Hey everyone, thanks for taking a look at the latest blog post. Today was the official reveal for the next line in the Battlefield franchise: Battlefield 1.
I was able to watch the livestream and learned quite a bit about it, and while I’m not 100% on-board yet (they’ll have to go through a successful launch before I am back on board 100%), I will say this Battlefield looks graphicly amazing, and some of the gameplay and details sound like they could provide some interesting, and very typical, Only in Battlefield experiences.
The buy page (http://www.battlefield.com/buy/battlefield-1) tells us this about the game:
Be the first on front lines – snag the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition today and get the Hellfighter, Red Baron, and Lawrence of Arabia packs full of themed weapons and gear; five extra Battlepacks stuffed with great items; and access to the full game on October 18, three days before release.
Fight your way through epic battles going from tight urban combat in a besieged French city to big open spaces in the Italian Alps or frantic combats in the Arabic sand dunes. Experience large-scale battles as infantry or piloting vehicles on land, air and sea, from the tanks and bikes on the ground, to bi-planes and gigantic battleships.
Discover a new world at war through an adventure-filled campaign, or join in epic multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Adapt your tactics and strategy to the earth-shattering, dynamic environments and destruction.
The Early Enlister Deluxe Edition Includes:
• Early Access on October 18th
• Hellfighter Pack
• Red Baron Pack
• Lawrence of Arabia Pack
• 5x Battlepacks
From the info here, we can determine there’s going to be some expansion packs (at least 4) that include themed weapons and gear, battlepacks are back, and multi-vehicle and Battlefield-typical, warfare.
For the full reveal, check out the Official Battlefield 1 trailer here:
The trailer has tons of great info in it, and the livestream had several Youtubers asking questions after the trailer was revealed. Through these questions, we found there are going to be different vehicle dynamics – you won’t be able to “learn one tank and know them all” – each tank will have it’s own style of play and it’s own quirks; there will even be tanks that can house a full squad (though I’d hate to be in that bad boy when it get’s C4’ed)! Because of this specific answer to one of the questions presented, I think we can assume a lot (if not each one) of the vehicles are going to have different “quirks” that will require you to “know your vehicle” to use it to the best of its ability.
There will also be some different dynamics for infantry gameplay, including “roles” – it was mentioned the flamethrower role specifically will be “unique” and “each soldier will have an opportunity to play as [the flamethrower]”. They didn’t want to reveal too much here as there will be “more details in the coming months”, but this sounds to me like it’s going to be some type of “pick-up” base “utility” (I’m thinking similar to the Rorsch or M82 autosniper).
It was also confirmed that weapon customization is “back with a twist”. They didn’t go into detail at all, so we don’t know if this will mean we have camos and camo customization like they recently added to Battlefield:Hardline, if it’s weapon attachments like rifle scopes or grenade launchers, or if some hybrid of the two.
Either way, the trailer is looking to offer a good venue to push the Battlefield franchise into the future. Personally, I can’t wait until 2143 and more futuristic battles, but I’ll be on the Battlefield just the same while we wait for the next one to come out. As long as the launch of Battlefield 1 goes better than Battlefield 3 or (especially) Battlefield 4, I will be happy.
I’ll keep posting quick updates about Battlefield 1 as more information comes available.
Until next time, I’ll see you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!
Todays blog post will go over some of the things that the [AK907] Clan is working toward, including the partnership with the newly formed GCN (Gaming Community Network), changes to our server(s), new features on our server(s), including plugins that have been installed and streaming screenshot hosting, the return of the weekly clan event, our upcoming clan meeting, among other things.
[AK907] Weekly Clan Events
The [AK907] Weekly Clan Events will be starting back up over the next few weeks, but GvnrRickPerry will no longer be heading them up. [AK907]Gr0wzy and [AK907]Dedaciai have volunteered (or have been volunteered) to take over the weekly clan event, so if you have thoughts or ideas about how this should work, please let them know! The weekly events should start the first or second week in January, though I am not sure about this because I haven’t heard anything about it since the event coordinators took over.
