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MERLIN MAYHEM - 2v2 Star Citizen Squadron Battle Tournament
- Date(s): August 26
- Time: 16:00 - 20:00


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- Team Registration (2 things: forum post and Challonge! sign up) by 8/23 (2 pilots)
- Racing for REC operations start 8/7. (2,000 REC needed to rent a Merlin)
- Registration CLOSES on 8/24.
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WoWS: Prepare for British Battleships!



British battleships are enroute to World of Warships! Take on a trilogy of mission chains for the rest of the month and acquire ship blueprints. Collect all three blueprints to earn some British battleships and jump up the new British battleship tree when it’s released!

Blueprint 1: Tier III HMS Bellerophon + Port Slot
Blueprint 2: Tier IV HMS Orion + Port Slot
Blueprint 3: Tier V HMS Iron Duke + Port Slot + Iron Duke Flag

When Update 0.6.10
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[PS2] Indar Heat Update is Live!


Check out the new content patch for PlanetSide 2 live now! Major updates include sweeping changes to Indar, new Heatwave weapons, and new cosmetics.


Indar Updates

Major updates to the continent of Indar focus on improving combat flow in and around many bases, as well as increase the overall flexibility of the lattice. The central three bases, Ceres Hydroponics, TI Alloys, and The Crown are among the handful that have received massive revisions.
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[SC] Totally Epic Squadron Battles


This is a Totally EPIC OP Announcement!

Its about to get DIRTY



Gather round all you star ship aces and galactic juggernauts to participate in these TOTALLY most EPIC squadron battles this side of the Milky Way. It is time to bring the pain to all inhabitants of the Star Citizen Universe in a pub stomping beat down that only a mother would be proud of. This most EPIC of opportunities will commence August 4-6 2017. So grab your Hello Kitty Hornet or your
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A BWC Interview with
HighPlains Drifter
by John De, PAO Editor
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HighPlains_Drifter in Real Life


Jason, aka HighPlains_Drifter in BWC and either High Plains or Drifter to his friends, lives in Missouri. He works in Drafting and Design work for an Engineering Company, and has two Associate degrees, one in Computer Assisted Drafting and another in Project Management. Drifter recently turned 41 years old this June. Sorry girls but Drifters been married for almost 16 years. He jokingly says he’s too poor to get a divorce. He says, "It’s not a Titanic love story but, we match up very well". Many times, those of you who have heard Drifter on Team Speak, can hear what sounds like many children in the background. Kids playing, Kids asking questions and just having a lot of fun. Drifter has four children, three girls and one boy ages 14, 12, 6 and almost 5. His boy is the youngest.

Besides work and kids, Drifter is really into Disc Golf. He hasn't played a lot since he joined BWC but was involved in tournaments the last few summers. He’d like to say that he did really well, because, he didn’t place last. Some call it Frisbee golf, but, they're really not like Frisbees. He says, "they're more like an Olympic discus with a sharp edge made actually for flight. You don’t want to catch one of these in the air".

Drifter says, "no I’ve never done any active military duty". Drifter spent his first 20 years growing up moving from Naval base to Naval base every few years and for him that was enough. His Father spent around 40 years in the Navy as an enlisted man and worked his way up through the enlisted ranks. Drifter may not have been active military but, we can all understand he did a long tour of duty with his family.

High Plains Drifter's call sign was chosen because he's always been a Clint Eastwood fan. He always liked him as an actor, his movies and his work as a director. The character High Plains Drifter in the movies was just the ultimate bad ass. Drifter has always been a fan of the old Western type gunslingers and the High Plains Drifter character is the best you can get.

When asked if there were any future BWC members among his kids he stated. "My oldest daughter is really into Overwatch and kind of joined BWC for a while to play. But like I said she’s 14. National Honor society, Orchestra and a lot of other stuff going on. She really didn’t have time for it. She may come back to it, it’s summer break. All my kids love video games. I bought one of those retro Sega kits. I didn’t know how well it was going to go but honestly was the best 30 bucks I ever spent. My son is 4 and is already a Sonic Master".

Drifter says he's not that super computer guy, but has been building computers since he was a teenager. "Every computer I've had I probably pieced together. I really enjoy custom building a rig instead of buying one. Because first of all (laughs) I got four kids and I’m on a budget no matter what we’re talking about. The Machine I have I built about 5 years ago and I’m running an i5 2400, 660 GTX, 16Gbs Ram, Foxconn Rattler Motherboard. The fanciest thing about my rig is I’ve got a sweet case. It’s a Thermaltake GT 10 and it’s a beast". Drifter doesn't plan to upgrade and will most likely do a new build with one of the older i7’s in the future.

