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Urgent Fury Update Summer 2014

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As many have noticed it has been quite stale here for the last year between the unfortunate issues with the Chicago event last year, the overall lack of games and most clans being split across platforms (PS3/PS4). So with that being said I think it's time to let you guys in on what we have been doing and what is here to come.

 

First of all to all of those that have stuck by our side from the community and our Staff members (Dis, Money, Cntry, Doc, Guillermo and Sierra) we are eternally Grateful. It is this core team that has kept the fire lit here at UF and will be the driving force for the next phase in Urgent Fury's progression.

 

Chicago Update

 

Let's get this one out of the way first because it is one of the most important. Many of those following this have seen that I am finally after almost 4 years of lack of work changing industries and going back on the day job grind. What this means is that I am personally paying out the winnings for Chicago. Now this is not all going to happen at once, I will have to pay chunks at a time. I officially start working the first week of September, so I will not see my first paycheck until late September. I have picked up a pretty good paying job in the oil field and hope to have everyone paid within a couple of months or so. Do not take that as a hard date, it's an estimate based my pay rate and my schedule given to me.

 

We are going to pay the teams in reverse order so that I can get more paid quickly. The first place team will be the last paid not only because of the amounts but also because members of that team are the ones responsible for our site, paypal and financial accounts being hacked and attacked. Even though many express that we should not pay them after all that, I would rather get them the winnings and they will never be welcome at one of our events again.

 

I will continue to update the post dedicated to the Chicago event as more info comes.

 

Giveaways

 

We have been doing a ton of giveaways this summer thanks to our friends at Naughty Dog, Pop Cap, and more. Friday we will draw the winner for The Legendary Destiny Giveaway and Monday for the The Shooters Get Weird Giveaway. We also have given away several copies of The Last of Us Remastered. Expect to see continued support and giveaways via the PunchTab Contest App and on our live streams at Twitch.

 

Major Overhaul Inbound

 

Look guys we know 99% of the community has hated the site layout, vbulletin and our attempt to get a system to better track war stats. With that being said over the next few weeks we will be converting to Invision Power Board. We are doing this for several reasons. First and foremost design wise it is much easier to work with and the site design will be much more appealing when complete. We are bringing in Dan who helped with the original SOF Studios design to help with the page and skin designs. Our graphics team is working on an updated look on UF as well. This will be more inviting to PlayStation Players as they visit Urgent Fury for Competition and other activities.

 

One of the many additions will be a Live Streaming portal where members can share their streams and watch other streams from community members as well as our featured streams by developers, PlayStation and Partners. We are adding a revamped video gallery from what we have now. Inadub over at Happy Thumbs Gaming will be featuring their content as well as a few other of our friends. Community Members will be able to submit videos as well for everyone to enjoy.

 

With this conversion, we will no longer have a system to track wars for the time being. Next year we will focus on working with a developer to design a system exactly how we want it to schedule and track leagues, tournaments, etc. We want to build this right so that once launched, every user will be able to showcase what events they played in and how they did. Clans will have full on stats and we can keep an on going leaderboard for those teams and clans competing at Urgent Fury.

 

We have not forgotten about the complaints about the ads. While the ads have covered over half of our monthly costs for the server, many still do not want ads. We get it, we really do. We are going to continue to offer a way for you to remove the ads. IPB has a built in e commerce system that will let you support UF without the pesky ads. The rate will be the same we have now which is $2 per month or $20 per year. We have had several take advantage of this and it will be available day one of the new site launch. We are also offering direct payment now, PayPal is not required. We will however still offer PayPal as an option.

 

All content from the current site will carry over and we will be reorganizing everything before bringing the site online. This will include archiving sections, consolidating some forums and having dedicated forums for the games we will be offering competitions for. Based on the Conversion process, your passwords will not have to be reset either.

 

The Future of Urgent Fury

 

Many are wondering where are we going from here? Well we have a pretty small set of goals, some hefty, some simple but all with one outcome. Our focus for the remainder of the year will be on Destiny and possibly COD: Advanced Warfighter. Cntry and Money are working on a Battlefield 4 event now that the support for it is there. We have a pretty good size group that wants to play this so we are going to give it a shot.

 

Our primary focus will be league style play similar to the good old UF: Black days with an ongoing monthly event for teams to compete in and smaller tournament events built around the same games. Our Live Streaming has been ramped up with the help of a whole new streaming team and we have a few other surprises in store.

 

We will bring back live events in the future but for now our only plans will be at PAX South in San Antonio at the end of January 2015.

 

So to sum it up, once again thanks for all that have stood by Urgent Fury through our trials and tribulations and here is to a bright future. We hope you guys will enjoy what we have in store this fall and welcome many of the new faces coming.

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Hey Shane, was wondering if you wouldn't mind delving into UF's plans for clan retention and recruitment?

 

I know that the Ranger program has been responsible for some of these things in the past, but unfortunately many have failed to meet those expectations. Will there be a change to the Ranger program or will there be a global shift in those responsibilities?

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Hey Shane, was wondering if you wouldn't mind delving into UF's plans for clan retention and recruitment?

 

I know that the Ranger program has been responsible for some of these things in the past, but unfortunately many have failed to meet those expectations. Will there be a change to the Ranger program or will there be a global shift in those responsibilities?

While we do have a plan for this, I currently cannot go into detail because of some NDA stuffs....

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Just a few questions.

 

Any news on tac-maps? I know you said you're going to do leagues which i always liked. But usally a tac-map was placed in there for a game along with the league.

 

Will we be getting anymore UF podcast? I know that the original Commander fury is currently working at SoF but any chance he does some side work or maybe you find a new Commander?

 

But it sounds like UF is moving forward which is great to hear.

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Just a few questions.

 

Any news on tac-maps? I know you said you're going to do leagues which i always liked. But usally a tac-map was placed in there for a game along with the league.

 

Will we be getting anymore UF podcast? I know that the original Commander fury is currently working at SoF but any chance he does some side work or maybe you find a new Commander?

 

But it sounds like UF is moving forward which is great to hear.

 

TacMaps will be back next year just not sure which game yet. And more news on Podcasts and such soon as well. Right now we are building out our Stream Team as we have been receiving tons of support from Devs with them providing the game to us to stream and give away.

 

 

nice update

 

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nice update, good to see things are moving along

 

Thanks Rapture and Last we are moving forward... The design is coming along nicely staff are testing some of the functions and getting used to the new tools for moderating and such. We have some pretty cool surprises with the design too that will let you personalize it a bit for your liking.

 

For those that do not like the ads, you will have an option to use paypal or use our direct processor Stripe for the premium add on. We have the following ad zones activated and are similar to what we have in vBulletin:

 

  • Leaderboards (728 x 90)
    • Global Header
    • Global Footer
    • Forum View: After first topic or Topic View: After first post

     

    [*]Medium Rectangle (300 x 250)

    • Above Right Sidebar on most pages

     

    [*]Visitors that are not signed in will also get the Video Ad in the bottom right corner of the site

When you have the premium membership and you are signed in you will not see any of the ads listed above.

 

We have tested the new software and it is optimized for iPads, Tablets and even the PS4 Browser. It works well on newer smartphone browsers as well. We will continue to use Tapatalk as well.

 

Once we are ready to start the conversion we will take Urgent Fury down for the process, there is no exact timeline for how long this will take but we will do our best to keep you posted via Twitter and Facebook on the progress.

 

Big shout out to the staff that contributed to making the conversion to the new software and design happen before I get out on the rigs. I will be a little less stressed knowing that we should have this finished before I get on the road.

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