So just what is the 21st Century Warfare Tournament all about?
21st Century Warfare is an organized and structured online tournament that involves two factions: Far Eastern Bloc and the Western Task Force Command fighting for control over a designated territory represented by two maps played on battleday in rotation. Each side is represented by a division that changes each campaign. 21st Century Warfare has its own private battle server, its own private TeamSpeak server, and each side is provided their own private forums on this site. When players "Go Random" or "Pay to Pick" they will be placed into one of the three sides and will remain as part of that force for the entire campaign. Campaigns usually last around eleven weeks. Players will be given access to their side's private forums. In these forums players will learn the various schedules, trainings, certifications, strategies, passwords, and all necessary information needed to be a full active member of 21st Century Warfare.
Is this like a clan?
No, 21CW is not a clan. We do not rely on any external organizations, ladders, clubs, or groups for this tournament. 21st Century Warfare has its own schedule, servers, administrators, forums, and armies; everything needed to run independently and entirely on its own. Clan members are always welcome here at 21CW. We exist alongside any previous allegiances and commitments, not to supercede them. However while here in battle or on TeamSpeak you will need to wear the 21CW Army tags.
What are the two sides?
The name of each division changes every campaign but the faction names always remain. This campaign sees the following armies battling it out:
United States Army
3rd Airborne Assault Group
How do these two sides fight each other?
21st Century Warfare uses Battlefield 3 with all it's DLC Map Packs (with the exception of Close Quarters). Currently battles are eight hours long, 12 PM EST to 8 PM EST. The timeline is anywhere from ten to twelve weeks, but are subject to change and sometimes include any holiday breaks.
Do I have to pay anything to join 21st Century Warfare?
21CW is free to join. While under a regular campaign players can still join for free, but have the option to pay $5 USD to pick their side. Occasionally there will be campaigns where the pay to pick option isn't available. The 21CW tournament staff reserve the right to change this policy at any time.
What are the requirements to join 21st Century Warfare?
Players must have own a legitimate copy of the Battlefield 3 game with a legitimate serial key. Back to Karkand & Armored Kill are highly recommend, lest a player has to sit out when those maps are played. But they are not required. A headset or a microphone and speakers are required to use TeamSpeak 3. Active forum participation is required as well. Having fun is of the utmost importance.
Why do I need a microphone? What is TeamSpeak?
21st Century Warfare takes Battlefield 3 to a new level of online play. Each side must communicate within their teams effectively. TeamSpeak is a very simple, yet flexible Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) software program that enables you to communicate via a microphone to your teammates. TeamSpeak is free to download. Having speakers and a microphone (or a headset) as well as downloading and using TeamSpeak is a requirement of the tournament.
Alright, I have TeamSpeak how do I get on the server?
Open up TeamSpeak, click on Bookmarks on the Toolbar on the top, then Add to bookmarks. Then click 'Add Bookmark.' When the new bookmark window opens, make it look like the image below. Just change 'YourNameHere' to your actual nickname.
How often do these divisions fight each other, and for how long?
Official battle day is every Saturday (unless posted otherwise, e.g. due to holiday). The battles start at 12 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5) and are eight hours long. We follow Eastern Daylight Savings Time when it is in effect (GMT changes to -4). If your Division is off during a particular week, you can still get campaign points for yourself by showing up and reinforcing. This also gives you a chance to fight every weekend.
Wow! Eight hours! Do I have to play the entire time?
Players can play as much as they wish to. Some players can hammer out more than six hours while others can only put in two hours. Since 21st Century Warfare is a global tournament with members from all over the world, there is always a player ready to take your place if others need to sign off.
How are the two factions organized/structured?
Each side has their own organizational structure as established by their High Commanding Officers (HCOs). Each is broken down into several companies that has its own COs (Commissioned Officers), NCOs (Non Commissioned officers), and enlisted troops.
Do I have to follow the orders of higher ranking players?
To achieve the level organization we strive for here, it is important that orders be followed and carried out.
How can I advance my rank?
Participation is crucial. Show up for practices and battles, take part in discussions on the forums, hang out on the TeamSpeak server, and get to know your officers. Doing these minor tasks will get you started. A player's qualities as a leader is a more complicated issue.
What is the official language of the tournament?
English is spoken and written within this tournament but we have players from all over the world. Language is hardly a barrier here.
Do the battles victories count toward something, like a clan ladder?
Yes, but not quite like a clan ladder. Each battle is part of a larger campaign for campaign points. Battle outcomes also have an impact on future battles.
What does the winning team get at the end of a campaign?
The right to gloat over the losers in the forums! Is that not good enough?
What's a sig?
Sig is short for signature. A signature is the small area at the bottom of forum posts. They are an identifier of who a player is. Some members have images and text to show who they are, and others have their past position with the names.
To keep the forums a bit organized and clean the current signature rules state that:
- All signatures have to obey the following size rules:
- Maximum Height: 200 pixels
- Maximum Width: 600 pixels
- Maximum File Size: 75 KB
How do I know what to do during battle?
Every good division has a strategy they stick to (doesn't always stay the same though). Strategies will be created by your HCOs and battle orders will be communicated down the ranks to the troops. These will be your battle orders. They usually include where to spawn, what vehicle you have access to, and what your objectives are: such as taking over a specific point or defending a location.
Is this a very competitive tournament? Is the atmosphere cut-throat?
21st Century Warfare stresses teamwork, strategy, organization, friendship, and fun. The members here take playing the game in the campaign very seriously. They came to 21st Century Warfare looking for organization and to get away from the chaos and anarchy that takes place in the public servers. At the same time, lifelong friendships are made and on non-battle days, many members will go "pubbing" to have fun and practice teamwork (they will jump on a public server). At other times many members just hang out on our TeamSpeak server.
Ok, I'm interested, where do I go to sign up?
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