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    INTREP 017

    Meeting Reports
    Staff News
    Andy Steps Down
              It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that @andyt90 will be stepping down from his roles as CM and Squad Lead trainer. He will remain in post for a few days after this announcement to tie up any loose ends. Andy has served as a staff member since Moderators were first introduced. He has been with the community through thick and thin, and has had enormous resolve to endure all his positions have thrown at him. We would all like to thank him a hundred times over for the time and effort he has put into making this community a better place for all, and look forward to continuing to hear his shouty squad leading for some time.
    Think Tank Applications
          Due to a few changes within the Think Tank memberships we are again advertising that applications are always open. Apply Here.
     
    Public Relations Operations
    TeamBrrrt and Oper8Heaven will join us for a main mission
              On Saturday May 30th TeamBrrrt and Oper8Heaven will join FK Gaming in an event mission Zeus'd by @Wattsits. Check out the calendar for more information!
    @Legendo Takes over as Public Relations Liaison.
              Legendo will be taking over for @andyt90 as Public Relations Liaison. Any issues or concerns regarding the Public Relations Team please contact him. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or topics that the PR team might be interested in please forward them to @Chuck Yeager or @Rhea.
     
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    Trainer's Corner
    Basic trainer tag
              Basic Trainers now have a tag! @ThePointForward @Jerichron and @Monocled Badger now have a dedicated tag for Basic Training. This tags is for the trainers only. There will not be a "basic training" tag given to thous who have passed training at this time. 
    Squad Lead Training Changes
              @Monocled Badger Has been promoted to Squad Lead Trainer along side @BigT and @Servok. We wish him well in his new position. To request Squad Lead training or evaluations please fill out this form. 
    Command Training Discord
              Command Training - PLT and SL now have their own shared training discord. If you're interested in SL or PLT training, or have a question for the trainers you can join their discord here.
    Guide: What to ask during briefing
              @Monocled Badger has made a detailed guide on what Squad Leaders should be considering during PLT briefing. Definitely worth a read if you're planning on Squad Leading! Read more here.
     
              Starting this week, the two "trainer herders" @Tomo and @ThePointForward will be conducting a trainer review. This review will include speaking to each trainer individually and asking a number of questions to check up on how they are coping. Trainers, expect to be reached out to shortly. 
     
    Meet-Up Update
    2020 Meet-Up Officially Cancelled
             " So pretty much the inevitable time has come to say the 2020 meetup is going to have to be cancelled. As it stands anyone coming from outside of the UK would need to go through a 14 day isolation and IMO if it was UK only people I believe we would struggle to get the 15 required to book the air-soft site (if it even reopens). I will be contacting John to inform him as he hasn't indicated our booking was cancelled at all yet due to circumstances. We will probably wait until this whole Corona issue dissipates to make any decisions/announcements about a 2021 meetup, but hopefully with this years being cancelled more can make it next year for an even bigger and better one! Hope everyone is well and staying safe, you bunch of nerds..." - @Winters (Benji) 10/05/2020
              For more information about the Meet-up please visit the Meet-Up Discord
     
    INTREP Photo Credit - @Articwinter "A trip to the mountings of Vinje on a day off"
     

