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    Will add it to the read list. You should check out Death by Black hole and other cosmic quandries by Neil De Grasse Tyson. OMG beyond great. Yes you could bring a pencil too! Great answers. Stay tuned for more next week! thanks for stopping by!
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    Welcome back gamers, veterans, supporters and readers! Thanks for stopping by and reading this edition of 20 Questions here at the New Front Towards Gamer! This round of 20 Questions will be with RobocoxTV (RC) Active Army and Community Director at Front Toward Gamer. 1) We all had that first video game experience that hooked us in one way or another, what was your first video game moment? (RC) Have to say that my first real gaming experience that got me HOOKED, would have to be when I played counter strike on an old like big tube desktop computer. This was back when we had mouse-wheels still lol, and like AOL dial up, and some people may remember the 6 disk installation CD that you had to use for counter strike - ahh i love those times. 2) What was your first online game? did that change everything for you? (RC) Counter strike was my first online game, and yea, it changed everything haha, got me hooked! 3) What do you do in the army? (RC) I am a 13 Series, Artillery. I currently work in Recruiting for the time being though - but that time is soon to be over. 4) Why did you join OSD? (RC) I joined OSD because it seemed like a great organization to be a part of. They constantly had moving parts which were moving in the right direction towards helping others and I love that. 5) What are you most proud of so far in life sir? (RC) My daughter - 100% I am excited to see where she goes in life and what she wants to do. 6) If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why? (RC) Shit, I would have to say...Green Lantern - not that I like the story or anything, just because he can think of things and then they appear. I guess if he loses that ring or whatever than it’s all for naught. 7) What does the current you tell a 16 year old you? (RC) Invest in Facebook, and, there is a cop shooting radar on Rt. 40 when you are like 18 (save myself a few bucks) 8) What was your last job? (RC) I worked as a forklift operator. 9) How many times did you crash or drop something on the forklift, we won’t tell, it will be between you and me? (RC) For legal purposes, and I don’t know what the statute of limitations is on something like this, but let’s just say there was this place I worked that, if you crashed and damaged a product, you would be given 3 days absence and a drug test, if you pass the drug test, you get paid for those 3 days. SO, I may or may not have crashed once or twice on purpose and gotten 3 free paid days off. I was a terrible person. 10) Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck? (RC) Duck Sized Horses, because, I can imagine myself running through them kicking frantically. Hell, I could even tape a few of them to the bottom of my shoes like little horseduck rollerblades. 11) What would you do if you won the lottery? what is that first 24 hours like? (RC) Ok, so if I won the lottery I would travel, 100% all over the world, mainly the Buddhist culture area’s like Thailand and stuff like that. I LOVE those places. But the first 24 hours, I would hire a security team to watch my family and myself and immediately make sure I get all my legal stuff in order to collect properly. 12) Best movie you saw in last few years? and the top 5 all time? (RC) Best movie in last 5 years, I believe it has to be….The Accountant. I love that the movie was just action packed, it left my wife and I with a cool feeling at the end. Top 5 of all time though, Shawshank Redemption, Green Street Hooligans, Godfather 2, American History X, I can’t think of another one lol, I don’t even think those are my top 5 because I just LOVE so many movies but those are the best ones that came to mind. 13) What is the weirdest item I find in your refrigerator right now? 14) If you could trade places with any other person for a month, famous or not, living or dead, with whom would it be? and why? (RC) Well obviously not dead because that would be shitty, trade with them and just, be dead for a month =P. I think I would trade with my wife, because then I would be able to experience the awesomeness that is being married to me. 15) What has been your favorite video game Easter egg over the years? (RC) World of Warcraft used to have this glitch to get into certain areas of Orgrimmar (Horde Main City) and it would lead you to this secret area with an NPC named after one of the developers that had passed away in real life. It was cool and a bit somber to see that. 16) What was your first video game Easter egg? (RC) I think Counter Strike - they let you go through the walls and everything in private lobbies - sometimes you get deep enough into the level and you find some little cool poster on the wall explaining the developers names and contact info and stuff. 