Compoperation Arrowhead

Oh for heavens sake, yes we know they’re not strictly tanks but… anyway, want a chance to win a copy of ArmA 2 expandalone, Operation Arrowhead? Want to play a big old co-op ArmA 2 game with fellow RPS readers and writers? If “yes”, then click the digital King’s Shilling below to find out more.

Join us!

We’ve not covered Operation Arrowhead in too much depth, but only because we were worried about the monster squid of arcane complexity that lurks inside in any game from Bohemia Interactive. Nevertheless, now is time to wrestle that squid and for us to investigate the game as a team. That means we need you guys.

Idea Games have air-dropped twenty (20!) copies of Operation Arrowhead into the reinforced RPS hyper-bunker (we left a window open so we could hear the birds arguing) and we thought there might be no better way to test drive this particular Hummer than to let you lot have at it in some kind of cooperative battle-event-thinger. So this is a recruitment drive. RPS needs soldiers. But more importantly, RPS needs YOU to be AVAILABLE! We’re going to dish out 20 keys, but only to those happy few who promise – cross fingers and hope to be poked in the eye by Quinns – to be around for our own little D-Day on Sunday 22nd August at 2pm BST. If you really can’t make that date and time, please don’t bother applying. Winning a war involves being there in the first place.

To help with this, we’re limiting this giveaway to registered folks. To have a chance of winning you need to be registered to RPS so you can receive private messages via the forum, and you need to leave a comment below. Give us a reason why you should win. The best twenty reasons why – as judged by the hivemind – will win the keys, and join us for a special mission on the 22nd.

We’ll be doing a detailed After Action Report of the battle-event-thinger, so acts of extreme bravery are encouraged and will be rewarded with Fabulous Glitzy Prizes, just like in real war. In this case the Fabulous Prizes For Excellence will be 10 copies of the as yet unreleased British Forces DLC, only given for Victoria Cross levels of Stiff Upper Lipness Under Fire. Other, less heroic (or downright suicidal) acts during the event could earn you a map/poster or T-Shirt. We may even be able to make room for those of you who’ve already got a copy of OA! Stay tuned for details on the server and so forth, which are yet to come.

Also: see competition rules for, you know, the rules.


  1. dethgar says:

    I should win, because I want free stuff, free stuff are nice.

  2. Luckylad says:

    I would like one… I will be free on the 22nd because I don’t have anything better to do. And I would like one because I am a battlefield 2 veteran who is saddened by the lack of tactics in the game and desperately have been wanting to try arma but lack the funds to buy new games due to college. I would really appreciate taking pity on a small time gamer with no money but lots of free time such as me.

    Also I hate Jim Reynor and all of his terrible acting crew

  3. Sardaukar says:

    I should win because, you mewling House scum, unfettered by the harshness of raising a true army, your only hope for victory is to have the might of the Emperor on your side. Twelve men died delivering my morning coffee, and it will be a score by the time I’ve secured my toast. Do not make me tell you how many will be so much bleached calcium in the sand if I have to personally acquire Operation Arrowhead.

  4. hexapodium says:

    Well, if you request HERO SQUAD, I suppose I have to volunteer. I suspect I’ll make better target practice and sarcasm-man than soldier, but then, there always has to be one sarcastic and jaded one in every military story. They’re the first one to die there, too.

  5. Greg Wild says:

    I would be ever so gracious to win because, as a staunch pacifist with no access to firearms, I could seriously do with more practice for when World War 4 arrives. My muscles might be weedy, my aim piss poor and my knowledge of battlefield first aid will only stretch as far as mousewheeling on someone’s decaying coporeal figure, but at least I’ll be able to pretend I know squad level tatics. I will be the one shouting at people to lay down covering fire in the middle of the night giving away my fellow soldiers positions. I will be the one leading the hopeless suicide charge without adequate support. I won’t just be a soldier. I will be a soldier who thinks I’ve seen it all before. Even though I haven’t.

    Plus, I’ve had the world’s worst migrane today, and it would make me super happy. Super happy!

  6. Snubber says:

    I’ll have to try and play with you over-the-pond chaps sometime. But this Yank is west-coats based, and I fear the pings. I did play on a new CTI server last night, UGO something-or-other (not-affiliated), and it was a grand ol’ time. Good team work, communication, etc.

