"Boss?", asked the three-man chorus as Phoenix stepped into her office. She was just about to shut the door when her three Brigadier Generals appeared from nowhere outside the office. She groaned, remembering why her admins had turned up. "Right guys," she said, "we are going to start this meeting in thirty minutes. Shadow, go and get some pizza and some salad. Izzy, go and get some beer. Leg3nd, I have a special job for you - go and get the guinea pigs. I need the stress relief".
The team assembled around the meeting table in the office precisely thirty minutes later. Phoenix placed a stack of applications on the middle of the table. "As you know, we are in need of three new Colonels. The problem we are having is picking them... There are so many good applications so who do we choose?". All four members of the senior development team scratched their heads and grabbed a slice of pizza in one hand, an application in the other, and got to work.
Three hours passed and the team had gotten nowhere. It was a difficult choice and tempers were frayed and it was clear that the decision was not going to be made just by weighing up the candidates. Suddenly, Izanagi sat up in his chair and simply said "I know how we're going to decide!". ShadowZero and Leg3nd smirked, remembering the last time Izanagi had an idea... it was not pretty. Izanagi glanced over to the guinea pigs munching on their salad in the corner. continued. "My idea is this. Phoenix, your gerbils there in the corner, can they be brought into this?". Oh no he didn't. "They're GUINEA PIGS!", Phoenix yelled. "Sorry ma'am. Guinea pigs. Well, my idea is that we have a guinea pig race. Let's label up the guinea pigs with the names of all of our applicants, set up a race and the first three that reach the finish line get the positions?"
Phoenix sat back in her chair and smiled from ear-to-ear. "I like it!!"
The race was set up and the guinea pigs were let loose. Most of the guinea pigs never made any headway towards the finish line. They either fell asleep or started nibbling on the side of the makeshift race-track. Three did make it to the finish line. The four admins looked at their three guinea pigs. "Well, there could be worse options...", Phoenix stated.
The following morning a memo went out to the department. It read:
The Department today has welcomed three new Administrators to the team. Please congratulate our new Colonels on their very well deserved promotions.
Time to move on
Hello once again Warrior Nation! I am not going to beat around the bush with this: this is the last issue of Rewind the Nation that I will be spearheading. By the time you are reading this, I will have an HD request in, and I will be focusing on endeavors outside this community.
There are several reasons why I feel this is the time for me to resign. I want to take a step back from gaming communities for a while to avoid drama and politics. Those two things are inevitably a part of every community and group in life to varying degrees, but it can particularly disenchant you when you or someone you know gets burned by them. Compounded with a job I have recently started, it is safe to say that it may be best if I step back for some time. My passion and time to commit simply are not as great as they once were.
I have enjoyed being a part of this community, and I am thankful for the friends that have both come and gone during my comparatively short tenure here compared to some of you folks. I am thankful for the hard work done within this department to put these issues together, and the other background bits to keep the machine running. Most of all, I am thankful for the community at large for making me feel welcome here. Not once have I felt like a stranger here, and who knows whether or not I will come back in the future. Only time can tell where I will be.
It has been a honor to write for you all, and I hope that I have directed my team in a way that has made your time here even just a smidgen more worthwhile. Otherwise, it is up to my successor to not bore you all to tears. :P
Goodbye for now, and I hope you once again enjoy another successful issue of Combat Media's Rewind the Nation. If anyone ever needs anything, hit me up at email@example.com.
