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    On spawn locations: if the 2 companies are relatively close to each other (supporting each other's push), then the default spawn could be advanced a bit towards the location of the 2 companies, on the nearest map periphery away from the objective. That would not only alleviate the spawn situation but also induce variation in gameplay (instead of the north south spawn axis at the start of the match, for example, you can move your spawn to the west side and attack from there. It's be like playing another map. The spawn gets further away toward the original spawn when the distance between the 2 companies opens up (determined by their respective commanding officer or flag bearer locations)

    On spawning uncertainty: this needs to be addressed. At the very least a clearer position in the flag queue and queue resuming when the flag is picked back up or returns to at least skirmish range

    On flag bearer being defenceless: the pole together with the tip at the lower end constitutes a sort of pike that could be used in an extreme situation to stagger or even hurt a charging enemy. The bearer would need to keep the pole above the head so as not to let the flag in the mud too much and thrust downwards. Your vision would be obstructed about 50% by the cloth when doing this. The move should be only when stationary, have a long recovery period and have more reach than a bayonet charge. As the flag is heavy, the attacked player would stop and stagger for a time, wounded or not. Anything to give the flagbearer a bit of defensive capability and keep his interest in the game while sacrificing his fun for the team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sox View Post
    In all honesty I've not seen that the addition of these 'mobile' spawn points has changed gameplay at all, you still see lines bleeding away to nothing, the same as you did before spawning on the flag was introduced.

    It has a lot of potential but it's hard to utilize to the maximum potential. Two flag bearers now can theoretically poop out 12 guys a minute in ideal circumstances - 16% of a 75 player team if you lose 12 guys in an instant split evenly between regiments. However, there's a 20 second minimum death time before you even get to the spawn screen. By the time the first guys are selecting the flag spawn, the enemy has reloaded and a new group is about ready to join them just as dead. If you lost another 12 now you have 32% of your team dead as the first two guys enter the spawn queue, assuming your flags are being carried by the remaining 51 surviving players and not laying in the dirt at this point. The newest dead guy has at least 120 seconds to wait now on top of his 20 second death screen time whether he knows it or not.

    You can see how very quickly a 'regiment' can become a 'squad' puffing away 15 shots a minute.


    The style of warfare desired really requires a certain volume of firepower to smoke up the battlefield which requires player concentration and lots of shooting. If you go to these battlefields and consider the deadliness of the weapons and the concentration of combatants, it must have been an extremely hazy and confusing experience on the eyes--nothing like Hollywood could show--for it to last any length at all. One would assume it would be over fast.

    The conundrum faced by players at present heavily favors use of cover and concealment. Lines basically always form behind one or the other or engage exclusively at long range-- sometimes both. This makes sense and has some historical accuracy but about everything I read about CW warfare, when the shit hit the fan it talks about soldiers under fire still finding value to move in some form of line formation and there being some purpose to it but also a sustainability to it which is difficult to grasp.

    In WoR however even procuring a single tree or rock is often the difference between success or failure. In some rare situations in game you do see smoke start to wreck visibility to the point you can move more boldly in some sort of order but it's not the norm in large part because player concentration can never be maintained long in the first place to generate that level of shooting to hamper visibility that much. Like in the 150-player drill video a while back, it's possible in sections of a battlefield to achieve it but the risk of death and the rapid dissolution of the experience death carries on the entire team's gameplay almost necessitates some level of cover instead.


    In the long run the lack of player concentration itself actually causes a higher risk of death when exposed. The higher risk of death causes a greater spawn gridlock and a smaller concentration of players.

    There'll always be a balance but I'd suggest it isn't in spawns always being a lengthy experience that interrupts the gameplay or forces the entire team to reform two minutes into contact (for the privates at least... let the dead officers and NCOs wait on the death screen longer).