    Community Behaviour Update

    Hello folks, today I'd like to write a short message to the community regarding things I've witnessed being said to the staff team in the last month or so, and from general feedback I've had from the staff team.
    As the "admin" for FK now, my main responsibility is managing the day to day technical jobs that FK requires, however I also find myself trying to ensure that the staff team can perform their jobs as easily as possible, and are as low-stress as they can be. After all, every staff member is a volunteer for this community, and simply want FK to continue to be a fun and happy place to hang out, talk smack to friends, and play games in. What I've found in the last month (and that I saw as well during my time as a Technician) is that there is a select few members of the community that try and make staff members lives hard, continually challenging them over the smallest things, acting as if they are above other members of the community, and generally not treating the staff team with a basic level of respect I would expect volunteers who work to make the community to be better - to be treated.
    So consider this a gentle reminder to anyone who thinks they shouldn't be treating staff with basic levels of respect, that you should be. I have heard plenty of stories lately of staff members feeling that all their work for the community gets critiqued a lot for tiny, mundane reasons, and if all the work you did was treated like that, I'm sure you'd feel the same. Remember that even if you don't agree with something in the community, you can work together with staff to highlight your questions over a piece of work/staff decision, rather than start critiquing it without any effort to fix the problem.
    Staff keep FK running, and do a lot of work people don't ever see in the background to keep the community a fun place to be (I can confirm this, sitting in on 3+ hour staff meetings every week), so make sure you remember that going forward.
    And as an extra reminder going forward, I want to highlight a saying I think still holds true today, said by some of our original founders Mavy & GreybeardRalph a long time ago; "The time you spend in FK is a privilege, not a right".
    I know staff members have to put up with a lot of things they shouldn't have to, and I know first hand that it has been extremely hard on them at points. I am happy to advise the staff team going forward that if a community member is causing more harm than good in regards to causing problems with staff for no justified reason, they will be told to sit outside of the community for a period of time to think about all of the work that the staff team do for them, for the good of them, and the community.
    To wrap this post up, if you do appreciate the work that the staff team do for you, and raise any issues you have in a straightforward and sensible way to them - thank you. You are the kind of community member that I know all of the staff team enjoy working for, to make your time as happy as possible whilst hanging around here. I'm sure just about everyone reading this post is that person. But take a moment to think of the work the staff team does and the fact that they are human beings too, just like you. 
    - mrrbatty

    INTREP 016

    INTREPS will now be released on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. We're hoping this change will bring about bigger, more in-depth articles and allow for more interesting topics! 
    Meeting Reports
    A Message From the Community Managers
    The Community Managers would like to remind all members of the community to report any person witnessed breaking community rules regardless of their status.
    The Community Managers want to stress that EVERY report of rule breaking is taken seriously and investigated fully and impartially. Nepotism, and favoritism will not be tolerated. If you feel that any member of this community whether they be an FNG, Veteran, or even a Community Manager has broken any rule you have a duty to report it. 
    Every staff member in this community is a volunteer who dedicates their free time to ensure this platform runs smoothly. They are human beings who endure stress, and suffer through bad days just like the rest of us. Though we thank them for their contributions to FK, that does not mean that they are treated any differently than anyone else when they break the rules. 
    There are multiple ways in which you can make an official report, please choose whatever one is most comfortable for you.
    1) Speak to any staff member on TS 
    2) Send a message to any staff member on the forums
    3) Send a message to any staff member on discord
    4) Submit Anonymous Feedback on the forums (please note: All CMs, Techs, and Moderators can see this area)
    All reports will be taken confidentially, only those who NEED TO KNOW your name will know. 
     
    Staff News
    Mavy has decided to take a step back from the community.  In his stead @mrrbatty will be handling the admin duties. We will keep you updated on any changes in the future. These changes will not affect the current operations of FKgaming.
    Rhea has returned to her role as a Public Relations Officer. She, along with the other Public Relations Officers will report directly to @andyt90. Please remember that applications are still open and the Public Relations Team is still looking for more volunteers. To apply fill out the application HERE.
     
    PR News Room
    Celebrating a Milestone
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
     
    FK Games
    From this point on, to join any FK Gaming branded clan/squad/or group within games a player must have a forum account at least 1 month in age and in good standing (no bans) regardless of regular status. Any players currently admitted to these groups will be grandfathered in. This is to protect the FK Gaming brand from being abused by those who join only to harass, grief, and break rules. Below are some links to the groups we now have active. Check out the Misc Games section on the forums for more. 
    Planet Side 2, Destiny 2, War Thunder 
     
    Calendar Events
    With everyone stuck inside with nothing to do, our Calendar is filling up quick! Check out these new events and enable notifications for "#events" on our discord to keep up to date on new events that have been added!
     
    Oh hia! guess who's back! You know I love making these INTREPs for you guys but I'd also love to have you, as community members become a part of these INTREPS.
    If you would like to participate in writing an article yourself, or have an idea for an article please contact Rhea. We welcome the community's involvement in the INTREPs!
     
