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Summer Bash 2019

Written by: L A V A
Art by: Last Friday Knight

Summer Bash 2019

Summer has arrived and we know what that means! It is time to PARTY! Traditionally, here in BWC we call that the Summer Bash, and we also call it an EPIC Operation.

This years Summer Bash will be conducted on the 24th and 31st of August. The first part (and kickoff of the event) will center on Community Games. Community Games are games which are not supported by

Destiny 2 - Solstice of Heroes

Written by: L A V A
Art by: Byronius Monk

Destiny 2 - Solstice of Heroes

Calling all Guardians! Have you spoken to Eva Levante? Have you meditated at the Statute of Heroes? If not, it's time to get going as the Solstice of Heroes has begun and will be running until 27 August. The event, which honors Guardian Heroes of the past, is designed to allow players to earn new armor sets which they can transfer over to the Shadowkeep expansion due...

Division 2 - Expedition: DC Outskirts!

Written by: L A V A
Art by: Byronius Monk

Expedition: DC Outskirts

Listen up Agents! There is a new free game mode coming to the Division 2 called Expeditions! The general release will be July 30th for all players and July 23rd for holders of the Year One Pass. Expeditions will be a new game feature and in Episode 1 it will take us out of the city to the DC Outskirts. Each expedition will contain 3 new main missions; the completion of which opens...

PAO Wants You!

Written by: Chephen
Art by: Chephen



Ever want to move up within the BWC and hold a meaningful billet? Love talking about your favorite games and the going-ons in BWC? Well then have we got the billets for you!

The Public Affairs Office (PAO) is looking for writers to help contribute to our front page articles and other ALCONs that you see throughout the forums and discord. The only requirements...

Division 2 Free to Play Weekend 13-16 June

Written by: L A V A
Art by: Chephen

Division 2 Free to Play Weekend
13-16 June

In a surprise offering during their presentation at E3, Massive Entertainment has announced a FREE to PLAY Weekend beginning this Thursday, 13 June through Sunday, 16 June. If you have been on the fence as to whether or not to purchase the Division 2, now is the time to give it a free trial. For those who enjoy the experience and want to continue their progression,



A BWC Interview with Asterix85
By John De, PAO Editor
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Asterix85 in Real Life

Andrew, aka Asterix to BWC members, comes from Cleveland, Ohio where he's a Professor of Antiquities and Early Medieval Britain at Cleveland State University. He completed his Masters Degree in the US Navy, with five years time in service as a Hospital Corpsman (HM) and Combat Medic. He was briefly stationed in Okinawa but his last main duty station was the main fleet base at 32nd Street in San Diego, where he was discharged at the Rank of E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class.

Asterix just had his 31st birthday recently this past April, and has been gaming approximately 25 years since he was 4 years old. His dad was the one who got him and his brother into gaming and taught them DOS ,and they used those old 5 inch square discs to play games. He played games growing up in the 90’s, such as Ultimate Civil War Generals. His present interests/hobbies include painting historical miniature army figures and
playing Flames of War, a WWII tabletop game. He likes to read, with interests in fiction and non fiction books.

Asterix says what brought him to BWC was while he and his brother were playing War Thunder one day they ran into a group from BWC. The BWC team dominated the game and took top score. He contacted a BWC member by the name of Coldsteel and asked him if he would teach him some of the tricks that the BWC team had used. Coldsteel told him that he couldn’t, but directed him to the BWC web site and if he joined up he could get in on some of the action. So Asterix did! He joined up. He found out War Thunder wasn’t actually a supported game at the time so he switched over to PlanetSide 2.

Asterix chose to stay with BWC because PS2 had sucked him in. The BWC organization within PS2 was just crazy! The size, the scope, the team work and intensity. At that time he was coming home from work for lunch just to make prime time operations. Just so he could play for an hour during his lunch break. Asterix's present games are World of Tanks, World of Warships, and PlanetSide 2, and is proud that he has over 4000 hours of time within PS2. Nowadays he only gets in about 6 hours of game play a day.

A couple of Asterix's favorite and funny moments in BWC

One of the first times flying a Galaxy transporting a full squad in PS2 on the old Indar map to the sky mesa, I was still learning how to fly and was a little shaky. Sparrowtail said I sucked and needed to get out of the Galaxy so I just dropped out and the entire squad wiped. This was back in the day when resources were slow and we had to wait for someone back at the Warpgate to pull another galaxy. Everyone had a good laugh.

Seeing Steel Rain in PS2 for the first time from a BWC perspective. Something about 80 drop pods at one time being dropped in is an awe inspiring sight.
Asterix's call sign comes from a French cartoon/comic book character. He’s a little Gaul who keeps the Romans at bay. It’s a comic set back in ancient times. The comic itself makes fun of different cultures generally and keeps things tongue in cheek. As a kid, it was a great way to get into and experience ancient civilizations and antiquities. It's always been his call sign and he says he's always loved it. The 85 comes in from the MSN Gaming Zone. Someone had stolen the name Asterix from him and he had to literally type in and search though numbers 1-85 until it took. Picture a 11-12 year old kid typing in numbers until he got to 85 and it finally stuck.

