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      Forum Rules   07/06/2016

      Introduction   The Squad Team reserves the right to edit, update, add and remove rules at any time. Applicable rules extend to the PM system. Your PMs are private, but the Squad Team may be informed about unacceptable PM content by the receiving party.   Section I: Posting Rules   §1 Show Respect This community can only work if we all respect each other. To that end, it is imperative that any time you engage with another user, either directly or indirectly, you show them respect with the content of your post. In particular refrain from flaming, insulting, abusing, taunting, racism, and other similar types of actions towards other forum users.   §2 Attitude & Behavior Poor attitude and behavior are the most common ways a negative / unsafe environment is created and perpetuated. As such that kind of behavior will not be allowed on these forums. Please be mindful of this rule when posting personal positions and opinions regarding topics which could be considered contentious in nature. As a rule of thumb, keep your posts civil in nature, and refrain from making posts that are likely to incite arguments and create a negative environment. As a privately hosted web forum we reserve the right to maintain an environment that we are happy the majority of our players are comfortable with.   §3 Swearing While we will not strictly moderate every little swear that occurs, please try to avoid excessive bad language. The moderation reserves the right to remove rants and unsuitable content at any time.   §4 Illegal Topics
      Prohibited topics include, but are not limited to: Piracy, drugs (including cannabis), pornography, religion, racism, sexism, homo/trans -phobic content, videos and images showing violent death or serious injury, ‘spam threads’, hacking & griefing (endorsement thereof), religion, politics,  etc. Prohibition may be suspended for some threads if they are found to be suitable by the Moderation (such as scientific debate).
      If there is doubt, the Moderation Team can decide whether a topic is considered illegal.   §5 Attitude towards Squad and the Development Team
      As per §1 and §2, keep in mind to be respectful and reasonable, not only towards all users of the forum, but also towards the Squad Team and towards any ideas and content and the game itself. Criticism is welcome, but if it is not constructive and/or if it is offensive, the Moderation may need to step in. Please refrain from posting if you are upset, angry or drunk, or you may be punished for things you wouldn’t have otherwise written, which is not in anyone's interest.   §6 Language & Legibility
      Please post only in English. Non-English content (including non-legible content) may be removed. If you see someone posting in another language because s/he apparently does not speak English, please report their post - if you can, you may reply in their language to explain their question, but please do translate their and your message so it can be reviewed by the Moderation. ‘Hiding’ insults in non-English posts will be punished harshly. Posts written largely in ‘leetspeak’ or full of spelling / grammatical errors may be treated like non-English content. This rule does not extend to PMs.   §7 Forum structure & Search
      Please ensure when posting a new thread, that the thread is located inside the correct forum section. Check all forum section titles to judge where your thread should belong. Threads created in the wrong forum section will be moved or deleted.
      Before posting a new thread, please make use of the forum search to find older threads about the same topic. In doubt, it is recommended to rather post in an existing thread, unless that thread is years out of date. However, do not bump old threads without adding a new question / answer / insight that wasn’t in that thread before - use common sense.   §8 Thread Titles
      Please name your thread appropriately; the subject title should sum up / explain the content in the thread. If you fail to name your thread properly (such as ‘Hey!’ or ‘Check this out!’ or ‘Help!’), we will either rename or lock the topic. Repeated offense may lead to infractions. The practice of using CAPITALS only in your thread title is not allowed and will be edited or the thread will simply be deleted. Strange or abnormal Unicode characters should be excluded from thread titles for the sake of being distracting and unnecessary.
      §9 Thread Capitalization
      Please ensure that your post is not in all CAPITALS, as this is not allowed. Any threads posted in all caps will subsequently be removed from the forum. Repeated offenses may lead to infractions against your account. This practice is not approved or accepted here. 
        §10 Images in posts
      When posting images, mind the following restrictions:
      .gifs will be allowed and may be removed by Staff if deemed necessary.
      Maximum size for images is 1280x1024.
      Do not include more than ~1 large image per paragraph of text, unless in image collection / announcement threads. Link to further images.
      Consider posting thumbnails. You may post a few more images per post if they are reasonably small, the details are for the Moderation to judge.   §11 The use of BBCode
      It is allowed to use the BBCode in your posts. Over usage is not allowed. You may use the Bold in a reasonable manner but not for the whole text body. You may use the size feature but in a limited reasonable manner. You may not use any of the additional fonts at all. Color may be used to high light a point but again, not for the whole text body. Moderators will be watching for misuse and will edit when required without giving notice. Continued disregard for this rule will result in Moderator action in the form of warnings.   §12 Complaints of Server/Admin Abuse Reports of server/admin abuse will not be posted publicly. All reports concerning this type of behavior should be place in the appropriate sub-forum. http://forums.joinsquad.com/forum/241-report-server-admin-abuse/ All posts made outside of this area will be be removed.   Section II: Reporting & Moderation   §1 Reporting Posts
      There is a Post Report system in place. If you notice a post that violates forum rules, simply use the exclamation mark icon below the users avatar image to send a report to the Moderation. We will then review this post. Your report will not be made public and cannot be linked to your person by anyone outside of the Squad Team. You will not be punished for using the Report system even if the report was false, unless you repeatedly abuse the system to spam it.
