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Hey everyone, just wanted to get some quick updates out about various things going on within the clan; including items like the Weekly Clan Event, internal ranking structure, and updates from the Battlefield.

If you would like to apply to be a member of AK907, there’s a new application created here:  ak907.net/apply – Current [AK907] members, please direct interested candidates there to apply for membership.

[AK907] Weekly Clan Event

The [AK907] Weekly Clan Event has been happening regularly the past few weeks, however there has been multiple issues going on with stats logging. Part of the issue is that EA/DICE are not tracking things (at least not publicly) like advanced battlereports (like the ones we used to pull off of BF3Stats.com for BF3). AK907 members installed and configured a stats logging plugin (check it out here: http://battlefield.ak907.net), however the logging is not quite as detailed as we would like. Plus, you really need to have a background in SQL to get the right queries to get the data and reports we would like.

I will be working on an interim solution that will enable stats logging to a separate SQL database (outside of the public one mentioned above) only during the time of the weekly clan events. This will help us to more easily “use what’s already there” as far as the stats logging and web plugins go. I should have this ready to go before game time tomorrow, though I haven’t heard from Gr0wzy or Dedaciai yet as to what the challenge should be.

Considering everything above, I want you guys to know that we are striving to improve the member experience around AK907 and we are really trying to make an effort to get these Weekly Clan Events going again! Please stick through it, keep joining us on Thursday nights, and we’ll have a blast no matter what happens.

[AK907] Internal Ranking

There will be some changing coming up in the near days/weeks/months that will better outline the ranking structure within [AK907] Clan and will give all of the members a clearer picture as to what they need to do to “rank up” within the clan. As always, ranking up comes in large part with commitment and loyalty to AK907. This means things like recruiting, posting in our forums, Facebook, Google+, blog, or any other of our “clan” outlets, financial contributions to support the servers, seeding our Battlefield servers, and/or raising interest in AK907 via other outlets go a long way into considering a member for a promotion. AK907 is in need of various skills and we also have a lot of people here that are knowledgeable in the various items we need assistance with, so if you’re interested in learning a new technology (SQL or Server Administration for example), talk to a founding member so we can get a course set for you so you can learn some stuff!

The State of the Battlefield

DICE is continuing their patches and updates to Battlefield 4. The latest patch, R24 released on the 6th of Feb. broke some things and fixed some others. There is another patch (R25) due out Thursday that will address a ton of things, including the things that R24 broke. Some of us have high hopes that we will be unlocking those Second Assault assignments by playing Metro, but I wouldn’t count on that actually happening just yet. I know that they are getting ready to release the second map pack, we just don’t know when that will be – a lot of these patches have included items needed for Second Assault, so we know it is coming.

I know it has been a difficult journey up the highly patched Battlefield 4 road, with all the barriers and potholes along the way, but things are getting better. It’s time for us to come back together, as a group, and show our support to DICE and start playing the game more! Thursday nights are a prime time for this, and honestly we cannot do it without YOU there! Please show up on TeamSpeak between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central Time and join us for the weekly clan event!

That’s all for now; I look forward to seeing you all 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

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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!

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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

 

Today’s post is all about last Thursdays Weekly Clan Event winner, and everything we’ve been able to find out about the Battlefield 4 announcement.

Last Weeks Winner

Well, last weeks clan event was great with 9 people joining us on TeamSpeak to fight for the prize! We pwned it up on the new End Game maps and dominated the opposing force every time. The winner of last weeks clan event, with a total of only 4 Air Kills, is AFTERBURN321!

 

AK907 Clan Battlefield 3 End Game

Congrats to this week’s winner: AFTERBURN321!!!

Congrats man, and the best of luck to those who join us this Thursday for our Weekly Clan Event. This weeks clan event challenge is to have the HIGHEST OBJECTIVE SCORE between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, March 28th. Be sure you join us on TeamSpeak so you are eligible for the week of fame!!! I look forward to seeing you online tomorrow so we can pwn it up!

