Apr 30, 2014
Community Announcements - YorisYan
<b>FROM</b>: Project Lead
<b>TO</b>: Arma 3 Users
<b>UNIT</b>: Main Branch
<b>ACTIVITY</b>: Game Update: 1.18 (Zeus enhancements, MP stability, Miscellaneous fixes)
<b>SIZE</b>: ~794 MB

More in the <a href="http://dev.arma3.com/spotrep-00024">full changelog and SPOTREP</a>
Community Announcements - Nelios
Bohemia Interactive, creators of the award-winning Arma™ series and DayZ™, have opened applications for the €500,000 Make Arma Not War content creation contest for Arma 3.

The Make Arma Not War contest, which was announced in December, welcomes Arma 3 content creators to compete in four different categories: Total Modification, Singleplayer Game Mode, Multiplayer Game Mode, and Addon. The winner of the Total Modification category will take home €200,000, while in the other categories the prize money is divided between 1st place (€50,000), 2nd place (€30,000), and 3rd place (€20,000) winners. In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Bohemia Interactive is also handing out the Health Care in Danger Special Award.

Although the winners in each category will be chosen by a jury, consisting of Bohemia Interactive representatives and other industry professionals, Arma 3 players will be able to ‘vote’ in the Singleplayer category. These votes will determine the 20 finalists in the Singleplayer category.

On top of voting, people can also ‘support’ their favorite entry, which is similar to the thumbs-up functionality on other websites. Those who support an entry, receive a Make Arma Not war forums badge and a 30% discount voucher for Arma 3 on http://Store.bistudio.com – while contestants whose entry reaches a certain number of supporters can earn Contest Milestone Rewards. These rewards range from exclusive forum badges to increased visibility on http://www.makearma.com and the Arma 3 social channels – with more rewards being added later.

"This is the first real milestone for contestants, which also provides them with a platform to showcase their work", said Ivan Buchta, Creative Director at Bohemia Interactive. "And based on the first promising teasers we've seen, I'd say Arma 3 players will have a lot to look forward to."

To apply, contestants should go to http://www.makearma.com/apply and start the application process. The deadline for applications is October 26th, 2014. The winners of the Make Arma Not War contest will be announced on January 15th, 2015.

More information about the contest, rules, prizes, and categories is available on http://www.makearma.com. Important announcements will also be shared via the Make Arma Not War newsletter and the official Arma 3 social channels (Facebook, Twitter).
Apr 30, 2014
Community Announcements - YorisYan
<b>FROM</b>: Project Lead
<b>TO</b>: Arma 3 Users
<b>INFO</b>: Update 1.18, Make Arma Not War applications, Roadmap
<b>PRECEDENCE</b>: Flash

As of yesterday it's possible for <b><i><a href="http://makearmanotwar.com/">Make Arma Not War</a></i></b> contestants to <b><a href="http://makearmanotwar.com/apply">apply</a></b> and even submit their entries already! Solo developers and teams can apply and share all but the add-on category (that one is waiting for add-on support in Steam Workshop). Entries can be browsed at your leisure and there are various options for developers to promote them. As a regular player you can also enjoy the fruits of their labor, as well as <b>support</b> those entries that you like, and <b>vote</b> for entries in the Singleplayer category! Read more about voting and supporting <a href="http://makearmanotwar.com/vote">here</a>. After supporting an entry you'll get a forums badge to show your participation. The more an entry gets supported, the more it is also covered on various official channels.

More in the <a href="http://dev.arma3.com/sitrep-00054">full SITREP</a>
Community Announcements - RoyaltyInExile
<b>FROM</b>: Sandbox Design Dept.
<b>TO</b>: Arma 3 Users
<b>OPSUM: </b> Autonomous Updates: recent changes & planned features.

During Arma 3's development, UAVs (Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles) took some big steps forward. However, some ‘rough edges’ still remained; particularly, in terms of user experience and more advanced control. Since January – in part based on community feedback – we've invested time into updates and fixes. Below, we summarise this progress and share our plans for upcoming new features.

More in the <a href="http://dev.arma3.com/oprep-drone-refinements">Full Report</a>
PC Gamer
Arma 3

Bohemia Interactive have released a whole series of community guides, focused on teaching the game's players to be better soldiers. This latest one is a little more ambitious: teaching how to be a better god. Specifically the god Zeus, who sits atop the battlefield as game master of troops, tanks and tactical assaults. The video is devoted entirely to Arma 3's new Zeus multiplayer mode, and features Shack Tactical's 'Dslyecxi' explaining how to get the most out of its birds-eye military management.

Released earlier this month as a free update, Zeus gives players the ability to direct a multiplayer battle in real-time. Through it, GMs can spawn new units and hazards, creating a new, reactive game mode in which players must react to unique scenarios created on the fly.

To see more of Dslyecxi's Community Guides, take a look through the official Bohemia's Arma 3 YouTube playlist.
Community Announcements - Nelios
Bohemia Interactive today deployed a brand new episode in official Community Guide video series for Arma 3™. Taking a closer look at the recently released Arma 3 Zeus DLC, Andrew Gluck (better known as Dslyecxi) from Shack Tactical provides some practical tips for both Game Masters and players.

