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  1. 7 points
    A year ago @xJediDadx and myself took on the challenge of being the caretakers of DHO. You can read more about that whole process in this blog post. A year has passed; what has changed if anything? Well, that's what we are gonna look at! (and before you freak out - DHO isn't closing 🙂 ) Bring out Your Dead! DHO was a force to be reckoned with in 2015. Registrations were reaching dozens per week, posts by the hundreds. Our WoT clans were growing and expanding; the website provided a hub for those clans to swap tips and share stories. Things were clicking, the place was a buzz of activity! DHO was a fantastic hub for all things dad and it stayed that way for years. Over time, the activity slowed down. No worries. Registrations slowed, but the site was still alive. Slowly but surely, change was happening. DHO was in trouble. We knew it, but we didn't know how bad it was. Then I had to go and look at all the metrics! Like an doctor showing you an x-ray, there it was in picture form. The degeneration was too easily seen. All the signs pointed to the fact that DHO would be dead in a year. Its been a good run, dads, but at some point you gotta put the animal out of it misery.... I'm Not Dead Yet! It was a sobering time, let me tell you. All the metrics said we would be dead by now, but since you are reading this you know DHO didn't die! It transformed like a phoenix from the ashes and returned to its former glory! Okay, that's not true either. Rather we resisted complete collapse; we stabilized. For those that like pictures, here are the comparisons: Member Activity - Our member activity was on a significant downward slide. How did we do? You see that hump over the "2019"? That's a jump in activity! That's growth baby! You see how it then starts to slide back down? That's "not growth." New Posts - You see that hump over the "2019"? That's a jump in activity! That's growth baby! You see how it then starts to slide back down? That's "not growth." How did we do? You see that hump over the "2019"? That's a jump in activity! That's growth baby! You see how it then starts to slide back down? That's "not growth." Yes, I repeated myself. And I could repeat it twice more for sent messages and for registrations.... So basically, all we did was delay the inevitable, right? I am Feeling Much Better! Actually, we did more than just delay the inevitable. Our reach and influence actually grew... just not directly on dadshideout.com. What am I talking about? The image above is from Google Analytics. In March I took some time to go through many of DHO's web pages and redo some of the code; I gave Search Engine Optimization (SEO) a shot. Now, I only had youtube videos and blog posts to guide me, but the return was worth the investment. With the changes done in by April (and I was now fully engaged in a new job) DHO started popping up in more searches online. This drove more traffic our way. Most importantly, we picked up a dozen or so new dads that are now "long term users." In the last 6 months we have seen over 5000 different visitors! From that a few dads discovered us and decided we were the place for them - mission accomplished! I think I'll Go for a Walk. I Feel Happy! Here's perhaps the most interesting bit - more dads access dadshideout.com from their phones than from the laptops/desktops! The access has shifted to mobile devices; and it shifted FAST: In the last year, dads looked at dadshideout.com on their computers 2/3s of the time (and the longer you go back, the more regular computers were used) In the last 7 days, less than half of dads visited using their laptop/desktop.... Tablets and phones are the majority now: Today (the day I post this) Phones where actual 51.2% of devices used to access DHO! So, if we are getting more hits, more visitors, and lots of mobile usage, where's the beef? That for the next post (hint - ) The Man in the Mirror Let us consider the quote at the beginning of this post: “You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book DHO is always gonna be DHO. DHO is also always changing. So stay tuned as we take a look at what some of those changes are and what the means for the future of DHO!
  2. 7 points

    CW Summary

    Thanks to all for a fun campaign. We ran every night of the campaign. 51 members participated, 33 played 5 or more and 7 played 20 or more. We had 6 people call including first time calls (as far as I know) by Bombay and Sib, who both did great. Sib went 2 for 3, so pretty sure that makes him the DHO-X career calling win leader. We did seem to improve throughout with notable improvements in focus fire, pushing and individual communication. We had a nice combination of some new strats (well, for this iteration of DHO-X that is) on new maps, and working same/similar strats on maps that we have played a fair amount somewhat recently. A couple of highlights off the top of my head: - A down to the wire match against TEACH (a 1400+ ELO clan) - 7 arty comp win on El Halluf - Breaking the recent Steppes curse (more than once) - We still lost more than we won, but our CW elo inched up slightly and we certainly won more than in the last CW season. I think we have found our current ELO and can look to build from here. Areas for improvement: - our pushes can still be more tight and uniform - Calling was better, but still need improvement on mid-game recognition/flex and appropriate patience/aggressiveness. Some of the strats could be better... callers may consider trying to run the occasional advance as a legionnaire with another clan to pick up some ideas (even if it is what not to do). I think our strats on Prok, Steppes and Westfield are mostly legit, the rest are a bit more work in progress. - We had good participation, but would like to see more. If we are going to significantly progress in CW, it would be great if we could get to being able to occasionally run 2 battles at once. - individual execution. If we want to continue to improve, we need more people to play their tier tens more. Micro positioning is super important, and many more nuanced strats put greater stress on individual execution. If you are unfamiliar with your tank... - individual communication. We have some nice chatter and ideas happening team wide. Next step is to clean that up a bit by being specific and having a touch more of a filter. “arty in A0” and “277 in G6 taking fire from multiple in C8” and using F7 instead of saying “I’m spotted” are great examples of clean communication. “I’m getting wrecked” and “they are pushing” are examples of being too general or adding something the caller already knows. It’s also challenging if multiple people are talking at once... while the caller is also trying to talk. All of the above didn’t happen too often, but they are relatively easy things to clean up. Great job all. Will look to keep the org play mojo going a bit for rest of the summer by running tier X advances at least 2x per week. Ontarget is tee’d up to call this Thursday. Hope to see you there.
  3. 7 points
    Hey there, about a month ago I decided I wanted to try and get the OBJ 907. It is a tier ten reward tank given out during a campaign event. I had a little bit of info as to what this process is all about but once I got involved I realized that I was not as prepared as I thought. The following is a brief breakdown of what to expect and how to better prepare if you ever plan on doing a campaign. If anyone else with experience wants to add feel free. 1) You will need to find a clan that is focused on getting its members reward tanks. This can be checked on clan tools https://clantools.us/ You will want to see that the clan has repeatably got reward tanks for its members. At least 30+ members should be getting a tank. Your stats will have to be good enough that the clan will accept you as well. You will need to join the clan at least a month before the event so you can get used to running with them and they can get used to you. As a side note I had very little Organized play experience, the curve was steep and the feed back harsh and real. 2)The campaign works by acquiring fame points. You get them by playing games and get more when you win. The winning part is important. The cut off on this campaign was the top 2700, under that no tank for you (thanks for coming out). You will have to rely on the clan commanders to set things up for success. As well your own performance comes into play here, if you do well you get picked for more teams if you keep going full potato you will not get picked as much lowering your chances of getting a reward. 3) Make sure you have the tier ten tanks required. Type 5, Maus, 268v4, E3, E4, T57, S conc, bat, Russian meds, 50b, TVP. I am probably missing a couple here. You need to have as many of them as you can to get picked for the teams. Different strats call for different tanks if you dont have them you dont play. 4) Before the campaign learn to navigate through Teamspeak (lots of rapid channel changing), Clan tools, the global map and the campaign team functions. It is fast and hectic, the callers have no time or patience for bumbling and you need to know where your fame points are at at all times and be quick to ready up. 5) Time commitment, This is the one I was really not ready for. It was a two week campaign running from 7pm est to 12 or 1 every night. After the first 4 nights I realized what I was in for. 6-7hrs each night with very little break during it, you have to be ready the whole time. Some of those nights I only played 5 games some nights 13-15. In total I played about 100 games over the 2 weeks. Had to make some expensive promises to my wife as well. 6)Drama, as the campaign wears on you start to see the best and worst in people. There is no guarantee that you will get a tank. It came down to the last 4 battles on the last night for me. One of my friends did not make it. It was stressful as you are not in control and I was lucky to get on the teams at the end. We had one person kicked out of the clan for poor behavior and two that quit. I kept quite the whole time showed up and did what was asked (it worked for me). Would I recommend it or do it again? If you want a 907, or t95/chiefton it is the only way at the moment. It will make you a better player. I had some great games and met some new people. It almost cost me my marriage. Oh ya I did get a tank finished 2655 out of 2700. Brand new 907 for me. Whoop whoop!
  4. 5 points
    So those in the community that know me well, know that I have sent my resume into Wargaming for a position they advertised about 2 weeks ago. "Senior Community Manager World of Warships at Wargaming Austin, TX" Well I retired from the Navy last year and didn't expect to work TBH. I am a 100% disabled veteran, with the VA compensation and my retirement I don't have to work. So since the fall of 2018 I have been going to school, more to just use my benefit and get paid to be a full time student rather than pursuing a degree necessarily to progress on to a career. But when @DEWEY_96_ sent me a PM on FB with the job link and told me he thought this was a position made for me. I read it, and at first didn't know what to think. Because it DID seem like a good position for me. Community Management.... I have, since the day I joined DHO almost a decade ago, said that community is first and foremost important thing in life. Gaming is just an outlet for a community to grow and prosper. I talked to Dewey a little bit, then to @thedakar both have known me since the World of Tanks days and I figured "What the hell" Now in my limited experience, and mostly word of mouth. People with degree's and much more experience than I have typically land jobs like this. So my expectations, lets just say were low. I spent literally 30 mins on my resume, updating it, about 10 mins on my LinkedIn updating it (because nowadays they go hand and hand). And I threw them at the wall so to speak. Again, I did not expect them to stick.... A few days went by and I received an email asking for some professional and personal references. I responded in kind. Over a week went by and I figured that I didn't have a chance. Then Thursday I received an email from their recruitment lead in Chicago asking me to go online and fill in when I would be available for a phone interview. I was astounded that I got an email and did so immediately. Within 24hrs my phone had updates saying that my LinkedIn had notifications. I logged in and three different people from Wargaming had looked at my profile. One of them being an "Executive Producer" at Wargaming in St.Petersburg, Russia. Sunday night I had an update from my FB page for my content creation for gaming that two new people had viewed it. Both work for Wargaming. Then today I received an email from the recruitment lead again telling me that they have slated a time for me on Wed for my interview. And that the phone interview had been changed to a conference call interview with him in Chicago and an individual in Austin, TX. Needless to say I did NOT expect to get this far in the process... to have my resume and me looked at for a position that I have enjoyed doing for years. Grooming and growing a community. When I started doing this with World of Tanks back in the Alpha days, that was my goal. To have a community and or family. When I left WoT it was because I felt that community(not necessarily the DHO crowd) had become a bit, well, crap. Lots of toxicity that I just couldn't stand, in an area of life that should be a hobby and fun. It was becoming a job, more than fun. When World of Warships started up, this brought that thought back up to the front. The ability to have a community and family again. The community was friendly, happy, go lucky. There was little to NO toxicity at all. In the game and on the forums. The dev's actually read our posts and responded. It was amazing and reinvigorated my thought that of what a gaming community could be. Now years late, the community has unfortunately pulled in some of that toxicity I hated and I would be remiss if I would say I have not been a part of it also. But I have tried, though sometimes it seems not so, to remove that toxicity and not add to it. All I know is, if I can be a part of something, to help groom and grow a community and clean up some of the negativity and toxicity. I would love to do it! Plus, having a position where I could coordinate with warship museums and people to do meet ups, travel, meeting more people and sharing that with others!? I mean, how can someone NOT like that!? So I have gone now from, "meh, if I get it cool" to "I want this!" and I hope to get it! Could use some positive thoughts and who knows, I might be a Warrgaming Austin employee soon!? Hopefully!
  5. 5 points

