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Tactical Gaming, The World & The Future
2020 has been an interesting start. Potential for a new world war, bush fires, devastating floods and now Covid-19. It has defiantly been a testing time for humanity, and for the most part, we've all pulled together to help each other out.
Can i just take this opportunity to thank all the front line workers, key workers and all them people staying at home to help prevent the spread and infection of the population!! 
Now, in this article there will be a sum up of some news from around the world, news from the gaming community and of course, news from here within Tactical Gaming.
Lets start with the grim one...
Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
It's a deadly virus that has changed the world.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel now. Together, helping each other out and supporting friends and family, we are starting to beat this awful virus. Infection and death rates are dropping and countries are easing lockdown rules.
Stay strong guys, it wont be long now before we are out of the woods. But lets not rush it and make it worse!
News Within Tactical Gaming
So, some exciting news from within TG. 
Firstly, there have been 3 news games added to our ranks. Minecraft Dungeons has a new Legion in Tactical Adventures and Escape from Tarkov and Valorant Division has been added to Tactical Warfare. Both are looking for new members to join them and help pass the trail phases. If you can recruit from outside TG to help fill them, then great stuff! Get the word out!
The Public Relations Office is kick starting the TG Podcast again, it will soon be published. All we can say for now is, watch this space..!
There are still tournaments and competitions running within TG. Call of Duty have just finished the Warzone tournament, which had a great turn out. The Battlefield Division are running comps throughout the year. Most of them are only allowed members within the Battlefield Division to take part but there are some comps that TG members outside of the division can enter, head over to this link HERE to have a look at what you can enter. With in each Divisions/Legions, you may find local comps for the members within that division/legion. If not, pass up an idea to CoC and it may take place!
Streamers are busy keeping the TG Twitch channel busy. You can watch by going to the Twitch website and searching TacticalGamingNet and from there you can subscribe! If you are a streamer or fancy starting up, you can join the PRO and become a TG streamer! If you are interested, head over to this LINK.
There are also plenty of division/legion requests on the go. So many games that could fit in well in TG, but we need the help and support from people interested. Again, you can head to this PAGE to have a look at whats been proposed or even propose one yourself.
Everyone can keep an eye on things happening within TG by following the Facebook page and reading the News Section on the forums!
Lets move on from inside Tactical Gaming to the outside gaming world.
News From The Gaming Community
This section will be kept brief.
There are loads of games due for release this year, on all gaming platforms. The news team will cover some of these releases but reassured, there's plenty to keep us busy for the lock down and the year.
Here is what is coming in the next 2 months alone!:
- Little Town Hero (PlayStation 4) – June 2
- Rock Of Ages 3: Make & Break (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – June 2
- Pro Cycling Manager 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 4
- Tour de France 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 4
- Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch) – June 5
- Endurance (iOS, Android) – June 5
- The Outer Worlds (Switch) – June 5 
- The Dark Eye: Book Of Heroes (PC) – June 9
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – June 9
- Ys: Memories of Celceta (PlayStation 4) – June 9
- Warborn (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac) – June 12
- Desperados III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 16
- Disintegration (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 16
- Waking (Xbox One, PC) – June 18
- Burnout Paradise Remastered (Switch) – June 19
- The Last of Us Part II (PlayStation 4) – June 19
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 23
- Ninjala (Switch) – June 24
- Hunting Simulator 2 (PC) – June 25
- Phantom: Covert Ops (Rift, Quest) – June 25
- The Almost Gone (Switch, PC, iOS, Android) – June 25
- Fairy Tail (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – June 26
- Hunting Simulator 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – June 30
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III (Switch) – June 30
- Trackmania (PC) – July 1
- Marvel's Iron Man VR (PlayStation VR) – July 3
- Catherine: Full Body (Switch) – July 7
- Skater XL (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 7
- Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise (Switch) – July 10
- F1 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – July 10
- NASCAR Heat 5 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – July 10
- Death Stranding (PC) – July 14
- Radical Rabbit Stew (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 16
- Ghost of Tsushima (PlayStation 4) – July 17
- Ary And The Secret Of Seasons (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 28
- Destroy All Humans (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – July 28
Plenty coming.....
There's also been rumors about next generation consoles that we will keep a close eye on. Its about time we started hearing something about the next gen. As much as i love my XboxOne S, i want a new console.
The new PS5 & GTA6 have been announced and more details will be coming soon!
So that's the end of this article. 
I wish everyone the best of health and luck for the remaining crisis.
Stay Happy & Safe!

What's going on with Battlefield V?

