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Community Announcements / 2018 Edition - EE Mug
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:52:52 pm »
The 2018 edition of the EE mug was supposed to go on sale this Monday, but due to issues releasing the design we've only just been able to publish the mug.

The 2018 mug is extra special as it marks our 5th anniversary (EE turned 5 on November 21st 2018).

Along with marking our 5th anniversary, this mug is also featuring out 2018 member of the years name, Scott Archer!

Earth's Elite makes no profit from these mugs, we are selling them at cost price + shipping.

If you wish to get your very own mug you can do so here - https://teespring.com/ee-mug-2018-5y

The sale of this limited edition mug will end February 9th 2019 at 23:59 GMT.  Once it's gone, it's gone.  The mugs will print and ship every 3 days (hence the timer on their website).

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Community Events / Earth's Elite's Big Community Challenge (Teams)
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:48:35 am »
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is almost that time of year again, where we pit two teams against each other and see who will be victorious!

Season 3 of the teams BCC will see a slight change.  Once again we have teamed up with our friends over at The Last Outpost and this year we will be putting EE against TLO to see who will be crowned the winning community.

How will this work?
The basics of the teams variant will remain fairly normal.  The event will run weekly as usual (Fridays at 8PM GMT), one week will be a team leader challenge and the next will be a head to head teams challenge.
The team leader challenge will be held inter-teams to see who will be that weeks team leader, the team leader is tasked with deciding who will be doing the following weeks challenge and if necessary, deciding who will be leaving their team if their team loses.
Head to head team challenges will put the teams representative (if applicable) against the other teams rep, this challenge will decide which team is the winner or loser (note some challenges may put the entire teams against each other).
By the season finale we should be left with only two contestants, one representing EE and one TLO, they will go head to head aided by their former contestants along the way to try and crown their community the winner.

I'm a member of EE and TLO, what happens?
YOU MUST CHOOSE! or we might choose, it depends....
When you sign up you will be asked to declare your memberships, if you are part of both communities we will ask you to pick your preferred team (EE or TLO).  We will strive to assign you to your preferred team, but some team balancing may be required depending on numbers.

Whens the sign up event?
That's another change being introduced, there will be no sign up event, instead, the first live event of this years Teams BCC will be a team leader challenge, you can sign up right now and continue to do so right up until the cut off point (24 hours prior to the first challenge).  So you have until January 31st at 8PM GMT to sign up.  You can sign up here - https://goo.gl/forms/jnciI3SDafhhQYqK2

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Community Events / End of Year Party 2018 (Drunk Stream 2018)
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:35:35 pm »
We are two days away from our annual 'get as mashed as you can' event.

As always the PG rating of this event is PG-18 (and/or your country of residence legal drinking age).

If you are joining us there will be optional drinking games to participate in.  This years we are doing a bit of a throw back to the very first one we did (where I only remembered what happened because it was streamed).

We will be starting out on GTA Online with some races.  Full rules of the drinking games will be published here on the night and may be subject to change at any point during the live event.

The event kicks off at 9PM Community Time Sunday 30th December.

If you are joining us or playing along by way of the stream, please drink responsibly!

Happy new year to everyone!

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Community Events / Secret Santa 2018
« on: December 09, 2018, 11:04:17 pm »
Keeping the annual tradition alive, if you wish to take part in the secret santa please post below.

Remember, if you are taking part you MUST send a gift too, you cannot join this just to receive a gift.

If you wish to take part you need to act now.  Post below, names will be distributed on the 22nd, gifts should be given before the end of play 25th.

If you are sending digital goods, such as a steam game and you wish to keep it completely anonymous you may send the gift to me and I will forward it on.

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Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening,

As has become customary, this post serves as my official end of year report for 2018.  Earth's Elite has just over 1 month left of full operational status until the Christmas period, which means it's time for me evaluate the year and look towards 2019.  This report is normally made just before or just after the end of year Senior meeting, however we have decided to forgo the meeting this year.

