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COMMAND BULLETIN
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COMMAND BULLETIN replaces the thread previously called NEWS BULLETIN. A new COMMAND BULLITIN will be published every THURSDAY henceforth. The purpose of the thread is unchanged.

The purpose of this thread is for the DA staff to provide players with critical or time-sensitive information without the clutter of the "Questions" or "Attacks" threads.

No feedback is permitted here, for sake of clarity. Please direct all questions to the "Questions" thread.



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| June 6, 2013, 3:06 pm
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ATTENTION COMMANDERS. THIS IS A DAS PRIORITY TRANSMISSION:

THIS INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS DURING THE IMPENDING ATTACK WINDOW.

1. The JUNE 7 attack window opens in less than twelve hours.

2. FOUR COMMANDERS on the ORBAT ARE CURRENTLY INELIGIBLE to attack during this window due to violations of DA MOC criteria. Check your infantry squads and your other MOCS to ensure that you are in compliance before the attack window opens. Any commander who has not made CORRECTIONS BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT will be ineligible to attack in the 7 JUNE window.


3. This is only our second attack window, and I expect several of us to make errors. I offer this list of what I think are the most likely errors. I recommend to all commanders that they review this list.

LIKELY ERROR NUMBER 1. Each territory can only be attacked ONCE per window. Do not declare an attack on a territory that has already been attacked in this window. To avoid this error, read the ATTACKS thread to ensure your target is AVAILABLE. Then declare your attack at once. If you declare
an attack on a territory that has already been attacked in this window, the staff will ignore your declaration, and your attack for this window will be wasted.

LIKELY ERROR NUMBER 2. If you are FOUNDING YOUR NATION, then THAT is your attack for this window. This first attack is the ONLY time a commander can attack without an offensive power MOC. If you are founding your nation in
this attack window, you will not be able to declare another attack until DA Attack window number 3, on the 14th of JUNE.

LIKELY ERROR NUMBER 3. Commanders who founded nations in attack window number 1, on MAY 31st, Do not declare an attack unless you have a LAND OFFENSIVE POWER MOC built, hung in the group pool, and linked correctly in your ORBAT post. If you declare an attack without a tank MOC, your attack will be wasted. If you declare an attack, but your tank MOC is not linked to your ORBAT post, you attack will be wasted.

LIKELY ERROR NUMBER 4. The DA staff overlooks an attack, or MAKES A MISTAKE in the map update. In such cases, the commander can inform DAS on MONDAY, so the error will be corrected. We have from TUESDAY until next
FRIDAY to identify and correct such errors.

If there is once again, difficulty with the posting system on MOCpages, an extention will be considered by DAS.

In closing, I offer this advice to all commanders:

This is only our second round of attacks. We have 20 commanders listed on the ORBAT right now. This attack window will be busy, and the DAS will be working on the updates for much of the weekend. Expect our responses time to questions to be slower. DO NOT ask us about battle outcomes. The MAP update will be on
MONDAY or TUESDAY. Wait for it. Nobody in this group, not the DAS or the Commanders has done this enough to think of themselves as skilled veterans. Errors are inevitable, so stay calm when they occur. Be patient, and rest assured that the DAS will correct errors as they are identified. If the error is yours, then learn from it. Errors are one of the best sources of experience. It is far too early in this war for any one error to spell your defeat, so if you falter this time, get up, dust yourself off, and continue
to march.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche.

Enough talk! Conan the Barbarian.

TRANSMISSION ENDS…

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| June 6, 2013, 3:14 pm
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Treaty Organizations.

TOs MUST be listed in the thread entitled "Treaty Organizations" in order to be valid.

Don't get confused. You can TALK about them on "General Conversation" AND over on "International Treaty Radio Frequency." These two threads are for COMMANDERS to use.

BUT... the thread called simply: "Treaty Organizations" is for the DAS to use.

Think of it like an ORBAT for TOs. Also, if you start a TO, and then disband it, have the courtesy to remove it from the thread.

Some very important TOs are not listed there.

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| June 6, 2013, 4:02 pm
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ATTENTION COMMANDERS. THIS IS A DAS PRIORITY TRANSMISSION:

THIS INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS DURING THE IMPENDING ATTACK WINDOW.

