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If you're here at Murder Inc. Gaming for the first time due to a recent Private Message, you're encouraged to join and say hello.  MIgaming is still the same great group of players that's existed for years under the banner of CMW.... the only thing missing is you. 

Here are some thoughts about my experience(s) running one of the biggest Battlefield communities for the past 5 years.  The TL;DR is that the group is only as good as you, the community, make it.  There will be drama, but in the end we're all (hopefully) friends and it will be OK.  Without multiple volunteers and leads it doesn't work.

Many of the more recent members might not know who I am or where the group came from.  The next post will have a bit of history of CMW. 

I've seen and been through it all in these past 5 years since starting the group.   The experience has been extremely fulfilling to me personally.  I've been a ton of people I consider friends and the number of memories and accomplishments I count is vast. All of these group accomplishments wouldn't be possible without... active group members and volunteers. While I might have organized much of the group, I didn't do it alone.  

Some days I felt like a broken record trying to motivate, encourage, and foster group participation.   To run a community like ours it takes a small army of volunteers.  Without active members lending a helping hand it forced a limited number of volunteers, myself included, to spend hours on projects that could have been accomplished much easier had the help been there.

Which brings me to this:  If you like the community you're a part of, and want it to succeed, I strongly encourage each and every member to be proactive in searching out how they can help. Just because "the servers are full, and money is in the bank" does NOT mean the group can't use your expertise! 
Members are able to help in different ways:

  • Some make a donation to support the nearly $2,000 a month bill for servers the group uses.
  • Some help with starting our Battlefield servers to ensure they're full.
  • Some volunteer their time to help in different volunteer sections throughout the group.
  • Others yet are simply active within the group fostering a great experience for others.

The point is... it doesn't matter how you help.  Just find out how you can help and then dedicate some energy toward it.
Don't let petty arguments bring down group morale.

Every year there seems to be some new 'drama' event the group is embroiled in.  Looking back some of these have been pretty comical while others not so much. At the time some said "the writing was on the wall that the group was dead". Well, let me tell you what --- the group is still here and stronger than ever.  All these little drama events have been nothing more than a bump in the road for the history of the group. Don't get hung up on the small stuff and keep your focus on doing what's RIGHT for the group.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Don't over think or over institute rules. I hope most guests (and members) come here to play because they don't get messed with by the volunteers nor do they have to worry about breaking some "stupid rule". There have been times where drastic actions were necessary to ensure the group stayed true to it's founding. 
The group started out as a closed group and required each member to be approved.  Checking up with them, figuring out who they were, making sure they played "enough" turned into a full time job that no one wanted to do as over half the "recruits" would put in an application and then never be heard from again. 
We gradually went to an open group:  If you wanted to play with us you were welcome and encouraged to do so.  This system worked well in that the work required was zero.  All we wanted was to find other friends to play games with. Members could show support for the community by 'tagging up' and the trouble makers, like any user on our systems, would be asked to leave. Simple.

This is true for all systems and processes of the group.  If a system is instituted, and only one member volunteered to help, it's doomed to fail. 

Expanding into other games:

The bread and butter of the group has always been the Battlefield franchise... There is a great volunteer team in place, a well known brand, systems to monitor and control virtually everything, and many dedicated supporters.  We've owned this game.

With few exceptions, each time we have tried to branch off into other games it's been a tough and challenging experience.  It takes a lot of effort. Just like when we first started the group with literally 3 people... we took it upon our self to idle, play, seed, and start an empty server each and every day more days than I can count. It was boring, not the least bit fun, but in the end look what we created?  So when moving into new games plan for this.. it takes a lot of work  and likely more work than most anticipate and creates bad vibes in the end when it invariably ends. It's simply hard on the group to launch a new game and then fail.

Make sure when expanding into new games there is not only "enough" support for the game but at least 2 motivated "leads" who know what they're getting into: not only countless hours spending time in an empty server but the hours each week it takes to properly administrate, coordinate, and plan. Some leads thrive, others dive.

I'm no longer behind the steering wheel and it's exciting thinking about how awesome the group will be in the years ahead.
I'll see you later.

dyn00mite
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14th Mar 2016

First Group History:

The little gaming group that I started in late 2011 with several other individuals has grown beyond my wildest dreams. Met loads of people I'd call friends and created a place for people to game.

Originally the only reason for starting the group and hosting our own servers was to ensure that we had a fun, fair, and consistent place to play Battlefield 3 without the worry of some 'stupid' admin ruining our fun.

