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  • These are newsletters about the current state of GFL which have been produced by our Writing Team!

    June/July 2020 Newsletter
    Introducing Council - Trigger
    - Council is now GFL's highest authority. It consists of Directors and representatives from some of our divisions. They will be responsible for GFL on a daily basis and each will be in charge of certain fields. For example, Director of Communications will be directed by Shuruia and Director of Divisions will be directed by FrenZy. The Directors will be responsible for fulfilling the Council's wishes. We also have Division Representatives. Skittlez is the representative for our Rust Division, and Pyros will represent our GMOD Division. Council will also be led by Nick, the Executive Director. He has the overall responsibility for GFL. These changes were made in an effort to improve communication between staff members and the community.
    Read more about the big change here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/60005-announcement-the-future-leadership-of-gfl/
    3 New CS:GO Servers (Climb Timer, Decoy Dodgeball, and Bhop #2) - Trigger
    - We have released 3 new CS:GO servers over the last 2 months. These being Climb Timer, Decoy Dodgeball, and Bhop #2. Climb Timer is basically parkour for CS:GO. Your only goal is to reach the end point as fast as possible. You will have to go through challenging obstacles to achieve victory. Next up we have Decoy Dodgeball, a gamemode centered around knocking out the other team with dodgeballs. This can take place on various maps including gymnasium, tournament, and nuke! Last on our list is Bhop #2. It plays the same as Bhop #1, but with a #2 instead. Players can freely switch between both at any time.
    HG x GFL CS:S Scrim - Trigger
    - A cross-community tournament held by GFL (Games For Life) and HG (HeLLsGamers). Both teams will have 23 players with a few subs for any problems. Everyone who participated in the event will be entered into a raffle for two separate $10 gift cards. Participants will also receive a unique badge. A successful event held by GFL and HG! 
    New Division Leader - Dragoon
    - Recently, our Team Fortress 2 Division has had a vacant place for a Division Leader. With this in mind, we’ve recently selected a new Division Leader! Selected for their management and communication skills, we have Coven! Under the leadership of Coven, the Team Fortress 2 Division will thrive and prosper.
    GFL's TF2 server, 2Fort 1, reaches #1 ranking - Dragoon
    - There’s some more good news from our Team Fortress 2 Division, and it’s a very noteworthy achievement. 2Fort 1, which is one of our two servers that’s on the 2Fort Map, was able to reach the #1 Ranked Server on Gametracker, comparing against every other server on Team Fortress 2! Although the server has since dropped a few places since then, this is a major accomplishment! To the players and staff that helped to make this feat possible, thank you all, for making 2Fort 1 a great place that Team Fortress 2 players can enjoy!
    The Graphics Team Renovations - Dragoon
    - There are a plethora of teams here at GFL. Recently, our Graphics Team has undergone multiple changes. The original purpose of the team was to just take requests from GFL Members and above, and they did things such as creating profile pictures, forum signatures, or even simple art. However, the team has undergone many changes in the past few weeks. While the team will still take requests, the main focus of the team has shifted from the aforementioned requests to revamp many outdated graphics around everything GFL related, while on the side, they have posted tutorials and resources for many things connected to graphics. Of course, if you are to notice any abysmal or outdated graphics, then make sure to report it to the GFX Team here.
    Brand new ARK server - Saizy
    - A new ARK server is being set up by Stoodly! ARK: Survival Evolved is a game where you can tame dinosaurs to collect resources, fight for you, and be your loyal companion! Learn new blueprints to build up yourself, or your fellow tribesmen, find bases to raid with your dinosaurs, and fight against other players! Can you tame a Giganotosaurus? Will you become the Alpha Tribe? 
    Future of Breach - Saizy
    - Breach hasn’t been updated a lot recently but one of their managers, Duc2000, wants to share his plans for the future of the gamemode! This include things from new maps, new SCPs, new ‘quality of life’ improvements, and even new special rounds! If you love the SCP fandom and you’re interested in a multiplayer game surrounding it, why not join the community to be there for those exciting, upcoming updates?
    Writer Applications:
    - Writers are tasked with creating Newsletters and taking on requests for GFL. We are currently looking for more writers, so if you're interested in helping GFL then please visit the links below.
    More information about Writer here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/48338-writing-team-information/
    You can apply for Writer here ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/98-writer-application-form/
    GFX Team Applications:
    - Being apart of the GFX Team means tackling incoming art requests. Some examples of these requests would be banners, profiles, etc. Visit the links below to learn more.
    More information about GFX here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/58153-graphics-team-overview/
    You can apply for GFX here ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/128-graphics-team-member-application/

