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Update for the ARMA 2 Community

As promised last week in the forum post, I just wanted to update you guys on our training plan and our overall direction for OMGeek's ARMA 2 community.

Our mods and other key members of the community are helping us out on formulating the direction and training plan for our ARMA 2 community. We're just finalizing some details and will hopefully be ready to share this with everyone soon.

I know there have been concerns how disorganized the gameplay has been lately, and some of you might feel I've not been paying attention to the quality of gameplay in our servers. As one of the co-founders of this community, believe me when I say that I am. Mostly, I work behind the scenes and ask the help of our moderators to give me some updates on what's going on, and we are brainstorming ideas on how to improve things.

We are still a fairly new community so there are a lot of growing pains, but on the other hand, there are a lot of opportunities to help us grow and become a successful community. We are also not forcing you to stay if you have found this community isn't up to your expectations as there are a lot of other ARMA 2 communities out there that may be suitable to your tastes. But to those who stay and who sincerely want to help grow and shape the community, we, the co-founders and moderators, will be forever grateful. The more you put into helping and cooperating to build a better community, the more you will get out of it. Whining and complaining how bad everything is doesn't help, so if you're going to sit and whine about problems to the co-founders and moderators instead of helping out to provide us with logical solutions, I don't think OMGeek is for you.

Apologies for ending with such a negative tone, but we're just pointing out some realities of what our community is and will be in the future. Again, we seek your full cooperation once we release our plans.

The Future of OMGeek and How You Are Part of It

One year of tier 1 PC gaming in Southeast Asia! Thanks and congratulations all around, everybody! We obviously couldn't have made it this far without the help and support of everyone in the community who's reading this right now. Thank you.

Now, as I have said in my previous post, I wanted to talk about how your donations, moral support, and continued presence are helping to develop our community further. Many OMGeeks are already pitching in to do their part, be it as subscribers, guild leaders, or being our irreplaceable one and only ArmA II boss-man. While we value and adore each and every member equally, we'd also like to stress that like any good game that's worth your attention, the OMGeek community can certainly give you back as much as you're willing to put in.

A dedicated server

One major addition we're peering at in the future with an appropriately ornate spyglass is a dedicated server. We've hosted games using GSPs in the past, and while for the most part we've had little problems, it also meant that we were stuck with the games that we chose, and that deciding to host a new game is always a momentuous decision. Well, it's kind of a big decision, at the very least. A dedicated server would let us host more games and experiment with quirky and mysterious titles that could be a good fit for our community. It means less expense in the long run, more possibilities for us as gamers, and more power at the fingertips of the legendary Kin Que Pls.

The big barrier? The cost is quite prohibitive. Two things have helped this all along so far. First, we've saved up a good amount from donations and our personal funds. Second, our shift to developer-hosted games like Guild Wars 2 and soon, Planetside 2, means that we're spending less on OMGeek servers every month, although there's no question that our great experience with the community has not diminished. Not one iota. We still have a ways to go, though. Once we work out the costing and the amount we need to have a comfortable buffer to get started, we'll post it up here on the site for everyone to see. If you share our dream of a mature and friendly Southeast Asian gaming community, it would be great if you can pitch in to help.

Our growing community

Of course, throwing money at the problem isn't the only way to help us grow as a community. Great people will always be OMGeek's most valuable resource, and we already have quite an interesting set from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei. While we have all of you here to form the pioneering group of awesome and beautiful gamers in Southeast Asia, we do believe that there are more of us out there, toiling away towards greatness in their little isolated pockets of gamerdom. We'd like to see other countries represented. Indonesia. Thailand. All are welcome!

Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to our RSS feed. Participate in discussions. Tell your friends. Invite them to our games. Encourage them to connect with our other members. We're doing a strange and wonderful thing here, forming friendships with people we otherwise wouldn't have known our entire lives. Let's keep the string going. And then we will crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentations of their women. In-game, of course.

All in the name of our ultimate goal of world peace.

Better and more interesting content

One more facet of OMGeek that we wish to develop is the content side of things. For the longest time, we've relied on blog posts to present original content, along with a minimal smattering of screenshots and gameplay videos.