  7. Gibius says:

    I should win, because I have no money to buy it due to some real life events, and my friend says that if I don’t start playing war based games online with him again, he will kill me. He said he wants to play this next. He’s crazy, guys. If I don’t win, I will die!

  8. Shoeless Mason says:

    I feel like I should be chosen because-… SIX IS DOWN. THIS IS TWO TAKING COMMAND.

    And I will wear a Rock Paper Shotgun balaclava in-game for the battle.

  9. Ozzepopolus says:

    Because I will cross timezones to fight on the battlefield, to prepare for my world domination beginning with a little town in a little valley in Afghanistan. Because I would go out and fight a feral vicious baby-eating bobcat if I could find one in Hawaii, just to play this with all of you. Eleven hours is no obstacle for world domination, or bobcat fights.

    Those are some of the reasons as to why I should get a copy out of those twenty.

    P.S. If anyone finds a bobcat in Hawaii, let me know.

  10. wat says:

    Already own ArmA II, just ordered OA. Not sure if I can make it to the coop match or if there will be any slots left at all, but I’ll try.

    @RPS peoples: Please make sure that you set / announce an official patch level well before.
    Nothing is more annoying than having 30 people and they all run different (unpatched / regular patches / beta patches / community patches) versions of the game, especially with ArmA 2


  11. Buttshark says:

    Hell I’m in, I’m in the PST timezone but I figure I can wake up at the crack of dawn and play.

    That is if I can get a key.

  12. Leaderz0rz says:

    I LOVE co-op tactical games like this. I have played every Rainbow Six to death and the original Op-Force. I passed on Op-For 2 and never really got to try Arma so I would very much enjoy playing it :D

  13. Hensler says:

    I should win so that I can be the official Military Advisor for the Rock Paper Shotgun Battle! I’m a retired Marine and Iraqi Freedom infantry veteran with experience using most of the equipment that is in this game on the battlefield – and I’ve love to see if it’s as realistic as everyone says. Now that I’m a poor college student trying to make ends meet on my GI Bill while I study game design, I can’t afford it on my own, so help me out Rock Paper Shotgun!

    It’s bad enough that you guys are taunting me with all those drool-worthy Starcraft 2 ads, if I win ARMA II, it can keep me busy until I scrounge up enough cash to get my hands on Blizzard’s latest masterpiece.

  14. FRIENDLYUNIT says:

    I’m free! Pick me!

    Why me? Well, I’m Australian. My ping will be terrible but I’ll be the perfect candidate for you RPS officer chaps to send walking slowly direct into enemy fire.

    In seriousness. I’ve had experience with the Battlefield series and while I’m not an uber1337 twitch gamer I tend to do ok because I’m actually interested in teamwork, winning, and following orders.

    Also, did I mention I’ll stand next to you RPS guys and catch bullets for you?

  15. Eli Just says:

    I want to make things go boom. I will probably just go splat though.

  16. Buceph says:

    I have also entered the PC Gamer competition, so I am using this to judge who is more awesomer, kinder, sweeter, tenderer, lovelier, moustachioed and in a strangely but manly provocative way better bearded.

    Of course Bohemia has already decided who is more awesomer, kinder, sweeter, tenderer, lovelier, moustachioed and in a strangely but manly provocative way better bearded (also writerers of enlightening britpop era music (I snuck that one in for Kieron, more musical comics please (for my third parenthesis I have to say I thought the second volume of Phonothingiers, with the girl dancing to the music was really nice, properly uplifting, made me want to listen to music))), eh, all that has already been decided by Bohemia as they have given you 20 copies. Of which I would like one so I can rifleman for you on Sunday week.

    Lots of love,


  17. EBass says:

    Ive already got the game, but can I still join you for said special mission?

  18. -Trase- says:

    I just NEED to win operation arrowhead because it’s the only game of it’s kind. No other modern game have such realistic gameplay. And for me – realistic gameplay is fun. And what is fun? Fun is the meaning of life ofcourse! So please, In my current situation, I do really need a meaning of life…

    …that I can install and kill things in it.

