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  1. Los Santos' gateway into the beauty world Pharaoh Cosmetics is a brand-new cosmetics store in the heart of Del Perro on Prosperity Street Promenade. We sell a wide variety of perfumes, makeup products, skincare products, nail polish and much more. We also provide makeup sessions for those who want a professional to take care of their face. Make sure to check our store out when we open! In the mean time, visit our socials and our interactive online catalog. Book an appointment with me if you'd like to get your makeup done through my email, or even order some products that aren't on display, we'll order them for you for a reasonable [email protected] Follow us on Facebrowser! Visit our Website © 2021 by PHARAOH COSMETICS.
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  2. This thread will follow the development of Julissa "Misfit" Espinoza.
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  3. Hi all, First of all I wanted to credit a few people before I really begin, because it was out of a discussion with @honey., @The Chief, @stubby, and @Knooflook where this guide was actually born. We came to the conclusion that there were alot of common misconceptions around how to actually introduce yourself to a Motorcycle Club member, and how to initiate what's commonly known as the "hang around" phase of joining. There's a number of very very good guides around on these forums such as (note, I will link them for transparency and ease of access) Modern Guide on MC's by Gall, MC Pop Culture & Inner Workings by sk8, MC's and Prospects by sk8, Females Roles around MC's by Moonlight.Shawty, and I'm sure there's probably a couple of others out there which can be very helpful to newcomers. The only problem is though, that none of these actually explain in great detail how to make that first introduction and how to get yourself invited to parties and invite-only events. Let's start off with the basics, then the rest is up to your character's own development and how far you want to take it from there. How to make your first introductions: I get this question a lot in my inbox and Discord DM's. "Hey man, I really want to get involved, but I have no idea where to find you or how to meet you guys IC". Don't worry, you're not alone, because I get asked this at least once a week. The problem with this question though, is do you want me to tell you how people do it on GTAW? Or would you like me to explain a few different ways for you to choose from that are far more realistic. Currently, the vibe seems to be that you somehow stumble across a motorcycle club IC, you'll try to awkwardly force your first couple of interactions and come up with some bullshit story about how the bike you ride was your dad's, then he died, now it's yours and you're trying to fix it up in memory of him. Then you might ask for a job at one of their businesses like a bar or a tattoo shop or something. Then you start to ask for more work on the side, you might get invited to a party or two, and eventually your name gets brought up for becoming a prospect. Sure, let's face it, this is definitely something you can do, and it's not like it's THAT unrealistic. This example could legitimately happen in real life, but the fact of the matter is that this avenue is very very uncommon, and the majority of people get involved in far simpler ways than that. It's at the point now where this style of introduction is just a boring cliché, and it really rubs clubs up the wrong way and it gets old - FAST. So, you've decided that you want to join a club, but you want to stand out from the other boring booger-pickers who haven't read this guide. You want to shine and impress the faction that you're interested in joining. What do you have to do? Let's go through a few things - keeping in mind that this list is not exhaustive, and it shouldn't even be seen as a strict how-to. These are merely suggestions to help you think about the different ways you want to introduce yourself and develop your character. Keep an eye out for flyers and notifications for public parties, runs, and other events. This might be something like a bike show or a poker run - just as a couple of arbitrary examples. These events are actually a really really good way to find the club that you're looking for. Generally speaking, if there's a bike show, most (if not all) clubs will probably attend. Once there, you can usually spot the club easily because they'll be wearing their colors, and then it's just up to you to how to go about sparking up that first conversation - you might want to compliment one of their bikes and ask a few questions about the customization they've done to it, then let the conversation flow on from there. Don't forget though, too many questions will make you seem suspicious and may very well backfire on you, so think about what you're going to say before you say it. You could simply buy a member a beer. I don't think I've ever seen this done IC before, however it happens pretty regularly in real life. Let's say you're out at your favorite dive bar in the city and a couple of ugly 1%ers walk in the door and make their way for the bar. It's entirely possible that you might want to head over to the bar and offer to buy their drink for them, and you might explain that you've always admired the club so it's a small way for you to show a bit of support for them. Again, I'm sure this will spark up some pretty cool conversation IC. Ask about buying merchandise and stickers. Again, this is something else that happens sometimes, but nowhere near enough. All clubs will have some sort of supporter gear available for regular members of the public to buy. Hell, you can even jump onto some of these club's websites and buy supporter gear online and get it shipped worldwide - it really is that easy. Owning club supporter gear (most of the time) isn't that big of a deal, and usually clubs will be more than happy to sell you a T-Shirt or a hoodie and take a few dead presidents from your wallet. Money talks, at the end of the day. Supporter gear is just clothing items or other merchandise which will usually say something along the lines of "support your local <insert club name here>", and is just a way for you to publicly support a particular club. There's (usually) no restrictions on who can buy and wear supporter gear. Find out when their clubhouse bar is open. This is something that I've never heard IC before either, but I can tell you from personal experience in my own real life, this happens regularly. Any club that has the funds to sustain a clubhouse full-time will have a bar inside. It will vary from club to club, but generally speaking these bars are actually open to the public some nights of the week. Similarly to buying supporter gear, it's a relatively easy and harmless way to score that first interaction, because at the end of the day it means that the club can make some money off you buying beer from their private bar in their clubhouse. FYI, the general vibe about drinking at a clubhouse is that public bars and night clubs are usually full of assholes and you have to deal with random people