Asterix85 and the BWC

Since joining BWC in September of 2013 and immediately moving in to the PS2 regiment, Asterix85 was always a solid player active in trainings and Ops in the game. In April 2014 he took his first billet as Task Force Rampages Training Instructor. He continued his upward trajectory volunteering with a 1st Sgt. billet and culminating with becoming PS2's RCO until the end of February that same year, when PS2 was moved to Vanguard. But his dedication and commitment didn't stop there. During the reorganizing of BWC's Divisions, just this past December, Asterix was appointed to Division Commanding Officer of Warfare Division. His level of involvement and commitment to BWC is well documented throughout his Jacket and the BWC forums. He has over 4400 forum posts and has also recruited 6 new members.

Coming up on his four year anniversary in BWC, Asterix has attended over 600 Live fire Operations and had significant lead in well over 200 of those same Ops. When it's broken down you can see his intense involvement with the BWC gaming community. (Attended 482 Ops, 210 Trainings, 122 meetings, 85 Joint Ops, 25 Epic Ops)(Led 172 Ops, 69 Trainings, 33 Meetings, 32 Joint Ops and 5 Epic Ops)

Asterix's dedication didn't go unnoticed by the awards committee either. During his years of service to the BWC, he has been awarded the Commendation Medal, a Medal of Excellence, two Medal of Freedoms and two Industry Impact medals, a Helping Hands Medal, and last but certainly not least, The Distinguished Service Medal. He also has numerous high level ribbons and badges for not only PS2, but other games as well.

It's more than fair to say, that, since taking his first billet, receiving his Leadership Ribbon in July 2014, completing NCOA in October all these in his very first year, Asterix85 had become someone not only to look up to, but someone to emulate. He has played, taught, led and been a volunteer during his whole membership within in the BWC. He's also active in not just his own game, but others as well. He can usually be found in Team Speak in the World of Tanks, World of Warships or PlanetSide 2 rooms.

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Here is Asterix85's detailed Billet History, Promotions and some of his more prestigious awards.
The dates are linked to the Forum posts that correspond to the comments made by his CO's and Peers.
(a must read)
2014-04-29: Promoted to E-6 SSG TFRP TI
2014-07-29: Promoted to First Sergeant NCOIC TFRP
2014-12-19: Promoted to First Sergeant
2015-01-27: Promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major PS2 RSM
2015-07-31: Promoted to O-7 PS2 OIC
2016-06-27: Promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5
2016-09-07: Promoted to O-7
2016-12-31: Promoted to Division OIC Warfare Division DCO
2013-10-07: Promoted to E-2
2013-11-12: Promoted to E-3
2014-01-22: Promoted to E-4
2014-12-19: Promoted to E-5
2015-04-16: Promoted to E-6
2015-10-11: Promoted to E-7
2016-04-13: Promoted to E-8

Game Support
Tour 2
Executive Unit Citation
[Gold 2 Star]
Unit Commendation
of the
Leadership Ribbon Outstanding Achievement
[AB Device]
2016-02-04 2016-10-05 2016-06-02 2014-09-11 2014-07-29 2015-05-30
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Commendation Medal Distinguished
Helping Hands Medal
[AB Device]
Medal of Excellence Medal of
2015-02-18 2015-07-26 2014-04-30 2014-09-23
2015-02-19 2015-03-24

E-5 Sgt. E-6 Staff Sgt. E-7 Sgt. First Class E-8 Master Sgt. NCO Leadership
2014-12-19 2015-04-16 2015-10-11 2016-4-13 2014-10-27
(Hover over dates for forum links to these awards)

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Asterix85 as Warfare Division OIC

Divisional Commanding Officers are responsible for the overarching success and member experience of all genre-specific BWC games supported within the Division. They are tasked with shepherding games and helping them to create and sustain victory conditions for their players, constantly striving to reflect the BWC commitment to Excellence In Gaming. They are responsible for maintaining a fun, healthy and engaging competitive environment by maintaining the overall health and sustainability of all of the games they are in charge of. BWC DCOs participate in regular bi-weekly meetings with other DCOs, S-Shop OICs and the BWC Command Team to ensure a continuity of player experience and communicate specific Divisional activities and needs. This billet is appointed by BWC Command and reports directly to BWC Actual.

