Running Operations

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Introduction

At the core of DELTAFORCE we especially value flying the Co-Operations (weekly custom co-op missions).
On top of that running custom community missions as well as trainings within the schools is highly encouraged.

A couple of steps are required to make it a successful event. This guide will provide you with a framework for that.

Note: If you fulfill only a specific role (for example hosting the mission), you can skip the parts not relevant to you.

Checklist / Cheat sheet

Weekly Co-Operations Community Mission Training Event Random Flying
Provide a custom DCS mission file โœ… Required โœ… Required ๐Ÿ’› Optional ๐Ÿ’› Optional
Provide briefing material โœ… Required ๐Ÿ’› Optional โœ… Required ๐Ÿ’› Optional
Announce in #main-hangout (or similar) ๐Ÿ’› Optional ๐Ÿ’› Optional ๐Ÿ’› Optional โœ… Required
Announce in #mission-announcements โœ… Required โœ… Required โœ… Required โŒ No
Use sign-up form โœ… Required ๐Ÿ’› Optional ๐Ÿ’› Optional โŒ No
Track attendance โœ… Required โœ… Required โœ… Required โŒ No
DELTAFORCE Activity Points (beta) Up to :five: Up to :two: Up to :two: โŒ Not available

Providing a mission

There are three main ways for providing missions to play.

  1. New custom mission, either self made or downloaded, can be run on the mission server
    The access to the file upload and the webinterface can be requested from staff according to the server page
  2. DELTAFORCE also has a number of missions available in the archive to re-run.
    Access to the archive is given by Murdock
  3. The mission server is configured to run the Khopa DCS Liberation and is configured according to it's dedicated server guide
    A guide to run this is provided via the guide for running a multiplayer liberation campaign

Announcing OPS

While bigger ops require an announcement, smaller scale ops can also be announced in the #mission-announcements channel on Discord.
Always post a couple of days ahead to make sure people can schedule for the mission.
Use this template to post in the #mission-announcements channel:

Copy this to Discord and fill out
** **
>> >> >> Co-Operation << << <<
:delta: @everyone please fill out, attending or not :delta: 

:military_medal: OPERATION: YOUR_MISSION_NAME
:calendar_spiral: DATE: YYYY-MM-DD
:alarm_clock: TIME: 1000z (zulu time)

:airplane: AIRFRAMES: All_available
:rocket: LOADOUT: No_restrictions
:globe_with_meridians: LOCATION: Caucasus
:newspaper: SIGN UP FORM: LINK_TO_SIGN_UP_FORM 
Explanations of the data fields

>> >> >> Co-Operation << << << | Type of Mission: 1) Co-Operation, 2) School Class, 3) Community Mission
:delta: @everyone please fill out, attending or not :delta: | Tag @everyone for them to be able to sign up properly

:military_medal: OPERATION: make sure the name is compliant with our rules!
:calendar_spiral: DATE: Use ISO date e.g. 2019-11-05
:alarm_clock: TIME: provide in Zulu(UTC) time e.g. 1000z

:airplane: AIRFRAMES: Mention if ANY restrictions apply
:rocket: LOADOUT: Mention if ANY restrictions apply
:globe_with_meridians: LOCATION: Map theater (e.g. Persian Gulf, Nevada etc.
:newspaper: SIGN UP FORM: provide a link to the sign up form if in use

For elaborate missions it's always encouraged to also post a sign up form. You can find the template ]]here[[

Tracking attendance

At DELTAFORCE we value activity. Attendance for that will be tracked during two stages:

DELTAFORCE Co-Operations (official weekend missions)

During Briefing
2 points (signed up) > if the sign up form was used
1 point (no-show) > if the person signed up but didn't show up, or 1 point if the shows up when not signed up

During Debriefing
3 points (took part) > for everyone who flew the op
4 points (completed) > if players flew the op and stayed til the debrief 4 points will be used

Trainings and misc. missions
for missions by e.g. school leads, trainings and custom community missions

training show 1 Point
midweek mission 1 Point

Points are NOT additive. As in signing up and showing up (2 pts) will not be added up with flying and debrief (4 pts).
Example: If a player completed an official weekend mission which s/he signed up for 4 pts will be given.

A bonus point can only be added for the following deeds:

  • creating / organizing the mission
  • hosting the mission
  • eventually consider streaming

Only one bonus point can be given (e.g. if someone was hosting and streaming s/he still gets +1 point)

guides, ops