Welcome Comrades to the 38th edition of the Dispatch
A shorter edition this time, but still jam packed full of exciting articles. In the clan section we have a round up of the C.C.'s semi final matches between four juggernauts of the clan scene, Legends of War, Knights of the Round Table, The Odd Fellow's Union and The Horseman of the Apocalypse. The use of premiums to allure people to tournaments is discussed in our War Games area. As for the foundry, we have dolomite discussing the use of strategic resources in maps. Elsewhere, we have an interrogation of ManBungalow where we learn the truth about his relationship with the.killing.44, or maybe not...
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Another exciting edition of freestyle news, we have Victor 'Sully' Sullivan discussing Mr Squirrel's big new forum game Briarsburg Mafia and the mafia games forum. Deathcomesrippin has also kindly provided us an article in which he looks at usernames and people's motives behind picking theirs. We also have TheSaxLad on blakebowling, the latest addition to the suggestions team and an interrogation of ManBungalow.
Mafia Games: A Sadly Overlooked Sub-forum by Victor Sullivan
The mafia subforum under the off-topics forum, Serious Interwebz Business, has had a regular flow of mafia players for a long time. But that's just it: it's been the same mafia players.
Recently, our dear mafia regular, Mr. Squirrel, decided to help the mafia subforum gain more popularity by creating a massive 30-player (the largest since nagerous' Godfather Mafia in 2008) mafia game to which the winner receives a premium prize. His mafia game takes place in the fictional post-WWII city of New Briarsburg, thus the name of his mafia, "New Briarsburg Mafia". I got to interview the man- er, rodent, himself: Sully: Anything you'd like to say before we get into the interview? Mr. Squirrel: You mean other than the standard phrase, "It's a pleasure to be here and to have the chance to speak with you"? ummmm.... nope. Sully: What is "mafia"? Mr. Squirrel: Mafia is a game of diplomacy. The game is constantly changing depending on what role you play and who you are playing against. If you are town-aligned, your objective is to seek out enemies of the town based on their actions in the game. If you are mafia-aligned then your objective is to fool the 'townies' into believing you are one of them while slowly killing them off day by day. The games can range from being a hilarious comedy to a suspenseful investigation. You never really know how a game will turn out when it starts. It can seem fairly daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it you become addicted. Sully: How long have you been playing mafia? Mr. Squirrel: I first started playing mafia in middle school on the bus. Because I lived so far from the school, we had plenty of time to kill by playing a simplified version of this game. I started playing more seriously and competitively on ConquerClub in May of 2009 when I joined Stroop's Lord of the Rings themed mafia game. Nowadays, I have become so absorbed in mafia that I actually have quit playing risk altogether and focus solely on my mafia games. Sully: What made you decide to do a giant mafia tournament for a premium prize? Mr. Squirrel: I decided to host this game because I have seen the mafia forum grow a lot since I first joined. A lot of the older mafia players talked about games they used to play with up to 35 players. I felt that our forum deserved a huge game like that once again. Sully: What are your goals for this tournament? Or rather, what do you plan on getting accomplished through your mafia tournament? Mr. Squirrel: I would love to see the forum grow even more and incorporate more people. Its always interesting playing against new people because you have no preconceptions as to how they will act under pressure or who they will side with during a hotly debated vote. I'm hoping that this game (and interview) will bring some new players who might have never noticed us tucked into the "Serious Interwebz Business" forum before. Who knows, maybe someday we will grow large enough to have our own forum below the "Serious Interwebz Business"? Sully: What's the story behind your mafia? Mr. Squirrel: My mafia takes place in 1947 in a fictional industrial city called New Briarsburg. It is the aftermath of WWII and the unity shared on the home front has now been broken. As the crime rate rises in the city, the citizens unite to try and bring peace. This mafia game will be the conflict between the malevolent crime factions and the honest townies seeking to bring them to justice. Sully: How many players will you be accepting and how many spots are open? Mr. Squirrel: I made the game to accommodate 30 people and there are currently no spots left. I am accepting reserves, though. Sully: Anything you'd like to say as a closing statement? Mr. Squirrel: Just thank you for the interview, Victor, and I hope to see some new players in our forum pretty soon. There you have it, folks! Both Mr. Squirrel and I hope to see some new faces in the great game that is mafia. Click on the links to check out the mafia subforum and Mr. Squirrel's New Briarsburg Mafia. What is in a name?! by deathcomesrippin
What is in a name?