    Gale League

    Congrats DHO on making Gale League. It has been fun, we are learning every time.
  6. 5 points
    I love writing. Writing is a definite passion of mine. I have a few publications I am quite proud of, ranging from “Letters to the Editor” in my college newspaper to a full e-book. My niche is generally in the realm of military veterans and their transition into civilian life; resumes, work, life, benefits, and so on. I am also a career, benefits, and life coach which leads me to do a lot of research and writing for my clients. I am now proud to be a writer on dadshideout.com’s new blog, “The Good, The Dad, and The Ugly,” so all my experience is finally being put to good use! With having typed hundreds of thousands of words (Have I typed a million words?) for business and pleasure, I have a pretty well established writing technique. I figured I would run through some of the things I do and use so you might be able to pick up and integrate something to make your writing easier! This first post will be about equipment - the physical stuff I hold or use when writing. I will explore software, environment, and other aspects in later posts. I want to stress that this is MY stuff that I like. You should not go and buy anything because I say so! You might not like my style or techniques. Still, it can be useful, as you can see if I have good ideas and then you can try them out to see what works best for you! So, on to writing equipment! The Old School When you want to talk equipment, any craftsman or artist worth their salt is gonna tell you - start with the basics, start with the foundations, start with the time-proven! In this case, we are talking good old fashioned “pen and paper.” I have two types of notebooks - the “carry with you anywhere” pocket version and the “writing at a table” size version. You also need a pen (or pencil). The trick with these is you need to train yourself to carry the pocket version like your wallet, keys, and cell phone. You need to have it with you when an idea strikes. I am certain that I will not remember my random “good ideas” and by writing them down I have a chance of developing them later. The table size version is for those time when I get tired of digital work or if using a digital device is not an option. Watching a show with the wife, going to one of my kids' friends birthday parties… It should be large enough for some serious writing or to make thought webs, sketches, and so on. For a writing implement, I prefer a pen. They are more durable in my pocket and less likely to be “useless” when I need them. I could spend an hour or more walking up and down the pen aisles at the local craft store, admiring and testing pens, looking for the perfect fell on paper, the perfect fit in my hand. Sometimes, though, you go with your tried and true. From my time as a combat civil engineer, I became partial to “write anywhere” pens, specifically Fisher Brand; pocket version and normal size. They write at any angle, and back when I was doing field work they are paired beautifully with the “Rite in the Rain” brand Notebooks I used. Honestly, I have considered having a “Rite in the Rain” Notebook and Fisher Pen in my shower! What, I get the best ideas in the shower, don’t you? I also use Bic pens (cheap, plentiful, easy to write with, no worries if they get lost of “borrowed”), so I am not a total pen snob! My buddy likes the thick lead mechanical pencils - whatever floats your boat! Notebooks are like pens, there are hundreds of types and you need to find what feels best to you. For the pocket version, I find that quality matters. With it being in a pocket and getting shuffled about day after day a cheap notebook is gonna disintegrate on you. Then again, when I started I used the bargain bin small spiral bound notebook with 30-50 pages. I happen to like “Moleskine” brand 3.5 x 5.5 Inch Ruled notebooks. There are plenty of other similar styles too. I have used these super thin notebooks by TWONE - they only have 30 sheets, but don’t take up any room at all. That makes them easy to carry around all the time. I have a tall single fold wallet and these will fit almost completely inside. For my “table size” version I go simple - 8x10.5 spiral bound notebook. These take far less of a beating, so I don’t spend much time or thought on these. I went with the tried and true once again. I go with a spiral bound 100-page notebook. It got me through high school, it got me through college, and I did all my research papers with these things, so why change what works? I like the larger size when I am bringing a backpack, a case or when working at home. I prefer the spiral style so I can fold it completely if I need the space, or if I am writing on my lap while on the couch! The New School I love my Microsoft Surface 3. It is my primary tool for whenever I am working on a writing project, to include “The Good, the Dad, and The Ugly.” While the keyboard on my desktop is a little more comfortable for long sessions of writing, the Surface 3 holds the role as the “inspiration” and “first draft” tool. Once I tap out those first few hundred (or thousand) words, I take the data to my desktop for edits and polishing. Why start on the Surface? I love the portability of it, I can run the same software between the Surface and my desktop, and most importantly, the keyboard cover. The keyboard cover? Yes, the keyboard cover. The feel of the keys as you depress them and the staccato clicks as you type are delightful. The damn thing is 5mm thick but it more enjoyable to type on them most laptops I have owned! It is enjoyable to work on, and that is important. If it isn’t enjoyable, you won’t do it or long if you have a choice… The software interchangeability is nice, allowing me to work on the same software that I use on the desktop. This makes the workflow more streamlined; I don't have to spend time copy and pasting between systems and such. I transfer data between Surface and Desktop with a 64gb thumb-drive. I tried to use Microsoft OneDrive, but I found that taking the thumb-drive between computers worked better for me than making sure everything was synced up. If I am in a rush, I grab the thumb-drive; no need to turn on a computer, log on to the internet, and then sync. I use the thumb drive as a removable hard drive - save and load from it. If you are going to do work between multiple digital platforms, as I do, getting a system in place for transferring and tracking files is critical. Finally, the portability of the Surface makes the interchangeability useful. It is about the same size as a tablet. I have a case on mine to increase its durability - still comes in about half an inch thick. Battery life is great - way better than my laptop. I get 4-6 hours of full video playback off a full charge, and I can type for 8 plus hours on reasonable brightness. The Surface 3 charges using a micro USB, so I can use the same charger as my phone if I need to. I can boot it up really fast - sub 20 seconds - which means I can turn it off completely to save battery. All this adds up to a relatively powerful, very portable, enjoyable to use writing tool. You could also use a tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard or a regular laptop. I used my laptop previously, but I have found being able to bring the Surface with me to more places is more useful than being able to do more varied tasks on the laptop. When the workflow progresses beyond words and basic editing, I step up my game to something more robust. The Workhorse When all is said and done, I have way more equipment than I need. You could do everything on the Surface 3 and call it a day - I have and do from time to time. Still, when I am handling multiple projects, research, or online learning/teaching I need my dual monitor desktop. I became spoiled by multiple monitor setups during my time in the Air Force working as a Geo-spacial Engineer. The ability to put the main program on one screen and source material on the second was a godsend. No more alt-tabbing or manually clicking between views. When writing, I find the same is true - dual monitors allow more information to be up at the same time and reduce time spent flipping through windows. The desktop also has the power to do full editing of audio, video, and much more. It has sufficient storage to keep everything centralized, but I have a backup drive… just in case! The best seat in my house (other than my recliner!) is my office desk chair which makes long sessions far more comfortable. I also have a keyboard I love and a speaker setup that allows me to play background music to keep my mind from getting too distracted by outside noise. Always Evolving I have been using this equipment setup for about the last year and a half. Before I purchased the Surface 3 (second hand, I might add. Save your money where you can, right, dads?) I used a laptop from college. It was a 2013 model but it did everything I needed for writing, and it could even run a second monitor! When I used the laptop my setup was two things; paper notebooks and the laptop. Now that I have a more workspace, the current setup rewards me with better overall results by splitting the laptop into two different machines better suited for particular purposes. The Surface fills the portability and “drafting” niche while the desktop fills the editing and finishing niche. I am sure over time my equipment will change again. I know that I need to add in a camera to my equipment, as taking my own high-quality images for use on the blogs is something I would like to do. Right now I get by using my cell phone, but that will only go so far. Still, why spend money on perfect, when good enough will do? So there you have it. The equipment I use to get the words from my head to your eyes. I will be following this up with the software I use and then the process I use to bring it all together. If you have equipment that you use when writing and would like to chime in, comment below! I would love to hear what you use to get those words on the page; I might even borrow some of your good ideas!
  7. 4 points

