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OriginalHobo
March 15, 2020, 09:17:00 PM by OriginalHobo
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Issue #37: "The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute."



GRENADIER COMPANY HAS ARRIVED - "Company will fix bayonets!"
The 51st Regiment of Foot has a reputation for melee; We see it as an integral skill to train and we pride ourselves on being one of the best melee regiments in the Holdfast community.
Our attitude and commitment to training melee means many of our players have a good grasp of the melee system in Holdfast and some have even won tournaments in the past.

As such, we are finally rolling out changes to Grenadier Company.

Grenadier Company will be the regiment's elite melee company, of which the best melee players in the regiment will form the backbone. However, anyone who is Regular or above may apply. To decide which players make the cut, there will be a short application process to join Grenadier Company. As part of the application process, there will be a melee assessment to test your melee ability. This will be arranged for a time when both applicant and assessor are available. In addition, there will be intra-clan tournaments every 2-3 months to decide the best melee player within Grenadier Company and the winner(s) will be granted the prestigious rank of Guardsman. Keep in mind that these ranks distinguish members by their skill level, not by their seniority.

You can make an application to join Grenadier Company via this forum thread.

Furthermore, all current Grenadiers and Guardsmen will be given the new rank of Kingsman, which will serve as the senior enlisted rank within Centre Company. The rank of Kingsman will be held by experienced veterans who have consistently shown exemplary performance in linebattles and other events. The rank of Grenadier will be granted to those accepted into Grenadier Company, as was previously the case.

Finally, we are introducing a new rank called Chosen Man. Those members who are not a part of Grenadier Company, but who have shown great dedication and loyalty to the regiment will be granted this exclusive rank. This rank it is meant for those who have consistently attended events and, in addition, have proven themselves to be invaluable members of the regiment. This is now the highest rank an enlisted member can achieve in Centre Company and Artillery Company, and is equivalent to the rank of Guardsman.

As such, the highest enlisted ranks in the regiment are now Chosen Man and Guardsman. The second highest rank is Kingsman, followed by Grenadier.

To summarise:
• Minimum rank of Regular to apply for Grenadier Company.
• Melee assessment on application.
• Intra-clan dual tournaments every 2-3 months to decide the Guardsmen.
• Those accepted into Grenadier Company will still be given the Grenadier rank.
• Apply via the forum thread.
• All current Grenadiers and Guardsmen are granted the new rank of Kingsman, which is now the second-highest enlisted rank after Chosen Man and Guardsman.
• A new rank has been introduced called Chosen Man. It is equivalent to the Guardsman rank and is the highest rank a member can achieve in Centre Company and Artillery Company.

For those who feel they are not good enough for Grenadier Company, know that it isn't completely out of reach.
See membership of Grenadier Company as a challenge to conquer and strive to get better - practise makes perfect!

If you want to improve your melee skills outside of structured training sessions, we encourage you to play on public melee servers.
Beginners or those who want to master the basics can have a look at our 0.41 Melee Combat Guide.


ARTILLERY COMPANY HAS ARRIVED - "All guns commence firing!"
The 51st Regiment of Foot has a wide pool of talent. There are many skills to hone in Holdfast and we pride ourselves on having talented members that excel at many of these skills. During particular linebattles or siege events, some members are required to operate cannons and/or rockets. To support our line infantry in the field, the 51st Regiment of Foot requires a dedicated team of Artillerymen to provide a firing solution to the artillery question.

To satisfy this requirement, Artillery Company has been established and is seeking members.

Artillery Company is a support company, meaning it will provide support to our lines of infantry during linebattles and other events. Artillery Company will be comprised of members of Centre Company who excel at playing Cannoneer, Rocketeer or Sapper. As such, the the most experienced members of the regiment in those areas will have the opportunity to be accepted into the ranks.
Artillery Company will have a short application process to decide who is deemed capable enough to represent the regiment. The candidate requirements are that you must be Regular or above, be competent in the use of cannons, and be competent in use of the Sapper class. As previously stated, Artillery Company will be recruiting members directly from Centre Company, meaning you cannot be a member of Grenadier Company if you wish to apply.

You can make an application to join Artillery Company via this forum thread.

