It's Called Defense... (long)
... and it'll win the game for YOU!Ok, allow me to begin by saying that I mostly command. I've tried leathernecking a few times, but I've almost always got stuck with commanders that were afk. Never really had a good leatherneck experience, come to think of it...
I consider myself a pretty fair commander -- attentive, knowledgable, and reasonably efficient. I've got a decent track record -- 6 and 1 as command. So I thought I'd drop by and share what works for me.
First: And this is really important
Follow the waypoints a commander gives you. If you find that they are in an area you've got defended, don't leave. Odds are the commander is gathering a group of you together. (Or requesting that you defend the area.)
On bast, for example, I'll waypoint my soldiers to atmosphere processing and tell them to wait. Sometimes people feel it is necessary to go an explore the hive area. The heavily defended hive area. Dead marines do the team no good.
I know a large number of you want to go and take hives back right away, but sometimes this isn't feasible. If the marines hold half the resources, and one hive, they can creep towards victory without much effort. Often I'm just waiting for resources to build so I can outfit a team to aid an assault on a hive.
Ok, so, boiled down -- stick around waypoints. Even though you may not think you are being very useful there -- you are. Don't forget, the commander is digesting the map as a whole, and may be saving for an installation at your location, or moving more troops to you.
Second:Find a buddy
How can commanders emphasise this enough? Find a friend, and follow him if you have no orders. Hopefully your buddy does. Two marines are much more difficult to kill than one. Commanders see this time and time again. Send two marines, a mission is accomplished. Send one? Be ready to see some serious chomping going on.
Also, encourage your buddies to stick together, try to keep them near their waypoints. The commander can't always watch everyone... If two marines can stick together and work in a co-ordinated fashion, the commander's job is vastly simplified.
Did I say "Never leave your buddy!" yet? No? Never leave your buddy.
If the commander is using teleportation portals, know where they all lead, and in what order. Know that if a commander lays down a waypoint, there may be a portal that leads you closer.
Don't worry about telling your commander that there are open nodes early in the game. He knows. He may even have you run past one to secure one farther down. Believe me, it's easier to take a node that is between two bases, then take one that is across the front lines.
Use the right click menu. I'm sorry, I may not not have made that obvious enough. Use the right click menu. In case you've read nothing else, read that. The commander can jump to your position and deliver orders, ammo, health, buildings, ninjas, whatever he has handy. If you type 'hp plz', he has no idea where you are. I'd love to be able to remember which marines are where, but that's beyond most of us. And don't bother asking for health on voice, your name dissapears as soon as you stop talking.
Ask me for orders. If you are idle, chilling at the base, or an outpost or anything. I rarely scope home out, because, until they get the radar fixed, it's just a mass of blue on my radar. I'm more than happy to send you a waypoint. It takes me less than a few seconds to do, and keeps you busy. Just remember to head out with a buddy.
Know how much things cost. An grenade launcher costs us 33, for example. Don't bother asking if the team only has 8 resources. Ask when we've got 100.
YOU ARE NOT A ONE MAN ARMY. (Unless your commander says so. )
A please and a thank you go a long ways. I am much more likely to outfit my players if they are polite. I know this isn't really the style of all you leathernecks out there, but believe me, it makes everyone's experience enjoyable.
And lastly, my own personal rant to all those people out there who seem to believe that the terms g ay, homosexual, or any manifestation thereof, can be used as an insult -- I suggest you take your homophobic and biggoted **obscenity** elsewhere. You are not wanted here, and you won't get a damn thing from me if I'm in command. I don't tolerate people like you.