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  1. 9 points
    Presenting Ramsay's new build As of last week I am back on a desktop PC, after my laptop died. See pictures of the PC and the Setup Thanks to duckz help my specs are as follows CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600Mobo: MSI B450 Tomahawk MotherboardGPU: MSI 1070ti RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4 3200 MHzCooler: Stock PSU: Seasonic Focus GOld 650W Storage Main: Samsung 970 EVO M.2 500gb Storage 2nd: Segate Barracuda 2TBCase: Thermaltake Versa J24 (RGB edition) Keyboard: Logitech G512 Carbon (thanks Shrive) Mouse: Razer Deathadder Headset: Sennheiser GSP300
  2. 9 points
    New rig I bought for myself for xmas up and running i7 8700k Asus Strix-E Z370 16GB GSkill Trident Ram Asus pg279q 27" IPS Corsair H115i Asus 1080ti Strix 11GB OC Corsair HX750 PSU Samsung m.2 860 1TB Samsung 850 1 TB EVGA DG86 case
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    Congratulations - Roll The Dice Turns Eight! And just like that another 12 months has gone. If you're looking for changes around the place you won't find heaps; but there's certainly been enough to show we're still active. Yes, only in the social sense, but active nonetheless. Obviously this report is coming in quite late, with our actual eighth year ending back on the 24th of June. It's late simply because I've been flat out. Last year June was full of the usual reports and camp organisation. On top of that, this year, I've been very busy footy wise and I've also picked up a new IT role at school. I'm now very grateful for the games I've managed to get in over the last week and it's been a good reminder of how enjoyable it is to sit down at the computer for a few high tense matches (when the computer decides to cooperate). I'm also very grateful that when we formed this clan eight years ago I was much less busy both work and sport wise. Indeed, it's safe to say that back in 2009 gaming was probably my first priority. I was very high up the ranks at wG| and had helped lead and assemble a number of successful competitive squads, as had the other Founders. Which is why I was very much saddened when it all came crashing down. If that had happened today, I don't think I'd have the time to help pick up the pieces; however, with more free time and a determination to succeed we all banded together to put things on the right track. It was a framework that still serves us to this day, even though most of it now lies dormant. The recruitment process, which has hardly changed since those early days, is still a prime example of a well thought out structure coming into play when needed. We had a period of over 12 months where no new faces joined; however, as soon as it was required the entire recruitment area was ready to jump into action once again, going through the usual checklists to make sure nothing was forgotten (in large part thanks to @Decroxx). And I believe this is true of the other aspects of our clan as well - if they are ever needed again they are ready to have the cobwebs blown off and they'll function just as well now as they did in the early days of the clan. There's a couple of extra graphs this time around, thanks to a new statistics area in the Admin section of the forums, and they support the older graphs of when we hit peak-activity. But they also clearly show that we're still here, still active, and that we certainly haven't flat-lined. So what exactly have we been doing? The Last Six Months: It would be remiss of me to not start with the DoTA2 team. @Mr Spontaneous told me it was very important that this make the latest report. He also feels that his leadership in this particular area makes him a deserved Senior Member. But as I keep telling him, if he wants a promotion he first needs to explain exactly what DoTA2 is... Believe it or not though, we've had a few other things happening around the clan as well. The biggest and most obvious change is the new forums. A massive thank you needs to go to @Phobos for his work behind the scenes to get this happening. An upgrade has been in the works for quite some time; however, we were waiting on the next version to be fully released before we could progress (something we thought was going to happen not long after the last forum upgrade). I think this is our fourth official forum change, fifth if you count the original XFire forums we used for a few weeks (BOOM! There's the XFire mention!). If you've never seen the first version of our forums, this is what they looked like. I think this is version 1, but it could even be version 2? @Duckz, our first Webmaster, might be able to clarify further. On a side not, that's the first time I've added an attachment on these forums. A very seamless process. Much like how tagging a fellow clan member is a very straight forward affair - what I wouldn't have given for that functionality back in the days of running multiple squads, when you're wanting to hear back from members in regards to their availability but the GA or CG deadline to accept a match is closing in fast. I do miss the old BBCode a bit though - there was just something about working in plain text that I enjoyed for some reason (that almost said "plane text" - @bprc would have gone to town on that). Of course, over the past six months in particular PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUND has really taken off (that has to be one of the strangest mouthfulliest names for a game I've ever seen - can someone explain it's meaning?). It's brought plenty of people back to the active gaming scene, some of whom we haven't seen together since the BF4 days. Hell, we even dabbled in the competitive scene in an unofficial sense, but in testing the waters it makes me wonder if this game could have legs in that regard, especially once it's fully released. Even in casual play, the game seems to have that perfect amount of tension that you generally don't see outside of competitive gaming. I'd be very interested to see them up the