Gathering, BFV and a sense of Insurgency

Summer is still holding on for dear life in the northern hemisphere; with most of the vacation time and outdoor activities preparing to slide in to autumn we still have had a wonderful time and are pumped up for what’s coming next:

A Growing Insurgency
As a group that has enjoyed military-themed FPS games for so many years it’s totally natural that the initial release of Insurgency has held a special place for a lot of us. Frenetic action on more open maps and a system that rewards tactical play as well as great ballistics and penetration system makes for a great game. Our excitement has been heightened by the announcement and subsequent Alpha/Beta experiences with the successor called Insurgency: Sandstorm.

We’re really pumped to spend some time with this title which sees general release in September and promises to deliver even more of what we all like. We’ll be supporting this title in every way we can and are inviting interested players to form up with us and benefit from the fun and challenge of creating static squads and delivering both casual and competitive experiences as we’ve been doing all of these years. Drop us a line on Discord or in our Forums to join us.

Going back to World War II
Our legacy as Battlefield fans receives an exciting opportunity to extend itself with the imminent release of Battlefield V. A lot of us are really keen on the next installment of the franchise and have found an opportunity to enjoy the hype by revisiting some of our favourite past Battlefield titles throughout the week.

We’ve dusted off Bad Company 2, BF3 and BF4 and still pop in for some BF1 action as we load up squads and rediscover the parts that we loved and hated. We invite anyone interested to join us in this activity and put aside some hard drive space to enjoy these experiences as we lead up to our Battlefield V campaign with open recruiting for these and many other adventures to come. Join our Discord server and talk to us in the #battlefield channel to get involved!

Gathering Again
Last, but certainly not least: we’re doing it again! One of the most unique opportunities in this gaming thing we’ve been doing is regrouping with our war buddies to go offline and have some fun. We are pleased to announce the details for the sure to be epic Crack Clan 20th Birthday Bash! This year, we bring the Gathering back to where it all started, a tiny little city off the shore of Lake Ontario known as Toronto! Get your passports sorted. Start collecting your coins. Get your flights booked! This year’s Gathering will take place from October 18th through the 22nd. Check out the FAQ in our forums or pop in to Discord for more details – we’re going to have a lot of fun!

A Midsummer Night’s Update

There’s been plenty happening around the ole crack fire, for those of you that haven’t been sitting with us beside it I may as well share with you some of the stories that have been being passed around with the s’mores, hotdogs and high fives; it’s long overdue in any case.

Squad has continued to engage us taken us along another path: we’ve been hosting a Squad server that has been providing a lot of good games for members and visitors alike. It seems to be doing really well, largely in part to the support we receive both in-game and financial from our Patreon campaign not to mention the awesome feedback we get from caring players. It’s really a lot of fun and we’d like to issue a shout-out to the entire server population and remind you that you can come in at any time to our Discord and give us your feedback, suggestions, criticisms or just share a cool/fun video moment that you had in the server.

In other news we’ve begun to sink back in to multi-gaming by way of doing a whole bunch of stuff. We’ve always got guys like cc//Fast Eddie and cc//fuegoredux putting time in to League of Legends or stomping around with Mechs and/or trying out the latest and greatest new releases. We’ve also had a couple of organized events like this week where we’re reaching back to oldies-but-goodies like Tuesday’s Battlefield Bad Company 2 night where we loaded up 10 of us in to a server after re-installing the game and marveled at how well it’s aged (aside from the whole can’t run while strafing thing). It’s almost sure to return next week as the two hours that we put in to the game’s excellent Rush mode implementation simply wasn’t enough to fully scratch that itch.

We’re also trying out things like Post Scriptum Wednesdays which are a natural extension of our Squad activities but it doesn’t prevent us from firing up other titles like the latest No Man’s Sky patch and giving it a go or bringing interested people up to speed on our own Rust server and assembling a raid (tonight!) to spread our wings and see what else we can pull off.

As always we are super keen on getting good people together for good games and encourage our membership to tell the rest as to what’s got their attention and how to play together. We also seem to be collecting more interest in sharing our experiences with video so there’s some anticipation that we’ll be firing that activity up again soon after a long hiatus so stay tuned for that (and if you’d like to contribute then let us know!)

Squad Growing and.. we’re 20!

Hi, it’s dox here. I’ll start with the big stuff because – though I’ve seen it coming for a while – it’s only become real now. We’re 20. Yup. 20. Twenty. Twenty years of character and camaraderie as Crack Clan has plowed through what’s turned out to be the vast majority of my gaming life. We started by mailing out speakerphones and hosting conference calls and now we’re using Discord. We used to play on dial-up and now we’re on fiber optic connections. We used to save up for our Monster 3D cards and now what comes default on our motherboards (and phones) kicks the crap out of them. Someone, please pass me my cane..