    INTREP Photo Credit - @Malbryn "Sarissa with his soviet pringles tube" 

    New ACE Medical system requires Medic tag wipe

    FK will introduce a new modpack on April 27th, 2020. The modpack introduces new assets and maps, but the biggest change to your gameplay will be the new ACE medical system. Due to the complete change of the current medical system, all current medic tag holders will have to re-do their medical evaluation. The medical trainers have created this article to help you get up to speed.
     
     
    The following text has been submitted by @johnb43, Medical Trainer
    The new medical system changes things drastically:
    Ace now simulates body armor, although it doesn’t break. This means you are a lot tankier when being shot in the chest. However, you can and will die easily to a single shot to the face. Helmets reduce the chance of dying significantly if the bullet hits the helmet. Morphine is quite dangerous if not used properly. Fluids are very important - stop the bleeding as soon as possible! Bandaging times have gone up quite a bit, depending if you are a medic or not. and lots more... The medical trainers urge everyone to read the rifleman medical basics, but also “how to handle casualties - for everyone”, since this update entails a lot of changes:
    Missions as a whole will be significantly different, same goes for pacing.
    Tag removal, trainings and evals
    Since this update has changed the medical system dramatically, the medical trainers are removing everyone’s tags the day the modset goes live. They will be holding training sessions for both riflemen and medics until the new modset will be released for those who want to be prepared and for those who might want to be evaled within the first weeks of the new modset release.
    From when this post is released, Regulars+ can apply for evals and in mission trainings. Be mindful that those who have medical tags currently have a higher priority over people who do not have tags for trainings and evals for a month (might be extended). Just PM the medical trainers or ask in the medial discord in the “eval-and-training-requests” channel. There is a link in the medical training room description on the teamspeak for access to the medical discord or here https://discord.gg/mhFGM6D.
    Once new ace is live, a medical feedback thread will be made, so you can share your thoughts and concerns.
     

    April 2020 Modpack

    After many weeks of hard work, it's here! The latest iteration of our Arma modpack. This modpack is the result of a new process with a Mod Testing Team, and I thank all who contributed for their hard work during the process. For the mods themselves, we have had a large cycle of maps in and out, hopefully these will bring a fresh spin to our missions!
    This new modset will be live on FK1 from Monday, the 27th of April. Updates to various internal mods and changes to the servers will happen at some point after main the previous day, and before next main.
    These updates include two major changes to our modset and play. I'm sure most of you will have heard of the new ACE medical rewrite update, and this will now be live with the modset change. Please read the documentation and posts by the medical trainers on this matter, they are very important!

    Additionally, we will be replacing a core mod to our Zeus tools for many years, Achilles. This will be replaced by Zeus Enhanced, a more refined mod that does much of the same, and better in many cases. For end users it is largely similar, but differences and nuances might prove for some small teething issues in the short term, so be patient with Zeuses. Changes include (but are not limited to) a new right click context menu for various tasks, image previews for objects like in the editor, and many customisation options to suit your preferences!
    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 April 2020 HTML file. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
    SECOND SERVER
    Because FK Mods and FK ACE are 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 for the coming week until release on FK1.
     