We started 2018 off with a goal of increasing activity and the worthwhile-ness of the community, sadly I don't feel we have managed to achieve that this year.  I recognise that this year has been rather busy for us Seniors IRL, however that has triggered a condition that we set at the start of this year.

As we haven't been able to achieve our targets with how we are currently run, 2019 will see several major changes to Earth's Elite, this has been dubbed the wind down.  Originally this was a plan to wind down the community to a state of minimal to no overhead costs or management, however, I feel this plan has changed slightly over that last few months.

2019 will be EE's wind down year, so no changes will be made until January 2019, full changes will be announced next year once the Seniors have had their January meeting, however, some changes I can reveal now...

When EE first opened 5 years ago, we grew slowly but did manage to build, albeit small, active group of members, however, I feel we tried to expand to quickly and without enough members to help support the expansion, we imploded, so it's time to scale back.

Each server will be reviewed in January, as of this time I don't want to axe any physical servers, so there's a good chance that most of the servers will remain online, but their future will be unknown and support will be dropped to moderating and maintenance only (of course we'll be able to use them for community events).

That leads me nicely on to events, we changed them up a few months ago to division activities and division events, the latter for one off large scale events and the first for weekly frag matches or whatever, but again for these to be successful we needed a larger active member base, something we don't currently have.  So these I plan to switch up even more, keeping weekly activities like community night, but events will be more rare and limited to things like the upcoming 24 hour event.  More info on this will be announced in January once the rest of the Seniors have had a chance to give their input.

Staffing within EE, effective immediately by CEO Directive I am hereby closing all EE staff vacancies, a full staffing restructure will happen within EE next year, I plan to propose a staffing model that will have the Senior Staff -> Administrators -> Moderators.  These members of staff will not be limited to one division (more on divisions later) but will be global throughout EE.

The EE divisions were rearranged slightly during the last Senior Staff meeting, but they will be changed again in January, as I said near the start, we expanded too quickly and now need to scale back, we will be focusing on one or two games only (a 2019 suggestion thread will be opened shortly for anyone who wants to suggest games etc that we should focus on).  As it currently stands I can exclusively reveal that one of the games we will add to the list right out the gate will be GTA:V/FiveM, but details on what exactly that will be won't be released until January.

What we want to achieve next year during the wind down is going to be difficult, it's going to require a lot of dedication on our part and I'm hoping we can build something that you guys, our members, will be willing to help us out with and grow together.

I say this a lot, when I first opened EE I wanted to try and build a small, active, fun, and relaxed community, aimed at giving our members/players the best experience possible, I think there was a time we, maybe for a week or two that we achieved this :P.  I want us next year to try and achieve this.  I've very much had an outlook that more is better, the more events we host the better it must be, what's really happened is we've hosted a lot of watered down events rather than do three or four really good ones, next year I want us to aim for quality rather than quantity, if that means we host an event have 4 people turn up to it but have a blast, then that means that target was achieved.

If you are new to the community and haven't seen anything going on recently, please please please don't give up on us, let's make 2019 our year, let's make something great together that we can all be proud of.

2018 isn't over yet though, no no, coming up this month we've got the legendary #EE24H Autumn edition (details available here - https://earthelite.co.uk/24h/), November 23rd - 24th starting at 7PM GMT.  We also have the mess that is the end of year party or as we tend to call it, The Drunk Stream, coming up on the 30th December.  I'm sure we'll also have a few last minute Christmas-y based activities/events too.  I do hope to see some of you about during this events.  Let's send 2018 out with a bang and welcome in a new year for EE.

One last thing before I sign off this report, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to those who have stuck by EE over the last 5 years, we've had our up (no I didn't for get the S :P ) and our many downs.  I really do appreciate everything you have all done to help out over the years and hope that you will be sticking with us into next year.

If I don't speak to you before...

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

C. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer
Earth's Elite

Web: https://earthelite.co.uk
E-Mail: https://earthelite.co.uk/mailer.php?emid=11

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Community Announcements / Earth's Elite LaunchPad - Major Update
« on: October 28, 2018, 12:24:27 am »
As this is a major update to the EE LaunchPad I wanted to put a note out here too.