I will say that putting on those weekly events is no small task, especially now that AK907 has grown to 40+ members! So keep that in mind when you are participating in those events, and give those guys a break! 🙂
[AK907] and GCN
As most of you know, I’ve been trying to find a way to “partner” with other clans and communities so AK907 can not only better ourselves, but to try and grow some relationships that will help everyone involved out. Well, it looks like some other clans/communities had the same idea I did, and they came together and made an official statement about it a few weeks ago in the Battlelog forums (here’s a LINK if you want to take a look at it). Less than 48 hours later, they had already met with a DICE official and they have the full support of several of the largest communities in the world! GCN (Gaming Community Network) is influencing Battlefield by hosting well over a million unique player IDs between our communities, hosting over 10,000 slots on just our Battlefield servers, paying more than $250,000 in server rental fees in over 2 years (just for BF3!), and giving away tens of thousands of dollars in gaming merch, including copies of games, graphics cards, and peripherals to members of our communities.
To create a focal point for Gaming Community Leaders and Admins to air their concerns and ideas
To take Battlefield to the next level of community involvement
To open up a direct line of communication with the developers of DICE and to voice the concerns of players and server owners alike
To engage with EA/DICE in constructive dialogue regarding our concerns
To facilitate cross-community events, ladders, and tournaments on a scale Battlefield has never seen
Requirements we have agreed to in order to be a GCN Member:
We agree to follow and enforce the Battlefield terms of service, clearly state our individual server rules, both in-game and on our website, to have a ban appeal process to give players a chance to plead their case, to agree to open lines of communication between GCN and other communities partnered with GCN, and to participate in GCN’s goals/initiatives.
Over the coming weeks and months you will hear various updates from me regarding items discussed in the GCN meetings. Some of the things I hope we accomplish through this group are increased server stability (lets face it, the servers still crash), assisting with setting up a knowledge-base, setting up tournaments and ladders for those who want to compete, and so much more!
A reminder to clan members: Please do your best to represent the DICE Terms and Conditions (AKA: BF3 Rules of Conduct) located here (http://tos.ea.com/legalapp/ROC/US/en/PC/BF4). DICE has implemented things like “OFFICIAL” servers because of ridiculous amount of badmins in BF3. We want to follow the rules, to the letter, for DICE so hopefully they will give us server owners a little more freedom to control what we pay for. That being said, I would like to remind our server admins that we are not here to straight up sit and be admins all day. We are here to monitor our servers and enforce the EA/DICE terms and conditions (aka: Rules of Conduct), along with any rules that AK907 has. The last thing we want to do is to have to kick, or even worse, ban someone from our servers. There has only been one case where someone came into our servers and was blatantly disregarding both AK907’s rules as well as the DICE Rules of Conduct, even after being warned several times, and that person was issued a two week ban across all AK907 servers. The ban was announced in our forums, under the “Got Banned?” section, and the person could have came to plead their case, but they did not because they new they were in the wrong. The reason I am writing this is to set an example to all of the admins that AK907 has – please do your best not to “over-admin”, and only speak as an admin if you must. If you are thinking about saying something or taking action against a player on one of our servers, please take a look at the AK907 server rules (located here: http://www.ak907.net/ak907-server-rules/) and ask yourself if the player is really doing something wrong or just being annoying. If they are, warn them. If it continues after a few warnings, initiate a kick or a temp ban, and then POST IN THE FORUMS what action you took, what rule they broke, and why you did it… Try to include as much information in that post as possible, as it could come back to haunt you if it was a “badmin” decision.
The GCN is looking for volunteers for various things – if you think you could provide some benefit to them (video editing, marketing, recruiting, writing, server management, forum management, etc.) please let me know the skill-set you have so I can discuss it with them!
[AK907] Battlefield Server
There’s been a lot of changes to the [AK907] Battlefield 4 server since Battlefield 4 released. Including, more than 16 server-side updates from DICE, the installation of multiple plugins, and streaming configuration for several Anti-Cheat Ban sources.
AK907 currently has 3 Battlefield 4 servers – CQ/RUSH, DOM/OBLIT, and 24/7 MIXED MODE CHINA RISING VOTEMAP. All servers are 32 slot servers. This is a little much for us to manage right now, as I’ve seen we’ve been able to get two of the servers populated, but when we try to populate the third one, one of the other servers usually dies.
The end of this month will bring us change though. We are re-merging the DOM/OBLIT and RUSH/CQ servers to be a single 66 slot server, which I will be installing adaptive ticket count and adaptive player count plugins on to make them easier to populate. As far as maps, game modes, and rotations, I have no idea what we are going to do yet, but I will get some feedback about this at our next clan meeting so we can move forward with a consistent server model.
We are now proudly streaming our Punkbuster log files and active gamehack violation bans to/from the following Anti-Cheat sites:
These streams should limit the amount of hackers we have on our servers, and I am really looking forward to playing in this new “clean” environment! On top of the streams, we are also using a screenshot viewer tool to manage Punkbuster screenshots, and so far it is working GREAT!