17) What was your first job every? how long did you last? (RC) Pilot Gas Station - I worked as a maintenance man through high school - I think I was there for like 3 years. I got fired for walking around with a Mop on my head while the boss was away - turns out he watches the security videos...dick. 18) What is the weirdest item within arms reach right now sir? 19) What was your first tattoo? and last one? (Images of both please) (RC) First tattoo was this little Chinese symbol for COURAGE, it was on my shoulder and it hurt like hell lol, we used to call it the “Running man” because of how it looks, it is since covered up. My latest tattoo is the Bod hi Tree (The tree where Buddha found enlightenment) on the front of my leg (shin). 20) In your opinion what shooter changed everything for FPS in video games? (RC) Counter Strike - 100%, that game has stood the test of time with the same maps, same guns, same feel, FOR YEARS! 21) Mash up map, if you could merge two BF maps which two would you merge? (RC) Golmund Railway and Rogue Transmission - so much snipes. 22) What is your favorite map and game mode from a video game? (RC) Favorite map would be - Slums - and game mode would be 1v1 Gamebattle Search and Destroy on Black Ops 2, Good times, good times. 23) What was the last game you played? (RC) Last night I stayed up stupid late playing Wildlands, I actually saw you online but was deep in a heated battle playing against some purple guys with a car that does wheelies. Wtf. 24) What was the last song you song? (RC) I’m in love with the shape of you - that ed sheeran song, I sang it to my buddy at work here when we went across the street to starbucks cause it was awkward and people were around us so I made it even more weird. 24) What 2 things within arms reach will you take with you if you are going to be deserted on a island? has to be within arms reach and no phones (no signal out there) We had a great time chatting with RobocoxTV for this round of 20 Questions. What two items would you bring with you? Share with us below in the comments.
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    Let's see ..... what 2 items would I bring (& I'm assuming the "items" can't be people) .... I'd say the first would be a book. I would bring my favorite book of all time - "The Things They Carried", by Tim O'Brien. I love studying the Vietnam War (I'm a social studies teacher, btw) & that book is full of meaning and insight. If you haven't read it, go get a copy and read it NOW! The second thing would be a big notebook & pencil. I'm being a little "cheaty" adding the pencil, so maybe better to say "a journaling set" - I'm sure thise exist. Writing things in a journal would help me pass time & process my whole "being stranded" situation. Great interview & article! Love it!
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    Get it @xPray 4 Deathx! Good work so far!
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    Congratulations! - you have found the FTG WEB HUNT SECRET IMAGE!
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    Hey! Cole 'H3llboi' Johnson here! New to the scene. I am an Army Veteran/Twitch streamer recently added to Mil-Spec Stream Team. I play a lot of PS4, some XB1 and a little bit of PC! Variety FPS but mostly Call of Duty. I also represent Olympus eSports, a Veteran owned and ran competitive organization with rosters in CoD, GoW, R6S and OW. Grew up in England as an Army Brat, 3 yrs of College before spending 5 years in the Army myself as a Medic with the 173rd. Med-Boarded post deployment, so back to school and video games! Hit me up if you want to play! Thank you for this opportunity to be a part of something bigger and more meaningful! Can't wait to meet all of you and give back! You guys are Fxckin' Awesome!
