Marine Quickstart Guide
From CM Wiki
- 1 The Rules
- 2 Character Setup
- 3 Waking Up
- 4 In the field
- 5 First Aid
- 6 Death
- 7 Tips
So you've just joined for the first time as a Marine? No idea what you're doing? Our Space Station 13 Guide is pretty good as an introduction to the interface! Otherwise, let this guide get you up to scratch! If you have any questions, we have an inbuilt mentor questions system made specifically so you can ask for help in-game. Just press F1 and click the (Gameplay Mechanics/ Mentorhelp) option and one of the server's mentors will be happy to help you.
As a foreword, rounds on this server may last between one hour to three hours! Make sure you have the time commitment to sit a full round (provided that your character survived that long).
Read the rules! CM-SS13 is a medium role-play server and you are expected to abide by the rules established by the server staff. If a staff member says to do something, do it. If they tell you to stop doing something, stop. It will save both you and the staff a lot of trouble and effort. There is no excuse for not reading the rules. If you have been banned, fairly or unfairly, you can click here Ban Appeal to appeal your Ban. You have been warned. Thank you and enjoy the game.
This is simple for the most part. You will create your character on the setup character page. You have many options for character appearance, such as head hair, facial hair, and skin tone. Experiment until you're satisfied or just leave it - the default works just as well.
Now, take note of Marine Role Preferences - this won't be too useful for you currently, but you'll need it when you get more experienced and start trying new roles. Close the character window.
Upon finishing your character design, don't ready up - instead wait for the game to start. Click "Join the USCM!" and select the Squad Marine role from the list.
Keep in mind - roles that are simple on other servers, such as Cargo Technician, don't translate perfectly into Colonial Marines. Cargo Technician, for example, still requires a fair to middling knowledge of the server and mechanics in order to function. Stick to Squad Marine.
Who Orders Who
As a Standard Marine you're at the bottom of the chain of command. You take orders from all ranks above you, but should focus on sticking to your squad, led by your Squad Leader and Staff Officer. You are assigned to one of four squads at round start - Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, or Delta.
Should your Squad Leader be unavailable to lead, command of the squad will be passed down to the Squad Radio Telephone Operator or anyone named by the outgoing Squad Leader or Staff Officer.
Keep in mind the chain of command. If both the squad leader and RTOs are killed, the Specialist (SGT) will take over as the acting squad leader due to their higher rank than the Medics and Engineers (LCPL).
Please note: depending on your squad, these icons will change colors. Make sure you're following the color on your armor and the squad on your ID!
In rare cases, you may be given illegal orders. There is a big difference between orders that violate Marine Law versus orders that violate the Server Rules. Orders that break Marine Law are considered an In Character (IC) issue and are thus something you may resolve in game so long as the situation is roleplayed. Orders that break the server rules are an Out Of Character (OOC) affair. Should you be given orders that would violate the rules then you should contact the staff via A-Help (F1). It's better to be thrown in the brig because you wouldn't murder someone the Squad Leader didn't like, than being banned for doing so.
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Whenever you're in-game, there may be a Senior Enlisted Advisor on the ship. Their job is to help new players go through the basics and teach you anything if you have a question for them. Their office is in cryogenics, where you spawn. They're here to help you so don't be afraid to ask them questions.
At the start of a deployment, you'll wake up in the ship's cryosleep quarters alongside all the other Marines aboard the USS Almayer (Click here for the map). The first thing you'll want to do is to look at the chat log in the right to see which squad you're in. The colour-coded arrows on the floor guide the Alphas and Bravos north, and the Charlies and Deltas south.
The below image shows us the southern canteen, which is identical to the northern canteen. There are some vending machines in the south-west corner of the room. Click on the food vendors and vend some food for yourself, then click on the food to hold it in your active hand, and finally, eat it by clicking on your character in the middle of the screen. Food is important as being hungry(red/yellow) slows you down and food helps to replenish lost blood. Once you've had your fill, you'll want to head out the door on the left and go to the prep rooms to get geared.