On top of the above, our server is using at least the following plugins:
A global ban list used by many admins
A votemap utility where players can vote for the next map and game mode
A VERY complete rank and skill balancing utility that has come in quite handy in the past
We are still working out the various “kinks” caused by these various system, but all in all the environment should be well managed and very fun to play in. If something doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, please report it to myself via TeamSpeak, so I can either add it to the list or confirm it’s already on the list.
[AK907] Clan Meeting
Well the next clan meeting is coming up in a few weeks – it will be Sunday, January 5th, at 8:00 PM Central Time. I will be having semi-regular meetings with the GCN and hope to have lots of news to report to you guys regarding the ladder/tournament system by the time this meeting comes around. Please note that we will be holding a small vote during this meeting to get some feedback for game mode rotations and maps for the new 66 slot server we will have, along with announcing the newest AK907 members, and many other things that I would like to discuss! It’s sure to be an exciting one, so I look forward to seeing you all there!
Well that’s all I have for today… I’m not going to lie, this post has been written for a while, I just needed to change a couple things on it, ha-ha! I’m glad I was finally able to get it posted though, and before Christmas too!
I want to wish every single one of my members a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you receive lots of gifts and not go broke buying gifts for everyone else. LOL!
In today’s blog post, we will talk about the November 3rd [AK907] Clan Meeting (please be sure to show up – especially the admins) as well as the Battlefield 4 awards system that was recently posted in the Battlefield blog (link to source at bottom of post).
Please take a look at it, and please show up for the meeting – especially the admins! We will be discussing server administration, some changes throughout the clan structure, as well as the regular items that are discussed in these meetings (financials, etc).
Battlefield 4 Awards System
There was a very detailed post on the Battlefield blog that went over the vastness of he awards that you will get for playing Battlefield 4.
Some of the benefits that Battlefield 4 is bringing us that we wish Battlefield 3 would have brought to the table:
Extremely clear progression paths (meaning you know what you have to do to achieve a cer
tain medal/rank/weapon/camo/dog tag/etc.
Every ribbon has a clear and corresponding medal
Field upgrades (meaning upgrades that your squad can obtain through squad-play)
Battlepacks – what they’re about and what’s in the
Not to mention the over 13,000 different earnable service stars for weapons, vehicles, and classes
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.
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!
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!!!
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’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?
Donations, expenses, and purchases
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 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
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
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!
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:
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!
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!
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!
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:
Rank up into the seat of the brand new Commander mode and lead your team to victory
The next version of the stat-of-the-art gaming portal. Track every shot, every opponent, and every detail of your online Battlefield career.
Stand out on the battlefield with exclusive uniforms, weapons, and more. Get exclusive expansions, starting with Drone Strike (TBA).
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:
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!
Today’s post is all about Sunday’s winner, tonight’s clan event schedule and challenge, and some tips we’ve been hearing about Battlefield 4!
Sorry for not getting this up sooner, but I have been working on a couple of things for this Sunday event and have been trying to figure out how to “glorify” the Sunday winner. I tried to add another BF3 Stats entry on the home page, but the code isn’t setup for that in WordPress, so that failed. We will have to figure something out, but for now we will just have to leave it as it is.
Sunday was a pretty nice turn out with 7 people showing up in TS for the clan event, along with a few others that weren’t counted because they weren’t on TS. It took me a few days to calculate the scores up because of the amount of people playing, and the fact that I had to load the BF3Stats report for each game they played (sometimes the BF3Stats hangs and I have to wait a day for the system to clear up). Sunday wasn’t a straight lets-stay-in-the-air-killing day, but several of us managed to hop in a chopper or jet and get a few kills. The player that walked away with the most AIR KILLS this Sunday was TheGermanR00ster, with 10 Air Kills! Congrats R00ster, and we hope to see you online tonight to help populate the servers! 🙂
Congrats to this week’s winner: TheGermanR00ster!!!
Tonight’s Clan Event
Well, it’s Thursday again, and time for another one of our Weekly Clan Events! Tonight should be loads of fun as several of us plan on hopping online to try and get the RUSH server populated. I will be online all day (minimized) trying to start things off right, but I may try to start populating the AS server at some point today too.
