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    Hello, everyone. I am here to inform you that I am resigning from my position as a director. In the past few months, I’ve sadly lost a lot of my interest in GFL and especially its servers, reflecting badly on my activity within the community. Due to that, I haven’t done as much as a director should have (and I personally wanted to) for the community. I want to thank all the people that have helped me get to where I am/was in GFL from the beginning, as well as everyone who was there for/with me during that time. I am sorry for disappointing some people, I know I could’ve easily done better, but what happened that happened and I cannot change that. I hope I did more good than bad to the community overall. Since I am not leaving GFL, I will not make this too long and I won’t fill it with memorable people apart from two. @Infantry Thank you for welcoming me to the community and showing me how things are done. I’ve learnt a lot from you and am very grateful. I hope everything is going well for you in your life. You’re a true friend. @Roy Thank you for giving me the chance to improve GFL, I hope I didn’t disappoint you too much. And of course, thank you for showing me many things, teaching me new stuff and being a great friend and person to talk to. There are many others that I left out today but don’t worry, I’ll include everyone the day I leave GFL (whenever that may be). You know who you are and that I appreciate you. To the GFL members, thank you for having me as your director. I had a great time working on GFL for and with you, and hope that will continue even while I am not as involved with decisions. I am looking forward to seeing what the new boys can do and what GFL will be like in a few months’ time.
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    (This only applies to a handful of our TS3 users, so feel free to ignore this post if you don't use TS3.) A couple of TS3 users by the names of Salad and OGMartin were found to have embedded IP trackers into their TS3 channel descriptions. How this works is that certain obscure websites can act as image hosts for the ostensible purpose of embedding images through markup languages. The difference between these and more reputable sites such as Gyazo and Imgur is that the latter are bound by their privacy policies to withhold the IP addresses of anyone that accesses a hosted image; the former do not operate in this fashion and are rather known almost exclusively by offering the ability to discover the IP addresses of others. IP trackers aren't necessarily bad on their own (a lot of Tumblr pages use them), although the actions that one may opt to take with the garnered addresses would speak volumes of their character. The aforementioned users have been permanently banned and their channels have been deleted due to DoS attacks they have conducted against certain members of our community. If you have recently been experiencing slow Internet speeds, you may be a potential victim of this. The DoS attacks seem to be limited to a pool of under ten people, although we know for certain that they logged a sizeable amount of IP addresses. If you think you have been affected, it would be prudent of you to change your IP address. This is a very simple process for most people, and there are various articles on the Internet that explain how you can go about doing this. I will be privately contacting those that we know for sure were affected. We have also presently removed channel description editing from channel admins, but you can rest assured that this will be reversed in the near future.
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    March Giveaway This might be my LAST giveaway As you may know, I do giveaways every month. I do this do give back to my community, since I care highly for you all. This month I will be letting you guys choose from a few options. Keep in mind there will only be 1 winner. This giveaway will end March 15, 12pm EST http://itsalmo.st/#theendofthemarchgiveaway This month you guys may choose from these 2 options. $20 Steam Card CSGO P250 | Sand Dune MW Choose wisely as both are very good options. To enter, follow these steps.. 1: Comment below what gift you would like. Here are the rules.. 1: You must be a GFL Member 2: You may not change the answer you have chose 3: Do not enter for the sand dune if you own one.
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    Hey guys. It's time for me to move on, I don't enjoy playing computer as much anymore and need to try live my life differently. I will still be on steam now and then, but cut GFL entirely off my day. This is due to personal focus and treatment. It's important to me, to tell that I loved every member, even the ones that were difficult to love. I would like to thank everyone who supported me in GFL and the ones I co operated with. Zombie-Escape This one is hard to leave, as it was with me since it were nothing but an empty server. For almost 1½ year has the server been number 1 on gametracker CS:GO, so I felt very successful with it. I am more than happy to say that I believe Deltacommander will do will continue running it. I would like to thank the past admins and the new admins who rarely got to see me that you guys have made the server a great experience to run for me. JailBreak This was short but still a great experience, I got to know new heads. I co operated with HackingPotato and Denros, those were amazing people. Thank you everyone, this has been a great experience to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrLk4F8OdPg
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    Hello, everyone. In this post, I would like to outline some changes to the internal structure of GFL's higher-ups and how this is intended to impact GFL. Community Advisors changed to Council Community advisors will be changed to Council with a new job. The new Council rank will be at the same level as a division leader. New Jobs/Roles Maintain the community as a whole. May help division leaders (with their consent) with their divisions. May help divisions without a leader (E.g. Call of Duty 4, Fistful of Frags, etc.). Work with the directors on projects. Advise the community. This includes brainstorming ideas when not working on any projects and addressing them to the directors. Look for people with potential and address them to the other Council members & directors. Other The Council and directors should be working on the same projects together. The Council are essentially directors, just with less access (back end and such). Revamping the Council Team The team itself could be revamped. This means we should demote inactive members who don’t show enough interest in GFL, and promote members who have potential and are willing to dedicate a lot of time into GFL. If a member is inactive, they should be given a warning immediately; if they continue being inactive without a valid reason, it will immediately progress to demotion. We shouldn’t be waiting so long on demoting people. If somebody doesn’t show interest, dedication and motivation, they should be demoted. All members from the current community advisor team we plan on keeping should be talked to before this Council change is in effect. We should ask if they’re still interested and possess the will to truly step up (spend more time on GFL and do all the new jobs/roles assigned to them with Council), gain feedback on what we (directors) can improve on, and more. Directors Given More Access With the Council change, directors will be given more access in the future. This includes access to the back end (web and game servers such as OVH). With this change, we have to prepare our user base. This leads to even more ideas. The reason we are giving directors more access is to take the load off of Roy. If Roy isn’t available, there’s a high chance a director can fix the issue with the back end (e.g. the website going down). They will have the access to fix it and can try to. If they don’t know how to, they can try googling the issue or just wait until a director with more experience comes online. Why? The biggest issue with giving directors access to the back end is trust. I trust that most of you still remember what happened last year and the negative effect it had on GFL, but after the past year and a half, I have realized that I need to give access to more people. Many things such as giving access to new managers or completing various tasks in the back end relies on me and it is heavily backed up. For example, look at the web VM move; I wanted to complete this back in the summer and it still isn’t complete. I tried getting Balon to help me, but he turned out to be inactive and busy. If our goals are to get GFL off of the ground again (which they are), we need to start trusting people again; that’s just the reality of the situation. GFL won’t get far if we can’t trust people that can potentially have a major positive effect on GFL. What happens if I have to leave for a while and nobody else has access to the back end? What happens if the website goes down? We need others there we can rely on. This may also give the directors more motivation as well. Preparation The biggest part about this change is preparing for it. We saw what happened in the past. If one of our directors goes rogue, we must prepare for the worst. Nobody will have access to the PayPal besides me. The most a director could gain access to is the PayPal API credentials, but you cannot take funds out of the PayPal account with only the API credentials. Therefore, the worst possible thing a director can do is dump the IPS 4 user’s database table including emails and hashed passwords. Although these passwords are hashed, it still would be very bad if this was to happen. Realistically, if a hacker got into our back end, they could also dump the database table. Now, I wanted to do this back in the summer of 2016, but I haven’t been able to. Realistically, no website on the Internet is safe and the best thing a user can do is secure themselves from any possible breaches. While we aren’t expecting any breaches in our database, we should definitely prepare ourselves and our users for them. I would like to have a page in the About GFL project dedicated to explaining security. While we are confident in our security, we should also explain no websites are 100% safe. We should be telling the truth to our users about security and highly encourage them to use a random generated password (or a password not used on any other websites/logins). We should also recommend programs such as LastPass or KeePass. I feel this may also deter hackers away from GFL; if we were bragging about our security, it would probably increase the chances of a hacker wanting to try to get through our security. I would also like to add our thoughts on security to the user registration page (perhaps under the password field). We could even add a button that automatically generates and uses a random password along with copying to the clipboard for the user. Another idea is sending a forum PM/email to the user after registration about security (along with general GFL information). The next worst thing a director who has gone rogue can do is completely delete our files. This can include our website files or just game servers. This can also include the virtual machines themselves. This is why I want to implement an automatic backup system in GFL that backs everything up hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly. We should be trying to back up as many services as possible. This includes our websites, databases, game servers, and virtual machines (perhaps the core files). Balon has recommended some services we can use that are cheap (cheaper than purchasing a separate machine for backups). External Consultant Badge I would like to make an external consultant badge for our technical administrators that aren’t a part of GFL, but still help out when needed. These members (as of now) would be @setup.sh and @balon. We’re Looking For Potential We are currently looking for motivated, interested, and trustworthy members of the community to join our staff team and assist us with the upkeep and expansion of GFL as a whole. We are currently figuring out the logistics of how we plan on recruiting individuals, and an announcement will be made soon with more information. Darkling as Council Leader So far, the current community advisors know this. However, for those that do not know, @Darkling will be “leading” the Council team. While he won’t have a separate rank and will still be a part of Council, he will be leading the team overall. There is a possibility we will make a badge representing the fact that he is the leader. Darkling has a lot of motivation for GFL. In my opinion, he is a role model to the Council. He is motivated, dedicated, mature, and generally very approachable. From what I’ve seen, nobody has a problem with him being leader of the Council team and after asking a couple of CAs, they said they already look up to him as a CA leader. We are discussing more changes and have more to announce in the near future! Thanks!
