Winter Update

Most of the leaves have fallen off of the trees in the northern hemisphere which means: time for your Crack Clan winter update – this one is about Squad, Gathering and Staff so tuck on in and enjoy:

The Building of a Squad
Squad is a tactical FPS that a few of us have been following for a few years (it’s still considered ‘early access’ but they’ve been building on it over time and it’s coming close to release) and seems to represent the perfect balance between our Battlefield and ARMA communities. Toward that end we’re combining Yang and Smithy’s extensive ‘milsim’ leadership experience with dox’s competitive e-sports experience and presenting a bespoke option for anyone who wishes to apply. The goal is simple: 9+ squadmates that will employ standardized communications and infantry tactics once a week on Mondays plus an additional “operation” in a 40v40 environment that lies between military simulation and competitive e-sports.

Our first night was a great success! Please get in touch (our squad was full!) to obtain a slot and be brought up to speed (as well as gain your certification for special operations tactical training) – we’re intent on providing a window in to what goes on through video. If you’ve never seen it before we’re sure that you’ll like what we’re coming up with, but for the time being please take a look at dox totally missing a bad guy poking his head out while he takes cover and the rest of the fellas clear the building after he tossed a grenade out the window 😉

Plans for the next Gathering
In other news, our 20th anniversary is rapidly approaching and plans for the Gathering are under way! It’s going to be a special one which aims to combine the best elements of all the years passed and deliver an experience you won’t want to miss. The jury is still deliberating on location but the details are becoming settled and we already know that it’ll be happening around the weekend of May 4th, 2018. Though it’s currently a toss up between countries in North America we also have some compelling arguments to take it to the Caribbean or Iceland so make sure you sound off your opinion in Discord!


Battlefield Decision Making
It also appears that our Battlefield activities have been sorely missed – especially with some of us being let down with the Battlefront II option – we’ll be bringing back BF nights on Sundays but have to decide if it’s going to be BF1, BF4 or both so heads up: poll coming your way and we will resume our epic Battlefield legacy as soon as we finish collecting those opinions from you – we know there’s some excitement about this so we’ll try to get it done especially right this time! 🙂

Annual Survey Results
Last, but not least, we have completed reading the feedback from the annual survey you were all kind enough to fill out and will be drawing the random game winner in the coming days. There was a lot of value offered and it will be instrumental toward guiding our direction for the foreseeable future. Some assumptions were challenged and we aim to continue to adjust toward the needs of our community and anticipate new activities and direction including firing up our video channels again (contact dox if you’re a content creator!) as well as providing more fun and clarity and continue in to our 20th year together.

New Staff
We’ve recently added FifthYangPro and Smithy to Staff roles (for Squad) as well as DeTH for a new Overwatch competitive and Hearthstone initiative so make sure you highfive them and check out what’s on offer, it’s always exciting! Thanks again, none of this is possible without your participation and support, we’re super keen on what’s coming up next and look forward to spending it with you!

Autumn Update

The leaves changing colour bring not just the end of summer but the start of a new gaming schedule for our group!  The last few months have featured a broad range of activity as some of us clobbered away at our growing queue of Steam games we haven’t played yet as well as hunkering down with a core group of titles that (caught or have kept) our attention.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds continues to capture imaginations to such a degree that our community has resisted the idea of a scheduled, regular night for the game: largely because they already play it every day!  We have a very large variety of gamers putting time in to PUBG throughout the day, if you’re looking for a good group to play with just pop in to our Discord server and send a message to dox (or post in #battlegrounds or #general) asking to be introduced and we’ll have you set up in short order with a group or partner that you can get tactical with.

Another regular activity is the constant amount of entertainment that the charismatic Overwatch title delivers to our try-pants-wearing-casual crack shots.  Still continuing to largely eschew competitive mode allows for a bunch of interactions and great mixing between our community members,  you can find any combination of our regulars like cc//Fast Eddie, cc//fuegoredux, cc//Rage, cc//Trashcanman and/or cc//Vengeance bouncing around and shooting their way through rounds with a really great group of visitors.  The good times keep pouring in, if you’re looking to see what the ‘try pants’ movement is about then follow same instructions as above, pop in to Discord and get started!

Beyond that, as we aim to complete and define our autumn gaming schedule we’ve got a couple of new nights popping up.  The first one “Free First Mondays” (working title) is an event that pops up on the first Monday of every month exclusively featuring free games.  This week we tried out Black Squad and will be announcing next months selection in the coming weeks.  Additionally we’ve got the beginning of a series of strictly tactical weekly events that will take participants through engagements in titles like Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, Insurgency, Day of Infamy, Rainbow 6 Siege and more.

Hey, in case it’s not clear: everyone is welcome to these so just reach out and join in, there’s a lot of fun to be had!  We cater to career/family oriented adults that are looking for a competitive experience without the time sink – if you have your own requests and ideas we’re also very open to that, just get in touch.  See you in Discord!

Spring with RS2V, BF4, PUBG and OW

Historically speaking, the change in seasons seems to influence our group’s gaming choices, this one is no exception.  Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is the long-awaited realism shooter from Antimatter/Tripwire that delivers the Vietnam experience some of us have been waiting a long time for.  It places you within an asymmetrical campaign fighting in the trenched out jungles and destroyed hillsides with everything from Punji traps through to attack helicopters threatening you and your squad as you tackle objectives.  The title seems to be a natural attractant to our Red Orchestra veterans and newcomers alike, join us in game play and come visit our crackclan.com 64-man server for more action.

Our Battlefield 1 activity seems to have tapered off significantly but has been replaced by a re-return to Battlefield 4 – the game that’ll never give up!  It almost seems as if distance made our hearts grow fonder of the title and though we still host Battlefield Mondays (every Monday at 8:30pm ET.. for the last two years!) they now again feature fierce squad-based infantry battles, vehicular combat and the chasing of objectives which still entertains like no other.  Don’t hesitate to come in and play, we’re having a fantastic time!

No mention of our current gaming environment could be complete without a tip of the hat to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds which has consumed the attention of our friendlists world-wide.  We haven’t launched a special night for PUBG because it is played every single day, it is a fantastic opportunity to sample our community: being able to pop in and spend 1-30 minutes with our long-time players is an absolute treat, with nearly everyone agreeing that it’s better played with a squad – please don’t hesitate and just connect with us and play a round.. or two.. or ten!

Last but not least, it appears we’ve somehow ended up with a really happy accident — it appears that a few gentlemen who were wrinkling their nose at the ludicrous toxicity present within Overwatch’s competitive mode have banded together to bring their own kind of positivism in to the game with what appears to be a really stable roster!  Though the group only formally assembles on Tuesday nights we’ve had months of the same guys playing together and raising their game nearly daily; it’s been a pleasure and an honour to experience such a broad mix and watch it get stronger from newcomers to veterans and even founders!  We’ve seen: dox, Fast Eddie (Junabit!), FuegoRedux, g00se, Rage, Tezlin, Trashcanman, Vengeance and more regularly show up to enjoy putting rounds in — we’ve room for more as we seem to be building up to hosting internal events with our first 1v1 tournament today so come on by!

That’s the top of the pile of news in any case – if you’re a career/family oriented gamer and seek like-minded, drama-free experiences on a schedule that doesn’t run your life then please pop in and say hello, we’d love to meet more of you!

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