throughout the community. It is widely recognized that most people who drink at a MC's clubhouse prefer to do so because it's generally safer than drinking at a public bar, and you will usually have less fights, problems, and the biggest reason of all - beer will always be far cheaper. I will admit, not many clubs in GTAW will have "open nights" at their clubhouse, because you can't really advertise it like a bar, it's more of a word-of-mouth kind of speakeasy vibe rather than an actual "bar" as you might think of it. Ask about any events or parties that are coming up. Usually this will be after you've had that first interaction, because let's face it, it'll be a little weird for you to walk up to a random member for the first time and say "Hey I just met you but do you have any parties coming up that I could come to?". That's a sure-fire way to get your jaw broken and you probably won't have much luck after that. BUT, nonetheless, it remains a solid talking point in a potential conversation that you could get into. You could ask the member if they have any recommendations about where to get your bike serviced or find tools and parts etc. This one's a little more uncommon but it could happen. Again, you might need to slip this in somewhere in the latter part of your introduction, but something like this will be sure to direct the conversation in a positive way. Find public accounts on social media and send them an inbox. Again, like much of what I've explained above, I don't think I've ever come across this IC but it happen wayyy more than you realize in real life. Some clubs here on GTA:W have FaceBrowser pages for their chapters/clubs. If you're not overly confident with making a random first introduction, you could always reach out and send them an inbox on their FB page and see what sort of conversation you could spark up that way. Do's and Don'ts after you've made your introduction: Alright, so you've somehow managed to get through that awkward first conversation. Chances are, you might have picked up a name or even a phone number (unlikely, but possible) of a member. You may have even been given some kind of direction to head in when it comes to meeting up with them again - whether that be at another event, or a party or something along those lines. I just want to go through a few things to make sure that you don't fuck up the hard work you've already gone through to get to this point, because believe me, there's some crazily easy ways to just piss your plans down the toilet by making some super easy mistakes. I'll run through a few more common misconceptions that I will hopefully clear up. You don't actually need to own a motorcycle to start hanging around with a club and getting yourself invited to parties. Yeah, I said it. And what? Contrary to popular belief, it's actually one of the worst things you can do when you create a new character, sit around AFK farming paychecks so you can afford to buy a bike before you actually start interacting with the club you want to join. Please don't do this unless your character's back story actually entails them owning a motorcycle beforehand. Trust me when I say that more wholesome and deeper roleplay comes from someone who starts out without a motorcycle, because then you actually focus your roleplay more around building a relationship up to get your foot in the door rather than just being invited along to club runs and functions for the sole reason that you ride a bike and would be a cool +1 to add to the size of the pack. You actually need to work on your relationships with club members, and trust me when I say that it pays off ten-fold if you can pull it off successfully. Your friendships will be deeper, and you will be more respected if you can show people that you have quality roleplaying skill, and that you're more than just another random guy with a bike who shows up to events and stands in the corner quietly with your dick in your hands all night, awkwardly trying to figure out a way to get involved. I can tell you from personal experience in my real life that when I started hanging out with clubs, I used to drive my car to club events because I didn't have a bike in the beginning. It really isn't that big of a deal, guys. YES, obviously you'll actually need to own a motorcycle before you can begin your prospecting phase to formally join the club, but there's literally nothing wrong with starting out without one. Build up a strong relationship with at least 1 member (preferably with a similar irl timezone). This is just common sense, as in real life, the person you have a close relationship is more likely to accept bringing you in as a prospect - and they - your sponsor. You can read more about prospects and sponsors >HERE<. Ideally you want to be on a first-name basis with somebody, to the point where they're comfortable with you just randomly calling them up for a chat on the phone. You might invite them around to your place to help you wrench on your bike because you need help with something. I don't know the specifics because it'll be up to your individual circumstances, but you catch my drift. You want this particular person to know and agree that you're actually ready to take the next step in joining the club - which leads me on to my next point; You actually have to ask to join a motorcycle club. This is another one of those misconceptions, and I don't know where people get it from. You literally need to ask a member if they'll allow you to join, and what you need to do to take that next step. In real life, clubs will not approach you and ask you to join - you have to explicitly and voluntarily show your interest to them. Keep in mind though, that if you ask too early, this could backfire, so make sure you are close enough with a current member. Have a chat with them - see what they think, ask for their opinion on it. A good thing to do is to literally ask "Hey man, I'm really enjoying being around the club. I wanna know what I need to do to show you guys that I'm ready for the next step". Some people stay as a hangaround for years because they're too bashful to ask. Regardless, after that? They'll decide whether or not they want to take you on as a prospect - but that's all In-Character. It's okay to be a little ignorant of club protocols IC, just don't be shocked or butthurt OOCly when your character gets checked. Believe it or not, many people actually DON'T understand what it's like to be a part of a club and there's a plethora of unwritten rules that most people don't actually know. I strongly encourage that you research, research, and research OOCly to help you with your portrayal, but don't be afraid to have your character make IC mistakes. Just because you OOCly know that something is going to get you punched in the face doesn't mean that your character knows all the rules too. Don't be some kind of superhero who comes into this with a brand new character knowing exactly how a 1%er moves, because this will also rub people up the wrong way. So be creative and break the unwritten MC rules a little, but be prepared to be taught ICly by members who catch you lacking. Overall, it improves the culture and the atmosphere