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    INTREP 023

    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
    Big T Steps down from Community Manager
             "It was a great time being a part of the staff team for as long as I have. This community has grown and changed to the better over the years. It wasn't always easy to be part of staff and make decisions that make a part of the community upset no matter what we would choose. I have learned a lot and I still love this community, but due to me moving forward with life I no longer have sufficient time to fulfil my role. That's why I made the decision to step down. Best of luck and keep it up to the remaining members of staff."
    Chuck Yeager Steps down from PR
             "After being on the PR team since the beginning in July 2019, it's time to take a step back - Keep at it with fresh ideas & engaging community driven content to allow FK to keep on growing. Thank you to all staff for helping me out on numerous occasions and take care" 
     
    Public Relations Operations
    Running Man Charity Event 2020
             FK Gaming will once again join our friends from Oper8 Heaven and Team Brrrt this year to host our annual charity event benefiting Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Medicins Sans Frontiers is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. To learn more about this incredible organization and what they do, please visit their website HERE. 
    If you would like to view how our last years event went, it is up on our Youtube channel HERE!
    We will be opening applications for regulars and above to join in this event. At this time FNGs will not be permitted to participate. If you are interested please fill out the application HERE.
     
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    Trainer's Corner 
    Silberjojo Steps down from RTO Trainer
             After long consideration about his roles as a Moderator, FAC Trainer, SL Trainer, and RTO Trainer @Silberjojo has decided to step away from RTO Training stating "It's really just that I don't have the time to do trainings and evals in three disciplines, while still playing Arma for myself and we got two very competent trainers left, so I don't feel bad about leaving at this time, at all." We thank Silber for stepping up and helping with RTO training when it was necessary but understand that one person can only do so much at one time. 
     
    Point Forward steps down from Basic Trainer
             Point has decided after being unable to make time for Basic Training that it was time to step away from the role of trainer. We thank him for all his hard work and dedication to streamlining basic training. Basic Training will continue as normal with @Monocled Badger and @Jerichron. 
     
    Awarded Tags
             Tags awarded from August 8th to August 22nd. Congratulations and good work to all new tag holders!
    @Garfield0003 - RTO | @Wheezy - Armor Driver | @AngryScottishMan - Fixed Wing Pilot | @EnCrY - Medic | @Hurrrr - Team Leader | @colt92 - Team Leader | @johnb43 - Armor Commander | @Phanos - Armor Commander | @Lerto - Platoon 2IC
    Interested in becoming a tag holder? Check our our Training Section on the forums!
     
    Community News
    Basic Training Feedback - Have you attended a basic training? Badger would like your feedback to help make basic training better! 
    Main Mission time breakdown - Gditz has way too much free time on his hands and documented full main mission breakdowns. Now you know on average how long you have to get snacks before briefing ends! 
    New Unofficial Minecraft Server - Antimatter is hosting a new Minecraft server. The Mod-pack is Awakening - Sky of Diamonds. Read all the information below if your interested in playing.
     
    INTREP Cover Photo Credit goes to @Sarissa titled: Holding the Line taken from his event mission "Contact Lost - (UK WW2)"
     - ❤️ Rhea

    INTREP 022

    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
     
    Legendo Steps Down
            @Legendo has decided to step down from his role as a Community Manager this week. We thank him for all the time, effort and sanity he sacrificed as not only a Community Manager but also as a Moderator of this community. @Rabit Salvokelk will be taking over for Legendo as a Moderator Herdsman, and Public Relations Liaison. 