I have been monitoring the servers regularly, and it seems there’s a couple of problems with some of the plugins, but I don’t know how to fix them without sitting down for hours and pouring over documentation and trying things until they work better. It seems the Auto-Balancer (We are using the plugin called TrueBalancerBF3) isn’t configured well enough to properly balance skill on the AS server, which I believe is the reason why it has been dead since the weekend. One of the other problems we’re having is a complete lack of people trying to populate the servers. I can be on a server all day and it will not populate!
When I get online to play Battlefield 3, yeah sure I’m not going to lie, I would LOVE to hop on a FULL server and get some action, but most of the time I don’t. I hop on one of our servers, that no one else is on, and start trying to populate it to no avail of course. This can be looked at many other ways, but I look at it like this: Generally, Battlefield 3 players want to get on an already populated server, so if our server is not already populated, they’re not going to even try it. To attract players, attention to the clan, and all the other stuff we’d like to have, OUR [AK907] Clan Servers need to be populated so people WANT to play on them. If no one is on our servers to begin with, no one else is going to want to hop on anyways. While Thursday’s are a great day to populate the server, it would be nice if they were all populated every day during the week – This is all I’m going to say about this for now – I’m just asking to try and keep a conscious effort to populate the [AK907] Clan Server. 🙂
Click to join the AK907 Clan TeamSpeak 3 server!
Tonight’s clan event challenge is to have the MOST VEHICLE DESTROYED ASSISTS between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central Time. Congrats to the last clan event winner, Dedaciai, and good luck to tonight’s winner, whoever it may be! All that is required to register for this event is that you hop on our TeamSpeak 3 server, which can be done by clicking the TeamSpeak3 image here.
There has been a TON of hype about Battlefield 4 since the Twitter post of GameStop’s CEO after Sony announced their PS4, and I’ve been trying to find out more details, but things are still pretty closely guarded. There’s a big promo going on right now and the more people that sign into http://www.battlefield.com/battlefield-4 the more they will release for us on March 27th, which is the “official” announcement date for Battlefield 4. You also get a free Battlefield 3 dog tag for entering the site, so if you’re in to swagger, I suggest you link on over there and get your tag on!
Last Thursday we had a great time with a couple people showing up for the Weekly Clan Event and then again on Sunday when some of the clan members came together for our first Clan Meeting, and then comes End Game with Air Superiority!
Thursday’s Clan Event Winner
Well, last Thursday we had another 7 hours of gaming and fun times. Unfortunately, only one person signed up in the forums, so the victor again is KUCF – Congrats man! I don’t have any screenshots or any other information to throw regarding last week’s clan event, but stay tuned for this week’s event because it’s bound to be fun times in happy town since the End Game released in the US today.
Sunday’s Clan Meeting
Sunday’s clan meeting was definitely healthy. I am glad to report that we are going to be keeping the 48 slot server at 48 slots, though at times that player count may change to conform to the “Quickmatch requirements” needed to try and get our server going. There’s a final report and follow-up regarding that meeting that has been posted here for everyone’s enjoyment: http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=167 (My notes are in RED in the second post in this thread)
Battlefield 3’s End Game was released today including two new, original, game modes: CTF and Air Superiority Join the AK907 Clan Thursday on TeamSpeak for a chance to win big with Air Kills!
Dedaciai purchased a 24 slot Air Superiority-ONLY server for the clan for the rest of the month of March (Thanks Dedaciai!!!). I am happy to report that the server has been full most of the day now, and there has even been a queue for it at times! I have changed the 48 slot server over to CTF-ONLY as of about lunch time today. We’ll let this roll for a little while and see how well the CTF mode is taken. If things aren’t picking up for us in a couple days, we should probably switch it over to 24/7 CQ Large on the End Game maps and see how that’s taken.
48 Slot End Game CTF:
24 Slot End Game Air Superiority:
(If you are looking for the [AK907] Clan Battlefield 3 servers, type “AK907” in the search box to find them!)
There was an additional patch that was released with the Battlefield 3: End Game map pack that fixed a couple of items on EA/DICE’s list. Here’s a brief overview of those fixes:
TV-missile should no longer be able to blow up the chopper shooting the missile (YAY!!!)
Fixed proximity defense on mobile artillery and increased proximity defense radius
Scavenger ticket count increased (by double)
Enabled player movement on Gun Master pre-rounds
Improved the position of the repair torch on the screen when repairing vehicles – it works now
Fix the issue where AT mines would count as vehicle kills
Fix an issue where player camera would flip 180 degrees if the player was revived in water
Added ticket status at the end of round screen for Scavenger
This Thursday’s Weekly Clan Event is sure to be fun times, so be sure to join us in TeamSpeak for your chance to win a week (or two!) of fame on our home page! This week’s challenge will, obviously, be to get the MOST AIR KILLS in light of the Air Superiority game mode that was released today. Be sure to hop on our TeamSpeak server between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central Time to get your pwn on!
