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FeatherSton3 posted a topic in General DiscussionAlright you blueberries, FeatherSton3 here. Today I'm going to waste probably 30 minutes of my time writing this because I can. If you read it, cool. Here we go (take some of this with a grain of salt. All of us have different preferences. These are just some of mine): Squad Leading. It definitely isn't one of those, "First time playing Squad, I got this" roles. It takes knowledge and (some) experience of the game. Personally, I didn't squad lead until about 40 hours into the game as I really just wanted to get a feel for each class (getting a feel for each class also allows you to be more effective in commanding as a squad lead as you know where to position each fireteam role in your squad. I.E. You don't ever have medics on the front lines) Maybe some of you have tried squad leading and didn't really like it. That's fine. I would however encourage you to try it again after I'm done writing this super long essay that nobody will read all the way through. In no particular order, I'm going to put down some pointers, tricks, and guides on how to be a "FeatherSton3" squad lead (that's me!).BEFORE THE GAME STARTS - Create a squad as soon as the round starts. If you really want to be an SL, don't wait to see if others are creating squads, just do it. This gives you more time to plan for the round. Adding on to the point above; do mic checks before game starts. Personally, 90% of the time someone doesn't have a mic, I kick them. I need communication, and quick. I don't have time to keep checking the squad chat every two seconds. I have enough stuff going on. Somewhere in here you may want to see if people are new to the squad. That way they don't take important roles. Tell everyone what role you want them to be. You got more than 7 people? 2 Medics please. I don't want marksmen. To me, they aren't useful. If I have someone that instantly goes marksman, I will ask them to change. If they don't? Kick. I usually prefer 2 LAT's and AR. During this time, you have hopefully been squad lead chatting with other SL's. Now it's time to tell your team what the plan is. If you are only taking Logi, don't have more than 4 people spawn. Tell them to hold spawns and you will get a rally down as soon as possible. Mark the vehicles you are taking from main with enemy icon markers so other squad leaders do not take your vehicles. EARLY GAME - This part is when you get a feel for the newcomers in your squad; to see how responsive they are. Ask them to do simple things: Come to you for a rally, do a logi run, hold this position, dig a HAB, build sandbags, etc. This is also the part where (mostly) you will find out really quick how useful your other squad leads are. They aren't communicating anymore? They didn't go to the position they said they were going to? You are probably going to lose. COMMUNICATION/TEAM WORK - This is a big one for me. Even more important than winning. If my team is effectively communicating and we lose, GREAT! Adding on to this, if you aren't communicating with your squad, you aren't an effective squad lead. Listening goes both ways. Yes, you are the squad lead, but you also have people in your squad (either because they love you and join your squad every time you create one, or because yours was the first open) to listen to as well. They are trying to tel you enemy positions. A simple, "copy, marking" will do. Acknowledge them. Take suggestions from them. They are just as important as you. This is going to be a little challenging if you are new to squad leading since you will have local chat, squad chat, and squad leader comms going all at the same time along with gun fire. First and foremost, communicate with YOUR squad first. Keep communicating with other squad leads. Make sure to wear down your number pad keys to talk to SL's individually if something doesn't pertain to all other leaders. Keep your squad in the loop on enemy positions. Update your "Green Eye" marker constantly. Need them to build? Update your "Green shovel" marker constantly. Don't have rogue squadmates (partly why I don't like marksmen). Keep using your map to check your squadmates positions. If they are too far out in front, tell them to come back. Give your squad encouragement. "Good job guys, good job squad" They should be noticed. (Don't use 'squad chat' for things that don't pertain to the whole squad. It unnecessarily clutters comms). SQUAD LEAD RANDOM TIPS/POINTERS - If possible, build the FOB (radio) as far from the HAB as possible. Not only will it take longer for the enemy to find the radio, but it will also prevent the spawn timer increasing at the HAB. Timer only goes up if enemies are near the FOB If you are on defensive, KEEP PLACING FOBS! If your attacking squads need to fall back, they need someone to spawn that isn't at main. Keep medics behind the lines. Everyone once and awhile I see Rambo medic, and that's not who I want being my medic. (Who are they going to revive if they are shot first?!) If you are a defending squad, place your Rally near your FOB, because rallies disappear if enemies are nearby, this will allow you to detect enemies near your FOB without actually having to have "eyes on" Constantly update your rally. If you are about to place a new one, but you hear enemy gunfire close by, fall back. Chances are your rally timer will reset because enemies are too close. If playing as non-conventional forces (Russia, US) do as many logi runs in the early part of the game as possible. The longer the game goes on, the more IEDS and mines the enemy will have layed down. Place multiple "Green FOB" markers to give your vehicle drivers a better sense of direction on where you want them to go. Sometimes, it's best not to engage the