I didn't want to get everyone pumped up at the beginning of the week, where we probably wouldn't have played any games and would have lost momentum, but I am happy to announce that the Third Annual Co-Optober has begun! Every October, we try to play all of the Halloween-themed cooperative games we know of, along with any other cooperative games.
As tradition dictates, we try to play every Left 4 Dead/2 campaign in order
The Last Stand
(Cold Stream doesn't count)
We also used to play all the maps in Killing Floor 1, but now we've started playing Killing Floor 2, which we will be playing this weekend.
If you can think of any cooperative games that you would like to play as well (it doesn't have to be Halloween-theme), I have renamed #gaming-discussion to #co-optober...
Hello everyone and thank you from the bottom of my heart to each of you that took part in the 10-Year Anniversary Festivities!!! I'm glad that it brought the community together in many ways but also sad that it fractured the community in others. Regardless, here's to another 5, 10, however many years of the Universal Gaming Alliance! Hoorah!
And now, without further ado, I am putting into motion the Fifth Biennial Constitutional Convention! For those who do not know, our governing document as an organization is located here:
However, whenever there is a change in leadership or structure, the Constitution must be edited and re-ratified with a majority of active Unigamia members present at that time. Things that need to be considered during this Constitutional convention:
What should the role of Galactic Commanders be? Is sovereignty leadership a requirement?
How many tiers will be in our system with the additions...
Hello everyone! Today's the eve of the anniversary of the Knights Templar Mercenaries, our first organization on Counter-Strike: Source! Starting tomorrow, we will use the #anniversary-matchmaking channel (renamed #gaming-discussions) to coordinate which games we want to play. For the next 20 days, we will try to focus on playing games in the lists that corresponds to that date range.
If you are playing a game with dedicated servers, please add |UGA| to your Steam name so that other |UGA| members will be able to identify you. Here is the full schedule for the anniversary:
Thursday, August 23rd — Monday, August 27th (2008-2010)
Counter-Strike: Source - Zombie Mod (220.127.116.11:27016)
It is with great pleasure that I announce the dates for our 10-year anniversary celebration! We will be celebrating from the foundation of the Knights Templar Mercenaries on August 23rd, to the foundation of the Universal Gaming Alliance on September 10th! This is 10 weeks away from today as I post this announcement.
Weekend of August 23rd to August 27th
Week of August 28th to September 1st
Week of September 2nd to September 6th
Weekend of September 7th to September 10th
We will be playing the following games during this time. Please mention what week you want to play each game. If a game is not here that you would like to play, please
Left 4 Dead/2
League of Legends
Age of Empires II, Age of Empires III, or Age of Mythology
Running a gaming organization isn't free nor is it cheap. I've been fine shouldering the burden of the website, TeamSpeak 3, and servers, but if we want to build the organization further, I can't go it alone.
Over the past 4 years, hosting these three services for the community has cost a total of $4,708.70.
In 2017 alone, this cost amounted to $1006.36.
This is a very sizeable amount of cash, so I'm enlisting the help of the community to start shouldering the burden of running our gaming organization.
In the spirit in transparency, I will be disclosing as much of the Supercluster Council's decisions as possible. So far, we have addressed three resolutions:
Resolution #1: What should the age limit for |UGA| members and admins be? Should it be the same, or different?
Result: Two different ages were decided on to be considered a member and to qualify for admin in |UGA|. These ages are being kept confidential by the Council to avoid bullying of younger members (and allegations of being underaged) who may happen to join our Discord or TeamSpeak as a result of association with servers.
A comparison between the ages of the admins in Garry's Mod vs. SCP: Secret Laboratory easily shows how effective this resolution has been: https://imgur.com/a/OsOaZfD
Resolution #2: What constitutes a member of |UGA|?
Result: Aside from reaching the age limit, a member should register on the forums, and have both TeamSpeak 3 and...
I meant to get this announcement out on April 1st after I returned from the wedding, but of course I let the month get away from me and here we are almost in May.
As many of you know, our SCP: Secret Laboratory servers skyrocketed in popularity so much so that we had 4 up with 25/25 players each over the weekend. We've brought almost a dozen new recruits into the Discord and with Halo Online becoming more popular, I hope that we can begin recruiting there as well. I have high hopes for @Shooster117 as a sovereignty leader to that end and I'll be working with him to see what I can do with hosting servers.
