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.

Overwatch, Gathering 2016 and BF4 buddies

Our relentless march forward together in to gaming history continues with more exciting developments, hold on tight because in no particular order:

owOverwatch has taking the gaming scene by storm and looks like it’s here to stay! We meet Blizzard’s first foray in to providing an FPS title with optimism and are committing ourselves to staying interested and in-tune to their development for the title. With that we are proud to announce that long time Crack Clan supporter and member GuGu (originally from our TF2 campaign) rekindles his activity and is put in to place as director of our European Overwatch campaign. cc//GuGu had this to say:

Hi fellow players ! I am GuGu, former Crack Clan TF2 player and now leading the brand new Overwatch Crack Clan team. I am proud to compete under this banner and be part of this great family again. We work hard to be successful throughout this long journey and hope we will bring you many victories. We are currently preparing ourselves for the many competitions to come, so stay in touch and cya on the game !

We really look forward to what the boys can do and are keen to support them as they build the Overwatch future for Crack Clan – congratulations, welcome and stay tuned for more news as we’ll be announcing both competitive and casual developments.

cc-article-gatheringIn more news, we have officially selected and announced the details and location of our next annual tradition of Gathering offline to further the brilliant legacy and camaraderie of our group. This year we will be featuring a mixed, gradient, week-long adventure that allows people to join based on their outdoor experience: it begins with a multi-day hike through the Appalachians, continues to an exclusive cabin (complete with stocked pond and firing range) and culminates in an incredible weekend hosted at the house of by long-time member cc//Hogtyd. Don’t walk, RUN to announce your participation in this once-a-year magical experience and get in to discord to get details; flights are booking up and car shares are filling up.

bf-mondays-knifey-knifeyLast but not least we would like to extend both a special thanks and reminder about our ongoing BF4 activities. Every Monday (as a minimum) we still plug away with Battlefield 4 — what can we say, we’re enthusiasts of the franchise! — recently we’ve taken on a dance card with [OTC]; The Old Timers Clan, a great group of people who joined us on a private server to deliver fierce 10v10 action without the usual clan hang ups. Close rounds, great teamwork and attitude has really juiced things up and given us all something new to look forward to. Don’t be shy and get in touch if you want to include yourself in these activities — it’s the best way to ensure sportsmanship, competition, no hackers and all-round good times without all of the other stuff that clans usually carry with them. Connect up with any of us to get rockin’ and rollin’!

Gathering, frontiergam.es and TF2

Thanks for coming by to read another update, today’s is about another gathering, community focus and TF2!

We’re getting together again

cc-article-gatheringSummer with all its glorious sun and greenery is beginning to loom overhead which means we fall back in to the pattern of talking about, planning and attending yet another epic Gathering! Preliminary discussions have already begun and it appears we’re looking at August somewhere in North America. If you’re interested in find out more please pop by The Gathering channel in Discord and take a look and type something – we’ll be hosting a meeting to start nailing down those details this coming week. For those that don’t know: The Gathering is an annual leave-your-PC-at-home event where we travel to meet and hang out to trade war stories, BBQ and have some kind of adventure.

Community organization

Frontier GamesSpeaking of adventures: we’re setting out on a new one which concerns our community initiatives. Over the last few years we’ve fuzzed the line between our competitive and community elements; it’s always been that way but all the more so as of late. Today we’d like to formally announce some clarity in that regard – Crack Clan will remain the exclusive group with competitive elements it has been all along, but we’re also hosting a new “nation of communities” called Frontier Games. While Crack Clan will continue on its 18+ year journey we will also be supporting the wider scene with all our friends in an open community that’s meant to brave the new frontier of facilitating easy matching of game events without any of the clan hangups, trials and other challenges all with an eye toward career and family oriented gamers. If you’ve got limited time but still want to have reliable game sessions with like-minded people before going back to take care of other responsibilities, or if you’ve got a similar community that would like to benefit by being alongside others we invite you – with no strings attached – to check out and support this idea by your presence, activity and idling! Come build a new experience while keeping your own intact, feel free to ask dox any questions you might have about it.

Team Fortress 2 Re-Entry with Kaylus

cc-article-tf2-kaylusLast, but certainly not least: we’d like to proudly announce another collaboration which circles around a familiar pasture. Since we began supporting Team Fortress 2 back in 2007 we’ve had a myriad of adventures that have taken us round and around everything from pubbing it up to professional activities for many years. After a bit of a gap and some false-starts we’d like to signal our intention today to formally get back in to the swing of things with the results of months of talks and collaboration with Kaylus who is joining us as “Director of TF2” to head up those initiatives. He had this to add:

Hey thank you Im so happy to join and so glad to become a part of Crack Clan and to start what should be an amazing adventure. I’m really looking forward to this collaboration and hope to make great things with Crack Clan.

Bonjour et merci je suis très heureux de rejoindre et de devenir un membre de Crack Clan. Je suis également très content de commencer ce qui devrait être une très belle aventure. J’ai hate de commencer cette collaboration et j’espère qu’on fera de grandes choses ensemble.

We’re looking forward to announcing future results of all of the above and are keen to figure out where we’re going for Gathering and what’s next for us with cc//TF2. Thanks again for reading!