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  1. ΣT | Sigma Tactical

    @Bennyboo Awesome man, feel free to jump in our discord and say whats up. We're pretty active all weekend and weeknights. http://discord.sigtac.org/
  2. idk. Thoughts on the matter? I think the game still needs something more to restrict logistics. Currently there is too little consequence to failure-to-execute on forward position. infinite-rally-respawn-with-full-ammo and perpetual-fob-position are feeding the rush meta pretty strongly, and the (very effective) rush-meta rewards knowing-the-layer above all else, superseding teamwork, communication, observation etc. I've got some more ideas, but I still don't have time/interest to quit my day-job and start coding... I'm optimistic about the future, but currently not really engaged, and patiently awaiting the devs progress on their priorities. I'm certain they're aware but, I'm hoping the vibe doesnt permanently shift away from an aire of mutual dependency between all players new and old, to efficiency-grind executed by "those that know" from experience, perpetually dragging newbs along to that point you already know is the most critical.
  3. Unit patches

    I concur @suds
  4. Unit patches

    Still holding my breath for Unit-Patches from Kickstarter. Not sure how things like this will be relevant after modding hits, but whatever. I want that fake internet thing I paid for @kev2go Unit patches were part of a bargain in the Kickstarter.
  5. Corpses In Camo Dallas - USA Brought to you by We are excited to announce our newest offering to the community. Hosted in Dallas USA on a dedicated 7700k, we picked the best hardware we could find to ensure that we are able to provide the community a place to play, with hardware as no excuse. We are currently in the implementation phase for this server, so please feel free to give us some feedback on map-rotations, etc. If you have any feedback, issues with administration, performance, or any other recommendation, please feel free to contact any of our Administrators on our CIC Discord. (new as of this posting, configured soon)
  6. ΣT | Sigma Tactical

    As @DonExpBg said, we've got a playstyle that our team has embraced that roughly bridges the gap between casual and tryhard. We bank heavily on our SLs for in-game operative structure and we hold others to that standard, trying to teach those who are willing that we encounter in the process. It might not be your style, and thats fine. Its definitely not for everyone, or "the right way", but just how we like to play. While we as people make mistakes, we as a community are interested in good experiences for everyone, so we'll note this feedback and see what we can do to ensure the numerous players we encounter randomly have a better understanding of what to expect from a Sig-Tac Squad.
  7. Linux Support

    Windows-NSA is getting to me. I can only hope that a Linux Client is a possibility... Thrilled to see the linux server support. Thanks for the good stuff gents, thrilled as ever with the game. Just need more game-time IRL .
  8. ΣT | Sigma Tactical

    Sigma Tactical is a team formed around Squad by a group of players that met in the days of Closed Alpha. Our goal from day one was quality of growth, prioritizing the character and communication over ability to show off technical gaming prowess or sheer numbers. This makes working together something we enjoy, boosting camaraderie and making the association of our members something we look forward to. Don't be mistaken, we play to win, train to improve our skill-sets, assist others in learning leadership techniques, and we strive to understand current meta as well as push the meta forward. We proudly adopt the mantra that "we never lose; we either win, or we learn." The majority of our members are centered in the US time-zones, but we have dedicated members in the European and SEA regions. We have recently reached numbers that bring us to a more sizeable and consistent presence where making our status more deliberately stated feels appropriate. We currently have 1 dedicated server hosted in Dallas running top-tier hardware. If you would like to connect with Sigma directly please shoot a PM to our recruitment coordinators MajorDC and Disgruntled03 Feel free to drop a comment here if you want to know more before linking up, otherwise, please stop by in our Discord or say hi when you see us downrange. Lastly we thank the team for putting such a great game together, its been a blast.
  9. Locked squads Good Idea or bad idea?