    March/April/May 2020 Newsletter
    Two New Division Leaders, Pyros and Skittlez - Trigger
    ---> We’ve been looking for new Division Leaders for Garry’s Mod and Rust. Thankfully, we have found just the right people! Our new Division Leader for Garry’s Mod will be Pyros, who has shown great leadership and communication skills. He will help direct our Garry’s Mod Division with Zebra. A dedicated leader with excellent management skills, Skittlez, will lead our Rust division to a greater future!
    New "Don't Starve Together" Server in the works - Trigger
    ---> Here at GFL we tend to stick with the bigger games (CS:GO, Rust, Garry's Mod, etc.). However we've had an idea to start working with smaller games. Which brings us to Don't Starve Together! Xy, one of the technical administrators, started working on a GFL Don't Starve Together Server. It will be a mix of vanilla and modded, which to some may be good or bad. 
    10,000 Discord Users - Trigger
    ---> Yes, you read that right! We've reached over 10,000 Discord users among all of our Discord servers. That includes everything from GFL Official to GFL Garry's Mod! Of course, these numbers won't stay like this forever, as we are sure to gain even more members in the future.
    New CS:GO Intermediate Surf Timer Server - Trigger
    ---> A new CS:GO Surf server with the difficulty "intermediate" has been added to our list of Surf servers. At the moment, we have Beginner Surf, Novice Surf, Intermediate Surf, and Expert Surf. Each server will have its own rotation of maps related to the difficulty of the server. 
    New CS:GO VIP/Top100 Surf Timer Server - Trigger
    ---> Our old and deformed Beta test server transformed into the new and reformed VIP/Top100 Surf Timer server! This server will allow you to play each individual tier level. Want to play on those pesky Tier 4 maps? We have over 600 playable maps with various difficulties. We plan to add more 
    AshAkiri - New Technical Administrator - Saizy
    ---> GFL has a brand new Technical Administrator that will mainly focus on the CS:GO Branch. After proving himself to the higher ups with his creative thinking, he was recently promoted to be the newest addition to the team. We are already seeing what he can do, what he has done for CS:GO so far. Expect many things from him in the near-future!
    Rise and Fall of GFL Zombie Survival - Trigger and Saizy
    ---> We've revived a long lost zombie survival server. It took time, but eventually it grew into a wonderful place to play. Instead of 24/7 mall, we decided to go with rotational maps. The server had ZE, OBJ, and ZS maps. Overtime however, the server suffered many problems. Staff were inactive due to COVID-19, toxicity grew, and updates weren't happening. The server also had minor technical problems. With that said, the GMOD Zombie Survival server is coming to an end. It was given a try and ultimately failed because of said reasons. Hopefully people have made some memories there and made new friends before the unfortunate closure.
    Garry's Mod Half-Life Co-Op Server - Saizy
    ---> GFL has launched another server, Half-life Co-op! Within GMod, you'll be able to play with other players through the entire Half-Life Campaign! It will also be possible to play with  add-ons, to make the original Half-Life experience a little bit better. If you ever wanted to play a Half-Life game with a friend, now is your chance!
    GFL Game Events - Saizy
    ---> Pokémon Showdown Event!
         - This event will be run using the browser game Pokémon Showdown! Using Generation 7 Pokemon, 8 players with randomly generated teams will compete one on one to the top of the bracket to become the Pokémon champion. Lemillion is hosting it, and is asking everyone to come & join! A cool "Pokemon Champion" GFL badge is waiting for you with your name on it!
    ---> Overwatch 6v6 Event!
         - A Overwatch 6v6 event is happening soon! This event is targeted for European players, you can also join if you live in America, as long as you have good internet! Each team will compete with each other in 6v6 matches! Even if you just join, you get an Event Participation badge. However, if you win the matches you also get the "EU Event Winner" badge!
    ---> Mystery Culprit Event!
         - A new event coming to the GFL Forums is called Mystery Culprit! There will be 30 suspects, 9 of which are the real culprits. The culprits are divided into sets of 3. The other 21 suspects have to guess correctly which one among the 30 are the culprits of this game. For just participating, you get a "Event Participant" badge. If you win, you get the special "Mystery Culprit" badge as well!
    Writer Applications:
         - Writers are tasked with creating Newsletters and taking on requests for GFL. We are currently looking for more writers, so if you're interested in helping GFL then please visit the links below.
    More information about Writer here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/48338-writing-team-information/
    You can apply for Writer here ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/98-writer-application-form/
    Event Coordinator Applications:
         - Event Coordinators host events inside and outside of GFL. Whether it be a talent show or a free for all in-game, they'll surely come up with some eccentric ideas! If you're interested in doing this sort of thing, then please visit the links below.
    More information about Event Coordinators here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/48172-events-team-information/
    You can apply for Event Coordinator here ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/94-event-coordinator-application/