1. The JUNE 14 attack window opens in less than twelve hours.

2. FOUR NEW COMMANDERS: READ the FOUNDING YOUR NATION thread and follow the steps listed there. If you are in compliance with all guidance on that thread by midnight tonight, you will be eligible to declare your first attack. Your first attack is the attack where you “Claim” your starting territory. That territory must be colored white, and all territories can only be attacked ONCE PER ATTACK WINDOW. So if you are not the first person to attack that territory in this window, your attack will be wasted. CHECK the ATTACKS thread before declaring your own attack!

3. ERRORS and how to avoid them. This is our third attack window. I expect several of the new commanders to make errors. But most of us are gaining a base of experience, and repeated errors will only result in repeated failures. Go slow, and get it right commanders. Decide exactly what you are going to do BEFORE the ATTACK WINDOW opens, and discuss your decisions with your trusted allies. They should be able to help you spot errors and prevent them. Unity is not a buzz word. It is the tool of the victor.

4. If there is once again, difficulty with the posting system on MOCpages, an extention will be considered by DAS.

5. GEOGRAPHY TIPS:

a. NA16 and SA1 (Panama Area) are adjacent for land movement, BUT boats can pass between them.

b. A4 and EA26 (Suez Canal Area) are adjacent for land movement, BUT boats can pass between them.

c. P17 is a coastal island for AA BUT it is NOT a coastal island for P15.

d. All of the Great Lakes (North America) combine to form SZ14. SZ 14 connects to SZ 8 only. This also means that NA8 IS a coastal territory.

In closing, I offer this advice to all commanders:

Read all previous COMMAND BULLETINS. Revisit last week’s errors, and plan to avoid them. Remember that we are playing at war, NOT fighting a real war. White territories are evaporating quickly, and players will soon begin to attack one another. THIS is NOT cruel, or disrespectful. It is the goal of the game. At the same time, don’t surrender all civility to the passion of this competition. Remain civil, and guard against your own temper. In DA, Aggression is respected… but respect is required.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
Confucius

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
Winston Churchill

TRANSMISSION ENDS…

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| June 13, 2013, 11:36 am
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ATTENTION COMMANDERS. THIS IS A DAS PRIORITY TRANSMISSION:

THIS INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS DURING THE IMPENDING ATTACK WINDOW.

1. The JUNE 21 attack window opens in less than twelve hours.

2. Read the old comments on this thread.

3. NEW COMMANDERS: READ the FOUNDING YOUR NATION thread and follow the steps listed there. If you are in compliance by midnight tonight, you will be eligible to declare your first attack (the attack where you “Claim” your starting territory). That territory must be colored white, and all territories can only be attacked ONCE PER ATTACK WINDOW. So if you are not the first person to attack that territory in this window, your attack will be wasted. CHECK the ATTACKS thread before declaring your own attack!

3. ERRORS persist. here is a list of things NOT TO DO:

a. DON'T try to attack across water without a BOAT MOC (see MOCs = Power thread)

b. DON'T try to attack ANY PLACE without a TANK MOC (see MOCs = Power thread)

c. DON'T try to attack another commander who is is an Treaty Organization with you.

d. DON'T step on my blue suede shoes.

Here is a list of things you SHOULD DO:
a. Read these threads (again) FOUNDING YOUR NATION, RULES, and ATTACKS. Read them in that order. Then drink water and read them again.

b. Calculate the math BEFORE you attack another player (battle outcomes are not subjective or random!).

c. Read the ATTACKS thread AGAIN before declaring your attack for this window.

d. Be ready for another MOCpages outage. The DAS knows when the site goes down, and we will normally re-open the attack window as soon as the site comes back up.

e. Review your attack plans with allies, and ask them to check for errors (like..."hey, don't attack there! You got no boat man!)

Remember. If you break any rules in the declaration of your attacks, they your attack is wasted. No "do overs". It's just gone.

In closing, I offer this advice to all commanders:

In DA we are adversaries, but not moral enemies. It is a play war... so play nice. Old timers, don't traumatize the new guys with harsh rhetoric which they may not be used to.

New guys, be patient and be ready to soldier on even if you make a mistake. Lots of these guys are now veterans, and you are new. Deal with it. There is a lot of hot air on this site, so don't let the old timers bully you with their cheap talk! This is a war game, and you are a new adversary. Don't expect a warm welcome, and be ready to prove your worth.

