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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!
       
       
       
       
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      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.
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      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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      Spring 2019 Newsletter

      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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      July 2019 Newsletter

      The Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this issue!
       
       
      Member of the Month Awards
       Member of the Month Award - Gunfios (April)
      While still being a relatively new member, gunfios has shown great commitment to both sides of the pond within the World of Warships Division. For six weeks straight, gunfios played day and night in world of warships clan battles, helping the team to victory. The insomniac old git was never swayed by the petty squabbles of his peers (and piers) or the dismay of commanders. He has shown to be a reliable member to world of warships group....and mostly a lovable guy... Everyone is always happy to hear that dusty windpipe bringing smiles to those who are blessed to be in his presence. Well done, ye old git ;)
       
       Member of the Month Award - RJBViking (May)
      RJBViking has been with the Fighting 13th community awhile, several years in fact. He was always a fairly quiet individual. Nevertheless always online when you need him and always cheerful, despite the harsh living conditions he fights living all the way up north (he is our most northern member in the community).  Recently, he has stepped up to helm the Rocket League squad within X-Ray Division, overseeing close to a dozen new recruits and weekly events. For his efforts during the month of May, we gladly present him the Member of the Month award. Well done!
       
       Member of the Month Award - Jfranklin (June)
      Jfranklin is one of our most well known Senior Members within the community and within Tactical Combat Division. He is a regular member of our ARMA group, our Insurgency group, and now our Mordhau group. He regularly corrals the troops for game night sessions. Alongside his Tactical Combat Division duties, he has also stepped up to lead the Senior Council. He made the successful turnover from Weabusultimas and he is already proving himself a worthy leader. For his efforts during the month of June, we dutifully present to him the esteemed Member of the Month award. Job well done!
       
       
       
      10 Years of Gaming!
      The Fighting 13th turns 10 years old this month! We could not have done this without your many hours and all the effort you all put into this community day in and day out. Give yourselves a pat on the back! Who would have known July 20th, 2009 would become the day that this great community would be established. Stay tuned for some 10-year anniversary events in celebration of this awesome feat we have accomplished.
       
       
       
      Discord Role Game "Subscriptions"
      You may freely add and remove games from your profile by using the -role command in Discord, followed by one of the following games (Please note, you do have to spell it correctly but capitalization does not matter. Also, these are separate from Division roles). The list of games: 
       
      Arma 3
      Battlefield V
      Division 2
      Escape from Tarkov
      Insurgency
      Mordhau
      Rocket League
      Sea of Thieves
      Squad
      Strategy
      World of Warships
       
      For example, if you are not part of the @Spartans Tactical Combat Games Division, but would like to be kept up to date with announcements regarding Insurgency, you can type into any channel:
       
      -role Insurgency 

      and you will  be pinged whenever we are LFG or have an upcoming event. To unsubscribe simply type the same command again into any channel.
       
       
       
      Tactical Combat Division "Spartans" News
      Over the past few months we have seen some changes to the Spartans and what we play.  Several games have been added including things like Hell Let Lose, and Post Scriptum, but the biggest addition that brought the most change was Mordhau. Mordhau did not exactly for in to the Spartans as the Tactical Shooter Division, but the more we played the more we realized there was real strategy to how we play and we were having real fun with it.  This prompted the change from Tactical Shooters to Tactical Combat games.
       
      With that being said our focus still remains strongly with tactical shooter games.  We have seen a lot of promise with Hell Let Loose. Post Scriptum has given us some pretty intense play sessions. And Insurgency: Sandstorm is dropping content like there is no tomorrow.  There are a ton of games to play right now and that has been a great thing for our division.

      Lastly, and probably the biggest news, Arma missions are coming back!  That is right.  You all have asked, and we are doing what we can to get some missions rolling again.  With Copat's return, he has setup an Alive server for us to utilize while we continue to create more content.  You guys will decide how far this goes.  The more interest we have and the more people we have show up for missions, the more time we will devote to said missions.  So dust off your gear Deathdealers....and Mount up! 
       
      Contact cjack for more information.
       
