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FIF 2018 "Winter Campaign" - Session B4 (Saturday, 10 March 2018)

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The Flanders In Flames “Winter Campaign” has now come to an end!

We had some outstanding air battles and engagements. And we're extremely excited to see so many people having a good time while competing in this event!

Normally, at this point, I’d be talking about celebrating the conclusion, and perhaps hinting at the FIF 2018 Spring Campaign. However, I want to use this moment to talk about something more serious.

A pilot on the Red Team contacted Butzzell and I, admitting that he was in possession of and had tested a hack on the FIF server during an official FIF Winter Campaign session. This pilot said that his intent was not to cheat, but to test the hack on a closed tournament environment. The pilot then agreed to whatever punishment we felt he deserved.

Using a hack in FIF is considered cheating, regardless of intent. So, in accordance with our rules regarding fair play, this pilot was dealt with. After his initial punishment, he was told that a second offense would result in a more severe punishment, which could include a permaban.

It’s important to note that this incident happened before the March 4th joint server-host agreement, posted on the ROF forums by J5_Baeumer. And thus, this happened before any real sharing of information between server hosts had happened.

Moving forward, I would like to state that FIF (and JG1) unequivocally and completely supports the March 4th agreement. We are committed to it and will do everything in our power to ensure that cheating in ROF is never tolerated. Had the offending pilot used the hack post-March 4th, at minimum he would face an 8 to 16 week ban from active tournament play, as well as a one month ban on all other participating servers.

Looking at the scores from the last 8 weeks of tournament play, the Red Team would have won the Winter Campaign based on points. However, I cannot in good conscience award the win to the Red Team.

There are two reasons for this. Firstly, using hacks or cheats is not tolerated, and I will not reward it, even if that means an entire team loses out because of the actions of an individual. And please note, that a hack of the game is not the same thing as a weapons mod violation or a second pilot life after a capture or death. Those are usually unintentional violations, whereas using a hack is decidedly intention and totally unacceptable. Secondly, JG1 (the host squadron of FIF) is on the Red Team, and I will not have my squadron profit off the back of a hack or cheat.

Please help me congratulate the Blue Team on their victory!

I wish this was a more joyous celebration, but bittersweet seems to be the overall tone right now within the ROF community. The Blue Team’s teamwork and coordination were great, and I can’t wait to compete against them in the next campaign.

Here is the FIF campaign ribbon for the 2018 Winter Campaign:
Large version:

Small version:

As always, thank you to every pilot who flew in this event. Without your continued support, this tournament would not be able to function.

The scores for Session B4 are shown below:

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FIF 2018 "Winter Campaign" - B4 Results (Saturday, 10 March 2018):
Blue (Entente) Objectives Completed: 10

  • Artillery Correction (Arty Spotting) Completed
  • Reconnaissance of Front Lines (Trench Map) Completed
  • HQ Reconnaissance (HQ Recon) Completed
  • Destroyed Central Bridge
  • Destroyed Central Aerodrome
  • Central General Captured
  • Destroyed Central HQ
  • Trench Attack Completed
  • Destroyed Central Moving Ship
  • Destroyed Front Line Unit

Red (Central) Objectives Completed: 13

  • Espionage Completed
  • Artillery Correction (Arty Spotting) Completed
  • HQ Reconnaissance (HQ Recon) Completed
  • Destroyed Entente Aerodrome
  • Entente Moving Ship Destroyed
  • Destroyed Entente Factory
  • Destroyed Entente Bridge
  • Destroyed Entente HQ
  • Strategic Recon Completed
  • Destroyed Espion Target
  • Destroyed Front Line Unit
  • Destroyed Off-Road Entente Convoy
  • HQ Recon Secondary Objective Completed

Total "Phase B" Objectives Completed (PHASE B FINAL):
Blue Team = 8 + 14 + 14 + 10 = 46
Red Team = 13 + 14 + 13 + 13 = 53

Total "Phase A" Objectives Completed (PHASE A FINAL):
Blue Team = 16 + 10 + 11 + 3 = 40
Red Team = 8 + 11 + 13 + 14 = 46
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Server Stat Information: http://fif.jg1.org/mission/6608/
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