These are desperate times... we got COVID-19 roaming around, we're all stuck at home, and to make it all worse... EA is stopping all development on BFV?!
It came as a surprise to most of us. Let's have a look at what the Ryan McArthur, Senior Producer at EA announced.
"As we look into the future, we will release one more standalone update this summer that brings with it some new content, weapons, and game tweaks." 
Source: Arts, E. (2020). The Future of Battlefield V: An Update with Ryan McArthur. Retrieved 26 May 2020, from https://www.ea.com/games/battlefield/battlefield-5/news/the-future-of-battlefield-v
Again, this came as a shock for most of us, but why is this happening? Why did BFV fail so hard?

Well, the initial release trailers didn't really help with the hype too much. The official reveal trailer's like/dislike ratio is horrible. 351K likes and 546K dislikes...
Have a look for yourself! 
At first it wasn't bad, but it could've done a lot better. Especially the campaign and a few of the multiplayer maps. But when EA released War in the Pacific, it got a lot better. The game improved, and saw a larger influx of players. These maps were a success and helped BFV hold on for just a bit longer, but EA is still a business, in it for the money. So if a game like this fell through so hard, what's the point of putting more money into it just so you can lose it again?
Anyways, that's an extremely brief recap of the game's life. So what's next for battlefield? Well we got some new content, as Mr McArthur said and we got a screenshot of a map here: 

Source: Ivan, T. (2020). Battlefield V will receive its final new content update this summer | VGC. Retrieved 26 May 2020, from https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/battlefield-v-will-receive-its-final-new-content-update-this-summer/
There has been a bit of speculation around where this map is located. It's clearly in the desert, probably Libya or somewhere similar.
Here's some more information of what's to come in the next month or so:

Source: Arts, E. (2020). The Future of Battlefield V: An Update with Ryan McArthur. Retrieved 26 May 2020, from https://www.ea.com/games/battlefield/battlefield-5/news/the-future-of-battlefield-v
So if you're a casual player in BFV, you'll know this stuff has started already, excluding the #FridayNightBattlefield or Throwback Thursdays. 
So it looks like this is the end of BFV. Now we gotta look forward to BF6, looking to be released in 2021... what will that be like?

TG Podcast: Table Talk

Table Talk With TG
An exciting time for the PRO, TG & YouTube!
The first episode of the return of the Tactical Gaming Podcast is back!
This podcast will become a regular item for TG.
Before each podcast is released, a news article (such like this) will be published so you can get the details for the up and coming podcast.
So, without further delay, below are the details of the first episode of the reboot, Table Talk With Tactical Gaming:
Host: @TG RoyalRenKu
Co-Host: @TG VisiousEel X
Co-Host: N/A
Guest: @MrTurdTastic
Guest: @HartAttackKidd

When: Sunday 24th May @ 5:00PM BST (12:00PM EST)
Where: Tactical Gaming YouTube Channel, Located HERE
Remember, you can still submit questions for up and coming podcast's. The questions are below:
If you are interested in getting involved, you can contact one of the Podcast Team located below:
- TG Sir Madness (Co-Host)
- JaiyoHD (Co-Host)
- TG SmokeyB (News/Research)
-TG RoyalRenKu (Host/Overall Manager/Chairperson)
We hope that the TG community will enjoy the this episode of Table Talk!

TG's First look at Amazon's Crucible

Typical Veterans Review of Crucible
I would love to start off by saying that i was very surprised that TG did not have more hype for the release of this game. I will not lie this game has been on my radar but pretty low on my radar. I think the Jury is still out as for an overall assessment of this game but i did notice a few things right away from my tutorial and 2 pvp games. Below i will list my pros and cons and i will let you be the judge.
Great smooth game play- Crucible gave me a little stutter on start up but within 2 minutes was running completely smooth. i would suggest turning the graphics down.  Awesome team fights- Although i didn't have coms with my team mates you can definitely tell that this game is reliant on team members combining their abilities to secure the objective.  Graphics- Beautiful. The graphics are pretty that is for sure Not pay to win- This game adopted the fortnite/apex method of making money selling mostly cosmetics. You can even buy a battle pass. None of these items give you a tactical advantage. Abilities- Each character has unique abilities that range from team support or brutality towards your opponents.  Hidden Story- There is a story buried somewhere. The reason i say that is these characters will have impromptu conversations with each other and details of the past can come out. When viewing your character and reading about them there seems to be a mystery factor.  Controller supported- Yes for now the game is on PC but players do have the option to play with a controller. Free- This game is free to play and is available on Steam Combat- Some characters are all out in your face brawlers or keep you at a distance shooters. Some can fly or dash. These characters can be utilized in several different ways. there are also 10 characters to choose from. PVP meets PVE- During your time spent in combat the other players will not be the only thing trying to kill you. There are numerous beasts all over the map and even your objective is a monster. You could be stuck in a 2v1 combat scenario just to watch one of your enemies get Schwacked by a monster and turn it into 1v1.  
Not available on console yet- So far this is a PC title only No private matches- So far there is a way to party up but no option for private matches or custom games exist You cannot change your hero in game- I did not see a way to change the hero in game. When you pick your character you are stuck with them for that entire match.  
Amazon did a nice job with this game. You get some abilities similar to an overwatch or destiny but you also get the 3rd person view. I think you will see a lot of people streaming this soon and you will see a lot of updates to the game. The price is right also. It is a free game so if you hate it you can just delete it. This could be a good community game night for everyone especially if they release cross play and bring this game to console. If you would like to see some game play and hear some comments check out my stream below where i walk you through the tutorial and play a few matches. If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments below. Thank you TG 