And now for the biggest announcement. When I abolished the Supercluster Council three years ago, I said that I would only bring back the Council when we began recruiting again. That day has come. With a fresh supply of new recruits, I am reinstating the very first Supercluster Council from 8 years ago as we approach our 10 year...
This is an overview of decisions made during March, and upcoming events in |UGA|.
The 2016 Winter Schism has ended and the Elsword/Monster Hunter/Phantasy Star Online 2 members have rejoined! To foster group relations, I will be promoting Dejha Seo, SuperND, Jiya Re, Jiggy, Phoenix, and Shiryu back to their positions as Galactic Commanders after finishing maintenance on the TeamSpeak 3 server later tonight.
We decided to postpone the June meetup. The only for-sure attendees would have been Squirrel, SpaceAce, and me. We had too many people with other plans or who said they could not make it for monetary reasons to make the trip feasible. We will be planning a trip for next year after going over everyone's schedules.
After educating myself on the plights of women and minorities, I've decided that we need stricter rules on language in TeamSpeak:
From this day forth, usage of the n-word, f-word (6 letters), or other perjoratives will result in a permanent ban.
To continue my policy of posting an update thread every other month, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
First, the Supercluster Council is still suspended, and the Galactic Commander has been reinstated and slashed by two-thirds in size. Galactic Commanders will only be appointed for moderation purposes only, instead of for leading a sovereignty.
Second, the maximum allowed ban is for Galactic Commanders is 6 hours. This ban is only allowed after 1 warning to cease and desist offensive behavior.
Third, I am keeping Channel Admins in the positions that they are and changing their role in TeamSpeak to be more significant. Channel Admins cannot set passwords anymore. As above, an offending member must be given 1 warning to cease and desist offensive behavior. If the member disobeys, he/she will be added to the Channel Banned group and kicked from the channel.
Fourth, we will no longer be giving day+ long bans. We have now had two three day bans where the offense was minor (only worth a...
This system that we have languished by on for almost two years consistently and four years on and off has been abolished. Electing those who are meant to lead is a complete and utter failure, when only those who have the credentials for leadership should be leaders.
If leadership credentials are not to be had, then the second qualification is the ability to recruit. It was a requirement for quite some time to be recruiting as a sovereignty leader, or have that position taken away.
Only I have recruited consistently for this organization. Do not mistake single-game recruits as valuable. A recruit is only valuable if that recruit shares many games in common with the rest of the organization, thus perpetuating what |UGA| was meant to be, a multi-gaming organization.
Most of you, by the time you see this message, will have already noticed that I have drastically changed the format of TeamSpeak 3. Previously, we had 65 channels in TeamSpeak 3. This is more than a six-to-one ratio of channels to average number of active members on TeamSpeak 3 at a time. Today, I have brought that ratio down to four-to-one with 40 channels. I may further decrease the number of channels this coming week.
It does not reflect well on the server when a user joins only to require scrolling down to see who is online, and furthermore be daunted by the number of channels in the TeamSpeak.
Similarly with the forums, their greatest problem is complexity. We simply have too many forums with too many places for things to possibly go, leading people to not post on the forums at all.
Now, I have always been a strong advocate of looking to the stars—of representing the organization we want to be with our channels and with our forums. Sadly, this has been greatly...
Congratulations to our new Supercluster Commodores!
The anonymous voting system, though successful, showed no real difference to normal voting, so we will probably go back to normal voting next year. Next elections are on January 1st, unless we get little to no new recruits, in which case the Supercluster Council will be disbanded.
I have also put a cap on the number of Galactic Commanders equal to 2.5x the Supercluster Council, rounded to the nearest division of three, making the current cap 9. Galactic Commanders should either be running a sovereignty or be actively moderating. Right now we have a total of 9, but I need to give it back to chopstick and Areo because they had duplicates and I just removed all of their accounts.
Also, please make sure that you and your friends are on the Roster:
I hope everyone celebrated a good birthday weekend from |UGA|. As you can read on our wiki, |UGA|'s birthday was actually on Thursday, but according to Steam it was Friday. I'm actually somewhat sad that I didn't get a Villages and Pirates game going, or another game that the entire community can participate in.
As many of you know, we have a new ARK server! After @Chariotman was nice enough to give us a month of his ARK server (and get us all hooked!), I've restored our world onto my world. You can see all of our servers on GameTracker:
I am currently trying to restore the old Minecraft server and worlds to our current Minecraft server. For this, I had to start cleaning up our gaming server and delete unused content. We will be bringing down the Villages and Pirates Garry's Mod server because of this soon.