Welcome

FolkARPS is a friendly gaming community centred around Arma 3. Our regular sessions feature tactical game-play with consistent in-game organisation, multi-layered comms and a mix of coop and adversarial missions created by members of our community. However, we're not MilSim: there are no ranks or mandatory training - just friendly people.

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Introduction

Everyone is welcome

You won't need any mods, just the latest non-dev version of ArmA 3 (including the APEX expansion) and TeamSpeak 3. There are no applications or tests. We only ask that you read through our introductory information.

Click on The Basics button bellow to get started...

The Basics

The Basics

Uh, hello?

Welcome, comrade! The Third International Fighting Brigade of Takistan in the name of Che Guevara is overjoyed to have you with us. I can see that you are ready to charge off into action. Unfortunately, you will have to curb your enthusiasm for a bit, as our scheduled operations do not begin before 1920 UK time, every Sunday and Tuesday.

The what now?

The sessions, of course! Twice a week, we will embark on a mix of Coop and PvP missions. Generally, they are affairs of 20-50 organized, focused individuals, who can be relied on to bring them to a close within 40 min, without resorting to revive or third person.

Oh, yeah, the sessions. That's what i came here for. What are the requirements for joining up?

To attend, you will need the latest (official, stable, non beta version of) Arma 3, and (the latest stable, non beta version of) TeamSpeak 3. The Arma 3 DLC is not strictly required, but players who don't have the APEX expansion will not be able to participate in missions set on Tanoa. There are also no required addons. There is a small list of optional addons, but they are, as the name says, optional.

So that's for "attending". What if I want to join?

There is no "joining" process in FA. Everyone is welcome to hop on and play. There is also no saluting, no ranks, and the slots are handed out on a 'first come-first served' basis, and you can take any slot the host calls out, be it commander, tanker, pilot, or the common grunt.

That's cool!

Yes it is.

Wait, there are no ranks, but there's a commander?

Exactly. Anyone can step up to command, anyone can step up to be a grunt. But whatever slot you pick for the mission, stick to it. If you're a rifleman, do what your unit lead tells you. If you're a unit lead, do what your commander tells you. If you're a commander, devote your time to actually commanding. ArmA works best as a team sport. Folk ARPS believes you don't need ranks to be a team.

But what if I screw up?

Then you screw up, you laugh it off, and you do better next time. Like most other things in FA, competence is entirely optional. Your comrades will not feel less of you for trying. Or else.

Uh...

But enough about un-pleasantries. Step right on to the next room, while we walk you through the standard setup:

Joining Showing up

Showing up

So, first of all, before you join, you should probably set up your Teamspeak client

How do I set up Teamspeak?

For starters, if you don't already have it, download the latest version of TS3 from their website and install it. Once it's installed, launch it and connect to server.folkarps.com:9988. The password is freedom. You will be connected to "General Chat", at the very bottom of the list. For the session, move to "Limbo", at the very top of the list. Next, you should probably join the game server.

How do I join the ArmA 3 server?

In the ArmA 3 Launcher that starts when you launch the game from Steam, go to SERVERS, then INTERNET, then search for 'folk' (it may take couple of minutes). Of the two servers found, select the "Folk ARPS" server and click "join". The password is "freedom".

The server just kicked me.

Yeah, that tends to happen if you have non-authorized mods. Close the game, disable any non-authorized mods (or, as a last resort, all mods) and try again.

Ok, I'm in. What now?

Now we wait for the host to pick a mission. Once everyone is in the Limbo channel and on the game server, the Host load up a mission and begin calling slots. For example, the Host will call for a Commander, and open the CO slot. Whoever takes the slot is the commander for the duration of the mission. Next he will call the SL, then FTL etc. Once everyone is slotted, the session Host will launch the mission, ask you to move to a different Teamspeak channel, which will be used for the duration of the mission.

So how do the actual missions work?

Once the mission is launched, you will see the briefing screen, and should move any banter to the sidechat (press '/' to type, press 'enter' to send). This gives the CO time to read the briefing and think of a plan in peace. It's a good idea to read the briefing yourself. When the CO is done planning, he will then share his plan with the rest of the platoon, and the mission will start. When If you get killed, return to Limbo, and once the mission ends, the Host loads the next mission, and the slotting starts again.

Hold on. If just anyone can join, then how do you keep out the... how to put this... more disruptive people from ruining the sessions?

The Host team has methods of enforcing etiquette

The, uh, the etiquette?

