On 24 March, 2017, US Special Forces are inserted into the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan with one task. Capture/Kill a Taliban asset code named Daedelus who is preparing to purchase a nuclear warhead from unknown parties.
This event will be unique in many ways pitting 40 US special operations forces against 80 role-players, some of whom are easily identified as militia, some who are not. This game will focus on the player's ability and mental toughness to complete lengthy reconnaissance missions, collect intelligence both physical and human, and ensure Daedelus is not successful in obtaining a nuclear weapon.
"When the raid sirens sounded, we were confused. The skies were clear so it couldn't have been weather. When the TV blared the Emergency Broadcast and didn't say this is just a test we started to get worried. When the message told us that DC had gone dark and there was no information at this time but to shelter in place we were terrified. When the lights went out 6 hours later we lit candles, gathered the perishables and dug in. It's been two weeks and nothing but static on the radio. Our neighbors have gotten together and pooled our resources but everyone is scared right now. When we saw the headlights in the distance the little kids were herded into the basement and the rest of us grabbed our weapons. When Amos, the diplomatic one went out so see what was what all we heard was gunfire and then watched our neighbor hit the dirt gasping like a fish out of water. It was a long night, but the men that came to the farm were soldiers, military personnel. I don't know what the hell is going on, but we weren't sticking around to find out. We packed up what we could carry and hit the road. With any luck, we will be at the hunting cabin in a few days. God speed to all of you. God help us all."
- Hand written note by Tyler Balkas, found in an abandoned farmhouse. Central Ohio.
The sixth installment of the Crucible returns to Sandyville, May 26th - May 28th for the next installment of the regions premier 24 hour military simulation event. Choose your faction, raise your banner, and prepare yourself to the most intense Crucible yet. See you on the Mountain
"When I was a boy, the Carnivale would come to the territories every year. The bright fabrics, the wasters selling wares, the food and the celebration all was something I looked forward to but there were always rumors. Whispers about the cost and the bargain struck with the Carnivale barker to bring their joy to our settlement. Every year, two or three younglings left with the Carnivale, we always assumed it was because they sought a better life but now I am not so sure. I saw a piece of parchment the other day, announcing their return and I cannot say I am filled with the same joy I was all those years ago. I wonder why now, and why here. All I know is my rifle is clean, my children are at the homestead, and I won't be letting them go."
-Ethan Krebbs Free territories homesteader.