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#1 Chris

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 12:09 AM

Gangs - Feature Explanations and Frequently Asked Questions


Before you begin reading this FAQ, here a few links you may find useful:

USEFUL LINKS: Gang System Developments :: Gang Rules :: Feature Suggestions :: Bug Reports

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A Brief Overview
Gangs are simply a fun way of getting more members to interact on the forums and make new friends (and enemies) in the process. You can run your own gang, or choose to become a member of an already existing one. Or you may wish to not be a part of a gang, in doing this you will not be able to take part in gang wars, however, you will be able to attack individual members.
Gang wars do not follow a strict schedule, and will be started at convenient times. When a gang war is not active, members may attack other members (apart from those in the same gang).


How are gang wars done?
Gang wars are played out like a good old fashioned text based RPG game. We don't use multiplayer mods for San Andreas to carry out gang wars.


How can I make my own gang?
Firstly, you can create a thread in the Gang Recruitment forum. The topic needs to be detailed, and it helps if you have thought of and written out a short background story about your gang. Usually this is all ficticious, however feel free to base it on a real life gang.
You also need to think of some positions to give people, you'll be the Don of course, but you'll probably need a Right Hand Man, some Wheelmen, some regular Thugs etc. You can think of the titles or look at what other gangs use. Don't copy their formations exactly though.

The purpose of this topic is so that 'unemployed' members can look at your gang and possibly choose to join it. So think about making it unique, and attractive, perhaps create some avatars and signature images for members to use, have each member have a sig with their name and position on it. If you aren't good with graphics, simply post a request in the creativity forum. Bribe someone with some money from the forum 'points' system ;)


Why, and how should I get my gang shown in the Gangs System?
When visiting the gangs system page you'll notice a link to 'Create a Gang', clicking on this will bring you to a page of requirements, based on the amount of time you have been a members of these forums, the amount of cash you have and number of posts you have. If you pass all of these, you can get your gang in here.

Doing so brings with it many advantages. Firstly your gang will get more exposure and will have an official status. This means you are allowed your own private forum (password protected) so that only you and your members can access it and discuss 'tactics'. You can also get your gangs logo or badge shown under your avatar when veiwing topics etc.
You can manage your members more easily, by allowing unemployed members to apply to join your gang, and having the ability to kick out members who betray you or otherwise cause you hassle in some way.
As well as this you also have the ability to partake in gang wars. These will be announced in advance so all gangs have a chance to get ready. Be warned, in the days before the gang war, Admins will play mess with you to increase the tension, they'll only stock the store between certain hours (random and on different days to compensate for people in different timezones), meaning you'll need to be well organised and appoint people who will be awake at that time to buy weapons and other items for your gang.


What's IBStore, and all these GTA releated items in it?
IBStore is a modification for Invision Power Board, the software we use to power these forums at The GTA Place. It is a store where members who have earned 'fake' money known as 'Points' or 'Forum Dollars' by posting in topics on the forums (making a contribution) can purchase items such as weapons, vehicles, health armor and more. You'll only be able to 'use' these items when you're a member of a gang, AND a gang war is currently in progress. Attempts to use them at other times will fail.


What do we 'use' these items for?
Each member can use up to one vehicle and one property at a time. These give you extra HP. These will give you added protection from rival members attacking you, and in a gang war, will help your gang survive by protecting all of the members.
To 'win' a gang war, you must be the last gang alive. In this objective, you will need to destroy all the other gangs properties, then all the opposing gangs members. If your gangs properties are destroyed then other gangs can start killing your members, and when they're dead, they can't use their weapons, so it's important you have a lot of firepower ready and use it wisely.


Using weapons
Weapons can also only be used once unfortunately. They have a percentage chance of hitting, we don't disclose the exact percentages, they're different for each weapon. On average though, we estimate that 8 times out of 10 your 'use' will be successful. Use your common sense for weapons which have higher accuracy (sniper rifle) than others.
Each weapon does a different amount of damage, we also don't disclose these figures, so again, use your common sense, a hammer won't do much, whereas a rocket launcher will cause loads of damage. You will use weapons to attack other members, and during a gang war, you'll use them to attack rival gangs.
We recommend the gang's Don to discuss strategies when using weapons.... use big weapons on properties, small ones on members, perhaps? Your Don will decide, and tell you what's best.


Health and Armor
Health and armor can be used at any time, each 'use' adds a maximum of an extra 100HP (hit points) to the current figure, up to a maximum of 400HP (200 health, and 200 armor, a la Vice City).
If you are killed during a gang war, you cannot respawn as it were, you must wait until the gang war is over, until you can apply health and armor to yourself. If you are killed outside of a gang war then you can use health whenever you like to respawn.


Vehicles
Outside of gang wars, having vehicles in your inventory shows your wealth.
During a gang war, using a vehicle will put you inside it. This is protection against gunfire, so some vehicles for example, may give you an extra 5000HP. Making your chances of survival much greater. Rival gangs will then have to destroy this vehicle before they can attack you. (you as a member are not killed when your vehicle is depleted of its HP)
NOTE: You can only 'use' one vehicle at a time. You can use another one if your current one gets destroyed.


Helicopters/planes
Currently these function the same as regular vehicles as it's quite hard in a text based RPG to 'work' these. Since they are very expensive, we have made them give you much more HP than regular vehicles.
NOTE: You can only 'use' one vehicle at a time. You can use another one if your current one gets destroyed.