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    Division Leaders: @Violator Steam @Zebra Steam @ButterKing5000 - Steam ________________________________________________ Server Manager: @flyingjoe32 - Steam ________________________________________________ Senior Admins: @Dreamm - Steam @DoctorDJ - Steam _______________________________________________ Admins: @stevepwnsyou9 - Steam @Gowther - Steam @DaPainWayne - Steam @Urule55 - Steam @JoelSmith - Steam ________________________________________________ Trial Admins: @Spookster_Eli - Steam @SkyTailor - Steam ________________________________________________
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    I see you fell for the clickbait again So this post has been coming for a long long LONG time, since about early April of this year, but I had to delay for various reasons. But now that most things are taken care of, it's time I step down and let @Kurama (You're gonna get mentioned a lot feg so be prepared) fully manage ZS. For those that wandered into this post, hello I am Z1ga, or Z1, or Z1g, or N1galord, and I manage the Gmod Zombie Survival Server. I am probably one of the only ZS members to take such an interest in the GFL community, since we're all cucks that only are defined on one server. Unfortunately I will have to step down. This week, Thursday to be precise, Ill be moving across the country to Washington so I can go to college there, obtain my degree, and find a job in my desired field. Doing all of this will take up a majority of my time, so it would be a waste to continue being manager, when my co-manager Kurama could just do it alone. I am NOT leaving GFL (Twas Clickbait), but rather spending my time here a little less than what I normally would. For the next couple of weeks I may not come on very little or not even at all, but I will be back. Time for all the mentions now! The People who I see worthy of in depth mentions @Kurama- Probably the one of the only people you ever +1'd on an admin application kek. Even though you criticized most of my decisions, you were tons of help, and I have no doubt that you will be a great SUCC-essor. Also I will be here if you ever need help. @Vivian- One of the chillest admins, and by far the friendliest on the team. Always cheered me up talking to you, and I hope your internet and parents get better. Also, ya cuck. (Also is a grill admin, @HackingPotato) @Herbert- When I first started playing on ZS, you were someone I looked up to, even though I am older than you. Now that we're on somewhat equal footing, You're one of the cancerous, but good cancer, people I've known. @tenhours- You probably criticized my decisions the most as manager, but you only did it for the good of ZS, which I can respect. Sad to see you lose interest, but we all do eventually. You were fun to hang out with my dude. @Deathhawk449- Threatened to leave if I didn't upload anything during the drought. Was a lot of fun to tryhard with as well. I still await the day that you succeed Kurama. @WarSadist- Another one of the people I looked up to when I started playing on ZS. Became kek bros when we made a cade at dippin dots. Don't be a stranger to ZS my man. @snackdemarco- Someone I constantly forget about to include in applications, but you took it well lol. Sad to see you lose interest as well, but I hope you can come on some time to play. @BigBthefluffyredneck- I remember the day that you read that really nasty fan fiction in voice chat, and the amount of support it gained during that. Nonetheless the rage you have when dealing with kleiners is a problem, but you handle it very well to the point of making it funny. @ThePurpleFire- You're a tryharding faggot. Probably one of the only admins, besides BigB, to actually be an admin during my reign, and I'm very impressed with your commitment. @MegaUpload- The only admin to become an admin through Operator. Also a traitor to zombie team. You are a lot of fun to cade with, since like me you also are a repair whore, and the human team would not last without you. @Wow- Gook For Life. One of the first friends I made on ZS. Fun to cade with in the back of movies. Also criticized everything I did. It's a shame you never wanted staff, cause everyone wants you to become staff. @Violator- All the questions I asked you were responded to at least 2 hours later. Anyways, thanks for even considering me becoming manager, and NO the interview questions were NOT leaked, I just knew what FTP was cause I was taking a Website Design class. @Zebra- Sorry for all the drama that you were put through cause of me lol. One of the chillest DL's out there, and I thank you for considering me becoming manager. And in the future, once my schedule calms down and you need someone to manage ZS again, contact me will ya. @Roy- @Roy, the guy who loves it when I mention him in Discord. Also named a bitch after you. Thanks for letting me stay manager of ZS xD. @Shuruia- The one who speaks only in proverbs(most of the time), I hope we can make PFL(Porn for Life) a thing one day . @Xy_- Someone who I helped learn the ropes of being a manager, to eventually surpass me and become a CA(cuck). Fun playing on breach with you, a shame I didnt have time during the drought, and even now. Keep CAing it up, and remember who was kind to you when you become a Director . @Kubnair- Babe. Previous Manager. And Cuck. We need to get the Siege SUCC Squad together again. (Your is short like your di- nevermind). @Winter- One of the first managers to contact me when I was promoted. My favorite memory was playing on HnS, I found you and you said "no Z1g please", so I turned around and walked away. Thanks for always helping me out. @Charmy- My boy @Stick. Also taught me a lot when I became manager, and even though he fell off his branch, a Stick is still a stick. @Darkling- This guy, always hitting on me. Well I am legal now so dont be afraid to hmu . Also thanks for doing my forum things these past few months, and was always fun in those TS chats we did awhile back. @rapperdan- This guy, him and his squeaker voice and giant body. Couldn't believe it when you first talked, but was always a fun to meme around with you. @SwegBuster- Cause I felt like it. My ambassador buddy for GCC. Don't worry though, Ill still be an ambassador (I hope). Honorable Mentions (Can I just do @Everyone) Here it comes: @Rose, @HackingPotato, @Korowa, @Syrus, @Leks, @Benroyjam, @ButterKing5000, @CrusTi, @RickGrimesTM, @Runda, @Pyros, @Syntax, @AtomicHeadphones, @PB-n-J, @Mocha, @Roxie_Foxie, @Major_Push, @Mundo, @JK_Ghosty(You fucker), @milk, @shoey150, @ZombieSurvivalist224, @SuperThanderFour, @DJ001avatar, @InfernoBurnz, @Radio, @Space_Nigga, @Glenn, @EdgyFrog, @Windeetree, @The_Teddy_Bear_Muffin, @DOOMSlayer_, @Severely_Artistic, @Smiles, @Thomasdavid097, @Snoopy, @TrillionDollarSoup, @nocheat, @IroKnee, @JerryBomb, @lexie456, @Elizabeth(eek), @harry, @Ene, @Skittlez, @Kite9867, @EJ., @Duc2000, @Atoshwing, @Toasted_Chromosomes, @Dano, and @Staryu. (P.S. @Queen_Selery) If I forgot anyone, I probably didn't know you well enough or I forgot your name, cause there's a fucken lot of them. If I did then sorry, I can't do @Everyone. And to leave off with a quote, since I know my boy @tenhours loves quotes: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind" - Ralph Waldo Emerson. For any admins, managers, trial admins, or anyone aspiring to become a GFL badmin, keep this quote in mind, as it's the internet, and most people out there are trolling you to make you angry. I thank all of you for reading most of this post, or even just the mentions, and you'll probably see more of me! Sincerely, N1galord. P.S. @Community Advisor, can you give me that sweet Senior Admin badge, since @Kurama and @Zebra approve, you can even ask them. In memory of @Scoobers, previous manager of ZS.
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    But for real, I am resigning. I will keep this short: I've put my time in and I no longer have the time/motivation to do much with GFL anymore. I'll still be around in TS in the retired staff channel (AKA Sasha's Pron Channel) and on the forums here and there. No mention list because they are retarded.
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    Read this entire post before doing anything! Failure to do so can result in an instant denial with or without a reason being given. Before you even consider applying, please make sure you are a Member or higher. (Apply for member here.) I'm going to answer this question "Where do I apply for admin?! There isn't a spot for it on the forums!". First off if you'd like to apply for admin please place your admin application in the correct sub-forum (Breach, Deathrun, H&S, Jailbreak, Murder, Purge, TTT, Zombie Survival, Ragdoll Combat, Prop Hunt), with your SteamID and a format like this: (It is preferred if you make the Thread title is something along the lines of "[Your Name]'s Admin Application".) Second, we are working on an application system hopefully, it will be done soon. Minimum requirements for admin (Mandatory): 2 week old forum account Meet minimum hours on server (Minimum varies throughout servers. Ask an admin for info.) Please don't apply if you have less than the minimum requirement on any server you're applying for. If you don't have what hours admins expect you to have BEFORE applying please try to make yourself known to the admin team (In a good way). Either by making player reports (in-game or on the forums) or even making admin reports (Please only send these to Managers+). "Admin Sponsorships": Essentially what this means is an admin has to "sponsor" your admin application before applying. If you don't have an admin sponsor your admin application it can be closed without warning (This is to prevent "spam apps" or applicants applying with less than the minimum playtime requirement). The best way to get an admin to sponsor your admin application is to prove yourself in game (Also make yourself known to the entire team). Any admin can sponsor an application (Or at least if they're an admin on the server the applicant is applying on). So please acquire a sponsorship before applying. Do not be annoying and bug admins about sponsoring them. Trial-Admins may not sponsor. Do not ask them to! (They may still vote on applications, however.) I will edit this with more information (Or just fix some simple grammatical errors). Thanks, - @Zebra
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    So I have been in college for a bit and I am up late doing my paper... figured I finally have time to do this. SHOCKER I stepped down. I told everyone before hand and I love all of you. Not leaving for sure I certainly do not have time for anything else than college, forensics team, and being president for my hall... If you need anything the easiest way to reach me is my social media. @kyle049 - Snapchat @kylarchandler - Instagram I still have a bunch of contacts, I still know a lot, I have literally been through anything that can happen within GFL. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ I am most proud of the people I have recognized to be put up. I am in no way responsible for their success; however I feel I had a hand in that success by recognizing them maybe earlier than they might have been So this is my list of Hall of famers that I have had the privilege to affect their careers here. I am so proud of you, and I hope the biggest things for you all. @Cypher - Constantly sticking my neck out for your dumb ass. However it's not because we are buds it is because I know you're great at what you do keep at it bud @Dano - My son, Made him admin, made him manager, made him Server Manager... could not be more proud of this man.. Keep it up Dano @Thomasdavid097 - Fun fact I trained you in CS:GO I gave you your first admin and Manager outside of GMOD.. Led to great things very proud of you Thomas. One note do not let things get to you my man. @Violator - You speak for yourself all I did was give you Division Leader that was one that was going to happen really not my decision at the time it was a given. @Ariistuujj - Again not a choice on my part, it was always your choice to be how active you want because of how skilled you are and how much you actually care. I just discovered you :3 @Sleazoid @Benroyjam - You guys really built your own way I was just glad to be the ones to give you admin in CS:GO.. @SwegBuster - I personally think you were behind someone else for too long. You are going to do great things Sweg just keep up that enthusiasm with whatever you do. @BulldoG - If Dano is son, you are grandson.. You took over DR after Dano... way to long after but I see the way you try. It would take to much from your personality to give up and that is shown. @Syrus - If he wants to.. the next biggest man in GFL. This kid wants to learn.. he has time.. and he has ambition.. reminds me of me so long ago... You are the man Syrus do not change for anyone besides yourself and keep bettering yourself. To everyone else who left, who is still here, who I did not have time. I encourage you to DM me I would love to have conversations with you guys. There was so many I do not have time to type out and message like @floopyhiggle and @Kim (Love you uglies) _________________________________________________________________________________________________ To the newbies.. Hi I am Kylar, I was a Big part of GFL for way to long and you just missed me.. sucks to suck. If you're interested in learning more about this and want to get started in this amazing legacy I highly encourage it just talk to them they really need people who want to learn and are excited to get involved. P.S. Do not let this be your life like I did.. I grew up in a place where I was surrounded by trees. Get involved in your community, meet some girls, get drunk a few times. Just do not let this be your only source of community. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Finally, to Roy. @Roy Hey little brother, I appreciate you taking a chance on me so long ago. I realize you do not socialize very often with the members, but I am glad to call you a friend towards the end. Who ever gave me this VIP is a sweetheart by the way .... appreciate it. I still hold my side of the bargain that whatever you need me to do I still got you guys. It is unfortunate I had to put my professional community persona to a hold. I am glad that after all this time it is going on hold here. The community you have here is something special. I just have to start my life.. I know you're feeling that creep on to. I hope you are stronger than me and are able to find the balance. Weather you realize it or not you were a godly figure to the community for so long and it was an honor. I appreciate you not making me administrator after the dismemberment of council the first time. I might still be here and I do not think I can split the difference between this and college. I digress... Thanks for everything you have done.. like giving me a chance after just three weeks...etc. Sincerely, ~Kylar Chandler
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    I'm resigning. That's it.
