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  • January 2019 Newsletter - Happy New Years!

    The monthly Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this month's issue!     Happy New Years! Bring on 2019!
    Happy New Years! I hope everybody enjoyed their New Years with friends and family.  2018 was an eventful year. Let us briefly recap on some of the things that happened:        Early in the year, we made the switch from Guilded to our own website. Guilded served us well, and was a good tool for management, recruitment, and event planning. However, the need arose for our own home to be built (again), and voila! The website is still a work in progress, but we have been making great strides in making it more user-friendly and functional to the common user, you guys. Please let us know of any suggestions or bugs or concerns here.      We lost a friend. The unfortunate passing of our dear friend, @Stormwolfe came upon us in July.  He was leading the NA side of the World of Warships group when unexpectedly, he passed away. We did not know right at the time, but the World of Warships guys knew something was not right and looked into the situation.       We bounced back. New units opened up for new games. And older games and units came out better than ever. World of Warships became the strongest it has ever been this year warring it out in each Clan Battles season. ARMA and the Deathdealers came back from the dead and became an active unit within the community again, with new missions every few weeks. We saw Sea of Thieves become a unit within the Buccaneers, and we saw that unit expand into a new pirate game: Atlas. Escape from Tarkov slowly but steadily grew into a scav-killing machine. Battlefield V became a hit, and with it, our Red Devils and Screaming Eagles Companies--combined they have over 70 members. And at the end of the year Insurgency: Sandstorm became a unit within the community, and are a becoming a force to be reckoned with, led by the fearsome Raven.   It sounds really cliché, but I believe 2018 was a great year for the community, and 2019 will be an even better one for us. Hip hip, hooray for the Fighting 13th!         _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2018 End the Year Awards With the end of the year comes end of year awards. There are six different awards we would like to present. Without any further ado:   Member of the Year - Raven @Raven is being awarded the Fighter's Cross, the highest award in the land, for winning this year's Member of the Year competition.  Raven is as about gung-ho for the Fighting 13th Community as one can be. Raven will play any and all games with the community. He's always setting up all sorts of events for members to participate in, and when he's not doing the actual organizing, he's seeing how he can fit x, y, and z events into his personal schedule. If there is a new game within the Fighting 13th, odds are Raven is going to be right there playing alongside us. Raven is always looking out for the collective good. I had a conversation with him which I think embodies this the most, and the gist of it was that he's not getting paid for his work he's doing at the moment during the US government's shutdown, and his main worry was and are that the Coast Guardsmen under his purview are able to financially support himself. Raven is always thinking like this. Lastly, Raven stepped up into leadership late 2018 to kickstart the opening of our Insurgency: Sandstorm unit. Anything thrown at Raven he can accomplish.      Officer of the Year - Copat149 @copat149 is being awarded the Silver Star, the second highest award within the community, for his efforts as an Officer and leader within the community. Copat not only helps out where needed, he excels at it. He truly embodies the idea of a servant-leader by making sure not only his, but other, personnel are being taken care of.    Rookie of the Year - Forked @Forked is being awarded the Silver Star, the second highest award within the community, for his efforts and activity for his first year here. Forked joined in early 2018 for Sea of Thieves. He rose to become one of the most active members within the community, specifically #5 on the Discord server's leaderboard rankings. Forked is always friendly and welcoming to new members, especially at those odd times of the day for the server (EU early morning times). And forked is very technically savvy, where being an active contributor to the #Tech_Talk channel giving his $0.02 and advice to others regarding the latest tech.   Recruiter of the Year - Predacon @Predacon is being awarded the Bronze Star, the third highest award within the community, for winning Recruiter of the Year. Predacon recruited over 25 members in 2018. Well done!    Donor of the Year - 5wi55_ch3353 @5wi55_ch3353. is being awarded the Bronze Star, the third highest award within the community, for winning Donor of the Year. Swiss has donated over $100 USD to further our cause. Thank you tons!    Discordian of the Year - Locutus @Locutus is being awarded the Bronze Star, the third highest within the community, for winning Discordian of the Year. Locutus has reached level 50 on our Discord Server. Bravo!      Honorable Mentions There are many honorable mentions, most of which we will fit into the game/unit news sections, but I could not find a better place to fit this citation than here...enjoy:   @wesz33 - Crazy Award (as submitted by @5wi55_ch3353.. The veracity of the story cannot be confirmed).
        He‘s off to join the Norwegian army this month and will be sorely missed. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________         Secret Santa 2018 Comes to an End  What a Secret Santa this year's was! We had over 30 participants, the most ever. We hope you all enjoy it and participate in next year's Secret Santa. If you participated, you will earn the Secret Santa Ribbon if you have not already earned it.       Youtube Video Introduction Contest Results We want to thank everyone who participated in our YouTube intro contest.  Both those who submitted entries and those who took the time to vote on the finalist.  Copat, Billybantam, and PhaseVortX all submitted some great work, with @BillyBantam coming out on top with this submission. Here is the winning video introduction that will be displayed on videos we post to Youtube:      Member of the Month Award - @Goatch33se Goatch33se is an extremely active new member who seems to get along well with everyone new and old. He has proven himself a great asset to the community so far by recruiting over 10 new members. Goatch33se's high level of activity and his superb recruitment efforts win him this month's coveted Member of the Month award. Congratulations     ARMA III/ Deathdealers Company News
    2018 was one HELL of a year, especially for the Fighting 13th and the DEATHDEALERS.  We have had many great accomplishments, but one that really sticks out over the last year has been the return of Tactical Tuesday, and the Resurrection of the DeathDealers. We made the announcement back in May 2018 that we would be bringing Tactical Tuesday back.  Everyone was pretty excited, but I do not think any of us knew how much we were all going to enjoy it.  With our dedicated mission makers delivering us something fresh every week, we played through many scenarios.  Whether we were rescuing downed pilots in our First mission “King Two Lima," clearing safe passage through hostile forces in Iraq during the “Able Sentry” campaign, or hunting down our arch enemy VLAD, it was always interesting, and more importantly, fun.  For all this we owe Copat, and Weabus a huge thank you.  You guys went above and beyond last year and we all appreciate your work.
