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  1. 3 points
    Bit of a closing remark here, that I wanted to make. I know there's other people that want to leave their remarks - I believe Hells still intended to address it - in my case, however... I felt it right I say something here. I didn't really feel right making this post, at first, y'know. Even with what little a group we've had sticking around recently, I believed that... in a way, it could have resulted in the exact opposite reaction than it got. Honesty brings forth that fear, I suppose. That, even when you feel the most right, it could still be made to be wrong. It was an uneasy time writing this down, but I felt that it was right enough to pursue. Having said that... seeing the support that I feel this got was something of a good, reassuring notion. Seeing discussion overall was something that made me quite happy. Seeing a commentary from other Mods and Admins... was amazing. As was their insights and actual showing over certain aspects. Hell, seeing some of the auth return in general was great too! But... I think actually seeing that some of these changes have actually affected this forum in such a way... it's the most joyous of ways to break the heart of a man like myself. I couldn't be more excited to see that such a commentary has been undertaken, and that these changes are even happening at all, and perhaps even proving effective. As a member of four years... it just proves to me that my time here is worth it. The front page hasn't looked this good in quite some time... hell, most pages are looking so good, lately. I couldn't be more happy and excited of the path that the forums have taken... all from this post. (...I know it's not all me... vanity, sorry. Just giving myself that happiness.) So, if anything... thank you. All of you. Whether it's just been through viewing it, or commenting, or through you auth taking action on the things I've thrown about. Thank you. You've made this man prouder than he could ever be. I know that there's a lot of work that the auth are undertaking with making this site look good again, and I know there's a lot of pages still around the forums that need to be fixed. If anything, I know that it's a certainty that I would wish to help in whatever way I can in regards to those pages. It's the best I can do. But... having seen everything else that's been done so far... ...yeah. I'm happier than I could ever be about that. Y'know, I say "Per aspera ad astra" at the end of a lot of my posts, and I've never openly stressed why. It's a mantra for me, certainly... and it means "through hardships to the stars". In a way, though, I've always wanted it to end with "...we will prosper". In that same way... I'd love to say that that conglomeration is fair for this post. So... "per aspera ad astra... we will prosper". Love you guys. Stay golden for me. [P.S.: Yeah, I know, I'm a gushy soppy son of a bitch of a teddy bear sometimes. Can't help it. I'm too good for my own good. My shining positivity could blind a man.]
  2. 2 points
    Chapter 1 "Nein! Ich will nichts mehr davon hören! Ich erwarte jetzt Ergebnisse zu sehen. Ich habe dir 9 Monate Zeit gegeben, um Daten zu produzieren und wenn ich keine menschlichen Versuche innerhalb der Woche sehe, werde ich dir den Kopf abreißen und dir die Kehle runterschleudern," exclaimed Hitler's right hand man, Heinrich Himmler. His background in Agronomy made him the most suitable person to carry out the Führer's special little project. Biology, Chemistry, and Genetics are proving to be most necessary and Hitler himself recognized the need for someone with a strong scientific background to head up the "hundertfünfzehnste" protocol. The scientists heading up the project have been trying to synthesize an element found in a meteor that fell into the heart of Nazi ruled Germany. The radioactive nature of the element, that is not yet understood fully, has only a half-life of 0.8 seconds. It seems relatively safe to work with but extremely delicate to develop. Germany has been trying to fuse element 115 with element 42, Molybdenum. Trace amounts of element 42 can be found in the body, but is of particular use to strengthening steel. Its most influential use was in the "Big Bertha" German artillery. The hope is that, by bonding this new element with Molybdenum, Germany can take the lead on the war and create a better and stronger soldier. Coupled with Oxygen and Potassium enzymes, the thought is that the element will be stable enough to be injectable without the elements half-life ruining the product. As of yet, the compound is stable, but the trials have not been started yet. The protocol calls for a heavy number of test subjects. The internment camps have yet to ship their first shipment and the Führer is becoming impatient. It looks as if the scientists are going to have to improvise. Human testing wasn't due to begin for another 6 weeks. "Wir werden freiwillige Testpersonen finden müssen," said the lead scientist, Dr Straub. "Wenn wir bald keine Ergebnisse erzielen, befürchte ich das Schlimmste für dieses Establishment." The search for subjects turned to the enlisted men of the military. It was not as voluntary as it was made to seem, more like voluntold. When you have no rank, you only know to obey orders. The first German soldier was relocated from France and was to be the first of many to become the next super soldier in the fight for superiority. His name was Friedrich Jäger, and he was a common German soldier with mediocre skills and abilities. If the project went south, then the Third Reich would not be losing a valuable asset. Friedrich was 22 years old and had never married. His parents were killed years earlier in a vehicle crash on the newly constructed Reichsautobahnen, or Autobahn for short. His family was wealthy and had left him enough money that he never had to worry about getting by. With no ties to family, Germany ensures that no one will notice if he rejects treatment and dies during the injection process. He is the perfect candidate. The procedure is due to begin on Tuesday. An early morning procedure has been scheduled in Lab 1 and staff have been notified. Only those that "need to know" have been briefed on the test subject and the possible outcomes that could occur. Best case scenario would be a self stabilization so that further tests can be run. In the event of total failure, procedures have been placed for immediate disposal of the test subject. If all goes well, Germany will have secured it place in history as a superpower and economic hub of the world.
  3. 2 points
    As someone who is deep into fortnite right now I plan to get into the Blackout mode. The trailer looks good and definitely got me hyped up for it.
