An RPS Call To Arms: Planetside 2, Thursday 9th

The last RPS Call To Arms event was a thing of legend, with hundreds of readers teaming up for colossal conflict on the Miller server. We’re doing it again this Thursday. Organisation will once again be done via our forum, and via the RPS Mumble server. You should not miss out on this, it will be memorable.

Planetside 2 is free-to-play.


  1. badirontree says:


    • Ayam says:

      This is anti-NC propaganda, trying to make us look bad with spelling mistakes and all caps. Have fun VS, we’ll unclasp the alien probes from your buttocks some day!

      • Hanban says:

        Wot Ayam said. And …


      • liquidsoap89 says:

        Wow. That Vendermill message is either extremely well hidden spam, or it’s something that looks like spam that I didn’t spend long enough looking it to realize it wasn’t.

        Either way, I closed that tab thinking it was spam, so beware?

        • Tagiri says:

          It’s spam. The link is disguised as a youtube link, but it’s a spam link. And I think the actual text of the post is copied from some other post on RPS somewhere. One got me on another article earlier.

    • Dowr says:

      NC dog.

  2. luukdeman111 says:

    It’s a slow news day today isn’t it?

    But a planetside 2 event is alright i guess..

    • GaiusJulius394 says:

      It’s a bank holiday – be grateful there’s any news at all!

      • luukdeman111 says:

        Ahh, right… So that’s a British thing then… Never mind then, sorry!

        • analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

          Yeah, Bank Holidays used to be when people in the service sector got double time. Now the US market contagion has stopped that sort of fairness!!(Wall Street or Crack Dealer Avenue, the last roads left of the American Dream)

          Just keep your fuckin right wing gun fixation to yourselves please!

          • TheRealHankHill says:

            I detect a strong case of butthurt with this one. MURICA

          • Skhalt says:

            Don’t take it personally, (s)he is angry with a lot of things.

          • MacTheGeek says:

            Guns are certainly the exclusive province of right-wing nutjobs. That’s why I do all my videogame commenting at

  3. Jakkar says:

    I’ll be there. Hopefully this time we’ll have a communication and leadership network suitable to the numbers who’ll show =>

  4. Ksempac says:

    Yeah people of RPS, join us !:)

    Veterans or Newbies, you’re all welcome, it’s gonna be fun :) I’ve been playing for less than 3 weeks (and already clocked 50+h ingame) so i can vouch for the friendliness and inclusiveness of the Purple Giraffes outfit

    Install PS2 and Mumble (both are free) and you’re ready to join us!

    • Berzee says:

      I could probably follow the twenty-thousand-million-words-long Mumble setup thread on the forum,

      but I’m still not clear on how to accomplish the very basic goal of actually joining a particular group of people in Planetside 2. All I’ve done in the game so far is click on a map, and fall out of the sky, and ride in a big van, and buy a four-wheeler, and shoot at a man. D:

      • godofdefeat says:

        Add conquering teritorries and you are done.

        • Berzee says:

          Gameplaywise perhaps, but I will still be floating along like a piece of dandelion fluff, friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless.

      • Ksempac says:

        First, if you get in Mumble, people will helps you join the squad. On Thursday you should do that so that we can tell you which squad you should join. Also it will allow us to send you an ingame invite to the outfit (popup appears, you click yes, you’re a Giraffe)

        Second, to join a squad : in one of the menu (the one with the 2 people icon) you have a “Squad” tab, with all available squads (public squads and your outfit squads if they are private). If you’re in the outfit you can also filter them to show only the outfit’s squads (there will be several of them on Thursday) . Then you have a nice “join squad” button.

        • Berzee says:

          That doesn’t sound like the most intimidating set of instructions. How do I join the outfit, for starters?

          • Ksempac says:

            Come to Mumble (preferably on an evening or weekend when there are more people), ask for an invite, someone will send you one, click yes on the popup that appears ingame. Done, you’re a purple giraffe.

            Getting in the Mumble channel is the only requirement to being a Giraffe (of course you need a VS char on Miller server) .

      • mickygor says:

        Much easier to join the NC mumble channel ;) Live hassle free in the NC!

      • CMaster says:

        link to

        Mumble set up in ~150 words.

        Most of the thread is discussion, not instructions.

    • Bent Wooden Spoon says:

      The Mumble requirement’s why I haven’t joined – I’m an anti-social jerk in online games, and prefer to just have a WP to run towards and splat people at, with maybe the odd bit of co-ordination over text chat. I get why it’s a requirement, but having to deal with headsets is too much of a commitment to me.

