Birthdays and new games

This month, we celebrated another year together with some fun, games and hitting the highest Discord Boost Level possible, effectively ringing in a total of 22 years of character and camaraderie! Our low-drama, high-integrity approach has delivered such amazing experiences over all of this time and continues by growing even more gaming nights and in-house events. We’d like to thank our entire community and those that we interact with for making this possible and are really looking forward to how things will look for our 23rd!

We’ve been really busy with a lot of activities as of late – leading the pack is an announcement regarding our [email protected] team from last month: an incredible display of teamwork as our community of gamers turned their rigs toward folding proteins with COVID19 as a focus, the results as they stand now: Crack Clan climbed to the top 1% of contributors to the world’s biggest supercomputer, beating out nearly a quarter million other teams! What an amazing job, thank-you everyone!

Our extremely successful Battlefield V In-House battles have followed in similar footsteps to countless Crack Clan community projects and have established our Squad Conquest events as the best BFV entertainment you can get anywhere in the world on Wednesdays and Sunday (we added Sunday with an eye toward more friendly EU times) but: we haven’t stopped there! We’re also proud to announce our expansion of this concept in to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – that’s right! – no hackers, no bad attitudes and balanced teams is what it’s all about. Don’t even hesitate: pop in to our Discord to get started on Thursday nights and every other night!

It doesn’t end there: another unexpected set of events have found us hosting a DiRT Rally 2.0 championship that has rapidly shot up in popularity with community members also taking advantage of the recent sale and testing their times out in our week-long Rally’s as well as a live Rallycross event on Tuesdays. We haven’t ever enjoyed such success with such a visceral racing experience, this is an unmissable series of events: don’t forget your helmet!

Last, but certainly not least, we’re tracking both new and old: Terraria released their 1.4 Journey’s End patch which some members are kicking around on our server. We’ve also had a group of fans clocking the Valorant closed beta and it’s definitely making waves as an exciting new entrant in truly competitive FPS! This has provided an irresistible set of matches for many of our members and we’re definitely on the hunt for players from both Europe and North America to join us in forming rosters which would lead us further back in to competitive reality as well as hopefully delivering some more great in-house battles.

As always: we invite you all to visit us in Discord for a chat or a game or whatever else you might be looking for – we proudly remain as a super-stable, hyper-inclusive gaming group that compliments career and family oriented adult gamers. Sound good? What are you waiting for? Come by and say Hello! discord.gg/crackclan or crackclan.com/discord

BFV In-house Battles & COVID-19

Coronavirus

The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all significantly, the massive changes to work, family and play have turned many lives upside-down and Crack Clan is no exception. We hope that you are all staying healthy, safe, indoors and encourage any of you having trouble to share it with us so that we could try to help.

With the battle against COVID-19 appearing to shape up we’d like to announce the formation of our support for the [email protected] distributed computing project currently under way. Our powerful gaming PCs position our group uniquely in order to help where we can turn our machines during our idle time (or actively) toward running simulations with our combined CPUs and GPUs contributing to aid in the heavy computations required by this task. Anyone can “start folding” as an independent or as part of the Crack Clan team: 258814. Find out more about this project:

BFV In-House Battles

In other news, our Battlefield V initiative has matured and grown in to something wonderful — our weekly in-house battles have expanded! The original premise remains the same: providing a valuable alternative to pubbing – the most wholesome, balanced battles possible!

What does this all mean? In a nutshell it kind of looks like this:

  • We have a group-approved list of restrictions on weapons (no 2A, etc)
  • We play each map twice (switching sides half-way, like a competitive match) usually in Squad Conquest mode
  • We have software that helps us create the most balanced teams possible
  • If a round score is heavily balanced toward one team, we rebalance teams
  • No attitudes, no hackers, no BS, just really close matches
  • Anyone is allowed to play – you do not have to be a member!

Our expansion now complements our daily BFV adventures with the following two weekly special events:

  • Wednesdays at 8pm ET
  • Sundays at 2pm ET (friendly time for Europeans!)

We’re currently focusing on re-expanding our European initiatives and are keen to meet people interested in playing this way, hosting another night, bringing their friends, etc. No strings attached, just another Crack Clan project that engages with the community at large and seeks to extend the wholesome and positive attributes of the games we play. Come to our Discord server and ask about getting involved – we’ll see you there!

The dawn of a new decade

Another ten years went by in a blink, we hope it was a good one for you all and that your friends & family continue to be healthy and prosperous over the next decade! Here at Crack Clan we’re used to carrying a hefty legacy and looking toward the future, so, without any delay let’s line it all up for you:

Battlefield V open recruiting

Our 18 year history with the Battlefield franchise has often ended up driving a lot of both our activity and culture; it was a huge turning point for our group when 1942 rolled around and we’ve given it proper attention ever since. Along the way through our journey with Battlefield we’ve been given great opportunities to play, travel and meet to discuss how we carry ourselves as a team and how to best use our time together.

