Link 7 Posted November 8, 2014 Report Share Posted November 8, 2014 I know some are not going to like this post and that I probably will get a lot of hate, but please leave feedback regardless of how you stand on the topic. I want to see how the community feels about this recommendation. I've been playing on Olympus servers since the beginning, I've changed names many times and I have had to take short breaks for college but for the most part I have been active in the servers. One thing that has been present since the beginning is that the majority of High Ranking APD officers become complacent with their respective position in the force, and then proceed to play nothing but Civilian. This is not a post to point fingers, but simply my opinion on a matter that should be addressed. At first this was only a small problem. Most situations could easily be handled with just Constables. However, now that the server has massive gangs/clans, the new prison on the island, and the new DLC has arrived it has become absolutely necessary to have at least 1 Corporal online. A well organized gang can post up at the prison or federal reserve and hold off wave after wave of constables and cadets for as long as they want to. They will just repeatedly get downed, then proceed to get back up, and then continue with killing the APD. Lethal rounds are absolutely needed in these situations, or else there is a 99% chance it will go in the gangs favor. Don't get me wrong, I believe a well organized and equipped gang should be able to win its battles and deserves to do so, however, it is completely one-sided if there is nothing but constables and cadets responding. The gang will almost always have higher numbers, better gear, and better positions. This leads to very demoralizing fights that the APD loses 99% of the time. Even if the constables and cadets have the best shots on the server, the effective range of the Constables gun is very close to the length of the Altis Prison bridge, meaning it will take multiple shots to down someone who is sitting slightly back. The wave rule eventually just leads to constables trying to down criminals while cadets rush the bridge or the fed, then after that fails the constables have to suicide across the bridge or into the fed to start a new wave, leading to nothing different except a few dollars spent on ammunition by the gang. This leads to existing rules and problems I have personally run into. 1. Robbing the Federal Reserve - While this is easier for APD to handle than the jail break, it still comes down to having no options to win vs large gangs. Federal reserves are restricted to only happening when 5 or more cops are on. I do like this rule, however, I believe with the size of gangs and just how organized they are becoming robbing the fed is too easy and the odds are stacked too high vs APD if only constables and cadets are online. Possible Solutions: -Maybe we can add a rule that at least 1 of the 5 cops has to be a Corporal or higher? -Or maybe offer selective training in lethal rounds to a few hand-picked constables who show promise; this would make robbing the fed a gamble if just constables are on, because the gangs would not know who is trained in lethal tactics. 2.) Jail Break - As I stated above, this eventually leads to wave after wave of APD forces consistently failing. However, I see Jail Break as a less serious problem because all one gains is time, and eventually a fun fire fight. This eventually leads to one side just getting tired and leaving, and gets pretty old for the APD if it is done repeatedly. Possible Solutions: -Put a time-buffer for how frequently a jail break can take place. Eventually driving forces out of the prison just to end up heading back after 5 minutes to start all over is pretty frustrating. -Again offer the selective training in lethal rounds to hand-picked constables. 3.) With the new helicopter DLC, raiding has become a bigger problem. And APD without a Corporal or higher has very limited answers to this threat. Possible Solutions: -offer selective pilot training to constables, once again hand-picked for performance. -I'm not real sure how to solve this, I just know its a problem and I also know the dlc just came out and rules are bound to be changed. I'm not impatient I'm just addressing a problem. 4.) APD Officers playing as civs spam texting police or specific officers about rules. This is completely distracting and very unprofessional. It does not occur that often but it does happen. I know this topic has been addressed in the past, but maybe a refresher on the rules wouldn't hurt? It gets very unpleasant to hear from fellow APD who are "off-duty" constantly stating rules, stating they are recording, saying "enjoy your time left on the APD.", et cetera. 5.) Senior Officer's taking part in the above activities knowing the APD can do nothing against it. - I have personally been part of 2 federal reserve robberies, 5 jail breaks, and countless assaults from the sky by helicopter squads in the past 2 weeks. I know this seems like petty problems and just me ranting about playing as APD, but the problem is not what crimes are committed, its who was committing the crimes against a knowingly understaffed APD force. Both reserve robberies and all 5 jail breaks happened when the highest ranking officer online was a constable. Normally this is just a nuisance one must put up with, however, it is a very special feeling one gets when they are constantly trying to do the impossible against higher ranking APD officers. Every instance listed here was either committed by, or aided by at least 3 Corporals, 1 Sergeant, and 1 Lieutenant, this being the lowest number of higher ranking officials out of all 7 instances. I know, I counted. I understand getting a little burn-out playing as APD and just hoping on Civilian to have a little fun, but this has been happening too many times. Higher ranking officials are too complacent and are not playing APD as much as they should be! Possible Solutions: -Olympus now has the stats&info feature that tracks a player's time in game as either cop or civ. MAKE A MANDATORY PERCENTAGE OF PLAY TIME AS APD THAT SCALES WITH RANK! Now that its possible to easily keep track of who plays APD or Civ and how much they play total, an easy solution would be adding responsibility in the form of required play time that scales with rank. Failure to meet the % of playtime would result in warnings and eventual demotion, freeing up higher ranking slots for individuals who actually will put time and effort into playing APD. Below are just rough examples that I have put in for sake of demonstration, I do not make the rules and I have no idea how much time would be ideal. That's a problem that is all up to Hades! Playtime Examples: Corporal- 25% Sergeant-35% Lieutenant-45% I know sometimes the constables and cadets win, but this happens significantly less than the latter. I also know that I make mistakes, feel free to correct or point out flaws in anything I have said. This is not a self-promotion thread, I would love the convenient nature of being a corporal, but I've been a Constable for 5 months, and I still believe there are a few Constables that deserve it before I do like ItallionStallion and Mcdili, and even some Cadets. *cough* Officer Hitman *cough* Solution to most problems listed above is to take the time to promote many deserving Constables to Corporal. Especially those who play at night ;D Regardless of all the problems I have listed and the ranting I have done, I still enjoy playing APD more than anything else in Olympus. There are amazing officers who do play APD to its fullest that make playing with them worthwhile. My fellow APD officers are my Altis family, and I have no hard feelings against anyone in the force. I believe everyone with a higher rank deserved to get it, some just have slightly strayed from the appropriate path. So don't think I just hate specific players, I love you all. <3 Disclaimer: I did not, have not, and never will make the rules of Olympus servers. That is the job of our lovely Admin Hades. This is simply my opinion on certain problems and maybe a few possible fixes. To Clarify, This Post is Based Solely on the Times I am Able to Get On Due to College. These Times Range from 11:00P.M CST - 7:00A.M. CST Quote Link to comment
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