I’m not sure what everyone else has been up to as of late, but I have been pretty occupied with life. Lots of things have happened, life changes you know, but I’m still a gamer at heart and I don’t think there’s much that could stop that.
Before the TeamSpeak server went offline (long story, but suffice to say I’m working on remedying the issue as Discord is becoming a royal PAIN with all of the outages lately), I stopped play Battlefield and started playing other games, as did a lot of us. PUBG, Rainbow Six: Siege, Call of Duty, and I’m sure a lot of the other guys continued their LoL and WoW (and now WoW: Classic) binges. The first time I played PUBG with “the guys”, I excitedly asked (as I had just picked up a fat suppressor or something along those lines) “Ohhh, do you get to keep the loot if you die?”… They laughed, I laughed, but I didn’t know why… Then I asked if you get to keep it if you lived and won the match. They let me down gently, but I was really looking forward to something different than “drop in, find a gun/loot, and survive”. A few months after that, I saw ExecCS on Twitch trying out a new game called Escape from Tarkov. I studied the game carefully for a good week of watching streamers like Kotton, DeadlySlob, Markstrom, and others, before deciding to go “all-in” and buying the “PAY-TO-WIN” version of the game: the Edge Of Darkness Edition.
Edge of Darkness comes with a few perks over the standard game, but any paid-for version gets you on the battlefield, AND you get to keep the loot (if you live, or stick it far enough up your….). Looking back, I’m glad I got the EoD edition, but I do feel like I’m missing out (ever so slightly) on a bit of playability via the newly implemented hideout. On the other hand, I’m glad I do have this version of the game because I start out with a bigger, erm… “Container” that you can use to stick things in that will allow you to keep said things if you die. This can be a VERY big deal in the Tarkov Loot economy – making sure you make it out of the raid with SOMETHING in your container means you might be able to at least put a down payment on the next raid.
Raid’s don’t cost “money” to go into (with one minor exception there), but you generally want to go in more geared than not – though there are the fair share of “hatchet runners” / bambies. After playing this game pretty much solely for over 2 years, the way I see it is; the more protected you are when you first enter a raid, the better your chances of making it out alive are… That said, be prepared to die, and die a LOT. If you have above a 15% survival rating prior to reaching level 25 or so, you’ll have done a LOT better than I did this season! I played Tarkov alone for the first 6 months and had some of the biggest jump-scares I’ve had, and my heart has been racing more playing this game than any other game (maybe with the exception of anger with Siege, LOL!). Being a solo-player on Shoreline in the middle of the night, wearing your first pair of NVG’s and a kit that’s WAY too big for your britches, and seeing a five-man even more kitted than you in the distance – and KNOWING you have the drop on them, will make you excited in ways that’s hard to describe. There’s “Only in Battlefield” moments, for SURE, but WOW are there “Only in Tarkov” moments too!
If you do decide to try out Tarkov, be warned that it is one of the most difficult games that I have ever had to learn how to play, but that journey was one of my favorites in ANY game so far. Personally, I’m glad I took the first 6 months of the journey alone, but things have changed with the game quite a lot in the past 2 years, and that opinion may change if I were to start again today. I have a good group of friends that I have made (some have stayed with me from Siege) and we team up pretty regularly to play squad matches of Tarkov – which is still VERY hardcore and there are LOTS of deaths (one night, I killed my own squadmate and myself multiple times with grenades, accidentally of course, but we were laughing the whole time). You have to use communication, callouts, and general map knowledge and game sense to figure out who is the bad guy and who is your buddy.
Here’s a short clip of a 3-man solo-takedown, with my team right behind me for backup. You’ll hear some coms, you’ll see how crazy and confusing things can be in the heat of the moment, and you’ll see some of the negatives we’re experiencing in the game (note the lag the third player had before he died). It’s not like that all of the time; when it’s good, it’s really good, when it’s bad, it sucks. I think it’s gonna take a lot to tear me away from this game though…
In the interim, until we can get the TeamSpeak up again, or some other permanent form of team-communication, anyone is welcome to catch up with me and the crew on my Escape from Tarkov Discord that can be located here: https://discord.gg/DG38DDx
I will try to update y’all more frequently, but no promises!
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!
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 launchan 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: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.The 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):
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!
Just stopping by to let everyone know to be on the lookout in the coming months… We’ve got a Battlefield: Hardline release out in a few months and AK907 is looking to go back to action and kick some Battlefield @$$!!!!
I will try to organize a meeting before the BF:H release so we can try to get back on track… This release has me pretty excited… Hell, it can’t go WORSE than Battlefield 4 did, RIGHT?????
I’ll try to add things here as I come across them and link back from other posts, but I’ll try to start a running list of things all members should be doing here, including how to configure TeamSpeak 3 for use on AK907 servers, how to use the home page blog and menu system, how to receive notifications in the forums, and other things.
How do I install TeamSpeak and connect to the [AK907] TeamSpeak server?
