The purpose of this page is to provide you with a guide for getting started with the unit after having been accepted. If you are not yet a member of the community, you can find a link to our discord here. If you have any questions while working through this document, then let a member of staff know and they should be able to help you.
For day-to-day communiation and instant messaging, we use Discord. By this point, you should have your ‘Recruit’ tags on Discord. We ask that you are active on Discord as much as possible, as it provides a lot of community engagement outside of official event time, and is also the place that we post any important announcements and updates.
We have a teamspeak server that we use with the Task Force Radio plugin for ArmA 3. It only generally used for missions and events. There is no expectation to be on it outside of these times, however often members will hang out here to sit and chat. We do not generally use the voice channels in Discord. The connection information for our teamspeak can be found on Discord.
For the sake of cleanliness, we conform to a specific naming convention. This naming convention is your initial, followed by a fullstop, a space, and then your chosen alias. Your alias must be clean and easily pronounceable (no numbers or symbols).
You need to ensure that this name is configured as a nickname on Discord, and you will also need to setup a profile in ArmA that uses this name. WARNING: Do this with plenty of time to spare before an event (if possible), as creating a new profile in ArmA will reset your keybindings.
In the week leading up to an event, a Roll Call will be posted in Discord. These polls help us to roughly estimate the number of attendees for each mission. The poll has the following responses:
- Yes – This means that you are 100% sure you will be at the event
- No – This means that you are 100% sure you will not at the event
- Tentative – This means that you are unsure whether or not you can make the event.
During missions, we have some rules that need to be adhered too for the benefit of everyone. These rules are designed to make missions run smoothly and makes sure that we can started with the fun as soon as possible!
- The mission starts at 19:00. You should aim to be on the server by 18:45. Getting everyone loaded onto the server before the start time ensures that we can start on time and not eat into mission time, waiting for people to load in. If you are running late, just hop in as soon as you can
- Don’t pickup new gear unless you are asked to do so. If the mission has been designed correctly, you will have all of the gear required for your role. If you feel you are missing something that you need, bring it up with your squad or fireteam leader who will advise.
- If you load in a little late, and everyone has left the base, don’t try and make your own way to your team. We will have procedures in place for people who Join In Progress (JIP) and people who have respawned, to get you back into the fight as soon as possible.
- Do not, under any circumstances, get into a vehicle and start moving around or firing weaponry unless specifically asked of you. This rule applies while you are in a friendly base, your mission specific Rules of Engagement will determine what you can do when outside the base.
- We use the ACE advanced medical system, for those unfamilar, there is a chance when you sustain damage that you might go unconcious. When this happens, don’t just hit the respawn button. It’s highly likely that best efforts are being made to get you back up, and respawning just increases the amount of people that we need to get back into the fight.
You can find the current preset in the Discord, download this file. You can import it by following the instructions below.
Please read all the way to the bottom. There are some additional steps for setting up Teamspeak that are often overlooked.
From the ArmA 3 Launcher, locate the ‘Mods’ button on the left hand side:
From the mod selection screen, select the preset dropdown menu in the top right-hand corner:
This will then open the present management menu. At the buttom is an ‘Import’ button. Press this button and import the html file that was downloaded earlier.
To use Task Force Radio with teamspeak, you will need to import the TFAR plugin into teamspeak. From the mod select screen on the ArmA 3 launcher, locate the Task Force Radio entry and right-click ‘Open Folder’:
This will then open the folder in your file browser. Now follow these instructions:
- Navigate to @task_force_radio > teamspeak
- Locate the plugin file task_force_radio.ts3_plugin
- Double click and run the file, this will import the plugin into Teamspeak