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Squad Freeweekend Quick Start Guide For New Players

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Hello and welcome to the Squad community! I’ll start this with a brief disclaimer that every round in Squad is different and in order for good rounds to happen it requires a fair amount of skill and teamwork effort from both sides of the 80 player match. It’s not like many other games where everyone sort of *** around doing your own thing and you won’t really have much of an impact on the round as a whole as it runs its course with or without you intervening in it. In Squad the great and memorable rounds require effort from both teams playing the objectives, doing the “boring work” as in placing spawn points for the team to use for the benefit of the whole team. Do this and you’re going to have a great time, ignore it as a team and the round will be a 25 minute disaster.

If you experience a bad round, give the game another fair chance and try again. The quality of gameplay relies so much on the players and especially on freeweekend there are A LOT of new players in who are just learning the ropes with the assistance of the awesome and helpful community so great matches happen but so do bad ones. Best tip I can give you is that if you find a great Squad Leader to play with (funny, effective, entertaining, helpful etc.) stick with them for a few rounds in a row and you'll find others doing the same and you're creating a mini-group for yourselves which is absolutely great fun with complete strangers. And again if the Squad Leader is not any of those above things then try another because the Squad Leader you're with has a great impact on the team's performance as well as everyone's enjoyment of the game.

The game definitely has a learning curve to it which may seem steep to begin with but once you get a few rounds in you're already understanding a lot of what's going on and can enjoy the different aspects of the game. Be patient, communicate and do your best and Squad may just provide the best FPS experience you've ever had.


WHAT IS SQUAD?


At its best: A deeply strategic and immersive teamwork focused experience that creates memorable moments and is thoroughly enjoyable through a whole one to two hour match.


At its worst: 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

GAMEPLAY TIPS   


[CONTROLS / BASIC TIPS FROM LOADING SCREEN]


BASIC META / 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 and results in wasted vehicles used only for one way taxis.


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.

 

 

PLAYING AS A GOOD SQUAD MEMBER - IMPORTANT


The first thing you want to do as a new player is to just drop in the quick phrase "hi, I'm new to the game" at some point in the first couple minutes and that lets your SL know what to expect (and to not expect) from you. No shame in being new, we've all been there once.

Most importantly listen, listen and listen. Anywhere from your SL telling the next objective or him asking for people on him (usually to place new spawn points, which you need to keep in the fight going) or other squad members calling out enemy locations or the medic that shouts he's coming to get you next. Listening is the first step, communicating back is the second. If Squad Leader asks you to do something, answer, just "OK" is fine and so is "No, can't", but silence is bad. They don't boss your around to be a ***, they boss you around to keep the fight going and everyone having a good time. I don't know about you but I'll rather shoot fools than press W for 5 minutes because we lost all our spawn points.


That's really the main thing. Listen, communicate and finally kill. That's in priority order, no joke. You'll pick up the lingo and the finer details as you go, just keep an open mind and you'll learn the ropes in no time.

 

SPAWNING


There are 3 ways to spawn in Squad, Main Spawn, FOB and Rally Point. 2 latter ones are placed by the players. This means some players need to sort them out while others get straight to the fight. This might mean you have to sometimes wait a few minutes before you’re needed to spawn at the start of the round so please listen to your Squad Leader before you spawn in at Main.  Don’t spawn at round start unless asked to - This is a purely logistic issue/choice from the Squad Leaders on how many vehicles they want to use. Some simply won’t have a place to sit in just one vehicle and bringing more can be a waste of resources. You don't need to walk from main in 98% of the matches you play, just use vehicles (ask permission from SL before) or use the forward spawns available to the whole team, FOBs.

 

PROTIP: Rally Points are squad specific spawns with 10 spawns until it runs out. Try to always leave the last spawn for your Squad leader so he can place a new one! Rally Point spawn timer is higher than that of a FOB and Main Spawn doesn't have a timer at all.

 

DYING


Squad has quite long spawn timers. Each player death is worth 1 ticket and it's lost at the moment you press "Give Up" or bleed out after a period of being downed. You should **always** stay in the downed state from 30 seconds to a minute because you won’t be able to spawn any quicker anyway and that gives your medics a chance to pick you up and save that precious ticket.

 

PROTIP: When you're down try and communicate where you got shot from (an estimate is better than nothing) to players close to you and especially if a medic is coming to get you, warn your squadmates if there is someone for example standing on top of you


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”.  

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) 
[Simple and quick callouts are the best, only yelling out your compass bearing reading (number) is not useful to anyone.]


PROTIP: If you're still not getting anything done, remember the essence of teamwork is to give the enemy other people to shoot at so go ahead and let Private Pete walk in front of you and engage the enemy that shoots Pete in the head.

 

VEHICLES


Cheat sheet for vehicles, vehicle names, ticket costs etc. [SHEET 1/2] [SHEET 2/2]


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.