    Public Relations Operations
      
    Rainbow 6 Siege Final
            Many thanks to the participants of the FK R6:S Tourney! Commiserations to those who missed out on the final, @EHOPPPS Special Regiment and A White Engram, and commiserations to the Staff Team, Breadxit who fell at the final hurdle after a breath-takingly close match. Congratulations to Dynamic Warcrimes who after a shaky start won out in the final round possible, taking the spoils. Additionally, many thanks to those who volunteered their time as part of the production team: @Trinoc, Erwin, @Muhcreedy, Miiiish, JoeWaddy as our observer and @Deltabacon our producer and tournament admin.
    If you participated or spectated the competition at all, please leave some feedback (anonymously) in this form.
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit

    Trainer's Corner 

    Squad Lead Trainer's Announce New Training Methods
            A "Shadowing" Training session entails the Trainer taking the appropriate role (Team Lead or Squad Lead) and the Trainee as an attache. From there the Trainee shadows the Trainer and listens in to their communications (Local, Short Range and Long Range) and observes them in the role to see how and what decisions are made and how they conduct themselves. During this time it is highly encouraged the Trainee take notes and prepare questions for the feedback section (post mission debrief) where if needed the Trainer can answer questions on how they arrived at that decisions, what factors were they and why certain actions were taken.
    The purpose of this is to give another avenue of people going for Tags to understand what is required in a role and what to aim for in a practical sense, as this along side the usual training and feedback sessions should help people improve and get to the consistency that tags require.
    To request squad lead training or platoon training check out the training discord.

    Community News
     
    Balancing Arma3 on FK Servers
            Ever pick a gun out of the arsenal and then look at your weight and just say "there's no way it's that heavy!" Well, now thanks to the help of @johnb43 that hopefully will not be a problem on FK Arma3 Servers anymore! Earlier this week the CM team announced they would be rolling out changes in an effort to balance our mod-pack - among the changes made:
            - Added some new magazines, some from 'hidden' code
            - Changed lots of weapon and magazine weights to be more realistic or in line with each other
            - Added magazine compatibility to lots of weapons
            - Added some models to magazines so when you load them in certain weapons, they aren't invisible
            - Changed some models of some magazines
            - Changed some names and icons of items
            - Removed armor on non armored helmets
    And more - see the change log for a full list of changes. This is an ongoing effort to ensure that our servers are offering the most realistic but reasonable game play that is possible. Thanks again to johnb43 for his hard work and effort in this project. 

    Laser Engraved Dogtags 
        Longtime member, and now moderator @SilentGunner13 has taken the initiative to organize a group buy option for our very first FK Gaming branded Dog Tags! These dog tags are dual sided with the FK Gaming's official branded logo (Updated Version) with an option to have a custom inscription on one side. To order or learn more visit Silent's post.


    Upcoming Events
    FK Gaming Events are posted to the Calendar and also on our Discord. Be sure to keep an eye on both so you don't miss out on any events that you'd like to participate in!
    Friday 14/8/20 - Game Night: Among Us - Hosted by @Monocled Badger
    Saturday 15/8/20 - Contact Lost - (UK WW2) - 1st Main Mission - Hosted by @Sarissa
    Sunday 16/8/20 - Ace Medical System 101 (Rifleman's Guide) - Hosted by @Xenborg
    Saturday 22-8-20 - Basic Training 101 - Hosted by @Monocled Badger
     
    INTREP Cover Photo Credit goes to @Garfield0003 
    Another month come and gone. Thanks for reading! See you in the next INTREP - ❤️ Rhea

    INTREP 021

    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
    INTREP Questionnaire
             Thank you so much for your feedback on the INTREP Questionnaire. After consideration from your feedback and feedback of the Public Relations Team and Staff Team, we've decided to stick with bi-weekly INTREPs. In additions, INTREPs will not be sent via E-mail notification but instead will be announced via our Twitter Account- if you are not already following and receiving notifications now might be a good time. In addition INTREPs have been and will continue to be announced via discord, ensure that you do not mute the "announcements" channel to get up-to-date announcements. 
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    Events
    Friday the 31st - Halo Custom Events - Hosted by @Spartan_MiniMe 
    Saturday the 1st - Basic Training - Hosted by @Monocled Badger
    Sunday the 2nd - Space Station 13 - Hosted by @Spalone
    Keep an eye on the FKGaming Event's Calendar for upcoming events and training! 
     
