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Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:03 pm

Hey there!

I'm vuris, and I'm a member of the Spartan Dads companies. We currently have 3 companies at around 100 members each, and will be opening a 4th shortly. We have been working on keeping only the folks who want to play, but we're aware that, as dads, life happens, and some of us will be away from the XBone for a couple of weeks every once in a while. While we're not 100% dads, or even 100% male (we have 3 female members), our philosophy is relatively relaxed, with a high level of respect that our company members probably have more important stuff from day to day, so we do everything we can to make our time together exciting and fun. A bit more information is available on Waypoint https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/spartan-companies/spartan%20dads .

About 3 or 4 weeks ago, we began to do a bit of research around how to organize our Warzone efforts, not necessarily to crush everyone we come across, but to make the process more enjoyable and less frustrating. If we get beat by a bunch of folks who just shoot better, ok, but we didn't like the feeling of not being able to depend on each other, so the Wheelman Way Fridays were introduced. Just last weekend, we had a full team at 8:30ET, and two full teams with folks on the bench at 11:30ET. We take the responsibilities somewhat seriously, but we're still finding that balance between doing things precisely as prescribed and freestyling a bit as the opportunities arise.

We might not have the best reaction times, and the number of folks in our companies sporting an Elite controller is very low. We don't know all the tactical jumps, and most of us don't know how to pull off those jump-boost-gurujump-groundpound-clamber things we've watched folks do, but we communicate well and respectfully, and we don't take ourselves too seriously.

That's a bit about us. If you guys are interested in playing with some cool folks who would love the opportunity to learn and play, but have fun first, then we'd love to invite any and all of you to join us this Friday, 2016/02/05 for a mixer of fun conversations and warzone.

I'm not sure how we'd manage that signup process (we use band.us as a communication system for our group), but I'm sure we'll figure it out.

P.S. We found you via youtube and twitch, and more than a few of us have become fans of yours, not just for how you play, but how you communicate and treat each other.
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:26 pm

As a follow-up, Fridays are just the day we're used to, and the easiest one to work with when you've got kids, etc. If your schedules are booked, or if another day would be better, let me float that past our crew and see how that might work.

Thanks again!
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:35 pm

H! VURIS!

Nice to see you stop by our site. I remember running into some of your people in warzone. Its nice to see more groups getting into it!

Fridays we usually run some customs and warzone games with new members. I think that would be a pretty good place to meet and greet, but I'm gonna let some of the higher ups co-ordinate something with you guys.
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:38 pm

I'm not on the leadership side of these mixers, but I just wanted to say how awesome your story is to hear! Hope this happens soon so we can meet your people!!
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:43 pm

Welcome to the site, glad you're enjoying and getting some use out of our guides! There are a few parents around here as well so we understand that comes first. We usually do some events to get to know new members on Fridays so I'm sure that would be a good time to get some parties together and have some fun.
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:44 pm

This is awesome! I'm glad our outreach efforts are working, great job Swift and Jazzy/the other streamers!

We have New Member Fridays on Fridays (...duh). However, we are also growing and finding the need to run multiple parties, so hopefully we have a few bodies to spare on Friday to join you. Personally, I'd like to be the first to volunteer.

I work on a boat offshore and I'm supposed to go out this week, but the weather does not look favorable, and I most likely will be onshore and able to play on Friday.

Thanks, and welcome Vuris!
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:51 pm

Hey, vuris. I'm our team captain over here, so you and I will coordinate. I'll add you on live so we can chat about some coordination stuff.

Matchmaking can be really intense and it can be very hard to fully coordinate all of our people. I think the best thing we can do for you guys is take 8 of our people and four of yours and coach them on our system while playing with us. You can then take that experience back with your people as we bring more of yours into the lobby.

So, I'd recommend finding your four most reliable leaders in your companies together to learn Assault, Backup (Hogging), Containment, and Defense.
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:44 pm

This sounds like it would be a great time, sucks that I won't be able to parity late but hopefully I'll hear good things. Are you guys related to reddit dads in anyway?
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:06 am

Sarge wrote:
Hey, vuris. I'm our team captain over here, so you and I will coordinate. I'll add you on live so we can chat about some coordination stuff.

