New to ArmA II?
Begin Simple with a bit of PvP using Vanilla ArmA II on a Vanilla server!
I suggest joining a Valhalla server. Dao run an excellent one with one hour matches of between 64 to 128 players there are several others that also run Valhalla! To get on it either filter on Valhalla in mission name or alter your server view by selecting play, for number players, in the view function. You may have to click it twice for highest number of player servers to come to the top. Since Dao tends to be full and runs larger servers they are usually at the top.
Fundamentals of ArmA Multiplayer
If you are new to the Multiplayer in ArmA II first of all read and download this guide by Terox; it tells you all the fundamentals:
The thread discussing this manual is here:
Lost in Addon hell? Don't know where to start in MP? Quick and Dirty getting started:
So you have decided to step out in to the wider world of Addons here is where to start.
Can anyone who has an MP manual for a mission type or for some aspect of ArmA II Multiplayer please post a link to their on line manual in this thread. A quick reminder to Mission authors that the BIS wiki is good place to place your mission manuals.
This thread is not a place to discuss game forms or manuals; it is for linking to where you can discuss such game forms, and find information on ArmA II Multiplayer including game forms and their manuals.
ArmA II Manuals
There is a manual that comes with all copies of ArmA II. If you have not got one contact the publisher and report it to BIS.
For those with steam the US version can be downloaded here:
There is also the official ArmA II Website
There are videos there telling you about the basic controls, using the the editor etc. As well as Outlines of the narrative and socio-historical background to the conflict and basic Weapon and Vehicle descriptions.
There is the BIS Wiki
Which is a wealth BIS's OFP and ArmA knowledge.
If you look in the first page contents links OR use the search OR use the index you will find the Hints and Tips section:
There is an additional ArmA II hints and tips section!
As well as additions to the Battle Drills section:
If you are acting as a server admin the basic commands are here:
The ArmA II Bible
There is stickied in the General Section "Dslyecxi's ArmA2 Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures Guide"
That is the bible of ArmA II play it has sections that apply to PvP and others that particularly apply to the Coop game form.
ArmA II User tutorial videos
A search for ArmA II tutorial videos reveals several other user made ArmA II tutorial videos. They vary in quality.
Finding a server to play on
There are three basic ways to find a server in ArmA II:
- The in-game MP browser which uses GameSpy.
This has several functions such as the ability order servers by number of players, server name, ping etc. This you do by clicking on their heading. You also have a filter that allows you to search for a specific server or server type. This is fully described in the ArmA II manual see the link above.
- External server browsers
They are listed in this stickied thread in the MP section of the forum:
- The clan servers in the ArmA 2 - SQUADS AND FANPAGES section
There is a stickied squad and clan list that gives a basic description of each clan as well as a link to their website. There are also individual threads for most clans so you can lean a little more on each.
Clans and squads vary in size from 10s up to 100s of individuals, and they cater for all game types. PvP, Coop etc. Some run their own internal leagues and ladders others are part of an external league. Some do not play ranked PvP. Others only play coop. Some have very formal joining and game play methods others are more anarchic.
Just choose a clan that suits you.
Team Vs Team, PvP Game Modes
Unlike other games in ArmA II you are not limited to official game modes. Users can make their own missions and game forms. This is often confusing for those used to just CTF and DM. Tom_Anger has begun keeping an index of PvP and TvT game modes in the top post of this thread that you will find useful if just starting out in ArmA II.
These manuals tell you the basics about some of the more popular game forms, they are not in any order in fact one of my favourites is Berzerk and it is at the bottom.
Swedge has produced a guide for playing Insurgency, naturaly enough a mission employing modern Asymetric Warfare strategies and tactics.
Swedge has a thread for it here
Insurgency comes in various flavours, and its concept is very popular with mission makers.
Here is the original mission:
Here is another:
[KH]DaOarge has produced a tactical guide for Xeno’s Domination game form.
eggbeast has written guides to evolution:
GITS Evolution Blue here:
GITS Evolution Red here:
ArmA II Warfare
TunaSalad has made some tutorial videos.
Advice to those wishing to Command in Warfare
Some words of wisdom and a discussion of play as commander in Warfare type missions.
Multiple Advance And Secure (MAAS) GameMode; by Whisper
Whisper has added a wiki article on the MASS game mode
Devastation: mission pack. Team vs Team. By Dr_Eyeball
Game Type: Team Vs Team, PvP
First post in this includes a basic manual a more complete manual is being written
MF Conquer the Island (MFCTI)
Game Type: Team Vs Team, PvP, Coop
v1.1 Instruction Manual
It has not been updated since OFP days Muecke is asking for MCTI Fans to give a hand translating and updating it. If you want to help or find out more check this thread here:
Traditional PvP Game forms CTF DM etc.
CTF,DM,TDM,FF,KoH,C&H, and AAS Map Creation using the PVP Script Pack: By sbsmac
Domination! One Team
Game Type: Coop
There is a smal description of the game in ArmA I in this thread but no manual:
Main thread for discussing Domination in ArmA II is here:
Domination! Dutch manual From Killg0re
Game Type: Coop
Berzerk: By Zaphod
Game Type: Team Vs Team, PvP
The forum thread for Berzerk is here:
It contains some hints on how to play Berzerk as well as some of the lesser known features like squad creation and joining.
There is a basic guide to Berzerk! in the wiki here
Authors of new mission manuals add details to the thread; and I will copy them into this first post. NB this does not denote a preference for a particular game form just that the newest manuals will always be top of the list.
Kind Regards walker
The purpose of this thread is information not discussion
Edited by walker, 27 January 2011 - 09:58.
Added Insurgency manual and thread links