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  5. 2 points
    First things first: OH MY GOD YES I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT ZOMBIE LABS (will my old posts be added back into my count though?) Second: Welcome back, @Boom115! It's been so long, glad you're back! Third: I like the Zombiefication images. Most look nice. The old ones still kind of... well, they could use an update as the new ones are, if I'm being honest. I know that'd be a whole process, and I understand if that'd take time, but I'm just throwing that up. Also, I think I noticed a few pages that needed to be fixed elsewhere. Like the Staff Directory page (just linked it, it's usually just accessed in the "Staff" bit from the Help arrow), not properly reflecting correct colors and such for certain auth and so on... added, with @Slade now being a Veteran but still being on the Staff page, or the color of @Spider's name not being reflected on there. Just makes sense to tweak it correctly. I'll see what I can do if I find anything awry elsewhere. ...I do want to reply to that other message though. So I'm gonna. Glad to hear that, Boom. Any idea who we should expect to return from the shadows as of yet? Would be nice to have a killer conversation with @GRILL again. ...first off, can I praise you a little more for giving me the graph for this? Because, holy crap, having that is great. I like being able to see statistical evidence and stuff, and know what's going well, what's popular, what's not and so on. I mentioned the whole thing about "a more comprehensive statistics page being lovely", and I really want to stick by that. Moving on... I agree with that. Accessibility's definitely a problem for mobile, and I understand that trying to tap into the audience from there is plenty more difficult than it should be. If anything, I feel like giving Guests an initiative to join the forums and contribute to it would definitely help us, perhaps balance the scale with the amount we get. We're a service for the fans, built for the fans, and I think interest could be garnered if we were able to find some way to draw in that attention again. Yeah, I agree that our focus should be to try what works and try one thing first, before we try to do other things. I think Twitch would be more or less executed with a better finesse if we were under the same name with the profile and let certain people do certain things, to follow a constant manageable schedule. In that way, it's not just run by a couple people, but is run by a group of people that can help manage it and direct it clearly. Consistency is good, and I think that would definitely help maintain it. On the side of the Podcast, good lord we should bring that back, keep it going. Special guest YouTubers could be a thing, and so on, discussion of the games, focus on theories and ideas and so on, the Podcast could be directed greatly and I do very much believe that you guys can manage it. Maybe bring in some of the crowd to visit in the Podcast every now and then to talk. I'm all for it, 100%, on that regard. Would love to be kept informed on it, myself! I... guess that's fair... I dunno. I'm not optimistic to that. I still think that some way of keeping them connected would be nice. It doesn't have to be "oh, same people here too, we're gonna powerhouse the community together", more than I think it could be "oh hey, we've got good resources here, but if you wish to dive deeper, go to the CoDz forum/Zombie Library". But... I digress. I feel like understanding the amount of work you guys have to uphold is difficult for a person like me. Without a more public statistic page for the regular group to look at, I couldn't begin to understand how much stuff you guys uphold. I just know from what you guys say that it's a lot... and my only metric is between typicality (normal auth powers, as I've come to see) and the whole forum itself. You guys keep it running and have a lot of stuff to measure, lots of activity logs and other things. I guess a part of me vies for that kind of transparency in the future. Part of me would like to see the activity logs accessible to us, really. Or just general stuff. Logs, posts per day, people online, metrics compared to prior weeks and months, I dunno. Plenty of sites have exemplary statistics, and I'm sure there's a good way to follow when getting them. It's all just up to you guys to figure that sort of stuff out, though. Regarding the future with the staff team, I do hope we can see some old faces return. Keep the place goin' strong. New faces welcomed as well. The forum needs a good team to power it, a dedicated one at that. I hope for good things, to that end. ===================================== That's pretty much all I wanted to say regarding that. I hope you can respond to the few questions I proposed. On that end... good lord I feel so grateful. I'm glad to see you guys coming back, and I'm glad to see that you guys wish to keep this place staying as strong as we can make it. I'm not gonna lie, the day I wrote this whole thing (the original post), I was in a frustrated slump... and I do think some of my points were a lot angrier than most of the others should have been. But the fact that you guys both considered them and took them with sincerity and gratitude is almost beyond words for a guy like me. I couldn't express how proud I am of that factor alone. I try too hard to as is. I couldn't be more proud of being a member of the CoDz forum than I am today. Honest to god. This post's ignited a fiery passion in me, a positive one at that. I hope we can bring this forum back to form well. I really do. There's a lot of work to be had to do that, as I'm aware, and yet I couldn't be more optimistic about that as I am now. If anything, keep me posted on it. I'm all ears. All eyes to the future, as well.
  6. 2 points
    Hm... I'd say since the L hasn't been updated on to the board (or as a wrong guess) it didn't affect my guess. So give me those points!!! ':P No matter what you choose, meh, we should update the rules accordingly.