    The idea of trying to maneuver realistically in formation under withering and accurate firepower is insane if the benefit doesn't outweigh the cost. This is why teams do a lot of darting around from cover to cover and advance in a kind of column rush. The stray skirmish and out of line losses from those unconventional movements may add up but it's hard for players to believe being blatantly murdered standing in a dressed line is any better especially when the average time they spend dead from that experience is so high or they're thrown back to the base spawn to try and begin their experience anew as often as they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sox View Post
    The actual location that reinforcements spawn needs to be behind the colour bearer, it's not fun to spawn in and get shot in the face by one of your own side, or spawn in front of your own line and get killed because you appear just as the enemy volley fire. In all honesty I've not seen that the addition of these 'mobile' spawn points has changed gameplay at all, you still see lines bleeding away to nothing, the same as you did before spawning on the flag was introduced.
    I would also prefer the spawn point to be altered to behind the flag bearer than infront in the spawn systems current state. I had posted, a very long time ago, about the idea of a possability where by the flag barer would have a "Q" funtion to place the spawning soldiers in at a suitable local and visable location to where they stood. Possibly based on a minimal radius to their position on the map and the visable highlighted availble system based spawn points. And preferably not through buildings and rocks. The current system works, but I was told many moons ago that it was always temporary.

    I'm glad that the company soldiers are spawning to the company flag now, if it is being carried. This makes company cohesion better, but still has the cross over when the colour barer is killed.

    Game play is always going to be tricky to manipulate in small sections of the overall map that are designed for skirmishes, especially with so many other warfare based gaming titles producing fast based individual play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MK81 View Post
    I would also prefer the spawn point to be altered to behind the flag bearer than infront in the spawn systems current state. I had posted, a very long time ago, about the idea of a possability where by the flag barer would have a "Q" funtion to place the spawning soldiers in at a suitable local and visable location to where they stood. Possibly based on a minimal radius to their position on the map and the visable highlighted availble system based spawn points. And preferably not through buildings and rocks. The current system works, but I was told many moons ago that it was always temporary.

    I'm glad that the company soldiers are spawning to the company flag now, if it is being carried. This makes company cohesion better, but still has the cross over when the colour barer is killed.

    Game play is always going to be tricky to manipulate in small sections of the overall map that are designed for skirmishes, especially with so many other warfare based gaming titles producing fast based individual play.
    I think giving the Flag Bearer a "q" function is a GREAT idea. In addition to hopefully alleviating the spawning issues, it would give the Flag Bearer another way of actively participating.

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    There seems to be an issue that has came out over the last month or so where you *can't* spawn on the other regiments flag if your's is not available particularly out of line I think and possibly when dropped as well.

    There's also an issue where if you initially pick a flag bearer spawn and run into some wonkiness (spawn resetting.... multiple interruptions)... and you then decide to try for the base spawn, you will instead spawn on the flag anyway.
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    I think the main problem with the mobile spawn system is just exactly that, it's always mobile. I think a better way of spawning on the flag would be if the colour bearer had to 'plant the flag' so to speak. In other words the colour bearer 'sets' himself in a position, once he's 'set' then players canspawn on him. So for example the Company goes into line & the flag bearer chooses his position in the centre of the line, but at the back, and he's stationary, but if he 'unsets' himself to move then reinforcements again can't spawn in.

    It'll be less of a problem for the server to track, it'd give more of and incentive for a Company to actually 'guard' the flag, it'd stop players spawning in front of the line etc etc.
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    If a team is smart he's already planted in one spot most of the time. Of course that doesn't happen, they're told to continuously jog back and forth to avoid being killed quickly because their importance is not mainly symbolic but mission critical to the very existence of a formation. If any sort of cover is available the rest of the men are usually kneeling behind it while the poor flag bearer is behind standing getting killed over and over. Partly bad tactics, partly design flaws.

    Forcing a flag to stay planted to spawn would make fixed cover even more important than it already is. No line would ever be able to form and advance even worse than it is now. Certainly not with a flag in front where it's supposed to be. Having a few players sit out and just act as spawn the whole match would be even more overpowered.

