A Spin Up Meeting has been set for Star Citizen on Sunday 1st of March 21:00 GMT
If you're interested in this game please come along and join us in the meeting.
The meeting will be held in the VG - *Spin Up Meeting Channel* on TeamSpeak
If you're unable to attend the meeting but would like more information, please contact the staff leader responsible for the unit or any other Vanguard staff.
Star Citizen - Spin-Up Leader Zoloft, meeting 1/03/15, 21:00 GMT (4pm EST)
Welcome to the first edition of the Vanguard Blog.
Starting from today, each month will feature a Blog containing updates on our current units, upcoming units as well as dates for any units launching out of VG.
In each edition we will also cover a specific topic. This could be anything from a specific part of the VG process to something broader (ie. recruitment or event management).
This month we will start by looking at how to bring a new game into Vanguard.
The first step in the process would be to suggest the title to Vanguard Command through our ‘Future Games’ form (found here). This will let us know who is interested within the community, as well as seeing who would be willing to assist in spinning up the unit.
Before a game can be brought into Vanguard there needs to be a show of interest within the existing TAW community. This can be presented through various means, but a forum thread in the Vanguard Discussion and Questions (here) is a good way to go about it or, as described above, by filling out the ‘Future Games’ form
As a general rule, we only accept games into Vanguard that have reached at least open beta stage of development. However, we take each suggestion presented to us, and decide on a case by case basis. Exceptions can be made in regards to games that have not yet reached open beta, if we find that the circumstances permit it.
Once a game has been suggested to us, VG will begin to regularly assess and re-assess the viability of the game. Once confidence in the title has been formed, and a sufficient amount of internal interest has been shown, VG will contact Army Command, presenting information about the game and the playerbase. With the agreement between Vanguard and Army Command, the search for a Spin-Up Leader can begin.
A Spin-Up Leader can theoretically be anyone interested in assisting the start up of the unit, but in practice it is most often someone who has at least battalion level officer experience. Divisional level experience is not required, but it is looked upon highly.
With a SUL identified, and the game released for public consumption, a Spin-Up meeting can be set and the game can officially be added to Vanguard Horizon Division and begin the process of Spinning-Up.
With that, read on to see how our current units are going along. We have updates from all 7 of our current teams;
[DZ] DayZ, [HS] Hearthstone, [INS] Insurgency, [EV] Evolve, [GW] Guild Wars, [WF] Warframe, [HW] Homeworld
For more information on each of our teams, read the upcoming edition of TAW’s monthly newsletter ‘From The Battlefield’. Each of our Spin-Up Leaders have submitted reports from their units and they can be found there.
Overall, in the month of January DayZ division gained a substantial number of new recruits, with a very high retention rate. In mid-January, the NA Battalion did an operation that consisted of obtaining every vehicle on the server and moving their way down the coast via a convoy escorted by 20 armed players. The DayZ developer team just released patch 0.53 to stable and everybody is looking forward to the new items, locations, and features that come along with it!
As some additional news from the DayZ unit, Vanguard would like to congratulate them on launching out to 1st Corps at this weekends TFO meeting (22/02/2015).
Hearthstone gained 18 new recruits in month of January to boosted numbers to over 40 active members. The unit held an open tournament on February 11 with battle.net cards as prizes for the 1st and 2nd place winner. Congratulations to Garylol for winning and jon11881 as runner up. Full results can be found in the upcoming edition of “From the Battlefield”.
This month has been an exciting one for Insurgency. The first half of January, they had several scrimmages with them as the victors. They are currently preparing to split into multiple battalions, and have recently reached tier 2 in Vanguard. They have been steadily bringing in recruits each week and we look forward to what the future holds for them and their place in TAW!
Evolve is off to a good start, with a successful recruitment drive bringing in a sizeable number of new recruits. A couple of big names in the community have also joined TAW including a popular twitch streamer. They are planning on entering a few tournaments in the coming weeks.
Guild Wars 2
The unit has had a lot of fun recently with fractles and dungeon runs. We have some particularly active events that happen weekly on monday and friday at 1800-2000 EST. We do anything from guild bounties to fractles to dungeon runs. Swing by and join us one day.
For the first time ever a TAW Member won the 1000 platinum draw during a Primetime stream. Please be sure to give your positive feedback (and plat begging) to Flamesoul who has been steadfast in his attendance to Primetime and Developer-Streams for over four months. In Warframe they have been given much to rave about as the game continues to improve in many respects. One thing of particular importance in the past month is the complete revamp of stealth and the introduction of the new stealth quest line. Greater rewards and a splinter cell like feel are just some of the adjustments. If there ever was a patch to remind you that "Ninjas play for free"(TM by Warframe), this is it.
For those who play Warframe and have your own clan or are already part of a clan in Warframe, we are pleased to announce our new Alliance system in place. Convert your whole Clan into a TAW clan. For more information regarding current Clan or Alliance set up please contact KalaniJ.
