Since more than a month now WNxLuccy has provided the section with a Teamspeak 3 server and a CSGO gameserver that he is hosting himself. By doing this he has saved the section a lot of money and because of his high activity ingame and on the forums, he is contributing bigtime in the revival of the CSGO section. WNxLuccy also joined every gamenight we organised and besides that he plays the game with clanmembers on a daily basis.
Introducing the new Warrior Nation VoIP! (or aeoihealioae, as WNxSwitchblade calls it)
Voice over IP (VoIP) Changes in Warrior Nation
For years, we have used Mumble as our official voice-over-IP program at Warrior Nation, and while this may have been our best option at the time, it has been noticed by the administration that we need something...newer, fresher. Something that can be quick and easy, while at the same time providing us with the stability to push forward as a community and have a place to call our home.
After some deliberation and experimentation with multiple VoIP programs, the decision has been made to move forward with Discord as our new official VoIP software.
No Download Required!
While Discord does have a fantastic desktop application, for basic usage no download is required to simply log in and get in the action. All you have to do is click a link and you're in!
Free Mobile Functionality!
Unlike Mumble (and TS3), Discord has a free, easy-to-use, and functional mobile app for both iOS and Android. This works for all forms of communication in Discord, and with our testing was very reliable.
Do you want to know what game your friends are playing, similar to the days of XFire in the past? Any user with the desktop app installed has the option to broadcast their currently running game to all other users in the server, allowing for quick and easy coordination to improve your game nights!
Obviously in a VoIP program voice is our primary concern. With Discord, however, a fully functional text chat application is being integrated into the system, allowing this to serve mid-length needs without having to open Skype.
Simple Moderator/Admin Controls
This will be followed up with section leaders as they are integrated into the system, but simple controls means a simple lifestyle for keeping your section running the way it should. Further, unlike the case some section leaders have had with TS3, if a problematic user pops up, the section leader will be able to control the situation until an admin can be notified.
Unified VoIP Clan-Wide
Discord is being set up to be simple and easy to use for all sections of Warrior Nation, be it XBox, PlayStation, Elder Scrolls Online, Dirty Bomb, Counter Strike, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, or anything else. For those of you who only play one game, you're free to only use your own voice channel, and no participation in the text chats or other channels is required. For those who wish to actually have a community that plays multiple games together...we're doing this for you! General chat will let you quickly keep up to date with the community at large, while individual voice channels will allow you to focus on the game you are playing at the time. Switching is as easy as it's ever been, with a simple mouse-click to get to the channel you want.
Easy Administrator Access
Rumors have been around of a "super-secret hidey hole" known as "the Pentagon" or "Hangouts" where the admins such as myself go to get things done. While I can neither confirm nor deny these allegations, I can note that current administrators will be active on the Discord server, allowing for quick access to get our help where needed.
Contact an Administrator to get your login approved. (It is strongly recommended that you use your forum username as your discord name, for ease of getting identified and approved.)
That's it! If you claim an account with Discord, future logins will be automatic and these steps will not need to be repeated.
Claiming an Account
Enter your desired username in Discord.
Click "claim this account" on the top of your screen.
Enter an e-mail address (for recovery) and password. (Note: Warrior Nation administration cannot access, reset, or manage your Discord account. Think of it like a Steam or XFire account.)
That's it! You can verify your e-mail with Discord as you desire.
Changing Your Voice Settings
Click on the cogwheel (gear) icon by your name on the lower-left hand of your screen.
Choose the appropriate device, where applicable, volume levels, and push to talk or voice activity. (Warrior Nation strongly prefers and asks that you use push to talk where available, as a courtesy to your fellow members.)
Installing the Desktop Application (By installing the desktop application, you turn your discord application from good to great! You will gain system-wide push-to-talk, automatic login (if desired), and will be able to broadcast your current game to other members of Warrior Nation (if desired). An overlay feature is forthcoming as well.)
Here's a screenshot of the widget for this in action. The actual widget can be found in the banner for Community Discussion for now, and will be implemented on the sidebar of the upcoming website redesign.
