SULE FAQs and Instructions

In an attempt to get everyone on the same page, we created this page to help explain common concerns and instructions.

In order to play the game on both operating systems simultaneously(Windows and MacOS), we will need to used an older version of the game. The installation instructions are included. 

If you would like detailed instructions in a PDF, click here.

Troubleshooting 

If you get stuck anywhere in the instructions, do the following in order. If something does not work, then move on to the next option: 

• Read back over the instructions at least three times. Is there something that you missed, misread, or did incorrectly? 

• Restart the set of instructions you were attempting to complete and go through them again at least once. 

• Ask a friend, maybe they ran into the same problem you are running into. 

• Email Hunter Mortemore (hmortemo@nd.edu) with specifics on what instruction is failing and any other pertinent information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the timeline for SULE?
  2. Can my computer run Arma 3?
  3. I have a Windows operating system. How do I roll back my version of Arma 3?
  4. How do I join the NDISC SULE server?
  5. How do I become friends with NDISC on Steam?
  6. What do I need to be able to play? 
  7. What tutorials/tips do you recommend I learn/do?
  8. Do I need to practice before the SULE?
  9. What are the communication commands I need to know for the exercise?
  10. Are you refunding the game when SULE is over?
  11. How do I return my Arma 3 game back to the current version (Windows)?
  12. What are the game settings? How can I learning the controls better?

 

 What is the timeline for SULE?

April 10 - Initial Check
Time: NA

All participants should have:

  • Friended NDISC on Steam
  • Downloaded the game
  • Joined the Steam group for the SULE event

April 17 - Practice Run 
Time: 6:00 pm (click to join meeting)

All participants are required to join the Practice run

All participants should:

  • Be in attendance at the practice run to allow time to troubleshoot any technological issues.
  • Have read through/completed the tutorials and tips for game play.
  • Know what team you're in.

April 24 - Briefing
Time: 6:00 pm (click to join meeting)

April 25 - SULE
Time 9:00 am est - 12:30 pm est

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Can my computer run Arma 3?

We are aware that Arma 3 is a bit more demanding on both your graphics card and on your hard drive storage. Being present at the Practice Run on April 10, will be your best indicator to see how it works. If you know for a fact that you are unable to run Arma 3, the game play can be streamable instead through Steam. There is a 20 second delay to help avoid dishonest gameplay.

MINIMUM
OS Windows 7 SP1 (64bit)
(Mac and Linux experimental versions available. More info here)
PROCESSOR Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
GRAPHICS NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
AMD Radeon HD 5670
Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 512 MB VRAM
GPU MEMORY 512 MB
DirectX® 10
RAM 4 GB
HARD DRIVE 20 GB free space
AUDIO DirectX® compatible on-board
OTHER Internet connection and free Steam account to activate
RECOMMENDED
OS Windows 7 / 8 / 10 (64bit)
(Mac and Linux experimental versions available.
More info here)
PROCESSOR Intel Core i5-4460
AMD FX 4300 or better
GRAPHICS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series with 2 GB VRAM
GPU MEMORY 2 GB
DirectX® 11
RAM 6 GB
HARD DRIVE 25 GB free space, SSD / Hybrid HDD / SSHD storage
AUDIO DirectX® compatible soundcard
OTHER Internet connection and free Steam account to activate

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I have a Windows operating system. How do I roll back my version of Arma 3?

(Arma 3 Back-Versioning (Windows Computers Only) 

If you would like a detailed PDF instruction sheet, click here.

If you are using a computer running Windows (instead of MacOS or Linux) you will need to follow the following instructions to back-version your game. Bohemia Interactive halted Arma 3 development on other operating systems in 2018 but continued on Windows, so your game is several versions ahead of other players. In order to be able to play on our server you will need to set your version back to 1.82. 

This is a lot of steps. They are easy if you follow the guide closely but, if you stray or get ahead of the steps, disaster will ensue. 