if people are making mistakes and it's forcing the other patched members to actually interact with you in order to educate you on what you need to fix for next time. If you're doing that, and reacting positively and having a good interaction with the member, they'll want to keep interacting with you and involving you because you've shown depth, and you're not just some random know-it-all who watched a few episodes of Sons of Anarchy or some documentaries on Gangland (by the way, anyone who knows me knows how much I hate both SoA and Gangland. If you use these as resources for your portrayal, you will most definitely fail. Please educate yourselves properly, there's a gigantic pool of information out there - just ask if you need help). Believe it or not, but we don't actually care about your cringe backstory of childhood abuse by your step-father. This isn't the LSPD or SASD where you have to give some kind of a bullshit story about why you want to be a biker. Development and background stories are great, they're actually essential, but don't over-think it, because it's actually possible for people to have a relatively boring and normal childhood and still wind up in the motorcycle club world. If you come to us with a sob story about why you're nicknamed "Samurai" because as a child you watched your mother get beat by your step-dad so one day you snapped and killed him with a katana, you're going to get the flick pretty quickly. Just don't do this, please. We aren't therapists. Another important side-note for this is that if you aren't a breadwinner and you're just some random dropkick, chances are, the club won't even take you on. I'll use the Mongols as an example here (it may be biased, but whatever, fuck you). If you don't have a job and you aren't taking in some kind of consistent paycheck every week to put a roof over your head? You aren't going to get looked at. You might get invited to a few parties here and there, but good luck actually getting a bottom rocker. This is something critically important to consider. Don't come flying in and poking your nose around, asking about club business and politics. This shit will get you dragged out into the alley and beaten, and probably ruin your chances of ever joining as that character. This is a pretty obvious one, but with the caliber of some people these days, I feel it's probably worth at least mentioning. You'll need to (even if it's only briefly) consider your character's fashion sense. It feels a little bit weird to discuss because we're supposed to be hardcore outlaw bikerz right? Wrong. This is southern San Andreas, and is a replica of southern California. You need to understand that there's a certain image upheld in motorcycle clubs throughout the SoCal scene, and it's no different here. Not just this, but you need to understand that it's 2021/22 now, it's not the summer of 1970 hanging out of your cousin's split-windscreen Kombi van with your tits out in the breeze yelling to end the Vietnam war, peace signs, mung beans and smoking dope. And for the love of god, if you rock up to any club event wearing double leathers, leather pants or leather chaps, you will just be mocked and probably thrown out. Jesus Christ, I don't know anyone who's worn double leathers this side of 1989. Bikers these days in the SoCal scene look like regular people. Please look into this, and I promise that once you start to pay attention to the small things like fashion, you'll understand the point that I'm trying to make here. There's a certain image. Let me put it to you like this, and this is critical for you to understand: If I can look at you and tell that you're a biker just by looking at what you're wearing? You're probably over-doing it. Don't be that one biker ped from GTA San Andreas "LEEEATHER CHAPS!". Understand that outlaw bikers are no longer what they used to be. The sentences are longer and harsher. Bikers value brain over brawns in this new world. Moving smart is better for you than just being some stone-cold killer. Riding cross-country with a gun in one pocket and a prison sentences worth of meth in your other pocket is no longer acceptable in the culture. This is a new day, and bikers get pulled over and searched just for a training exercise by LEO's these days. Being an Outlaw nowadays isn't so much about showing open rebellion and fucking with every cop you see, it's about moving tactically. Think Mafia on wheels. Not gang members on motorcycles. SoA and Mayans portray it like bikers are in shootouts every week and just dropping opps. They aren't. A bar fight and a stabbing are a lot more likely than a full blown western shootout. You might be surprised to learn that a majority of the time, most members will drive in their cars Monday to Friday to attract less attention, and only throw on their vests when they ride their bike once a week - it's little things like this. If you ride your bike everywhere every day of the week, you're going to look like a moron. Get a car. Be prepared to at least learn about how a motorcycle works and maybe some basic parts. Let's be real here for a minute. At the end of the day, this is a motorcycle club that you're trying to join. You'll need to have at least some level of understanding of what a clutch is, how a carburetor works, and a basic understanding of how a motorcycle throttle works. Just the little things like this make a big difference when it comes to developing roleplay and creating conversation. In closing: If you're still following along right now, thanks a ton, I really appreciate it. There's so much more you can do to further develop the hangaround and early prospecting phase. I could go into much more detail around things like familiarizing yourself with popular MC events like drag races, hill climbs, poker runs etc. You should also look at how to ride in formation, although this could be something that you decide you want to learn ICly to help with your character's development for example. There's a ton more that I could go into about supporter gear too. Look, this is starting to drag on a little now, but I really just wanted to emphasize that the hangaround and early prospecting phase doesn't need to be as awkward as y'all are making it out to be. It's actually a super fun and creative time where you literally have zero constraints on what you can create for yourself and those around you. You can shift your character's story and development in whatever way you want to. So please just be mindful of this. I might further develop this guide in the future, or I might not. Depends if I come up with anything else to add - I've tried to keep it as on-topic and specific to actually joining a club as I possibly could. I didn't want to go into too much finer detail about club life and club-specific rules and such, as that's not what this guide is. You'll have to figure that stuff out for yourself in-character depending on the specific faction you want to join. All I'll say as a short closing statement is that if this guide only helps at least one person with developing a new MC character, then I'll consider writing this guide 100% completely worth it. Catch y'all on the next one.
