Version 0.62b of QuakeStarter has been released. This new version is mainly a bugfix release which addresses some of the bugs including the map browser, improved setup window, updated bot window, and a nightmare skill option has been added. The QuakeStarter team is also working on a Quake2 cfg creator, and ask that anyone with alias/scripting experience please contact Adion.
More New Sites/Movements/Makeovers
Our resident messageboard guru, GFKiller, has installed a brand spanking new public messageboard for everyone to enjoy! This one is based off of the same software that Epic Megagames' popular MMboard uses, and it's pretty fancy. Take a couple of minutes to cruise through the new forums we have setup, including a tech forum, programming/editing forum, and a help wanted board!
CTF Expansion Pack
Yay, you can stop emailing us for the download link to the new CTF Expansion Pack now :) There's a good description of the pak up here, with a couple screenshots and a lot of info. While the pak itsself isn't available there, you'll be happy to know that cdrom.com has approved it for download, and has made it available to everyone: ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/pub/idgames2/quake2/levels/ctf/p-r/q2ctfx.zip. Thanks to Paul from A World of Quake2 for the download link. Enjoy!
Quake Demo Analysis Tools
Some new tools have been released which allow "analysis" of Quake/QW/Quake2 demos. They scan the demo files, and return statistics about the demos, which can be written to text or even HTML format. Some of the info it returns includes kills, deaths, suicides, efficiency, and more for each player, as well as an accurate count of the number of demos, and the name/size of each. There are several other features and functions for these tools, so be sure to check the homepage for more information.
Weapons Factory v3.1
Version 3.1 of Weapons Factory has been released. This is a server side only upgrade, featuring new improvements like a more accurate sniper rifle, improved sentry gun interface, a new tranquilizer dart for the spy, and more. There are also NT and Solaris versions now available, with the Linux version planned for release within the next day or two.
New HyperQuake Released
Beta 3 of HyperQuake has been released. New features include Eraser bot support, laser trip mines, weapon banning, 7 new maps, and more.
New Stats Machine
A new stats machine for LMCTF has been released. This new log parsing/stats generating utility is geared towards LMCTF, but may possibly work on other mods if you want to give it a shot. Check their site for info.
Modern Warfare Messageboard
The Modern Warfare team's new messageboard has gone live. They aim to use this board as a point for suggestions and polls about the progress of the mod and what people would like to see happen to it.
We'd like to welcome GIB: Quake II Scenes to our hosted sites family. GIB is dedicated to brining the coolest Quake2 scenes and artwork to the community. Check 'em out!
And apparently so do you...I have received numerous email regarding the inability to get to (or download) the CTF Expansion Pak that I told you about yesterday. The author of the email said that he was uploading it and that it would be available sometime yesterday from ftp.cdrom.com. I have checked on the file status several times (just did a few minutes ago), and it is still sitting in /incoming/ waiting to be approved. Guess it must be a holiday weekend or something :) I'll post any news I get regarding the availibility of this addon as soon as I get it.
Action Quake2: Director's Cut
The Official Map-Pack of the Action Quake2 mod is now out and can be found at the Action Quake2 Map Depot. This Map-pack was voted "best of the best" by thousands of Action players, and AQ2 server ops are encouraged to download and install this all new high-quality pack.
Modern Warfare Contest
The Modern Warfare team has setup yet another a contest for all you loyal fans. All you have to do is be the 20,000 visitor to their site, get a screen capture to prove it, and then email it to VB69er for the chance to win a CD with the Modern Warfare music on it.
Qdevels now has a new messageboard which is more organized, and already has a few new tutorials. You can find it here.
Campers Anonymous is looking for programmers, skinners, and modelers to assist the current team with a new mod named Dualfusion. A description of the mod can be found at their website.
Thanks Guys :)
I'm sending a big "Thanks" to all of our loyal readers who sent me email regarding my little incident with Back Orifice. Blue Smurf sent me some info on ConSeal PC Firewall which allegedly stops network attacks (i.e., viruses, icmp floods, udp floods, nukes, hacks, etc.). There is a 30-day evaluation available at: http://www.signal9.com. There is also Back Orifice Plug which can be found at http://tech.simplenet.com/software/boplug (thanks Evil_Bill). I advise you all to arm yourselves...it's a jungle out here.