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 was announced to the media yesterday, and to everyone else this morning, and it is a site for sore eyes (that have been staring at Battlefield 3 for the past 2 years…) There’s a 17 minute video of campaign gameplay that is definitely enticing to watch:


Here are some of the key items that I spotted throughout this video, and that have me curious for more:

  • Challenge Invite from XXXX – this pops up on the screen during gameplay.
    • What do challenges involve?
    • Are they anything like matches in the Battlefield 3?
  • Baku, Azerbaijan – The “Fishing in Baku” video (above) is hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan which is located on the Eastern shore of the Caspian Sea
  • Massive Environments – The skyscrapers in the video above appear to be fully accessible, or at least more accessible than towers in Battlefield 3
  • Massive Destruction – The skyscraper started falling apart because it was being attacked by an attack chopper.
    • This could have been a video sequence considering the video shows campaign gameplay, but it certainly look promising. Explosions from grenades look incredible!
  • Trophy System – There appears to be some kind of a trophy system, or maybe this is related to challenges, in the upper right-hand corner of the video.
  • Weapons are more customizable (such as the ability to detach/lay down the scope of your weapon so you can use the iron sites)
  • Battlefield 4: Premium – Confirmed

What peaked your interest while watching the video? What are you most excited to see? What are you most disappointed about from watching the video? Comment below!

Other Stuff

There’s a poll going on in the forums right now requesting a vote to change game mode rotation on the 48 slot server. Please read and submit a vote before tomorrow’s clan event!

http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=188

I believe I have fixed the auto-balance issues that were happening on the AS server. I hopped online yesterday and actually got the AS server populated before I realized it was so late and I still had work to do…  I also believe I’ve fixed a lot of the spam issues we were having with the forums. I know most of you guys never saw any of this, but we were getting multiple spam registrations per day on the forums and every since I implemented the fix, we haven’t had a single false registration. That being said, please let me know if you find you are having issues posting to the forums, and leave me as many details as possible so I can try to fix it.

That’s all I have for today, but I look forward to seeing you online for tomorrows Weekly Clan Event!

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

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!

Sunday’s Winner

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! 🙂

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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. 🙂

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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.

Battlefield 4

 

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!

Dog Tags copyCheck out some of the details about BF4 here in the forum post I made, and leave comments so we can start a discussion! 🙂

That’s all I have for today everyone, but I sincerely look forward to seeing you online tonight so we can all get together and get our servers populated and pwn the newbs!!!

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

 

Thursday night’s clan event winner is discussed as well as End Game and the [AK907] Clan Meeting on Sunday.

[AK907] Clan Meeting

Next week is going to be a big week for [AK907] as we are going to be

  • Meeting Sunday to determine several factors about the clan as well as core members
  • Increasing the player count from 26 to 48 slots on our Chicago server
  • Switching the 48 man server to CTF-ONLY (on the 12th)
  • Purchasing an additional 24 slot Air Superiority-ONLY server (implemented on the 12th)

I don’t know how to say this without sounding like a complete douche, but it is imperative that you join us on Sunday for the clan meeting. Even if you do not have anything to give, your opinion still matters to me and I would appreciate if everyone that has been on the TeamSpeak server in the past 6 months join us on Sunday to talk about things. The agenda for the meeting can be found here (http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=167) but the items I will be discussing are going to be brief and I will try to finish my topics as quickly as possible so I can address each of the people that join us for the meeting.

Last Night’s Winner

Last night I got online a little later than normal due to me being behind on a lot of things because of my move last week and my vehicle problems. I did catch up with a bunch of stuff and hop on the [AK907] Clan Battlefield 3 Server and try to get it going for us. After sitting in the map rotation that the clan voted on for about 2 hours with no one joining the server, I decided to change things up a bit and re-implement the GunMaster/Domination rotation. Sure enough, shortly after switching the maps to a Domination game mode, the server started receiving players. We managed to gather about 8-10 people online last night, and with 200% tickets we were able to hang on to most of those players through several maps until well after 11:00 PM.

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

 

A big shout out to =365=X1101110266 for hopping on the server later last night and helping to maintain the player count! The =365= Insomnia Clan has pledged their assistance in helping the [AK907] Clan get going and with any questions we may have about clan related items. They have also offered to assist us in getting our server started, if we find we desperately need the help. 🙂 That being said, I would like to say “thank you” to everyone in the =365= Insomnia Clan for being so welcoming to us, and specifically for allowing me to ask the questions I’ve asked and to play on the =365= server without worrying about pissing people off. THANK YOU!

That being said, there was a sign-up in the forums last night for the weekly clan event, but since I’ve had such a rough week and only one person signed up for the event, I decided to change the event to “no sign-up required” for yesterday only, and to just work off of the people that hopped on the TeamSpeak server. This is going to be something that is discussed in the clan meeting on Sunday as well. Even given that I was going off of the TeamSpeak list, there was only 3 people (including myself) that were online for the clan event yesterday. After the dust settled and the kills were counter, it was determined that this weeks clan event winner was KUCF with a total of 116 kills! Congrats man, and good luck to everyone for next weeks event!!!

