iraq than any other method, including ATGMs (I think the stats I saw were over past 6 months or something, but it really makes you think).
  23. WTF with the cheating over?

    It's possible the guy just fell through the map. Happened to me a number of times. I've never shot anyone like that, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was possible.
  24. Gas attacks?

    Gas rounds are used too infrequently IRL to make a real case for including them in any game thats not WW1 or Iraq-Iran war. Might as well include nukes.
  25. WTF with the cheating over?

    I have seen some suspiciously perfect sniper fire recently. But yes, it's rare, I don't think hacking is a big issue, and I'm not even sure it exists at all.