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    Division Leader ___________________________________________________ Server Manager @Leks - STEAM @King_Wailord - STEAM ___________________________________________________ Senior Admins __________________________________________________ Admins @Worgee - STEAM @Moose - STEAM @MrManslayerX - STEAM @TomRiddle - STEAM @Mould - STEAM @PurpleExod - STEAM @kyuubi - STEAM @LAw - STEAM @nocheat - STEAM ___________________________________________________ Trial Admins ___________________________________________________ Event Coordinator @King_Wailord - STEAM @Worgee - STEAM *We are still hiring admins! Apply in our temporary admin application sub-forum here!*
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    Roy is currently going through a hard time with his health and finances. Most of you already know about his health problems (hernia etc.), but now he has been having financial issues as well. These issues are personal, and he has only trusted few with the details but it has to do with his family. Therefore, he is unable to even afford his surgery, house bills, WiFi bills and a lot of other stuff. He has never taken a single dollar from GFL. He has been lifting a TON of heavy load, while suffering from his hernia, so he can earn money to get around. It just saddens me to see Roy in this undeserved state. GFL is one of the greatest things that has happened to me these past couple of years. I've met great people, and all that would not have been possible without GFL, and GFL would not have been possible without Roy. Only the fewest would have created a community, like GFL, and not use any of its money for themselves. This is why I have decided that we have to help him out. @Korowa created a Gofundme so all of you can help Roy out. Every dollar counts, and given enough funding, he will be able to pay for his surgery and bills, and most importantly, he will be in a much better shape to help GFL grow bigger and better than it has ever been! You can find the gofundme page here ( https://www.gofundme.com/helparoy ) It took me a lot of convincing to make him agree to this, so please act mature. Through prayers, donations, or however you choose to support this, Roy will appreciate the HELL out of all of you. Thank you @Nick for proofreading, and @Korowa for creating the Gofundme <3 Disclaimer: PayPal cannot be used! ("All Personal campaigns (as well as Certified Charity campaigns created prior to November 3, 2016) accept donations by credit or debit cards only.") If you do want to donate via PayPal the funds directly go into his PayPal account but do not show in the gofundme if you would like to donate via paypal here is Roy's paypal (with his permission) Gamemann@gflclan.com
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    Hello everybody. I just wanted to give a small update on the state of GFL. GFL's Lack Of Progression Recently, there has been very little progression in GFL with the front-end and back-end. Front-End For the front-end, there isn't enough communication going on with our higher ups. With that said, I haven't seen anybody try to step up and address these issues until this past week. I do plan on addressing this to the Trusted team in greater detail. The lack of communication is definitely noticeable. Although players have said GFL has never had "great" communication, back when we rebuilt our CA team the communication was better than it ever was in my opinion. Unfortunately, that didn't last and these "drops" in communication cannot keep reoccurring in the future. We're going to have to find a permanent solution and I highly believe the Tracker we plan on making will definitely help. Although a tracker will help us in the future, what has been going on in the past month or so cannot continue to happen in the future at any cost. Although we don't have the tools to make communicating easier yet, that is no excuse for the lack of communication as of recently. Communication was strong just a couple months ago without these tools. Back End I do believe the back-end hasn't seen great progress as well. Although, the back end of GFL is mostly handled by @denros and myself. We are still waiting on things like the web VM move that should have been done a while ago in my opinion. The OVH machines in Europe are finally done and running smoothly. As for coding, I also believe we need to see more progress on our IPS 4 applications and such (e.g. official admin applications, the tracker idea, and so on). We've been waiting for over a year for official admin applications and they still haven't been made. I also believe we need a bigger team to help with the back end of GFL (Technical Administrators). Therefore, I will be working with trusted individuals and train them to help develop and manage the back end of GFL. This not only gives me a lot more motivation to work on GFL, it will allow us to build a larger TA team that will help with the back end. This hopefully should result in things getting done more quickly and we'll also be learning more from each other. I Hear Your Complaints There have been a few users coming to me recently about their concerns for GFL. I am listening and I am well aware of the big issues in the community. The current state of GFL is not what I want it to be. I haven't been happy with GFL at all recently and honestly, even at GFL's prime, we had a lot of issues that were never fixed. Although in GFL's prime I was satisfied with its state (we were one of the largest multi-gaming communities out there when it came to game servers), I always felt we could improve. Although this mindset has its advantages and disadvantages (e.g. I'm never truly "happy" with the community so I don't take any breaks). It is a mindset that will lead this community in the right direction again as long as people are performing. To clarify, I'm talking about the community as a whole (not server-specific). For example, if a server is doing great, I'm not going to say "oh come on, this server can do better!". Even if the community is doing great, we can always be doing better (e.g. expanding into more games/servers and coming up with more ideas). There's never a stopping point. It's time to start permanently fixing the issues in this gaming community. Future Complaints I'm aware there are a couple other users who want to talk to me about their concerns for GFL. I will do so when I have the time but I'd highly suggest going to the other Directors if you haven't already. In my opinion, complaints should be directed towards all directors instead of one (especially myself since I'm often busy). It's Time To Pick Myself Up For those who follow me on the forums or generally look at my content, you're probably aware of the health issues I've been going through recently. Health issues have been tearing me down recently but as said in my content, I am working on fixing them. My motivation has been on the very low side recently in GFL and I've been very burnt out (I still am). I've been very frustrated with GFL's state and with myself in general. The break I was "suppose" to take a couple weeks ago never happened. And I feel it won't be possible unless if I take a break from the computer in general which won't be happening anytime soon. With that said, I don't think GFL can support me going on break right now. There are still a lot of things I need to take care of soon. Therefore, I have only one good choice. I will be picking myself up and gaining motivation for GFL again. This time, I want the motivation to last instead of it being "spikes" of motivation which NEVER works out in the end and this same situation happens again and again. So, as said in the back-end update above, I will be training trusted individuals which should help with the load I have and help myself gain motivation (training others to help me can only lead to good things with the current state of GFL). I am also going to be looking into getting help from outside of GFL (e.g. server friends I have). @Rukus will be moving next week and after he is moved, he will be able to help GFL. I am looking forward to that! If all works out, I am very confident the motivation will last a lot longer and GFL will start going in the right direction again! Conclusion To conclude, GFL's current state is not looking great and I am well aware of that. I along with the other Directors will be working with everybody again and looking for a permanent solution that will keep the communication going with the higher ups. With that said, I need to also pick myself up and gain motivation that will last. I'm confident that things will start going into the right direction again soon. We just need to get out of this slump. I'm going to start making update threads again addressing ideas and issues in GFL. I'm sick of making these type of posts again and again. Therefore, it's time to start coming up with permanent solutions to fix the real issues in this community. Thanks for understanding.
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    Hey everyone! I'm sorry to say but i need to leave my position on Hide and Seek. I could give a thousand and a half reasons why i need to, but i'll give the important things. My life has been a really cluttered mess for a long while, with school, trying to get a job, and just life things, i can't find myself wanting to give time to the server, and it stresses me that i can't do anything else for it. Don't get me wrong, i loved working on the server and i loved working with GFL, i just can't give anymore time that doesn't get in the way of my own life. I spend too much time worrying about messing things up and getting myself demoted anyway that it just adds to the stress of my everyday life. I need to leave and focus on my own life rather than a Garry's Mod server. it'll honestly be a relief to me to step away from managing Hide and Seek and focus on better things (not that it wasn't important, i still enjoyed helping GFL, i just need to help myself first.) It was so much fun working with everyone, and i love the people i've met and left, especially my admin team / former team. There'd be too many people to tag in this that i don't think i could tag them all. It was a blast being a part of this community, but it's just my time to go, i guess. I'll still be around on the shoutbox, and around the forums, just not in game or in teamspeak as much. It was fun, and i love every one of you, even those i had troubles with. Ah fuck it i'll tag everyone. Starting with my former admin team. @Impaled @bnewton @AtomicHeadphones @AciFire @Nap14hockey @Zexired @Mundo @mbs @Mistyful @Mango605YT It was wonderful working with you guys. You guys gave me reason to keep working on the server, It was an honor being your manager. I'd happily do it again. @Finnick - Nice meme, son. @Zebra and @Violator- Thank you for this opportunity. @JoelSmith - I'm still pissed you left too. @Bae - for making me all sorts of art things @John_Ariana_Man - Eh i still talk to you faggot. @Shiny - Love you. @Korowa - :3 @Dana - We should talk more, you're awesome :3 @Hannah - The person who put me into Hide and Seek in the first place. Never forget you. @Dano - For helping me so much and especially through my worst. @Shuruia - For putting up with me laughing at the way you say banana. @Darkling - For being a really good person to me. @ButterKing5000 - Keep rocking on purge my man. @PresidentTrump - xd @Carrick - i'll still talk to you, and i'll eventually hear your voice. @GLiTCh - One of my best friends in GFL. We need to talk more my man. @SuperFineMan - My nigga. @TimmyWu - Again, my nigga. @Xy_ - You did wonderfully on the time you were on hide and seek. I wish you luck on your other admin positions. @Telemetry - there you go :3 I'm gonna forget people, and they're gonna be triggered, but just shush, i'm a very forgetful person and i'm writing this at 8am, okay? Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, - Twig
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    I've just seen Cypher post and I can't believe I am doing the same. Recently I have not been very active with directors. I feel it's time for me to take a break. I value this community loads and @Roy along with multiple people in this community have helped me become a better programmer and person. I think it's time I focused on my personal life however I will still be around on the forums to fix problems where need be. Thanks to all of you!
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    Decided to step down from my current position. I have almost no time for GFL anymore, and when I do have free time, it mostly goes towards other things. Quick thanks to @Dano as I don't think I would've been where I was without him. There is many more shoutouts, but It would take to long. You should all know who you are. I will still be around the forums harassing you all with my cancer.
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    Too busy to contribute anything close to what is required by any of the directors. I want VIP forever, thanks. See ya kids.
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    Last week we reopened the Community Advisor applications as we had lost a significant amount of members for that position. These individuals excelled among all the others and proved themselves that they are trustworthy individuals who possess great knowledge and insight on how to improve GFL as a whole. These individuals will assist everyone in GFL with any issues they may have and will help us with important decisions. Anyways I would like to congratulate the following on their promotions: @SashaGrey @Xy_ @Leks @Winter Well done, We expect good things from you guys!
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    Well, it is a new month. And with new months come new giveaways. (I do giveaways every month) February is the month of love. And I love all of you, so I will be giving away... 2x VIP Status For A Whole Month! That means two of you could have VIP rank on everyone of the GFL Servers. All you have to do to enter is.. Like this post Comment who your Valentine is (2 entries if you include a picture of you and your Valentine) (I am not asking for likes, I am just using it as a second reference) Here are the giveaway rules: You cannot enter if you have VIP after the date of February 14th. You can enter if you are a SUPPORTER Must be a GFL Member You can only enter ONCE The giveaway will end on February 14th, at 12 am EST (Eastern Standard Time) Here is a countdown timer: http://itsalmo.st/#giveawaytime Goodluck to all. Best Regards, iPro.
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    Well, seeing as I was demoted, I most likely will not be on that frequently anymore. I’ll still most likely hop in TeamSpeak from time to time and maybe even get on some servers occasionally. Now for my farewells (even though i’ll still talk to some of you bitches) @Addy - Thanks for getting me into Purge in the first place when you were still an admin, you’re probably the reason I wanted to be an admin so bad. @Zebra - Thank you for giving me a chance at being admin, admin+, and almost head admin @Stud - You were fun to play GTA with, and I wish you had your own PC so you could get on more. @OGMartin - Thanks for being one of the most fun to be around people in GFL. You better not lose our streak. @JoelSmith - We had some great times on Purge, and I hope you one day get the opportunity and the recognition that you deserve. @ButterKing5000 - You were the best head-admin I ever got the chance to be under. Good luck with Deathrun, Purge, and anything else you may decide to do. @GLiTCh - You were a good admin+, a good head-admin (for like a week), a good manager, and most of all, a sellout @Dano - I had fun being carried by you in Dead by Daylight. Thanks for all of your overall help. @Shuruia - Thanks for being very proper, and for all of your general help. @Syrus - You were 2good4me on Dead by Daylight. @John_Santa_Man - We had our ups and downs, but I’m glad we stopped hating each-other and became friends. Good luck on Purge and HnS. @Twig - We also had our ups and downs, but I’m glad we stopped being aids towards each other. Have fun with HnS my boi. You unhealthy cunt. @Maskiee - I love you. @TimmyWu - I’m glad I got to see you get unbanned, Maybe we can play Payday 2 again someday. @rapperdan - Thanks for being the biggest meme in GFL, no matter how many times I called you cancer. @Ariistuujj - Thank you for all of your help with creating models and converting them in to files that would work with Gmod. @Nap14hockey - You’re a great admin and I can see you doing a lot in GFL if you put your mind to it. Best regards @RickGrimesTM - We may have argued about Purge’s MOTD a few times, but I’m glad you're one of the few that I can tell actually care about purge. @Mary - Look at it this way, we have more time to write essays, drink tea, and practice our grammar. @Rcool64 - Thanks for training me on CW:RP, that training may one day save my life , and thank you for giving me points for naming all of the Beatles on Deathrun @Bigtime388 - I had a lot of fun playing GTA with you, and we had some fun times on purge too. @PaperMoney - I’m glad you got admin back after your demotion. We gotta play some zombies sometime, well that is if the BLOOD doesn't bother you @Auggie- We should play the forest some time. @Bae - Thanks for sexually assaulting me on purge, I enjoyed every second of it. @Frosty.Finnick - Draw me a fucking salad or I riot. @SwegBuster - We had some fun in GTA and even on Purge a few times, and I’m glad I got to know you man. @Unknown - Good luck with being head admin. @Bomber314 - You show a lot of potential for purge, and I’m glad that the future is looking up for the server. @flyingjoe32 - We didn't talk all that much, but I really enjoyed being on an admin team with you. @Violator - Spare some ranks? @Jermsquad - #IDidItForPapa @SkittlezExZ - You are a cool guy. @IchTuDirWeh - I'll never forget the time we turned the admin area into space, good fucking times. @stevepwnsyou9 - I’m glad you got admin back again, try not to get caught hacking again @Carrick - I’ll miss the glorious sound of your keyboard clacks, and your typing skill even when playing a game. @Blah - Glad you got admin my dude, good luck. @Olli - Congrats on getting admin! I know you worked really hard for it. At least they had a good admin lined up to replace me @Kazllab - I hope you’ll still let me buy from you in purge, but i know that if i don’t you’ll get me your special express ticket to spawn. @MikePence I hope you keep streaming because I actually enjoy watching you on twitch. @Santahiggle - Thanks for reminding me that I pee sitting down. I also want say thank you to all of the fallen purge admins such as @DeathTheKid, @SpookyBoxBattleMe, @Ezecute, @Universe34, @Deya, @GLOdysseus, @CLITPUNCHER, etc. Everyone on the list above made my time being an admin for GFL a great time, and I'm forever grateful. and finally... @Otter -
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    Those within GFL's higher circles have been discussing certain individuals to be considered in a series of various promotions. These promotions will span our TF2, CS:GO, GMod and media divisions. Given that the discussions for such matters are still ongoing, the final decisions for all of the divisions have yet to be disclosed. Even so, the final decisions on the TF2 and media divisions have already been made and are thus ready to be publicly acknowledged. With a voice of silk and a creative streak to boot, @Amelie has been chosen to be our new media leader. She has been with us since 2012 and will finally get her chance at a position that suits her. The Board of Directors will be monitoring her progress throughout her tenure. With @Snoopy's limited time in GFL comes a need to fill the shoes of the progenitors. @Mercer has been chosen for the role of TF2 division leader due to the time and effort he has poured into our TF2 division. He shall hold this position alongside @Snoopy whilst making himself apparent on the forums. To be chosen for the position now means that he can ease himself into the position without requiring @Snoopy's departure first. The end result is a smoother transition. Again, please be aware that these are only two of the promotions that were being discussed. Remember to look for similar announcements in the near future when we have determined our final decisions for the other divisions.
