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    FK Secret Santa: Digital Edition

    FK Secret Santa
    2020
     
    Due to the ongoing global pandemic, and the stresses that has caused on postal services this year's secret Santa will be a bit different. This year we will allowing only digital gifts to be given via Steam. While we understand that this is a break from the norm, it is a necessary one to keep everyone safe- and to not contribute to the already over stressed postal services across the globe. Despite these changes we hope that we can continue this tradition in good spirit, and celebrate the holiday season together.
     
     
    The Process: 
    If you would like to participate in this years Secret Santa please fill out the form below HERE
    You will then be matched up with another participant who you will be responsible for gifting to
    Please do take your time and check not only the information given to you about your gift receiver, but check out their steam Wishlist as well
    Send your gift by Dec 25th 
     
    The Rules:
    NSFW games are not allowed
    Please stick to games on your receivers Wishlist, or games you really think they will enjoy - gag gifts are fun, but disappointing when expecting a real gift
    Please keep gifts at around £ 20
    Unfortunately, there is no way to send anonymous gifts via steam - so this year will not be so secret but please do not ruin the surprise 
    If you can not give a gift, do not sign up to participate
     
    For more information or if you have any questions please message @Spartan_MiniMe directly.
     

    November 2020 Costs & Donations

    Hello all, I thought it was about time to sit down and update the costs for the FK servers/licenses currently, and let you know a bit about the work I've been doing since taking over from @Mavy. Since taking over from him I've been looking at our current costs (as they have not been updated in 2+ years even after changes in infrastructure) with the Tech team and how to cut some costs, some of which I've already done, and others I still have yet to do. So, let me recap on our changes before I get into the current costings.
    FK 2 has been replaced
    Something I noticed as soon as I looked at our current FK infrastructure is that FK 2, our 'carbon copy' of the ARMA box we use for FK 1, is used perhaps 1% of the time, and was just as expensive as FK 1 to run, clocking in at just over €40 a month. A bit steep, right? Thus last month we didn't renew that box and instead refreshed FK 2 with a virtual server hosted on our lovely Aux server hosted by @kMaNand @Garfield0003 (This also hosts FK ARMA 2/3/4/5, FTP Server, ARMA Admin/ARA Stuff, DCS Server, sometimes Minecraft). This effectively reduces required donations by over 40 euro a month as we are already paying for the FK Aux box. 
    FK Website
    As you may remember, the FK website was running quite slowly 6+ months ago, down to a mix of our provider and generally the FK website framework not being super robust. Before he left, Mavy moved us to a new cloud-based solution which sped up page loading a good amount, however he left shortly after this migration and didn't see the increase in costs caused by this migration, to costing over €100 a month in hosting the website, and associated logging/certificate management/DNS management. This is usually offset by the generous donations we receive, but it is still a large amount of money monthly and something I don't particularly enjoy paying for. Since removing FK 2, cutting this cost is my next task. Short term I will be looking to decrease the amount of resources allocated by this provider to reduce costs, and potentially long term looking at switching provider. 
    Website Modules
    Due to them not being particularly used, I have stopped paying for two website licenses; Videobox and Steam Profiles. This doesn't actually change much as the website will still feature these functions, however they won't be featured in any places and some of the Twitch functionality has been removed as it didn't really work anyway. If any website updates break these further (no license = no support/updates), they will be removed completely.
    Anyway, after those updates, let's move on to the current costs. 
    Updated Costs
    Type Name Collected Monthly Cost License Website License 6 Monthly (€40) €6.70 License Website Module - Awards Yearly (€7) €0.60 License Website Module - Automation Rules Yearly (€25) €2.10 License Website Module - TS Yearly (€15) €1.25 License Website Module - Discord Yearly (€10) €0.84 Hosting Website Monthly €134.30 Hosting FK ARMA 1 Monthly €41.00 Hosting Teamspeak Monthly €6.00 License Teamspeak Yearly (€0) €0.00 Hosting Bot Server Monthly €3.00 Hosting Email Hosting Monthly €5.00 Hosting FK Aux Server Monthly €92.10 Montly Total €292.89 Thus the new donations total will be €293, for ease (€0.11 buys me a beer in like, a year right?). I completely admit that this increased goal is a lot to do with the website hosting, so it will be rectified as soon as I have time to figure it out.
    Updating the donations page
    One of the points in passing from Mavy when he left was his plan to merge all the donations goals back into a singular goal for ease, and I agree with his intentions. This will make donations much easier to manage in the future, ensure costs are distributed evenly between FK 'services', and I will continue to ensure that costs are passed to kMaN and Garfield to pay for the Aux server (as they are kind enough to host that for us). 
    To conclude...
    That was a lot to take in! I'm glad you stuck around to read all this boring stuff. As always, my DMs are open for you to slide into if you'd like to discuss any of this, or reach me on Discord.
    Everyone who donates to FK has my eternal gratitude for continuing to host a community I'm proud to be a part of.