How long have you been gaming?
I've been gaming for as long as I can remember. I'm 40 years old, so I'd say I've been gaming for about 38 years now. One of my earliest memories is visiting my Grandparents. They were located in the middle of no'where Oklahoma out in the sticks, but they did have an Atari original (new at the time) with the paddle controllers. Missile Command, Pong and Pac-Man were very close friends of mine during that visit. I'm not even sure how old I was, but the Atari was new and I remember my older cousins being impressed they got it. It only got worse from there. A lot of my lunch money and free time were spent at the Rec. Center pumping quarters into stand-up arcades. Narc, Gauntlet, and PaperBoy were some of my favorites. And of course we had a Calico-Vision, and a Nintendo when I was a kid.
I got into PC gaming around 10 or 11'ish. A friend of mine had a commodore 64 and we played a lot of Skate'or'Die and the first Ghostbusters game on it. That same summer I got a Tandy TRS-80, and played a lot of games on it. Shamus, Bedlam, etc. A year or so later I got my first IBM compatible PC, a Tandy-1000 (love you Radio Shack!). This eventually led me into C-RPG's and then Pen&Paper gaming. AD&D 2nd Edition is still the best D&D... That's not an opinion that's fact, scientific fact. It was proven in a clinical study.

HighPlains_Drifter and the BWC

Drifter has been in the BWC 16 months now and joined on February 18th of 2016. In fact, he just celebrated his first year here in BWC a few months ago. He received his Leadership Ribbon on December 1st 2016, just ten months after joining. Drifter currently holds the rank of E-5, Staff Sergeant. His Jacket shows he has attended over 240 Operations, 30 FTX's and 20 Trainings. He has significant lead in over 90 Operations, Squad lead in 41 Ops, 10 FTX's and 2 Trainings. He also has over 900 forum posts and recruited 2 members.

Drifter is currently the MWO Regimental CO. He was posted as the CO back in the end of December just as MWO was stood down to Vanguard status. Before that he did two tours as a N.A. OP-NCO running and scheduling Operations for the Jolly Rogers Company, and that lasted roughly 6 months in total. He says, "I actually enjoyed being the OP-NCO for J.R. it was a lot of fun. I got to meet a lot of new people, people in BWC but not MWO primaries. It really opened my eyes to how expansive BWC is".

What brought you to BWC?
I started playing MWO in January of 2016, and was surprised that somehow MWO slipped under my radar. Being a big BattleTech fan and loving the old MechWarrior games I jumped on MWO when it came to STEAM. It became clear that MWO was a teamwork based game and while there is sometimes teamwork in a random PUG group, I needed a real team. People dedicated to playing together. So I started looking through the Unit recruitment threads on the STEAM forums for MWO. I came across one for BWC, and was told it was current/active so I followed the link and applied.
Why do you stay?
The people I met. I really appreciated the team based mindset, and the camaraderie that was evident. People were welcoming and willing to teach a bad player how to get better. But it went deeper than that. I really felt like I was connecting to people and making friends. The organization, I really liked the military structure and way things were organized. BWC wasn't some half-baked group of morons who happened to be on at the same time. There was expectations and procedures, a defined way things work. I know it sounds silly to someone "outside" but it actually takes effort to get a couple hundred people playing together and on the same page. Just because X number of people want to play, doesn't mean they all want to play the same way or at the same time, etc. And getting that ironed out takes some amount of organization and over-sight. I stick around because we're a team, and that team extends outwards into a community. One I'm proud to be a part of.
Have you been in any other Gaming Communities?
Long time back when MMOs were still new to the scene in the early 2000’s I did play in other communities.
Any games played outside of the BWC at present?

