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Author: XOOM-CRS

Contributor: hyoslvr2

CRS teams, what they are doing to creat a great game play experience

Posted by hyoslvr2 Saturday January 26 2019 at 5:23PM
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 CRS and ALL the team members have been more focused that ever! This article give a brief rundown of what the Teams are doing to improve your gaming experience physically and behind the scenes.  There is literally too much to discuss in just one article! Along with the Team's synopsis is the introduction to the new "OCS Training Corps" created to streamline new HC applicants, CinC reports, and Squad of the Week! Read the article below...




CRS-Headquarters lit up this week as the CRS Teams push their end of January deadlines. With Several new team members this past month, their contributions have really made a difference! Listed below is a brief synopsis of what the Teams are up to. Please note, these are NOT the extent of what's cooking behind the scenes, nor are they sorted in any specific order of importance.



  • Development Team - SNIPER62 - Bug/report/code fixes, hybrid supply, and finalizing the inbound hot-fix (just to name a few).

  • Operations Team - PILOTMC - Checking on new hardware, and managing WWII Online Colo site

  • Quality Assurance Team - SCKING - Testing and "breaking things" is their motto (I know a few in-game players who would fit right in hehe). I can attest that this team is very proficient!

  • Community Dev. Team - SNIPER62 - Updating High Command tool site, updating new billing page (for non-Steam accounts page)

  • Production Team - HATCH - Updating/creating/audit/testing physical models and terrain. 

  • Game Management - OHM - Monitoring Campaign #159 inside and out - literally 

  • Support Team - DWALIN - Billing and technical support management, live chat management on website

  • Community Management - BLKHWK8 - Forums, community, and High Command management. Forums have been HOT!!!

  • Marketing Team - CHIMM - Tutorial videos, and social media content/management. 

  • Biz Dev/Steam Store Manager - ZEBBEEE - Game/business analytics, Steam Store marketing and management


CRS is always looking to expand our Teams. WWII Online thrives off of players stepping up and helping to do more. We have found that many of our best people come from within as they typically have an already existing strong grasp of not only the game but also the depth of our community and its core values! There are many options if you consider joining some of our volunteer programs directly serving the game's operations as either a technical or non-technical person.


Have questions? Ready to help? E-mail here to apply: jobs@corneredrats.com. You can also go to www.wwiionline.com/volunteer to see all opportunities.


 


High Command and the Joint Training Corps.


A new team has been assembled to handle the new OCS (Officer Candidate School) applications. This group will be training applicants for both sides with a unified training to "fast-track" the process. Several squads replied to the Squads wanted for HC article earlier this week, and are going through the process as we speak. High Command teams are always looking for new officers. Join the Allied High Command or the Axis High Command to push your team to VICTORY!


 


From the CinC


Allied Commander in Chief: Hateract:


S! Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied side.


This campaign thus far has put us to the test, and we find ourselves ever on the defensive. We can still turn the situation around. More importantly, these difficulties allow us to sharpen our mettle and to focus on the key points placed in the goals for this campaign before it began. We must maintain and continue our efforts to retain our fellow players through multiple missions and build strong squads and temns in order to combat what some days may feel like impossible odds. In addition to this, we must be creative in finding new ways to defend our territories and take the fight to the enemy, making sure to shake things up and provide the combined arms fun we seek from wwiionline. Hang tough, make friends, and be original! Together we can change the tide!


S! Hateract, CinC, Allied forces




Axis Commander in Chief: LaFleur


The Axis juggernaut continues after its early gains in the opening week. Our officers and the Axis playerbase have adjusted well to the new supply and equipment environment differentiating armored and infantry brigades, resulting in great action on the ground.



Week 2 began with the Axis threatening the major cities of Brussels and Antwerp in the North while consolidating our positions across the Meuse in the Center and South. Action early in the week saw the Axis push further in the South towards the next major river via Laon, followed by action in the Center pushing as far as Mons and Bavay. The latter part of the week culminated on great victories in Brussels and Antwerp, with the Allies marching in the far north and crossing the bays to occupy the mainland from Breskens east on the shoreline. We have great momentum and our victories have been characterized by great communication and active leadership from our High Command officers.



Also this week the Squad HC program was rolled out to provide squads to nominate up to three officers from their squad for positions within HC that will be placed in a division associated with the squad. This is a great way for your squad to participate in ingame decision making and help coordinate missions with squad objectives. Training of new officers has been streamlined through a Joint Training Command led by our senior Axis Trainers, Coila and Imbrutus. The training process can now be completed in about a week if cadets are available for a few hours of ingame training. We have already had one squad start the process, and we look forward to having more squads take part.



