The February Crew Party (Feb 24)

Okay everyone, it’s been way too long since we’ve had a crew party. Time is short, but we can still bring February to a rocking conclusion.

We’ll start off at 8PM GMT with some of my custom capture ‘missions’ followed by a variety of adversary modes, ending the night with a game of hide and seek (the rules can be found here). If you have any jobs you’d like to add to the itinerary, let me know.

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The dresscode is ‘TV and Film Characters’. Show your inner Frankenstein or cook up a batch of crystal. I’m sure you lot will come up with something cool.

Like with the upcoming race event, I will be filming the party.

 

That’s it gang. Hasta luego!

– Grody

The Pussi Riot Nürburgring Porsche Showdown

Alright, a bit of a throwback here. In April 2014 we held our first ever race event ‘The Pussi Porsche Nurburgring Race Riot‘. As the title suggests, we raced Comets around the Nurburgring track, which was among the first races to get featured by Rockstar. A lot has changed since then. All kinds of game modes were added. We got mega yachts, offices, clubhouses, business and much more. With all the fancy new stuff, we don’t do too many ‘clean’ races anymore, so I’m feeling a little bit nostalgic (‘member?)

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Now I’m not going to suggest that we do the exact same event again. No, instead I’ve spiced it up. I’ve recreated the track with banners and tire walls from the Cunning Stunts update and instead of racing in regular old (new?) Comets, we’ll be racing in Custom Comet Retro’s. I think most of you own one, but if you don’t, let me know and we’ll make some quick cash. Getting the money together should only take about an hour.

This is also a team race. A bit like Formula 1 where each team has 2 drivers, denoted by colour and livery. The winners of the race will be the team with the OVERALL best positions (point are allocated for each position). For example a team finishing in 2nd & 5th would beat the team finishing 1st & 10th.

The race will be on Saturday the 4th of March at 9PM GMT. I’ll launch a crew session an hour before the race. If you want to enter, find a teammate and pick a colour and livery together and send me a message (SC or PSN) with the team details. I’ll add your team to a list of participants on this post as soon as I get your message.

I will be filming most of the event, so look your best… or worst, see if I care :p

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Rules:

Comet Retro Customs only
Team of 2 players – colour and livery to denote

Race Regulations:

8 laps of the Nürburgring
No catch-up
No slipsteam

Points Awarded:

  • 1st place: 20 points
  • 2nd place: 18 points
  • 3rd place: 15 points
  • 4th place: 11 points
  • 5th place: 10 points
  • 6th place: 7 points
  • 7th place: 6 points
  • 8th place: 5 points
  • 9th place: 4 points
  • 10th place: 3 points
  • 11th place: 2 points
  • 12th place: 1 points
  • 13th place and under: 0 points

BEST LAP BONUS: 3 points

Mama Grode has a personal announcement

Okay kids, sit yourselves down and have a lemonade. Mama Grode has something to tell you.

I’m pregnant. A few weeks ago when I met Scoob in real life we… nah I’m just kidding. Most of you already know what this is about. I’m going to Chelsea, Massachusetts for three months. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s a small city 4 miles north of Boston. And for the Fallout fans among you, it’s the County Crossing settlement.

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All set for the alleged wasteland

I’m doing an international human rights minor as part of my university elder year. Well technically it’s my senior year, but I started my university education a year late and I did my junior year twice, so that makes me a university elder. Respect yo elders!

I’ll be working with The Chelsea Collaborative and I’m going to document the whole thing of course, so check out my class’ communal blog at https://humanrightsadventures.wordpress.com/

If you’re in the area, let me know. If I can survive Scoob in real life, I can survive you 😉

I won’t bring my PS4 to the States, but I’ll still be on the interwebz to keep an eye on you kids.

That’s all for now. Now go outside and play!

The Criminal Organisations Snapmatic vote and this month’s theme

It’s that time again! This time we’ve got only two contestants, Blade and myself. Which means that for the first time, Scuba won’t be photographer of the month.

Please submit your vote through a pm to me on the Social Club. You have until the 29th to vote.

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Right, onto next month’s theme!

The theme is, you guessed half of it, Stunt Posters!

Take a photo of your most cunning stunt and turn it into a poster worthy of hanging on a kid’s bedroom wall with the meme text editor (accessible through single player)

You have until August 22 to submit your entry. To submit a photo, send me, Grody, a pm with a link to your photo through the Social Club.

