That's right SOE, you hate us. Yet in terms of you mission statement, we add the most value to the game. "Don't be crazy, platoon commanders get (please if you can even think of something to add here half seriously let me know)" I will regularly find myself babysitting 48 players, complete with their hopes, dreams and aspirations, and all SOE sees fit to give me to do this with is my wits, which are BYO. As it stands right now, PlatComs are glorified squad leaders with a handful of deficiencies: 1. PCs can either run their squad and the platoon at the same time, depriving that squad of a dedicated squad leader, or 2. Deprive themselves of all of their command tools - that's right, if you don't waste a squad leader slot on yourself, no smoke, no beacons. I mean Jesus, we weren't given much to begin with were we? So platoon commanders have a role which is not just setting objectives but in fact managing and creating emergent gameplay on behalf of their platoon - gameplay which they don't get to participate in! That's right, a good platcom is too busy looking at a map and giving orders to actually play. Maybe 5 mins out of twenty I might jump and play, help in an assault - but that's not my role, and platcomming is hands down the least rewarded role. Not just in certs/XP but in terms of player satisfaction, in terms of other players gratitude, in terms of immersion, we get nothing. Platoon commanders are unpaid DMs for SOE (My invoice is in the mail, Mr. Smedley, I've charged you at my lawyer & his hooker's hourly rate). Right now commanding 50 people with shy more than an arrow is like herding a collective noun of angry cats with a spilt milkshake. That is to imply that it is not the most rewarding task. Not only do we have to contend with a substantial lack of support, lack of tools to achieve tasks, or hell even articulate them, but we get NO rewards for doing our job. Not a single one! If I'm an absolutely [expletive deleted] platoon commander who [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] [expletive deleted] in the [expletive deleted] with mangy dogs, I will still receive the exact same reward as a modern Rommel, Zhukov or Patton - nothing! This thread is partly to *****, and partly to gt us underpaid, overworked platoon commanders some bloody tools to do our job. 1. Give us multiple waypoints. In Supreme Commander I can drag and drop orders & waypoints within those on the fly. And they look pretty. In BF2142 I can give orders to each squad rather than hope he can read my mind. 2. Let all platoon members use my beacon, and FFS give me a spawn bonus on it, it's too expensive as it is. Let platoons operate on terrain not on arbitrary spawns. 3. Give me an area of operations overlay, that just warns players when they stray too far from the platoons ops area. Heaven forfend giving players a lattice, but at least let me tell my squad what area they should be in more precise than "Indar" and a little bit more flexible than the end of an arrow. 4. Give me some damn intel. Forward intel in this game is shocking and the woeful render distance is just salt in the wound. How can I plan strategically if the first news I have of a platoon of Liberators is their imitation of the Late Heavy Bombardment raining down upon me and my platoon of chumps faces? Give me a bloody scan, or something to set up so if I need to hold an area, it might just make us an actual defensive area and not an XP farm for Zergs. 5. Let me know where the other platoons are on my team. Seriously, is there something wrong with knowing where my own damn team is? At least show me an icon with all platoon and squad leaders, and a bar to show the strength of their platoon. How do you expect us to work together if there absolutely no information at the company level? 6. Bigger flares. If a platcom puts down flares, make them actually visible, and give us some damn range on them. If I try and put them more than 200metres out, they wont deploy. I still get the cooldown but no flare. Thanks guy, the only marginally useful thing you give me, and it barely works. And it has a cooldown, because I had to pay for it and that's just good enough. Seriously, you guys give me a [expletive deleted] cooldown on my [again] command and control tools, are you feeding mice to igaunas whilst thinking this **** up? Did you move from the Internet Explorer development team because the money was bad or "tormenting gamers whilst feeding rodents to reptiles" was just too good a perk to pass over? (Actually, do you guys have any vacancies) 7. There is no number 7. 8. Give me some colours to draw on the map. Just the primary ones plus that one everyone else likes. So I can tell my platoon that's where I want classes. 9. Give us some XP for capping objectives. Not the platoon, US. Reward us for doing our job. 10. There aren't even any platoon command related upgrades. Every other class and vehicle has it's own set of upgrades. Even the squad leader. It's like platoon commander's don't even exist. 11. Let me move MYSELF around in a platoon 48 people in a platoon, and the only one I can't move is myself. 12. Give us an asset count. If I have ten tanks, tell me damnit, even Starcraft let me command that much. Show me Icons of the classes on the ground, we've had icons since Win 3.11, not groundbreaking stuff. Give me ways to select my platoon based on class or vehicle type. Right now Platcoms have less fine control than a pillow wielding a hammer. Anyways pardon my rant, I think the game is coming along nicely and its a bang up job thus far. But Platoon commanders need more than SOE to [expletive deleted][expletive deleted][expletive deleted] right up the [expletive deleted]expletive deleted][expletive deleted] and an octopus.