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Squad Freeweekend Quick Start Guide For New Players

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WELCOME!

Hello and welcome to the Squad community! We here love getting new players into the game and seeing them stumble through the learning curve to become capable Squaddies! But as a brief disclaimer: Squad is very different from your average FPS and the quality of gameplay hinges entirely on each individual player’s shoulders on a full server. Simply because for the game to function as intended, some things need to be known and need to happen by the players hand for a good game of Squad to happen. Otherwise it’ll be a shitshow one way or the other. But when it all works… Oh boy will you remember that round or moment of Squad for the rest of your life.

So to help you guys experience the true nature of Squad and for you to be one of those players having a positive impact in the upcoming FreeWeekend games, I’ll go through some basic things you must know and some situations you might encounter, but there are also many other passionate Squaddies out there who have spent time and effort to help you learn the ins and outs of the game in a more accessible form than my written ramblings - If you’re not the type of person to read – have a video! There are plenty more available on every possible topic, but these I consider giving something for everyone!


Whytoe covers 10 commandments to Squad 3:34 – bare minimum to know going into your first games


TheTacticalBrit dives into the fundamentals of Squad and covers all critical aspects in a Ultimate Squad Guide-series PT 1/6 Here 26:49

 

HOW TO NOT SUCK AT SQUAD - TEXT/IMG GUIDE

 

WHAT IS SQUAD?

 

Steam page says: “Squad is a 50 vs 50 multiplayer first-person shooter that aims to capture combat realism through communication and teamplay” Well firstly the 50 vs 50 is currently horse shit, Squad is 40 vs 40 and the aim is to get the player count up to 100 by the end of 2018. Secondly, in my opinion Squad is aiming (and succeeding) in filling a gap between the Battlefield series and the Arma series, offering the best of both worlds with accessible and intense firefights, but in a slower environment than Battlefield and the emphasis being on teamwork, teamwork and teamwork. A rough comparison between games commonly associated with Squad

 

At its best: Squad is a deeply strategic and immersive teamwork focused experience that creates memorable moments and is thoroughly enjoyable through a whole 45min to 1h 30min match.

 

At its worst: Squad is a shitshow of a complicated team deathmatch with no strategy or team play to be seen and where the points don’t matter.

 

What creates the difference between the two?

 

You …andtheother79dudes

 

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR A GOOD GAME OF SQUAD

 

Squads are formed in the preparation phase before the round starts, Squad Leaders communicate a simple tactic of who goes where and uses what vehicles, give them a moment of silence while you haven't spawned until you're asked to spawn or hold your spawn. Do not spawn at round start unless asked to, it creates extra hassle for your Squad and results in wasted vehicles used only for one way taxis or you having to walk from Main, which you shouldn’t do except for the very smallest maps. If you accidentally spawn and there is no room in vehicles, just respawn and wait for a spawn point to be set up closer to the fight, no one needs to walk for 10 minutes.

 

Squad Leaders make sure that all the flags they want to contest have some players going to them and a minimum of 2 FOBs are placed early on (personal preference, 1 is just asking to walk from Main at some point). The usual form is to have the forward FOB somewhere in the vicinity of the middle flag (most important flag) and another one as a backup somewhere in a little safer spot.

 

The outcome of the match can swing very quickly to your or your enemies' favor if one team neglects placing FOBs at all or the middle flag(s) are not contested by both teams early on. Losing an objective is a big deal so if you lose the initial fight at the middle objective, make sure you've got someone at the new defense flag quickly because it only takes 3 people to capture it from behind you and at that point the game is pretty much over because you've just been backcapped. Always think ahead, even if you're not the one making the decisions.

 

A PICTURE ILLUSTRATING THE FIRST 2 MINUTES OF AN AVERAGE MATCH

 

-Notice some people doing backline duties for the opening minutes of a match to ensure the team has a solid chance at winning the game. Without the backline work of capturing and placing FOBs, your team WILL crumble.

Same principles apply for the enemy team, if you get the easiest win of your life and just walk over the enemy team, it’s most likely because they neglected the backline duties and all just wanted to shoot from minute 1.

For a good game of Squad, both teams in the server need to be competent to an extent and have a “We”-mentality going on, not a “Me”-mentality, which will result in a 20 minute deathmatch that no one enjoys.

