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    FK & UO Joint Op - Operation ***

    Fuck Knows has been invited by United Operations to play a couple of TvT missions. Operation *** will consist of two TvT missions where FK and UO will team up in combined platoons and have some fun. This means that each side will consist of both FK and UO members, working together to defeat the other side. 
    THE MISSIONS
    Both missions will take place on Chernarus, but they are not related. The first mission has 58 slots reserved for FK; the second mission has 53 slots reserved for FK. These are the slots that are reserved for FK. Anyone that is not able to get a slot reserved for them can still try and get a slot on the day. Any slots open on the day will be divided among the people that show up.
    Tags are enforced for all slots, meaning that anyone asking for those slots without tags will not get the reservation. There is a special privilege for Squad Leaders; they are allowed to form their squad once they have been assigned the role. To reserve slots in your squad for members you want in your squad; you only need to send me a message with the list of people you want and which slot you want them in. If you decide not to use this privilege, I will assign people signing up to your squad.
    Following will be a short overview of the missions, a full briefing will be available on the event day.
    Mission One
    The first mission will have the BLUFOR defending around Berezino against the OPFOR attack.
    The BLUFOR Red Platoon consists of 6 HMMWVs and acts as the platoon leader for the BLUFOR. The Eagle Squads are under direct command of Red Platoon. Falcon and Hammer are under the command of Red Platoon as well. The Hammer Mortar element will have access to the M6 BAF mortars.
    The OPFOR Sokol Company consists of two Platoons. Each element has access to a BTR or a T72B tank. The Company HQ element consists of the Commander and Sergeant, an RTO, two Medics and the BTR Crew. Each Platoon consists of a Platoon HQ element and three identical squads. The Platoon HQ has along with the Leader and Sergeant a Marksman and an AR team. Each vehicle has an AI Driver module that can be used, in case there is no player driver, to drive around.
    Mission Two
    Mission two will have the INDFOR insurgents defending around Chernogorsk against the OPFOR attack. OPFOR has shelled Cherno to hell and OPFOR will have to clear the ruins of the town of the remaining INDFOR hiding in the destroyed city.
    The INDFOR consists of three different groups of 5 maneuver teams. Each group has two AT teams, one Marksman team, and one AR team. Sokol consists of one Company element with two Medic, two Platoon HQ elements with a marksman and an AR, and six squads. Each Platoon element consists of three identical Squads. 
    The OPFOR Anna Company consists of an identical company layout as Mission One. The only difference is the three T72Bs have been replaced by two ZSU23-4 Shilka's.
    Technical details, as well as the sign-up form, are available on the calendar event page.

    Отчет о встрече / Meeting Report April Fools

    This is the April Fools meeting report! For the actual report go here.

     
    "Коммунизм это лучшая жизнь для человека, а лучшая жизнь это материальные и духовные блага для человека. Поэтому только лишь лучшую жизнь, то что мы, коммунисты, называем коммунистическим обществом, мы можем трудом своим создать. Так давайте, товарищи, всё сделаем, чтобы сегодняшнее наше хорошо... чтобы завтрашнее ещё было лучше. Чтобы верным шагом, уверенной поступью двигаться самим, вести за собой товарищей. Чтобы вся Партия, весь народ под руководством нашей Партии, под знаменем Ленина уверенно двигались в строительстве коммунизма, к победе коммунизма!"
     
    НОВОЕ КОММЬЮНИТИ - НОВЫЕ ЦЕЛИ / NEW COMMUNITY - NEW GOALS
    Мы рады сообщить, что после долгих поисков, команда Коммьюнити менеджеров нашла способ сократить наши операционные расходы, а также улучшить производительность наших игровых серверов. Мы получили предожение от компании в России (которую мы не можем пока что назвать) разместить наши игровые сервера в их дата центре без дополнительных оплат за аренду серверной стойки. Мы получим более быстрое интернет-соединение и лучшую производительность. Нам придется платить только за техническую поддержку серверов, что положительно скажется на требуемую сумму пожертвований.
    Однако, это также означает что Русский язык теперь становится вторым оффициальным языком коммьюнити, так как наш спонсор ожидает, что это позволит привлечь игроков из СНГ и повысить популярность нашего коммьюнити. В связи с этим вскоре мы откроем курсы Русского языка для всех текущих членов сообщества. Также все отчеты о собрании коммьюнити-менеджров будут доступны на обоих языках. Ожидайте, что через пару дней форум изменится, поскольку мы изменим искусство на то, что было согласовано с российской компанией.
     