    With 2019 underway we have no intentions on slowing down.  We have huge plans for Arma and the Deathdealers. We are kicking it into gear with the “KAWATORA” campaign kicking off on January 15th.  This three-part campaign will be based in Cambodia, where we will be going against a new Triad known as the Yangon.  There are still some slots available, so if anyone has any interest in joining us head on over to the calendar post and hit that RSVP button.     A big hearty congratulations goes to @WeabusUltimas -- his leadership nominated him for the Golden Goat award, an award for the Deathdealer that stood out the most in terms of activity and support, among other things. Also, honorable mention to @Jfranklin94--his activity shot through the roof this last year. We are extremely glad to have him around here.   If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to @cJack or @copat149     Battlefield V News The current state of the game is really good. DICE have been listening to the community, shown by them quickly withdrawing the TTK changes and are working on fixing the biggest issue right now: TTD. December saw the start of the first part of Tides of War, which saw players needing to complete challenges to unlock new items. This has seen great focus from our Battlefield players, whom work together daily and weekly to accomplish the various milestones. Recruitment has been continuing at a steady pace and we now have a solid core of regular players playing the game. And now that the holidays are out of the way, we will look to push further on this and try to recruit some of the new players playing the game. Also coming up, the BF team will start implementing the first batch of ribbons for you all to earn from us. Look out for any announcements!    Congratulations to @Stixx for his promotion to Lieutenant. He will be assisting Billybantam with the running of the Red Devils Company.      Escape from Tarkov / Vikings Company News Efadf There are many big changes in store with the upcoming patch for Escape from Tarkov. See them here. Aside from that, we are looking to ramp up events for the community this new year. Stay tuned for more information.    Congratulations to @KosherHam013 for winning our highly-coveted Tarkovian of the Year Award. Kosher is very active in the game, well-versed in all the many aspects of the game, and is always watching your six.    Check out the #hideout chat on Discord or join the Escape Room to squad up and kill some scavs with us! Contact @[13th] Exiduslol, @Scags, or @Daytex for more information.       Sea of Thieves/Atlas / Buccaneers Company News It's been a good year for booty and many miles have been sailed! We have had many good times with the new seamen and sailors aboard. The grog (beer) has been flowing and laughter has been shared. A member we thought was lost at sea has come back out of the fog. A successful year has been had for the Buccaneers.   In December, the Buccaneers Company expanded to include the game Atlas. We pirates unite under one banner, for the time being...call it an accord of sorts (Pirates of the Caribbean reference). The game is in very early access, but it has given us much fun already. We run our own server (courtesy of forked) even. At the moment we are running at 2x2 PvE map, but a 3x2 PvP/PvE map will be launched later this month.   There has been an influx in new members for Atlas, many of whom are good friends with current members. 
      Also, Congratulations to the following members:   Pirate of the Year: @Elephantagon. Sailed : 3937370 m
    Legendary Pirate of the year: @Forked. Sailed : 4877435 m
      As always, come join us to experience the life on the high seas like we see it in either Sea of Thieves or Atlas! Contact @Chris P Bacon for more information.       World of Warships / Hydras Company / Stingrays Company News The World of Warships gang has been in Clan Battles mode the whole month of December--no rest for the weary! The EU side has seen an uptick in active members, so much so that we have been able to run two teams on occasions for clan battles and currently have two teams sitting in Gold (storm league) rankings. Reaching Gold was our goal at the start of the season, something we handily achieved relatively early in the season. Our aims are even higher now. With the current roster improving every week in terms of game play and tactics and activity, we are hoping for a serious push for the next league (Typhoon). This season has already seen a massive increase in battles played for the EU side and as such might be considered the most successful one yet for the community.   Aside from Clan Battles, December also saw the introduction of Ranked Sprint 2--this time with battles being played at Tier 6 in a 5v5 scenario. Update 0.8.0 went into PTS with the upcoming Aircraft carrier rework. And steel became more readily available to players willing to spend a bit of money or players owning ships in game. As such the clan has already seen its first steel ships in its harbor.   Congratulations to @Yasvar for becoming Captain of the Year.      Other Tidbits   Members As of posting this, the community is:  221 Members | 15 Officers | 8 Companies | 9 Years Going   Please welcome the following members to the community:   @CptDeering @Goatch33se @Ahtiz @Eltjavo @Eterm404 @qqKennedy @ZIR_JAGER @dustapnn @Cultosaurus @AmericanCoreboy @c00kieDuster770 @Realmikepill95 @WillDill (Returning Member) @dreamlikesgames @nerdshreker69 @AKmg @stickman1775 (Returning Member) @UDEWU @wonderbread24 @Kikki @Nyendra @ShiftingMist @Moon Moon @ShiroSan @Gaspadien @Fn_Paul @Stiff     Upcoming Features Points System and Store Details Promotions Sections News on other Awards Community Wiki       Well, that's all for this issue, folks. Hope you enjoy! If you would like to contribute, please contact @thebronxbomber or post in the War Room's Newsletter Ideas and Discussion topic!