    Trainer's Corner
    New Trainers
             As always there have been great strides taken to ensure that training will be available to all who are interested in it. To this end- 4 new trainers have been appointed. @BonSie is joining the Fixed Wing Trainer team, @Wattsits is joining the Rotary Wing Trainer team and @OneMadPanda and @colt92 are joining the Armor Trainer team. Please give these guys some time to get settled into their new roles before poking them too much. If you have any questions regarding training materials visit our Guide Section, to request a training or evaluation please see our Training Section. Congratulations gentlemen- we have no doubts that you will perform well in your new roles. 
     
    Community News
    Patches
             Docta has an update for us regarding the new patches: "So there has been some news! For those of you who wanted new patches, congratulations! An order has gone out for manufacture with velcro backing. As soon as they're in my possession I'll get into contact with all who requested them and start shipping! Should be about a week and change I'm thinking. I wanted to do the new ones first as a lot of the old patches are still in circulation and it only felt fair to get the new ones out first. However this is a much smaller production batch and as a result over half of the new patches are already spoken for so get those names in if you want one!" @Doctadoone to see the full thread, or order your own FK patch check out Docta's thread HERE.
     
    INTREP Cover Photo Credit - @Articwinter - "Untitled"
     
    As always, thanks for reading! - ❤️ Rhea

    INTREP 020

    Meeting Reports
     
    Staff News
    Staff Directory Updated
             Our new Community Managers @Rabit Salvokelk, @Cyico, and @OneMadPanda have settled in nicely to their new roles. You can view specific tasks they are responsible for on the Staff Directory page. 
     
    Public Relations Operations
    Attention all Streamers
             The Public Relations Team wants to remind you to share your twitch handles! Also don't forget that you can share your clips on the twitch clips thread. We are always looking for great content to promote our community! Please keep in mind - to be a twitch streamer promoted by official FK Gaming accounts you must be following our Twitch Streamer Guidelines.
    Siege Tournament Update
             The Siege tournament has now moved into the playoff stages, with everything still to play for. The semi-final will be broadcast live this saturday on our Twitch channel, and if you would like further details, you can checkout the event details here.

     
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    Trainers Corner
    Badger needs more homework!
             Ever have a question about Arma but couldn't find an answer in the guides? @Monocled Badger is looking for your input. As a veteran, squad lead trainer, and basic trainer Badger is also known for his wide range of well written guides. Be sure to check out his thread here and contribute to the conversation!
    Awarded Tags
             Tags awarded from June 15th to July 14th. Congratulations and good work to all new tag holders!
    @kMaN - Medic , @NaWry - Fixed Wing Pilot , @L00_Cyph3r - Medic , @Slim - Medic , @OneMadPanda - Medic , @sh4rdknight - Medic , @andyt90 - Medic , @Jerichron - Squad Leader , @Ventfarter - Team Leader , @Silberjojo - Squad Lead
    Reminder for anyone looking to obtain tags of any discipline to check out the training forums, and get in contact with trainers. 
    Team Lead and Squad Lead Refreshers
             Feeling like you could do with a refresh of your Squad Leading or Team Leading skills? The Squad Lead Trainers have recently added the option to ask for a review to their application form.  You can ask that the trainer focuses on something specific, like general planning, or you can leave it general.
     
    Community News
    Bored After Main Missions?
             For the past few months, a sizable group of FK member's have gathered in discord to share what they are playing after Main Missions. Whether they were gathering feedback about their RimWorld colonies, or asking for advice about their Elite Dangerous ship's build, or just enjoying watching others play - this new way of sharing content with others is fairly new to FK. For the longest time our "voice" channels on discord have gone empty as nearly everyone would rather speak on TeamSpeak than discord. Jump in sometime, and don't forget to mute so you're not transmitting your voice over both TS and Discord at the same time! Who knows, maybe you'll find a new game that you would enjoy! Not a member of our Discord? No problem- I've got you!
    Card's Against FK
             A while back our longtime tech @anden3 made this thread in search of community input into our new cards against FK pack. For thous of you unaware of what Card's against FK is- it is in essence a custom "cards against humanity" game mode that runs in your browser. Many laughs have been had over the years from our last pack, and hopefully many more to be had with our new pack! 
     
