Tactical Gamer Professional Counter-Strike (PCS) FAQ
What is Tactical Gamer PCS?
Tactical Gamer Professional CounterStrike is a Counter-Strike server dedicated to playing the game utilizing teamwork, strategy, and tactics. You will find no deathmatch or stat players here. To us it's more than just another server, it's a community of like-minded Counter-Strike enthusiasts, and friends.
What should I be doing on your server?
Completing the objective as a team! If you are supposed to be playing defense, such as guarding the hostages, bomb points, or exits for VIP levels, then back up your team! If you are supposed to be playing offensive, then stay with your offensive team, or group if your offense is using a multi-group offensive strategy. Get the hostages rescued, bomb planted, or VIP out of the hostile area. As teamwork is our number one goal we STRONGLY encourage anyone wishing to become a member to have a working microphone.
What is TEAM Orientation?
Your team is the MOST important thing on TG. This does not mean "help the team to kill the enemy". This means "keep your teammates alive so that you can help each other complete the objective. If you are on the defensive team, this means to take up a position in the area of the offensive team's objective. This also means that it should be a position where you can easily help your teammates if you are called for backup. It is for this reason that "rushing" should not be a problem. The defensive team should be staying in their area defending the objective in an effort to keep the offensive team from sneaking by them, or fighting their way in by sheer force.
You should treat your teammates like they really are the people that you work with, and are friends with. If some of your friends got killed because you failed to save them, how bad would that suck? You should have the EXACT SAME mindset about your team while playing on this server. It Is NOT OK for a couple of your teammates to die as long as you single-handedly kill the other team by yourself. That is NOT teamplay. Repeat: That is NOT teamplay.
What is OBJECTIVE Orientation?
I cannot state this firmly enough: The "objective" is NOT to just kill the other team. If you put yourself in a position where it is easier for the enemy to kill you then for you to kill them, it's just dumb, right? Well, if you put yourself in a position where the enemy can get by you and complete their objective, that's even worse. I understand how limiting this can be for defensive teams, but that's just too damn bad as they have to protect the objective. This is not to say the defensive team must always camp right on the objective spots. To do that would be predictable and easily defeatable. But there are enough places on all the maps we play on that you can shake things up and outsmart the enemy. It is perfectly reasonable to move forward from the objective at the beginning of the round to secure a chokepoint or some other area where they can get a strategic advantage.
However, the defensive team on this map should fall back TOWARDS the bomb points if they are taking heavy fire, and the backup should arrive from the fastest possible path, once the opposing team has their objective I.E. running away with hostages or bomb has been planted, all boundaries are removed. You should be helping your teammates in the fastest possible way to keep them alive, even if it means being predictable. That just means you have to check your corners quickly while running and you have to be quick on the trigger.
From the offensive side, this means planting the bomb as quickly as possible AND guarding it after planting. I have seen FAR too many people plant the bomb and then go running off trying to kill CTs. Then the CTs come around from another way and defuse without any resistance at all. BAD! I've also seen too many people not rescuing hostages because the noise will give them away. They are afraid to die for their mission, and are not willing to let their backs get opened up to enemy fire while running away with the hostages. Their excuse is "I can't rescue if I'm dead". TOO DAMN BAD. We respect those that try to complete the mission, not those that won't risk it to defuse a ticking bomb or risk dying by rescuing hostages. On hostage maps, figure out a way to get in there quickly, grab the hostages, and get out quickly. On demolitions, sneak in, plant fast and stand your ground. You should be willing to die for your mission. Period.
Can I camp?
In many Half-Life mods, camping will get you kicked pretty quickly from most servers. On TG, camping is almost required, depending on the team you are on. The offensive team can NOT camp, but this doesn't mean you need to rush head-first into the enemy territory! You can take your time, plan your strategy, and wait in given areas for tactical reasons. We have very long round times to allow for this. If you are the defensive team, it is your JOB to guard either the bomb point or hostages. Some may call this camping, but you need to stay close to your objective to protect it.
I'm a relative newbie, can I still play on Tactical Gamer?
Of course. Newbies are welcome, but they are bound by the same rules as the more hardened players. Follow the rules, back up your team, and complete your objectives. Most people on the server accept newbies pretty well, but you MUST be open to learning from the people who have better skills. They WILL try to teach you. Ask, listen, learn, and be happy. Newbies that don't learn will be removed from the server.
Is cheating allowed?
You shouldn't even be asking this. No. Cheating is not allowed, anyone caught cheating will be banned for life. There are no grace periods, no warnings. You cheat, you're gone, send us a postcard.
Can I give the Server PW to my friends?
You should not be giving out the server password to ANYONE without prior permission. In most cases we will welcome new players, but we want to keep a handle on it so we don't get inundated with players who don't understand, or want to follow, our concepts.
