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This is a basic guide to tips and tricks of building a FOB during combat operations.
This could mean the difference between Fort Knox that can last against a xeno attack for hours and a couch fort that crumbles at first contact.
First lets talk about how the FOB is supposed to function in game-play. FOB, or for those unaware, stands for Forward-Operating-Base. As the title suggests, it is meat to operate as a offensive base used to creating a hard-point for static defenses, resupply, and observation of enemy movement. This means that it must be capable of withstanding counter-offensives, resupply the marines, and is able to keep track of enemy movement, in this case, xenos.
Lets talk about how to set up the backbone of a FOB, the wall.
There are many things wrong with this setup.
1. There is a gap in the wall.
Having even one weakness in a defense is asking for it to be exploited by the xenomorphs. Make sure to seal up all the weak points like vent exits, windows, and always make sure to raise the plasteel barricade back up if you are not using it (More about plasteel in defense section)
2. The barricade lines up with the walls.
This is bad because it means that xenomorphs are able to hit the barricade from behind a cover. Leave a 1 space between wall and barricade so they are unable to hit the barricade without having to expose themselves to open fire.
3. Plasteel barricades are not lined up.
If the plasteel barricades are not lined up, it will cause congestion. This is terrible if the marine has to make hasty retreat from an offensive, and they are unable to retreat to the Alamo quickly. Plasteel barricades should be lined up to remove as much space between each barricades.
A better way to have set this up would have been this.
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We can't always stay at the base to defend it, and sometimes we lack the manpower to defend all of the FOB. This is where static defenses come into play. Marines have access to many static defenses.
- Barbed Wires
- Automated Turrets
- Mounted Machine Guns
- Explosive Devices
Anything that can be used to deter hostile offensive is great for this role.
Barbed wire is the most common type of static defenses. It is cheap to make, only costing 2 metal per wire, and can be transformed into razor wires, which is great for keeping your main walls alive. It deters xenos as it damages them when they attack the wire, and it also increases health of the barricade it is applied to.
Automated turret is next. They are versatile, powerful, and very effective at keeping small skirmishes at bay. They are mostly used to make up for the lack of manpower at the FOB. They are much harder to acquire than barbed wires, but they make up for the fact that they are ranged and can effectively replace marines in times of need.
Mounted guns are force multiplier for marines. A single marine on a mounted gun effectively becomes an automated turret, as the mounted guns have high DPS and large amount of ammo ready to fire. It is fantastic for pinning down a chokepoint.
And lastly, explosive devices. These are great as the xenomorphs will not be used to dealing with traps, especially claymores. Claymores are extremely powerful, as it can stun a xenomorph that gets in front of it, and can even kill it outright if their health is not full. These are perhaps even better at keeping skirmishes at bay, as xenomorph castes with low maximum health can be one shot by it.
Now that the construction of your mighty base is finished, it is time to work on actually defending the damn thing.
--Chynya (talk) 03:09, 6 September 2019 (UTC)