In CTF matches, particularly 2 on 2 and 3 on 3, experienced players make use of the benefits of teamchat. Teamchat always works if all blue players are odd numbers on the player list, and if all red players are even numbers. It takes too long to type full messages, so a code has been developed which is used and adapted by many players. I have created this article to work as a reference to these codes, and as a tool for teaching it to people. I recommend learning this, as it is a vital tool for communicating with today’s CTF players.
You are telling your team that you are at low health, and are about to die. If you have the flag, this message is telling your team to “get ready”, or in other words camp at the enemy base and prepare to take the flag when you die. See “3”.
You are telling your team that you are at medium health. See “1” and “3”.
Usually said by the person who is currently carrying the flag. Saying 3 means that you are at full health, and generally safe from being killed. By saying 3, you are telling your teammates that there is no need to camp at the enemy base, or get ready to grab the flag when you die. This can be said by other people as well, such as someone who is camping, or possibly defending. Say your health if you think it will help your team.
Stands for attack. Saying you are “on A” means that you are attacking instead of defending. Mostly used in big games with 8 or more people.
Camp at the enemy base.
Stands for carrot. Say this if the carrot (fullNRG, not 1 health carrot) has spawned, and you want another member of your team to get it, generally the flag holder. If you have the flag and are at 3, say CAR so another member of your team get it. This will deprive the enemy of health. With levels that have multiple fullNRG carrots, players might say something like LCAR or RCAR, which mean Left Carrot and Right Carrot.
Stands for defence. Saying “on D” means that you are defending instead of attacking. Usually used in large games.
Defend the base.
Stands for “Don’t Die”. Used to tell flag holder not to die.
To say what health the enemy flag holder has, or another member of the enemy team, say the first letter of their name (or part of their name if needed) and then their health. If I had your flag and you wanted to tell your team that I was at 1 health, you would say E1. E stands for EvilMike.
FSDFASDGSDFHSDGF (or similar)
Some players like to say a bunch of random letters if they are in trouble. If your flag holder does that, assume they are near death.
Good game. Not really a code, but used fairly often and can be confusing to people.
Used to tell team members to go capture the enemy flag, or go to the enemy base.
If you want to say that a powerup has spawned (so your team can get it), or say what weapons you have, call them by their number instead of name. Gun 1 is blaster, 2 is bouncers, 4 is seekers, 5 is RF missiles, 6 is toasters, 8 is pepper spray and 9 is electro blaster. 3 and 7 are ice and TNT, but those aren’t real weapons, are they?
R or RDY
You are Ready to take the enemy flag. Saying R means that you are camping at the enemy base. Occasionally, the flag holder of your team may say this. If so, they are ready to score a point instead of capture the flag. Oftentimes a player might say “R3” or “R1”, which means they are ready with so much health.
You are telling your flag holder to get killed, and that you are ready to take the flag. Used by experienced players to transfer the flag between team members.
Added on Jul 26:
Used to ask how much health your flag holder has left, or other teammates. If you want to ask what the health of an enemy is (if anyone is able to guess), say their name and then H.
You are asking someone to hold their position and/or current tactics. Say this with the person’s name.
HELP (if you have flag)
You are asking for help, generally at your own base. This is usually used if there are too many campers for you to safely take on. Say location after saying “HELP” to be more specific.
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.