Hello ladies and gerbils, thank you for taking time out of your day to help us! The founders of the clan would like to request input from all members of the clan, and we need this information quickly (within the next week, preferably) so we can move forward with purchasing the Battlefield 4 server!

Battlefield 4

First, here are two emails I received from our current game server provider, Habitat4Gamers:

  • Hello Duane,It looks like $0.97/slot is the correct price!  If the price goes up before release date, we’ll honor the .97 for at least 3 months.  I don’t expect it to rise… but you know how PreOrder stuff can be :)We’ve put up a blurb about it here: http://Rentals.Habitat4.com/
  • Duane,  one further note about slot counts. Appears EA is forcing people to pay for slots for Spectators & Commanders if you choose to use them.

The problems that we are currently faced with are location and slots.

We had discussed the amount of slots we wanted, and I believe we all agreed on a 64 player server for at least the first month, and possibly longer depending on our rankings at the end of the month. The issue we are now facing, is that EA is forcing us to pay for the commander and spectator slots. If we want to completely max out our server, we are looking at having to purchase 70 slots! The other problem is that if we stick with Habitat4Gamers, we might be stuck in a single location. I’ve emailed Habitat4Gamers and asked about the location system that they’re going to use with BF4 and should hear something back soon about that, and will let you guys know either way.

 

That being said, if Habitat4Gamers is able to accommodate us, and we are looking to completely max out our slots at 70, we are looking at the following cost:

$.97 X (66 Slots) = $64.02

 

Note that in the table I created below with the game server providers and prices, I’ve changed the slot count to 66 to accommodate 64 player slots plus 2 commander slots for all servers listed, so these are the prices we would pay if we did not want any Spectator slots.

If Habitat4Gamers is not able to accommodate our location request and we want to go somewhere else, we’re looking at the following prices from various GSP’s (Game Server Providers, per EA/DICE terminology):

  • NFO Servers 66 Slot:

    • $79.19 (Higher CPU Priority option is another $9.99 on top of that)
  • FragNet (British Provider, server is in Seattle):

    • $74.05 (No CPU priority options, VAT Fee is included in the price)
  • Interactive 3D:

    • $75.70 (!!! No Seattle location – only CA, TX, and VA!!!)
  • GameServers.com:

    • $85.75 (I like these guys – good experiences in the past)
  • Hypernia:

    • $75.90 (Something doesn’t seem “right” with these guys…)
  • TrinityGames:

    • $77.88 (CPU Priority feature is $10)
  • FragBoxes:

    • $250.00 (cost of renting an entire dedicated server – though we could make some back off of that, and could even make enough to pay for our server!)

On top of the cost of the server, we are going to have to pay for ProCon hosting as well. We are currently allowing Branzone to host our ProCon layer at something like $2 or $3 a month, so that has to be added into the final cost above.

Here’s a few sites that you can go to check your ping to various locations around the country:

http://www.nfoservers.com/networklocations.php

You can also open up a command prompt in Windows and run this command (TrinityGames Test Site in Seattle):

    • PING 173.192.188.146

You will be looking for the bottom line once it finishes. Your latency will be the “Average = ##ms”, where ## is the ping you get to that server.

For me, I am getting the following from my work (which is about 4 miles from my home, and a completely different ISP, but I can’t get my home router to work correctly.):

  • Atlanta: 24
  • Chicago: 26
  • Dallas: 6
  • Denver: 24
  • Frankfurt: 126
  • LA: 41
  • NYC: 43
  • San Jose: 49
  • Seattle: 57
  • Seattle (Premium): 59

And for Trinity Games IP, I am getting between 50 and 70ms

What I would like from each of you:

  • The number of slots you think we should pay for
    • My recommendation is a 66 slot server, 64 players and 2 commanders
    • I know we agreed upon 64 slots, but that was before we knew we needed to pay for the commander and spectator slots.
    • Commander takes up 2 slots
    • Spectator can take up to 4 slots
    • We do not need either of these, and they could be turned off using ProCon
    • Personally, I couldn’t imagine NOT having commander options. Spectator though… I don’t know
  • A provider from the list above, so I can get the process started if Habitat4Gamers (H4G) is unable to accommodate our location request
    • My favorites from the list are:
      • NFO (Nuclear Fall Out – We already get our BF3 server through them anyways, so why not?)
      • GameServers.com
      • Trinity Games
  • Keep in mind that H4G may be able to let us use a Seattle server – it just depends on what I hear back from them
  • Lastly, should we pay the extra $10 to get CPU Priority
    • In my opinion, this is pretty much a waste especially if the server provider is setup per EA/DICE’s recommendations
    • They’re not supposed to be over-taxing the servers anyways, so CPU priority doesn’t really “do” anything

Network

Thank you for everything you guys have stuck through the past year(s), and get excited because BF4 is TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!!!!!

 

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

Well ladies and gents, it’s almost that time of year… The leaves are turning (if not already turned for those of you up north), the temps are dropping, and the bike ride into work is actually enjoyable (in the mornings at least – coming home it’s still a sweaty trip). The Battlefield 4 Beta is in full-swing and the release of Battlefield 4 is less than 20 days away (October 29th)!

It’s time for [AK907] to step it up.

AK907 Electric Logo

I’ve gotten [speculative] news on possible prices for a Battlefield 4 server and I am ready to present this information to the clan. Hopefully, buy the time we meet, we will have official prices for servers from EA/Dice, but I wouldn’t count on that.

I’ve been trying to come up with a way to get things moving again with the clan and our weekly clan events, and I’ve yet to think of a way to motivate all of us. I know several of us have been really busy with our personal lives, but I would expect some of that to slow down into the winter months and especially after the holidays. If anyone has any ideas about how to start bring us back together and motivating each other for the release of Battlefield 4, please contact me before the meeting! I think, for now, I’d like to start trying to get together weekly for our [AK907] Weekly Clan Event. Once Battlefield 4 releases, I think we should be able to maintain the [AK907] Weekly Clan Event for a while, with intermittent breaks for the upcoming holidays.