    Added
    A10 Warthog (Formerly in Firewill Aviation Complete) Advanced Urban Rappelling v1.0h AV-8b Harrier 2 (Formerly in Firewill Aviation Complete) Brush Clearing Eurofighter Typhoon AWS F-15 Silent Eagle (Formerly in Firewill Aviation Complete) F-16 Fighting Falcon (Formerly in Firewill Aviation Complete) F-35B (Formerly in Firewill Aviation Complete) Fapovo Island Federally Administered Tribal Areas (aka PR FATA) FIR AWS (Formerly in Firewill Aviation Complete) GRAD Trenches ILBE Assault Pack - Rewrite MrSanchez' Headlamps Mull of Kintyre NATO EU + OTher EUropean NAtions REtex PAck (With a custom fix for item values being added to FK Mods) Prone Launcher (Integrated into FK Mods) Reshmaan Province Saint Kapaulio SFP: Swedish Forces Pack SU-25SM3 Grach (Formerly in Firewill Aviation Complete) SU-35 Flanker E Task Force Timberwolf Female Characters (Integrated into FK Mods) Vinjesvingen Virolahti - Valtatie 7 VET_Unflipping Zeus Enhanced + ACE Compat (Integrated into FK Mods) Removed
    ACE Splint (Part of FK Mods, ACE has its own now) Achilles (Part of FK Mods, Being replaced by ZEN) Advanced Urban Rappelling (Formerly Serverside only, with Client Optional. Being replaced by a variant of the mod) Angola Maps v1.3 Anizay Farkhar Valley FFAA Mod + ACE Compat FIREWILL Aviation Pack (Complete) - (Being replaced by a few individual planes from the pack) FRL - Kunduz Hellanmaa Lingor/Dingor Island Medic Bag Prei Khmaoch Luong - Legacy Edition Ruha

    INTREP 015

    INTREP is a community newsletter which covers all important information regarding FK Gaming. Published twice per month, FK's INTREP brings you up to speed with what's happening in your community.

    Meeting reports
     
    Staff news
    PR roster change
    Recently, two PR Officers resigned due to new personal commitments. Community members can now apply to become a Public Relations Officer. Fill out the application form if you're interested.
    PR Officers help the community grow: create captivating social media posts or record and edit your own footage to create an ARMA 3 cinematic. Are you good with graphic design? Draw up FK related designs from scratch. Even without applying, you can still help FK grow: message @Chuck Yeageron the forums or DM him on Discord if you have any suggestion or idea that would be fun to do. And we'll go from there.
    New event rules
     
    Technician's basement
    Our old website address is no longer available. Website visitors will get an error page when accessing fuckknows.eu. Please make sure to update all your bookmarks to fkgaming.eu 
     
    Public Relations news room
    Your vote is needed to decide what mission type will run on FK server #3. Please fill out the strawpoll ASAP to give your preference.
    Liberation: Takistan Modern Liberation: WWII Pacific Hearts & Minds Patrol Ops ALiVE
    POLL: https://strawpoll.com/db461z7k
     
    Community Manager @Verichtcreated his own racing grounds in Altis. 
      ARMA3's most known terrain veteran, Icebreakr, recently had a chat with Bohemia Interactive to talk about his love for terrain making. His released maps have frequently been part of our mod packs. 
      ARMA 3 bingo

     
    Trainer's corner
    As many of you have surely heard, the new ACE medical rewrite update is around the corner. The Medic trainer team has released multiple new guides on how to keep your squad alive. Necessary knowledge for any Medic tagholder, it is also very helpful to all boots on the ground as we undergo a major change in the way we play. It could save you a lot of painful trouble out there, so don't try to tourniquet your neck. Take a look at the guides, and keep your eyes out for training events on the calendar to help bolster your knowledge.
     
     

    Total chaos in FK Quarantine Festival (VIDEO)

    Teams of three. Three rounds. Tanks, birds, boats. Limited rules apply. This was FK's Quarantine Festival.  The night was action packed, explosions left and right, and plenty of usual ARMA3 game breaking moves. Watch the video below and play it loud.
     
     
     
    Originally hosted by @Netheral  and other FK members from the early days back in 2016, this FK Festival brings a fresh game mode to our usual tactical ARMA3 missions. We hope you enjoy the video. Thanks to all attendees for blowing sh*t up.

