• Caldoran


    Writeup by moosepi and vetia


    Hello again, denizens of the AsiaFortress community!
    Christmas and the New Year is almost upon us, and our Administrator and Staff Team has just finished running both the Top Gun MGE Tournament and AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes 2015. As such, it's the perfect time for a news post to both wrap up said events and cover our plans for the near future!
    Without further ado…
    Top Gun MGE Tourney Conclusion
    It’s been a long time coming, but the inaugural Top Gun MGE Tournament has finally come to a close, and so we’d like to formally announce the winners for both the Scout and Soldier divisions!

    • 1st Place: larkyy
    • 2nd Place: tommy
    • 3rd Place: Sphere (Choo Choo)



    • 1st Place: oro
    • 2nd Place: slyr
    • 3rd Place: Gordan


    The 2nd and 3rd place winners were awarded 2 keys and 1 key respectively, while the champions earned a lot of salt Professional Killstreak Weapon and the tags [scatter-Lord] and [Rocketeer] on both Shana and AsiaFortress MGE servers. Congratulations!
    We’d like to thank all those who participated, especially our Competition Administrator Gothmog, who both sponsored the prizes and coordinated the event for others' enjoyment.
    Congratulations everyone!
    AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes Conclusion
    Meanwhile, the latest (but definitely not the last!) edition of AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes just happened, and it was bigger than ever! 
    We received over double the number of signups of last year's Mash — so many that we had to split the Mash teams into two groups! While this did cause some slight technical difficulties along the way, we managed to form a grand total of twelve teams, almost all of which got to play through the whole event.
    Ultimately, Xiao Team claimed victory in Group A without dropping a single map, while Team Boleh had a record almost as stellar, only tying once against Team Meme.


    Well done to both teams! 

    However as per the old adage, it’s not the destination, but the journey that’s important. We hope that all of the mentees had fun and learned something from the event about 6v6, and got the opportunity to know a little more about the AF community. 

    Our Head Administrator and overall manager of the event, Caldoran, said that he’s “thankful for my admin/staff team, the mentors, the players and the backups for making the event a success”. And indeed, every individual who showed up, mentor or mentee, deserves thanks for dedicating their day bringing the event to life.
    But the unsung heroes of the event were both Teejay and Caldoran himself. These two champions ran the whole show, behind the scenes, preparing the entire event and acquiring substitutes almost immediately.
    Of course, we hope to Mash again next year and make it better than ever, so remember, if you have any feedback you’d like to give about the event, remember to post here!
    And now, we’d like to announce our next upcoming event…
    AsiaFortress Mercenaries Cup 7
    The Administration team formally announces the 7th season of the Mercenaries Cup!
    This long running event is a double elimination tournament devoid of divisions, meaning anyone can sign a team up. You get to duke it out with the entire community of AsiaFortress, even the best of the best!
    Registrations for MC begin in the first week of January 2016, so start gathering your players for teams and prepare for another great series of matches.
    On the other hand, if you don't have a team because you're a newer player, and you either just missed Mash or want to learn a little more before getting your feet wet in PUGs, fret not — there'll be something lined up for you very soon!



    The AsiaFortress Administrator and Staff Team would like to officially welcome erio as our returning General Administrator!


    Having already dedicated her time in the past to the AsiaFortress administration, we have no doubt she will contribute greatly. Welcome!


    Towards 2016

    Thank you everyone for making 2015 such an eventful and successful year for our league and community.


    Let's strive to make 2016 an even better one for AsiaFortress!


    Banner by Blobinet and Cell

    AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes Groups and Teams

    Reminder: The event is on 12th December 2015 (Saturday), at 2:30 PM GMT+8. Please be on time!
    Hello all Mash participants!
    After endless hours of tireless deliberating, we have finally come up with the team rosters! Do note that this list is still subject to change, though it's unlikely.
    As many of you are aware, there has been an unexpected and overwhelming response to the sign-ups. Therefore, we have decided to split the teams into 2 groups, A and B for better management. That means teams in Group A will only play against the teams in Group A, and likewise for Group B.
    The teams and the groups they're in are as follows:
    Group A
    [1] Xiao Team
    Mentors: bait (Demoman), cloverella (Pocket)