All of the above being said, I’d like to try to get everyone together for an [AK907] Clan Meeting. The date I’m aiming for is this Sunday, the 13th, at 9:00 PM Central Time. Below is a list of items I would like to discuss:

  • Donations due by the following members:
    • Gr0wzy (last payment was good until end of August)
    • GvnrRickPerry (last payment was good until end of August)
    • TheGermanR00ster (last payment was good until end of July)
  • Current financial standings for the clan
  • Purchasing Battlefield 4 for Kingspock/Lichie
  • Possibly increasing the minimum donation (to no more than $10 a month) due to the additional cost of the Battlefield 4 server
  • How many slots, where, and when we may get the Battlefield 4 server
  • The Battlefield 3 server status
  • [AK907] Weekly Clan Events
  • And a couple of surprises for a few members that have been highly committed to the clan over the past few month

I’d like to try and get together this Thursday for a pre-kickoff [AK907] Weekly Clan Event. Once we have the clan meeting, we will have a kickoff [AK907] Weekly Clan Event next week, and from there we’ll run with it. Thursday’s challenge for the [AK907] Weekly Clan Event will be to have the HIGHEST SQUAD SCORE IN A ROUND between the hours of 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central Time, and the game this challenge will be on is the Battlefield 4 Beta. I think we may try to do something with the “Missions” feature of the Battlefield 4 Beta to obtain this score, but I’ll probably have to end up doing it manually anyways. Please keep in mind that to be eligible to  play in this event, you MUST be present on our TeamSpeak server! Click the link below to join!

TeamSpeak Logo

Click to join the AK907 Clan TeamSpeak 3 server!

The prize will, of course, be a week of fame on the AK907.net home page!

That’s all I have for this week, but I hope you start checking back in regularly, and even griping at me when I’m behind on these posts. Part of the reason why I slowed down posting these is because I don’t know how many people read them. If you’re missing the posts – yell at me about it and I’ll post something – I NEED THIS! 🙂

I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, and if not then, Sunday for sure.

Have a great rest of the week, and SEE YOU ON THE BATTLEFIELD, SOLDIER!!!

-GvnrRickPerry

Hello everyone, and thanks for taking a look at this weeks blog post!  I would like to start by apologizing to each of you for the delay in clan activities and the extremely long post today. I think things are finally coming to a close for my summer, and I am looking forward to the Battlefield 4 release!

Today we are going to announce the winners of the [AK907] Battlefield 4 Pre-Order Giveaway (albeit a little late…), the  winners of the two [AK907] Weekly Clan Events since our last update, updates from the [AK907] Clan Meeting, the [AK907] Clan Server, as well as updates about Battlefield 4!

*** Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, the 22nd of August, between 4 PM and 11 PM Central Time on our TeamSpeak server so we can pwn the battlefield together! ***

[AK907] BF4 Giveaway Winners

The [AK907] BF4 Giveaway was a great contest for us to put on to try and draw interest into the clan. Fortunately it did not draw so much attention that we were overwhelmed with entries, and the Battlefield 4 Pre-Order was given away to a clan member! Unfortunately, we did not have that overwhelming influx of visitors and new signups that we were all hoping for, but all’s well that ends well! There were a total of 9 people playing for a chance to win the BF4 Pre-Order copy, so the chances would have been exponentially better for each of you, if you would have put a few minutes into the clan and got a few more “tokens”.

AK907 BF4 Pre-Order Giveaway Free

Gr0wzy won the fame, but R00ster got the prize

Gr0wzy received the MOST entry tokens, with 8 total (2 Participation is KEY, 2 Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, 2 Post Whore, 2 Social Nightmare). Congratulations also to Gr0wzy who won the first draw from the hat (A big thank you to my son, Lonnie, for drawing the names from the hat) and won the [AK907] BF4 Pre-Order Giveaway! After the excitement wore down, a couple of clan members stepped up to the plate and offered to purchase another copy for the contest, and we ended up giving another copy away that night! Congratulations to Richie (Lichie) for winning copy number 2 of the [AK907] BF4 Pre-Order Giveaway! Gr0wzy proceeded to give his winnings to TheGermanR00ster, as either way Gr0wzy would have to purchase the game for one of them. I did not expect this event to bring us together so much as a clan and really get some issues ironed out, as well as bring some other guys closer into the administration circle. I want to say thank you to everyone that participated in this event, and thank you to everyone of the [AK907] Clan Members for all of the effort they’ve made to keep things going around here!

The OFFICIAL [AK907] BF4 Pre-Order Giveaway Winners are:

  • [AK907] Gr0wzy
  • Lichie

Thanks again for playing guys, and stay tuned, because our next giveaway is right around the corner (literally)!!

[AK907] Weekly Clan Event Winners

During the above contest, we had two of the [AK907] Weekly Clan Events – they  were actually integrated into the contest itself and provided some additional “excuses” to play Battlefield 3. 🙂 The winner of the [AK907] Weekly Clan Event on June 20th, with the HIGHEST 3-GAME AVERAGE GENERAL SCORE of 10,585,  5,604, and 5,253 (totalling 50,582 General Score over 13 matches) was Gr0wzy! Congrats man – you won yourself 2 free entries to  the BF4 Giveaway!

Battlefield 3 AK907 Clan

Congrats to this week’s winner: Gr0wzy!!!

The winner of the [AK907] Weekly Clan Event on June 27th, with the MOST KILL ASSIST of 11 total kill assist (in one round none the less, but it was Scavenger, so…) was TheGermanR00ster! Congrats man – you won yourself 2 free entries to the BF4 giveaway!

