“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on the rock…”
Server Etiquette is a thing that may seem mysterious to some, but there are a
few simple rules that, if followed, will keep the game a happier place for everyone.
The rules of etiquette apply to every player – from Coldie or West down to the
newest and worst player in the game. It is a skill, just like shooting with an
AK or taking pictures. It must be practiced and trained. Some players display
extremely good etiquette – Vlad and Ashton Quigley come to mind. Other players
do not exhibit good etiquette. I can find one player in almost every major clan
who I have seen display what I would call “bad etiquette” on a consistent basis.
This guide is by no means comprehensive. Many of the “rules” that are laid out
here are not objective, but rather principles for playing in servers. Most of
them are common sense (at least to me), and most of them have one common thread:
respect. This game is all about respecting those who are around you. If you give
that respect to others, there is a good chance they will return it to you, and
our community will be a happier place.
“When will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk.”
Guideline #1: NOLF is not IRC. Many people seem to think that in game servers
are to be used exclusively to chat. They will come and ask you about everything
from your age/sex/location to what kind of jam you had on your toast at breakfast.
While some chatting here and there is good, there are programs that are much
better suited to chatting. Many are shocked, shocked to find that NOLF is a first
person shooter where the object is not to carry on a pleasant discourse on the
meaning of life, but rather to shoot the other guy. If you want to chat, please
carry your conversation to another venue. If you want to play, then public servers
are a good place to do that.
“set an example for the believers in speech…”
Guideline #2: PG or below please. It doesn’t take too long for us to realize
that NOLF is a community that is filled with a wide range of ages and beliefs.
While on the servers, you’re never sure who you’re dealing with. Since several
people who play are quite young or don’t really like to hear a string of profanities
flying their way, please try and refrain from using your R rated language on
the servers. If you’re tempted to do that, remember that half the people in the
server might be 10. You set the example for them.
“Do not revile the judges or curse the ruler of your people”
Guideline #3: Don’t curse the host. The host has ultimate power to allow or disallow
you on his server. It is a bad idea to say that his rules “are gay” or “suck”.
He will respond that you should go somewhere where they don’t. It is a bad idea
to cuss him out. He will ban you. It is a bad idea to dare him to boot you. He
will make your wish come true. It is a bad idea to say that you don’t care if
he boots you. He will not care whether you stay or not.
“Do everything without complaining or arguing”
Guideline #4: Don’t whine. Don’t complain when you die. Don’t complain about
the rules. Don’t complain about chatkills. Don’t complain about players who are
better than you. Don’t complain about your team. Don’t complain that teams are
uneven beyond a simple “teams”. If someone doesn’t switch, let it go. Nobody
likes to be around people who complain, and hosts particularly don’t like people
who complain on their servers. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t
say anything at all.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Guideline #5: Don’t be too harsh. This is directed mostly toward older or good
players who come into a game and pound on newer players. When you start spawn
killing relentlessly, then the fun disappears for both sides. If a team of noobs
is talking trash and needs to be put in their place, fine. Otherwise, there is
no sense in being ruthless. Spawn kill on one trip perhaps and announce to everyone
that you are a great player. Then come next time with a weapon that you don’t
use very much. Practice your AK. Practice your sniping. Do something you’re not
used to. I’ve never been yelled at for being too easy on a team of newer players.
“We will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and
blown here and there by every wind…”
Guideline #6: Don’t switch to the winning team. There is nothing that makes experienced
players madder than to see 3 new players switch to their team because they’re
losing. Losing is acceptable. Switching to the winning team to make it 8 on 2
is not. The experienced players response is generally to switch to the other
team, and come back with a fury. This is one of the best ways to get banned from
servers. To borrow a term from others: it’s just lame. Don’t make teams uneven
because you are afraid to lose.
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his
strength or the rich man boast of his riches…”
“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.”
Guideline #7: Don’t talk about how good you are. People will know how good you
are by how you play, not by how you talk. You don’t need to throw around csports
rankings or who you played and who you beat. You don’t need to talk about how
many pictures you took or how many points you have. Good players will know if
you’re good. Bad players will know if you’re good. There is no reason to tell
everyone that you’re good. I can recall one player who came into an NV practice
one time who was not in our clan. All he did was talk about how good he was and
how great he could do this and this and this… Remember that good players aren’t
going to care. They know who is a good sniper, and they know how to tell who
is a good sniper. You don’t need to say that you’re the best scorer, because
they will be able to evaluate that for themselves. When you talk about how good
you are, you usually annoy the aliases in the server to the point that they gang
up on you and decide to pound you. He who has ears, let him hear.
“I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and
he is the judge.”
Guideline #8: Don’t play seeking glory for yourself. Many newer players have
the idea to run in with the glasses on every time and fight with each other to
see who can take a picture. As a defender, these are the people who make my job
easy. I will freely admit that I used to be one of these people. I would run
around with glasses on, never helping others clear people out of my base. Realize
that there is more to the game than glory for yourself – a good team player will
be much more valued than one of 4 people who run around in the enemies base with
glasses on, get killed, grab the glasses, and run back.
“not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who
Guideline #9: Respect the stupid. These guidelines apply not only to those who
are treating you well, but also to those who aren’t. It’s hard to “be the bigger
man” (or woman) sometimes, but it is worth it. I promise.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Guideline #10: Do to others as you would have them do to you. This rule sums
all the rest of them up. Do you want people to not chatkill you? Don’t chatkill.
Do you want people to respect you? Respect them. If there is ever a question,
ask yourself: “What would I want them to do if the roles were reversed?”
“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on
the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Remember that the servers are there for those who follow these rules and those
who don’t. Just take comfort that the host “will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Eventually, the player
will get what their actions deserve. If they merit a ban, the host will find
out and ban them. You can usually contact whoever the host is and ask them to
keep their eyes open, but don’t take justice into your own hands. “Vengeance
is mine. I will repay.”
To paraphrase: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear the host and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of a player.”
That is what it boils down to. You are a guest in the house of the host. He can
kick you out at his will. If he asks you to do something, do it. It doesn’t matter
what you think of it. Don’t look for ways to get around it. Ask yourself it was
the specific act that he was against, or if it was a general principle that he
was after. Be respectful of the time and energy that the hosts put into giving
you a place to play. They could all shut down their servers, and then we would
all be out of luck.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into
practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down,
the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell
with a great crash.”
He who has ears, let him hear. Following these guidelines can make your experience
in the game wonderful. Not following them can make it miserable, and get you
banned from servers. The choice is yours, but remember – the host is watching
when you least expect it. Build your reputation on the rock, so that when people
accuse you of doing wrong, those who know you will defend you and all will know