Diablogrunt wrote:When checking info for a new squad the description says must have LINE. What does this mean?
LINE is a messaging app like WhatsApp, save that it does not require you to reveal your real name or phone number to those you communicate with. It is free to download for iOS, Android, Mac and PC.
Some squads use other apps like Discord, but LINE is by far the most popular messaging app used by the Star Wars Commander community. Players have created chat rooms on LINE that help with a variety of aspects of the game, including Squad Wars, Heroic Defences, how to use certain units, etc. They can also contact Squad Wars opponents to negotiate variations on squad wars to make them more interesting, eg competing with out the outposts.
The reason why many squads (if not almost all successful ones) require members to use LINE is that it enables squad members to communicate more effectively. The in-game chat has a bizarre list of prohibited words that cannot be used, including 'participate'. This really gets in the way. LINE allows messages longer than 140 characters, and the messages don't disappear after a short time, when the squad is busy. Links can be provided to websites or YouTube videos that can assist with game play or strategy. It also enables people to communicate when not playing the game.
One of the key reasons Squads use LINE is to co-ordinate for Squad Wars. Members with attacks left can be contacted and alerted when the opposing team takes an outpost (the game's notifications are erratic), co-ordinated attacks can be prepared (eg commanders a, b & c will retake the outposts so that commanders d, e, f, and g can make attacks).
Use of LINE app (or other messaging app) makes a win/lose difference in Wars, enables a lot more advice and strategy to be shared and provides a huge boost to squads that use it. Which is why so many squads require it.
The main selling points are that it is free, and you don't need to reveal your real name or phone number to use it.