Battlefield 3: End Game

The End Game map pack has been released for Premium PS3 players, and while I haven’t downloaded and started playing it on my PS3 yet, I have read several reviews that have only gotten me more excited for this release! What has really got my goat is this video:

Specifically the first 25 seconds of it. I’m not gonna lie. I’m pretty turned on from watching it again. I have read quite a bit about what EA/DICE was trying to accomplish with this final release and it definitely sounds like they have succeeded in what they were trying to accomplish. Their goal for End Game was to use the Fostbite 2 Engine to render 4 distinctly different seasons across 4 different maps:

  • Kiasar Railroad with it’s spring setting offering players a vast landscape with, as the name suggests, a railroad cutting through it creates a simple yet effective crossroad layout
  • Nebandan Flats is the summer settings with a low and very flat desert location offering players capture points centered around small groups of buildings to take cover in
  • Operation Riverside offers a “tangle of rural pathways leading down to a chaotic jumble of buildings”, including a river as a natural boundary and plenty of buildings to use as cover
  • Finally, Sabalan Pipeline with the winter season, that takes place in a snow-covered oil refinery with each capture point built around lots of cover

What’s obvious about these maps is they are definitely Battlefield maps with a familiar feel, not catering to a particular style of gameplay such as the CQD maps. The End Game map packs also bring back to Battlefield the original CTF and Air Superiority game modes which are bound to liven things up for a while until Battlefield 4 is released.

One of the most exciting items coming with End Game is the new DropShip, which is a C-130 Hercules that has the ability to drop vehicles  into much-needed locations:

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Dropship: A new vehicle that will be coming with the Battlefield 3 End Game map pack.

That’s all I have for today. Congratulations to KUCF for the win this week (second week in a row, so someone new has to win next week), and I look forward to seeing you all online Sunday at 9:00 PM (Central) for the [AK907] Clan Meeting.

Have a great weekend, and see you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry

Hello everyone, and thanks for taking a look! I’m going to go over this weeks [AK907] Weekly Clan Event, our clan meeting coming up in March, and some more hints about Battlefield 4.

[AK907] March Clan Meeting Agenda

Please place a spot in your calendar and plan to attend the [AK907] Clan Meeting on Sunday, March 10th, starting at 9:00 PM Central Time. This meeting is going to be pretty much an informal “launch party” for the [AK907] Clan and we are going to determine if the clan members are willing to donate to the clan so we can have things like a clan server, bigger and better prizes, and what to do with “excess” funds. The agenda for the meeting is:

  • Discuss and obtain commitment from members who are willing to financially back the clan
    • We need to find out what our finances will be over the next month, 6 months, 1 year, and 5 years and at least get some commitment to the clan
  • Discuss what “donating” (aka: Core) members will receive for their donations
    • Additional privileges on the clan servers, additional abilities, and additional weight when voting/discussing the clan’s future?
  • Discuss what the goals of the clan is over the next year
    • To obtain enough donating members to purchase a Battlefield 4 server the second they come available
    • To increase interaction between members by way of the clan forums

[AK907] Weekly Clan Event

This week’s event is bound to be another fun one with several hours of pwnage! Sign up for the event is here: http://forums.ak907.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=161 If you do not sign up, you will not be eligible to win! You do NOT have to be a clan member to win this event! If you do not have an account on our forums, please send me a chat on TeamSpeak letting me know your name, nickname, and email address and I will create one for you.  This week’s challenge is to have the HIGHEST AWARD SCORE between 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central time!

Make sure you join us on TeamSpeak by clicking the link below, and definitely hop on our Battlefield 3 server so you can join in on the action!

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Click to join the AK907 Clan TeamSpeak 3 server!

 

Battlefield 4/Playstation 4

More and more has been coming out about Battlefield 4 since Sony announced their fourth gen console. Today I found out that Battlefield 4 will only be available on next-gen consoles, meaning if I want it, I’m going to have to spend massive dollars on a new PlayStation!

Sony and EA/DICE hinted at the possibility of Battlefield 4 being part of the Sony Announcement that took place on February 20th, 2013 by posting the image below 15 hours before the event.

AK907 Battlefield 3 ClanSome of the system specs include the use of x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” 8 core processor, AMD Radeon graphics, GDDR5 (8GB), GB Ethernet, and the list goes on. I think it’s going to be an interesting prospect that will definitely compete with Microsoft’s XBOX, especially after reading GameStop’s CEO’s twitter feed!

That’s all I have for today, but make sure you join us on Thursday for a fun night of gaming and competition!

See you on the battlefield, SOLDIER!

-GvnrRickPerry