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    Recently we had the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Alarik, the CEO of Grunt Style! (www.GruntStyle.com)! During this interview we were able to ask him some questions about his time in service, his transition into grunt style, and the struggles of getting his company where it is today! We discussed various things throughout our conversation but the one thing you learned quickly about Daniel, he is humble. Daniel has this presence, even through the phone, of someone who does what it takes to achieve their goal and he has a way of projecting that motivation to other people as well. It was honestly a great learning experience for all of us, and we hope that it can assist others transitioning out of the military also! First we just want to give a huge shout out to Grunt Style, Daniel Alarik and Christine for their support along the way and making this happen! It is awesome to be able to provide some insight into the mind of a CEO especially one that transitioned from the military like many of our readers and community members! (The following are the Questions and Answers from our discussion with Daniel Alarik. For the article purposes, RC : Rob Cox - FTG Community Director, DA: Daniel Alarik - CEO, Grunt Style) RC: So what I did was, I asked the community what questions they would like to ask you, and I just got like, a bunch of responses, so I guess I will just go through them, if that’s cool? DA: Alright, Let’s get weird (Laughs) RC: This one is from DBLDeathDealer, he would like to know where you grew up? DA: Alright so originally I was born in Anaheim California but I grew up in right outside the Chicago area suburbs it was still Suburban but had plenty of outdoor area so it was fun. I got to play in the pond as a kid so I used to catch tadpoles when I was a little kid growing up and go fishing down there when I was younger. RC: He also wants to know when and why did you join the military DA: It was 2000 so I just graduated from high school, I didn't want to go to college, my grades sucked, I was a very average student. I think I graduated exactly at 2.5GPA. I just didn't care about school at all I didn't want to go to college specifically because you went to college and you had to go get a job then you have to go to work the next 40-50 years your life for something that didn't really matter. I wanted to go do something that mattered, something that I felt was important, I wanted to do something bigger than myself, and the Army just made sense. RC: Did you transition directly into Grunt Style when you got out or was this something you planned for you were getting out, basically how did Grunt Style become a thing? DA: So I was a drill sergeant out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Brand new wife, brand new baby, I hadn't seen them in nearly two years, my baby probably like nine months. So my wife's like “hey you need to start thinking about getting out” so I'm like okay great. What does an infantry drill sergeant do when he gets home? Probably like Paul Blart Mall Cop or something. I didn't want to leave and I was transitioning in the National Guard in Illinois so I thought how do I take it with me and better yet can I share it with others? The best way to show off your pride is to wear it on your back, so I started making some T-shirts and slept it in my car selling around the country for about two years and now we're here with over 200 employees, we design, produce, and ship our own product! RC: So is there a moment when you were selling things out of your car and stuff and it suddenly took off and you realized that you made it? DA: Not while I was selling out of my car, those years sucked! So what I would do is I would do those and stretches so it wasn't like the entire 3 years living in my car, I would do like scheduled trips and we go to different posts and I would do a route and it would take like 1 to 3 weeks of doing that then I would head back home and work maybe one or two other jobs during that time or something like that so it's very sporadic put it was working the entire time the problem was I really didn't know what I was doing I literally Googled what is business cuz I had no idea what I was doing. But there was a moment in January 2012 that really was the turning point for us and it was down in Las Vegas it was our first trade show and I say us because it was me and my wife she would help me with the work she was like hey it's not working we've been doing this for a few years you need to start thinking about shutting it down and I said well okay I guess you're right we're spinning our Wheels not really doing a whole lot for us and we're just burning money and again I started the whole company for 1200 bucks. We didn't have a lot of money at this point, we were broke but we weren't poor if you understand the difference, so we had our first trade show in Las Vegas and I'm like listen we're going to do this trade show I can't make 6 grand at this one trade show then we're going to shut down our doors for good. So we hop on the plane, we take the free shuttle back to the hotel we walk a mile and half to the grocery store,we buy a jar peanut butter and a loaf of bread and that's all we have for the next two and a half 3 days, My Wife had one Groupon, so we had a hamburger on one night. We would hustle this entire show telling everybody about this great product, what Grunt Style means, what it means to us, what it means to others etc etc, and by the end of the show we hopped back on the plane and we were just exhausted and as I'm tallying up all the receipts and it comes to $6,200, just enough to be depressed about staying in business and I thought damn why is this so hard? So I pulled out a yellow legal pad and drew a line down the middle and on the left side I wrote down everybody that I believed was doing business better than myself and what they were doing better, and I thought to myself okay what can I do that the winners are doing how can I use them to mentor me cause I didn't know them personally, I didn't know anyone that was successful in business, my family didn't have any money, so I didn't know anybody. I started watching them on social media, watching how they operate their stores and