Waking up during red alert
During red alert the ship is in active danger to both itself and the crew onboard. If you are unfortunate enough to have woken up from cryosleep during red alert, stay calm. You are issued with a self defense kit with a few things inside. A loaded Mod 88 4 Pistol with a Rail Light attached, an M5 'Night Raider' Bayonet , and a random large food component from any type of MRE . It is important to get geared as soon as possible and report to your active Squad Leader as quickly as you can. It is also recommended to ask on general shipside radio chat by writing :g before your message to ask what is the reason behind the red alert.
One key to success is ensuring that you are well equipped. Attacking without a weapon may result in catastrophe. These next steps should prepare you for combat.
- Go to an ColMarTech Automated Closet in your squad's room (click it once with an empty hand to see the interface), vend all of the equipment in the Standard Equipment Set and equip all of its equipment (press E in hotkey mode). If you lack essential equipment for extended use (ie. helmets), take anything you need from the two Surplus Uniform Vendors in the west (the middle two in among the ten racks).
- After getting the essential equipment, for starters, you're going to take all of the equipment that is highlighted in orange. Vend a magazine belt/ammo rig (from the Belt Set), a set of medium armor (from the Armor Set), a satchel (from the Backpack Set) if you don't have one, a Flare Pouch and a First-Aid Pouch (from the Pouches Set). Then equip them all. See the Combat and First Aid sections for the pouches' uses, respectively. Other equipment such as kits, attachments, ammunition and extras are optional and can be vended as long as you have points for it.
- Head to one of the ColMarTech Automated Weapons racks at the left of the automated closets.
- Vend an M41A Pulse Rifle and an M41A Magazine. Load the M41A with the magazineby clicking on the rifle with the magazine in your active hand. The Rack offers a good basic attachment, the Rail Flashlight. Take one and click on your rifle with the attachment in your active hand to attach it to your rifle then click Toggle Rail Flashlight in the bottom right to turn it on. Lastly, place the M41A onto your suit storage.
- Fill your ammo rig with 5 M41A magazines .
- Fill your Satchel with M94 Flare Packs. Flare Packs are used to refill your Flare pouch and will also provide you with an abundance of flares to use when advancing against the enemy.
- There are three slots in your armor, you can put two magazines and an MRE in it.
- If your uniform and armor are the Snow variant, you are going to Sorokyne, meaning you need a heat absorbent coif or a tactical bandanna (only obtained from other marines or from the loadout). You will get a coif as soon as you vend your uniform. If you are unable to obtain the coif from the Automated Closet, get one from the Surplus Uniform rack (at bottom of the menu). Once you have the coif, equip it to the mask slot .
There are many more options for weaponry and gear in the vendor, but it's best to keep things simple and effective while you're still learning the rest of the game.
Once you've geared up and put on your radio earpiece, you should start hearing radio communications. It is very important in this game to communicate with others. As a squad marine, you'll have your squad channel on your earpiece, you can talk on it by typing ; before your message. Your squad channel can be heard by everyone in your squad.
You are able to talk in general chat with :g before your message. This only works when you're on the ship.
List of radio channels and relevant keys:
Keep in mind that you can examine your headset to see a list of radio keys available to you, don't expect to have access to all of these unless you're playing a command role.
|Alpha Squad (command headset)||:a|
|Bravo Squad (command headset)||:b|
|Charlie Squad (command headset)||:c|
|Delta Squad (command headset)||:d|
|Echo Squad (command headset)||:e|
|Your squad's channel or Common channel (If not a squad role)||;|
|Common channel (If you are a squad role, only works when you're on the ship. )||:g|
|Responder channel (Both Friendly and Hostile)
Department channel (based on headset)
After gearing up, you may choose to go to kit your weapons out with the attachment vendors in your prep or the requisitions office (west of briefing) and line up to receive your optional attachments. The Requisitions Officer (RO) and Cargo Techs (CT) are not obligated or guaranteed to serve you, but they will usually dispense some attachments, grenades and small amounts of extra back room gear to you, such as a webbing or a machete. Being polite to the requisitions staff makes things easier for everyone, including saying please and thank you.
