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    ArmA 2: Combined Operations - We have our own server



    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    The average ARPS session plays like a mix of Apocalypse Now, Four Lions and Arrested Development.
    People of the Shotgun, let us play this manshooter together!

    Arma 2 is in the grand style of the original Operation Flashpoint. At the core, it's an infantry simulator with huge draw distances and no loading between areas. However, it's also possible to drive tanks, pilot jets, crash choppers and plan glorious artillery barrages.

    The RPS group is NOT a MilSim community, or even particularly strict. You won't be shot for failing to salute, moving slightly out of formation, or having to go change the nappies of your newborn. Many of our missions feature revive scripts so that an unlucky wing hit doesn't leave you sitting on your thumbs for several hours.

    We do ask that you play politely and maturely and respect the fun of others. In exchange, we'll take some bullets for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by harakka View Post
    New people, attention!
    Are you interested in ArmA2 multiplayer but feel discouraged by whatever reason? Read this encourago-post, and be encouraged.

    I started playing ArmA2 a few months ago thanks to the RPS Arma people, and wrote about my newbie experiences elsewhere. Imma copypaste some of it here, to encourage you to join us.

    ArmA2 can appear a scary game for new people. It's portrayed as a simulator, and it has so much stuff! Tens of weapons with various attachments, tons of vehicles, aircraft, terminology, abbreviations... All seemingly different, all with their own quirks, not to mention all the quirks in the engine and the various gamemodes and missions.

    Enemies are often just a few, hard-to-distinguish pixels on the screen, and you can die after getting shot once. I still remember how confusing and unapproachable it all felt from a distance when I started.

    Hot tip: You don't need to know most of this stuff to enjoy the game.The necessary skills to play ArmA2 online with us goes something like this:
    • Walking
    • Shooting
    • Listening to and trying to do what your fireteam leader (FTL) tells you
    • Asking questions


    That's it. Seriously, if you have done the infantry tutorials, you're golden. Everything else you can learn as you go, just by the magical power of asking questions and trying things. The missions we play always have a place for bog-standard riflemen, who don't need to know how to do anything special. You have an FTL and teammates who know the game and can help with any problems.

    This also applies to Tactical Tuesdays (every Tuesday around 19:30 UK time) and Folk Sunday sessions (look for posts by comrade Fer [[ed: or the details at the bottom of this post]]). I heartily recommend both events to new people, as all you're expected to do, is to try to do as you're told. In return you get a glimpse of what ArmA2 can be at its best.

    You may also feel that your skill / experience level is not adequate, and fear that you can potentially ruin other peoples' fun by sucking at the game. Good news: that's not how it works. ArmA2 is not a frag contest, and we are not a serious group of milsimmers. This is not Serious Business. We don't expect you to make ArmA2 your second day job. We don't play to win, we play to have fun. And sometimes the best fun is to die horribly.

    Any questions? Read the first post of this thread, and if questions persist post here, or ask in the RPS Steam chat.

    FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND IN OUR COOL NEW SUBFORUM
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    I'd love to come and play! I am new to the whole online of ArmA2 though (played a lot of singleplayer though). I used to play OpFlash online back in the day but it's hard to remember how to act! Look forward to joining you if will accept a newbie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soupeh View Post
    I'd love to come and play! I am new to the whole online of ArmA2 though (played a lot of singleplayer though). I used to play OpFlash online back in the day but it's hard to remember how to act! Look forward to joining you if will accept a newbie.
    We always accept new players, so feel free to drop in some time.

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    Oh rooster! I geuss I have to delete that other thread now :P.

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    For the love of Mk 17 EGLM RCO sticky this!

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    Many people state the reason they have not played much arma to be that they;

    a) Had no one sensible to play with

    b) Were put off by the learning curve.

    For all the jokes and jibes enjoyment of the mission comes first and you can always get a good mission with the ARPS community. Secondly we have a wide range of experience with regards to ArmA so it makes it a perfect place to learn, don't bother worrying about playing the single player, get used to the basic controls then jump on with us.

    It should probably also be said that we do ask you to exercise a mild amount of restraint on voice chat when the play count is high, lots of people talking does not help much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodge View Post
    For all the jokes and jibes enjoyment of the mission comes first and you can always get a good mission with the ARPS community.
    Unless Joseph Sulphur is present. The base cur, the lowest of men... he knows no honour, no loyalty, no decency! The only dedication he shows is to his own self-interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unaco View Post
    Unless Joseph Sulphur is present. The base cur, the lowest of men... he knows no honour, no loyalty, no decency! The only dedication he shows is to his own self-interest.
    I regret nothing, whilst you fools plummet to your death in a burning Seahawk I will be hiding in a bush, ready to start my new life a Chernarussian organised crime boss.
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    NOTE: all rules are in jest, and not actual rules.