Oh, that's right, how (ironically) rude of me! Step right into the next room:

Etiquette

Etiquette

So, what is the etiquette?

We ask that every comrade observes a few very simple principles with regard to communications, gameplay and banter:

  • Slotting: During this phase please don't talk on TS and listen carefully to the host's instructions. Please use SideChat for questions and banter.
  • Briefing: During this phase please don't talk on TS and listen carefully to the CO's instructions. Please use SideChat for banter. Importantly, we don't plan by committee: critiques and alternative plans belong in the session's AAR thread.
  • In-Game: Simply remember that one person's witty banter can be another's frustrating distraction. Some banter on VON is fine, but if an element leader asks you to hush for a bit, please do so.

That seems reasonable. What about during gameplay?

If you do only one thing, simply to follow the orders of your element leader and avoid lone-wolfing. Beyond that, we like to respect the design of each scenario and play the parts we have selected during slotting: unless ordered to, please don't scavenge for fancy/different weapons or vehicles not relevant to your role. Non-regulation gear tends to attract friendly fire and falling submarines.

What?!?

Nevermind. Just follow the etiquette and keep the banter to chat during planning.

Is, uh, is there an etiquette guide for banter?

Just one rule: please don't use humour that is at the expense of any group of people, be it defined by gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, political views etc. At FA, everyone is welcome - because we all strive to ensure nobody feels unwelcome. We're sure you already know that outright sexism, racism, homophobia etc. are unacceptable here (as in many communities) - we just ask that when you crack a joke or make a witty comment, you consider first whether it will make someone feel unwelcome. If your remark boils down to 'lol, gay'/'lol, swedes'/'lol, rape', then it's just not our kind of banter. This applies not only to 'Banter' banter, but to any and all FA comms channels, be it forums, Discord, or party-approved carrier pigeons.

But what if me and my friend have this in-joke that s/he doesn't find offensive at all, even though it's about Swedes and Australians and sex? Isn't this all a bit Social Justice Warrior?

Remember that anyone can participate in our sessions - new comrades might not understand that you're friends, and may feel uncomfortable enough not to come back - which would be a shame for you, them and everyone who works hard to make the sessions happen. This isn't about politics for us, it's about ensuring that FA is a community where absolutely anyone can come and enjoy some tactical ArmA. Even sex-loving Swedes and Australians.

Ah ... yeah, that makes sense now that you put it that way. So what happens if someone says something that makes me uncomfortable?

Contact any of the hosts and they'll do all they can to resolve the situation. Hopefully without having to use a Party-issued Makarov.

So, basically, don't be a dick?

Basically.

Anything else I should know?

I am glad you asked! Step right on through this bunker for the organisational briefing:

FA Platoon

FA Platoon

So, what exactly are all these CO, SL, FTL things I keep hearing about?

The missions (mostly) incorporate the FA2015 Platoon structure. The Platoon, led by a CO, consists of three Squads, led by SLs, each made up of two Fireteams, led by FTLs.

Oh, well, obviously. But let's pretend for a moment that I didn't understand a word of that...

You'll figure it out the minute you see it in action. If you're 100% new to this, my advice would be to grab one of the 'riflemen' slots. You can even ask the host to save you one. It's a perfect position to see how the system works, and it takes no prior knowledge past "listen to your leader" and "point and shoot".

Right. But suppose I still wanna hear the details?

Allrighty then:

The fireteam element consists of the Fire Team and Manoeuvre Team. They all talk to each other over Group VON (AKA the in-game channel). It's advised to have a dedicated push-to-talk key set up for group VON exclusively.

Fire and Maneuver?

Exactly. One team suppresses the enemy (so they can't shoot back), and then the other team moves in for the kill.

An infantry squad consists of two fireteams and the Squad Leader element (basically, SL and Medic). SL and FTLs talk to each other over TeamSpeak.

So, if I'm not an SL or FTL...

You generally don't talk on TS. Unless there's something really, really urgent.

An infantry platoon consists of (up to) three squads, attachments, and the CO element (basically CO, Medic, and UAV operator). The CO and SLs speak to each other over Channel Commander.

Infantry squad. There are other kinds?

Very observant! There is, indeed, a mechanized squad. Basically, the mech. squad trades one fireteam for an armored transport/fire support vehicle.

And as you can imagine, three mech. squads and attachments make up a mech. platoon.

Wait, what are 'attachments'?