In short, we have had a great Week 2 and our morale and execution have been excellent – let's keep up the pressure on the Allies going into Week 3!



LaFleur – Axis CinC




Squad of the Week (SOTW): 7th Army Allied Strike Team


 


Key points



  • 20 active members

  • Active since 6th October 2001

  • Multinational squad represented in a number of European countries (United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Germany), and across the globe, (Australia/New Zealand, South America, Canada and The United States).

  • Allied only

  • Recruitment: Restricted. Contact them for details


Key personnel



  • CO - B2K

  • XOs – Aunghous, Blkhwk8, Goreblimey, Khbeowuf, Mundagurri, Shorty1, Snort


About "7th AST"


7th AST is one of the game's oldest and best-known squads, formed in October of 2001. AST concentrate on Combined Arms warfare and are the allied side's leading units when duking it out tank-to-tank or digging in to defend towns. In a nutshell, these guys are the workhorses of the allied side.


Look for 7th AST whereever the biggest battles are. Contact a recruiter for more information if this sounds like the kind of warfare you love to take part in.


 

 

 

A lot has been going on behind the scenes! CRS is working on fixes that impact your immediate game play, and tools that help you manage your personal accounts. The previously mentioned hotfix is getting close to its release, and is in the hands of our Quality Assurance Team for testing. Steam Store "live-streams" have been making a huge impact as many new players enter the battle field! Allied and Axis CinC's express their Campaign 159 messages to all players, and WHIPs is featured as our QOTW (Squad of the Week)! Read the full article below...




Steam Store Live Streams


Steam has opened up new doors, allowing Developers to live stream their games. These streams are shown on the store front page allowing thousands of players to see WWII Online first hand! A lot of questions and peaked interest has resulted in hundreds of new accounts! Keep an eye out for those "green tags" in game and help them experience all that WWII Online has to offer!



 


New Billing Pages in the Works


Our "organic" billing pages are getting a face-lift with a few new features!


As you can see, the new site is more direct and intuitive.



Your .bug reports are always sent to the Quality Assurance Team automatically, but one of the new features is the ability to view your .bug reports for you to reference and follow up on. 



The new site will be available soon!


 


The World @ War Gazette and Squad Tools


The Gazette had a quick update from SNIPER62 (like he had nothing else to do hehe) and is back in action! Easy "snap shot" of the current Campaign status and interesting facts make this page an invaluable tool for HC Officers and players alike! View the site here.



Our Squad Tools site is not new, but seems to be overlooked by most. Squad management and Top Squad performance from any platform is at YOUR disposal! Just log in to the site here.



 


CinC Reports


Hateract - Allied CinC report:


It has been a tough start to the campaign as many expected. The changes to the TOES listing has really changed the way in which we at AHC go about setting up defences and pressing AOs.


I wish to place on record my thanks to everyone on the allied side. You have fought like lions against the odds, and whilst we are on the back foot, I have no doubt that you will continue to give your all for the allied side.


AHC needs YOU. We need officers who are able to lead their fellow players into battle. Join us!


 


LaFleur – Axis CinC report:


The mighty AXIS rolled across its starting position lines late Monday for Campaign 159 (dubbed  the "Hardest Campaign Ever" due to the reconfiguration of Allied and Axis equipment levels more consistent with the historical differences between armored and infantry brigades).  With panzer supply down to a handful of Stugs and 232s in infantry units, and with infantry supply scaled down to size in armored units, this new style of campaigning has certainly been challenging for both players and the OKW.  But as with any new equipment or supply challenge, the key to success is communications and teamwork.  In the last month of Campaign 158, the Axis side really came together and started having and fun working together as a team even more so than in the earlier parts of the map. 


That momentum has clearly carried over to the Campaign 159, as Axis forces pushed back the initial Allied thrust in the Center/ North in the first 24 hours, after which the Axis countered with a blitzkrieg sweep into the South to turn the Allied flank and push them to the Meuse River all the way from Verdun to Stenay in the first 48 hours.  Sustained fighting and excellent teamwork also pushed our lines across the Meuse at numerous bridgeheads in the Center around Namur, Dinant, and Haybes by midweek.