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    Newsletters 6

    December 2018 Newsletter

    The monthly Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this month's issue!     November 2018 Member of the Month   Member of the Month Award - @Capt_Teek Capt_Teek wins this month's coveted Member of the Month award for his superior recruitment efforts, skillful captaining, and overall positive attitude and activity. Capt_Teek has bolstered our numbers by recruiting several World of Warships recruits this past month. Capt_Teek has also been a regular and recurring member of Hydras Company's efforts in WOWS's Clan Battles mode--he has been voted #1 WOWS player within the Fighting 13th unanimously by everyone here...or so we've heard . In all seriousness, Capt_Teek displays an abundantly positive attitude, and it shows in how much the WOWS group adores him, and in how well he is able to recruit fellow sailors.  He is open-minded and he takes genuine pleasure in being able to assist in any way he can, especially new folks. With all this being said, we would like to give Capt_Teek a hearty congratulations on winning MOTM!       Battlefield V Red Devils Company Established With the release of Battlefield V on November 20th, our newest unit, Red Devils Company, has been established and has already swelled to 57 current members as of this typing, with 2 or 3 coming in every day or so wishing to play with or join. Named for the British 6th Airborne Division which famously fought in Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, we aim to model ourselves after them using cunning tactics and tenacity to beat and out and route our enemy. @BillyBantam is taking charge of the helm of Red Devils with @copat149 at his side. We welcome all of our new members and recruits, and urge everyone in "Recruit" status on Discord to apply on this website to formally join the Fighting 13th. Perks include shiny tags, being considered for Member of the Month, awards, recommendations, prizes, a sense of belonging and other cool stuff.   On December 5th, the first content drop was released with the Chapter 1: Overture update adding in checks and balances as well as a new map. On December 6th, the Tides of War will start and along with it brings us new assignments, equipment and customization options to work towards.   Our members, recruits, and anyone else who has the urge is welcome to join us Sundays and Wednesdays for SQUAD UP to play the game together and have a good time. We would also like to remind our new recruits and members that we actively encourage you to be a part of the community at large and participate in community events like Secret Santa, or just join in on our lively, albeit sometimes strange, conversations in the main chat or discussions on the forums. Thank you to everyone that has joined us thus far, and we are looking forward to continued growth and excitement for Battlefield V and our community. See you on the Battlefield!   Scenes like this in BFV evoke images of 'Saving Private Ryan' and other movies.   P.S. Please post your Origin usernames HERE and be on the lookout for discussions in the Battlefield V forum HERE.       Secret Santa 2018  Secret Santa is a tradition within the Fighting 13th we have been doing where members give gifts to other members anonymously. Members are assigned a member to gift usually with a set maximum limit. This usually leads to some funny game exchanges, but also some fairly high-end games, especially with the Steam winter sale happening. Please note:   Signups for Secret Santa can be done through THIS topic. The deadline for signing up will be December 13th! The Steam Winter Sale supposedly will start on December 20th and run for two weeks. We ask all participants to update their Steam Wishlists now. Secret Santas should buy and gift their present through Steam by January 2nd.   If you are interested, please contact @Danius and @BillyBantam for more information, or ask away in the signup topic. Give a gift, get a gift, and earn a ribbon doing it!          Advocacy Company (SC) Closing its Doors Leadership has decided to close down our Star Citizen unit, Advocacy Company. Interest in the game has fluctuated in the past, but at the moment is comparatively low. We will still be playing casually, and we will still be looking forward for updates as the game's development progresses. This is not a goodbye necessarily--more a "See you later."        ARMA III/ Deathdealers Company News
    Deathdealers Company has been on a continued break this holiday season to accommodate players who are spending time with their families, as well as to allow time to enjoy new games that have released this past month. On December 18th, we will be holding our Christmas event to celebrate the holidays with everyone. We would like to welcome the presence of members both old and new to enjoy the holiday spirit with *Operation Dark Claus* where we will hunt down the elusive Santa Claus and his Elf Team Six in the Arctic North. This will be our last mission of 2018, and we look forward to running it with you all. Please RSVP!   The ARMA III server swap-over was done successfully, and we have laid to rest our old server this past month. We will be starting regular Tactical Tuesday installments again every week at the beginning of the New Year in 2019-- we have a special mission set planned to kick everything off and we hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are. If you have any questions about what you need to do to join an Arma operation, how we operate, or any general questions regarding the game or our missions, please feel free to ask in the #deathdealers chat on the Discord server or PM @cJack or @copat149 with your questions. Also, we would like to give a shoutout to an old member who has returned with a fiery passion,  @LeChefOmega! He is always excited and ready to play any op he can regardless of his past performance issues with the game. Hopefully, his new rig will put his poor FPS in the past and make him an Arma 3 pro!   