Battlefield 3 AK907 Clan

Congrats to this week’s winner: TheGermanR00ster!!!

Again, congratulations  to the [AK907 Weekly Clan Event winners and thanks for making it a good contest!

[AK907] Clan Meeting Updates

This months clan meeting was mainly to pull winners from the BF4 Pre-Order Giveaway contest, announce them to the clan, and make the purchases for them, although we were able to discuss a few other clan items. Donations are due  for many this month, and you are able to donate from the home page or by clicking the Donate button here:

Other items that were discussed were:

  • Usage of the TeamSpeak 3 server – Keep it up guys!
  • Usage of the Battlefield 3 server – We need to be on it more!
  • My new computer build (image of the beautifully lapped (by me) heatsink below – I have a guide on lapping CPU’s and heatsinks on the EVGA forums if you’re interested!)
  • Our next [AK907] Clan Contest
AK907 Battlefield 3 Clan

Shiny heatsink of my lapped, closed-loop, liquid CPU cooler

[AK907] Clan Battlefield 3 Server

Our dues for the Battlefield 3 server have been paid for the month of August, and I checked with our provider (Habitat4Gamers) to find out if they had any information about pricing for a Battlefield 4 server – they have no info for us yet. I also looked into obtaining our own [AK907] Clan Server from NFOServers, and I believe this is something we might consider doing one day, but with a monthly cost of $200, we cannot justify the expense right now. This may be something we can consider joining with a partner to do in the future though, and wouldn’t that be nice to have our own Battlefield server that we could run on our own (or lease slots out for)? Please keep the donations coming so we can keep paying for this server, and keep in mind that we have a Battlefield 4 server to pay for in a couple of months, so we may need to discuss minimum donation increase.

Battlefield 4 Updates

Well I’ve been keeping an eye out for updates regarding Battlefield 4, and finally got some new information!!!!

The biggest announcement has to be the details that were released regarding the Battlefield 4 Open Beta. The short of it is the beta will open “early October, 2013, for everyone”. You can read more about it here: http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield-4/faq/beta

There are also a few new videos out, and I HIGHLY suggest you take a look, so you can drool like me:

This video is the Battlefield 4: Official Premium Video, announcing BF4 premium, and what it will entail.

This video is the “Battlefield 4: Official “Paracel Storm” Multiplayer Trailer, and honestly is my favorite. It really “gets me going”, if ya know what I mean 😉

Additional details found either by the videos above, or by official EA announcements (trust me, you have to dig if you want some of this info):

The jets look highly futuristic but I can assure you that the one jet they did announce, the Chinese J-20 Stealth, is in fact a “real” jet. First takeoff was in January 201, and it is planned for service in 2017. No mention on what type of armament these jets will have, so I can’t tell you if they will have bombs yet or not. I will say that I think, air vehicles at the very least, will “run out of ammo” and you will have to fly over to your base to “rearm”.

PS4 and XB1 will both support 64 players, for the first time in console history for the Battlefield series! This is going to be a HUGE change to those of us that plan on playing on console, because now the experience will be virtually identical to the PC, however I’m betting the PC will still have better graphics. 🙂

Squads will definitely have 5 players now! YAY!

Mortars are getting redesigned for BF4, and the “new feature” is they will be remote-controlled, which will allow the support players to give indirect fire support while staying with the rest of the squad (this means no more going “lone wolf” if you plan on mortaring it up)!

Speaking of “lone wolf”, it’s going to be MIGHTY lonely for that wolf now with the “field upgrades” perks. You will get individual rewards for squad based team play performance. Meaning, you earn specializations through squad scores (such as healing, repairing, giving ammo, etc.) and completing objectives with your squad members. Really cool ideas that EA/DICE has here, and I think that they really outdid themselves trying to appease the community (which is never a bad thing for us).

AK907 Battlefield Clan

Battlefield 4 – Paracel Storm (click to go to full resolution in the same window)

Lastly, suppression details that may make you drool… While suppression causes visual impairment, it will no longer impact the accuracy of your weapon. The way they’ve “gotten around” this is by adding a “sway effect” that makes aiming more difficult, but “with some skill you will find it possible to counteract”. Also, there will be no more suppression in close-quarters combat.

Another detail I noticed is that the ocean (or water effect) appears to be a much more accurate to real-life than Battlefield 3 was. For instance, in the multiplayer video you can see two boats on the ocean and one of them is riding high on the wave crest, while the other is in the wave valley. I really can’t wait to play this game!!!

Closing

Well that’s all I have for today. I do hope to start the weekly clan events up here in the next month or two, and please keep an eye out for another clan meeting in the coming few weeks. As always, if you are willing to help with the clan administration, please let me know! I could really use someone to help motivate and assist with research and writing.

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

 

Hello everyone, and thanks for checking out our latest update from the battlefield. Today I’ll be going over the Battlefield 4 Giveaway, updates from our last [AK907] Clan Meeting, announcing our next clan meeting, this weeks Clan Event, and all the info I can find about Battlefield 4’s recently previewed multiplayer mode! There are some Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Videos at the bottom of this post. I would recommend checking them out!

AK907 Clan Battlefield 4 giveaway

Commander mode will still give commanders the ability to “zoom in” to the map and spot infantry/vehicles by hand, if necessary. They can watch the game “live” so to speak!

Weekly Clan Event

Well, the past few months have been difficult to coordinate, but starting today we will be continuing our AK907 Clan Weekly Clan Events! This weeks challenge will be to have the HIGHEST 3-GAME AVERAGE GENERAL SCORE between the hours of 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM TONIGHT! Please join us on TeamSpeak tonight for a night of fun times and pwnage, by clicking the TeamSpeak 3 image below. The ONLY criteria for winning a week of fame on our home page is that you join us on TeamSpeak between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM tonight. Good luck SOLDIERS!