       
      First Person Shooter Division "Red Devils" News
      The Battlefield group's 'Red Devils'  (the only game FPS Division plays at the moment) has been pretty quiet lately. Every Battlefield patch/update has come with a lot of bugs and errors and keeps most players from playing the game. There have been some players that booted up the game sporadically but no big groups simultaneously. We are currently waiting for the Pacific & American theatre to be released which would hopefully bring back some soldiers! This might take some months though as the big update is scheduled to release around October. We did get two new maps recently but that did not do much for anyone. 
       
      We are still grouping up, so if you have an itchin' to play, come join us. Contact Stixx for more information.
       
       
       
      World of Warships Division "Hydras" News
      The World of Warships Division have had a busy quarter. We are re currently taking some well-earned R&R during the off-season. We are looking at doing a weekly training/tournament event just to keep the rust off.
       
      We had a successful season 5 of clan battles reaching Storm League Group 2 and eventually finishing in Group 3. We continually do better every season. The NA side have also been doing really well in the weekly Naval Battles mode. Many thanks to all of those who participate!  We also had pman step down from his role as the man in charge of the NA side.  TheDirtyAndy stepped up to become the new XO of World of Warships (and NA side leader). We of course thank pman for his diligent service and he continues to sail with us and we congratulate TheDirtyAndy on his promotion.
       
      Many thanks go out to AquaWhale, MudFrogS1C, Sir_Capt_Teek_V and Yasvar for keeping things under control during the interim period of acquiring a new commander. Also along with AquaWhale and MudFrogS1C being in-game Deputy Commanders of the NA side, we would like to give a shout out to ShodPrism for his in-game promotion of becoming Deputy Commander.
       
      Contact Capt Teek or TheDirtyAndy if you are interested in getting together with the fine sailors of the World of Warships Division.
       
       
       
      TEscape from Tarkov Division "Vikings" News
      Escape From Tarkov has had a few quiet patch cycles recently. The previous patch, 0.11.7, was both a optimization update as well as a new-content update. As many Tarkov players know, the A.I behavior can range from being John Wick hunting you down with no remorse to simply ol' Jack with a gun. 0.11.7 aimed to fix that by making scav behavior more in-line to how a player would move through out a firefight.
       
      New adittions to the game include a few new rifles such as the SVDS marksmen rifle, the Desert Tech MDR rifle and the NATO 7.62mm-firing VPO-101 Vepr hunter carbine. A third USEC voice was added due to the popular EFT sub reddit post made by Twitch streamer FortyOne here: https://old.reddit.com/r/EscapefromTarkov/comments/ajex1l/special_request_for_battlestate_games_nikita/.
       
      An unwelcome change that occurred was the required additional "find in raid" step in which some quest items were now required to be found in game. Now this usually would not be an issue expect for the fact that some of these quest items are incredibly difficult to find to the point where the quest is not fun to finish and is not worth the reward for the task. players swiftly took to the Tarkov sub reddit to voice their concerns to Nikita, who then promised to come up with better quest changes in the upcoming 0.12 patch.
       
      While there has not been much news on 0.12 we were given a 2019 road map at the beginning of the year (it is more of a to-do list than a road map) in which they mention 0.12 including the long-awaited hideout system. I will not go too much into the hideout as there has recently been a well-summarized description of the hide out released by Battle State: https://forum.escapefromtarkov.com/topic/100532-hideout/ . Other things that have been mentioned/confirmed for 0.12 are a new map, new weapons, a scav boss for woods and a new trader. We still have a core group of a people who slug it out on Tarkov almost daily while others have decided that it would be better to sit it out until the next wipe to keep from burning out, a smart move if you ask me. Also Battle State released a pretty cool IRL mini-series thing about Tarkov:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPnrY5BxddI
       
      Contact Exidus or Daytex for more information.
       
       
       
      Other Tidbits
       
      Members
      As of posting this, the community is:
       233 Members | 15 Officers | 8 Divisions | 10 Years Going
       
      Please welcome the following members to the community:
       
      Mordred
      Savantre
      Fish
       
      Vortexile
      FowanFPS
      SYCK_DemonKitty
       
      GuiltTrippin
      BoRikard
      Facco95Pc
      vault1965

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      Fall 2019 Newsletter

      The Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this issue!
       