    WoT DHO Consolidation

    Tankers, We are consolidating WoT DHO's active tankers into two clans. As World of Tanks and WoT DHO have changed and developed over the last several years our clan setup has remained static. WoT has aged but is still being developed by Wargaming and has many enthusiastic players. However, the player base has declined and so has our activity on the forum. The need for multiple DHO clans has diminished and it has been decided to consolidate our most engaged and active tankers in two clans, DHO and DHO-X. DHO will be the landing clan for new recruits and for active tankers that do not have the inclination, time, or tanks to participate in high tier, organized gameplay. DHO-X will focus on tier X gameplay and will ideally be the home for our community's 100 most active and skilled players. At a minimum, DHO and DHO-X will have activity requirements and tankers will be occasionally purged if they are no longer active. The remaining clans; DHO2, DHO3, DHO4, DHO5 (for family members), and DHO6; will remain as DHO "Legacy" clans. These clans will be casual. You are free to stay with your current clan if that's what you'd like; you and the clan will not be removed from DHO. If you just want clan tags and never intend to use Discord or the forum then these clans are for you. To clear space for the expected transfers, we will begin with a purge of inactive tankers from DHO and DHO-X. Please spread the word over the next week and the purges will occur at the end of October. Starting November 1, DHO and DHO-X will be our primary WoT clans. Transfer requests are welcome and expected. If you'd like to join DHO or DHO-X, please request an invite here; http://dadshideout.com/IPS/index.php?/topic/263-wot-clan-invite-requests/&page=382 We hope this consolidation of WoT DHO will bring together our most enthusiastic tankers and offer a stronger, more cohesive community. -WoT Directors: gpc_4, mrholsy, Mykk, and SlyGambit.
  8. 4 points

    Frontline Returns!

  9. 4 points

    DHO4 has a new Commander!

    I just transferred DHO4 to Ayleward. Shockingly, I don't have a speech planned. I can definitely say we had a good run. I became "Acting Commander" on 1/7/2015. I became the official Commander on 2/22/2015. That's a story itself. I couldn't be prouder of my time as Commander, it's been one of the best gaming experiences of my life. I did everything I wanted to accomplish. I knew when I called a tier 10, 15x15 Advance, and every team member was DHO4, that it would be the pinnacle of my career (10/20/2017). The only place left to go was to become a Clan Wars clan, and we already have DHO-X. And I lack the energy I used to, which is the normal progression of things. As a DadsHideout WoT Director, I've supported our recent consolidation. I've cleaned up DHO4 as best I can, and am leaving it with a good officer structure in place. I hope DHO gets active, and I hope DHO-X gets an added boost from all the guys who have joined this year. I'd like to thank Talisker, Ayleward, and Pierre for putting up with me, and being the best officer team a guy could ask for online. Sizmic and Swaber for being there with me from the beginning. I've got a lot of other dads I could "shout out", but I'm going to pick these two for last: BigMike, and Dinram. We held down late-night Vent/TeamSpeak early on. We're the ones who played Strongholds 22 out of 31 nights in January 2015. And they are the ones that when the topic of who was going to be the next Commander came up, encouraged me to apply. I distinctly remember the 3 of us being in a voice chat room and discussing it. And here we are.
  10. 4 points
    So WOT NA has started a monthly Scavenger Hunt - there are several places to look for codes and you can enter 4 a month - for each code you enter you get 9 personal reserves - so that is 36 in total you can get. But if you enter all 4 you will get a bonus mission So the codes come from several locations. 1 - WOT NA Community contributors - can only redeem 1 2 - WOT NA social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) some code for the 3 3 - WOT Weekly video (www.youtube.com/channel/UC1h424KQY-jGGQe3inlqfiA) 4 - WOT News portal (https://worldoftanks.com/en/news/) This bonus mission from what I understand is to play 5 games and upon completing that it will turn all of your X2 into a X5 just for that day that you complete it ALL 4 codes are below WOT NA Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WorldOfTanks.NA/) BRACEYOURSELVES Claus Kellerman YouTube - (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjgS6Uyg8ok4Jd_lH_MUKgg) CCCLAUSDEC WOT Weekly video - IMTOMATOANDTHATSOK Last Code - WINTERISHERE (thanks to @gpc_4 for finding) So - word of warning when you enter the 4th code it will change your X2 to X5 for the rest of that day until reset the following morning.
  11. 4 points

    Advent Calendar 2018

    December 2: Lorry. Grant's opinion: Worth a purchase. Here is a winner, although it's very expensive for a tier VIII med prem. Fun and dangerous tank. 232 pen, flexibility, and clip potential makes you a threat in all battles. Bad tier VIII MM isn't as much of a concern because, top tier or bottom tier, you have no armor and your play style is the same. Crew setup is the same as the tier X Batchat (a fun, iconic WoT tier X that still has a CW role). Circon's opinion: Worth a purchase.
  12. 4 points

    Passing a Milestone!

