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Random Cynic

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    Random Cynic reacted to Danarchy in OBH2 AAR   
    I like the concept of civilians in games and frequently play then, but I've noted the frequent frustration "regular forces" have in dealing with them. Do you know what a civilian with a gun in a war zone is generally considered? A criminal subject to summary execution.
     
    Under the Hague Convention, to be a partisan, four conditions must be met:
     
    1) they must be commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates ;
     
    (2)  they must have a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance;
     
    (3) they must carry arms openly ; and
     
    (4)  they must conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.
     
    In most milsim event, item two is entirely ignored, so confusion occurs and everyone hates all civilians.  At two recent ops, we've instituted an armband system where the partisans were required to tie a certain color bandana or cloth on their arm depending on which side they were on (e.g.. orange for Dutch Resistance or black for Dutch SS in a WW2 game and blue and yellow for Ukrainian militia in a NATO v Soviet game). When wearing a particular color, the player had to honor it and not attack allied players. However, the player could switch bandanas or even take it off (with the understanding that an armed civilan was subject to detention or summary execution).  The feedback on this was positive both from the players that were civilian and regular forces. The civilians could shift from "innocents" to "criminals" to playing alongside regular troops depending on the admins need to balance the game and, where that was not an issue, how a particular player decided to place himself within the sandbox. The regular players found this benefical as they knew clearly their rules of engagement when approaching a civilian and could even bribe or entice unarmed civilians to bring weapons out of hiding and join the fight.
     
    While following international conventions may not be happening in some venues where American forces are stationed today, the rules of partisan warfare have been recognized in form or another for a couple centuries and may help alleviate some of the problems that occur with them in milsim games.
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    Random Cynic reacted to TheJP in OBH2 AAR   
    Just like in the military, this is the responsible of the individual solider, his/her squad leader, platoon leader, XO and CO to make sure their TROOPs are in uniform.
     
    Same with Hi-CAPs, this was communicated to all command staff. If you saw players out of uniform or using hi-cap you should have escalated that up through your chain of commands, the staff can't police over 500 players and inspect every mag, every, uniform shirt, etc...  so sorry that ones on you guys.
     
    As for CDF "flip flopping" AMS staff had zero control of any forces actions, this was 100% sandbox. I hate "random" side changing as much as anyone else (and we don't design events that way) but at the end of the day if you want to get down to it whats CDF did was 100% true to reality. Just take a look at what our troops have to deal with on a daily basis in Afghanistan. If I was fighting with any faction outside my regular army I would just task someone to watch them like a hawk.
     
    Awesome feedback guys, keep it coming!
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    Random Cynic reacted to Zubi in Indoor Camping / Access to Power?   
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    Random Cynic got a reaction from Dave in What foundations would you like to se AMS support?   
    Agree with wounded warrior. One of my guys was blown up last year and suffered TBI w/concussion. Spent some time in the hospital and they ended up giving him a wounded warrior bag. In it contained clothes, shirts, pants, and various other gear so he had something to wear while he was in the CAS.
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    Random Cynic got a reaction from Bagel in What foundations would you like to se AMS support?   
    Agree with wounded warrior. One of my guys was blown up last year and suffered TBI w/concussion. Spent some time in the hospital and they ended up giving him a wounded warrior bag. In it contained clothes, shirts, pants, and various other gear so he had something to wear while he was in the CAS.
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    Random Cynic got a reaction from LGM in What is your trade?   
    Religious Historian, or that's what I used the last time I was questioned by the authorities here.
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    Random Cynic got a reaction from Tusk in Purposed Improvements for all future AMS events   
    Integration of an admin or MOD into the civilian side.
    Course of action for the civilians / insurgents after initial contacts.

    [*]Reduction of non game traffic on roads
    [*]Camp site coordination

    power / water not being on thursday?
    Possibly assign generalized locations for factions?

    [*]Vehicles requiring hit whip flags as well or everyone in the vehicle to hold up flags


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    Random Cynic got a reaction from POSTMAN in Purposed Improvements for all future AMS events   
    Integration of an admin or MOD into the civilian side.
    Course of action for the civilians / insurgents after initial contacts.

    [*]Reduction of non game traffic on roads
    [*]Camp site coordination

    power / water not being on thursday?
    Possibly assign generalized locations for factions?

    [*]Vehicles requiring hit whip flags as well or everyone in the vehicle to hold up flags


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    Random Cynic reacted to D-Train in O: BH 2   
    Lets go bring it on.
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    Random Cynic reacted to GZDynastar in O: BH 2   
    Ooooh crap. My wallet is going to get r*ped.
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    Random Cynic reacted to Chapstick in O: BH 2   
    Now who said the next one will be called Broken Home? Or that it will be a year till the next one?
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    Random Cynic got a reaction from Kilroy in O: BH 2   
    Soo.. how long till we can register for next year?
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    Random Cynic reacted to Blackbird in Purposed Improvements for all future AMS events   
    Some organization to where sides should camp would be cool, team cohesion and stuff would be greater. Doesn't have to be super hardcore enforced but a map saying "UFS here" and "CoST" here would be nice to help keep everyone together with team/squad mates, i spent a considerable amount of time trying to track down a set of players who just straight up didn't show insofar as Im aware.
     