numbers per squad as I think a group of us on together could cause quite a lot of damage. That competitive drive is still there, even if it's been a few years since our last official ladder entry. Rainbow Six had also been popular towards the start of the year, although it too sometimes suffered from the five man requirement. BF1 had a few going at it too, in a very different setting to what we're used to, and while I'd like to see it get some more game play that time might have already passed. Hopefully not. Back in Volume 11 I first mentioned about the CoDUO CTF tournament that I'd started a school. I'm glad to report that the indoctrination program has finally paid off and resulted in exactly one new clan member, @CurlyDude. CoD4 SAB is on the list this year, so I'll see if we can snag a few other Recruits further down the track. The PAX Recruitment Campaign also paid dividends, with @Noods coming on board last November. And @Dallyfergo, who got a mention in Volume 16 when he gamed with us in BF1, has made the most of the NBN and farm life to join our ranks as well. What's interesting there is that Dally had both zero clan and online gaming experience, but if you joined him on TS now you'd think he was a seasoned veteran. Another big tick for our underlying processes in my opinion. Indeed, the last four members to join our ranks have all actually been recruited "offline", which I find strange to say the least. On that note, @MiniSanders, I know back in Volume 15 I said there was no pressure upon being our first member in quite some time. However, that was a blatant lie and we are expecting you to reveal something pretty big in the not too distant future. If you don't want the "clan saviour" title we'll give it to someone else. Finally, I think it's worth mentioning that Discord has come into it's own to help with clan communications. Once again I'm sure it will prove useful when PAX comes around and in the meantime it has given members another solid option when trying to find a gaming buddy. The Stats: As mentioned in the opening, the stats are back (with a couple of new graphs to go along too). The Dropbox link if you want to suss out the spreadsheet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8zz2bk68sakaqgv/Full%20Member%20Master%20List.xlsx It's always nice to go in and add someone new to the spreadsheet. Of course, we could quite easily have taken some members off the roster due to inactivity, but we don't see that as being necessary unless we return to full operations. So for now, the concurrent graph continues along with a couple of extra bumps. The interesting thing here is seeing we once had around 2,200 posts in one month back in 2013 (thanks to Phoby for pointing this out). I'd say that was the height of activity between BF3 and BF4, with large numbers required for squads and plenty attending training; however, it wasn't when we were our most active from a competitive standpoint - I would say that crown possibly goes to 2010 when we had three active CoD4 squads, two on Game Arena and one on CyberGamer. They were hectic times. New topics were unsurprisingly high when the forums were first created. I say unsurprisingly, because I recall how many documents needed to be created in regards to recruitment, squads, our code of conduct, etc. Most of which still exist. The peak for new topics in 2011 occurred just as BF3 was taking off. Plenty of scrims, plenty of trainings, as well as some general clan structure adjustments, all would have contributed to the high new topic count around this time. And a few of the other usual clan stats: 47 Full Members in the clan, with no current Recruits. Three more than this time last year and also a new high for concurrent members (with the asterisk being we haven't removed anyone for quite some time). 11 competitive squads have represented the clan. No changes here for quite some time. 83,807 posts made on these forums across 3,330 topics. That's 28 posts per day, a little less than last year. Our most active day on the forums was June 12th 2017 with 25 users online. Needless to say this one surprised me. 292 people registered on the website. 96 members in total have come through the clan, with 87 applications declined (no change). 64 members have stayed with us for longer than a year. In total, the clan has existed for 2,942 days. So if current trends continue we should reach our 3,000th day relatively soon and could reach our 100th member by this time next year. Perhaps we could give them a commemorative spoon? Thank Yous: The only thank you I'll mention this year is to all the members who still call this place home. There's nothing quite like jumping on for a game with familiar faces, and if the clan wasn't here it would make online gaming significantly less enjoyable. Conclusion: 12 months ago I said: "We are still without an official clan game, but for the first time in a long time I think that could change, either with Overwatch or almost certainly BF1. We don't want to get our hopes up yet... but I'd like to think there's certainly a chance of something happening here." So basically, I should stop trying to make predictions (even though BF1 did get some good play time and I'd hope to get back to it again before the year's end). Instead, we've had a game come completely out of left field in PUBG. How long will it last? Who knows. But like all online gaming, we should enjoy it while we can because nothing stays around forever and online games move on more quickly than most. Really, predicting what comes next for us is a complete unknown. The next Battlefront game isn't that far away, with a Beta due out soon. However, I don't think anyone wants to get their hopes up there as we've all been burnt in the past too many times. Maybe CoD returning to it's WWII roots will be of interest? I'm doubtful, but who knows. The main thing is we're all still here so we still get to choose what comes next. Hope to see you later in the year at PAX, or even just online for a game soon. Alea iacta est. ~MS.
