"Now I know how a boxer feels, after barely surviving the first round, when he hears the bell for the round two." -Gen. Liza Rido, in The Succession War, by Graf Stel La Caucus, University Press, 3011

Getting involved with an MWO community or Unit comes with a learning curve and the staff of The Nagelring has assembled this article in order to get you started on the right track.  There are many resources that are valuable out there for new Pilots looking for a Unit however listed below is the way to get started with the basics and get connected to the LCAF Hub community.



Getting Connected to TeamSpeak3


TeamSpeak3 is the primary means of communication, collaboration and cooperation between Pilots, Units, Houses and even Lonewolf Pilots on MWO. If you do not have TeamSpeak3, follow along with the tutorial. If you already have TeamSpeak3 installed and are familiar with it's interface, the server address is ts1.housesteiner.com. There is currently no password. We recommend that you use your MWO Pilot name as your Callsign for ease of recognition and communication.

Video Tutorial

DOWNLOAD TS3 HERE or copy-paste: http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads

To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following:
  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
  2. Under System, you can view the system type.
If your computer is running Windows XP, do the following:
  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties
    • If you don't see "x64 Edition" listed, then you're running the 32-bit version of Windows XP.
    • If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP.

LCAF Communication Hub TeamSpeak Viewer


Getting Connected to the LCAF Hub TeamSpeak3 Server


Once you have downloaded TeamSpeak3 successfully, you can now get connected to the LCAF Communications Hub TeamSpeak3 server. The TeamSpeak3 server address is ts1.housesteiner.com, this is the server you want to connect to. Currently there is no password required.   It is important to differentiate between the LCAF Hub (The website) and the LCAF Communications Hub (The TeamSpeak3 Server) before we continue.

Once you connect, you will be in the Communications Portal- Drop Zone Channel. At this time you will not have sufficient privileges to move  into the Unit specific channels. But now that you are here, let's go over some TeamSpeak3 Basics.

  1. Menu, Settings and other options. You will want to familiarize yourself with these before you continue.  Upload your avatar under SELF and adjust microphone settings under Settings -> Options
  2. This is the Channel Menu. Different channels have sub channels. Most channels require you have a permission level associated with the tags to the right of your name.  If you are brand new you will not have any tags and that means no permissions but there are a few Open Drop channels available. 
  3. This is the Channel Description window.  By clicking on a channel, the description of that channel will be displayed. Pay close attention as we usually place special instructions and announcements within these window.
  4. The Chat and Status window will display your chat and status within a given channel.
  5. These are your chat tabs.  You will always have the LCAF Comms Hub and the Channel tab open. Personal Messages will open up additional tabs.
  6. You enter your chat messages and PM's here.  Make sure you are on the correct chat tab before submitting chat.
Also review the LCAF Hub's TeamSpeak3 rules HERE.
Once you are sure you can follow them and are familiar with the general interface, it's time to drop!  The following channels are open for you to move to:
  • Help Me--I'm New Here
  • Looking For Group
  • Any Open Drop Channel
  • Looking for CW Group
There are over 30 Units present on the LCAF Comms Hub, mostly in the N. American EST zone so mornings in that area may be scarce however evening time sees 30-50 Pilots on. We do have a few European Units, such as the Vanguard of Arluna. If you want you can open up a chat and request to be moved to a game channel if you get tired of waiting in an Open Drop Channel.  You can also be moved by any user with a Unit emblem except for Hub Cadets . If you are looking for additional guidance any user in any Unit with the Liaison tag next to them is ready to assist.

We encourage you to ask questions and get to know our House Steiner Pilots.  Now some time during your first few drops it is possible that you will be assigned an emblem designating you as a Hub Cadet.  Hub Cadets   are users who are welcome on the Hub, but have not joined a group, been vetted/sponsored by a known Pilot or Unit nor they have not registered on the LCAF Hub which is what we will cover next. This tag restricts their ability to navigate and view certain portions of the LCAF Comms Hub.



Getting Registered on the LCAF Hub Website.

Mind you that registering on the LCAF Hub website does not necessarily require a commitment to House Steiner, it is however a big step to making the LCAF Communications Hub TeamSpeak3 server your home and connects you to a great source of knowledge and information.  We ask that you make contact with at least one Pilot or Unit so that you may be vetted (make sure you're not a troll) before you register.



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And if you understand and agreee to follow them

Then go HERE or click the Register tab at the top.


Name: Either your real name or your Pilot name
Username: Your Pilot name in MechWarrior: Online
Password: Enter in your desired password
Email Address: A valid Email address to receive your activation link

NOTE: By signing up for this website you are allowing the LCAF Hub to email you our monthly newsletter, the Iron Fist.  Also all correspondence from our Forums (If you selected it), and messages from the Admins will be sent to this address so check it often!


You will receive an email containing an activation link, clicking this link will activate your account BUT you will not have access to restricted content.

At this point you MUST contact a Pilot on our TeamSpeak (The LCAF Communications Hub) with the Icon next to their name.

They have to vet you, that is make sure you are a real person, not a machine, spammer, troll or banned on MWO and do a general introduction.


I am joining as Lonewolf, PUG,  or COMWAR Mercenary

The user will then ask you if you are a Lonewolf, PUG, Mercenary, Diplomat etc.  They can assign the appropriate privledges for you to access the website based on what you are.  If you are unsure of joining a Unit yet, or just want to play, then this is the way to go.


I am joining a Unit

In order to join an LCAF Hub Unit you must contact the Units CO, XO or any other Unit member with the icon on the LCAF Communications Hub. You can learn about the Units on the LCAF Hub HERE. It is a good idea to talk to a couple of Units first to decide which ones play-style and Pilots fit you best.  Only a Units CO, XO etc. can assign you Unit privledges on the LCAF Hub website so make sure you let them know that you have signed up, clicked the registration link and are waiting for them to add you to their Unit. This is also the point at which your LCAF Comms Hub tags will be changed to the Units Tags.






Getting To Know The MechWarrior Online User Interface 2.0

MWO comes with a steep learning curve but every step is exciting. One of the biggest hurdles as a new Pilot is learning to navigate the MechWarrior Online User Interface 2.0 or simply UI 2.0. (Pronounced you-ee) The UI is simply everything in MWO besides the login screen and in-battle. It's a lot to navigate and to fully cover the features and abilities and purposes of every option would take a long time. There are many 'Tutorials' however they are usually laden with opinions, complaining and profanity. (What can I say, we are a hard community to please) however below is a playlist of YouTube tutorials by MWO user Spike Brave to get you started.


Be advised that there have been additions to UI 2.0 however they are small.  An important part of the familiarization process is to simply click a tab and see where it takes you or have an experienced player walk you through. Any member of the LCAF Hub would be more than happy to give you a walk through of UI 2.0's features.




Getting To Know Smurfy

No introduction to Mechwarrior: Online would be complete without telling you about Smurfy.  Smurfy is a MWO user and also a website that is a powerhouse of information pulled from the game files. What this does is allow Smurfy to display various statistics and data concerning every single detail to 'Mech building.  The website efficiently and orderly breaks down builds, weapons stats, hard points, modules, consumables, equipment and unique builds. Additionally, Smurfy is best known for is it's 'Mech build Sandbox. Here it allows you to load a 'Mech and try different builds which reflect the actual game values in terms of weaponry and C-Bill cost in order to obtain the 'Mech. Lastly Smurfy also allows Pilots to browse through overhead maps.  Smurfy is the first site for new Pilots to learn how to build 'Mechs and find stats and a place where veterans return to for the same reasons without burning precious C-Bills and MC.