The LaunchPad has been updated to version 3.0.0, this version brings something I have been wanting to add for a while.  When installing the new LP you will be faced with a new install process, this is to configure out new background process.

The background process will collect a full list of the games you have added (a master list of games is due in the next update) to your LaunchPad, it will periodically check to see if you are playing a game from that list, if you happen to be doing so, it will update the website and begin recording your hours, once you have finished playing it will log your hours played.  This service negates the need to open the LP client or come to the website to launch your games, instead you can launch them direct from Steam, Origin, etc.

In order for this to work you will be asked to enter some information while installing the LaunchPad, one of which will be your LP PIN.  In order to generate this you will need to go the client or website version before installing, there will be a button to generate your PIN just above your total in game hours.

You also have a choice to have this background process run with Windows startup or launch only when you want it open. There is a file under the EE folder in your start menu that will allow you to close this background process should you need to do so (along with an option to launch it).  This background process has been named EELP in the current release.

This version also brings a smarter install/update process, while it wont work during this install, updates from version 3.0 will go a lot smoother and there will be no redundant steps.

Any questions or issues please do post them below.

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Community Events / The Big Community Challenge 2018, Challenge Three
« on: July 26, 2018, 05:05:07 am »
Firstly, congratulations to Canio22 for winning challenge two over on Garry's Mod (Minecraft).  You have won yourself a reward for challenge three, I will reveal this reward to you on the day.

Your third challenge will be on the game Minecraft.

Your clue will unlock in....

Castle Doctrine

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Community Events / The Big Community Challenge 2018, Challenge One
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:23:58 pm »
Contestants, you have all signed up and are now ready to go, we will be accepting no more contestants into this years Big Community Challenge.

Your first challenge will be on the game Minecraft.

Your main clue will unlock in....

This challenge has a player unknown, that's right, an unknown player!

Hints for this challenge will start appearing around the site from this time tomorrow.

Your first challenge is at 8PM Community Time on Friday 13th July 2018.

Good Luck Contestants!

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Community Events / The Big Community Challenge 2018, Challenge Zero
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:38:41 am »
Contestants, you are all about to embark on your hardest challenge yet, signing up!

You an sign up right now by going to our fancy Google Form - https://goo.gl/forms/qYHCcJMt5isFlQPH3 You can also wait to sign up until Friday 6th July during the sign up event.  Please note, by 9PM Friday 6th July 2018, we will stop accepting new contestants.

Good Luck Contestants!

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Community Announcements / Harsh Facts
« on: May 12, 2018, 02:14:19 am »
Good morning folks (as of the time of writing this),

The Earth's Elite Senior Staff are due to convene for a meeting within the next week, Friday 18th @ 3PM Community Time (BST), this is probably going to be one of the most important senior meetings we've ever held.  We're not only discussing the usual day to day operational subjects, but instead, we'll be facing the harsh facts of Earth's Elite.

We are well aware that since day one, EE hasn't every really succeeded.  Sure, some events have had good turn outs, etc etc, but overall our overage event attendance is 1 or 2, yes, I fully respect that EE isn't judged solely on it's events, there's a whole lot more going on, but even if we still look at the community utilisation of the services offered, it's either by guests or 1 or 2 members, for all intents and purposes, EE is dead.

Something I have said from day one, I will never close the community and I will never merge Earth's Elite into another community, this still holds true today.

The difference between this time last year and this year is massive.  For example, Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May 2018 should have been Venture Radio's Big Weekend.  Third Annual, but, it isn't.  After having been planned for months, time off work booked (at least by myself), we were never able to get it off the ground.  (Just in case you're wondering, Venture Radio is run by EE and SSRF jointly, making VR an organisation under the EE banner).  This truly upsets me (and not just because I have wasted a valuable day of annual leave from work for it), this is something I truly enjoy doing, but, we couldn't.

