Listening to the last couple of podcasts, I heard Pat say they had a new sponsor, World of Tanks. I was quite happy, as I've been playing the game since summer 2011, after hearing about Hafrot from the Rawrcast talk about it a lot. It is a fun game, it is free (best word in the English language) and with settings adjusted properly, it can still run on lower end systems fairly well. I found this game fascinating, as way back in the day when I did my time in the US Army, that was my MOS, an armored crewman. I figured I ran 52 tons of steel across open the open desert, why not give the virtual kind a try?
If any of y'all in the CTR community want to give it a try, friend me in the game. My name in that game is Gorione. I have tanks from tier 2 to tier 8 in my garage, so wherever you're at in the game, I'll be able to join you.
A couple of tips, though, I've learned playing the game which I also learned previously doing it in the real world:
1. Turn your front to the primary threat axis (i.e., turn your front to the enemy).
The thickest armor is on the front of the vehicle, don't attempt to slug it out with your turret slung over the side or worse, the rear deck. Side armor is usually much thinner and the rear armor is the weakest. Conversely, always try to get shots on those sections of your target.
2. Movement is life. Or in other words, a stationary tank is a dead tank.
This was ingrained in us from the first day of basic training. A moving target is also a harder target to hit, especially if you zig-zag randomly. Don't make it easy on your attacker to kill you, use maneuver to close to your enemy and shoot him in the lips.
3. Don't be a team killer.
In this game, it is quite possible (as it is in real life) to damage or even kill your teammates with your gun. Be very careful you've identified your target as an enemy and be aware of who is around you, as people in this game love to occlude your target reticle (or so it seems most times). And if you happen to accidently shoot a teammate, apologize immediately in chat. I've found when I've done that and say "Oh shoot! Sorry <insert random player name here>! That was an accident, I'm a dumbass!". I usually get a response back saying "It's cool, it happens."
This game is a ton of fun, I highly recommend it. I mean, it's free, so if you are unable to renew your sub in WoW (like I am currently), it is a fun diversion from WoW. If I think of any more tips, I'll post them here as I think of them, but those are the main ones that came to my mind currently.
Scoobydoome, soon to be Batmon, a troll druid when I can get into the new iToons guild on the server they're going to be using.