Battlefield V has recently shown potential for us to revisit some of the activities we’ve enjoyed in the past, specifically regarding private servers. DICE recently giving us the ability to set up our own server instance has not just opened up the a base requirement for all competitive behaviour but also unleashed our ability to have fun. We have a deep, deep history with successfully incubating squads within our ranks and supplying constructive, entertaining and positive in-house matches. BFV now carries that same possibility and we are thrilled to announce that we are already weeks-in toward hosting a solid, healthy roster that allows us to engage each other and friendly opponents in a balanced, skill-based environment. Toward that end we are opening up recruitment to complement our existing activity and increase its frequency. Connect to our Discord and ask about joining!

In addition to all of the Battlefield V team building mentioned above, we’re also thrilled to announce a regular Overwatch workshop that is focused on combos, communications and in-game creativity. This is a weekly event, hosted by our good friend Bad Chef: he’s been focused on delivering next-level experiences that rely on coordination leveraged to give you a glorious visual payoff for years now and we’re honoured to host him in our Discord server to bring us this unique view on another level of meta in Overwatch that you might not have been paying attention to. This is ideally suited for anyone with a competitive background but currently just keen on the game and developing good camaraderie in a competent group. As per above, just pop in to our Discord server and drop a note in the #overwatch channel if you’d like to participate!

Last but not least, that Steam sale opened up a whole bunch of activity for us to pursue. Whether you finally picked up a copy of Mordhau or Insurgency: Sandstorm or are still content to kick around Destiny 2 we remain active & interested in supporting our community with scheduled events. If you’re one of those folks that has always wanted to try something in-game that requires some planning and teamwork we’re on hand to support you – just let us know.

Anyhow, thanks as always for the legendary support & loyalty we are continually blessed to receive from our over two decades of membership. All the best going forward, we’re really excited to see what 2020 brings and beyond!

Anniversaries and new games

Eek, it’s been a very, very busy half year – well past due for an update, let’s see if we can keep it short or not! (Also: we really need a writer to keep up with affairs and update the site – apply within!)

Happy 21st Birthday

Another May 4th rolled around in 2019 which took Crack Clan in to its 21st year of operation; an incredible achievement only possible by the continued support and efforts of its membership! This year was all the more poignant: they say that you raise children for independence, this also seems to apply for the clan as the group embraced a new operational standard after years of iteration and learning. It’s a truly impressive step for the group as we challenged our core structure and values with a long term view and ended up stronger than ever. Our endless thanks to the amazing people that provide significant, continual loyalty toward providing a positive environment in good times and in bad. Much love and congratulations for building such a unique creation, you all share in this milestone!

Squad Developments

Our relationship with Squad changed significantly in the last few months as well. The concept of Squad Commander Battles was significantly matured and grown to the point of requiring its own staff to support another season of gaming. The idea of engaging every player and opening the battlescape toward a higher level of gameplay for all participants ended up being very warmly received by many and thus we contributed directly to the launch of Rebound Gaming Network: an initiative specifically made for these kinds of alternate, positive twists on playing games. As a result, RGN has enjoyed significant exposure and a lot of GGs with incredible highlights including many new teams joining, amazing in-game moments with unprecedented video support and even some awesome support from the developers themselves! Lastly, the rapid growth of Squad at Crack Clan also created some significant quality challenges which were ultimately alleviated by RGNs creation – we were able to address those and part ways with some negative elements, move our Squad support elsewhere and close the book on a mind-blowing chapter of our history. Thanks to all those who were part of it, we wish you the best going forward and appreciate those who went beyond the game and have contributed to our core and resulted in a growth that’s gone beyond what we had before!

Battlefield 5, Space Engineers, The Division 2

The never-ending flow of games continues to provide entertainment and opportunity for teamwork, it’s always been our core pursuit so it’s no surprise that working with other people continues to attract like minds and improve the way we spend our spare time.

Recent announcements of Battlefield 5 getting servers has hyped some of our group to turn an eye toward the return of Squad Conquest and potentially having some competitive fun in that arena.

A friendly query between friends about how Space Engineers has matured has led to the creation of a successful server that’s proving to be an amazing learning experience and collaborative sandbox.

The Division 2 exceeded expectations, has proven to be superior to its predecessor and created an incubator of growing activity in our group to run missions together.

All of this and more still carries an open invite for career and family oriented gamers that need/want to play on a schedule with other adults. The best way to get started is to simply join our Discord server, say hello and get involved – come find out why we’re still here 21 years later!