On the 25th February a new and revamped Homeworld will be launched. If you played this when you were a child then you will not be disappointed by the remastered version. HW has new missions and a whole new way of playing online. It now offers 8 vs 8 and has the ability to play HW 1 ships against HW 2 ships. This game is offering something unique which no other game has done before. Gearbox is giving you the software for free to enable you to make your own MODs and if it gets voted in by Gearbox it will be made a permanent feature for all to download and play. You also have the ability to design your own clan ships. Gearbox are creating a HW 3 so, there is a future for this game within TAW. This game was originally released in 1993 and the sequel in 2003. Spy software stopped the online gaming aspect in 2008. since then 1.5 million have petitioned to get this game remastered and released again as it was so popular back in the day. If this game has the following that it had when it was first released it should go far and be very popular with gamers.
Eifer [CC VC] | Vanguard Commander
Andrewki [CC VLC] | Vanguard Lt. Commander
Newo [VG PIO] | Vanguard Public Information Officer
A Spin Up Meeting has been set for Homeworld on Saturday 21st of February 22:00 GMT
Homeworld - Spin-Up Leader PWRR, meeting 21/02/15, 22:00 GMT (5pm EST)
A Spin Up Meeting has been set for Evolve on Saturday 7th of February 22:00 GMT
Evolve - Spin-Up Leader Sixthgear, meeting 22:00 GMT (5pm EST)
A Spin Up Meeting has been set for Warframe on this Saturday 17th of January 21:00 GMT
Warframe - Staff Officer KalaniJ, meeting 21:00 GMT (4pm EST)
*courtesy of KalaniJ*:
'Attention! Warframe has been started up as a tier 4 Vanguard division. Warframe is a fun cooperative free-to-play online action game set in an evolving sci-fi world through out the solar system where the balance of power is ever shifting. Join your friends in player-vs-enemy raids or player-vs-player arena battles across the solar system and master the power of over 20 unique Warframes. Defeat various enemies with dozens of unique guns and swords to grow in power. Stand alone or fight together against enemies that threaten your world.'
A Spin Up Meeting has been set for Warface on this Thursday the 15th of January 21:00 GMT
If you're unable to attend the meeting but would like more information, please contact the Spin-Up Leader responsible for the unit, or any other Vanguard staff.
Warface - Spin-Up Leader doomedtnt, meeting 21:00 GMT (4pm EST)
In a status report last month, Bohemia Interactive put out a call to hear about the DayZ clans and communities out there. They would select the top 3 and give them free server hosting for one year as well as the option of a private shard to go with it. Of course, we couldn't resist this opportunity and we had to enter ourselves into the mix. There were so many entries it took the developers an extra two days after the scheduled announcement date to come up with the winners. I am proud to say that we are one of the top three communities chosen out of hundreds and hundreds of entries. The announcement was done in the most recent status report found here.
Our current server costs about $97 per month to keep up and running. With this free server we will save nearly $1200 so this is an absolutely huge prize! We will now have our own private server as well, which is something we have always wanted but wasn't financially viable. Congratulations to everybody in DayZ division, you guys and gals deserve it!
1st LT. GunRunner
DayZ NA Commanding Officer
EDIT: I have received multiple requests to view the entry that we submitted to win the competition. That can be found on the third post of this forum topic: http://taw.net/forums/t/15070.aspx
Today 5 members of the Insurgency division: Nem, cOntact, Tackshooter, TheLastDalek, and Zabster spent 9 hours playing in a Insurgency tournament hosted by the xtcr clan. The tournament had 2 brackets with $200 for the winners of the winners bracket and $100 for winners of the losers bracket.
Our team started 13:00 Eastern time (12:00 Central) to start participating in this tournament. They started off in their first match against a mixed team from the clans Casualty and ***. Their first match didn't go in their favour but, they got moved into the losers bracket. Through their many matches in the losers bracket, they faced many formidable foes but, they managed to triumph over them and make their way to the finals. In the finals, the faced the Team Famous clan who gave them a long and tough run for their money. TAW was able to beat them and these 5 members have won $100 from the losers bracket of this tournament.
A huge Hoah!!! (or URAH!!!) is well deserved for these members. Great job guys! You made us all proud today and we thank you for taking the time to partake in this tournament.
We have another Developer Spotlight coming up this week. I've arranged it so it falls a little later than the previous ones so that we do not interfere with mandatory events or Sentinel Academy.
This week we have the team from Survarium, an upcoming MMOFPS that combines a post apocalyptic feel with a classic FPS style, similar in style to most modern shooters.
There will be a channel in the lobby assigned for this event, it will only be accessible by members, however, if you wish to bring a guest you will be responsible for them and must move them to the channel yourself.
This Q&A session will occur on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 @ 4PM EST (10PM UTC+1).
We will be broadcasting it on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/TAWTV
Survarium is a free2play MMOFPS game set in the near future. The game focuses on the aftermath of a massive ecological catastrophe on Earth, the reasons behind which are only vaguely known.
Impassable woods advance onto cities from every side, as maddened animals and birds attack industrial complexes, military structures, warehouses and power-plants. Strange plants and mushrooms grow through concrete and steel. Scientists all over the world haplessly try to cope with the anomaly expanding with terrifying speed across the planet. Countries collapse; anarchy spreads throughout the world. Now force dictates who can survive.