TeamSpeak Logo

Click to join the AK907 Clan TeamSpeak 3 server!

Clan Meeting Updates

The [AK907] Clan Meeting held on June 2nd went well, for those of you that missed it. There was lots of talks about the Battlefield 4 giveaway, and details for it are below. To get caught up with all the latest clan happenings, please see our Forum post regarding that meeting that can be located here:  http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=196

Next Clan Meeting

Our next clan meeting is very necessary for those of you that are interested in winning the Battlefield 4 Giveaway! We will be meeting again on either the 7th or 14th of July (I have it in my notes somewhere, I thought, but can’t seem to find it at the time of this writing). We will be announcing the winner of the Battlefield 4 Pre-Order giveaway, and we will be purchasing and gifting that prize to that person AT THIS MEETING – SO PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE PRESENT!

I will post a link to the forum post regarding this meeting and the things we are going to be discussing at this meeting as soon as I am able!

Battlefield 4 Giveaway

Alright, what we have ALL been waiting for…!

  • The Battlefield 4 Pre-Order Giveaway Contest will be officially know as the “[AK907] BF 4 Giveaway”
  • The contest will be a random drawing from a hat, but to be entered in that drawing you must have at least one “token”.
  • You can have multiple tokens, which will get your name into the hat multiple times, increasing your chances of winning!
  • There are a few “limits” to how many tokens you can obtain, but the one item that’s not limited is “Bring the NEWBS!”

 

  • Tokens can be obtained by completing one (or more) of the following named items (Descriptions of what these items are and the sub-criteria/caveats are below):
    • Participation is KEY
    • Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
    • Post Whore
    • Bring the NEWBS!
    • Social Nightmare
    • Take the Reigns!
    • You are a tube!
  • The criteria for “winning” the prize will be:
    • You must have at least one token
  • Eligibility for this event is limited to:
    • Those that have participated in the [AK907] Weekly Clan Events between June 16th through June 30th, 2013
    • Those that have received at least one “token”
  • Dates and Times:
  • This contest starts at 12:00 AM on June 16th and continues until 11:59 PM June 30th (all times are Central United States)

Here are the descriptions of the items that get you tokens of entry:

  • Participation is KEY

    • Required Action: Join us on TeamSpeak 3 on the Thursdays during the Weekly Clan Event (During the contest) between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM.
    • Number of Tokens Received for this Action: 1
    • Sub-Criteria/Caveats: Just show up on our TeamSpeak server during the AK907 Weekly Clan Event and you will be entered to win Battlefield 4!
    • A total of TWO (2) tokens is possible through the time the contest is active.
  • Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

    • Required Action: Win an AK907 Weekly Clan Event
    • Number of Tokens Received for this Action: 2
    • Sub-Criteria/Caveats: One winner per week (Remember, this contest is two weeks long, so you could win TWICE!)
    • Maximum Possible Tokens: A total of FOUR (4) tokens is possible through the time the contest is active.
  • Post Whore

    • Required Action: Posting in the AK907 Forums
    • Number of Tokens Received for this Action: 1
    • Sub-Criteria/Caveats: Post MUST be relevant to a current conversation, or topic of the clan. NO SPAM – I will give you negative tokens for spam! 😀 You can only receive a maximum of 2 tokens, per week.
    • Maximum Possible Tokens: A total of FOUR (4) tokens for posting on the forums is possible through the time the contest is active.
  • Bring the NEWBS!

    • Required Action: Bring a new recruit into the AK907 TeamSpeak server.
    • Number of Tokens Received for this Action: 1
    • Sub-Criteria/Caveats: The new recruit must not have been on our TeamSpeak server before (Sorry for those of you that have brought people into the server the past few weeks – they don’t count!). The new recruit must also contact a founding member (probably me, GvnrRickPerry) to tell me who brought them onto the server.
    • Maximum Possible Tokens: There is no limit to how many tokens you will receive if you invite people onto the server. The more people that talk to the founding members and tell them who brought them onto the server, the more tokens for that person!
  • Social Nightmare

    • Required Action: Participating in the AK907 Social Media
    • Number of Tokens Received for this Action: 1
    • Sub-Criteria/Caveats: You will receive 1 token per “participation event”. Participation is defined as responding to, by commenting in the comments section, the AK907 Facebook or Google+ pages. Multiple comments on the same post, and multiple “spam” posts do not count. Approval of the token will be required by one of the founding members (meaning, if you’re doing it just to get the token, it probably won’t count – just show some interest!).
    • Maximum Possible Tokens: A total of FOUR (4) tokens for participating in social media is possible through the time the contest is active.
  • Take the Reigns!

    • Required Action: Posting as the social media page owner on our Facebook or Google+ pages (If you do not have this ability, let GvnrRickPerry know and I will get you fixed up!)
    • Number of Tokens Received for this Action: 1
    • Sub-Criteria/Caveats: Take the initiative to post as the page owner on one of our social media sites (Facebook or Google+). The post must be relevant to the AK907 Clan, or the games we play, and must fall in line with the previous posts (don’t go posting something completely off-topic)
    • Maximum Possible Tokens: A total of TWO (2) tokens for taking the reigns is possible through the time the contest is active. ONE TOKEN PER WEEK!
  • You are a tube!

    • Required Action: Upload videos to our MEGA upload site for Gr0wzy to edit!
    • Number of Tokens Received for this Action: 2
    • Sub-Criteria/Caveats: Upload videos to our MEGA upload site (credentials for MEGA are in the Members-Only area of the forums. If you cannot access this area, let GvnrRickPerry know and I will fix you up) so Gr0wzy can put together some nice videos for the clan. The videos MUST be of Battlefield 3!
    • Maximum Possible Tokens: A total of FOUR (4) tokens for uploading videos is possible through the time the contest is active.