- If you joined in late in the game, there will be no briefing thus you should head straight for the hangar.
If you woke up at the start of the round, there will usually be a briefing either in the designated briefing room, west of Requisitions, or in the hangar between the Dropships. Command will clarify the location of briefing through an announcement, and you can always ask your squad. Find a seat in your squad's color-coded seating area. The acting Commanding Officer will be along soon to describe the situation and his/her overall game plan and will issue your squad their initial orders. Remember to behave yourself. Listen to what your Commanding Officer has to say, listen to your Squad Leader, and overall watch your fellow Marines' backs. Stay with the team and you'll do fine.
The Dropships to the Surface
Once briefing ends, head west of the briefing room to the hangar with the rest of your squad. There are two dropships; Dropship One ("Alamo"), deploys to Landing Zone 1 (LZ1), and Dropship Two ("Normandy") deploys to Landing Zone 2 (LZ2), Normandy is on the western side of the hangar and Alamo is on the east. Take the dropship your squad is assigned to, or whichever one drops you to the Forward Operating Base (FOB) if you joined late. Typically one dropship is assigned to close air support, so you can expect there to only be one dropship running transport to the surface, it's just which one. Ask your squad on the radio what to do if you're unsure of where a dropship is or which one takes you to the surface (It will usually be the one mentioned in the top right corner of the screen as the Primary landing zone). The ride isn't smooth, so you'll want to sit down and buckle in by standing on top of a chair and dragging your Marine's sprite to the chair. To unbuckle yourself, click the chair with an empty hand or click Resist .
In the field
It's highly recommended you read the bullet path guide so that you understand how the bullet mechanics work on this server. In regards to friendly fire, apologize to them and call a medic over or if the person you shot is heavily injured, drag them to one.
- Turn on a rail flashlight attachment by clicking the activate rail flashlight button on the bottom right of the UI . This provides more light than your shoulder lamp (it also works when the weapon is equipped at waist).
- Toss flares around to illuminate the area around you. To use flares, click the Flare Pouch with an empty hand to take a flare out, clicking the flare (or press Z) to activate it. Activating automatically sets it to throw so you can just click a tile to throw it or drop it (Q). If you are pushing and run out of flares, you can pick up flares which are already on the ground and throw them.
- Turning on floodlights, click the floodlight with an empty hand.
Avoid being out of position. Stick with your squad. Ask yourself, if you got pounced on and dragged away, are there marines near you to save you? If the answer is no, you should fall back to your squad. Stay away from positions that are isolated or could easily get you isolated, such as around corners and being near doorways. Watch others positions and firing lanes, don't move into their firing lanes and stop shooting when others move into yours. If you want a marine to move out of your way, point at them (shift + middle click) and ask them to move. Catch up if you fall behind and ask the squad to wait; wait if you went ahead. If you're out of sight of friendlies, they can't help you if you are attacked. When pushing into a room/choke point, move aside immediately after passing the door/choke point, allowing following squadmates to move in and fire.
Avoid using Help intent (top left, 1) during combat, use Grab intent (bottom right, 3) instead. The reason being is it replaces shuffling between friendlies with pushing when there is another marine in your way. Though, don't push others into danger (fire, acid globs). Harm intent (bottom left, 4) is also a good choice as it allows you to point blank enemies next to you if you click on them. Make sure to switch from harm intent if you are being treated by a medic, as you will automatically knock autoinjectors from their hand if they try to inject you.
Use Help intent when you are out of combat as it allows you and other marines to move past each other. The one occasion to use Help intent during combat is to allow wounded marines to retreat past you in a narrow space, after they have gone past switch back to Grab or Harm.
Interacting with the environment
Weapon handling, so a friendly fire will not be too deadly. To lower the rifle again, click it (Z) in your active hand.