TG Podcast.. Ask Your Questons!

Get Your Questions In!
Hello Tactical Gaming!
As you know, the TG Podcast is coming very soon and in order to get things ready, we are letting you guys ask the questions!
Below is form you fill in where you can submit your questions!
Please remember to keep your questions within TG standards and regulations. Otherwise... go nuts!!!!
Get these questions in as soon as possible and your questions will hopefully be answered!!

TW's Newest Division Escape From Tarkov

Tactical Warfare Command is pleased to announce that Escape From Tarkov Division
has been added to the 1st Corps of Tactical Warfare!
Come and help us vote on our Division Theme HERE

Armed Force bikers: Charity Stream

Dear TG,
The Public Relations Office is running a Charity Stream to support  the "Armed Force Bikers" Charity.  

"The Armed Forces Bikers was founded on 25 May 2011 by former members of Army Bikers. The AFB are Side Patched Riders who gained charity status on 5 July 2012. UK Registered Charity Number 1147967 and Scottish Charity Number SC043586. The AFB is authorised to collect funds, operate and organise events in Northern Ireland under section 167 of the Charities Act (NI) 2008. All proceeds donated to the AFB are used for the benefit of veterans in charitable need. The AFB employs no staff and is run entirely by volunteers. The charity's activities are funded by AFB Trading Ltd, a non-profit online and mobile shop whose only share holder is the charity."
We will be running this Charity Event on Saturday May 30th starting at 8amEST and will carry on until 12amEST  on the official TacticalGamingNet Twitch 

Charity streams ran by TG are one of the best experiences and opportunities to really become apart of this awesome community. We are fortunate enough to be able to make a difference however the size.  
If you can't stream we encourage all to join us and take part in this community event!

For more info on how you can help out: 
check out THIS LINK

TG Podcast Is Coming!

The Return
With the success of previous podcasts, the PRO is getting ready for the return of the TG Podcast!
We hope it will be ready soon for members of TG to listen to and we (the PRO) have much planning to do, but with your support it will be a great series of shows!
If anyone is interested in getting involved, or even getting on the show, you can contact one of the following people:
- TG Sir Madness (Co-Host)
- TGxP1nkM1st (Co-Host)
- JaiyoHD (Co-Host)
- TG SmokeyB (News/Research)
-TG RoyalRenKu (Host/Overall Manager/Chairperson)
More information will be coming soon and before each podcast takes place, there will be a News article detailing information of whats coming and when.


TG Sponsors Exclusive: Discord Chat

Attention All Members!

 TG Sponsors now get an exclusive channel on the main TG Discord Server 

If you are a Sponsor please post a link to your profile in the #assignments channel and your Sponsor Role will be assigned by a mod. 

If you want to become a sponsor then CLICK HERE  to find out more.

What It's Like To Be... Episode 8

What It's Like To Be...
Corps Commander

Hello TG and welcome to the eighth episode of a this series. In this series, titled 'What It's Like To Be..", I will be interviewing members of TG throughout the ranks, ranging from squad member right up to the CoC. As well as interviewing CoC members, i will also be taking the chance to interview certain members in support positions. This series will be published on a monthly basis. 
Today I had the pleasure of interviewing TG Epsi, 2nd Corps Commander. The second biggest Corps in Tactical Gaming.
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to this position?
TG Epsi: I was never attracted to the Corps Commander position in TG. I had always been content where ever I served. I was fortunate enough to be selected to become a Corps Commander several years ago. Since then, I've served with 2nd Corps faithfully.
TG SmokeyB: You've been in your position of Corps Commander since 2017. What is the main reason for serving in the position for so long?
TG Epsi: Everyone has their own core principles they live by. One of mine is longevity. I have always believed that stable leadership is a must. Even in the military, Commanders stay in units long enough to have a presence and accomplish their intent before they are promoted, or simply move to the next unit with all new challenges.