      Was sad to see a TKing griefer with an RPS tag the other day too.

      • Rush Ton says:

        No one is required to talk you just need to be able to listen.

      • Skhalt says:

        Yeah running towards a WP and splatting people is basically all you need to do on most casual nights. You don’t even have to talk, just listening in. Squad/platoon leaders have already much on their plate without having to try and communicate through text.

      • Sinomatic says:

        Yep, you don’t need to talk, you just need to be listening in to what the orders are. There are plenty of people who remain quiet, or who don’t have mics at all. Come….the pew pew lasers are calling you…

      • EsotericReverie says:

        Re: TKing griefers with RPS tags:

        “HR officer” here. Send me a PM on the forums, describing who it was (if you remember) and what happened, and I’ll look into it. We don’t want bad behaviour on our team, but odds are it’s a misunderstanding. Anyhow, contact me, and we’ll get it sorted.

      • MadMatty says:

        I never use Mumble, and i used to play almost Semi-Pro teamgames of Counterstrike around 2000. The reason is, i listen for sounds from the enviroment, and when n00b number 173 keeps shouting “i got shot i got shot i need a medic” like a blazing baboon, its kindof hard to hear enemy players sneaking up on you from behind.
        Waypoints and general directions, “enemy sunderer SW of base” is just about all that is acceptable, but fck if n00bs know anything about comms discipline. Last night i even got kicked from squad, when i told SQL by ingame mic, that “i couldnt be arsed” joining their mumble/teamspeak whatever. I dont even bother filling in the forms for the Outfit mermberships either…what are they for anyway?

        • MadMatty says:

          But guess whos taking care of Business?

        • EsotericReverie says:

          You wouldn’t like playing with us then. We’re all about enjoying the game in good company, so there’s a lot of chatter.

          And that attitude of yours would be a problem too.

  5. airtekh says:

    The RPS NS2 group will answer the call. The purple skulks shall ride again.

    You have our swords. (well, shiny laser pewpew).

  6. pakoito says:

    I didn’t play last week because real life, maybe it’s time to come back.

  7. Zungado says:

    I had great fun at the last one, though I haven’t had the time to get back on since. Will definitely try to get online for this again.

  8. Tei says:

    Planetside2 can be a harsh game for newcomers. If you tried it and have problems, but you like something on the game, go the forum and ask questions.


  9. hotmaildidntwork says:

    Did anybody ever set up an NA event? My work schedule precludes joining the main show. :(

    • Wedge says:

      Yeah, wish there was an American contingent for RPS, I need people to play with on a regular basis. Game is just no fun until you can get at least 20 people into a group moving together.

  10. The Random One says:

    I’ll try to have the game updated before the event begins this time…

    • Sinomatic says:


      If you have even the remotest thought that you ‘might’ like to join in on thursday, run the game before that to make sure you’re updated (there was a game update within the last week, so this applies even if you’ve played recently).

  11. fish99 says:

    Logged in a few days ago to see what’s changed, only to see my favourite (and one of the least popular) class has been nerfed. Logged back out. TBH I’m not a fan of the ‘nerf everything until nothing is fun anymore’ model.

    It’s gonna take a new continent to get me playing again regularly.

    • CMaster says:

      I’m a little confused as to how any class has been nerfed. No patch changes that I can think of have had significant effect on class abilities or combat strength.

      • fish99 says:

        They caved into the forum whiners and made LA jetpacks 10x louder. The thing actually explodes louder than a tank shell every time you use it now.

        • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

          As well it should. I like a bit of shock and awe with my landing. BOOOM! Smingleigh has arrived! Death from above, behind, below, and between!

          Now if I could just get a dev to respond to my request to get the jetpack to play a rousing (and deafening) rendition of the national anthem on landing I’d be even happier.

          • fish99 says:

            It’s when you take off (and indeed every time you fire it during flight), not land, thus telling that enemy you’re trying to sneak up on that you’re about to arrive and from where, thus losing the tactical advantage the jetpack gave you. It’s part of a trend of people complaining on the fourms and getting things nerfed when they were never OP to start with. The LA is so much weedier than a HA (the most played class) in a straight up fight, he really needs the jetpack.

            Also you couldn’t catch out smart players with it anyway, just the dumb ones. The only advantage it actually gave you was that people made assumptions about where you were, and where you were going, based on how the other classes move.

          • hotmaildidntwork says:

            You know it’s a legitimate argument when everyone that disagrees with it is dumb.