PROTIP: E to start the engine

 

 

WHAT ****ING TICKETS? / HOW TO WIN A GAME


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. Controlling the majority of flags on the map also makes the enemy team “bleed” tickets = lose tickets over time. Having this advantage is huge and thus the biggest fights usually focus around the middle flag(s) of the map.

 

 

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


"Nothing is happening - this is boring / as slow as Arma"
 

This is definitely not the case, Squad is definitely quicker paced than your average Arma game, but to ensure the natural flow of the game a little effort from the players is required in the form of using vehicles smartly and making sure you've got sufficient spawns set up like I've previously mentioned with FOBs and Rally Points always being a priority.
 

But Squad too definitely has some down time depending on what your squad is currently doing. As it is a large open map with multiple objectives active at once, it is not uncommon to find yourself at an objective with not a single enemy around, be it on the attack or on the defense. This is just a part of the game and usually a result of great plays from one side and poor decisions from the other. If on the other hand you'r sitting at a defense flag for the whole round and you're not getting attacked at all that's just unfortunate and depends on the enemy team more than anything. You're most likely winning the game by sitting there but it is not exciting or fun. That's a part of the game too, sad but true. Uncommon, but possible.

 

 

"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 was kicked out of a squad"

 

The SL can kick anyone they want whenever they want. 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. 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. 

 

"There are no good Squad Leaders or Every Round I Play Is shit"

 

These two go hand in hand and especially on the free weekend this is a problem as the great people of the community are overwhelmed by the amount of new players and there simply isn't enough people on at all times to fill up those most important slots. This leads inevitably to bad games and bad experience of the game itself. Not much to be done about this beyond switching servers and trying your luck elsewhere or stepping up to the challenge yourself and trying to be the man to make the change happen. The quality of the rounds played on average is a lot lower on a free weekend than it is normally when more skilled players are in the game per match, this is just natural with new players and it's a learning experience nonetheless. 

**“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.


TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS / HOW TO FIX ERRORS


Squad is an Early Access game in its Alpha stage. Sometimes things go wrong. Here are the basic tips to help solve a majority of issues. It’s impossible to say what will fix what as every system is unique and an untold amount of things can go wrong, but these should help on some cases. If issues persist, seek proper Support either on the official forums or Discord (links at the bottom). I personally recommend the Discord #support channel for quick questions on pretty much anything, people are very willing to help out quickly. Do remember to be polite and provide as much information as possible on the issue and on your PC (specs mostly).

[OFFICIAL SUPPORT GUIDELINES / TROUBLESHOOTING PAGE]

 

Clearing the Cache –This is your #1 solution to all Squad related problems, launch the game, go to Settings – Game Settings and click the “Clear Cached Data” and restart your game.  This is especially true for returning players who have had a previous version of Squad installed at some point. 

 

Clean install of Squad - Doing the cache clearing the hard way if doing it ingame doesn't work.

Manually delete %localappdata%\Squad


https://offworldindustries.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002768887-How-to-manually-clear-your-user-settings-cache


Uninstall Squad via Steam


Manually delete remaining folders in Squad installation directory


Default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Squad


Install Squad via Steam


Reboot PC

 

Kicked by EAC / EAC Disconnect

If it happens once, don't panic, just reconnect to the server and you're usually fine. Restarting Steam and/or your PC might also help if it happens a couple times. If it's a persisting issue check out [this official guide to fixing EAC errors](https://offworldindustries.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/221442887-Easy-Anti-Cheat-Errors)

Sound problems / mic not working 

Fixing these are a little bit dodgy because there isn't a proper interface in game. The first thing you should make sure is that the microphone you want to use in Squad is set as the default recording device in Windows and in Steam too. To make sure go ahead and disable any others like webcams that are counted as recording devices. Trying another USB port might also help or simply restarting your PC here too.

 

Empty server browser or very few servers?

 

Steam -> Settings -> In Game options there is a dropdown box for "In-Game Server browser: Max Pings/minute. set that to 500 and see if you get servers now.


Cache clearing and verifying integrity may help too.

 

Verify integrity of files in Steam 

 

– In Steam library right click on Squad – Properties – Local Files – Verify Integrity of Game files.


Restart Steam.


Have you tried turning it off and on again? Restart your computer.

 

 

TL;DR

Patience is key.

The community is what makes the game great - don't be a *** and you won't be treated like one.

ENJOY THE FREE WEEKEND MADNESS!


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

SQUAD WIKI

•   [HELPFUL LINKS]

•   [PLANNED FEATURES]

•   [SQUAD WEAPONS DATA]

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

Edited by SgtHerhi

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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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On 11/9/2017 at 3:02 PM, Usgu said:

No link to the Squad Wiki? Heresy!

...

 

Yeah, I owe you a beer.

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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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