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    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.

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

    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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 ❤️

    Join our COD: Warzone Regiment

    Call Of Duty: Warzone is the newest Battle Royale infused franchise that hits the free-to-play market. Hitting 15 million players in only three days after its release, Warzone is here to stay. FK Gaming has set up a Regiment which any FK member can join. Not only can you show off your golden [FK.eu] tag in game, you also get access to a daily double XP hour when teaming up with another Regiment member.
    How to join FK regiment:
    First, we want you to be for a month with us. This will allow you to see what FK is about and meet some of us.
    After the month, make sure you have an Activision account (which is not the same as your Battle.net account).
    When you have that, contact one of our CMs with your CoD account name (including the numbers) to be added.
    The month will be counted from your forums account registration date.


    Corona Virus and how you can help
          The Corona Virus is now a global pandemic. This outbreak has and will continue to affect all of us in one way or another. Schools and workplaces are closing or innovating new ways to work and learn from home. Stores are struggling with the demand of scared consumers, and misinformation or lack of communication from our various governments is causing even more panic. The one solid fact that stands true is that we need to know more about this virus and how to fight it, and we need to know now.
    Folding@Home is a program that uses the idle time of your computer to perform complex disease research. It’s easy to download and operate and will cost you nothing (except possibly a slightly higher electricity bill). 
    We may just be a bunch of nerds who like to play games, but that means we have one valuable resource that most do not- computing power. Please visit their website to learn more about this program. 
    If you do decide to participate @NeilZar has set us up a team , where 30 community members have been running F@h in their off time and I’m happy to announce that we’ve just reached a milestone of 9,400,000 points (to learn more about how points are determined click here). To join the FK Gaming team add this team ID (236744) into your client. 
    Join the conversation in the #corona_lounge on discord where new reputable information is shared and discussed about the virus and its effects on the world. 
    FK Gaming Meetup Announcement
          "Just thought I'd say something about what possible affect COVID-19 could play on the meet up. Currently there are no plans to cancel the event but myself (Mulletshock) and @Winters are going to see what's happening and what state countries are in (lock downs or travel restrictions) closer to the time. In regards to people who have already booked Hotel and/or Travel, the Hotel booking can be cancelled 14 days before the date of the booking if you have gone for the Semi-Flex booking or (I Believe) the day before on the Flex booking and still get a full refund so I wouldn't worry about the hotel for now. However, if you are traveling and have to book something like a ferry, train or plane to travel to the meet up I would recommend talking to the company you booked/are booking with about cancellation's or what they can do if COVID-19 ends up affecting the meet up." - @mulletshock
    If you plan on attending this years meet up please join the discord server for updates and announcements.
    Disclaimer: FK Gaming is not hosting or organizing this event. This event is hosted by community members for community members. FK Gaming is not responsible for any actions taken at this event by event organizers or attendees.
    Meeting Reports
    Public Relations News Room
          @Chuck Yeager has created a unit trailer for FK Gaming. Check it out below we hope you enjoy it!
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
    Trainer's Corner
          Today the Community Managers have accepted the proposal from the Medic Training Team to promote @johnb43 as a Medic Trainer. Please join us on congratulating John on his new position. The Medic Training Team would like to remind the community that all training and evaluations are on hold until the ace medical update is ready to be implemented. Please be patient and join the medical training discord for updates and announcements.
    Things to keep you busy during self quarantine 
          Due to the Covid-19 pandemic scientist and governments agree that the best action to halt the spread of the virus is self quarantine. Finally all of us introverted nerds can do what we always dreamed of, and be praised for it. So lets do our part in helping to stop the spread of the virus by staying inside, refusing all social engagements, and skipping work/school and lets play some games! 
    Check out the Calendar for planned events, and feel free to add your own!
    Every Friday - Andy's Defense/Escape Missions - Hosted by @andyt90
    March 21st (Saturday) - Siege of Madrigal #2 1ST MAIN MISSION - Hosted by @Jerichron
    March 21st (Saturday) - Planetside 2: Session #1 - Hosted by @Silberjojo
                                          (If you are interested in joining the in game outfit click here)
    A reminder to all Arma players- Our Arma Server (FK1) is up and running 24/7 and available for off-hours missions at any time (excepting main mission times) if you would like to Zeus, or just attend an off-hours mission just join the off-hours channel on TS and poke some friends to join you! It is a perfect time to learn new roles that you may not get the chance to during main missions, but please remember that FK rules and restrictions still apply! 
    FK Gaming is also still hosting Minecraft, DCS, and Arma3-Liberation so there is no shortage of things to keep you busy during quarantine! 
    Sorry this INTREP was taken over by the pandemic, but it was necessary. I hope you all stay safe, wash your damn hands, and don't leave home unless you have to.
                                                                                                                              - ❤️ Rhea