On Friday 18th the Seniors and I will discuss where we go from here, how do we turn this around.  We are celebrating our 5 year anniversary this year, 5 years ago when I began working on the Earth's Elite project (yup, EE was already in the pipelines in May 2013), where I visioned the community would be 5 years from her launch, definitely was not here, we're actually in a worse place than where we started (silver lining - we achieved something at least).

I don't want this to be a wall of text and I've already done the whole "We need your help" thing and that hasn't worked, so, to be brief.  If you have any ideas, please post them below, if you have the drive to help rebuild a battered and broken community, contact me directly here - https://earthelite.co.uk/mailer.php?emid=11 - You don't need to dedicate money etc to help us out, but we do need people with enough time and dedication to EE.

After the meeting next week the seniors will have an action plan and this action plan will have an "if all else fails" clause.  This is forewarning, if we have not been able to turn the community around (or there are no signs of this happening) Earth's Elite will, in January 2019, reduce staffing to Senior Staff, and begin what we are calling a wind down.  We will run in limited operations for a year (allowing various services EE hosts to expire) and we will reduce ourselves to what can run on the main EE server and nothing else, making December 31st 2019 the official last operating day of EE.  This is our worst case scenario and I do not want to have to enact the wind down clause.

So if you can help, please, I implore you to step forward now, be it a simple idea, to joining the EE staff (note, all staff position may be changing, you're submitting interest not candidacy at this time).

If you got this far, thank you.  Below is the full agenda the Senior Staff will be discussing next week (certain parts have been redacted).

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  • Review any points from last meeting
  • Address failure in meeting March/April targets
  • Set May/June targets
    • Activity & Growth Brainstorming (Add your notes in bullet form under your name - if you have a duplicate add it anyway to show you have something to say about it, aim for a minimum of 5 unique ones)
      • Chief Executive Officer - Callum Jackson
        • Monthly FaceBook Adverts
        • Monthly Community Nights
        • Social Media - Advertise events, communicate to potential members
        • Partnerships - Seek out new partnership like with TLO that will mutually benefit both sides
        • Self Promotion - Seek out other communities or websites that may allow us to promote ourselves
        • Discuss maybe reducing EE's services to focus ourselves more
        • Lead from the front - Senior Staff to be proactive and active as much as possible
        • Word of Mouth - Recommend EE to people we meet IRL and online
        • Competitions - Open a competition to win a game or something and promote it via social media, signing up to the competition should require membership
        • Live/Recorded Content - Stream/Record community events and get our name out there to potential viewers and show us at our best
        • More Forum Activity - Forum games, discussions etc
        • Potetially more on the day
      • Chief Operating Officer - Scott Archer
        • //Add Points Here
      • Community Manager - Shoot
        • //Add Points Here
  • Promotions & Awards Ceremony
    • ***Redacted***
    • Promotions
      • ***Redacted***
    • Awards
      • ***Redacted***
  • Community events Q3 & Q4
    • Venture Radio Big Weekend
    • Summer Solstice Event 2018
    • Big Community Challenge (Singles) 2018 [Review - Should we attempt one last time?]
    • Halloween Event 2018 (26/10/2018)
    • Autumn 24 Hour Event
    • Celebration Weekend 2018 (5 Year Anniversary)
    • Christmas Party 2018
    • Christmas Downtime 2018
    • Winter Solstice Event 2018
    • End of Year Party 2018
  • Community Finances
    • ***All Redacted***

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April 2018 / 2018 Donations
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:01:55 am »
As it is April, we are looking to raise enough money to keep Earth's Elite running for another year.

We normally do this by asking for half of 122 in November and then the remainder in April, to try and split it up.  Last year in November we weren't able to raise any money towards our running costs for this year.

Our 100% goal is 122.  As this is such a large number I am pledging 25% of this, 35.50, outright.  I also pledge to match users first time donations (for this donation period) up to 10 until the 100% goal is met or the 24 hour event is over, which ever comes first.