    Admittedly a lot of players might think it absurd but I always felt it was a total F-ing disgrace the hatred of flag bearers pre-flag bearer spawn system (when they essentially served no purpose but to act as a banner for the enemy to see). Many times flag bearers would be shot by their own team before October of 2018. It's clear from that culture that the flag should mean something. It still should not be the difference between a semi-fluid game experience and a completely disheveled one where you have to reform in the spawn constantly and do a great deal of walking while units in the field wither and die off.

    The game is two entirely different experiences based on the use of the flag bearer role. One is tolerable, at a minimum, and usually has some enjoyable intensity to it. The other sucks horrendously (Hooker's Push is basically unplayable w/o the flag bearer). If I found myself time-traveling to 12 months ago I would not even imagine myself entering a server until the flag bearer system comes out. Since the game has came this far with spawning like that it doesn't seem like an insane leap to me to designate any given member of a formation as the 'flag bearer' while an actual flag bearer merely acts as a bonus while existing within a formation.

    This brings up the question of how to choose where to spawn a player and on what formation. The simple solution might be to use NCOs and Officers. The flag bearer should always remaining the quickest solution. Yet the problem with that is that it still violates the practical uses of the roles. Officers and NCOs should have very real roles in gameplay. Make them a requirement though and you've made a leap to a protected status who, like the flag bearer, can't be risked in serious competitive gameplay. They can't fill their real-life roles and still maximize their effectiveness.

    Think of Battlefield 2. You could spawn off squad leaders. A good squad leader was not a leader but a spawn point. Sure he had to choose where to place himself but he'd be irresponsible to risk himself. The entire idea of having a squad leader is therefore violated when there is practically a necessity of having one alive. The value of having a real leader is utterly eclipsed by the necessity of having a spawn point in the field.


    Just brainstorming but another option for non-flag spawning would be a totally different feature as a way of spawning. Call it rallying. A group of players bunches up and a leader executes a command and as long as that formation of a certain threshold in size is stationary and rallying and not shot at within a certain amount of time then they spawn players, flag or no flag. I'd prefer the game merely track formations of certain sizes and compositions and allow spawning on them all.

    I think it shouldn't be limited to just flags is the theme I'm pushing. Spawning is everything in games where you respawn. Games like this aren't a thing without respawns. Features like this are prime opportunities to manipulate player behavior in ways exponentially more effective than any team or personal score system ever could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poorlaggedman View Post
    If a team is smart he's already planted in one spot most of the time. Of course that doesn't happen, they're told to continuously jog back and forth to avoid being killed quickly because their importance is not mainly symbolic but mission critical to the very existence of a formation. If any sort of cover is available the rest of the men are usually kneeling behind it while the poor flag bearer is behind standing getting killed over and over. Partly bad tactics, partly design flaws.

    Forcing a flag to stay planted to spawn would make fixed cover even more important than it already is. No line would ever be able to form and advance even worse than it is now. Certainly not with a flag in front where it's supposed to be. Having a few players sit out and just act as spawn the whole match would be even more overpowered.

    Admittedly a lot of players might think it absurd but I always felt it was a total F-ing disgrace the hatred of flag bearers pre-flag bearer spawn system (when they essentially served no purpose but to act as a banner for the enemy to see). Many times flag bearers would be shot by their own team before October of 2018. It's clear from that culture that the flag should mean something. It still should not be the difference between a semi-fluid game experience and a completely disheveled one where you have to reform in the spawn constantly and do a great deal of walking while units in the field wither and die off.

    The game is two entirely different experiences based on the use of the flag bearer role. One is tolerable, at a minimum, and usually has some enjoyable intensity to it. The other sucks horrendously (Hooker's Push is basically unplayable w/o the flag bearer). If I found myself time-traveling to 12 months ago I would not even imagine myself entering a server until the flag bearer system comes out. Since the game has came this far with spawning like that it doesn't seem like an insane leap to me to designate any given member of a formation as the 'flag bearer' while an actual flag bearer merely acts as a bonus while existing within a formation.