    Is access to the effort of an individual "a right" of that each player should possess? Or, is it the right of the laborer to disperse his efforts according to his will? At present, Squad Leading is generally viewed as work by the player-base. The ability to lock a Squad allows the Squad Leader to exercise discrimination with his effort. The current environment is one of entitlement, where players feel as though you're an asshole if you are a squad leader and you dont want them to be a marksman, or to be a medic, or to have a mic, or to make sure there are 2 LAT kits. I'm already working as it is. When I pick Squad Leader, its because I want to make tactical decisions for a group and to facilitate coordination, communication, and teamwork, not analyze tactical decisions with an ad-hoc committee of transient experts with unwavering opinions on what should be done but insufficient testicular mass to execute it themselves. To be certain, I'm often interested in input from my squad mates, or rather, I rely on it wholly to assist the direction of the tactics, but there are times when action is immediately necessary, and there needs to be a pretext of the agreement that is already put in place by its enforceability, which is to say, a Squad Leader has the authority to declare the actions of the Squad Body, and those who dont follow the Squad Leader are able to be kicked by said Squad Leader. This might sound like I'm some egotripping authoritarian, and if you thought that you'd only be half right. Militaristic order is an authoritarian endeavor, simply because of the time-constraints that military actions are subject to. If we all had time to democratically play a game of chess 9v9 the game would always be strategically sound, but it would also take a week to make a move. I digress from the philosophy, and reiterate that Squad Leaders already have the authority to determine who can be in their squad. Adding locks will simply clarify to both parties that membership in the squad is contingent upon cooperation with the Squad Leader's objectives. However, because the agreement will have been acknowledged by both parties prior to entrance, teamwork in squads will be better. Squad Leaders will have less variables to contend with (since the battlefield is already full of them) which will make it less work, which will make more people interested in doing it. I would like to see some method for players to "ask to join a squad" to drive this home. This would help negate much of the fear of squad-isolationism, as well as facilitate the acknowledgement of the agreement. It could be a 10 second "voicemail" where a player explains his interest in joining, a separate message-box where a text could be sent, and read at the SL's leisure, or perhaps its a 2-way-radio-hail that can be muted by the SL if it grows too persistent. A player has a right to leave any squad he chooses. I don't think fostering the idea that a player has a right to join a Squad will serve the game's playerbase in the long run. The game entirely rides upon Squad Leaders, and if you don't allow them to tailor their commitment to their capacity, they will be perpetually overworked, and the game will be perpetually understaffed. Exhausted Squad Leaders = a bad game for everyone. I encourage those who think they can do better, to do better. The game needs it.
  10. @suds i dig it. I would like to see base respawn on rallys boosted to 1m, maybe 1:30. I really think the only way to encourage life-conservative play is through pain-aversion, and the most painful thing we can do to players within reason, is make them wait (as incap, or as respawn at main and needing to run back). The genre's high profile on Steam compared to PRs until-recent niche obscurity means that the general playerbase is less interested in "participating in the simulation." The only way to make them suffer for careless ticket loss is dead-time, waiting for medic or running from main. The helping hand out of a significant wait time will be more cautious play (less run n gun) and the benefits that should be rewarded by squad membership, like the spawn-timer dropping like you suggest. Question is now, how could 9 men "game" a lowered respawn timer, now disregarding death, returning fast with full ammo to the point of rewarding poor gameplay again?
  11. Good thread keeps moving. Good comments dudes. @KCIV not sure if you got to my Spoiler section on the previous page, I was spamming ideas for solutions in there, and one touches on your interest in adjusting the rally mechanics by making a soldier have to run to the rally before you could respawn. The logic in this is that, if a rally represents reinforcements, and you cant get to the rally in one piece, then your reinforcements would probably not survive either. Additionally, I agree with other suggestions on increased delays on the "Give-Up" button. Thats how PR handled it if I recall correctly. There are definitely a large number of factors. I guess I dont comprehend what its like to go 30:2 in any form of regularity. I do 5:1 pretty consistently but not 15:1. That does speak to the ammo thing, but also we need to remember that those 2 could also be 6 revives and 2 deaths... I'm guessing the devs are skimming more stats that we are getting on the scoreboard though. 3mags would put a hurt on stores when engaging, and people would be needing ammo much more often, but until perpetual teleport of fresh troops and full ammo is reworked, reducing mags alone is not the solution (as you suggested).
