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News / Re: [BETA] New Registration Page Available Now
« on: Monday, December 28, 2020, 15:52:08 PM »
Wow, Possessed (and others?) have done a great job with the registration page. It's really cool to see you guys still dedicated :)

Support / Re: Level Editor
« on: Monday, December 28, 2020, 15:50:33 PM »
I stroll by this forum every so often and wonder, as I have in the past, if releasing the map editor for 2.5 would be a good idea or not. People might want to mess with it and it's not horrible to add maps to Assist. I'll leave it up for the other admins to discuss but I personally don't see a downside.

General Chat / Official AA Song
« on: Monday, April 15, 2019, 13:02:09 PM »
I don't know how I didn't come across this in the last 13 years but this is quite funny, especially that it was never taken down:

General Chat / Re: Been a loooooooooooong time
« on: Monday, April 15, 2019, 13:01:02 PM »
Howdy howdy. Checking in for my bi-yearly unread posts scan.

General Chat / Re: America's Army 2 Remake - Army Ops in development
« on: Sunday, December 09, 2018, 19:31:21 PM »
Pretty cool work :) Glad to see you still have motivation.

More importantly, you have no right to use this website, the Assist program or the files that we distribute. No right at all. You didn't enter into a contract, you didn't buy it, it's not in your country's constitution, nothing. We let you use it out of the kindness of our hearts and if you want to be a dick while using our software, we're not going to be so generous.

You absolutely have the right to freedom of speech. You're welcome to go host a website like and bash Assist on there. Guess what, if you open a comments section and we post on there "you're a dipshit", you have every right to ban us. You own that website, you own that software, you paid for the hosting. You're misunderstanding the freedoms that are afforded to you by those that fought for your country and it's citizens. That's scary because you don't know how to use them.

News / Re: 10 Years Old
« on: Thursday, June 07, 2018, 11:10:21 AM »
I just turned 26yo yesterday lol.
It's been around more than 1/3 of our lives. Crazy.

News / 10 Years Old
« on: Wednesday, June 06, 2018, 21:37:13 PM »
Assist turns 10 today. It started off as a fix for the in game server list not loading on Mac clients and has evolylike crazy since. I am proud to have been a part of this project and admire those who have contributed along the way. Thank you all.

Drama & Spam / Re: Staff at the shit again
« on: Tuesday, April 03, 2018, 18:29:42 PM »
FYI I threw some bans up, including for 2 of your accounts yesterday on the shoutbox. Came here to scope things out like I usually do and saw that disgusting crap. Totally unnecessary in life let alone in a free online video game. Come on, pathetic.

Miscellaneous / Re: President Spanky
« on: Monday, April 02, 2018, 17:51:21 PM »
Long time no see Vikraal :) Hope you're well!

Games & Programming / Re: People work on client 285
« on: Monday, February 26, 2018, 20:13:55 PM »
Assist is going to be 10 years old this June. 10 years ago wasn't quick enough to save this game. Need I say more?

General Chat / Re: Thank you Spanky!
« on: Friday, February 23, 2018, 13:01:52 PM »
It annoyed me too and I tried to look a few times before but always gave up because this site is so complex and I forgot how we made it :)

Media & Art / Re: I need a very basic graphic made for a tee shirt
« on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 21:40:48 PM »
Whatcha need fam?

Server Support / Re: Some interesting options, what are those?
« on: Monday, October 30, 2017, 13:16:05 PM »
A lot of the settings are default in the Unreal Engine and some are leftover from Unreal Tournament. A good number of the settings simply do nothing in AA.

General Chat / Re: America's Army 2 Remake - Army Ops in development
« on: Friday, October 20, 2017, 14:29:31 PM »
Very interesting. If you're serious and say "pretty please" you might get ELiZ's permission to use the maps he converted from UE2 to UE4 for AAPG. Import the assets, re-organize how you want and modify how you want. That would be the easiest way to get maps and gameplay up quickly.

Here's the honest problem though, it's one that's been around since AA2 came out. The AA community HATES change. Even minor changes to maps that they love will make the players riot in the streets. There is no possible way for you to get the gameplay, feel, pace, sound exactly the same as AA2, nor would you want to. On this merit alone, I doubt anyone here would play it. It's the sad truth. Having been part of the custom map scene on AA for close to a decade now, I find it very difficult to get people off of SF Hospital long enough to play a few good rounds on a great custom map. Something like 70% of the official maps don't get played even. The hardcore AA players have a particular mindset that makes them play 2-4 maps in a particular way. They have their favorite weapons, glitches, camp spots and tactics and often don't branch out from that behavior. Even in the official AA versions themselves, you saw lots of people hanging on to old versions because they didn't like the slight changes in maps and gameplay brought in the newer releases.

I really hate to dissuade you, but rather caution you as to going after this community with a "new and improved America's Army" because you're not going to convince AA players to jump to your game. Approach it as if you were creating a new game with your favorite memories from AA but still something new. Also, don't take the hate from the AA community to heart. There's a lot of assholes and they feel like their opinion matters.

On a personal note, it would be fun to help but I failed horribly with UE4 and don't have the time or computer to do anything worthwhile.

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