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  4. PILLBOX HILL MEDICAL CENTER OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE - AS PREPARED FOR PUBLICATION - Los Santos, SA ~ Tuesday December 28th, 2021. No year is a quiet year for the healthcare industry. Our staff constantly display outstanding professionalism and a high level of medical care delivery, all year round. It is a relentless cycle of pure dedication and unwavering care for their patients, and our team continues to put everyone else first so they may deliver the best possible medical care. Without their commitment and perseverance, healthcare within Los Santos would not be where it is today. We can proudly look at our team and thank them for making it all possible. Our nursing staff see harrowing scenes on a daily basis but continue to treat those that come through our doors without falter. The surgical team perform complex life-saving procedures to give new life to patients who otherwise may not have had that chance. The psychologists and psychiatrists work around the clock to assess and treat commonly misunderstood mental health conditions, offering an ear to those that need it. Then the cafeteria staff make sure the rest don’t operate on an empty stomach, keeping motivation high. The teamwork is astounding, and no-one is any less vital to the service. We continue to make strides towards a better future for healthcare in Los Santos, further developing the service that not only provides excellent support, but is available all year round, any day and any time. As the year draws to a close, we’ve seen multiple turning points in the year that contributed to Pillbox’s continued flourishing, allowing the service to offer more care, more support and more advice to those in need of it. As the years progress, we anticipate this to continue as our team at Pillbox continues to grow. As such, it is important to not only celebrate those achievements, but recall to them, showing what is possible and what we can accomplish. Renovated ER: We opened our doors to unveil a new ER this year, a huge achievement and a welcome change for many. The new ER allows more patients than ever before, expanding our facilities to empower staff to provide next level care. For the longest time, Pillbox endeavored to provide outstanding medical care for those in need and this giant leap for the service has proven all that essential. Our staff are now better equipped to not only manage the influx in patience the service has seen over the last twelve months, but also offer higher quality care with more available resources. We moved the hospital to a more modern framework, and we’re excited to see what’s next. We of course covered this in full in a previous release, where you can read all about the services the department now has to ensure our team can provide the best care. Read more here: New Emergency Department Medical Licensing and Regulation Act of 2021: 2021 also brings with it new regulations and licensing procedures for medical services within the State, ensuring the implementation of a solid framework for medical providers. We welcome the appointment of Medical Director of our very own, Director Danielle Shaw, who has time and time again proven her resounding professionalism, knowledge and commitment to the field. Upon taking this role, not only will she continue to oversee Pillbox as a whole, but she takes on a wider role within the State to act as a reliable source of expertise for consultation. She will oversee public health guidelines and protocols as a whole and it paves the future of healthcare within Los Santos. You can read more about the act here in a post by the City Government: Medical Licensing and Regulation Act of 2021. Student Nurse and Junior Doctor Programs: From March this year, Pillbox implemented the Nursing School program and the Junior Doctor program, which paved the way for a new generation of professionals to join the team. As such, students would attend multiple classes, varying in subject, to offer education in the most efficient manner, as well as providing a vital placement for them to work alongside full-fledged professionals. Learning on the job and being proactive in the field is something Pillbox has always encouraged and will continue to do so. If any of the programs are of interest, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You would be joining the next wave of medical excellence in the State and learning from the best. For more information on the program, see here: Student Nursing Program TTCF healthcare: This year also saw another core State service, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, overhauled in a giant reform in which renovations were carried out to improve the various facilities on-site. As such, the team at Pillbox has been proud to extend the service across to those in need within TTCF, providing vital medical care to those in need. Pillbox does not discriminate and we recognize that access to such a service is a basic human right. As a fundamental foundation service in the State, Pillbox will continue to push the service as far and wide as possible. Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign: Unforgettably, PHMC came together in the month of October to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and support those that the disease affects. Unfortunately, there are so many of us that will be affected by a form of Cancer in our lifetimes, be it ourselves or those close to us. It's vital that Pillbox continues to inform and educate the community and we take pride in being that bracing support for those that need help. We strive to continue this campaign of awareness and we encourage those that want reassurance or support to reach out to us. You can read more about our campaign here: Breast Cancer Awareness It wouldn't be an end of year wrap up without the team welcoming new staff on board and encouraging those interested in the industry to reach out and apply. The medical field is always vastly outnumbered and we need more like minded individuals to continue to make a difference. If you think you could be that person, don't think twice, apply. See here for positions currently available: Employment Opportunities As the year now come to an end, we look back on these achievements with appreciation and pride. To see what Pillbox has accomplished in the last twelves months is nothing short of a marvel and we can look forward to what next year brings. With gratitude and well-wishes from the Pillbox team, we wish every single citizen a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to a healthy new year.