Alright, so that’s the list! I have to iron out a couple more items with the [AK907] Clan Founders, then I will replace some of the items I haven’t explained fully above with the correct explanation and add the formulas we will be using to calculate the winner so we can all keep an eye on this stuff.

Good luck to all those that participate! GAME ON!

Battlefield 4 Updates

Battlefield 4 was extensively showcased at E3 this week, where 64 players participated in matches all day long. And during the live stream of those matches, we got a lot more multiplayer details, such as new features, weapons, vehicles, and more. China is now confirmed as one of the Battlefield 4 factions. I’ve compiled a list of all the confirmed additions/features/changes added to Battlefield 4 (Disclaimer: I do not work for EA/DICE, so I cannot assure you with 100% certainty that the items listed below are true or accurate):

Battlefield 4 AK907 Clan

China Rising is going to be the “Karkand” of additional map packs for Battlefield 4. It comes with those who pre-order the deluxe edition.

Infantry gameplay / weapons

  • Pistols: Secondary weapons (pistols) can now be customized with attachments such as flashlights and silences — no more different versions of the same guns as in BF3.
  • Grenades: several types of grenades can now be equipped besides regular explosive grenades. Flash-bangs, smoke grenades, and incendiary grenades were spotted.
  • Gadgets: there are two gadget slots and they are shared for all gadgets in the class, meaning that you can fully customize what you want in those two slots.
  • Recon class now features the “motion ball” sensor from Bad Company 2, and the Recon also carries C4 this time.
  • Main weapons can be equipped with two sights — a scope and iron sights.
  • Grips: there are several new weapon grips in the game, such as angled grip, in addition to the fore-grip, etc.
  • Knives: there are different knives in the game, such as a shank knife, the regular Ka-Bar, and more.
  • Knife attacks can be countered/blocked.
  • Suppression is toned down for all weapons except machine guns.
  • Water: players can now shoot while in water, and they can sprint as well. Players can dive underwater as well.
  • Ammo / Med kit: there are two types of ammo and med kits now, the larger ones which constantly heal/resupply, and smaller ones that instantly heal/resupply, but are used up immediately by the soldier.
  • VOIP will be available on PC in-game, though as a clan we will all still be using TeamSpeak 3 as our primary source of clan communication.
  • Battlefield 4 squads now include 5 players.
  • Spectator mode is confirmed.
  • Chinese faction confirmed.
  • All-new voice acting for multiplayer characters.
  • Reloading: if you reload a clip before its empty, you lose the bullets in the clip.
  • New weapons confirmed (among others): AT4 rocket launcher, RPG-7, Stinger, M320, Saiga-12K, P90, M4, M416, and Scout Elite.
  • “Perks” are given to squads depending on how well they’re playing.

Vehicles

  • New vehicle disabling feature. It’s now based on where the vehicle is hit.
  • Tires can be shot out, making it harder to steer and operate a vehicle.
  • Battlefield 4 helicopters now get night vision.
  • Chinese Type 99 main battle tank confirmed.
  • Chinese WZ-10 attack helicopter confirmed.

Commander

AK907 Battlefield 4 Clan

Commander mode is back for Battlefield 4!

  • The Battlefield 4 commander doesn’t count towards overall player count, so it’s 64 players + 2 commanders.
  • Mobile Commander can only be played on tablets such as iPad — no phones are supported.
  • Commander can use a mini-screen to see what every soldier on the map is seeing.
  • This is also similar to what spectator mode will be like.
  • Commander can give orders to squad leaders, who can accept or refuse the order.
  • Commanders can launch artillery, deploy vehicles (such as tanks, jeeps, and gunships) if the correct control points are captured.
  • Commanders can also spot troops, deploy EMP and UAV scans for squads doing what has been ordered by the commander.

Battlefield 4 Squads

  • Squads can feature up to 4 soldiers (1 squad leader and 3 squad members)
    • Hasn’t been confirmed, but in most of the live-streaming events I’ve seen 5+ people in a squad. Possibly 5+ perks as well!
  •  One squad leader that can accept or deny orders from the commander
  • In-Game chat for squad members
  • Squad perks will NOT stack (two people that have squad sprint on does NOT mean we can run 3 times as fast as normal)

Levelution

  • The word “Levelution” has been on the lips of many broadcasting from the E3 event, and seen across many posts on the internet
  • “Levelution” is Battlefield 4 terminology for changing the way the map “flows”
  • A prime example of this can be seen in the multiplayer video of the skyscraper crashing to earth and extending the “land mass” out into the water.
    • There is a capture point at the TOP of this tower when the game first starts, but if is not held by the correct team (defenders, I assume), the skyscraper comes crashing to earth bringing the control point with it!


Closing

Well, that’s all of the updates I have for today. Be sure you join us tonight for our weekly clan event (participation is required for the Battlefield 4 giveaway, so I’d recommend you start joining us for these!) and stick around for the Battlefield 4

Hey everyone, today’s blog post will consist of getting you guys up to date on the latest happenings surrounding the [AK907] Clan, along with some tidbits about Battlefield 4, the upcoming Clan Battlefield 4 Giveaway (Pre-Order), the discontinuing of our 48 slot server, and anything else I can think of whilst typing this post out. 🙂

[AK907] Clan Meeting

The [AK907] Clan Meeting will be on Sunday, June 2nd, starting at 9:00 PM, so mark that spot on your calendar! Here’s why you NEED to be there…

Battlefield 4 AK907 Clan

Battlefield 4’s China Rising DLC. Take a good look at this screenshot – I bet we will all be spending lots of time here!