  7. 2 points
    Thanks for posting this thread! I normally lurk or twitter and post oh so spicy memes. However I had been reading posts for sometime, but hadn't bothered to log in because it was typically related to WW2 of IW (both of which I didn't buy) and because I was locked out of my account. When I tried to recover my account we encountered a software bug, which we later discovered had impacted most of the staff and I'm sure many other members. So the good news is that some of us should be returning! Danny hit on a few things and I would like to shed some light on a few more. I still remember when you joined the forum, you brought a lot of new a different ideas to an otherwise like minded community (I like a pot stirrer In my opinion, I think where we fall flat is accessibility. Specifically when it comes to the navigating the the site on a mobile device. We live in a generation where its instant gratification or nothing. Unfortunately our efforts to branch to a mobile app platform were squashed by activision and the app store due a frequent use of their IP (even though we are a non profit site). We see approximately 10% of the traffic that the codzombies reddit has seen in the last 90 days. The larger issue with this activity is that 90% of the users are guests and are unable to contribute to the site. I think with the exception of Twitter, we have tried and failed to launch anything substantial from these other platforms. @NaBrZHunter, @Rissole25, and several other banged out some great vids back in the day. Myself and Craig had a modest following on the Twitch channel (which I think I lost the login info for...). I think with the exception of Danny the PodcastDerToten team are mostly retired (I miss those dudes!). Unfortunately in all of these circumstances consistency has been our downfall. Personal lives always seem to overtake us one way or another and to be honest I think trying to tackle to much wears us thin. I think we need to get really good at just one thing and roll from there. However, to your point we could definitely help to facilitate more community driven initiatives. I think Danny already called it out that the featured streams plug in might just need to be updated, but I'm all in! Unfortunately that are not looking to collaborate. I spoke with them some time ago, and they did not want to muddy the waters by directing to multiple access points for the same information. I think that is a fair call out and I respect their decision. Funny enough this used to frustrate the shit out of me before I joined the staff in 2012. I would see all these folks on the staff and see problems not being fixed. At the time I spent more time on the forum than any every other users combined (it was a weird time for me). However, once I joined and saw all the activity logs of all the random back end shit that folks owned I gained a new respect for the team. Many actions are taken through the admin control panel and you would not see the activity reflected on the site. Our moderators with the exception of a few items have totally unrestricted access to the site and own many other responsibilities outside of typical moderator role. However full transparency, many have moved on or are just on a long break. Please keep in mind that everyone who works on the site is a volunteer and no one means to intentionally upset anyone by not maintaining aspects of the forum. Danny and I will be regrouping the team and determining if we have any coverage gaps as we approach BO4. This could mean some new opportunities to join the team could be on the horizon :). I'm blanking on the full logic behind this decision and it would have to be revisited. I think it was somewhere along the line of a ton of spamming which drove post counts, which unintentionally devalued more thoughtful posts in other sections of the forum. It could also be a factor of posts driving the divinium system (which I believe came some time after). I'll need to get a pulse on the section and get back to you, but I'm open to the suggestion. Thanks for all of the feedback and driving me log in. It helped us a fix a much larger issue! Best, Brent
  8. 2 points
    @The Meh You hit a lot of soft but necessary spots that need to be addressed. If anything, thank you for taking the time to really buckle down on it. Sometimes things need to be criticized in order to be seen / dealt with accordingly. As far as software is concerned...IPS (the forum we use) is the best kind out there. Sadly, they have garnered a bad reputation of pushing out too many updates quickly which causes great plugins we used to have to stop working, and screws with our design stylesheet in the backend since coding changes a bit. The result is a broken website and continuous updating which itself takes not only time but extra money. My concern, however, is having the forum very stabilized in terms of function and accessibility. The only plugins we truly depend on are the LFG, Donor system, and Awards. Even those come at risk. @JJMFP We used to have a streaming sidebar, but I think that plugin was no longer supported with newer versions sadly. My vision is very similar - having regular CoDZ streams perhaps 1/2x a week with some podcast-esque conversations such as the Unity series or popular topics. The aim would be to get other smaller streamers to join us for a game and shoot the shit (so to speak). Regardless, CoDZ appreciates you being a part of the community. We're super happy that you also proudly wear the Donor rank as well regardless (duh, helps in any way haha), but personally I can say I truly appreciate you (and every member here) for being a part of our family.
  9. 2 points
    There are many, many changes that need to be made not only to the software we use, but to CoDZ as a whole. I agree that we are a non-competitive community that has been hit by lack of activity due to rising platforms like Reddit and YouTube continuously gaining traction for quick info instead of lengthy discussion. This is very apparent. I agree that we need to strengthen the brand of CoDZ by establishing one universal identity instead of multiple names. I agree that changes regarding active staff may need to come into play. We have a new team of Dwellers that still float around but due to lack of activity, makes their roles much harder. These will also be expanded to give them more training ground and pave way to potential new staff. I agree that reviving the Wiki and making adjustments to the flow and structure of this site for BO4 is crucial to coming back into the light. The big one that struck me was @Lenne's comment. People want the sense of community, but the majority are not willing to contribute for it. Comments get tossed around, and larger discussions have gone under. I was glazing over Twitter a month or two ago and someone mentioned us while talking about storyline to another user and the person said, "I'd visit their site since they got a lot of info but it's like an old library". And that's what I realized - we're a library of Zombies intel. We may not having a pulsating and over-saturated community like we used to, but we have archived topics and threads that literally show the very foundation and beginning of Zombies as a whole. If a library is what we are to be people, I have no problem with that. But change to stay afloat is absolutely necessary. I'm taking all these comments in as good criticism. Thank you.
  10. 2 points
    Well, I attribute the lack of activity to the quality of games that was come out. Take WWII for example. It held your hand through the EE and I beat them with ease. Bored and done with that game, I saw no need to even get on this website. I didn't care what people were saying about the story or gameplay because it didn't interest me. This is evident by the amount of posts that the Final Reich got. Black Ops 4 has not even come out and there are more posts than the previous edition already. Now, this forum seems to lean real heavy towards Treyarch. After all, they are the originators. We could be doing more to garner a younger crowd. With this iteration of zombies, which I wholeheartedly believe will be an epic game changer, there will likely be a whole new group of players that may find this forum interesting. Who knows, it might even inspire them to contribute on a level we have never seen. We are starting another storyline and the last time that happened, the world lost their mind searching for Route B. I am optimistic this season and if Black Ops 4 is the kind of game that I think it is going to be, we will be playing it for a few years to come. Now would a great time to freshen up, but lets be sure not to lose the simplicity. That is the best part for me. BTW, I plan on destroying a good week online when it comes out. I probably wont even touch multiplayer for a month or longer. I like the idea of twitch. Maybe I'll start some broadcasting. I'll let you know.
