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======================================= OUR MISSION STATEMENT ======================================= It is our objective to deliver the premier platform for Squad league play. A platform built by members of the community for members of the community. We will be highly ambitious in our effort to champion the community, champion our clans, champion Squad League, and most importantly, champion Squad. Through demonstrated successes, we hope to earn the trust of the community. For without the community, Squad League is nonexistent. ====================================== YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO ====================================== Website tailored to promoting clans and league play, complete with clan registration. Streaming of official matches Servers that will display stats on our webpage Leagues (first exhibition league targeted for summer of 2016, six clans) Tournaments Forum Events Videos that showcase the matches After Match Parties (interviews with Squad Leaders) Pre-match Interviews Developer Interviews (When granted) Match recaps Custom military ribbons for members and clans that speak to participation/successes within Squad League Noob nights Hopefully sponsors for the leagues Spirited clan rivalries Squad League not a clan itself Among many other things ====================================== THE TEAM ====================================== FULL STAFF @DrBigMoney= Founder/Community Manager @Rusty = Announcer/Content Creation @ibk = Lead Software Developer @Rossums = Logo Creation/Admin @OakleyHidef= Content Creation/Graphic Elements @DocEast= Commentator, Eventual Streamer @LevelPulse = Clan Liaison/video recaps @Prizefighter= Event planning/coordination COLLABORATORS @Mitsu = Website design @Schoff426 = Accountant, can only view monetary assets @BLITZA= Commentator @Fresz - Website design ====================================== WHY SO EARLY!? ====================================== We get that and it is a pretty common line of thinking out there. However, beginning early allows us to learn a lot of the ins and outs before Squad truly starts hitting its stride. We've had tons of lessons learned already and have made some great relationships across the community and within the dev team. By 1.0 of Squad we will be a well oiled, established, machine.
DrBigMoney posted a topic in Introductions / New Players======================================= FIRST, OUR MISSION STATEMENT ======================================= It is our objective to deliver the premier platform for Squad league play. A platform built by members of the community for members of the community. We will be highly ambitious in our effort to champion the community, champion our clans, champion Squad League, and most importantly, champion Squad. Through demonstrated successes, we hope to earn the trust of the community. For without the community, Squad League is nonexistent. ======================================= WHERE WE'VE COME FROM ======================================= 30 DEC 2015 We were finally able to get our official Squad League servers online thanks to the help of @Litoralis and @ibk29 DEC 2015 We launched our Squad League Discord group. We hope to use this venue as a place for immediate feedback from all corners of the Squad community and just well getting to know all you fine people. For you clan leads out there, we also have a separate channel to discuss future events, direction of the league's, and ensure we all remain good friends above anything.5 DEC 2015 Squad League host our first matches, a huge props goes out to @Z-trooper for all his work with us. While these were simply exhibition matches, they were huge in our books for showing that we're on the right path, that the devs now think we're on the right path, but more importantly, the clans felt we were on the right path. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from all corners of the Squad community and we've been hard at work since trying to improve everything about how we conduct ourselves, our delivery, our technology, you name it.......we've been at work on it. And also mad props to @Rusty for his first time announcing, I think we all thought it went extremely well and he's crazy dedicated to bettering himself.....also props to @Ross and @Hollywood for conducting our stream chats, while not as glamorous, it's the direct conduit to the community during streams and they did a fine job. 5 OCT 2015 Squad League officially announced on the official forums. The skepticism is strong. 30 SEP 2015 I propose the idea of Squad League on the official forums. I birthed this idea out of a few things. One, with a wife and kids I just don't have the dedicated game time many in clans do (though this has become a full-time job, lol). Two, I have fond memories of clans duking it out in the Medal of Honor Allied Assault days and I felt like we haven't seen that level of admiration for clans in some time. Three, I love attempting to develop communities with amazing people. The first one I did, DayZ Underground, was an amazing experience and that group has been handed off to some amazing people who are still doing amazing things with it (my passion for DayZ though was over......that mod love just couldn't be rekindled and I'm not one that overstays their welcome when my heart's not in it). ======================================= WHERE WE'RE GOING, THE QUICK AND DIRTY EDITION ======================================= JAN 2016 We have five matches currently scheduled this month and couldn't be more excited and the clans couldn't be more excited. Schedule below.FEB 2016 No clans currently signed up, but there will absolutely be matches. This month we have a different aim. We want to record matches using the battle recorder (or whatever it's called) and then stream them after the fact. Why? Well, when the competition starts getting real, aka moves out of the "exhibition" stage, there might be issues with even 15 minute delays to the streams and people being notified of where FOBs/Rallys are and whatnot. We want to see if this is a viable option for us/the community.MAR/APR 2016 We'd like to host our first exhibition tournament/playoff scenario. Most likely looking at eight clans if possible. 18v18 (just to ensure we can get to eight clan).MAY/JUN 2016 Possibly another tournament to revise our practices. Possibly also a sprinkling of exhibition matches.JUL/AUG/SEP 2016 Our first exhibition league. Yeah baby, LEAGUE. I'll be stationed in Korea at this point and will have plenty of time to dedicate. The goal would be eight clans. 18v18. Would also include a playoff scenario (most likely four clans). OCT/NOV/DEV 2016 REAL LEAGUE TIME. We hope that everything we've learned throughout the year can culminate to a first bad ass league kickoff. 