    Hit flags or markers for vehicles would be nice too.
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    Random Cynic got a reaction from Blackbird in Purposed Improvements for all future AMS events   
    Integration of an admin or MOD into the civilian side.
    Course of action for the civilians / insurgents after initial contacts.

    [*]Reduction of non game traffic on roads
    [*]Camp site coordination

    power / water not being on thursday?
    Possibly assign generalized locations for factions?

    [*]Vehicles requiring hit whip flags as well or everyone in the vehicle to hold up flags


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    Random Cynic got a reaction from Blackbird in O: BH 2   
    Soo.. how long till we can register for next year?
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    Random Cynic reacted to Blackbird in OP: Broken Home AAR   
    Yep, We all definitely charlie sheened it up all weekend.
     
     
    And if you feel otherwise, you're wrong and I pity you for not being able to have fun. That's a serious medical condition, and you should see a doctor.
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    Random Cynic reacted to Grendel in OP: Broken Home AAR   
    Everyone will see it from thier own point of view anyway. Like Blackbird stated... If you did not have fun I feel pity for you...
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    Random Cynic reacted to AFARareBreed in OBH Pictures and Videos   
    The link to the photographer's website is: http://kdogphotog.zenfolio.com
     
    Speaking as an experienced photographer, it takes some work when proofing photos. Some don't turn out. You have to orient others. And then you have to watermark them so they can't be taken without permission. It might be a while.
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    Random Cynic reacted to Blackbird in OBH Pictures and Videos   
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oApLnermH5k&feature=plcp
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    Random Cynic reacted to Random DMZ in OP: Broken Home AAR   
    Sorry for shooting you. I was the guy that said "Your not green? Why are you wearing camouflage then?" I truly thought you where on the green side. I wasn't being a dick, so sorry if it came out that way.
     
    YA my squad was at the front of that's assault, it was my favorite charge of the game. I waxed a group of 8 guys with my buddy and 4 more off to the far, and completely forgot about the bracelet thingy, So if you feel bad you can always send me yours. =*)
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    Random Cynic reacted to Bagel in OP: Broken Home AAR   
    Gentlemen, since the topic of hit calling keeps coming up, I would like to to point out a few things: this was by far the best job I have ever seen at a big Op by the admins when it came to checking on potential zombies; couple that with the fact that most players on the field took their hits like champs, often congradulating each other for the shot. There were some on both sides that for whatever reason felt it necessary to ignore repeated hits, and I know tempers tend to flare as a result... I nearly lost my own patience after three of us drilled one player in particular who finally called himself out, then got up and ran off firing. However, a lot of the supposed hit shrugging was due to a combination of the wind and brush, which saved many players lives both days. The one thing I did see that may need some attention is the medic rules: despite the posted set, different teams were told different things during the course of the game, ranging from self-medic to 30-second hands on heal times. I think if this confusion could be prevented next year then a lot of confusion and frustration could be avoided.
    All that being said, this event had fewer zombies than any other I have been to, and for that I want to thank both the staff and great teams that attended. I have had nothing but good to say about this event overall, and in a time where most of the big events around the country are filled with infighting between teams/staff, this one definitely set the standard I will judge the rest by.
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    Random Cynic reacted to TheJP in OP: Broken Home AAR   
    Shit happens, just like a ref getting leveled in a football game. I know as an Admin myself I try to be mindful and avoid it, but honestly the above issue will always exist to some extent.
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    Random Cynic reacted to Tusk in OP: Broken Home AAR   
    Sunday was a tough day - too many people claimed the other side was doing this or the other side was doing that and absolutely demanded an Admin go stand over there and watch. Sometimes, "over there" was in the way of someone else. I assure you, wherever I was standing, it was with good intentions. And I know you never had to ask me to move (I don't recall ever being in your way.) but if I ever was, it was with the best intentions to stop some potential issues.
     
    But it's a double-edged sword in this regard: people want more admins around and about, but then we need to have admins out of the way. If an admin is "out of the way" he's not going to see what you're seeing and not going to be able to address your issues decisively. See how we're sort of damned if we do and damned if we don't? We'll find the fine line to walk eventually, but do apologize if it was an issue.
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    Random Cynic reacted to TheJP in OP: Broken Home AAR   
    We found out they were the TFX pea grenades, and not someone being a jackass. Probably will not allow these next year because of the fire hazard.
     
    START and ENDEX times were difeniatly an issue that will be addressed.
     
    Will have the Safety Briefing and Chrono process much more streamlined with tutorial videos on the check-in process for future events.
     
    Yes, we did have some admins "clustering" too much instead of spreading out and working TICs.
     
    Will address PoV issues, even though I can't imagine an admin being upset unless a player purposely shot at the PoV mistaking it for an enemy PoV.
     
    Keep the comments coming guys the good, bad and ugly. You seriously will not hurt any of the staffs feelings. Most issues we can address, however hit shrugging is a tough one.
     
    Think a lot of the problems we saw Sunday came from the wind gusting which would "curve" most players shots at 75+ feet. While people might have think they were hitting their target I'd watch the BBs curve 10-15 ft. prior and be completely off target.
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    Random Cynic reacted to jazzman in Front Range Airsoft Fire Support Vehicle   
    I agree, I was skeptical but it seemed to fit the game play well, except for always wondering which side it was on.
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