To give you an idea of the early days we started with 3 players sitting in an empty server with nothing but pistols to try and ensure we didn't scare off new players. For hours on end. It was not fun, it took a lot of work... but the thought of creating something better than what was out there excited and motivated me. We have since seen literally millions of players across our servers.

That year, in 2011, we coined the slogan "No Stupid Rules" which we've carried for the past 5 and a half years. Throughout these years there have been slight changes to what we consider 'stupid' rules but for the most part if you weren't causing harm for the group, the server, or other players you could play however you wanted to play. Member or not. This philosophy virtually removes the possibility of 'admin abuse' and the worry that we, as volunteers, are influencing the outcome of the game. Just play the game, make new connections, have fun... don't be stupid.

Over the past 5 years, while there no doubt have been several other key individuals, I've been "the one" who has, organized, setup, modified, planned, and run just about everything you see with our group today. I at times treated this like it was a paying job (it's not) and dedicated time I probably (definitely) shouldn't have. It's now time for a change.

Group Going Forward:

Starting, well a couple of months ago, I am no longer officially involved in the operation of the group... It's my time to step down and let someone else take over what's been started. I say "officially" because since November of last year I've been virtually absent from the group only showing my face when necessary.

The 'new face' is none other than PrOpR1oCePtIoN... you may know him as Brian. Brian has been with the group virtually since its founding. I still remember meeting the "tanker whose name I couldn't pronounce" on Seine Crossing. Good times.

Throughout the years Brian has been with me, and the group, through thick and thin. There have been times we haven't seen eye to eye, have had big arguments, and both have lost our tempers, but at the end of the day we were friends working on something that meant a great deal to both of us. He's a true friend. He's spearheaded too many projects to list and, combined with FoRm4t's experience, I know the group is in the proper hands for success.

(this was also sent via PM to all previous registered members of CMWgaming.com)
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QuoteIf you're here at Murder Inc. Gaming for the first time due to a recent Private Message, you're encouraged to join and say hello.  MIgaming is still the same great group of players that's existed for years under the banner of CMW.... the only thing missing is you. 

Here are some thoughts about my experience(s) running one of the biggest Battlefield communities for the past 5 years.  The TL;DR is that the group is only as good as you, the community, make it.  There will be drama, but in the end we're all (hopefully) friends and it will be OK.  Without multiple volunteers and leads it doesn't work.

Many of the more recent members might not know who I am or where the group came from.  The next post will have a bit of history of CMW. 

I've seen and been through it all in these past 5 years since starting the group.   The experience has been extremely fulfilling to me personally.  I've been a ton of people I consider friends and the number of memories and accomplishments I count is vast. All of these group accomplishments wouldn't be possible without... active group members and volunteers. While I might have organized much of the group, I didn't do it alone.  

Some days I felt like a broken record trying to motivate, encourage, and foster group participation.   To run a community like ours it takes a small army of volunteers.  Without active members lending a helping hand it forced a limited number of volunteers, myself included, to spend hours on projects that could have been accomplished much easier had the help been there.

Which brings me to this:  If you like the community you're a part of, and want it to succeed, I strongly encourage each and every member to be proactive in searching out how they can help. Just because "the servers are full, and money is in the bank" does NOT mean the group can't use your expertise! 
Members are able to help in different ways:

  • Some make a donation to support the nearly $2,000 a month bill for servers the group uses.
  • Some help with starting our Battlefield servers to ensure they're full.
  • Some volunteer their time to help in different volunteer sections throughout the group.
  • Others yet are simply active within the group fostering a great experience for others.

The point is... it doesn't matter how you help.  Just find out how you can help and then dedicate some energy toward it.
Don't let petty arguments bring down group morale.

Every year there seems to be some new 'drama' event the group is embroiled in.  Looking back some of these have been pretty comical while others not so much. At the time some said "the writing was on the wall that the group was dead". Well, let me tell you what --- the group is still here and stronger than ever.  All these little drama events have been nothing more than a bump in the road for the history of the group. Don't get hung up on the small stuff and keep your focus on doing what's RIGHT for the group.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Don't over think or over institute rules. I hope most guests (and members) come here to play because they don't get messed with by the volunteers nor do they have to worry about breaking some "stupid rule". There have been times where drastic actions were necessary to ensure the group stayed true to it's founding. 
The group started out as a closed group and required each member to be approved.  Checking up with them, figuring out who they were, making sure they played "enough" turned into a full time job that no one wanted to do as over half the "recruits" would put in an application and then never be heard from again. 
We gradually went to an open group:  If you wanted to play with us you were welcome and encouraged to do so.  This system worked well in that the work required was zero.  All we wanted was to find other friends to play games with. Members could show support for the community by 'tagging up' and the trouble makers, like any user on our systems, would be asked to leave. Simple.