Although most weapons can be fired one-handed, you'll have decreased accuracy and increased recoil due to it. To counter the drawbacks, you can use attachments, though be aware that if you want to later on two hand the weapon your attachments won't provide the same effects for two handed as they did for 1 handing it. Due to how most weapons can be fired 1 handed you'll want to use Alt + Click to toggle the gun safety on and off so you don't accidentally fire into friendlies.
You will eventually need to reload your rifle once it runs out of ammo. If you hear a long beeping sound, your rifle's automatically ejected its magazine. You can also unload the magazine early by clicking the rifle with your other hand or by clicking the eject magazine button in the bottom right. Then you can reload the gun as usual. You can reload the gun with one hand (Tactical Reload) by dragging a magazine onto the weapon in your hand.
How to use attachments
- Click Activate Weapon Attachment at the bottom right to activate (Underslung Grenade Launcher/Mini Flamethrower/Masterkey Shotgun, etc) or press Shift and Space to activate the underbarrel attachment. You can alter this keybind in setup character. The UGL on M41A comes unloaded.
- Reloading weapon attachments: activate the attachment then feed the attachment with its ammo type. Underbarrel grenade launchers take M40 grenades, Masterkey Shotguns take buckshot shells, and Mini Flamethrowers take flamethrower tanks.
- Using Rail Scope: other than Activate Weapon Attachment , Toggle Rail Flashlight also works for it.
- Removing attachments: click field strip weapon in the Weapon tab to select which attachment to remove, or install another attachment to replace it.
"You need a more secure grip to fire the weapon!"
"The safety is on!"
"You don't know how to use [Weapon]..."
"The [Weapon] flashes a warning sign indicating unauthorized use! "
- Remove equipment from other marines: drag their sprites onto yours to open their equipment window, click the item names to strip. If the weapon has Magnetic Harness attached, remove their armor. If you see Remove Accessory, it means they have a webbing which often contains ammo or other valuable items, click to take it then either apply it to your uniform or drop the webbing/drop the contents for other marines to use.
- To check a pile of items in a tile, alt + click the tile next to you to open the Tile Contents tab, allowing you to view and pick up the items in a big list, instead of right clicking the tile.
- Restocking/refill items: drag them to an appropriate vendor. Useful restockable items are Autoinjectors to Nanomed and food/drinks to food/drink vendors.
- Your helmet can take two tiny items (protein bar , throwing knife, etc) into it.
- Backpack can hold 7 normal size items (2 more than Satchel) but you can't access its content when it's on your back.
- If you are reinforcing the front and you see marines retreating en masse, ask them if the front is lost, fall back with them if yes.
- After arriving the front, don't be in the very front, as you don't know about the enemy number/position and the terrain, stay inside the parameter first.
Devoured But Awake
So somehow you find yourself facehugged and awoken inside of an alien? Well some good news. Though you can't blast your way out of it, you can at the very least stab the alien while inside of them. Simply grab either your boot knife by pressing ALT+E or any pointy object and start moving inside of them. You'll start to hear the alien take damage with a distinct squelching sound. It probably won't be enough to bust out of higher tiered aliens but with some luck, you'll be able to reverse chestburst out of an alien, killing them and freeing you in the process.
Captured But Alive
In the unfortunate event that you find yourself facehugged and captured, do not lose hope. Depending on where you are, and how far marines relative to your location, rescue will come soon. Be sure that you inform them beforehand where you are, the xenomorphs will not hesitate to kill you if they feel as if the marines are closing in on your location, or will devour you again to transport you to somewhere more secure. Sadly most of the time, you will be dragged back to their hive, where unless the marines are closing in, will mean certain death due to chestbursting. Upon being secured to a hive nest, you will be given a choice to Ghost your body to spectate the rest of the round or to stay in hopes that someone will come save you.
Knocking on Death's door
Now that you're here and if you have chosen to stay, it is time for self reflection and coordination with the team. Inform them of a few critical things to note if you are able to perceive these things. You don't have to do any of this, but it is sure to help in some capacity.