    Rule 1 of ARPS is never let Alex Bakke fly.

    Rule 2 is that you really must tell as many people about ARPS as possible, it's possibly the best RPS social club that there is.

    Rule 3 is that all soldiers who attempt to save civilians will be executed by firing squad/commisar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph-Sulphur View Post
    I regret nothing, whilst you fools plummet to your death in a burning Seahawk I will be hiding in a bush, ready to start my new life a Chernarussian organised crime boss.
    My Seahawk does not plummet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodge View Post
    For all the jokes and jibes enjoyment of the mission comes first and you can always get a good mission with the ARPS community. Secondly we have a wide range of experience with regards to ArmA so it makes it a perfect place to learn, don't bother worrying about playing the single player, get used to the basic controls then jump on with us.
    As someone who only has a few weeks of play under his belt, having jumped right into ARPS after doing about 2 missions from the single player game, I can confirm this.

    I also recommend setting up a firing range using the mission editor so you can get used to the ranges and that. It's dead easy, all drop down menus and no scripting or anything needed. Just set up tonnes of friendly infantry and vehicles at various ranges, a player controllable infantry person nearby, and a load of weapon crates. Play around to your heart's content, and you'll soon get a feel for the common weapon types, how many shots you can get off accurately, and what ranges to shoot at. This will do wonders for your confidence in multiplayer, as you can then simply follow the group round and still get an occasional kill, even if the bigger picture isn't clear yet.

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    I might be pestering you this evening.
    I will gladly serve as distraction while you guys do important stuff.

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    The Third International Fighting Brigade of Takistan in the name of Che Guevara (aka Folk) welcomes all RPS comrades to the struggle for a socialist agrarian utopia in Takistan. Minimal ArmA2 experience is necessary, and you won't need any addons - just a copy of Combined Operations. More missions in a Folk session will be non-respawn, but they also tend to be quite short so nobody spends too long being dead.

    All you really need to understand is this: the man with the tractor drives, the one without follows. When the man with the tractor is shot in the face, the one without takes the wheel.

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    What American RPSers are interested in playing regularly? I know that for me (living at -6 GMT) it's hard to play with all the regular players on weekday evenings. How many are interested in setting up North American-friendly play times too?

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    Is Operation Arrowhead worth picking up then? Only just got my system up and running again after some hardware issues and was looking to get back into ARMA2.

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    Operation Arrowhead is, I think, the minimum that we play with. Much better would be ArmA2 and Operation Arrowhead, installed on the same machine and loaded together in what is known as Combined Ops. I'd say getting a combined ops install is definitely worth it... just for the full range of our multiplayering.

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    Aye I already have ARMA2 so would just need the addon. Anywhere to pick it up cheap or do I need to get it through Steam?

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    I think, but I'm not certain, that anywere you can find it for cheap should be good. I picked up all of mine on STEAM during sales, so I have everything together and haven't had to do anything as far as command lines and launchers go to get everything working properly. When you install Operation Arrowhead, I think, you 'tell it' about your ArmA2 install, then run OA (as combined Ops loading all the ArmA2 stuff), or you get a launcher program that does it for you. But, I don't think there is any problem with having ArmA2 from one place and OA from somewere else.

    Someone who has maybe got CO working this way could probably tell you more definitely though.

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    If you have A2 on Steam, you can actually copy and paste it from the steamapps dir to another place on your HDD for manual patching. There might be a slight registry tweak involved, but A2 is surprisingly free of registry entries. Just the CD key and install dir if memory serves. You can then install OA into the same directory, if you bought it from somewhere else.

    If you buy OA from Steam and have A2 on steam, after you've run A2 once OA should launch as Combined Ops (or at least load the A2 content whenever you run the game).

    If you buy OA from Steam and have A2 from somewhere else, things get a little more tricky, and I'd have to dig up some posts from somewhere else to help you out. I think you can copy and paste stuff into the A2 dir, but I'm not completely certain. You'd also have to do the registry fix.

    Gamestracker says that the expansion can be had for as little as 12.85 at retail, or if you prefer a digital download you can go to SprocketIdea, the store owned by the devs and get it for 13.30. I myself have retail A2 and Sprocket OA, and it works perfectly. The Sprocket version is literally a copy of the files on the installation DVD, plus a CD key. No mounting, custom installers, custom downloaders, etc. required.

    WARNING:
    If you buy the game on Steam, whenever a patch is released steam will redownload the entire game! If you have limited bandwidth, and don't want to bother manually moving the files out of the Steam directory you may wish to avoid Steam!
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    I have A2 from Steam at the moment. Might just wait to see if it pops up in a Steam sale anytime soon.

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