  11. 1 point
    You might remember the butterflies in Grief, when you knife or shoot an "enemy" player. He won't blood, he won't die: He will release a group of butterflies. Butterflies are seen in Kino der Toten too. Do they have any meaning? Well, yes. In fact, the butterflies predicted the Aether and Multiverse. Our physical space is observed to have three large spatial dimensions, with a higher dimension being the Aether. Please read @AetherialVoices's topic before this one. The third dimension, the one we live in, has three variables. An x, y, and a z axis. this allows what we call three-dimensional or "real" shapes to exist. The second dimension has two variables: The x and Y axis. We as three-dimensional beings are able to manipulate the second dimension. Think about drawing something on a flat paper (I know, paper has a Z-axis too, but you get the point). In that way, higher dimensions can manipulate our three-dimensional dimension. This theory explains powerups, wall weapons, the magic box, teleportation and matter transference. Imagine 3D as a paper (2D), and the Aether as 3D (I'm going to steal this one from you, Aetherial). You (now a 4D being) write two points on the paper (now 3D). How to get from point A to point B? Just double up the paper and sting a hole at point A. Now it directly leads to point B and voila: You've got a 4D rift, also known as a wormhole. Now I read this afterwards, I see how bad I am in explaining. Hope you understand it. Anyway, IF you understand it, it seems logical that the Aether is one dimension above us, the fourth dimension. Well I don’t think that’s the case. I think the Aether is the Eleventh Dimension. Our 3D's, the 4D (which might be time, and 6 unimaginable hyperspaces above that: The 10th dimension unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: electromagnetism, the strong and weak nuclear forces, and gravity. The 11th dimension kinda hold many 10 dimensions together. With this, the 11th dimension explains all of the particles and fundamental forces of nature by modelling them as vibrations of tiny supersymmetric strings. This theory is called the Superstring Theory. Are you interested in this? Take a look at this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory (10D) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstring_theory (11D) I wish you luck. I excluded most of the stuff said on these pages because I only understood about 10% of everything said there, so there might be some interesting and usable information there. We're moving on. The M-theory is a theory in physics that unifies all consistent versions of the superstring theory (the Eleventh Dimension). The "M" stands for mystery, magic and mother…. Or Monty? You must know that string theorists had identified five versions of superstring theory. Although these theories appeared, at first, to be very different, the M-theory proves that they relate to each other pretty much. Apparently the String-theories could be unified by mathematical transformations called S-duality and T-duality. The M-theory is based in part on the existence of these dualities and in part on the relationship of the string theories to a field theory called eleven-dimensional supergravity. Now some real brain-killing information explains all this stuff, but trust me, you don’t want to see that. Just remember the fact that the M-theory unifies the different "versions" of the 11th dimension. Now finally we are getting at the butterflies. You might have hear of the butterfly effect: the concept that small causes can have large effects. The butterfly effect is an important part of the "Chaos Theory". Directly copied from wikipedia: Chaos theory is a branch of mathematics focused on the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. 'Chaos' is an theory stating that within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, self-organization, and reliance on programming at the initial point known as sensitive dependence on initial conditions. The butterfly effect describes how a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The exponential growth of deviations is a property of the instability of the system itself and can be expressed by the Lyapunov exponent (lambda). There exist three kinds of Lyapunov exponents: • L < 0 There is no chaos • L = 0 The system is neutral • L > 0 The system is chaotic In modern cosmology, the mathematical chaos theory is also used. According to some interpretations of the M-theory is "our" universe, a bubble (with infinite numbers of different universes-bubbles) floats in a multidimensional chaos. For this far this theory. A short summary: The Aether is the 11th dimension, being able to manipulate every dimension beneath. Every 3D universe (the Multiverse) floats in a multidimensional chaos. If you feel like I only understand the half of all what I just said, you're right. But we are getting closer to the understanding of the Aether.
