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#41 C E Dwyer

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 01:38 PM

I'm still solo, keep thinking I Should join a unit.

Have been a staunch Lyran Comon wealth Pilot, since Table Top, however these days I am not sure which faction I would join, would have to be Loyalist and not jumping factions, other than that still unsure

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 02:39 PM

I don't have the time to invest in the social requirements of a unit. I like playing on my own terms, on my own time with out having to be pressured into regular practice matches or clan politics. I'm also very much turned off by both the the military role play and pro-sport styles that many clans from a lot of different games tend to follow. I'm not looking to play pretend 1st Private I want to play the game on my time, with no pressure and no BS and not be chastised because I have real life obligations that keep me from being a leet MGL pro-tier sniper or because my taste in mechs doesn't jive with the unit's tactics or doctrine.

So, no, I have not joined one and I do not plan to.

#43 IraqiWalker

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 03:04 PM

View PostRaso, on 11 June 2015 - 02:39 PM, said:

I don't have the time to invest in the social requirements of a unit. I like playing on my own terms, on my own time with out having to be pressured into regular practice matches or clan politics. I'm also very much turned off by both the the military role play and pro-sport styles that many clans from a lot of different games tend to follow. I'm not looking to play pretend 1st Private I want to play the game on my time, with no pressure and no BS and not be chastised because I have real life obligations that keep me from being a leet MGL pro-tier sniper or because my taste in mechs doesn't jive with the unit's tactics or doctrine.

So, no, I have not joined one and I do not plan to.


You do know that literally none of the things you complained about actually happen in units, right? Everyone plays whatever they want. There are no mandatory training matches, or things like that. I've been with a unit for 2 years. I haven't logged into our TS3 server, or talked to anyone there in 3 months, and last night I popped in, they were all like "Hey Iraqi, long time no see. We're gonna do a drop, wanna join us? Sure guys, what do you want me to bring? Whatever you want man."

The things you are complaining about happen only in the competitive team. So in my unit, we have/had 2 of those. If I don't sign up for them, I don't need to worry about scheduled training sessions, builds ... etc. If you want to be in the competitive team, then you gotta get competitive.

Also, even though we have ranks in many units, they are only there to help you recognize who's been more active, and more experienced. They don't really enter into our social interaction, because we're not 6 years old. They are there to help you understand the organizational structure.

Just like how a business has management, and staff. Same here. Except there's no pay difference, and no real rank difference.


EDIT: I wonder why people have those stereotypes of units. It's a very curious thing for me. I've interacted with at least 38 different units so far, in my time with MWO. Not a single one of them fits these common misconceptions.

Edited by IraqiWalker, 11 June 2015 - 03:06 PM.


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 03:53 PM

I joined an unit because i like being part of one in many games, and i wanted to be part of a canon Clan Wolf unit. Besides, i wanted to be in a unit for CW :)

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 04:14 PM

Solo PUG lyfe. I play this game casually. Needed a replacement for TF2, since it was getting stale. Can't make time for practice, because I gym 3 times a week, and have family duties.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 05:03 AM

Joined a unit because they are a group of RL friends of mine. It's grown to include others as well, but we are about as laid back as it gets. The only requirement is a sense of humor lol.

#47 Yozzman

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 05:22 AM

Cause TS is OP in MWO

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 03:23 PM

View PostIraqiWalker, on 11 June 2015 - 03:04 PM, said:


EDIT: I wonder why people have those stereotypes of units. It's a very curious thing for me. I've interacted with at least 38 different units so far, in my time with MWO. Not a single one of them fits these common misconceptions.


Because 95% of every clan or guide (or whatever they are called in a particular game) I have been in has been super structured and taken them selves way to seriously. That remaining 10% of clans was never anything more than a random group of guys who would, on occasion, group up and cooperate and often lacked cohesion when they had to work together.

Maybe I've simply suffered poor luck in choosing the right clans but this is what experiences have taught me.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 03:28 PM

View PostShadowstyke, on 02 June 2015 - 02:26 PM, said:

I am curious about the reasons why some people join a unit and some stay solo.

Please keep comments to which choice you made and why.

Thank you.


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#50 IraqiWalker

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 03:33 AM

View PostRaso, on 12 June 2015 - 03:23 PM, said:


Because 95% of every clan or guide (or whatever they are called in a particular game) I have been in has been super structured and taken them selves way to seriously. That remaining 10% of clans was never anything more than a random group of guys who would, on occasion, group up and cooperate and often lacked cohesion when they had to work together.

