Early January 2004 - Reglar Resigns - By Maximus
Due to losing 80% of his OGL team that competes weekly in league and ladder play for MOHAA, Reglar decides to resign his positiion as 4*General and Co-Leader of DPG.
Unfortunately, soon after he would never play for DPG again due to work, and then later on his loss of interest in FPS games, and his new interest in MMORPGs.
Reglar was a good leader, and is still missed.
January 23rd, 2004 - DPG celebrates 2 years - By Maximus
By the time of our 2nd year anniversary DPG has made up for its losses from expanding into Call of Duty. Even people who disappeared because they were not wild on CoD, and more addicted to MOHAA ended up missing the fun of playing with their fellow friends. The event begins on a Saturday morning, and ends late night on a Sunday night. We celebrate with inner clan scrims, rank tests (a simulation of a worst case scenario in a scrim. Basically its a 5 v 1 on S&D), and we end up doing it in both MOHAA, and CoD!
Needless to say it was a night to remember!
May 2004 - The Odd Discovery of Bojangles - By Maximus
Sometime during May of 2004 DPG had a colocation in Phoenix at the time. This gave great pings for everyone in Phoenix, and L.A, and that was pretty much it! For w/e reason the route from the midwest to the east coast was absolutely horrible to Phoenix, but what can I say? I was new to this sort of thing.
Well... while people were playing on our CoD server I noticed 1 person on our Phoenix MOHAA server, and believe it or not that one person would end up being Bojangles!
I noticed him in our server all alone, and thought why on earth would somebody like him play all alone on our server? As I connected it became obvious that he was a local Phoenix player, and loved his low ping of 20, and was hoping that more people would connect to play.
I then informed him that I too lived in Phoenix, and for the next few days to about a week we would play on our MOHAA server every so often even though it was just him, and I and maybe a couple of other people.
As time would go by in the next week or so I asked him to come on our TS server, and we hit it off pretty well. After getting to know him better one of our Generals at the time by the name of |DPG|RuBBeRbuLLeTZ recruited Bojangles. RubberBulletz for w/e reason shortly disappeared to only be seen at random once every few years.
Bojangles was recruited on June 24, 2004 and has been active in DPG ever since!
July 2004 - DPG barely surviving - By Maximus
By mid summer of 2004 DPG has saw close to all of its members come, and go. The only members who remain are literally a handful of loyal members who actively play CoD, and the new World of Warcraft game that was currently in beta.
For the entire summer the most notable people you would see on TS were myself, Bojangles, Sneaky Pete, Synester (OMG... don't ask LOL), Mishap, Folk, Vash, Yoshara, Acetv, and Nalepka.
Due to the lack of members, and donations I was forced to temporarily have our server box hosted for a couple of months at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff Arizona where my close friend |DPG|BullWohl was staying at his dorm. His dorm room had a very good connection. In fact it was a T3 line which was better than what we were paying close to $200 a month for at the time.
Well as time passed network administrators at NAU caught on to the only popular server DPG was hosting which was a Battlfield Vietnam server, and quickly put a firewall blocking that port because it was raping their monthly allowed bandwith.
Basically, my trip up to NAU, and my time invested was wasted only after a month and a half of having it hosted up there, but I was greatful that BullWohl was able to host it for DPG for free.
In the mean time, it was back to square one with where to host this machine, and for a low price, but where?!
After searching all over the internet, I came across a company called Atjeu which had their colocation services partnered with Cybertrails which was a local datacenter here in the Phoenix area. At this time Bojangles, and I still wanted to keep things in Phoenix, but the problem was it still only provided good pings for Phoenix, and L.A, but man it was awesome owning everyone with our kar-98k rifles on Brecourt, and Hurtgen in vCoD.
Atjeu at the time seemed like the right choice for us. It was only $99 a month after the $150 setup fee, but the problem was in order to get that rate we had to sign up for a 1 year contract.
So in the meantime, DPG made the best of what we had, and we basically ran a 28 man CoD server along with a 20 man private CoD server for scrims, and clan matches in which we competed actively on a European based competition ladder site known as, "Clanbase". We also ran a public MOHAA server, and a public Battlefield Vietnam server.
As time went on we slowly managed to survive, and get recruits again, but mainly at random on our unpopular CoD server, and then later on for competition purposes Clanbase.
So when times get crazy in DPG, and when there is drama I always think back to the times in which we only had a handful of guys, and count my blessings.
Late July 2004 - |DPG| Portuguese Division - By Maximus
Out of nowhere I am informed by |DPG|Lunatic-PT (PT stands for Portuguese) who informs me that he is still inactive studying on a remote island in the Atlantic off the Portuguese coast called, "Azores". However, he has some good news for me, and that is we have a Portuguese division of |DPG| that I have never heard of, and that he promises that all of these guys represent everything that DPG was founded on, and will be a great addition to the US, and CDN divisions.
At first I don't know what to think of it, but it doesn't matter because what has been done is done!
He then informs me that they no longer can afford their own TS, and that for w/e reason TS hosting in Portugal is very expensive, and was wondering if they could use ours. I then informed him that of course they can use our TS! They are DPG!
They then all come on TS, and people like myself, Bojangles, and a few others were amazed when we saw that we were no longer the most active division of DPG. To our amazement we saw about 20 |DPG|PT members led by |DPG|Alvega-PT, and |DPG|Lo0ny-PT. There was even a girl who wasn't apart of leadership, but her name was |DPG|Elend-PT.
Portugal was about 9 hours ahead of Phoenix time, and I will never forget being up early on a Saturday morning finding out that they were short 2 people for a MOHAA match. I ended up calling Bojangles at about 9 AM or so waking him up asking him if he would play in a clanbase Portuguse ladder match in which after he yawned and wiped out his eyes he was ready, willing, and able!
The |DPG| Portuguse Division would only last about 1 more year mainly because a lot of those guys simply couldn't afford to upgrade their PCs, but I can honestly say that I do miss those guys even though only a handful of them could speak English! LOL
Early Fall 2004 - Bojangles Selected as new Co-Leader - By Maximus
Sometime during the early fall of 2004 I realize that I am in dyer need of somebody to equally take on the responsibilities of being a clan leader, and to help out with the day to day tasks of doing so. After being good online friends with Bojangles, and meeting him in person at an Emerald Computers LAN party. I decide that with how active he is, and how he too wants to see DPG improve, and do better that he would be the perfect fit for 4*General, and Co-Leader of DPG.
After all of these years Bojangles has been Co-Leader of DPG, and hopefully it stays that way!
He has been the longest serving Co-Leader in DPG history, and I can honestly say that without Bojangles DPG would not still be here today as we know it.
Shortly after taking his position Bojangles introduced our very own forums. Before then we had a free one that Meister, and Omaha ran which wasn't bad, but Bojangles took our forums to the next level, and then from there took our entire website, and all the ways about structure, and organization to the next level.
During this time DPG was progressing, and people in the CoD community saw that we are taking things more seriously, and in a more professional manner. This helped out a lot especially when looking back at the times of when we only had a handful of guys left back in the summer of 2004.
October 2004 - DPG switches from AIM to Xfire - By Maximus
One of our members at the time who's name I cannot remember unfortunately informs Bojangles, and myself that DPG should take a serious look into Xfire since Xfire has everything that DPG is looking for.
After taking a serious look into it, and realizing that Xfire is basically the instant messenger for gamers we then completely switch over to Xfire, and leave AIM behind for good in which even till this day we still use Xfire.