Planetside 2 General Outfit SOPs
Members must read the Tactical Gamer Primer and agree to act in a manner consistent with the play style that is outlined in it. If you feel this play style is not suited to your gaining maximum certs or other in game rewards, then perhaps a reassessment of your desire to be at Tactical Gamer is in order. As per the Primer, we play for each other, not points or unlocks.
Tactical Gamer expects our members to behave in a mature fashion, whether it's in-game or on the forums. Here are some of our ground rules -
No abusive behavior.
No racist, sexist or discriminatory comments.
Respect for other players must be maintained at all times.
Respect the chain of command and follow squad and platoon leader orders.
Inappropriate or unsociable behavior by our members will be dealt with at the discretion of Outfit Administration. Possible sanctions that OA might initiate include but are not limited to suspension or removal from the Outfit, issuance of forum account infractions or requiring additional training.
Proper communications etiquette is essential to the efficient functioning of our squads and platoons. Please familiarize yourself with our additional Outfit SOPs and practice them in-game. They are all designed to help standardize and streamline our in-game comms.
Both the squad leader and platoon leader are responsible for maintaining radio discipline within a given unit. Please help them out by keeping the voice channels clear of unnecessary chatter.
We encourage all members to log into our Teamspeak 3 server when they fire up the game. It's a great way to connect with your community.
We use Teamspeak 3 for event coordination and community meetings so make sure to download it and get it installed. Multi-platoon operations may require Teamspeak 3 for command level comms.
Use in-game voip for squad and platoon comms. When using the in-game voip channels keep in mind the following channel protocols. For non-critical info, use an appropriate text chat channel. The playing of music or other distracting audio, via any of the voip channels is not allowed.
Outfit - Since this channel is heard by all Outfit members, it should be used for Outfit business and announcements only. To ask for a squad/platoon invite, use Outfit text chat or Teamspeak.
Platoon - To be used by the platoon leader and the squad leaders only. Squad members should relay info to their SL unless specifically asked to use the PL channel.
Squad - Used by the SL and squad members.
Proximity - Use for localized fire team coordination, or other close range comms that the whole squad might not need to hear.
General Squad and Platoon SOPs
Chain of Command
Always follow orders and respect the chain of command. Squad members follow squad leader orders. Squad leaders follow platoon leader orders. Platoon leaders follow company commander orders.
If you disagree with your orders or are not happy with the units' mission, feel free to join another squad or start your own. Do not back seat lead, belly ache about not earning certs or otherwise hassle the platoon or squad leader with unsolicited feedback. In-game is not the time for debate. Bring issues, like differing opinions on tactics, to the forums and start a positive discussion or After Action Report(AAR) to explore the matter.
Joining a squad
Check the Outfit box in your squad browser. Don't check the Friends box as that takes precedence over the Outfit box. If you still can't locate a squad after checking the browser, ask in Outfit text chat. If there's no reply in Outfit chat, or you don't see an invite, ask for one in Teamspeak.
Starting a Squad
Naming Convention - Call it TacticalGamer.com. Descriptors like Teamwork, VOIP, armor, air and the like are acceptable additions to the squad name.
Ideally it will be open only to Outfit members initially, to get a "core" of TG guys in, to help your squad or platoon get up and running smoothly. It can then be opened to non TG players.
Invite outfit members and watch Outfit chat for invite requests. Also invite local pubbies to the squad once it's open. If you see a guy next to you standing on [A] or covering your back, Q spot him and send him an invite using the commo rose.
If you are in a non-public (locked) squad with your buddies you are welcome to create a temporary sub-channel for your group, in the PS2 channel. In-house Squad Members may use their TS squad channel if they prefer.
Squad Member Preferred Practices
Please wait for SL confirmation before executing orders heard via platoon voip. Breaking formation early could harm squad cohesion and effectiveness. Give the SL a chance to figure out the logistics and navigational issues involved in executing PL orders.
In general, when given a task (AA, engy, medic, etc) by your SL, keep doing it unless told otherwise. If you are getting bored ask for a different role and try not to switch roles without letting the SL know.
Please check with your SL prior to pulling any vehicle assets.
To assist with unit cohesion, make sure to spawn at the location designated by your SL. When in doubt, hold spawn and ask the SL for instructions once there is a break in comms.
A discussion thread on squad member expectations can be found here.
Leaving the squad
As a courtesy to your SL, please announce when you are exiting so that the SL and squad know you are no longer able to perform your role or task.
Disbanding a squad
If the SL or PL of a TG named unit has to leave, he or she should give the position to another TG member. If that's not possible and a non-TG player would become SL or PL, rename the respective units so tacticalgamer.com is not used in the title. Try to use a name like Teamwork or Voip and include the continent of operation. Taking these steps before exiting the unit are crucial in order to stop non-TG members from potentially misrepresenting us, even if it's unintentional.
Squad members should report problem players to their squad leader. Squad leaders should remove players that are not following orders or are otherwise causing a disruption. The SL should first attempt contact and correction with the problem player. If that does not get them in line, either remove them from the squad yourself or if you're an SL in a platoon, report the player's name to your PL via platoon text chat and request their removal. Platoon leaders, please remove players asap when requested.
If a TG player is not following your orders, or is otherwise breaking the TG Primer, please report them in our Planetside 2 Contact Outfit Administration forum.
Players can use the in-game "/Report <Player Name>" feature to report harassment, suspected hacking or other issues directly to SOE.
Members must not employ tactics or in-game actions that will intentionally or in all likelihood result in their own death. Redeploying is not suicide. It's Scotty beaming you up and then down somewhere else.
Do not use exploits. This is covered in the Primer, and the simplest way to think about it is "Does doing this give me an unfair/unintended advantage?" If yes, please desist.
Joining the Outfit/Recruitment/
Joining the Outfit
We are actively recruiting for the TG Outfit. If you are interested in joining, please follow the instructions in the Outfit Info and Applications thread.
Our members are by far our best recruiting resource. Most of us were brought to TG by randomly experiencing an awesome TG led squad in whatever game we favored at the time. We would like to continue to attract like minded players, so it's quite important that we all set a great example in game. Every time. Do your best to let folks know what TG is all about.
Outfit Officers and NCOs can provide real time Outfit invites. If someone asks for an Outfit invite, please Friend them so you don't forget their name. Check to see if an Officer of NCO is available to send a real time invite to the player. If none are available, and it's not too inconvenient, save the players name so that you can forward it to an Officer or NCO when you see one online. You can also let the player know they can try again later or, alternatively, you can provide them with our website address - tacticalgamer.com so the player can get more info or submit an Outfit application.
Periodically, members will be advertising the website and TS address via platoon or squad chat. In addition, members will occasionally use in-game voip to let folks know more about TG and how to join the Outfit. Players you squad with may have questions about TG so please be as helpful as you can. If you are unable to assist them, you could refer them to an Officer or NCO. If no one is available, refer them to our website, TacticalGamer.com, for more info. Tell them to look for the Planetside 2 link in the sidebar.