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    Fx and I are okay just really shaken up by the shooting. We were right next door inside the Luxor when the shooting happened. We were locked down for 6 hours and recently got back to our hotel room.
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    We would firstly like to talk about the recent events that has affected the community as a whole. On May 20th, we received an email with ransom demands. We weren’t sure whether this was a bluff or real threat, but in the case it wasn’t bluff, we made an announcement warning all of our users we were at risk of a major security breach in our network. After giving this warning, we took steps we deemed necessary to secure our network. On May 21st, it was proven this wasn’t a bluff and the steps taken in security was not enough to stop these hackers. To sum up, a dump of our database was made public which included a table of our users on the forums. Emails and passwords (hashed) were also included in this MySQL dump. Obviously, this breach has hurt GFL in many ways (mostly trust that users had in us). We do apologize for letting it happen and we will do the best we can to ensure it never happens again. Security After the major security breach and the database information leaked, we removed access to the web server to have an internal investigation. We have a few theories about how it all happened and we’ve taken steps to mitigate it as best as we could. Since then, we have rebuilt the web server from scratch and started deploying the new version of IPS (version 4) in order to ensure that there were no back doors or other threats still remaining on the system which is why the website and forums have been offline since the event. We have not copied any data from the previous web server, although we still have in possession a copy of the database and website files. We strongly recommend to never use the same password for multiple websites. Using programs such as KeePass and LastPass will help secure yourself in general. We also recommend storing generated passwords in these specific programs, etc. In wake of recent events with even Teamviewer (Link) and past events with other websites and companies, added layers of security will only make it harder for a malicious user. New Forum/Website Before the breach, we used IPB 3.4.9 for our forum software. Since we were already planning on moving to IPS 4, we decided this would be the perfect time to execute the plan. We are now running on IPS 4. However, there are obviously some deviations from the plan. Although we had recent backups of our IPB 3.4.9 database, we still thought it would be best to do a fresh installation of IPS 4. Why? We thought it would keep us more secure and generally make moving to IPS 4 easier. In the end, we consider this a new start for GFL and having a fresh installation would be the best option. Like we said, we have a backup of the old database, if you had any important threads/posts on the old forum and want them back, this is possible. Please message @Roy. Once we finish the new back-end with Members, Supporters, and VIPs, you will need to reapply for Member. Please thank @denros for dedicating a lot of his time into making the new IPS 4 theme for GFL along with rebuilding our donation system. Also thank @Snoopy and @Shuruia (along with a few others) for helping set up the forums. SourceBans + Other Game Server Backends Firstly, we will be changing what we use SourceBans for. In the past, we have used SourceBans to handle Admins+, VIPs, Supporters, and Members. In the future, we will be using SourceBans only for Admins+ access and bans (as it should be). We will be developing our own plugin to manage our Members, Supporters, and VIPs. We also plan on merging both SourceBans (normal SourceBans and Garry’s Mod SourceBans) together again. This will generally make things easier to manage. Currently, our game servers are using the old SourceBans database (on the old SQL VPS). There is no web-interface for any of the old databases; there is therefore currently no way to see if you have been banned (or the reason you’ve been banned). However, @Roy can check through the database itself. Other databases that haven’t been moved over include HLStatsX, SourceBans, and Server List (used for Server Hop, Server Ads, etc). We have no ETA on when everything will be moved over to our new database server although it should not be too much longer. The good news is the databases at this time are still running and collecting stats, running bands, and so forth. Supporters/VIPs System Change The next thing to talk about is the Supporters/VIPs system change. As mentioned on the old forums, we were completely rebuilding our donation system. Despite it currently being unfinished, a basic version will be coming out soon. For pricing, the supporter package will be $4.99 a month and the VIP package will be $7.99 a month (there will be discounts, etc when donating a high amount of money at one time). Users will have to manually input how much they want to donate and it will be multiplied by a factor to receive the amount of days they get Supporter/VIP for. Auto-renewing will not be available (for now, at least). As an added note, users who had an active Supporter/VIP package after May 20th, 2016 (this includes permanent VIPs) will be given back their time. More information will be available when we release the rebuilt donation system. Our Current Financial State Currently, we are not doing well financially. We only have ~$350.00 in our PayPal account. Although we have cut down on expenses (we currently spend ~$851.91/m for our services), we feel we still are in a bad financial state. Especially after the recent events. Server Managers+ will be going over their server(s) and look for new perks for Supporter/VIP to add. This should overall make our current and future Supporters/VIPs more happier. Cutting Down On Servers With GFL being rebuilt, we thought it would be best to cut down on game servers that: Don’t generate much traffic. Don’t generate any donations. Cutting down on servers will allow our administration to give more attention to those that are vastly popular, consolidate hardware, and reduce expenses. We currently do not have a list of servers we will be cutting down on. However, we will release it in the near future. Overall There are many changes being made to GFL. We are doing our best to make GFL a better place and the steps we are taking should definitely make us stronger. With this in mind, one should still consider that GFL’s new setup is in beta. Therefore, Supporters and VIPs will not be given their groups on the forums until the donation system is done (should be soon). Like we said in the past, users will need to reapply for Member once the system is built. We thank all of you for bearing with us through this difficult time. We will continue to make GFL stronger in the future. Thank you, - GFL’s Staff
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    It has been a pleasure to be part of GFL. I first started here as an Admin for our first zombie escape server on CS:S, fun times. Then I moved up the ladder to become a Manager for ZE CS:GO, which surprisingly turned out to become a major success for GFL and after some time That_One_Guy decided to carry on the torch, the torch was given to me. First i thought this was gonna be amazing, next i woke up with mashed sausage spilt everywhere on the floor and people asking for help. Some of the times went really smooth, other was days without sleep. As many of you may already know, I am danish. To take care of the most issues, i went from sleeping at night to sleeping at day so my schedule usually went like Sleep at day, gfl/game afternoon till morning and then school. Pretty fucked huh? anyways, that's why i had to step down. Now my schedule is finally back to normal, I sleep at night go to school and drink fucking every week because my friends are fuckheads and keep inviting me. I want to tag and thank people so the ones i forget get butthurt @Roy You are a very loved person and i wish i could help you more often. Love you bru. @nick027nd @Dano Fuck germany. I love you bro @Floopyhiggle You are number 1 troll floop. Will never forget when i used your account and joined a match and "you" top fragged 60+ kills rofl. @Nick Bare rolig, driller bare, det en prank @RickGrimesTM You got some charm bru, always loved trolling with you on purge. @Snoopy never really got to learn much about you, but you cool. @HackingPotato fuck it. I still love you. But in an acceptable way :trolol:. @Violator - @Deltacommander wtf your color changed you lazy bastard @johaw where is this cunt @SoJa you will always be my bank. @denros What should i do without you @Zebra Zebra @Thomasdavid097 - surf master @Joshy you should become a guy who write books @Leks you are one special faggot @Darkling JB master Ok times up, i gotta run now. Some of you lazy bastards may not even get to here and read this. But I just wanted to make sure, if i dont come home tomorrow from the party i'm going to tonight, that i left a propper goodbye to everyone. I was bored and got some extra time before my train goes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Hey everyone, its that one CA who did stuff even if you didn’t notice. I did most of my contribution to GFL behind the scene, but things have changed. It seems that I have lost interest/have no more purpose as a CA in GFL. I did my best to help the community but I stressed myself out with the amount and volunteer work I do online and in real life and it’s time to cut some strings. Online communities in general are starting to have a negative impact on me, mentally, which ain’t healthy. I have made some mistakes in the past and it has ruined the respect some people had for me. I just want to relieve all the stress and just enjoy playing games without having to make time to do things like I have done for GFL. I recently got a job as a Production Specialist at Krispy Kreme and boy does that wear me out. Not only that but I just didn’t have as much time to do GFL stuff. For the last month I took a step back from GFL to just enjoy playing games and I realised over that time span that this is what I want to do. With my time limited from Work and being a Drumline Staff for my high school marching band, the little time I had left just wanted to enjoy playing games. Some may be happy or some may be sad. Either way, I hope I can just leave on good terms. One last thing, when I first joined this community I had no intention to become an admin or anything, I just wanted to play. Over time I grew friendships and GFL turned out to be a fun experience. Around 6 months into joining GFL I was mostly playing 1v1 and SurfTimer. I said “fuck it” and applied for Operator for SurfTimer. Definitely was not good at being an operator and didn’t go very well for me over time, but I learned from my mistakes. Around a year into GFL I applied for Admin on 1v1 and got it. Probably the best experience I had and I was happy with it and didn’t want to go any further. What do you know 6 months later they were looking for a 1v1 manager. I had good intentions so I said “fuck it”, again. Then again when I applied for CA. My point is, even tho the above had nothing to do with it, was that I enjoyed the community enough to help and contribute and do what I could to make it better. I have to say not only have I made countless memories in GFL but GFL is probably one of the best most friendly communities out there. Everyone has an equal opportunity to become anything they want and I want to see GFL continue to grow from here on out. I don’t have much else to say so I will leave you with a quote I told a special someone when I was applying for CA.
