Getting started on Output Gaming’s KOTH server(s)

Hello and welcome to the first of my series on all things King of the Hill (“KOTH”). 

Most of the people reading this article will already know what KOTH is so rather than go into the details, let’s just dive into what the server is, how I found it and jumping online!  I’m a very new player to Arma – never mind KOTH.  Over the last 2 months I’ve amassed close to 200 hours with 90% of them being on the Output Gaming KOTH server.

Being an Irishman living in Australia finding a suitable server for any kind of multiplayer game can be difficult.  For those of you who don’t know Australia’s internet infrastructure is awful.  It’s nothing short of developing world level.  Most people don’t even connect their phones to Wi-Fi because 4G connection is better for a lot of people.  Obviously, I’m being a bit dramatic but, in short, it sucks.  If you’ve played FPS, military simulations or any competitive game mode like RTS and MOBA you’ll understand how imperative ping can be in split-second decisions.

That is when I found Output Gaming’s KOTH server.  Output Gaming is the most active and comprehensive KOTH server for Oceanic players.  It offers two varieties of KOTH servers – “INF” otherwise known as Infantry Only and “LV” also known as Light Vehicles.  The differences are, obviously, that one server allows Light Vehicles such as Tanks while the other is focused on Infantry combat both in, and around, the Priority zone.  Both servers have 100 slots for large-scale player-vs-player combat (“PvP”) with 30 slots in each reserved for Admins, Moderators and Contributors who help keep the servers running and banish the rulebreakers.

Sounds great, SinisteR, how do I join and get involved?

Whoa, whoa, soldier.  Just you hold up one moment.  One does not simply enter King of the Hill and expect to succeed.  Absolutely not.  Before going any further I strongly suggest you read my next article about “Things I wish I knew Before Playing King of the Hill”.  However, below is a visual reference point about how to join.

  1. Load up Steam and Navigate to Arma 3
The above visualises accessing Arma 3 from your extensive Steam Library.

Once loaded – by selecting “Play” – you will be brought to the Arma 3 Launcher:

2. Output Gaming Server(s)

Select the option on the left-hand side called “Servers” and select “Internet”.  Needless to say you need to be connected to the internet in some way at this point.

Before I go any further, let’s go through what the details on this screen mean.  I created the handy table below which chronologically reflects the way items appear on the screen.  First, however, I STRONGLY suggest you filter this screen by “ping” to find out which servers are best for you:

Moving on to what everything on this screen means.  For the table, I’ve referred to the three icons below as “star, key and symbol”:

Field Description
Star A solid star represents a server that is currently in your favourites.  A clear star represents a server you have not yet added to your favourites.
Key This means the server requires a password to join.  This is common amongst organised units or people doing separate “Zeus” missions.  Public servers will never have this.
Symbol This white symbol simply means the server is using Bohemia Interactive’s anti-cheat system known as BattleEye.  You don’t want to join a game without this, obviously.
Traffic Lights The green, orange and red traffic lights in the next field correlate to the quality of your ping connecting to the respective server.

Green is good, orange is moderate and red you want to avoid.  For Australian players, for example, Oceanic servers will be green, Asian and Western US Servers will be orange and everything else will be a big fat red.
Name Name of the server.  Most public servers will be “XXX Name and a brief overview”.
Type This is game mode set by the server host.  There are hundreds of different game types in Arma.  In the case of our Server we are looking for “KOTH”.
Mission The latest official version of KOTH is Version 12 by Sa-Matra (June 2019).  Playing on older versions can get you banned so I do not suggest doing it.
Players This shows the current player count as well as max players.  For example, 60/100 means there are currently 60 players online and the server has a capacity for 40 more.
Ping Your connection to the server from your local machine.
Sort Various sorting options you can mess around with if you like.

3. Adding it to your favourites!

For me, as you can see below, Output Gaming Infantry server is the lowest ping server I get without any filters being applied.  At the time of writing this (6:00AM), there are currently 1,104 servers available to me.  It is the only KOTH server on the list:

All listed servers will be available on this screen. Some servers take longer to appear than others.

As you will very rightly have noticed I have the star icon as a solid white colour.  That’s because it is in my favourites!  Hover your mouse over the star icon and click the star to add it to your favourites.  This gives you much easier access to the server going forward as it will be the first tab that appears when you launch Arma and select Servers the next time, as demonstrated below.  NEAT!  The same step can be applied to remove a favourite server at any time from either this screen or the Internet screen.

All your favorite servers are conveniently stored here and can be filtered like any other sub group!

4. Joining the game

Assuming you’ve made it this far and you’ve read my next article, there is only one thing left to do.  Join the game.  This is probably the easiest part of the entire process so let’s round out this article by doing just that! 

Click the server to maximise it.  This is not necessary but it avoids misclicking and entering Arma loading screens you don’t want.  From there, select the “JOIN” button.  It’s pretty hard to miss as it’s in a bright ORANGE colour.

There is one further screen left to navigate once you select this option.  It looks similar to the below:

Only one more selection to be made before joining the game.

This doesn’t actually mean a whole lot.  It just confirms there are no mods being hosted on the server.  However, you will note in Purple that there are certain DLC items available on this server.  You can still play, and enter, the server despite not having the relevant DLC.  You just won’t have FULL access to all vehicles.  What does this mean?  It’s simple, really.  You will still be able to be a passenger in any vehicle you have yet to unlock.  However, you will NOT be able to pilot/drive the vehicle.  It’s a really great solution for people who are unsure if they want to fork out the dollarydoos for the base game and corresponding extensive DLC list.  You will have full access to the core game. 

In certain cases – and this is important to note – you will be able to permanently buy (and rent) certain weapons and armour set ups.  However, if you do not own the respective DLC you WILL occasionally get a pop-up on your screen.  At times this can be extremely invasive and others it may only be an icon at the corner of your screen.  In my opinion it’s a pretty good compromise from Bohemia Interactive to allow you to access the full inventory without all the DLCs but also to let you know that you should buy them.

Anyway, now that you understand that part simply click “KEEP CURRENT SELECTION AND JOIN” and welcome to the Arma 3 KOTH Loading Screen….

It can take a few minutes to load so don’t exit the game if it takes a while.  Arma 3 is a pretty intensive game.  My load times usually take upwards of a minute and I have the game installed on a SSD.  For HDD users this will be significantly more.

Happy hunting and remember, comrade, PTFO (play the friggen objective)!

Disclaimer:  Thanks very much for taking the time to read this.  I’m a very new Arma player and this is the first piece of content I have produced for the game.  Nothing I produce will be perfect and, no doubt, not everyone will agree with that I’m saying but think of it like this; Everyone is new at something at some point in their life.  This is my time in Arma and this is my journey to help people in a similar position as me.  If you think I’m full of shit, let me know or if you have any feedback contact me at any time.  Thanks, a lot, for reading and see you on the next one!

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