    Cover Photo Credit to @Sarissa "A Russian sniper lines up his shot." Posted to the Screen Shot Thread - 7/11/20
     
    To keep the INTREPs community focused I wanted to ask your opinions about how to move forward. If you have a moment please check out the INTREP Questionnaire. Any feedback will be appreciated! 
    Thanks again for reading! - ❤️ Rhea

    New Community Managers Announcement

    On Sunday, July 5th 2020  at 2pm BST, our new Community Managers were named!

    OneMadPanda, Rabit_Salvokelk & Cyico,
    congratulations on your appointment as Community Managers!
    An interview with the newest custodians of our community went live at the same time on our Youtube Channel, have a look and get to know our new Community Managers!
     
     
    Congratulations to our new Community Managers - and a thank you for all who applied. 
     

    FK joins Friday Night Fight - Weekly TvT event

    Hosted every friday, Friday Night Fight (FNF) is a big recurring TvT brawl bringing multiple ARMA3 communities together, with only one team taking home victory at the end of the fight. FNF hosts missions in EU and NA timezone and FK is joining the fight this friday, July 3rd.
     
    FNF has been a long standing event with a strong return rate of players. Initially mainly NA focused with a weekly event that has been running for a few years already, FNF is now expanding to EU timezone again with the first event starting July 3th. Anyone from FK can join and will represent our community. There is no minimum number of people required to attend. In three rounds of 45 minutes each, teams will decide who is the greatest in battle.
     
    Practical information
    Event start
    July 3th, 8pm UK time
    Rules
    Each event, one player from each community will be selected as leader to make sure the event runs smoothly. Said leader will make sure his community joins the right team, will pass on information from FNF admins to their players, and will oversee any issue. This will most likely be a FK staff members, but a trusted FK community member can be asked to take this spot as well. As we're invited by the team behind FNF, breaking one of their rules will result in the same consequences as if you would break rules on an FK server.
    Please read the FNF rules.
    Additional information
    Discord link
    https://discord.gg/e4SKmhF

    Server
    eu.fridaynightfight.org:2302
    Password: on their discord in #server-information

    Video
    FNF even gets shoutcasted weekly. Their last event was set in a WWII environment. Check out the recording below:
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/662575204  
    Joining FNF is a great way to gauge interest in ARMA3 PvP missions. The first event at July 3th could be the start of a recurring visit to the FNF battlefield. If you're interested in shooting some actually skilled enemies, please RSVP using the event in our calendar. This will help us estimate our number of attendance. Let's show them how it's done.
     
    header image provided by Ceb Cin
     

    Rainbow Six Siege - Community Tournament

    Welcome, one and all, to the FK Gaming R6:S Community Tournament.
    This will be a tournament that allows anyone in FK to join and enjoy a few competitive but good-natured games of Rainbow Six Siege as we enter into Year 5, Season 2.
     
     
     
    The format of the competition will depend on how many teams sign up.
              2 Teams = A Best of 5 Showmatch, 1 day affair.
              3 Teams = A weekend round-robin of Best Of 1’s, followed by a Best Of 3 Grand final.
              4+ Teams = A long-form tournament which will consist of a few weeks of round-robin Best of 3 matches, then a playoffs/finals weekend.
    Siege-Specific Ruleset can be found here: Rules 
              All matches involving EU teams will take place on EU-West servers, unless a fully NA team signs up. In that scenario, a coin toss will be conducted to determine which server is played on, EU West or NA East. In the case of a Best of 3 or 5, the host server will rotate each map. Ace and Melusi will be quarantined since they have not been vetted as competitively viable, but that means that Oryx and Iana are fine to use! Due to ongoing issues with clash's shield glitching, Clash will also be quarantined for this event.
              Games will be played at 5pm BST (UTC + 1) on Saturdays, starting from the 27th of June. There will be a captains meeting around 10 minutes prior to kick-off to talk through any events or things to take note of at 4.50pm on matchdays. 
              When signing up, your Uplay name is required so that we can seed the tournament, and have an indicator in the case of 4+ teams signing up of what games are likely to be the most competitive. If you do not have a team, that is completely fine, you have time to form one, or to register as an individual whom we can try and fit with a team. 
              Signup Sheet for already-made teams: Sign-Up Sheet (teams)
              Signup Sheet for individuals looking for a team: Sign-Up Sheet (individuals)
     
