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New Game Councillor

Greetings Commanders!

After many years doing my best to serve you all and keep FAF moving forwards, my life has become busier and busier, and it’s finally time to pass the torch on to a new Game Councillor.

After beginning to play way back at the very start of SupCom, at just 13, quickly began modding it to do silly things like making Fatboy fire nukes, Titans run at hyperspeed, and make the Spiderbot 10 times bigger. Just silly fun. From there, I became involved with the 4thDimension mod, and then BlackOps in a small way. Once GPG died and FAF began, I contributed a bit to the project before PilOt gave over to the community, and realised that the programming skills and knowledge of the codebase effectively put me in charge of where the game went from there.

Years later, and FAF has brought me well over 20,000 hours of joy, great games, and priceless learning and service opportunities. It’s been a true honour. This project, and the amazing volunteers I’ve been working alongside kept me sane through the boring parts of university, and taught me skills that have been instrumental in getting me to where I am now, in my everyday life.

I would like to thank all the hundreds and hundreds of individuals who have got in touch with me via PM over the years for your trust and constant feedback. I would like to thank those people who have given literally tens of thousands of collective man-hours, working alongside me to keep improving the game. It is completely unrecognisable compared to when we began.

I am infinitely grateful to the following individuals, who each went above and beyond what could ever have been expected:

– sheeo – For his dedication, sound judgement, and fantastic teaching ability. Without this man, FAF would not be where it is today. A year ago today he gave me the opportunity of a lifetime in offering me a position at his company. Meeting him here has, quite literally, changed the path of my life.

– Exavier_Macbeth – For being instrumental in tearing into the game’s LUA code and documenting what things do and how they work. Also BlackOps is amazing.

– Zock – For showing everyone how to make one of the hardest strategy games ever made look as easy as a walk in the park, and making bold decisions about game balance which drove us to new heights. His insights into how the game is and should be played have never been matched, not that I’ve seen.

– Hussar – For being the man who does GUI the way the rest of us are terrified to. He was the brain behind integrating things like Hotkeys, Notify, Unit Restrictions, and the almighty Supreme Scoreboard, and endless help besides.

– BRNKoINSANITY – For exploding the community with more gameplay and laughter than we can shake a stick at, and being an all-round stand up guy. May he bring joy to this community for as long as he can bear the insanity.

– PhilipJFry – For endless hours testing my idiotic and broken code, his patience, and his dedication to keeping patches tested and flowing as my life became busier and busier.

– And, finally… …

keyser. For proving, in probably the longest probationary period FAF will ever see, that he has the time, passion, willingness to learn, and stability to be trusted with the responsibility for making sure that inexperienced fiddling modders don’t break the game every time we patch 🙂

He, helped by PhilipJFry, has actually been doing 95% of the work this position involves between them for the past 18 months as it became clear I just don’t have the time any more. I have every confidence that he will push FAF’s gameplay forwards into a new era of progress and fine-tuning.

That’s me off to the Quantum Gateway for the last time! It’s been amazing, and thank you all.

IceDreamer

keyser warping in!

First and foremost I am glad to take up the torch to keep pushing FAF forward. I am especially grateful toward IceDreamer who has been handling the game development since the very beginning of FAF. He is the one that trained or directed most of the current developers, and put together all game patches until last year. Thanks to his trust toward Philip and I, the two of us have been able to organize and manage the game repository for more than a year already.

I am involved in FAF on ways other than game development. I began by improving my game skills and becoming a high rated player, competing in tournaments, and streaming occasionally. I directed several tournaments as well, and have been contributing to the balance team for around 4 years.

Regarding the way this new role sometimes conflicts with balance work: I will work in close collaboration with JaggedAppliance to be sure that none of us overstep our positions.