Matchmaking can be really intense and it can be very hard to fully coordinate all of our people. I think the best thing we can do for you guys is take 8 of our people and four of yours and coach them on our system while playing with us. You can then take that experience back with your people as we bring more of yours into the lobby.

So, I'd recommend finding your four most reliable leaders in your companies together to learn Assault, Backup (Hogging), Containment, and Defense.



Thanks Sarge! That would be a lot of fun, and we can definitely get 4 ambassadors into a group like that, so that we're 100% educated and comfortable in the roles and responsibilities of each squad. We also welcome anyone who is just looking for folks to play with. Once I've got the 4 ambassadors on our side, I'll also probably push a list of the other folks who would love to just have some casual games with your members, so you guys can join them at your discretion.

Secondarily, and I don't know if this is as big an issue for your guys as it is for us, but we've built a system that would auto-add just the people in your spartan companies that you don't have as friends on live automatically. Mostly automatically. We've been working on it for a week, and it just started behaving rationally last night, so if that's something you guys struggle to keep up with, this makes that aspect easier. It does not, however, remove people who drop out of your spartan company, or remove anyone for any reason. I figured I'd open that up to you as thanks.
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:36 am

Welcome vuris... as a dad of a 4 year old & 11 month old, your intro is very familiar. hope to meet you & some of your crew soon
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:38 am

Added you to our VIP group to note that you're leadership of another community. I'd definitely be interested in hearing more about this Spartan Company to Friends list extension.
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:01 pm

H3WM il Duce wrote:
Added you to our VIP group to note that you're leadership of another community. I'd definitely be interested in hearing more about this Spartan Company to Friends list extension.


Sounds good. Let me clean things up and I'll create a new one for you. I have a version for you to try. I tried to PM you but it got stuck in my outbox. Feel free to ping me on live or here and I'll get that moving. It is about 80-90 automated, with a very small amount of cleanup still to do.
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:26 pm

H3WM il Duce wrote:
Added you to our VIP group to note that you're leadership of another community. I'd definitely be interested in hearing more about this Spartan Company to Friends list extension.


I've now got a stable version if you're ready to look at it. Runs nicely.
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:36 pm

Practice night stream if your guys are interested. Also, sure, PM me the details. I think brickfungus is also interested. Feel free to PM it to all admins.
 
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Re: Spartan Dads introduction and invitation for mixer this Friday.

Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:46 am

So randomly we met up last night, and once I recognized who we were playing, I made the noob error of dropping my guard/hips to say hello. Thank goodness for the Wheelmen and their careful tutoring. Twisted carefully explained that, as Sarge might have said, "There is no FEAR in this dojo," probably more specifically "Strike first. Strike hard. No mercy." But I won't quibble over dead spartans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oP2F5CM30k

Thanks again for an awesome time. Our crew has continued to grow in the past 3 weeks (we're a casual social group more than competitive so vetting members is basically "are you a tool? No? Come on in!" However, the core group of people who enjoy warzone, specifically using the Wheelman Way, has also grown, and we've been doing our best to continue to learn. Dr Necroflavin has tried to bring some of the details to his Drs Notes on our site (still in development, but we're already using it) here http://spartandads.com/category/tips/docnotes/ and all of us are anxious to see if your crew would enjoy another social night.

As you know, our relative skill set is all over the map, and where we lack a smooth aiming motion, we make up with a willingness to die for the cause. I wanted to open up for your schedule this time around, since you have a much more constrained schedule. Please let us know what is the most convenient for you, and we'll work around that. We have folks around the world (literally) but scheduling is usually tooled around putting our kids to bed (spartan DADS after all) in the US.

We now have over 70 people actively participating in our warzone efforts, and we are thankful to you guys for that. Now we just need to come up with a tactic to fight farming, which I doubt you guys have to work against. Thanks again, and it was truly great to play with you guys last night.

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