slowly but surely I started to pick up a few things! We realized if you can humble yourself enough to realize there are people who are much better than you and if you are able to watch what the winners do you can be successful as well. RC: Could you tell us more about your Beer Guarantee? I just recently used it, and it’s amazing! DA: So, when you're first starting out you don't have a name for yourself people don't know if they're going to take a risk on you right? With our stuff you may be paying a little more than your 3 pack of shirts at Walmart but you're getting the guarantee that it's good for life and that does two things. One, it gives you the confidence that you're getting a great product and two, it forces US to have great products, because I can't afford to have a bajillion returns, I have to keep it under a certain number and we will honor every single one no matter what, we don't quibble, we don't ask questions. When we get these returns, we know this one's coming back because this piece washed out or this thread is messed up and it allows us to identify the problems and fix them and put out better and better products in the future. RC: I can attest to that! I recently used it when I ordered 3 shirts one size too small, and I didn’t have ANY issues getting credit back from Grunt Style and getting my stuff back within 1 week! DA: Well I am glad to hear that it is working! RC: Has there ever been a shirt that you guys had made that just flopped that, just didn't work, wasn't good and just wasn't selling? DA: All the time, all the time. The rule in business is, and this is something I learned the hard way, promote the winners and you kill the losers, so if your team is the average sum of everybody on it and you have laggers or people who can't pass their PT test or they can't shoot BRM. well they still make up the sum of your team. So the faster you can rotate those things out or enhance them, the faster your whole crew will become more effective, and it’s the same thing in the product world as well. I'm not going to try to promote the losers, I'm not going to try to make them better, I'm going to kill it, it's done, get it out. People vote with their wallets, there is no marketing strategy or campaign that's going to significantly help it, all you're doing is throwing good money after bad. The same thing with the team member and I don't mean if you have someone on your team that sucks you should kill them, but the attitude that person really is what makes the most impact so if people want them on the team and they improve the team then yes they're adding value. RC: So just one final question, do you have any words of wisdom to other veterans who are thinking of starting their own business after getting out of the Military? DA: Absolutely! BE HUMBLE! Find someone that is doing better than you and find out what they're doing right. If you're starting a business, you have to spend 80% of your energy in some form of sales, you have to sell your product that's the fastest way to know if you have something that's going to work or not and just because you fail on this product or this business doesn't mean you're going to fail permanently. Business is all about how fast you can fail, if you think about it, it's like Land Nav, you know whats on the map and it made sense to go from here to here, but you happen to just run into some deep gulch or some wait a minute vines that you didn’t see on the map, so now you can change your course and circumvent them and still get to your goal. Once Again we just want to say a huge Thanks! To the Grunt Style Team for giving us this opportunity and we ask that if you haven’t already, head over to www.GruntStyle.com and check out their website and their products! Robert Cox @RobocoxTV Community Director, FrontTowardsGamer.com
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    hey Welcome
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    Haha, I like the Andre the Giant answer!
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    The interview is done! It went awesome and I am currently typing it up! I will have it up on Friday!
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    The graphic is awesome! Nice to meet you, I'm new as well. Would love to play on Xbox, which COD do you primarily play? My GT is BeardedArmyMan- same as username! Hope to play soon and welcome!
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    I like the graphic, welcome man
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    Hey! Welcome back! Glad everything went smooth and you got home safely! I am assuming we have a bunch of new things going on. If you have any questions about what FTG is all about, just let me know I would be happy to sit down and talk with ya!
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    We are going to do a google hangout!
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    Holy shit is this game amazing. I have played this thing from closed alpha to release and what an amazing response from the developers I've seen. The game play started off a bit rough but was refined and tweaked through the alpha and betas. I think they still have some balancing issues, but for the most part it is an amazing game so far. I went full retard in buying this game and do not regret it. If any of you are playing on PC, let me know I'd love to send our enemies to their gods with you!
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    Hey all, This month we will be choosing one lucky community member to win a digital copy of Ghost Recon Wildlands on the platform of their choice. How to win: DETAILS: - Have the most content (articles, forum posts, likes, etc.) inside of the site between February 9th, 2017 and March 5th, 2017. - For content to be counted, it must either be new content or adding information to an existing post, article, etc. Going in and just posting 3 words to a post won't count as adding content. - All members have a chance to win the copy of Ghost Recon Wildlands (except site admins or staff) - To be entered to win, you must reply to this thread with a "Let's do this" Details about Ghost Recon Wildlands can be found here: http://ghost-recon.ubisoft.com/wildlands
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