  12. 1 point
    ...I think it's time I come clean. I love CoDz. Truthfully. I don't think I would be able to have moved forward in life and learned the things I have through it if I didn't have CoDz in the first place. In a way... I owe some people the life I live and the perspectives I hold to this day. Honestly. I feel as though... truthfully, I had started here a smaller person, a less secure and fragile person... and grew myself up from the people around me. In a way... I can't say I'm any more happy about that. I've written post after post after post after post exclaiming my gratitude, how I can't possibly convey it higher than I already do. ...it kind of hurts to say that it might be the problem, though. I think I've used people. Honestly. I look back to times two to three years back, and all I can think of is how poorly I acted, how I leeched onto others for assistance and shunned and cast aside those that wouldn't see my way... and I never got to say anything to atone for what I did after realizing it. I wouldn't be surprised if a small number of people left CoDz from seeing how bitter a person I was. ...I can say I know some people that probably did. I was vocal plenty about Voyager... and we've addressed it together. In regards to him, I'm glad to be on good terms again... but this post isn't about Voyager. I want to atone for what I've said and done between two different people. Whether or not they see it, or care to read it... or come back in general. I would feel better of conscience either way. So... to @Tasha and @Slade, if this reaches either of you, and you get the chance to read this, this post is for you. I don't want to tear myself up about it, though I feel it's probably already bore some claws before. But... I was a menace, back in the day, and never saw eye to eye with either of you. I gave you guys a bad mentality. I pictured both of you with a cursed, black aura. I read the things you would say to us in chat and in certain posts and looked down at it because I believed it was vitriol... slanderous poison. I thoroughly hated both of you... and had convictions enough to believe all my reasoning for holding that grudge was worth it. But I was wrong to say or do anything like that. You two were just people. People that were doing their best to reign in the kid that couldn't see he was doing wrong. If this post reaches you two, I pray you don't see this as a baseless outcry. I want to instill meaning into each word when I come forth and say that... to all of this, I'm humbled... and apologize... and I'd have it no other way to be vocal and have this be in a post like this, public and all. In a way, I want you guys to know that I've grown from the person I used to be. ...in a way, I feel like everyone deserves to know that same thing. I don't ever want to be considered someone to deviate in a way that shames others. I don't want to ever see myself look unto others in malicious intent, or to leech onto them like I feel I've done before. I want to see myself different from who I once was... and I do! But I don't feel right to forget what brought me to the mentality of today... and I think, in a way, to atone for what I've done would help that. So, from the bottom of my heart, I'm apologizing to any that have been victim to that. I'm glad to still be on this site each and every day, and could never be any more thankful about that than I am in this present moment. ...so... yeah. I don't really know what else to say. Per aspera ad astra. -The Meh
  13. 1 point
    [UPDATE (9/5/18)]: I'm going to completely overhaul the OP here and use it to list the unsolved ciphers that we have left to solve. Kudos to @RadZakpak and @WaterKH on that end. ...also this thread helped. Let's get into this thing. ========================================================================================= The Giant (1 unsolved ; 1 solved): Der Eisendrache (1 unsolved): Gorod Krovi (2 unsolved): Revelations (10 unsolved): (...jesus fuckin' christ, man...) COMIC CIPHERS: Issue #3 (1 unsolved): Issue #4 (all solved): =============================================================================== ...for the sake of context... holy shit, this took a lot more time than I thought it would to gather it. Anyways... in an attempt to call back to the sanctity that was this OP, I'm gonna "obligatorily" mention @MrRoflWaffles. Just because I can, really... but also because he's one of the only other person I can imagine would be able to give attention to this stuff. That said, guys! Per aspera ad astra. -The Meh
  14. 1 point
    Yeah I do miss MMX as well, back in the day he was active in every corner of the forum. I do also fondly remember our pm exchanges. Well... most of them at least, wasn't always easy to deal with MMX for me at least, but I guess that is called character development or something along those lines. haha All in all I do miss him, but I still occasionaly try to make time for watching some of his videos. Mocking was also a difficult character in my opinion, but one can't deny that he had an impact on this forum.
  15. 1 point
    Chapter 6 It takes Friedrich five days to reach allied forces. Weak, and to the point of total exhaustion, he all but dies into the first German soldier's arms he sees. The last remaining thoughts were those of his comrades succumbing to the nerve gas that was drop right on top of them. He is not sure, but he attributes his new found chemical superpowers to the reason he is still living today. As he finally rests his eyes, his body releases and falls limp and just like that, Friedrich can finally sleep. He wakes up, two days later, in a military hospital just outside the front lines. Waiting for him were two men. The first is Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, obviously there to congratulate him on his resilience and determination. After all, he was the one to give the final order for the deployment of the nerve gas and it intrigued him that a man could escape the effects and survive. His presence also meant that he was taking a genuine interest in the soldier and wanted to be a part of his debriefing. Not exactly normal operations, but in this case, there would definitely be an exception. The other person in the room was none other than Dr. Peter Staub. It was exciting to see their test subject so durable. Itching to run tests and crunch data, it was time to take Friedrich out of Crimea and back to the homeland. They are scheduled to leave no later than 3 p.m. The briefing took about an hour, and Friedrich's account of what had happened was detailed enough that Peter Straub gave an eerie glance over to Richthofen at least twice. Obviously, gassing his test subject is proving to be a sore spot with Straub. However, Straub concludes that if it had not happened in the first place, there would be no new data to gain so for now, he bites his tongue. When it came time to leave, Friedrich was ushered to the flight line in a wheelchair. Still weak from the ordeal, he has not quite gotten his strength back and required it to traverse any extensive amount of distance that did not involve a handle rail of some kind. Him and Straub boarded the helicopter. The flight will take about 5 and a half hours, and duridng it, Straub has a full compliment of questions that he wants answered. Everything from stool regularity to meals he ate in the last three weeks. He wanted to know every little detail so that when the data is analyzed, every variable can be accounted for. You know German doctors are extremely anal about having all the information that they can possibly get their hands on. Friedrich coughs loudly a few times during the interrogation, or at least that is how it seemed, and felt the need to clear his throat more than once. Still feeling foggy, Friedrich wondered when the haze would finally lift. He doesn't mention this haze to the doctor, partly because the doctor doesn't ask and he just assumes that the hazy fog in his head is due to the nerve agent leaving his body. It was normal, right? He will be back to killing Russians in now time. No doubt that he would return to full strength in a few days. The helicopter lands at the facility and a team is awaiting, eager to get the subject back into the lab. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to conduct some real genuine scientific breakthroughs. The facility could not be more abuzz.
  16. 1 point
    This was during our moderator romance days @InfestLithium
  17. 1 point
    Wow. A hint towards Origins...