Maybe I've simply suffered poor luck in choosing the right clans but this is what experiences have taught me.


That makes a lot of sense now. Most of the units always have these super well put front pages, and everything looks like it was taken right out of an army recruitment manual "DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE BEST?" "DO YOU WANT TO WORK AS A MEMBER OF A TEAM DEFIES ALL OBSTACLES?", and that kinda stuff.

I guess it's because they want to look professional to outsiders. On the inside it's like the mess hall after morning drills, honestly.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 03:48 AM

I'd love to get on a competitive team, and as a decent light pilot I imagine more than a few would take me. However my business depends on me being available to solve problems at a moment's notice so I can't so I'm solo for now.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 02:54 PM

Riding solo.

I play this game on a laptop using a touchpad. I like to goof off and do silly things people might get upset over if I was in a unit and they were relying on me to pull my own weight. There are days when my FPS mysteriously drops from 40 FPS to 5 FPS and I'm completely useless in game. Other days my FPS hovers comfortably above 20. I think I would have to solve those technical issues if I joined a unit. I'm just going to be a casual gamer for awhile. Maybe later I'll find a unit. I dropped a few times with [BOSS] when they were short a man. I would probably try to join them. It seems like there are some cool units out thar, regardless.

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 07:15 AM

I was a solo Mech jock from the closed Beta days all the way up to the Battle of Tukayyid. As a lore nut, I had to get in on that kind of action, but after getting my skull kicked in over and over by 12 man groups, I decided it was time to find a unit to call home. My friend introduced me to the 4th TCR and it's been a blast. Just knowing I've got even one guy I can count on is a real good feeling.

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 02:48 PM

When units first hit the game I tried to join a few, but so many were recruiting and doing "interviews". After getting turned down by several I just decided that it wasn't worth the drama and have stayed solo.

#55 IraqiWalker

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 05:19 PM

View PostTVMA Doc, on 15 June 2015 - 02:48 PM, said:

When units first hit the game I tried to join a few, but so many were recruiting and doing "interviews". After getting turned down by several I just decided that it wasn't worth the drama and have stayed solo.

Interviews? It's a friggin' game, what do these people think they're doing?

#56 Bilbo

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 07:36 AM

I've done both. I'm currently playing solo almost exclusively. I've enjoyed playing either way.

View PostIraqiWalker, on 15 June 2015 - 05:19 PM, said:


Interviews? It's a friggin' game, what do these people think they're doing?

When I was in a unit, the interviews, after a short trial period, were generally just in place in an attempt help weed out ***** and nothing more.

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 09:52 AM

Solo for now as I've only now actually started playing... Not sure if that will change as my skills are rusty to say the least, at least my old MW skills are, I'm still unsure on if they will apply to this game... yet.

Soon see I guess :-)

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 10:09 AM

View PostBilbo, on 16 June 2015 - 07:36 AM, said:

I've done both. I'm currently playing solo almost exclusively. I've enjoyed playing either way.
When I was in a unit, the interviews, after a short trial period, were generally just in place in an attempt help weed out ***** and nothing more.

He's got it, let in one string of asterisks and you realize "Welp... not doing that again."

For most (and by "most" I mean "us") the "interview" is a quicky in game and on TS followed by a group discuss of overall impressions and a quick Yea or Nay. Excessive profanity, racism and humor that's a little too blue are quickly snipped.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 07:19 PM

Solo. I don't like the commitment of being in a unit. Sometimes i log on during peak hours, see how bad hitreg is and log off to play/do something else, other times i log in at some ungodly hour and play for several hours. It'd be inconvenient for everyone involved to try and get a steady group going like that IMO.

Also i don't like premades/group drops, unless you're fighting other premades/group drops it's a stomp, which is something i hate being on either side of.

Edited by WatDo, 23 June 2015 - 07:20 PM.


#60 IraqiWalker

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 09:22 PM

View PostWatDo, on 23 June 2015 - 07:19 PM, said:

Solo. I don't like the commitment of being in a unit. Sometimes i log on during peak hours, see how bad hitreg is and log off to play/do something else, other times i log in at some ungodly hour and play for several hours. It'd be inconvenient for everyone involved to try and get a steady group going like that IMO.

Also i don't like premades/group drops, unless you're fighting other premades/group drops it's a stomp, which is something i hate being on either side of.

In public queue, groups only play groups, and there really is no time commitment fr being in a unit. Do you guys think we operate on a schedule, and log in daily? I haven't been on my unit's teamspeak server in 6 months, and I'm still part of the unit.





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