- Location of the hive. If you are unsure if they don't know where it is and communications on the radio are still possible, ask CIC if they can check your tracker location. This will give them a clear indicator of where the hive is, or at least- where you are being kept for the time being.
- Structure of the hive. Where the Pool, Hivecore, and other Captured People are being held. Inform them if there are any traps that they have to look out for when breaching into the hive.
- Where is the Queen? Are they on their Ovipositor or did they shed it and began moving elsewhere? If so, in what direction and probable location?
- How many other Captured People are there and their status. Be sure to be as accurate as possible, as too little will increase complacency and too many will cause panic in your team mates. Inform CIC of any changes regarding other captured marines. If they are bursted, dead, or still alive.
After that, it is up to you to decide what else to do in this situation. Is your character staying hopeful and prays to God that they will be saved? Is your character pessimistic and curses out each person that wronged them over their lifetime? Whatever happens next, it is up to chance. In any case, thank your for your service to the USCM.
- Used to hold that broken/fractured bone of yours in place so you don't die. The time spent of using the splints depends of one's medical skill.
- A three-use EZ version of the Tricordazine autoinjector. Functions exactly the same as its standard counterpart but can be used immediately even without medical skill.
- A gauze packet with 10 uses for bleeding and brute damage.
- An ointment packet with 10 uses for burns.
Gauze and ointment need to be targeted to the specific injured body part, you can do this by selecting the body part at the bottom right. Expended autoinjectors can be restocked at NanoMed on Almayer and Dropships by clicking on them with the injector in hand on the NanoMed.
The APC now uses a different version of the called the Vehicle NanoMed, which can restock the same things as a normal NanoMed but can additionally restock most standard autoinjectors and EZ autoinjectors (Autoinjectors that require no medical skill to immediately use) and provides restocking for Advanced Burn Kits and Advanced Trauma Kits . The Vehicle NanoMed is unable to restock the following autoinjectors:
- The Dexalin+ autoinjector.
- The Dylovene autoinjector.
- The Quick Clot autoinjector.
- The Epinephrine autoinjector.
- The Oxycodone autoinjector.
The levels of injury are
- Brute damage: bruised -> battered -> mangled -> MISSING.
- Burn damage: numb -> blistered -> peeling away.
If you catch on fire, click Resist to roll on the floor and extinguish the flames (you can bind a hotkey for it with Macros).
If you see Something feels like it shattered/ripped in your ____! / broken bone moving in your ____!, stop moving unless you must, as moving with broken bones will cause organ damage. Medics can't treat broken bones other than applying a splint , if a Medic tells you to evac, do it. You can splint yourself too but the process will take a while, instead, you should ask another medic to splint you. Likewise, you can splint other marines.
If your health worsens/vision goes blurry without being attacked, you might have organ damage, seek a Medic and evac if told to do so.
Impeded objects and Shrapnel
If you've been impaled by sharp objects like shrapnel, bone chips or any foreign object lodged into your body, you'll need to remove them quickly so you won't sustain any further damage. It'll look something like this in chat: Your movement jostles the ____ in your ____ painfully. To remove them, simply grab your knife and activate it in your hand (click the knife in your active hand or press Z in hotkeys mode). There will be a small delay before you remove the shrapnel, so stay still while you're doing it. Any sharp object will do, like glass shards and machetes if you have one.
You can examine (Shift + Click or Right click -> Examine) other marines to see their visible injuries. If the marine has blood soaking through from under his _____, it means he is bleeding on that part of the body. Use gauzeon the body parts to stop the bleeding. If the marine has a fresh burn on his ______ , it means he has untreated burns in that part of the body. Use ointmenton the body parts to salve the burns.
It is vital to move fellow Marines out of danger and pull them to a Medic (Medics can revive dead marines). One less marine being left behind and captured means one less Xenomorph to be dealt with in the future. To pull, you can:
- Ctrl + Click (in hotkey mode, you don't need to switch to the empty hand with this method)
- Click with an empty hand using Grab intent
- Right Click -> Pull.