1. Close the Steam app.

2. Using the search bar at the bottom left corner of your desktop, search for and open System Information. In the window that opens up you should be able to see a line labeled “System Type”. That should either say “x64-based PC” or “x86-based PC”. Remember which type you have for the next step. 

3. Next, go to this link and download the version of SDK 3.1.201 for Windows that matches the PC type you found in step 2. 

4. When the download is complete, open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.

5. Next, click on this link to download the DepotDownloader software.

6. When the download is complete, open the downloaded folder (it will be called “depotdownloader-2.3.3”). Since it is a .zip folder you will need to right click the folder and select Extract All... in order to open it.
If it has a pink tab at the top that says “Extract” then it is still in .zip format and the following steps will not work.
If you do not see the
Extract All... option, you most likely have another extractor installed.
You should uninstall that other extractor. 

Clicking on Extract All... should extract all the files into another folder. If it extracts them somewhere else instead, such as to your desktop, create a folder and put all of the files inside of it.
There will be 15 files in total. 

7. Once the, now extracted, folder is open (it is critical you are looking at this folder when you do this), type cmd.exe into the address bar of your file explorer window and hit enter. This will open a command line prompt which we will utilize to acquire the old version of the game. 

8. Now that the command prompt is open, type the following and hit enter. Be sure to replace the items in <> with your own information and do not include the brackets themselves. This command is case-sensitive: dotnet DepotDownloader.dll -app 107410 -depot 107411 -manifest 8086938812551756279 -username <yourSteamUsername> - password <yourSteamPassword> 

You can find your username by opening the Steam application and clicking on your display name in the upper, right-hand corner. Your username will be listed next to “Log out of account“. 

9. The command will now run and download the required old game file versions. If you are using two-factor authentication for Steam (SteamGuard) you may be prompted to allow the system to log into your account by typing a code that is sent to your email. Once the download starts (you will see percentages on the left side of the command window) you just need to wait until it finishes. If you get an error then you probably typed the command wrong, just try again. 10. When the download completes (expect 1-2 hours), you will need to replace your current Arma 3 files with the new ones. First, open a new file explorer window and navigate to C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/Arma3 

11. Next remove all the files in the “Arma3” folder and store them somewhere else (a folder on your desktop is the easiest place). You should keep these files until after you attempt to return the game to its original version in case something goes wrong. Do not move the Arma3 folder itself, just the items inside. 

12. Now, go to the file explorer window that you opened the command prompt from (inside the “depotdownloader-2.3.3” folder). From here, navigate through the folders labelled “depots”, “107411”, and “<randomNumber>”. Inside the folder labelled with a random number will be all of the files you need. 

13. Move all of the files in this folder, except the “.DepotDownloader” file, into the “Arma3” folder open in the other window. Move these files out. 

14. Finally, use one of the file explorer windows to navigate to C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps and open the file appmanifest_107410.acf using Notepad or your text editor of choice. Move these files to the folder you just emptied. 

15. Check that the value next to “StateFlags” is “4”. If it is not, change it to “4”, then save the file and exit. This will prevent Steam from automatically updating Arma3 back to the current version. 

 

Your game is now back-versioned and should be compatible with the NDISC SULE 2020 server. Please note that, until you return your game to the newest version (instructions below) you will not be able to play on most public online servers. 

 

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How do I join the NDISC SULE server?

The NDISC SULE server will be open through the date of the SULE for you to log on and test your server connection. You can use these instructions to log on at any time and will also need them to log on the day of the event. 

1. Start the game (utilize the Starting the Game instructions above for your operating system).

2. Once you have reached the main menu, mouse over Multiplayer near the top, center of the screen.

3. In the drop-down box, click on Server Browser.

4. At the bottom left, click on Filter. In the text box labelled “HOST”, type NDISC and then hit OK

5. Eventually, the server you are looking for should populate into the server list. This could take a few minutes as your computer sorts through thousands of live Arma 3 servers to find ours. Our server is called “NDISC SULE 2020”, once it pops up double click on it. 6. The case-sensitive password for the server is k&Ab#3a5*G. Type it in and hit OK. 7. You will now load into the server. 

