- A RPM is a game played in private lobbies using stock 'Mechs that are assigned to each Mechwarrior in the unit. The gameplay is supposed to simulate game play more in line with reality and the initial intent of what Battletech tried to make with their game. Death carries a heavy penalty. We do this to try to create a new feel for MWO where suicide for the most points is no longer what each person strives for. Instead, we want intense teamwork while Mechwarriors try to surivive the mission at hand. Role Play Missions are developed and run by Lore Masters only. Lore Masters have access to the RPM paperwork and are the only members allowed to run official missions that count.
Current Lore Masters:
-Anyone in the Command Group.
What happens in a Role Play Mission?
- Both teams must fight to complete an objective. Objectives are usually more in-depth than the standard in-game objective and can contain several outcomes. Match wins and losses are recorded.
- The following is a list of what can happen in a RPM:
- You survive, the mission is completed.
- You survive, the mission is failed.
- You retreat (Mission win/fail is based of what objectives your team completes.)
- You eject (Mission win/fail is based of what objectives your team completes.)
- You are Killed in Action (KIA) (Mission win/fail is based of what objectives your team completes.)
- You surrender (Mission win/fail is based of what objectives your team completes.)
What happens if I am Killed in Action (KIA)?
- You will be suspended from playing any role play missions for 14 days.
- You will lose your assigned 'mech. At the end of the 14 days, you may coordinate to pick a new one with a Lore Master. Note that the Lore Masters try to keep the unit's chassis in-line with what would be acceptable for a real Mercenary unit in Battletech lore and you may not get what you request initially.
- The roster will be updated to reflect that you've been KIA.
- You may not use your reserve 'Mech or participate in Role Play Missions (excluding acting as OPFOR for no record) until your 14 days is up.
- You may get rid of your KIA status early by donating 5 million in-game c-bills to the unit coffer. Doing so will reset your KIA period and you may begin playing again. Members waiting on a 'Mech assignment may use their reserve 'Mech.
What happens if I eject?
- You will be suspended from playing any role play missions for 7 days.
- You will not lose your 'mech. However, you will be forced to use your reserve 'Mech until your assignmed 'Mech as been repaired.
- If both your Assigned 'Mech and Reserve 'Mech have been destroyed, you may not participate in RPMs until they have been repaired.
- The roster will be updated to reflect that you've ejected in a RPM.
Do I have to pick a RPM 'Mech?
- Yes. All members will be assigned RPM 'Mechs. If you do not wish to participate, you do not have to! But for the sake of the unit's image, everyone will be assigned a 'Mech and if you wish to participate at a later date, you will have to use it.
How do I retreat?
- You must run out of the map bounderies. The death notification in-game must read that the game killed you for a full retreat to count. You you are killed by another player while escaping, it counts as a KIA or Ejection.
- There is no time penalty for retreating. Some members of a team may retreat and still win by completing an objective.
What do I use as a Cadet?
- The Commando COM-2D is the stock assigned 'Mech to all Cadets.
- There is no penalty for cadets who eject or are KIA.
- Upon joining a company, you may request any 'Mech that is a Inner Sphere Medium class 'Mech and is not a hero variant.
How can I surrender?
- It is up to you to effectivly communicate that you surrender yourself and 'Mech to the enemy.
- The enemy does not have to take your surrender. They may still eliminate you if they wish.
- What you do for the remainder of the match as a surrendered mechwarrior is up to you. Anything is fair game.
- Should you surrender and your team loses, the lore master has the right to take your 'Mech away and award it as salvage based on the mission and what occured.
How can I salvage a 'Mech?
- A Lore master will define what 'Mechs may be up for salvage based upon a specific Mission. If the identified 'Mech(s) is destroyed, the salvage rights go away. If the 'Mech is left standing at the end of the mission and your team has won the objectives, the salvaged 'Mech will go to whoever the Loremaster deems appropriate based upon mission objectives and what occured within the mission.
- All Mechwarriors are permitted to choose between their Assigned 'Mech and SALVAGED Reserve 'Mech before a mission if the salvaged 'Mech is available. Otherwise, Reserve 'Mechs may only be used if the Assigned 'Mech is in repair.