       
      Member of the Month Awards
       Member of the Month Award - @vault1965 (July)
      Despite being with the clan a short amount of time he's been instrumental in helping our Division 2 player base grow. Always positive he takes the time out to help people with farming, builds, raid tactics and generally making new people feel welcome. He's a rising star--look out! A job well done
       
       Member of the Month Award - @Elephantagon (August)
      Elephantagon  is a beer loving man that we always enjoy playing with. In Sea of Thieves he has kept us company for countless hours on many a long voyage, all the while raining hell on enemy crews and NPCs. He has also helped restart Rocket League in the clan and has gathered quite a following of people from different segments, people that never used to play together before, but now do! He is a driving force in the clan, and is quick to give both advice and a helpful hand.
       
       Member of the Month Award - @WillDill (September)
      Willdill is a returning veteran member to the community. Since rejoining, he has been extremely active within most of the public channels on our Discord server, as well as in the various Red Devils chatrooms. Willdill is seemingly always ready to get into the Battlefield for some rounds or to lend a helping hand or some advice to someone in need. Welcome back and congratulations!
       
       
       
       
      Fighting 13th Charity Event
      The Fighting 13th will be hosting a weekend of tournaments and prize giveaways November 16th & 17th, 2019!
      In the spirit of the upcoming Holiday Season, we here at the Fighting 13th want to give back to those less fortunate than ourselves. Leadership and the Senior Council have convened for the past month on how best to go about doing this, and who we as a community should focus our efforts on. After much debate and deliberation, we have settled on: 
       
      AbleGamers
       
       
       
      While an American based charity, they work internationally to benefit gamers world-wide. We here at the Fighting 13th have found this to be a worthy cause, and we are organizing 3 different game tournaments to benefit this wonderful charity!
       

      HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
      We will be hosting several charity tournaments over the course of the event weekend. Each tournament will cost $20 to buy-in. The winners of each group will have the opportunity to select FREE PC GAMES from a list of keys generously donated by Leadership. Winners will be allowed to select any number of games up to a total prize of $60. See the following spoiler for a list of a the current (and growing) list of keys that have been donated to date:
       
       
       
      ADDITIONALLY Simply entering and participating in the charity event will enter your name into a random drawing. At the end of the tournament, one participant's name will be chosen at random and YOU TOO will get the opportunity to select keys from the donated pool (Winners of groups will be excluded from the raffle.)
       
       
      DON'T WANT TO PLAY/CAN'T MAKE IT THAT WEEKEND? If you are unable to participate, but would still like to get involved, everyone is welcome to contribute $10 to the charity pool. Such a donation will have your name entered into the raffle at the end of the tournament with a chance to win prizes!
       

      WHAT ARE WE PLAYING?
      The first tournament will be a Tabletop Simulator Poker tournament, in groups of 8. Games will include No Limit Texas Hold-em, Five Card Draw, and others if sufficient interest. Each group will play tournament style until one player emerges victorious. FOR THIS TOURNAMENT ONLY: IF you do not have the game, and can get 3 other players who ALSO do not have the game to buy-in alongside you, we will provide you each with a free copy of Tabletop Simulator. TTS on Steam right now is available for $20. So enter this charity event and pick up TTS for the same cost as the store while also contributing to a worth charity!!
       
      The second tournament will be a Mordhau ladder bracket, with each match being a Best 2 out of 3. There may be multiple ladder brackets, depending on the number of participants.
       
      The third tournament will be a Civilization VI tournament. The length and number of players in each group will be determined by the number of participants. The winner will be last-man-standing OR best score by times-up.
       

      HOW DO I SIGN UP?
      The tournaments will take place the weekend of November 16th and 17th! So signup, buy-in, win, and giveback to gamers like us! To signup, please speak with anyone from Leadership or the Senior Council , and donate here:
       
      https://paypal.me/pools/c/8i3uL2ydqX
       
      When donating, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR DISCORD/WEBSITE NAME in the notes! So we can figure out who you are.For our Non-American members, the donation amounts are 18.30 Euro [$20] and 9.15 [$10] respectively.

      We are very much looking forward to this and we really encourage all of you to come get involved. The list of tournaments is not entirely finalized at the moment, and we are open to suggests for how we could improve the event between now and November 16th! See you there!
       
