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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.
- Team check in (required) on Challonge! starts 14:00 on 8/26
- Tournament start 16:00

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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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ATTENTION TO ORDERS! The Arma III regiment of the Warfare Division is in need of more manpower! With FTXs, operations, and a dynamic central campaign, the Arma 3 regiment provides the perfect milsim experience for anyone looking to join. With the new mod system, hopping into our operations is easier than ever!


REPORT FOR DUTY


Join into the fight with the new steam workshop mod pack! With a click of a button, you can download all of the mods needed to participate in Arma 3's dynamic operations. Hop in as a rifleman and blast some OPFOR, or take advanced training to fill more advanced positions! The new training system will certify you to fill slots ranging from specialty infantry, grenadiers, marksmen, snipers, logistics operators and medics. You can even train to become a vehicle operator of a tank, plane, helicopter, or artillery piece. There is always something new out there for you to try and master. The server information can be found in the Arma 3 section of the forums, so join us for our explosion-riddled bulletfest!


ONE TEAM ONE FIGHT


ArmA III is a supported game in our Warfare 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, ArmA III espouses the “One Team, One Fight” ethos that BWC centers itself upon perfectly. Attend ArmA III operations, trainings, and FTXs and earn credit in the 2017 "One Team One Fight" (OTOF) Campaign. Learn more about the OTOF Campaign's FAQ HERE.



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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
C&S
Tour 2
Executive Unit Citation
[Gold 2 Star]
Command
Unit Commendation
Leader
of the
Month
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
Service
Medal
Helping Hands Medal
[AB Device]
Industry
Impact
Medal
Medal of Excellence Medal of
Freedom
2015-02-18 2015-07-26 2014-04-30 2014-09-23
2015-08-03
2015-02-19 2015-03-24
2016-03-01




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!


ONE TEAM ONE FIGHT
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