  5. 7 points
    I hear uninstalling is actually better than playing the game
  6. 7 points
    So we FINALLY got fibre at our new place. Only a few weeks of frustration, but it was all worth it!
  7. 7 points
    First solo win since the stats reset. Looted a bit for the first circle, then after looking at the circle, thought were it might finish, found a nice hut on the beach down near Primorsk and didn't have to move until I got my first kill, which was the last kill
  8. 7 points
    Finally ... solo chicken din dins
  9. 6 points
    I'm going with a chip in the brain, Games streamed straight to the cerebral cortex from the cloud!
  10. 6 points
    See you in game in 2030
  11. 6 points
    I killed @Silent that is all that really matters ... do you think he could come up with any more excuses?
  12. 6 points
    Oh no, are we prepared for the endless swarm of "here's everything I can tell you from watching the same 3 minute long video as everyone else" And "12.8 things the new BFV trailer tells us"
  13. 6 points
    I am a terrible, terrible person. And while you people bring me loot, you can't say I don't bring you other gifts.
  14. 6 points
    This is PUBG having a bit of a hissy fit @Duckz @Phobos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvySJDwEidI
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  16. 5 points
    travelled out to see the Voyager probes. 2.3 million light seconds away from earth. Now to track down New Horizons.
  17. 5 points
    This sounds like a Shrive problem. I can see a lot of the heavy lifting in games being done on cloud technology in the future, gonna have to find a use for all these crypto farms. But in reality we'll probably still be using technology for shit like this
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  19. 5 points
    After all this time I finally managed to get a D.Va bomb to work
  20. 5 points
    Hey RtD Crew, Been hovering around a while now so due for the formalities, I go by Panda because its easier to spell than Jarryd, and I'm a student at Fed Uni in Ballarat. So far I've played with quite a few of you guys now and its been great fun, you can blame DallyFergo for my presence. Been a casual gamer ever since i had one of the first Sega systems, graduated to play station, upgraded to Xbox then ascended into the glorious PC Master Race. Generally into most games, COD, Battlefield, PUBG, Seige and GTA. Also enjoy Overwatch and Rocket League from time to time. Keen to meet more of you guys and share some good times in games Cheers, Ra' Panda
  21. 5 points
    I think there is an issue with people seeing my posts on the forums. Commonly I won't get any likes or reactions to the funny things I post so I think something might be broken there....
  22. 5 points
    No idea how i stumbled across this, clicked on it expecting to be some sort of meme or joke.... but i kept watching.... and the editing... is just amazing, and the use of Williams score from all 6 movies.... this should be added in to the movie imo, adds way more drama and effect.