Most of the time, nothing much. Our names in the real world are dictated by effects outside of our control. Before birth, our parents have (usually) obediently lined up a few names of each sex, and by the time we pop out, have one chosen. Our names are chosen for us, and we live with the consequences of it for the rest of our lives. Online, though, it is a very different story. Usernames are invariably the only handle we have for 99% of the people we “meet” on this website and others. A lot of the time, they are a small glimpse into the life of the person we are speaking to, a little window that you can look under the curtain of and see some of the personality leak out. This article is about just a few of the peoples’ usernames and why they chose them. When coming up with this article, my original intention was to go to the scoreboard, look for odd names, and then message those people about the names. Seemed like a simple cut and dry exercise to me. For the official record, WORST CALL EVER. Has anyone ever looked at the scoreboard? There are TONS of names on that thing. I needed to regroup. I posted in the Forums about the article, and these are a few of the responses. I will also include the link to the post if anyone would like to peruse further. GeneralFault was incredibly polite in a message to me, as well as pointing out that my name was very violent sounding (for the record, it is the name of a song by one of my favorite bands, The Misfits.Although it is not all one word ) “My username is based on 2 things, The General part is of course referring to the game, but the General Fault is a combined problem at my work as an IT specialist. Windows (as you may know) is never very accurate with error messaging...” Evilkingjay messaged me as well, giving me a little insight into the personal side of things. “I used to have a monthly tequila party at an apartment I used to have. A friend of my roommate had a birthday and they showed up after going to burger king and were wearing the crowns they give kids for their birthday. Tequila + a Burger king birthday crown + me= a party I dont remember much of... but thats where I got that nickname.” The others are replies to my post, I picked out a few amusing ones here for your reading pleasure” “I couldn't think of a username, and had just been watching scrubs. So thought of banana hammocks.....I only later found out what banana hammocks were, having assumed it was just two amusing words joined together!”- banana_hammocks “Mine = lack of creative imagination. It was late. I was tired.”- jefjef “I work at target. I am a man. my favorite numbers are 377. simple”- targetman377 “well i use something what its easy to remember”- qwert “My name comes from my favorite character, Victor "Sully" Sullivan, from Uncharted. I also look like him (no joke - people have asked me before if he was based off of me, but once they get to know me they realize I'm not much like him apart from looks).”- Victor Sullivan “When I played Risk on MSN I was Semper__Fi and someone called me evil. When trying to join other sites with that name it was usually taken so I tried Evil Semp and have not had any problems with that user name being taken.”- Evil Semp “Mine is somewhat innapropriate...but I'll post it anyway. Back in the day I was a huge pothead, so I chose this name. It's toker4life without the vowels. t(o)k(e)r4l(i)f(e)...tkr4lf. Kinda lame, I know. I don't even smoke anymore either. I wish we could change our names.”- tkr4lf “For me it started in University and jpcloet was attached to all kinds of mail systems, programming lab, etc. and I just continued to use it. I still use my Unix jumble password from 1995 in some of my high security access points. I've typed those 2 things so many times, I'll never be able to forget them.”- jpcloet “mine was one from one night when I ate a lot of popcorn and purple mellow yellow and watched 34 hrs str8 of japanimation... I was sooo sugar stoned... geeek geeeek please add me. not.”- army of nobunaga Well, those are just a few of the picks there, and big thanks to everyone who shared. Here is the link in case you want to look at others (cheers to keiths31 I love that beer.) viewtopic.php?f=6&t=129122&start= Blakebowling, Lackattack's new Lady in Red?! by TheSaxLad
After all the hype about a new forum moderator and programmer, and after the departure of
Newtonboyand Sw0rdf!sh there has been much discussion and much speculation as to who Lackattack’s new web developer admin will be, and after much investigation and even an interview with the man himself I think we have found him, even before he is announced. BlakeBowling joined CC in the January of 2008, and almost immediately afterwards started perusing the forums and joining in with all manner of CC events, however he came to light after it turned out he was coding for lack, a fact which was proved by his involvement in the Suggestions forum this year on cases such as “This _____ is offensive to me subforum, and the speed game variant suggestion. All this as well as the fact that Suggestions Team is not his default group seems to be a little suspicious. So I managed to corner Blakebowling, (well shout for him quite loudly) and ask him about his roles in the CC Team, and this is what he had to say...