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    Hey everybody! My name is The Empathetic Peacemaker. I used to be the Director of Community Engagement at HeLLsGamers. While serving, I helped create and oversee the HGCE Branch of HG, which includes seven different committees. I'm here to discuss some big news about an organization our team have worked very hard to create and market over the past month and a half or so, along with some good news about us moving forward. I'm happy to announce that our organization, Gaming Community Central (GCC for short) has officially partnered with GFL! I'm also happy to announce that @CrusTi and @Darkling have chosen to serve as Advisors for GCC, while @Leks will serve as one of the two GFL Community Ambassadors! GCC was founded on the belief that server-based gaming communities were missing key opportunities to network and help each other out with achieving common goals. To do this, GCC is taking a three-pronged approach to increase inter-community activity: cross-community events, an aggregated news page, and our inclusive but principled GCC membership opportunity. By doing so, we hope to create a network of partnership and growth based on respect, fairness and cooperation that supports all communities involved. If that sounds like something you wanna be a part of, then you're in luck. We're looking for new staff members, so be sure to check out our open staff positions here and contact me on Steam so we can work out the details. Keep in mind that if you currently hold a staff position in a community, you will be held to a stricter screening process and higher standards to prevent any conflicts of interest. Check out our website to learn more about our organization and its plans to move forward here. Also, be sure to join our Discord to keep up with updates about GCC! We're excited to start collaborating with GFL and look forward to taking advantage of some fantastic opportunities to connect with GFL and other communities :D
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    GFL DEMOGRAPHIC 2016 Participates: 109 #Dan4MemeRank? Thank you to all that participated. I was happy to see we got more people this year. If you would like to compare these to last years statistics, click here. Let us hope for another fun year of GFL.
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    Welp bois, it's my time. I've enjoyed all the time here since 2014. Was never in the community much till late 2015 but since then I've made friends I would have never have met in 1000 years and memories with a LOT of people in GFL, some of left and some are still here to this day! I began on purge as just a normal player, joking around trolling and having and fun times with my friends. One day I applied for admin not thinking much of it and was accepted 9 days later. With me being accepted I decided to join other GFL servers and get to know more of the community. I've met a LOT of people in GFL and I'd say I'm pretty neutral to everyone in GFL so let's start the list! @Mistletoe You the one who got me into this place I call home, I appreciate that a lot! We've had differences but you still the homie! @Shiny Thanks for the chance of being admin! I hope you doing well man! @Zebra My partner in crime! Definitely my best friend in GFL. We've had good memories and hope to still be friends throughout the years! #nohomo @Dano I love you german boy all tho you hate my grammar mistakes i appreciate you for making me not look dumb @SantasElfAuggie Also one of the first few people I've met in GFL and still talk to today, we've also had some bad times but we've overcome them like big boys and girls! @SaladFlake Like I said on your post I hate how it all went down but glad you're mature enough and we're still friends. You one of the best people I know in GFL as well! I was also never a sellout @Unknown Some people say you don't deserve Head admin but I believe in you, man! You've been a good friend to me throughout my time here and it was awesome knowing you! @Nap14hockey YES! YOU DO DESERVE ADMIN+! No matter how much you say no you're definitely a good admin+ @Syrus As salty as you may get you're an awesome dude! We've sung Gary come home and our amazing pizza sauce! @ButterKing5000 and @stevepwnsyou9 Every time I hear your voice it makes me a bit hard tbh, deep voices of GFL no doubt! @Shuruia Everytime you speak it's so intelligent and I find it so amusing, you can literally talk about garbage collecting and make it SO interesting. @rapperdan You're an interesting man for sure, but you chill. @Mary I feel like you always low-key hate me but you still chill as hell @Frosty.Finnick You we're a good admin on purge and an AMAZING artist, I've even used some of your drawings as my profile pic, keep it up. @Addy Honestly can't see Left shark without thinking of you, is that weird? I don't know but you an awesome dude! @SkittlezExZ You chill mane! I can you see you going far in computer stuffs @Benroyjam Never got to know you but you always seem like a chill dude to chill with. @JoelSmith You silly British boy, you good man keep it up! I can see the admin+ in your future @Rcool64 Thanks for accepting my member app all the way back in 2014 #WeGoWayBack @Stud ILY TOO MANE!!!! You a dude with some big muscle and could fuck anyone up! @Bigtime388 Ayy you chill man, I appreciate the hacks on GTA I mean wut? @Kazllab Just realized what your name is backwards @MikePence I love your streams, like fr they are actually interesting, keep it up, man! @Violator Yes @TimmyWu #ProRaiderTimmy #Still#1OnPurge Another dude I met way back and taught me the ways of raiding!! Also they we're air jordans!! @OGMartin Love you, dad, <3 @MaskieeTheSnowman Another man with a deep voice!! Keep it rockin man! @Bae Thanks for all the panda porn, still scared @Ariistuujj Never heard you talk but you know a LOT, my dude. Keep it up! @Carrick I heard you say hi once, my life is complete @Roy Thanks for making this home! I've met so many great people and you're to think. You've created something amazing, sometimes cancer but overall great @Joshy You took a pic with HoodieAllen #Forever jealous! @John_Santa_Man Deez nutz annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd last but not least @zoroark Love you best friend If I missed anyone I apologize for most of the people I missed I just can't think of or never met, but there's one I didn't add and that's because I really hate you . I will contuine to stay here and hope to still meet new people! Maybe I'll come back, maybe who knows time will tell. Anyways seeya guys lata and I love all the memorises I've met here!
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    Hello, this is a major update for GFL. For the past two months, I’ve had no motivation to work on GFL. Recently, I’ve regained motivation to work on GFL again and I’m ready to talk about what I think we need to work on. Let’s begin! Outside Advertising and Recruiting The first topic I want to talk about is advertising and recruiting outside of GFL’s territory. As it currently stands, we are only advertising and recruiting within GFL’s territory such as our game servers and forums. While we should be advertising and recruiting in GFL’s territory, we also need to do a lot of it outside of GFL. Our player and community base is shrinking in size resulting in the process of advertising and recruiting inside of GFL becoming rather useless. How Can We Advertise Outside of GFL? First, I believe we should write up a short message explaining what GFL is and why people should join our community. In this message, we should make it clear we are always looking for people to help make the community grow. It would simply be a short message that will attract people into the community. Second, we should find places where we can advertise this message without giving us a bad name. This will be simply getting our name out there. We should also be using our social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Steam to advertise GFL. How Can We Recruit Outside of GFL? I believe the best way to recruit outside of GFL is to spread the name to your friends and such. Perhaps we should have awards (e.g. badges) for players who recruit users into the community. Another idea (suggested by @CrusTi) would to have users who create an account using a referral link get VIP for one week along with the owner of the referral link. The maximum referrals for VIP would be three. TeamSpeak 3 and the Website I believe we should advertise our TeamSpeak 3 server outside of GFL a lot more. As of right now, a majority of the users who go to our TS3 server are from our game servers. Since our game servers have been dying, our TS3 population has been slowly declining. While I do believe we should advertise and encourage people to go on our TS3 server more in our game servers, we should also be trying to grab people from outside of GFL. Once these users discover our TS3 server, they may see we have game servers along with a website and go visit them. In the same vein, I believe we should do the same thing with our website. For instance, we could try expanding our general gaming discussion with specific game categories (instead of only having games we have divisions in). Basically, we should try to recruit users to our website outside of GFL. Back End Help and Progress Recently, I’ve been backed up on work with the back end of GFL. There are many projects I’ve been wanting to work on but due to not having enough time and personal issues, I haven’t been able to complete them. Ever since the series of negative events back in April of 2016, I’ve had a very hard time trusting anybody with access to the back end of GFL. As of writing this post, only Amp and I have access to the back end. However, Amp is very busy and doesn’t have much time to work on the back end. With the amount of projects to work on and the fact that I will be getting busier with work, I will need help to get these things done. I am hoping I can find somebody in GFL who has the time, dedication, and experience to help complete these projects. With that said, they will obviously need to be trusted enough to be given access. If I cannot find somebody inside of GFL to help with the back end, it may be worth hiring somebody to complete a couple of projects for us. However, I personally am not a fan of hiring developers to finish and complete our work. Let’s talk about the progress with a couple of our current major projects. [Linux] Game Server Back End For OVH Expansion This project has been the highest priority in GFL. For a while now, we’ve been wanting to expand using OVH servers instead of NFO. The reasoning behind this has been stated multiple times in other update threads and here. We had a developer working on this for a few months now, although they unfortunately did not have the time to complete it recently. This project is now stuck without a developer. We are deciding whether we should complete this project or find another solution. I believe if we were to successfully complete this project, we would benefit from it. Of course, it will take a lot of time and dedication to complete this project. Geolocation on OVH IPs This is another project we need complete if we are going to move to OVH. @Ariistuujj and I have been working on contacting the geolocation companies (such as MaxMind) to get our new OVH IPs located in Germany. However, their support is unfortunately frustrating to deal with. @Ariistuujj and I will continue to try to find a solution to this problem. Hopefully it doesn’t take much longer. Overall There are many other projects that need to be done with the back end including website upgrades and more. I’m going to be focusing on finding help so that these projects can be completed quicker and without stressing myself out. Division Updates I would just like to give my personal opinions and updates on a few of our divisions. Counter-Strike: Source As of right now, I believe we have a very dedicated team to our CS:S servers. Our DLs seem highly motivated to expand into CS:S and bring even more population to our servers. While I do really like and appreciate the motivation I see, we have to remember that CS:S is sadly dying. The game reaches around 10K players as a peak. Back when we started heavily expanding into CS:S (early 2012), the game had many more players. It was therefore much easier to populate the servers; there aren’t as many players nowadays and it will be extremely difficult to expand into CS:S. I believe we should continue to focus on our current servers (Surf and Bunny Hop) along with adding one or two new servers to see how they go. If expanding into CS:S doesn’t work out, it is nobody’s fault. The game is nearly dead and most gaming communities would also likely fail if they tried expanding into the game. To conclude, keep up the great work and hopefully it pays off, but don’t feel stressed if the expansion fails since like I said before, it’s very difficult to expand into CS:S. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Our CS:GO division has been stable. However, I do believe we need to push forward and start expanding and fixing a few of our current servers. Surf Timer The first set of servers we need to revamp are our Surf Timer servers. We’ve been wanting to revamp these servers for quite some time now but due to my busy schedule, I haven’t had the time to work on the revamp and I’m not sure if I would like to be included in the revamp anymore. I believe the revamp on Surf Timer should be the highest priority in the CS:GO division when it comes to fixing servers. Bunny Hop Although we revamped our Bunny Hop servers a while ago with a new timer, the server population did not increase. I believe we need to take further steps to bring in more population. FFA DeathMatch Initially, I did not expect FFA DM to work out due to it being very similar to Valve’s DM servers. However, the server is doing quite well. It fills up to around 20 - 30 players daily and I hope it keeps up. I believe there should be admins on the server trying to recruit players to our TS3 server and website (to apply for Membership). With that said, I would recommend trying an European FFA DM server in the future once we setup our OVH machine. Overall, as said before, the division is stable, but we need to start expanding and fixing up servers that are suffering. Garry’s Mod As of right now, I believe our GMod division has the most potential out of all the other divisions we are in. However, I believe there are problems that have gone on for far too long without being fixed. Purge Our Purge server used to be our most populated server in GMod. We used to reach 95/95 daily back in late-2014 and 2015. This server reached #4 on GameTracker but now look at it: While I’m sure there are many theories on why the server is dying, I can say the one thing that needs to be fixed, which is the server’s drained performance. The server has been suffering from constant lag spikes for the past two years and nothing has been done about it. The prop spam protection addon made by myself was removed from the server because it was “malfunctioning”. The reason it was malfunctioning was due to the server lagging itself (the addon detects whether the server is lagging or not). Back when the server was launched (summer of 2014), while the addon wasn’t perfect, it was a great addition to the server and legitimately prevented most prop spammers from successfully lagging the server. It’s time to stop beating around the bush and start fixing the actual issues with the server. I took my time to go through and find addons that are most likely causing the lag spikes, but nothing has been done about them. It isn’t my job to fix the Purge server, the division leaders and server manager should be the ones fixing it. I’m willing to help but it cannot rely on me solely due to my busy schedule and other stuff I have to do for GFL along with the fact that it simply shouldn’t be my job. Zombie