       
       
       
      War Thunder Revival
      It is true! War Thunder has been successfully revived and is currently a squad under X-Ray Division. Wulfie has brought it back from the dead. It still has a strong following. And events are being created as we speak. 
       
      It's great to see war thunder back in the community again and with recent reinforcements in the form of our amazing new members, we are confident it will continue to grow! We are also hoping to do clan squadron battles in the near future well as custom battles. Land, sea or air we are standing by and ready!
       
      Contact @Wulfie for more information.
       
       
      Social Media Manager Opportunity
      The Fighting 13th is looking for someone to manage our social media. We have had social media accounts for some time, but right now they are really no doing any work for us. As our social media manager, you will update social networks and curate content to gain new followers. You will also create new social marketing campaigns, build community recognition, and manage all published community content.
       
      If you have experience, or think this is something you could do please contact @BillyBantam.
       
       
       
       
      Tactical Combat Division "Spartans" News
      It has been a slow few months for the games Tactical Combat Division plays. Our biggest update is the new game mode and Omaha Beach map Hell Let Loose is getting. This is sure to get us fairly active into the game. From the developers: 
       
       
      More on the update here: https://steamcommunity.com/games/686810/announcements/detail/1595888090488515470
       
      Also, if you are interested, please signup for the King Two Lima event happening on October 26th. 
       
      Please contact @copat149 or @Raven for more information on Tactical Combat Division news.
       
       
       
       
      First Person Shooter Division "Red Devils" News
       
      Battlefield 5
      It is still a bit quiet around Battlefield, some games here and there. New content is coming soon though! The Metro remake should be live in October, which will bring some great and awful memories back for most players. The Pacific theater is going live this fall, but that will probably happen towards the latter end of the season, historically speaking.
       
      Halo
      Not much news surrounding this game. We started to gather some players that are interest in playing it. We expect it to be big!
       
      Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
      It is to be expected that not everyone is going to like this game (in a community more aligned with Battlefield). A handful of us played the Beta--the game seems well designed so far, and it gives many of us that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare nostalgia! There sure are a lot of bugs, but we are expecting to see a well rounded game coming out on October 25th. It is going to be lots of fun, especially with a number of Red Devils anticipated to pick it up.
       
      If you have any questions, please contact @Stixx or @ThunderPhat or @tindahbox.
       
       
       
       
      World of Warships Division "Hydras" News
      These past three months have been a great time for the World of Warships Division. We have broken records and gained a decent number of players. We made new friends and enemies--that is the Hydra way. To forever sail the salty sea.⛴️
       
       
      Clan battles -- Season 6 "Neighbors":
       
      EU Squad: What a strange but fruitful season this has been. Wargaming in all their wisdom decided to change our beloved tier 10 clan battles to tier 8 which changed the entire dynamic of the competitive battles. The start of the season was great fun, but then this turned to salt. We struggled to push through the gold ranks and keep it fun. Then a plan was devised, and we sailed through the ranks to the golden gate of Typhoon League, struggled to fight for what was rightfully ours. We lost...we cried, we shouted at the enemies for cheating the system in their stupid little Destroyers. Salt there was. We tried again, and then...
      We pulled through! We broke our clan record by getting in the typhoon league. A job well done, gents! Sir Admiral Captain Commodore Lord Commander Lieutenant @Capt_Teek is very proud of you!
       
      NA Squad: We tried playing in a more structured format this season by having a set parameter for Alpha and Bravo teams. But, due to the constraints of life, this got cast aside halfway through the season and we went back to our old ways. We managed to get both squads into Storm 3 which is about our average. All in all, a fairly successful season where we learned a few things. A big thanks to our EU counterparts for helping us along.
       
       
      Well done to:
      @Gunfios with 184 battles played
      @L.A.M.Gunner with 167 battles played
      @Stracht with 166 battles played and with a lucky win and earning the Valor Citation, and
      @wr0s with an amazing play winning a match against the odds and earning the Valor Citation

      And a big welcome to our new friends: 
      Leopardgecko19
      Wonkothesane1
      Welshdave
      Giles
      Blackprince
      5wi55_Ch3353 (He has re-joined us. Welcome back, sir!)
      s03g
      Dlloyd117
      Wedge
       
      Also, kudos to @Yasvar for becoming the Events Coordinator
      Also congratulations to @wr0s and @KingRichard201 for achieving rank 1. Take a rest, bois!
      And last but not least, @Gunfios is a great chap...
       
