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07/23/16 02:51 PM PLACATED BECOMES KGBS THIRD FEDERAL CHIEF OF STAFF by JetStar

PLACATED BECOMES KGB'S THIRD FEDERAL CHIEF OF STAFF


Originally Posted By: KGB Articles of Confederation, Section 3, Clause 5
Clause 5: Faction authority applies to the specific assigned faction only. Officers may visit and be involved in other factions, but do not carry cross faction authority.

The following represents the chain of command listing command ranks only:

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

GM10 - High King/High Queen
----- GM5 - King/Queen
--------- GM4 - Prime Ministers
-------------GM3 - Chief of Staff

The rank of Chief of Staff is not defined in the Constitution. The Chief of Staff carries out day to day operations in service to the federal government. They carry the authority of the (GM10) High King / High Queen or (GM5) King / Queen but may only act in their service and not independently.


In support of the KGB Federal Government, Placated will have the following duties and privileges
  • KGB Oracle Administrator Access
  • Access to KGB Web Accounts
  • Able to process applications and Knight KGB Citizens
  • Powers to complete all the day to day operations of KGB

I wanted to thank Placated for the extraordinary commitment to KGB and her willingness to take on these duties. She follows in the foot steps of the previous two famous KGB Chiefs of Staff, KGB Prime Minister Elph, and KGB Prime Minister Valaria.

Please join me in congratulating her.

Now that we are fully staffed in the federal faction, we will move to a more regular schedule for processing forms, promotions, court cases, and applications. This means that we will be actively processing two times a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) instead of sporadically as we are now.

Stay tuned as COS Placated is beginning her training today.

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07/17/16 12:46 PM NEVER APPROVE TEAMSPEAK ACCESS WITHOUT VALIDATION by JetStar

NEVER APPROVE TEAMSPEAK ACCESS WITHOUT VALIDATION




Recent attempts by KGB enemies have been made to compromise our infrastructure. This includes:
  • Posing as KGB Members or Leaders to get admin access to KGB TeamSpeak
  • DDOS Attacks against KGB Server resources.
  • SSH attempts to hack KGB Server resources.

Always use a secondary means of validation before granting access to any KGB service.
  • Leverage KGB Slack to validate with a Direct Message
  • Oracle private message
  • Oracle SHOUTBOX message

ALL MEMBERS SHOULD SIGN UP FOR KGB SLACK TODAY.
This is the only way to say informed in the case of a TS or Oracle outage.

It is up to each of us to keep KGB services online and secure.
Thank you for your attention and action.

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07/16/16 08:09 PM A COURAGEOUS APOLOGY 14 YEAR LATER by JetStar

A COURAGEOUS APOLOGY 14 YEAR LATER


I stumbled across this today as I was processing KGB's 993rd Knight today. I made this post in 2012 just after I received a PM from a person involved in an incident long ago. This is an example of the longevity of this organization, and how many folks literally grew up with us. Please enjoy


I was surprised to find the following email in my inbox:
Originally Posted By: Matt (AKA Counselor Nether)
Hello,

Long ago when I was a young teenager in middle school, I stole an UO counselor account of an internet friend and proceeded to kill a bunch of innocent people in Ultima Online by transporting them to jail and having them executed and having their goods taken. It was a pretty horrible thing to do and I wanted to apologize to the people I hurt. I was wondering if any of these people were still members of KGB or if I could personally speak to JetStar.

Kind Regards,
Matt


I remember this incident well and it is still in the KGB News Archives from 14 years ago. Here is information from the archives from that day, on the Pacific Shard of Ultima Online, June 10th, 1998 at about 3:00am in the morning:

KGB News Archives 1997 to 1999
KGB News Archives are available from most of our history here on the Oracle. See the right had bar on the PORTAL PAGE and look for the KGB NEWS ARCHIVES link.