It is important for me to keep FAF growing and evolving. I feel like handling the game repository allows me to work towards fully achieving this goal, but there are still plenty of bugs to fix and features to add, and we are constantly looking for new developers and testers. Communication is going to be a central part of how I run things, and how I’m going to attract new talent to the team. I will acknowledge a recent increase in our player base, especially from Russia, and encourage initiatives like the lua lessons that are on the Russian forum related to FAF. The game development team will strive to communicate and keep you updated on its advancement.

keyser

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FAF Council Promotion

New Promotions Councilor

Heyo everyone! Over the course of the last month or two, Mountain has stepped down from the Promotion Councilor position to hand it over to me, Wise Old Dog. Of course, we appreciate his contributions and help during his time, and I am especially grateful in his help in transitioning into this role, and hope he will stick around to lend any support.

Let me start by saying that the promotions lead in FAF has been struggling, as many of you might already know. I do not plan to take up the whole post explaining why that is, but I and a handful of others are keen on turning this around for our community. Currently we lack access to certain FAF platforms like Facebook and YouTube, however this is in part of the transition. Our plans for reinvigorating the visibility and liveliness of the FAF community will come one step at a time, for every change, and we are open for any help we can get!

Over on the FAF Discord, we have a Promotions Team role that I am set to bring to light once we have reclaimed access to some of the necessary tools. If you would like to join up, the best place to contact me is through Discord (same username, Wise Old Dog.) I will be happy to detail my plans and interests in how we can expand our publicity, and am open to suggestions as well from you guys.

Lastly, if you have anything you would like to see promoted, let me or anyone on the promotions team know (once that is set up), so we can get to pushing it out there for the community to see.

See you around!

– Wise Old Dog

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FAF Council

Brutus5000 becomes new DevOps councilor

Hi all,

Until today, the DevOps councilor seat has been shared by me (Downlord) and DukeOfEarl. Since DukeOfEarl got too busy with his private life, he resigned. In the name of all of us, I would like to thank him for the time he spent on FAF.

I am pleased to announce that his spot has now been taken by Brutus5000, who has been a very active and valued contributor to FAF since 2016.

A list of current councillors can be found on the Council of Setons Wiki Page.

– Downlord

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FAF Council

PC Vote Results

Greetings Commanders,

Voting has closed, and the results are in. We are excited to provide the results for you all.

Before we reveal the winner, we’d like to thank everyone who applied for the role, we appreciate the time you have put in and your patience during the voting process. We hope that everyone will continue to contribute regardless of title.

We’re happy to announce that the winner is FtXCommando!

For those interested, here are the statistics for the voting process:

In total, we received 391 first-priority votes and 369 second-priority votes. Tallying the results of the first-picks, we get the following:

 

Sum of first-pick votes in detail:

Rowey        91
Picoo        12
Biass        100
GFY_DePonny  63
FtXCommando  125

Alternative voting works as follows: In sequence, we eliminate the candidate with the lowest votes, and redistribute first-pick votes to said candidate across the remaining candidates, according to their 2nd preference. Doing this results in graphs as follows:

Runoff 1 (Eliminating Picoo)

Runoff 2 (Eliminating GFY_DePonny)

Runoff 3 (Eliminating Rowey)

In the end after 3 runoff rounds, the result is 132 votes for biass and 173 votes for FtXCommando, so FtXCommando wins and is our new player councilor.

Full numbers and the python source code that generated this is available here: https://github.com/FAForever/notebooks/blob/master/pc_vote_results.ipynb

An alternative excel-based runoff iteration was made by giebmasse here, confirming the result: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hpy1gambxz9bios/PC%20election%202k18.xlsx?dl=0

Regards,
– The FAF Council

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FAF Council

Player Councillor Voting Update

Greetings Commanders,

Unfortunately, due to a lack of technical hands, we have pushed our voting day back. Instead of voting opening on the 1st of June, it will now open on the 4th of June and run through until the 11th of June. A post will be made to announce the opening of the voting. Thank you to everyone who has applied.

Kind Regards,
The FAF Council