Hello all and welcome to the second issue of the Conquer Club Newsletter!
Thankyou to all who read the first issue which was a huge success, largely because of the great team we have assembled. If there is a section of the newsletter you really enjoy reading, i encourage you to drop the writer a PM just to tell them that you enjoy reading their articles. If there is one thing that is essential to a good newsletter, it would be encouraging the writer's. They put a lot of effort into their articles and if there is one thing they can't get enough of, it would be positive feedback from the community.
This week we also say a sudden and sad farewell to Moran555 who was the Community Opinion Reporter. He was due to start this week but due to unexpected circumstances had to pull out at the last minute. We wish Moran all the best in the future and hope he comes back to CC soon.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue!
samuelc812 - News Director
Slice of Fruitcake
Sugs & Bug News
Fortnightly Interview with Night Strike
With the sudden farewell to our Community Opinion Reporter Moran555, we are now seeking someone to fill his now vacant position. If you think you are the person for the job, then all you need to do is fill out the simple form below and send it to samuelc812 to be considered.
Here are just a few examples of the positive feedback we have received in the past fortnight...
So here we are again, like the veritable bad penny, or would that be local newspaper? Dropping on your 'virtual' mat.
I really don't know how these weeks keep flipping by, but then it's all to do with a space time continuum or some such...far too complicated for a simpleton like me. I read recently that there could well be infinite multi universes all existing in different states of reality. I then wondered, would this mean that perhaps there were an infinite number of conquer clubs? Of course not, this place would have to be unique...wouldn't it?
Anyway, let’s take a nose around at what's happening in this cc world.
Starting in the crystal blue waters of GD, I see that adamk89 decided to say goodbye cruel world (metaphorically speaking you understand). But then I see the circling wolves are nipping at the supposed carcass, reminding anyone who is interested that he is till playing 2 weeks later on speed games. Shame on you Adam. Go on, come clean, and tell us what the problem is. I see you have been winning a few doodle games since that fateful moment....have you been naughty and overdosing on them perhaps?
The Bandits free premium competition seems to have engaged a lot of members of cc. I have it from an impeccable source that the number of entries has been staggering....well am I glad they aren't being sent to me!
The reign of King Herpes as Conqueror finally came to an end with Sugarsnap usurping his spot. I do notice that the breaching of 6,000 points has temporarily fallen back, but I am sure in my mind this wont be for long. Which brings me to my next point, and if you'll excuse the double use this subject is 'point inflation'. This 'point inflation is here to stay, get used to it...Now you thought I was about to debate this didn't you, but let me tell you, I was in the scoring ad-hoc group and that was enough to confirm to me that this subject will always be debated to the point of mind numbing boredom...a bit like ratings. Now while I talk about ratings, there seems to be some confusion, whereas it's simple....now please pay attention
If some one rates you, then that rating is rated amongst your ratings. The ratings of all those who rated you are added to a total rating and then divided by the number of ratings. However, if you get a zero rating, then that rating is not included either in your ratings or, in fact, in the average of your ratings. So you can rest easy that a zero rating is, in fact, better than a single star rating.
There, that's sorted that.
Now, where was I?...oh yes....I wandered down into C&A and of course, like clockwork, there was that unofficial Multi hunter and anti hero, JR, posting up another couple of suspects. Sailorseal bravely put the point forward that our JR needed more evidence than that posted. JR responded with "over 100 busted and I never been wrong ". Now at this point those of us who know the way JR operates would shrug and move on, assuming another bust was happening soon. But this time a little discussion took place that left me wondering. After sailor posted, Bones (weren't you on Star Trek?) pointed out that the previous time JR had made such a claim he was proved wrong, but anyway, the suspects were most probably guilty all the same. JR, with superb aplomb, ignores this and repeats that nobody has ever proven him wrong. Now another couple of posts goes by, then sailor returns. However, this time he says "these are multis..". Then the very next post comes in from king achilles with the simple word busted. Now what I want to know is what made sailor change his mind? Is there something we should be told? Do we care?
So what have been the perky, pesky posts this past fortnight? Well this issue's little gem just has to be a recent offering from Twill himself.
Twill wrote:What amazes me is how many people have jumped in this thread to try to be annoying.
It's a simple request to change a name from something that could be misconstrued as offensive to something not, and here we have brett jumping on a soap box to beat a separate issue from another thread, owen posting presumably because he has to post whenever brett does Timminz posting to take a sarcastic dig at owen, Bald posting off topic, brett making a 2nd post baiting kotaro, artimis arguing presumably for the sake of it, or perhaps taking the bait that brett laid down and medefe just posting off topic to call everyone stupid.
n1gs, send me a PM with your preferred username and I'll pass it up to the admins.
The rest of you, I'm locking this thread because you're all need to get a grip
Certainly had me chortling.....oh and Twill...it's "I'm locking this thread because you all need to get a grip"
See you all soon, in the meantime, have a gripperific time in this world of cc (with a nod in Twills direction for those previous great signoffs).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- General News
- Double Interview with...