Now, here's one thing I also believe in: gamers are fussy, detail-oriented creatures. Gamers are creative and intelligent and scientifically proven to be better puzzle-solvers than non-gaming folk. Gamers like to create things, more often than not. That's why I'm making this my official call for any kind of contributor input that you may want to offer. You can write, or draw, or take videos, or whatever.

If you're interested in contributing any kind of text or media to the community, send me an email at jed@omgeek.net and we'll work something out. Or chat me up in our chatroom. Or send me a forum PM. You're not going to run out of ways to get in touch with me or any of us, really.

There's a wealth of talent in our community. It would be a shame to let it go unnoticed.

Let's play games

And because I've rambled on for long enough, I'd just like to say that second only to you guys, the games are the most important part of OMGeek. As long as we're having fun playing together as a community, we're keeping the dream alive. Don't stop believing, guys. Hold on to that feeling.

Thanks, everyone!

Minecraft reserved slots for OMGeek supporters

I have good news for all our OMGeek supporters who have contributed so much towards keeping our community alive! Starting today, all Silver and Gold supporters will also get a reserved slot in our Minecraft server in addition to their reserved slot in the Battlefield 3 server. This means that you'll find it easier to get inside the server during peak hours.

In addition, and for this month only, we are also giving Bronze supporters a reserved slot in the Minecraft server! Thanks, guys!

Please note that no one's going to get nerfed or have features and abilities taken away from them. The system only gives preference to OMGeek supporters whenever the server reaches its maximum capacity of ten players. It's just a little perk we thought of adding.

Also, be sure to be here on Wednesday, April 18 at 8 pm (GMT +8) for the second part of Minecraft: Beginnings, where we complete our town hall, ensure our food supply, and prepare the surrounding lands to make our houses!

Our raffle for the month of March - The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Hello, OMGeeks! As you may have noticed up there on the header banner, we are giving away a Steam copy of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North to a lucky OMGeek supporter, provided that we get the requisite number of ten donors this month! The monthly raffle is OMGeek's way of saying thanks to all the members who chip in to keep the community alive.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a co-op Action RPG that immerses you and your friends in a brutal new chapter in the War of the Ring. Snowblind Studios is in the unique position of drawing inspiration from both the literary and film rights to world of Middle-earth, allowing players to bloody their axes on a wide range of deadly enemies and traverse both established and never-before-seen locations. The result is a journey that is both epic and intimate, familiar yet unexpected.

Co-optimus has a very positive review of the game here.

If you're interested in the game and you've been having a good time with the OMGeek community, show your support and get a raffle entry for your trouble! Good luck, everyone, and thank you for your continued support!

Congraturations are in Order

This month's draw was very brief. We printed out the names on a sheet of paper, we cut the sheet to pieces with a pair of kiddie scissors, we tossed the pieces in a box, and the first one we fished out was the lucky winner. At this point, if it were 1996, I would then use the phrase "Wham, bam, thank you Ma'am" in a non-ironic and totally cool sort of manner.

Polite and gentlemanly felicitations to Bobthekillerpenguin, who will get a Steam copy of Serious Sam 3: BFE! Golf claps and tennis claps all around.

While we're here, let me express my gratitude once again to everyone who supported OMGeek this month! Thanks not only for chipping in, but also for your continued presence in the forums and in the chatroom. We're here to play games and make new friends, and not necessarily in that order. Thanks, guys. Be ready again next month for the next big raffle draw!

The Late Monday AAR: It's Tuesday

Yeah, I know. Between an increased work load at my day job, a resumption of requests for my freelance animation work, and playing all the lovely games I got during the holidays with you guys, I haven't had much time to sit down and write about what's been going on. Let me rectify this now:

    • Battlefield 3 scheduled games resume - OMGeeks who were around last Sunday know this already. The mobilization for our weekly Battlefield 3 Skirmish Sunday is in full swing! We played our first match of 2012 last Sunday with a uniquely debilitating handicap: the OMGeek Mumble server picked the perfect time to go down right when the event started. Instead of piling into Steam chat or Battlelog party chat and clogging up the radio waves with everybody screaming into a single channel, we simply decided to go in mute.

