First off, I want to thank you all for supporting TAW’s Community Fund this last month. You all managed to raise $2254.86 to help TAW not only maintain the website and teamspeak but also support our future website development. I want to give a special thank you to the Treasury (Jedi and TBone) for coordinating this fundraiser. Without both these guys, we would be lost! I would also like to put a special thank you out there to CPL_StonkingByte, winner of the CIC for the Day drawing, and his division Arma for allowing me to join them for their Tuesday practice!
I was honestly a little unsure of how the CIC for the Day would go when I first conceived of it, but I was overwhelmed at the great suggestion from StonkingByte to interview the Central Command. I was very impressed with the great questions he asked, and we have linked this interview at the bottom of this article. I strongly suggest you have a listen, especially if you are a new member. I hope this is the first of many opportunities to have such a great dialogue!
Equally enjoyable was my invitation to attend an Arma practice with StonkingByte. I was a little nervous joining an all new game, but I installed the programs and anxiously waited for Tuesday. I don’t really have the words to describe the experience I had! At first I was overwhelmed with what appeared to be a very complex game, but once I got established it flowed so smoothly. For those of you that don’t know the game of Arma, it is unlike any game I have played. Focusing less on eye candy and more on content, Arma is a thrill to play!
After a quick tutorial from NoCents (thanks by the way), I jumped into the channel and received my briefing in the custom mission created for the evening. Arma gives members the ability to created custom scripted content, of which I am told our own CC member Lucky is quite the expert. I was assigned to Dog Squad and tasked with the dangerous mission of crossing open territory to recover SMAWs (Rocket Propelled Grenades) from a destroyed convoy in order to support some civilians that had taken cover in a nearby crater. The coordination in the Arma team was spectacular as they covered dedicated zones and communicated with incredible efficiency.
We next played on what I think was called a “domination” map. We were tasked with attacking a series of cities and clearing them out. After getting my assignment, I loaded up in a giant Chinook helicopter. After “dust off” with my night vision goggles on and the roar of the rotor blades, I felt a visceral thrill like I was on a special ops mission to Abbottabad! While my squad attacked the city from the West, coordinated hits were coming in from all directions. Our ground and air assets worked together to finally rout the enemy and clear the town. The second city was even more challenging and I found myself para dropping in more times than I would like to admit!
I want to thank again Arma for their hospitality. I will be back as soon as I can. I am still a full time player in BF, so I can’t let my platoon down. Thanks again to StonkingByte for a great interview and a great time! (Be sure to have a listen below). And thank you all for your continued support of TAW!
Click here to listen to the audio recording
IcarusCommander in Chief
Very Nice. Enjoyed every minute of it. Except the part where Cutt left out the Media crew at the beginning. Don't forget about us :P
Good read and listen. I appreciate you guys posting this and those questions were great!