Where do I download your maps?
Any files you need will be automatically downloaded from the server when they are needed. New maps may take longer the first time they download.
What should I do if someone else has the bomb or the hostages?
ALWAYS cooperate with the bomb carrier or escort the hostages. This should be a WHOLE TEAM effort. You getting kills is NOT as important as the team completing the objective. This is something that will be watched closely from now on. We don't like playing with people who don't know how to teamplay, and we know many others don't like it either. When you are covering a teammate planting the bomb, you shouldn't be looking AT your teammate, you should be looking away from him, towards entrances to the room/area. You should NOT be hidden behind a door that enters into the bomb point, as an enemy can stand inside it and shoot at your bomb-planter and you will not be in a direct position to defend him. In all probability, your teammate will die trying to plant, you will take out the enemy, and you will plant. That isn't teamplay. That is ME-PLAY. YOU should be sacrificing yourself before the bomb planter...while planting he is THE most important member on your team!
With hostages, stand in the line of fire and protect the hostages and the CT leading them. Letting your teammate get killed just so you can get rescue the hostages is just as bad as letting a teammate die while he plants - ME-PLAY.
What should I do if I have the bomb?
The first thing you should do is let your team know where you plan on planting the bomb.
BOMB CARRIERS: when you enter into a bomb point, get over there and plant. Your team is there to cover you. If a firefight starts, you should STILL be trying to plant. Let your team do their job while you plant. Once the bomb is planted, join in the defense of the target until the bomb explodes. Die there if you have to. That bomb HAS to go off. No excuses.
What are your guidelines for hostage treatment?
It's important for everyone to realize that hostages are an important objective in this game. Terrorists are supposed to protect the hostages. After all, isn't that what is keeping the ct's from just blowing them up? CT's are to rescue them. Therefore, "hostage wounding" is forbidden. Hostages are NOT to be thought of as nothing more than shields to hide behind. It's inevitable that a terrorist will end up in a situation where the only cover he has from a CT is a hostage, and that's OK, CT's should NEVER be using hostages as cover.
It is in the interests of both sides to keep hostages alive. If you throw HE nades near hostages, or if you shoot blindly into a hostage area, do not be surprised if you are slayed or kicked. If you continue to do it, do not be surprised if you are banned from the server. It is absurd to suggest that anyone in a hostage area cannot blindly shoot out. This does not put the hostages in any danger, whereas shooting into the same area can injure or kill hostages.
Terrorists are on DEFENSE on cs_maps and should NOT have an offensive strategy in mind...
Any advice with Grenades?
DO NOT THROW GRENADES AHEAD OF YOUR OWN PLAYERS. If you are the 2nd or 3rd person in line, and your team is engaged in an assault, do not throw flash grenades up there. You will blind your own team and they will die. The middle of a firefight is not the time, nor the place, for grenades. Also when you have the money consider stocking up on grenades that will help your team. Just because they don't kill doesn't mean the flash and smoke grenades are worthless. Quite the contrary, a well placed flash bang can win an important round and smoke grenade in the right place can confuse the enemy or get you past a sniper point.
Do not throw HE grenades into hostage areas. Damaging hostages in any way is prohibited. Accidents can happen but shouldn't prevent it from happening at all costs.
How do I know where to go?
First let your team know you are unfamiliar with the current map. Try and identify team leaders, and follow them, or do what they say. When following, stay in line. Don't try to push your way around your teammates and/or leader. When the leader stops, unless they make motions to move forward and/or tell you to. Don't go running out hurling grenades. You can sneak up on your enemy all you want. But it only takes ONE person to try and be a hero and start throwing grenades at unknown targets to ruin the element of surprise.
Can I swear and use foul language?
We have a wide range of players young and old and while some things may be commonplace in your life they can be offensive to others. Keeping this in mind it was decided that in order to show respect to everyone the only language allowed on TG would be the same that is allowed on network television.
If you are offended by someones language, say something. If they continue, PM an admin. If they can't participate in a clean game, they don't need to play here. The guidelines we use are if it is acceptable on network television, it is acceptable here.
How do your stats work?
Stats are currently not available to players.
Is there other information I should read?
Yes! The forums have sections where we discuss rules, and tactics. We use these sections often, as they lend a voice to the players who help make the TG community what it has become. The section of the forums entitled Official Rules and Announcements is also required reading for the server.
Who are the server admins and how can I contact them?
A list of the current admins and their duties are listed on our website.
This server is very important to a lot of people from the originator, to the admins, all the way to the players. We have grown into a community of good friends and we are very emotional when it comes to anyone interfering with the good thing we know we have. We get into arguments and people do get mad but we all realize we are too good of friends for anything to come between us. If you come here to play CS in the way it was supposed to be played, you'll find this is a great place to be and we look forward to shooting you in the face!