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  5. Update 2.6.9 Additions Added a new ingame CEF window system to display applications with the size you'll choose, and to improve the usage of phone applications, an example of it will be shown in the screenshot below Added a new application by @Everett : LS Mail! You can now create email accounts and send mail to other players, through your phone or on https://lsmail.gta.world/ Added the banking application on the phone Moved Facebrowser, Quickdate, MDC & CAD to the new CEF windowed system to allow players to fully use these applications ingame
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  6. every club treats their clubhouse differently, some may be hard-asses about it and never or rarely invite outsiders in, some may have open clubhouse nights. all clubs operate differently.
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  7. Looking good, posting to follow.
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  8. Imagine being anything but a Mongol, though. Waste of time.
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  9. Disenfranchised role-players who are anti-social, low quality role-players who are broadly disliked by the illegal faction community but manage to get by are now entitled to free stuff. I can't support a system that entitles and offers factions that may not be respected by the community at large not an opportunity but a guaranteed set of guns, drugs, properties, mods, and a domain? I cannot support a system that uplifts undeserving factions. I am a firm believer in all factions having been created equally, they all have leaders, the ability to recruit new members, the ability to apply for opportunities, schemes, properties, and ultimately supplier. What this is doing is not only offering dinosaur factions that may not even really contribute to the scheme free stuff, but hard limiting new and upcoming factions from acquiring IFM properties. I say this as the former leader of the oldest faction on the server, there is no benefit to giving OLD factions free stuff, they should have been able to acquire these things on their own, they should be able to ICLY create connections and secure these opportunities, or apply for supplier. This will create a copious amount of work for IFM to do, having to spawn in drops for 20+ factions on top of supplier drives, on top of approving faction threads, on top of monitoring faction quality, responding to scheme requests, IFM property requests, the list goes on - you simply cannot do it all, you are overbearing yourselves with responsibilities. Which will ultimately lead to the total and complete demise of this awful system, you do not have the resources, the time, nor do you care enough to monitor factions as is. If you cannot adequately monitor faction quality now, how do you intend on doing so for every single tier application? Even then, there is no established definition of what 'good roleplay quality' even is, it is all subjective. This is a system that takes something that is already incredibly simple, offers opportunity to everybody equally, and TIME-GATES it like it's an MMORPG, grinding and existing forever making you more powerful than other factions. You are overcomplicating the system and this will ultimately lead towards a total administrative mess, we are trying to fix the system to remedy the lack of longevity within factions in south central, we all know that is what this is about. The fact of the matter is, if the faction leaders and members are not up to snuff, they do not deserve to exist nor do will they continue to exist! Addressing Demotivation I cannot help but laugh at the notion; people who believe that the following reasons are reasons to be demotivated do not want to do it, or want to be spoon fed. I will refute them all briefly. Lack of Progression: Would never be said by anybody who cares to create and facilitate roleplay for others and create interesting roleplay environments, players who say this want arbitrary power, they want to deathmatch, and they want free stuff. Supplier Selectivity: Suppliers are high-quality and vetted role-players by the IFM team, the issue is very obviously supply and demand; as I have always said, IFM DECIDES WHO GETS SUPPLIER, if they want to give it to street gangs, there is absolutely nothing stopping them from doing so, which renders this tiered give outs system redundant and pointless. Open up supplier to more street level role-players. Faction Favoritism: Society has it's outcasts, there are simply some people who do not deserve to be brought to the forefront and are not given opportunity for a reason, when factions are known for deathmatching, instigating random conflict, and ultimately being noobs- but cannot be handled by IFM as it is out of their scope (so they claim), again- as I mentioned previously, factions manage to get by despite being full of shit heads. If factions cannot get along with other factions ICLY, that is their fault for destroying their opportunities to get anywhere. If I go around pissing everybody off and being a dumb ass, deathmatching but getting away with it, overall being a shit head- but I post really really good roleplay screenshots, I am entitled to go up in the tiers and get more free guns to deathmatch with, brilliant idea! -_- Incentives: One's incentive to lead a faction should simply be to create roleplay for others, not for free stuff, lol!!!!!- if anyone genuinely believes that factions need incentives to keep going? They should not be leading factions. The poll is obviously a welfare poll, VOTE FOR FREE STUFF BRO!!!!! Everyone is going to vote for it, it's obviously what people want- MORE GUNS, MORE DRUGS, MORE STUFF- but this is only at face value, if you are going to make a decision based on a poll, I encourage you to poll for demographics and search for a relationship between what factions believe this system will work and who voted for more guns, I think this is necessary information and should be addressed on an individual basis, it will be very clear to see who wants this to be put in place. (Mostly going to be noobs.) TL;DR System will not work, will create way too much work for IFM, IFM will not be able to adequately gauge faction quality due to being so busy with new overbearing responsibilities, alleged issues are people wanting free stuff and being sad/moody :(.
