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WoT: Lords of War Tournament - Round II



Welcome one and welcome all to the BWC Lords of War Tournament round 2, this time coinciding with BWC's One Team, One Fight Campaign Weekend from March 24 - 25! Those of you who participated last November in the first Lords of War may remember this as an opportunity to win prizes for fighting it out with your relative in-house members of BWC for fame and glory! This will again be a 1v1, bracketed style tournament in Tier 6 tanks available to all individuals who own any tier 6 in the...
 

BWC: One Team, One Fight Campaign Weekend is almost here!



Ladies and Gentleman of BWC, this upcoming weekend of March 24 - 26th will host the first in a series of One Team, One Fight (OTOF) Weekends to celebrate BWC and the games we play. All of the OTOF awards will be pinned on the weekend, and each gaming division will be holding special events, operations, and tournaments for everyone to participate in! Join us in installing and playing any or all of the games BWC participates in, and having fun with your fellow members.

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BWC: February Promotions


Attention to Orders.

It’s that time of the month again when we recognize the effort put into the Black Widow Company by its members.

New Recruits to BWC are subjected to a mandatory two week trial period so they can test to see if BWC is what they’re looking for and for their C&S to see if they are a good fit. They complete a quick Onboarding to introduce them to how we run things in BWC such as Opserv, a basic training (“BTI”) to teach them how their
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DIV: One Year Anniversary Event is Live


Agents, Ubisoft-Massive is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Tom Clancy’s The Division with special events all week! From 07:00 EST on March 9th until 12:00 EST on March 11th, the devs are giving out double rewards for High Value Targets. Straight after that, running until 04:00 EST on March 16, you will get double Field Proficiency caches whenever you fill out your Field Proficiency bar.

As a special gift and thank you to all active players, the devs will
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[GEO] Quake Champions: Closed Beta signups are now open!



BWC's Game Exploration division is always on the look out for new and exciting games that are not only fun, but also serve to develop teamwork and camaraderie. We are hereby proud to introduce the hottest games that BWC is looking to invest into. With enough interest, these games may become a battalion in one of our divisions in the future!

So without further ado, let us take a closer look at QUAKE CHAMPIONS.

20 years ago, Quake set new standards for multiplayer...

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Greetings, have you heard the good word of Folding@home?

Well, we here in the BWC have! Thanks to our enterprising members Pacific Celt and DarkVoidBoy, we now have an official folding team dedicated to progressing healthcare for all of us. What exactly is Folding@home, you say?

According to Wikipedia, Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. The project uses the idle processing resources of thousands of personal computers owned by volunteers who have installed the software on their systems. Its main purpose is to determine the mechanisms of protein folding, which is the process by which proteins reach their final three-dimensional structure, and to examine the causes of protein misfolding. This is of significant academic interest with major implications for medical research into Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, and many forms of cancer, among other diseases. To a lesser extent, Folding@home also tries to predict a protein's final structure and determine how other molecules may interact with it, which has applications in drug design. Folding@home is developed and operated by the Pande Laboratory at Stanford University, under the direction of Prof. Vijay Pande, and is shared by various scientific institutions and research laboratories across the world. You can read more about this initiative
HERE.

Has your interest been peaked? Do you want to help in this grand undertaking for science? Then you're in luck, as Stanford University has posted a 'getting started 'guide right
HERE. Downloading CUDA for your NVIDIA graphics card also great increases performance as seen HERE.

Want to know a little bit more about Folding@home and its connection to BWC before joining in the fun? You can check out our main forum thread
HERE. Also, keep reading below for more personal statements from specialists Pacific Celt and DarkVoidBoy!

Our Press Officer Samurai was able to recently sit down with these two fine gentlemen and conduct an interview regarding the awesomeness that is F@h. The following are paraphrased responses.


Query: How did you gentlemen come across Folding@home and what got you interested in the initiative?

Originally posted by DarkVoidBoy
DarkVoidBoy: I didn't know what it was at first, but when I saw that BWC members started to take F@h seriously in a post in the BWC forums, I did some further research into the subject. I was really excited by previous distributed computing projects in the past, but F@h is really able to take advantage of a computer's video card processing power. The cleverness of the initiative got me really interested, such as the way it sizes different work units based on the computational resources you make available from your computers' CPU and GPU, thus enabling everyone to contribute their own piece towards work projects. I've just been really impressed with how F@h utilizes your GPU in many ways better than previous distributing programs and its clever approach to solving problems, which appeals to my inner engineer.
Originally posted by Pacific Celt
Pacific Celt: I first heard about F@h several years ago. When I started my Computational Mathematics graduate degree with Stanford, I became interested in F@h because distributed computing is a lot of what we do, and the program was still going strong. The Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) department at Stanford helped setup a lot of distributing networks for the other parts of Stanford, such as for medical research departments. Additionally, F@h uses GPU parallel processing, which not only interested me on an academic level, but also the fact that F@h is something one can easily contribute to and generate significant impact. Thus, I started the F@h thread to see if other BWC members were interested in distributing.