Yay! It seems like it took forever to find all my data and programs amidst the endless piles of cd's and zip disks. And, ahem, everything is now labelled and catalogued (see, you can teach an old dog new tricks). A very deserved thanks goes out to Bomb, who stepped in for me and did the update yesterday; and also to my honey, Evil_Bill, who called me long distance from the UK to keep me company and offer his support during the restoral process. Anyway, I'm back in business, and apologize to all of you who sent in news prior to today that did not get posted. Resend and I'll post. Oh yeah, thanks for your patience :)
Battle of the Sexes
Four new Battle of the Sexes maps have been released: Air Time by LagDaddy, Aberation by Kevorkian, Prison #5a by Starship Pooper, and Frag Fest 2000 by Killer. You can find the full descriptions of the maps, as well as the downloads here.
New Quake2 CTF Expansion Pak
Yay! A new CTF Expansion Pak is just now being made available for all of us who are bored to tears with the same old McKinley's Revival thru Final Showdown runthrough. In addition to those 5 classic maps, 9 new additional ones (which will accomodate 24 players comfortably) are included. Along with the 14 levels (and only one has the BFG - woohoo!), there are also some additionals features:
New Painrift Build
A new PainRift build 1.01, and upgrade patch for version 1.00 has been made available. This is mainly just a big bug fix release with no major game play changes. You can find the pingtool tab, the gamespy tab, PainRift dll files only (253 Kb), full build, version 1.01 (16,747 Kb), and the patch to upgrade version 1.00 to 1.01(3,332 Kb) on their Downloads page.
NightHunters Beta 3 Released
Night Hunters mod Beta 3 has been released and can be found at their new home at http://nhunters.gameplex.net. This Beta fixes some annoying bugs, as well as offers some new features. This is a deathmatch-based mod which pits the marines against one predator (an anti-strogg robot gone bad). You can now play NightHunters on an additional server located at 220.127.116.11 (sorry, don't know the address of the other one), just make sure you download the mod and its pak files before playing. Also, NightHunters still needs a modeler to help them with the Predator model for the final release...you can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ICQ: 7395683 if you can help.
Okay...well, things are just not going the way I planned (do they ever?), and getting my system up and running has not been an easy task given my r/l responsibilities (school, work, kid, blah, blah, blah). Anyway, things are moving along more slowly than I anticipated, so a friend is stepping in to do the news update for me since I can't. So without further ado...take it away Bomb!
John Cash Updates His .plan
John Cash updated his .plan file.
September 04, 1998Our Condolences to John Cash and Family
We here at Quake2.com were saddened to hear the news of the passing of John Cash's mother, and on behalf of our administration and staff, I wish to send our deepest regrets and sympathy to him and his family.
Quake II Mission Pack: Ground Zero
Activision has announced that the second Quake II Mission Pack, titled Ground Zero, has gone gold and may possibly be in stores as soon as Saturday, September 12th. Ground Zero features fourteen new single-player levels and 10 new deathmatch arenas, as well as new weapons and monsters.
Faith CTF Mod Released
The first version of Faith CTF (the only fully themed CTF Mod) is now available for download. Also, the New Zealand Quake Map Makers Guild has an exclusive review of the Faith CTF Mod. Check it out by clicking here.
Klan Amish has released a new PAK-file called FONQ. It features 10 new 1-on-1 maps including a makeover of the ever-so-popular Quake level, E1M7. It has many more features such as new sounds, textures and insults. Click here for a direct download.
Mapping and Skinning Contest
Generations is having a mapping and skinning contest. If you submit any work, you will receive credit for it, and you may have a chance at winning one of their three prizes. If you're interested please visit the Generations site for complete details.
Review of Action Quake2!
The Q2 Depot has re-reviewed the Action Quake2! (v.95) Mod. Check out what they have to say by clicking here.