By donating to EE you receive VIP status and if you donate during the 24 hour event, you can give a member of staff an order (see the 24 hour event thread for details on this).

Those who donate will be entered into a raffle to win a prize.  Currently there is only one prize which is 10 worth of games, if you have something that you would like to donate to the prize pool, please post below or PM me directly.

Thank you in advance to anyone who donates or is considering donating.

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April 2018 / #EE24H April 2018 Quotes
« on: April 06, 2018, 03:12:16 am »
We all know the drill by now, if you hear something so unbelievably funny, then it should be posted here...........Sorry whats that, none of us are that funny? Oh, in that case then if it just makes you chuckle add it here....what a rude [Highly Censored Tirade of Swearing].

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April 2018 / #EE24H April 2018
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:46:20 am »
It's almost that time of year again, Earth's Elite's 4th annual Spring 24 hour event.

Last year we tried a new event schedule style, while some agreed that it worked, others did not, therefore, this year the April event will be returning to the old scheduling style, players choice is still available in sections of the scheduling and is always our backup for the schedule, however, the schedule will be followed more closely this time around, like past years have been.  This seems to have worked best for us in the past and seems to make for a more enjoyable experience all round.  Otherwise we might end up playing Farming Simulator for 12 hours again and keep revoting to play it.

As usual, the event will start at 7PM Community Time on Friday 6th April and end 7PM Community Time the next day, the event will be streamed live on Twitch.

Milestones and orders, these will of course be making a return this year.  Senior Staff (and general EE Staff if they wish to do so) will create milestones for 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% of our donation goal, as we hit each goal we'll 'celebrate' by carrying out our milestone task.  Note, if you cannot perform your milestone on stream, it should be completed within 2 weeks of the events conclusion.
You can also submit orders to the senior and general staff of Earth's Elite with any donation of 5+.

Same promotion points system will be in place for those attending.

Every 1 Hour = 10 Promotion Points
First 6 consecutive Hours = X2 Multiplier
Second 6 Consecutive Hours = X3 Multiplier
Third 6 Consecutive Hours = X4 Multiplier
Fourth 6 Consecutive Hours = X5 Multiplier

If you last the full 24 hours we'll award you a special X12 Multiplier on top of the above multipliers, you could potentially receive 86,400 Promotion Points.  Senior Staff are eligible to receive these promotion points, but will have to give them away during the P&A ceremony in November.

The event schedule can be found here - https://earthelite.co.uk/info_content.php?id=00034

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Community Announcements / 2017 Mug Sale
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:37:16 pm »
My apologies for the late announcement of this.  At the time of writing this the first wave or printing has already been completed.

Earth's Elite was supposed to release a 2017 mug last year, around November, but due to budget constraints we were unable to release it last year.  We had decided that we would release two this year as a result, one around now (March/April) and then on in November, which is when it should be released.

We released the 2017 mug about a week ago, unlike last year, the campaign will run until we end it.  We will keep the campaign running on this limited edition mug until one week after the April 24 hour event (13/04/2018).  They will print and ship every 3 days.

Earth's Elite will be making no profit on these mugs, we are selling them at cost price, so to speak, so you pay the least amount as possible.

You can take a look and purchase 2017's mug here - TEESPRING.COM/ee-mug-2017.

Any issues, you can of course contact the senior staff, but if it regarding the shipping or an issue with the mug itself (damaged, etc), you will need to direct your queries to Teespring themselves.

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Over the last few days, EE and TLO have been discussing merging our RPG-X divisions, today, we have done just that.

RPG-X from now on will be headed up by TLO, events will be cross promoted.  Our server will be loaned to TLO as part of this partnership.

We will still have an RPG-X division, per se, but it will be ran by TLO.  In time, we hope to have more games setup in this partnership to help support both communities and secure our futures.

The Senior Staff and I are hoping this partnership will see both communities flourish and help provide a better service to you, our members.

This announcement will remain unlocked and myself and the seniors will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, I am including the EE-TLO Partnership Agreement below.


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