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Today, Firestorm admins were on the American team on Narva map, playing standard AS. Over the course of the game, the Americans used their own logi and transport trucks to block by destroying own vehicle every single bridge(4) out the Russian side of the map, effectively blocking all reinforcements from arriving because that river is too deep to cross without bridges. This seems an exploit of a game design flaw. When confronted with the cheating behavior of the American side, the FS admins first of all laughed about the game design exploit then denied knowing anything like that occurred. Yet, this action took at least 7-8 American trucks to achieve over time. And there is server logs... This seems a shameful encouragement by Firestorm admins of encouraging abusing game design flaws, as long as the exploit benefits their team. Note, this type of "blocking" the enemy in is NOT possible on Narva against the Americans, so this is clearly extremely unfair. For FS admins to laugh about these exploits, look the other way and attempt to do nothing is shameful. The lead Squad designer has stated in recent interview that removing vehicle wrecks will be addressed in a13, so clearly the Squad developers see that using wrecks to block access as a design flaw.
[USA] Firestorm Server If you need an Admin or Moderator, they can be found at our Discord, here: Firestorm Discord -Players- We are a gaming clan/community who is still trying to figure things out. If you need help or have questions, never hesitate to ask. We will do our best to help you. -Squad Leaders- Teamwork is what counts. Stay humble, stay helpful, and try to show those you are leading a good time. If someone wants to try to learn a kit, give them a chance. -Discipline- Egregious rule breaking will result in admin action. We may pardon a ban, once, for an acknowledgement of the offense and an apology (which can be conducted via our Discord). Multiple bans or egregious reasons may result in a perma-ban (forever). -Leadership- Different skill levels and unconventional players do exist. Do not disrupt the server and/or confuse bad players with those who have ill intent. Welcome to our Server! These are our Squad server rules. These apply to all players who play on our server. Failure to abide by these rules may see admin action taken against the individual in question. If you have questions, or recommendations regarding our rules or just about the game in general, please leave them in our Discord for us. If you witness someone breaking any of these rules and there is no admin present, please submit video or screenshot evidence to our Discord. Video is the most conclusive evidence and helps us a ton! -SQUAD SERVER RULES:- Server Rules: -Do not create a Squad with no intent to lead it. Disband the Squad if you accidentally made it. -All SLs need SL kit, a mic, active communication, to speak english, & play the objective. -SLs may kick players from their Squad for ANY reason. -Do not 1-man vehicles that require the crewman kit. These vehicles need 2 crewmen minimum. -No 1-man LOCKED Squads, unless you are actively logi driving, or staff. -Do not disparage the server/staff, or suggest players to leave. -No teamkill/retaliatory teamkilling. If accidental, apologize in ALL chat. -Do not chat spam/verbally abuse/grief/waste/troll/wound players or game assets. -All players need names that are non-exploitative. -Vehicles are first come first serve. Abandoned/taxi'd vehicles are free claim. -Do not cheat, hack, exploit, abuse features, or glitch. This includes placing radios inside of solid objects. -Do not share team info with the enemy, or stream snipe. ie: ticket counts, troop locations, or spawn points. -Do not recruit/advertise in any channels. -Do not impersonate admins or FS members. Misuse of a FS/FSr tag will result in admin action. -Do not shoot emplacements or vehicle weapons out of main unless you are being camped & need to safely leave. -VAC/Game bans will be banned to the 60th day. 3 VAC/Game bans total is a perma ban. -Abusing players at main may have admin action taken if warranted. If asked to comply with admin, do so. -Pings over 250/afk/unassigned players may be kicked. VIDEO is the best evidence for catching rule-breakers, this helps us a lot, send it to our Discord. Kicks/Bans are made at Admin Discretion. All players may get a Second chance after a ban, except for egregious offences. Warning players is courteous. Rules are always subject to change. -SEEDING AND MAIN CAMPING RULES:- Seeding: When server is 20vs20 or lower, the following rules apply: - Actively fight between the flags. - SLs should encourage combat through the use of their rallies. - Do not superfob away from the flags. Main: - Main Camping/IEDs-Mines by Main, are allowed only if the enemy has 1 safe exit for vehicles or they have lost all flags. - Main Camping/IEDs-Mines by Main, are also at admin discretion. If asked to leave the area or remove a mine/ied, do so. - DO NOT shoot emplacements or vehicles out of main, unless you are being camped at main and need to do so to leave. -GENERAL SERVER INFORMATION:- REMINDER: Server auto-restarts @ 2:29pm CST, daily. Please rejoin at 2:30pm CST so we can keep the server alive and healthy! Want to skip the Queue? Whitelists are only given to those who help us populate our Server at 2:30pm CST or when it de-pops. Visit the Discord to apply. VIDEO footage is the best evidence for catching rule breakers, this is the best way you can help us, send it to our Discord. Current Maplist: Narva Skirmish v1 Yehorivka RAAS v1 Chora AAS v1 Skorpo Invasion v1 Al Basrah RAAS v1 Belaya RAAS v1 Narva RAAS v1 Mestia RAAS v1 Skorpo TC v1 Gorodok RAAS v1 Sumari RAAS v1 Fool's Road AAS v1 Training Server Required Mods: None