How has your billet been going?
Interesting, it’s a challenge. It’s a continuation of the same challenges I had in Vanguard and I enjoy it. I'm not stuck playing one game, I get to play a variety of games. This billet requires the same amount of flexibility that vanguard needed. At this point my job is more mentoring, to guide and give advice. I'm more of a future planning type of person. It’s a lot less stressful than leading two platoons in PS2.
How do you feel about so many under your command?
I love diversity and think diversity is what makes BWC great!
You climbed the ranks within BWC very fast, what do you contribute that to?
Work ethics!
Why did you leave as PS2 OIC and step up to Division Commanding Officer?
I had just started teaching and couldn’t handle juggling PS2 and work. I went from semi-employed with lots of gaming time to a person with almost no free time at all.
Hopes for BWC future?
I’d like to see us grow. I’m hoping for Warefare Division to grow, to encompass also strategy games and a variety of other war gaming type platforms since that’s where many of my interests lay. What I’d really like to see is BWC coming together in a game on such a massive a scale again. I understand how the gaming industry works and that can be rather difficult and hard, but, I have faith BWC will be able to do it. MWO just came back and it shows we can push forward and push boundaries, come together as a team and make something fun again.
What do you see happening for Warfare Division?
We're currently looking at War Thunder again their naval stuff is about to come out soon. Possibly Dreadnought it’s still in beta and we’re going to wait to see what the interest level is. I’ve been keeping a close eye on Squad, I know some of the developers personally. I’m really cagey about bringing in early access games to the BWC. They don’t seem to do too well sometimes and we want to be sure games have had a full development cycle.
Any games you’d like to see BWC get involved in?
In the mean time, I’ve set up channels for strategy games so if you play Star Craft 2, Age of Empires or any of the Paradox Development Studio grand strategy games , Europa Universalis, Stellaris or Civilization please feel free to use those channels. They’re a great place to get together for like minded interests.
Are there any Charities you would like BWC be more involved in?
I love our Play to Give Back Event. When we do stuff for Veterans such as Honor Flight I love the support we had for that and would like to see another one happen.
Asterix's involvement with the St. Judes Play Live event was instrumental to its success. He was involved with the coordination of hundreds of members, planning stream schedules, events, and running the Combat ops. He received an Industry Impact Medal for his leadership and organization within this event.

Asterix's message to the BWC Community
I’ve had a lot of friends come and go in BWC and in the end I’d say 90% of them have either come back or would like to. We have a unique place on the internet and no matter what, if real life is kicking your ass or not, this is a safe place you can just come hang out, play video games and have fun with likeminded mature individuals. For the new guys I say, take as many trainings as you can, get active! There's an OpServ training requirement to run ops, but please run ops and make content for this community. Most importantly have fun!
On a Personal Note
When we speak of BWC Leaders many names come to mind, but there are a select few that truly strike fear into the hearts of BWC's enemies within games. Asterix is one of those names. There are too many instances within PS2 and Task Force Rampage to mention, but those of us who were there know the devastation that came about with his leadership on the virtual battlefield. How I remember Asterix years ago was a leader with a no nonsense mentality: You train, You learn, You do and Victory will be ours! His passion for gaming and people under his command was only shadowed by his strength and ability to encourage members to do better. Not only for the game or BWC but for themselves as well. Warfare Division has and will continue to grow under his command!

Learn more about the OTOF Campaign HERE.

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Introducing Project Eclipse

Armed with multiple torpedoes and state-of-the-art scan diffusing technology, the Aegis Eclipse has been the UEE’s best, and least known, protection. It is the Navy’s top choice in border defense and a preferred first-strike weapon against the Vanduul. Now, in an effort to increase transparency with the Xi’an, the Eclipse is declassified and available for purchase by Citizens.

Achieving Stealth

In 2930, the UEE Navy was in need of a more advanced stealth bomber to use specifically in defensive operations against the Vanduul. Military casualties were mounting in cases of direct combat with Vanduul capital ships. The Navy needed a ship that could strike quickly before the enemy detected their presence or soften up strategic targets in anticipation of a larger attack.

Aegis Dynamics won that bid. The arrowing design, massive firepower, and cutting-edge clandestine technology of their design easily surpassed the competition. The Eclipse’s advanced hull system is adaptable to environments thanks to multiple wing configurations that adjust to space or atmospheric flight. After years of extensive field tests, the Aegis Eclipse went into service in 2932. Since then, the Eclipse has served as the unseen sentinel of our borders. Now, it is time to recognize the Eclipse’s many years of service.

About The Concept Sale

The Aegis Eclipse is available for purchase at a Concept Sale price of $275 and War Bond price of $250. By purchasing this ship, you are supporting the development of Star Citizen. Every dollar earned from Concept Sales goes directly towards creating the Best Damn Space Sim Ever. The developers at CIG appreciate your support.

War Bond SKUs include a unique serial number, an additional in-game poster featuring the Project Eclipse logo and an alternate ship skin featuring an alternate ice blue-and-matte black livery used by the UEEN. Funding from War Bond sales goes directly to the ‘war effort’ with funding going to support and enhance the game development process.

The Eclipse sale will run through Friday, June 2nd. The loaner ship will be the Aegis Retaliator bomber, with additional access to the Anvil Gladiator for use in Arena Commander. The flight-ready price for the Eclipse is expected to be $330. Check out the official showroom for the Eclipse HERE.


Star Citizen is a supported game in our Conquest Division and offers all BWC members a great opportunity for quality gaming, team building and event participation. Featuring tactical variety, fun and engaging gameplay mixed with competitive elements, Star Citizen espouses the “One Team, One Fight” ethos that BWC centers itself upon perfectly. Attend a SC operation, training, and/or FTX and earn credit in the 2017 “One Team One Fight” (OTOF) Campaign. Learn more about the OTOF Campaign HERE.

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