    Would you like to keep up to date?
              Depending on tournament format, most matches will be streamed (with a 3 min delay) to FK Gaming Twitch, with a full commentary and observation team.
     
    Are you excited? Thinking of applying? What do you think of the new Operators? Let us know below!

    INTREP 019

    Meeting Reports
     
    Staff News
    CM Applications
    Discussions continue in the Think Thank regarding the Community Manager applications. We thank all the veterans, staff, former staff, and other Think Tank participants for their input on these applications. Think Tank discussions will be concluded Sunday the 28th of June. Voting will then commence among the current Community Manager Team, the Moderators, and the Admin. There is no solid date when a decision will be made, but we can expect to hear something a week after voting begins. 
    New Public Relations Officer
    @Deltabacon has been appointed to the position of Public Relations Officer. He has hit the ground running and has already completely overhauled our Twitch and is currently organizing our very first siege tournament with the support of his co-workers in the PR Team. Congratulations Delta! 
     
    Public Relations Operations
    FK Twitch gets a makeover
    @Deltabacon has completely overhauled our stream package including all graphics. Expect to see more activity on our Twitch than ever. If you are not following us, then what are you waiting for? 

    Siege tournament 
    Preparations for the FK Gaming Inaugural Siege Tournament are almost complete! Sign-ups are going very well with 4 teams already signed up. We’re very excited to get the tournament underway on the 27th! Get more information here.

    Nostalgia Hits FK
    After the release of C&C Red Alert I was hit by a wave of nostalgia bringing me back to when I first fell in love with gaming. I wanted to revel in easier and simpler times so I asked all of you: "What made you a life long gamer?" Here are some of the answers. 
    @magnusnielsen
    @Legendo
    @metamartian
     
    Trainer's Corner 
    New tag appointees will now be recognized in upcoming INTREPs
    To acquire tags in any discipline it takes time, effort, and skill. New tag appointees will now be recognized in the last INTREP of the month starting now. We want to be able to take our time to congratulate those who put in the work and have earned their tags. If you're interested in gaining tags for any discipline please check out our training area on the forums.
    Medical Training Team Update
    The surge of new medic evals and training sessions has been handled and @griffin68965 has stepped down, allowing @FloofyFloof to be appointed to Medical Trainer.  Though things have been rocky for the Medical Training Team here recently, the training team and the staff team are confident the hardest part is behind us. 
     
    Community Spotlight
    The Siege of Madrigal | A story in ArmA 3 Milsim - Miffidruf
    @Miffidurf has made this awesome youtube video showcasing one of our recent Operation Trebuchet Missions! Check it out and show him some support!
    Elite Dangerous Squadron
    We now have an official FK Gaming Squadron on Elite Dangerous. To join all you have to do is search "FK Gaming" under Squadrons. If you would like more information contact @Rabit Salvokelk or @Rhea. Please remember that to join this Squadron you must be active in FK for at least 1 month. (Reg tags are not required)
     
    Sorry about the late INTREP guys but we wanted to make sure the Rainbow Six Siege Tournament got the proper amount of attention on the front page. Due to this our next INTREP will come out on the 13th of July - and that will be the ONLY issue for that month. INTREP schedule will return to normal in August. 