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  10. The Seoul Family Gang or Seoul Money Gang (SMG) Boyz is one of the newer Asian cliques to come out of the Little Seoul neighborhood. It's primarily made up of those with Chinese and Vietnamese backgrounds with a smaller Korean and Japanese presence. It's rumored to have began in the mid-2010s: teenagers that attended the local high schools first running as the Vespucci Boyz before later transitioning into the Seoul Family Gang in 2019 as they began to gain in numbers and criminal consciousness. The clique has almost never prioritized gang banging as much as they have financial gain. Like many other Little Seoul street gangs with Asian backgrounds, they don't claim a single street: they consider the entire neighborhood their domain. Investigators claim that the Seoul Family Gang are partially to blame for the influx of narcotics and violence in the Little Seoul neighborhood. Additionally, a shooting was documented on December 15, 2021, where a woman was left in critical condition on Ginger Street outside of the Sunset Apartments building. Locals were unwilling to speak on the matter but an unnamed passerby claimed that the incident happened over a fist fight that transitioned into an attempted stabbing. Rumor has it that this violent act was an attempt at self-gentrification. The Los Santos Police Department have yet to make an arrest but bear suspicion on the outfit. We aim to portray a realistic Asian American gang operating in the Little Seoul area. While it's implied that the majority of the gang are Chinese and Vietnamese, we accept all East Asian characters. Newcomers should create their character somewhere between their mid-teens and early twenties. The goal of the group is to enrich and break the current norms of Asian American roleplay in the server. It is therefore heavily development-oriented and aims to capture the true essence of Asian Americans by veering away from the heavily sterilized take that the scene has been hindered by. With this said, we do not want run-of-the-mill gangbangers. We hope to incorporate a wide cast of characters: whether it may be loosely affiliated friends and girlfriends or, ultimately, hardened criminals serving time behind bars. Feel free to check us out and ask questions: https://discord.gg/qEk6hucBWd
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  11. *Username: RMarshall *Rating (( 1-5 stars)): 5 *Comment: Amazing service, I had no clue what to get my wife and they helped me out a great deal. Great stuff will come again. Cons: My bank account will eventually hate this place.
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  12. I don't really believe adding a ton of paperwork will make people more interested in trucking - or create any more interesting RP, to be honest :x While trucking definitely needs fixes, it might be an idea to poll / consult the players who are truckers, or used to be truckers. It may allow to better gauge what the current problems are, or what made them stop trucking (thus leading to the current supply problem).
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  13. OUT OF CHARACTER SECTION Events regarding this faction have all occurred in-game as it stands. Methods of recruitment & so for the faction will continue in the same way all on an in-character basis. Anybody that wishes to engage with the faction can feel free to drop a private-message for advice/tips but all methods of recruitment is strictly done in-character and are expected to realistically portray a character fitting to the faction. This faction has zero-tolerance for those who can't abide by rules so upon joining the faction you have one chance, do not break the server rules. As-well-as this upon joining the group/faction you automatically grant character kill permission to leadership if deemed fit. Any questions may be directed to @Bukhgalter
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  14. Couple of suggestions: Instead of selecting shipments to deliver, make the script auto select for you dependant on the vehicle size (Vans for shorter, more inner city routes. Pounders for longer journey's.) and location. Payment to be made based on vehicle size and distance from supplier as opposed to per crate. Increase the number of supply points on the map to make it practical. Firearms and ammunitions never get delivered due to the distance between supply point and business. Remove the pickupcrate, loadcrate, sellcrate commands, make it less spammy. Remove the tax on deliveries when you own your own vehicle.
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  15. “You can keep as quiet as you like, but one of these days somebody is going to find you.”
