15 Anniversary Spotlight- TG-Legendary
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As part of the Tactical Gaming's 15 Anniversary plan mentioned in this announcement. The PRO have gone out an interviewed various members of TG's longest standing members that have seen so much in their incredibly long tenures within TG!
The first Spotlight goes out to TG-Legendary, the Division Officer of Battlefields Division, Legendary is in TG over 9 years and has alot to say about his time here...which i knew he would being an Ex News Team Head.
TGxTonyhowell12: Hello, thanks for joining me today, let’s start off, tell me how it all started, you joining Tactical Gaming and what it was like?
For a long time, I knew that I would like FPS multi-player gaming. But, I didn't want it to take over my life, as I felt it surely would do if I got into it. So, I waited until 2010, when I was 62 years of age and about to retire. It was one of those "now or never" kinds of things.
I bought a PS3 "fat boy" and eventually some Turtle Beach PX-21's (which just recently became unrepairable, replaced by Kraken Tournament Pro's; The PX-21's gave me great service to the end). Thus armed, I set about to learn how to virtual game in multi-player on the Playstation Network (PSN), in Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2.
It wasn't long after that that I started to look for some guys to game with and I posted up some messages that I was on the lookout. TG/TW/1st Corps/CoD/PS4 BGC @dhmoose answered one of my posts and we traded some messages. I was a bit concerned about my age and fitting in. Moose assured me that age wouldn't be a problem, that everyone in the clan respected one another. Then I asked Moose if he knew anyone else who was up-in-age and how they did in TG. Moose indicated he knew of a guy who had even made squad staff. I didn't tell Moose at the time, but I thought to myself that if the TG community was as good as he said it was, I was bound to go further than that.
TGxTonyhowell12: How have you been liking TG, what are the cool things you like/dislike about it? and what stuff do you think should be added/removed if any?
Well, Moose told it like it was. TG is a great community and I'm proud to be a part of what we all work together to make even better.
Probably the thing I most like about TG is that we all are part of a multi-faceted learning environment where we can improve every day -- both as gamers and as people. Not only are there the games to learn and become proficient at, but there's also what I call "The Game Outside The Game." These are the leadership opportunities infused throughout TG. Through them, we improve our leadership and communication skills that also are of benefit to us in RL.
The biggest thing I dislike about TG is why @TGxBiggy still has to be President. I mean, I'm not getting any younger here. Maybe it's my time, now? ... Nah... just kidding!
There are many things we can improve upon, but I wouldn't say I dislike any particular thing that is going on in TG. Areas particularly needing improvement I would list as:
1] Our effectiveness to recruit targeted gamers who are looking for a clan like Tactical Gaming (as opposed to recruiting gamers who do not have a good idea of what TG is). We spend a HUGE amount of time on recruits that are not a good match for what we do.
2] Better retention of our On Leave membership.
3] Improved functionality of our mobile interface so we can do everything we need to do via a mobile device.
TGxTonyhowell12: How long have you been a part of TG?
I joined June 17th 2010, recruited by dhmoose. So, it's been about 9 years, 4 months; almost 2/3rds of the lifespan of TG thus far.
TGxTonyhowell12: Describe your leadership style and why.
One of the things I encourage our leadership to do is be aware of their leadership style. There are actually a number of very helpful websites that, through answering sets of questions, can reveal your style to you even if you aren't already aware of what it is. With the awareness, you can then build on your style to be even more effective.
The quizzes I've taken generally indicate that my style is diplomatic, that I prize interpersonal harmony. I like being the social glue and affiliative force that keeps the Battlefield Division together. My leadership profile says I'm kind, social, giving, often have deep personal bonds with others, and am able to resolve conflicts peacefully (and avoid them in the first place).
I'd say this is mostly true except for the bonding part. I'm not easy to form bonds with, but I chalk that up to my advanced age. There are just too many generation gaps to jump.
Some other things my profile indicates is that working for and with diplomats is often more fun and social than working for other styles of leaders. Diplomats put less emphasis on challenging their membership than they do putting their people in positions to succeed and leverage their strengths. Diplomats work to avoid having people feel uncomfortable or anxious.
I'd say all this is mostly true, also.
Specifically about my style as the leader of the Battlefield Division... honestly, I had to learn it and work the general diplomatic style into it.
Briefly put, I try to follow what is written of my position and what is expected by TG and Tactical Warfare. Beyond that, I am the main support of the Brigade Commanders (XB1: @Just An Enigma , PS4: @TGxLadicius, and PC: @TGxPaPaKAPture [and soon-to-be @TG FineGrain ). They are the ones really calling the shots around here. My job, as I have grown to develop it, is to help them be successful at what they do and achieve the goals they have for their brigades.
TGxTonyhowell12: What is the best thing about Tactical Gaming that keeps you here?