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    Howdy team, It's been an incredibly long time but I thought I'd pop in and say hello to all of the familiar faces (and new less-familiar, probably more attractive faces). For those I haven't met before, I was part of the RtD crew that moved over in the initial change from the old clan (I believe I was promised a chocolate bar by Shrives for my loyalty - which I never received). I 'played' on some of the CoD4 teams that we used to run on the GA and CG ladders, consistently anchoring the teams and acting as a walking meatbag/free target. My expertise lay in the psychological damage I caused in my opponents as they ruthlessly mowed me down. I spent the rest of my energy as a pub hero and would victimize Nev while he was drinking. I pulled away from gaming when CoD4 was on the downwards spiral to come over to the US, Kentucky specifically, and do some study/work. I've since remained here, and am shacked up with a woman who doesn't realize she can do better. If you need to imagine me, think of me in a Colonel Sanders-esque white suit, Mint Julep in hand, riding on a riverboat and trying to say "y'all" in an Australian accent. I'm not sure how much you'll see me around, as I was unreliable even in the old days, but I look forward to jumping in on TS/Discord one of these days, kicking back and catching up. Best wishes, Splitty
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    We've made it, new major release of IPBoard. Hope everything looks fine and mostly* as it was. New major features: Website is now using an SSL cert Leaderboards - still haven't worked out what is it... Native mobile theme support You can get a members attention with: @username Calendar allows members to set a status Ability to attach a Google Authenticator to your account. Found in Account Settings > Account Security A surprise during xmas Shrive's post count once again survived Possible Tweaks: "Edited By" message made smaller Shrink discord icon Discord "viewer" needs to scale height automatically Recent Topics minimize button needs fixing Items to discuss: We are limited to 6 different backgrounds. The only one I've added is the blank one which I think should be in there. Taking suggests on which previous backgrounds or new ones could be used! Portal page looks like will need to be rethought. Possibly written as a static page with Hugo Shoutbox, do we need it still now we have Discord? How does the mobile theme look and function? As always, let me know if you have any suggestions or issues. I advise you clear your browser cache and cookies!
  26. 5 points
    This just got an update. We should have a hit some time.
  27. 5 points
    Well today is going well. Dip, Dally, Pench and I managed to get a win and I actually got some kills (including one I stole from Dippie because I'm not a nice person).
  28. 5 points
    Second pan kill Also had a squad game last night with the same guys as above, where the final game was at the Army Bunkers. We were above ground and the other squad was below ground in the bunkers. Sucks to be them, we won with the final circle closing in completely, but they weren't able to get to it.
  29. 4 points
    Congratulations Predz Congratulations Predz, and welcome back to Roll The Dice. We would like to welcome you to full membership within Roll The Dice and look forward to gaming with you long in to the future. For your information and as a refresher you may wish to look at the following threads which you now have access to. These will tell you a bit more about the clan, as well how to apply for squads etc. if you are interested: Clan Code of Conduct - now more than ever it is vital that you know our Code of Conduct. In representing Roll The Dice as a full member it is expected you will follow this at all times and set the right example for newer members as well. Clan Announcements - a new section of the forums which you can now access, where we announce new information to the clan. Clan Positions - this shows all the positions within the clan, what the roles do and who currently holds them. Useful if need to contact the right person about something. Clan General Discussion - just a place for us to discuss general, clan only related topics. Squad and Ladder Information - everything to do with our squads can be found here, including the links to the respective teams. If you wish to join one of our squads you will need to read up The Calendar - we expected all members to use the calendar to sign up to Clan Trainings and Scrims. The Round Table - this forum is where all members can have their say within the clan. All opinions are welcome, from the newest to the oldest member. New Forum Posts - this link will show you any unread posts on the forums. This might be worth bookmarking as it will help you keep involved with current discussions. Again, congratulations on full membership and hope to see you on the battlefield soon.
  30. 4 points
    Well I got the Vulture last night. I had forgotten how bloody quick that thing steers, so easy to keep anyone within targetting range. Also I had forgotten just how shits its fuel tank and jump range are... lots of short jumps with lots of fuel scooping. Thanks to @Predz and @TheLaw for the extra credits last night when sharing missions... helped me with getting the Vulture up to a respectable spec.
