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Difficulty: Very Hard
Rank: Lieutenant (starting), Major (25hrs), Lieutenant Colonel (300hrs)
Duties: Lead your Marines on the ground to horrible, certain, glorious death. Work with the Captain to formulate and execute plans. Communicate information over radio. Call in Orbital support as needed, fail to supply proper hits. Get decapitated within minutes. Try to issue orders and get ignored. Attempt to coordinate a strategy with formations and flanking included only to be laughed at.
Guides: Guide to engineering, Guide to medicine, Guide to Requisitions, Guide to Fire Support, Guide to Vehicles
Quote:"We need a new FC again; our FC got decapped."
So you've graduated from the Terra Gov Academy as a fresh cadet and now thrust into fighting against aliens in deep space! Welcome to the beginning of your career as a field officer, you butter bar! You are a part of the Terra Gov Marine Corps on a mission to handle distress calls of the unpleasant xenomorphs invading them. You will work with the Captain and Requisitions Officer on getting your marines down well armed and supplied, and will lead the marines groundside to establish a Forward Operating Base, and assign squads to certain roles they'll have to play on the ground. The Field Commander should often try to stay alive, but often they are either killed or decapped by xenomorphs.
Be advised that players going as Field Commander must be familiar with support jobs to truly make use of all the assets the Field Commander can provide.
The radio commands are the following:
- .v for command
- .m for medical
- .u for requisition
- .e for engineering
- .p for fire support
- .q for Alpha
- .b for Bravo
- .c for Charlies
- .d for Delta
Playing Field Commander, and the living embodiment of Command and Control
Being Field Commander shows the difference between Command and Control.
Control entails ordering marines to follow since it's their job and there are punitive consequences for not following.
Command entails having marines follow you since your presence will guide them to victory. Both entail that you strategize and support the marines. An incompetent Field Commander will easily astray marines, waste resources, or lose planetside due to ignorance and inefficiency; at best, this Field Commander get decapitated. Such Field Commanders are forgotten in the passage of time; competent Field Commander with a commanding presence are remembered.
You are responsible for ensuring marines are in quality status to eliminate the xenomorphs. This means you must know how to maneuver & supply the marines, how to secure & protect mining drills, how to communicate & coordinate with CIC and shipside, how to construct & maintain the FOB, how to heal & revive marines, and, the most important of them all, how to direct & control the unga. Essentially, you're the RO, CSE, SO, and CMO (but without surgery skills) with captain access that can deploy to planetside. Every bit of knowledge that can help you leverage marines to win against xenomorphs is important.
Compared to the captain and CIC, you are with the marines and their hardship. CIC is Chair Force, whereby you are Marine. While captain or whoever is in CIC remains in shipside detached from the boots on the ground, you suffer alongside the marines, which makes all the taste of victory and camaraderie the better.
No matter how outdated this guide gets, regardless of the codebase changes and server meta, there are many factors that you can control beside yelling at the marines.
There is one factor that you absolutely cannot control, it is the sheer unga in marines. It's advised to keep a low expectation on marines listening to you. The TGMC culture values mindless pushes over strategic maneuvers, marines are not forced by the rules to listen to you, and may do as they wish. What you must remember is that you and others are just people playing a game, they might enjoy more to do other stuff than listening to your every word, if this is the case simply keep calm, and try to simply communicate so that they may know what's going on and make good decisions on their own.
Field Commander's Three Focus Points
You focus on three things: communication, logistics, and tactical movements (explained further in During Operation: Planetside and Engaging). Essentially, you make sure the unga doesn't get stomp by xenomorphs.
Command and Communication
Communication is a requirement for organization, and your job is to provide just that. Marines need a leader to guide them to destroying xenomorphs.
- Rapport: Before launch, greet everyone into the operation over radio, have some casual talks and such and ask if anyone needs anything from you (which will so make you look competent).
- Army Ants: Tell marines what they can help out with such as loading the supplies. No one wants to wait for deployment and do nothing until then, so they will most often help out. It is always a good idea to double check by asking over comms if everything is ready.
- Tagging Xenomorphs: During deployment and in groundside, you communicate even more: ALWAYS call out where enemies are, and the direction they are headed. It is also a good idea to tell marines to regroup every 10 minutes or less.
