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Mission Help Rules & F.A.Q. - Read Before Posting!

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:59 PM Edited by girishb, 12 January 2009 - 01:11 PM.

WELCOME TO MISSION HELP


Have a question about a mission and need some suggestions/tips or need a mission(s) done for you or maybe you're the helping type and just want to pitch in and help out around here. Then you've come to the right place.

Table of Contents:
Post 1: General rules for the forum and how to use Save N Play (SnP or SNP)
Post 2: Where to upload your save game to get help by using the SnP
Post 3: F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions
Post 4: Reminders for Helpers and Requesters

Getting Mission Help without getting the mission done for you:

Easy, just create a topic and tell everyone what problems you're having with what mission. It's a good idea to use the mission name as your topic title, don't just leave it as "Help" or something else vague.

Getting a mission done for you / Using Save N Play:

• Create a topic in the Mission Help forum. Use the title [SnP] "mission name" (do not include the quotes). For example: [SnP] Three Leaf Clover
• In the body of the topic, list all the missions you want done, preferably using the following format:
Missions: mission names here (separate mission names by ',' or a '/')
Link: the URL to your saved game here (Need a place to upload it? Read the next post)
Notes: anything you want the helper to be aware of when they do the mission for you

DO NOT
use someone else's topic to get a mission of your own done. One person to a topic please.

DO NOT
email or PM me or anyone else with mission requests. Create a new topic to make your request. That is one of the reasons this forum is here for.

DO NOT
use SnP topics for discussing mission strategies unless the requester has specifically asked for suggestions/tips.

DO NOT
create more than one topic for the same mission request. If no one has replied to your request, please be patient. Wait at least 12 hours before bumping your SnP topic.

Please help out the helpers by remembering to do the following things. These are in order of what I personally feel are most important.
1. Try to have enough weapons and ammo to be able to complete the mission.
No one wants to have to get in the middle of a shootout and only have 5 rounds of ammo and only a pistol.
2. Try to have full armor. Of course, there is lots of armor around the map but once again, having full armor saves time for the helper.

Doing a mission for someone else:

These people are called Helpers. Your job is simple, find a topic that starts with [SnP] and that is NOT locked or already completed and do the mission. Once you have completed the mission please use the following format to post your results into that topic. This is not a compulsion; just a suggestion since it makes your post appear neat.
For: name of the person whose mission you've done
Missions: list of missions you completed
Helper: your name
Link: the URL to the saved game that you completed for the above person (Need a place to upload it? Read the next post)

It's also a good idea if you make a quick reply in the topic that you are going to be doing a mission and you're working on it. Something as simple as "I'm on it" will be fine. After you complete the request, just edit your post with the completed request.

Important Pre-requisites for Save N Play:

Please note that in order to load someone else's savegame on your PC, you'll need to use one of the following methods:
http://www.gtaforums...howtopic=388658
OR
http://www.gtaforums...howtopic=386320
Also note that for the above methods to work, you need to have a patched copy of the game (v1.0.1) and the above suggested methods will disable multiplayer.
You need not worry though. The effect of the Xlive wrapper can be reverted and you can play multiplayer by creating a new savegame without using the wrapper.

IMPORTANT:
Both the requester and the helper will have to follow and apply one of the above suggested methods. It'd be better if you test which one of the methods work for you before requesting a SnP or helping in a SnP topic.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 01:01 PM Edited by girishb, 17 September 2009 - 07:21 PM.

Need a place to upload your saved game?

Before uploading your savefile, please make sure to zip the file. A GTA IV savefile is of the size 1.88 MB and since, not everyone has a super fast broadband connection, it'd be better to zip the file using either WinZIP or WinRAR. Zipping reduces the overall size of the upload to less than 100 KB.

Instead of using a local hosting site which may or may not work for everyone, we suggest using one of the following hosting sites. All sites listed are free and easy to use.

Samutz's GTASnP Uploader/Downloader http://gtasnp.com
Quick and very easy to use. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . Files in the SGTA4## format only are accpeted. File life span is 30 days. Files can be downloaded unlimited number of times.
How to Upload:
1. Click Browse and find your saved game file.
2. Click on Upload.
3. When the page changes, you'll see a link. That is your Download-Link, copy and paste that URL into your post.
How to Download:
1. Click on the link you are given.
2. Choose the slot number that you want to download the file with.
3. Click on it and the download should begin.

GK's Save N Play IV http://www.gta4snp.co.uk/
Quick and very easy to use. File size limit is 4 MB and only zipped IV savefiles are accepted. File life span is 30 days. Files can be downloaded unlimited number of times.
How to Upload:
1. Click Browse and find your zipped saved game file.
2. Click on Upload.
3. When the page changes, you'll see a link. That is your Download-Link, copy and paste that URL into your post.
How to Download:
1. Click on the link you are given.
2. Choose the slot number that you want to download the file with.
3. Then click on 'Download to slot xx', where xx stands for the slot number you've chosen.

If due to any reason, the above site does not work for you, then you may opt for one of the following hosting sites:

FileFactory http://www.filefactory.com/
Quick and very easy to use. File size limit is 300 MB. File life span is unlimited and can be downloaded unlimited number of times.
How to Upload:
1. Click Browse and find your saved game file.
2. Click on Upload Files.
3. When the page changes, look for a green link. That is your Download-Link, copy and paste that URL into your post. Do NOT use the html link.
How to Download:
1. Click on the link you are given.
2. Then click on the blue colored 'Download with File Factory Basic' link.
3. Enter the verification code as it is and click 'Continue'.
4. On the next page, you'll get a 'Begin Download' link. Click it to start the download.