    It took a while, so please, drum rolls and trumpets blaring: It probably won't last long so I'm going to enjoy it for a bit.
  13. 4 points

    WoT DHO Consolidation

    Dads are Dads wherever they end up. I came into DadsHideout when Directors and every sub-clan were active. Now I'm a Commander and a Director. It's tough for me to let go of DHO4, but I'm trying to do right by the almost 300 Dads who still play WoT.
  14. 4 points
    Went to the AAF Tank Museum this weekend in Danville, VA (Visiting family there) VERY interesting and large exhibit, with over 120 vehicles..
  15. 4 points
    Similar to the Italian Marathon, there will be another marathon coming for 2 weeks in Sept where you can earn the new Premium Tier VIII British Heavy Tank (and/or possibly earn a discount towards it). WG mention in a previous video that the missions would be easier this time than they were for the Italian Marathon. More details will be coming in another video and article in the near future. Once I have that info, I'll be posting it here.
  16. 4 points
    Update. My old gaming laptop has something mechanically wrong with the hard drive that will cost $800 to fix. No go. There is a happy ending. Our brother dad Juggernaut took pity on me. He gifted me a gaming laptop that he was no longer using. You know what? It is a little better than my old broken one. So a huge thank you to Juggernaut, one of our many wonderful dads.
  17. 3 points
    When the ex and I talked about getting married, we discussed the military, military life and how things might go. This is hard to explain in words that are understood. And harder for someone that wasn’t in the military to truly understand. So when I deployed in 2010 and came home to find out things weren’t exactly going well in our relationship (and I assure you that is an understatement) I took it in stride. Was I too nice? Definitely, should I have been a complete poopchute? Totally. But in the end, I had somewhere to sleep, and eat (the ship)... We had children to think about. And I was always gone already, so this would be normal to them. I agreed too much, I gave too much, I didn’t fight nearly enough. I apologize if this is long winded and I won’t go into the details over the next 5 years, but let’s just say they were less than ideal for me. In the first week of January of 2015 I was completely and utterly destroyed, mentally, emotionally and monetarily and it was all beginning to show physically. I had chronic tension, chronic insomnia, anxiety, depression all exacerbated by military life and all of it came to a head. My professional career (the only part of my life I seemed to be able to succeed in) was beginning to falter. I had a break down, I had been asking for pictures of MY children for, well, years... and her remark was that she did not have time to take pictures for me. So my mother, did what an amazing mother would. She started pulling pictures of the children off of Facebook, because evidently she had time to plaster pictures all over FB but not for their father. I had just gotten over a bout of serious depression after finally getting a picture the last week of December 2014 after begging for pictures of the children seeing them play with the toys that I bought them for Christmas. How did the ex respond? She sent a picture of my daughter on the ground playing with the toy I got her for Christmas, in the background was the man she was dating (now her new husband), he was, for all intents and purposes naked on the couch. All he was wearing was basketball shorts. When I responded to her, letting her know how inappropriate it was that she sent that to me, she of course acted like she did not know what she did wrong. At this point I questioned all my own actions and my own thoughts when it came to her and the children. So when I posted the picture to FB and asked the question whether I was incorrect in my thinking, of course the resounding answer was that I was NOT incorrect. So in that week in January, walking my dog, utterly a broken man. I came to a realization. I had still, been living for a woman and children that were not a part of my life anymore. The woman that I had fallen in love with had replaced me, completely, as a husband and father. Phone calls would always go unanswered, texts were being ignored. When I made it apparent that I wanted a set time and day to talk to the children on the regular it became my fault that my son was acting out at school and that his reasoning was because “mom was making me talk to dad on the phone.” Of course upon hearing this, I didn’t want my time to be a negative thing and I caved and stopped it. Everything welled up. Everything built up to a breaking point. And I snapped. But not necessarily in the way that I think some would. I made a decision. I was not going to live for the family that had moved away and moved forward from me. It was time for me to focus on ME. It was time for me to focus on MY life. There was at this time only one person I could rely on. ME. I had talked to a few people about my decision, for the most part it was met with positive responses. Some said, “if someone had done that to me, NO ONE would be able to keep me away from my children,” but as I have always said, you don’t get to judge someone until you have walked in their shoes. So I focused on me! 2015 was an amazing year for me, I was in the gym every single day, I am arguably not a runner, okay not arguably, I am NOT a runner. I was already walking the dog 5-7 miles a day. And by late spring, early summer I was RUNNING 5 miles a day! My career skyrocketed, that year I became my commands Senior Sailor of the Year, I went up for regional Sailor of the Year, I became the Surface Navy Association Sailor of the Year for New England, I received a top evaluation and then it happened the epitome of a Navy man’s career. I was selected to be a Chief Petty Officer. A milestone that I had all but written off as I was nearing the end of my career. All this time I was working 10-16 hour days, focusing on my career, my new “kids” (Sailors) and ME. Not thinking about what I left behind. This I know was especially hard on my parents and family/friends back home in Oregon. I still to this day feel as though I have completely let them down, though they may say this is not the case, it will FOREVER be in the back of my mind. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that this is partially the reason why I seclude myself so often. So last year I retired from the Navy. I said “Good Bye,” to a career that spanned over 20 years, 5 ships, almost 15 years at sea, 1 shore duty, 10 deployments, countless moves up and down the west coast and coast to coast and to the Sailors that had become my children. I went through all the anxiety and depression that one does when separating from the military. But a new realization came to pass, I had the time and the money to right how I was wronged. Not necessarily to try to have a relationship with my actual children as I am a complete stranger to them today. But correct the deficiencies in the divorce decree and actually sever the siphon that that woman had directly connected to my bank account. I had after all been paying over DOUBLE what the state of Missouri would have required me to pay in child support for almost a decade. It took me almost a decade to have the time and the money to pay a lawyer and pursue what was FAIR with the ex-wife. All the while she has been acting like a selfish, childish, money grubbing gold digger. More shady stuff was attempted to by the ex, which all came out when she suspiciously was nice and agreeable to my terms as well as apologetic for years of childish, selfish behavior and I questioned it all. So when she agreed to the stipulations of changing things in our agreement of course I was skeptical. And of course she had ulterior motives. So when I got a lawyer, informed her that I was doing so, it was no surprise that she got upset. I did as I always have, told the truth, told her exactly step by step what was going to happen. And she again agreed, "so long as it wasn't going to be different than what we agreed to." My response to that has always been the same, "I am not the one trying to pull anything, or do anything underhanded. Never have I ever done anything that would negatively impact the other." So it doesn't surprise me when my lawyer informs me that he has been attempting to contact her so that she can sign her side of the paper work and has had no response from her. So, my lawyer, which BTW is ranked in the top 10 for family law in the state of Missouri did what any expensive lawyer would. He documented all his attempts and has served her with papers to appear in court. Furthermore, he has filed a motion since I am a veteran and do not live in the state to be represented in person by him so I don't have to go. There are still days where the memory of her and my lost family takes the wind from my sails, however, moral of the story, what is FAIR is FAIR. You get what you put in, treat people you "care" about like crap, it WILL come back to bite you. Being honest, open, upfront and truthful is always the best way to handle people. Will I ever really recover from all of this? I doubt it. Will I ever marry again? I doubt it. But at this point in my life, I find sitting on the patio watching the dog chase dragon flies and enjoying a glass of whiskey to be far more relaxing that worrying about those things. *That is all*
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points