Teaser pic from the upcoming Operation Dark Claus event.       Escape from Tarkov / Vikings Company News Exciting news has come from the Developers! They have released these notes in their announced pipeline for the game:   Patch 0.11 will be released this year, for sure. But it will be downsized a little bit. For example there won't be UP/DOWN outfit change, transfered to the next patch. Patch 0.11 content: New Map; Killa; Guns (RPK 16 / HK-416 / Mosins / Remington 700 / AR-15 civil version ADAR / VEPR Hunter / SVD maybe / New Melee; New NPC "raiders" likely. Hideout is 98% ready. Highly likely next NY patch. Voice Chat - 90% ready. Highly likely next NY patch Arena - this is release endgame content. Nikita designed it a year ago, but it will be added with release of the game. Will be 1 on 1 / 2 on 2 / 5 on 5 / PVE mods and couple unique game mods. Will include 5 special Arena locations. One is ready 4 to go. Player will recieve "reputation points" for it. New antialiasing very soon Next scav boss after Killa will be on woods. Hunters gang. New maps will be realised much faster. Almost all content is ready. 2 maps in 2-3 months. Ratings - new season is on. Nikita told there will be gifts for top rankers. New NY gifts for players. Unique clothes for Beta and Alpha testers after release. Year 2019 will be the last year of Beta testing   We cannot wait for what's in store with EFT. As always, check out the #hideout chat on Discord or join the Escape Room to squad up and kill some scavs with us! Contact @[13th] Exiduslol, @Scags, or @Daytex for more information.       Sea of Thieves / Buccaneers Company News Shrouded Spoils, the latest update, gives players a more "surprising" experience in Sea of Thieves, at least according to Kotaku. The latest update gives old foes new tricks by making enemies more plentiful, and kraken more slamming. Enemies also drop way way more loot and grant special commendations that can be spent on unique gear such as a golden cannons or a barnacle-encrusted ship hulls. For a while, enemy encounters were rare but Shrouded Spoils makes monster hunting an entirely viable activity for players sick and tired of digging up buried treasure.   As always, come join us to experience the life on the high seas like we see it! Contact @Chris P Bacon for more information.       World of Warships / Hydras Company / Stingrays Company News The WOWS group was still in its off-season phase until November 28th when the latest Clan Battles season started. Hydras Company (EU) has used the off-season to strengthen its roster and hone its skills. The next month will hopefully see us reach our minimum goal of getting Gold III ranking and hopefully pushing higher. The WOWS group's excitement for Clan Battles really showed--the group mustered 10 members the first day and 12 members the day after. With a few more of our players active, we could possibly be running two teams of seven this season which would be huge progress from hardly being able to muster seven members daily last season--Its competitive section will henceforth never be known as "THE NEVER SEVENS" again! If you are curious to see the status of Hydra Company's and Stingray Company's battles, check the #na_harbor and #eu_harbor chats on Discord.    Also, to aid in our fearless Captains' battle management efforts, please post your Tier X ships HERE and check out the other topics in the World of Warships forum HERE.   In addition to the WOWS group's continued success on the war path, the WOWS group also has had a steady influx of new members recently, thanks in large part to @Capt_Teek. Thank you Capt_Teek! Also, please congratulate @Pman on stepping up to lead the NA side, Stingrays Company. He has proven himself over the last couple months and we expect him to do so further in the time to come. Please contact him or @5wi55_ch3353. (Hydras Company EU) for more information.         Upcoming Games
    This section will highlight games that are on our "watchlist" of potential games we want to get into.    Insurgency: Sandstorm It is so close to releasing, we can almost taste it...Folks, that's right, release date is just around the corner on December 12th! You can try out Insurgency: Sandstorm's Open Beta December 7th through December 10th. Check out Raven's event for INS this Friday, December 7th HERE. Contact @Raven and check out THIS topic for more information or to ask any other questions. Raven will be taking lead of our INS squad.      Other Games War of Rights went into Early Access mode December 3rd. Dayz may be coming out of Early Access.       Other Tidbits   Members As of posting this, the community is:  201 Members | 13 Officers | 8 Companies | 9 Years Going   Please welcome the following members to the community:   @Just_Sam @moxieMatt @Darman @MrFranceypantz @Oink @HeavyG_93 @Brolivo @Fox1e @Lere @tindahbox @Lt_Tickledik @d1sloyaL @Warturtle @Gassr @Dadeln @Poisoned @StopKillingMe93 @wolfalpha2014 @AlphBroom @SirScott19 @ser_munchies @Thorpedo @clmg @warrior11 @Vagrant @Boombat General     Noteworthy November Mentions   @Rorschach grew a mustache for movember...demand a picture! @ser_munchies will now be known as Bronx's personal medic. @Jason99vmi, @BirdDog2043, @Jfranklin94 have been marching to the beat o' the drum with War of Rights releasing into Early Access a few days ago. @ARM0R3R shows off his Tactical Operations Center Gaming Center. @Lt_Tickledik and skidmarkwalburg (pester him to signup) are competing in the "Best Name" competition. @Danius evolved into an emoji.         Community Polls: Community Poll #13: How much did you spend for Black Friday/Cyber Monday?   Upcoming Features Points System and Store Details Promotions Sections News on other Awards News on Videos Tournaments Community Wiki       Well, that's all for this issue, folks. Hope you enjoy! If you would like to contribute, please contact @thebronxbomber or post in the War Room's Newsletter Ideas and Discussion topic!