We are going to be discussing the first Battlefield 4 Giveaway Pre-Order! For a detailed look at everything we’re going to be talking about, you can check the forum post here, but for now you need to know that this meeting will be setting the date(s) for the giveaway contest, the criteria you need to achieve eligibility to win the contest, and what we need to make this a quality gaming event! Along with those items, we will also discuss:

  • Battlefield 4 Giveaway (Pre-Order)
    • What will be the criteria for winning the prize?
    • Who is eligible to win (Donating Members only? Non-Donating Members? Non-Members?)
    • Dates and times?
  • Financials
    • Donations, expenses, and purchases
  • Server Population
    • Since time on (seeding) the server will be a large part of the criteria needed to win the giveaway, we need to talk about what map rotation we are going to be running that will encourage [AK907] Clan Members to play on the [AK907] Clan server
    • Any other ideas we can think of to attract people to hop on our server!
  • Gr0wzy’s YouTube Videos
    • I’ve got a couple of recordings going and have uploaded two of them to the Mega upload site (credentials for the site are HERE), but need to upload another handful I’ve got
    • The videos need to be edited together to make a quality 30 second to 3 minute video that is entertaining
  • TeamSpeak Permissions System
    • Forum post HERE about this
  • Weekly Clan Event
    • Obviously I have not had the time I need to coordinate these events the past month. Others have also showed interest in changing the day of the week for the weekly clan events from Thursday to another day. We would LOVE your input! Check the Facebook question here: https://www.facebook.com/questions/496896080375643/
  • Forums and Blog activity, posts, and comments
    • Anyone visited the home page of the blog or the forums lately?

Obviously we have quite a bit to discuss in the Clan Meeting and I hope we can cover it all. I also hope we have enough members/non-members/recruits join us to and give us some valuable feedback regarding all of the questions we have. Kaidok and Hassassin… It would be very valuable for you two to join us for the meeting and provide some feedback to me before we get started!

Other [AK907] Clan Stuff

Well things have been super crazy for me (personally) as of late and I just have not had the time or energy to put into the clan like I did 4 months ago, but I have been working on improving that and this post is proof of it. The [AK907] Clan will be losing one of its Battlefield 3 servers on the first of June. On top of that, we already lost our DoD:S server that was hosted by GameTracker/GameServers. We will still have CS:S, the 24 slot BF3 server, and our TeamSpeak 3 server, along with all of the hosting and everything – It was all just getting to be too much for one person to manage. Honestly, the [AK907] has access to a lot of resources and the management team has a canny ability to sniff out such resources and obtain them for little to no cost. It’s just getting to a point where we do not have the time to do it  all on our own, and work a 50+ hour work week, and play Battlefield, and work on our own entrepreneurship or other endeavors in a given day/week.

That being said, we’ve had some renewed interest in the clan as of late. We’ve had several additional users on the TeamSpeak server and have continued to populate the Air Superiority server on a semi-regular basis – Honestly getting the AS server populated takes every bit of 15 minutes of sitting there and waiting for people to join – It’s not that hard! 😀 I usually end up adding the guys that chat on the AS server to my friends list and some of them have continued to play and join on “the crew” when we’re online. Super exciting to see a renewed interest like this!

Posting is probably going to be slowing down over the summer, but I will try to write some articles when I have the time to do so. If anyone else would like to give writing a shot, holler at me! It’s super easy! 😀

Battlefield 4 News

Well, it’s been a bit since I last posted about Battlefield 4, and a couple of new items to report on have arisen since my last post.

Battlefield 4 Giveaway AK90 Clan

Battlefield 4 looks to have a much different environment than Battlefield 3 did – at least the graphics appear to be more ascetically pleasing.

  • Official Release Date
    • An official release date has been confirmed for Battlefield 4 of Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 (November 1st for those of you reading this from the UK)
  • Map Pack for Pre-Orders
    • Those who pre-order Battlefield 4 will receive the first, of many map packs, for free (Only the China Rising map pack will be free for those that pre-order)
    • The first map pack has been confirmed as titled “China Rising”
  • Additional goodies for those that pre-order
    • Additional items that you may receive for pre-ordering Battlefield 4 may include (but are not limited to)
    • The base game
    • In-Game items
    • The expansion pack China Rising
    • The BETA version of Battlefield 4 (rumored to be released fall of 2013)
  • There will be a Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Demo for us during E3 on June 10th, 2013 so we can check out the multiplayer aspects of the new Battlefield

Closing

Well that’s all I have for today… I would like to add that we had a pretty nice turn-out for last night’s “event” even though there wasn’t a challenge and no one technically “won”… I did change the home-page “winner” from R00ster to TwoSixTroy per a conversation we all had last night. I hope you enjoy!

Report back for the Clan Meeting on June 2nd at 9:00 PM! See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

 

Hello everyone, and thanks for taking a look! Today’s post is going to go over last week’s Clan Event winner, tonight’s weekly clan event, our Battlefield 4 Giveaway, and meeting news from this Sunday’s [AK907] Clan Meeting, so thanks for reading!

[AK907] Clan Meeting

Official clan post about the meeting is located in our forums here: http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=189#p723

Last Sunday’s clan meeting went very well with about 8 people joining us for the meeting and providing great feedback about the questions we had!

During the meeting we were able to discuss financials, giveaways, server population, and YouTube videos.

  • [AK907] will be discontinuing the use of it’s 48 slot Battlefield 3 server at the end of this month and using the cost of that server toward purchasing Battlefield 4 for our members.
  • We will be giving away Battlefield 4 to our donating members, per the outcome of:
    • Server population (who is on the [AK907] Clan Server the most?) – 30-70%
    • In-Game (Battlefield 3) Goals (most headshots, or something along those lines) – 20-40%
    • Anything else we want to factor in? – Remaining percentage
  • Trying to populate the [AK907] Clan Server more with giveaways and a new map rotation for the 24 man server
  • If you record videos, we have obtained credentials for a Mega account and you can use them to upload your videos so Gr0wzy can edit them together. Please do your best to ensure these videos are at least preliminarily edited (meaning you’re only uploading the section of the videos that you want to be edited/merged with other Clan players). I’ve been using Microsoft’s Movie Maker to edit the AVI files output from Bandicam and have been cutting out all of the “in-between” stuff on my bad runs to get to the good ones. I believe AVIDemux is another one that could be used (free – GNU) Check the forum post here for the credentials to Mega.