    If u r in DHO-X u should read this

    @Juggernaut41 - this should be a 4 tier system: Tier 1: Callers Tier 2: 5+ battles Tier 3: 5- battels Tier 4: didn't play I think the callers deserve this - they not only participate but have to actually put up with the rest of us scrubs
  20. 3 points

    Another Code: 8th Anniversary

  21. 3 points

    I'll never understand some people

    I was playing my T30 last night in order to take advantage of the new "cash back" aspect of the On Track missions. (I played 10 battles in the T30, and on completing the 10th battle I earned something like 1.065M credits.) I'd had a few beers. And since I had moved my crew on from the T30 long ago, I had to cobble together a crew from the garage. 100%, but way less than 1 complete skill. No 6th sense. And I'd had a few beers. And the T30 was never my favorite TD to begin with, because so many tier 9s and 10s seem to be able to pen the turret roof so easily if you sit still for a second, and the gun doesn't reward snapshots. Tough combination. And did I mention that I'd had a few beers? So it was not an impressive run of battles. . But after one battle I get a PM in the garage from the Type 4 heavy who was on my team. He complains that, for a guy with 35K battles I sure don't play like I know what I'm doing. And I'm thinking, "yeah, he's not wrong. That was not a great game on my part. I feel kind of bad." But then I look at the after battle results, and that ducker did literally 0 damage. In a Type 4 heavy! I didn't do very well, but I landed at least two penetrating, full-damage hits in that battle. Did around 1500 damage. This guy did NO damage, and he's coming at me in my own garage to complain that I didn't carry him? What goes through someone's head to make them believe that even makes sense? I don't quote the Bible a lot, but I'm reminded of one here: "You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye." I responded, "I'm drunk. What's your excuse?" He didn't answer. SMH.
  22. 3 points

    DHO-X Clan Wars Info

    Clan wars season 10 runs from September 24 to December 4. DHO-X will play 3 nights a week, Tues, Thurs, and Sat at 10 et. See discord for battle announcements. Scheduling Battles Tanks to Grind Players Guide Strategy Basics Map Strategies
  23. 3 points

    Map Discussion 1.0 Redux: Serene Coast

    Key to Serene Coast Win C1 then push forward or fall back to protect your base. The peninsula, or "island," is where HTs are generally expected to go. However, this area plays slow and, even if you win it, both sides then have to cross an open area where they will be susceptible to snipers and arty. Unless you're in a super heavy, you should be fast enough to make a difference in C1. Even if that is just tanking some shots while your meds and lights get into position. Grant's Positions of Serene Coast 1. Both sides have similar positions for early vision. It generally isn't much help at high tiers, maybe you can see if the enemy HTs are headed peninsula. Mid-tiers you're more likely to catch someone out that will be taking a short cut and lose HP for it. 2. People setup to snipe all over the place but this is the only position I use often, and then only in TDs or an especially squishy low tier tank. 3. I don't recall ever actually using the little nook near the red base but I've seen plenty of replays where people use it effectively. You can hold up the enemy team for a long time if they are tentative. If they are foolish, you can even win when outnumbered (seen this happen multiple times). 4. This position overlooks part of the cap and has bushes for cover. Good for a surprise reset or an ambush. A lot of people don't realize that fire can come from this spot.
  24. 3 points

    Tips for playing agaisnt t95/FV4201

    I found during, what seems like multiple battles against the t95/fv4201 that running away works best.😜
  25. 3 points