- Getting Objectives:Call out locations such as where the current objectives is. The current meta as of the time at Summer 2021 has three possible objectives: generators, silos, and xenomorphs. Generators are in engineering, but silos are usually somewhere in the corners of the map, thus you call out "silos are north east", "silos are south west", and thus you will only need one silo pinpointer so that all the marines have the information of where the silos are.
- "DANGER CLOSE, CIC!"Another thing to communicate is when you're calling a bombardment or some sort of air support upon a location, or anything that harms the enemy but also the allies, so remember to call out where you're using it, and telling them to back off.
- Order marines around:
Don't be afraid to order people, you won't be told not to do it; in fact, your job encourages it. A good Commander gives out orders, as orders are communication too. Orders are the opposite to information, but do the same result. Information tells a marine what's up, but he can react however he wishes towards it, while an order does not tell him what's going on, but he'll react however you told him to, which is hopefully the most efficient way to approach the situation. If you want to be even better, give orders, then explain why.
- Do not infight, do not abuse your marines: These are your team, your family, your comrades, and unnecessary conflicts with them makes no sense, thus try to not create them, never insult marines regardless of how wrong they do, try to tell them what they did wrong instead. No one likes an asshole for a Leader. Always keep calm and respect your fellow.
- Remain respectable: No one will listen to you if you're not respectable. Try not to humilliate yourself, don't act overly strange or excentric. A crazy or horny Commander isn't a respectable Commander. To be the most respectable, try to act like an actual person. Overly coloured neon hair is also often disrespected. Pro tip: TGMC culture disrespects women for no reason, for the most respect try to play a male character, but don't let this discourage you from trying to be a female Commander.
- Creating a Presence: Having a reputation will make people think you know what you're doing, thus, they'll listen to you more. If you lack a reputation, fear not! Simply make one on the spot. Speak on comms, have casual talks pre deployment, and person-to-person ones too. The more talkative you are is always the better.
Logistics and Marines' Toys
There are six toys that marines love to use:
You must order fultons. It is in the operation tab. No exception. It costs 15 points, which takes an insignificant amount from the initial requisition points. If you do not purchase this, then almost every veteran marines will yell at you, or the nearest person who has access to requisition, for not buying this.
If there are no captain, requisition officer, chief ship engineer, ship technician, or synthetic, you must run requisition.
The Forward Operation Base
Assuming you know how to build the FOB and know your planetside maps, you will ensure the quality of the FOB when engineers construct them. All flanks of the FOB must be taken in consideration, meaning that any reinforced walls that can be melted and breached into FOB must have barricades and a sentry that alert the marines. Choose the LZ with the least amount of ways for xenomorph to breach.
Due to the importance of the FOB, marines can construct the FOB with a drone before deployment. You can find the computer for the FOB drone west of the Alamo. Note that you must finish constructing the FOB with the drone and take the materials out of the FOB drone since launching the Alamo, tadpole, or Condor before the FOB drone finishes will render it unusable. If you are too busy preparing other things, you can let an engineer build the FOB with the drone; however, you must get clear communication that they are using the drone. Do not assume that giving an order to an engineer will magically make them construct the FOB with the drone.
The primary dropshop. This transports the marines from either LZ1 or LZ2, delivering abled bodies to the fight and supplies from requisition to the FOB. What the Alamo should have before deployment:
- Surgery table with anesthetic & a MO that have surgery tools
- Medical supplies, especially the NanoMed Plus & IV drips with O- blood pack
- Supply beacon
- OB beacon
- Metals and plasteels
- Plasma cutter
- Ammo, especially ammmo boxes
If the tadpole is not being deployed, then the Alamo should have the bluespace export pad.
Used for CAS.
Requisition's weapon to surpass Metal Gear. You can find it northwest of the Alamo.
The tadpole is primarily used to deploy marines anywhere in the map (except in caves), but unlike drop pods, the tadpole can help marines with generating requisition points. Landing near one or two miners, securing the landing zone, and fending off xenomorphs will secure marines a victory with spec weapons from requisition.
