2, Issue 10
February 4, 1999
12 Rules to Good Teamplay
been playing a lot of Counter-Strike
lately, billed as a counter-terrorist mod for Half-Life.
Its pretty cool and realistic, but Im not going to
review it here. Instead, its prompted me to write up some
nifty rules in the name of teamplay, and I thought Id share
them with you. Most of these will be specific to Counter-Strike,
some not. So without further ado, heres RadPipes 12
rules to good teamplay.
When the round starts and you and your team are rushing to
get into position, feel free to wail away on the guy in front
of you with whatever weapon you have handy. Knives are good, as
are pistols and rifles. Make that blood splatter real well. It
hardly ever detracts their attention from the task at hand and
it lets him know youre there and ready to back him up. Dont
worry if Friendly Fire is turned on. Hell die happily knowing
that his teammate has taken his place and is carrying on the battle.
Never ever take the time to learn and use pre-recorded messages.
This will only detract your teammates from the task at end. Instead,
run off to a dark corner of the map and type your message in.
Be sure to request a response.
When your gun runs out of ammunition in the heat of battle,
immediately retreat to the farthest point on the map to get more
ammunition and/or reload. No sense in getting killed while you
shove more bullets in your gun.
(Corollary to #3): When your teammates gun runs out
of ammunition in the middle of a battle, immediately leave the
area with all haste. No sense in getting killed when he cant
cover you anymore. Those precious 2 seconds while he reloads could
If youre going to use an explosive device (say, a hand
grenade), follow behind your teammates then throw it in their
midst when they get into battle. This is exactly the kind of confusing
move that will really foul up your enemy. As the enemy sits back
and says, What was that?, you and your surviving teammates
can rush in and clean up.
If you have to take a leak, get a drink, go for dinner, or
head off to work, always make sure you get into the game first
and join a team. Sure, your character will sit there for a while
and do nothing, but you have to remember that you might not get
a spot in the game if you wait. Dont worry that your team
will be down a man. Just think of all the kills youll get
after youve taken that big dump and feel all fresh and rejuvenated.
If your team is outnumbered (for whatever reason), quickly
switch to the other team. Now your team will really outnumber
the other team and youll really lay the smack down.
Camping is cool. Make it your prime function. Find the quietest,
darkest little corner on the map and put up a tent. Dont
shoot until you see the whites of their eyes. Its the coolest
thing. And when everyone else on your team is dead and youre
the only thing that stands between the enemy winning and a timeout
draw, theyll thank you. Trust me.
Never ever check the scores menu. You might find that youre
alone against the other team. And that would just make you nervous.
If you cant afford a good weapon at the start of the
round then dont buy anything. Just follow one of your teammates
that does have a good weapon and wait for him to die. Pow, youve
got yourself a good weapon.
If you connect to a server where your ping isnt as good
as it could be, complain like heck. Spam your teammates with This
server/ping/team sucks messages for a good ten minutes before
leaving to find a better one. Remember, communication is the key.
If you dont tell them, maybe theyll never learn. Heck,
maybe theyre in a similar situation but are shy and are
waiting for someone else to bring it up.
If your team is just plain sucking, switch to the other one.
Why should you suffer for their ineptness?
Well there you have it. Words of wisdom from the RadPipe0rz. I
hope you take my preachings to heart and perhaps Ill see
you on the next Counter-Strike server. Ill be the guy spamming
hand grenades from the highest building I can find.