- Fortnightly Poll
- Current Signups
- Tournaments Guides, Tips & Tricks
- Editor's Note
Oh my God!It is an incredible week for Tournaments
Tournaments Directors announced these new features (here):
- Franchised Tournaments
- International Tournaments
Franchised Tournaments could be the right way to have a high quality set of tournaments in future and it's certainly a good shot in the arm for tournament organizers. International Tournaments, now approved on a case-by-case basis, will be organized following some few appropriate guidelines and so international organizers could have a easier life.
Is this a direct signal for a "day by day" bigger international community?
Stay online and you will find all the answers you need!
DOUBLE INTERVIEW WITH...
Welcome to "Double interview with..."
In first issue i reported that two honorable CC members have joined the Tournaments Directors Group.
So i asked to them something about CC, specially about Tournaments, in this fast 4 questions double interview:
Question: If you take look in the past, what do you think/feel about your experience on ConquerClub?
Gilligan wrote:Back when I first joined - It was the first time I've ever played Wrisk, and it took me 9 games to win one, I had no idea what I was doing. After I got the feel - I started to get more into the forums, which led to the tournament forum - and in the long run Generation One - And in the longer run, Tournament Director. These two and a half years have been amazing.
Natewolfman wrote:Since I started here CC has been a pretty big part of my life, originally just playing risk, a game I loved has grown into being a part of this community which is a much more rewarding experience.
Question: Now you have become Tournaments Directors, is there something new for us in the future about tournaments?
Gilligan wrote:Maybe, maybe not.
Natewolfman wrote:The tournament forum is an ever growning beast, much like the rest of CC, with Gilligan and myself as TD's we will be helping things run more smoothly, and if we have any say in it, some new advancments will be coming, though what I cannot say .
Question: ConquerClub Newbies, is there any advice you can give to them "to live” a full CC experience?
Gilligan wrote:First off, don't leave after the first 'Join Game' link... There's more in the forum, IE tournaments.
Seriously, I think participating in tournaments makes ones stay at Conquer Club that much better to maximize the sense of competition.
Natewolfman wrote:Dont be afraid to branch out, play maps your not familiar with, go to the forums, try some tournaments, comment on some maps. Do this and you may find some areas you never knew youd love
Question: In your opinion, which are the 3 most important things to organize a successful Tournament?
Gilligan wrote:1: Organization. Without organization it will be a lot harder.
2: Creativity. Make a tournament creative and exciting so that people will want to join it.
3: Length. Don't make it short, make it 2-3 months so that it will be hard to win it and it makes it look a lot better than one that lasts a month or less.
Natewolfman wrote:Patience, Resolve, and Inspiration.
A successful tournament requires skill, in fact you receive a tournament contribution when you organized and completed it.
But to win a tournament requires skill too! Why isn't there also a medal?
We asked to community about that:
Question: Do you think there will be a special medal for a Tournament winner?
In this issue, tournament organizers are on the line, and so we want know what they think about Franchised...
Question: Do you think Franchise Tournaments are a good addition to CC?
If you like to give us your opinion, you can find it here.
(Every poll takes only the community opinion)
Here below the last week current signups (last update February, 14th):
- 007: #1 Dr. No
2009 Pacific Coast League
Jump the Castle 2
Organizer: risky man1221
Master of the Third Age
Foundry Update 9.0
MASTERS @ USA
You are in the dark...
Round Robin USA 2
CC TOUR 2009 - PART I
2009 3-For-All Grand Championship
Organizer: Huntyr Green
The Serbian Conquest
feudal war 1vs1 Tourney
King of Luxembourg 3 Assasin!
Major+ 2009 Spring Doubles League
BrotherWolf's "In it to win it" Tournament
TOURNAMENTS GUIDES,TIPS & TRICKS
Guides & Others on CC about Tournaments
- OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT HANDBOOK by Optimus Prime here
Tournament Newsletter #60 by Gozar here
HighlanderAttack Interview here
How to Organize a Tournament
Last issue we learnt the basic about organizing tournaments, now we have all the information to create the first post:
Let's go to recruit players...
First of all, you must be certain that you have the time to spend that a good organization needs.
Ok? Go to the create/join a tournament subforum and open a new topic.
That's no a single way to edit the first post, but could be something similar to this:
- Description - Organizers can use diferent themes for tournaments, you could try create a sort of little story to customize you tournament (optional)
- Gameplay - Players must know how your tournament will works
- Game Settings - You can compile a simple list of games settings, only if possible in your tournament
I suggest you to do a tidy and clear post as possible, players and tournaments directors will be happy to find all they need in a while!
Next issue we learn how to request tournament privileges and to start creating games.
If you have some interesting ideas or suggestions, please contact me with a PM.
Getcha Foundry Report right he'e, folks!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Recently Quenched & Beta Maps
- Special on WidowMakers's USA Map Pack
- Brief Overview of the Maps
- Audio Interview with WM
- chipv's Maps Webpage
- Editor's Note
Recently Quenched & Beta Maps
France 1789 - pamoa created this map of France, based in the year 1789.