    November/December/January 2020 Newsletter
    A brief announcement:
        Hey there, I just wanted to let you guys know that we are moving back to monthly newsletters. Newsletters will now be published near the end of every month. If you wish to help the Writing Team, then please take a look at the "advertisement" section below. Thanks, and enjoy the newsletter!
    The Newsletter
    ---GMOD Clone Wars RP released---
        We've finally released our new GMOD CWRP server! Role-play as a clone soldier in your favorite legion, or become a powerful Jedi to fight the Separatist army! Events are controlled by Game masters, and ranks are based on your performance and time. The server IP is "". Drop by sometime, yeah?
    More information here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/49826-announcement-gmod-clone-wars-rp/
    Clone Wars RP forum here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/forum/1100-cwrp/
    ---GMOD NZombies Released---
        GMOD NZombies (Nazi Zombies) has finally come to GFL! Do you like playing COD zombies? Want to survive endless waves of zombies with your pals? Well now you can with our GMOD NZombies gamemode! Team up with other players to fight the undying horde of crazed Nazi Zombies! You can join the server by using this IP; "". We'd love to have you!
    NZombies forum here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/forum/1163-nzombies/
    ---GMOD Murder returning---
        We have decided to bring back GMOD Murder thanks to our Anycast network. One player is chosen to be a murderer, another to be a detective, and the rest are bystanders. The murderer needs to kill everyone without blowing his cover. The detective spawns with a revolver and is tasked with eliminating the murderer. As for the bystanders, their only job is to stay safe and collect clues (clues are used to find the murderer). The server IP is "". What are you doing? Get your butt in there!
    More information here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/48753-announcement-gmod-murder-is-back/
    Murder forum here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/forum/797-murder/
    ---New CS:GO Division Leader, Frenzy---
        GFL is more than excited to announce that @FrenZy is now the CS:GO Division Leader. Previously a division leader back in 2015, FrenZy has proven himself to be extremely dedicated, and highly knowledgeable. His management skills are just what GFL needs for the CS:GO section. Congratulations to FrenZy, and we hope to see great things from him soon!
    ---GFL 2019 Demographic---
        This is our 5th annual GFL Demographic. Previous demographics were created by Queue, however, this one was made by @Mejilla. By far one of our most diverse demographics yet. The 2019 Demographic has exceeded previous demographics by double! It reached an outstanding 422 responses (the previous record was around 200 responses). 
    More information here ---> 
    ---GFL's Birthday---
        GFL was founded by Roy on January 25, 2011. Roy, at the time, was only 14 years old. He initially created the group as a joke, but in time it amassed a reasonable amount of players. GFL is now 9 years old, let's look forward to the many years ahead! 
    ---HeLLsGamers and GFL CS:GO 1V1 Event---
        This wonderful event hosted by both HeLLsGamers and GFL, was created in hopes of bringing the two communities together. It was held on January 11 and was a complete success. 3 winners were chosen from the event. 1st place was [GFL] Jun, 2nd place was [GFL] AmPeach, and 3rd place was [HG] Lemonade. We hope to have more events like this in the future!
    ---10 New Killing Floor 2 servers---
        We've added an additional 10 servers to our Killing Floor 2 roster. Our servers will have different difficulties set, they include Normal, Hard, Suicidal, and Hell on Earth. These servers are hosted in New York City, NY. 
    More information here ---> 
    ---Surf Timer Expert 3-6---
        A third edition to the Surf Timer server group, the expert server has over 50+ maps with player rank transferring over from beginner surf timer servers. Be sure to visit the server at ‘’, to connect via the console.
    ---Writing Team Applications---
        Writers are tasked with creating Newsletters and taking on requests for GFL. We are currently looking for more writers, so if you're interested in helping GFL then please visit the links below.
    More information about Writer here ---> 
    You can apply for Writer here ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/98-writer-application-form/
    ---TF2 Server Applications---
        We are currently looking for new TF2 admins! They are responsible for moderating our TF2 servers and enforcing server rules. If you are interested, please follow the links below!
    TF2 2Fort Admin Application ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/44-tf2-2fort-admin-application/
    TF2 2Fort 2 Admin Application ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/53-tf2-2fort-2-admin-application/
    TF2 Hightower Admin Application ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/52-tf2-hightower-admin-application/
    TF2 Hightower 2 Admin Application ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/91-tf2-hightower-2-admin-application/
    Oops, I dropped something https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    August/September/October 2019 Newsletter
    A small introduction

    Hey there, I just wanted to take this moment to introduce myself. Hello, I am Trigger, the Writing Team's Leader. From now on I will be managing the Writing Team and everything they do. I have a lot of great ideas for the future of the Writing Team and hope to see them come to light!  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to PM me.
    Thank you and enjoy the GFL Newsletter!
    The Newsletter
    ------2 New CS:GO servers, Minigames and 24/7 AWP------
    After much long discussion and debate, please welcome two brand new servers to GFL’s server list, 24/7 AWP and Mini-games! Both were highly requested from players since the success of Jailbreak. It’s almost a guarantee that these will do just as great! Please come and visit our servers, we are sure that you will find something you’ll like!
    You can find CS:GO 24/7 AWP here ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/forum/1061-awp-247/

