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    I'm posting this just to notify people. I won't be sticking around to read replies. For mental health reasons, I don't think I can stick around any longer. I'm sure a lot of you have noticed that the past few weeks things haven't been the same. I've burned out, and forcing myself to stay past that has led to me becoming angrier with friends, generally less patient, and mentally unhealthy. Those of you who know what I do for a living will understand that I can't allow that. My priorities if I'm being honest are more with myself - I hate living like this, and I'm worried about what will happen if I allow it to continue. Sorry, it sounds very dramatic. Truth is I've wrestled with similar issues before, and I will be fine - but this is part of the process that needs to happen for me to be better. I'm incredibly grateful to the people who gave me a shot, and for the opportunity to try some stuff out with the MI. I know it was a short tenure. I enjoyed the hell out of it while I could, but when work hit again, I just lost the spark. At that point I was decided that I'd have to throw in the towel. Since then, most of my close friends here have departed, and while I still do enjoy the server, I feel very isolated and lonely without them. I don't know for sure whether this is goodbye for good, but I expect that leaving like this will (rightly) upset a fair few people. For the sake of transparency, I made this decision a while ago, but promised I'd stick around to ensure the MI would reside in good hands. I'm breaking that promise now, which will make some people's work here much harder. I do want to let everyone know that I have enjoyed roleplaying with you a lot. One of my favourite things has been going around having random conversations, sharing remarks during drops, and generally just having a laugh. The people who I haven't enjoyed interacting with know who they are, and it's a very small group. I think you guys are great, and I urge you to keep the passion in what you're doing. Don't make it too cold or clinical or measured. Do what you love. It's a hobby. I'll be removing pretty much everyone here from steam, purely for the sake of a clean break. If you do want to re-add me, feel free, but I'll probably be avoiding talk about SST.
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    SST Screenshots

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    New dropship?

    'Do I want TAC to be cool: Y/N' it's a question but not a hard one
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    Ill-Gotten Gains

    Bianchi's trophy is a small pile of spent shotgun shells.
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    Saturday Meetings

    5.01.2299 NCO Meeting: There are now less sub-par lances (less lances overall since we demoted some. We’re looking for more.) Friendly fire still an issue (Because no NCOs have done training for it…) Marksmen isolating themselves (NCOs will speak to marksmen and update corkboard when they’ve done so) Useless comments on the radio (The dividing line is whether they provide useful information/advice, or whether the comments are just designed to make leadership look stupid.) Medical okay. (Medical continues to strive for and achieve a mediocre standard.) Engineering needs more people. (Now they’ve got some. Press-ganging is in place.) Not enough flame troopers and more training added (Westervelt responsible for doing this) Zielinski doing weekly training on different topics. Enlisted Meeting: There should be a pond in the hangar (Will forward to Fleet Cpt. if she ever emerges from female reproductive system of coworkers) Fleet are elitist cocks (See above) Techs in Fleet and TAC pilots are ok though (Begrudgingly accepted) Getting bitched at for firing lanes when there still are few trainings (There will be trainings) Stop shooting marauders in the back (See above) NCOs not being assertive enough/undermining each other (Acknowledged and will be dealt with) The Villains skull has hair but is just a skull (the moustache is adhesive) Fleet dicking the MI by sending evac to the wrong place (NCOs are to tell Fleet where to stick it if they dick the MI over on evac) Intel is bad at gathering Intelligence. (Yeah.) Medical is good (Good.) Engineers are extinct (Sgt. Zielinski and Cpl. Volker are now engineers. Others will be press-ganged.) Marauders can be mouthy (So are we.)
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    Saturday Meetings

    [[Reposted minutes above to cut down on redundant threads. The next meeting will be today.]]
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    Saturday Meetings

    Troopers, minutes for our weekly meetings will be posted here. Expect them to be a little vague or even incomplete in parts, as not all issues are appropriate to be listed publicly. -Lt. Vickers 29.12.2198 NCO Meeting: NCOs are to do more daily activities, especially certification training. Fire lanes have been 'dog shit' lately, and troopers are at risk of getting shot on account of it. Fire and movement has been exercised badly or without clear purpose. Troopers must be trained to stand stationary when firing unless actually moving in a specific direction. Morale is high. Discipline good with a couple of notable exceptions - being handled. More clubs and activities for people to engage in. Enlisted Meeting: Intel is shit (confirmed). Fleet are pompous assholes (information routed to Intel, as they're the only people oblivious enough to not know already). Troopers hate cleaning things. Local officer floored by shock. Serbian music is 'shit'. The MI has no official position on the quality of Serbian music. Lances are poor quality and see few consequences. Part of this is because good lances become corporals. However, a more cutthroat policy on lances keeping their ranks has been adopted. Progression in weapon specs is slow. This is being addressed by Sergeant Eley, who will oversee continual specialist training. Squad leaders to be more flexible in combat. Noted and being addressed. Unnamed members of MIPOD are undermining discipline and morale through promiscuous behaviour. Being addressed.
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    Xalphox Won't Let me do my Campaign

