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      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
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      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
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      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.
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      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
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  1. January 2018 Recap

    Hey Squaddies, Got a minute? We're back with a brand new year and we're already in the final stages of bug fixing and testing for Alpha 10. Your feedback during the Alpha 10 public test before Christmas was invaluable in making the test period for us that much less crazy. There's absolutely no replacement for those dedicated boots on the ground! The insane amount of enthusiasm and positiveness around the playtest fueled our drive to make Alpha 10 one of our most polished releases yet. Gib A10! Alpha 10 Status Since entering testing, we've squashed more than 323 separate bugs and issues with no small thanks to your bug reports! We only have a few more left before we're happy going to a full release, but rest assured the day where we can finally move on is coming soon. In fact, some of the artists are already working ahead! In the meantime, we'd like to show off development in other areas of the game that are coming after the Alpha 10 release. Unlike previous recaps, this will focus more on content that is extremely close to completion and will most likely be added in the near future. One caveat is mapping, where it is usually an area that is developed on an independent schedule, so the content shown there will vary in levels of completion and release schedules. Let's see what the future holds! Art and Modeling British Army Update A faction teased since the beginning of the Kickstarter, the Brits have been stewing away for quite some time now and they're almost ready to make war. With their own array of weapons, uniform and armament, they will prove to be another flavour on an already rich battlefield. #Melbolyfe New Insurgent Soldiers The Insurgent models currently in use are the last marketplace assets still widely used in our art library. We've been hard at work modelling a completely new set of our own. With them comes a large variety of civilian and paramilitary styles to make the faction look a little more versatile visually. Rigged up and just about good to go, they're undergoing a bit more texture polish before deployment. Technical's Improvised Armor Package One other improvement we're adding to the unconventional factions is an improvised armour set for their light vehicles. Sometimes-reluctant workhorses of modern combat, these vehicles generally sacrifice speed and handling for much greater resistance to shrapnel and small arms fire. BGM-71 TOW Missile Emplacement Also in the pipe is our first foray into guided missile systems with the BGM-71 TOW. Equipped with a high magnification day-sight, this weapon fires wire-guided anti-tank missiles over extreme distances. This should give a bit more teeth to American FOB defences. PKP Alpha 10 will see the introduction of the PKM, but soon afterwards will come its modernised cousin, the PKP. Complete with a mount for optics, this Russian weapon will make their machine gunners even more fearsome. Heavy Machine Gun Optics Conventional factions will also be getting an upgrade to their heavy machine gun emplacements in the form of mounted optics. This will allow for greater target acquisition capabilities for HMG gunners, and also make HMGs a more formidable weapon to go up against especially on maps with little cover. Mapping With a new year comes a new year of mapping! This year we will try to keep the community abreast of the current state of maps as they develop so things may be a little more work in progress than perhaps in the past. Let's check in with the mapping team! Kohat Expansion An expansion to Kohat Toi River Valley will bring improvements to the eastern and southern portions of the map, providing more variety and capturable areas. In addition, the eastern edge of the map will house a brand new United States Army FOB, complete with helicopter landing pads. Logar Valley Expansion As part of a step to revamp some of the older maps we have retrofitted the main town in Logar and replaced about 40% of the buildings with more two story and larger internal space structures. In addition, many more damaged and ruined buildings were added throughout the map as well as a few new bisecting roads to keep those vehicles nimble. Kamdesh Highlands Building on our experience with Operation First Light, we've begun work on a new map visually based on a more rugged portion of Afghanistan than previous projects. Covered in a thick pine forest, the hilly terrain will increase the risk of ambushes leaving even seasoned veterans on the edge of their seats! Checking in with Fallujah Continuing progress on the layout of our long-term project Fallujah. We have moved into the second phase of the city creation and the environment team is working through the creation of larger urban structures to populate the core of the city. Expect monthly updates on this one as it moves towards release in the later part of the year. Annnnnd that brings us to the close of the first regularly scheduled Recap of the year. We hope you're as excited as we are to see what's coming to Squad in the near and distant futures. Be sure to let us know what you think of the new models! How 'bout dem kicks? Offworld Out.