    As well as Mini-games, here --->  https://gflclan.com/forums/forum/1060-minigames/
    ------RivalRevival stepping down as Director------
    Our dearest friend, Wiggles, has officially stepped down as Director. 
    Wiggles (RivalRevival) has contributed greatly to GFL by leading as a director and supporting the community as a committed player. Over the years, Wiggles has worked his way up the ranks to achieve such a position. His dedication and commitment to GFL prove that he will forever be a reputable player within the community. Though he has left officially, he will still be around Discord to chat with everyone, even coming in once in a while to help the GFL staff.
    ------Removal of Media Team------
    In case you’ve haven’t heard, the Media team and most of the teams in it are officially removed. Our Directors believed that most of the team was unnecessary and time-consuming. Video Editor and Streamer roles were removed with Media Team. However, the Writer role was moved to Public Relations and GFX was made into its own team. This change was foreseen by many, as the workload and effort from these teams were minimal. 
    If you wish to apply for the remaining teams, you can do so here:
    Public Relations - https://gflclan.com/forms/13-public-relations-application/
    GFX - https://gflclan.com/forums/forum/10-graphics-team/
    ------The success of PR’s Event Coordinators------
    If you haven’t been to one of their “fun times”, well then you’re missing out. The Event Coordinators have created a multitude of events for GFL. Some examples of their work would be movie nights, talent shows, and karaoke. For movie nights, they choose a wide variety of movies to play for the audience. Obviously, it being October they chose horror movies. And I’m sure that for December, they’ll choose Christmas-themed movies. Talent shows were introduced in late October. You can audition for a part and perform in front of an audience! You will need some sort of talent to audition, so make sure to go in unique! 
    More about the Talent Show ---> https://gflclan.com/forums/topic/47860-event-gfls-1st-annual-talent-show/
    Movie night seems to be a favorite among members of GFL, so if you have the time make sure to check them out!
    ------New GFL game in development------
    Ever wanted to murder a GFL staff member? Well here’s your chance!
    In early October, a GFL developer by the name of Rocket came up with the idea to create a “GFL Video Game”. Now, I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. His idea is to have GFL staff members attack you, the player, all while you simultaneously gun them down with a multitude of weapons. The game will be a 2D platformer with randomly generated levels. 
    As of October 28th, the game is still in development. Hopefully in due time the game will be finished, and should be quite beautiful!
    ------Partnership with Glitch.win------
    In mid-October, a person by the name of Rocky contacted Ben about a possible partnership with their* site. The site, Glitch.win, will reward users for completing in-game objectives. After Ben and Rocky conversed about the matter, they finally came to a wonderful conclusion! That conclusion being that Glitch.win will provide giveaways to GFL , however, in return those who enter the giveaway will have to sign up on their website to qualify. 
    Their giveaways are always new and diverse, so be sure to check out the given rewards!

    ---Writing Applications---
    Writers are tasked with creating Newsletters and taking on requests for GFL. We are currently looking for more writers, so if you're interested in helping GFL then please visit the links below.
    More information about Writer here ---> 
    You can apply for Writer here ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/98-writer-application-form/
    ---Event Coordinator Applications---
    Event Coordinators host events inside and outside of GFL. Whether it be a talent show or a free for all in-game, they surely come up with some eccentric ideas! If you're interested in doing this sort of thing, then please visit the links below.
    More information about Event Coordinator here ---> 
    You can apply for Event Coordinator here ---> https://gflclan.com/forms/94-event-coordinator-application-form/
    Don't look here please, thanks ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    New Badges (May)
    It is with great pleasure that we announce the new badges!
    Badges have been recently updated to accommodate the people’s request of a newer and more recent design. The previous design had many flaws, but it got the job done, and so the request was inevitably locked away. However, @queue, the previous designer of the old badges, has come back to create a new design for the badges. He has created two new designs, and sent out a poll for the community to vote on which design to implement (or even keep the old design, if anyone even wanted it.) Queue has worked on this for a long time now, and is very satisfied with his work.
    The community is also pleased! The old badges had different designs for the same roles, and were not consistent in design because of this. It was also difficult to pinpoint the accurate rank of a staff member without asking the member him/herself. The new badges have its own system to help differentiate between ranks, and the layout is simple enough for anyone to understand (provided they want to). This badge renovation was done to show how GFL tries its hardest to interact with and work with its community, even though it has other things to work on. A happy community benefits us all, be you a staff member, a director, or a player.

    Highest player Count (May)
    Everyone from GFL has always wanted something big to happen. Well, here it is! The highest record of online players from mid-June 2016 has finally been broken! You heard me right! As of now, the new highest record of online players is 690 out of 1546! The number of players is counted from 30 of our servers.
    We can thank the new (and for one in particular, “renewed”) servers for breaking the record. One server that contributed the most was our Rust server, which saw a online player count of 165 on a 200 player server! Now we just have to beat our all-time record, which is 1299 players online!
    New Donation System (June)
    As per Roy’s request to reshape the donation system, the director team has created a trello to collect all ideas for the donation system.
    Our current donation system has been in need of a slight renovation for a while now, and Roy has given the task to the directors. The directors have created a trello to track all incoming suggestions, and all suggestions have been made by server managers, directors themselves, or other people that are currently in charge of a server. A form has also been created for server managers or administrators to submit their own suggestions. The idea here is to get the staff involved to see what they would like implemented into their server’s donation system or GFL’s donation system as a whole. Once suggestions stop rolling in, the directors will look at all the suggestions and pick which ones should be completed (if not all).
    We look forward to see what changes will be made and to what servers (or maybe to all servers!). Several suggestions have already been made and are already in the process of being reviewed, but suggestions are still open to the staff.