    [2] Team Weaboo
    Mentors: slyr (Pocket), bio (Scout)

    [3] Team MGE
    Mentors: spiky cactus (Pocket), Alui (Roamer)

    [4] Team FFS
    Mentors: crab patty (Scout), Cuteman (Pocket)

    [5] Team FwishlessDoge
    Mentors: fwishy (Scout), Legend (Medic)

    [6] Team Tommoy
    Mentors: Tommy (Scout), Moy (Demoman)

    Group B
    [7] Team Calduelran
    Mentors: Caldoran (Medic), duel (Pocket)

    [8] Team Meme
    Mentors: nova (Roamer), scot (Pocket)

    [9] Team Nose
    Mentors: Gothmog (Medic), vetia (Demoman)

    [10] Team Boleh
    Mentors: hedwig (Demoman), jakku (Scout)

    [11] Team Abu
    Mentors: Baddyz (Medic), teejizz (Pocket)

    [12] Team Beard
    Mentors: iridescentFUZZ (Pocket), sad_katz (Medic)

    Backup Mentors

    Backup Players

    So what should I do now?
    If you're a player, then add your mentors and fellow teammates to your friends list! Make sure you've also installed and set up Mumble - if you're not sure how to, refer to the FAQ and Guidelines to learn how!
    Remember, the teams will not play until everyone is in Mumble!
    In the meantime, it'd also be good to read up on the 6v6 basics like rolloutscalling and positioning. On top of that, you can also come up with questions you'd like to ask your mentors, either immediately or during the event between matches. If you don't ask, you won't know!
    If you're a mentor, then add your assigned trainees to your friends list!
    Guide them through installing Mumble if they're still having difficulty and ensure they have it properly set up before the event starts, and answer any doubts and queries they may have.
    As always, if you're not sure of anything or require assistance, feel free to contact Caldoran on Steam.
    What's going to happen on the day?
    By 2:30 PM GMT+8 on December 12th 2015, all players should be ready in Mumble.
    After the initial briefing, all team mentors will direct their team's players to the correct server. Each team will play a total of 5 maps during the event. Mentors should refer to this page for the match schedule as well as which servers to use.
    All of the maps will be played with standard AsiaFortress rules. After each map, the mentors will direct the team's players to the next server until all 5 maps are played and the event is over.
    Match results, inclusive of round scores, can be communicated to the Administrators via Steam chat or Mumble.
    Finals can be played between teams at their discretion.
    Backups will be needed if a player or mentor has to go mid-game. Chances will be increased if the backup is already waiting in Mumble.
    I can't play anymore / I have to go halfway during the event!
    Please inform your mentors or an administrator as soon as possible so we can find a replacement with minimal delay.
    My mentor is being mean / There's a newcomer in my team throwing!
    Inform Caldoran at the earliest opportunity so we could resolve the situation.
    If you don't speak up, we won't know. We will take the appropriate action if necessary.
    Thanks once again for all the interest, and happy Mashing!


    Announcing AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes 2015!9e7aFkV.png

    Banner by Blobinet and Cell, writeup by vetia, vetted by Caldoran, moosepi and Himari

    Unlike Valve, we can count to three! Welcome to the third iteration of our annual Mash Potatoes tournament!


    Want to meatshot like Teejay? Airshot like 26? "Nyaa" like helig or cook curry like natapon? Or maybe even crossbow everyone like W40klife? Well, we can help you get there!


    AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes is the perfect opportunity for newcomers to the competitive 6v6 format and our community. You’ll play matches in a friendly environment and still learn something new!


    What is AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes?

    Let’s face it, 6v6 can be an extremely confusing gamemode. When should a roamer bomb in? When should Scouts clean up? When should you take an Über fight and when should you run away?


    AsiaFortress Mash Potatoes is where we help new players familiarize themselves with the format and move along the path to become a better player. Teams of new players are pitted against each other in a tournament format, with the aid of helpful and experienced mentors. These mentors will personally play alongside the new players and guide them on what it takes to function in a proper 6v6 game, without the raging criticism!


    How do I participate?

    First of all, you need to sign up as an individual here. After you sign up, you’ll be sorted into a team based on your skill level to ensure, as far as possible, all participating teams are on even ground.