Last Week’s Winner

Last week we had an ok event with 3 people stopping by for some kills. I thought I was going to take the win this time, but TheGermanR00ster came through and completely blew me out of the water in the realm of “General Score” with one game, and he played several like that!

 

Battlefield 3 Clan AK907

Congrats to this week’s winner: TheGermanR00ster!!!

TheGermanR00ster ended up walking away with the week of fame (5th time he’s won – WOW!) after obtaining 59,165 General Score in just 7 GAMES! Congrats to you, R00ster, and the best of luck to everyone for this weeks event!

Tonight’s Clan Event

Tonight is going to be an interesting one for sure! I’m trying a new method of scoring and I’m hoping it gives us a little more flexibility in terms of determining a winner. Tonight’s challenge is to have the BEST 3-GAME AVERAGE KILLS between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM tonight. The way this is going to be calculated I will be putting everyone’s KILLS for EACH GAME they play between the time frame into a spreadsheet. These kills are obtained by going to the players Battlelog page and clicking on EACH of the games they’ve played in the last 7 hours (11:00 PM minus 7 hours = 4:00 PM) and pulling their “Kills” from those reports. Then, my spreadsheet will take take the TOP THREE games for ALL of the players that were in TeamSpeak and averaging them (Add them all together and divide by 3). The player with the highest AVERAGE from their top 3 games will win this weeks event.

Make SURE you join us on TeamSpeak for our Weekly Clan Events, as this is the ONLY way you are entered for a chance to win the weekly prize of a week of fame on our [AK907] Clan home page. A reminder that this event is open to ANYONE who is on our Official TeamSpeak 3 server (not just clan members!), so click the TeamSpeak 3 picture below to join up!

TeamSpeak Logo

Click to join the AK907 Clan TeamSpeak 3 server!

I think this new method of scoring will not only give me a chance to see how it will work and if it should be used in the future, but also I’m hoping it will “broaden the audience” so more people that enter have a chance to win. Instead of Gr0wzy and R00ster taking all the wins, and while there’s no problem with that at all, I just would like to see everyone that plays have a fair chance at winning. This way, if one person only hops online for 3 rounds, the people that are online from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM don’t just blow them completely out of the water.

Good luck to all for tonight’s event!

Closing

That’s all I have for today, but keep an eye out for news about the Battlefield 4 Pre-Order GIVEAWAY in the coming weeks.

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GnvrRickPerry

 

Today’s blog post is going to go over tonight’s challenge, last weeks winner, this Sunday’s clan meeting, Battlefield updates, clan server updates, and anything else I can fit in here.

Clan Meeting This Sunday

This Sunday will be our second [AK907] Clan Meeting, and I hope everyone will join us for our discussion and updates. It’s important for everyone that wants to be involved with [AK907] (accepted members, donating members, recruits, and non-members) to try and join in for these meetings because they affect how the clan is ran. If you like or do NOT like something, bring it up in the meeting! There’s no “bad discussions” in our meetings and there are DEFINITELY no “bad questions”. Anything about the clan goes!

Here is what I plan on trying to discuss in the meeting:

  • Financials
    • Donations
    • Expenses
    • Purchases
  • Give-Away (Where to obtain funds to purchase)
    • Battlefield 4
    • Computer Parts
    • Other stuff
  • Server Population
    • How can we populate our servers?
    • Map rotation change?
    • Free reserved-slots for regulars?
  • [AK907] Clan YouTube Channel Videos
    • Does anyone in the clan record (FRAPS/Bandicam)?
    • How can we help Gr0wzy get our channel going?
  • New Recruits
    • [AK907] Clan – Our History
    • [AK907] Clan Goals

If there’s something else you would like to discuss, please mention it here or post a comment on this thread in our forums: http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=189&p=721

 Last Weeks Winner

Battlefield 3 AK907 Clan

GvnrRickPerry does some annihilation of the opposing force obtaining unheard of TEAM SCORE in a single round! (Click to see larger image)

 

Last week we had a couple of people hop online for some pwnage, including a new “regular” going by the name of “CRACKdaSKULLS” (add him on Battlelog if you haven’t already). We pwned it up and eventually came away with some great stats.

Congrats to the winner of last week’s event, with a total of 480 TEAM SCORE: CRACKdaSKULLS!

Battlefield 3 AK907 Clan

Congrats to this week’s winner: CRACKdaSKULLS!!!

I hope to see several of us online tonight for our next clan event! Thanks for playing!

Tonight’s Clan Event Challenge

Tonight should be another great turn out for our Weekly Clan Event, so be sure to join us between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central US Time on TeamSpeak 3 (click the TeamSpeak 3 image below to be auto-connected to our clan server) where you can compete to win a week of fame on our AK907 Clan Home Page!

TeamSpeak Logo

Click to join the AK907 Clan TeamSpeak 3 server!

Tonight’s challenge is for you to have the HIGHEST GENERAL SCORE between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central US Time. Tonight I see us playing on a few different servers, but I hope we can get our 48 slot clan server going just so it will ease the whole stats logging that I have to do after the event.

I believe I’m going to try to change the map rotation up a bit. I’ve seen other servers do a CQ map (any map pack) followed by a CTF or CQ map from the End Game map pack and it seems to attract some players, so I may set that up some time today to get ready for tonight. Here’s to hoping! 😀

[AK907] Clan Servers

Well, as most of you know, we dropped our 3rd clan Battlefield 3 server (Branzone) last month and it was finally cut off for us. We may be dropping the 24 slot AS server soon if we do not receive some additional donations as well. I’ll be updating the AK907 Clan Servers page at some point today as well to reflect this. Other than that, most of our servers seem to be working fine: CS:S, DOD:S, TS3, BF3:24 Slot, and BF3:48 Slot. I’m also thinking about purchasing CS:GO and replacing the DOD:S server with a CS:GO server. I may still do this at some point in the near future because I would love for the clan to bring in additional members that would support those servers.