As Artillery Company is a support company, members will maintain their Centre Company ranks. There will be no changes to ranks for those of you who decided to join the artillery crew.

To summarise:
• Members will remain part of Centre Company.
• Minimum rank of Regular to apply for Artillery Company.
• Artillery competency test on application.
• Must not be a member of Grenadier Company.
• Centre Company ranks will be maintained.
• Apply via the forum thread.

For those who may be interested in Artillery Company, get practising and hone your gunnery skills.
When you feel you're up to the standard, you may apply via the thread and perchance you might earn your place as an artilleryman.


Full Release & Playerbase Boost
Recently, Holdfast received the 1.0 update, marking full release after more than 2 years of continuous development from the team at Anvil Game Studios. Additions to the game this update include a myriad of quality-of-life updates along with the very noteworthy addition of the Russian Faction! With the game now finally out of early access there has been a huge influx of new players. Join those public servers and do your bit, get playing and get recruiting for the 51st to bolster our ranks!

As expected with the boost in player numbers, there has been a considerable number of new recruits over the previous two weeks. I'd like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who has recently joined the 51st and wish you the best of luck in our regiment!
Be sure to spend time on the TeamSpeak or Discord, and get to know other community members. We usually play a lot of games other than Holdfast outside of events, so don't be afraid to get involved!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask an Officer or NCO. They will be happy to help with any queries you may have.


Current Schedule:
Monday — Naval Battle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Tuesday — Siege — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday — Training — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Thursday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Friday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Saturday — Game Night — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Sunday — Bootcamp & Linebattle — 19:00 CET / 1:00 PM EST


On that bombshell, that's the Minden News article for the month of March.
Remember Minden!


Note from the editor:
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the stunningly beautiful banner at the top of this article as this will be the last edition before Saint Patrick's Day on the 17th of March.
As current writer and editor for the Minden News, I would like to remind readers (for no particular reason) that my role is strictly unbiased and disinterested.
For example, I would never shamelessly abuse my position to benefit myself or to promote my own personal beliefs.

Having said that..  I don't know about you, but I'll be having a few scoops this Tuesday!
God Save Ireland!



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OriginalHobo
February 14, 2020, 09:01:11 PM by OriginalHobo
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Issue #36: "If music be the food of love, play on"



Saint Valentine's Day
As you may know, February 14th is the feast day of Saint Valentine, a Roman saint and martyr that lived in the 3rd Century AD.

Famously, Saint Valentine has been the patron saint of love and courtship since the High Middle Ages (and less famously, patron saint of epilepsy). He was a Christian clergyman and ministred secretly to the Christians in Rome during the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. Valentine was ultimately imprisoned, later to be condemned to death. He refused to apostatise and he beaten with wooden clubs and pelted with stones before being beheaded. However on a brighter note, presently for most people Valentine's Day is a more secular holiday that is celebrated by lovers and couples around the world.
So here's to all you romantics out there, hopeless or otherwise.

0.41 Melee Guide
Esteemed melee player and Switzer Grenadier James Stukov has produced a Melee Guide for Holdfast's 0.41 update for your reading pleasure.
The Melee Guide has some great tips for beginners and improvers alike, so get reading if you haven't already.
Thanks to Stukov for producing this guide for us.

Discord and Challenges
For those who haven't already heard, Corporal Tachang has revamped our Discord Server!
Tachang has put in a lot of work into developing the Discord, creating "Challenges" and "Hardcore Challenges" for members to achieve.
Thanks to Tachang for all his work for the Discord.

Have YOU been mentioned in despatches?
As always, a big welcome to the recruits and privates that have joined us in the last month!
Be sure to spend time on the Teamspeak, Discord and get involved in game nights with other members.

Remember to strive for greatness - medals are awarded for battlefield valour!


Monday — Naval Battle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Tuesday — Siege — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday — Training — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Thursday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Friday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Saturday — Game Night — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Sunday — Bootcamp & Linebattle — 19:00 CET / 1:00 PM EST


That wraps up this week's edition of Minden News™.
Until we meet again, remember Minden.


