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    Costs and donations (February 2018)

    Its been 4 months since this last update and an update on our costs and setup was long overdue. Over the past few weeks I have moved a lot of our servers to the cloud, both to reduce the time needed by me to maintain them but more importantly to cut on costs for the community. This was made possible by the introduction of a new cloud environment at our current hoster.
    Goal changes:
    The original plan was to use the goals to determine what servers you wanted to keep alive. However it failed to account for the extra costs introduced in the terms of paypal fees. I will keep the separate goals in place for transparency reasons, however the overall monthly goal will be used to determine if we need to shed ourselves of costly servers.
    What do we have:
    A lot in this section has changed, one of the major changes was the migration to a cloud setup. This means I can now separate the costs for FK and myself as I no longer share hardware between the two.
    So lets do a breakdown of what we have at this moment. We currently own 2 dedicated servers, these are:
    ARMA #1 - €55,-/month (The main arma server) ARMA #2 - €55,-/month (he test/second arma server) The ARMA engine still does not like to be run on virtual hardware, and there for these servers will most likely remain for a while. All our other servers are now cloud servers and they are priced as follows:
    Web server #1 - €6,-/month (The main website) Web server #2 - €6,-/month (Test site and gitlab runner, used for compiling missions/templates) Teamspeak - €6,-/month (TS3 server and music bot) These prices have dropped significantly from our previous costs. Observant people will have noticed there is 2 things missing from this list, the minecraft and mail servers. The reason for that is that I have moved them to specialized hosters as they where costing me to much time to maintain and configure. 
    Mail server - €5,-/month Minecraft server - €23,-/month As you can see the minecraft server has gone up in price significantly. However in return we get more choices in ready to go mod packs as well as an easier to setup server. This will hopefully translate into a faster rotation of mod packs to keep the interest higher.
    License costs:
    Originally we were using an old license for our website. Support on this license had expired and therefore renewal was needed. In total this currently adds another €10,-/month for the website. We also pay for the admin panel for our ArmA servers, this costs €25,-/year. Breaking down to €2,08/month, for sanity reasons I rounded this down to €2,- in the goal.
    Donation methods:
    I know a lot of people have asked for other ways to donate, sadly Paypal is the only viable gateway we can use. This is mostly due to the fact that other gateways do not payout transactions until a certain threshold has been reached.
    Rainy day fund:
    After the last update we got a few large donations, this means that we once again have extra funds. I will bring this up with the CM's to see if we will reinstate the "Rainy day fund" or if we will find some other use for it that benefits the community. To keep our finances as transparent as possible the CM's have access to a spreadsheet with all our payments and income. I will also be looking at ways to give them a real time view into server costs and other expenses.
    Finishing notes:
    Overall our monthly expense went up by 3 euro's. A minimal increase considering the fact that the minecraft server doubled in cost and we added a musicbot for TS. This overview also does not list the temporary cards against humanity server we host while the original version suffers from some technical issues.
     
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    Modset Changelog 01/01/18