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    [Operation Dust Devil] Big Iron

    They'd never seen so many bugs. So many that the very ground of the valley itself had the look of one heaving, screeching, hungry carpet of claws and carapace. They stood on shaking feet as the earth beneath them shuddered to the rhythm of a stampede of talons. A world of ravenous chitin and swarming hate. Morita fire crackled like popcorn amidst it all, lost in the sheer mass of bugs. Lieutenant Person stood at the heart of their small island of flesh and blood, watching the bugs pour in. "Pitbulls! Hold the line! No evac today." He racked the bolt of his rifle and stepped up to the line, pouring it on. The men stood shoulder to shoulder, pressed back together by the gradual shuffle of boots moving away from grasping claws. Soon there would be no space to shuffle into. Lieutenant Person wondered whether the ammo would run out before the ground did. The humidity of vaporised ichor was stifling. His helmet rim dripped with green condensation. The stink of it was overpowering. Overwhelming. Lieutenant Person took one last look at his men, and knew that they were dead. He resigned himself to a messy death on a nameless hilltop, and fired off the last of his buckshot. From somewhere amidst the din of it all, his radio chattered. "Pitbull Actual, Mobcomm. Big Iron deploying. Over." He barely heard the transmission, but he heard what came next. The sky split apart in a furious series of supersonic cracks, and dead ahead, a mountain peak blew apart in a shower of rock-dust. Rubble rained down amidst the bug formation, and from the dust-cloud rose a figure that could well have been part of the mountain itself. Weapon arms glinted. A dark visor and towering slabs of heavy armour. It took in the view. Lieutenant Person felt the swarm shifting. It was an instinctive thing, and in a few moments, his eyes caught up with his subconscious. The bugs were turning towards the distant mountain peak, rushing up rock-falls and clambering across cliff-faces. The distant behemoth brought its weapon-limbs up and set the horizon alight. Squealing blasts of plasma cannon fire and the chuntering roar of an automatic mortar. Missiles streaked out, blasting tankers apart and spraying their cargo of flame across the swarm. Detonations rippled across the valley: the blossoming fire of cluster-munitions, and the acrid blue burn of the plasma cannon. One by one, Person's Pitbulls stopped firing, and watched. Perched atop its mountain, torso twisting around legs locked in place, the super-heavy burned its way through the swarm. Heatwaves washed across the infantry, flash-tanning them. The ground begin to rumble to a different rhythm - no longer the constant judder of bug talons, but the staccato trembling of an army's worth of ordnance, delivered with deliberate fury. Person's radio chattered. "Pitbull, this is Big Iron. If you boys can spare it, I could use a hand dropping some of these networks." Around him, the Pitbulls were loading in the last of their magazines. He could see his nuke troopers running an inventory of warheads. His own marauder support were shoving out a gap through the bug corpse-wall. "You heard the man, Pitbulls. Let's get to work."
  10. Deployment Order - Dionysus 31st Morita Regiment 112th Battalion By request of Captain Nielsen of the 9th Marauder Corps Call-sign 'Big Iron' 22:00 Federal Standard (11:00 PM GMT / 6:00 EST) 18.01.2299
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    MI Info & Regs Megathread

    Added the battalion outline.
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    112th Battalion Outline

    I've spent the last few days working on this for the sake of clarity and worldbuilding. It's for admins to use to inspire event characters (and inform how other companies/platoons would behave in the field), and for players to add personal background and offscreen stories for their characters. PDF download for those who want to zoom in/copy text.
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    Mobile Infantry Roster

    As a general notice, if you're not on the server at least a couple times a week, I'm going to start pulling you off the roster. If you think this applies to you, shoot me a message. I'm happy to talk about LOA terms but chances are if you're stepping away for a matter of weeks you probably won't keep the rank you had. It's not a case of punishing people for having lives, but more one of keeping the roster current and full of active people that players can get in touch with to sort things out.
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    MI January Survey

    Some people have reported issues with the link. It might work better now it's hyperlinked.
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    MI January Survey

    There've been a few changes to the MI in the last fortnight or so. I'd like to take stock for a moment and get some input before continuing and refining things. Any feedback you can give would be very appreciated. Please answer honestly and with as much consideration as you can provide - but if you're in a rush, the star ratings on their own are very helpful. This shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. Thanks in advance.