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Hello everyone, it’s been a while since AK907 has posted anything, but I wanted to put some updates out here and let you know that AK907 is NOT dead, and in fact, we are still playing games!

Though the site and blog have not been updated in a while (and the reasoning behind that was due to an inability to login as anyone, but that has since been resolved), the AK907 clan has continued to build stronger relationships between our members through gaming. So everyone is aware, the AK907 clan is currently playing the following games, with some additional games listed that a few members have begun dabbling in:

  • Rainbow 6: Siege – This has been a great game that has provided me with many hours of entertainment. It’s a FPS that is very tactical and requires stealth, map knowledge, and intel on your enemy to successfully launchRainbow 6 Siege Playablesan attack/defense against your opponent. Right now, this is one of the primary titles the AK907 clan is playing, so if you’re looking for someone to team up with, please join our TeamSpeak Rainbow 6 channel and let’s get to pwning!
  • Battlefield
    • Battlefield:4 never died, and in fact, it has gotten a LOT better and is even being boasted as THE “best netcode in any first-person-shooter game to-date”!
    • Battlefield:Hardline is alive on console, but for the most part the AK907 clan has stopped playing it (I may find myself jumping on a server when new maps come out, but there’s just not a large enough PC player base to continue considering Hardline a game we have on our gaming list)
  • Call of Duty – A few of us may play older versions of this game on occasion, but I don’t even know how many people own the most recent. The most recent one I own is BlackOps 2.
  • CounterStrike:Global Offensive – Most of us own it and play it on occasion, it may be something that grows if we find more people willing to play, but Rainbow 6 has taken most of the tactical shooter scene right now.
  • Star Wars: Battlefront – This game has been on the AK907 list since it came out, and at first it seemed to be a great game, but that “shiny new feeling” quickly wore off with only a small handful of maps to play; things got old and repetitive real quick. I occasionally hop on, and my son still loves the game.Star Wars Trooper on EndorThe latest content was kind of a flop in my book because it was all close-quarters and there were NO new large maps, like everyone wants to play.

Along with the above games, our members also regularly play the following (though these are not “official” AK907 games, meaning we don’t have dedicated discussions or forum sections for them):

  • The Division
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch (when released)

 

As stated above, there have been some problems with the web site/blog, but they have been resolved and I am able to get back in and provide updates when I am able.

AK907 means a lot to me. The friends I have gained from it. The growth that some of us have seen through projects on AK907 servers. Most of all, the community that we have built and have maintained through the years. Thank you to each and every person that has ever used an AK907 server.

That being said, we do not want AK907 to die; though things may seem slow right now, we can say there are titles in the future that will bring this clan back together (mainly Battlefield 5) and bring many new people into the clan. We would like to open discussions with members and non-members looking to become members to see if there’s any way we can find a way to keep this clan, the TeamSpeak, the forums, the blog, all of it, active. We will be looking for anyone we can find that is willing to take the time and put the effort into keeping this moving, including new White House (and other!) members! I’d like to continue to see new sign-ups, and we will need someone to process  those, I would like to start pushing Rainbow 6: Siege and get at least a 5 or 6 man team that is willing to practice regularly (a couple days a week maybe at first and see what happens and how things grow), and keep Battlefield on the front of peoples plates.

If YOU would like to be a part of this growth, please apply to become a member here, join our TeamSpeak, and talk to us!

TeamSpeak 3

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See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

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