- WELCOME…..TO THE DOWN UNDER SQUADRON (DUS) -
Sticking with mainly AUS and NZ members means we alleviate a laggy gaming experience. In saying that, DUS is a proud member of the GGN (Good Game Network) which is a group of great communities, whom mostly are USA based. We often get together for some great mixers and skirmishes.
We were the first group from the Southern Hemisphere to ever be granted acceptance into the GGN, an achievement we hold high with pride.
We affiliate ourselves with other quality Australian and New Zealand communities, but unfortunately there aren’t many that last….Unlike DUS J
We’ve been around for 3+ years now and plan on being around for a lot longer, so please feel free to make this your one stop gaming shop.....your new virtual home.
We also have players that play a select few titles often. These lads and lasses tend to be our more skilled and competitive individuals. So if you’d like to improve your game, in whatever it is, just ask – we offer plenty of 1 on 1 practice training sessions for all our DUS family.
As with many gaming communities our roots go right back to Halo 2 and 3, with Halo Reach being the foundation that gave birth to the DUS community as you now see it. We’re now at a point where we all want DUS to be so much more.
We’re proud of what we’ve got going here, and as long as your committed to enjoying your gaming experience with a great bunch of people, then your more than welcome to come in and be a part of the DUS experience.
So come on in, put your feet up, grab an ale and start hanging out with friends that you simply wouldn't find anywhere else.
New members are restricted by the following pre-requisites:
· You MUST be 18 or older
· Your application must be 100% complete
· Your ENJIN PROFILE MUST include the following:
o Gamer Tag (Under Info Tab)
o Profile Picture Uploaded
Once you have been accepted, you will attain the beginner’s rank of "Inductee”. As an Inductee you will be placed on a 14 day probation period, during your probation period you must do the following:
· Introduce yourself in the "Introductions” portion of our forums
· Visit the "Members” tab and start sending a few friends requests to current members (remember you can view gamer tag details in each members profile under their ‘Info’ tab)
· Play a few games with current DUS members who will then vouch for your activity during your probation period.
- CODE OF CONDUCT AND VALUES -
Once a member has received the rank of Recruit, they will have 1 month to amend their gamer tag to include the DUS Prefix. Your gamer tag will need to start with DUS (in capitals) followed by a space and then continue with the rest of your tag (eg.DUS CYBER or DUS Riggs).
1 month should give a new recruit enough time to determine whether DUS is definitely for them for the long term.
DUS in turn, ONLY want members that have every intention of staying for years and that appreciate what DUS has to offer them in return, hence wearing our DUS Badge is the ultimate sign of respect and pride.
We’re not a serious group in terms of competitiveness, but we are serious about who and what we are – we are what we wear.
The other benefits from having a united form of gamer tag include:
· Appear as a formidable force no matter what game we team up in
· Appear professional
· Inspire questions from others who notice that we’re part of a professional group
· Can easily refer new recruits to our friends list so that they can add anyone who’s GT starts with DUS
· You will then be entitled to enlist in clan battles and tournaments
- ACTIVITY -
DUS isn’t only about gaming on XBL, it’s also about sharing in the DUS Community as a whole, and to allow us to all do this – we created our own website (Head Quarters). It’s taken a lot of effort to get our HQ to where it is, so do us the courtesy of visiting HQ as frequently as possible.
Your HQ activity must include:
· A visit to HQ once every 4 weeks minimum, to post something….anything (even if it’s just a ‘Hi, I’m still alive’ post in the shoutbox).
· If there is ZERO activity recorded over any 1 month period without any notice given in the "Leave” forum, then your membership will be terminated.
Your XBL activity should:
· Include teaming up with other DUS members whenever possible. Sometimes gamers like chilling on our own and that’s ok – just use HQ to announce that’s what you’re up to and to stay connected with the team.
- TRAINING SESSIONS -
DUS run organised training groups from time to time.
These are usually organised by our Weapon Masters.
· So if any of this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place.
- CASUAL PLAY -
· So if any of this sounds like you, then you’re still in the right place.
- EXTENDED LEAVE -
Real life is always going to stop us from gaming at some stage, but this doesn’t mean that you have to retire from DUS, or even worse, just drop and run.
Simply hit the "Absence of Leave” forum and post a thread telling everyone what’s going on and roughly how long you think you’ll be.
We’re happy to be flexible, after all we’re all about keeping our members for the long haul, and being an ‘older’ group of gamers, we can sympathise and understand what real life can be all about.
- MEDALS -
DUS has its own range of medals that each member can earn during their time here with us. You can view any of your awarded medals to the left of your profile screen (and those of your fellow mates). You start earning medals as soon as you hit Recruit.
And feel free to add your own ideas for medals in the same thread.
You have started off on one hell of an adventure and you’ve found a virtual family that’s hard to beat.
You’ve got 14 days to show us that your mad keen to be a part of DUS.
Congratulations!! You’ve passed your induction and made it through your 14 day probation; you have now earned the rank of Recruit.
From here you will have a further month, to fully commit yourself to the DUS cause.
So you’re here to stay!
To have ranked up to Spartan, you have obviously proven yourself worthy. By being active and changing your gamer tag to include the DUS Badge (DUS Prefix).
You are now able to participate in inter clan battles, skirmishes, competitions and tournaments.
To obtain the rank of Brigadier, simply takes time.
It’s purely a sign that you have been with us and active for over 6 months.
A Weapon Master is someone that is willing to help other members increase their skills in certain areas.
These guys are skilled and are happy to share their wisdom on the virtual battlefield.
We’re not here to be MLG Pro’s but everyone can improve their which means you’ll enjoy your game even more.
A General’s sole role is to fill in and help all other "Leader” Ranks.
Don’t let the small write up fool you, these guys know their stuff!
· Forum content
· In house competitions
· External mixers, skirmishes or challenges
· Competitive ladders/tournaments
· General Assembly Member @ GGN
· Inform members via XBL of important information
Forerunner (Second In Command)
Much like the General the 2IC is more than capable of handling everything and filling in.
The 2IC also has full admin functionalities and authorities to the same level as the Leader, hence he can fill in where ever needed.
In addition to this, the Forerunner is also in charge of all graphic and media representations at DUS HQ.
He keeps the ball rolling and the clock ticking. He is the driving force and creative mind behind DUS.
He operates with a "See a need….Fill a need” methodology, and having created DUS – he knows how to tackle most things (not all, I’m still learning).
The Forerunner and Reclaimer process ALL new applications.
- SUPPORT -
We will be supporting both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, until such a time that there isn’t much need in supporting the Xbox 360.
We’re also very big on supporting our members, it’s what friends do.
Our HQ offers a private messaging service, so if you ever need to speak to anyone privately feel free to do so.
Not matter what the issue, real life or gaming related – please know that you can speak to us.
Being a member of DUS means you’re hanging out with people that care, always remember that.
- IN SUMMARY -
DUS is a gaming lifestyle.
It’s a virtual family, where you will come to know everyone by their real names.
You’ll know what makes each other tick, we’re all good friends here.
We are casual at heart, but have a competitive streak also.
We cater for gamers who want to ‘own’ in matchmaking.
We cater for gamers who want to feel like their part of something special.
We cater for the casual gamer….
We cater for the competitive gamer….so in effect we cater for all gamers, so long as they’re a good person and easy to get along with.
We’re structured, professional and have pride in what we are and we welcome you to the team.
We’re all about Quality NOT Quantity!
Remember……Wars not about who’s RIGHT…..It’s about who’s LEFT!