  18. 1 point
    On one hand I don’t know how they can cap off a storyline 10 years in the making with just this map and Classiefied. But on the other, I don’t know where else they could go with this. Let’s hope the Chaos crew takes off successfully.
  19. 1 point
    Chapter 4 "Mr. President, I think that you may want to take a look at this," said the Defense Secretary, in a hushed and low voice. The meeting with the Speaker of the House about tax reform was going to have to be rescheduled. The President politely excused himself, promising to reconvene at a later date. "What is it Bret?" The President and the Secretary have been on a first name basis since their attendance back in West Point. "There seems to be some increased activity as of late in Germany's north eastern area's, especially near Berlin. Intelligence suggests that the Third Reich is developing some form of chemical weapon." This perked the President up a bit as they walked back to the Oval Office. "Chemical weapons, huh," replied the President, "that is not a new development. What is all the rush and secrecy for?" The Defense Secretary took one look at the President and exclaimed, "Frank, you should probably just see for your self." The manila folder was just as plain as the day it was made. No markings anywhere gave no clue that the contents inside where of the highest classification and clearance. As a break from every protocol and rule in the department, this information was meant to be "off the books" because of it's sensitive nature. As it turns out, America has had informants and agents in Germany since before the 1932 election. It was a good thing too, because after the Hindenburg incident, the Reichstag Fire Decree began, nullifing civil liberties and paving the way to dictatorship. Inside the folder were two documents. The first one was a photograph of a particularly nondescript building with a full parking lot and a heavy security presence. The second was a hand written paragraph just barely legible, almost as if it were written in a hurry or under a lot of stress. The letter read: 11021941 The compound has come to life in the last couple of weeks. I have noticed more than usual traffic in and out of the facility. An informant on the inside has confided that there is security measures for the far east wing of the building. Only few enter and even fewer seem to leave. Dr. Peter Straub has been seen entering and leaving the compound regularly and the source claims that he is also in and out of the restricted area. Recent events are notable. Last Friday, Heinrich Himmler was seen entering the building. He stayed four hours and left. NF "Peter Straub? What does Himmler want with Straub," the President asked. "He is nothing but an SS concentration camp officer." The Defense Secretary responded, "that is what we had thought initially as well. Why Himmler needs an SS officer is beyond me. He doesn't have any chemical background. It just does not make sense." As they both continue to converse, an aid walks in and hands the President the daily briefing documents. A sort of hush filled the air until she was gone. "I want to know everything there is to know on this Peter Straub. The more we find out about him, the sooner we can see the bigger picture. I want up to date intel as you get it, and Bret," the president asks in a hushed tone, "keep this thing under your belt. I don't need anymore surprises." "Not a problem Frank," replied the Secretary,"you just stay on message and I assure you that your legacy will be intact." As the Defense secretary turns and leaves, the President adds one final thought. "Oh, and Bret, make sure you tell Kelly that I am sorry to hear about her mother." The Secretary nodded and out he walked. Spinning around in his chair and looking out the grand windows before him, The President of the United States pondered whether or not they should begin talking about intervening in the war. He will bring it up the next time they meet. As for now, the only thing else on his mind is that Thanksgiving Turkey and Gravy.
  20. 1 point
    Chapter 3 The first day of testing is under way and everything is looking great. It has been noted that the test subjects stamina on the treadmill has increased slightly over the course of the test and that is a very promising sign of positive progress. The test subject has a moderate heart rate and there does not seem to be any additional signs of stress on the respiratory and vascular system. The O2 levels are normal and body temperature is stable throughout the test. For the first test, the subject has performed well beyond any and all expectations that the group has had. Still, Dr. Straub is hesitant to report any findings as of yet. There is still a possibility that the subjects immune system will reject the treatment and induce an allergic reaction. As the day goes forward, the data continues to roll in. Scientists are pouring over every minute detail and documenting everything. The subsequent stress tests, the echocardiogram and the nuclear tests, have provided invaluable data on how the subjects heart is responding to the chemical. Naturally, being in the German Military, the subjects overall fitness was above average to begin with so it came as no surprise that he would excel in the physical demands of stress testing. The real question is, are the data points garnered from the test an accurate indication of increased performance or is the subject just outperforming his usual routine. Only time will tell, and Straub is not in the habit of rushing to conclusions only to have to walk them back later. After all, the reason he was chosen for this patriotic task was because the Führer trusted and respected his judgement and expertise. Around 1:15, during the blood draw to check saturation levels, the subject recalled an increase in motivation and energy. This could be the effects of the testing and have been noted in the log. The blood samples are sent to the lab for analysis in unmarked vials so that the integrity of the tests be kept classified. There are contingencies in place and protocols to ensure that the samples are never left unsupervised. The lab technicians need not know what they are test, just that they are running routine blood panels to look for contaminates in the sample. Besides, they are not qualified to read any of the samples so the risk for data breach and leaks are almost non-existent. The samples come back clean. There are trace amounts of 115 in the blood and are consistent throughout the tests indicating that the subjects immune system is accepting the dosage. By days end, the first battery of test all look promising. The group, along with Dr. Straub, are all feeling accomplished despite being so early in the process. An air of confidence fills the group as they close out the day and they just can't help but smile at one another on the way out the security gates. On the drive home, Straub contemplates the days ahead and thinks to himself how beneficial this could be, not only to him but to his country as well. If only they knew the great lengths Hitler is going through to secure a vibrant future for them. "Ich frage mich, ob es ihnen überhaupt etwas ausmachen würde", he wondered. Times seem to be dim these days, with war and sacrifices being made everyday, it is likely that any development would be diminished by the ever growing dismay that the country seems to be feeling. As he pulls into the driveway of his military housing, he takes a look in the rear view mirror and asks himself whether or not all these years are worth the fact that he still lives alone and has no family to pass on the legacy that he is about to leave. He turns the car off and exits as he grabs his briefcase from the passenger seat. Work is never done. For the next four hours, he will be analyzing and studying every data and log entry trying to find a single anomaly. This will be the new normal for the weeks to come. At the end of the night, Dr. Straub will sleep but will still be haunted by fears of failure in his dreams. There is no escape from his reality and in the morning, he will do it all over again like a well oiled machine. Over the course of the week, the subject has shown consistent improvement. The weekly data, sent to the top government officials, show growth in all areas in the subjects physiology but has lacked in cognitive advancement. That is probably for the best. The Führer is probably fine with having strong soldiers that have no capacity for individual thought. The end of week one could not have gone any better. After three solid weeks of results, the subject has seemed to peak. Blood saturation levels are steady and all physical attributes are measured out to be a roughly 95% increase from the baseline that was established days before the test. Since there is a rush for production, the first internment camp shipment is due to be shipped within the next few months. The subject is now free to move about the facility in designated areas and any risk of contamination is at a low. Subsequent blood tests on involved staff are negative of any element and it is considered to be a non-contagion substance. The need for PPE is unnecessary and the level of security has been lowered by one degree. For all intents and purposes, Germany has engineered a super soldier and is poised to become the next world superpower.
