Today we are proud to announce our Armaholic Xmas caption competition
Thanks to the support of Nicholas
, one of the community members, we are able to give you all a chance to win one of the available game packages or an Arma 3 game when you enter our caption competition.
The prizes are Steam gift versions of the following games:
What do you have to do?
- Arma X: Aniversary Edition
- Arma 2 complete collection
- Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition
Use one or more of the images we provide below and add some caption to it. Thats all!
The caption could be anything, just let your fantasy flow and submit your entry in this thread.
- You have until 26 december 2013 23:59:59 to submit your entry.
- Anyone can submit as many entries as he/she wants.
- Normal forum rules apply.
- After the competition has closed we (Armaholic staff) will choose 3 winners. Armaholic staff and Armaholic team member are excluded from entering the competition!
- Winners are simply choosen on the caption added, if we like the added caption best you will be one of the winners.
- We will announce the winners as soon as possible after the closing of the competition and you will recieve your Steam gift code from Nicholas.
We would also like to announce we have some additional suprise games to give away supported by Jeza
. Those prizes will be given in any way which we think suits the ongoing competition.
The games which will be made available additionally will be announced at a later date so make sure to keep an eye on this space!
So if you are up for some free Steam games and can spend a little time to make some funny, interesting, realistic, or what ever other text you can think of caption, make sure to post your entry in this thread
As most of you will probably know soon the Arma 3 beta will be released (june 25 2013
). The beta is the next step towards the full release of the Arma 3 game.
With this release of Arma 3 things seem to be going to change for the entire community.
Steam is nowadays required to be able to play the game. As a first step the Steam WorkShop will be introduced to be able to share your missions with the rest of the community and ultimately BI will probably move any community made content to the Steam WorkShop (still not confirmed but lets not hide our head in the sand).
All this might have an impact on Armaholic and what we will mean to the community in the future.
Right now all we can say is that we do not care so much about the whole discussion what this would mean for Armaholic.com as we can not influence any decision anyway and also lack any such wish.
In our opinion time will tell and if the community proves Armaholic has become absolete we will draw our own conclusion and move on to a different gaming community where our services are still appreciated by that community and
Of course it is also possible
all these changes will have a positive impact on our website! While it becomes really easy to install custom content to your game it might make the Arma community grow as the game gets more accesible to even those who have troubles installing any custom content.
And of course if the community grows and shows our website is still an appreciated source for all Arma related news we won't go anywhere.
So, now on to as to why this newsitem was written.
We have not been sitting on our hands the past few months, in fact we have already done a lot of work on the new Armaholic website which we hope to be able to release before the full Arma 3 release.
We have hired people to make new plugins/modules which will improve your experience on our website and we are working on a completely new Armaholic website which will be ready for the future and hopefully give all of you a better browsing experience.
With this new website come many features and improved features this current website lacks.
In order to recieve proper feedback right now we are not going to share what it is we have in store except one thing which has been bugging us for a long time:
Control your own content!
So, now it is your turn!
The new website will allow authors to edit their own pages when needed. This means authors are in full control over their own content. We can even allow groups to have access to specific pages so members of larger projects can all apply changes to the pages. Of course access to those pages is only given to those who need it and groups can decide for themselves with whom they share the login details.
Of course our staff always has full control of all changes which are applied so if needed we can roll back to previous versions of the pages and fix other issues.
People are able to add their own mirrors or, if wanted, they can have their own hosting space on our server.
We would like to hear from all of you which features you would like to see on Armaholic which will improve your experience on our website.
Really, anything you can think of which could improve our website is welcome!
Do you have any thoughts, have some cool ideas, know some features other sites have and would love to see that here too? Than make sure to post your suggestions in this thread:
Over the past few months we have seen a massive increase in visitors here on Armaholic. Of course that is a good thing and we enjoy seeing everyone use our website for what we made it. We also hope you keep using our services as you have done till now.
However, good things sometimes cause bad things. In this case the increase in visitors caused massive overload on our servers bandwidth. If a few hundred people are downloading at the same time on a 100MB line I think you all understand this will result in slow downloadspeed, no matter what we do.
Yes, we have read all the forum posts and have seen all the emails we recieved the past few months. But there is only so much we can do at some point.
But today it is time for an announcement which will hopefully bring a smile back on the face of many of our daily visitors, that are roughly between 50k - 75k unique visitors every day!