      Do not ‘report’ posts by replying directly in public to them. In case of spambots, this prompts them to respond in turn, spamming the forum further. This also fuels flame wars and arguments.   §2 Reporting Moderators
      Moderators are subject to the same forum rules (and some additional rules / exceptions). If you think that a Moderator has treated you unfairly or is otherwise breaking forum rules, please PM the Lead Moderator or any Administrator. Do not accuse Moderators in public, the Squad Team will treat every complaint seriously and it is in our interest to discipline or remove Moderators who are known to break forum rules.   §3 Respect Squad Team members and Moderators
      Do not ignore or argue against Admin, Moderator or Dev instructions on the forum. If you have a complaint, as per §2, please inform the Team in private. You are expected to follow orders given by the Moderation, Administration and Development Team, and it is necessary for smooth running of the forum to respect their decisions. Being stubborn or ignoring warnings will lead to harsher punishments - however, we do not tolerate Moderator / Admin abuse of power / privileges, so do not hesitate to inform other Team members if you feel treated unfairly.   §4 Bans and multiple accounts
      If your account is temporarily or permanently banned, do NOT create another account. Bypassing a ban will result in further action, and a permanent ban of all of your accounts.
      You are not allowed to have more than one account for any reason. If you share an internet connection with another user who has their own account, it might happen that this account is incorrectly identified as a secondary account - please get in touch with the Moderation or Administration to resolve such issues.

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  1. PRELOAD: http://downloads.joinsquad.com/Squad-PreAlpha-v3.zip Week 2 Closed Pre Alpha, Angle of Attack For Ranger, Commander and Airborne backers, Closed Pre Alpha (CPA) access is scheduled to open on Saturday the 1st of August, at 6AM GMT7AM London8AM Berlin1AM New York10PM Los Angeles (Friday night)4PM SydneyThe test session will run for ~72 hours until Tuesday 4th of August, 6AM GMT. We're angling ideas on how we attack coding and implementing various game mechanics, some of which are being tested on the fly as we're getting to variations we want to see in the wild. Should see the Devs online with you more this weekend, expect them to be better rested and on point. If we all picked up a thing or two last week, we hoping to see coherent squad based gameplay pick up a notch or two as people get more acclimated to the game. Frontpage of IndieDB.com! Download: The download will be available on Friday on the prealpha.joinsquad.com portal after you log into your account. Changelog - (Version 1710) Fixed tracers looking too smallFixed the server losing track of the admins after a map switchFixed a rare server crash when player without a valid login session joins a serverPlayer scores are now updated. Score additions related to kills are only shown after the player diesFixed ping being added together for the team and squad in the scoreboard. Fixed ping being incredibly incorrect. Increased the max length of a player name displayed ingame.Added a method to do full auto looping. This should reduce the stuttering when firingAdded a notification to the killing player (and admins) when a player is teamkilled. Fixed the Medic Icon being white instead of red when players were at 0-25 hpReplaced the sound for healing to be more realisticAdded Prone (First pass, many animation issues)Added a new splash screenFixed a bug where you could ride grenades into the airFixed an issue where bullets would collide with the gun and fail to fire. Fixed a server performance issue related to bullet creation Updated Kohat DayAdded Ambient Sounds to KohatAdded end caps to the bridge railingsAdded LODs to bricks and breezeblocksCrouch is now taken into account with stamina regeneration. Fixed the camera under the ground in Kohat DawnUpdated the exclusion zone fail reason to be more clear. Added Un-Cappable flags with a unique icon. Added a new flag capture widget for new flags. Players can no longer join teams if it would make the team unbalancedCharacter movement has been updated to have more weight and momentumAdded Kohat Sunrise, a new AAS Map set in a unique part of KohatAdded Kohat Conquest, an experimental Conquest mapAdded an Ironsights M4 Rifleman Kit Role for the US Army.Slightly tweaked bone damage modifiers. Weapons should perform a little better nowSmoke Grenade effect starts quickerUpdated tree LODs to decrease the popping on midrange systemsRemoved the sidearm from some kits that shouldn't have it (eg: US rifleman)Updated the medic icon to not fall off the screen when healingAdded an indication for how much health a player has when healingGrenades are now resupplied from the ammo boxAdded pain fields to barbed wire deployablesCorrected many physical materials on multiple surfaces, which should lead to less dirt explosions coming off of metal surfacesAdjusted dynamic lighting to have better profilesFixed many incorrect object collisionsUpdated Logar ValleyAdded some details to compounds on KohatUpdated ForestFixed physmat on insurgent soldier 2 headEnabled distance shadows