Until F|A, I had never been in a gaming clan. Never wanted to, ever.
Reason being, all I ever saw of clans was competitiveness to prove who was the best in the clan, and so on.
When I began playing on F|A servers back in August, I saw none of that. That's when I decided to join the forums. In all the years of playing W:ET, this was the first clan I'd not gotten any bad vibes off (but please, I don't mean to offend any of our clan friends in other clans!)
Since being invited to F|A, I have learned an important, and satisfying fact about the clan as a whole.
This community is about good people, not good players. Sure, we have some excellent players, but that's not what makes them F|A material. It's their persona that makes them F|A material.
Consider this - Most clans higher admins are all the 'pro' gamers of the clan. The ones who prove they're a good show off to other players get to be higher up.. Whilst the ones not so proficient, dwindle in lower ranks. But not here.
I - without shame nor a care in the world - can honestly say, i'm a poor gamer. I don't really have the right aptitude for it, but I enjoy it nonetheless. But just because I suck at getting frags or a good K/D ratio doesn't mean I'm not F|A material. F|A don't care about how many frags you can make, as long as you are a decent person with good intentions.
Through my input to the clan when and where I can, I have proudly earned level 11, which is as high as a standard member can go. After that it's only staff / co-leader / leader. And yes, I still suck in-game! But clearly, this doesn't matter to F|A. As long as I'm respectful and helpful, and do what I can to support the community as a whole, I get acknowledged for it. And that's how it should be.
So I guess what I'm saying really is, F|A is perfect for me. And it's perfect for any good person with the best intentions. F|A want quality people, not necessarily quality gamers.. And thus, I actually feel I can fit in here, and do my bit, without letting you guys down be being sucky in-game. For this, I thank you all.
I hope this message can go out to others thinking of applying. Providing you are a good honest person, i assure you, you will love the ride!