  12. OP posted a "Bottom Line Up Front", if not for you specifically, here. This thread is a bit like the good ol days though, now isn't it ? Nice to have a serious discussion on the forums now and again. Cheers to fu for lighting the campfire.
  13. I have had a hard time seeing the positive side of reducing mag count. I have had some extended patrols as a squad in previous versions where we play the game at the level we envisioned it being most beneficial; maximizing medics and making good use of all those magazines. Were we the absolute top performers? Sometimes we were, but in current games the meta is shifting towards what has been discussed, which is disfavoring to medical/single-ticket-centric gameplay. If a player is able to kill 5:1 then giving up doesn't matter. objective-caps are the byproduct of effective killing, not the other-way around, thus effective killing has the potential to turn greater ticket returns on cap-wins. A player is usually able to kill 5>:1 by being involved in areas of high-enemy activity persistently. This presence comes from 1 of 2 places: Rally Points Radios. In theory, Squad Leaders should corral these types of players into cohesive groups. They dont, effectively. (a chided lone-wolf easily finds another SL who doesnt care) As long as the pool of respawns is shared in a "buffet" style, maximizing individual consumption is often equated to maximizing individual entertainment. As long as the forward respawn elements are capable of providing unlimited respawns, they will be treated as such. New player = full mags = a reinforcement that significantly shifts battlefield potential firepower, especially when considering LAT kits (1 ticket, 3-4 rockets) vs a Humvee/BTR (30 tickets). These are the factors feeding into the run and gun as I see them. The question is, is too much ammo the cause? Its obviously not one-dimensional. Take 3 mags from the lonewolves without changing anything else in gameplay though, and I think you might start to see a bit more RTB/RTFOB for ammo, but it does nothing to increase intra-squad dependence, because if I can get the ****-Kit, where a newb SL leaves me alone, I can talk any number of SLs into an ammo-crate if I cant talk mine into it. While the arguments for reality are limited in their justification, it remains "The best ideal," where anything short of physical pain in a simulation approaching reality would by many be sought-after. The real-world combat balance/paradigm that this game is trying to create is going to be better recreated as all things approach reality. That is not to say however that I disagree with limits to the application, particularly when they're imbalanced with the ability to simulate facets. 10-36 hour patrols being a big one, for which a soldier will pack his 6-10 Magazines. "Patrols" in this game are lucky to last 5 minutes, so a reasonable reduction makes sense in that regard. Is that going to encourage lone-wolves to rely more on medics and their squad's however? Am I going to be more inclined to wait for a medic when I'm out of critical ammo/supplies on the field? This does happen, medics will run out of bandages, others of 40mms/frags/smokes/RPGs, and when that happens its much more likely to say "I'm out of ammo, I'll give up anyways." When do people yell for Medic the most? I suggest its when they're far from an available spawn (Rally is down/FOB is down), the action is all around them (Read: the only way back to the action is a lot of running [read: personal time investment]). So its "pain aversion" that does the best job of keeping people on the field waiting for medics. Sure, at the end of the game when there's 10 tickets left we might see a bit more medic-requesting, but even then "Someone's going to take them, so it might as well be Rambo-ME" is not that philosophically unjustifiable of an attitude. The KDR at the end of the game is enough of an individual victory at present that the Team Victory is often trumped in priorities. So what do we need? We need a game structure that creates a situation where the individual depends on the Squad-body to function better. Currently that happens to some degree, but not enough to dissuade lone-wolf play en masse. Is reducing Ammo Capacity going to create stronger intra-squad dependence? Only perhaps as soon as there is an ammo-carrier class. To me, as a frequent SL, it sounds like a lot more "Drop a FOB" requests (regardless of strategic defensibility), and the last thing this game currently needs is another reason to burden the SLs with additional persistent chores. Thats my assessment of the issues as I see them. I'm a habitual fixer, so my thoughts for solution are buried in this spoiler.
  14. Team-Joining Lobby and Locking-Teams