          • fish99 says:


            You need to read more carefully. I never said anyone who disagrees with me is dumb, I said the people who the LAs vertical movement gives you an advantage against are dumb, i.e. players with a bit of mental agility will consider that they are fighting an LA and that he may well fly on onto a roof to flank them, or fly in through a window.

            The only thing the LAs jetpack does it get you into unusual positions. You can largely negate that advantage by just being aware of it, then if you’re a HA you have larger ammo capacity, an extra shield and even rockets, to give you the egde.

          • hotmaildidntwork says:

            Oh, I’m well aware of what you said. But individuals not being surprised by LAs (the “smart” players) are unlikely to be complaining on the forums since they aren’t having a problem. Forum complaints would therefore be coming from the “dumb” players. Since those complainants would disagree with your contrary assessment the complainants would, by your stated criteria, be dumb and my reading would need to be no more cautious.

            Having logged in a few days ago to see what was up and then actually played the game I maintain that LA and HA are equally viable classes, but if you feel that strongly then please don’t let the door /hit you on the way out.

          • fish99 says:

            I never said they weren’t viable, I just said making the jetpacks so much louder was an unnecessary nerf. If you disagree with that then you must be saying LA used to be OP.

            And yes as I said the only people having problems with LAs before this change were people who were easily outsmarted.

            I already left months ago btw.

          • TehTR says:

            Nerf? Please tell me you’re kidding, the new jetpack sounds increased my LA playtime by about 400% just because of the AWESOME sounds the NC jetpack makes. THJOOOOOFFF!

          • Surlywombat says:

            Frankly I can’t hear the jet pack over the sound of my lasher (not a euphemism).

          • fish99 says:


            It was changed because people complained it was too quiet, and now it makes sneaking up on people much harder.

          • MadMatty says:

            Fish99 is completely correct.

            Still, the FTP model is still holding- gameplay still somewhat balanced. Rocket pod reavers were a big problem, until i got heat seeking anti air for infantry, and a flak cannon for the tank.

  12. Davidsve says:

    I just built myself a gaming pc. Have not played online since the late 90’s. Thinking of joining in on this. Noob-friendly? Hope so.

    • liquidsoap89 says:

      Noob friendly it isn’t (I can speak from lack of experience). But if you do what I did it can most certainly become fun quickly. I was playing it yesterday and the map I was on was relatively unpopulated. This gave me the perfect opportunity to travel around relatively unharmed learning about the different things in bases, getting familiar with the classes, and practising my flight skills.

      Now I didn’t know this at the time, but you can switch maps whenever you want (I remember reading that new maps were added, but I had no idea how to change them). I finally figured it out when somebody in my squad told everyone to squad spawn (initially my squad spawn never worked, because I was in a different map). Once I got to the top of the queue, a message came up. I accepted, and INSTANTLY the tone of the game had shifted. As it turns out (through a relatively recent patch that I again remembered reading about) the map I switched to was the one that the big event was taking place on (whoever owns the map at the end of the “match” wins stuff), and EVERYONE was fighting on it.

      Seriously, I’ve never seen a game’s tone change so much so fast. It went from peaceful exploration and learning to ALL OUT WARFAREFACE! And it was absolutely wonderful. Those few hours I played yesterday made me understand what it is about PS that people enjoy so much, and I fully intend to experience more of it!

    • Ksempac says:

      This event is definitely noob-friendly even though the game isn’t.

      I consider PS2 almost noob-friendly because your individual performance doesn’t matter, you can’t feed the enemy even if you die repeatedly. Nobody cares about your K/D ratio, they care about how you help your team. Also the pace is slower than others FPS and the spawn points are protected, so you have time to get your bearings before going outside, and you usually don’t die near the spawn (unless the battle is already lost and you should spawn elsewhere)
      What PS2 lacks to be truly noob-friendly is ingame tutorial and explanations. If you have to figure out by yourself you will make mistakes for hours (i played solo for 7h before joining the outfit). This part won’t be a problem on Thursday (or any day if you join the outfit later) because veterans from the outfit will be here to help you and answer your questions.

    • EsotericReverie says:

      Noob friendly? No, not really. Great game? Most definitely! We also have the single most welcoming and friendly community that I’ve ever seen in an online game. (And if you find someone is being an arse, just tell me [HR dude] and I’ll sort them out for you. :) )

      Of course you should join us!

    • MrEclectic says:

      Well, I hadn’t played an FPS since late 90s, and I’m hooked. Think of it as Respawned Souls: Prepare to Die edition. You will be dying a lot, especially in the beginning, but it is very satisfying as you learn to survive just a little bit longer.