MegaShare http://upload.megashare.com/
Quick and very easy to use. File size limit is 50 MB. File life span is unlimited and can be downloaded unlimited number of times.
How to Upload:
1. Click Browse and find your saved game file.
2. Click on 'Click Here to Upload!' button. Do NOT password protect (even though they say it is recommended).
3. When the page changes, you'll notice 2 links. The one below the green text is your Download-Link, copy and paste that URL into your post.
How to Download:
1. Click on the link you are given.
2. Scroll down and select the 'Free' option.
3. You'll have to wait for a period of 10 seconds before the 'Click Here to Download' button appears. When it does, click on it to start the download.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 01:02 PM Edited by girishb, 12 January 2009 - 01:07 PM.

Reminders For Helpers and Requesters


For Helpers:

1. You must call the mission before you do it. Just a simple "I'm on it" will do. No other helper should call the same mission if another helper is already working on it.

2. If 3 hours pass from you calling to do a request and you have not posted your results, then another helper may step in and do the mission. If you're still working on the request and would like a grace period to finsh it, you can edit your post and ask for it. You'll then have an additional 30 minutes of time to finish the request. If you still do not finish it, it'll be a forfeit and the request will go to the next helper who calls it. And remember the edits are date and time stamped just like the post itself, only they reflex the last edit.

3. Not so much a rule but more of a request: When you see a SnP request in a topic that doesn't have the SnP tag, just give a simple reminder to the person to use the SnP tag next time and what it's for.

4. DO NOT use cheats of any kind for any reason. All of the missions can be done without cheats. Unless the requester allows you to do so, but even then there shouldn't be a need for it.

5. DO NOT alter the requester's Niko. This means no change of clothes or even using the cars parked outside safehouses. There are plenty of cars in the game that you don't need to use one of theirs. Also do not store cars, unless requested.


For Requesters:

1. Please wait at least 12 hours before you bump your topic. Remember these helpers are here doing work out of the kindness of their hearts, no one has to do your missions for you. You might be in a rush, but it's just a game not life or death.

Not a rule but a reminder, make sure your topic has the [SnP] tag in it and preferably, at the start of the topic and not the end or middle. There is no other way of telling if the topic is a SnP request or not and not having the [SnP] tag is just wasting the time of the helper in clicking and opening every other topic. There should be no reason not to have this tag in the title. There are 2 ways to learn about this; 1. Looking at other topics done the correct way, and 2. reading the rules topic that you're reading now.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 01:04 PM Edited by girishb, 12 January 2009 - 01:08 PM.


GTAFORUMS MISSION HELP F.A.Q.
(Frequently Asked Questions)


Q: What the heck is SNP or SnP ?
A: It means Save N Play which was the Title of the original Topic that eventually became 'Mission Help'.

Q: Why do I have to put [SnP] in the Topic Title?
A: It announces to the Helpers that a mission needs doing and differentiates it from the other mission help topics. If you don't type it in, your request may not get done as quickly.

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Q: How to upload your File?
A: You just missed it, go back up one post from here. There are 3 main choices but you're not limited to those.

Q: Where is my Save Game file?
A: Windows XP = C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\savegames\
Windows Vista = C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\savegames
Search for files named 'SGTA4xx'. The xx ranges from 00 to 11 and stands for the 12 slots in which you can possibly save your game.

Q. I don't have the v1.0.1 patch. Where do I get it?
A: Here: http://www.rockstarg...atch/index.html

Q. I'm a helper and I cannot load the requester's savefile. What do I do?
A: As explained in the first post, you need to use the Xlive wrapper in order load savefiles. yes, both the requester and the helper has to use it. There are two methods. Use ahy one of the below:
http://www.gtaforums...howtopic=388658
OR
http://www.gtaforums...howtopic=386320

Q. Someone completed a mission for me, but now I cannot load the savefile. What do I do?
A: Same as above.

Q: I lost my Save File can someone send me theirs?
A: Here are all the Mission Saves: http://www.gtaforums...howtopic=390264

Q: My Save Game file is corrupt.
A: See above.

Q: I posted like 10 minutes ago and no-one has done my thing yet?
A: Be PATIENT, your Mission will be done when a Helper gets around to it. If you Bump your post to gain attention, it annoys people so don't do it. If your request hasn't been answered for at least more than 12 hours, then you may bump it if you wish. But do not do it repeatedly in succession. And do NOT create duplicate topics.

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Q: How can I become a Helper?
A: Go back to the top post and read about "Doing a mission for someone else".

Q: So what do I get for being a Helper?
A: A nice warm fuzzy feeling that you did your good deed for the day.

Q: I know all you Helpers use cheats and trainers.
A: WRONG ... if you have to cheat to pass a Mission then you wouldn't be a good Helper, ANYONE can cheat.
All missions can be done without using cheats.
Any Helper that uses a cheat to do a mission (unless the requester said it was ok to use cheats) will get me very ticked off.

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Q. I want to read about what the mission is and how it is done.
A: http://www.gta4.net/missions/

Q. I want a video to see how the mission is done.
A: http://www.gta4.net/videos/

Q: I want someone to come to my house and do the Mission for me.
A: 1. Send a PM to your favorite Helper.
2. Send Plane Ticket to the Helper.
3. Send all your money to the Helper.
4. Don't tell Dad.

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Q: I still have a question and it's not listed here, where do I ask it?
A: Create a topic and ask away.




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