Some games will always be popular, some people will play one game and never go outside their comfort zone. But what about the unknown? Have you ever wanted to try out a multiplayer/mmo game but worried that no one would be playing with you? What if you are ready to move on, but stick around boring games so not to ruin your friend's enjoyment?
What if you could be part of a club that tries out a new game every month, diving into it with all their might? What if every month you'd know this game will be full of other people that you know all learning the game with you? What if you could earn recognition for participating every month, winning contests, or even lead that game to a permanent place within the AJSA?
ANNOUNCING THE AJSA EXPEDITIONARY FORCE!
The AJSA Expeditionary Force (EF), is that place! Every month the EF will dive into a new game and, for that month, will host weekly events, month-long contests, and a wrap-up discussion where we can critique and re-cap our experience with the game.
The Expeditionary Force will be lead by the Expeditionary Conclave, 5 experienced AJSA veterans whose job will be to administer the EF, taking suggestions for the next Monthly Game, finding temporary Sergeants for that Month's Game, tracking event attendance, judging contests, awarding winners.
The Expeditionary Conclave:
Every month, once the Expeditionary Conclave has settled on the next month's game, they will begin recruiting experience AJSA Members to act as Game Experts for that future game. They will be made temporary Sergeants for that month, and their expertise in their game will inform what Events & Contests will be held that month.
At the end of the month, those Temporary Sergeants can choose to apply to Unofficial Games Commander Seph and make their game an Unofficial and maybe even an Official AJSA Game! Otherwise that month's Sergeants will be made Veterans (regardless of their previous rank).
The EF will try to keep the games selected every month varied and their manner of selection varied. That Month's game could be planned in advance to relate to an upcoming release, it could be venerable warhorse that deserves the attention of the AJSA, or even an "abandoned" MMO that we can burn through in a month together. The game possibilities are endless as long as they offer a multiplayer component! The next month's game will be revealed on the 15th of the current month!
THE JUNE GAME OF THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE WILL BE REVEALED MAY 15TH!
For it's chosen game, the EF will hold weekly events in-game and using our Teamspeak. Attendance will be tracked for people who come to those events to be eligible for Participation Awards given at the end of the month (more on this in a bit). The Events will be planned by the Conclave and that month's Sergeants and will vary based on the game naturally!
The EF will have it's own Sub-forum where leadership and members can discuss current and future games, and where Events, Contests, and Winners will be announced. Each month the previous game's topics will be stored in an archive folder. "Following" the sub-forum by clicking the "Follow this Forum" button is highly encouraged to stay on top of new posts, and be recognized as an active member. Speaking of which...
Monthly Service Pips:
The Expeditionary Conclave will be responsible for tracking attendance at EF events and for active members in it's sub-forums. Active forum members are people who start and contribute to meaningful discussions for that month's game. At the end of the month, people who in some combination attend events or are active in the forum will be recognized on their Forum Profile with the EF Service Pip, a small award that stacks as you participate in future months & games of the EF. Service Pips stack up to 5 Months of Pips, before converting to fancier 6- and even 12-month variants. Note consectutive attendance is NOT to required to stack your Pips. Members can take a month off, and join in for games that catch their fancy!
The EF will try to hold at least one to two contests every month, some based on in-game skill others based on creativity through posting on the forums. Prizes will vary, but will always include the Contest Winner Pip for your Forum Profile, as you win more Pips, they will stack to become fancier Pips earning the envy of your friends and foes!
The EF intends to use all of the other existing AJSA awards at it's disposal, this includes the coveted AJSA Racing League award when the game and event calls for it; and the rare AJSA Recruiter Award for new AJSA members that you bring in from the new game's community each month!
Expeditionary Force MVP of the Month:
Through a combination of in-game skill and representing the the values of the AJSA Community, the Expeditionary Force Conclave and Sergeants will choose ONE person to be that month's MVP. What happens when you become the MVP? You'll have to win to find out!
STAY TUNED FOR THE REVEAL OF THE AJSA EF'S FIRST GAME ON MAY 15TH!
WHAT'S THAT? YOU WANT SOMETHING NOW TO HELP YOUR SPECULATION ON WHAT THE GAME WILL BE? HOW ABOUT A GIVEAWAY?
I'm going to provide a secret code phrase related to the chosen game and reveal the empty blanks of the phrase below. Every day until the 15th, I will reveal one letter of the phrase. Using the Comments below the FIRST 10 people who guess the Entire Phrase will receive a Steam Copy of that Game. If you get it correct, you won't know until the 15th if you guessed right! TEST YOUR LUCK!
CODE PHRASE: (you may submit it horizontally as a normal sentence, displayed vertically to denote spaces)
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