To help put out the fire on a marine, click them with an empty hand using Help intent.
If a marine has fallen over, you can help get them up by clicking on them with an empty hand using Help intent. It works for neurotoxin spit, facehugger (after fallen off) and pain (if not critical).
If you see a marine gasping for air, click them with an empty hand using Help intent to perform CPR.
Once your character is dead you have two options:
- Stay in your body and wait for revival. After five minutes, you will no longer be able to be revived. This is signified by a skull icon in medical HUDs.
- Ghost in the OOC tab, then observe the round (Medics can still revive you if you Re-enter Corpse in the Ghost tab. Otherwise you can use the "Go DNR" (Do Not Revive) verb to make yourself unrevivable).
After to the point where you are not revived anymore...
- To play as Xeno, click Toggle SpecialRole Candidacy in the Preferences tab, then turn on Xeno preference, you will get this message: You will now be considered for Xenomorph events (where possible). Alternatively, you can turn on "Xenomorph after unrevivable death" so you will get xeno only after the revive timer runs out. You can also click Join as Xeno in the Ghost tab to see if there is any SSD (i.e. away from keyboard) Xeno you can take up.
- If you see the announcement "Additional troop reinforcements are being taken out of cryo." or "Emergency troop reinforcements are being taken out of cryo." , you can click Join Response Team in the Ghost tab after to have a chance of respawning as marine reinforcement.
- When one of your brothers and sisters dies in battle, you're able to take their dog tags off.
- To do this drag their sprite onto yours while they're deceased, and remove them by clicking on the remove dogtag button.
- You're able to stack multiple dog tags by clicking them on each other.
- With your collected dog tags, you can put them on the memorial. To do this have your dog tags in your hand and click on the memorial.
- The names of the people whose dog tags are in the memorial will be listed at the end of the round.
- Check out the FAQ for more information.
- See Collective small tips thread
- If there are a bunch of items on a single tile, instead of right clicking it to see things, you can simply alt+click the tile to see its contents.
- Don't panic.
- Follow orders unless the orders are considered not advisable or illegal.
- Stay with the Squad Leader unless otherwise ordered.
- Never go anywhere alone.
- Communicate as much as possible with your squad. It would be hard to talk too much.
- Report all enemy contact.
- Damage is relatively realistic and getting wounded sucks. Don't rambo around or charge in.
- Be safe, fall back, stay alive.
- Stay one tile behind barricades.
- Wearing helmets prevents decapitation (losing your head, killing you instantly).
- Your M3 Personal armor has a random chance to soften or even absorb the blow!. The M3-H Pattern Heavy Armor can slow you down, but it has a higher chance of softening or absorbing blows while the M3-G4 Grenadier Armor (Grenadier Specialists only) has a even higher chance of doing so.
- If you see a dead body that may be recently deceased, drag them to a squad medic. They MAY be revivable. Remember that dead players may be also online players too!
The following are some links that go further into explaining details and some other Marine roles:
- Roleplaying Guide and Stricter enforcement on Round-Start shenanigans
- Frequently Asked Questions Page: Provides answers to some common questions that have been asked before.
- Marine Equipment Wiki Page: Allows you to see all weapons and attachments the game has to offer.
- Standard Marine Wiki Page: Provides some quick tips.
- Macros: Making your own key bindings and one-click multi-functions for in-game actions.
It is highly recommended that users new to SS13 use keybindings rather then macros.
- Keybindings: Easily change command function input keys, like any modern videogame.
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Other combat roles
- Squad Smartgunner Wiki Page: Gives tips on how to effectively use the smartgun
- Squad Engineer Wiki Page: Provides in-depth information on how to build, hack, repair, and setup FOBs
- Squad Medic Wiki Page: Provides in-depth information on how to heal, what chemicals to do, and what to expect.
- Squad Specialist Wiki Page: Teaches you how to effectively use your weapons to assist your squad
- Squad Leader Wiki Page: Provides insight on how to lead your squad to greatness.