Note from WNxGalbsadi
Like many of you, I've been gaming on multiple platforms and playing multiple games for nearly as long as I can remember. (In fact, I've been gaming longer than some of our youngest members have even been alive.) In this time, I've experienced multiple VoIP programs, including Ventrilo, RaidCall, TeamSpeak, Mumble, Skype, Lync, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, and, most recently...Discord. Of all of these, Discord is by far the easiest to use, in my opinion, and has great stability options available to assist administrators in keeping things the best they can be.
I would like to nominate WNxMravens10 for the Medal of Resolution. I have seen this member take the GAT Dept and turn it around making Major changes to rename the sections and tags. You may find all the graphics work that he has completed over the past 5 months that he has been back to the nation. He has turned GAT around with other big changes such as removing The "x" in Graphix to a more formal name "Graphics" and he changed the GAT section within Combat Media from "Graphix Armory" to "Graphics Garage". Not only has he helped better GAT you can find his latest work in the edited ranks tags and rank structure HERE. I'm surprised he hasn't received a medal for all this yet. Regardless this young man is long over due for a medal for all his hard work since rejoining WN a few months back.
Throughout my short career in Warrior Nation, there have been a few members that stood out to me. People who make me really enjoy being here. WNxAwp666 is among those people. He constantly keeps me in the loop, several times when I have stepped away from the clan for RL issues, I could easily check with him to find out what I missed and what I needed to know. He kept me in the loop for my section, and of course did his job as our Admin Support, and made sure all of us were up to date on what was expected of us, what we did right in the eyes of the Nation, and just to check in on us in general to make sure we were alright. I also have been relying on him recently to help me do my job as a newly assigned GM. I have yet to receive more assistance from anyone in the clan, as I have been able to easily contact him and resolve whatever issue I was having within minutes of messaging him on the site. I have recommended several of the members in my section go to him with similar issues as I feel he is a wonderful example of good leadership, and he is easy to reach. He is courteous, efficient, helpful, and thorough. I believe he deserves this award.
WNxDaAkidan has shown himself to be very cooperative - from taking over the new released competitive nights to helping with general things.
Attending almost every game night and being active on the forum as well proves his loyality.
With his style to make other people happy he keeps the members motivated, supports the section and thus Warrior Nation as whole.
My words won't do justice at all, but I wouldn't be able to think of anyone who'd deserve the Medal of Honor more than WNxMercy ! In all the time that I've known him he has always been helpful, friendly and respectful to everyone. Even when situations got unpleasant and frustrating he put Warrior Nation first and tried to come up with solutions, ideas and possibilities - he looked at the bigger picture, the future of Warrior Nation. It's not because he stepped down as a BG now that he deserves this medal less, sometimes it's just the best option to take a step back. I'm sure Mercy will still be around and help wherever and whenever he can, like he has always done. Thanks for everything you have done for us, Mercy! And thanks so much for everything you have done for me!
This member is fairly new to the nation, but has already managed to have quite a big impact on the section with her recruitment skills. Since joining the Nation she has managed to recruit five new active people for the section. It's extremely nice and refreshing to see such a new member taking initiative, without a doubt she deserves this award.
The Leader of the Month Award is awarded monthly to Game Leaders (Majors/GMs, Captain/HGs & Game Champions) who have gone above and beyond what is expected, working hard to make their section the best it can be by organizing events, competitions, recruiting, and excelling as a role model for members.
I'd like to recognize WNxmissb00 for leader of the month. Not only has she regularly been going above and beyond for her section (Elder Scrolls Online - PC), but she has also redoubled her commitment to the clan when WNxTheRef26 stepped down as GM of the section for personal reasons. WNxmissb00 is one of the more active leaders I've seen, holding consistent presence in-game, on the forums, and on the TeamSpeak channel used by the section. She's always down to help fellow members of the clan, has helped broker an alliance for the section resulting in further growth, and is basically all-around awesome. Please join me in congratulating WNxmissb00 for all that she's done for Warrior Nation.