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OriginalHobo
January 13, 2020, 10:09:02 PM by OriginalHobo
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Issue #35: Si vis pacem, para bellum



New Training Schedule
We're halfway through January, I hope all of you have kept up your New Year's resolutions!
The big news is that we now have our traditional Training Session on Wednesdays and we have a new Bootcamp on Sundays before the linebattle event. The new Bootcamp sessions will focus on everything other than the standard commands covered on Wednesdays (i.e. artillery training, light training etc.).

Be sure to show up to both as the content being covered is very useful!
Our current event schedule will be posted at the bottom of this edition of Minden News™.

All Work and No Play..
Along with our official timetabled Saturday Game Night, we play a lot of games outside of events.
To name a few, here are some of the games that we have been playing recently:

-Trouble in Terrorist Town (Garry's Mod)
-Escape from Tarkov
-SCP: Secret Laboratory
-Mordhau
-ARMA III

Feel free to hop on Teamspeak and join in, the more the merrier!
We usually put out announcements ad hoc via the Steam group or Discord.

New Blood & Recent Promotions
Last but not least, we once again welcome all of our recent recruits, it is always good to see new people joining up!
Feel free to spend time on the Teamspeak and get involved in the aforementioned game nights with other members.


Monday — Naval Battle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Tuesday — Siege — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday — Training — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Thursday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Friday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Saturday — Game Night — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Sunday — Bootcamp & Linebattle — 19:00 CET / 1:00 PM EST


That wraps up this week's edition of Minden News™.
Until next time readers, remember Minden.


Big thanks to our Patreon patrons!
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OriginalHobo
December 16, 2019, 10:01:17 PM by OriginalHobo
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Issue #34: God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen



Seasons Greetings & Winding Down
Firstly, allow me to extend warm seasons greetings to all members of the regiment!
As it's almost Christmas, some events will be winding down for the next few weeks. As such, there have been changes to our event schedule. The Monday Naval is on hiatus for three weeks and will be returning the first Monday in January. The Tuesday Training & Siege event will be taking a break on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Lastly, the Thursday Linebattle event will be skipping a week on 26/12/19 as it will fall on Saint Stephen's Day/Boxing Day.
Our current event schedule will be posted at the bottom of this edition of Minden News™.

Cavalry Update - "Now, Scots Greys! Now!"
For those of you who don't know, word on the street is that the cavalry update is at hand and should be dropping very soon™. For those who weren't there, our last Sunday event was played on the beta branch which featured the new cavalry classes. The general consensus was that cavalry classes are a refreshing addition to the game with great potential for linebattles. Let us know if you agree or disagree or what your thoughts on cavalry are!

Upcoming 1v1 Melee Tournament
Lance Corporal Tachang is organising (albeit, accidentally) the largest ever melee tournament in Holdfast to date.
Here are the details for those interested:

• 64-players total.
• Single Elimination (Knockout) Style.
• Commencing @ 4:00pm GMT on Sunday 22/12/19.
• Competed on 2 servers hosted by the 51st.
• Open to anyone wishing to participate.
• Only requirement is that you will need to be rated by Elf so you're on the EU tier chart.

Tournament Discord - https://discord.gg/rKPHTUr
Tournament sign-up - https://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/pSZaGzJ6dq

Currently, there's no prize pool but donations towards one are welcome.
One of the servers will be streamed on https://www.twitch.tv/bigmamba/ but a streamer is still being sought for the second server.
Anyone who wants further details or would like to donate or help stream the event - feel free to message Tachang!

New Blood & Recent Promotions
Lastly, we welcome all of our recent recruits, we're glad to have you on board! In addition, thank you to all of our recruiters, honourable mention goes to Grenadier HubblyBubbly. Do like HubblyBubbly and get recruiting! Service guarantees citizenship promotion! Speaking of promotions, congratulations to all who have received promotions in the interim since the last Minden News™ to now, well deserved.

Monday — Naval Battle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Tuesday — Training & Siege — 19:30 CET / 1:30 PM EST
Thursday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Friday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST
Saturday — Game Night — ~20:00 CET / ~2:00 PM EST
Sunday — Linebattle — 20:00 CET / 2:00 PM EST

(Monday Naval - Returning 06/01/20)
(Tuesday Training & Siege - Returning 07/01/20)
(Thursday LB - Returning on 02/01/20)

That wraps up this week's edition of Minden News™.
Once again a Happy Christmas to all, enjoy the holiday!


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