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    Newsletters 5

    November 2018 Newsletter

    The monthly Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this month's issue!     October 2018 Member of the Month   Member of the Month Award - Dutch @Dutch wins the coveted Member of the Month Award for October 2018 for his activity and organizational efforts. This past month, Dutch has been one of the most active, if not the most active, members within the community. He has organized a community-wide TTS event which received rave reviews (or so I hear...). On top of that, he owns and plays nearly every game the community plays, all while managing work and school. Congratulations!   Little is it known that he has been here for virtually the entire history of the community itself--I personally recruited him from a RHIB off the shores of Oman (Gulf of Oman Map in BF2) on a fateful July day in 2009. It's been a pleasure having him here with us ever since. I have to shoehorn this factoid into every commendation regarding dutch     Secret Santa 2018  It's that time of year again! Winter is coming! And with it, Secret Santa! Secret Santa is a tradition within the Fighting 13th we have been doing where members give gifts to other members anonymously. Members are assigned a member to gift usually with a set maximum limit. This usually leads to some funny game exchanges, but also some fairly high-end games, especially with the Steam winter sale happening.   If you're interested, contact @BillyBantam or @Lennoxx for more information. Look for more concrete details in the next newsletter. Signup HERE. Give a gift, get a gift, and earn a ribbon doing it!        Members Shop and Points System Something new we're trying out is a points system based on activity and a Members Shop where you can redeem these points for actual (and not-so-actual-but-fun) prizes! Think of an online Dave and Buster's... Prizes will include games and game keys (we already have Overwatch, Hearts of Iron IV, Hitman, 7 Days to Die, etc), tangible gifts and items, and other weird quirky things (the ability to "buy" an emoji slot on the Discord server...the ability to "buy" reputation points...etc.).      Which actions constitute how many number of points hasn't yet been finalized. More on that in the next newsletter. For now, what you need to know is that you will earn these points for: Creating content (Posts, events, images) Attending Events (by RSVPing to events) Recruitment (each recruit will be worth so many number of points) Awards Activity in general (Points for logging in daily, points for discord activity, etc)   Other features of this new system is the ability to see the items you have purchased, a log of your purchases and points earned, statistics, and a bank which can you can deposit points and earn interest on later.      Winter Activity Decline PSA Winter (or for @mekline, Summer) is an odd time for us in the Fighting 13th. I figure most, or at least many, people would assume Winter to be a more active time in the community than the other seasons based on the colder weather, the litany of good games that may or may not have just come out (or are about to), and the off time from work or school that is taken (or given). Well...this isn't the case...nor is it usually the case for us, unfortunately. The time off is usually spent (well) with friends and family, or traveling to see them.    This is a completely normal cycle within the community that will go away come January 2nd. This is not to say this place will become a ghost town, there's still events going on and there's still people to play with--our operational tempo is just not as high this time of year, as you'll see be a theme in the next few paragraphs. Fret not. That is all for this PSA.   ARMA III/ Deathdealers Company News
    Effective 30 Oct 18 the old server was put to rest and the new server became the only one running. The new server and teamspeak info can be found in the #arma_deathdealers chat under pinned messages. Also effective immediately, we will be dropping down to biweekly Tac Tuesday to account for the holiday season and all-around low turn out, and this will run until the New Year.  Coming up this month will be the release of Operation Phoenix, an ongoing persistent mission against CSAT forces on Altis using the ALiVE framework. Details to come. We would also like to give a shout out to @Nitehawk for his consistent presence this past month for Tac Tuesday, special events, and assisting with testing and mission planning. As always we appreciate our members coming out for each event and keeping us alive, and welcome feedback from the community at large on our missions. If anyone has any requests for missions they'd like to see or do, please submit them to the Arma 3 forum on the Fighting 13th website https://www.fighting13th.com/forums/forum/35-arma/ . If you don't see a reply within a day or so, please ping @copat149 and let him know as he is human and forgets to do things every now and then     Escape from Tarkov / Vikings Company News Patch notes for 0.10.5 were revealed. No release date yet but we can suspect that it will be within the next couple of weeks. The important bits are pretty much the same as what was stated in the October newsletter except for it being a full wipe rather than a partial wipe. Raids and player counts have decreased as they always do during the end of a patch's life cycle, but we look forward to players returning when the fresh wipe hits.  Check out the reddit thread for patch notes: HERE.   Congratulations to @KosherHam013, @TheRoyalPanda, and @BoltActionHero for receiving the EFT Service Ribbon     Contact @[13th] Exiduslol, @Scags, or @Daytex for more information.       Sea of Thieves / Buccaneers Company News It's been somewhat quiet on the sea, but that should change soon with what's in store. There will be two more expansions this year: Shrouded Spoils will be released in November and the second, which will be revealed on the 10th of November, later this year. Shrouded Spoils will come laden with cosmetic upgrades that gives pirates access to more ship customization, including wheel and cannon cosmetic options. It will also introduce fog into the world with special loot only to be found within it.   Commendations and specific goals for pirate legends are also coming. Game critics should prepare to take back some of their criticisms as the game world is slowly growing and mechanics progressing.   Pirates unite once more, and get that booty. Contact @Chris P Bacon for more information.     Star Citizen / Advocacy Company News Alpha Patch 3.3.0m has been released to the PTU, and is now available to test! Patch should now show: PTU-958784. Citizencon 2948 happened. Click here for a recap of all the updates slated for the future in Star Citizen.   Squadron 42 Trailer   Contact @TheReal Kyle and @Rorschach for more information.     