    Roy's Career (June)
    After 8+ years here at GFL, Roy will be taking a step back in order to focus on his own life. He has built up this community and nurtured it with a safe and fun environment, focusing solely on the happiness of the community and doing everything in his ability to keep it running to the best of his ability. Every cent he has earned has gone straight to GFL, and all of his work in these past years has mainly been for GFL. He has assembled a large team of directors, developers, managers and more to oversee GFL as a whole in order to make it easier - but Roy has to progress his own life, too.
    Roy is 21 and started on this community at an early age; around 12. Now that he’s all grown up, he needs to support himself - after all, life take precedence over everything else. He’s currently got his own job and is obviously pursuing and learning the ins and outs of hosting providers, so Roy will be taking a step back from GFL in order to work hard at these things. On top of that, Roy has lost motivation and time in order to complete all the ideas he has - so he’s given them all to the directors and developers, whom he trusts will work hard to accomplish these tasks. Roy will not leave GFL completely; in a way, he is GFL, so he will be working on the Anycast network, but he will not be helping out in anything else.
    New Gmod Division leader (June)
    As of the 22nd of the June, the new Division Leader for Garry’s Mod is Zero! The Former DL, Zebra, has decided that Zero is the best candidate for DL. Of course, this decision wasn’t out of nowhere. Zebra hasn’t been able to do much for the Gmod servers and he is quite busy with things outside of GFL. As for why he wanted Zero to be DL, well, Zero is well known for his skills with development and server management. That alone is worthy of a DL position. 
    Now let's not forget about Zebra here. Since Zebra is a longstanding member of GFL, and his opinion on matters within GFL is appreciated. He will be moved to the Community Advisor position. As a Community Advisor, he will be able to assist GFL staff with internal problems. Make sure to congratulate Zero, and to thank Zebra for his hard work within GFL!

    TF2 Servers (July)
    Hey, guess what? Our TF2 servers are in the top 10! You heard me right! Our 24/7 2Fort server is currently ranked #2 on Gametracker, holding an average player count of 30! Our other server, 24/7 Hightower, holds the rank of #10! It has an average player count of 22. Although the success of these two servers was doubted, it is clear now that bringing them back was a great idea!
     These servers are sure to stay in the top 10! We can only hope to implement even more TF2 servers in the future. Also, if you have any suggestions for our TF2 servers, then please leave a suggestion on our TF2 Suggestions thread.
    Final Notes
    Starting this off with an introduction, Hello, I'm the New Team leader for Public Relations, I go by Davoony for the Most part, but You're more than welcome to Call me Jade, I'm looking Forward to Finally Getting Newsletters out in a Timely Fashion, For now, I'm posting all the Ones currently Missing.
    Currently, PR is in need of New members, More specifically, it's Human Resources, and Event coordinator Team (Writing Applications for Newsletters and Stuff to come Aren't setup, i'm actively trying to get that Fixed).
    Human resources is a Team that Welcomes and Allows players to become a Member of GFL, and Sometimes if needed, provides a Tour of the Forums, This team currently needs More active Members, Feel free to Apply Today! https://gflclan.com/forms/13-public-relations-application/
    Event Coordinator is a Team that Hosts Events for Everyone to partake in, Such as Uno Online or Karaoke Nights, This team currently has Few active members and is Looking for more, Feel free to Apply Today! https://gflclan.com/forms/13-public-relations-application/
    Currently Conflict resolution is Disbanded and Likely won't be making a Come back, I'm actively Seeking to Clean up Everything with all the new PR changes, Please, Bear with me.
    And for the Last Note, Writing has become part of PR and much like CR, i'm actively trying to get Applications up for Writing, and Setting up Everyone with the Correct roles that moved from Media Team (Expect this to be Covered more in the Next Newsletter)
    That is all for Now, I look forward to getting the Newsletters up Monthly or Bi-monthly Whichever One seems more possible with the Current team members, See all of you Next Time!