enemy. If you need to sneak around, tell your squad to hold their fire. Playing infantry only maps? Have two squad leaders, with one squad member each spawn and take logi while everyone else holds spawn. This allows the placement of two quick rallies to get multiple bodies into the action quickly. Playing on the same server constantly can help you become acquainted with other players/squad leads who also play on the server, making the squad leads and squad mates more predictable. You can build on top of peoples heads. Use this to your advantage. Be confident. Be vocal. *NON SQUAD LEAD TIPS/POINTERS - Placing IEDS on vehicles without blowing them up will allow you to keep constant track of the vehicle on the minimap. Spotted an enemy HAB? Undig the HAB until only the metal stakes are sticking out of the ground. Not removing the stakes ensures the structure is still there, meaning the enemy cannot place a second HAB without rebuilding the HAB, or destroying their FOB. Driving a Stryker? Turn off the engine. This baby can coast, silently for a long time. At the end of the day, you may read this and still not want to squad lead. That's cool. Some people just don't like squad leading. I know some of this information is probably old to most, but I wanted to give some insight and some of the things I like to do as a squad lead. Have fun with all the new Steam friend invites. Happy Squad Leading! Add Me On Steam
Have a few suggestions here for the structures,assets that Squad Leaders can build: 1) Make the Green outline of item you are about to place a little more transparent/darker. In some areas, it is hard for me to distinguish where the Green "blueprint" of an item ends due to lighting, etc. 2) Allow structures to be stacked easier. A few updates ago (can't remember) it was easier to place structures on top of each other (machine gun placed on top of a pile or two piles of sandbags). It can still be done, but sometimes, the system doesn't like to work and so sometimes build stacking is not possible. 3) More "build" stages. I.E. every two times you complete the left click shovel "construct" animation, a single layer of sandbags is built. So, 8 shovels = full built sandbag (I think there's four layers?!). I.E. HAB: Third shovel animation completes stakes, fifth completes concrete, etc, etc. 4) Be able to rotate items (since this might be hard to free-rotate, maybe have the option to rotate at 45 degree increments) This is useful in tight spaces. I.E. You are trying to build a M.G. gun in a small room. It is red, so you cannot construct it. However, rotating the base would allow it to turn green. I have had this issue. I end up having to crawl along the four corners of the room until i find the right spot. 5) Allow for building on certain walls. Certain walls cannot have sandbags or assets placed on them due to things like bugs or the curvature of the wall (if the wall isn't completely straight, you might not be able to build on it). If this is the case, you need to waste 50 points building a sandbag on the ground below your feet, then build another on top of that, to equal the same height you were attempting to reach with building on top of the wall.
FeatherSton3 posted a topic in General DiscussionAlright everyone, I need your help. I have decided to make a squad cinematic trailer that I hope turns out to be truly emotional, beautiful, and EPIC! I am going to need to make a few of these types of threads down the road to share progress and everything, but I'm at the beginning, so I need to start with the basics: First: I need a title suggestion for the trailer (between 1 and 4 words). I already have the soundtrack that I plan to use as I have already imagined most of what it's going to look like in my brain. Second: I need tips. If you have made videos before (or none at all), I am open to advice and tips. \ Thirdly: I need clips. Any clips that you have that are no more than 10 seconds long. (If you have a long video that you would like me to look at to dissect certain parts from the video, go ahead and post it. Just don't post a 1 hour video, because I'm not going to get around to watching it.) Even if you have low pc specs, I can still use the clips for brainstorming and for possible re-creation of the same thing on a higher end pc (Mine isn't amazing, but it's pretty decent) I think that is about all I wanted to say for now. Hopefully this gets some attention because I could really use some advice and lots of clips. Oh, and a title. I need that too. FeatherSton3 Out.
I think all of us who have ever played on medic have hated those people who "give up" on you after you wasted a bandage on them, or squadmates who continue to give up as soon as they are down just because they don't want to wait for a medic (then the game comes to an end and you lose by 15 tickets, which means you would have won had your teammates just waited for a medic revive). I think it would be a great idea to have a "give up" timer for those that constantly give up as soon as they go down. This way, it encourages more teamplay/strategy and allows medics to do their job more efficiently. This in no way has a negative effect on those who wait for medics. Since this timer would only effect those who constantly give up after going down. Suggesting that (not counting your first "give up"), that if you give up too quickly (lets say, within 15 seconds of going down), you will not have the option to press "GIVE UP" on the screen for 15 seconds. If players continue to give up early, the timer will continue to increase by 15 second increments, up to a minute. This is just a basic idea, I'm not saying 15 seconds is fair, but you get the idea. For those that already wait, they will not be punished for giving up and would not have to wait. What do you guys think?
