Someone might remember when back in the SimHQ days Tempus, me and a few others (un)officially created “The Professionals”, our motto was “Because we are everything but Professionals”, and our ubiquitous Logo was (obviously) this one -
Well… in a certain way out story begins anew, in Arma 3, on Altis, trying to free it from both an occupation force and their mortal enemy. We, the Rebels, will bring Peace, and Unity, and hopefully without committing war crimes.
A good start, for the average of The Professionals…
What I wanted to do before hitting the sack tonight was at least complete another mission.
This is our current sector of operation.
In the north there’s our HQ, to the south and around there are a few villages (Kore, Negades, etc.) and to south-east a clearly marked Checkpoint.
This last one is a place of pain…
Usually running around in civilian, unmarked cars, allows us to move or less undisturbed- sadly, together with @Victork2, we noticed that moving too slowly around them allows the occupying force to peek in the car and spot the pesky handsome rebels we are and they’ll then immediately try putting a rather violent end to our rebellious days.
The current local contact living in our HQ informs me of the need to bring a pallet of food packages to the southerly Negades tonight. Fair enough! Fresh bread for everyone tomorrow morning!
Load the entire stuff in the back of my red Pickup and off I go… promptly forgetting that it’s literally running on fumes… Splendid! Another Professional masterpiece in the making!
The night is a rioting moonless darkness under pouring rain… hope the bread is packed well.
(in the top left corner there’s a short orange bar - which is actually blinking red/orange- that’s all the fuel I have left. The black part is the empty tank)
The drive is simple enough- not many fools run around with such a weather… but The professionals! We are EXACTLY that kind of fools.
I unload, unseen, the goods in the town square and wait to contact the town’s rebel liason. (In gameplay terms means that I have to get rid of an undefined number of corrupted policemen and defend the pallet for 2 minutes)
Cautiously moving around I appear unseen behind two officers that get immediately dropped by a short burst of my 9mm submachinegun. Unsilenced submachinegun.
At least two other voices scream for my surrender but again the night helps me and (for the first time since I started this mod) I managed to drop all of them bad bad cops without being even seen, much less shot at.
I get in touch with our secretive contact and the mission is complete! Brilliant!
The fuel is so low, now, that I cannot make it back…
I take a shortcut… but getting offroad markes my car as suspicious and I lose the cover of my civilian fake identity.
Alas, worth the risk… instead of the whole longer red arrows-defined road I manage cut short through the green one and I barely reach the base before the car dies on me.
I refuel and think about my next step, smoking a cigarette in my dark cockpit…
Reading the Mod’s manual I find an interesting mechanic… I can buy and load a so-called loot box in the car and use it to almost-automatically pick up all the weapons and paraphernalia from the fallen, friends and foe alike.
So be it! In true Professional behaviour I’ll do the stupidest thing ever and go back to the crime scene and pick up all the police gear!
What could possibly go wrong?
My answer comes so fast that the question is still dying in my throat- an explosion EXACTLY in the town I just delivered food at.
Uhrrrr… Did I do that?
-Gulp- Ok I can still do it… Maybe?
The rest of the drive is tense but unremarkable.
I start collecting the stuff…
which of course makes me again lose my cover as civilian.
Well, I must have really looked scary because nobody dares to challenge me as I collect a few different new submachine guns, ammo, medikits, flashlights and so on…
Time to go! Lady luck is smiling upon me!
Uh… wait… that black SUV is… neat!
Let me pull out my towing cables, papa needs a new toy!
Needless to say, towing a car is suspicious (and totally Professional!) so I lose again the civilian cover, car included. Any Checkpoint would shoot on sight.
I still think I can pull it off!
Since I am no longer “just a harmless civilian” I might as well use the same shortcut as before and just be done with it…
Disappointingly nothing happens and I make it to the HQ with my new car.
Speaking of disappointed… what was that explosion all about? I didn’t notice anything on my drive back and forth…
Nevermind, I’m happy. Here’s our new shiny car, barely noticeable in the darkness…
I unload all the loot in the Armory…
Here’s the content
One of the good thing is that now we have a few ballistic vests! OH MY, they even protect from bullets!
The other good news is that apparently I was so devilishly cool that the entire town of Negades is under our control!
Brilliant! Doubly so as we didn’t even commit involutary war crimes!
As we earned some cash during this operation I invest circa 100$ to make the place a bit nicer.
Some lights in our newly replenished parking lot!
Enough typing for tonight…
This is fun, exciting and even the occasional death is not too bothersome, once the rules are clearer…
RTFM guys, and good night!