    The Winter Offensive! FK Liberates Altis

    Join FK on the Cold Front, Help Liberate Altis from the North Korean Forces!
    FK Has been fighting the good fight as a NATO liberation force and they need re-enforcements
    Well, What is Liberation?
    Liberation is a persistent campaign that can span up to several weeks, team up with your fellow community members across multiple operations to liberate Altis from small shacks up to Major Cities
    The AO has fallen to the enemy, and it is up to FK to take it back;
    With up to 34 players, take to the front as a rifleman or go up the chain and direct the campaign in a commanding role You won't be alone out there, you'll have AI supplements to fill the ranks and keep the frontline strong Manage and maintain logistic lines and keep your supplies rolling, use your resources to purchase infantry equipment and vehicles Secure key strategic points building FOB's and setting up garrisons! Remember, we're here for hearts and minds, if you get on the civilians bad side its will impede our efforts it's not just Us vs Them out there, independent guerrilla groups will be active, it's advisable we have them on our side If you want to read the full mission report you can find it Here
    Here's the SITREP!
    North Korea has a hold over Altis, High Command has advised this is a key staging point for NATO if their efforts to stabilise the region!
    FK has so far been leading the charge against the enemy, with a 24/7 Server at HQ, we can run operations around the clock, giving the enemy no break to re-organise!
    Our large offensives will be planned in calendar events with intricate plans to liberate key strongpoint on Altis, but we welcome any volunteers at any time to keep fighting the good fight.
    FK's Liberation follows the standard FK ruleset for ARMA missions, so keep that ambition focuses on defeating the enemy and helping the civilians
    I'll see your boots on the ground! if you need directions, you can find the server details here

    INTREP 012

    Meeting Reports
    Staff News
    CM meeting time change
        Community Managers meeting time has now changed to 2pm UK time (2 hours earlier than before) to ensure all community managers can attend. 
    Rhea's finally taking a break... kind of
        Rhea will be taking a abbatical from major PR projects for the next 3 months to focus on her duties as a Medic Trainer. 

    Public Relations News Room
    FK Gaming Rebrand
        FK Gaming is now officially re-branded. It's been a very laborious process with many bumps in the road but now it is complete! Thank you for all the positive feedback it is greatly appreciated. Now the PR team can move forward to bigger and better projects knowing our brand better fits how we want to be seen as a community. Check out all of our fresh new graphics and logos on our social media pages linked below.
    Twitter  /  Youtube  /  Twitch  /  Reddit
    FK Games
    Warhammer 40k: Dark Heresy Hosted by @Whisper
        Though the game is currently full and not accepting any more players, Whisper has set up a great thread here to keep up with the story and it's progression. Here is a small clip of what went down in their last session:
        "Psyker detected some bad psychic stuff going on.
        Arbitrator experienced the finest of dining and also got yelled at by some posh people.
        Guardsman may have eaten a person but that's heresy so probably not.
        Assassin went for a wander in the shadows and might have something wrong inside their head.
        Tech Priest tried to communicate with a very locked door and some brain damaged cyborgs.
        Cleric prayed a bit."
    Visit Whisper's forum thread HERE for more.
    Rainbow Six Seige Tournament Interest Poll Hosted by @Tomo
        Tomo has made a community poll to gauge interest in the possibility of an in house Rainbow Six Siege Tournament. If you own the game and may be interested in participating please be sure to visit his thread and comment. 
    Technician's Basement
    Auxiliary Server Moved
        As some of you may have noticed this week the technicians have been busy switching over our server hosting FK #3/4/5/6 to a new box. With this change brings more stability, and more control. This new server is now owned 100% by FK Gaming. During this shift some IPs have been changed, and updated list of servers and their corresponding IP addresses can be found in the description of the TS room "FK #3/4/5/6", on Discord pinned in the channel "fk_3-4-5-6", or on the forums: FK 3 Liberation, FK 4 Custom Missions, FK 5 Custom Missions, and FK Minecraft.
    Trainer's Top Tips
    Trainer's Spotlight - Squad Leaders Restrictions contributed by @ThePointForward
        In this article we will focus on Arma rule #14 from the section Weapons/Additional Gear:
        The Squad Leaders can actually enforce specific weapons to either make the squad look the part in a themed mission or more importantly to make sure the squad is going to be effective for what's planned for it.
        So the SLs should not be afraid to make use of this rule and we'd like to give a few examples:
            1. In a mission where town clearing is going to be prevalent, the SL can enforce M249 for one autorifleman and an M27 with drum magazines for another. The squad is unlikely to need a GPMG like M240 or a marksman.
            2. On the other hand in a mission where the squad is tasked with guarding an access road to a main objective it might be a good idea to bring two GPMGs like M240 and designate assistant(s) to the autoriflemen with spare ammunition and rangefinder to guide the shooters.
            3. Finally in a late Vietnam War mission the SL might elect to enforce M16A1s and M60s to actually look like a Vietnam War era squad. This of course can be combined by enforcing appropriate vests and headgear.
    We hope to see some cool squads in the future!
    Ace3 Medical - The plan ahead - contributed of the Medic Training Team @Rhea @Spartan_MiniMe @Sarissa
        The Medical trainers along with our Staff counterparts have been keeping a very close eye on updates being made to the Ace3 medical system. Any day now we should see an update! Unfortunately that does not mean that the changes will go live on the server right away. First testing will need to be done and settings will need to be adjusted by the trainers and staff team. Secondly, training materials will need to be polished and decisions made on how to best distribute them. We know this is taking longer than expected but please be patient with us throughout this process. We will continue to do everything in our power to make sure FK provides the best game play experience possible, it just may take us a bit of t
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    Beans of the Week courtesy of @Mittens

    First Main Cluster-Fuck courtesy of @kMaN
    19 weeks and 1 day until FK Meetup 2020
    INTREP Photo Credit @Malbryn
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