Osama/Phoenix GO/DO Double-Team! Interviews! Double-time! Written by WNxHollow
If you've been following the releases of The Rewind so far (and you should have been, they're awesome) you'll hopefully have picked up on my continuing effort to probe the minds of all our hard-working admins, who keep the place running as smoothly as possible. This month is no exception and I had the pleasure of peeping in on WNxOsama and WNxPhoenix to being you a little bit of insider information about who they are and what they do. There are a few departments in WN that you don't have to get involved with if you don't want to, or in the case of the JA's as long as you don't misbehave, but all members are part of a game section. Each section comes under the responsibility of Games Ops or Dev Ops at any given time. What I'm really trying to say is... these people are watching you sleep. Though probably not. Anyway, here's what they have to say for themselves; I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Sectional Highlight A Revolutionary FPS! Written by WNxJurafalle
Seven years ago, on October 10th, 2007, a new first person shooter was released by a little known company called Valve. It was a revolutionary game which transitioned from a mod in the Half Life series to a competitive, fun and good looking titan of a shooter game. It was stylized, it was a hell of a lot of fun, and it had ponder the meaning of both life and hats. Of course, we are talking about Team Fortress 2: a shooter slightly more silly than what the above image would imply, but most certainly as competitive as even Counter-Strike. That will be the topic today, for our Sectional Highlight.
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Player Spotlight Something a little different... Written by WNxDisturbance24
For the last issue of Rewind the Nation that I will be overseeing, I was thinking that it would be best to do something special for the last Member Spotlight that I wrote. To that end, rather than simply spotlighting a single member for this issue, I decided instead to spotlight the people without whom these issues would never be possible: the Publishing team. Without these dedicated people helping me put this content together, our publications would be far inferior from what they are now to say the very least. Hell, I would be up here rambling by myself to the point where you would all be bored to tears. Even though I am stepping down, the people within the Publishing department leave me confident that we will continue to publish issues for some time.
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An Interview with WNxBandit A look at Hearthstone and Non-traditional sections Written by WNxOdy
Leading a section as unique as Hearthstone comes with an entirely new set of challenges, and thus demands some thinking outside of the box alongside strong leadership. A game like this is always a bit of an experiment: you're not initially sure of what will make things work, or how members will respond to what you have in mind. I'd like to provide some insight into leading a non-standard section, and I think my guest WNxBandit couldn't be more qualified to do so.
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The New Laws What has changed, and looking to the future Written by WNxDisturbance24
With the passing of the most recent entry within The Nation Speaks event, one of the more important facets covered that directly affects everyone within the community would most certainly is the overhaul of our Nation’s laws. Gone are the seven laws we had for the last few years: replaced by four simple, general pieces of legislation which can be reviewed here. Alongside the plethora of other recent changes going on around these parts, it is most certainly fair to say numerous steps have been made to update the clan experience to a better state. While I personally may feel that perhaps even more needs to be done that what has currently happened, it would be disingenuous to say that the intent to improve the community is not there.
For about a year now, this member has been leading his section with the highest level of professionalism and respect. Honestly, as his admin support, I don't think I have ever gotten the chance to get to know him that well, simply because other than a friendly hello, and being in very different areas, he rarely ever needs any help. He has been here with us for over 10 years now, and his experience shows. Not only does he lead by setting the example, but he creates opportunities throughout his section for people to step into the leadership structure. His officers know what they are doing, and his section runs at tip top shape 24/7.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the fantastic job that the GM of the Guild Wars 2 - Gandara EU section is doing. Keep up the great work!
Since becoming game champion of the Titanfall (PC) section WNxredmarshall has been on a roll trying to give the section the attention it deserved. When he took over member moral was at an all time low with no active members to be seen. Now if you look you see much more activity within the section, and as a clan in game. He has not only stable gamenights going, but he has gone the extra step and has been able to set up several matches against other top rank clans out there. WNxredmarshall has been a great addition to this section, and deserves this months Endevor Award.
This member has dedicated himself richly to our cause in the GAT department of Operation Bootshine, not only contributing quality artwork but going out of his way to deligate the entire operation along side myself & the team. Talking to leadership about what they would want, not only then creating the art but also giving them options so they can choose a preference for a banner. He has also given quality time and hours to his projects & is now working on revamping a lot of the forum icon's aswell as banners. He is a weapon in the GATling Armory and someone i encourage other people to strive to be like.
He has a healthy positive attitude towards every project I throw in his direction, he then takes the time to tenaciously tackle it to the best of his ability & improve his skill set among the Combat Media Department. For someone who is new to graphics he has gone above and beyond anything I did when I started.