    You will be allowed to name the 6v6 cookie-cutter classes you’d prefer to play (i.e. Scout, Pocket Soldier, Roamer Soldier, Demo or Medic). As much as possible, we’ll try to accommodate your preferences, but in the event we’re unable to, you will be asked to play a different class instead. Yes, you can request to switch classes with the teammates you are grouped with!


    Who are the players I will play with, and how many teams will there be?

    There will be 4 new players and 2 mentors per team. The teams will then battle each other in a Round Robin format first to determine their rankings before proceeding to the Grand Finals to determine final placement.


    This year, we have planned to have 4 teams, but if we greatly exceed the expected number of sign-ups then we may have additional teams! Priority will be given to players newer to the community and format, while the rest may be asked to act as backup for any missing players or mentors.


    Confirmed Mentors:

    • Caldoran
    • vetia
    • Gothmog
    • Hirasagi
    • fwishy
    • biotics
    • crab patty
    • bait
    Backup Mentors:
    • iridescentFUZZ
    • slyr
    What are you waiting for? Sign up here!

    By Gothmog, in News,

    Teaser Paragraph: [background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][img]https://i.imgur.com/fHJTIvQ.jpg[/img][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background]

    [center][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][i]SFM by Gothmog, Poster by Cell[/i][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/center]

    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Ho there, all you Asian mercenaries! Think you have what it takes to go toe to toe with the best? If so, come join our Top Gun MGE tournament![/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]There will be two categories for this tournament: Scattergun Specialist, and Ruling Rocketeer. If you’re unclear which class falls under which category, we helpfully refer you to [/background][/font][/color][url="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vocabulary-for-dummies-laurie-e-rozakis-phd/1100188833"][color=rgb(17,85,204)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]this link[/background][/font][/color][/url][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]. Each person is only allowed to join ONE category.[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]The format will be [/background][/font][/color][url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-elimination_tournament"][color=rgb(17,85,204)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]double elimination[/background][/font][/color][/url][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent], which means you have to lose TWICE to be knocked out of the tournament. So if you don’t perform too well on that first match, no worries, you’ll still get another shot! (Which is no doubt delightful news to those of you who are having an off day, or whose mice aren’t working, or whose opponents are SO LUCKY THEY’RE LAGGING TODAY!)[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background]

    [center][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(165,42,42)][size=6][font=Calibri][background=transparent]REGISTRATION[/background][/font][/size][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/center]

    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Each participant may only join ONE category. Scout vs Scout, or Soldier vs Soldier.[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background]

    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]There are only 24 slots for each category. Registration will end on the 29th of November, or when all the slots are filled up, whichever comes first.[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background]

    [size=5][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][background=rgb(248,248,248)]To sign up for [b]Soldier[/b], [url="http://asiafortress.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4386-top-gun-soldier-registration-page/"]click here[/url][/background][/font][/color]
    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][background=rgb(248,248,248)]To sign up for [b]Scout[/b], [url="http://asiafortress.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4387-top-gun-scout-registration-page/"]click here[/url][/background][/font][/color][/background][/size]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri](All participants must sign up for an account on challonge.com)[/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/background][/color][/background][/background]

    [center][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=6][color=rgb(178,34,34)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]RULES[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background][/center]

    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][b][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Weapons Allowed:[/background][/font][/color][/b][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]
    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=transparent]Scout:[/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background][/background][list]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=transparent]Boston Basher[/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background]
    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=transparent]Soldier:[/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background][/background][list]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=transparent]Rocket Launcher/Original[/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=transparent]Shotgun[/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=transparent]Shovel[/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=transparent]Escape Plan[/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background]
    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][b][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Match Scheduling[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/b]
    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Participants will be responsible for [/background][/font][/color][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]arranging their own matches and servers[/background][/font][/color][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]. You can start once you see the Challonge brackets updated. All preliminary matches must be played within [/background][/font][/color][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]1 December 2015 and 5 December 2015[/background][/font][/color][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]. Grand Finals and Third-Place matches will be played on[/background][/font][/color][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent] 6 December 2015.[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][b][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Best of Three Maps[/background][/font][/color][/size][/b][/background][/size][/font][/color]
    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Participants will choose 1 map of their preference from the map pool below and both maps will be played. Players whose name appears on top of the Challonge brackets get to choose first. You may not choose the same map.[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]In the event of a tie-breaker, Ammomod [MGE] will be played.[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [b][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Map Pool:[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/b][/background][/background][/background][/background][list]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Badlands Middle[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Granary Middle[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Granary Last[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Viaduct Middle (Not permitted for soldier)[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Badlands Spire[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Gullywash Middle[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Snakewater Middle (take note this is glitched on mge_training_v8_beta4b)[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Process Middle[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background]