What the Tadpole should have before deployment:
- Miner upgrade, especially overclock (can be produced in autholathe); NO EXCEPTION
- Sentries in its hardpoint attachments
- Supply beacon
- Heavy smartgun in its hardpoint attachment
- Medical supplies, especially IV drips with O- blood pack
- Metals and plasteels
- Plasma cutter
- Ammo, especially ammo boxes
If the tadpole is not being deployed, then focus on Alamo
To land the tadpole, there must be a landing zone that can fit its 7x9 dimension. You can set the landing zone in the computer within the tadpole's cockpit. Tadpole cannot land if there are walls, whether resin or not, within the landing zone. If you want to clear the landing zone, you can deploy marines with drop pods to cut away resin walls.
To ensure that xenomorphs will have a hard time sieging the tadpole, find landing zones where you can block potential flanks from xenomorphs. Xenomorphs cannot melt the tadpole's hull and windows. You do not need to have all three entry and exit points to be guarded by marines if you can block one or two with the landscape. The tadpole's entry and exit points for marines to get in and out of the tadpole are its portside, starboard, and rear end.
Refer to this page for OB: link
Beginning of Operation: Shipside and Preparing
To prepare for deployment, make an announcement to help marines know what is coming. This is one way to do briefing. Marines may not hear you over the radio much less have a radio in the beginning, so having them hear your voice in the announcement is a sure way to have their attention. Note that briefings are strictly optional; actually trying to do one will usually instantly lose the respect of your marines, which makes your job as a leader nearly impossible. Forcing marines to attend to the briefing room begs for mutiny.
For the announcement, you must include:
- Time of deployment
- Expected landing zone
- Expected time to open shutters
- Whether the tadpole is in use or not
During Operation: Planetside and Engaging
The Field Commander will often be out in the field, but it is advised that they don't go alone as they can be easily taken out. Wrangling your marines is a hard task, and often you should gain their trust in your ability to lead them. Make sure you give clear and concise orders, don't input an essay, and don't input anything vague. Marines often love to go alone, so make sure you often tell them to partner up and give certain tasks to squads. If you can manage that, you're a better Field Commander than most.
If you have orders for marines whether to push or retreat, remember to repeat yourself often. Grind in the head of marines that they are recommended to follow your orders.
Before letting the marines, and yourself, unga, ensure that the FOB is complete. Give marines a time to finish polishing the FOB such as setting up turrets, building more barricade lines, activating supply beacons, checking for unsupervised flanks, and etc. If marines are not picking up the slack for polishing the FOB, you can complete the FOB yourself since you have high engineering skills.
The inevitable. You cycle between a combat medic, a SL, and the primordial PVT.
Have a plan in mind and prepare to adapt. To be a robust Field Commander, you want to be dynamic and adapt to any situation. There are a few xenomorphs that are on the defensive? Order a push. There are multiple xenomorphs that are on the offensive? Capture and defend a miner, then get better gear. You're going down a hallway but that hallway is walled off, or has turrets? Order marines to go around it. A fixed plan will collapse in the event something doesn't go accordingly, a dynamic plan fixes that.
If you trust that you can off xenomorphs with marines, then expect the chance to die and pray that someone else that is competent in leading the marines will replace you. When you unga with marines, you can only make suggestions and hope that marines listen to your orders; marines only listen to the unga, and it is in your best interest to align yourself with the unga to know when to push and when to retreat.
Use flanks and other tactical movements: Flanks can catch xenomorph off guard even despite having x-ray and night vision, some of the better examples are going around a resin maze and meeting 0 resistance instead of wasting an OB and lots of time and resources, or flanking xenomorph's defenses and killing the hurt xenomorph's at the back while the ones that are healthy are stuck at the front fighting. A flank can break a stalemate, and catch hurt xenomorphs off guard, potentially scoring a few kills. This is also very useful against chokepoints, as the very well covered turrets from one side may be poorly protected from the other.
Use air support and artillery: Air support can be very effective, as of the time i write this we have CAS, OB, mortar and Railgun. All of these are useful when pushing a chokepoint or a hallway, they are not meant to kill xenomorphs, albeit they could do so, but they are more meant to cause them to retreat. The more ground you gain the more freedom of movement you have thus the most chances to flank you have, plus it gives the xenomorphs less places to escape to, making finding and killing them easier. Aim at where xenomorphs will be at, not where they were.