Playing on the NDISC SULE Server 

• We highly recommend that you play with a mouse, rather than a trackpad. 

• You will need a microphone of some type when playing on the day of the SULE in order to communicate and brief orders. 

• When joining the server or starting a mission. You will be presented with a billet selection screen. During free play you can choose any billet you want, but during the SULE missions themselves the billets have been pre-assigned. Be sure to select the billet that corresponds to your name on the billet assignment sheet. 

 

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How do I become friends with NDISC on Steam?

Here are the instructions to be my Steam Friend. Once you've logged in:

Step 1: Hover over your name in the top menu (located between the "Community" tab and "Chat" tab).

Step 2: Scroll down and select "Friends"

Step 3: On the navigation on the left side, select "Add Friend"

Step 4: Copy your "Friend Code" and email it to Anieka (ajohns35@nd.edu).

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What do I need to be able to play?

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse: If all you have is a track pad, it will be hard to play. It is best to have a separate mouse.
  • Headphones/ear buds: Everyone playing should use either headphones or ear buds. No exceptions.
  • Microphone

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What tutorials/tips do you recommend I learn/do?

Arma 3 has a "Bootcamp" that you should complete under "tutorials." In addition to the bootcamp, there are more helpful tips, hints and instructions on game mechanics and controls on that same tab. It is strongly recommended that you review and become familiar with the "Infantry Controls" section.

Playing the Tutorial / Campaign 

Before the day of the SULE, we would like everyone to play the singleplayer tutorial and some of the campaign to get a feel for how the game works. We do not want to be answering questions regarding controls and game mechanics when we should be running through exercises and training.

  1. Start the game (utilize the Starting the Game instructions above for your operating system).
  2. Once you have reached the main menu, mouse over Singleplayer on the upper left.
  3. In the drop-down box, click on Campaigns.
  4. Click on the small arrow next to “Prologue”.
  5. Click on Reality Check and then at the bottom click Play or ContinueOnce you have finished the basic tutorial, you can explore further mechanics by playing more campaign missions or by messing around in the “Showcases” area, which is also located under the “Singleplayer” tab. 

 

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Do I need to practice before the SULE?

It is suggested that you complete the training and gain a bit of familiarity. The game play will be more enjoyable if you are more familiar with the movement and the basic game play. No one is asking you to be an expert, but knowing basic movement and menu options will be very helpful to you.

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What are the communication commands I need to know for the exercise?

TBD

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Are you refunding the game when SULE is over?

No. Arma 3 is forever yours on Steam through your account. 

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How do I return my Arma 3 game back to the current version (Windows)?

1. Open the Steam desktop application and navigate to the “Library” tab at the top.

2. On the Library page, click on “Arma 3”.

3. Click on the gear icon on the right side of the Arma 3 page, mouse over “Manage”, and click “Uninstall”.

4. Reinstall the game using the directions above labelled Arma 3 Installation

Steam will install the current version. Once it is installed you can delete the old files that you saved in step 11 of the Arma 3 Back-Versioning instructions. 

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What are the game settings? How can I learning the controls better?

1. Start the game (utilize the Starting the Game instructions above for your operating system).

2. Once you have reached the main menu, mouse over Options at the upper right-hand part of the screen.

3. Set your video settings: 

a. In the drop down box, click Video

b. Click on Overall Quality at the top and select your desired quality in the drop down menu. I highly recommend that you select the lowest option unless you have a gaming computer with dedicated graphics and upgraded hardware. Your video settings will significantly impact the game’s performance on your computer.

c. You can change other video settings as desired, then return to the main menu.

4. Explore your controls: 

a. In the drop down box select Controls.

b. Here you can look at all of the controls in the game. You should play particular attention to the controls for “Push to Talk”, “Next Channel”, and “Last Channel” within the multiplayer tab as these will be critical for in-game communication. 

For a visual keyboard controls, click here.