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  • April 2019 Newsletter

    fill in here The monthly Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this month's issue!     Member of the Month Awards  Member of the Month Award - @WeabusUltimas (January) Weabus wins the MOTM for the month of January for his hard work in putting together the newly re-formed Senior Council. He has been a power player within the Senior Council roster since the council's formation last year. Ever since its re-formation, he has communicated lines of effort to the community. He has put the Senior Council to work, itself producing many different concerns and actionable solutions for the community at large. Outside of the Senior Council, weabus is one of the more seasoned ARMA mission creators, and he enjoys being a weeb, the ultimate weeb.    Member of the Month Award - @Wulfie (February) Wulfie is one of those members you cannot imagine the Fighting 13th without. He has been with us over seven years now and is one part of the chemical composition of the glue that holds us together. February was a particularly quiet month within the Fighting 13th--Wulfie made it still enjoyable to all members alike, by welcoming new recruits, hosting drunken parties in the public lobbies, and just generally being everywhere sort of.     Member of the Month Award - @MudFrogS1C (March) "Flaps," as he is known, had what could be considered a fairly unforgettable month which damn near culminated in his permanent removal from the ranks of the 13th. Mud had the unfortunate circumstance of testing the structural strength of his recently acquired Corvette. In a rather misguided attempt to test the structural integrity of said fiberglass corvette, Mud found out the HARD way that in fact trees are tougher than fiberglass. Fortunately through either divine intervention, fate, luck, or perhaps the outstanding skills of the staff at Duke University Hospital Flaps and Aqua continue to fight along side us.  If you don't know Mud get to know him. He is a kind , caring young man who loves his family. As Clan mates sometimes we don't really get to know the human side of our fellow members but this month has brought us all closer together in my opinion. We are so happy that Mud and WIlliam are doing well after an unforgettable month of calamity. Special shout out to Aqua who kept us all informed of the situation, which must have been very difficult to do. In reality this MOTM acknowledgement goes out to the entire Flaps family. Best wishes to all for a speedy recovery.
            Senior Council The Senior Council has been reorganized into a 10--person group. The Senior Council of before was too large (pushing 30 members--included all Senior Members) for its sort of ad hoc structure. Its membership was not made up of members who necessarily wanted a role in policy, strategy, and planning for the community.  Now, Senior Council membership is on a volunteer-basis, still comprising of Senior Members, however. Senior Council meetings take place regularly, about once a month. Its leader, currently Chairman weabusultimas, provides leadership with a trench-level view of the state of the community: what games people are playing, what people are saying, what people like, what people do not like, and ways to fix what's wrong with us.   If you have something you would like discussed with the Senior Council, please send a DM to @WeabusUltimas.       Discord Role Changes Discord Role changes are coming. The current role makeup has members receiving a different 'company' role to opt-in to any mentions and news that company might have. This has become confusing to roster managers and members alike. A simple fix is coming--'Company/Unit' Roles are staying; members will only be allowed one role (the role of the unit to which they are actually assigned). We will be creating different game roles, one for each game the community actively plays together. Members may be allowed to be assigned as many of these roles as they wish.       World of Warships / Hydras Company / Stingrays Company News Most groups saw a decline in activity over the last several weeks. That was not the case for our WOWS group. A recap of what has happened with them:   January
    We saw the end of clan battles in January. We started strong attaining 'Storm League' status within the first week, a clan record. Mid-clan battles we saw a massive increase in our daily player base, and with that we were able to run two teams at times (14 players)! As we pushed for the next rank we found ourselves two wins away from the 'Hurricane League,' but that goal soon fell from our grasp. There is always next time. Honourable mentions:
    @howells5 for most games played
    @L.A.M.Gunner for exceptional commander skills.
    February
    This was an interesting month for us WOW players. Wargaming introduced a new game design which resulted in much hand-wringing and anger among the community, causing some of our guys to break away from the game. We also lost our beloved leader Swiss turning the hydra division into further despair. Both @Capt_Teek and @Predacon have taken leader duties. This has resulted in some changes within the division. We now have an informal council to help decide our actions going forward. Also, we held our annual cup in commemoration for the fallen hero @Stormwolfe for the second year running hosted and arranged by @Yasvar. Three teams battled it out to see who was the best in the WOWS division. The winners of this cup was Team @Stracht, @warrior11, and @Konarider443. Congratulations! Also:   A special thanks to @Yasvar and @L.A.M.Gunner for the awesome commentary.
    Special awards to @howells5 for best kill and torps
    @Optimus for "Cant touch this"
    @Shodprism for turbo pleb
    @Cyclops_123 for big balls
    A massive Well Done to @Stracht for winning his 3rd tournament in a row. In his words, "Humbleness, thy name is stracht."   March This month we entered the King Of The Seas world tournament. It was exciting times for the Hydras as this was the first time we have entered the world championship. In the run up to this event we came across the SO3G clan and trained with them, befriending and making a new ally in the process. Even though we didn't win the qualifying matches, we didn't go down without a fight. The result was a 2:3--even though our team was not optimal manned. Honourable mentions to those involved:
    @Gaspadien
    @Yasvar
    @howells5
    @Stracht
    @warrior11
    @L.A.M.Gunner
    @Arndawg
    @KingRichard201
    @Capt_Teek
    Going forward we have now set up an 'arena' were we are meeting other with clans for friendly, competitive and dare I say it outrageous game nights.
      Upcoming Clan battles are around the corner. This next season we will break through into the next league. And, the EU vs NA clash is around the corner! We will see if NA can keep their title or die trying..... See you next month!   The Division 2 Many members have taken an uncanny interest in Washington, D.C.--its alphabetic street names, its wide and crisscrossing avenues, and its green spaces at large intersections. Its seeming ode to classical Greek, Roman, Egyptian Revival, and French Second Empire architectural styles. Its unreasonably low building height limit set forth in its zoning code. Its dizzying array of federal and local police jurisdictions, its inept city council, its artificially-created "neighborhoods," its lack of style. Its awful public transportation system and its lack of foresight, its painfully-crowded streets during morning and afternoon rush hours....let me stop. No this isn't because of some bizarre, out-of-nowhere interest in Pierre L'enflant's grande plan for Washington, D.C., nor is it because of the influential @Jason99vmi and him being a tour guide for the city, nor is it because you can view the former abode of @thebronxbomber there (it's true).   This is because of The Division 2! A sequel to Tom Clancy's The Division, this game brings the same style of play you loved in New York to Washington, D.C.!  We have been regularly playing with a sizable group since release day. Come join in on the action! Chat to us in the #shd_comms_channel or hit us up in voice in either of the 'The Division 2" channels! Contact @BillyBantam for more information.       Other Tidbits   Members As of posting this, the community is:  245 Members | 16 Officers | 8 Companies | 9 Years Going   Please welcome the following members to the community:   @UDEWU @wonderbread24 @Kikki @Nyendra @ShiftingMist @Moon Moon @ShiroSan @Gaspadien @Fn_Paul @Stiff @ReyM3y @Squidalope @Endingshadows   @Chriszors   @BlodHarry @Adm1nRespAWN @Frightypop @Cucod @Caramster @LordAndrija @wr0s @Saladdin @DragonLayerLXIX @Draw @ThunderPhat     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 1

    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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    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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