So you’ve found us and want to know a bit about who we are…
A little history then:
We were founded out of a common bond in gaming – we are all FPS players who, at one time or another have been dissatisfied with the current state of modern “shooters”. Most of us came to ArmA by way of DayZ – we run the US1154 server which runs “vanilla” DayZ. Once we were exposed to ArmA 2 through DayZ, we all wanted to get more involved with ArmA and the interesting things it had to offer. So we started to play the ACE mod and now have an Insurgency server that we really enjoy.
What we stand for:
We believe in having fun. There are no ranks, no dues, no required practices, no meetings, no ridiculous requirements for membership. If you play here regularly, you’ll get “tags”. By the way – I hate tags. I hate Admins too. The idea that this site/server/clan is somehow “mine” incenses me – this is a community, of, for, and by its members. Everyone here contributes in some way – by either programming, posting videos, admin’ing, or just playing. That’s all we ask of our “members” – play, have fun, enjoy the camaraderie. I feel so strongly about that, I can’t say it enough – if this is ever not fun, we should blow this entire thing up and find something that is.
Tags – I thought you hated them?
So tags are a weird thing to me. It implies a sense of elitism that I cannot endorse – but you use them?!?! – I know, its hypocritical. Here’s the logic: Tags do a few things for us, they help identify people who have clearly shown that they have the same/similar attitude towards gaming as we do. They also help promote a sense of camaraderie. We are, after-all, not all playing at the same time, and there needs to be an easy way for people to identify those who have been screened.
So what is this screening process – how do I join?
I hate this part — these are our “rules”:
- You must be over 18 and out of high-school. Sorry for this, but we are a very immature group of people who use foul language and frequently talk about subjects not intended for the consumption of minors. Trust me, you don’t want your kids around most of us. We’re the guys your mom warned you about.
- Play. Not that hard. We like to play games – all kinds of games.
- Get on teamspeak. (The link is over there –> click on it. If you can’t figure this part out, I’m surprised you found the interwebs at all and you should go to the community center to learn about them there internets. Seriously though, you need to install Teamspeak 3 from teamspeak.com – once you’re done – click the title in our viewer on the right – it will automatically connect you to our server.)
- Don’t be an overtly racist bigot prick. I’m not militant about this – people make mistakes/word things poorly/or have a bad sense of humor, but if you spout nothing but offensive racist diatribes, you’ll be gone faster than you can say “Uncle Tom”.
- NO CHEATING – I’ll go to the ends of the earth to make your life miserable if I or anyone else catches you. Don’t think this is a joke – I got an ISP to shut off someone’s internet, citing DMCA and that the cheating was “disrupting the service by intentionally circumventing the protective measures.” It works and I wish more admins would do the same…
- Have fun. If you stop having fun, then stop coming. If you are ruining other peoples’ fun, you won’t last long either.
Okay that’s it. Oh, one more thing:
Get on Teamspeak and play ANY game. We play all sorts of things, not just ArmA. I have found that if I’m playing any game, I’ll just get on TS in either the predefined channels or one of the various “catch all” channels. People will come in and introduce themselves – ask what you’re playing, and (when possible) join you. Its a great way to make friends – a good number of us do it even when playing single player games.
I DID, but you haven’t given me &*%# talk permissions:
Oh, the Teamspeak rights thing – we limit the general internet from being able to talk right away. Its the internet folks. Lots of idiots/jerks/trolls out there. A good number of our members have admin privileges, so any of them can grant you voice. With that said, there are a few little things – we have a tiered TS permission system. It goes like this:
- There are 4 “red” admins. They are the only ones capable of making someone an admin – they can do everything short of cancel the Teamspeak service.
- Then there are the “silver” admins – they can make you an AA member, add guest voice, trusted guest voice, and ban (and unban). They are the last level that can pull people in and out of channels.
- [AA] members can add voice to people, but cannot ban or move you around.
- We have two levels of guests
- Voice Guests who will lose their voice when they logout/get kicked – nothing personal, but we don’t know you just yet.
- The Trusted Guest, who won’t lose their voice.
So where is the Donate Button?
We don’t do that here. I think membership dues are a farce. Its a barrier to entry that I think needs to go away. The idea of paying for privileges and paying for friends is outdated and has no place in today’s internet. The only “payment” expected from people who want to belong here is to – well – play, hangout, and contribute your time. That’s it.
If you still feel the need to part with your money for the betterment of something, try any one of these:
- The American Cancer Society
- The Wounded Warrior Project
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- The American Red Cross
- The Humane Society
I’m not in the business of preaching morality, so I won’t, but there are better uses of your money than giving it to me.
We are based in the USA – our server is located in a data-center in Kansas somewhere and was chosen due to its central location for our east and west-coast members.
We have several active duty military members and expect a modicum of respect for our veterans and active duty men and women. That said, each and every one of them put their life on the line to defend your right to say what you want, even if they disagree with you. Feel free to engage in discussions and share ideas, but be respectful of a person’s opinion – the right to thoughtful discourse was earned with the blood of our veterans and we would all do well to remember that.