Vehicles with weapons
The Rhino (tank), Hunter (Apache helicopter), Hydra (Fighter plane) and Rustler (WW2 plane) have an advantage in that they also have a weapon. They give you a lot of protection, and also give you a chance of using the vehicle's weaponry. Due to the way PHP coding works, and the way IBStore is coded, it is impossible to make it so you can use the item more than once, so unfortunately, you can only use the weapon once.
But, the weapon (if it hits) does a huge amount of damage, so is very useful against properties, although a bit of a waste when used on a puny little member (who only has a maximum of 400HP remember).
NOTE: You can only 'use' one vehicle at a time. You can use another one if your current one gets destroyed.


Properties
While properties may appear expensive, they are of great importance, they also bring with them a few little bonuses. First off, just like Vice City, your properties will generate revenue up to a specified maximum (different for each property depending on value) which you able to collect once every 24 hours. If you're in a gang you will benefit yourself by having a great deal of protection.
NOTE: You can only 'use' one property at a time. You can use another one if your current one gets destroyed.


Does Auto Collect Interest actually work?
Yes it does, but it only updates when you carry out a transaction, that is either deposit or withdraw money. Currently the interest rate is 1%.
So if you don't make a transaction one day, the 1% will be carried over to the next day, and so on, the next time you bank you will get all the interest you missed. So for example if you don't bank for a week, then decide to deposit 500 points, you'll see 7% (7 days) worth of interest added, as well as the 500 you just put in.


How do I attack a gang member with my weapons?
If a gang war is currently going on then you're probably wanting to start killing off your rivals. The following steps detail the process for attacking someone:
1) Head over to the gang system, and click on the link to your inventory
2) From here, choose the item you want to use by clicking on its 'Use Item' link
3) If the item is a weapon, you will be redirected straight to the next screen. Vehicles and properties will show you a warning message first, before you can click through to the next screen.
4) You'll be presented with a list of gangs showing how many members they currently have alive. Click on one to view its members
5) Click on a member's name to attack them. You'll be presented with a message saying whether or not your attack was successful and if applicable, how much damage you caused, and other information, before being quickly redirected back to your inventory - where you can quickly choose another weapon and repeat the process.


You may ask questions about certain aspects of gangs in here, or the store. You may NOT start discussing things though, this is solely for asking questions, and reading about the answers to them.



~The gang and store system FAQ~
Written by Chris: 20/08/06
Last Updated: 04/09/06 at 14:05 GMT

Change Log
18/01/07 :- Added how to attack a gang member + Links to useful topics

04/09/06 :- Added note about being a text based RPG.

24/08/06 :- Added property information and addition information on attacking individual members.

21/08/06 :- Added auto collect interest answer

20/08/06 :- Initial write up

#2 Jace

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 08:33 PM

thx, I really needed this.
I tried to buy auto collect interest. to buy it I presd on the on hand button, then I get this error:

We're sorry, but you can only have 1 of this item at a time.

What did I do wrong?

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 10:49 PM

You don't already have the item?
I'll look into it.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 12:34 PM

I've got one question about auto collect inetrest. When you buy it, do you have to use it or just keep in your inventory for it to work. I'm asking this since all items dissaper after you use them.

And when will credit cards start to work?
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#5 Chris

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 02:30 PM

You have to use auto collect for it to work.

As for credit cards, wait til the final version is released.

#6 Jace

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 05:26 PM

well, it's not in my inventory, and still says I can't have "1 more". I'l wont collect interest today, and look tomorrow if it had doubled or not.l

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 05:27 PM

Well, check to see if your collect interest button says "Collect Interest" or "Auto-Collect On"

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 11:10 AM

I can't buy auto collect either. And I don't already have it. So, wait for final release...
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 11:47 AM

Well, it does work now. It will give a black page with a error message, but it still pops up in your inventory.

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#10 Slayer

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 12:51 PM

Hm, I'll try it as soon as I gather 50 bucks. Will it work if I use it now?
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Posted 24 August 2006 - 03:36 PM

I think so, just withdraw some cash, get it and don't collect intrest for 2, 3 days.

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 11:21 AM

Why should I withdraw anything? It should only collect interest until you bank it, nothing to do with withdraws.
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 01:34 AM

CAni ask when the final relise is?
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 01:48 AM

Why should I withdraw anything? It should only collect interest until you bank it, nothing to do with withdraws.


I think he meant to buy it? -doesn'tknow the price off the top of his head-

If you are depositing money less then 24 hours apart, your interest is never collecting. It collest 24 hours after your last bank action.


CAni ask when the final relise is?


I don't think they know until they have a bit more finished.

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 03:37 PM

Well, check to see if your collect interest button says "Collect Interest" or "Auto-Collect On"

ow, forgot that. And it finnaly works :) Just me :blink:

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 07:42 AM

i wanna join a gang... but i only see 6 gangs, and there all full.
the recruitment links are broken

yeah i know im noobish
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Posted 01 October 2006 - 12:40 PM

links broken... Try a other skin. Helped for me. And I strongly advise to wait for final relise

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 01:43 PM

If you would like to participate in a gang test war,apply for the lollerbladers.
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Posted 01 October 2006 - 02:31 PM

i wanna join a gang... but i only see 6 gangs, and there all full.
the recruitment links are broken

yeah i know im noobish


The gangs shouldn't be full. Since when was there a limit on the gangs?

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 03:22 PM

maybe it's the amount of peeps alive in the gang

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