    Well, call this a belated christmas present or a fresh start of the new year. But on the 1st of January, there will be a few changes to the modset. This post will list all changes that will happen to the main ARMA server on the 1st of January. You can already check these changes on the second server.
    NEW MODS
    NIArms All-in-One - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1208517358 F-16 Fighting Falcon - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=366423278 Extra RHS Uniform Retextures - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=916062070 (R.I.P. MNP) VCOM AI - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=721359761 TFAR 1.0 - https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=894678801 Approx. download size of new mods: 2943MB
    REMOVED MODS
    F-15 Eagle - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=582478120 NIArms Core - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667454606 NIArms AR15 Rifles - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667396202 NIArms AK Rifles - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667352839 NIArms G3 Rifles - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667375637 NIArms G36 Rifles - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=594378620 NIArms P226 Pistols - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1091513876 task_force_radio - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=620019431 Werthles' Headless Module - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=510031102 Size of the mods removed: 1550MB
    UPDATES
    FK-ACE3 will update to ACE 3.12. Currently, the second server is running regular ace, not FK-ACE. Along with these changes come a few updates to the scripts, or better said, completely reworked scripts for the Zeus templates. Here is a list of the biggest and most important changes:
    Switch from BI Arsenal to ACE Arsenal. This new arsenal has easier blacklisting of items, so you can't take banned items. It also is more detailed and far superior to the BI arsenal. You access the ACE Arsenal by using your ace interaction key on the crate, instead of the action menu. CBA Settings. Now that ACE and TFAR have switched to using ACE settings, there is a lot that can be done during missions. The Zeus module to change ace medical settings has been removed; the admin can now change the CBA settings to enable and disable features, more than could be done before. Note that because of this, we will be renaming the TFR channels for the main and second server, so that the default TaskForceRadio channel will be for the local host and doesn't require you to change anything. TFAR. With TFAR 1.0, there come a few exciting changes. Most notably vehicle intercoms and radio towers, two additions that will be loved by tank/helicopter crews and platoons respectively. Another fun addition, AI-Hearing. This means that the AI will know when you are talking or receiving radio messages. So when the admin decides to enable this, you are fucked. Oh, and let's not forget that spectators can now hear the players on the ground. (and for the moment also the radios, but that should be fixed soon™) ACE 3.12. ACE arsenal as mentioned above is not the only change. There is now a renewed NVG system that is more realistic. Originally made by Shacktac, this adds more effects and makes NVGs less powerful. The settings for this have already been balanced so that the effects aren't as dramatic, but still present. General performance improvements. The whole structure of the scripts has been overhauled. Scripts are now running at more optimal moments, meaning that loading may be a bit faster for some people and there is less loading time overall. Staff members now also get some tools to see when someone got killed by a friendly, someone has non-whitelisted mods loaded or just to check on server performance. FULL UPDATED MODSET
    3CB BAF Equipment 3CB BAF Vehicles 3CB BAF Weapons ALiVE Ares Mod - Achilles Expansion BackpackOnChest Beards CBA_A3 CLA Clafghan CUP Terrains - Core CUP Terrains - CWA CUP Terrains - Maps FK - ACE3 FIR AWS(AirWeaponSystem) Isla Abramia Isla Duala Lingor+Dingor Island MBG Buildings 3 (Arma2 Legacy) MBG Celle 2 (Arma2 Legacy) Project OPFOR RHSAFRF RHSGREF RHSSAF RHSUSAF ShackTac User Interface TRYKs Multi-Play Uniforms NIArms All in One F-16 Fighting Falcon Extra RHS Uniform Retextures VCOM AI TFAR 1.0 Updated Modset size: 33780MB

    FK PRIZE DROP ANNOUNCED

    The 1st FK Merch Giveaway winners have been announced!
    Winners of the Lanyard & Luggage Tag :
    @Shoxe @UniDigit @IceCream @Silver Snow @Major_Third Winners of the Altis Map, Lanyard and Luggage Tag :
    @Philkill90  @Krieg  Winners of the Altis & Tanoa Maps, Lanyard and Luggage Tags :
    @AntiMatter  @anden3 Congratulations to all of you! I will be PM'ing you over the coming week to arrange shipping details and wil get these prizes sent out to you as soon as I can.
     
    *Proof of RNJesus*

    ARMA 3 MERCH GIVEAWAY

    As it's the season of "giving" and "goodwill"; we're hosting a raffle for all members of the community to get their hands on some arma swag.
    Check out this thread for info :
     

    Unsung Taster Event

    As many of you may be aware; Unsung - The Vietnam War Arma Mod, was recently updated and released to the Steam Workshop. I will be running non-official FK Unsung events in the future, but the Admin Team have decided to let people try Unsung out on the Second Server for 2 days.
    Starting at 12:00 (British) on Sunday the 12th, and ending at Midnight on Monday the 13th, you can play with Unsung on the Second Server. There will be 2 Zeus missions, one per night, for the ultimate taster.
     
    To participate in the Taster Event, you will need to download the Unsung Vietnam War Mod. All other mods will remain as usual for server 2. 
    Try it out, see if you like it and if you do; join in the next batch of scripted missions!

    Squad Weekend

    For the past few weeks I have been pondering about setting up a Squad server for FK and what better excuse than a free weekend on steam.
    The Event:
    The full event is explained on the squad website. In short, starting next Thursday people can play squad for free or buy it at a 50% discount. To test if there is interest within FK to play this game more often I have setup a public server. I will also create 1 or 2 events on the calender so people can show their interest for a specific night. I will also create dedicated TS rooms that people can use while in the game.
    The Server:
    I have setup a server as a trail, it can be found on "squad.fkservers.eu:27165". The server will remain online for at least 2 weeks. After 2 weeks I will review the interest and the costs so we can decide if we keep it.
    Let us know what you think about Squad in the comments and hopefully we will see you in the battlefield!