  21. 1 point
    It's so great to be back to a place that I've called home for a long time. Some of the older members may remember my face Boy what a time away it's been, and have I missed every one of you guys and this great community. I guess it's only rigjt I give you all a little explanation. The past year has been tough, I've really not had much time for gaming as to why I've not been around here. To cut a long story short, I lost a very close family remember and also 2 great friends in the past year and due to this I've had no motivation what so ever. A lot of my time has been spent grieving I guess, and also work. I haven't forgot about any of you, to be honest I've missed the community. With the hype of BO4 I'm really glad to be back just in time to start producing content again and helping out. Thanks to everyone who has ever supported me on here, you are all amazing!
  22. 1 point
    Chapter 2 The dawn has yet to come and the facility is already teeming with energy. Friedrich awoke at 4 am and began the rigorous sterilization process so as to not contaminate the specimen. It first began with a clean body shave and a steaming hot shower and a body scrub to ensure that there were no dead skin cells or hair on the body. Afterwards, he was taken to a class 100000 clean room where he was dried by chemically treated oxygen and nitrogen. Once clean, he was dressed in a microfiber body suit, complete with cap and booties. From this point on, there will be no unauthorized contact with the test subject and proper safeguard measures will be utilized going further. At exactly 7:30, a glass sliding door opened up and Friedrich was instructed to proceed down the hall. The hall was layered with two-way mirrored glass down the length. Observation of the test subject is extremely important. At the end of the hall of glass, he is ushered into a small ultraviolet holding room and is blasted by ultraviolet light for a brief amount of time as a precaution. So much is riding on this test for anything to be left to chance. Once on the other side of the sterilization unit, Friedrich turns left, down another mirrored but smaller hallway, and approaches a stainless steel door, void of any markings or adornments of any kind. For the sake of sterility, it is just a plain faced door that has no handle or window. Beyond this door is Lab 1, or at least that is what it reads on the placard to the right of the door. Before Friedrich can finish reading the placard, the door opens and an air curtain blows down the same treated air mixture from earlier. Friedrich walks through. This is where Fredrich is met by three men, all bio-hazardly suited up in the traditional white lab jumpers and helmets with their own oxygen supply. He is led to a simple gurney and is strapped down. Probably for the best. It is right in this moment that his love for his country falters and he begins to fear the procedure at hand. Never had he ever felt so vulnerable and helpless. The leather straps remind him of cold dead skin and the stainless steel under him was as forgiving as a knife. Dread was a good way to put it, as if you would have expected anything else. The hustling about the lab had begun and the three scientists were working diligently to finish the prep work required for the procedure. Never at any time did anyone ever refer to the procedure as an "experiment." To keep visuals on the up and up, the scientists took a more scientific approach and defined it as a science based actuality that was fool proof and backed by truth and facts, when really, it was all a shot in the dark. Be that as it may, they were required to show results and that is exactly what today was going to do. Whether or not the soldier dies is irrelevant. One way or the other, there will be data gained by the procedure. Dr. Straub secured an injector and walked over to the cold storage to gain a sample of the serum. As he was doing this, the other two men were prepping Fredrichs skin and running a fluid IV in the other arm. Because of the sensitive nature of the serum, it must be injected directly into muscle fibers. The arm's triceps are a particularly good candidate for injections. The patient need not to get up and walk around to flex and work the muscle. All that can be accomplished while being strapped to the gurney. A few minutes later, Dr. Straub reemerges with the sample in hand. The injection is to be conducted at exactly 9:00 am. There is only a short amount of time that the sample can be away from cold storage before the isotopes fail and decay begins. It is thirty seconds and counting from injection. The countdown clock on the wall to Friedrich left is a visual reminder of the dread and uncertainty that he is feeling, ever growing with every tick. The tension in the room can be felt to the touch, heavy and cold as a mass of weighted steel on your chest. Even though you cannot see through the mirrored windows that line the north end of the lab, you just know that someone important is watching and waiting. Waiting for what? Success? Failure? The inevitability is but 10 seconds away. Friedrich takes a deep breath and contemplates his future as the clock ticks to 3 seconds out. There is only time for one last thought. He doesn't think of family or friends. The last thought on Friedrichs mind is..... Just like that, the ordeal is over. The injection is in and the testing begins. Friedrich does not feel anything but the sharp sting of the auto-injector and its needle. There is no immediate gasp of air or gripping death struggle. Everything seems to be going as planned. Straub and the other two men are scurrying about reading vitals and checking pupil dilation. For all intents and purposes, the procedure was a success. The rest of the day, Friedrich was monitored and not allowed to move from the gurney. The stability of 115 was proving to be strong enough to survive any antibodies that body might have. It was around 4:15 p.m. when the decision to call the day was made. Friedrich was led to a medical observation room where he would endure a full battery of tests. The scientists scrubbed out and decontaminated themselves. The first day proved to be a successful one and they each looked at the other and surmised that everything was going well. The next steps will be the exciting part. For country and Führer, they have done some remarkable work here. There is no doubt in there mind that they have made history.