    November 2020 Modpack

    After many weeks of hard work, it's here! The latest update to our main Arma modpack. This modpack is the result of the second iteration of our Mod Testing Team process, and I would like to thank all who contributed for their hard work during the process. It's not a massive overhaul of an update, but we're adding a few interesting mods with some new toys to play with, as well as welcoming back a few older maps we've not had since 2018, so older members can look forward to some nostalgia there! The biggest addition of toys is likely Project Blufor, which cleverly uses gear from various mods we already have along with some high quality retextures and guns used with permission from other mods to create a number of new, mostly European factions! Highlights include French units with FAMAS', Czechs with CZ Bren's, and Canadians with C7s!
    One final notable addition is that of LAMBS_Danger.fsm. This is an AI enhancement mod that works alongside Zeus with new waypoints and modules along with tweaking their default behaviour in combat scenarios to bring a much more interesting and intelligent enemy. Zeuses do be sure to be aware of your smartened up tools, and players look forward to more challenging and varied encounters!
     
    While it may look like we've added a lot of mods but not lost a lot, the data size of the modpack has stayed more or less the same, at roughly 63GB. For those interested, here are some stats:
    Old (April) Modset Size (MB):  62809
    New Mods (MB):  5141
    Removed Mods (MB):  4799
    New Modset Size (MB):  63151
    Current (April) Mods Count: 47 
    New Modset Count: 54 (5 removed, 11 added)
     
    Anyway, on to the main details! This new modset will be live on FK1 from Monday, the 23rd of November. Updates to various internal mods and changes to the servers will happen at some point after main the previous day, and before the next main mission.
    Below you will find a full list of what's come and gone, but the important parts are next: Mod Presets!
     
    MOD PRESET + INSTALLATION
    The simplest way to get the new modset ready will be to import our new official FK Modset November 2020 HTML file. Instructions on how to do this can be found here. Remember we will not be using this preset until Monday the 23rd.
     
    SECOND SERVER
    Because FK Mods is still being used for main missions until release date, if you want try out the new mods on the second server in the meantime you will need to use the FK 2 PRERELEASE Week Preset. Please only use this preset if you want to try out the new mods on FK2 before full release on FK1, where both servers will use the main preset from the above point.
     
    MODS ADDED AND REMOVED
    Added
    A3 Thermal Improvement (Formerly whitelisted only) Distrikt 41 - Ruegen Em_Buildings (Dependency for Distrikt 41) F/A-18 Super Hornet 2020 (replacing the abandoned version we currently have) Isla Abramia Isla Duala LAMBS_Danger.fsm Napf Island A3 Portable Drone Project Blufor Project - Future Vertical Lift Removed
    F/A-18 Super Hornet Federally Administered Tribal Areas (aka PR FATA) FRXA TFAR Retextured Equipment Mull of Kintyre SFP: Swedish Forces Pack  

    New Community Managers Announcement

    Please welcome @Monocled Badger and @Spartan_MiniMe to the Community Manager Team!
     