That’s all I have for today, but I look forward to seeing you online to help get the servers going every day this week! 🙂
Last night’s winner is announced along with some key information about the AK907 Battlefield 3 servers!
Thursday Night’s Clan Event
Last night we had several hours of great gaming, we filled up the [AK907] Clan Battlefield 3 Server (and had 2 people in the queue even after we all called it a night!), and we ended up with one winner for the night’s clan event.
The [AK907] clan TeamSpeak server had a high number of users on it as well, and we even had one of the guys that rented us our Battlefield 3 server hop on with us!
Last night there was enough people on TeamSpeak and the AK907 Battlefield 3 server to get it started. Here’s a snapshot of the TeamSpeak server last night.
We all ended up playing more rounds that I wanted to count on the [AK907] Clan Battlefield 3 server and had a lot of fun pwning newbs! The server is running a Scavenger/GunMaster game mode rotation on the Aftermath maps since it seems that rotation draws in the most amount of people the quickest.
Congratulations to the winner of Thursday Night’s Clan Event, with a total of 280 Team Score points, Dedaciai! Good luck to everyone, and save up your medals, for next week’s challenge to obtain the HIGHEST AWARD SCORE between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM!
Congrats to this week’s winner: Dedaciai!!!
[AK907] Battlefield 3 Server
That rotation will change next week when we have the map rotation ironed out from the votes that are received via the survey. Only the top selected maps and rotations (no matter how many) will be selected for the [AK907] server rotation. I think we are going to have to refine the rotation until we have something that everyone likes playing on.
I’ve written a couple of posts for the clan members to use for administrating the Battlefield 3 server. They are basic commands that all donating members have access to, and you can check the sticky topics out here: http://forums.ak907.net/viewforum.php?f=4
These posts do NOT have the Admin Fundamentals in them, which would describe how to determine the punishment for a given crime on our server. Until these fundamentals are written and posted, please use extreme discretion when using the admin tools on other players. Put yourself in that person’s shoes and ask yourself “does this really deserve punishment?” We do NOT want to drive people away from the server!!!
I have installed TrueBalancer BF3 and enabled the skill balancer, so teams should be balanced according to skill and size. Please let me know by posting in the forums if there are any problems with this balancer and I will either correct the problem or disable the balancer and search for another one.
That’s all for this week, but make sure you check back in next week for a few more posts and Thursday’s Clan Event! And try to get our server going, it doesn’t take much so just hop on and wait for other people to show up. If you wait long enough, they will come!
The AK907 Clan Battlefield 3 Server is now online!
It was purchased last night and was configured throughout the evening. About 10 people hopped online and started the server, and a fewrandoms hopped in too. We had a couple of rounds of rush before the end of the night, but today I changed the map rotation a little bit and eliminated the rush mode. This is just temporary until next week when I can tally the responses to the survey I have posted below. The survey is open to anyone, but I would ask that if you hang out on the AK907.net TeamSpeak server that you leave your name so I know those answers are from our community.
Battlefield’s next map pack titled End Game, due out in March, has been talked about quite a bit recently, and a ton of really cool details have came to light! There is an expansive blog post (here), from Battlefield, that details the maps and their supporting game modes, along with distinguishing features about the maps. I recommend you take a read if you really want to see what these new maps are going to be like.
That being said, EA/DICE did post 4 hi-res screenshots of the new maps, and I’ve brought them here, to you, free of charge. 🙂
Be sure you click on the pictures to bring up the hi-res photos!
Please donate so we can keep this Battlefield 3 server up and operational, and remember to put your BF3 name on the form as well so I know who you are!
Don’t forget to sign up for this Thursday’s Weekly Clan Event in the forums too! This is going to be something that we’re going to start doing regularly so more people come to the forums. It’s a GREAT way to interact with the community and really be a voice in the clan! Here’s the link for the sign-up forum, and if you don’t have a WordPress or AK907 Forums account (WordPress and AK907 accounts carry over), let me know what you want your username to be and I’ll hook you up with a password: http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=144
That’s all for today! Be sure you complete the survey above so we can get a map rotation going that’s a little more “official”. I will tally responses next week!
See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!
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