Attachments are typically 2-man elements (spotter and gunner) that can be used to add a specific type of special weapon to the platoon. For example, the Heavy AntiTank (HAT) team adds, as the name suggests, a heavy AT weapon. An MMG team adds a medium machinegun, which is bigger than what the automatic riflemen have. A mortar team, well, you get the picture.

So, where do they fit on the diagram?

Wherever the CO wants them. When attached to a squad, the Attachment lead (the 'spotter') talks on TS. When attached directly to CO, they speak on Channel commander.

Wait, wait, back up: what's "Channel Commander"?

Oh, right, that thing. Well, CC is a TeamSpeak feature that lets you talk to people outside of your channel. We use it for comms 'one level up' from TS. You can more or less ignore it unless you slot as an element lead. or your lead gets shot and you have to take over.

And if that happens?

I am glad you asked! Proceed right down this hatch for your comms training:

Teamspeak

Teamspeak

OK, I got the latest Teamspeak 3 from the website, and have it installed and launched.

Go to "connect" and use these details:

  • Address: server.folkarps.com:9988 (note: the domain and port go together)
  • Password: freedom

I'm connected. Which channel should I go to?

For the session, you're going to start with "Limbo (Slotting/Dead)". When you've just arrived, hang out there. When the mission starts, everyone will move to the appropriate side channel family (BLUFOR/OPFOR/INDFOR). Further channel split will be handled by the CO. When the mission ends (either for everyone or just for you) return to limbo, and wait for the next mission.

What about Channel Commander?

CC is a TeamSpeak feature that lets you talk to people "over the fence" of your channel. The setup we use is pretty straightforward:

  • In TS3 go to Tools > Whisper Lists (Ctrl+Shift+W)
  • Click on New (in the bottom-left of the dialog)
  • Set a Hotkey (the suggestion is: H)
  • Set Whisper to: to Groups
  • Set Group Whisper Type: to Channel Commander
  • Set Group Whisper Target: to Complete Channel Family
  • Click OK

And you're set. To turn CC on/off, either right-click your name in the playerlist and select Channel Commander, or set-up a hotkey (or combination, such as Shift+H):

  • TS3 > Settings > Options (Alt+P) > Hotkeys > Add
  • In the dialogue that pops-up click on Show Advanced Options
  • Under the action Channel Commander select Toggle Channel Commander
  • Set a hotkey or hotkey combination (the suggestion is Shift+H)
  • Click OK, then click OK again to exit the Options dialogue

Sounds technical

Sounds, yes. But once you see it in action,it gets intuitive. In general, it's highly recommended to have CC if you plan on taking leadership slots. Or, when your superior gets shot, and you get assigned leadership.

That doesn't sound like something that should happen very often, right?

Er...Well, why don't you follow me to the leadership course, just in case?

Leadership

Leadership

So, suppose I get 'promoted' to a leadership position. How do I exactly run my unit(s)?

That's a difficult one, but there are a few best practices:

  • Within a fireteam, be ready to step up if your FTL dies! Seniority within the fireteam follows the order of slotting: automatic rifleman #1 is 2IC, then automatic rifleman #2, then the assaultman (AT) ... and then your fireteam pretty much ceases to exist.
  • As an FTL, be sure to re-consolidate and reassess your fireteam after each engagement! Remember that your riflemen in the manoeuvre sub-element are carrying spare ammo for your automatic riflemen in the base-of-fire sub-element.
  • At the fireteam level, make good use of successive bounding overwatch, as helpfully outlined in TTP3. Within each fireteam, the two colour teams are split very purposefully into distinct base-of-fire sub-elements to fix the enemy with fire and manoeuvre elements to flank or assault the enemy. Be sure to re-consolidate your fireteam after the engagement has concluded.
  • At the squad level, make good use of alternating bounding overwatch. Within each squad, both fireteams are very robust and powerful sub-units, capable of acting as either a base-of-fire or manoeuvre element, trading off roles as the squad advances using fire-and-manoeuvre to leapfrog fireteams past one another in quick succession.
  • As CO, assign objectives to your SLs, then allow your SLs to use their two fireteams as they see fit in order to accomplish those objectives.

Got it. I think. Wait, is there anything I shouldn't do?

