August 2013 Cycle – March to August

During the period of March to August of 2013 we received over 1400 applicants for ShackTac. Due to limitations with Arma’s netcode at higher player counts, and concerns over how large we can grow as a community without risking harm to what has allowed us to be so tightly-knit, we can only take in a very small number of new people each year. After a great deal of deliberation and careful selection, I ended up picking 35 people out of those 1400+ applicants. They received their acceptance e-mails earlier this evening – check your spam filters just to be safe!

To say that it’s difficult to choose from such a volume of high-quality applicants is an understatement. Each name is a potential friend, a comrade, someone who could turn out to be a tremendous addition to our community. I take this process very seriously, spending hours reviewing, debating over, and selecting the finalists. The choices I make in selecting them help to define where the group goes in the future – the people who move forward as pFNGs will become part of our culture and ultimately our history. I believe I’ve chosen wisely, but only time will tell.

What we face as a community at this point is not something I was ever expecting, and if you’ve read my prior thoughts on the matter, you’d know that a great deal of thought has gone into proceeding the way we have. I thank everyone who respects these decisions and understands what it means to stay true to your vision without compromising.

As I said last cycle – if you did not make it into ShackTac, it is not a negative reflection on you as a person. There are many great people who couldn’t be fit into this batch, and my sincere hope is that they filter throughout the broader Arma community and find a place they enjoy and can contribute towards the success of. The way I said it previously hit the nail on the head, so I’ll quote it again here:

If our join inquiries are any indication, there are plenty of quality people out there looking for a good Arma experience. Have a look around the Arma scene, see if there are any groups that you agree with. Make sure you keep in mind the guidelines I listed here regarding what to watch out for in groups. Some of you may have thought about starting new groups – while this isn’t a trivial thing to do, the time is ripe for it. There’s nothing stopping some motivated people with the right ideas, vision, and perseverance, from creating something special.

As to the next join cycle? We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. We need to see what these 35 bring to us first, get them integrated into our community, and allow them time to develop as members. Don’t expect to see another full-scale cycle for quite a few months.

To those of you who didn’t make selection this cycle – thank you for applying, and I am humbled to see how many would like to be a part of our community and how passionately you’ve shown that. Wherever your paths may take you going forward, I hope that you find the enjoyment you seek.


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  1. I would like to thank you again – you gave me a chance, which is more than most give me. And even if there is no e-mail for me, I will wait for a few extra hours – in case it got lost down the net. Still, I won’t keep my hopes up too much, and rather start thinking on what to do, as I have to play my part in re-uniting the local community, that has become very… loose, with many groups that refuse to play with each other. And if you don’t mind – I will be a huge copycat – I agree with most of ShackTac’s rules, and see them as a good base for a great community group. It is a challenge, but I’m not alone for it.

    And if I didn’t make it – perhaps I was in the better half of the applicants – maybe it was even the top one hundred, or the first “below the line”. We can’t loose hope, because without hope, there is no tomorrow. We need to shift hopes where they aren’t pointless and/or fake.


      • Loki on August 15, 2013 at 5:48 am
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      Dude, don’t forget it’s a video game! You didn’t lose like a limb or something…

      Have fun playing arma!

      1. Well, it is just a video game, indeed – but still, I doubt I’ll ever get a chance at joining a better group. Makes me somewhat sad. People don’t really seem to like me here, and I’ve done some bad moves some years back. Coincidentally, one of my bad, immature moves might also be what kept me out of ST.

        Also, Dsly, if you happen to read this, I just wish to ask, make sure of what I already know – this is the “end of the line” for me, right? I don’t think I saw you guys being big on second chances anywhere.

    • Loki on August 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm
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    Does that mean we cannot apply until the next cycle starts? Will it be announced here?

    I didn’t apply on the previous cycle but I am seriously considering it. Watching your youtube videos sometimes makes me nostalgic about the good old times in the army.

    Anyway, for those that were not accepted, do you know any group that offers realistic tactics and mature community, and does not involve being yelled at by a 15 years old self-proclaimed ‘General of the Army’ during a mandatory 5 days ‘boot camp’ on the weekdays?

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