So it's my pleasure to award WNxMravens10 with the Ace Report this month, Keep up the amazing work champ!
This member continues to show great motivation and sportsmanship in the forums, on mumble and in the Steam community. WNxMisintent continually seeks to better his skill set and cognitive knowledge within DOTA 2, while selflessly dedicating his time to helping less experienced players in the Section learn the intricacies and mechanics behind the complex MOBA. This member's participation in the forums can always be relied on to be relevant, encouraging and appropriately humorous. Regardless of Real World obligations, WNxMisintent continues to remain active within the community and keep Section Leadership abreast of any absences. This member can be counted on to voice objective and constructive critiques for Section improvement, while maintaining a professional bearing and calm demeanor. WNxMisintent is an example to newer members in the Section, and is deserving of this Month's nomination for MotM.
Maddog has shown he is a driving force in the Section during and the build up to Clan Wars(ie holding down Nodes by himself so we would keep that Node which helped us come 2nd overall in the Platinum Division). He is very active on the forum and ingame and has become a valuable member of the Ghost Section.
In just a short period of time since coming back from hiatus, WNxCopperShots has shown a great deal of enthusiasm to participate in-game and to help stimulate forum activity for the section. For instance, he has created a weekly poll thread to generate more discussion among our members, and is nearly always on mumble when playing. Even though WNxCopperShots has to drink a case of Redbulls to stay awake for our North America game night, he does so admirably - demonstrating excellent teamplay and bringing extra life to the mumble channel.
WNxCopperShots is due for a field rank promotion in the section, and is BF4(PC) section leadership's candidate for WNx Member of the Month. He's our MVP, and he should be yours too.
WNxPlaysVidya Has been a great addition to the warrior nation titan fall pc section. He has been around to participate in game nights and scrims. he has already recruited a couple of new members. He discusses tactics and game play with members. WNxPlaysVidyais always scrims and he plays of a cell phone for internet connection, true dedication to the game and section.
This member deserves recognition for his outstanding support in Battlestar Galactica Online. He goes out of his way to support our new members in getting much need resources for the game. An example of this is WNxSplinterCellOmaga was down to 200 tylium (Resources) which is not enough to do anything at all with. After 2 hours of support he was over 1 million in tylium along with other resources for upgrades to gear and titanium for repairs. His knowledge of the game has led to many of our members testing builds and getting better knowledge of the game in order to make a stronger wing for the section.
Stark, or Odi as most people know him, has been a member of the section that so many look up to. He knows his way around CS:GO, and is one of the nicest guys around to talk to (with that chocolaty velvet voice of his). He is very active and you can always count on him to give advice if things aren't going your way. He is pushing the section in a new direction, so this was an easy decision this month. Well deserved buddy.
From day one he has been actively involved in the clan. He is active in the ingame chat as well as trying to help out others the best way he can. He is always donating the best troops he can spare to the other members in the clan, trying to get the best results in the clan wars. One of his most recent recruits in fact, is WNxCrabs, who is recieving an award himself today. This just goes to show how much quality and dedication WNxWulfgar brings to Clash of Clans.
Keep up the great work guys, you are all the examples that we look to in the clan. Congrats!
The Bearcave. A place of sanctuary for our furry and bad-ass Major Bear has been quite for a while now. Only a few people know what is going on in there and they all try to lure the Bear out of his cave. Without much succes. He occasionally sends out his powerfull voice down the cave towards his cubs with orders on what to do but he only comes out to get his water, salmon and to clean the stone-wall, where the cubs are all on, that the little cubs often want to change.
His little cubs are doing great though. They know their tasks and all do this very well. Of course you always have the lazy and the ones that strive for perfection in the sloth. Only those tend to stand out and since a while Bear has it's eye on one particular cub. This cub was a real weapon with his sharp claws but at the same time he would go to bed very late when he came back from another party. But never late for his tasks, always on time.
