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Cavazos
2009-11-05, 22:06
I posted this in the feedback thread for 87b. Since it reads like an AAR I decided to copy it here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

So today I was beginning a round on Operation Barracuda on the TG server. I was disappointed because we had just gotten off Operation Archer and everyone was saying we should go to Muttrah City at the end. The server map was changed because the game was not good for the U.S.

So i'm like "Damn, this map is going to suck. I don't like Barracuda!". So I create a infantry squad to take command of a combat element. I knew we would have to establish a strong FOB presence on the island as well as sticky together to concentrate our firepower if we wanted to win this map.

We set up at airport and make our way to North Rock obj. Originally I was going to set up a FOB there while the huey uses the giant rock as cover and drops us in water, but it just happened to be one of the two first objectives to take. Way too hot.

We set up a good FOB at airport and move behind squad 4 towards north rock. As they take it we hold in the trenches covering beach fort as that is an objective as well. It goes good. We take it and my squad regroups on North Rock. Area is declared clear enough for helo ops and we get a supply drop for FOB. Now I had to make a choice here.

At the time we had 2 main infantry squads, mine and S4. We were the main combat power. I had to decide if our squads should have one defend North Rock or we just go all out. My squad was full while S4 lost two players. So I decided to keep my AR and 1 rifleman at North to defend. The AR is quite capable in defense and while we wouldn't have it with us - as long as we're with S4 we should have enough combat power to overcome the Docks objective enemy.

On route while in trenches we spotted a HMG on the crater edge. I make the tactical decision to change route and take our enemy FOB to prevent reinforcements to Docks. We succeed and set up base.

This is where things get good for me as a squad leader. I get reports from my two buddies at North Rock there is an enemy squad approaching. On the tactical map I see S4 at the bridge south of Docks. I am faced with the tough choice of supporting S4 to ensure we get Docks are returning to North Rock before the defenders are possibly overwhelm.

We had a great defensive position there to assault beach objective and had an objective. We did not want to lose that. So I make the choice to return. Run into enemies and take care of them. Regroup at North Rock. We're running operations in and out of that place like a U.S. base to get artillery marks up, a player to take up comm temporarily, and pickups to regroup the squads. It was great and felt real, active, and dangerous.

Our pacing was slow and cautious and more intense. The system works great. I also like how I can designate someone.. ANYONE as SL and it won't matter if he gets the SL spot as much as it did before. Sure, it will effect it as you cannot communicate with the commander and have firm control over CAS capabilities - but sometimes the person designated SL isn't the best for the job. It isn't about a SL abilities in-game but the abstract idea of how he coordinates and maximizes each team player's ability to help win the game in a fun manner.

I love the system - even not on a map I like. Insurgency maps may need work but I do not know. I haven't played them enough with the Beta.

goguapsy
2009-11-05, 23:33
That IS interesting. I was playing same thing, TG, Barracuda. I join in the middle of the game (all flags are Chinese... does it start this way?) So a FOB at the Docks is the main spawn point. My squad starts off with 3 or 4 people, goes down to 2 and climbs back up to 6. We take a flag which had some defences while another squad took care of the FOB. After that we move to airfield. VERY long battle ranges, sniper keeps shooting us down. I had to leave for school (I had to get SOME sleep...) and well, thing is, you need a well coordinated team (good SLs with TeamWork mind) and a awesomely good CO. Ok, perhaps only someone that knows how to give orders away in a correct way. CAS also plays a major role, specially for my squad (3 guys) getting pinned down by an enemy squad going to docks. CAS takes care of them and destroy the bunkers at the flag we capped later. Just plain awesome game.

Unfortunately though, I don't have time for long games like that. :(

Qwai River was fun though.

Cavazos
2009-11-06, 00:20
That IS interesting. I was playing same thing, TG, Barracuda. I join in the middle of the game (all flags are Chinese... does it start this way?) So a FOB at the Docks is the main spawn point. My squad starts off with 3 or 4 people, goes down to 2 and climbs back up to 6. We take a flag which had some defences while another squad took care of the FOB. After that we move to airfield. VERY long battle ranges, sniper keeps shooting us down. I had to leave for school (I had to get SOME sleep...) and well, thing is, you need a well coordinated team (good SLs with TeamWork mind) and a awesomely good CO. Ok, perhaps only someone that knows how to give orders away in a correct way. CAS also plays a major role, specially for my squad (3 guys) getting pinned down by an enemy squad going to docks. CAS takes care of them and destroy the bunkers at the flag we capped later. Just plain awesome game.

Unfortunately though, I don't have time for long games like that. :(

Qwai River was fun though.

It must have been a different time then we were on. We had a FOB at airfield but I asked Monsieur to destroy it (he was in my squad and we had no CO, so he volunteered to do it). We didnt have any at airfield (I left after an hour though). Did you have the North Rock, Beach Fort, and Docks objective for your game? We held North since early in the game but didnt take anymore when I had left. It was around noon EST.

P.S.

Yes, it starts off all chinese owned flags with two capturable / defendable flags.

goguapsy
2009-11-06, 14:02
It must have been a different time then we were on. We had a FOB at airfield but I asked Monsieur to destroy it (he was in my squad and we had no CO, so he volunteered to do it). We didnt have any at airfield (I left after an hour though). Did you have the North Rock, Beach Fort, and Docks objective for your game? We held North since early in the game but didnt take anymore when I had left. It was around noon EST.

P.S.

Yes, it starts off all chinese owned flags with two capturable / defendable flags.

Docks wasn't a flag (but we built the attack FOB there).

There was a flag just west of the docks, then a fortification (with trenches and stuff), airfield and another one. The airfield cap was north of the airfield (maybe rocks?) the FOB was south (in the tower OR in the hangars, I didn't get a visual. SM says it's on the tower, CO says it's on the hangars. We start through the tower, but we died and we tried going straight to the airfield, got pinned down by snipers (yeah, actual snipers, 1 or 2, probably one :P). That's when I had to leave.

But then I was playing with rally points some other game... I miss that. I mean, rally isn't THAT rambo style, if you got a good squad, and you squad lead well, rallys are great.