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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 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!

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’!