World of Warships / Hydras Company / Stingrays Company News It has been a slow month with regards to WOWS as we are still in the offseason. Ranked Battles ended during the month and now we eagerly await the Clan Battles season! We also had the annual 'Spooktober' in-game event and a group of us salty sailors managed to complete the event on 'Hard' mode with a single destroyer left floating, hardly floating I must add. That was pretty epic.   October saw the return of seaman @wesz33 after spending a considerable time cod fishing. And frazcon who was the captain of the destroyer in the aforementioned Spooktober game. We welcome both members back.   The finals of our semi-annual Stormwolfe Cup were held which saw North American side ('murica) take the victory (albeit with a bit of help from some EU members) .  A congratulations is in order for NA on their first win in our intra-clan battles!   @Yasvar is arranging a get-together on Sundays called "Slaughter Sundays," which will be a nice addition to get the team playing together before the Clan Battles season starts.   Wargaming launched a new ranked season at tier 5 which sought to test if allowing people to division up in ranked would be feasible. It has received mixed reviews but all in all, @5wi55_ch3353. and others think it's a welcome addition. And there currently is also a plan to release a cross-server clan battle mode which would enable the NA and EU sectors to test their mettle with the RU and ASIA servers.   Contact  @Shodprism (Stingrays Company NA), or @5wi55_ch3353. (Hydras Company EU) for more information.         Upcoming Games
    This section will highlight games that are on our "watchlist" of potential games we want to get into. In this issue, we will highlight three games:   Insurgency: Sandstorm We are still hugely looking forward to this...and we're hoping those who don't have it get it from a special someone in their lives as a Christmas gift  Contact @Raven for event and other information.     Battlefield V We are EAGERLY awaiting Battlefield V's launch! And just around the corner on November 9th, if you have Origin Access Premier, you can play early. If you're curious to see what maps will be in Battlefield V, take a look at this video:     A quick description of each map (Thanks @Stixx! ?   Narvik  This looks like an infantry-focused map with two flavors of urban combat: close-quarters in the residential area and mid-to-long range in the industrial areas of the harbour town. Fjell 652   A mountain peak setting that pits infantry against planes. Good luck, infantry! The "extreme dynamic weather" can trigger vision-obscuring storms that should make life difficult for pilots. Plus it looks like there are plenty of AA emplacements around. Rotterdam  We've played Rotterdam during Battlefield preview events. It's a nicely balanced map that has foot soldiers fighting for a bridge while tanks roam the streets below. Devastation  An infantry-focused map set in icy ruins in the aftermath of Rotterdam. Twisted Steel   The broken bridge in this map is supposedly the "biggest structure ever created for a Battlefield game". The bridge itself looks like an infantry bloodbath but there are marshlands for tanks to fight for around the bridge. Arras  It's tanks vs infantry on this map set in France. Trench lines and bushes provide infantry cover and there's a big central church for snipers to camp in. Hamada  The biggest map "at launch" (which suggests bigger ones later). Set in Africa, Hamada is inspired by World War 2's biggest tank battles. Aerodrome  An axis airfield just recently bombed by allied planes. There's a massive killzone in the central hangar. Panzerstorm (post-launch)  Arriving in Tides of War chapter one after launch, this tank-focused map is set in lovely Belgian countryside.   Contact @BillyBantam for more information.   Other Games World War 3 had a rocky release, according to Community Members Members have been reportedly binging on Red Dead Redemption 2 Fallout 76 has some deep, intrinsic flaws as reported by @CS42R       Other Tidbits   Members As of posting this, the community is:  180 Members | 16 Officers | 8 Companies | 9 Years Going   Please welcome the following members to the community:   @Optimus @SolidPenguin @Captain_Zomaru     Noteworthy August Mentions On October 7th, dank @Danius clones started mass-replicating, and soon almost took over the entire server. @WeabusUltimas revealed to us the lonely world that is his weaboo cave. He's also had some pregnancy scares... @Capt_Teek alerted us to a memeless 24 hour period in the #dank_memes channel. Luckily authorities responded by inserting memes into the channel. @5wi55_ch3353. is going Mountain Hunting--sounds extremely manly, have fun! @TheMahaGamer is looking for players to group up on Black Ops 4. @Duckie for getting himself a girl, and one whom he has promised to get to Tier 10 asap. Monster Hunter World is ruining @Locutus's life. Thursdays are Fridays to @Lennoxx, while Fridays are Fridays to @copat149. At least these are better than Wednesdays being Fridays to @Wulfie @Forked posted Rebecca Black's Friday on Discord. May the curses leave your soul eventually. @Rorschach posted a poll asking which mustache style he should wear this month. Demand pictures!     Community Polls: Community Poll #12: Fictional Captains   Upcoming Features Secret Santa Details Points System and Store Details Promotions Sections News on other Awards News on Videos Tournaments       Well, that's all for this issue, folks. Hope you enjoy! If you would like to contribute, please contact @thebronxbomber or post in the War Room's Newsletter Ideas and Discussion topic!

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    October 2018 Newsletter

    The monthly Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this month's issue!     September 2018 Member of the Month   Member of the Month Award - PhasevortX @PhaseVortX wins the coveted MOTM award for September 2018 for his excellent graphic creations, his dedicated work and in-depth and knowledgeable insights helping out website management, and hosting a fun TTS event. While this award is only for a member's actions and achievements during the monthly period, this underscores the fact that Vort has always been extremely dedicated to the Fighting 13th since he joined many moons ago (about 70 moons ago to be more specific...over 5½ years). I could write a whole newsletter-sized topic devoted to all Vort's done within the community,  but I'll save you the trouble because this is just the MOTM section. I will say he is one of those rare individuals who is multi-facted is so many different skill areas...I would call him a virtual renaissance man. Congratulations on the award, Vort! You deserve it.     Medal of Valor / Other Awards Last month, we announced the creation and implementation of Service Ribbons for members of the community for taking part in events and raids tailored for the games we play. This month, we're announcing our first "Medals," the Medal of Valor awards. These medals will be awarded specifically for in-game effort and heroics--whether it be for getting a double-digit kill streak or some kamikaze action that caused a chain-reaction of events to turn the tides of the game.    