              Badger is a veteran most known for his ability to teach and explain Arma 3 disciplines in guides. He currently is a Basic Trainer and a Squad Lead Trainer. Badger has been part of the community for 3 years off and on, and during his down time he enjoys crocheting.
     
              Spartan has held many roles within FK, from Medic Trainer to Moderator and we're happy to see him now pick up the mantle of Community Manager. Spartan is most known for his notable contributions to his roles, and his love for Anime. Spartan lives in California USA making him the first Community Manager from the United States of America.
     
    Please allow our new CMs to settle into their roles before bombarding them with questions and demands.
    Welcome to the team gentlemen! 

    Photo credit to @Timberhawk

    Running Man 2035 2nd Annual Charity Event

    November 1st kicks off the start to our 2nd Annual Running Man Charity Event!
    Saturday November 7th 4pm GMT
    The event will be streamed live on twitch.tv/fkgaming_eu
    7 Runners, 5 Hunters, 1 Winner! 
     
    Watch as Oper8 Heaven Hunters chase down:
    -FK Gaming
    -Tactical Training Team
    -Taskforce Auscorp
    -ArmaHosts
    -thebuckfastwine
    -Nillers
    -Team Brrt
    Those who perform the best will reap their rewards: prizes ranging from DLC to a signed photo from the Mayor of Aberystwyth to a limited edition print from a top UK artist!
     
    PLUS : Prizes for top Donators!
    The highest individual donator will win an Arma DLC of their choice!
    The community who donates the most collectively (be sure to list your group/unit when donating) will win a 3 month dedicated server from ArmaHosts!
    PLUS!!! If we surpass our €2000 goal that prize DOUBLES into a 6 MONTH dedicated server!!
     
    Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides medical care worldwide to people affected by conflict & disasters. MSF has been busier than ever during the Covid-19 Pandemic providing support around the world to keep essential medical services running smoothly. To read more about their response to Covid-19 visit their website HERE. Please take a moment, even if you do not plan on donating to read about MSF and the work they do. 
     
    TO DONATE:
    Visit the Donation page
    https://justgiving.com/fundraising/runningman2020
    Don't forget to list your group/unit when donating
    Thank you for helping us support such a worthy cause!

     
     
     

    INTREP 027

    INTREP is a community newsletter which covers all important information regarding FK Gaming. Published bi-weekly, FK's INTREP brings you up to speed with what's happening in your community.
     
    Meeting Reports
     
    Staff News
    Community Manager Election Update
    Applications for the vacant Community Manager positions have closed on Tuesday October 27th. Applications will now be forwarded to the Think Tank for deliberation until Sunday November 8th. The Announcement for the new Community Managers will be made on Monday November 16th. Good Luck to all the applicants!
    Public Relations Operations
    Jerichron's Spooky Spectacular
    Join us on Oct 31st during first main mission for Jeri's Spooky Spectacular, and Arma mission that will be sure to cause a few girly screams. We will be streaming the event live on our twitch so if you can't make it in person- be sure to join us in the chat! 
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
    Trainer's Corner 
    This is why we have co-pilots!
    Rotary wing tag holder @Rabit Salvokelk looses consciousness mid flight, his co-pilot @Tomo quickly takes control of the bird to keep it from falling out of the sky. This is why we have co-pilots! If you're interested in Rotary Wing training check out the Flight Training Discord!
    Community News
    Wattsits is promoted to the rank of Veteran
    After years of faithful service, @Wattsits has now joined the rank of Veteran along side his duties as Rotary Wing Trainer he will now be responsible for creating private rooms and complaining about the kids walking on his grass. Congratulations Wattsits.
    Liberation - Lythium