I think it’s almost impossible to talk about these last two decades without slurping through a pile of nostalgia.. but I think I’ve spilled enough of it up front and, since it appears we’ve achieved the impossible, I might as well surf the wave. Let’s get this out of the way: I didn’t plan it. This whole thing grew way longer and further and bigger than most things I’ve even done or even dreamed and it sure as heck wasn’t my sole doing. It’s been such a truly epic journey that has been so integral to my existence for so long that it’s easy to start forgetting the countless details and interactions that have happened over two decades. What’s impossible to forget is the reality that I’ve been gifted by so many people: voices that turned in to high5s that turned in to great friends. Relationships that led to laughter, betrayal, births, deaths, jobs, firings, tears, fears, joy and trust. The countless times where effort and support for a pastime ended up being real and sustained and more than just playing games.

Bottom-line? Thank-you!! Having such an amazing group of people who have stuck together and worked toward building something together that delivers so much, is so easy to access and regularly delivers experiences to an uncommon standard is really unprecedented in online experiences. The group has grown from teenagers and 20-somethings into people with families and careers and those that are left have found a way to and have adapted toward working all of these elements in to a balanced life is the model set by my gaming brethren that I am most proud of being a part of. That the group remains open to adding people of all abilities and backgrounds is even more amazing. Thank you!

Squad Update: the NAS experience
Let’s move on to Squad: we were warm to the game months ago but it’s really taken on a bigger life and reached awesome heights this past Sunday as Crack Clan represented in a competitive event hosted by the guys at NAS. The rough plan is to have 4 clans face off against 4 clans in an organized battle in a non-toxic environment and NAS delivered! Crack Clan had a great showing and led both sides in the last competitive event of our teen years, our roster did the clan proud. It’s an incredible way to kick things up a notch and though we’re currently limited to 9 people per squad we’re open to having more come up and help increase the amount of time we can spend with the game. Salutes to the 10 soldiers that represented and let me play alongside them: cc//FifthYangPro, cc//Healslut, cc//John Flenaly, cc//PyroCarp, cc//Smithy, cc//BigDaddyScott, cc//xelldaa, cc//Nolag, cc//d3monicrampage3, cc//AmselD

A busy update to begin 2018

We’ve found ourselves spinning inside of a whirlwind of activity so we’re going to attempt to jam everything tightly into today’s update and dispense with the usual flourishes:

Squad Success
Squad events have taken off! We’re enjoying operations on Monday and Friday evenings, and are also recruiting “Weekend Warriors” for Saturday afternoons. Our roster has entered the stage where good chemistry is taking grip as we deploy crews between 9 and 18 soldiers to fight the good fight. Just click and join our Discord server to introduce yourself and we’ll get started!

New Members and Staff
Discord usage has been red hot over the last few months and with the addition of some new initiatives we are also welcoming some new members and staff roles.

We’d like to formally introduce an incredible addition to the group made up of people that felt like they’ve been here with us from the start: Blue, cadash, John Flenaly, Shamywow, Sig_Schecter, and Xiscorr all received their cc// tags in the last few weeks. We’re also cheering with the return of Atlas, our longtime friend from the Desert Combat days!

Joining the ranks of Staff are longtime members Rage and Vengeance who will be overseeing our Overwatch, Gathering and General Growth tasks. Woohoo!

Game Nights
In addition to regular Squad (Mon/Fri/Sat) we have a few more events on offer that you can schedule and fit in to your calendar: currently on a dynamic schedule, Overwatch will be adding a special night every Sunday (as soon as the Superbowl ends) and provide a solid event you can count on – some of the team has started streaming so sometimes you can see multiple perspectives at once, check the #announcements channel in Discord!

We’re also proud to announce the return of Battlefield Wednesdays which, after a community-wide vote, will kick off with BF4 (with fingers crossed that BF1 follows).

Last but not least it appears that both PUBG and Minecraft players have been active every single night so you can pop in during the evening and enjoy the competent and entertaining mixed groups across three continents (!) gathering in search of diamonds and/or tasty chicken dinners.

Patreon
With all of this action spread across various servers, and our 20th anniversary coming up (along with The Gathering so many of us are looking forward to) we’ve restructured how we fund the total operation. Patreon has risen to notice by being an easy, recognized, trustworthy and effective platform for creators to be able to provide the great experiences that their followers enjoy. To that end, we’re announcing the launch of our Patreon page which is currently geared to allow us to meet our community requests and continue to deliver gaming events to career and family focused gamers. Check it out!

As always, none of this is possible without the incredible personalities that make it happen – deep thanks to everyone for continuing to make great memories for all of us and thanks for reading – we’re going to have to do these more frequently!