We are pleased to welcome Destin among us. He has been playing in CTF for a few years now, even though he spent some time on other mods.
He's mostly known for his defense where his strong hook and grenade shine. Now among us we hope he will seize the opportunity to grow and become one of the strongest.
It is no secret he has wanted to join us for a while now, first applying a year ago while we were completely inactive. This time we hope he will be the one to bring activity to the clan, organizing clan wars and giving signs of life.
Our member Dai has decided to stop playing Teeworlds, and has thus left us.
Our line-up will miss a strong player with great moves. Dai finds the scene too repetitive; that's why we are trying to encourage more diversity by playing on different maps (such as ctf_tantum) and faster game setups thanks to Discord.
Well, that was not enough for Dai, who was also longing for more ctf2 challenging clanwars (these days it's hard to find a clanwar on a format bigger than 3x3...), so farewell
On the plus side, we had previously reported that Clay was lost, but he returned to us and seems motivated to reach his old power-level. Welcome back (a bit late) and hoping you reach your goals
Every year, as seasons change the scene comes and go. Summer and winter holidays see the return of many veteran tees, and free time allows games at any hour of the day. These are the fun days. Then everyone goes back to their usual life habits: some are just too busy for a game, others long for it but clocks are not synchronized. You were busy last week, come back to a deserted scene; they didn't want off, they just got tired of waiting for you. You start Teeworlds, see an empty server list, and close it. Repeat. The unsung heroes camp a server, play some duels on dm1, both as a statement and as a beacon of light for all players to join and get the real action starting.
We saw this winter, for the first time since years, a reasonably active scene with four main clans that could provide some stability and action: EVIL, digital, POLICE and obviously ÆON & χron since our return. But this balance is fragile. We must make the scene more appealing and be more open to get the required intake of fresh blood. Unfortunately, it is when the scene is at its brightest, with plenty of good tees to fight with and against, that it is the less welcoming to poor new souls wandering in our lands and dreaming to be one day a part of it.
What can we do with that, with limited slots? I don't believe in 64, because it brings more problems than solutions. I personally think we should organize more, larger clan wars, and events, and stream them. Is there anyone interested in helping us making this happen? We could take care, with other caretakers of the scene, of the organization of game seasons between clans and tournaments.
I believe seeing high-level games with some stake, even if it's just glory for the winners, would make the game much more appealing and there are many experienced tees in Teeworlds, whether they dwelve on other mods or on ctf5, or are gone because of the lack of activity, that would join us. Those who have made the jump don't regret it. And then, there are all the complete newcomers who are pushed away. They could not join us without the required training, but they need the motivation to go through that unrewarding process.
Yet before we can make this happen, we need to stabilize the current scene activity, and even the Winter activity, as it was in the Golden Age. What we need is a way to find a game without idling on a server; to be able to find clanwar without harassing lone members; to organize CTF2 captain games regularly.
To that end, I announce the opening of the Teeworlds Scene Hub. It is a Discord server that will be dedicated to the Vanilla Scene. Our plan is not to make it an ÆON server (we have one, and encourage other clans to do the same), but have a shared one for the scene. We will manage it with active clans of the day, as they come and go. As such I invite in our moderation and management team one leader or representative from each of the main clans, EVIL, dgt and POLICE.
Now, you might ask: "why another Discord server and not the server started by TW-Clanzone?". Well, we have evaluated that server and we don't think it is a fit choice for our project. One of the main issues is that it is already very populated with players from many different mods of Teeworlds that would not be interested by our content. We are looking for something somewhat more exclusive:
Actual Vanilla players only (even if part-time); we will use (or rename) Teeworld names to make sure everyone is recognizable
Dedicated to finding games and having game discussion, not post memes
Strong moderation against known cheaters, people who threaten DdoS, etc
No or very little moderation otherwise, trust scene players to be behave
Likewise, English-speaking only
If you hesitate to join Discord, hesitate no more! I personally had bad expectations, but it's pretty neat. Discord is lightweight, non-intrusive (I disabled notifications), has an awesome smartphone app (way better than Skype's), runs in the browser or installed (except on Linux, browser only). And you can prevent anyone that is not in your contact list to message you privately, and obviously hide your online status. What's more to ask?
As the Hub goes live and active, we will probably use it to set daily passwords on active servers when we want to ensure quality and non-fake players. Teeworlds does not have a registration system, but things would be so much better if we had less trolling and more playing. Oh, and getting captain games started faster .
We hope the Teeworlds Scene Hub can allow us, in the days to come, to organize games more efficiently, and later to integrate Twitch streams. We could make it a platform for an everlasting active scene! So join now!
PS: To join you must have a valid Discord account (e-mail checked) and be a Discord member for 5 minutes.
We recently announced that we froze the clan. The post was the materialization of a decision already taken in early in the summer, but found ourselves publishing it because of an unexpected applicant.
We decided to freeze the team because we never know of what tomorrow is made. We felt unnecessary to officially close or disband the clan, since we were inactive it made no difference to keep some lights on in case the situation changed.
That application woke us up slightly. POLICE made an unexpected come back. AMN's motivation was a bit contagious. With us back, it would mean to have 4 active high-level clans: dgt, POLICE and EVIL being our opponents of the day. The situation of the CTF scene has not been as positive for years.
We have scouted internally who would like to return. Some are lost. We have decided to remove those two, Dorn and Clay, from our line-up. Dorn has been among our first members. He showed great skill and potential for more, but he was eventually caught by the outside world. Clay joined us much later, but was a very active member. He showed outstanding skill and was for a time one of the best defenders in the scene. I believe he could have grown even further, unfortunately he seems to be lost into oblivion.
All our other members have made contact and will come back with various level of involvement and activity. The months to come will tell us if it's enough.
In the same time, we hope more ÆON members will return ; but some entities live on a different time frame . What's a year of inactivity in an eternal lifetime?
We have decided to open that crack in the ice and resume operations. We will need some time to reorganize χron to make it more cohesive, with a better vision and most of all a will to play the damn game. We hope our members will get back in shape. We will scout again for potential recruits: talented players that just want to play the game in a quality team that grows together and play as good as humanly possible ; mature individuals who use common sense to fight off drama and useless conflicts ; adrenaline addicts that stay loyal.
To begin than new era for χron, we welcome Anti to join us. A player from another era returning, he has showed motivation to play the game regardless of his surroundings. A long time partner of our very own Jambi, he is most famous as the defender of EsT. He has demonstrated strong combat abilities and shown potential and willingness to improve. Welcome Anti, and remember that once in χron, it's up to you to make it better.