    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Ghosting is strictly prohibited. If you are found to be ghosting a participant’s health or position to your friend, both players guilty of ghosting will be disqualified.[/background][/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [b][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri]Results Posting[/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/b]
    [color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri][size=5][background=rgb(248,248,248)]The onus is on the winner of the match to update the score in the challonge site (eg. if you win both maps, you post 2-0 etc. They are also required to take a screenshot of the finalised scores and upload it onto the challonge site (by attaching the file.) If the file is too big, they can upload it to imgur and attach link.[/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri]When a match is completed, text will appear in chat stating the outcome of the match e.g. “tharnos defeats kol 20-0 in Granary Middle”. You may screenshot that portion as proof. You may also save screenshot within steam so that we know the screenshot is linked to your account. Please see example below:[/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]
    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][url="http://i.imgur.com/gzDd0sr.jpg"][font=Calibri]http://i.imgur.com/gzDd0sr.jpg[/font][/url][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [b][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(0,0,0)][font=Calibri]Demos[/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/b]
    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri]As there has been an increase in hackers of late, all players are [b]REQUIRED[/b] to record demos of their matches. If a player is suspected of cheating, his or her demo will be reviewed. If found guilty, the cheater will be permanently banned. Demos should be kept until the end of the tournament.[/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Calibri]Participants are also advised to save chatlogs when arranging their matches and provide them to the respective admins in the event of a dispute[/font][/color][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background][/background]

    [center][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(165,42,42)][size=6][font=Calibri][background=transparent]PRIZES[/background][/font][/size][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background][/background][/center]

    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Some say it’s the journey, not the destination, that matters. But who are we kidding? No one’s in it for the journey. All of you are hungry for frags, and hungrier for a reward. In fact, if I hadn’t put this at the end, most of you wouldn’t even have read through all the stuff above.[/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]So. To satisfy your curiosity.[/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]For either class:[/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background][/background][/background][list]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]3rd place: 1 key[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background][/background]
    [*][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]2nd place: 2 keys[/background][/font][/size][/background][/background][/background][/background]
    [background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][background=rgb(247,248,250)][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(255,140,0)][size=5][b][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Scout Champion: Strange Professional Killstreak Scattergun[/background][/font][/b][/size][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color]
    [color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][color=rgb(255,140,0)][size=5][b][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Soldier Champion: Strange Professional Killstreak Rocket Launcher[/background][/font][/b][/size][/color][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]The champions will be given the tags of [/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][b][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent][Rocketeer][/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/b][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent] and [/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color][b][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent][Scatter-lord][/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/b][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent] [/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]respectively in the MGE servers, just to sweeten the deal.[/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(40,40,40)][font='Droid Sans'][size=4][background=rgb(248,248,248)][size=5][font=Calibri][background=transparent]Now, if that doesn’t convince you to stop dilly-dallying and sign up [/background][/font][font=Calibri][background=transparent]NOW[/background][/font][font=Calibri][background=transparent], then we don’t know what will. So click the link below, and add your name to the pool of hopeful mercenaries. We wish you all the best![/background][/font][/size][/background][/size][/font][/color]

    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][background=rgb(248,248,248)]To sign up for [/background][/font][/color][b]Soldier[/b][color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][background=rgb(248,248,248)], [/background][/font][/color][url="http://asiafortress.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4386-top-gun-soldier-registration-page/"]click here[/url]
    [color=rgb(71,83,57)][font='Droid Sans'][background=rgb(248,248,248)]To sign up for [b]Scout[/b], [url="http://asiafortress.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4387-top-gun-scout-registration-page/"]click here[/url][/background][/font][/color][/background][/background][/background][/background][/background]



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    Hello AsiaFortress Community

    As many of you are aware, Shounic left for Canada some time back and has passed on the role of Head Administrator to me. In light of these major changes, I'd like to give all of you an idea of what to expect, the changes I've already made, as well as formally introduce you to the revamped Administrator and Staff Team.