You can download TeamSpeak here. Choose the client software (not the server) and then select the correct version of the client (3nd 32-bit or 64-bit versions if you’re using Windows — if you’re not sure, click here). The process is straightforward so just follow the steps and accept all the agreements.
Once TeamSpeak is installed, open the program and you will be prompted with an introductory setup wizard. It is best to go through this introduction, as it will help you set most of the necessary settings needed in TS. Please be SURE to enable Push-To-Talk for the AK907 TeamSpeak server, as this is a rule to be allowed on the server. Not following this simple rule can result in frequent and often channel kicks, and could even result in a temporary ban.
Once this is complete, select “Connections” in the upper-left hand corner of the window, and select “Connect” from the dropdown menu. For server address, enter the [AK907] TeamSpeak server address (ak907.net),and in the nickname box enter your Battlelog ID so your teammates know who is talking. Leave the password box empty as there is no password needed for our TeamSpeak server and leave all the other boxes their defaults, unless you know what you are doing. Click the Connect button to be connected to our servers default channel – The Lounge. To switch channels, simply double-click the channel you wish to join! When not in the gaming channels, please try to watch your language as you never know who could be listening – several of us have young children that we would prefer not to hear (or see, in the case of nicknames) foul or inappropriate language. In the “Gaming” channels, anything goes though!
How to use the AK907 Forums
Signing up for and registering on the forums should be a self explanatory process, so I won’t insult you with providing that information here… Suffice to say, just click the “Register” link and follow the directions.
Once your account has been created, there is an admin-approval process where admins MUST click a link to enable the account. We’ve been burned in the past and have accidentally allowed spammers/spambots into our forums, which is why admin-approval is required for new accounts. This may change when AK907 grows to be a bit bigger and there are regular forum sign-ups, but for now you must wait until an admin physically clicks the “Activate Account” link before you’re allowed to post on the forums. Generally, this is done relatively quick and we will add you to the appropriate groups so you have the correct forum access around the same time.
Once your account has been activated, you may log in to the forums and start signing up to receive email notifications. This is HIGHLY recommended as it provides a little email “reminder” whenever someone posts on the forums that you need to check them out. This is especially useful if you have a smartphone and receive email on that device. To subscribe to the forums, you must complete this process for EACH forum you have access to, as well as any new forums you may gain access to once your membership status changes:
Click the forum to browse the posts (for the first forum under “General”, this would be “General Discussion”)
Scroll to the very bottom and click the “Subscribe forum” check box (mine says “Unsubscribe forum” because I’m already subscribed)
Repeat for every forum you have access to, or would like to receive notifications for
On another note, the reset password link does not work for the forums, but we are working on implementing a fix. In the interim, if you need to reset your password, please let me know any way you would like (though TeamSpeak is probably the best way).
This is the last item I will mention on this first post (and hopefully I will reword that if/when I do edit this post in the future… Haha!), which is the WordPress Blog Menu System… I have changed this up a little today to add some clarity to the menu items. I will list each of the menu items here and what exactly they do:
[AK] Home – This just takes you back to https://www.ak907.net/ and is the same as clicking the banner at the top of the page.
[AK] Server Info – Non-Clickable top-level menu item
[AK] Clan Servers – A list of our current servers and providers/hosts.
[AK] Battle-Stats – Player server stats for our supported game servers (BF4 right now) – go here to check your stats on our servers!
[AK Server Rules – A complete list of all rules for playing on AK907 servers – these are also announced in-game.
[AK] Forums – A direct link to the AK907 Forums (http://forums.ak907.net)
[AK] Blog Categories – Non-Clickable top-level menu item
General Information – List all blog posts under the “General Information” category
Community Announcements – List all blog posts under the “Community Announcements” category
Gaming – List all blog posts under the “Gaming” category
[AK] About The Community – Non-Clickable top-level menu item
[AK] Member Roster – A complete and up-to-date list of ALL AK907 members and their ranks
[AK] Clan Membership App – A Google Documents form that interested parties can fill out if they wish to apply to become an AK907 member
[AK] Volunteer Application – A Google Documents form that members can fill out if they wish to volunteer their time and services to the [AK907] Clan
[AK] Ranking System – A page describing all of the ranks within the [AK907] Clan, what they are, how to get them, and what is expected of people who have those ranks
[AK] Current Games – A list describing what games the [AK907] Clan plays on a regular basis (needs updating)
About the AK907 Community – A page written to describe the [AK907] Clan to people, what we are, who we are, what we like, etc. (needs updating)
That’s all I have for today, but I will try to post additional “help information” back here on this page as the issues come up. I appreciate any and all feedback you can provide regarding this page – if something is in error, please let us know so it can be fixed!
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: https://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!
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!
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)
$75.70 (!!! No Seattle location – only CA, TX, and VA!!!)
$85.75 (I like these guys – good experiences in the past)
$75.90 (Something doesn’t seem “right” with these guys…)
$77.88 (CPU Priority feature is $10)
$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:
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”.
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:
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!
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!
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
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).
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!!!
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Some 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!
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