  31. 4 points
    Congratulations - Roll The Dice Is Ten Years Old! Well, here it is - ten years in the making and we are finally here (and I'm finally getting to a post which is a couple of weeks late). But on the 24th of June, 2019 we made it to ten years of existence. Ten years of gaming together and enjoying each others company. Ten years of some amazing highs, as well as a few bumps along the road. Ten years of changes. I think it's interesting to think about those changes for a moment. Firstly, there's changes to our hobby: online gaming. That encompasses of course both hardware and software and in those areas alone the changes have been vast. To reel off just a few: 4K or Ultra-Wide gaming is now a thing; some of us where on resolutions less than 1080p when we first started out, still at a 4:3 ratio. Windows 7 was released just one month after the clan was formed. Most of us were still on XP, with a few brave souls on Vista (possibly my last clean install). I was running a Logitech G5 mouse and G15 keyboard (gifts from my 21st), which still soldiered on for another seven years or so. SSD storage capacity has skyrocketed while their price has plummeted. HDDs still hang on in their usefulness due to their current sizes and low cost, but when the clan was formed the 2TB HDD had only just been invented. Current consoles included the Xbox 360 and PS3 (and the Wii, whose name we were still laughing at three years after it came out). AMD released the Phenom II and Athlon II. Intel was still on the Core 2 series and then released its first i7. Nvidia were up to the GeForce 200 series (the first time they put the GTX before the number) and AMDs latest cards were the R700s. It could be said that AMD are only now just getting back to relevance in both markets after almost a decade in the wilderness. The latest games included Modern Warfare 2 (which was a disaster from a clan point of view), Uncharted 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Left 4 Dead 2, Plants vs. Zombies and Dragon Age: Origins. I'll be honest, the game I've probably played most that came out in 2009 was Empire: Total War. I'm not sure it was a particularly strong year for games (fight me if you disagree). Of interest, Age of Empires creator, Ensemble Studios, was shutdown in 2009. And now look at how many remakes, remasters and re-releases they've come out with since?! Liam Neeson's daughter was first Taken. The first Hangover came out. As did the first (and to date, only) Avatar. Breaking Bad only had one season out. Game Of Thrones has started and finished in the time we've been gaming. And we've all enjoyed the entire Infinity Saga together (23 movies). Streaming basically did not exist. This includes media streaming and streaming live game content. We have seen the introduction and probably death of the last physical media in our time. But I'm sure few of us miss requiring multiple CDs or DVDs just to install a game; or the trip down to the video store to get a movie. Now we can just endlessly scroll through Netflix for hours and complain we have nothing to watch. Remember when we all just had XFire and maybe Steam? Oh they were good times. But then Origin came along for Battlefield. Well that didn't seem so bad, but it was annoying having another service. Yet of course, since then, the programs we need to have running has exploded as every damn company has tried to implement its own platform. Steam has turned into a behemoth. And then, to try and monitise us further, those same gaming companies went very heavy on the micro transactions. Some of us are old enough to remember when DLC was free. CoD4 came with four extra maps, for free, in the 1.6 patch (which was a whopping 256MB). But even then the writing was on the wall, because while in CoDUO we could run our own maps and mods easily on our own server, CoD4 brought in restrictions making that harder. Even early on some companies decided they didn't want the community running the show, because they couldn't make any money off it. VR has kind of come and gone; it's struggling to find it's niche, but I suspect it still has a future in gaming. It was huge at the early PAX events we attended, but it certainly hasn't been killer technology. Smartphones. We have witnessed one of the biggest changes technology will ever undertake with the smartphone, all basically overlapping with the clan's existence. I bought my fifth smartphone this week (Galaxy S10+), which means I'm averaging a new smartphone every two years. Conversely, the first two Nokia phones I had in the mid 2000s probably did three to four years each. Sure, I could use them to hammer in nails if I needed and their battery lasted a week, but I couldn't check Facebook. Incidentally, I upgraded to the S10+ for better battery life and it occurs to me now that those Nokia phones are probably the last time I did not complain about battery. Speaking of Facebook, social media has exploded. I'm not sure we as a society have really sorted this one out yet - trying to find the balance isn't easy. I abstained from Facebook for a number of years after it was popular because I wasn't sure how well I could control myself if I signed up. Past me was partially right. Some of us here have still resisted the lure of social media and I say kudos to that. The changes in our internet infrastructure is also an interesting one. This decade worth of progress listed above needed to be powered by something. Smartphones, streaming and gaming all demand