I started coding for lack in mid September, there was an evident need for some forum modifications, and other changes related to the phpBB software that lack did not have the time to make, so I was brought on as the forum guru to help Lack and Andy out.
I then asked him whether he had actually applied for the Job...
I did apply, in a sense, a few years ago (before lack became overwhelmingly busy), we had some discussions about the chat software (Live Chat) that CC uses, it was new to me, and he gave me a few tips to get me started. Since then I had sent little nuggets of information to Lack or Andy to help them out and make CC (specifically the forums) a more enjoyable place to be.
All looks promising so far in our quest to find the New web developer admin, but here comes the real test, does Blakebowling think that he will ever become red?
There is a chance for everything I suppose, but for now I'll be in the Suggestions department, giving technical and my personal input, as well as trying to get the damn thing organized. Either way, its not about the color (or the thousands of fans and haters that come with it), its about helping a site that I've grown to love become even better.
So there we have it folks, a guy with web skills who has helped Andy and Lackattack out with the PHPBB , has just joined the Suggestions Team ( that was kept a bit quiet ) and wants to help CC not for the colour but for the site “I’ve grown to love become even better”. Either way I wish him luck in his new role, and who knows, we might even get announcement soon, hey Andy TheSaxlad
show: Interrogation of ManBungalow
Q. Hey there ManBungalow!
A. BRB. Q. First off, name related questions! Is there a Woman Bungalow? A. Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks? Q. Is there a Puppy Bungalow? A. My keyboard has a 'Turbo' button. Q. Have you ever considered upgrading to a ManHouse or a ManDominium? A. The obvious advancement would be to a ManHole, but I have considered taking it further, yes. Q. How many years have you aged since you started on CC? A. Coming up on three now. Q. Is CC better than sex? A. It's cheaper. Q. Are you now single because of CC? A. No. Q. Does CC get you tail? A. This is self-explanatory. Q. Are you and the.killing.44 related? Cell mates? Mental patients? A. Ovulyashka, Esq. carl denham, Esq. Bruce Wayne, Esq. Cock Cake, Esq. Катенька, Esq. Marinus van-der Lubbe, Esq. Ron, Esq. Goober, Esq. Q. Is AndyDufresne actually a real person? A. This issue is covered with controversy and I'm shocked that the newsletter team decided to publish it. It's like asking an astrophysicist why the earth orbits the sun. Q. Why did you choose your username? A. You wouldn't believe me if I told you, but it is a thrilling tale involving a heroin addict. Oddly enough, I have never lived in a bungalow. Q. Is there a Puppy Bungalow? A. No. Q. If you could change your username would you? A. No. Q. Who is your best friend on CC? A. the.killing.44 and ManBungalow, Singapore, late August 2009 Q. What has been your biggest CC related achievement to date? A. Winning Game 4855836. That or losing 100 points in one game. Q. Why don't you come to Chat anymore? A. Where is Chat and is it within walking distance? Live Chat feels to me like sitting in a sauna with a dozen sumo wrestlers and a ten year-old who are all trying to play a game of chess on one board. It just doesn't appeal to my sense of fun and gives me a headache. Sorry boss. Q. Why are you wasting your life on an interent version of a board game? A. jackwiggin introduced me in early 2008 and I was hooked! Q. How much time on average do you spend on here a day? A. As long as it takes to make <20 turns, check the forum make the occasional post. Q. What is your favourite map and settings? A. Waterloo doubles. Q. What made you want to become a mod? A. A secret mission to infiltrate the team and work my way up the ladder and learn lackattack's PIN number. Q. Now you are a mod, do you consider yourself superior to everyone? A. Not superior to everyone. Just you. Q. Now you have over nine-thousand wall posts, do you consider yourself superior to everyone? A. Absolutely - I still remember the moment when I received my 9,000th wall post. It was an emotional moment for me and I had to water my cactus. Q. How much hair have you lost during your moderating days? A. Answered above. Q. What kind of music do you listen to? A. Irish folk music and Metallica. Q. PS3 or X-Box 360? A. I don't have a PS3 or X-Box 360. Everyone send nagerous a PM asking him this question instead. Q. How cool is ARMY of GOD? A. 2KOOL4SKOOL Q. Thanks for your time ManBunkalow! A. Bungalow*
amazzony gives us a listing of some of the best-looking tourneys open for sign-ups and tells the stories of tourney organisers who give away premium.