As a Corps Commander, I'm faced with all sorts of challenges and the level of impact a decision has reverberates down to the lowest tiers of leadership in TG. I think it's important that we recognize that we're all leaders in our own way. We may not be a Squad Leader or a Commanding Officer, but we lead from where we are. If we all bring that component of longevity to our roles within TG, and stay committed to our mission (of having fun tactically!) and stay true to our companions and family here, TG will be better for it.

It's been a rocky road for many years, and I believe it's always been that way. I've served as Corps Commander for so long because I believe we have a community worth serving.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell us the best highlight while serving as a CC?
TG Epsi: Every day is a new highlight for me, but truthfully the most fun I have is when members reach out and just want to game. I love the military-like structure here in TG, but I think it can confuse people into thinking that I'm unapproachable, or unwilling to interact with the community. So when I get an opportunity to do events, or set out for some sort of random game for shenanigans, I try to make it memorable because it's those moments I cherish the most about TG. Like-minded gamers gaming together.
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to TG when you first joined?
TG Epsi: When I joined TG, it was during a time of expansion. There were two corps at the time, and they were filled up. I completed my boot camp, went to a practice where I had a Drill Instructor. I thought it was the coolest thing to have someone assigned to work with me specifically and teach me the ropes about my game, and how TG worked.

I learned about ATCs, and wanted a piece of that. I learned about being able to lead a squad, and I was all about that. I tried to be a part of teams who made huge impacts in TG. I've been in countless Competitive teams; we've won some and we've lost some, but it was never about the medals, rank, or even prestige. I've made life-long friends with people I've never even met in person (of course, NOW I've met some of them in person), who know me well because we spent countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears training to be the best of the best.
TG SmokeyB: I imagine you are busy with handling 2nd Corps. What is it about being the Corps Commander that you love?
TG Epsi: Corps Commander spot sucks. It truly does. For the most part, we wear the blame of a lot, but that comes with the territory. Like in Bugs Life, when Hopper tells the Ant Princess that the number one rule of Leadership is: It's always your fault. The same is true for us in TWC. Ultimately, when there are communication failures and things that happen across the community, it is our fault in some way.

What I love about the position, is that I'm in a place to influence a change when there are problems. I can address those issues, or use my leadership team to discuss how best to handle our situation. I'm not the smartest guy in TG, but I surround myself with the smartest people I know, and together, we work out what's ailing our community.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell me a little more about your TG history?
TG Epsi: I have over ten years of time in TG, so a little more about my history could be daunting.  To answer the question though, I'll be short.

I started in Gears of War Division back in the day, when it had two full battalions with active squads and even competitive teams out competing in game battles. I stayed in Gears for awhile, but eventually transferred to Halo Division and joined up in a new squad named Supernova. I was there for a long time, then transferred to Fallout (CS) in Halo 2nd Battalion to compete in game battles and eventually, the Fragged Cup 2.

From there, I became Battalion Staff, eventually Division. I served: Halo, Crysis, Destiny, Battlefield, Grand Theft Auto, Halo again, and Battlefield again, Then the Training Office as the second Head Training Officer, then I dual-roled HTO and Council Member of Tactical Sports, then eventually became a Corps Commander for 2nd Corps while serving as 1st Council Member, and was a part of the news team for a long time.

Since then, a lot of my responsibilities have tapered off. I found I could not serve in the same capacity I had when I was younger because of life; new jobs and a wife now shared a lot of the same time I had with TG. Thankfully, there have been a number of great leaders who were ready to take the torch and run ahead so this old guy could catch his breath. 

TG SmokeyB: If you could change one thing in TG, what would it be?

TG Epsi: The hardest thing for me to contend with is the lack of interest in being leaders within the community. We have so many great opportunities to lead within the divisions, yet so few seem willing to do so. If there was one thing I could change, it'd be the enthusiasm of our leaders and future leaders. I want people to take risks, to get involved in leadership, and invest in this great community. We must recruit, we must lead. 

TG SmokeyB: Just for fun. If you where having your last meal tomorrow, what would it be?
TG Epsi: I'd do some New Orleans pasta with a creamy spicy Alfredo sauce and andouille sausage and spicy chicken, some green peppers and onions. MMM! I like the big penne noodles in there too, but they have to be firm, not soggy where they've been cooked too long. I'm a sauce kind of person, so it'd need to be drenched in that creamy sauce, and be in a deep bowl. To drink, I'd probably do a Dr. Pepper, or some sort of strawberry iced tea.
Thank you @TG Epsi for taking part in this series, great and detailed answers. Thats what i love about this series, learning about other members of our community.
Stayed tuned for another episode in a months time!
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