This is true for all systems and processes of the group.  If a system is instituted, and only one member volunteered to help, it's doomed to fail. 

Expanding into other games:

The bread and butter of the group has always been the Battlefield franchise... There is a great volunteer team in place, a well known brand, systems to monitor and control virtually everything, and many dedicated supporters.  We've owned this game.

With few exceptions, each time we have tried to branch off into other games it's been a tough and challenging experience.  It takes a lot of effort. Just like when we first started the group with literally 3 people... we took it upon our self to idle, play, seed, and start an empty server each and every day more days than I can count. It was boring, not the least bit fun, but in the end look what we created?  So when moving into new games plan for this.. it takes a lot of work  and likely more work than most anticipate and creates bad vibes in the end when it invariably ends. It's simply hard on the group to launch a new game and then fail.

Make sure when expanding into new games there is not only "enough" support for the game but at least 2 motivated "leads" who know what they're getting into: not only countless hours spending time in an empty server but the hours each week it takes to properly administrate, coordinate, and plan. Some leads thrive, others dive.

I'm no longer behind the steering wheel and it's exciting thinking about how awesome the group will be in the years ahead.
I'll see you later.

dyn00mite

...
Dyno,

I hope you stick around!
QuoteFirst Group History:

The little gaming group that I started in late 2011 with several other individuals has grown beyond my wildest dreams.  Met loads of people I'd call friends and created a place for people to game.

Originally the only reason for starting the group and hosting our own servers was to ensure that we had a fun, fair, and consistent place to play Battlefield 3 without the worry of some 'stupid' admin ruining our fun.

To give you an idea of the early days we started with 3 players sitting in an empty server with nothing but pistols to try and ensure we didn't scare off new players.  For hours on end.  It was not fun, it took a lot of work... but the thought of creating something better than what was out there excited and motivated me. We have since seen literally millions of players across our servers.

That year, in 2011, we coined the slogan "No Stupid Rules" which we've carried for the past 5 and a half years.  Throughout these years there have been slight changes to what we consider 'stupid' rules but for the most part if you weren't causing harm for the group, the server, or other players you could play however you wanted to play. Member or not. This philosophy virtually removes the possibility of 'admin abuse' and the worry that we, as volunteers, are influencing the outcome of the game.  Just play the game, make new connections, have fun... don't be stupid.

Over the past 5 years, while there no doubt have been several other key individuals, I've been "the one" who has, organized, setup, modified, planned, and run just about everything you see with our group today. I at times treated this like it was a paying job (it's not) and dedicated time I probably (definitely) shouldn't have.  It's now time for a change.

Group Going Forward:

Starting, well a couple of months ago, I am no longer officially involved in the operation of the group...  It's my time to step down and let someone else take over what's been started. I say "officially" because since November of last year I've been virtually absent from the group only showing my face when necessary.

The 'new face' is none other than PrOpR1oCePtIoN... you may know him as Brian.  Brian has been with the group virtually since its founding. I still remember meeting the "tanker whose name I couldn't pronounce" on Seine Crossing. Good times.

Throughout the years Brian has been with me, and the group, through thick and thin. There have been times we haven't seen eye to eye, have had big arguments, and both have lost our tempers, but at the end of the day we were friends working on something that meant a great deal to both of us. He's a true friend. He's spearheaded too many projects to list and, combined with FoRm4t's experience, I know the group is in the proper hands for success.

(this was also sent via PM to all previous registered members of CMWgaming.com)

...

 I did not get that message, </3
QuoteWhat did CMW stand for?

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14th Mar 2016

The world will never know...
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Well said my friend. Best of luck in your adventures and I know you'll show your ugly face around here every once in awhile.

Thanks for all the hard work you've done. You will continue to be missed.

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Good luck in the future! You've been great for the group and I'd love to keep playing with you as well.
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I've been away for my reasons for a while now, life being fragile as it is. I'm taking a brief moment here because it is needed, or should I say deserved, well deserved. I've been part of CMW since BF3 and have spent a fair amount of time playing BF games / Rust and all the games that we might have played even once or twice. These moments, these nights playing good organised squad matches in BF, these raids / fights and those city built in Rust Legacy were good times & great memory that I'll carry forever in bag of memories during the rest of my gaming life. Remember the 256 stories staircase in Rust Legacy?