Always stick together Cooperation is always more effective, if you stick together and the enemy doesn't, you'll be fighting less people with more people on your side, making constant victories be easy to achieve. The enemy team could do this too, however.
Be extra careful: As the Field Commander, or any Commander in general, you're not as expendable as a marine. Once the Field Commander dies, the mind that was holding the entire plan is now dead too, thus there is no longer a plan, there is no longer organization, morale is lost, and the marines retreat. Unless you're in a winning battle, your death will make defeat more likely.
The Marine's Deathball
The best part of your job.
Requisition and Tadpole
Marines will start to run out of initial supplies that they brought to deployment, especially specialized ammo like the T-29 drums for the smartgun and materials like metals for the FOB.
If there is someone with requisition access such as the RO, ST, CO, SO, synthetic, or AI, use the requsition radio channel with .u to communicate to shipside that supplies are needed. Always get confirmation from shipside if they receive the order.
The FOB Camp
When the FOB fails to prevent xenomorphs from breaching, it is time to evac. Set a time based on the operation time for evac, and continue to yell at marines on when to leave. You have Alamo access, so you can evac at will if the xenomorphs prove to be overwhelming the evac.
This is the time to bring the marines and supplies to the Alamo. Get everything, but not the xenomorph, from the FOB into the Alamo.
Equipments for Success
You start out with
- A sword
- Your vendor
- Some outdated pistol
- An armored beret that doesn't protect against decap
The Field Commander's vendor has
- Medevac bed and medevac beacon
- Supply beacon
- OB beacon
You should ought to have
- Medical HUD Glasses
- Storage to hold medical supplies
- Storage to hold engineering tools
the M56B smartgun the T-29 smartgunA weapon to ward off xenomorphs
On the even less practical side of things, you're given a sword that's more ceremonial than anything; it might be a good idea to replace this with a medical or tool belt, but it is very stylish. As mentioned earlier, you also get an armored beret that notably does not prevent decapitation, and should either be worn to show off your own skill or replaced with a helmet so you don't get permanently killed in a situation where literally anyone else would get revived a minute later.
You also have access to anything abandoned in the CIC (usually the Staff Officers' RT-3 pistols), the Squad Prep area (you can use the vendors as well), and anywhere else on the ship, as you have access to everything. You can even order equipment for yourself in Req, but doing this is a good way to get shouted at proportional to how many points you spend and how quickly you die on the ground while that 80-point rifle gets melted by acid. And you can't heal people or weld barricades while you're shooting a minigun! The most expensive *weapon* you should ever be ordering for yourself is a Mateba, if you have the skill to reload it quickly, as a way to punish xenos trying to focus you by giving them a stun and a quick death. Leave the actual frontline killing to the PFCs. Please.
As command staff, you have access to orders, which can be used to buff nearby troops with helpful effects. These also cause you to broadcast a quote over the radio(provided you have one) so people know when you're calling one out. After giving an order, there is a cooldown period until you can give another one. Give orders using the action buttons on the top-left of the screen.
|Increases movement speed. Great for chasing down or running away from xenos, or if you just want to move around fast in general, like on the ship. ROs love it!|
|Increases pain resistance. Helpful since pain slows down move speed, makes you drop stuff, and overall just sucks to have. Also saves painkiller supplies for when it's needed more.|
|Increases accuracy, which in turn increases total damage output because more shots actually hit the enemy. Also makes them hit friendlies more often, but that's out of your control, mostly.|
- Just wear a fucking helmet or be behind marines.
|TGMC||Command||Captain, Field Commander, Staff Officer, Pilot Officer|
|Engineering and Supply||Chief Ship Engineer, Requisitions Officer, Ship Technician|
|Medical||Chief Medical Officer, Medical Officer|
|Marines||Squad Leader, Squad Smartgunner, Squad Engineer, Squad Corpsman, Squad Marine|
|Civilians||Corporate Liaison, Researcher|
|Tier 1||Drone, Defender, Runner, Sentinel|
|Tier 2||Carrier, Hivelord, Warrior, Hunter, Wraith, Bull, Spitter|
|Tier 3||Praetorian, Crusher, Ravager, Boiler, Defiler|
|Tier 4||Queen, King, Shrike, Hivemind|
|Others||Emergency Response Team, |