    TA Introduced:
         Let's start this off with a bang; the new position of GFL. You might have seen this role being introduced by Benroy, but to clear up any questions you might have and to thoroughly understand what the Technical Administrator does, we will be discussing what exactly the Technical Administrator does. However, let’s first congratulate our new TAs: Roy, Nick, and Dreae.
        In a nutshell, the Technical Administrator directly works on the majority of GFL’s servers to edit, fix, or install certain aspects of the server in order to benefit the server. They must come up with solutions that can handle future implementations and maintain current implementations and/or solutions. If there is an issue, the Technical Administrator will step in and find a solution to fix that problem. The Technical Administrator leads the Development team and is an advisor to each other in order to help fix or edit a server if necessary. They are tasked with this objective, and because of this, they are trusted with a lot of power and responsibility. Since they have access to almost all of GFL’s servers, they have the ability to either literally make or break GFL and its servers. The TAs have been hand-selected because they are usually trusted members of the community that already have important roles within GFL (e.g. director) or were in such roles in the past.
        The role of Technical Administrator is certainly a bit confusing. They work on several things behind the scenes without everyone knowing (mainly because it’s too complex for them to understand it). They detect errors within the servers and work hard to fix it. Anything they do is done with haste and efficiency in order to benefit the community. Again, welcome our new TAs to GFL. Remember - they might be working on your favorite server right now!
    Trusted Reworked - Community Advisors:
           The people with the Trusted role are there to advise the higher-ups with their own perspective and knowledge to better the community. However, due to inactivity and a lack of proper opinions, it was reformed and renamed "Community Advisors” with a more serious and effective outlook on the role itself.
            Traditionally, the Trusted role was given to the people who were a long-term members. Said people were all most likely ex-team members/leaders (Though you can still be a Trusted while active, it was just highly unpopular). These members/leaders would professionally renounce their current position within GFL and be given the Trusted role by a Director who has seen this person's potential for the position.The role was removed from the community due to the fact that, in the eyes the masses, the role was “ineffective”, and was basically a retirement home for ex-team members and leaders that were doing nothing for the future of GFL.
             People with the new Community Advisor role have no permissions, but are solely just advisors. Members with this particular role do not necessarily make decisions, but are there to help Directors, Division Leaders, and Server Managers make decisions that will be best for the community. The higher-ups are the ones who make the final decisions, a veto system that will make our changing mechanics work better without the constant removing/adding of roles.
    Promotions of The Month:
             In late March, Benroy, one of the Directors for GFL, announced that 4 people will be promoted! Out of the 4, 2 people by the name of WigglesWorth and Liloz, were promoted to the role of Director because of their leadership skills and their experience working with GFL. After that, much needed CS:GO Division Leaders were now in action! Our 2 new Division Leaders for CS:GO are Leks and Cobra! They were given the DL role because of their experience with server management and determined attitudes. And added late in the month, A new Team Leader for Moderation was announced with Motorsteak taking over with Liloz01's promotion, and Fafy received Division Leader for our GMOD division.
              GFL is ever changing, with people joining and people leaving daily. But these promotions will surely do GFL good! Congratulations to these staff members!
    Final Notes:
    Motorsteak has released a disclaimer stating “if you have any issues with a moderator, I encourage you to please fill a staff feedback/abuse report.” Glad to see the initiative already!
    Subdivisions are starting to see a resurgence in population; this may lead to needing staff, public events, and much more! Check out our forums for each for more information!
    Do you like being creative? Are you a people person? Want to be apart of something great for GFL? Apply for Media Team/Public Relations today!
    PS we all love @Rick the newest CA

    Public Relations
        This month starts out strong with major changes in our PR team. With WigglesWorth taking the lead after Private Pull stepped down, PR has started to see changes in a total reconstruction of the team, including the Media Team. Some of these changes include Member Acceptors now becoming a Human Resources department, as we have a bot to accept the majority of member applications. There is much more to come, and here's to the rework going smoothly and becoming a beneficial team once again.
         Minecraft is looking for a new server manager to give the classic game and its following a renewal of life! Our skyblock and survival servers were left empty with last manager resigning to focus on IRL issues. If you're member+ with knowledge of bungeecord and how to manage a minecraft server, send a message to Benroy to discuss your interest in the server!
    Server Reboots
        Many servers have seen a revival as it is this month too. Kite has upgraded and remade our left 4 dead 2 server, hosting multiple events and adding many new custom maps and add ons. Another server brought back is the infamous CSGO Jailbreak, headed by our very own Leks. Both of which have seen a spike in activity since reopening. Let's hope to see them continue to grow.
    Spotlight: GMod Purge Revival
         Purge is a gamemode on Garry’s Mod that is influenced by the film franchise “The Purge”, where both the gamemode and the movie is set in a dystopian future in which every year, for one day, all crime is legal. All high-class government figures are exempt from the Purge and are thus spared from murder, theft, etc.. However, the civilians must either fend for themselves or attack - or else.
         Purge now has some new features developed from pre-existing methods while also sprucing them up a bit to make sure Purge is running smoothly. These features include a completely revamped map made by Rick, a mix of new and old methods of making money, customizable player accessories, a simplified MOTD, and even more.
        Flyingjoe32 is the leader of the new Purge server, and while he is very optimistic for the future and for GFL as a whole, he says he’s gotta start off by focusing on the now rather than the future. The server first should start running properly and smoothly before branching out any further. With this in mind, we’ve also got some other news about Purge: staff applications!
        Staff applications are now open for the Purge GFL Server. Obviously, Purge is now kicking once more, and for it to be run properly, we’re gonna need some competent, obedient, and motivated moderators. Staff in general is very important, as it’s basically the support of a community. Playerbase is important, but without anyone to control the masses and to keep everything under control, that server is already done for. Check out the Staff Applications for Purge now to apply!
        While Purge currently isn’t too invested in the future, the leader has high hopes that he can first start Purge up properly and smoothly and set the foundation for the future Purge. Come on in and have some fun!
    Do you have an article suggestion for next month? Do you want to be our next spotlight? Contact the Media Team today!