    We are pleased to announce that after a long search, the Community Management Team has found a way to reduce our operating costs, as well as improve the performance of our gaming servers. We received an offer from a company in Russia (we are not at liberty to disclose their name as of yet) to place our gaming servers in their data centre without additional fees for renting the server. We will get a faster Internet connection and better performance. We still will have to pay for the technical support of servers,  but it will positively affect the required amount of donations.
    However, it also means that the Russian language is now becoming the second official language of the community, as our sponsor expects that this will attract players from the CIS and increase the popularity of our community. In this regard, we will soon start giving Russian language courses for all current members of the community. Also, all meeting reports will now be available in both languages. Expect the forum to look a bit different in a couple of days as we change the art to something agreed upon with the Russian company.
    ИЗМЕНЕНИЯ В КОМАНДНОМ СОСТАВЕ / STAFF ROLES
    Чтобы обеспечить единообразие стила в сообществе, названия ролей персонала будут изменены. Роль Коммьюнити-менеджера теперь будут называться «Генеральный секретарь», а модератора - «Комиссар». Мы также обновим иконки на форуме и TS, чтобы отразить эти изменения. Новые названия никак не скажутся на рабочем процессе, привилегии и обязанности персонала останутся те же.
     
    To make sure the style is consistent, we will be changing the staff role names. Community managers will from now on be called "General Secretaries" and Moderators will be called "Commissars". We will also be changing the art on TS and the forums to reflect these changes. There will be no changes to the way we operate; we will still carry out the same tasks.
    ИЗМЕНЕНИЕ СИСТЕМЫ КАРМЫ / DOWNVOTE BUTTON
    Мы рады сообщить что мы возвращаем возможность минусовать сообщения других пользователей. Участники сообщества давно просили нас об этом и мы думаем что время для этого наконец настало. Минусование будет работать также как и остальная система кармы, никаких дополнительных действий не потребуется.
     
    We are happy to announce the return of the Downvote Button! People have asked a long time for it to return, and we thought the investment was the opportune time to reintroduce it. It will work just like the rest of the reaction system; there is no special button.
    МИССИИ / ARMA MISSIONS
    Как  часть соглашения с нашим спонсором, все миссии теперь будут теперь ориентированы на оперирование войсками Российской Федерации / стран СНГ. Миссии войск стран НАТО будут разрешены только после обсуждения с коммьюнити-менеджерами. Также мы внесем некоторые изменения в список наших модов, чтобы облегчить эту задачу, но как мы упоминали ранее, все изменения списка модов будут сделаны после выхода обновления "Tanks DLC".
     
    As part of the agreement, from now on every regular mission will be required to be played on the Russian side. NATO missions will require permission from CM team. We also will be making a couple of changes to the modset to accommodate this, but as mentioned in the previous meeting report, those will wait until after the Tanks DLC.
    НОВАЯ СУВЕНИРНАЯ ПРОДУКЦИЯ / NEW MERCH
    Чтобы отметить грядущие изменения, мы запускаем новую линейку сувенирной продукции от FK. Весь старый товар скоро исчезнет из магазина, чтобы освободить место для новых вещей. Поэтому убедитесь, что вы купили что-то из текущих товаров, потому что их больше не появится в продаже! Шапки-ушанки, стилизованные костюмы Adidas с тремя полосками и автоматы Калашникова. Также на данный момент комманда коммьюнити-менеджеров вместе с нашим спонсором ведет переговоры о создании своего бренда водки!
     
    To mark the coming changes, we are launching a new line of merch from FK. All the old goods will soon disappear from the store to make room for new things. So make sure that you bought something from the current goods because those will no longer be available! FK Ushanka-hats, stylized FK three-stripe Adidas jumpsuits, and FK Kalashnikov assault rifles. Also at the moment, the CM team together with our sponsor are negotiating to create its own brand of vodka! Stay tuned!
    ИЗМЕНЕНИЯ В СИСТЕМЕ БАНОВ / BAN SYSTEM CHANGES
    В связи с возросшим количество жалоб на нарушения правил все баны становятся перманентными. Только лучшие из лучших достойны находится в нашем сообществе и мы не будем больше терпеть сознательное нарушение правил. Обжалование бана теперь будет возможно только после прохождения курса психологической коррекции в одном из учреждений ФСБ РФ, находящимся в центральной части Сибири. 
     
    Due to an increased number of complaints about violations of rules, all bans become permanent. Only the best of the best is worthy of being in our community, and we will no longer tolerate a conscious violation of the rules. Appealing the ban will only be possible after passing a course of psychological correction in one of the institutions of the Federal Security Service of Russia, located in central Syberia.
     
    Мы надеемся что вам все понравится в новом и улучшенном FK!
    СЛАВА РОССИИ!
    We hope you will all enjoy your time in the new and improved FK!
    GLORY TO MOTHER RUSSIA!
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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.
     

    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!
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