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News for Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 21:28

Mr.Teatime emailed Pete 'dodge' Hines (PR Bethesda) regarding the ActionTrip statement that Fallout 3 would, hopefully, appear in 2005. Here's what the man said:

Not a chance in hell that happens (that it comes out in '05).
Duh..
Spotted at Dac

Posted by Odin - at 20:24

Are you one of those that thought the Wasteland project (Half-Life mod) was dead? Well think again, because Gaist and his crew is back with Wasteland HL2. That's right, they are now using the Half-Life 2 engine to fuel their post apocalyptic mod, here's more info:

Ladies, gentlemen, it's been a long long time since we've had a little sit-together as we do now. Welcome, to say the least, to the rebirth of an old familiar shack on this desert of a net of ours-- we've come again to bring you the carnage, chaos, and spoils of post-apocalyptic strife.

To some of you, this is a burst of nostalgia and excitement-- to others, this may well be your first time joining us; but in either instance, the gunmen ride again, and so too does Wasteland Half-Life, now in round two. In the next week or two we'll be rapidly ramping up the content on the site itself, but know in the meantime that we've already got an awesome head-start on this beautiful little monster, and with the power of the source engine beneath our reigns we can finally do those things we never could have hoped to accomplish with our ambitions for the first rendition of half-life.

In these years that have passed, some of us have gone for good, but those whom you see now have returned in full force, each unto themselves strengthened and all the more skillfull from four years of experience and practice. Make no mistake folks-- we've pulled off the considerable feat of releasing a mod before, and we're going to do it again. Stick around, set yourself up a home on the forums, and hold tight-- it's going to be a wild ride.
Mmm goodie!
Link: Wasteland HL2
Thanks goes out to Migu for informing us!

Posted by Odin - at 20:14

Well it's been a couple of slow news days hasn't it, but that all ends today. PsychoSniper informed me of the weekly update from the Fanout project, here's the news:

Some of the 'missing' members have shown their heads. (some remain missing)

Weve recived news on our missing leader, EnderAndrew. Seems his PC died. He'll return with a new PC once he gets one.

Were sketching out the democity, Estes, and have got a decent idea of its layout. Mapping will commence shortly, most likley. The starting city will likley be approx 10 differnt maps, though it could be more or less depending on what we cut from the demo. I'd show some pics of the sketches, but most of em are simple MSpaint drawings that wont make sense to anyone execpt for the team members, since were imersed in the lore of the design doc.

Were basicly still in preproduction, but were getting steady, albiet slow, progress.
Good to hear, now onto showing us some progress!
Link: Weekly update thread

News for Sunday, November 28, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 6:39

A recent news update on The Fall's website has highlighted two reviews of The Fall by European PC gaming magazines, with rather positive scores. They have included a selection of favorable quotes from the reviews, but obviously take these with a grain of salt.

PC Games and PC Action, two of Europe's biggest PC gaming magazines, are featuring reviews of The Fall - Last Days of Gaia in their current issues.

The game scored a 83 out of 100 in PC Action.

"Seldom has a post-apocalyptic world been more exciting than the wastelands in The Fall."

""Oh my lady, I'll save that artifact!" - fortunately, quests like this are not present in The Fall."

"Tons of humorous dialogue."

"The combination of the interesting, well thought-out story and the exquisite combat and character system makes The Fall a worthy successor to the Fallout series, which has been the benchmark for post-apocalyptic RPGs to this day."

PC Games gave it an overall score of 84/100 (game design 90/100):

"Only a very few games feature such an intelligently structured background story."

"The complex and remarkably diversified quests in The Fall are a big plus."

"In addition to the intelligent challenges and the twist-laden plot, The Fall also impresses with the sheer size of the game world."
Interesting, the scores are good, despite the problems indicated by all the patches. It would be much more enlightening to have the full text of the review rather than a few quotes picked by the developers.

News for Saturday, November 27, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 18:23

I noticed that RPGDot had gotten info about the english version of The Fall, here's what was posted in the Silver-Style forums:

...if you're waiting for news on the English release of the game, don't expect an announcement tomorrow. Or on the next day. There still are things to be sorted out, details to be debated. Etc. Etc. Etc. And keep in mind we right now have to focus on the German version the game. Seriously, there's no release date that's being kept secret or something like that.

I'm fully aware that you guys are growing impatient, but at this point there simply isn't anything to be announced. Take note though that there will be an English version. If you're running across someone who claims the opposite, you should rather ask him/her to share a bit of whatever he/she is smoking. Smile
Righto, I guess all those patches takes time.
Link: The Fall thread

Posted by Odin - at 2:43

For those of you that noticed, I just upgraded our forums to the latest stable version. There might be some minor problems, but I'm working on them as we..err..as I write..

Edit: Most of the problems should be gone now, have fun again 8)

Posted by Odin - at 2:12

As usual Oblivion Lost have once again translated some interview with Oleg Yavorsky (senior PR manager GSC) regarding Stalker and the recent unrest in Ukraine:

Krawall: Well, we know you – you guys are surely present at the demonstrations. How do you manage demonstrating on the street and working on the project?
Oleg Yavorsky: Our schedule of development is pretty tight and we have to abide by a strict timing. As a result, nowadays, we regularly come to work just as usual and eagerly work out everything at day time. In the evenings, most of us go out onto the street to join the protests against the falsely elected “wanna-be” president.
Glad to hear someone has the energy.
Link: Oblivion Lost forum thread

News for Friday, November 26, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 2:01

I've overlooked our hosted site IanOut, evidently the Beta 5 is in progress. Here's what they said:

Just wanted to inform the IanOut community that I've talked to Sztupy yesterday about the upcoming release of IanOut Beta 5. And here are some good news:

- Sztupy's birthday is November the 22.
- He's gonna give a present out to the IanOut community and will release Ianout Beta 5 the same day
- The whole core engine is done and he's working on the scripts at the moment; so the release date is final and won't be delayed
- There will be a little surprise around the 22. of November; just stay tuned 'cause I bet you'll like it.
Update:
I know all of you are waiting for IanOut Beta 5. Sztupy worked the last nights through and tried to get the Beta finished until today.