Simply said, it is us -- our community -- that keeps me here.
Although I have yet to meet one single TG member in RL, I have gotten to know many that have helped me become a better gamer, leader and friend -- longtime leaders like @TG Epsi, @TG HaloHobo, @dhmoose and @TG FatalityV1. Also, newer leaders like @TG SirMadness, @Sarge, @MissVendettaXO, @TG_Captain_Rob, @TG-Ace88, @TGxPaPaKAPture, @TGxLadicius, @TG FineGrain, @TG The Punisher, @TG The Messiah, @Just An Enigma, @TG-Mitchell and @BREEP. Thank you all for making my time in TG not only fun, but a true learning experience that I have benefited from so much!
Our bonds are the real strength of Tactical Gaming. While we aspire to place in competitions and such, having fun, getting good at our games and developing relationships is really what TG is all about.
TGxTonyhowell12: What would you say to any member who wants to move up the CoC
First thing I would ask is why? Although we encourage it, no one has to and although at times leadership calls unexpectedly, we have to want it in order to be good at it.
Second, would be to make sure they knew the kind of time they're thinking about donating. We tend to downplay the amount of time our jobs take us in order to sweeten the attraction so that new members join the chain. But, it's better to know the time demands than to get in over your head.
Once you're sure you want to rise up the ranks and have the time for it, you have to factor in what you really want to do. Where would it be nice to be in six months? Leading in the field? In the Training Office? In the Public Relations Office (PRO) in the areas of news, media, video streaming? On the web team? Organizing our competitions as a member of the Competition Team? Match your desire to lead with what you most want to do.
TGxTonyhowell12: You joined Tactical Gaming almost 10 years ago, tell us about your very first experience in TG that made you initially stick around?
It wasn't my very first experience, but it was The Defining Moment when I knew I was going to be in TG for a very long time:
My BGC at the time (dhmoose) supported me in forming a competitive squad -- even though I was the brigade's most unskilled player. There were a few competitive guys that were at loose ends and I knew we'd lose them if we didn't get them focused. So, Moose gave us objectives to hit and we went on the road to achieve 10% squad ratings in Game Battles.
We attended two Mandatories, two Optionals and Game Battles every week over the course of a year or so. Talk about team bonding! That kind of schedule will do it. Squad chemistry is more important in competitive squads than in ST's or IN's. It's a factor that is often overlooked in forming and reforming them.
Like myself, we had others in the squad that were not skilled enough to compete with other clans, but we added elements to the squad that made Tropic Thunder (later renamed Fusion, later to become Chaos [which made it's mark in the TG Honor Roll) not only work as a competitive squad, but also make it fun. In my case, it was the organization and administration I provided the squad. In other members' cases like TG-Shark, it was his humor and friendliness that helped keep the large ego's of the group in check. For Game Battles, Shark and I always recused ourselves.
The rules on what constitutes a competitive squad in TG have changed over time and it's good to see they have recently relaxed somewhat and become more inclusive -- so that more squads can be formed in order to shoot for higher goals of competition (https://tacticalgaming.net/hq/topic/135774-all-squadssections-can-compete/)
Having once lead such an effort myself, there was no leaving TG for me. If a noob like me could lead a competitive squad and do well with it and have great fun, I wanted to see what other boundaries I could stretch.
TGxTonyhowell12: How different is the online gaming community now that it has become mainstream?
I don't feel qualified to answer this question. Although I'm part of the gaming community as a whole, I'm focused exclusively on Battlefield and TG. The wider world of gaming I leave to others.
TGxTonyhowell12: Tactical Gaming is made up of active members, which means you have been active for almost 10 years. What is your most memorable moment from all of that time you've spent gaming with us?
Well, I must be a little vague on this one. Not because of memory or unwillingness, but because I don't know what the statute of limitations is on a thing I am about to describe.
Back when I was BGC of the BF/PS3 Brigade (circa 2015), there came a point where I knew I had to refuse a direct order on behalf of my brigade; not outright refusal, but just not compliance. The order came from the highest levels, so it was a big thing.
I planned a course of clandestine counter-action -- again, for what I felt was the betterment of the men and women who looked up to me to take care of them -- and realized that my battalion staff would be sure to find out about it. So, I shared with them what I planned to do. I told them that should I be discovered I would surely be dismissed. I let them know that their best option would be to just put a "blind eye" to it and asked them to do so.
Instead, they insisted on becoming part of the clandestine plan -- despite the fact that discovery of it would also mean their dismissal, too.
That day was my greatest day in Tactical Gaming. That I had that kind of support and understanding from my battalion staff who were more than willing to take on the dangers along with me... really, I am still awed just thinking back on it.
Thank you @TG-LEGENDARY for being apart of TG history and keep up the great work you continue to do everyday!