Spending time with someone like you was always worth it. It always ended in a feel good laugh!

I think that I speak for everyone when I say thank you for theses years, for this group & for this place that we all can call home. It was a burden for you at some point and it is quite understandable...It did make sense that you pulled the plug, spent some time on the boat to take a look back at your life. The backpack was simply to heavy to be carried around on your own on such a long road. This is already amazing that you made it this far without falling apart.

I hope that you'll have the chance to settle in life with someone at your side since you now have more time on your end, if it's not already done (I think it was isn't it?). Just don't fall in the trap that a fair amount of people, who owns their business, do when they have extra hours to dispatch in their schedule; To realise that now you got more time on your hands, that you can take this time and spend it in the company / operations to make it more lucrative. I'm talking by experience on my side, trust me, ain't worth it in the end.

Take some time for you, just live, enjoy the life and the ocean!

Please don't be a stranger.

Hit me in private, got to ask you something personal not related to gaming.

Godspeed,

David
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QuoteI've been away for my reasons for a while now, life being fragile as it is.

...

I hope your recovery is going well man!



Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

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15th Mar 2016

It was a good run man. Crazy to think that it's been 5 years. Hope to see you around from time to time.
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I remember joining this group, because i got banned over a hard drinking night where i completly went "stupid" (that's the main reason of my name). I know some people in teamspeak are "scared" to tell me to STFU. But please, just because I'm a lead it does not make me a bigger person. Treat me like others. I know i can be a shit stain screamer when i go full "stupid".

Anyhow. I am more than happy to be here and to call it home since I started volunteering for bf3/bf4/bfh.

Remember if you want to play it tactical out there tell me to:" STFU STUPID and PLAY"

Sincerely

SK aka Michael
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QuoteI remember joining this group, because i got banned over a hard drinking night where i completly went "stupid" (that's the main reason of my name). I know some people in teamspeak are "scared" to tell me to STFU. But please, just because I'm a lead it does not make me a bigger person. Treat me like others. I know i can be a shit stain screamer when i go full "stupid".

Anyhow. I am more than happy to be here and to call it home since I started volunteering for bf3/bf4/bfh.

Remember if you want to play it tactical out there tell me to:" STFU STUPID and PLAY"

Sincerely

SK aka Michael

...

Shut the fuck up.
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19th Mar 2016

This tread should be a sticky IMO
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I miss playing with Dynooman/ Format! We used to have sick sick LAV runs in bf3. Funnily me and I think most of the original founders met on the RTR server, and RTR kept harassing us (kick/ban) after we showed them that three or four of us guys can take the 32 guys on the other team lol. Since I enjoy bf4 less I have stopped trying as I used too in bf3. Even though bf4 is a fantastic game, bf3 was just more fun. I am hoping that we can do the same in bf5! - I blame my bf addiction on Dynooman, Prop, Format, Clutch, Rev ....these guys are great examples of people who are always encouraging, motivating, and super friendly

See you guys around
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7th Apr 2016

I'm glad to see you around here Obey!!

You're right, we had some more than a few crazy rounds in the last years, even when it was meaning that we had to hunt each other on the Battlefield, It always ending up being good memories!!

We'll be soon due to jump in a 24/7 Metro server and rock those stairs once again hahaha!!!
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QuoteI'm glad to see you around here Obey!!

You're right, we had some more than a few crazy rounds in the last years, even when it was meaning that we had to hunt each other on the Battlefield, It always ending up being good memories!!

We'll be soon due to jump in a 24/7 Metro server and rock those stairs once again hahaha!!!
thank you Rev! long time no see bud  - are you still playing BF4, or waiting for BF1...god it will be now confusing telling people that BF4, came before BF1..hahaha..damnit Dice  - I am playing a lot of server 1 these days, took a break from server 9 
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REV was on a bicycle today. i guess he was practicing for Bf1(IRL)
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24th May 2016

I want to thank Dyno, Prop and Format for building this community. It is hard to believe it has been that long. There are many days that I think about installing BF3 again just play a few rounds if there are any servers left. It is sad to see you go Dyno but I know you have needed the break for a long time.

Jump in and play few rounds from time to time bro.
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Dyno is known as a new name now on teamspeak. you just have to listen carefully hahaha


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