I play a lot of Red Orchestra 2/Rising Storm, Payday 2, Need For Speed and StarWars:Rebellion, NeverWinter Nights 1 & 2, Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, and started the Divinity Original Sin remake.
How many hours of Gameplay are you getting a week or daily?
Lets just say if it was a second job I’d have a lot of overtime.
What's one of the funniest things happen to you in BWC?
We were in a match - domination mode. I was in a Griffin 2N. It came down to two people left in the match, myself and one enemy player. We were both pretty banged up, I had run out of ammo and had lost my arm with Med Pulse lasers on it. The other guy had maybe one small pulse laser and wasn’t going to kill me anytime soon. I didn’t have anything left to kill him with and someone on the Comm Link said “Just run into him, do collision damage”. So, I was trying to go around this building and jump down on him to do damage. This went on for some time. I think it was Makro who had made a video of it and put the Benny Hill soundtrack to it. Pretty funny to watch. Check it out here!
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Here is Drifter's detailed Billet History, including 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)


2016-02-19: Promoted to E-1 2016-06-14: Promoted to E-5
2016-03-03: Promoted to E-2 2016-09-06: Remained as E-5
2016-04-04: Promoted to E-3 2016-12-18: Promoted to Captain
2016-06-03: Promoted to E-4 2016-12-30: Promoted to Captain MWO OIC
2017-02-02: Promoted to E-5 2017-05-05: Promoted to O-7 for MWO Regimental CO


(Hover over dates for forum links to these awards)
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HighPlains_Drifter as MWO RCO


Brigadier General

Regimental Commanding Officers are responsible for the overarching success and member experience of a BWC game supported on a Regimental level. They are tasked with creating and sustaining 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 gaming environment through consistent operations, recognition, training, recruiting and by maintaining the overall health and sustainability of the game they are in charge of. BWC RCOs participate in regular bi-weekly meetings with other RCOs, S-Shop OICs and the BWC Command Team to ensure a continuity of player experience and communicate specific Regimental activities and needs. This billet is appointed by BWC Command and reports directly to BWC Actual. Review and renewal occur on a six month cycle unless otherwise stated.

Are there any games you would like BWC to get involved with?
BWC, when it comes to gaming, likes to get into games that have more competition. I'm a big fan of role playing games. I’d really like to try Red Orchestra 2 Rising storm by Trip Wire the new Vietnam game that’s coming out, looks pretty cool. They just came out with a new sequel called Red Orchestra 2: Vietnam. Which you can guess is the Vietnam Theater, it looks pretty interesting.
Any charities you’d like to see BWC involved with?
Wounded Warriors and Red Cross.
Hopes for BWC's future?

I'd like to see BWC keep growing and adding supported games to it's roster.
How were you able to turn MWO back into a full regiment?
I wouldn’t necessarily say it was me, honestly we just kept playing and enjoying the game. Everyone that plays MWO likes and enjoys it. Sometimes people get a little burned out playing a game and people move on to other games. But seeing there was still a group enthusiastic about playing it and playing it as a team really drew people back.
Would you say that the Battle of Tukayyid and MWO changing the skill tree within the game had an influence in your numbers and the return of older players?
Tukayyid was perfect timing. We were just looking at returning to a regimental standing. We had older players coming back and even people with other primaries coming over to play along side us. People were interested in the event itself and it was a major contributor to gathering a lot of people. Especially when we were able to show what we could do. We didn’t necessarily have the best win loss or kill death ratios. We were able to get a decent score and do it with a lot less games then others who scored higher than us. The number one place in Smoke Jaguar had like 5000 matches. We were able to take seventh place with a lot less matches. Especially when you compare us to many of the other Factions. I think that’s a pretty good example of what we’re capable of.
Any planned monthly events in MWO?
Not every month but that’s not the end of BWC MWO events. We have more stuff coming up. The Reg EX, Commee, is taking it on himself to organize a lot of that and its not the only thing coming up. We plan to have events be a continuous and expectable thing in MWO for BWC.
Anything coming up in MWOs Future?
There’s an MWO lance challenge coming up we’re wanting to get going by the end of June. It’s a lance Challenge. People are in designated teams keeping track of their score report back with scores and screen shots. Over time at the end of the period the lance with the highest scores will win. We are planning to have prizes for this so that’s pretty cool.
HighPlains_Drifters message to the BWC

To BWC, thanks for letting me be a part of this community. To new recruits I'd say you found a good place to game, with good people.

One Team One Fight


2017 “One Team One Fight” (OTOF) Campaign. Learn more about the OTOF Campaign HERE.


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Lance Campaign 3 – Clan Skirmishers


The Clan Campaign Basics:

What is a campaign?
A campaign is a multi-week series of operations that are self-run and reported. At the end of the campaign, participating players will receive an award for their jackets, and the team with the highest score will receive a special medal – the team with the highest assist to damage ratio will win hero mechs of their choice.