Survival While I haven’t done any investigations on Zombie Survival, I’ve heard that it is suffering from constant performance issues just like Purge. I would recommend installing FProfiler and find out which Lua scripts are taking the most resources. In my opinion, each GMod server should have this installed regardless of whether the server is lagging or not. This division has a lot of potential, but much more work and dedication needs to be expended. It has been nearly two years and nothing has changed. A majority of the top GMod servers aren’t suffering from performance issues because they took it upon themselves and ensured they had great server performance. It’s time we take that same approach. Once we expand into OVH, machine hardware won’t be limiting our server performance; the very poorly coded addons will and still do to this day. Arma 3 I believe our Arma 3 division is going to be the next big division in GFL with the amount of potential it has. The only thing we are waiting for is the OVH machine. Arma 3 has the potential to bring in many players to our TS3 server and website along with driving in donations. Unfortunately, we are playing the waiting game with the OVH machine due to us needing a working back end. I will try to get the back end problem solved as soon as possible so we can start the setup on the Arma 3 server. I have no ETA on when this will happen. Call of Duty 4 I’ve been playing Call of Duty 4 quite often recently and wanted to setup a CoD 4 server on our new OVH box for some time now. However, I haven’t had the motivation to do so until now. I am looking forward to setting up a new CoD 4 server on our OVH machine soon. I’ve been playing on a server recently that I really like and I am going to try contacting the owner of the community to see if they would be interested in running their CoD 4 server under GFL (we give them server manager and such). Obviously, this would need to be discussed further with the Trusted group if it were to be considered. Regardless, we will be trying a CoD 4 server on our new European OVH machine. It will most likely be a Hardcore “mixed” or TDM server. I will be the leader of the division and server once it’s started up. Pirates, Vikings, & Knights II While this division is very small, I just wanted to give a small update on it since I am currently the one managing it. Our PVKII server reached #1 on GameTracker under “Half Life 2 DeathMatch”. Despite that this isn’t a big accomplishment since there aren’t many popular servers under the HL2 DM game, it at least proves our PVKII server is getting some population. I am currently playing on the server often and I am going to add a few regulars on the server through Steam to talk to them about ideas, along with trying to recruit them to GFL and such. Updates to the server can be found here. Mini-Divisions A few updates ago I explained why mini-divisions will be important to GFL in the future. As of right now, I haven’t seen any progress made with mini-divisions. Initially, we were aiming to try a mini-division in Overwatch, but unfortunately that never worked out. Mini-divisions are still important for GFL to expand into and now that we have a strong team of community advisors, I believe it’s time to start expanding. Mini-divisions also fall under “Advertising/Recruiting outside of GFL” since we will be trying to grab users outside of our game servers and such. I want these divisions to be a priority to GFL. H1Z1 Since Overwatch failed, I believe H1Z1 is the next game on the list. Although, from what I’ve heard, H1Z1 suffers from the same issue as Overwatch where there isn’t any clan system. Personally, I do believe we can have a successful H1Z1 mini-division, but that would take a lot of work. This mini-division will be discussed. RuneScape A RuneScape division has been wanted for quite some time now in GFL. @Benroyjam and @Leks wanted to manage this division, and I believe we should give them the chance. Fortunately, it doesn’t take any resources running a mini-division. Therefore, the only thing we would lose if we were to fail with this division is time. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth at least trying. Conclusion While there are many other games we can start mini-divisions in, I just wanted to list those two games (H1Z1 and RuneScape). Our community advisors and Directorate are going to be coming together to get our mini-divisions future started. As said before, this is very important to GFL in the future. I am very excited for this! European Expansion The next thing I wanted to talk about is expanding into Europe. As of right now, our NFO machine is very underloaded and we will be getting rid of that once we completely setup our OVH machine. Once our OVH machine is set up, we will be moving the servers to that machine and start expanding into even more servers. A couple years ago we started our European expansion and we did great. We had two completely full NFO machines at one point. Unfortunately, we only have one machine now which is highly underloaded. I still believe expanding into Europe is important to GFL since it fills in the inactive hours for American servers. Furthermore, TS3 is completely dead in the morning hours for Americans. If we were to expand into Europe and recruit many users to the forums and TS3, I feel our TS3 server could be a bit more active during those dead hours. One division we did not expand correctly into for Europe is Garry’s Mod. Once we fix our current American servers in GMod, we should start setting up European GMod servers. To conclude, expanding into Europe again should be a priority in the future once we fix our current game servers. TeamSpeak 3 Population The next thing I want to talk about is our TS3 server’s recent population. The population has been dying off and I feel not as many users go on our TS3 server compared to a year ago. The maximum I’ve seen us hit (even on the weekend) is around 50 - 60. We used to reach around 100 - 110 users. I feel one of the reasons our TS3 server isn’t as popular is because we don’t advertise it well outside of GFL and since our game servers are generally dying, not as many new users are connecting to the TS3 server. While I do believe we need to encourage players from our servers to join our TS3 server more, we also need to heavily advertise our TS3 server outside of GFL. Our TS3 server is the main source of communication within GFL and therefore is very important to us. I’ve seen many gaming communities out there who are much smaller than GFL, but receive three times more population than we currently do on their TS3 server. This is likely because they advertise their TS3 server outside of their gaming community and truly make it public. It’s time to make our TS3 server “truly” public and one other thing we’ll have to do with that is making sure we have an active team who will be able to kick/ban trolls since the public channels will be used often. Other Ideas TeamSpeak 3 Bots I believe we should set up some official TS3 bots for our server. Introduction Bot This bot would greet every user who connects to our TS3 server with a chat message with a few statistics as well. @Leks suggested this bot because it’s a good way to give important information to users who connect to our TS3 server. I would imagine users can disable this bot if they would like, but I haven’t looked into the details on the bot. With that said, the bot could also message all clients on the server when an event is going on. Radio Bots I’ve always thought it would be cool to have a few music channels with bots that run a radio. Only bots would have talk power in these channels and clients can go in there just to relax and listen to the music. Financial Update We’ve been doing very well financially for the past few months. We’ve went from almost running out of money ($200.00 as a balance at one point) in mid-2016 to over $3000.00 now! Here are the latest payments for MOTDGD Ad money: We are also working on moving to OVH which will save us a lot of money! If this keeps up, this will enable us to continue doing giveaways and such along with just improving GFL in general. I would once again like to say a big thank you to all the Supporters/VIPs who have donated towards GFL. Without you, GFL would simply be dead. We will continue to do our best on building GFL up and providing a good gaming experience in our servers! Personal Update I would like to give a personal update. Spring is coming up and I will be becoming busier with my current job along with the other job I will likely be getting. However, I plan on still finding plenty of time for GFL. My goal is to “lead” everybody in the right direction in GFL. Therefore, while I may not have much time for GFL, the people who I am leading will.. For the past six or so months, I haven’t had much motivation for GFL. Especially in the past one - two months, as I’ve been dealing with personal issues. However, recently, I’ve regained a lot of motivation for GFL. I haven’t had this much motivation to work on GFL in a very long time. Since I’m starting to see how strong our higher-ups team actually is, I don’t think that motivation is going away anytime soon. Yes, I’ve overall been struggling for the past few months with GFL, but things will be getting much better unless something unexpected occurs in my life. One thing I’ve concluded about GFL is that working on it truly makes me happy. TL; DR We need to start advertising and recruiting outside of GFL’s territory. We should be mostly advertising our TeamSpeak 3 server and website. This will overall make GFL grow and can be very powerful if done correctly! Recently, I’ve been backed up with back end things. The truth is, I need help with the back end and I am going to take the next few weeks looking for help (perhaps get a team of dedicated and trusted individuals to help with the back end). Once a majority of the back end projects are complete, GFL will be in great shape! There are many things we need to work on within our divisions. The truth is, our divisions aren’t as popular as they once were long ago and we need to get that back. For CS:GO, focusing on revamping Surf Timer will be important. For GMod, we need to get the performance issues fixed for good. There are other divisions that also need work. I explained a few months ago that mini-divisions are very important to GFL’s future. However, we still haven’t started on them. With the new team of community advisors, we need to start our mini-divisions’ future in GFL. I have high hopes that this will work out, as mini-divisions can greatly benefit the “advertising and recruiting outside of GFL” category. We should also try a heavy expansion in Europe again after we successfully repair our current servers. Expanding into Europe is important for GFL because it fills in the dead hours for our American servers. Our TeamSpeak 3 server’s population has been dropping recently. Since this is GFL’s main source of voice communication, I believe we need to start making it rise again. First, heavily advertising it outside of GFL’s territory will strongly help and it will make it more “public”. With that said, we should have a team ready to moderate trolls and such on our TS3 server. For the past six months or so, I’ve been struggling to find motivation for GFL due to personal issues. However, I’ve recently regained a lot of motivation to work on GFL. Although I will be busy with work and such since spring is coming, my job will be to “lead” everybody in the community and we can all work together to bring GFL truly back stronger than ever. Conclusion To conclude, there are many things that need to be worked on in GFL. It’s no joke that we appear to be a small community compared to how popular GFL was back in the summer of 2015. The truth is that GFL has been going through many tough stages within the past year. Ever since the series of negative events occurred back in mid-2016, we’ve been rebuilding. We’ve been rebuilding the back end of GFL because our divisions have only been suffering. From what I’ve seen, there haven’t been any truly new successful servers. In fact, all I’ve seen is our servers dropping in population. Some of this isn’t entirely GFL’s fault, but I still believe we can be doing much better. To be honest, what brought back so much of my motivation for GFL is going on other gaming community websites to see how popular they are. To this day, I haven’t seen any other gaming communities with game servers as populated as GFL’s peak back in mid-2015. We’ve made so many big accomplishments in the past and GFL is a very “known” community. Although we’ve taken very big hits in the past year, I have no doubt that we can come back stronger than ever. Mini-divisions will be a big part of GFL’s future and there are many higher-ups very motivated to not only get GFL’s overall population back to where it was, but go beyond and make GFL a much stronger community. In the event that I build a team of trusted and dedicated individuals to help me work on the back end, we will work on repairing any servers that require technical work. Overall, GFL has a lot of potential and it’s time to start pushing forward. Summer is once again approaching and we need to make it much better than last summer. Google Doc Thank you for reading!
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    I feel some of you may or may not have took me seriously when I said I resigned from both CS:GO Zombie Mods. Well, now I am resigning from everything I am currently managing. I just don't have time for it right now, but I would like to thank you guys for the opportunity for managing at least 3 of the servers. My many personal thanks goes to: @Roy: Thank you for all the guidance you have given me when you did replied ;). @Dano: Thank you for believing in me, and letting me manage for so long. @Infantry: I couldn't have gotten anywhere with out this man right here. Thanks for all your help infantry. @Thomasdavid097: Thanks for allowing me to try something new but didn't really change much for me :P. But thanks for all the guidance you have given me even if I didn't agree with some of it . If this was a goodbye to the community I would have a waaaaaaay longer list.
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    Well, @MaskieeTheSnowman, @Mary, and I (with a little help from @Bigtime388) created this wonderful info-graphic. This info-graphic puts many of the wonderful GFL members and staff alongside their SpongeBob counterparts. We hope you enjoy this semi-shitpost. we love you all pls don't get triggered Those included in this image have been tagged below: @Addy @Bae @Nap14hockey @OGMartin @SkittlezExZ @ButterKing5000 @rapperdan @Shuruia @Dano @Zebra @Stud @Roy @denros @Violator @MaskieeTheSnowman @Bigtime388 @Mary @SaladFlake @Unknown @GLiTCh @Cypher @stevepwnsyou9 @Syrus @JoelSmith @Rcool64 @Mistletoe @Ariistuujj @John_Santa_Man @SoJa @Nomelie @qReindeer @Floopyhiggle @SwegBuster @Frosty.Finnick @Kim @HackingPotato @Blah @Joshy @FxIsMyUsername @SantasElfAuggie @Nubz @RickGrimesTM @Alejandro @Benroyjam
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    Hello everyone! I have been with GFL for some time now and have been playing on the ZE CSGO server. I have been slowly gaining interest in making maps for the server. So this is my official post saying that i am working on maps currently for ZE. I am currently working on two maps! One will be a short sky platformer and will include items and possible a boss. As for the other I am hoping to make a very similar map to The Legend Of Zelda OOT Shadow Temple. This map is my main focus as it will have items, a mini boss, at least two stages, and a main boss. I will be posting updates on my work when I can on the forums. I have already started both maps and I should be done with my Sky map soon. If anyone has any questions or ideas please feel free to message me! These pictures are so you can get a feel what the Shadow Temple will be like.... Thanks everyone!