    Our forces are making good progress through Lythium. For modset and server information visit the forums here! Join our army as we fight to liberate this area!
    Gaming News
    Steam Halloween Sale!
    Steam's Halloween Sale is now live until November 2nd. Below I've linked just a few games that I've noticed people play on FK that you might be interested in. Check them out!
    No Man's Sky £19.99 / $29.99
    Red Dead Redemption 2 £36.84 / $40.19
    THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT £10.49 / $14.99
    Deep Rock Galactic  £17.49 / $20.99
    Borderlands 3 £24.99 / $29.99
    Monster Hunter: World  £16.49 / $19.79
    RimWorld £25.01 / $31.49
    Stellaris £8.74 / $9.99
    Hearts of Iron IV £8.74 / $9.99
    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege £6.79 / $7.99
    Elite Dangerous £4.99 / $7.49
    Hell Let Loose £18.74 / $22.49
    Barotrauma £10.74 / $14.99
    Golf With Your Friends £7.36 / $10.04
    BattleTech £8.74 / $9.99
     
     
    INTREP Cover Photo Credit goes to @Jerichron titled: Teaser Picture from his upcoming event "Jerichron's Spooky Spectacular"
    Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope you all get a chance to eat way too much candy and binge watch all the scary movies.  - ❤️ Rhea
     

    INTREP 026

    INTREP is a community newsletter which covers all important information regarding FK Gaming. Published bi-weekly, FK's INTREP brings you up to speed with what's happening in your community.
     
    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
    Recently many members of FK Gaming have been affected by a Steam hack. Do not click on any links given to you via Steam. If in doubt, always verify via TS or Discord with the person sending you the message. If you have already encountered this bot and did click on the link sent to you- change your password immediately and set up 2 factor authentication.  
     
    Meeting Reports
     
    Staff News
    Community Manager Applications are open now
    Applications for Community Managers are now live. Applications will close Tuesday, October 27th. To apply visit the forums HERE.
    Vericht Steps Down from Community Manager
    After years of dedication to his various roles within the FK Staff Team and Training Team @Vericht has decided to step down. He will now take up the role as Veteran. Thank you for all of your hard work Vericht. 
     
    Public Relations Operations
    Friday Night Fight 
    Friday Night Fights will continue with @Griffin68965 as team captain. If you are interested in representing FK Gaming in these TVT missions please message any PR officer or Liaison. The next FNF event has been published to the calendar, to view the event and RSVP check HERE.
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    Community News
    New Liberation Rule Set
    After months of deliberation the Moderator team and the CM Team have finalized the Liberation Ruleset. If you wish to play Liberation on FK Servers please read over the ruleset linked below. If you have any questions or need help understanding the rules please contact a moderator or post your question to the #staffquestions channel on the discord. Your lack of knowledge or understanding of these rules is not an excuse for breaking them. 
     
    Mod Testing Update
    FK2 Server will be locked for mod testing for the next few weeks. The mod testing team has been hard at work going through each mod one by one and providing useful guidance and feedback. To see if a mod you've suggested has been denied, check the thread below. Things are well underway, and should be able to produce the next modset by early November. 
     
    Show off your Mask! 
    Even through having to wear a mask in public sucks, we all know this is our new "normal". Our lives are forever changed by the Covid-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean it all has to be doom and gloom. Check out @WateryFox's thread here and share your masks!
     