Join this? Or Not! by amazzony
"Join This? Or Not!" is a completely unprofessional, biased and subjective view on
Create/Join a Tournament forums and to the tournaments that people have come up with. Without further ado, here are today's fabulous tournaments. The pearl of tournaments - by College Hoops 2010 flexmaster33 - is waiting for you just a couple of more days. If you are in a clan, wanting to show yourself to clans or just enjoy team games then you should check out merch313's . 313's InterClanGalatic War by The Speed League - Season 4 DJ Teflon & Co is expecting you every Wednesday. Don't miss out on an opportunity that only a few organisers are capable of giving you. The 3 above too high class for you? Alright, then I'll suggest you some easier fights to battle. or Dijxtra's World 2.1 Standard . 8 Player Freestyle Frenzy Finally, all you team junkies there's Triple Threat Terror [TPA] by JoshyBoy. Today's choice is small yet great, ain't it! Premiums by amazzony
There are 2 types of tournaments that offer premium awards. One section is (official) tournaments ran by Tournament, Special Events or some other team of CC and those premiums are given by
lackattack, the owner of this site. And then there are the tournaments which are run by „normal“ CC players who also put out the extra effort and buy premium to the winners/runner-ups of (their) tournaments. Premium Prize Policy:„The only way to provide premium for your tournament winner(s) is to buy it yourself. When you do, Conquer Club is willing to match that purchased premium for any amount an organizer may wish to apply to their tournaments.“ Simply put it means that if you buy a year of premium to your tournament winner then you get another year to give out in portion(s) of 3, 6 or 12 months to other winners/runner-ups to any tournament(s) you wish. „The system seems fair, preventing people from handing out too many premiums. On the other hand, having extra credit would allow me to throw more tournaments without breaking my wallet. I don't ask for handouts, but they would be nice ,“ says who brought his prize for the winner of his first ran tournament ripnet World 2.1 Conquerer and used the CC match for his second tournament - ripnet's New World Quads. thinks that it's a very reasonable action for ConquerClub to take and, in fact, he finds it a motivating factor in him being willing to purchase premium prizes. So far Woodruff has bought premium worth of 4 years for his tournaments and he has quite a big project active now - Woodruff The Track Meet where he wants to give out overall 3 years worth of premium. „Knowing that I will be able to have additional prizes for my tournaments (broken into smaller prizes) definitely helps me to want to purchase the premium prizes myself,“ Woodruff adds. (organiser of poptartpsycho18 Best Movie Ever, CC Edition III) agrees:“It [CC’s premium system] is one of the reasons I decided to offer a premium prize, so that I could get the 12 months to use for another tourney where I might instead be able to break it up amongst several players as different prize levels.“ „I think it is good that CC recognizes individuals who are willing to contribute to overall enjoyment of tournaments by offering premium prizes. And I think it would be unfair if they did not match the contribution as a minimum,“ says , organiser of friendly1 World 2.1 FOW Tournament. "Well it was my first tournament that I was organising and I was planning on hosting a tonne of them as I had a lot of spare time on my hands. I wanted to enter the realm of Tournament Organiser with a splash and start off small enough with premium so that winning the premium seemed a lot more possible, and thus people would fill the tourney quickly. there's nothing like organising a tournament where an actual reward is up for grabs...it makes the day-to-day running of it more interesting in seeing the calibre of play that can be brought to the table," says (organiser of drunkmunky 1st Premium Strategist Tournament. who has organised Tammy DeLee The Feudal War Elite Singles Prize Challenge and The New World Elite Singles Prize Challenge says:"I know it would make it more appealing and it gives the players something to strive for." offered premium prize for JoshyBoy Now THIS, is random! and I Can't See A Thing!, his reasoning is quite simple:"I don't know, I guess I just like the fact that I'll be making people happy by donating a year of premium." These are just a few people who have ruled the land of CC with their tournament running skills mixed with premium prizes. I wish I had a chance to introduce everybody to you. But, instead I urge you to look around the tournament forums and thank the people who spend their money and reward people unknown to them with CC membership! Under the Hood: Strategic Resources by dolomite13