    February Scavenger Hunt

    SuperNova's code... PSWFWP77
  26. 3 points

    February Scavenger Hunt

    Jerm's code... 74HHCNS5
  27. 3 points

    Hunt the Sheriffs: DHO version

  28. 3 points

    February Scavenger Hunt

    TRU's youtube video code is 7TMUYWCY
  29. 3 points
    Gillette & Toxic Masculinity A Positive Message or an Attack on Men? If you read the news or participate in social media, you have no doubt seen the phrase "toxic masculinity." If you haven't, the concept is simple on the face of it: behaviors and expectations of what a "real man" is that cause or increase likelihood of harm for self and/or others. The is an ad produced by Gillette that has taken the internet and news media by storm in the last two days that attempts to highlight "toxic masculinity." Here's the rub: what the hell does that mean? Why do we even care? Why Dads Should Care Boys or girls, biological, step or adopted, uncle, grandpa or just mentorship-related; we influence children and adults through our interactions and through our value systems. These value systems are held in close connection to our self identification. We define ourselves through our values, and our values should influence our actions. As we hold these values so closely, we tend to try and pass them on to others. If the values have served us well (or more accurately, when we perceive that the values have a positive influence on our lives) we want share our beliefs so others can have our success. What if our values are actually holding us back or causing other harm? That is the reason why we should care about this "toxic masculinity" discussion. It is far too complicated cover all of this in a single post, but lets take a quick look at what is going on in this ad and what we can do; perhaps more importantly - should we do anything? Gillette - The "Mens" Company that Jumped into the Discussion In the last two days, my news feed has been swamped by reports and discussion on this advertisement by Gillette (a company that makes razors and other personal care products for both men and women) which "calls out" the "toxic" behaviors of men. I suggest you watch it for context for the rest of this post. Gillette "Toxic Masculinity" Advertisement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koPmuEyP3a0 Welcome back. How are you feeling? Happy? Sad? Confused? Angry? I felt all these things. It is a complicated and emotional topic. Look at the stats on the video (again this is just the last 2 days): The comments on the video are quite "enlightening" as well. Wade into the comments with care - they are not known for their "depth" but they give a good reading on a commentators emotional state at the time. The initial gut reactions are telling. Large numbers of men feel attacked and respond negatively. Why wouldn't they? The question is: Are the feelings justified? What is masculinity? Hell of a question, isn't it? I will take a stab at, though. Think of belief and action systems that are often held up as "good and virtuous" or as the highest forms of "masculinity": a "classic/old school gentleman," the "chivalrous knight," or the "hardworking father." All of these share common threads - responsibility & bravery among them. Think of the actions and believes these archetypes, the typical example of a thing, tend to have: kindness and consideration to others, forgiveness, mentorship/leadership, resoluteness, protectiveness, and strength in the face of adversity. (Disagree? Feel free to say so in the comments!) Each of these requires one to have both a sense of responsibility to act and bravery in order to live up to these concepts. With this idea of "masculinity" in mind, does the commercial attack those things? Spoiler alert: no. The ad doesn't attack any of these concepts; rather it highlights and encourages these concepts. I am thinking of breaking it down scene by scene but that a bit long for today - let me know if you would be interested in more commentary on this ad. So if the ad was mostly positive, why so much backlash? Where it went Wrong (for me) I can identify nearly every scene, but the one that stood out the most for me was the scene with the two boys 30 seconds into the ad. The narrator says "making the same old excuses" and the video cuts to two young boys "fighting" (more on that in a moment), then the dads standing idly by the grill repeating "boys will be boys" over and over again. The narrator continues, "but something finally changed," and a news caster talks about accusations of sexual assault. It was at this point that I had my negative emotions. The preceding scenes made me sad - bullying, sexual harassment, party culture, the "sitcom dad" attacking the maid, the board room guy using power and authority to silence the woman and "assume" her thoughts - these are situations that I believe represent harmful beliefs and actions. I was on board and supporting the message thus far; there are elements in our culture (and specifically in the culture of men) that are wrong and need to be confronted. Then the "fight scene." I became confused. I fell attacked and my mind went into defensive thoughts. I have two young boys and they do this all the time. Am I a bad parent? The narrator set it up - "making the same old excuses." What excuse am I making for my two sons when they fight? "Boys will be boys." I believe that boys DO have certain tenancies, and whats wrong with that. "Finally something changed," "sexual assault," "sexual harassment," berated me, the vision of my two sons wresting on the ground still in my mind. I became angry, and it clouded my view of the ad completely. Here's why: Attack on a Core Belief The scene, unlike the rest, lacked clarity. We see the two boys, of similar size and age, start to tussle. No context. Just a yell and down they go. From my perspective, I see two "boys being boys." To me, that is a thing - my sons like to wrestle with each other. They love to wrestle with their dad! This sort of play is not negative or "toxic," not any more than baby chimps or lion cubs tussling in nature. It gives an opportunity for my children to play and discover things, learn lessons, and connect with each other. Such play fighting or sport cannot be the entirety of a persons existence, as that would have a negative effect for sure, but in measured amounts, it serves to be a teaching tool; teaching about self, others and the world. A child has a toolbox of skills they can use solve conflict. The younger one is, the far fewer the available tools. One of the earliest tools is physical action. That physical action can take many forms: one could walk away, one could sit still, or one could attack another. The youngest attacks his brother on a regular basis, as the oldest is quite astute in driving the little one to "madness." And generally, I let them fight. Why? It teaches them something. I am not completely laissez faire a la "Lord of the Flies" - I am monitoring my children. I am not stepping in right away though. If I step in EVERY TIME they have a physical confrontation my sons learn one thing: if we fight a parent will stop us. While this seems like a good lesson, but is it? To stop every fight at the earliest sign of conflict prevents them from exploring conflict resolution in a most critical situation - after violence has started. What happens when we apply this to the larger world, where there are no parents to step in at all times? My sons do NOT learn to avoid physical confrontation, the learn to avoid getting caught. They do NOT learn that physical solutions often extract more in cost than in reward, only that violence will make parents become involved. They do NOT learn how to de-escalate violence or violent action, they learn others will de-escalate the situation for them. They might never learn there ARE times when violence is necessary, and that even in those cases, there is a cost. By allowing them to fight (supervised) they are actually developing their ability to make judgments and to reach agreements. They learn (the eldest already knows, as he does it on purpose) that you CAN push someone to violence through non-violence. There is a level of teasing, harassment, or just plain "button pushing" that will make violence justified in the mind of another. That is not the same thing as saying the justice is justified - only that it becomes justified to the other person. That is a VERY important lesson. It re-enforces civility and respect. They also learn that violence has consequences. Not just physically, though physical consequences have occurred; bruises, scrapes, bumps and cuts have all happened. More often than not the consequence is social, not physical. It could be a consequence within their relationship; they are far less likely to participate with one another after a significant fight. Less likely to share both physical possessions and knowledge. They are less likely to be trusted. It causes all sorts of problems. I notice the fight and I remember for the next time they ask me for something and then I remind them that those that fight do not get rewards. All of this helps teach that violence has long term consequences. Justified vs Unjustified Violence I have heard people say " no violence is justified," and I completely disagree. There are times when extreme violence is justified: self defense and the defense of others being the central pillar of that belief. More importantly, there is "unjustified" violence, and I think that was what Gillette was trying to highlight in their advertisement. They just did it poorly - there are time of justified violence and without context it is impossible to determine if this either of the cases. Indiscriminate violence is bad, we can all agree. Some violence might be justifiable - but how do we learn that? Through conflict as a child TEMPERED by the guidance and wisdom of adults. Interaction is key - to never intervene is tantamount to abuse, but some risk must be taken in order to allow experiences to happen. Once those experiences happen, it is our responsibility to provide context beyond the immediate situation so that they can learn to apply the experience to the larger world. Where else can we see justified violence? In sports. In many ways sports are the way in which modern societies find a way to allow physical action to manifest itself in a positive manner. Extreme examples are the martial arts (MMA, Boxing, Karate), less extreme is football, wrestling or rugby, but these are violence, make no mistake about it. What makes these justified vs unjustified violence? Agree upon rules and consent to engage in the activity. That is the lessons we need to teach, and by having "zero tolerance" for all physical violence we take away the ability to have learning experiences. Without these experiences (and the guidance from our role models) we cannot understand the world and how we should interact in it. Gillette Actually Gets it Right - They just did it Wrong. A minute later we see the resolution of the fight - the dad steps in and says "that's not how we treat each other, okay?" Small problem, i can hear the kids giggling. Maybe that's my subconscious hearing what I want to hear, but I don't hear complaints, screams or protest. I hear two kids having fun in a physical way. Two boys being boys. That's what touched the nerve. I won't lie, it took some introspection to fully understand the "simple" feeling of anger at this scene. It takes introspection and self reflection to unpack all of that. Going though the exercise is good and has allowed me to better grasp concepts I am teaching to my children. If Gillette wanted the ad to be a conversation piece, they have succeeded. Overall, the message is positive and one that dads can support. Kindness and consideration to others, forgiveness, mentorship/leadership, resoluteness, protectiveness, and strength in the face of adversity. Each scene in the ad highlights at least one of these concepts as being positive (or conversely, a scene shows that lacking these virtues leads to negative results) and that is a huge takeaway. Finally Thought Is that the only takeaway? The idea that some ways of acting are bad? Hardly. To me there is a much larger message that is getting ignored in this discussion of outrage - positive male role models are critical to the development of strong men. That's for a different post though. Let me know in the comments below what virtues you are teaching your children or mentorees; or let me know if you think the commercial was actually an attack and where it went wrong.
  30. 3 points

    Gillette & "Toxic" masculinity

    I was okay with the advert until the same area that you were. I'm sorry, basically you're saying that kids wrestling, which is perfectly normal assuming it doesn't get out of hand, is NOT a "gateway" activity to sexual assault or bullying necessarily. I don't like how they skewed that line to show their point. And the way people are today, being pretty impressionable with social media and media in general I DO worry this ad sends the WRONG message... There IS a difference between masculinity and STUPIDITY or idiocracy. People need to chill out and stop labeling everything. IMO labels like "toxic masculinity," or "micro aggression's" are part of that idiocracy. People need to focus back on family values and not so much that "Billy hurt my feelings"and he's gonna turn into a rapist or male chauvinist later in life..... I think in a fashion we men have lost our own way as a masculine society. It is coming to a head where it may actually be frowned upon to try to be masculine or even use the word masculinity. We need not to be so offended by this, embrace it, but what part do you embrace? Like when I lived in New England and I used to open or hold doors for women and would get dirty looks. And for me it wasn't a "oh you're a woman, you need help," thing, it is a "be kind to all," thing. And yes, cause I was single..... We can't worry so much about how our children will turn out in the long run, but focus on the here and now, grooming and growing your children to just be good people, with good values. Golden rule? Be kind? Basically, don't be a douche to people.... I DON'T like that add at all, because IMO it pushes too much to DE-masculine boys. I know, I know, I will be looked at like I missed the mark, but I don't care what people say, it IS important for our children to know the differences in men and women. But NOT that one sex is better than the other. OR that a man can do this and a woman cant. Masculinity is NOT a bad thing, and I think unfortunately the way our society has gone, we are leaning too much towards trying to shut men down...
  31. 3 points

