Boot Camp: An Introductory Series - 1 - The Basics
Before we jump into it, we just want to say what an amazing week it has been for Squad, in under 5 days we've managed to hit our first funding goal and now we seem to be set to hit our first stretch goal at USD$200,000 (249,233 CAD). Let's keep this rolling!
Welcome to Boot Camp, an introductory series aimed at explaining to you, the backer, about the BASICS and MECHANICS of what makes Squad the game it is.
“ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL. The base unit of Squad is not the individual, but the 9-man squad. Gameplay systems honed over years of experience with the Project Reality series draw the focus away from the lone-wolf player and much more on the cooperation with other members of your squad.”
But what does that mean? What are some of these gameplay systems? What happens when you spawn in?
Compass & Minimalist HUD
On your Heads-Up Display, you will see only 3 things. In the middle, your compass, which you use to instantly call bearings and direction; on the bottom right, your weapon’s fire mode and reserve ammunition; and on the bottom left your current stamina.
Having less information being spoon-fed to you means that you will need to rely on not only your own eyes, but the eyes of your other Squad mates. The Compass will also display crucial information via the command marker from your Squad Leader.
In Squad, every player chooses a Kit Role.
Each role is assigned exactly what they need to perform their duties, whether it be a machine gun with a bipod for creating a base of fire, or a single light anti-tank rocket for light armor, but the idea is to standardize load-outs in order for you as the player to know exactly what the soldier next to you is capable of doing at a glance. There are also deliberate limitations as well, controlling the number of heavy weapons and specialized troops on the battlefield. No squads full of snipers! Penalties also apply if you are killed and lose your heavy equipment in the field, so with great power comes great responsibility.
The Squad Leader
Squad Leaders are the brains of a Squad. Many players will find it difficult initially to step into such a role, but leadership is one of the most rewarding aspects of the game. At your disposal are tools that help you maintain Squad cohesion.
Markers are placed by the Squad leader either in 3D space, or via their command map. These markers will show up on every Squad member’s compass and on their own maps, and are used as a quick means to coordinate your intentions and messages to your Squad.
The Rally Point
Rally Points are the Squad’s primary means of reinforcing themselves. They are a spawn point placed by the Squad leader and allow for a Squad to regroup after casualties have been taken or otherwise. These will require the Squad Leader as well as a few of his Squad members to be present near him when placing. In addition, these can also be easily overrun by the enemy, so careful placement is necessary.
That wraps it up for the first session of Boot Camp! We will bring you another one very soon, this time explaining our approach to Voice over IP and what it means for you. We will also revisit some of these key concepts, such as Squad Leading and Kit Roles further down the track!
Till then, Offworld Out.
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