Medal of Valor 1st ClassMedal of Valor 2nd ClassMedal of Valor 3rd Class Medal of Valor 4th Class   These awards will be awarded based upon the level of raw skill and heroics shown, but also are contingent on the stakes of the competition--i.e. a clan tournament vs. a public match, or such as being atop a game-wide leaderboard vs. being atop a scoreboard in a single match. More information is forthcoming.    Members will be able to earn these awards multiple times. Officers will have differing levels of award authority for the Medal of Valor awards. If you believe you or somebody else should be recommended for an award, let an officer know or submit an award recommendation HERE.   Please congratulate our first three recipients of these awards:    Medal of Valor 3rd Class - @L.A.M.Gunner   Medal of Valor 4th Class - @Stracht Medal of Valor 4th Class - @Cyclops_123   These three individuals were known as the European Bombers during the EU's Stormwolfe Competition that happened on September 23rd. L.A.M.Gunner was the overall MVP of the event. Well done, guys. You definitely earned it.    We will be retroactively awarding these awards in some circumstances. Also, thank Vort again for these beautiful creations! In other award news, we will be announcing more medals and more ribbons in the months to come. Stay tuned!       Newsletter Feedback/Ideas/Suggestions The monthly newsletter has now been around for several months, and it's gotten rave reviews! Members old and new alike have given us positive feedback on the newsletter, and many have told us of how well-informed they have become (and have been since joining the clan x number of years ago). There's good reason for this. We spend a lot of time curating the best (and sometimes funniest) content for you to see and we spotlight different members' achievements and happenings. We also advertise it with an @Everyone mention on Discord, which instantaneously notifies all 500+ of our server users--and we keep all other @Everyone mentions to a minimum to prevent you all from muting those mentions (we'd like to keep @Everyone mentions for the most important topics and issues only).   The newsletter has been mostly a product of just the few officers we have in the community. They have done an incredible job compiling this puzzle-of-a-newsletter for your information and entertainment. However, we would still like to hear feedback from the rest of you regarding your ideas and suggestions--anything you think we could do better. Anything we can implement for the betterment of the community newsletter, whether it be a new section, new periodicals, a different way to showcase something we already have on it, new graphics, etc. You name it! We'd like to hear it. Let us know on Discord or join the War Room forum discussion HERE to give us your inputs.       ARMA III/ Deathdealers Company News
    September was another successful month for the Deathdealers.  We continue to grow, and have an active player base with new players showing interest daily.  We have been working with our EU player base to better accommodate times that work for them.  We have decided to replay missions / host special events on Sundays as well as our regularly-scheduled Tactical Tuesday events.  Our first Sunday event was held on the 29th of September and was titled Sci-Fi Sunday.  It was a pretty big hit and brought a lot of new, and returning players back to Arma 3 with the community.  We will keep having these events weekly, and we will keep pushing new content and exploring new ideas.  All we need is all of you to show interest in our missions, give some feedback to the discussions on the discord, and most of all show up.  We have some really cool things planned for the future, and the more players we have the more in-depth our missions can be. So spread the word, invite your friends, because we have only just begun.  As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact @cJack and @copat149 directly via Discord.       Escape from Tarkov / Vikings Company News Patch 0.10.5 and 0.11.0 have been announced and whereas the last patch focused mainly on bug fixes and optimizations, patch 0.10.5 and 0.11.0 will be more about  content updates. On the Talking Tarkov podcast, Battlestate Games COO--Nikita, confirmed that patch 0.10.5 will introduce:   Medical animations The Flea Market trading space New Mosin mods The MP7 PDW Seasonal-based ranking system for the current game mod "as a test" A partial wipe   Patch 0.11.0 will release later on and will introduce a new test map, the Terra Group labs. It will contain "tactical scav raiders" that are more aggressive then the scavs we have now and they will actively hunt you as you navigate the map. The new weapons for this patch include the SVD sniper/designated marksman rifle, the H&K M416 and the FN Scar MK16. Other features that are coming with 0.11.0 include the introduction of character customization with each faction getting their own new sets of available clothing. The compass system will finally be added to help in land navigation and directing fire during skirmishes. A new scav boss by the name of "Killa" will be introduced into the Interchange map and will sport an RPK-16, rare loot and cheeky slaved out heavy armor. There is no set date for 0.10.5 but we can be expected release around October or early November. A full list of planned and soon to be added content and improvements can be found on the EFT sub reddit HERE.   In other news, please join us for our public raids. They are incredibly fun and entertaining...side effects include sitting on your computer chair for hours at a time, getting shot in the face, losing months' worth of gear in a single moment, degenerative addiction to EFT, and wanting to do it all over again.  Contact @[13th] Exiduslol, @Scags, or @Daytex for more information.       Sea of Thieves / Buccaneers Company News Cursed sails was released on September 19th. It was a free DLC for Sea of Thieves, and with the update we have gotten:   A larger map, with the area added featuring lots of active volcanoes and boiling hot water (and chests and skulls from this area pay double) 15 new islands and some smaller merchant islands A new way of interacting with barrels and crates (A loot-all function) Rowboats Lots of new cosmetics, as usual with these kinds of updates   Join us on our rumboats, we have rum! We have fun...when THIS isn't happening ? Contact @Chris P Bacon for more information.     Star Citizen / Advocacy Company News First and foremost, we would like to congratulate @Rorschach on becoming the Advocacy Company Executive Officer (XO). He will be assisting Kyle in creating events and running raids, and of course the behind-the-scenes administrative fun we officers love.
    Star Citizen and Advocacy Company are searching for new and old members alike to fly and crew the 'verse. With the addition of new missions on the ground and in the air, we will need as much manpower as we can get--starting with but not limited to, fully crewing an Aegis Hammerhead to secure the UEE-controlled space to exterminate pirate scum.