hundreds of times more data than ten years ago. I believe I was on a 50GB plan in 2009, which I used conservatively on an ADSL connection. Now I'm on unlimited NBN which has faster network speeds than some of the LANs we used to set up at uni (that's presuming we could get the LAN to work at all, am I right @MiniSanders?). As tech affectionados we have all watched the rise and fall of the NBN; the constant problems it has produced, and what could have been if the original plan was implemented. Even now, some of us have it, some of us don't, and some of us have had endless troubles. Ten years ago that is not what we were expecting. Now, 5G is around the corner (I'm hoping to test it with my new phone in Canberra). It will be interesting to see what that brings. But just as interestingly, there's the personal changes we have all experienced over this time as well. Some current members were almost half their current age when we first formed. Some have gone off to uni and graduated in the time they've been with the clan. Others have been running their own businesses. Some have gone off and got married. Some have started families. And some of us are still in the same flat, sitting at the same desk from ten years ago when Wrecking Ball Wednesday came along and the Founders first parted ways with Wargrounds Australia. Indeed, some of us have been around long enough now that we could go off and join TOG (The Older Gamers have an age limit of 25, which I know many of us used to laugh at back a decade ago). My, times have changed. But then there's the similarities; the things that haven't changed. As gamers, we are constantly looking at the latest hardware and software to see how our machines compare (you only need to look at @NevilleBartos and @Phobos's discussion on Discord currently - they're like kids at Christmas). We try to squeeze out every extra frame we can manage; anything to possibly give us the upperhand. And then we'll go and do something bizzar like fall off a cliff and miss the water in PUBG (@bprc), where no ultra graphics settings can save us from our own misjudgments. And we usually get to do all that with mates, who will forever laugh at you for that time you crashed a helicopter (@Mr Spontaneous?), or decided to watch a pot plant at training because it seemed like the best tactical decision at the time. Perhaps you fell asleep on TS and everyone just happened to record it (@Awesome). Or, on the flipside, maybe you were part of one our squads who were streamed to the world, seeing all different kinds of success against (and with) some of the best players of our time. Because while we are always here to laugh at each other, we have also spent plenty of time punching above our weight. And that is something I dearly treasure about this clan and also something which hasn't changed since the first day we formed. The Last Two Years: Yes, it's actually being two years since we've had a clan history update. I presume last year I just took the Microsoft approach and didn't bother with number nine. Possibly understandable, as while we've been here see changes over a longer period of time as mentioned above, not a lot differs around here year to year. And I'm perfectly okay with that. We've had two PAX events and that tradition continues this year again (go and sign up now if you haven't already). We've also had at least two weddings, with @Decroxx and @Nath both getting hitched (to different people). I hope I'm not missing anyone there. We have also picked up four recruits since the last report, in @AussieNinja159, @Yeowie, @Ra_Panda and @Maniac. So that's always pleasing to see. As you'll see in the stats below, that takes us to 51 official members, which is our highest total. However, we have not had a cull of inactive members in a very long time and that is probably something we should look into in the future. The last history post mentioned the new forums were now operational - even that seems like a lifetime ago. It also mentioned our DOTA2 team, which I can only presume is still a roaring success. But in the meantime we've just continued to game. PUBG. Rainbow Six: Siege. Apex Legends. Two Battlefield games in BF1 and BFV, both of which have been interesting, but not enough to gain critical mass with the clan. A number of other FPS games have also been flirted with - looking for that elusive combination that creates group gaming addiction. Golf With Friends still continues to get a laugh. And I'm sure there's others I've forgotten as well. The Stats: It wouldn't be a history post without some stats and graphs! I've made some slight adjustments to the second graph. Previously, we haven't had an official game since BF4 (which as you'll see, is getting close to half of our existence). But I decided to add in both Rainbow Six: Siege and PUBG. Both games have had clannies playing them since they were in beta, and we even had a stab at a competition with PUBG, so I think they're worth including. Maybe I'm missing another game or two that has had long term popularity and would also be worth including? As always, here's the Dropbox link if you are interested in the spreadsheet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8zz2bk68sakaqgv/Full%20Member%20Master%20List.xlsx Here's a few more numbers: 51 Full Members in the clan, with no current Recruits. Four more than the last history post and also a new high for concurrent members (with the asterisk being we haven't removed anyone for quite some time). 