 

                             HOW TO WIN A MATCH OF SQUAD / WHAT ****ING TICKETS

 

Tickets are the way the winner of a match is determined in Squad, typically both teams start with 500-575 tickets in AAS (Assault And Secure) mode and the one to run out first loses. Each player “life” is worth 1 ticket, Vehicles anywhere between 2 to 35 tickets depending on the vehicle. FOBs (the big spawn points) are worth 20 tickets. The Objectives have a varying cost on them as well depending on the map layer. Capturing a neutral flag doesn’t cost the enemy tickets, but taking one that the enemy is controlling decreases the enemy tickets and even gives some back to your team.

If you capture all the flags in the map the enemy team will enter a state of “Mercy Bleed”, which will drain their tickets down at a very quick rate to end the round quickly as you’ve absolutely demolished them!

Winning a game is a delicate balance of playing the active objectives (orange triangle for attack, purple shield for defense) , taking out enemy vehicles and spawn points and killing players all the while protecting your own. Vehicles have a big impact ticket-wise so use caution with them at all times, but the largest impact is had with spawn points. Securing your own FOBs and Rally Points and taking out the enemy ones are key in taking objectives and gaining ground.

 

                             SPAWNING / CONTROLS / BASIC THINGS


HOW TO NOT SUCK AT BASIC THINGS – THIS COVERS Spawning, Flags and Logistics briefly
 

CONTROL SCHEME FROM LOADING SCREEN

                             DYING

You’ll be doing plenty of this, but don’t worry it’s a part of the learning curve. People that know the maps and are used to the weapons, the pace etc. will be taking your head off plenty of times, but fear not. A dozen games in and you’ll already be able to fight back a lot better!

Squad has decently long spawn timers and each player death contributes 1 ticket loss to the team when you press “Give up” or you bleed out after being incapacitated for a few minutes. Thus, you should never  give up straight away when you die in case a medic can get to you (check your map!) and also because you won’t get back in the fight any quicker looking at the timer going down. But medics are important and if at all possible you should wait for them to revive you and as they do, try to give them any useful information about your situation (for example if the enemy that killed you is in the same room as  you, you better tell that medic before he comes in or the medic will just get killed for nothing!)

 

SPOTTING ENEMIES / COMMUNICATING IN SQUAD

 

It can be extremely hard to pinpoint enemies in your first games as you have no idea where they’re coming from so listen carefully to your squad calling them out and possibly them being marked on the map. Remember that the map markers for enemies are placed manually by Squad Leaders and are not 100% accurate. To spot them yourself, think of a logical way they should be coming from and stop for a while and observe, any movement is easier to pick up when you’re standing still yourself. Getting this right takes time and patience, don’t be frustrated if you get the feeling that the “trees are shooting you”.  While tweaking some settings might give you marginal clarity in the picture, the biggest miracle aid will be to just get into another game and get some more experience!

 

Try to keep the voice chat related to things in game, and use the right channels to convey the right information. Typically, chat to pass the time, individual enemy positions, and anything using compass bearings should be in local chat ('V' key) which has a range of about 50 meters, while large enemy groups, spawnpoints, objective status ("we're losing point XYZ!") and vehicles should be in squad chat ('B' key) which is audible to your squad mates from anywhere on the map. You should also try to use directions relative to objectives or fixed points in squad chat (eg. "Enemies coming in west of the bridge"), since compass bearings will vary enormously based on everyone elses positions (for example, 120 SE for you could easily be 60 NE for someone 150m to your south)

 

Crude example of how only yelling out whatever your compass reads is not useful to anyone

 

VEHICLES

CHEAT SHEET FOR VEHICLES, VEHICLE NAMES, TICKET COSTS ETC

 

In Squad vehicles are extremely important to the outcome of the fight. Each vehicle has a ticket cost associated with them that your team loses upon losing the vehicle. For any of the bigger vehicles, APCs and MRAPs etc. the cost is very high so you should treat them with respect and try to keep them safe at all times and only engage when you think you have the advantage. They are not tanks and driving one into a town with enemies will lead into its swift destruction.  Each vehicle has to be claimed by a Squad Leader to be used by their squad either by the Squad Leader entering the vehicle or remotely by having a squad member next to the vehicle press F and the Squad Leader approving it from his radial menu.

Notice: Not everyone will get a personal vehicle in this game. They are valuable assets and shouldn’t be used as a 1-way taxi to get into the frontlines and be abandoned. Abandoning vehicles will bite your team in the ass HARD. Especially Logistics vehicles are absolutely vital, if your Squad leader uses one as a 1-man transport when there are no actual transports available, you have my permission to call that man an irresponsible ****nugget.