This cub has been doing a lot of things since it joined the sloth. It has been seen to take over the visual creative group and leading it to new heights, picking up where the previous cub left it. A slow and inactive state. And recently he started venturing into the world of video's. Directing is something he does well and so he's would be very eligible to work alongside Bear in his Cave. Bear would keep a close eye on him in the next days.
One day, a loud and powerfull growl came out of the cave.
"I need salmon! Bring me your finest salmon!"
Soon two little cubs and a chicken (what?!) came into the cave. Two of them were holding a salmon that would jump all over the place, trying to tame it. The third was holding it perfectly still and knew what he was doing though. As soon as the other two got a hold of their salmons the Bear started speaking in his dark, brown voice.
"Welcome cubs.. and chicken. What are you even... ah nevermind! Let's get down to business. I called you here not for my salmon but for something more important. Recently I lost one of my cubs here in the Cave. I need someone to replace him, someone who would be able to lead the Cave for when I'm gone. I don't have much longer here anymore and I want to pick the finest cub of them all. As you all came to me in such quick response I am considering everyone of you. Including the chicken who is totally out of place with a sloth of bears.. but you're doing a good job here so that's alright. Tell me your story and what you wish to do when you become General Cub."
Everyone was excited and talked a great deal about what they wanted to do in the Cave. Redecorate, improve furniture, restyle Bear. It all came up and Bear just listened and listened. And after reviewing and listening to every single one of them he soon came to a conclusion on who to pick. As said before, he already kept a close eye on this little cub.
"Thank you all for your idea's and motivation towards the Cave. Please return your duties.. I will soon come out and announce who will become my right hand. Your help is very much appreciated."
A day went past by and at the end of the day the cubs hear a distant stomping. Would this be the day that the Bear steps out of his cave again to make the announcement? All cubs, and the chicken, turned their heads towards the entrance of the Cave and they see a big shadow coming out.. It's the Bear! He walked slowly towards the end of the cave and stood on his back feet.
"Cubs and chickens! Thank you for your patience and input over the years here. As you all might have heard I'm picking a new General Cub to lead along side me in the Cave. And after much thinking and discussing it with the Board of Beasts I've came to my decision. Nominees, please step forward."
All the nominees stepped forward while they look super excited and scared. Who would he pick. Who would get the perfect salmon from him?! As Bear stepped forward he grabbed The Perfect Salmon and walked towards the three. He then gave the Salmon to the middle cub.
"Congratulations, you have been chosen to be my General Cub. But you have to promise me to party less and make those weapons into deadly working claws. You will need them."
Everyone clapped and celebrated the whole evening with salmon, honey and honey covered salmon! When Bear looked at the berry covered bushes he could see Izagani peek out there all jealous. He just smiled and continued feasting!
For everyone that is lazy and want a TL;DR..
Congratulations WNxPartyWeapon for making it to Brigadier General! WNxPartyWeapon
This medal is to be awarded to any member of the Development Department who shows outstanding leadership and effort in their field. Successfully bringing in new games, reviewing and previewing games and rescuing WN games in need will all contribute to the awarding of the Medal of Savant.
The medal of savant is development's highest achievement, so you can bet when someone is awarded this medal they do indeed deserve it. WNxAzia is an example of what the ideal developer should be. She is patient, kind, understanding, and works hard to develop bonds with all of the sections she supports.
She shows unmatched enthusiasm when any new game comes into development. "I don't care about ranks I care about getting games into development" That is a direct quote from her, and that makes her a true Savant of Development.
WNxAzia is someone that I have known of for a very long time for her efforts in Development. While it's not until recently that I have actually started to see what she does and what she has to offer first hand I cannot doubt her talent, her skill and her devotion to Development and what we're all about. She has done an amazing job so far with her sections and Game Champions and she really is a fantastic Developer. We are very proud to have her on our team.
With that, it gives me great pleasure to be able to award her with something which I was pretty surprised that she didn't already have. She most definitely deserves it and for all she's done in Development and, we're sure, everything she is going to go on to do.
Congratulations Azia, you're a true asset to our team!