  19. Awcko says:

    I should win a key for Operation Arrowhead, because being a person lacking any form of social life, I will not only be able to attend the event, but I will likely be a great asset to the team. I will also offer services of other kinds…

    Baking. I’m talking about baking.

  20. ROCKFISH says:

    Alright, I need a key for this game. My buddies got this and rant all day about how tactical they are and laugh and laugh while I sit here playing Plants vs Zombies(not that bad). So let me join in on the fun.

  21. gildron says:

    Friends, Trolls, Forum Men, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury noobs, not to train them.
    The evil that men do lives until they respawn;
    The good is oft remembered in frag videos;
    So let it be with Assassinkool12.
    The noble Mastakill33 Hath told you Assassinkool12 was a haxxing nub:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Assassinkool12 answered it.
    Here, under leave of Mastakill33 and the rest –
    For Mastakill33 is a total pro;
    So are they all, all total pros –
    Come I to speak in Assassinkool12’s funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Mastakill33 says he was a haxx fagnoob;
    And Mastakill33 is a total pro.
    He hath brought many headshots to his stats
    Whose points did the achievement list fill:
    Did this in Assassinkool12 seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have lagged, Assassinkool12 hath wept:
    Hackers should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Mastakill33 says he was haxxlolfagnoobnoob;
    And Mastakill33 is a pro.
    You all did see that in Chernarus
    I thrice presented him a ventrillo admin rank,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Mastakill33 says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is a pro.
    I speak not to disprove what Mastakill33 spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
    O judgment! thou art fled to trollish beasts,
    And men have lost their headsets. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Asssassinkool12,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

    What if Shakespeare was a gamer?

    • Sardaukar says:

      Gildron, that was a magnificent reworking.

    • gildron says:

      Thank you kindly my good man!

    • gildron says:

      I never gave a compelling reason as to why I should receive a key. I mean, I would like to think that my love of Shakespeare and my supposedly clever writing speak for themselves, but that may not be enough. I’m poor, I’ve got enough free time to re-write one of history’s most famous fake speeches- just to prove how much I love shooting fake people.

      I’ve also contributed several fancy TF2 style links in the past, as well as some lovely Minecraft art, which must count for something.

      … This is the only PC gaming blog I read… I love you all. Oh god, please don’t do this too me…

  22. ylenol says:

    damn you RPS and your competitions that require talent to win :(

  23. Beemination says:

    I should get a copy simply ’cause I’m the most tactical person alive.

    That and I can drive a tank in these types of games like nobody’s business.

    Also, if I don’t get a key you may have to keep an eye out for my army of monkeys. Monkeys and lasers, of course…

  24. krikey says:

    I was an officer in the army, at least, until they booted me out. I was driving a truck. At first, I rammed it into a tree by accident, but that’s okay because the rest of my section got out of the car automatically and continued running towards our objective. Then, I saw another car being driven by a fellow officer, so I stood in front of the car and forced him to stop, then got in and forcefully removed him from the driver seat. But the turning point of my career was me deciding that driving over grass > gravel road, and accidentally running over friendly soldiers.

    That’s why I should get a copy of the game.

  25. SvDvorak says:

    I should be part of the RPS ArmA 2 Super Elite Squad (TM) because you always need a helicopter pilot. I’ve been practising a bunch in plain old ArmA 2 and I can 100% guarantee* that im your man. And if I do screw up, then atleast it will end in an hilarious explosion.

    *guarantee not guarenteed

  26. Jaffo says:

    This still open to entries?

    Anyway, after the week I’ve had, I think I deserve a copy…

    Last Friday: Wisdom tooth out resulting in perforated sinus
    Monday: Mum fractured her rib, took her to A&E
    Tuesday: Into dentist to have gum sliced open and sealed to repair perforated sinus. Later, Mum reacted to painkillers, threw up all over car
    Wednesday: Ambulance into A&E + 4.5 hour stay with Mum
    Today: Wisdom tooth out which had three roots rather than usual two so took more gouging out.

    All in all, not a good week, especially for the finances of the NHS.

    Assuming I don’t drown in my own blood tonight, I can make it on Sunday.

    Over and Out