24v24, slowly over time we'll step up our "v" count....clans will need time to build. Also, we will host different league types//modes/conditions starting in 2017. ======================================= OTHER MILESTONES WE'D LIKE TO HIT 2016 ======================================= Website@ibk and @Ross are currently hard at work on. (Hopefully delivered by end of 1QTR)Members will register in a portal like an environment and be able to create clan/groups through it in which to sign up for our comps.We, @Hollywood, plans to create military style ribbons specifically tied to events/achievements within the community. For instance, each member/clan would receive a ribbon for participating in a leauge....but that ribbon will change it's design based on how far you've gotten within that league. So if you're the champs, that ribbon will look very fancy. Once available to us courtesty the devs, we plan on having stats available to all clans/members from our leagues.InterviewsPre-Match interviews with the clansPost-Match interviews with squad leadsDev interviews when grantedMatch RecapsWe're hoping to bring on some people who are very talented at video/content creation and can create 3-5 minute recaps of all events we do in the future.Noob NightsWould love to see several squad leads from the various clans willing to step up and lead a match with a bunch of newer people to our community. This would strengthen our community overall while also letting people "test drive" matches with people that play at a high level.Perhaps held once monthly.Forum EventsLock a server down and invite our best forum friends.Will be a way to play in some high level events without having to be in a clan. ======================================= DONATIONS, THAT TABOO WORD ======================================= Where we want go is not free and what we don't have, that clans typically do, are a lot of people that are willing to contribute monetarily to their cause (at least at the moment we don't). The one thing I can promise you is that I'm scared to death of looking like a "sellout for money." I want Squad League to never be questioned in it's desires to better the community and remember who we represent. I'm comfortable soliciting for donations from the community so long as I/we feel that we haven't lost our way and we're putting it back into the community. I'm currently at a $200 monthly deficit with server costs, TS costs, future forum costs, TCAdmin costs, etc.....as we grow, so too will that monthly/annual monetary requirement. So I beg you guys, keep an understanding in mind that what we want to do will cost more than just a lot, a lot, of our free time, it will also cost money. Feel free to hit that "DONATE" button at any time you like on our main page of the forums. When I get to Korea in June, I do plan on buying a LOT of Squad League merchandise that we'll give away at certain donation levels in sort of a way that Kickstarter does it. We'll change that up annually if people like it. Whew, glad that's out of the way. ======================================= !!!I WANT TO JOIN SQUAD LEAGUE'S TEAM!!! ======================================= This is already beginning to increase and will only grow as Squad League grows in stature. First thing we'd like to say, thank you for considering joining our team and willingness to volunteer your time to an effort we all believe in. So here's the down and dirty with joining our team: First rule of Fight Cl.......Squad Leauge. You cannot be in a clan that is involved in Squad/Squad League. There are too many pitfalls associated when it comes to the integrity of the league's. We'd rather avoid those pitfalls at all costs. So if you're willing to give up a clan to join, we're just fine with that. Understand none of us are paid. If you seek to join us thinking we will pay you for your efforts, sorry to disappoint. Not saying that we would never commission work at some point if we felt justified....but our staff positions are not paid gigs.Please know that current staff places Squad League above our own self interests. While credit will be given where credit is due, we do not want to be a farm system for aspiring YouTubers/Twitch streamers (this is related to the staff mind you, we hope to make lots of clans/clan members famous through Squad League!). We need to see your work. If you say that you can do "graphics designs" please provide us a link or file to see your skill set.What skill set we might consider adding to our team: Web Designers - This is probably the biggest one at the moment we could use. We think we could get through it with our current team, but it would be super beneficial to get a proper designer in house to work with our software developer.Content Creation - When we get to a point we have many matches we'll need several people who can create recaps of our events to showcase out there to the greater community. Graphics Designers - You can hardly ever have enough talent in this realm. Things that come to mind: posters for the matches, logo designers (in case clan logos need a touch up), graphics for our YouTube/Twitch creations, etc.Announcers - Here's the deal with this one....we, mostly @Rusty, would be extremely picky in this realm. We do not like those uber excited over the top types....that will be immediately dismissed. Calm. Cool. Collect. That's what we desire. It would be damn near impossible for Rusty to do every match once we have the leagues going, so this we way we can ensure all matches get that special treatment. If you do want in on this realm, expect in the very near future for us to have a recording of a match without us talking and would ask that you provide a version of that video with "you" providing commentary.Think of something else? If you're talented enough and can bring something valuable to the table, we're always willing to listen.======================================= YOUR THOUGHTS? ======================================= We need feedback if we want to get better. Good. Bad. Ugly. So please know that we're always willing to hear out our community and improve our efforts. But please be constructive...bring alternatives to the table if you desire to tell us something isn't up to the standard we're setting in other areas. ======================================= WHERE TO FIND US ======================================= Twitch | Youtube | Twitter | Discord (please sub to our YouTube, we're currently at 11 away from getting our custom URL, thanks!) ====================================== UPCOMING SCHEDULE ====================================== January 2nd, 303rd v Red Coats, 24v24, Kohat River Variant, @1300ESTJanuary 23rd, TBD v SFSS, 9v9, OP First Light, 1600ESTJanuary 23rd, Exodus v RedCoats, 9v9, Sumari Bala, 1300EST, REMATCHJanuary 30th, TBD v TBD, 18v18, TBD, 1300ESTJanuary 30th, 303rd v Red Coats, 27v27, Chora, 1500EST (ballpark on time)