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  16. Iosif Blumkin Iosif Blumkin was born on August 17, 1983 to a middle class, mixed Jewish family in Odessa, Soviet Ukraine. He is the second born child of Semyon Romanovich Blumkin and Anastasiya Yakivna-Fersht. Semyon was a Russian Jew whereas Anastasiya was a Ukrainian Jew. His older brother, Meir, was also born in Odessa in 1978. His family are Russian and Ukrainian Jews from the Odessa region and Crimea. The Holocaust decimated his family, which resulted in most of his surviving relatives emigrating to Israel in the late 1940s. Early life Blumkin spent most of his childhood in Odessa. His father worked as a private financial advisor in the city. His mother’s side of the family were extensively involved in the city’s culinary industry. His mother’s family owned a series of restaurants around Odessa, and were locally renowned. His parents had legitimate careers and actual jobs; they weren’t involved with any crime. Blumkin moved to Israel in 1999, at age 16. With him was his father, who brought him there after an intense divorce. His brother Meir remained behind in Odessa in order to continue running a family restaurant. He and his father obtained dual citizenship in Israel within a year of their emigration there. He was called up for the Israeli Defense Forces at age 18, but a friend’s uncle in recruitment fraudulently waived him from service. Blumkin got involved with the nightlife scene in Tel-Aviv during his late teens. He embarked on bodybuilding in weight rooms while also training in amateur boxing circles around the city. During this time, he was employed at some of these gyms and also worked as a personal trainer. His other jobs included working in retail and as a fast food cook. However, he started making a name for himself while working as a nightclub bouncer. Therefore, he stopped working in other sectors after just a few months. He created connections with other bouncers and sold drugs around Tel-Aviv’s nightclubs. Criminal career in the Middle East and Europe Blumkin’s criminal work and organized crime connections garnered recognition in both Tel-Aviv and his native Ukraine. In 2004, at age 21, he moved back to the Ukraine for criminal purposes. He sought criminal work from Anton Baline, one of Odessa's drug lords who he met in Tel Aviv. He sold drugs to other criminals in Odessa while also working as an armed enforcer for Baline. He was often surveilled by Odessa’s police, escorting and driving Baline arounnd the city. Blumkin navigated through Odessa’s underworld as an enforcer while heading his own bouncer crew in the nightlife. Eventually, he oversaw drug deals, drug smuggling from Odessa to Kiev and debt collection. To this day, he is a prime suspect in three underworld homicides around Odessa, which are all now cold cases. His criminal activities continued for a number of years. He would also get married to a young woman he previously met in Israel, Yana Kolmel. He had Yana move to the Ukraine after they were married at a ceremony in Tel-Aviv. A confidential informant would later tell police that Iosif was controlling and domineering towards his wife in public, and that her move to the Ukraine was probably coerced. In 2007, Baline's criminal ring was busted by the Odessa police. Blumkin was arrested and criminally charged with minor offenses. The charges were dropped and he was released for lack of evidence. Furthermore, the police didn’t tie the three homicides back to him at the time. He moved back to Israel for a few months, where his wife initiated a divorce. In the meantime, Baline and his co-conspirators were sentenced to decades behind bars. Baline is currently serving out a life sentence in the Zhytomyr Prison. Facing financial struggles, Blumkim got the opportunity to move to Germany through common friends. He worked for a Russian criminal named Grigoriy "Grisha" Bugayev, a local rising drug lord and owner of a nightclub named Club Boulon located in Berlin. His association with Bugayev began in 2009. While residing in Berlin, Blumkin would further his criminal career. More experienced, physically bigger and smarter, it wouldn't take long for him to be one of the key players in Grisha Bugayev's rise to power. Rise, fall and emigration to the United States In 2013, Blumkin’s criminal career peaked. Bugayev opened a second nightclub in another area of Berlin while leaving Blumkin responsible for Club Boulon. Despite being a nightclub manager, Blumkin was still in the streets while running Bugayev’s errands. Though, this happened with less frequency due to his new responsibilities. Taking care of the club's finances and staff was a task Blumkin had no trouble dealing with. He ran his own crew that worked on simpler criminal tasks. It's also in 2013 that Iosif married for the second time. He married a 19 year old German girl named Kristina Hasselhoff. Blumkin’s criminal career in Europe came to an end in the late 2010s. Bugayev’s criminal gang was dismantled through a combination of rival organizations and police action. Bugayev himself was discovered dead by the Berlin police at his Tiergarten apartment in 2016. The police publicly declared the crime scene a “brutal murder” at the time. He had been stabbed to death and partially dismembered; his remains were stuffed into an air vent. Simultaneously, federal German police netted several arrests and laid criminal charges against Bugayev’s closest partners. They were remanded on criminal offenses relevant to narcotics trafficking and gun running. Most of the offenders were Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian nationals. Blumkin’s criminal activities after 2016 are largely unclear. He departed Berlin and was transient around Germany, with his wife, for a time. While traveling through rural Germany on the lam, his wife Kristina suffered a nervous breakdown. Her mental deterioration was worsened by her regular abuse of cocaine and other stimulant drugs. Kristina served Blumkin with divorce; the parting was finalized in Frankfurt during 2018. Left on his own, Blumkin initiated the permanent immigration process to the United States from Germany. He was motivated to start a new life and get away from his underworld problems in Europe. Blumkin later re-surfaced in Spain in 2019. Tired and demotivated with regards to his criminal