    Attendees
    @arcticwinter, @TheSalader, @Rabit Salvokelk
    @Magnus, @Hpgaming, @SAUCEGODISHALL
    @EHOPPPS, @Museman7, @Fuyubunn
    @AngryScottishMan, @Patheticflower, @Conga Line of Neckbeards
    @Zukov, @Root, @Zombiekiller5072
    @Whisper, @Franc
    @Fred, @Resurge, @Wheezy
    Zeus
     @Winters
    Co-Zeus
     @Forked

    Cats Take Over (April Fools 2020)

    @Mavy has been a fierce and strong leader for FK Gaming for over 3 years now. He helped found this community along side Greybeard and has been here ever since. It is with a heavy heart that we announce today that Mavy will be stepping down as Admin of FK Gaming. 
    Mavy has chosen not 1 but 2 of FK Gaming's finest members to take his place as Admins. @Mittens and @Whiskers will now be leading this community as a partner Admin Team. This decision was not an easy one, and took months of planning and discussions. "It's just the clearest option. They are loved by the community as a whole, they have the means and knowledge to upkeep the servers, and frankly... I'm bored" Mavy said to the PR team in the weeks leading up to this announcement.
    Change is always difficult, and saying goodbye to a figure head such as Mavy is heartbreaking. Yet, Mittens and Whiskers have already begun their overhaul of the community to steer it in a more "friendly atmosphere" for it's members. With these changes our new Admin Team hopes that this new community can be celebrated as a "welcoming, family friendly environment". 
     
    Effective Immediately: 
    -FK Gaming will be re-branded as Meow Gaming (all banners/logos/visual assets will reflect this change)
    -Teamspeak Icons and Ranks will change 
              FNGs- A Fine Boi
              Regs- He Chonk
              Vets- A Heckin Chonker
              Mod- H E F T Y C H O N K
              PR - MEGACHONKER
              Tech - UBERCHONKER
              CM- OH LAWD HE COMIN
              Admin- The Cats
    -COMIC SANS returns as the official font
    -The mention of "Dogs" or animals of the "canine variety" is a bannable offence 
    -(The Admin Team understand this may take some time to get used to- The Staff team will warn members of breaking this rule for the first week after that bans will follow)
    -The player named "Dog" will be renamed "Furry Creature" until he picks a more suitable name
    -Minecraft will now be the main focus of the community instead of Arma 3 (Missions will continue for the first week but will be offline after that to allow for more minecraft servers)
     
    Welcome to Meow Gaming. We have you have a heckin' good time!

    INTREP 014

    Meeting Reports
    Staff News
    Rhea steps down as PR Officer and Medic Trainer
    "I've always preached that when a staff member/trainer does not have the time, energy, or want to complete their duties within FK that they should step down to allow someone else into that position who can and will. I firmly believe it is selfish to leave the rest of the team to suffer the burden of one persons inactivity. It is unfortunately time for me to put my money where my mouth is. I am approaching a huge life style change that will diminish most of my free time and require a good deal of my energy, for the opportunity to fulfil the long time goal of leaving this hell hole that is Alabama. 
    It is with this in mind that as of today when this INTREP goes live, I will be stepping down from my positions as Public Relations Officer and as Medical Trainer." - @Rhea
     
    Technician's Basement
    New backend updates
    "The website has moved to a new backend. If you are getting an error page than its probably because your dns is still pointing you to the old server. The new backend has had a complete overhaul and therefor I do expect bugs to occur while we tweak things. However in the long run it should be cheaper and easier to maintain." - @Mavy 
    Obviously if you're reading this you've had no issues reaching the website. If you hear of others who are experiencing issues ask them to make sure they are using the newest URL (www.FKGaming.eu)
     