What Rewards are there?
Aside from bragging rights, and specialized medals for the winners, the team with the best Assists to Damage ratio will receive free hero Mechs of their choice. (Up to $80 across 4 mechs).

What do I do to participate?
1- Organize a lance of 4 players (pick a cool name for your team)
2- Sign up weekly on OpServ as attending (there will be a new op each week of the campaign), and
3- Submit your scores (and screenshots) via a google doc.
The google doc will collect names, scores, damage, assists, and the chassis (not the variant) that you chose. CommEE will take care of the rest, posting weekly results and bonuses for next week in the tracking thread.

How long will this last?
The campaign will last ten weeks. 16-July through 3-Sep. Your best six scores from those eight weeks count for your final score. You can skip two weeks (use them as byes), or use those weeks to try to raise your overall score.

How many drops do I have to run a week?
Each week you are expected to run 3 drops with your lance. They do not have to be back-to-back, and you may submit your best matches from the course of the week. Those drops must be in the same mechs and with the same people.

How many people can be on my team?
Up to four people may play at one time (that is a lance). All three drops for a week must have the same four people, and they need to be in the same mech. If you drop with more than 4 BWC players in a match, even if they are not on your team, I cannot accept that drop as valid.

What if someone on my team cannot make it?
Each team may “bid down” to three players. Each team also has two byes during the course of the event. No substitute players are allowed.

How is this scored?
Your end-of-match score is added up with your lance-mates' end-of-match scores. Units listed as Solhama or conforming to a mech restriction may have a multiplier applied to their scores.

The formula is: Player_Score=Match_Score*Multiplier
Team Score=Player1+Player2+Player3+Player4

Team Balancing
To keep things competitive, mechs that are available for each team's selection will be altered each week.

The first place team's mech selection will be handicapped by eliminating weight brackets they can chose from in following weeks by "bidding it away". I will chose which weight bracket the first place team "bids away".
For example, after week 1 Team A is in the lead, and will be told to "bid away" a weight bracket (e.g., 20-25 tonners). In week 2 onward, Team A cannot run 20 or 25 tonners. If Team A stays in the lead for a long time, they will lose more brackets, and they will eventually be forced into a single bracket (e.g., 55 tonners only). A team can only lose 1 bracket a week.

Teams that are not in the lead are boosted in two ways:
1) Teams outside of first place may handicap themselves to jump the leaders by voluntarily bidding away a weight bracket. If team B thinks it won't need to run 90-100 tonners, and team A has already lost that bracket, team B can voluntarily "bid away" that bracket for a score multiplier for one week. Team B has lost that bracket for the rest of the competition, but if they jump Team A - Team B will be in first place and will not be forced to bid away another bracket o my choosing that week; a team can only lose 1 bracket a week. To bid away a bracket, a team captain will have to select the option during score submission on the google doc and is limited to choices that another team has already lost (e.g., you cannot bid away 20-25 tonners until another team has lost that bracket).

2) Teams in last place (or a standard deviation below the median score) are designated as Solhama and are given the option to run a preselected lance composition. Last place teams in prior challenges often lost the fight in the mech lab, and I plan on working with the trailing teams to build their lances. The trial mech option will be posted for each week, but a team captain may work with me for approval for another lance composition - trial mech loadouts will be given as a last resort or a "you haven't talked to me option". Solhama units are not allowed to bid away brackets and any restrictions from brackets bid away in the past are ignored while the unit is considered Solhama. For example, Team C is in last place and designated Solhama, but previously bid away 80-85 tonners. The Solhama build may be four 85-ton Battlemasters, but once Team C's score is high enough that they are no longer considered Solhama, Team C can no longer run 80-85 tonners.

Match Score?
Yes, that column on the Team Stats page at the end of a match. Each player in your lance will have a match score to indicate how well they did in match. You will also put in your damage, kills, and assists.

What mechs can I run?
Any mech! Until it is bid away of course.

How will I know what multipliers or restrictions are applied to my team?
I will post a list of each team’s status and a table of weight brackets available to them each week.

When will this start?
The planned launch date is July 16. Each week "ends" on Sunday night at 23:59 OpServ.



ONE TEAM ONE FIGHT


MechWarrior Online is a fully supported game regiment 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, MWO espouses the “One Team, One Fight” ethos that BWC centers itself upon perfectly. Learn more about the OTOF Campaign and earn credit in the 2017 “One Team One Fight” (OTOF) Campaign HERE.




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