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!

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