    Public Relations News Room
    Interview - What does the staff think about the CoronaVirus Quarantine? 
    With all this spare time we all have now I took a minute to ask some of FK Gaming's staff members how they are handling this mandatory shut down. Here are their answers.
    @ThePointForward
    How are you spending your time in quarantine?
    Working as usual, just remotely and then either gaming or spending time with my girlfriend. We just can't make trips to zoos or go out to eat for now.
    How has this crisis has changed your life?
    Personally, a little. Though we had to cancel some of our plans already.
    Do you think things will ever go back to "normal"?
    Depending on the situation worldwide. In Czech republic the government did not wait too much and managed to implement restrictions fast. It was not flawless, but in my opinion it worked. Meanwhile Italy, Spain, USA and some others seem to be on the road to mass fatalities. It will have effect on both economy and politics. So things will return to normal, but that normal will be different.
    @colt92
    How are you spending your time in quarantine?
    It feels like if I was on holiday, while still putting a few work hours from home as well. But mostly like a holiday. So lots of movies, TV shows, games, books, manga... And watching TS like a hawk.
    How has this crisis has changed your life?
    Well, I'm sleeping a good 8 hours every day now, when I'd usually sleep just about 6. That's a plus! However, I do miss my parents and my dog. I used to go once per week to visit them since I left their place. Especially hugging my lovely furball of a Yorkshire. I can just picture him coming at me full speed on my next visit when confinement is over.
    Do you think things will ever go back to "normal"?
    Yes. Unlike the start of all of this, when things happened in a heartbeat, return to normal will be much slower and gradual. A lot of people will need time to get back to how things were before and lots of things will need time to get back on track. Here, in Spain, we're in a state of emergency that has pushed back many things indefinitely. University entrance exams. Civil servant selection processes. Tax reports. Some people will probably need psychologists to some degree. So it will take time. But I also think some things will change, so not everything will be exactly as it used to. Hopefully for the better of all.
    @Silberjojo
    How are you spending your time in quarantine?
    Not in quarantine yet. In Germany you are not allowed to meet more than one person outside of your household. People are generally encouraged to stay home. So I do just that. I stay home, I sometimes go out to meet with a good friend and I've also got school stuff to do.
    How has this crisis has changed your life?
    It has not affected me too much really. Shopping takes longer now. I have to work from home, which I'm not good at. I get distracted easily.
    Do you think things will ever go back to "normal"?
    I think so. Maybe not in the coming weeks. But this year, I'm sure of it.
    @kMaN
    How are you spending your time in quarantine?
    I've been spending my time in quarantine by playing ALOT more Arma. I've also been busy with the normal Tech activities such as updated & maintaining servers, TS, website, GitLab stuff as well as helping FK with their technical difficulties related to Arma, TS, website, mission building, etc. There is quite a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes to keep FK running. When I'm not doing things FK or Arma related I'm taking care of life admin. Things such as taxes, car repairs and items on the to-do list that you always keep ignoring. My wife and I are both into staying healthy and fit so we go on a run almost everyday and on the days we don't run we go for a walk. Getting outside is important to us and definitely helps keep us sane.
    How has this crisis has changed your life?
    The crisis has had a huge impact on my life as much as it has everyone else and we were one of the first in the U.S. to be put on a shelter-in-place order. I'm currently unemployed until flights start returning to normal and I'm able to travel through Europe without fear of getting stuck, etc. Luckily, my wife works in the tech industry so she has been working from home for about a month already and she makes ALOT more money than I do. So basically, I'm the stay at home husband for lack of a better term.
    Do you think things will ever go back to "normal"?
    I am confident things will return to "normal", but I think the pandemic will be seen by many as a wake-up call. I think here in the U.S. where we never go without wanting, the average American is getting it's first taste of items missing from store shelves. Something that I think hasn't happened since the Great Depression in 1930.
     
    Trainer's Corner
    New Medic Trainer
    The Medic Training Team is thrilled to announce that @griffin68965 is taking over for @Rhea as a Medical Trainer. Griffin has been working closely with the Medic Training Team for a while now on the new ACE3 update and was the perfect fit to allow for a smooth transition of duties. Please congratulate him next time you see him. 
    Training Events
    The Medic Training Team would also like to remind players that testing/training events will be up on the calendar for those interested in learning and using the new ACE3 medical settings. It is a big change, but the more you play the easier it will be when it goes live on the main Arma 3 server. Even if you are are not interested in becoming a tagged medic please come join these missions. Your feedback is needed to ensure this update will fit into FK's play style.
     
    Calendar Events
    Bored? yeah... we figured - come check out these cool calendar events!
     
    I have really enjoyed doing these INTREPs for you guys and across all 14 issues I've learned a lot about how to get information out to you in a clear, readable, and visually pleasing way. I want to thank you all for the feedback with each issue. I assure you that although I will no longer be here the INTREPs will continue. Please bring any stories, or news you'd like to have featured in upcoming INTREPs to @andyt90  - Rhea ❤️
     
     
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