Cairns Metro - cairnswk has created another map based around his hometown of Cairns in Australia — this one about the Metro system there
WWI Ottoman Empire - cairnswk made this map on the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East during
World War I
Special: USA Map Pack
WidowMakers has published this gorgeous map pack, consisting of 6 maps based around the bonus continents from the original USA map. He used the same font type, style and "separation" from the original, while adding a different gameplay type (multiple bonuses) and beautiful backgrounds. Click here to see the thread on these maps, and insert your welcome opinions!
USA: Great Lakes ………….
USA: New England ………….
USA: Rockies ………….
USA: Southeast ………….
USA: Southwest ………….
USA: West ………….
Instead of doing the normal interview type (text Q&A) like the Tournaments and Foundry Newsletters do, WidowMakers and I decided to do an audio interview via Skype. We recorded it, and it is available for you to listen to by clicking on the following link. The interview is about 9 minutes long, and gives good insight onto the 6-pack from the perspective of the maker.
Note: my microphone distorted my voice a bit so it's not that low
chipv gives us this great page devoted to all of the maps created by the users here at Conquer Club. You can sort by maker, map, and more, and it even has "tags" built in about the gameplay and graphics that you can view and consult before joining games on the maps. Click here to view this great and useful page!
If you have some interesting ideas or suggestions about, please contact me with a PM.
In the last episode, we looked at the oldest standing Clan on the site, The Imperial Dragoons. When clans were first introduced to the site, there were a few challenges that were played out, but they were not always well documented or easily located in the forums. Challenges happened on a very random basis and were a very small part of this site. There was no tracking of wins or losses and really was for informal bragging rights. Many clans claimed to be the best, but many were judged on their members rather than a clan as a whole.
Challenges kept happening here and there for some time. Then with a bold statement, one clan stepped up and issued a challenge to all clans on the site. On July 14th, 2007, The Horsemen Of The Apocalypse (THOTA) posted their arrival to CC. THOTA was and still is a small elite group of players. Like many other new clans, they took some verbal abuse and were often referred to as the "ponies". However, with several very strong wins, they quickly earned the respect of all clans as "the clan to beat".
There are several things that make THOTA unique. The first is that they do not have a recruitment thread. They are a small group and rarely add new members, but the members that do join are highly skilled team players. The second and maybe the most notable to all other clans is that THOTA is undefeated in all of their clan wars. That's right, not a single loss. There are 2 notable ties though. THOTA and The Imperial Dragoons tied 20-20 in a challenge and decided to extend the match to 100 games. The final result was 53-47 for THOTA. The second was an 8-8 draw against Legion of the Damned in the (abandoned) Teams Doubles League.
Since the THOTA callout thread, clans have emerged to take on the best. Whether it be in a head to head challenge, as part of a tournament, or as part of a league. There are many completed challenges and tournaments with clans in them. However, there has not yet been a completed league. That should all change by July of 2009 with theClan League.
As always, you can find Clans who are recruiting here and you can see a list of all the Clans and Usergroups here. If you are in a clan you think should be featured in a future episode or have suggestions or future possible topics, please pm jpcloet.
Unfortunately we are unable to bring you the Sugs & Bug News for this fortnight due to unforeseen circumstances, this section will return in the next issue.
This week i sat down with Tournament Director and Global Moderator Night Strike for a chat...
Community Competitions are something that i have wanted to run for a while now, and finally the day has come. These competitions will be run through this newsletter, and can last up to 3 months at time. They will not be complicated, so everyone can be involved and participate if they wish.
So basically over the next 2 weeks the newsletter will be taking sign-ups for our very first competition. After the 3rd issue has been published, each participant will receive 10 - 15 questions that they need to complete over the following 2 weeks between the issues of the newsletter. These questions will be made up of mostly Conquer Club Trivia, as well as the odd Brain Bender, Logic Puzzle or whatever we think might just challenge you. Each fortnight on the Thursday before each issue is published, you will submit your answers to the newsletter. After being marked each fortnight, the scoreboard (which will be kept in the newsletter) will be updated with the new scores. At the end of 3 months, the leader(s) at the top of the scoreboard will receive something special. This prize is something everyone will want, and when i say everyone i mean everyone.
So if you think you're pretty smart and know a lot of stuff about this site, i encourage you to sign up and prove yourself
If you are interested then please contact the.killing.44 by sending him a PM explaining you're interest, any PM's not sent to the.killing.44 will be ignored. I think it is only fair that NO Admins, Global Moderator's or Newsletter Staff can participate in these contests, as they will have some obvious advantages, I am however going to allow normal mods to enter. So sign up and prove your intelligence!
Stay Tuned for the next issue of the Conquer Club Newsletter for an interview with Multi-Hunter, sully800. You can submit your questions here --> sully800 Interview
Submitting Your Own Articles
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Conquer Club News Team
samuelc812 - News Director
gimil - Graphics Director
Fruitcake - A Slice of Fruitcake
thenobodies80 - Tournament Reporter
the.killing.44 - Foundry Reporter
jpcloet - Clan Reporter
jnd94 - Sugs & Bugs Reporter