 

TEAMKILLING

 

Teamkilling is heavily frowned upon by the community and intentional TKs can and will get you banned from many servers. Accidents happen and it’s normal to occasionally mistake a friend to a foe – just remember to apologize and it’s usually fine! It's an intense game, tempers will rise, but try to find a way to solve the situation that is not TKing anyone.  The playerbase is very mature compared to other shooter games, unbelievable but true, you can actually talk to people usually. TKing – Don’t do it. Trust me on this.

 

I HAVEN’T PLAYED THE GAME BEFORE - SHOULD I SQUADLEAD?

 

Short answer & personal opinion: No.

 

 If you create a Squad that makes you the Squad Leader and there are certain expectations of you as a player in that role. It’s not like other games *cough battlefield* where it’s just a title. Here it actually has a meaning and you’ve got some responsibilities. You're essentially one of 4-5 Squad Leaders in the team and together you are the driving force and the strategic hive mind guiding your team. This requires some experience in the game so please DO NOT CREATE A SQUAD = BECOME A SQUADLEADER IF YOU'RE PLAYING YOUR VERY FIRST GAMES. I only say that for the benefit of everyone in the game, even if you believe you're Patton reborn, at least observe a more experienced Squad Leader for a few rounds before trying it out yourself. No one is perfect in their first game and it can be very stressful / demanding so you need a certain attitude going into it. If you're interested in trying it out anyhow, check out some of the SquadLeading guides to get a few tips on it. Nothing is stopping you from doing it in your first game but I can guarantee you that you and your teammates will have a better experience if you try to grasp the basics first and when you feel fully in control you can drop yourself in the deep end and try out SL:ing!

 

LIFE SKILLS & SITUATIONS YOU MIGHT FIND YOURSELF IN

 

“I just played a round on a Free Weekend – no one was talking and it was really bad”

The cold hard fact is that in Squad there are shit rounds, average rounds and amazing rounds. On a Freeweekend the first 2 are more common than the last one. Simply because the overall skill of the current players drops significantly with a huge influx of Freeweekend players coming in and dwarfing the existing, partly competent player population. That’s not a bad thing and getting more people to try the game and enjoy it is great, but by simple maths this will lead to games where a big majority of the players are brand new. And all the stuff I’ve written here and you’ve maybe read 20% of and understood 5% of is stuff those guys have never heard of. And they try to play Squad like it’s Battlefield most commonly and that makes for teamdeathmatchy-games.

But. The experienced community members are out in force and there will be thousands of people playing Squad Leader this weekend to try and teach the ropes for the new guys to get good experiences for everyone. If you haven’t bumped into one yet, it’s only a matter of time until it happens! If you’re lucky you might even bump into one of the devs running their own noob friendly squads and participating in the event!

Just give it another shot, once you get that “true” Squad experience, you’ll understand why we all stick with this game through the occasional bad rounds.

 

"Nothing is happening - this is boring”

 That can happen! The freedom the players have in Squad make for some of the most epic strategies and engagements you will ever encounter in a game, but it also comes with a downside. Sometimes the players in the other team are just too inept to get anything done and they simply can’t get anyone to you, usually on a Defense flag and you might find yourself sitting there doing nothing anywhere from a few minutes to 10-15 in a rare worst case scenario. Smaller downtime is a part of the game and for many it’s what makes the game feel impactful and makes every engagement more exciting as you know if you wipe them out they can’t spawn for some time and makes every kill feel rewarding and that it actually matters. But once you wipe them out, they legit can’t spawn and thus you being amazing has created you some downtime.

 

"My squad isn't communicating"

 Any number of reasons might cause this, you might all be new, people might not have mics, the Squad Leader might not know he is the Squad Leader. Try asking politely if you have a plan or what’s going on and people might wake up. If nothing else, the Squad Leader should always be able to communicate and be the one talking a lot. There are differences in how much players want to micromanage as SLs, but some standard of communication is to be expected. Otherwise, leave the Squad and check out another one. If the same repeats, considering switching to another server as communication is crucial to both the gameplay and enjoyment of the game.

 

 "No one has made a squad and the game is about to start"

 Just keep waiting, someone will eventually gather the courage to do it. DO NOT create a squad on your own if you don’t plan on being the Squad Leader and give the role to someone else who joined the squad. This is extremely shitty and causes unnecessary hassle. Have I mentioned patience?