The game is developed with new proprietary Vostok Engine technology.
There would be environmental disasters, NPP explosions, chemical plants catastrophes, extensive contamination over large areas.
Civilization would be derailed and nature would gradually take the man’s place. There will be new species, better adapted to survive in the new conditions.
Beyond the walls of the former populated cities there's the terrifying forest, that you can only get through with armored vehicles. In the city mad birds and animals crawl in from every side, frantically trying to trap survivors in the ruins.
The daring ones undertake regular trips into the depth of the forest trying to find the reasons behind the happenings. Maybe then we could find a way to cope with an anomaly spreading over the Earth.
Researchers are slowed by poisonous plants, mutants, wild animals and yet unknown threats of anomalies, where, like in the Bermuda Triangle, entire squads disappear.
You're one of us, a survivor on the tiny islands of camps amidst the storming ocean and the approaching Forest.
On behalf of Vanguard staff and myself, It is a pleasure to announce that the DayZ Standalone Unit has been promoted to a full spinup team. The hard work of our dedicated leadership team as well as our members have paid off! I am extremely excited for DayZ and the direction it has taken the recent few months. We have come a long way and I am proud of our accomplishments in Vanguard.
As tier 2, we are now open for general transfers TAW-wide. If you are interested in a transfer to DayZ, please send an e-mail to your CoC informing them of your intention to transfer.MGN JuvixSpin Up LeaderVanguard DayZ Unit
Thanks to the hard work of the staff for ArcheAge, we've hit tier 2. We are now able to accept internal transfers for this awesome game. If you would like to transfer to Arche Age please follow the correct procedure as listed below.
1. Email your CoC informing them of your request to transfer
2. Await a response (can sometimes take 1-3 days)
3. Visit us to let us know your intentions and introduce yourself if you haven't already done so.
4. Get transferred and fall into the ranks with us
5. Enjoy playing in our planned events and daily shenanigans.
What is ArcheAge?
ArcheAge is an MMORPG developed by Korean developer Jake Song (former developer of Lineage)
and his development company, XL Games. The game was released in Korea
on January 15, 2013, Europe and North America on September 16, 2014, and
has also had a closed beta in China. ArcheAge is described as a "sandpark" MMORPG, which the developers say is a hybrid of the open content style of a "sandbox" game and the more structured play experience of a "themepark" game.
Is ArcheAge free-to-play?
Yes! You’ll be able to play ArcheAge without purchasing the game or
paying a subscription. They offer optional Patron subscriptions
and non-recurring passes that will grant a number of great benefits
including the ability to own land in-game, a discount at the in-game
store, boosts, and more.
Come in and be what you want to be with 120 variants of classes you can play. Its war, its a farmers dream, its adventurers way of life from crafting to exploration, land and sea. Come in try it out and let us know if you are interested. Looking forward to seeing you in the game.
We have another Developer Spotlight coming up this week. I've arranged it so it falls a little earlier than the previous one so that we do not interfere with mandatory events or Sentinel Academy.
This week we have the team from The Repopulation, an upcoming MMO that combines the crafting and customization of Star Wars Galaxies, combined with Ultima Online, and various other sandbox style games.
This Q&A session will occur on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 @ 2PM EST (8PM UTC+1).
The Repopulation is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. The action takes place on the planet Rhyldan, with the only known remaining human population fighting for their very existence. The indigenous life forms did not meet their colonization efforts with open arms. Worse yet, humans have managed to splinter themselves into warring factions.
It is a sandbox oriented MMORPG with an eye on innovation. Rather than forcing players down preset paths they are instead allowed to walk the path which they enjoy the most. With a variety of combat oriented and non-combat activities to pursue, we believe we’ve created a game that can stand the test of time.
Just wanted to give a big thank you to everyone that participated, and to Redsword and SOCOP for their assistance.
This week's meeting went very well, apart from my 2 year vomiting everywhere mid meeting.
A recording of the meeting is saved on our Twitch stream: http://www.twitch.tv/tawtv/b/568642940
We will have more to come, check the website regularly.
One of the things we like to do here in TAW is connect our membership with developers of various games.
With that in mind we are bringing a series of upcoming Developer Q&A Sessions for up and coming games that are in development or Beta stages. Some of these games might be in TAW, others might now.
This week we have the Lead Designer of Life Is Feudal joining us on TeamSpeak to talk about their upcoming game.
This week we will be hosting this coming Sunday, September 14th, 2014 @ 3PM EST (9PM UTC+1).
We will also be streaming this on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/tawtv
"Life is Feudal" is a Sandbox MMORPG set up in a medieval world filled with numerous features. This game is offering players a lot of freedom that not many games do, they are not limiting players with anything, the only limitation is their imagination.
And this is just the beginning, there are many more features that you alone must learn about. Remember, Life IS Feudal...but it is your life.
A Spin Up Meeting has been set for ArcheAge on this Tuesday 9th of September 20:00 GMT
If you're unable to attend the meeting but would like more information, please contact the staff leader responsible for the unit
ArcheAge - Staff Officer Bamsen, meeting 20:00 GMT