In order to be ready for the future we decided it was time to improve our services. And last night I asked our server host to install a dedicated 1Gbit port on the Armaholic.net file server
. This means we can now serve files, on the .net server, with 1000MB/s 24 hours a day!
The French server we are using as an additional mirror is also being reconfigured to offer better downloadspeeds.
Of course these kind of ports, not to mention the bandwidth used, come at a price. A price we can only afford cause you all visit our website, browse our pages and use our resources and we hope you will continue to do so.
However, there will be expensive times ahead of us due to this, not to mention the fact the file server we use is already a few years old and will soon have to be replaced.
Normally we do not ask for anything in return but to those of you who are in a position where you may have some cash left and you enjoy our services and wish to support us we kindly ask you to sent a donation!
This will help us a great deal.
To those who are unable to donate or just do not want to do that we kindly ask you to configure any possible ad-block you may be using properly.
And otherwise, just continue using our website and enjoy all we have to offer!
We thank you for any support offered!
We would like to explain why we decided at this point to not create news for each and every mission which has been submitted to our website, posted on the BI forums or posted here on our own forums.
Since the Arma 3 Alpha went "public", it had a great acceptance. This means a lot of people have been creating new content for the game. We have been dealing with a continuous flow of releases, and it is almost impossible to stay up to date with all releases. We are working really hard so everybody's work is accessible from our website but we have to make some decisions to be able to continue our support.
This is the only reason we decided, temporarily, to not create news for missions when we have lots and lots of new submissions in validation (sometimes 20 -30 missions). As an example of what we are having these days, this morning we had around 30 missions which needed to be done. This means we need to make a downloadpage, make a news announcement, download and upload the file(s). This took us more than 3 hours and we did not even make the newspages for any of those misisons this morning.
we will also not write any news about missions which we receive without proper information
about the mission. This means when you want to have your mission posted in our news you should:
- provide screenshots
- provide detailed info about your mission
- provide a working downloadlink
- list any and all required addons (if needed)
- a proper changelog if it is an updated version
If you worked on your mission for many hours you want people to download it and enjoy your hard work, so why not spend just a little time on your PR to make your work stand out of the rest?
When people submit their mission with all the required info (as listed above) it will help us a lot to be able to frontpage those. When we feel any mission lacks that info you may not see it in the news at all, but of course it will be added to the download section.
For those of you who are interested to submit proper formatted pages, we wrote guides a long time ago how to properly submit your files to Armaholic. Give them a read if you want your mission to be frontpaged and have a proper downloadpage!
Also, keep in mind it simply is impossible for us to keep up with all releases, so if your properly
submission does not appear on the homepage soon after but others do we might not have gotten to your submission yet!
Written on 2013-03-12 by Big
Since the release of the Arma 3 Alpha
there has been a massive flow of news every hour. This caused many news items to quickly disapear to page 2 and futher.
So, to make sure people can easily browse the news they are looking for we have fixed the news selector we had in the past already so people are, once again, able to choose any specific news category.
You can find the new selector above the first news item. It has handy drop downs so you can easily choose the category you wish to see the news from only.
I have quickly tested this in Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox and I did not see any issues. If however you experience issues with the new news selector drop down menu please let us know in this thread
. Please make sure to share with us which browser and browser version you are using.
We hope this will improve your needs to find all the Arma series news on our website!
The Armaholic team wishes the entire Arma community a very Merry Christmas!
We hope you will enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!
Post your Christmas greetings in this topic
The Armaholic team
, Koch Media Marketing Manager, informed us about the official release of the Iron Front DLC.
Iron Front D-Day
is the first content update for Iron Front: Liberation 1944. D-Day adds eight new single-player and six new multiplayer missions to the main game. Expansive landscapes in Normandy are featured, including the famous Omaha Beach where the Allied Forces launched Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944.
Iron Front D-Day introduces the US Army as a new playable faction, providing players with an impressive arsenal of Sherman tanks, P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, landing craft, Thompson SMG, M1 Garand, Browning machine guns, GMC trucks, Bazookas, and many more additions.
On the German side, the troops are further equipped with the Tiger I panzer for the defense of the Atlantic Wall. It gives a taste of the DLC still to come, and patch 1.05 integrates it into the main game free of charge for all Iron Front players.
Also the official patch version 1.05 is availble now
. Beside some fixes, it also includes the notorious Tiger I tank for all Iron Front gamers as a Christmas gift!
You can find more information, screenshots and videos in our Iron Front: Liberation 1944 topic
You can buy the Iron Front D-Day DLC on Steam!
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