Query: Based on your experiences with F@h so far, why is this initiative important to you, and why should it should be important to others who might be interested?

Originally posted by DarkVoidBoy
DarkVoidBoy: The main point of F@h is the fact that the way proteins fold is really important for all kinds of studies on disease and how to fight them. F@h is not just 3D modeling, but 3D modeling over time, thus generating a number of different outcomes from the same starting point. Even though you won't know exactly what the research will discover, you can choose whether you want to target Parkinson's disease or cancer or other different types of subjects. You could even leave it on default settings and target any diseases.
Originally posted by Pacific Celt
Pacific Celt: One of the most fascinating aspects about F@h is that ordinary people who know nothing about distributed computing or cancer research can have a real impact in the fight against these insidious diseases. I think that many members in BWC can relate to or know someone that has been affected by cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, etc. And the fact that all of us play games mean we all have somewhat decent to high-end video cards, which can be used to make huge advances in fighting these diseases. Furthermore, regarding the way that F@h folds proteins, the molecular structure of these proteins is a known quantity. However, there are so many ways in which they can fold, and a lot of the ways they can fold are indicators of different diseases. If we have these indicators and know how the proteins are folded exactly, we can design better treatments, better medicine, better tests, etc. This program is already starting to have a real world impact.


Query: F@h has its fair share of misconceptions and myths surrounding bandwidth usage and affecting the lifespan of computer components. Would you gentlemen like to clarify on these issues?

Originally posted by Pacific Celt
Pacific Celt: The F@h client has multiple settings that you can use to set limits on how large of a file it pulls in to work on. If you have a bandwidth cap, you might be limited to smaller projects. However, any amount of contribution is still a contribution. Regarding affecting the lifespan of computer components, the average user will replace their video cards long before F@h could even have the chance of causing it to fail. The average user won't run into that problem.
Originally posted by DarkVoidBoy
DarkVoidBoy: Honestly, bandwidth usage should not be an issue. We're talking small megabyte-sized work files that get downloaded once, worked on locally, and then the results uploaded. There's no network traffic in between. Regarding the components, as long as you use proper fan controls, clean your dust filters, and monitor your system temperatures--which you should be doing for gaming anyway--you should be fine.


In summary, Folding@home is a great way for us gamers to contribute to charity work and scientific discoveries. Folding@home is an official Stanford program endorsed by the National Science Foundation. By volunteering their CPU/GPU processing time BWC members can help actively push the boundaries of cutting edge medical research. For example, DarkVoidBoy is currently working on a project modeling gene mutations that lead to cancer, as seen HERE.

If interested, you may also join the BWC folding team! In fact, BWC's team now ranks in the top .6% (1,413 of 225759) of all folding teams in the world! You can check out our stats page
HERE.




Attention, Champions of the Horde!

Operation Kara Purge is a three day Epic Operation from December 25 to December 27 in the spirit of Christmas. BWC is set on taking Karazhan from the evil clutches of the alliance and giving them a one-way trip to the graveyard! The event will be made up of smaller events camping Kara, or any other place where you can pick a fight with the Alliance leading up to the grand melee on Tuesday December 27 when the Alliance make their move to plunder Kara in numbers!

If the cowardly alliance hide and prove to be too easy a challenge we will bait them out by going to their cities and killing their kings. For the horde!


The following rewards will be offered to those that participate:

For each day, Dec 25, 26 and 27, there will be three Steadfast Combatants chosen by the number of merit nominations for that person. If you feel that someone deserves a nomination for exemplary service, simply post what they did in the AAR for the operation that makes you vote for them. To qualify you need to have a total of three votes on any given day for the daily rewards or three during the week for the weekly rewards (if insufficient votes are received, the required number of votes may be reduced or the person may be chosen on merit alone).

Daily rewards:

1st place 5,000 gold & Steadfast Combatant Ribbon
2nd place 3,000 gold & Steadfast Combatant Ribbon
3rd place 2,000 gold & Steadfast Combatant Ribbon


Grand melee rewards for merit nominations (same system as Daily):

1st place 20,000 gold & Heroic Combatant Ribbon
2st place 10,000 gold & Heroic Combatant Ribbon
3st place 7,000 gold & Heroic Combatant Ribbon
4st place 5,000 gold & Heroic Combatant Ribbon
All others receive a Combatant Ribbon for participating


Available for random roll among the participants:

2,000 gold purse
1,000 gold purse
2 Rare pets


Significant Rewards for this operation were donated by BWC-WoW, Tooch and The Sleeper.


ONE TEAM ONE FIGHT

World of Warcraft is a fully supported regiment and offers all BWC members many great opportunities for increased gaming, team building and event participation. Attend a WoW operation, training, and/or FTX and earn credit in the 2017 "One Team One Fight" (OTOF) Campaign. Learn more about the OTOF Campaign HERE.
LOK'TAR OGAR!

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