Under the Hood: Strategic Resources In this installment we are looking at " strategic resources". Strategic resources allow a map creator to create maps that do not use the standard continent based bonus structure. Instead specific territories or a combination if territories provide bonuses. - Age Of Merchants As the north wind blows, ships set sail. In a land to conquer, only one shall prevail. From Duna to Puerto Rico, from Chino to Puerto Castillo, in the far east at Puerto Grazio the Age of Merchants begins! You must decide which path to take or attack like crazy and rely on fate! Make your decisions wise and this land you shall rule. This map uses a complex system of resource pairs that only grant a bonus when you hold either a marketplace or a factory on the same continent as the resources. Additional bonuses are granted for holding the resources as well as a marketplace on another continent that you also hold a supply rout to via a pair of docks. This map is one of the more complex strategic resources maps and I personally find it quite difficult to master. Age Of Realms Trilogy - First there was a kingdom torn by war. 6 realms battled for supremacy but they trespassed the sanctuary and unleashed a terrible curse. All land was frozen. Terrible ice storms ravaged the land but the humans survived and they kept fighting to unite the kingdom and to end the spell. They managed to break the spell but at a terrible cost. A magical portal opened and horrific creatures spew out of it. War rages on more so now than ever before. Each race is unique and has a special trait that affect them and their homeland. Each race has 2 power runes from which they gather their strength. The objective is only one. Kill or be killed. At their core this trilogy of maps uses strategic resources in creative ways on each of the maps. In Age of Realms 1 you gain bonuses bu holding resources pairs and a castle. Age of Realms 2 expands the bonus to include villages in the bonus structure, Age of Realms 3 replaces the resource pairs with magical runes and blood water. These three maps show how strategic resources can be use creatively to help tell a story as well as provide a solid bonus structure for the maps. - In Poker you don't play your hand - you play the person opposite you. This game is all about the hand - gain cards to improve your hand - or to decrease their hand. Each combination of winning hands is available for capture and yields different bonuses - Your best hand pays your bonus. Poker Club In poker club you conquer cards in a poker deck. Holding cards pays a bonus based on your best possible poker hand. For instance holding 1 pair is a +4 bonus while holding a full house grants a whopping bonus of +9. The way the maps creator laid out the territories and bonus structure make this one of the most complex yet one of the most fun maps. More Conquest The maps detailed above aren’t the only ones that use strategic resources. If you are interested in this type of map check out the maps listed below. - Supermax: Prison Riot! A riot has just broken out at a Supermax prison. Your gang is spread out 5 cell blocks and the yard. Its chaos and only by uniting your gang will you survive. - Lunar War - Beta A map of the moon 50 years in the future, where a war for resources is being fought. - Conquer Man An abstract map with a classic arcade design that features animation and our hero Conquer Man! - American Civil War A graphic depiction of 1861, the onset of the war between the United States and Confederate States of America. Further Reading In issue 35 of the Conquer Club Dispatch we delved into the realm of fantasy based maps including the Age of Realms trilogy. And don't forget to check out issue 26 for a look at the roots of Conquer Man. New Old School Student: First Nations of South America by Victor Sullivan
Firstly, congratulations on your "son's" admission into Sully's Old School for the Quenched, Tisha! The First Nations of South America depicts this continent prior to colonization and invasion by Spanish conquistadors. Much like its "brother", First Nations of North America, this map is beautifully depicted and presents classic gameplay in combination with bonus areas never before organized in this such way.