To those about to enter the field, and to those already marching, I applaud your effort, your focus, and your DECISION to do the deed!

THIS IS DECISIVE ACTION.

INDECISION KILLS!

TRANSMISSION ENDS…

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| June 20, 2013, 3:20 pm
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ATTNETION COMMANDERS.

NEW RULE ANNOUNCEMENT! NEW RULE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Until now, the rules regarding Treaty Organizations clearly stated that you CAN NOT ATTACK ANY of your fellow treaty organization members.

THIS RULE IS NOW EXTENDED TO READ:

You can not attack fellow treaty organization members OR anybody who is in a treaty organization with fellow treaty members.

The rule as it was written originally, reflected a simple and intuitive truth: You cant attack your friends.

This addition to the rule reflects an extension of that simple truth:

You can not attack FRIENDS OF FRIENDS.

COMMANDERS, YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS RULE. It is being added to the "TREATY ORGANIZATION THERED" and on the "RULES THREAD."

It is a change, it is new, and neither fact releases you from being responsible for knowing how this game is going to be played.

Learn it. Play it.

Choose your friends wisely.

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| June 25, 2013, 9:43 am
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Commanders.

No new guidance this time.

There are several reminders on this thread which the new players will break in the upcoming AW5.

Their attacks will be wasted.

There are reminders on this thread that veteran commanders will break in the upcoming AW5.

Do yourself a big fat favor... and RE-READ this whole thread!

No TANK = No attack.
No boat = No attack over water.
You cant attack friends.
You cant attack friends of friends.

That last one will get ALOT of you. You can’t attack anybody in your treaty organization...
AND...
You can’t attack anybody who is in a treaty organization WITH anybody in your own treaty organization.

The moral of the story?
If you don't want to attack ANYBODY, then TOs are great! Live it up! But if you want to ATTACK ANYBODY... then take the time to see who your friends are friends with!

Many generals will TRIP OVER Treaty Organization Chains in AW5!

DON'T BE ONE OF THEM!


ATTACK!
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| June 28, 2013, 4:29 pm
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ATTENTION DA GENERALS:

1. AW7 will open tonight as scheduled and close 24 hours later.

2. The results of this AW will be posted substantially later than in the past (APROX TUEDAY).

3. All battle calculations will be based on data from ORBAT postings (UPDADTE YOUR ORBAT).

4. The ORBAT will be LOCKED when AW7 is closed.

5. YOU must POST YOUR TOs at the bottom of YOUR ORBAT.

6. YOU must POST YOUR TOs at the bottom of YOUR ORBAT.

7. Go back and re-read items 5 and 6.

8. No, really… I’m not kidding on this. If your TOs aren’t listed on your ORBAT, then you’re toast.

If you don’t read, and you don’t heed… then you bleed.

No rebuttals.
No apologies.
No dice.
And very poor editing...

This is Decisive Action.

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| July 11, 2013, 3:38 pm
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Attention all commanders.

The 19 JULY Attack Window is hearby canceled.

The next Attakc Window will be 26 JULY.

I am sorry for this unforcast delay.

My current workload is high, and I must either take this catch up time from the players, or risk mounting administrative errors on DA.

Look for July 12 attack results next week.

I thank you all in advance for your patiants.

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| July 18, 2013, 3:14 pm
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Commanders.

ORBAT = MOC Pool.

and

MOC Pool = ORBAT.

I just pushed three MOCs out of the MOCpool. They were all cool builds by involved DA members... and I down with the effort. Three squads of soldiers (and I have a soft spot for the squad based action). Fruit, gorilla masks, fedoras... all good stuff.

But not aligned with any category in the ORBAT

And THERFORE...

No Dice.

Sorry guys. I dig the builds, and I recommend in the future you offer a post with a link to such MOCs in the general conversation thread.

Attack!

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| August 13, 2013, 9:35 am
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Commanders. Two important facts that effect you all:

FACT 1: “LAST DAY” IS NO LONGER 31 OCTOBER 2013. LAST DAY IS NOW 30 SEPTEMBER 2013.

FACT 2: THE DECISION TO CONTINUE OR DISCONTINUE THE USE OF TREATY ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE DECIDED BY REFERENDUM DURING THE NEXT ATTACK WINDOW #11.

For a more detailed explanation and discussion of these two facts, see General Conversation Thread 13.

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| August 14, 2013, 4:00 pm
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