    Internal Merges
        Today, we’ll be addressing a major change within the internals of GFL: the merge of all internal teams into one.
        Within internal, there has always been a set of teams that focus on specific aspects of GFL. For example, there’s the Media Team, the Public Relations team, the Event Management team, and even the Moderation team. All of these teams specialize in a certain part of the team’s perpetual objectives. However, there has been a strange lack of communication between all of the teams, and so to unite the teams and allow better communication, the GFL upper management has decided to merge all of the teams into one.
        The GFL Team Leaders and Directors made this decision with the hopes of increasing communications between teams and allowing easier methods of communication between teams. Before, the teams had separate discords, but there were no discord links present or pinned. Now, all the teams are compiled into one discord, and they are able to request something from one team and something else from another at will with extreme convenience.
        Since this big change within GFL’s internals has just occured, there are bound to be many changes within the teams in order to fit the upper management’s directives and objectives. These might include adding other teams, creating new teams, or creating a set of rules to manage all teams at once now that they’re all together.
        Hopefully the merge will allow the ease of access and communications that all of the internal teams have wanted for so long become a reality.
    Karaoke Begins
       We’re happy to announce that we are starting bi-weekly karaoke sessions on the GFL Main Discord.
        Karaoke is a great way to show off your true singing voice, and even help you practice for something big. By singing in front of an audience, you benefit from it as you might overcome the fear of singing in front of an audience. In Discord, you can especially take people’s constructive criticism to heart and ignore all of the… other criticisms.
        Karaoke is also extremely fun. Singing is a great talent that anyone can master, and usually it comes from the soul. Singing in general ranges from genre to genre, but everyone agrees that singing is enjoyable and charming in many instances.
        So come on down to the bi-weekly karaoke sessions, hosted in the GFL Main discord! Come listen to some aspiring artists and singers, or become one of the main attractions yourself!
      We’re pleased to announce that we have recently become Humble Bundle Partners! What this means for the community is that everytime you use our affiliate link, we will make 5% off of any store purchase, an adjustable 15% on bundle purchases, and $10 for every first time Humble Monthly subscriber! This is a great opportunity for you to snag some games while supporting GFL as well as charities!
    Link to the Humble Bundle store: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/?partner=gflclan&charity=159423

    Left 4 Dead Division
        Attention all zombie hunters, our very own Left 4 Dead division is getting a makeover! Thanks to community member Kite9867, who now manages the sequel games’ GFL servers, we are starting to see a revitalization of this particular subdivision in many new forms. Firstly, we now have more than 4 player slots, meaning more people to survive the apocalypse with. Secondly, a various amount of new, custom campaigns to ensure the players never grow bored. When asked about advancements in the division, Kite9867 has hinted at a small versus side project that comes with many new (currently undisclosed) gameplay bonuses. Be sure to check it out and don't forget a buddy.

    The Rises and Falls of the Month
      This month has been a rollercoaster of roles. Just as quickly as council was reestablished, it was again shut down for various reasons. In the wake, however, we had received a new director! Join me to congratulate Benroy on his promotion this month, as he gets ready to help make GFL the shining community once again, along the side of current directors: Xy, Connor (also known as Snoopy), X2D, and Rick Grimes. Along prominent promotions this month, Liloz01 has become the leader of moderation, managing the moderators on all official discords, our forums, and our teamspeak server. Another major promotion is our new PR team leader, Private Pull (aka Major Push), who has began the revamp of our teams to make them more efficient. I'd like to add a congratulations to all of our minor promotions this month as well. Whether you became a server admin, a member of a team, or somewhere in between the highs and lows, you have earned that spot and let me be the first to say well done.
    Member Spotlight: Finnick
       Finnick has been a long-time member here at GFL, and some of the community has become to know him well. He is most active on discord, and likes to post his current progress and finished art projects in the #art channel of GFL’s main discord (link: https://discord.gg/48yWqhF). Finnick is most known for his furry projects, and he takes commissions at affordable prices.
        Finnick also has his own art thread, with his own Deviantart page on the same thread as well. On this thread, he likes to post the majority of his work for people who are unable to reach him on Discord. He’s been posting since 2016, but if you ask him, he’s most fond of the works he’s done in 2018!
        Following this short article will be some of Finnick’s best works, picked by the artist himself. If you’d like to show him support, then join our discord and show him some love! You’re also welcome to commissioning a project yourself.

    Happy Birthday
      One last thing - it’s GFL’s birthday!
    Or it was, at least. January 24th of 2019 marks GFL’s eighth birthday. We as a community and our staff members have come far in making sure that our players have a fun time that makes them want to come back for more. Over the past eight years, many opportunities have been taken by our founder, Roy, in order to allow flexibility in terms of what to play in GFL. We’ve racked up several servers in several games with several gametypes, and each of them has a good community behind them.
    Once again, we are taking submissions on what to do for next month's newsletter. Feel free to reach out to the Media Team on our discord, or on our forums subsection.

    If you missed a lot of things going on in the community, then good news! This newsletter will get you caught up with the things that went through this December.

    Two people returned to Director positions:
    Xy - According to the announcements, he returned to the position to assist with the Director team, now that he has free time.
    Snoopy - He returned as Director to help and work with them to get GFL back in its positive 2015 position.
    New CS:GO Division Leader
    We’ve got a new face in the GFL higher-ups—his name is VirusKing. He originally came back to help with our Rust server—although it is only vanilla, it required a little maintenance and VirusKing had plenty of time to resolve this. He expressed interest in our 1v1 server and, after giving him access, he fixed up the server quickly. The server is doing quite well now, leading to a new UK-hosted 1v1 server being opened.