    INTREP 018

    Meeting Reports
     
     
     
    Staff News
     
    Community Manager Applications
    Please remember that the Community Manager applications remain open, but will be closing soon. If you are interested in becoming a Community Manager please fill out an application here. 
     
    Showing appreciation - @kMaN 
    It's always a good thing to see when community members go out of their way to show appreciation for a staff member who has gone above and beyond the duties of their roles. That's what @Servok did in the community feedback forum in a thread aptly named "kMaN you a Fucking Great Cunt".
    kMaN joined us as part of the BSO merger back in Oct 2018 since then he has been the keeper of the boxes, the restarter of the servers, and the go-to guy when something just isn't quite working right. kMaN responds to any request or question with immediate action. We are blessed to have this man be a part of FK Gaming and are thrilled to call him a part of our Staff. Thank you for all you do kMaN! 
     
    Public Relations Operations
     
    Operation: Planting the Sead featuring Oper8Heaven and Team Brrrt
    Our event on Saturday went great! A few hiccups here and there were expected and some great feedback has been gathered by our guests and community members ensuring a smoother more enjoyable mission for all in the future. All-in-all it seems everyone enjoyed the Event and are looking forward to more in the future! If you have any mission ideas, or maybe know a unit or clan that would be interested in participating please contact @Rhea. 
     
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    Trainer's Corner
     
    Team Lead/2IC changes 
    Since getting his role as Squad Lead Trainer @Monocled Badger has been busy at work updating the training guides. In his article "Team Leader Tag & Process Changes" he states:
    "As a result of the modern template being 10-man with 2 fire-teams, the old 2IC tag was grandfathered into the Team Lead role. However after discussions with members of the  community and the other Squad Lead trainers, there is a concern that the grandfathering and conception of the 2IC role does not fit the current role of a Team Leader - additionally there is often confusion of what the Team Lead role exactly does and their place in the Squad due to the grandfathering/conflating it with the 2IC role that previously existed.
    We seek to remedy this by two methods.
    Publish Material on the role and responsibilities of a Team Leader Change the evaluation process for Team Leader Tags and slightly alter Squad Leader Tag acquisition as a result."  Regardless of your interest in team leading or squad leading please take a moment to read through these articles as it will effect every squad member. "
     
    @Garfield0003 Joins the Squad Lead Trainer Team
    Alongside @Monocled Badger . @BigT and @Servok Garfield is now a Squad Lead Trainer. If you have any questions for the trainers, or wish to request a training or evaluation please visit the FK Squad Lead/Platoon Lead Training Discord.
     
    @Hyxogen joins the RTO Trainer Team
    He will be available immediately to schedule RTO training sessions or evaluations, alongside the current RTO trainers. If you would like to schedule RTO training or evaluations please message an RTO trainer on the forums. For more information about what RTO does and guides please visit the training forums.
     
    CSAR Tags have been removed
    After months of discussions, the Medical Training Team has decided to do away with CSAR Tags. With CSAR missions being few and far between, and the role requiring no more medical knowledge than that of a medic tag holder- the time has come to retire the tag. The new slotting procedure for CSAR missions will proceed as follows:
    The leader of the CSAR group: Medical and leadership tags (both at the same time) Medical tags Regs+ Everyone Regular CSAR team members will be slotted as medics If you have any questions about the CSAR procedures, or Medical Training in general please visit the FK Medical Training Discord.
     
    Community News
     
    @Monocled Badger is promoted to the rank of veteran!
    During his 3 year tenure as a community regular Badger has devoted his time and effort to making countless Arma 3 guides and has taken a proactive approach to training and guiding new players. Please congratulate him on his promotion when you see him next! 
     
    Gaming News
    Tarkov update released and global character wipe
    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection FREE on the Epic Games Store
    Command and Conquer Remastered Collection out June 5th - Pre-Order available on Steam
     
    INTREP CoverPhoto Credit - @Mittens "We killed two groups and extracted." To see some of Mitten's exploits in Tarkov check out his Youtube Channel!
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