Lots. Here are some to things to watch out for:

  • As an FTL, don't treat your colour teams as independent units with sub-leaders. Your fireteam operates as a whole in support of the other fireteam (or vehicle) in your squad, and you are the brains telling the other five what to do. Think of your colour teams as polygamous-battle buddies, not independent units!
  • As an SL, don't split your fireteams beyond the range of mutual support. Your squad is the smallest unit with which to accomplish an independent objective such as "Seize the outpost on Hill 138." Use your fireteams to support one another in order to accomplish your squad's objectives!
  • As CO, do not give assignments to individual fireteams within a squad. Your SLs will manage their own fireteams; your job is to control the flow of the platoon as a whole and not get bogged down in the specifics of any one engagement.

Well, thanks. That was a fairly comprehensive infodump.

The pleasure is all mine, comrade. The Party is always happy to help. if you have any other questions, feel free to ask in our Discord channel. Now please, after me:

Deployment

Deployment

I really liked the presentation so far, but I don't think I'm quite ready to hop on just yet. I was thinking maybe I'll... wait, why are you handing me a bag of ammo?

You can thank me later, comrade. Your uniform is also inside.

Where the hell are we?

Supply depot, naturally! Where else to we get you your equipment? Oh, and here's your helmet.

Is that a BTR?!?

Of course. And your trusty AK is waiting inside!

...You know what, maybe I 'll come round some other time...

HA HA HA! You are a witty one, comrade! Now, really, and before I draw my Makarov ... Get. On. The. Troop. Transport.

Need to know

Time: Sun/Tues 1920 UK time.

Teamspeak: server.folkarps.com:9988.

Server: Folk ARPS, server.folkarps.com:2702

Password: freedom

Discord: http://www.Discord.gg/0Z8wIyiaekveqtZ4

Forum: FolkARPS.com/forum/

Steam group: SteamCommunity.com/groups/folkarps

Optional mods and addons

Are any of the addons listed on this page required?

No. all addons listed on this page are optional. You can choose to use all, some, or none of them in an FA ArmA 3 session.

Can I use any client-side addon in an FA session?

No. We are currently white-listing addons on the ArmA 3 server. Only the addons listed and linked to in this post are permitted (the server will not let you connect with other addons).

Permitted (optional) ArmA 3 client-side addons:


Available through Steam Workshop


Not on Steam Workshop


Optional TeamSpeak 3 Addons

  • Cross Talk - allows you to add distortion and duck channels on TS3.

Automated Folk ARPS mod repository:

Folk ARPS does maintain a repository for Swifty, a highly recommended and very lightweight tool to keep mods up to date and in synchronization with our server.

The Repository contains the following mods:

  • Ares
  • Bearb_ch (digital compass bearing)
  • CBA_A3
  • Cyrus Push To Hear
  • Extra Zeus Compositions by austin_medic
  • FA_gps+
  • FA_map
  • Outlawled mag repack v3.1.3
  • STUI
  • Tao Folding Map A3
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Folk ARPS bulletin board

  • Hey, comrade Commissar, I've been meaning to talk to you! I've noticed a batch of those "biohazard" crates came in yesterday. I don't suppose the Party preparing a morale-patch related surprise for the winter holidays?

    Of course not, comrade. "The winter holidays" are nothing but a consumerist ploy to drag people's attention away from the glory that is our Agrarian Utopia. Suggesting anything else would be counterrevolutionary talk!

    Uh... of course, comrade Commissar. That's what I meant to say.

    Exactly. On an entirely unrelated note: The Party has been hard at work preparing a special, end-of-the-calendar-year surprise! As you have so cleverly guessed, we are rolling out the new and improved version of the last year's new and improved morale patch.

    An improved improved morale patch?

    Exactly! The old velcro backing has been retained, but the shield shape has been streamlined for better aerodynamics.

    That sounds excellent! But wait, I've noticed the crates were noticeably heavier than last year's. how are the patches streamlined if they're also heavier?

    No, that's just the lead lining. The patches retain roughly the same size. The behind-the-scenes workings, however, have been significantly upgraded. I hear the production process uses only a quarter of agar base it used earlier.

    What's agar?

    It's a gelatinous...the point is, we've made the whole process much more efficient. It uses less man-hours, less resources, and the patch itself has a much, much longer expected half-life.

    That's excellent news, comrade Commissar! I'll be sure to grab one as soon as they're available! ...Uh, how do I grab one? Is the procedure the same as last year?

    Sadly, budgetary constraints have forced us to extend our self-equipment program into the next year. I am, however, proud to say that some of the savings achieved through greater efficiency will be passed on to all comrades. You will soon be able to don your brand new morale patch, for a fraction of the cost of the last one. Not to mention the new emblem pattern will help comrades blend in during ops on Tanoa.