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    Joke title aside... Please congratulate @Darkling in becoming a community advisor. He has no specific role within the team yet, although @RickGrimesTM will be setting him up with something in due time. Even before that, please consider Darkling as a new contact for any matter that you would normally associate with community advisors. View full article
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    Hi everyone, I'm writing up this post because I am no longer able to contribute into GFL's workflow due to real life issues that have escalated beyond the point I never thought it could reach. I wasn't that good with many people here, I was mostly here to do GFX work and join GFL's CS:GO servers from time to time, also a part of me isn't very social so that explains a thing or two. I would like to apologise to the Creative team and to the Board for not achieving the things I thought I would. I really had a great idea and a plan for the Creative team and for the future of it, which I sadly can't make true. There are many reasons why this is so, starting from the inactivity of the team itself to shitposts on our subforum but I will not go into detail. The main reason why I'm resigning from leadership is because I've fooled around for too long in my life and now college is at the door and I need to get ready. Over here in the forgotten part of Europe you pay for education with your blood (not lit. but you get the point). I need to put all my efforts into study, so I've also decided to stop playing video-games until I get accepted into college. With all the exams comming up, the list of things I need to study just keeps going bigger and bigger. I will still be able to process private requests (gfx, web, etc..) via my steam. What will happen with the Creative team? I don't know, I hope you guys make something up out of this mess I've stuck you into. Once again, sorry for not accomplishing what I've had in mind. No special tags, people who I was good with already know what I think about them. See ya folks later.
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    Hello, everyone. I’m happy to announce two new Division Leaders for the CS:GO division, @Deltacommander and @HackingPotato. First off, many of you may have noticed that I am not as interested in our CS:GO division as I was before; I’m willing to help out with it, but I’d like for someone else to be the main DL. That is why we were searching for a replacement for quite a while now. Adding these two new DLs for CS:GO will mean a good amount of changes coming soon and more people to go to if issues arise. They’ll obviously have to get used to everything first, so it may take a few days. Regardless, these are very promising additions. They have already presented us some plans for the future that we’ll start working on shortly and most of the higher-ups are looking forward to what they can bring to the table. To assure that both of them have a strong technical side to their already great leadership skills, Ariistuujj, denros, Roy and I are going to train and observe them. These additions will not only help the CS:GO side of GFL, but they will also provide us with a new view on lots of things regarding the whole community. Deltacommander will still be able to actively manage and watch over our Zombie Escape server since he isn’t the only one in charge of CS:GO, so there’s no need to worry about that. Overall, we believe that the addition of these two will freshen up the CS:GO division and help it become what it used to be. (Little side note: The fact that we were likely going to get one or two new DLs held me back on some promotions, as I wanted to discuss the candidates with the new DL(s) first and to give them an opportunity to train them, as well. These other promotions will be discussed and done soon.) View full article
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    Get your shit together
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    Hall of Fame: Hello. Today, I am pleased to announce GFL's Official Hall of Fame. I made it long ago but finally have put it to use. This will be an exclusive badge of honor given to appreciated individuals who have contributed a great deal to GFL in their time within the community. For our first inductees, we will be giving the badge to @Cypher, @X2D, @Kim, and @nick027nd. Each of the individuals met the following guidelines: Made extensive contributions to GFL Been with GFL for a long period of time (1+ years) Retired staff and/or had a major leadership role (i.e. team leader) Generally liked by many within GFL As an honorable mention, That One Guy would have also been inducted. However, he does not have a forum account. If he does make one, he will then be added. If anyone who receives the badge does not have permanent VIP already, they will receive it upon being awarded Hall of Fame. Since this was the first batch of people, we added four people at once but it is planned for the future to only add one or two people at a time between large time intervals since it is supposed to be a very rare badge to have. If you have anyone else who meets the above requirements (still open to change), comment below or contact a staff member. There is a possibility we could add them the next time we plan on inducting a new member. HALL OF FAME LIST View full article
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    Well, my time has come. I’ve recently been way busier than I had anticipated I would be. I stepped down from my position as a technical administrator a while back due to my lack of time and effort. I didn’t feel good about being in such a position without having the energy nor time to put in the effort, I believe, it requires. I did, however, take my time before finally making my decision, and I’m deeply sorry about all the inconveniences I have caused and am causing. I’ve had my reasons but that’s irrelevant. I’m sorry. This will probably not be a surprise for some since I have internally stepped a dozen times, haha. However, this final move is long overdue. I initially started losing interest when my favorite division’s Independence Day took place. I lost a great number of friends that day, and my primary interest vanished from GFL. I did, however, stick around. This, among other things, has been a contributing factor to my loss of productivity which I know many of you sadly have witnessed. I should have stopped while the going was good. Now I have inflicted a lot of damage and I deeply apologize for that. A lot of events have taken place during my time in GFL. I have come to a point where I don’t know many anymore. I haven’t had the chance to socialize with the community nor newer staff since I haven’t been playing much. The people, who brought me into GFL (Cobra, Shinigami, Infantry, SFB, and some others), are no longer around. I guess I just miss the old days. I used to look up to GFL, and I was initially so proud to take part in the community especially as developer. This, sadly, does not apply anymore. I’ve lost my respect for the staff of GFL. Great people are rare; great leaders are even rarer. GFL is sadly running low. A lot of my great friends have vanished over my relatively short time with GFL, and I wish I could thank all of them for my experience. A select few of you, who is still around and mean a lot to me, deserve a special thanking: @Dano: Thanks for being a great friend and listener. I’m sorry for making you listen to all my personal problems but thanks for having been there for me. That meant a lot to me. @Roy: Thanks for giving me a shot at being a developer even without knowing me or my prior work. Thanks for letting me lead, or sink, the development team. Thanks for giving me all these opportunities. I’m sorry for letting you down on multiple occasions. @denros: I don’t think you can imagine the amount of respect I have for you. Although constantly being busy, you have pumped out invaluable assets for GFL. We haven’t talked much, but you have been a great inspiration and a great developer. Keep being awesome! @Ariistuujj: I, or most of us if not everyone, might not know much about you, but I do know that you’re a great friend to play with, develop with, and talk with. You’re always there to help or just have fun. Even though your to-do list keeps growing, you always have time for a chat. I know you don’t like attention and prefer just being in the shadows fixing and improving everything, but if anyone deserves attention for their hard work, it is you. Thanks for being a great help and friend. GFL does seem to currently be improving, and I expect a great time coming for GFL. I do, however, not wish to participate anymore. I wish the best of luck to the staff. If I know myself right, this won’t be the last you see of me. Anyways, it has been good. Thanks for everything, GFL. This will surely be a memorable chapter of my life. Thanks.
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    I thought long and hard about this and I made a decision I was gonna save for a new computer but I decided to do something with my life. I'm saving for Airsoft equipment and such so I can go airsofting this summer with my friends and others. So, I am leaving GFL. I know some of you will be happy *cough *cough *cough, lol. But, it was nice being here and made a lot of friends on here and you guys made my times on here amazing. Even tho I always wanted to be a CA but, lets be honest, I was never gonna get past server admin. So, why bother having that as my goal. Anyways, if you weren't added or don't care, that's fine, but as for now, bye guys. @Dano @Infantry @Roy @Happy @Nerd @Shiny @GLiTCh @ButterKing5000 @Twig @Dana @PaulaDeen @SkittlezExZ @Nap14hockey @Shuruia @Nunti @Syrus @Snoopy @Rcool64 @Zebra @RickGrimesTM @JoelSmith @Unknown -i'm aussuming this is you. @stevepwnsyou9 @Benroyjam @Major_Push @Heretic @GrumpyR3aper @Finnick @Cypher @Winter @DaLaw @SwegBuster @Korowa @Fx280 @Thomasdavid097 @Windeetree @Maskiee @ All the old purge admins/players when I first started playing GFL purge and gave me a reason to join. give me all the likes because im leaving
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    I'll try and make this simple, but with enough detail to fully explain myself. I've left numerous times before, but this time it is for a very serious reason. I just want to give a thanks to these people for changing my GFL experience. (these are in no particular order) Dano Shuruia Addy Nick027nd Roy HackingPotato Hatty Jermsquad Amelie Glitch Bigtime Zebra Cypher Snoopy Violator Rcool Syrus Nubz Domps qDogg Johaw Paula Deen Toe Knee Mystic RickGrimes SFB Rapperdan Benroyjam tsiwmike Major_Push Infantry +more Why am I leaving: For the past 8 months I have had a sleep anxiety/paranoia that has caused me not to be able to sleep at all, very little, or 1/9 days a full nights rest. It fell very bad in the past 2 months. It was pretty good for the summer because I could do so much, but I would constantly be tired. I've kept this mostly a secret, but I've mentioned things overtime. Also, I have fell into a "depression". I'm not diagnosed or anything, but from what I had in 4th grade, it's back. I don't want to do anything, I want to stay home, I don't want to do anything "fun". I've had to force myself to put on a smile at school for the past 2 months. I don't want this to get any worse than it already is. Honestly, I was going to save this for January/February(depending on if I got better or not), but I can't hide it anymore. Nothing is working for me. I don't think I should be a manager if I feel like killing myself. Emotions are high. I will still be on Teamspeak and what not, but I don't want to be in a position. I just want to let @Roy, @Shuruia, @Cypher, and @Dano know that I am very appreciative of what they gave me, but I must resign. Farewell friends, Otter also im tired of being cyberbullied by Amelie
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    Hello, So some of you may know I am the new Server Manager for the Purge! I am tasked with bringing purge back to what it once was and hopefully bring in new players and even bring in the old players. If you have any question please be sure to ask!!