      Please contact @Capt_Teek or @Dirty Andy if you are interested in getting together with the fine sailors of the World of Warships Division. 
       
       
       
      Escape from Tarkov Division "Vikings" News
      No new updates. We still play the game. @Jfranklin94 has been a very welcome guest of ours. Come loot the streets of Tarkov with us!
       
      Contact @[13th] Exiduslol or @Daytex for more information.
       
       
       
       
      Looter Shooters Division "Pathfinders" News
      Pathfinders has been going strong in recent months, mainly thanks to Division 2. We have a core group of regular players and a raid group that gets together every weekend. Since launch, we have welcomed many new recruits, most notably @vault1965 and @Facco95Pc, who have been a massive help in helping Division players with builds, advice, and teaching how to complete the raid. Also big thanks to @Draw for supporting on the NA side.
       
      Going forward Division 2 players are looking forward to Title Update 6 and Episode 2. Title Update 6 brings massive changes to the game from targeted lootdrops, weapon and gear balancing and a huge UI overhaul. Episode 2 brings new story content to the game based around The Pentagon, and a rumored new raid against True Sons in "The Foundry." Looking into 2020, the thing we are all excited for is to head back to New York! Do we finally get to take down Aaron Keener?
       
       
       
      What else for Pathfinders? We are looking to rekindle the Destiny 2 flame. With the launch of New Light (the Free to Play Destiny 2) and Shadowkeep on Steam, many players new and old are excited to jump into Destiny 2 again. There have been a lot of changes in the last year, and with Armor 2.0 going live with the launch of New Light it's going to feel like a familiar "brand new" game.
       
      Please contact @BillyBantam for more information!
         
       
       
      Sea of Thieves Division "Buccaneers" News
      The Buccaneers are still at it, killing strangers all over the deep blue sea.

      News:
      The one year anniversary update hit us back around April/May. It brings a long quest line with more lore, riddles, explosions, traps and other goodies. 

      The Arena:
      New in Sea of Thieves is The Arena--a pure PvP experience. It puts you with other four-people crews for points. Points are earned by handing in chests, shooting/sinking other boats and killing players.

      Pets!
       
      Pets have finally arrived! You can now fire your monkey out of a cannon and watch it soar through the sky! New types of coins were introduced for this--you can buy them with real money or you can try to hunt down a special skeleton that will run if you see it (so be on the lookout!). Some of us already have a pet and this has caused a lot of damage to boats as the crew was busy playing with the little ones.

      The developers have also added fishing to the game, so do not expect @Benny_07 to help around on the boat as he will be busy catching the trophy fish.
       
      We would like to give a warm welcome to new members:
      Jazzy- he sailed with us in Atlas, but has finally started playing Sea of Thieves 🙂
      Psyko-- Jazzy's brother, he only has a few hours in the game - but he hungers for more!

      For anyone interested in the game, you can try it for a month for £1/$1 using Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta). It includes Sea of Thieves and bunch of other games. Feel free to stop by #pirate-chat or ask @Forked if you have any questions about the game
       
       
       
       
       
      Other Tidbits
       
      Members
      As of posting this, the community is:
       250 Members | 15 Officers | 8 Divisions | 10 Years Going
       
      Please welcome the following members to the community:
       
      @DenBenny
      @FaultyLogic
      @MaxWaldorf
      @Gregor-Jeff
      @_EnsignParker_
      @HMCS_Devilfish
       
      @Toxicado
      @Ross
      @Mikazza
      @Katalyst
      @jbailey130
      @Crazymoose
      @joejacksmith
      @Tiamatt1014
       
      @goldtrain
      @Reven
      @AtmosChem
      @Ivar_The_Strong
      @Crus4der2011
      @Jazzy
      @StibniteSmurf
      @Kinesio7710
      @M.Sullivan
      @BeautifulMassacre
      @BlackPrince42
      @CorgiTheDOG
      @Akuma121
      @Paisaman
       

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