  23. 1 point
    Well, with streaming on Twitch, I can Rep the website. Let viewers know that we have an active LFG, tell them about the content and community, as well as the overall content. We are not just another forum. I feel that we have a lot to offer. Just look at the good work "Unity Series". We have talent, we just need more exposure. I feel that this is not a DEVs job alone. It is my duty, as a donor, to take some form off responsibility for the success of this forum. I may not have donated much to the cause but I am proud of this title. We just need people that have the same mindset. I can see sunny days. Like I said before, this site buzzes a lot more during Treyarch years. The uptick will be coming!
  24. 1 point
    \ I know this has been brought up before, but with the new changes to the franchise as of late, I can't resist the urge to revisit it. With Treyarchs changes to Black Ops 4 and the healthy backing that they get for their rendition of Call of Duty's Zombies, the argument for a stand alone game is getting greater and greater. If everything is about money and in order to keep earnings in a positive direction with such an aging franchise, it seems like a no brainer that this will soon come to pass. It has to be done right though. Here is how I would like to see it done. The introduction of a campaign mode - I see that they nixed the campaign for Black Ops IV, but this is probably not a permanent change. With the spin-off of a stand alone Zombies game, the campaign will return. This is just one foreseeable change that is evident by the heavy concentration to Zombies in BLOPS IV. For the campaign, there will be a solid story and objectives that will be a must play before the multiplayer action gets started. It should set the tone for the ultimate story and left unfinished so that the story continues throughout the DLC. No Easter Egg in Campaign. That is reserved for the DLC maps. Without doing the Easter Egg, the story will remain a bit of a mystery. Think of the Campaign as a Prequel to the action. Challenges - I know that we have seen challenges in the past, but I want to see a comprehensive challenge system that actually engages the player and rewards them considerably for completing. These challenges should unlock weapons, perks, and other necessary items like grenades. Just think about it, all perks available in the multiplayer must be unlocked in order to use and there can only be four in the map at one time. With Choosing perks in BLOPS IV, this is could be where they are heading. I like that Idea! It would make Zombies fresh again. Different perks for different maps. New perks introduced. The possibilities!!!! Comprehensive Matchmaking - Ever been match-made with a set of turds? I would love to see a matchmaking system that keeps players of certain level ranges together. No more single prestige level ones screwing EE's up, even with a mic. Speaking of Mics, this system should be customizable to find players with mics, looking to do EE runs or survival. These are not unreasonable expectations, are they? Game Modes - I would also like to see the return of game modes such as grief, but on a larger scale. Also, a survival based multiplayer mode that can feature more than 4 players trying to survive as long as they can in a larger map than normal, think twice the size of a traditional map and harder than the casual EE multiplayer maps. They only need to make one of these maps per season. That's right, lets think long term. With that said... Longevity and Seasonal Content - I am not talking multiplayer here. That is probably just a year of DLCs. What I am talking about is the aforementioned large scale survival map. Whether it be a "Fortnite" style of map, with the encroaching fog and teams who last the longest or a more unique multiplayer option with many players trying to survive as long as possible in a harder and more challenging experience. A season is a year, maybe. And after that, the next season will feature a new map. Probably a season pass for that, but like "Fortnite" can be payed for or earned through game play. These are the basics of where I think this franchise is heading, and I tell you what, it would be a welcome change. I think it would do better than expected and I believe the DEVs are noticing this as well. Zombies have evolved into a game of its own. It is only a matter of time. Do you feel the same?
  25. 1 point
    I agree with a lot of your points, and I feel like the forum is a sort of stand-still, not really at the fault of anybody in particular. I'm sure it has been considered in the past to add new Admins and Mods, but the issue with that lies in finding people to trust with that kind of power. First the current admins have to be active enough to keep up with the best, most trusted users, and then they have to hand-select them, and further than that, the person they select has to WANT to be an admin and dedicate their time to the forum for free. I imagine for most people here, playing Zombies started out as a pastime in a time in our lives when we had time to spare. I know that is certainly the case for me. It's been nearly ten years since the community dug in its roots and has grown. Some change certainly needs to happen if the forum will be as active as it once was, but I can understand the struggle to be motivated enough to do it after so long. I know I struggle to find the time for the Storybook, and when I have the time I struggle with the motivation. I think your ideas are on point, though. I think a large update/revamp to the site + wiki around the time of Black Ops IV's release would do well to bring some people back. I wish I could help more in this and could check in here more often.
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