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    Okay I am sure that we have all seen the recent changes within GFL's staff team. Rcool has now stepped down because he no longer has the time to put to GFL anymore. This has put us one man down and means we need to actually get the CA team back on track and working towards the same goals. I know that @Roy has spoke to most of the trusted team about the changes we are planning for the CA rank (CA->Council). He would like me to "step up" into a council leader position. I'll be referring to some of the future changes within this thread so if you haven't read about these changes then please go to this thread. For this post I wanted to just discuss what we have been doing wrong up until now and how we are going to improve on them for the future. (the points below are typed addressing the current CA's including myself) Communication The one main issue which keeps coming back to us, time and time again is communication. We don't talk to each other enough and we don't share information between each other. We are all guilty of this and even though we put measures into place (such as the CA discord) it hasn't helped to improve this. This has lead to situations where we are trying to tackle issues from multiple directions with no real progress getting made. This was evident with the "About GFL" project which we all assumed someone else was taking control of instead of making the combined effort to get it done. We could try and solve this with regular meetings and promises to keep in touch but that just isn't going to work. It hasn't worked yet. Something @Roy is pushing for, is more activity within the Trusted discord. This is both within the voice chat and the within the trusted text channels. Since we want to be more open and honest with what we are working on, I am going to disband the CA only discord. We need to move away from independence and start treating the entire staff team as one group! Now we need to set a standard which we all need to keep to. We all have voice chat and are in TeamSpeak most of the time. I want to have a dedicated amount of time every week for everyone to be able chat. Whether this is via voice chat or not doesn't matter. With me "stepping up" into more of a council leader this means I will be available much more often on the trusted discord and if you are looking for something to do then I will be the one to ask. Teamwork Another issue we have is working together as a group. Yes, independence can be a very good quality and a valuable one for this role. But, we need to make sure that we can all work together as a team. Now this links in with communication a lot, as if we all know what we are working on then there shouldn't be a situation where we don't have work to do. Now there isn't a clear cut solution to this issue without physically working together we won't improve. So for any projects which we undertake, we need to always have 2 of us working on them. If you do any forum work such as checking perms, poke another CA and tell them to help out real quick. Obviously working on this will require us to have better communication and the improvements listed above should help with that. Organised Effort One suggestion I want us to try to work on, is a more organised approach to work. For every project that we have, we need to make a post within the CA section. Let us all expand upon the ideas. Once we do that, two CA's will be assigned to it. You can either assign yourself or I can assign people for it based on our original roles. Then depending on the project and how long it is expected to take, we should post weekly progress reports on the thread. Once we start doing this it will become much easier to manage, but our current approach of doing something on our own is not traceable and can lead to people thinking that we are inactive. Trello Now we have started to use Trello more and more, which helps with keeping everything transparent. We want everyone to know what we are working on and which of us is working on them. We all need to become more involved within this. Just take 2 minutes to update the project you are working on and it keeps everyone happy. If you post a topic with an issue then put it in the trello! We have this Trello for things which we want the public to see- https://trello.com/b/pZ85Aj3V/other-overview There isn't going to be one answer to fix all our problems. But hopefully with the rank changes which are coming up, we can treat this as a fresh start. If you have any other thoughts and opinions on the new changes then please don't hesitate to post below! Nobody is directly to blame and we don't need to target specific people to be responsible, as we are all responsible for the current situation. We just need to ensure it doesn't happen again.
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    The server has been known for its solid management. In 2015 @3hunna_Vote_For_Pedro and @Infantry had successfully run the server until its closing in late 2016. From there it was taken by Myself, @Kim and @denros, where countless of hours were spent in creating a newer version of the server and sticking through until a community was formed and stable. Our most recent server manager, @Leks (god rest his management soul), has really kept the solidity of the management timeline and has brought many new players with the creation of events and built a really awesome administration team! Today I have come with news, @Leks as decided to take the role as the servers 'overseer', which he will help guide our new manager @King_Wailord. Congrats on the promotion, you'll do great. im not manager btw complain to leks and wailord now. lol.
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    Sitting at the hospital and who do I think about? You guys. Just had my second daughter born about an hour ago and wanted to check in and let you all know.
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    welp, thought this post would never come but oh well. I just don't have the time or energy to admin servers anymore I'll still hang around the forums dropping 's in the chatbox and stop by the old servers sometimes special mention to people im too lazy to tired to @
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    3 years of admining and here I stand (or sit, rather) saying goodbye to you all, i’ve met so many cool people here but some of you may not know me, so allow me to introduce myself. I am Mike, an admin of (around) 3 years, I began on the TTT #1 server, me and another admin, gaz (He ended up leaving the community shortly after) got our admin at the same time and it was given to us by an individual called scout. Scout ended up having his manager position stripped from him due to unsolicited promotion of the now defunct EG (or something like that) community, in which he was the owned of. The other admins at the time were Eclipse (Fairly abusive, but still a cool dude) and Oxygen (overall chill guy, you may see him sometimes on jailbreak). There may of been more but those are the only ones I remember. Once I got my admin I was extremely hyped and every waking moment I would be admining, and helping people. It got to the point where I would intentionally wake up early in the morning so I could get more time to admin. So some time passes and some new admins are being added and Edge assumed manager position and a newer admin, wildstark ended up being promoted to a higher rank (I believe it was either super or assistant manager I can not remember the specifics). But this basically broke my heart. I had put in so much time, so much effort, so much work and I got nothing in return. This would go onto become a reoccurring theme in GFL for me. Eventually other servers started opening up such as darkrp (now purge). Me and Justin (Not sure if he still hops into GFL) would dick around on there and get a max of around 5 people on the server at any given time, it only ended up taking off and getting to around 30 players usually. But I would rather go over all the juicy drama that happened throughout my years rather than drawl on about the history of servers. I ended up getting banned for the first time from a GFL server when Echo (old council) ended up banning me, because I raided his base as a hitman (which was allowed). Eventually the issue was resolved but Echo eventually lost his council (for unrelated reason) Now that i’m done boring you with my history let me explain to you why I am leaving. I feel like I haven’t gotten anything for all the hard work I've done for the servers. I’ve seen people with a tenth of the work i’ve put in get manager, get head admin or in general surpass me. I’ve seen people get manager in a server i’ve been playing on for twice as long as them and had put atleast twice as much work into. People could rise to division leader and management in months while I am in the community for years and all I have to show for it is my once had global admin. My global admin was revoked for god knows what, I think it had something to do with a management post that said you didn’t have to keep globals as admin on your server. Which is idiotic in every way, there is no risk in keeping an admin on the team if they are a reputable member of the community. It would be like removing Roy from your server because he wasn’t active. However that wasn’t the only unfair treatment i’ve received throughout the years, the most recent example I can think of this is when I got my admin removed from purge because all the admins got together, and decided I didn’t need it/ they didn’t like me. Not activity, as I proved this was false because I had a V.O.D of me admining. Not poor behavior, but because everyone decided I didn’t need it. But this isn’t a thread to debate, this is a thread to say goodbye. So keep it out please. If you can’t help yourself then PM me. It’s sad to say that I leave this community with a bitter taste in my mouth, I’ve had so many good times with people in this community. I was going to list all the people that I will miss but that would be pointless, if you’d like to hear my full opinion on you, just ask below and i’ll answer. FAQ: Q: Why was your profile pic money? A: One of the questions i’ve been dodging, basically I was thinking about what to choose for a profile picture and I was wondering what things I liked. My 12 year old mind immediately turned to money and that’s what I chose. Q: What’s up with the tsiw in your name? A: One of the questions I promised to answer the day I leave the community, it’s my email. Not as cool as everyone thought I suppose, I never changed it because by the time I figured out how to change names on steam everyone already knew me as tsiwmike. Q: We were friends! How can we stay in touch? A: Add me. Q: How long were you in the community? A: Almost the beginning of GFL’s involvements in gmod. I saw all the modern servers get built up and saw all the defunct servers go down. Somewhere around 2-3 years. Q: Will you still hop on? A: Maybe once in awhile on teamspeak and less frequently on other servers. TL;DR Basically i’m leaving because I feel I didn’t get recognition for what I did in the community, and I feel like I wasn’t ever respected/considered for promotion even when I was the most experienced admin, I was always glossed over as the cancerous guy. Also please read the whole thing, it took me a while.
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    Hi, I've been wanting to make this post for some time now and I've been thinking very hard about this. In the past, I feel I've acted as a BoD member with "special" access. Today, I just started a new job and after looking at my schedule, it appears I'm going to be more busy than I thought. While I won't be working as many hours as I did in the Summer, the schedule isn't consistent. Basically random (a lot of jobs are like this). For me, this won't work out well for GFL because with the type of projects I work on, I like having consecutive days off (e.g. in the Summer, I had every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off). With that said, I am also going to be focusing on other personal things. After months of thinking about this, I think I am just going to have take a step back from GFL. Therefore, I would like to resign from the "Board of Directors" role in the community and perhaps become an unique Technical Administrator. I would still take care of the financial side of GFL along with the back-end, but I just can't spend time working on things such as: Fixing game server issues. Expanding. Constantly doing my absolute best to discuss the issues in GFL and on ways we can improve. Other GFL issues. While from time to time, I may occasionally work on things in general for GFL, nobody should expect me to perform these tasks from now on. In fact, if you have anything related to GFL, you should go to a valid Board of Director first. If the following services are experiencing issues, you may contact me first: Web server (e.g. website, FastDL, MySQL server) TeamSpeak 3 If your problem does not have anything to do with any of those services, please contact a Board of Director member first. If your request/issue isn't related to those services listed above and you contact me first, I will tell you to go contact a BoD first. If the BoD team is inactive, then private message them on the forums (feel free to include me in it so I can see you are trying to contact them, basically proof). I am no longer accepting the excuse "The BoD team won't respond" anymore because 86.33% of the time, the person messages one BoD member while they're offline and understandably doesn't get a response. I would just like to highlight a few things before I end the post. General GFL is generally doing okay, however, I do believe we could be doing much better. We've made many back-end changes including promoting new BoD members, but at the same time, I feel our servers are slowly dying more each day that goes by. More work needs to be put into GFL from all ranks. Financial State I've explained this many times but personally, I feel nobody is actually listening to me or taking me serious. Our current financial state is still bad. We were under our $850.00 goal just a few days ago, which, in my opinion, is scary. While I did do some things to cut down on expenses, we need more money. I will still be working on trying to move our servers to OVH and the geo-location IP change is finally getting done. However, we're not going to risk buying a $80.00 machine when we have the chance of it failing. If you want OVH (which, I'm sure a majority of the staff in GFL does knowing the benefits if it works out), we need to do things to get donations so we don't have to worry risking $80.00 to try to move our servers off of NFO to OVH. As of right now, there are periods where we go 1 - 3 days without a single donation. Back when our financial state was strong (2015), we received 5 - 10 donations daily. Perhaps that should be a goal (getting an average of one donation a day is not acceptable). Garry's Mod Division Leaders, I would highly recommend working on how we're going to display MOTDGD ads. I am not going to be looking into this so the MOTD Ads integration is going to be relying on you guys. Once you're done, I can give you the MOTDGD account ID so we can finally get ad money from Garry's Mod (I very highly recommend doing this). As for CS:S, I thought MOTDGD ads were already setup, but if some reason it isn't, you can simply download my plugin from GitLab here. Battle of the Communities As a few of you may know, a couple months ago we were invited to participate in a tournament including seven other communities. This was for CS:GO and we accepted the invitation simply because we wanted GFL to branch out and become more "social" by playing with other gaming communities. While @Dano made multiple announcements saying we are taking part in this tournament and that we needed a team, unfortunately, we couldn't find enough team members (we had over a month to do so). Personally, I am highly upset over this and angry because it's a very terrible feeling having the "hosts" (in this case, the main leaders of Edge-Gamers, a very large gaming community) ask us if we had a team and we having to say "No". We were understandably forced to (forfeit?) from the tournament because we couldn't get 5 - 7 GFL members on our team (they didn't want eSports team members since they would understandably have an advantage over other players in the tournament). This gives GFL a terrible reputation and I doubt they will be inviting us back in. There is not one single individual to blame. What is to blame? GFL's staff as a whole. Nobody was talking about it or advertising it anywhere. Things like this should be a big deal and people should be looking forward to it along with talking about it. If we ever do get an opportunity again (which, with the current state of GFL, I am never doing anything like this again), I hope GFL's staff becomes a little more "involved" with the tournament. Stress, Etc I wanted to end this post in talking about how GFL is affecting me. The things I've been doing in GFL have highly benefited me. However, I've been very stressed out as well. Ever since the responsibility of the entire back-end was given to me, a lot more load has been put onto me. While @denros and @setup.sh has been helping me, there is still a lot of load that goes on me. With that said, dealing with general GFL problems definitely doesn't help. I've also somewhat lost interest for community servers. The reason is personal and has to do with conflicts with Valve (e.g. they are basically killing our CS:GO servers). Community Servers are just not a thing anymore in most newer games. Personally, I think the developers of these games are literally idiotic for not developing modding tools and allowing community servers, but I guess it is what it is (the reality is game developers make games for the money, not the quality now-a-days). To sum up, I'm sure you're aware that I am generally stressed out a majority of the time in GFL. The truth is yes, I am stressed out and perhaps unhappy (GFL isn't doing all that great at the moment and that for sure doesn't help). If you have any questions, feel free to reply as usual. Thank you for understanding.