Well kiddies...yesterday morning as I was just finishing up the news update, strange things started occuring on my system. I started seeing my programs disappear one by one and by the time I realized what was going on...it was too late. It seems that somehow, my computer got infected with BO (Back Orifice), and whoever was remotely controlling it decided that simply monitoring what I was doing was not enough. Before I could do much of anything...Windows was gone and I had no operating system. As I try to get the updates done before I leave for school every morning, there wasn't a whole lot I could do until I got back home last night. My system is still not up and running, and I will be working fast and furious to get it together by tomorrow morning (I have a clan match tomorrow night). Anyway, I lost all of the mail that was sent after September 1, so all of you who did send mail after that date will have to resend it. I know this is a pain in the ass, especially with NetGuy away...but there is not a whole lot that can be done about it at this point. I am currently writing this using vi on a UNIX system (my school account), but have no access to the news mail, and have to get my system up and running again. I expect to be able to post again tomorrow morning - I hope! Welp, wish me luck...and oh yeah, be careful what you download ;)
Just a note to let everyone know that I've got a family reunion in the great state of Tennessee to attend this weekend, so you won't see any updates from me. If you were planning on emailing me, please hold off until Monday or Tuesday so I can get things back in order when I return. Thanks :)
I saw over on Blue's that version 0.3 of AirQuakeII has been released. New to this version of more planes to choose from, new maps, and combat drones (bots?). Check the page for more detailed information and the files.
New FreezeTag Mod
FreezeTag v1.71a has been released. New features include a team_skins setting for servers, improved floating keys, an entirely new scoreboard, as well as the addition of more sounds and more!
Jailbreak GOLD Released
The Jailbreak team has released "Jailbreak GOLD", which is a client addon, with 5 new maps, sounds, and graphics. Check their page for more info as well as the downloads.
Modern Warfare mp3 Plugin
This is pretty cool. The Modern Warfare team has released mp3 plugin code for their MW mod, which allows people playing the mod to simply type "mp3play filename" and Quake2 will play your mp3 of choice. While I generally don't listen to mp3's when I play, personally, it would still be a pretty good idea if more mod authors included something similar to this in their mods ;)
National Capture Association
The National Capture Association is a new league for NQ, QW and Q2 CTF. The NCA is far different from any other league in that it takes the theme of a Professional sports league and adapts it to Quake. Every clan signed up will choose a "Home" server. A schedule will be posted and your clan will be required to play both home and road games. More info can be found at: http://nca.rigamer.com or on irc @ irc.rigamer.com #nca.Help Wanted
New versions of Tectonic (v. 2.03) and TecTray (v. 0.6) have been released on the Tectonic page. TecTray now supports the Tectonic client, Quakelauncher, and Sincest).
Assimilation Mod Released
Assimilation: Resistance is Futile has been released. I don't really know how to describe it ;) so I'll just include a clip from the readme.txt file:
You assimilate an enemy by killing him any way necessary. Upon death, the player's essence is converted to your team color and joins the battle for your team. Each time you assimilate someone, they are placed in your chain of command. If a player in under your command earns a kill, you recieve a bonus point, and that newly assimilated player is added to your chain of command as well.Demoplay Patch Released
A patch for Demoplay has been released, bringing the mod to version 2.11. This patch adds the ability to play QW 2.29beta and 2.30 demos.
New BotJohnny Alpha
An alpha version of BotJohnny has been released. This is a release for bug testing purposes only, but it still has an enormous list of changes and fixes (WAY too many to list here). For the changelist and the client files, check out the BotJohnny site.
New TiggerDawg Film
TiggerDawg from Portals has released a new Quake2 movie entitled "LOCOQUAKETION". This one is much longer than his last piece (the Grenade-BFG jump flick), weighing in at 3 minutes long and sporting a 3-song soundtrack!
PainRift Release Today
PainRift will be released tonight, at the IRC party they're holding on irc.3DNet.net in #painrift. The festivities start at 9 PM EDT (-0400 GMT).
Modern Warfare Release Date
The Modern Warfare team has announced the release date of their upcoming MOD to be October 1, exactly one month from today. Check their site for more info as well as a chance to join their beta-testing contest.