    Whitelist Changes

    First, I'd like to announce a new whitelist for our PUG servers and potentially future tournaments.


    The following unlocks have been added to the PUG whitelist with immediate effect:

    • Liberty Launcher
    • Concheror
    • Flare Gun
    • Ali Baba's Wee Booties
    • Jag
    • L'Etranger
    • Cloak and Dagger
    These unlocks being added to the whitelist are tentative. If they show good usage within the community they will be brought over to the next major tournaments (i.e. Mercenaries Cup, AsiaFortress Cup) and more unlocks will be considered in the future.


    On the other side of the coin, if the community is unable to use these weapons responsibly (e.g. offclass excessively causing grief and frustration within their PUG team) then they will be removed and future additions to the whitelist will be less likely.


    Offclassing Rule Changes

    On that note, there is a revision to the offclassing rules in PUGs to accompany these whitelist changes.


    To put it simply: If at any point in time during an ongoing PUG while you are playing an offclass a teammate objects to you offclassing in team chat, then you must switch back to a standard cookie cutter class next life (after you die as your current class).


    After you have been told to stop offclassing once, you are required to ask for any objections in team chat before proceeding to offclass again for the duration of the PUG. As long as there is a single objection to you offclassing you are not allowed to offclass for that life.


    Please note that this rule only applies to teammates objecting. You are free to disregard complaints from the enemy team that you are headshotting them too much.


    If you believe someone to have broken this rule, then alert an Administrator if they are in the server. If there are no Administrators in the server, then you may report it directly to me after the game through Steam chat or the Private Message function on these forums.


    You must produce evidence by uploading a demo (on Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) showing the player in question breaking this rule if you are reporting it after the match. Reports without proper evidence and documentation will not be accepted.


    Those who have been found guilty will be dealt with following a three-strike system. First-time offenders will be served with a clear warning. A subsequent offense will result in a kick from the server. Repeated offenses will be dealt with by bans of increasing durations, eventually resulting in a permanent ban for the most severe cases.


    After extensive discussion with my Administrator and Staff Team, we have agreed that this is the best compromise between freedom in offclassing, reducing administrator subjectivity and ensuring a reasonable quality in PUGs.


    Of course, you are free to disagree - let us listen to your feedback in the posts below, both before and after you have played a PUG with this rule in place. These rules are subject to change and reiteration following feedback and observations in PUGs. If they don't work as well as they should, then rest assured they will be changed.


    Medigun Pickup Changes

    With immediate effect, all Medigun pickups are banned in both PUGs and official matches.


    For AsiaFortress PUGs, the cvar tf_dropped_weapon_lifetime 0 will be used, which means that all weapon drops are disabled until a way to either disable only Medigun pickups or Ubercharge retainment is found.


    For official matches, the same cvar will be used for official AsiaFortress servers to disable all weapon pickups. However, in the event the match is played on servers which do not have the cvar set (i.e. weapon drops are enabled), teams are still not allowed to pick up Mediguns. Doing so intentionally will cause the offending team to automatically forfeit the match.


    Any team which suspects the other team has done so can submit a demo (preferably SourceTV) to request for a match overturn on the grounds of rulebreaking.


    The Creation of the Cast Team

    One of the things I’d like to focus on improving within our league is the casting. I have found the quality of our previous casts to be lacking, and have made plans to create an official Cast Team to handle coverage for our future events.


    For this undertaking, I have requested for Sakiisa to take charge of the team which he has generously accepted. If you’d like to help, we’re always looking for more casters and assistants, so don’t hesitate to post your interest in this thread or contact me directly.


    Saki is a great caster himself, as demonstrated in his excellent coverage of the AsiaFortress Cup 9 Grand Finals despite the tight time constraints, and I trust in his ability to lead our Cast Team into one comparable to our fellow leagues in North America, Europe and Australia.