on all mapsAdded Prone to the keybindings menu.Important note with shadows This week we have turned on the Unreal Engine's Distance Field Shadows. This lets us give objects up to a kilometer away shadows, but has a significant performance impact. We are taking steps the next few weeks to tune the shadow settings (which we believe may give us a performance boost overall), but at this time they are simply drop performance in exchange for extreme range shadows. Distance Field shadows are only enabled when on Epic settings. If you wish to turn these distance shadows off, simply set your shadow settings to High or lower and they will be disabled. From the Dev Team We want to thank everyone who has gotten us to this point, without your support and encouragement we don't know where we'd be, this is a dream come true for some devs, and an accomplishment after building up years of modding and educational background, training and work experience in the field for all. We are at heart all gamers first, even as we take on the responsibilities of bringing this Offworld Industries from a dream project being chased to our new daily reality. Distribution We have now distributed every Ranger, Commander and Airborne key. Check the email account associated with your Kickstarter or Paypal account, whichever you used to pledge to Squad during the Kickstarter campaign. Contact us at support at joinsquad dot com is you have not yet received your key. We are still 6 to 8 weeks out from distributing the Squad Leader, Clan 5 Pack and Clan 10 Pack keys. Capacity We will have plenty of servers available around the world, we'll have more servers on standby to boot within 10 minutes if existing servers are filled, and we're actively looking for ingame admins to help us maintain some semblance of order. Everyone in game will have spent serious time and money to get to this point, we have prepared ourselves and are preparing admin teams for dealing with the stampede to get online. Join Us as Ingame Admins It is at this time we ask for people to step up and help us help and the community, by volunteering to be ingame moderators to maintain healthy gameplay experiences for our CPA. Ingame moderator applicationRegistering Here's the lowdown: Login at prealpha.joinsquad.com and in game is case sensitive for username and password.We will lock down our development build and upload it Friday.When registering, there will be five links on the main page after you register: Ingame moderator applicationFeedback formBug Report FormLink to download new buildsLink to join our newsletterRecording and Streaming Gameplay Act like a decent human being and everyone can record and stream as they see fit. We believe in the power of the people, we fully expect you guys to record, stream, screenshot and write about your gaming experiences with us. The good and the bad, we'll take it as it comes. Please do report problems in our feedback form so we can tackle the bad before we leave CPA. However... Among many reasons for termination of your access to Squad IP, overt antisocial ingame activity for purpose of dissemination and/or distribution of video/audio/still images/written recollections of Offworld Industries video game Squad will result in immediate and permanent banning of your key and SteamID. If said video/audio/still images/written recollections are found online and can be associated to an account on our systems, Offworld Industries at it's sole discretion can and will ban keys and SteamIDs. Post your streams/youtube videos so we can all find them. Antisocial Activity Offworld Industries is aware that we all have off days. It's the nature of the beast when playing shooter games. We will take that into account when dealing with singular instances of disruptive behavior. That being said, we have a persistent reporting system attached to your SteamID, enough reports of disruptive behavior will result in bans of various lengths, up to and including permanently banning your key and SteamID. Be cool, and we're cool. Troubleshooting When installing a few problems can occur, here are remedies: Login at prealpha.joinsquad.com and in game is case sensitive for username and password.Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013directx_Jun2010_redist.exe Chrome will detect the .zip file as a false positive, click the arrow then select "Keep"Unzip the game in a directory not UAC protected, so NOT in C:\Program FilesConfig files, logs and screenshots will be saved in C:\Users\[uSERNAME]\AppData\Local\SquadMake sure to allow firewall and antivirus access to the Squad.exeSome older routers require you to allow UDP port 7777 throughNot all resolutions are showing up in the Video options in game, type tilde ` to bring up console , type in as examples:r.setres 1680x1050wr.setres 2560x1440f f = fullscreenw= windowedb = borderlessOnly your default Windows Audio Input device will be selected as your MicMouse sensitivity is not always permanently saved when the game is restarted. please be aware. (this might be fixed before next weekend)Unofficial workaround to make SLI work: http://forums.joinsquad.com/topic/3145-unofficial-sli-configuration-for-squad/For further troubleshooting assistance, please head over here: http://forums.joinsquad.com/topic/3052-troubleshooting-guide/
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