I'm working on changes within the clan for the past few weeks which quite a few will be visible to you all. I've also been very busy with things at work and outside of work, so apologies for me being less active to play games with you guys.
Server Move Update
First off, the new server move is complete and files have been moved over. TheClanHost (Sponsor) moved us over to their Dedicated Server which is faster and more reliable; already multiple users including me have noticed differences with speed. The Server move has also allowed us to use a certain script on the Server which will calculate the 'Points System' --- Yes! The return of points for everyone! See who can get into the top 10 and keep themselves within it!
We've also purchased VORTEX-eSports.com domain, which has also been made primary as it has been purchased for longer and for quite a while, we've not been primarily UK based - which was originally what we was aiming too, but along the way I have made great friends with various people around the world who remain in the clan and others which have sadly left. However, our .co.uk domain has also been setup now to point to our primary domain. - So we won't lose anyone along the move! Due to domain change, we have lost our email accounts, email forwarders, sub domains, ftp accounts etc. However I have setup some email accounts and email forwarders already - both for .com and .co.uk so if you would like to know your details or to request an email forwarder, let me know.
We're also purchasing SSL, allowing us to take card payments directly through our store due to multiple members not able to donate/purchase products using PayPal. We won't be purchasing the expensive SSL's because regarding security, there isn't any difference. The differences between the SSL's is the visibility and the name behind it as well as amount of domains we can use it for. So at least this provides us with 256-bit security.
After a long time of thinking of whom would be best to have alongside me as Co-Leader spot, I have decided to choose Thomas! So congratulations to him for being an easy-going guy, which has previous experience of leading a Clan, good with our members, active and dedicated towards the Clan and not to mention, he has a killer voice (Literally ha!) which everyone seems to appreciate. So over the coming weeks and possibly months he will be having more and more access to fulfil his role fully, however Iâ€™m sure he will do an awesome job. So as of now, you all can contact him regarding any issues within the Clan and Iâ€™m sure he will be able to assist as quickly and efficiently as possible like myself.
Moving forward, we may be opening another position of Co-Leader spot as well as Officers, Moderators and other positions which will need a suitable member to make a better change within the community! So keep it up and you may be given the opportunity!
I would also like to thank Crimeshot, AppleJack, Spirit, Kajji and Ideaus for doing a superb job in keeping the community active with your brilliant ideaâ€™s, feedback and assisting with various things I give to you. Not only these members, but want to thank all members of VORTEX to remaining as active as possible over the past 3 months to keep things together during I would say the â€˜dead zoneâ€™ of the year and usually end few months of each year is the same. I will look into doing something for you all for being the awesome members you are!
TheScriptanEU has been an awesome streamer with his 365 StarCraft II stream, so far he has done almost every day (except when he was really ill) and runs off donations. Always keen to learn and continuously being the head of the streamers! Well done pal.
Well we have just under Â£100 of donations at the moment from the purchases our latest products (info below) and from the members donating towards the upcoming DayZ Standalone Master Shard Server once we have enough funds! Keep it up guys, youâ€™ll see a lot more activity and changes for the better upcoming, donations keep us running and keep things moving forward â€“ even helps with gaining more publicity through facebook advertisements and Google Adsense.
I've noticed a lot of members online on STEAM and even in-game but not using our TeamSpeak. Guys, we pay for this service and it's a simple guideline to follow to simply show your activity within the Clan. I would rather have 40 members on TeamSpeak and 15 of them in the AFK/Quiet channel, than have 25 members on our server. It just shows me - The Clan Leader, of the members who are using it to show activity within the Clan. So simple, you can even do as I do and make TeamSpeak load up with windows and automatically connect to our server and put yourself into a specific channel. If you're also using another TeamSpeak - You can actually load up multiple servers using 'tabs', the latest server you go onto will mute the other server. Then it's a simple button to talk on the other server.
It's frustrating to see members not participate in this simple guideline as running a community isn't easy, and it's alot harder when members don't do as your requested. Don't expect a good active community if you're not willing to put the simple effort into it - Not doing something simple is what un-motivates others and causes more inactivity. Would appreciate it if you all had the respect for me to put in your 100% as it used to be. Cheers - Oh and thanks to all of those members which continue to follow the Clan Guidelines!
The latest update I have received which was on 24th March stating that the products will be given to the courier to dispatch to everyone on Monday 6th April, 2015. If you have any queries, feel free to contact myself or Thomas.
Check out the latest Game Review from ZeroHumanity, his awesome reviews are surely his own opinion but they definitely help me decide if a game is worth buying or not - and after reading his reviews and trying the games themselves, I can safely say that yet again... That his review is totally awesome and decision based on his review was a good decision!
This wasn't announced within the meeting but it's because I couldn't find my notes! However i'll be working to get our own custom client skin for TeamSpeak - I think this would be awesome to have majority of our members using! Just a simple thing, but just another awesome addition to VORTEX!
DayZ Standalone Server
We've already got around 15 members who now play on our Private Shard Server! If you're interested in joining us hunt, survive and have some laughs - contact me or Thomas! More the better! - Vehicles included!
Moderator: The next clan meeting is 7th May at 19:00pm GMT!