11 competitive squads have represented the clan. Still no changes here, although we have dabbled in a few other events. 87,387 posts made on these forums across 3,414 topics. That's 24 posts per day, which continues to go down as we use Discord more. We've added approximately 4,000 posts and 100 topics in the last two years. 294 people registered on the website (only two more than two years ago, which means our spam defense is working well). 100 members in total have come through the clan, with 87 applications declined (no change). 70 members have stayed with us for longer than a year. In total, the clan has existed for 3,670 days. Some more forum based graphs: The Future: It's impossible to predict exact details about what the future will bring; however I think we can look at the future in broad strokes. I mentioned at the start how streaming has really taken off. It was a real big deal ten years ago just to get shoutcasted (and all that was was audio, with a demo to download later if you were lucky). We saw that transition to live commentary with video during the BF3/BF4 era and now every man and their dog can stream via the likes of Twitch, Steam, etc. We can all be content creators, which has been enhanced even further by the likes of ShadowPlay (the first software I used to record some gameplay was XFire, with @Blueberry, @NOOBshoes and I using our EOD bots in BF3 to take down as many tanks as we could). Indeed, some of our greatest clan videos came about from our Shenanigan nights which would not have been possible even a few years earlier without significantly more time and effort. Obviously the quality of our internet connections has also contributed widely to this; uploading to YouTube, for some of us, was an all day affair ten years ago. What we have now is a future that was hard to predict at the turn of the last decade. But this next decade I think streaming is going to really change gaming. Not just as content creators, but also as consumers. Google's Stadia (along with what will inevitably be other streaming services from Microsoft, Sony and every other company) could really change the hardware and software game. Sure, it's going to take a long time to mature, especially here in Australia with our distance and still sub-par internet, but imagine not having to do CPU and GPU upgrades on a regular basis because some other server is doing all of the heavy lifting? Could it be that some of us have just done our last major computer builds? I very much doubt it, because we all like to tinker and there'll always be a call for powerful hardware to run more and more demanding software - but we may be just about to hit a point where to play your favourite game at max settings you'll no longer need to check your hardware specifications; just login to your preferred streaming service and game like its no different. No doubt that the future of gaming is going to be an interesting one. We all still laugh at @PistolKnight for playing PUBG on mobile; but it's also portable, convenient, and today's best phone hardware is almost certainly more powerful than the machines we were gaming on in 2009. Imagine what another decade could do in that space? So as a bit of an exercise, if you're willing, have a go at posting below what you think your future computer specs will be in a decade's time. It could make a very interesting time capsule. But what about the future of the clan? Honestly, I don't think much will change. As long as we keep paying our bills on time I hope and believe the website will continue to be our home, with TeamSpeak remaining our place to chat. Throw in the likes of Discord and the other standard software we use and I can't see much of that being different in another ten years. Even the types of games we played previously will continue to hold our fancy into the future. We're always looking for another FPS. Maybe WWII based, maybe a modern setting. Maybe it has Battle Royal (which really came out of nowhere over the past three years or so). Maybe a game will come along with some other mode we enjoy. Or maybe we'll keep playing our spattering of games that currently keep us entertained, in the middle of all those other things that life throws at us to keep us busy. Ultimately it won't matter what we do, because as the Ten Year Anniversary Party once again showed it doesn't matter how long its been since we last gamed together. As soon as we have a gathering it's just old friends enjoying each other's company. As it should be. This Sunday I'm about to head off to Canberra on camp with a bunch of Year 10 students. Coincidentally, this is also the tenth year in a row I've gone on this camp. As the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I haven't added a thank you section this time around, because I'm not sure there's anything extra I can say to people that I haven't already said before. But I am thankful we created this clan when the opportunity was presented and I'm thankful I was invited along for the ride. I am very proud of what we have achieved. Those of us at the start weren't really sure what we were doing; but I'm sure if you told us ten years ago what we would achieve and how long we would last then we would be absolutely stoked. I will say thank you to all our members who are still here, still gaming, and still having fun. I hope it continues for at least another decade yet. Ten years ago, in the very first history post, I had this to say: I stand by that even more so now. Alea iacta est. ~MS.