Okay, so I love this game mode, but I think it definitely needs some tweaking. Played invasion on Yehorivka last night as the attackers. Made it to Novo and lost. But here's the thing. Our team did a great job of working together and saving tickets and destroying enemy vehicles, but at the end, the US still won by a whopping 400+ tickets. I would venture to say it was the most aggressive invasion round I have ever played on that map and we still got slaughtered (in terms of tickets). The game mode works well (for the most part), but I would like to suggest some changes.: - Attackers gain an extra +20-25 tickets per flag cap - Attackers start with more than 250-300 tickets, since enemy team starts with 800+ or whatever. - Give attackers more vehicles than 'defenders' - Do not allow 'defenders' to back-cap after attackers have already taken a flag. It just doesn't make much sense in my eyes for the defenders to have 2.5X the amount of tickets as the attackers unless the attackers have an advantage (and as far as I am aware, they don't). What do you guys think? P.S. Invasion game mode is not on the wiki
So, like this area on the forums is for, this is just a suggestion. To be completely honest, I'm not totally for it myself (in all aspects), but this is just to branch out ideas. Continuing.... Each squad will have one new class/kit called "fire-team leader (FTL)". This kit would only be available if the squad has more than 6 people in the squad. The fire-team leader would be picked by the squad lead by right clicking on the squad member and pressing "promote to fire-team leader". The fire-team leader would have a separate icon on the map, only visible to the current squad, and not to the entire team, as to avoid cluttering the map with more icons. Fire-team leader would be allowed to set new rallys if 4 people are in the proximity of the FTL. FTL's would be allowed to only mark up to two (2) enemy icons on the map, excluding FOBs/HABs. FTL's would also have binoculars. FTL's would not have access to squad lead chat, but (possibly?!) replace the squad lead chat button to fire-team chat button for FTL's. FTL's do not have to wait for approval in order to enter vehicles, but may not approve vehicles for other squad mates. What do you guys think?
So, I know some of these might be far-fetched, but I just wanted to put out a few ideas. Also, I know some of these may not be highly praised, but I still wanted to add some suggestions \ 1) When joining a game while the timer is counting down have cinematic scenes (is that the right wordage?!) Where - for example- you fly by Chinook to the LZ (Start of the map) and jump out when the timer is complete. 2) Allow squad leads to claim vehicles while timer is going down so that precious time is not wasted at spawn approving vehicles (also preventing trolls and people who don't like to listen to their SL's) 3) Have next map vote option in beginning of round 4) Allow squad leaders to "disable" use of certain classes that they do not see helpful to the squad, I.E. Sniper class 5) Do not allow users to spawn at the beginning of the round unless they are in a squad/create a squad 6) Disable Weapons for the first 15 seconds of the game (to prevent trolling/team-killing) 7) Re-design Main spawns so that bigger vehicles spawn on one side and smaller on the other (to prevent possible traffic jams) Think that's all I have for now. What do you guys think?
Just thought I would add some suggestions that I think would be beneficial to squads in general. 1) Have a system where whomever is speaking via VoIP has an indicator above their player icon on the minimap. (I.E. A squadmate speaking would have a yellow bar outlining their name. Something like this: 2) Allow squads to share/give medpacks (not just use them on a squadmate) or ammo with a squad member. 3) Give Squad Leaders the Shovel as part of their loadout. 4) Fix limited class system to where players have to have a "cooldown" in order to use a limited weapon kit, so that others have a fair share of having a limited kit as well. 5) Allow Squad Leaders to approve a vehicle when dead. 6) When leaving a squad to join another, make the player default to Rifleman class instead of having just a weapon and two ammo clips.
Gilead posted a topic in Feedback & SuggestionsHello, First post, so I'll try to keep it brief. My suggestion has to do with weapon switching and reloading. I'm not going to go into the reload or weapon switch speed (which has already been covered), so instead I'll talk a little bit about weapon switching. When a regular person or soldier comes face to face with an enemy and they have something other than their weapon in their hands, they're going to go for their weapon as fast as possible. Switch speed notwithstanding, I think that things like slowly and deliberately flipping down each RPG sight in a moment of urgent need is a little unrealistic and breaks immersion. Similar mechanics are flipping on the safety of a pistol before reholstering, bringing a rifle down to low-ready and holding it there for an inexplicable second and half before switching from an under-barrel grenade launcher and the rifle itself, or completely collapsing and stowing a LAW before switching weapons. My suggestion would be to implement a mechanic that can detect when one is face-to-face with an enemy and possibly under fire, and change the animation to something that a real, panicked person would do, such as immediately stowing the weapon without taking the time to do the little things that cost precious milliseconds. For balance's sake, it may be necessary to also add a mechanic that breaks and/or damages RPG sights (having ostensibly been caught on debris because they're still up), negligently fires a grenade round, limits player mobility when they have a big long M72 on their back, or some sort of negligent discharge with unsafed pistols. This might not be feasible/reasonable, though. And I'm sure it's already been discussed, but a drop/pickup weapon mechanic might allow players to simply drop their weapon and hurriedly grab their primaries/secondaries. This might cause issues with players dropping their crap when they don't want to, though. It's actually my job IRL to criticize things, so if you guys think this is a good suggestion, I'd be willing to compile a dossier about a whole bunch of (sourced) things once I have a lot more hours in this game. Great game, great community. Props to the devs. Gilead
Hello everyone! The names Featherstone (Or at least my middle name is). IGN is FeatherSton3. Just wanted to stop by, create an account and say hello. I have been following this game pretty regularly for the past half a year or so now, and now with the release of the game on Steam, I am pretty pumped. I definitely consider myself someone who wants to do nothing more than play strategically rather than run-and-gun and worry about my K/D ratio. So glad that you guys created this game, I have been watching the videos and the game-play is really, really impressive. I hope to buy the game soon and come play with some buddies of mine, and possibly meet and find new friends with like-mindedness along the way. So, that's about it. Thanks for reading and I hope to be playing along side ya'll soon.