WANT TO TRY OUT DEFENDING?Q: What is Defending?A:
The Founderless Regions Alliance Rangers will be hosting several relatively-wide-open defender clinics throughout the month of May. With these clinics, players can try out defending within an orchestrated environment that tolerates mistakes and inexperience.
Imagine you're sitting in your region when a hoard of strangers come into your region, attempting to claim your WA Delegate's position -- threatening to eject and ban you or your regional colleagues, changing the World Factbook Entry, suppressing your posts and oppressing the region for their own amusement. You have just been raided. Defenders attempt to catch raids when they happen and protect the region from a successful invasion by raiders, this is called a defense mission
.. and is essentially preventative. In addition to defense missions, many defenders, most notably, the Founderless Region Alliance's Rangers, will attempt to overthrow the raiders that control regions against the will of the region's native residents. Liberations
(not to be confused with the WASC proposal categories of the same name) are retaliatory in nature as they are a response to a raid that has already happened. As it is always more economical to try to prevent more so than correct, we emphasis the importance of defense missions... but sometimes defense missions fail for whatever reason and we must attempt to liberate. NOTE: Defending is strictly gameplay and does not require nor utilize roleplaying.
Q: What Do I Need To Defend?A:
You need several things,
- A Mobile Nation in the World Assembly. Mobile means that you wouldn't care if you moved your nation out of your region temporarily -- this also means that if you have a responsibility as a region's delegate, you will not be able to defend.
- Time and patience.
Q: I Don't Have The Time Or The Will To Defend Often, Why Should I Try Defending Out?A:
) Until recently if you weren't willing to commit to defending full-time in NationStates, you would not be able to defend generally. But the standards have changed, raiders are outnumbering defenders, and defenders are learning quickly that they need to adapt and accommodate their system for people like you -- someone who would help out on occasion if asked by defenders, but someone who also wants to devote most of their attention in NationStates to something else (e.g., roleplay, WA, NSG...). The FRA Rangers for example, is starting up a militia -- a sort of roster that people would be contacted from when defenders need help liberating or defending a region which demands special attendance with large numbers. (2
) Defending is fun, you may not know what you're missing until you've tried it. For example, I started out playing in the WA and enjoyed defending so much after my first experience that I've stuck with it ever since while maintaining my participation in the WA. (3
) This is your window into how some players participate in NationStates, understanding others via some experiences is always a good thing in such a divisional game.
Q: Okay.. So I Want To Participate In These Defender Clinics. How do I do so?A:
The FRA Rangers will be running six defender clinics. Three of these clinics will offer a chance to partake in a mock defense mission, (a
) Wednesday, May 11 2011 from 3:30 GMT to 6 GMT, (b
) Thursday, May 19 2011 from 15:30 GMT to 18 GMT, (c
) Sunday, May 29 2011 from 3:30 GMT to 6 GMT. Another three of these clinics will offer a chance to partake in a mock liberation mission, (d
) Sunday, May 15 2011 from 15:30 GMT to 18 GMT, (e
) Sunday, May 22 2011 from 3:30 GMT to 6 GMT, (f
) Tuesday, May 31 2011 from 3:30 GMT to 6 GMT. NOTE: These times are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Furthermore, you may have noticed these clinics are scheduled to take place for two and a half hours, it is unlikely that the clinics will actually run for this long, but be prepared to participate for that length. I recommend that you sign-up for at least either a mock defense mission or liberation mission -- if you only doing this for the sake of fun, I recommend a liberation mission. My apologies if the times are inconvenient, we only decide the days, the times are decided by what time the NationStates server updates during the day.
Please sign-up for these clinics by posting the following information here
) Your main-nation, (b
) what nation you will be using for the clinic, (c
) what clinic(s) you would like to attend, (d
) how much experience do you have with military gameplay ["no experience" is expected but not required]. Entries will be screened for any active raiders, so do not bother signing-up if you are actively raiding (besides.. this venue will not share any of our defending 'secrets'). If you're an ex-raider but wish to attend a clinic, just send me a telegram explaining this or include this in your sign-up post so that our Intel doesn't declare you as 'active raider' -- you will likely be welcomed to attend.
You can fill out this template sign-up form and post if you like,
Q: My Clinic Is About To Start... What Should I Do?A: IMPORTANT:
When your clinic begins, have your participating WA nation moved to [region]TransMcElligot Pool[/region] and ready to go. (1
) Information and details about the clinic will be sent to shortly before the clinic begins via telegram to your main-nation and
your mobile WA nation, (2
) As an enhancement to the clinic, I highly recommend that you log onto EsperNet > #fra, on IRC
Q: That Was Fun.. How Do I Go About Becoming A DefenderA:
We won't lie, part of the purpose of defender clinics is to recruit. I'm glad you asked. There are a number of ways you could go about becoming a defender, (1
) You could join a FRA Region and become a Ranger, (2
) Being active on the #fra IRC channel on the EsperNet server
during 4 GMT to 6 GMT or 16 to 18 GMT will give you an opportunity to help out the Rangers, (3
) You could convince your own region to join the FRA, in those cases I would contact the FRA's Regional Recruitment Officer
or Deputy RRO
, (4) You could convince your region to establish its own defender group, (5
) You could telegram me and I could put you on the Militia roster for the FRA -- when we need extra bodies for liberations or defense missions, you'd be notified.