lifestyle, he attempted to find legitimate work. His involvement with Barcelona’s nightlife ended in failure, and he was instead relegated to working menial jobs in the service industry. With no working knowledge of Spanish and the local culture, he returned to Germany after just two months. Life in the United States Blumkin arrived in Miami, Florida after his Green Card approval in 2020. He came on a direct flight from Berlin, Germany. Accompanying him to Germany was Andrei Ruda, a Moldovan-born arms trafficker with criminal ties to Florida and family ties to New York. While in Miami, they both joined Roman Shulga's criminal organization. Shulga is a Russian Israeli mob boss who has been criminally active in Miami since 1996. Blumkin rapidly became aquainted with Shulga, though he took a few considerable loans from the start. He used the money inside of illegal gambling dens. These venues were illegally operated by Haitian migrant criminals and Cuban American locals around the Little Haiti and Havana areas. This desperate and frankly reckless spending put a strain in the criminal partnership between the two gangsters. Eventually, Shulga discovered that Blumkin was having a relationship with his 16 year old daughter, Sadie. Blumkin had enamored the minor with money and drugs such as cocaine. Infuriated, Shulga put a hit out on Blumkin’s head for $100,000. Blumkin’s criminal partner, Andrei Ruda, turned on him by taking up the hit. In response, Blumkin fled Miami. He departed the city with his car, $8,000 in cash and with the clothing on his back. Arrival in Los Santos Blumkin arrived in Los Santos, San Andreas in late 2020. He drove across the U.S. South, and in the process, lived out of his car and dumpy highway motels. He lost a significant amount of weight during the trip, due to underlying distress, sleep deprivation and a reduced dietary intake. While traveling through Alabama, Blumkin picked up a middle aged hitch hiker. Although he planned on robbing the hitch hiker originally, the hit hitch hiker was one step ahead, as he attacked Blumkin himself. Blumkin shot the hitch hiker dead during a sustained struggle inside of the car, in self defense. Blumkin crossed state lines with the hitch hiker’s body in his trunk, eventually dumping it in a marshy area outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although the decomposed body has since been found by Baton Rouge police, it remains unidentified. Blumkin has since found work in the Los Santos nightlife. He works alongside David Utkin, a seasoned bouncer, and Matei Popescu, a Romanian-born former mercenary. He is once again involved with the production and distribution of nightclub drugs in the city.
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  17. The Official Prospect Guide: What is a prospect? A Prospect is a junior position in a motorcycle club. Prospects are hopefuls wishing to become fully fledged members of an organisation and as such are the little brothers of an MC. A prospect is managed by his sponsor and spends a period of time prospecting under their sponsor. Dependent on club this can range from anywhere from 3 months to 3 years. What is a sponsor? A sponsor is a fully patched member who guides and supports a soon-to-be member through their prospect phase. A sponsor is responsible for the education of their prospect and ensuring that they are fit for the club. They are the master to the prospects apprentice, if you will. Sponsors are generally barred from being blood related to the prospect. What is the relationship often like between a sponsor and a prospect? Every individual is different in their relationships, but generally you can expect a sponsor to be on good terms with his prospect. Sponsors generally take a prospect under their wing in a father-son/brother-brother bond. Sponsors will usually look out for their prospects best interests within the club and will guide them on their way to becoming a member. Sponsors and prospects generally have a life-lasting bond as a prospect generally spends the majority of his prospecting phase at his sponsors side, learning by hand. How is a sponsor chosen? Generally the person who put the hangaround up for vote to become a prospect is insinuating that they would like to sponsor them. However, sponsors may also be selected by cabinet should the prospect be brought up by a cabinet member who does not wish to sponsor them, or the club has brought them up in open discussion. Sponsors are generally patched members with considerable experience in the scene. Knowledge shared is knowledge halved and as such an experienced rider and patch holder is desirable for getting the best results out of a prospect. How are prospects treated in a real 1%er club? This is something people have pulled off tv shows and documentaries about old traditional MC’s who are stuck in the 80’s and still riding choppers down the backwoods, not city-living, new-age, modern outlaws. PROSPECTS ARE NOT YOUR PUNCHING BAG OR YOUR SLAVE. Before interacting with a prospect, ask yourself “What would I do if someone talked to me that way?” – if the answer is a violent one, then don’t do it. Prospects are LITTLE BROTHERS who you want to be around in the future. That’s why you prospected them in the first place. Is there hazing? Yes. Are they the butt of the joke? Yes. In the same way your sibling rips on you, but doesn’t treat you like absolute garbage. Prospecting is meant to break down your humility and help a prospect learn to do things for the benefit of a group rather than an individual – which poses an integral question. Why would someone willingly sign up to an organisation that does nothing to them for 3 months-3 years except make them clean toilets, get beaten up and fetch beer? They wouldn’t. If you treated prospects in real life the way they are treated in MC RP, you wouldn’t have any prospects. Or patches. Because they all have PTSD. Your prospects should be learning inter-club relationships, politics, and the culture, not 70 different bylaws, what a patched members favourite taco is and how they like their coffee. Otherwise when they patch in, all they know is how to clean a toilet and fetch beer and they have no idea how to properly represent the club while wearing that nice new back patch they spent months cleaning for.
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