HEADLINES for June 10th, 1998

THE COUNSELOR NETHER INCIDENT

At about 3:00 a.m. (Saturday morning, June 6th) I received a call from Speedy of KGB, he said a Hacked Counselor had thrown him in Jail. We sent several ICQ messages back and forth about what was happening. I was shocked and in a state of disbelief. This was obviously after GM hours, so on page three of the HELP button, there is way to page a Counselor. When asked for the description I used, "HACKED COUNSELOR, please help". I was safe in my tower, with doors locked. I must admit I am ignorant about the powers that a Counselor possesses. in less than five minutes the very Counselor that I was warned about appeared in the second floor GuildStone room in my tower. My stomach immediately knotted up as I knew I was in trouble now. The counselor attempted to appear many times, each of these times I attempted to greet him formally as my journal shows:
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: hello
JetStar of KGB: Sie
JetStar of KGB: Sir
Nether: hello
Nether: KGP
JetStar of KGB: One of my guild members
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: hello
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: Sir?
Nether: I crashed
JetStar of KGB: are you there
JetStar of KGB: Oh I see
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: hello?
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: Hello?
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: I keep losing you
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: Hello?
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: Hello

Counselor Nether is transferring you to jail
When he finally appeared he walked right on top of me and we both disappeared. I immediately appeared in what I have heard of as Jail. I looked around to see in the cell to the south of me was my GuildMate Speedy of KGB in combat with Hakim of DIE. Hakim had stolen Speedy's keys from him while in jail.


Counselor Nether went on to say: (quoted from actual Journal)
Nether: Suffer the wrath of Crash Overrid, hacked Counselor
You see: Counselor Nether
JetStar of KGB: You have hidden yourself well.

Not knowing if Nether could detect hidden or not I immediately hid. I looked in the cell to the north and saw Counselor Nether's death squad murdering innocents. you can see in the picture below, the two dressed in Black dresses and red sashes. I am hidden in the cell to the south. You can clearly see Nether witnessing the entire thing and the ghosts of the slaughtered begging in vain for the Counselor to stop the looting.
http://w3.the-kgb.com/kgbnewsa/news65c.jpg

I realized this was a set up. After the two had killed and looted several in the northern cell the Counselor and the two killers began to bow to each other over and over. Still hidden in the cell to the south, I used my All Names macro and was taking screen shots over and over.
I identified the cheaters as:

Nightrunner: [Holy Knight, PV]


SirAmherst: [Vindicator Primus, PV]


I spend most of my time watching this take place in the northern cell. In the southern cell Speedy of KGB was in a fight for his life and his equipment. Hakim of DIE had already stolen his keys and was now trying to kill Speedy for the rest of his equipment. Both Speedy and myself were safely (or so we thought) and carrying a full batch of Guild keys. I was carrying the Master KGB set. After things calmed down in the northern cell, Counselor Nether showed up in my cell again to say:

I knew this was a trap! He wanted to put me in a cell with his PV henchman so they could kill me and loot me. I refused and hid. less than 20 seconds later I crashed. It took me several attempts to get back in, I would say about 4 minutes total before I back in the game. I checked my pack, and my keys, runes, and
reagents were missing, taken or stolen somehow while I was crashed. I WAS FURIOUS! I was contacting everyone on my ICQ list begging for help. I have many friends in the game and sent repeated spam to them all (Sorry friends, I was desperate). Apparently my cries for help were heard by many. The editor of
UOVailt, Counselors from other shards, and many others.

By 6:30 am Counselor Greys arrived. The PV murderers and Counselor Nether had long since gone. The counselors were very vague about what would be done, I was given contact information for two GM's and and returned to Nujelm. At this point the KGB master key set, my master rune set, and about 80 to 100 of each reagent were missing.


CURRENT RESPONSE TO EMAIL AND AFTERMATH OF THAT DAY
I wrote back and offered to post about this on the Oracle, and see if Speedy would again resurface to respond. I am sure some of you older vets remember this. We were able to get all out buildings redeeded (See a later post in the Archives) and this event slid from memory.

The aftermath of this was to end the UO Counselor program, which was a huge bummer to some. Many folks enjoyed their role as a Counselor and I think it brought a value add to the game and it's players. OSI decided they could not risk trusting non-employees with that kind of power.