  32. 4 points
    By the sounds of it Battalion might have a free weekend coming up soon. I'm not too sure when but @MasterShrive Free's free and its better than three. @Duckz, @Phobos and I played it a bit over the wekend feels like its improved a lot since we first played in beta. Shrouds been playing this game heaps lately and loves it, so never know it could hang around as a decent game Shroud is nutty. @bprc might wanna repurchase this game.
  33. 4 points
    damn that connection matches your ball mouse!
  34. 4 points
    Well, I am finally happy with mine.
  35. 4 points
    scomo wont listen to the students why woud he listen to the teacher?
  36. 4 points
    Monday: Tore down my PC. Gave everything a decent clean. Parts arrived later then I would have liked, as I was working that afternoon. Managed to put CPU, M.2, RAM and D15 cooler onto the motherboard, then called it a day, so it was all ready to go into the case. While waiting for my parts to still arrive, figured I'd clean all my parts I just pulled and list them on the BUY/SWAP/SELL PC Parts (AUS) Facebook page, and within an hour or two sold the CPU, Motherboard and both kits of RAM for a decent amount. Just have the ROG Front Base to still sell at some stage. Tuesday: Put the motherboard in, connected all the SATA ports, wired everything else and managed the cables etc. Booted up, BIOS update, Windows install, activate and update, Office 2019 install, activate and update, installed all drivers etc and various other programs. Everything up and running like a dream. Wednesday: Restored my massive Plex library without a hitch. Still downloading and installing games... I could have restored them too, but won't take a huge amount just to re-download everything.
  37. 4 points
    Didn't know where else to post, so it can go here (feel free to move it Shrives). After a lot of chopping and changing, I think I've finally settled on my preferred keyboard and mouse combo; Logitech G Pro TKL keyboard Logitech G403 Wired mouse without the extra 10g weight. Razer Control Mousepad. Much prefer the little bit of extra friction this provides.
  38. 4 points
    You can thank the PUBG marketplace for this;
  39. 4 points
    Woo! Glad to be part of the team! Thanks guys!
  40. 4 points
    All done and dusted. Motherboard swapped, added more RAM, chips on the sound card swapped, braided molex cable for the sound card plugged in. While I was at it, I put black nitto electrical tape around the small pieces of the case between each PCI slot because I think one of my monitor connectors was making contact, and shorting out or something, seems to have stopped since doing that. Also put pieces of tape around the HDD caddies to prevent metal on metal vibration going through the case, which has stopped 10 fold.
  41. 4 points
    Sponty has demanded I upload a picture of my puppy. Yesterday she decided to relieve herself on the floor behind me while I was in the middle of a game of PUBG...
  42. 4 points
    Finally got my first solo chicken dinner! That Black_liang guy got pretty robbed, if he's legitimate. Bush-wookie strat worked quite well.
  43. 4 points
    More or less all done. Just need to get a molex extension to clean up the cable for the sound card. https://imgur.com/Dy9DExz
  44. 4 points
    My TV is 3D. It's pretty thin, but nowhere near 2D.
  45. 4 points
    Lol "the shop" - that's dedication......and then he's dead.
  46. 4 points
    With the influx of the entire population of Nhill to the clan, I recommend a small change in name.
  47. 4 points
    Annnnnddd I've already purchased the expansions to AoEII. Five minutes. I lasted five minutes.
  48. 4 points
    a small custom stage in Australia not the fastest i reckon i could do but as a one off custom stage on hardest setting ill take it AI is hardest and all car handling options are full off this is the nvidia capture as i drove it
  49. 4 points
    an old video i posted of dirt rally (screens abit bright sorry but wanted to see the handbrake and gear shifter working) but this time was the 21st fastest time in the world for this stage in greece ill do some dirt 4 ones off the screen so the res is good
  50. 4 points
    I unsubscribed from Levelcap today and I have a sudden urge to tell everyone about it! In the aftermath I feel more at peace! Should have done it a long time ago.
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