Breaking it down Old School: The key to success depends on your drops. The best ways to work are north-to-south and south-to-north. North-to-south, the first step, and probably the most difficult step, is to grab Meso-America. (5 territories, 2 borders, 2 troop bonus) Next is Northern Andes. (9 territories, 2 borders, 4 troop bonus, making this extremely easy to hold once obtained) With Northern Andes and Meso-America as the core, there are many routes to go from here, but arguably the best option is to take N. Amazon (16 territories, 3 borders, and a hefty 8 troop bonus). Assuming you get to this point, the game is practically yours for the taking as the high troop bonus and low border territories make it easy to guard your bonuses while still being aggressive. With the south-to-north strategy, it is more difficult to get started than the north-to-south strategy, but generally more effective. The first step is to hold Chilean. (3 territories, 3 borders, 2 troop bonus - not an easy feat) The next steps will take awhile, but it's to take Patagonia, South Andes, and Abipon. [i](16 territories, 3 borders, 12 troop bonus - a very nice improvement!) From there you may do as you please, while still easily guarding your precious bonuses. Despite this strategy's being more difficult than the north-to-south strategy, it provides a much higher bonus for the same amount of territories and borders. Please note, these strategies are not the most effective when in an Escalating, Assassin, or Terminator game. Escalating is all about the cards, and while collecting bonus areas is certainly beneficial, spoils will eventually become more valuable and taking on territory at a time may be best. For Assassin and Terminator games, your objective is much different and it is therefore more recommended to focus on the elimination of your target or opponents than collecting bonuses. Though they are most definitely key in helping to eliminate players in No Spoils and Flat Rate Assassin/Terminator games, they may involve hindering opponents that give others the advantage in the long run. Despite the familiar geography, First Nations of South America certainly adds classic but fresh gameplay to Old School. You would be a complete oxy-moron not to play this new Old School student. -Mr. Sully
See State of Play for round-ups on Cup and League, as well as recent challenges. Read Rum Rants for a pirate's point of view.
State of Play by laughingcavalier (TSM)
Conqueror's Cup Semi-Finals - TOFU vrs KORT In a shock development, TOFU look set to lose their semi-final by default. Organiser Chuuuuck announced that TOFU leader Chariot of Fire had exceeded his game quota, playing in 21 games rather than the 20 which are allowed. The rule on this is clear, if draconian: all 21 games are forfeited. No way to get back from that in a challenge standing at 20-20 at the 2/3 point. TOFU admitted their mistake, CoF accepting that it had been his, while his clan reaffirmed their loyalty to him. All TOFU could do was throw themselves on KORT's mercy, asking them to allow only a single point penalty. KORT have maintained their silence on the issue - remarkable quiet in what has been a fierce thread. Conqueror's Cup Semi-Finals - THOTA vrs LoW vrs The number one seeds The Horsemen Of The Apocalypse become the first to qualify for the finals. The Horsemen took an early lead and never let go of it, crossing the finishing line with 5 games still left to play. We asked THOTA's leader if their solid win indicated a return to form in time for the finals. Incandenza wrote:
In the oft-misquoted words of Mark Twain, rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.
It's always a great pleasure to take on a top clan, that's the whole reason we do this, and LoW is as elite as they come. You look at that roster and their home maps, factor in their recent strong performances in the cup and the league, and that's a clan that always brings the heavy lumber. We're happy to have advanced to the finals against such stiff competition and wish LoW the best in the future.
While we're still a ways off from discovering our next opponent, we're very much looking forward to an exciting conclusion to the first Conqueror's Cup. Hats off to
for putting this whole thing in motion.
Today's a great day to be a horseman. Tomorrow's going to be even better.
Some Legends of War players felt the dice and drops had treated them bad in early rounds, and there was some of the backbiting that has become almost ritual in these hard-fought cup ties, but in the end LoW gave way graciously, accepting THOTA as deserving winners, while they themselves will go on to the third/fourth place match. LoW co-leader reptile wrote: Yah, THOTA played great as they always do/have. There were more turns missed on our end than I would have liked in order to give THOTA a better run for their money, but it was a fun challenge none the less. Nik and Merz played great for Thota. Everyone knows there was a lot of shit talking in the challenge thread but in all honesty, it makes the challenge more entertaining. I know that CC community is all waiting for THOTA to be defeated, and I really wanted LoW to do that, unfortunately it will have to wait till next time. GL to THOTA in the finals, looking forward to watching it from the sidelines however. There is a long way to go in the second semi-final, The Odd Fellows Union (20) vs Knights of the Round Table. KoRT led coming out of the first set, but TOFU - coming from behind for the first time in their career - have pulled that back and the second set looks set to finish in a dead heat. The pace of play has slowed right down - is that part of the TOFU plan? But all the third set games are under way, though it will be a while before we have a result. Clan League: Season 3 If there's one thing we know about the League, it's hard to predict. With more than a week's worth of games completed for most clans, Immortal Assassins are the only division top seed who head their group. None of the other early leaders, Imperial Dragoons, Mythology and The Spanking Monkeys, so much as made the playoffs last year. The clan directors are managing this actively - they've shifted game-making to the clans to smooth out the process, they've had to dock points from a couple of clans who over-played certain players, and best of all they're giving regular score updates in the main thread. We asked 4 U 2 NV, organiser for the Impreial Dragoons if they had expected to see both LoW and TOFU, last season's first & second division champions in the rear view mirror. 