    Drastic mod changelog

    Because of issues that have arisen recently and performance issues people are having, it was decided that the mod pack had to be cut drastically. This post will contain the list of the new mod set and a list of the mods that will be getting removed. The list of mods being removed will also include links so you can unsubscribe from them more easily. The new mod set doesn't contain any new mods that were not in the previous mod set.
    New Modset
    3CB BAF Equipment 3CB BAF Vehicles 3CB BAF Weapons ALiVE Ares Mod - Achilles Expansion BackpackOnChest CBA_A3 CUP Terrains - Core CUP Terrains - CWA CUP Terrains - Maps ACE3 FIR AWS(AirWeaponSystem) F-15 Eagle Isla Abramia 1.8 Isla Duala 1.8 Lingor+Dingor Island v3.82 MBG Buildings 3 (Arma2 Legacy) MBG Celle 2 (Arma2 Legacy) NIArms Core NIArms AR15 Rifles NIArms AK Rifles NIArms G3 Rifles NIArms G36 Rifles NIArms P226 Pistols Project OPFOR RHSAFRF RHSGREF RHSSAF RHSUSAF ShackTac User Interface task_force_radio Werthles' Headless Module MNP Beards TRYKs Multi-Play Uniforms CLA Clafghan New modset size: 32910MB (Yes, still quite large)
    Mods being removed (UNSUBSCRIBE MANUALLY!)
    Advanced Rappelling -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=713709341 Advanced Towing -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=639837898 Advanced Urban Rappelling - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=730310357 ArmaReTex FV510 Warrior -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=763207108 Bozcaada -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=524622628 Burnes Armories - FV4034 Challenger 2 TES -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=876519903 BWMod -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=870276636 ACE3 - BWMOD Compatibility -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=870313336 A-10 Warthog -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=787892271 F-16 Fighting Falcon -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=366423278 NIArms ACR-E Rifles -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=875779698 NIArms AUG Rifles -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=637519731 NIArms AWM Rifles -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=509730197 NIArms FAL Rifles -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=410126510 NIArms M14 Rifles -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667386534 NIArms M60 GPMGs -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667337236 NIArms MG3 GPMGs -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=774809509 NIArms Minimi LMGs -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=509714345 NIArms MP5 SMGs -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=330924923 NIArms SG510 Rifles -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=592647598 TF47 Launchers -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=508476583 Schwemlitz -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1124186682 PLA Infantry Mod -  http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=655153321 Hoverboard -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=718477667 Thirsk -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=721084874 Napf -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=920257026 Tactical Banana -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1113082381 Extended Fortifications -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1109237932 RM SWAT Uniform -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=888504004 Chemical Warfare -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1095745477 Hazar-Kot Valley -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=766294759 Vis - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1120714022 Porquerolles -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=639497064 Imrali Island -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=317432405 G.O.S. Leskovets -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=855464203 Removed mods size: 6328MB
    The changes will take effect on a date that will be announced in the next meeting report. If you want to suggest mods, you can leave those suggestions here.
     

    A new website

    As you can all see the new website has gone live. The past weeks I have been hard at work squashing bugs and finding new ways to implement old features. Sadly not all of them made it to the new site, more on that later in this post. I would like to thank @V1rU5 for helping me find these bugs and getting them squashed, it was very helpful to have a second pair of eyes
    The update:
    As it stands the new theme is ready to be used, however the new features have not been fully implemented. Things like our server list and the new tags system still require some work and will follow soon. Over the course of the weekend I will be making some more changes to the theme updating things like the staff page. Should you find something you consider a bug please let me know in the website suggestion section of the forums.
    Promotions & Tags:
    With this update we have said goodbye to the old promotion system. Due to changes in the core of our website we can no longer use the reputation system, now called reactions system, to hand out prestige. A new plan to deal with promotions is being worked as several ideas are being looked at. Possibilities such as using an application based promotion system, or the time a person has spend on teamspeak are being looked at. Expect news on a final plan soon(™). The tag images being used to identify someones roles have also been lost during the upgrade. The plugin used for that was to broken to be ported. Fear not, the new tags system is close to being finished.
    Sneak peak:
    Like the last time I am going to leave a little sneak peak. This time the new tags system that is being worked on. This image shows the new Medic tags:

    While the image below shows the new tag holder page. Note that the name list will probably change as I am not happy with it yet.

     
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