Moderator of AA and Halo
12th January 2003
Source: Brian Brown
Reporting In Every 30-40 seconds, report in to let your teammates know where you are. By default, this is the ‘U’ key, but it’s great to change the default to the ‘Q’ key for easier access during game play.
Reporting in keeps your teammates from killing you (ok, we all know this doesn’t prevent ROE 100% of the time, but it does help).
If you get killed, reporting in alerts your teammates where the enemy is.
Finally, it tells your teammates your “hunting” pattern as you roam through the map trying to find the last OpFor alive.
Report the Enemy’s Locations Whenever possible, tell your teammates where the OpFor is. Surprise is the #1 killer in America’s Army. Take surprise away from the enemy and give it to your side. If you have a low percentage shot at a bad guy, don’t take it. Hide and then tell your teammates where he is.
Communication and Leadership If you choose a leadership role in a game, or if you find yourself earning a field promotion, don’t be afraid to jump into the responsibility. As a leader, you are expected to direct other soldiers and create a plan. The hard part is finding a quiet place on a map where you can type for a few seconds.
On the other hand, if you are not a leader, listen to those that have taken the leadership roles. If they are vocal, sending messages every 30 seconds, asking the team to ‘Report In,’ respond to them. Type ‘G 8’ to say ‘Roger’ or type ‘Y’ to open your console and send a personal message. There are several preset messages you can use for the radio. As a non-leader, ‘Roger’ and ‘Negative’ (G 9) are the only ones you really need to learn. The complete list is in the Operations Manual published by The Army Game Project. Download it here.
The Squad Leader This is the king of communication roles. As a Squad Leader, you will want to find a quiet corner so you can direct traffic. The Squad Leader has an entirely different set of communication presets that are accessed by striking ‘G’ twice. They include “Grandma was slow, but she was old!”, “There’s no I in team,” and other favorites. the most important command is ‘G 0 7’...’Report In.’
The Squad Leader should be asking the team to report in constantly. Hopefully, the team will respond giving the Squad Leader an excellent picture of which objectives are being covered and where the enemy is. Remember, if you get killed after reporting in, your whole team knows exactly where the bad guy is making him a potential easy target.
Knowing where everyone is allows the Squad Leader to send people for help. If you need someone to cover the Control Panel, type in ‘Need help CP.’ Always request help in a way that is pleasant, not bossy. No one likes to follow commands from a jerk. Almost everyone will ‘help out’ if asked nicely.
That brings up a secret to all good communication. It is always positive. Notice who talks negatively in the game, it’s almost always newbies complaining about this and that. Everyone in the game makes mistakes, but no one in the game likes to be told they made a mistake. Players are pretty smart, they know when they’ve screwed up. Tell them NT (nice try) instead of ‘That was stupid.’
Reinforcement will go a long way as a leader. When someone gets three bad guys with one nade, immediately send a message that says, ‘nice nade.’ It will be appreciated and you will quickly earn the respect of your teammates. At the end of the round, always type ‘gjt’ (great job team), or ‘nt.’
As a Squad Leader, you even have a verbal command for ‘Great Job Team!’ Hit ‘G 0 9.’ This is a great way to start the round because it’s positive and lets your teammates know that you are a Squad Leader who knows about the special commands of a Squad Leader. You might be surprised how many Squad Leaders don’t know they have special communication commands.
this is good, i have the manual but didnt look through all 100something pages now maybe i'll look fro the comand list thing...
just somehting i wish that would happen is to get a hands free thing like for most non-PC platform MP games, the headset thing. that would make comunication in-game so much better...
Moderator of AA and Halo
12th January 2003
the headset thing. that would make comunication in-game so much better
that's y they have 3rd party programs (such as teamspeak) to use with a group of people
I post to get attention
29th July 2003
whats the best prog to use for teamspeak?? roger wilco??
[color=red]teamspeak? where can i get this...(EViL look on face)...teamspeak?
no, but seriously where can i get it and what are the requierments?[/color]
The local Paultard
24th May 2003
get it at http://teamspeak.org/ i dont kno the requierments
[color=red]shit.....no fucking mac d/l's....macers game too dumbshits.
sorry for the swearing...i'm pissed right now.[/color]
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
Microphones aren't required to have good teamwork. Anyways, they need to create some sort of training to show the importance of teamwork/communication. Perhaps a live training with real instructors who are good players that try and help others. I would certainly help. :) It is really sad how so many people only care about their personal score and never once do such a simple thing as pressing u even ONCE during a round. :(
[color=red]i dont press 'u' at all during a round...i do press 'q' a lot though, because i made that my report in key :p
and what i was thinking is to do tha mount training w/bots, that would be easier than live instructors :uhm: [/color]