    I wouldn't be so sure about that. Since we got the last batch of patches, one guy in my unit turned green.

    Hahaha, comrade, I'm sure you are referring to "going green". It means someone-

    No, I mean, since August, he's been steadily turning ever so slightly green. Literally.

    ...Comrade, would you be so kind as to notify your unit that first thing tomorrow morning they are to attend a mandatory lecture on proper uniform maintenance and personal hygiene.

    Actual info: We've ordered a new batch of morale patches, with a brand new Tanoa theme! We expect them to be arriving sometime around 2016-01-15. The size is 10x7,5, and they come with a velcro back. Each patch can be had in exchange for 5 units of whatever your preferred currency is (as long as it's USD, EUR or GBP), shipping included, and, as usual, all profits (if somehow there is any) go towards the Dacha whiskey budget maintennance of the K-IV Widowmaker.All funds can be sent to the standard, server-fund@folkarps.com paypal account, along with a message to Prime Minister Netkev, who, as always, has our full support.

  • Comrade Commissar, what are those strange crates that have been showing up all over the base?

    The leaky ones, the glowing ones, or the ones with the biohazard stickers?

    Uh...well, let's start with those last ones.

    Ah, you mean the ones for the patches? Well, we were going to make an official announcement a bit later, but since you're asking: The Party R&D committee is preparing for the launch of the all new and improved Folk ARPS Morale Patch! The production is going great, with like 20% less heavy metal poisoning, and we expect the full roll out to begin shortly. The science bureau has been hard at work to outdo it's last year's patch-related achievements, and I dare say they did a hell of a job at it, may they rest in peace!

    Improved morale patch? Does it really improve morale?

    I assure you, comrade, morale improvement is definitely one of the possible sideeffects! Not only that, but the size has been practically doubled, but the head of the science department assures me that the new shield shape will significantly boost the provided protection.

    Protection? Are the patches bulletproof?

    Uh...sure, why not. Anyway, they also added velcro backing, to make it even easier to attach to your jacket and/or backpack!

    That's fantastic! How do I get one?

    You will be fully informed of the distribution process as soon as the engineering department irons out a few kinks. They assure me they can get them to below 300 rads by Wednesday, so keep your ears peeled! You might just want to sign up for one in advance!

    I definitely will! I've seen some comrades wearing the last year's patch, and they were all glowing with pride! I will be sure to get one of my own this time!

    Uh, yes, absolutely, pride. Glowing with pride.Right.

    OK, jokes aside, just like last year, we are ordering a batch of custom made patches, made after a design lovingly crafted by comrade Tigershark. Unlike the old design, the patches are larger, at 8cm width and 9.5cm height. The patches will be available to anyone interested, at 7GBP/10USD/10EUR, international postage included. All money earned (if, by some freak accident, there is any) will go towards next year's upkeep of our K19-III Widowmaker game server. So you get to have a patch, and contribute to paying Tiger's lawyer fees for FA's continuing existence.Do your share, and look cool doing it!

  • Comrades of the Politburo, what's this rumour I hear about a secret Party project to create patches?

    Trading in rumours, comrade? A dangerous business that can get you arrested! However, in this case the rumour is true. Behold, prototypes from the secret facility created by comrade Tigershark (no, not that facility, a new one):

    How do I get hold of one?

    Once we've ironed-out (hurr) some issues with the first batch (radiation, unacceptable worker mortality rates ... nothing too serious), we shall initiate a programme of distributing patches to comrade-supporters of our server, K19-III. More details will follow at a later date, but you'll have to excuse me for now because I have a headache and nausea...

    Comrade? Comrade, are you there?

    Unfortunately, 2014 edition patches are now out of stock.

Folk ARPS bulletin board

Folk ARPS Year-in-review 2016 contest

COMRADES! ONCE AGAIN THE PARTY PRESENTS YOU WITH AN OPPORTUNITY!

  • Are you a participant in 2016 combat operations?
  • Do you have video footage from said operations?
  • Are you skilled in video editing and eager to prove it?

Then the Party has a job for you!

Trawl through your archive for videos celebrating the tenacity, courage, and bravery of your fellow compatriots! Arrange a short video presentation, and submit
it to your nearest comrade Commissar. The best submission will have a chance to be featured on the Party web service, and show the glory of the Party for all to see!

DO YOUR PART TODAY!

The video archive caught on fire again, didn't it?
Shut up.