    Yeah I hear you. I was aware it has been mentioned, but not certain someone has suggested the aforementioned solution. While I agree that determined cheaters will exist, right now it is so easy to do that it is much more prevalent than it should be. If I left my retail goods un-watched and un locked on the outside of my storefront, people would steal from me at a significantly higher rate. Keeping my goods behind a reasonable infrastructure doesn't eliminate thieves, it eliminates thieves of convenience. Right now there are many many cheaters of convenience. It does make a significant impact in gameplay. and the solution for the majority of cases is as simple as dont reveal intel on the map until a team is chosen and "sworn" once you've sworn to a team, you cant change till the next map The pre-swear-in time gives all the flexibility needed to hook up with friends on a different team, but this eliminates much of the low hanging fruit at a very cheap investment.
  15. Damn, really good thread. The rush meta has been grating on me because its beginning to become reminiscent of my experience in Insurgency comp, and what I call "the efficiency grind" where there are metas that develop and prove themselves the "optimal course" and the victor now becomes wholly determined by efficient execution of known meta, RE: The Residence-rushes on Logar previously cited. I have to ask myself if this is a problem, first off. This is a case where experience in a certain sphere lends the player statistical foreknowledge on the probable positions of players, and thus actions are taken not based on their simulatory tactical viability, but on the tactical value as they exist within a framework of a game that has been repetitvely played. Is the game designed to create a sphere wherein people are able to acquire broad meta-understanding, and then to challenge eachothers meta in a strategic sparring match? Perhaps in a competitive sphere this makes sense, or it is rather in-line with the competitive FPS experience in other games. I have to say however, that I hoped for more from Squad. Thats not to say a deliberate deviation of design was taken, or that all is lost. There was at some time a reasonable discourse about the addition of randomization of objectives. Randomization of spawns. This large-map framework becomes much more lenient to this kind of implementation than the more lane-based FPS map structures seen in CS/Cod/Ins. Simple randomization of spawns, and randomization of objectives would shake the meta up to a significant degree to where approximate engagement points would be somewhat obscured. Furthermore, what I often consider, is the possibility of only revealing the next objective for your team once it's cappable. This combined with a randomization of objectives would effectively negate the pre-cap issues that we are seeing now develop in the meta. Forward advance on the map would be done based on logistical and tactical viability to serve as a projection of power that would facilitate objective capture, instead of a rote-operation that has proven itself effective at overcoming the novice hoards. The problem with the novice slaughter, is that these are the guys trying to figure out whether or not they like the game. The game needs to offer them a chance, and against the dominant teams with developed aggressive metas, there's not one. The sour morale doesn't scream replayability, and if thats half the playerbase's experience the attrition is going to continue to be a significant problem for the playerbase. So yes, I do think that it is a problem at the design level of the game. I acknowledge its Alpha state, and look forward to changes. Spawn-Cost: I concur whole-heartedly. The teleportation of fresh-troops and full ammo to the front is the persistent leak in the viability of "real-world-tactics" in this game. As long as there are teleports in the game, this is going to be a dance of game mechanics. Rallys need to be reworked. 1 sl, 9 men, 9 spawns deposited on the field for free. 4 sl, 9 men, 28 spawns deposited on the field for free. Maneuverability and spawn mobility are what win the game, there is little incentive to large squads, however, the novice teams are always stacked with jabber-jaw players stacked 9 deep tied to a single backpack, while their enemy is spawning 4-5x in 4 different places around their position. I have a curated topic here on Logistics of Personnel that touches on all of these points more thoroughly and will not repeat it here because its already been said. Squad Locks, the planned(?) FireTeams and FTLs, Mandatory logistics, neutered rally point mechanics, and a better incentive for not respawning as has been suggested here would go a long way to bringing this game up to the ideal of gameplay that I think we are all hoping to experience; one where teamwork is what wins, not simply having relived the same map 2000x more than your opponent. As for eggmans' suggestion for ranking, I do think there needs to be a minimum ** hours before you can take SL. Minimum 500 rounds in Jensen's for pub-sniper kits, 200 rounds for RPG kits, 100 laps in the raceway for your drivers' license, etc would also be a welcome addition (Tying it to rounds not hours would make things more effective I suspect). I also think a rolling efficacy rating for SL's and players would be nice, where after 1 month of doing nothing, I would have no rep, but after 2-3 rounds of doing a role and kicking ass I could have a decent rep as a driver/medic/sl/RPG/etc. This would make only the most recent experience relevant giving newer players a chance to get caught up and in the action while supporting the effective roles. Anyways, Its not like I can go back to playing Insurgency.