Happy snapping!

– Grody

Recruitment changes: The pledge period

Good afterevemornoonight crew.

We, your gods, I mean the commission *cough* have had a talk. You may have noticed that the muscle rank is full of people we hardly know or play with and quite a few of them don’t even have us as their active crew.

The problem that comes with accepting everyone with a female avatar is that we lose sight of the new people in the giant pool that is the muscle rank. We often don’t even know who’s new anymore. To remedy that, the muscle rank has to be as empty as possible. That means promoting people who actively engage with the crew more quickly and to kick those who don’t.

The solution we came up with is to make Pussi Riot PSN a sorority style crew with a pledge period. (Damn that Kappa Gamma Gamma fraternity and their panty raids!)

From now on the muscle rank is the pledge rank, a small rank with people who want to join the Riot. That means that if you’re muscle, you’re not in the Riot just yet. Pledgers will be given one month to actively engage with the crew. When the month is over they’ll be either promoted to rep or kicked. (second chances are possible of course).

That brings me to the people who are currently muscle. As of today, their pledge period has begun. If you’re muscle, don’t worry, we’re not strict. All we ask of members is that they at least play with the other crew members. Otherwise what’s the point of joining a crew in the first place?

So by this time next month we will have a lot more reps and a much more manageable recruitment pool.

Chronicles of the House van Kuik: Chapter 2

The first chapter of my house is… rather bloody to be honest.

The first van Kuik, Herman van Malsen, Count of Teisterbant (modern day Vianen, Culemborg, Batenburg, Geldermalsen and Nether-Betuwe) and Viscount of Utrecht, was born almost a thousand years ago, in 1020. He is the son of Unruoch III van Malsen, Count of Kempen. Not too much is known about the van Malsen periods, or the periods that came before. The short version of what we do know is that my first know ancestor through the paternal line is Duke Lotharius I of Alamannia (born ca. 510), the second Merovingian Frankish duke of Alamannia (modern day Swabia). For 500 years we ruled big chunks of the Netherlands and parts of Belgium.

We’ve also assassinated the Viking duke of Frisia together with Gerolf van Holland. We were rewarded the Duchy of Frisia and Gerolf was rewarded with the County of Holland (also known as West-Frisia). Even though our houses fought side by side against the Viking invaders, a feud would last between our families for almost 300 hunderd years, starting with, you guessed it… Herman van Malsen.

Floris I, the Count of Holland succeeds his childess brother Dirk IV in 1049, after he is killed by an army of the Bishops of Utrecht, Metz and Liège (so much for: “Thou shalt not kill”) under the orders of Emperor Henry III, for conquering and pillaging towns in the Dutch riverlands. Floris continued his brother’s plundering campaign, prompting the Empire to once again take action against the van Hollands. In 1058, Empress consort Agnes of Poitou (the Empreror passed away in 1056) orders the bishops of Utrecht, Metz and Liège and a number of nobles to defeat Floris and his army. As Viscount of Utrecht, Herman commanded the Utrecht army.

The first battle took place at Oudheusden. Floris was heavily outnumbered and had thus littered the battlefield with traps.The traps caused massive confusion among the troops and as a result Floris’ army easily won the battle. A few days later Floris decides to take the offensive and attacks the troops of Utrecht, Cologne and Brunswick at Nederhemert. Floris easily forces them to withdraw. Feeling content with their victory, Floris and his troops decide to rest in the shadow of the trees near the Meuse riverbank. Herman quickly regroups his army and ambushes Floris, slaughtering him and hundreds of his men, restoring peace in the riverlands for almost one hundred years.

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Herman van Malsen ambushes Count Floris I of Holland and his army (June 21, 1061)

Herman was rewarded with fiefdom over the Lordship of Cuijk by the new Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Henry IV. In ca. 1070 he married Ida of Boulogne, daughter of Count Eustace II of Boulogne (House of Flanders) and Ida, the blessed, of Boulogne. She was the sister of the first crusader king of Jerusalem, Godfrey of Bouillon. They had three children:

  • Henry I van Kuik (ca. 1070 – 1108)
  • Andreas, Bishop of Utrecht
  • Godfrey, Elect Archbishop of Cologne

Henry I’s son and Andreas were involved in the next blood stained chapter of my house. More on them in chapter 3.