I am glad to see Matt making amends to the folks that were wronged, especially after 14 years. Interesting stuff!

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07/13/16 03:31 PM JOIN THE KGB FITBIT CHALLENGE by JetStar

JOIN THE KGB FITBIT CHALLENGE


We gamers tend to sit around too much. Starting Monday, KGB will hold a weekly Fitbit "Work Week Hustle" challenge. Winners for each week will wind a special prize and bragging rights from the High King.

Members, please follow this LINK get the email address to add as a friend.

Join us today!

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07/04/16 02:59 AM BDO Faction - Siege Rehersal Part 2 by Taxman

Black Desert Online
Node Wars Testing Week #2




This is a snapshot of our finished Node Fort + defenses from today's skirmish.

In today's test there were some pretty severe lag-spikes on the server we were playing on. The issues started WAY before the actual combat itself, so I think something else must have been going on. Perhaps the developer left a lot of debug flags enabled in the code or something to track issues?

Regardless of the issues; KGB represented well and our knights proved victorious! There was a LOT of carnage on the battlefield - and even with the sync issues (rubber-banding) everyone seemed to have a GREAT time with the combat itself. Additionally, as of today guild house auctions have opened up. We were not able to score one today, but moving forward we hope to get one and be able to start working on taming and using War Elephants for future conquests!


This is a screenshot of the Node Fort when we first started working on it. Once the foundation is put down our members assign workers to the job site. Here, you can see our members "workers" assembling the components necessary in order to get it put together. Once the Node Fort is up, the defenses can be put into place.

Tomorrow (July 4th) we will be placing another Node Fort and taking our own node. This will give the KGB faction additional earned currency from taxes levied on players buying/selling/earning in our "node". After talking with alliance members today, we can expect to see our bank vault grow pretty quickly as a result.

The latest expansion "Valencia" has opened up and this is quite literally "doubling" the area for gameplay, questing, and content! The Black Desert itself is a desert biome, so has some survival mechanics and gameplay requirements built-in. Camels and elephant mounts are part of this expansion as well as whaling as a gathering/hunt mission. Whales show up like a "world boss" and are announced to the whole server as being "spotted" in a region or the ocean. Players then drive boats out into the ocean and hunt them down as a group and compete to get them first! Fishing mechanics and many other changes have happened in-game over the past 2 weeks of massive updates and content releases.

Former players or new players are welcome to join in the fun! There really are not any level/gear requirements to actually participate in a Node War itself. There is is certainly plenty for people to do or work on to help keep our node intact! For example a level 1 player can still man a flame tower and ROAST enemies alive! The front line combat-arms folks do have some tighter requirements for combat; but if you are interested in helping out or want to give BDO a try - let us know in the Black Desert Online Forum!

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06/29/16 10:57 AM KGB Slack Hits 59 Members, Join Today! by JetStar

KGB Slack Hits 59 Members, Join Today!




WE ARE UP TO 59 MEMBERS! JOIN TODAY!


This is for KGB members, New Member Candidates, and Conscripts only. KGB Members, New Member Candidates, and Conscripts with the proper access can follow this link:

KGB Oracle "Join KGB Slack" instructions thread

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06/24/16 08:11 AM CHANGES TO KGB TEAMSPEAK by JetStar

CHANGES TO KGB TEAMSPEAK


KGB TS Administrator Zhou has been working on changes.

-Removal of SA's and A's
-From HC down each rank will have set permissions based on faction rank to edit/move/modify items.
Ex: HC will have permission to set any rank below his tier and also create permenant channels for his faction and move any user below the HC rank.
-Faction Ranks such as C, VC, Officers and Generals will all have certain SA and A permissions.
-Regular Members will have permissions to move users of a lower class and assign permissions as needed for lower class tiers.

-Currently added:
-Temperary Hubs have been added for any user to create Temperary channels to enjoy. You must be in the hub channel to create the temperary sub-channel.

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