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I know there is going to be a witch hunt of sorts about this idea, be that as it may: This is fairly genuine concept no matter how sillily (silly-ly) it may be presented. --- One of the banes of a community that needs to maintain its standards is players that don't respect what people are trying to build, as far as making the game what it should be. There is a possible use for them, though. Before you complain that we should be changing the world with love teaching them to play, I'm going to be referring to the guys who continuously like to spam mumble, wander around on their own with their group of friends, having too much fun for the serious minded. They want to play, but they don't want to be dragged into all the squad/teamwork/communicate/etc. world that we know and appreciate. They've been shooting shit up at main, not listening to the admins, spamming, stealing assets, and just being happy tards. The admin is pretty much ready to kick them off the server. But there is one more place for them. The land of exile, but not cut off from the world. A paradise some could call "Port Royal", where all thieving cut-throats could co-exist in the underworld of "casual gaming". --- "What is it?" It's a third faction that is not part of the main battle (outlaws, partisans, anarchists). A faction with: no lawsno restrictionsno enforced squadsno commanderno victory/lossno real weapons of value (Imagine if I had a real weapon!)no objectivesno saving grace (Admins won't hear your cries... Really, they won't. The admin has kicked you, but get to play where you won't do much damage until someone needs your spot on the server.)infamous reputationno real assets of valueprecedence for auto-kick in case of a full serverauto-admined (5 tks, afk, making room for a new player on full server, etc. = kick) "That's just wrong on so many levels!" I know that, but would you rather them be in your squad, or team? They don't want to listen or learn or are not in the mood. You would rather kick them, yes? A sensible admin would have kicked them long ago. But they are there, they did show up, they did bring their friends, they are probably drunk or reeeaallly high on something (oregano, we know...). Why not let them populate the server? They can be auto-kicked if the server needs to make room for players. "Is it worth the time?" No! At least not in ANY alpha, beta, or early-access stages. "Will it benefit us in any way?" It will save the serious players from the pain of dealing with them, and still allow those casuals to have some fun. "I wanna play, but just want to chill, find people to kill, and not be policed to death." "What do they get, considering the list you presented above seems to take everything away?" a few crappy rifle optionsa grenadepink smokea knifea few patchesCP radio deployable (which actually plays Nyan Cat, and Narwhals [anything destroys it]). It can't be used for spawns but may not be deployed close to another.a militia/insurgent kit (depending on the OPFOR so there'no confusion.)"What if they bother us serious players?" Kill them. You're doing us all a favor. "Why did you bother suggesting this?" Because I know that sometimes you want to be in the action, but you're too damn drunk to be useful. Think of this as the "Recycle Bin" before actually getting removed from the harddrive. Kicks get sent to the Recycle Bin until the server is full.