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    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.


    Having issues connecting to our teamspeak?

    Over the weekend I have enabled some extra security features for our teamspeak server. If you are having issues connecting please check:
    if you are using the latest version of Teamspeak. if you are connecting to the correct address (ts.fkservers.eu). If you have checked the above and still need help, please post a thread here and attach screenshots of:
    the version of TS3 (Help > About Teamspeak 3). the error you are getting. Many thanks,
    Your friendly neighborhood admin.

    Costs and donations (October 2017)

    Its been nearly 6 months since this last update and a lot has changed since then. Not only has a lot changed within the community, this month will also introduce a new system for donations. Below is an explanation and breakdown of the new system.
    Goal changes:
    As a lot of you have undoubtedly noticed, the past few months have been hard on us money wise. We are not getting nearly as much donations now as we had earlier this year. Because of this we decided we needed a way to see where the community wanted us to invest. What servers to keep and what servers to drop. To do this we decided to split the costs we have over different donation goals. By splitting up the goals it is easier to see where the community wants us to invest. We can then use this as a guideline when making decisions, not only on a server level but also on a community level. So lets break down the current costs and their goals.
    What do we have:
    First lets start with a breakdown of what we/I own, lets start with the easy stuff. There are currently 4 machines that are dedicated to FK activities, these are:
    ARMA #1 - €55,-/month (This one runs the headless clients) ARMA #2 - €55,-/month (The main arma server) ARMA #3 - €55,-/month (The test/second arma server) Gamebox #1 - €70,-/month Currently hosts teamspeak, minecraft, blackwake, space engineers and garry's mod. This box has 64GB of ram and a 6 core cpu, in combination with virtualization it is highly flexible so I can swap games quickly depending on demand. These are easy because these machines are dedicated to FK. The rest of our machines are hosted in combination with some of my other virtual machines, these are:
    Web server #1 - €12,50,-/month (The main website) Web server #2 - €5,-/month (Test site and gitlab runner, used for compiling missions/templates) Mail server - €5,-/month These 3 servers are hosted on 2 dedicated machines I use for testing and some private stuff. Since they are shared I wanted a good way to share the costs between myself and the FK community.
    Breakdown of the costs:
    The 2 servers that I use to host from both have 8 cores, 32GB ram and several TB of storage. Each host costs €70,- making a total of 16 cores and 64GB ram for €140,-/month. I have decided to base the costs on the CPU usage, ram is not shared between the different virtual machines so any ram used by FK machines is unavailable for my machines. Dividing these makes a cost of €2,19/month per GB, I have rounded this up to €2,50/month (I too enjoy a beer for effort).
    For the gamebox I have broken the costs down per IP address (we can use 7 for games/ts). This breaks down to €10,-/month per game which seemed most reasonable. These costs are at the bases of the new goals. Each goal will list the costs per server based on these calculations.
    License costs:
    Originally we where using an old license for our website. Support on this license had expired and there for 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:
    This month sees the end of the rainy day fund. It caused a lot of controversy as people felt it was being used for personal joy. In fact it is quiet the opposite. It was used to pay for FK servers while the donations where low. We are now out of spare funding and because of that making our goals is even more important.

    New Moderators: now live!

    Hello Everyone!
    After a time of exactly soon(tm), the moderator rank is now live on both Teamspeak and the forums!
    The list of moderators (still the same as in the announcement meeting report):
    Benji/Winters Andyt90 Forked Zenthar Rezonath Servok BigT TimberHawk Chuck Yeager Anden3 Vados Hope to see you on the battlefield
    Your friendly neighbourhood staff team.

    An update on the new website. Steam profile integration, New front page and more.

    The new website:
    Over the past few weeks I have been hard at work getting our updated site ready for the masses. Sadly the progress has been hampered by the ammount of new features introduced by Invision in this so called "Minor" Update. These new features sadly broke quiet a few of our add-ons and thus I am relying on the add-on makers to get things compatible with the new version. With the add-ons out of my hands I have focused mainly on the new theme. And as the website developers among us will know debugging CSS is a P.I.T.A. Because of this it is taking longer then I had hoped to get things looking decent. However you can see a sneak peek of the new theme above this post.
    The old website:
    Of course the work on the new website does not mean I wont be working on the old one. In reality its actually quiet the opposite. With the add-ons broken on the new site it is actually easier to test and implement them on the old site. This saves me a lot of work when the updated version become available as I can just upgrade them without any side effects (I hope). This week I have introduced two new things.
    The first is the new front page layout. The new look makes our site feel a little more flashy and a little less "Texty". This same layout will be used on the new website so get used to it
    A bigger change is the addition of the new Steam profile integration. The integration can be found in your profile under the "Steam Profile" tab:

    When no profile is linked it will show a guide on how to link one. In short, edit your profile and fill in the Steam ID field, click save when done:

    Your profile should now look similar to this:

    Congrats, you have now added your steam profile to the website.
    Whats coming next:
    One of the bigger things I am working on are forms, all tho they sound boring they allow us (CM's and Admins) to create predefined forms that can be used to submit a range of templated information. Expect things like the admin white list requests and the ban disputes to be converted to a website form for easier use. Another thing that will come with the new website is a better reputation system, it is now called the reactions system. It allows for more responses then just the positive and negative reputation. Sadly this new reactions system also broke our prestige system, meaning a new way to keep track of our members activity will have to be developed. The CM's are working hard on this and I am sure the new system will be communicated with the rest of you in due time.

    Mod changelog 11/09/17

    The week of mod testing is over. We have come to a decision on which mods will be added and which mods will be removed from the collection on monday 11/09/17. Note that some of the mods listed were old mods that were temporarily not available.
    MNP -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=687513604 Schwemlitz -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1124186682 Tactical beards -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=738178286 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 TRYK's Multi-play Uniforms -  https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=779520435 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 New mods total size: 3885.8 MB
    3CB BAF Units NIArms Minigun NIArms M1903 Sprinfield Rifles Removed mods total size: 149.8 MB
    New modset total size: 37239.7 MB
    These maps will be added for a limited time to see what the community thinks. We think these may have some troubles, but are still great additions.
    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 CLA Clafghan -  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=761349672 Trial mods total size: 1998.3 MB
    All these changes will take effect during monday, exact time to be determined. This post is subject to change up to that point.

    RE: "Missing/Removed" Mods and Workshop Update

    Following the recent move back to the Steam Workshop, we encountered a problem.
    We had previously bundled the majority of our mods and maps into two packs, the "FK Mod Pack" (which contained things like NI Arsenal, BWMOD etc.) and the "FK Map Pack" (which contained the maps such as Lythium, Lingor etc.) for what was essentially ease of use for the community. However, this did in fact go against the Steam Workshop EULA, with the possibility of DMCAs, and so we had to take them both down.
    As a result of that, there are some mods/maps that will be missing from the Collection and from the Servers themselves and this mainly boils down to two possibilities, either:
    It is not on the Steam workshop (such as with the LAV-25, Schwemlitz, the Hover Board etc.) or, We might have missed then when we had to scramble to take down the "combined" packs and replace them with what we could find on the Workshop. Do note that we did not intentionally remove any mods that might be missing, they're missing because we essentially have no legal way of using it without undue complications for everyone.
    Any changes to our modset that are decided upon by the Management team will be communicated clearly via our Meeting Reports.
    There may be a time when some of those mods missing from the Workshop may be uploaded at a later date, either by the original author, or with the original author's permission, in which case we will plan on adding it to the Collection and the Server, so keep an eye out on the Collection page every now and then to make sure you aren't missing anything that we might've re-added to it.
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