In Arma 3 Zeus, which is now available as free DLC for Arma 3, players can take on the role of Game Master, and curate the multiplayer experience of other players – much similar to the concept of popular tabletop games such as ‘Dungeons & Dragons’. The new Community Guide explores Arma 3 Zeus’ potential, while highlighting some of the core capabilities of a Game Master, and alternative uses for the Zeus module.

"Zeus represents a significant step forward in the Arma series' development. By making it possible for any player - even those without previous mission-making experience - to design and evolve a scenario in real-time through a robust 3D editor, Zeus lays the tremendous sandbox potential of the game out in easy reach, ready to be used as a tool to craft dynamic, engaging, and memorable experiences for all involved", said Andrew Gluck, former servicemember and leader of the popular Arma community group Shack Tactical.

Launching together with the Arma 3 Alpha last year, the Community Guide video series aims to explain some of the basics of Arma 3 - featuring topics such as MP TeamworkGuerrilla WarfareAir Assault, and more. The complete Community Guide playlist is available on Arma 3’s official YouTube Channel.
Apr 23, 2014
Community Announcements - YorisYan
<b>FROM</b>: Project Lead
<b>TO</b>: Arma 3 Users
<b>INFO</b>: Incoming update
<b>PRECEDENCE</b>: Flash

The <b>next main branch update</b> is being prepared (<b>1.18</b>). This is mainly a maintenance update, with a focus on multiplayer server stability and performance. Some recently introduced optimizations will be enabled, while work on others continues. The plan is to generate the internal snapshot at the end of this week, and to stage it on the semi-public <i>Release Candidate</i> branch. That branch is not very useful for the majority of players, but it can help server admins and even large mod / mode teams to prepare for the update. The actual release should then take place next week, depending on testing.

More in the <a href="http://dev.arma3.com/sitrep-00053">full SITREP</a>
PC Gamer
Borderlands 2

Online matchmaking client GameSpy is shutting down on May 31, which means that the games that still rely on it will have to either transition to a new solution or go offline. It looked pretty grim for a long list of games when we first heard the news, but since then most of the popular games announced that they will not go silently into the night. Today, we got the great news from 2K that there might be bit of downtime, but that Borderlands and the Civilization series will be transitioning to Steamworks.
Beginning May 31, 2014, select legacy titles from the Borderlands and Civilization catalogs will temporarily go offline while service is transitioned to Steamworks, 2K said on its website. During the transition, players will experience interruption of several features, including online play, matchmaking and voice over Internet protocol (VOIP). Players will not experience interruptions to offline play.
Here s 2K s full list of games that are switching to Steamworks:

Civilization III
Civilization III: Conquests
Civilization III: Play the World
Civilization IV
Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
Civilization IV: Colonization
Civilization IV: Warlords

As we ve previously reported, Electronic Arts, Activision, Epic Games, and Bohemia Interactive all announced that some or all of their games will survive the GameSpy shutdown.
So far, the biggest casualties seem to be the online multiplayer modes for Crysis and Crysis 2. If you re really upset by that, there s even an online petition you can sign.
Apr 15, 2014
Community Announcements - YorisYan
<b>FROM</b>: Project Lead
<b>TO</b>: Arma 3 Users
<b>INFO</b>: Zeus released, Zeus livestream
<b>PRECEDENCE</b>: Flash

To celebrate last week's <b><a href="http://dev.arma3.com/spotrep-00023">release of Zeus</a></b>, we hosted a <b><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/arma3official/b/519250856">launch livestream</a></b> on Saturday. Game Master <i><a href="https://twitter.com/Ghostonex">Lukáš Haládik</a></i> (call signs <i>Sunray</i> & <i>Unicorn</i>) created a High Value Target extraction scenario from scratch. The highlight for many was the GM remote controlling a civilian who refused to share his knowledge of the HVT position with the AAF players, and what subsequently happened ... The various hosts also demonstrated the new features added since the Zeus reveal and tried to answer a bunch of questions from the chat. We'd like to thank the three community fire teams who participated and did a great job of showing how Arma MP can benefit from solid teamwork. Kudos to <b><a href="http://ciahome.net/">Comrades in Arms</a></b>, <b><a href="http://www.volcbat.com/">VOLCBAT</a></b> and <b><a href="http://dslyecxi.com/shacktac_wp/">Shack Tactical</a></b> for joining us!

More in the <a href="http://dev.arma3.com/sitrep-00052">full SITREP</a>
Community Announcements - Nelios
*The original recording of this livestream can be found on http://www.twitch.tv/arma3official/.

Live from Bohemia Interactive HQ in Prague, the Arma 3 devteam welcomes you to their ‘Zeus Launch Party' livestream. Presenting a 1.5 hour-long Zeus multiplayer session, Arma 3 developers take on the role of Game Master, while various members from the community fight as soldiers on the ground.

Arma 3™ Zeus is now available as free DLC for Arma 3. For more information, please visit http://zeus.arma3.com/.

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