We have 2, count 'em 2, new hosted sites!
Sgt. Hulka at Team Evolve has made available some brand new screenshots from the "Zaero" mission pack which should be released sometime next month. Although these screenshots are not too terribly revealing, they are still intriguing enough to make me want to check out the full game. You can check them out here.
QuakeHQ.com Bids Farewell
We received sad news today that Quake HeadQuarters has decided to shut down. You can find the full details of their closure here. We bid them a fond farewell :(
VWep Site Update
The VWep site has been updated for the first time in a few months and is offering code examples for 3.15+ compatible VWep code. (Hey, does the CTF VWep work yet?)
The WARHAMMER 40.000 TC team is searching for a programmer, skinner, modeler, texturer, and sound person to help get this TC underway. If you are interested in being a part of this team, contact Pluvius.
John Romero has granted Planet Riva an exclusive interview in which he discusses his upcoming new game, Daikatana, as well as several other subjects including his mentors, and his new company ION Storm. You can check out this very informative interview with one of the gaming industry's biggest legends here.
The Frag 2 Contest
Yup, it's that time of year again...time for the fragfest galore known as The Frag 2. This year, The Frag 2 event will be held October 30 thru November 1st, and is being hosted by Babbages Software Etc.store.
The event will host an official CPL Quake2® one-on-one Tournament with many prizes, including $15,000 in cash. In addition, FRAG 2 will host an All-Star Doom2 one-on-one Competition (more details coming soon). Other competitions that will take place at the event include Quake and Unreal.
Several other attractions to take place at FRAG 2, include:
Clan Steel Maelstrom Contest
Clan Steel Maelstrom has announced a new contest: "The SMS Qoole Gigadeth Giveaway" in an effort to find a new model/skin to play with. They are giving away some cool prizes: a copy of the Quantum Rage "Songs for DeathMatch" CD AND a copy of a Qoole (version 2.0) CD-ROM for the first place winner, as well as an additional copy of the Qoole CD-ROM for the second place winner. For more info and contest rules, go here.
Urban CTF Documentation Updated
Although the mod has not quite been released yet, you can find updated documentation giving a detailed description of Urban CTF and its features here.
Action Quake/Maps Review
You can find a review of Action Quake and all of the maps in the first map pack at the Q2 Depo.
The Gaia Project has been recently redesigned, and you can check out their new look here. They would also like to get some community input regarding interest in an IRC Deathmatchmaker2 channel on the Undernet...so tell 'em how you feel ;)
Hosted Sites News
Zoid has updated his .plan file. Zoid had this to say:
Aug 28th/1998PC Gamer Online's New Level Paradise
Marking the beginning of some format changes at PC Gamer Online, yesterday their Daily Demo area was replaced with their new section, Coconut Monkey's Level Paradise. This area currently holds the best Quake, Quake II, and Unreal single and multi-player levels, but will soon expand to include such games as Myth, Total Annihilation, StarCraft, and many more.
PC Gamer has also hired two highly respected members of the Quake community to review and select the levels that will appear in Level Paradise: Brian Bland of Planetquake's Ramshackle, and Quake2.com's very own Paul Taylor of AWOQ2. To coincide with the launching of this new area, PC Gamer has created a new "PC Gamer Instant Classic" award, which will be given to authors who have created exceptional levels. Be sure to check out Coconut Monkey's Level Paradise.
New Bot Epidemic Poll
There is a new poll up at the Bot Epidemic site entitled "What is your opinion of Proxy/Aimbots?" If you have strong opinions about bot use/abuse, here is your chance to express them by taking part in this poll (I did...damn spawns of Satan!). This poll expires in 4 more days though, so better make it snappy :)
New Screen Shot Tutorial
For all you Quake art fans, PaK-RaT has come up with a tutorial on how to clean up screen shots utilizing the tools in PhotoShop. You can find this and much more at his 3DPalette.Com site.
The No Frills Quake Mods Page has been updated to include some information on the Crystal Conflicts mod, which recently won third place in the PC Gamer Quake 2 mods contest. Also, if you are into playing TagYerIt, you can find information on a new server here, as well.