I’m a fresh starter with BF4 but I used to play a bit Bf2.
Technically speaking though i’m an AAO old-timer… first non american betatester, linux-server tester, pr-sol partner for the honor program, former PB Beta (I’ve banned tens of thousands of cheaters in my “past life”), ACI and PbBans contributor and former right hand man of the head admin at jolt.co.uk (72 servers under my supervision). I’m trying to actually PLAY an FPS shooter this time so I chose BF4… actually my cousin bought it for me and I had to erase tens of GB of data from my HD to accomodate the whole package. Gotta say I am happy I did. 🙂
I find your BF4 server to be the best set because I agree it’s all about squad-teamplay. A complete squad makes the difference and I’ve seen your MG players doing marvellous things because of that philosophy.
I am happy about the 300% vehicle spawn rate. With this setting in particular, there’s room for infantry on all maps and players are basically forced to give ride to other players. This also counters the strategy of players to play entire matches inside a vehicle and get kill rates that spoil gameplay for everyone. When you do kill that tank here, you know it’s gonna take long before that player comes back (and in the meanwhile you can organize to counter him). I think vehicles are overpowered in armor… but I don’t know if you can actually reduce the health of a vehicle… if that were possible and it were also possible to reduce the number of ATGM and SAMs, as well as C4, a soldier can carry accordingly, this would dramatically improve gameplay forcing infantry to actually help their own vehicles and not send them ahead unsupported.
Naturally I also love the spawn on leader only setting but perhaps, in order to avoid spawnkilling and give more time to infantry squads to organize the capture of a flag in conquest (and also to actually give more value to control of the map and killing of enemy, rather than rushing wildly to kill the new spawning players) I suggest an increase to 120% for infantry spawning.
I am a lover of the hard core mode but I think the normal mode is more adeguate to an open server. If there just was a way to remove crosshair for everybody, it would really make sense to have a laser sight that makes the difference in CQB whereas the crosshair basically hurts this choice (which also has negative sides of course). I am not sure that can be done… one of you told me on the server that I can actually configure the game for myself but it only makes sense if this works with everyone not just me or it would unbalance things and handicap me only.
Thanks for explaining what FAIRFIGHT is yesterday. I’m looking forward to playing with you again. So nice was the teamplay that I got 3 friends just from your server players… because they also love teamplay like I do and now we’re all up there in your server regularly and we also play together very often (when teambalance allows to!). It’s an added value I thank your admins for. 🙂