As of Thursday the Axis had firm control over all strategic towns along the Meuse except Sedan, and it was time to focus on the North – Axis forces pushed West along the Sambre river and the towns above it to reach the outskirts of Brussels.  We turned back to the South leading into today, Friday, taking the last Allied stronghold on the Meuse and pushing across to create a zone of control west of the river one or two towns deep along its entire length.  The tireless work and team play of the Axis fighting forces its OKW officers have achieved great gains during the first week of Campaign 159, going from a town ownership ratio of 45/55 in favor of the Allies at the start to having 55% of the towns Axis as of this report.  Having said that, we are still in the early days and this is just Tier 0 – this will likely be a long campaign -  let's make sure we are fighting it on Allied soil from here to the end. Keep up the comms in-game in chat and on Discord and work together so we continue our march westward through the weekend and into the second week!


 


Squad of the Week



WHite Pudding Suppers - WHIPs


Key points


* 34 active members


* Active since 30th August 2011


* Multinational squad represented in a number of European countries (United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Germany), and across the globe, (Australia/New Zealand, South America, Canada and The United States).


* AXIS only


* Recruitment: Open to new and current players


Key personnel


* CO - Hastien


* XOs - Eesti, Majes99, Dandare9, Shini, Dwalin, Bb, Ny75, Bierbaer


About "WHIPS"


White Pudding Suppers, one of the AXIS' most prestigious units, have long since developed a reputation for being able to trigger a massive defensive response whenever they arrive to cause trouble. Make no mistake, these guys are extremely good at what they do.


WHIPS are a Spec Ops unit that specialises in both assaults and holding actions at Forward bases, along with airborne and naval raids on enemy facilities. They can often be found operating in close proximity to 12th Royal Lancers and the two squads maintain a


Healthy rivalry as they battle for supremacy in the Points and Map Movement standings. If you see these two squads going head to head, report it to your nearest High Command Officer ASAP as this is likely to be where the battles that change the course of a campaign take place!


Does being a virtual "Spec Ops" operator sound like your cup of tea? Join the WHIPs - You won't regret it!

 

 

On The Road Again...

Posted by hyoslvr2 Friday January 4 2019 at 5:54PM
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2019 is starting off with a "BANG" as  players abuse(?) the new Christmas Toys! The snow has melted and CRS has hit the roads by adding new towns - thanks to Merlin51. Who knew he worked in the construction industry, right??? Also in this report, a quick synopsis from XOOM's New Year Report, Campaign #159 reports, and a Squad highlight! 




XOOM's New Year Report


We hope everyone has had the chance to read the report sent on December 31st. As most of you know, this past year was a milestone for CRS, especially the Christmas release, which was the biggest equipment patch this team has accomplished! All our team members have done an amazing job and overcome huge obstacles.  That being said, 2019 is going to blow 2018 out of the water! 


 


Terrain Updates Inbound


As with most of CRS members, the holidays did not slow down Merlin51 - our main terrain editor guru. We had mentioned extending the map previously and it is now getting into SCKING and the Quality Assurance Team's hands! A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into the future terrain update and I think Merlin51 will be ready for a vacation after its release lol.  The proposed patch includes many current "terrain" issues as well  


 


Holland - "Zee's" will have plenty of new Naval action with the many Deep Water Ports, two of them just across the channel from each other! 

 

France is coming along nicely as well!

 


Thank you Merlin51 for all your hard work SALUTE!


 


Squad Highlight


WESTY91, our Assistant Community Manager, is looking to showcase the squads of WWII Online. The goal is to create squad awareness to new players so they can join a squad that may resonate with their individual game style.


This week he chose The Royal Lancers. Listed below is a brief description of the squad and some of their key members. Check out their recruitment post in the forums!




  • 51 active members

  • Active since 12th May 2012

  • Multinational squad represented in a number of European countries (United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Germany), and across the globe, (Australia/New Zealand, South America, Canada and The United States).

  • Allied only

  • Recruitment: Open to new and current players

  • Key personnel

  • CO - Crashzzz

  • XOs – Zuwenig, Spacecam, Bez5678, Foe2, Tomellis, Martigan, Zignzag and Wildcat382


About "The Lancers"


12th Royal Lancers is one of WWIIOL's best allied units, well known for their ability to dig in and hold the line in all but the deadliest of situations. Constantly challenging at the top of the Points and Map Movement tables, "The Lancers" are a major force to be reckoned with all across the map and they will gladly exploit any chink in the axis defences, both in town, and at the enemy's Forward Bases.


Their friendly rivalry with White Pudding Suppers (known simply as WHIPS) occasionally becomes that of an alliance, transforming them into the most potent fighting force the game has ever seen.


Their motto is simple: Death or Glory.


Do YOU have what it takes to become a Lancer? Enlist now!