501st Newsletter #1 1/21/19
CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Monday, January 21st, 2019
Welcome back, clones! This is the beginning of the weekly newsletter! With the new year coming around it’s important for you to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from within your community. We’re dedicated to finding the trending topics and upcoming events that are planned within the 501st and keeping tabs on everything that you need. Keep coming to the website to check all the latest articles and posts that affect the ever-changing unit.
Winter stand-down is officially coming to a close and the battalion is returning to full combat strength. With this metabolism comes great change, operations are running larger and larger thanks to the server box moving to a data center, which is currently going through testing right now. This could not have been done without the generous donations and support that the community has given to the unit along the time and dedication of all the members. The unit has come further and further from the original vision, which has expanded beyond the horizon to unimaginable heights and will continue to grow into a truly unique experience that can't be found anywhere else.
Official work has started on the Galactic Campaign, which is similar to Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront II Galactic Conquest gamemode, featuring space and interplanetary battles and a player-driven sustained logistic management system that will keep track of progress and losses as the 501st carries its battles across the galaxy. A full fledged star map of the galaxy is being constructed to give tension and stakes to the player-made campaigns of the future with real consequences for those who fight.
The Clone Wars Mod is currently in its Alpha stages of development and available for public testing on the Steam Workshop. Already featured on the most popular mods page, the Clone Wars Mod team is working diligently on the future versions of the mod. They count on your support to keep them going as this is a non-profit project made by Clone Wars fans for pure entertainment. To keep better assets and gameplay experiences coming, the Clone Wars team appreciates any help it can receive and has worked with many prominent members from all around the gaming and modding communities. As progress grows, so does the scope, width, and depth of the experience, rivaling that of even some of the most expensive contemporary AAA titles that share the Star Wars name.
Alternative military operations have always been a popular attraction for certain members within the unit. Recently we’ve been graced by some notable campaigns, including two notable World War II campaigns hosted by CW Lindsey and CP Tyler. For Clone Wars campaigns, several are still ongoing and hosted by a single zeus who want to cover entire islands over the course of multiple individual missions, one of which is CS Crisis’s Altis campaign that has been ongoing for the course of SEVEN months and still the fight is not over. Dates and times are often posted for these events and more information can be found on the Legion discord.
Zeta company officially started as of November 24th. This company will help find time for people to enjoy the unit without being overly active. Captain Klein and First Lieutenant Machete came up with an organization of reserves that serves as a stepping stone to bolster the ranks for everyone. It serves as a global check-in for all new and returning members, where one is assigned a squad with a goal to play one Zeta operation to serve as a quality check. The total capacity is 16 squads of 11 people, currently sitting at 12 filled squads. The creation of Zeta serves multiple roles, including that of a training and penal company. Training includes the current cadet corps to assign people, but also corrects behavior of troops who may need a reminder. Ultimately, Zeta will serve the Republic and those who also want to, but otherwise couldn’t. Currently headed by CS Verax, Zeta promises a future in the Legion for all those willing.
Keep checking in here for more news on what’s happening in the 501st Legion. After a long winter, it’s time to charge your blaster packs and load that tibanna gas. There’s still plenty of new droids to destroy and another year awaits the 501st in it’s long march to victory.
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501st News opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the entire community. If you’d like to help, by signing up for the news team, submitting an article or posting a piece of media, please, contact CT Sideways, CI-C Daedalus or any other member of the News team. Your voice matters, let it be heard. Also please consider donating to the 501st to help pay for server costs, keep this community alive and well maintained. Photo credits: CX-W Flog, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (EA 2005), CP Tyler and CS Legia.
Chief News Editor: CT Sideways
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Remembering Austin "Valmoric" Phillips
CS Sideways, News Editor-in-chief
Monday, November 19th, 2018
On November 6th, 2018 a member of the Star Wars Opposition community and the 501st Legion, Austin “Valmoric” Philips, passed away at the age of 22. Valmoric was one of the head developers and lead texture artist of the Star Wars Opposition mod and a beloved trooper in the 501st; Clone #8816, “Valmoric” joined the 501st on July 7th, 2017 where he eventually became a medic and achieved the rank of senior trooper, but was well known with an active personality in the unit long before then, to the earliest days of the formation of the 501st. With all of these roles, duties and histories in mind, Valmoric as a person was very friendly and kind. He always had time for those in need and went out of his way to make sure everyone around him was happy. 501st troopers are mourning him in different ways, including a large memorial service held by the battalion on Saturday 19th, 2018, which can be found below and many other individuals are holding their own personal vigils to help remember him. We send our wishes to his family and everyone that has been affected by this tragedy. Without much of Valmoric's work, this community would never have existed and he will be missed by many.
The Opposition Team have provided information on how you can help his family through this crisis. For all of you who want to help Valmoric's father (Jayson) get through these tough times, you can support him in GoFundMe by making a donation.
Valmoric's father's GoFundMe
"Thank you for any generosity, it means more than you can know to this family.”
The Opposition Team's discord can also be found here
We hope to continue growing as we hold him close to our hearts, for as long as starsim communities like this exist and as long as people continue playing his mod; Valmoric’s work and memory will be preserved forever within all of us and may that thought inspire all of us to do our very best to carry his legacy...
Written by CT War, CR-C Daedalus and CS Sideways. Edited by CS Sideways.
GARC News: The 101st Doom Company
CS Sideways, News Editor-in-chief
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Brothers! The 101st Doom Company has joined the Grand Army of the Republic Council (GARC) and made its first steps into the community. Joining the ranks of the GARC means they will fight side by side and bolster the forces of the 501st Legion and the 212th Attack Battalion. Utilizing their signature green and yellow armor, the 101st readies themselves for battle against anyone who would threaten the Republic. Our allies continue to grow everyday and the support for our endeavors grows with lighting speed and the realization shines brightly upon us, that our community will continue to grow readily.
Brought forth from the 101st, are weapons and tactics grown from their own training doctrine to bring forward a new perspective of battle against the enemy. Utilizing Advanced Recon Force troopers to scout out and destroy enemy forward positions and blast shields to protect their brothers and the innocent, the 101st offers a variety of different specializations and equipment to support themselves and now the rest of the GARC units. Primarily trained in close combat environments, the 101st are no strangers to varied urban scenarios, but that does not mean they are limited to just house to house fighting, they also make use of armored vehicles such as the Saber-class tank, the Bantha-class personnel carrier and even an air wing with aircraft such as the Y-wing bomber and their own Low Altitude Assault Transports.
Continued support between units such as the 101st or the 212th will bolster our efforts to create a positive environment towards creating a better experience for all of us. It is now common to see 101st members on all operations between GARC, proudly showing their dedication to the green and yellow. We welcome our brothers into the fray and fight shoulder to shoulder with all members of the Republic Council and allow us to step forward into the unknown. Many surprises and more will be achieved as GARC expands with more units and members able to bring back support for publicity. Time and dedication will surely bring us to a greater future...
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