    We're looking for individuals that are interested in not only combat, but all aspects of the available universe: cargo running, mining, racing, ground control and security. So, please join the gang in undertaking one of the most ambitious patches of Star Citizen so far...o7.   We are still very much looking forward to CITIZENCON 2948 on October 10th in Austin, TX! The livestream will start with Chris Roberts's much sought-after keynote demo and will be followed by different panels through the week. The event culminates in a final show with Chris Roberts hosting a panel called “Road to Release."  Stay tuned on Discord, check for forum discussions and announcements for any upcoming events leading to Citizencon, and be on the lookout for a big group-up on Discord to watch the livestream and revel in all its glory.   Contact @TheReal Kyle and @Rorschach for more information.     World of Warships / Hydras Company / Stingrays Company News First, please welcome and congratulate @5wi55_ch3353. as the new Executive Officer for the Hydras Company! He's done an excellent job organizing the troops already, and has already proven himself a viable link between World of Warships members and leadership.   World of Warships is currently in ranked season 10. Do not let the name deceive you, as even though it is "ranked," most World of Warships players in the Stingrays and Hydras Companies would rather be fightin' in Clan Battles. To offset the seemingly perpetual seeming-boredom from the relatively "quiet" time that is the Clan Battles offseason, the World of Warships group has been trying their utmost to keep a lively attitude and spirit.    On September 23rd, the World of Warships group hosted the first periodical Stormwolfe Cup. It was a huge success! The winning team was the European Bombers: L.A.M.Gunner, Stracht, and Cyclops. Congratulations, again! We would like to give a HUGE shoutout to @Yasvar for setup and coordination of the event. Thank you!     Most players are grinding out the ranked levels, which many find tedious, but important in keeping their individual and combined skill levels honed for the next Clan Battles season. Even still though, the group has been able to have tonnes (see if you catch the joke ) of fun every weekend. Please join in on the fun!   Also, congratulations to @Arndawg who became ranked 26th in all of the EU in the "Highest Damage with the Minotaur-class Ship" Category with 333,519 damage! And congratulations to @Duckie for being the first member of the community to reach rank one in the tenth season of ranked gameplay. Impressive accomplishments, gents! And congratulations on your medals for these!   Contact @Predacon, @Shodprism (Stingrays Company NA), or @5wi55_ch3353. (Hydras Company EU) for more information.         Upcoming Games
    This section will highlight games that are on our "watchlist" of potential games we want to get into. In this issue, we will highlight three games:   Insurgency: Sandstorm Since last month's newsletter, Insurgency: Sandstorm has had weekly 13th events and has continued to receive updates to squash bugs and optimize the game during the Beta. Events have been packed with action, and with all the recent updates, the game is running better and better. The developers have very high standards for where they want Sandstorm to be before release and feel they still have some work left to reach those standards. With that being said, the developers have decided to delay the release date until December 12th, as we found out last month. While it is nice to have a game reach full release, this was a solid decision by the devs. Sandstorm still needs optimization and games that get released unfinished tend to struggle to find a player base (cough, Mass Effect Andromeda, cough ? ).  This new release date will not only allow the devs the time they need to fully optimize the game, but also gives gamers more time to get the pre-order discount and join the Beta ? . 
    As Sandstorm devs release updates and hold Q&A sessions, @Raven posts "cliff notes" in the Discord Insurgency Sandstorm chat to keep the 13th informed. In the most recent Q&A the devs discussed their road map up to and post-December 12th release. For the remainder of the Beta, they will continue to work on optimization, balance, and bug squashing. During that process, they will continue to rotate through available maps and game modes to better focus efforts. Post-December 12th launch, the Devs will shift the bulk of their efforts to adding more content to the game to include more modes, weapons, player customization, player servers, support for the mod community, and much more.
    Check the Sandstorm calendar and Discord chat for future weekly events every other Wednesday and Friday and hit that RSVP button! Contact @Raven for more information.      Battlefield V Many of us die-hard Battlefield-series fans are still looking forward to BFV's release in November...and are attempting to occupy our time elsewhere in the meantime. Not much news this month regarding Battlefield V has come out, except we did learn of some of the weapons that will be in the game at release. Contact @BirdDog2043 for more information.     Other Games World War 3 will have an early access release this month. Members have been spotted enjoying Forza Horizon 4, which released earlier this month. Assassin's Creed Odyssey released earlier this month. Red Dead Redemption 2 will release later this month.       Other Tidbits   Members As of posting this, the community is:  181 Members | 17 Officers | 8 Companies | 9 Years Going   Please welcome the following members to the community:   @Dolazim @Moblin     Noteworthy August Mentions @Baboking got engaged to the love of his life! Congratulations! @KosherHam013 now goes by the name "Papa Kosher" for giving the younger lads swell life advice. @Shenanigans has once again disappeared into the dark (uni). Shenanigans spottings have been reported in Louisiana, but also at Yellowstone National Park. If you see him, please report him to the proper authorities. @BoltActionHero has rejoined the EFT group halfway into its latest patch and has already caught up to the higher-level players. Rest assured, he has been signed up for mandatory addiction counseling. @TheRoyalPanda was happy for the gear he just looted, as his teammates were lying dead around him. Some Vikings Company members believe this to be a conspiracy. @Pandas5560 had a stomach bug. Hope it's all better, buddy! @CS42R and @Jfranklin94 caught @cursedkable playing a weird "game." I can't repeat it here.... @Lennoxx was killed by a Facehugger in an ARMA Op. RIP. @Nitehawk immersed himself in an ARMA Op taking place in the cold of Norway by lowering his room temperature really low. Unrelated, his electric bill has also skyrocketed this month. @Wulfie was really sad to learn that a Wednesday was not the weekend. @RJBViking traveled to Oslo for a Rocket League tournament. Outstanding! @5wi55_ch3353. is giving up his career has a WoWs player and from now on will be known as the lead singer for The Who.       Community Polls: Community Poll #10: What did you think of the BFV Beta? Community Poll #11: How many Tabs do you have Open?   Upcoming Features Secret Santa Planning Promotions Sections Potential Points System News on other Awards News on Videos       Well, that's all for this issue, folks. Hope you enjoy! If you would like to contribute, please contact @thebronxbomber or post in the War Room's Newsletter Ideas and Discussion topic!

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