    Administrator and Staff Team Changes

    Next, I'd like to introduce the new Administrator and Staff Team who will join me in managing and improving the League.



    These individuals  have been granted administrative powers in-game, but some can only use their powers in specific situations.


    First-in-line are Caldoran (me), Life and And. We are the Head Administrators of the SEA, Korean and Hong Kong communities respectively. We lead and handle major changes, as well as manage the League as a whole. All Administrators and Staff will report to us for the respective regions. We have all administrative powers such as kicking, banning, changing maps, etc.


    Next are the Competition Administrators. Teejay and Gothmog will be holding this role. Teejay will be organizing and managing the Major Competitions (i.e. Merc Cup, AFC) while Gothmog will be organizing and managing the Minor Tournaments and Events (i.e. Mash Potatoes, Ultiduo and MGE tournaments). They have most administrative powers like kicking, banning, changing maps, RCON, and etc. but can only use these powers in official events they are managing. In other words, they cannot use these specific powers in PUGs or matches they are not in charge of.


    As mentioned earlier, Sakiisa will be taking on the role of Casting Team Administrator. He will be in charge of leading and managing our Cast Team, and has the same powers as the Competition Administrators. Like them, he can only use these powers in official events where the Cast Team is involved.


    For the General Administrators, I have appointed pttypwr, iridescentFUZZ, moosepi, Himari, oro and vetia. These are the Administrators in charge of enforcing the rules in the AsiaFortress PUG servers. They will also assist the Competition Administrators in the organizing and administrating of tournaments and events. They have the ability to kick, ban, change the map and execute different config files in the PUG servers.


    Above the General Administrators are Senior Administrators. Hirasagi and Gothmog will be taking on this role. On top of taking on the responsibilities of a General Administrator, they are also in charge of keeping track of bans and player activity. They will also lead and manage the General Administrators to ensure proper procedures are being followed. Like General Administrators, they are able to kick, ban, change the map and execute config files in the PUG servers.



    Staff have no administrative powers associated with them in-game, but are nonetheless a crucial part of our team.


    Community Managers are a new role I have created for the purpose of understanding and interacting with the community better. Fwishy and vetia have been assigned this role. Their responsibilities involve gathering and responding to opinions and feedback from the community, and presenting them to the entire Administrator and Staff Team for further action and planning. If you have any feedback for the community, these two are who you should be looking for.


    In the Design department, Cell has graciously lent her amazing artistic talent as our Official Designer. moosepi and vetia have also been hard at work creating official writeups as our Content Creators, as evidenced in the awesome AFC 9 writeups on our website and saloon.tf.


    Of course, our team of Administrators and Staff welcomes anyone interested and qualified in helping us out. If you think there’s a role here you can assist in, or there are other ways you believe you can contribute, feel free to contact me directly on Steam or send me a PM on these forums to apply.


    Moving Forward

    In recent times, I have been made aware of several things community members are dissatisfied about, and I will be working on improving them.


    To give a quick rundown, these are the goals I am aiming for, in no particular order:

    • A more flexible and transparent administrative team open to feedback and suggestions
    • Clearer and better defined rules
    • A more inclusive unlock whitelist
    • Higher quality PUGs
    • More frequent tournaments and events
    • LANs and cash prizes if and when feasible
    • A PUG community more open and welcoming to newcomers
    • A respectable Cast Team with strong production values
    As more plans get finalized I will be announcing them directly on these forums, so stay tuned! We have several events and competitions in store before the next Merc Cup and AFC, including a collaboration with Razer Arena with potential cash prizes in the future as previously hinted.


    I am always open to feedback and suggestions. If you don’t like the rules that have been put in place, think one of the Administrators or Staff have crossed the line, or simply have an idea or concern that you wish to share, then feel free to post it in the Suggestions and Feedback board in our forums.


    However, if for any reason you feel uncomfortable or hesitant to post it in public, then you are also welcome to add me to talk to me directly on Steam.


    To the AsiaFortress community, let’s work together to revitalize our community and improve our league to new heights. I ask of you to put behind us all the past drama and grievances as we head forward into yet another year of Team Fortress 2.


    I hope for and look forward to your support.


    With regards,