Happy 19th Birthday Crack Clan!

Wow, these just keep on coming — another milestone passed on the calendar! This one marked by even more exciting adventures on and off line..

..as always I find myself eschewing thoughts of lightsabers and wookies in lieu of reflecting upon what an incredible real life journey this has all been. This reflection is often accompanied by a surprised laughing-out-loud at the absolutely unlikely twists that life presents: back in 1998 did I ever consider that playing a single video game with some guys would launch nearly two decades of amazing experiences, serve as a source of some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had and catalyze an annual trek to somewhere on the planet to share drinks, meals and trade war stories? Nope!

And so, with gushing juiciness: thank you all for building another year together, from the double digit veterans through to the newly appointed, the staff and the rejected, the teammates and the opponents. It’s an unprecedented path and I hope it never ends as we continue reap the rewards of the insight and experience gained from getting together and wearing try pants.

Much love,
-dox

Welcome to 2017, Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Crack Clan!We’d like to wish you all the best in 2017 from us to you and hope this year will be the best you’ve ever had!  In typical Crack Clan fashion we rung in the new year at the tail end of a bunch of boisterous gaming over the holiday season with Steam sales bringing us all types of new adventures and an opportunity to mash out some good gaming with our buddies. Also, as we do most years, we treated each other to another annual Secret Santa event where names were drawn for clan mates to find something special for each other, package it up and mail it in time for the holidays – this year was a truly epic one, just look at some of these!

This next year promises to be yet another amazing one as we complete our 19th year together and continue to be entertained by great games, teamwork and good times. Thanks everyone for a great 2016, we look forward to more Battlefield, Siege, GTA, Survival games, one offs, feats of strength, gatherings and more with you – don’t forget to hang out in Discord and bring your friends (crackclan.com/discord)

Battlefield 1, inglorious end to EU TF2

cc-bf1-fp-badgeIf you haven’t already noticed most of your friends list being consumed by people playing Battlefield 1… you will!  The explosive title launched to general release yesterday and we have both the pre-ordered and cautious-minded players united and fighting in the Great War.  Action packed with some very welcome surprises, Battlefield 1 has put Crack Clan in the exciting position of carrying two BF titles at the same time, we will be launching some BF1 events in our Discord and are keenly looking forward to launching our first public and private servers as soon as they become available.  The game is great fun but, as always, it’s a lot better when you’re playing with good squad mates, come on in and join us!

cc-bye-eu-tf2On a slightly darker note: gosh, that EU TF2 revival really didn’t work out did it!?  ..the team folded promptly after receiving additional support in glorious fashion and management decided to dismember the entire project as a result.  That’s going to be the final nail in the European Team Fortress 2 coffin from our perspective, we wish the scene good luck and thank it for providing so much entertainment and interesting moments with interesting people.  We will no longer be sponsoring TF2 squads in Europe, we are formally disassociated with any/all players that may claim otherwise in this regard and will be turning our attention elsewhere for new projects.

Another fine Gathering and TF2 update

cc-gathering-report-iconThis year’s Crack Clan Gathering is being called by many: “best ever” – the annual event took place in Virginia, USA and was attended by a typically diverse selection of members and visitors coming in from all parts of the world to hang out offline in the north of the south.  In retrospect it all takes on a surreal quality: tucked away in a cabin on a hundred acre property seated in the Appalachians during a heat wave with occasional drifts of mist to cool you down.  With no signals except those picked up by the radio we enjoyed the timeless experience (literally; no phones or watches being checked) of great food, fun activity (pew pew!) and best of friends.  Many, many, many thanks to all of those who made this possible and a big, extra large shout-out to cc//Hogtyd who was so instrumental to the entire experience.  It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the next time!

cc-tf2-returnsIn other catch-up Crack news we’re proud to announce the official addition of an all-french squad to bring Crack Clan back in to the land of Team Fortress 2.  Having been active for over a year and experimenting with class changes to optimize their squad we feel they bring one of – if not the – strongest lineups imaginable of its type.

The team’s main core is AlienSmiley, Maybe and Soupah as they have been together for over a year. They just recently brought on board with them Kinty, Karnax and Mino.

The current captain and main caller is Maybe who brings ton of experience as he played several classes at a high level while all the players are bringing skills and an unshakable will to improve. Maybe had this to say:

“I’m very excited about this team, we’ve got awesome French players and they are very talented. It’s a real pleasure to play with this team. We’ll start the ETF2L season 25 soon in the high division as we are still a very new roster and we need to build more natural chemestry and teamplay. We have for aim to reach the top level. I’d like to thank all my teammates, Elite, dox and everyone who supports us.”

C’est une team française qui va nous représenter sur Team Fortress 2. Ils sont actif depuis maintenant plus d’un an et ont subi différents changements de classes. Aujourd’hui ils arrivent avec une si ce n’est la line up la plus solide possible. Malgré leur manque d’expérience ensemble, et ce bien qu’ils aient déjà tous joué ensemble à un moment donné de leur carrière ils n’ont jamais tous joué ensemble.

Ce sont AlienSmiley, Maybe et Soupah qui forment le trio rémanent de l’équipe puisqu’ils jouent ensemble depuis maintenant un an. Viennent alors s’ajouter très récemment à eux Kinty, Karnax et Mino.

L’actuel leader et maincall est Maybe qui apporte beaucoup d’expérience puisqu’il a joué plusieurs classes et ceux à un haut niveau tandis que le reste des joueurs offrent un très fort DM and une envie inébranlable de progresser. Voici ce qu’il a à nous dire :

“Je suis très enthousiaste avec cette team, nous avons des joueurs français géniaux et ils sont tous très talentueux. C’est un réel plaisir de jouer avec eux. Nous allons faire la saison 25 ETF2L en high puisque nous formons un roster trop récent qui a besoin de construire une alchimie naturelle et un travail d’équipe. Nous avons pour but d’atteindre le meilleur niveau possible. J’aimerai également remercier mes coéquipiers ainsi qu’Elite, Dox et tous les gens qui nous soutiennent.”

Follow the jump to read more about Maybe, Alien, Soupah, Kinty, Karnax and Mino.