    Representing FK Gaming in the Field! 
    Looking good @SilentGunner13


    Hope everyone has a great week! Next INTREP will be a special SPOOKY edition, can't wait! ❤️Rhea
     

    INTREP 025

    INTREP is a community newsletter which covers all important information regarding FK Gaming. Published bi-weekly, FK's INTREP brings you up to speed with what's happening in your community. 
    Meeting Reports
     
    Public Relations Operations
    Friday Night Fights
    FK Gaming has participated in 2 Friday Night Fights so far and plans to continue. All participants/possible participants will be added to the Public Relations Operations Discord to allow for easier communication and planning. If you are interested in representing FK Gaming during the Friday Night Fight TVT events please contact any PR officer or liaison. 
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    Community Managers Announcement
    Modset Testing for the NOV 2020 Modset
    It's that time of the year again! We're fast approaching November which means it's time to start testing out new mods for the new modset! At this time the Mod Suggestion thread for the November 2020 modset is now closed and the CMs have compiled a list of mods ready for testing. Thank you everyone for your suggestions.
    If you have spare time, and would like to help test these new mods and how they interact with each other please apply to be a part of the Mod Testing Team. It is crucial that we have thorough testing and feedback before implementing a new modset on FK1, and the Staff Team would greatly appreciate your help! You can apply HERE!
     
    Community News
    Ventfarter Promoted to Veteran
    @Ventfarter was promoted to the rank of Veteran this week. Vent has been a part of FK Gaming since March 2017. Congratulations Vent- well earned. 
     
    Colt makes a 'once in a lifetime' shot
    During a First Main Mission @Wheezy captured this gem while streaming from a Churchill Mark VII. Good shooting @colt92 
    Be sure to go visit Wheezy's twitch at WheezyActual and follow!
     
    Liberation is still running on FK 3 
    Want more Arma? We thought so- Check out our Liberation Server on FK 3!
     
    Guide Spotlight 
    @info Made this Asset Overview of the Helicopters we currently offer in our Modset. Perfect quick reference guide for Zeus' and players alike. Thank you for your time an hard work info! 
     
    INTREP Cover Photo Credit goes to @Sarissa Thanks for all the great screen shots! Keep 'em coming!
     ❤️Rhea
     
     

    INTREP 024

    INTREP is a community newsletter which covers all important information regarding FK Gaming. Published bi-weekly, FK's INTREP brings you up to speed with what's happening in your community.
     
    Meeting Reports
     
    Staff News
    Job Changes within the Community Manager Team
             The Community Manager team has done some shuffling of roles to ensure each department is fully staffed. @Cyico will now be assisting @Rabit Salvokelk with the herding of the Moderators and @OneMadPanda will be joining the Public Relations Team as a liaison. We wish them both the best in their new positions. Want to know what other roles there are within the CM team and who is filling them? Head over to the Staff Roster page to see!
    Public Relations Operations
    Secret Santa Volunteers 
             It may seem a bit early to be planning for Christmas, but when you're trying to organize a Secret Santa of epic proportions starting early is always a good idea. This year @Spartan_MiniMe will be heading logistics of the Secret Santa endeavor along side the PR team who will be offering advertisement and promotion. If anyone feels they would have the time, energy, and willingness to assist Spartan in the logistics of this year's upcoming Secret Santa project please contact him directly. Any and all help would be appreciated! 
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
    Community News
    Orders for Silent's Dog Tags have now been closed!
             The first order of FK Gaming branded dog tags is now complete! @SilentGunner13 has officially shipped out all of the orders for the new FK Gaming branded dog tags! Huge thank you to Silent for taking his time to offer these awesome tags to our community members. Also a big thank you to all who have ordered these tags! Now you can represent your community with pride!


    Doc got more patches!
             @Doctadoone has received more of the traditional patches to round out his already impressive stock-pile of new FK gaming logo patches. If you are interested in either type of patch or both check out Docta's post HERE and fill out the order form HERE. Huge thank you to Docta for going out of his way to provide these patches for the community. 

    Thanks to @Rabit Salvokelk for the pic!
     
    INTREP Cover Photo Credit goes to @SilentGunner13 "Guerrilla warfare in the trees leads to bloody fighting and disorientation on both sides"
    A bit of late INTREP this time guys, sorry about that. Wish I had a good excuse, but it really was just procrastination. Ah, well we're all human I suppose! Hope you enjoyed, see you in the next one! - ❤️ Rhea
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