    DHO is Dead - Long Live DHO

    Have you ever heard of "The Red Queen Hypothesis"? It states that organisms must constantly adapt and evolve in order to simply survive. This theory has been applied to areas beyond biology - business, exercise, education to name a few. It also applies to dadshideout.com and other online communities. Remember "MySpace"? When you fail to adapt to the changing conditions, you don't just stop expanding, you actually shrink until you die. It seems no one can avoid the Red Queen - DHO is no different. Unless DHO adapts to changing conditions and evolves to be a better organization, DHO will follow in the steps of Myspace. Changing of the Guard In July of this year (2018), there was a huge change here at dadshideout.com. You may not have noticed it, but the custodianship of the website changed hands. With the changing of the guard came new views and new ideas. It also came with a realization. If dadshideout.com continued on its current course, the site would be dead in a year. So come along with “The Good, The Dad, and The Ugly” as we take a look at the past, the present and the future of DHO. The current custodians are @thedakar and @xJediDadx . They are the current Head Administrators for dadshideout.com and the DHO Discord Server. Previously, @Aftrthought051 and @MagmaFlow were the lead administrators with @joey791 and @Pinmonkey001 being invaluable supporters of DHO with other administrative duties such as TeamSpeak. This team has been in place since the inception of DHO and had done a fantastic job of keeping DHO and open and welcome place for dads. Yet, 8 years after the doors of the current forum opened to its first members, the original admin team was feeling the pressure. The passion was there, but the time to devote to DHO was, understandably, waning. Action was needed. The call for volunteers went out in June of 2018. Who was willing to take the responsibility of keeping the "lights on" and be the new Admins of DHO? The responsibility is a big one. Since October of 2010, there have been over 2300 dads that have joined the ranks of DHO. Tens of thousands of posts have been written in the forums. Dozens of clans have been created with “dadshideout” or “DHO” in their titles. DHO is more than a website - it is an entire online ecosystem. It goes far beyond a gaming clan; it is a place for dads to find advice, receive mentorship, and commiserate with other dads about being a dad. With the bat signal lit, xjedidadx and thedakar threw their hats into the ring. The council of admin dads conferred - who would be the chosen ones? After much deliberation, it was decided that thedakar and xJediDadX were to be given the honor and privilege of being the new administrators. Shortly thereafter, the accounts were transferred, the passwords given, and the keys handed over. With that, DHO had two new Dads at the helm. So there you go. All done, right? Hardly. Something Rotten in The State of Denmark One of the first things thedakar did was play around with all the options on the forum and found the holy grail of number nerds - analytics software. Analytics is the computational analysis of data or statistics aka: math that tells you things. The good news is that the math came as pictures (graphs). The bad news is that the math pictures were not saying good things: DHO Member Activity is Down: The volume of posts is down: Messages between Members is down: New Membership is down: In short, DHO was dying. DHO, by all metrics, has been shrinking from its peak in 2015, but the current trend was sobering. If the rate of decline continued, the site would be a ghost town within a year. With no one around, there would be no reason to spend the money keeping the site open and the legacy of DHO would disappear. So the new admins declared that something had to be done and change was coming! The old admins wished them luck and hoped for the best. The old admin team had tried to reverse the decline, so let's be clear that they are in no way to blame. Some of the long time DHO members shrugged their internet shoulders and said, “it has been tried before - good luck.” The reactions were rather lackluster - measured at best. The admins were volunteers, the decline had been happening for a long time, and what could be done on a non-existent budget, anyway? The odds seemed stacked against success. The Council of Elrond In August, thedakar put out the call to form a team of DHO members. Armed with his graphs showing the declining metrics, thedakar sought to get the experience and diversity needed to look at the problem, present solutions and debate the way ahead. The team would be made of long time DHO members, more recent dads, gamer dads, non-gamer dads, and dads of all ages. A dozen of dads raised their hands and offered to take part. The team was formed to tackle the problem. The idea was simple - figure out how to revitalize DHO. The answers were far more complicated. This will be a multi-part series where we walk you through the DHO Revitalization discussion, the lessons learned AND ( most importantly ) look for your feedback on the way ahead! Stay tuned to “The Good, The Dad, and The Ugly,” to learn more about DHO and its way ahead.
  32. 3 points
    DHO Ambassador

    New Year, New DHO!

    Hey dads! Welcome to 2019! Another year in the books and the holidays are over, so you know what that means? DHO activity is going up! We see drops in activity each year on December and January as (duh) dads get bust with family - as we should! As those obligations are taken care of, we get back to our usual lives - like getting together with our comrades at DHO! With the new year, I challenge you to make just one new post and reply to one new member each month. Tell us what book you read, a place you went with your kids, or a new game you bought. Say hi to fellow DHO members, young and old. It does take much, and just that little bit helps make everyone more welcome and just might kick start new friendships. Welcome to 2019, dads! Lets see what this new year brings!
  33. 3 points

    Hapa is Twitch Affiliated!

    Thank you so much for all the support from the clan gents! Now, my channel can get subscriptions and viewers can donate bits! (Twitch Currency). This will greatly help me in my Content Creation! I already have 1 Patreon donator and got a new microphone as a result! Almost ALL of t his can be directly attributed to the hideout! Thanks a million! -Hapa
  34. 3 points
    My best spotting damage! Only took 30-something thousand games!
  35. 3 points

    Tier X marathon

    So... I know everyone is excited about opening boxes... and playing IS3-As... but I have another idea. Maybe better for the new year... but here is what I am thinking (and a little of the why): I’m thinking of a different sort of contest. One around playing your tier Xs. The why? Lots of folks have them, but don’t play them a ton. The further why is pubbie reps in your Xs will have benefits in organized play. Of course organized play is a heckuva a lot more than getting pubbie reps... but it will help. So, I am looking for ideas here... and I am willing to sponsor some prizes. A few ideas: 1) pick a time frame: 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month? 2) most games played in a specific tier X 3) most games played in a tier X toon with DHO members 4) highest WR in a specific tier X (more than 30 games played) Any interest in this idea? Any ideas different than the above? I’m thinking making the prizes significant enough to make it worthwhile.
  36. 3 points

    Movember and Men's Health

    As dads, we all have one thing in common: we are men. Society has placed an expectation on us. We are expected to provide, to protect, to be strong, to be "manly". But we are human. We are frail, weak, flawed, imperfect. So we hide our weakness until it eats at us from the inside, until, like a tree rotted from the inside, we fall. This needs to stop, and that's what Movember is about. I'm raising awareness of men's health and suicide prevention with Standing Stone Games and the Movember Foundation. This morning, I shaved off my beard and mustache. Over the course of Movember, I will be growing back, just as i hope awareness and support for men's health grows. You can lend your support by donating to the Movember Foundation: https://mobro.co/toanstation?mc=1 If your donation is $10 or more, you'll also be contributing to my personal health as I'll do an extra set of exercises on my stream (https://twitch.tv/toanstation). Yes, I realize that exercises could easily take over my gaming stream. Bring it. I dare you. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  37. 3 points
    My first MOE 2. Double lol...
  38. 3 points
    Loving the Polish Line: http://wotreplays.eu/site/4609622#el_halluf-grimm65-50tp_tyszkiewicza
  39. 3 points

    The Good, the Dad, & The Ugly

    Dad's Hideout is proud to announce our new Blog's Name - Selected by a vote on dadshideout.com, the membership was faced with the incredibly hard decision of choosing the name they felt would best convey DHO style and inform readers about what they could find inside. So, after much thought and wringing of hands the vote was tallied and then recounted to ensure accuracy. Any last appeals were handled and the Gods smiled as the DHO Blog was christened: What are you going to find on the blog? Anything and everything that dads overcome, think about, or struggle with. Dad's hobbies, passions, and fears. No topic is off limits as dads deal with everything life throws their way - and as a dad, we deal with OTHERS lives as well! The lives of our children, our significant others, our parents and our friends all influence a dad’s life, so we plan to explore all of these areas. We will touch on home improvement, career improvement, and life improvement! We will talk about leisure and work, success and failures, and everything in between. Also, please give @Airbornebob a round of applause for the name suggestion - he has won an Amazon Gift Certificate, the adoration and respect of his fellow dads (no guarantees on that) and, if he is willing, he will be the first dad interviewed for our "Get to Know DHO" feature as well! Thank you, Airbornebob for the suggestion, as your fellow dads thought it was the best out of twenty possible options. Stay tuned, as I have a bunch of articles in the pipeline and we are prepping other dads to contribute! If you would like to become a writer for 'The Good, The Dad, and The Ugly' or would like to do you own blog series here at DHO fill out an application here.
  40. 3 points