    This brings up the question of how to choose where to spawn a player and on what formation. The simple solution might be to use NCOs and Officers. The flag bearer should always remaining the quickest solution. Yet the problem with that is that it still violates the practical uses of the roles. Officers and NCOs should have very real roles in gameplay. Make them a requirement though and you've made a leap to a protected status who, like the flag bearer, can't be risked in serious competitive gameplay. They can't fill their real-life roles and still maximize their effectiveness.

    Think of Battlefield 2. You could spawn off squad leaders. A good squad leader was not a leader but a spawn point. Sure he had to choose where to place himself but he'd be irresponsible to risk himself. The entire idea of having a squad leader is therefore violated when there is practically a necessity of having one alive. The value of having a real leader is utterly eclipsed by the necessity of having a spawn point in the field.


    Just brainstorming but another option for non-flag spawning would be a totally different feature as a way of spawning. Call it rallying. A group of players bunches up and a leader executes a command and as long as that formation of a certain threshold in size is stationary and rallying and not shot at within a certain amount of time then they spawn players, flag or no flag. I'd prefer the game merely track formations of certain sizes and compositions and allow spawning on them all.

    I think it shouldn't be limited to just flags is the theme I'm pushing. Spawning is everything in games where you respawn. Games like this aren't a thing without respawns. Features like this are prime opportunities to manipulate player behavior in ways exponentially more effective than any team or personal score system ever could.
    I agree with the general gist of this. I think the formation spawning idea has particular value. It's clear to me that the color bearer isn't fulfilling their historical role given the current game mechanics, and there is general frustration with flag spawning. Perhaps transitioning to something along the lines of PLM's suggestion here would be positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sox View Post
    I think the main problem with the mobile spawn system is just exactly that, it's always mobile. I think a better way of spawning on the flag would be if the colour bearer had to 'plant the flag' so to speak. In other words the colour bearer 'sets' himself in a position, once he's 'set' then players canspawn on him. So for example the Company goes into line & the flag bearer chooses his position in the centre of the line, but at the back, and he's stationary, but if he 'unsets' himself to move then reinforcements again can't spawn in.

    It'll be less of a problem for the server to track, it'd give more of and incentive for a Company to actually 'guard' the flag, it'd stop players spawning in front of the line etc etc.
    I'm almost inclined to suggest that once you're in the spawn queue for the flag-bearer, you spawn in regardless of him then moving off to a new location. If the flag-bearer is currently moving (as you attempt to join the spawn queue), you must wait for him to become stationary to enter the queue properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leifr View Post
    I'm almost inclined to suggest that once you're in the spawn queue for the flag-bearer, you spawn in regardless of him then moving off to a new location. If the flag-bearer is currently moving (as you attempt to join the spawn queue), you must wait for him to become stationary to enter the queue properly.
    Yes, that's the basic gist of what I'm saying. We've used mobile spawns in the past in Unsung Vietnam, and it can be a good way of simulating a much larger force than the actual amount of players that you have, for us though the mobile spawn is an M11A3.....so you have better protection than you do when you're just a guy with a flag lol. I have no idea what the Devs thought process is here, but if the SOLE purpose of flag spawning is to get players to the front line quicker, then it's not working.

    I have my doubts about the Flag Bearer role in general if I'm honest. Initially it does appeal, but once you actually play it, and you very quickly realise that you're the main target, it fast looses it's appeal for most players. It's classic realism vs game, it might even be worth tying in flag spawning with morale, once your side drops below a certain level the flag spawning gets disabled to further simulate your dwindling number of troops. Maybe try making the flag bearer invulnerable to bullets but leave him vulnerable to bayonets, but have him de-spawn like the officer does if he's not within reach of a certain number of friendly troops. In reality, the soldier who carried the colours was a bullet magnet of course, but in a game where is the 'fun' element of that?
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