4 U 2 NV wrote:It's still early in the season, but we're happy about our start so far. We hope to continue this success in the upcoming matchups. Our clan is working hard on finding our best strengths to go forward in our home games. A special thanks needs to be given to Squirly and MudPuppy for their contributions to our success so far. Thanks to the intrepid players who entered our competition to guess what the final outcome will be. We'll be updating the competition in this thread: Competition - Premium Prize - Predict the Clan League Challenges Round-Up Clan game-making privileges, the lull before the League started up and the emergence of new clans has given us a lot of activity on the clan wars front. Recent victories include: Devils Brigade over AoD (21-20), as close as it gets. Generation One decisiviely over Bullet Proof Bandits (25-15). Grim Reapers narrowly over TIME (21-19) The Legion over Mythology (46-44) Knights of the Future over The 4th Crusade (21-19) Nemesis over The Fraternal Order of Exceptionsla Drinkers (36-34) Black Sheep Squadron defeat Memento Mori (31 vrs 29) vrs It is great to see all the energy in the clan section right now with new clans popping up all over the place and marching straight into battle. One of the relatively new clans in action this month was Memento Mori. They took their old timer opponents quite a distance, but could not quite win the challenge. The Black Sheep's co-leader merch praised his opponents. merch313 wrote:
Well played MM! This challenge was back and forth from the start and came down to the last few games where we (BSS) squeaked by. We had the luck on our side
Black Sheep is well known for fielding several strong teams - co-leader hiddendragon recommends similar for MM. hiddendragon wrote:Billy seemed to be in everyone of their home games. The challenge was exciting but I would like to see Memento Mori become more diverse. But for MM it was all good, as their co-leader commented. TheMissionary wrote:It was a great challenge. It helped us to know where we are and where we need to work so far. Being a young clan, we don't know who to expect what from, and BSS was a good test for us on playing a clan that's been around for a while. Throughout the challenge it showed how much more experience they had then us. They have about 5 teams that play regularly together, while we are still working on ours. It's definitely beneficial to have the experience with your partners. Some of the closest games I've ever played on the site. Couldn't have found a better challenge for where we are right now. RUM RANTS: Thanks to jpcloet by BoganGod (BotFM)
From the bogan news desk (located securely between the rum cask, and the gents).
The pirates are at war again..... What a surprise, we are warlike and fractious in nature, so is to be expected. Please note all, this is not a puff piece in praise of young jp. Though he, Lindax, Dako and many others are the unsung heroes of CC. How much poorer would CC be without the TLO tournament? How lame would the clan side of the site be without jp's tireless search for innovation, and more importantly consultation with clan leaders, normal members and people in the clan leaders association? Dako a tech genius, that takes the time to help. Ok enough kudos for good people, only enough for 3. Anyway. The Pirates are presently in a clan war vs TIME, a lot of nasty things have been said between a few members of both clans. Very childish and puerile, but has happened. The Bogan divinity has just returned from a week getting in touch with his roots, cooking at a family wedding, checking out the attractive cousins etc. Teaching my nephew how to spit long distance, all the important things in life. Came back to a full inbox of nasty emails full of he said/she said, that is out of line etc. In the pirates we look after our own, as do most reputable clans. What we don't do is endorse or sponsor vindictive attacks on someone by one of our members. This is not the case in this clan war, but it has gotten real nasty, real fast. Thankfully wiser heads have prevailed. Thank you to joshyboy, and Arama86n in particular. So now that I have been avoiding what I wanted to write about - my loyal readers will of course be used to my off topic rants, and drunken meanderings - Here ladies and gentleman is the main event. . Jp you rock!!! Simple. One person in each clan, creates the games, and sends invites. Foe lists are negated. No nasty grumbling in game chat. If there is, just foe and forget, it will not affect the war. One of the most useful clan innovations in my time on CC. Please all, give Clan War Tournament Privileges jpcloet, and all the posters in suggestions, a big round of applause. I must run now. Contrary to popular belief there a few dodgy pirates out there. I want to get drunk and hide in the hold, before one of the girls or boys makes good on their threats to teach me and the goat a new type of loving.
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