On This Day...
Without defensive escorts 13 vessels from the British convoy PQ-17 are sunk by Luftwaffe and U-boat attacks. The German heavy ships approach, but return to port when their presence is made unnecessary by the success of the air and submarine attacks. The sister convoy QP-17 sails into an Allied minefield in the Denmark Straits and loses 4 ships. The previous day Admiral Pound, First Sea Lord of the British Navy ordered the convoy to scatter and the close escorts to retire. He believed that the convoy could no longer be protected by the Home Fleet. The order was controversial and the commanders of the escort ships protested, but eventually obeyed the order.
[Hoosier hit by a torpedo]
The Germans launch Operation Citadel, their last major offensive against Russia on a 200-mile front, with the 9th Army attacking from the North and 4th Panzer Army attacking from the South. The Germans have deployed 37 divisions totaling 900,000 men, which include 11 Panzer divisions with 2,500 tanks and assault guns, 10,000 guns and Nebelwerfers, as well as 1,800 aircraft. Against this, the Red Army has 1,300,000 troops in defensive positions, protected by 8,000 land mines per square mile, 3,300 tanks, 20,000 guns and 2,500 aircraft. Taken together, the opposing forces in this operation constitute the largest concentration of military power ever assembled in history. In the northern sector, the Germans advance 6 miles, while in the southern sector they manage 25 miles against stubborn Soviet resistance which inflicts heavy casualties.
So a lot of people have moved on to other things since the Buckets server going offline. Some even still play online together and have kept the gaming friendships going.
I tried BF4 and lasted all of 45 minutes of online game play before I uninstalled in disgust.. Sorry Drake and Soonie but I just could not play that drivel...
World of Tanks and War Thunder have held my interest for some time but the gaming became stale and boring and the usual crowd of griefers and punks just ruin the game with running the mouths and being on Roads lawn...
So I find myself wondering what is new, what is going to be the next biggest thing... for me there are two possible bright spots coming and I backed them through kickstarter... they have online elements and multiplayer but they are both Space sims... games I would lock myself away and spend hours playing in my youth....
Elite Dangerous (coming this year hopefully) link
Star Citizen (2015 to 2016 if it ever gets made) link
So what games are coming that are exciting you?
The server will be closing in the next few days, and I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by the server. While I can't say that there wasn't some disappointment with the turnout, the fact that we did have Bucketeers show up was appreciated by the people that put this together.
It was great to see some old names and to play a game that we all enjoyed.
The server may be shutting down, but the community isn't dead, so please don't hesitate to post on the messageboard and to join the Chicken Bucket Steam Group to catch up with and see what games everyone else has been playing.
The Chicken Bucket ET Server Revival!
LIMITED TIME ONLY!
Please join us starting on Saturday, January 26th on the new Chicken Bucket Enemy Territory server! If you do not have ET installed, please check this forum post for instructions. The server will be running the ETPub mod.
The server will be running the following maps, and you can save the links below to add the pk3 files to your etmain folder ahead of time.
1. Siwa Oasis 2. Chateau Voilegarde 3. ET Ice 4. MLB Temple 5. Goldrush 6. Pier 16 7. Caen 2 8. Resurrection 9. Fuel Dump 10. Chicken Bucket
NEW INFORMATION -> We are prepping new map rotations. Below is a collection of 4 zip files containing all of the maps we have put into the mix. Note Pack1 represents the maps that have been on the server for the last few weeks (for the most part).
IMPORTANT: These are really .ZIP files. Either "save as" on the download to .zip, or rename after you download. Open it up and copy all of the contents (mapname.pk3 files) to your "etmain" folder. Questions, shoot Drake or Soony a Bucket PM.
1. Pack1 2. Pack2 3. Pack3 4. Pack4
Remember, this is for a limited time only, so please stop by and have some fun!
As part of their QuakeCon announcements, iD has released the source code for RTCW and W:ET under the GPL. Full news story here.
Drake's purchasing prowess is now legendary.
So ... was he one of the 'Special' people to have ordered an Intel i7 920 CPU and gotten a box with a fake inside it from Newegg... history is on his side..... Drake... please comment for the masses (I mean the 3 or 4 people who notice this)
The fan looked like it was made from Cheese
You be the judge....full article linked below