I have been working very diligently, when I have the time, on fixing the vastly broken TeamSpeak 3 permissions for our TS3 server. Right now things are a long ways from how I want them, and it’s going to take several hours to get them back right and working like I would like them to.  I hope to be working on this today and over the next week, so keep an eye out for changes!

Updates from EA/DICE

So, as most of you have seen, Battlefield 3 will be receiving another Double-XP event that begins at 4:00 AM (Central Time) on Thursday, May 9th. As you can rest assured, many [AK907] members will be online during the 96-hour time-frame to attempt to level out their soldiers. We look forward to seeing you all online during this event!

Battlefield 4 Clan AK907

Chopper over the Caspian Sea in the Battlefield 4 campaign preview that EA/DICE gave us.

EA/DICE have not been very forthcoming with Battlefield 4 hints, but we have managed to find out a few things here and there:

  • Armchair General
    • Rank up into the seat of the brand new Commander mode and lead your team to victory
  • Battlelog 2.0
    • The next version of the stat-of-the-art gaming portal. Track every shot, every opponent, and every detail of your online Battlefield career.
  • Go Premium
    • Stand out on the battlefield with exclusive uniforms, weapons, and more. Get exclusive expansions, starting with Drone Strike (TBA).
  • Thrill Ride
    • Thrilling single player campaign takes you all over the world as part of an elite squad of soldiers.

And a release date of late October, 2013, was all found on a poster that EB Games had put up. Keep in mind that the release date may not reflect the release date in the USA as this poster was found at an EB Games in another country that is overseas:

AK907 Battlefield 4 Clan

Closing

That’s all the news I have for today, so I hope you enjoyed the blog post.

Again, be sure to join us on TeamSpeak tonight for our Weekly Clan Event, and definitely don’t forget about Sunday’s [AK907] Clan Meeting!

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

Well last night was a great turnout with about 4 or 5 people showing up to get down on some pwnage, but only one person walks away a winner…

Last Night’s Winner

Last night Gr0wzy was finally able to join us for one of our weekly events, and boy did we decimate!

 

Battlefield 3 AK907 Clan

Congrats to this week’s winner: TheGermanR00ster!!!

The winner of last night’s event, with just a couple of amazing accuracy rounds, is TheGermanR00ster for the second week in a row! Congrats R00ster, and good luck to everyone for next weeks event! R00ster will not be eligible to win next week’s event since this was his second win in a row.

Clan Meeting

We need to try to get together to discuss the status of the clan servers and catch up on things since our last meeting. I have started a thread in the forums (here: http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=189 ) for the agenda. I hope to have this meeting the 28th of this month, so please let me know by posting in the forums if there’s anything you would like to discuss.

That’s all for today’s post, but check back next week for the challenge for our next weekly clan event.

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

 

Last night was an ok turnout, but I had to leave early due to some tiredness. My computer crashed at some point during the night too, so all I have record of is Dedaciai, Gr0wzy, R00ster, and myself. If there were others on TeamSpeak that played Battlefield 3 last night, let me know so I can check the scores, but either way I’m pretty sure R00ster took the winner. 🙂

Dedaciai and I hopped on the [AK907] servers for a few rounds and tried to get them going before we called it quits. We had some very nice AS rounds and ended up winning (albeit we started off loosing), which was a big relief. I checked the scores this morning and TheGermanR00ster completely decimated the competition in a single round worth over 2200 SQUAD SCORE points, which was more than everyone else added together. On top of that he played more rounds than anyone else in the given time frame, so this weeks prize goes to the R00ster! Congrats man!

Battlefield 3 AK907 Clan

Congrats to this week’s winner: TheGermanR00ster!!!

We need to get together and discuss ponying up some cash to pay for some BF4 Pre-Orders and figure out how that is going to work. I hope to aim for another clan meeting in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for that!

That’s all for this week, but I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend. We look forward to seeing you online for next weeks event, and if you have ideas about what the challenge should be let me know!

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

 

Todays post we will be discussing last Thursday’s winner, this Thursday’s challenge, some changes to our servers, and a few other bits of information.

Last Thursday’s Winner

Last Thursday we had a small turnout, but ended up getting the AS server going and had a bit of fun on some HT servers as well. The challenge last week was to obtain the HIGHEST OBJECTIVE SCORE between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central time. Congrats to the person that walked away with the highest objective score last week: Dedaciai!

Battlefield 3 AK907 Clan

Congrats to last week’s winner: Dedaciai!!!

Tonight’s Challenge

Tonight is sure to be fun times and friendly competition as there are definitely going to be a few people online fighting for the winnings! The challenge for tonight will be to obtain the HIGHEST SQUAD SCORE between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central time, so hop on TeamSpeak, squad up in Battlefield 3, and pwn teh newbs! Please keep in mind that to be eligible to win the “week of fame on the [AK907] home page”, you MUST join our TeamSpeak server between the time allotted. You can join our TeamSpeak server by clicking this image:

TeamSpeak Logo

Click to join the AK907 Clan TeamSpeak 3 server!

Other News

I changed the rotation on the RUSH server to be RUSH/CTF (2 rounds each) and I’ve also changed the auto-balancer A LOT on both servers (our U MAD BRO YOLO server went away on the 1st) and it seems to be working a lot better. Last night the AS server got populated all by itself! 🙂

As usual, if you have any questions about anything, just HMU and I’ll do my best!

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry