The monthly Newsletter serves you curated content from around the community. We hope you enjoy this month's issue!
August 2018 Member of the Month
Member of the Month Award - @Raven
Raven has continuously proven himself to the community by being involved in just about every game we play. Raven is not only involved, but he is actively managing events for our Star Citizen group, and he is managing the spin-up of our new Insurgency: Sandstorm team. Raven is an extremely motivated member always wanting to accomplish more. Congratulations!
Service Ribbon Awards
Over the last few weeks, we implemented Service Ribbons as part of the awards system. Service Ribbons are awarded for playing games the community plays with the community. These types of awards will be akin to "campaign" ribbons in militaries around the world where each game would be similar to an "Area of Operations (AO)." These awards are meant to incentivize playing games other than one's primary game within the community. Examples of criteria for these service ribbons range from having to "attend five events with the Deathdealers" for ARMA to having to "earn 2500 oil for the in-game clan(s)" in World of Warships. As of writing this, we have created service ribbons for the five current games the community officially plays now with plans in place to create new ribbons for upcoming games like Battlefield V and Insurgency: Sandstorm. We have no plans at the moment to retroactively create and subsequently award service ribbons for past games the community has played.
August brought about a significant increase in activity here in the Fighting 13th. 16 official events hosted throughout the month kept community members and their hardware busy. The calendar function is one of our most popular applications on the website, and it's a great tool to track what's being played and talked about within the community, as well as participation levels for such events. If you know you are going to attend an event on the calendar, please hit the "RSVP" button next to it to let leaders and other participants that you will be there.
Tabletop Simulator Nights
Join us for the Table Top Simulator Revamp. It's been a while since we have hosted one, but we are bringing it back. The only thing you need to play is the Tabletop Simulator game on Steam, which costs $19.99 currently. If you can't buy it for this TTS event, you are more than welcome to still hang out in Discord with us. The games being considered at the moment are Secret Hitler, Trogdor, Cards against humanity, scrabble, and any other games in the steam workshop. We have a poll posted on the forum where we are trying to figure out what day and time to host this event. Please vote so we have an idea of how many people to expect. Booze are
encouraged required. Contact @Lennoxx for more information.
ARMA III/ Deathdealers Company News
With summer nearing its end, Deathdealers Company has come back strong and continued to gain more members and push harder during Tactical Tuesdays. This month we have made the official change over to RHS mod set, and the new mod list is pinned in the #arma_deathdealers Discord channel. Last week, the opening shots were fired in our newest campaign, Operation Hell’s Gate as US Forces attempt to retake an African nation from the hands of the Russians. This campaign will continue for some weeks with regular installments every Tuesday (See the Calendar for event details). This week, we will be reopening the Alpha server with Chenarus Liberation to the public to try and garner new recruits from the Arma community. As always, we would love to have new people (or old ones) join us for our Tuesday missions! If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the Deathdealers Discord channel or speak with @cJack directly. Also, we would like to give a shout-out to @Locutus for doing most of the legwork helping the team set up the Alpha server.
Escape from Tarkov / Vikings Company News
Patch 0.9 released in July, which brought with it a plethora of new gear, but also new issues. Fortunately, hotfix 0.9.2 released in early August helping fix more noticeable in-game problems: hit registration and other new glitches. New barter items were also added which were very much appreciated by the community for bringing new ways to obtain good gear and quest items. Technical patch 0.10 will be dropped any day now which will bring with it many welcome fixes and optimizations, new weapon modifications for the SA-58, and the addition of the heavily requested Mosin-Nagant to the field.
Our EFT Squad Up events have been hugely successful incorporating our new members from across multiple countries and time zones to work together as teams to get quests done and to fill our stashes with loot. A shout-out is in order for all the new members who have joined, @Daytex for stepping up to the plate to become the officer in charge of the NA side of the house, and the Vikings Company as a whole in the huge recruiting and activity effort over the last several weeks. Bravo!
Sea of Thieves / Buccaneers Company News
ATTENTION: The Buccaneers are declaring war against all foes; pirate, landlubber, and skeleton alike! The "Sea of Friends" treaty period which we so graciously laid upon the Sea of Thieves community is ending (we will be focusing on PvP in the coming weeks)!
Other than that, the number one item on our plunderin' list are cursed cannonballs, and we are actively looking for someone to use them on. Bronx was welcomed to the game with the explosion of a few gunpowder barrels. And we have three pirates who reached Legendary status in Sea of Thieves: @Slabstone, @Benny_07, and @Elephantagon . Congratulations!
Lastly, the weekly events are back on, until 19th of September when Forsaken Shores releases. Speaking of which...Not all is known to us of what Forsaken Shores will bring, but we do have this statement from the developers:
Forsaken Shores is the third planned DLC for Sea of Thieves. It is scheduled to release on September 19, 2018.
The DLC features a new area named Devil's Roar. The land will periodically erupt and shake due to the volcano centered on it. Expect geysers, flying rocks, and water hot enough to kill pirates in the new areas. Because of the boiling water surrounding the volcanic isles, the update will also introduce rowboats that players can use to safely reach the shore.
The update also introduces new merchant missions called Cargo Runs. Players will have to transport important cargo from one place to another and do it safely. Broken rum bottles, wet cloth, and dead plants are signs of a trip gone bad. Take good care of the cargo until it's reached it's destination. Other DLC features will include Skeleton Lords, more food, and cooking.
This is subject to change before release as always. Contact @Chris P Bacon for more information.
Star Citizen / Advocacy Company News
Hello fellow citizens and non-citizens. Please give a warm welcome to @Senipah ,our newest member! Don’t be shy, introduce yourself, and take flight in the expanding PU!
@Raven has also posted a couple of events primarily focused on Star Marine. You can see how well we coordinate and work together as a team from the screenshots we post in the #space_shots channel in Discord.
Looking forward is an exciting time! We are very much looking forward to CITIZENCON 2948 next month October 10th in Austin, TX, and what news and implications it will bring about for us and the game. The livestream will start with Chris Roberts's much sought-after keynote demo and will be followed by different panels through the week. The event culminates in a final show with Chris Roberts hosting a panel called “Road to Release." I get excited just hearing that. Stay tuned on Discord, check for announcements for any upcoming events leading to Citizencon, and be on the lookout for a big group-up on Discord to watch the livestream and revel in all its glory.
Lastly, we are anxiously awaiting the release of 3.3. It offers an explorable (first-ever) planet called Hurston, complete with its own city and four moons to explore that orbit it. Also coming are new weapons, gear, and ships, including the supremely impressive Aegis Hammerhead! Stop being a civilian and become a citizen today!!
Contact @TheReal Kyle for more information.
World of Warships / Hydras Company / Stingrays Company News
What a busy month! Season 3 of Clan Battles just finished. Stingrays (NA) company ended the season placing in the Gale League, Group I. Hydras Company ended the season placing in Storm League, Group III. Hydras also participated in the Poseidon Cup and placed 5th of 16 teams! Job well done, everybody! And please thank @Yasvar for his efforts in managing and setting up our team to participate in the Poseidon Cup!
With the excitement of August behind us, the Stingrays and Hydras are entering "off-season" mode. However, we are still looking forward to update 0.7.9, which will bring about with it changes to the clan base system and various map changes.
Lastly, please congratulate @Predacon on his promotion as Commander of 1st Division (the WOWS Companies) and @Shodprism on his promotion as Commanding Officer of Stingrays Company! Please contact them or @Coldfreeze for more information.
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:
Since last month's newsletter arcticle on Insurgency: Sandstorm (INS), it has joined the 13th as an X-Ray Company team and had it's first official event this past weekend. Raven would like to thank @Baboking, @WeabusUltimas, @PhaseVortX, @Dutch, and @copat149 for joining in on the action! It was an armful of fun (a reference to the gory, but oddly satisfying dismemberment system INS employs)! Be on the lookout for more events!