    Click here to join CS:GO Division Discord
    New Team Leaders
    Earlier in December, Joel and Queue were promoted to Team Leaders.
    - Queue currently leads TS3 moderators.
    - Joel assists with all Team Leaders.
    About Overwatch and event information
    GFL is often known for many of its Garry’s Mod, CS:GO, and CS:S servers, but have you heard of the Overwatch division?
    Overwatch is a game centered on a set team of fighters with a range of special abilities, different fighting styles, and overall different weaponry and playing schemes with many opportunities for anyone to play as. Officially, Overwatch is generally recognized as a team-based multiplayer FPS with several characters with their own unique personalities and backgrounds. The game takes inspiration from Team Fortress 2 (although Overwatch was produced by Blizzard and TF2 was produced by Valve). Overwatch rose to fame when it revitalized the team-based multiplayer FPS genre, but in a brand new layout; new characters, new techniques, everything.
    The Overwatch Division is centered on GFL’s presence within Overwatch, and GFL itself has many plans for its Overwatch server. Many events have either been scheduled or brought up numerous times that the masters themselves have taken a look at the idea. As of 12/14/18, the server is even rumored to have a 3v3 competition with amazing prizes fitted for the winners, even involving other communities to join in and partake in the fun!
    Overall, the Overwatch division is small yet thriving, having its own little community and receiving positive feedback from its community.

    This article will be posted in any new changelogs and changes that you’ve missed from the server managers.
    Changelogs, planned by January 2019.
    - Backend changes to make future updates possible
    - Secondary round type for Site 13 (Main thing)
    - SCP-610 revamp
    - SCP-096 animations and buff (ability to break through doors?)
    - SCP-334 model, current one looks like fucking shit
    - SCP-079 UI revamp and additional SCP-079. (Possible) Site 13 support for SCP-079.
    - Various items for the Site 13 round type that will also make their way in to regular gameplay on other maps.
    - Various MTF Squads for the Site 13 round type, some of which will make their way into regular gameplay on other maps
    Prop Hunt
    The recently revived Prop Hunt is doing great and is getting up there with TTT activity. We are constantly improving and adding different ideas based off of what the community wants and is a great place to relax.
    Hide and Seek
    Changes were made in December, showing recently around Christmas week: 
    The return of the long-loved, long-awaited xmas_downtown.
    Custom textured Christmas hats (red and green) to go with the season, along with matching candy-cane jump packs and other festive amendments
    Two custom, completely originally drawn masks.
    Two custom made, original festive trails. Perfect for showing off the colorful chaos of Christmas in-game.
    The (now passed) Christmas event, handing out one gift on the daily.
    Notable non-holiday additions:
    Mysterious 'challenge trails'
    A custom, completely new map-vote made by Fafy
    The server will be opened tomorrow by Jan. 1st, so don’t miss it! Future events will be coming after the launch, such as raids to fight bosses. 

    CS:GO Divisional Updates
    The division itself is going pretty well. US and UK Surf Timer and 1v1 Arena are starting to succeed with the slots getting filled up, and there is a new Discord launched for CS:GO, which originally was for 1v1 Arena.
    JailBreak is under WIP and VirusKing is currently leading the project. The server is next to be released.
    Future servers
    In 2019, servers like Bunny Hop will be worked on/launched after Jailbreak is released.

    GMod Divisional Updates
    More about this can be found here.

    A new server was released, managed by GlorifiedPig, called “Don’t Blink” and is located in Europe. The IP Address is

    - The League of Legends division is up and we have weekly in-house events. We are looking for some dedicated members to help run the events more consistently.

    - We are in need of more writers! If you're interested, click here.


    November 2018

    By RivalRevival , in Newsletters,

    GFL Newsletter
    November 2018
    This month, it seems that we’ve got a lot to look forward to. After speaking with Roy, it seems that there will be three CS:GO servers up to begin with. The three servers coming back to GFL are: Surf Timer, Jailbreak, and 1v1 Arena. Roy and iTaco will be managing the Surf Timer server, but a manager for Jailbreak or Arena is yet to be announced, but is currently being considered and presumably announced as the servers develop.
    One of our community’s forgotten game servers, Rust, has received a new breath of life in the form of a new manager with a familiar name to our older members: VirusKing. Virus is one of three people who run a successful large Rust server as a hobby, and has agreed to come back to GFL to assist our server reach new heights! With his ideas and management, we can be sure to put Rust back on the GFL map, and in our hearts once again.
    This month has seen many promotions for many of the divisions here at GFL. One of which is TheJitFace, as the newest Server Manager for Pirates, Vikings & Knights II. With a new manager and a possible switch from our US NFO server to our EU/UK servers, the simple server may once again become one of the more popular servers in the sourcemod game. We’ll see, Jit!
    Also affected this month is our home, the forums. With Steam integration updating, linking accounts has never been smoother. However, along with the update we lost the ability to integrate discord accounts at this time. As part of the updating, the community Shoutbox also got a tune up, updating to fix emote bugs. Another large change was the banner being replaced with an official GFL image, and profile cover photo’s opacity getting increased to allow visibility.
    Have any questions, cool bits of information, trivia, or requests for next month’s newsletter? Contact the Newsletter team! We would love to incorporate interaction between the reader and the content. Those willing to participate should contact WigglesWorth (Forums: WigglesWorth, Discord: WigglesWorth#9434) before the 24th of the month so we may work on adding it to the Newsletter!
    Disclaimer: This format is temporary, as newsletter is slowly being redone into a new design. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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