 

 "I don't know where I should spawn"

 Just look where you Squad members (green) are on the map and go from the closest one unless told otherwise. If no spawns are present do ask politely where to spawn or if you should hold on for a moment. Spawning randomly in a FOB where your squad is not is usually bad and separates you from the rest of the squad for a long period of time.

 

“I spawned in at Main and all the vehicles left except for this big tank looking thing which I can’t get into and I now need to walk from Main to the fight in the biggest map in the game, this will take me 15 minutes and this game is shit”

Don’t be silly, the vehicles are in a hurry to leave when the game starts and if you spawn as all you can see are the tail lights disappearing in the distance, they’re not going to turn around a vehicle with 18 people in it to pick you up. There’s no point for you to start walking now either because it will actually take you 15 minutes to get to the battlefield on foot so just respawn by opening chat, deleting everything in the line and typing “respawn”. Then wait for that truck to get into the active combat zone and they will set up spawn points for you to get into the action with the rest!

 

 "I was kicked out of a squad – everyone hates me"

The SL can kick anyone they want whenever they want. It’s a part of the game and the Squad Leader can choose who he wants to play with.  Maybe you did something wrong and he didn’t bother to explain it, maybe your microphone wasn’t on and he thought you couldn’t communicate, maybe he made room for a friend / clanmate or was simply too slow to lock his 2-man vehicle that didn’t need another person in it! Don’t worry about it, just hop into another one. Rarely is it a personal vendetta against you.

 

 “My Squad Leader seems to be intoxicated”

 Good. He will lead you into great adventure.

 

 “My Squad Leader is an asshole”

 Leave the squad, no need to play with assholes. Unless you're mistaking giving orders and getting important things done quickly for being a prick then well yeah I've got nothing for that, grow a pair I guess.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS / HOW TO FIX ERRORS

 

Squad is still very much a work in progress and things go wrong and shit breaks. It happens.

Here’s OWI’s tips to common problems

And here is the official support helpdesk for a DIY man and common problems

 

And if all else fails, first jump in to the official Squad Community Discord and post your problem in the #support channel where community members and devs alike will help you sort through problems and get into the game. Remember to be polite and offer as much info about your system and problem as possible to get quicker help to your problem!

And there is also the possibility to contact support directly at [email protected], but be aware they will be swamped with support requests during Free Weekend, so I'd say the discord is your best option!

 

TL;DR

 

You cheeky bugger. How dare you skip through all of that goodness. You need to work on your patience. Anyhow, here’s the quick rundown:

 

It's Free Weekend, there will be amazing games and there will be shit games. The Squad community will show up in force to teach & lead newbies, but the fact is that there won't always be enough willing veterans to lead squads.  So don't give up after a shit game or two, take my word on this and believe that when you come across an amazing game / squad, you'll remember it for years to come.

 

Have a microphone and use it, it's practically mandatory to enjoy the game.

 

Remember this game is all about "We", not "Me".

 

The community is what makes the game great. Try to have a positive impact on it in your games, even when things get heated as they do with a high intensity game depending on massive amounts of teamwork. Shit happens, move on and enjoy the game and allow others to do the same too.

Again, welcome to Squad, enjoy the Free Weekend madness and to summarize in the undying words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Don’t be such a **** all the time”.


LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? IT’S ALL HERE HOW BLOODY CONVENIENT

SQUAD WIKI

•   [HELPFUL LINKS]

•   [PLANNED FEATURES / LATEST DEV AMA TRANSCRIPT]

•   [SQUAD WEAPONS DATA]

•   [SQUAD OFFICIAL DISCORD]  - HIGHLY RECOMMEND JOINING FOR QUICK QUESTIONS / PROBLEMS / DISCUSSION / BANTER 

Edited by SgtHerhi
UPDATED FOR FREE WEEKEND JUNE 21ST 2018!

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4 hours ago, SgtHerhi said:

**“I was kicked / banned from a server – all the moderators are power hungry assholes”**

No they are not. All good Squad servers are run by communities and usually only trusted members have moderator rights on a server. They are there to make the game more enjoyable for everyone on the server – usually at the cost of their own enjoyment. Believe me, they would rather be playing the game rather than hunt evidence of disruptive behavior. If you feel your kick / ban was unjustified, almost all servers / communities have their own Discord channels where you can bring it up. Remember to be polite, it could’ve been an honest mistake of someone’s fat fingers.