      I was hoping for the online equivalent of a perfectly executed flash mob. If flash mobs consisted of mimes. With guns. And SOFLAMs and Javelins and fighter jets performing surgical strikes. What we got was a liiiitle bit less than that, but we did have fun, as always. Good game, guys, and be back next week when we all rediscover our vocal chords!

    • World of Tanks tank company begins to take shape - A handful of you have discovered the wonders and joys of driving around in a 50-year-old war machine and shooting gigantic hunks of metal at each other at fairly murderous velocities. Most of our current World of Tanks players are just beginning to go through the first three tank tiers, although some of us did have a little head start in the grind. Gentlemen, prepare to say goodbye to your cute little Cunninghams, MS-1s, and Leichttraktors as we proceed on up the ladder of Treaded Death Machines. With the latest update, you can now even be the proud owner of a French tank. French. Tank.

      If you still haven't joined us in our quest for, well, bigger tanks and bigger guns, please visit the World of Tanks thread in the forums to find out how you too can putter around in a metal coffin, flattening picket fences and low hedges like the Angel of Death that you truly are.

    • Hearts of Iron 3 recruitment very soon - Thanks to Paradox Interactive, you too can have the full Hitler finds out about experience as you watch your troops get ground into the dust because that dummkopf General Steiner was unable to mobilize his forces in time. Hearts of Iron 3 is a grand strategy game set in World War II which puts you in control of a nation of your choice and its military, economic, political, and technological development from the mid-30s to the late 40s.

      OMGeek is going to organize a grand strategy session very soon, and our Hearts of Iron 3 thread is open to anyone interested in learning, playing, and even teaching the game. We're all newbies here, about the embark upon the Great Crusade.

    • Hey! You! Get Serious! - Today is Raffle Announcement Day, and yes, we have announced what the raffle prize is going to be this month. If you can't see it yet, please take the time to hit the refresh key to load up the new banner. We'll still be here when you get back.

      Yes! It's Serious Sam 3: BFE! The raffle, as always, is our way of saying thanks to the generous OMGeeks who have gone out of their way to help support the community. Each supporter gets an entry (or two!) in the raffle. To find out how you can help support OMGeek, please visit the Support Us page.

2012 is going to be great year! Stick around because we have events and contents planned as the year progresses. Thanks, OMGeeks!

We're just getting started

2012.

It's been a bit of a journey, but it's been worth it. We've held our ground against capitalist American pig-dogs, murderous Russian terrorists, fascist Nazi invaders, strange cartoon bad guys with military weaponry, strange cartoon bad guys with bows and axes, mutants, aliens, man-eating animals, giants, trolls, supervillains, Japanese warlords, and spaceships that shoot six million bullets per second at you. Among other things. Also, those fucking Creepers.

More importantly, in the past few months, we've faced all those things and maintained a strong and cohesive community. A huge thank you to everyone for playing, participating, and just plain being you in our chatroom and Mumble server. You guys are what make OMGeek work. Pats on the back and all that.

We're just getting started, though; we've got a lot planned for 2012! Here's what you can expect in the coming weeks:

I can't speak for The Old Republic just yet, but it seems like you guys are getting all organized for that game as well.

All that sounds pretty good to me! You know, on the same day last year, I was just some random shmuck who played L4D in single player mode because I couldn't round up enough people for a session. Today, I'm still a random shmuck--but I have defended the Hilltop on Caspian Border with my buddies. I have cowered under a piece of rock in Fallen Fighters with my comrades. I have defended dungeons with my party. I have foiled Inferno's plans (for the last tiiiime!) with mah Renegades. I have even cut across a serene park in Stilwater in a stolen police car driven by my buddy INQUE while playing as Valve Software Managing Director Gabe Newell with Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend" blaring in the background. AND I HAVE THE PIC TO PROVE IT.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg for this community. Thanks guys. Here's to good friends, good games, and more awesome online experiences in 2012!

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