With a brand new build being released on August 30th for the start of Beta 2, INS was buggy and in need of optimization. The developers listened to feedback from Beta 2 testers like us and released two hotfixes. These hotfixes enabled the game to run smoother on higher settings and squashed many of the reported bugs. The Beta 2 will run right up to the official launch on September 18th. INS is definitely an INSanely fun game that is even more fun when a group of the 13th are playing together. Contact @Raven or come join us in the Discord INS chat if you are interested or looking for more information.
The Battlefield V Open Beta is starting! If you’re having doubts about the game, looking to try it out, or if you’re just excited to play it, now is the chance. Pre-load has already begun and you can start playing on Thursday, September 6th. We already have two organized events taking place during the beta weekend, one on Saturday, September 8th at 8 PM EDT and the other on Sunday, September 9th at 8 PM CEDT. Hope to see you there if you’re looking to play some Battlefield with the clan!
Also, BFV has been delayed, unfortunately. The release date has been pushed back a month from October 19th to November 20th. But worry not! We will still be ready to jump into the game as a community on release date with fun events in store and good times to be had. Contact @BirdDog2043 for more information.
World War 3 (By @BillyBantam)
Many people were disappointed with the annoucment of Battlefield V. After heading to World War I in Battlefield 1 (seriously what is going on with this naming!) many people were hoping to return to the Battlefields of the near future. Looking to fill that gap are The Farm 51, a Polish development team of around 90 employees working on World War 3-A multiplayer military FPS set in a modern, global conflict. Strong teamplay, national armed forces, real locations, full body awareness, and a versatile customization system all contribute to the authenticity of the modern combat experience enhanced by other essential elements such as a robust ballistic system, advanced armors and life-like weapons.
Ballistic System and Weapon Customization.
The development team engaged with Military Professionals and experts early on in the project to try to craft the most realistic ballistics and armor system in an FPS to date. Every shot counts, and every bullet behaves as you would expect when hitting armor and body parts! On top of this there will be a full weapon customization system, similar to that seen in Escape From Tarkov, with customization options having a noticeable effect on weapon performance.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the game at Gamescom in Cologne. It honestly felt great, reminded me a lot of Battlefield 3 crossed with ARMA. The gunplay felt very good, with each shot feeling like it had weight behind it. The map I played seem really well designed and had a grey, gritty realism to it. Overall I was very impressed with what I saw, there is certainly lots of promise and it will be interesting to see if the developer can match their ambition.
World War 3 goes into Early Access sometime in the fall. A technical test is being run before EA starts, you can sign up here.
As of posting this, the community is:
181 Members | 14 Officers | 8 Companies | 9 Years Going
Please welcome the following members to the community:
Noteworthy August Mentions
@Spillner received lots of help in ARMA from the Deathdealers.
@Forked started his three-year vacation.
Word on the street is @howells5 baaaaaaa's in his spare time.
@Pandas5560 made a quesadilla at 1am on August 25th.
@copat149 was stuck in traffic for 12 hours, and didn't even get to work on August 17th. His boss has been informed.
@RJBViking started university.
@Wulfie doesn't remember how drunk he got last weekend. However, citizens across Scotland strangely enough recall odd strange howling sounds each night last weekend.
@Jax rejoined our ranks. Welcome!
@Lennoxx became active again, but is coping with a loss in her family. We wish her well.
@Locutus learned the difference between Switzerland and Sweden.
@BillyBantam might actually like this Battlefield
@Predacon is traveling to Canada for work...and maple syrup.
I got a new gaming laptop.
News on Badges
News on Videos
Well, that's all for this issue, folks. Hope you enjoy! If you would like to contribute, please contact @thebronxbomber!
Edited by thebronxbomber