    DHO-X Clan Wars Info

    Season 10 is going well so far. We're in the top 75% of clans which gives a camo reward at the end of the season. So far we earned 8750 points/gold. This season we need to focus on completing clan tasks related to landing tournaments to get points and gold. These are things like kill 150 tanks in landings, win 10 battles, etc. I'm distributing the gold earned so far to all those who have participated in CW. 200 gold a player. Also gave a bonus to xtc, juggernaut, and wotbot for calling battles this season.
  41. 3 points
    For anyone interested in seeing these. It is always cool to roll up on one of them in the wild! Believe it is a Patton right? One of those with that wild commanders hatch. Think they made it a premium version in game. Thoughts?
  42. 3 points
    @gpc_4 you guys had so many Pattons you sent them north... I think there's two on display in every Canadian base. We NEVER used them ourselves (service wise). thanks for the pics Swab +1
  43. 3 points

    Down Goes Wonka!

    We softened them up with two losses to make them overconfident, then smoked them 10-5 in tier 8 strongholds. Shout-out to Wotbot for initial strat intel... and the rest of the gang for staying together and taking one to the purples and blues.
  44. 3 points

    Do you want more out of your game-play?

    I've heard plenty of people over the years inquire about things like this. I'll send them your way in case someone mentions coaching. Also if someone makes a bad trade in CW and gets their 140's turret knocked off, I'll send the your way.
  45. 3 points

    DHO-X Nostalgia

    We ran into TEXAS a couple of times tonight and one guy was very vocal in displaying his displeasure with us. We were getting called out for mods and what not after we beat them in Tier VIII skirmishes twice, once 10-0. So I dug this up from 2014. Enjoy.
  46. 3 points
    Creating this as a new post, may try to go back and edit this so that all the information is in a single post not in replies below. For those reading this for the first time, we have an Alliance for Dads, and a separate channel on the Discord server for daily chats. IF you get a Captain America offer for 100 shards and want to spend that money it is probably the best start for a minimum amount of $. Now for those starting the game and wanting recommendations: 1) Spend power cores on energy refreshes, don't worry about refreshing nodes or stores 2) Characters to pursue: Wolverine is good as a starting character, you get 5 shards a day just for completing the daily tasks. Figure out if you want to go for any of characters that I will call 'event' characters - if that is what you want to pursue, that is going to set your priorities. Avoid minion characters as much as you can early on, focus on heroes and villains. Currently Star Lord, Iron Man, and Fury are all event characters, Guardians/Ravagers, Shield, and Kree Minions respectively are required to unlock them respectively (require all teams at a given star level to complete the level, characters unlock at 5*) 3)Mercenaries are necessary for the Payday event. Deadpool if his raids come around works, Bullseye and Korath, are currently the other villains you can use. Merc Riot Guard is easy to get from stores. Picking up another 1-2 of the minions will get you into that event for credits fairly quickly. 4) Hand characters - Catalyst events. Hand characters are used in the Catalyst flash event, so you probably again want a basic team at 3? stars or so just to get some additional resources when the event hits. However unless you luck out with Nobu, only Elektra is a villain and not a minion. 5) City Heroes (Defenders and Punisher?) new event coming, for ability materials. Defenders just got a re-work, so they may be a viable Blitz and Raid team as well. Other characters have been available through flash events (Storm, Rocket, Ms Marvel), so have a wide roster with decent power (10-12k power characters) can benefit you for those events. Starting teams: Villains: Yondu (Heroes 1-9), Hand Sorceress (Heroes 2-9), Bullseye (Heroes 2-6), Crossbones (Blitz store, Villains 4-9), Nebula (Heroes 4-9) or Elektra (Heroes 3-9) Heroes: Punisher (Heroes 1-6), Wolverine (daily objectives), Gamora (Blitz store), Quake (Arena store), Night Nurse (Shield Medic Heroes 2-3 until Villains 3-9), Drax/Luke Cage for a tank Arena: Gamora/Quake/Yondu/Crossbones and a fifth work well to start. Blitz: Try to grab a synergy team as soon as you can, but Arena team will work okay. Youtube is your friend for Blitz strategies to maximize your points Raid teams: Raid teams likely will start out being your arena team, with a healer in place of character #5. This is where Night Nurse shines. Participation in the raid means you get rewards, the amount of damage you do will set which rewards you get. If you get started early, raid currency might be best spent on raid character orbs, to increase the number of characters you have unlocked, while the blue/purple gear orbs build up your stash of gear. After a certain point you will want to stop buying the raid character orbs to grab specific gear pieces out of the store (Advanced Phosphates in my case) Currently I am running Ms Marvel and 4 Hero Brawlers (Gamora, Wolverine, Deadpool, Spiderman) as my primary raid team. There are other teams that you can find, you want some healing to minimize the use of raid packs, and maximum synergy. Other things to be added as I think of them. Other MSF players probably have several different options. Ayle
  47. 3 points


    Rules and stuff: Each dad can "enter" 3 times - be a Patreon SUpporter, use the forum, use Discord! A dad can only win one of the cards - if they draw two, they choose which they want and the other will be redrawn. If a winning dad declines the gift card, the money will be saved for the next event (to be in OCTOBER! WOOT WOOT!) rather than be redrawn. Winners will be announced to the Forum once all have been drawn, contacted and accepted. If drawn, the winner will be contacted by forum, discord and email (as applicable) and will have 7 days from date of contact to respond or prize will be redrawn. If second winner is unable to be reached, the money will be saved for the next event rather than be redrawn. Good luck!
  48. 3 points

    What Are the Odds?

    Man, you play long enough, it feels like deja vu on a lot of these topics. I don't play arty often, mostly just for missions, but I think there is more skill to it than meets the eye. Mostly in positioning? I realize as little as I play, I spend more time repositioning and wishing I knew "the spots" to be able to support a flank than firing shots off. So to XVM. Hell yes I target high XVM guys, is there anyone who doesn't? Why is this even a question worth doing analysis on??? Since the invention of warfare, taking out an opponents strength is such an embedded strategy I don't know why people act surprised. So of course all things being equal we're going to target the high XVM guy. You don't need an excuse (more XP) for winning, it's about WINNING. Okay, but take the best shot and not worry about XVM. You know who is usually in the most important positions??? The high XVM guys. Do you know which demographic uses XVM (and cares about their stats) the most? The best players/high XVM guys. You know who the most toxic players tend to be? The self-esteemed-challenged basement dwellers who equate their tank skills with being someone in life, who have played their way to high XVM. Who do I like dropping bombs on the most? High XVM whiners with the ultimate WoT humble-brag, which I'm sure I've mentioned before: "Oh, whoa is me, I'm so good everyone targets me. I'm so good. I'm really very good, check out my XVM stats. Oh, why do they use my XVM stats to target me, it's such a drag on my night when people target me because I'm so good. Sure, I live and breath XVM, but I get mad when people can see how good I am with XVM and target me with arty. I wish arty wasn't in the game, it drags down gameplay, but I can't change the game so I'll just try to peer pressure everyone else who uses an in-game mechanic to try to get them to stop using it. Did I mention how good I am???????????????"
  49. 3 points


    I don't normally post on here but I was proud of this game and I wasn't top exp on the team.
  50. 3 points
    A How to Discord video will be coming out in about 2-3 weeks. Once everything has been finalized here and on Discord. Don't worry, I got the Discord noobs covered. 😄

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