Not all of them, of course. But lots of them. I have been a witness myself various times how good players would get banned just because of butthurting admins, which can't stand the fact that there are far better players than themselves(witch hunters with torches burn witches on bonfires). I'm not talking about myself.

I can say that I have been a witness of players being banned for all kinds of unjustified reason, you name it. That's like in real world, 25% of CEOs are psycopaths.

4 hours ago, SgtHerhi said:

"I don't know where I should spawn"

Just look where you Squad members (green) are on the map and go from the closest one unless told otherwise. If no spawns are present do ask politely where to spawn or if you should hold on for a moment. Spawning randomly in a FOB where your squad is not is usually bad and separates you from the rest of the squad for a long period of time. 

And often results in a kick :D

 

4 hours ago, SgtHerhi said:

Squads are formed in the preparation phase before the round starts, Squad Leaders communicate a simple tactic of who goes where and uses what vehicles, give them a moment of silence while you haven't spawned until you're asked to spawn or hold your spawn. Do not spawn at round start unless asked to, it creates extra hassle and results in wasted vehicles used only for one way taxis.

And also results in a kick of randoms, who don't listen to what squad leader says.

Edited by Skul

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4 hours ago, SgtHerhi said:

TEAMKILLING
Teamkilling is heavily frowned upon by the community and intentional TKs can and will get you banned from many servers. Accidents happen and it’s normal to occasionally mistake a friend to a foe – just remember to apologize and it’s usually fine! It's an intense game, tempers will rise, but try to find a way to solve the situation that is not TKing anyone.  The playerbase is very mature compared to other shooter games, unbelievable but true, you can actually talk to people usually. TKing – Don’t do it. Trust me on this.

To fix most of teamkills it is enough to just open your map if you're not 100% sure that it's an enemy in front of you. And for first 50-100 hours it is a must rule to open your map before you open your fire, unless enemy is shooting at you.

 

It is nice to have your map on LALT key. The idea is that map key should be as easily accessible as space or left mouse button. It wouldn't even be a mistake but a good practice instead to put a map on space and jump button on some other button.

Edited by Skul

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8 hours ago, SgtHerhi said:

“My Squad Leader seems to be intoxicated”

 

Good. He will lead you into great adventure.

 

I dont see 

"My Squad Leader seems to be high"

Lol had a such a great time with both LAT and SL being high. 

 


Addition to OP the following 

"Lashing out to admin/players in-game will most likely get you to get kicked from the server or worse, get banned."

All of the admins are humans as well to keep the server/community clean and pleasurable environment to ALL players at ALL times. Be respectful to each others! [makes sure to point out in OP that all admins have right to kick/ban players if any situations are given]

"Make sure to read the server rules, autoBOT's message at the beginning of the rounds"

 Such servers as Desmo's playground has a unique rules that you can not rush at the beginning of the game. If it happens, you will most likely will get kicked/banned. The round will forcefully end by admin's choice. [I do have some SLs not realizing where not to rush. I had to save their asses over the comms to pull back.]

 

** please remove [....] parts in the post.

Thank you

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30 minutes ago, Gatzby said:

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Yeah, I owe you a beer.

I can accept in behalf of Usgu who doesn't seem to be about.

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No no no. I'll have it. Can I choose another drink instead of beer, too?

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22 hours ago, Usgu said:

No no no. I'll have it. Can I choose another drink instead of beer, too?

Heh, absolutely!

 

We can even burn hops in effigy.

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SPOTTING ENEMIES / COMMUNICATING IN A SQUAD


It can be extremely hard to pinpoint enemies in your first games as you have no idea where they’re coming from so listen carefully to your squad calling them out and possibly them being marked on the map. Remember that the map markers for enemies are placed manually by Squad Leaders and are not 100% accurate. To spot them yourself, think of a logical way they should be coming from and stop for a while and observe, any movement is easier to pick up when you’re standing still yourself. Getting this right takes time and patience, don’t be frustrated if you get the feeling that the “trees are shooting you”.  

 

 

I'm only a few games in but already there.  Even when I feel like I'm sitting in good cover I seem to be getting popped out of nowhere.  I understand the learning curve is pretty hefty on this game but atm this is my biggest issue.  I seem to have a decent grasp of where I'm being shot from but all I see are invisible enemies.  Besides that, I'm having a lot of fun when I find a lead that is helpful and knowledgeable.

Edited by RaDaC

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