The bad news is that IanOut Beta 5 won't be released today Sad There is some stuff left to fix and we don't wanna release a Beta that's full of bugs and problems.
Well, good enough.

News for Thursday, November 25, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 22:29

Evidently ActionTrip belives that Fallout 3 will appear in 2005, wow talk about a short dev cycle, and they have added the title to their latest feature called Most anticipated PC Titles of 2005:

*Cries* I hate you, Bethesda, you make such great games! *Runs into the night screaming*

While the gaming community is still wondering whether or not Fallout 3 will be released in 2005, we are hoping, and are in fact quite enthusiastic it will be. After the closure of the Black Isle Studios and the cancellation of the game, Bethesda has obtained the rights to both develop and publish the sequel to one of the most appraised RPG series of all times. Due to the turbulent history of the title, it is not surprising only scarce details are known about Fallout 3. In any case, the Bethesda team is, as they put it, overjoyed for getting the chance to work on Fallout 3, which they will develop simultaneously with their new Elder Scrolls title, Oblivion. They have promised us a "visually stunning and original game" with "player choice, engaging story, and non-linearity." We have to believe. Just as we have to believe in that 2005 release date. Keeping in mind Bethesda is behind the project, however, we must admit we still have a shadow of doubt in our hearts.

Apart from obtaining the rights to Fallout 3, Bethesda has also acquired the rights to any Fallout titles that may come in the future. This is indeed great news, and I can bear to live with doubt.
Right, someone needs to lay off the sugar.
Link: Most anticipated PC Titles of 2005

Posted by Montez - at 21:13

Troika Games, one of our favorite developers, was profiled at FileFront today in a feature they call "F! True Company Story". The article is fairly short but does contain some photos of Troika's developers and office, as well as this cliffhanger ending:

But then again, this is a good thing. While managing their growth appears to be a constant problem, it means the company is doing what every software company out there strives to do: succeeding. Their most current release, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines has largely received great reviews from critics, and it seems there is a positive, hopeful future in store for Troika.

“I hope Troika Games continues to make quality role-playing games, possibly expanding to three teams,” Cain said.

But most ambitious, he also mentioned venturing into a heavily trodden path, changing it for the better. In short, creating a “true-role playing” MMORPG.

MMORPG's!? Say it ain't so!

Link: True Company Story: Troika Games

Posted by Odin - at 17:44

I noticed that The Daily Telefrag had posted some new screenshots of Metalheart - Replicants Rampage, one of them features the "worldmap" which looks familiar:



There are more where those came from, so remember to check out our Metalheart Gallery.
Link: Metalheart Gallery

Posted by Odin - at 16:54

Olav aka Slaughter from Ufoaftermath.co.uk informed us of another UFO IRC chat happening, here's what the man said:

November 25th 2004 there's an official IRC chat with representatives from ALTAR Interactive and Cenega Publishing. It will be held in the #aftermath channel at ChatSpike, and any question you might have concerning the upcoming sequel to UFO:Aftermath is welcome. More information can be found here, and at the official page.
I know it's not Fallout news, but..meh it's a slow news month.
Link: NMA Forum thread

Posted by Odin - at 1:20

The guys over at Silver-Style made another patch for The Fall (German version), we're now up to v1.4 . Here's what's been fixed:

- Diverse Absturzursachen behoben
- Diverse Questbugs gefixt
My german is a little rusty, so I won't try to translate.
Link: The Fall patch 1.4
Thanks to Darius for the heads up.

News for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 16:34

Well, after barely any time since the 1.2 patch, Silver Style has released another German patch for The Fall. This patch addresses save game problems, fixes some quests, changes the mini-map, and rebalances experience, among other issues.

Link: The Fall German 1.3 patch.

Thanks to Tayl for spotting this.

News for Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 22:11

There is a really snazzy new modding util out there, this one will create an executable with your mod. Here are some features:

Change starting map
Change start male and female figures
Change default male and female figures
Change Mod DAT Name (patch000.dat)
Change MOD Name (on the main menu)
Change CFG File
Set start year, month and day
Set the world viewport X and Y positions
Enable PIPBoy at start
Disable city limit
Disable movies
A big thanks to Andy-Spacetrain, who made this util.
Link: Fo2 Loader Creator and NMA forum thread

Posted by Odin - at 21:44

The post apocalyptic RPG called The Fall have gotten another patch, since the game had serious bugs. Here's what RPGdot posted:

Silver Style has released a second German patch for 'The Fall'. There's a full and an update version (from 1.1) available. The patch fixes display and performance problems (ATI 9700), missing texts have been added and a D3D issue has been addressed, too.
So the english version will include these?
Link: The Fall - Patch

News for Monday, November 22, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 6:15

The fine folk over at Oblivion Lost have an update on the status of the X-Ray engine, behind the upcoming game S.T.A.L.K.E.R., from one of the developers..

We have a small status update of the engine. As Oles Shishkovtsov, leading programmer of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, told us, the development of the X-Ray Engine would be finished in December of this year. Therefore, a release in may 2005 seems very probable. Currently, the only problem, according to Oles, is, as already known, the debugging of the life simulation system, because no situation is hardly re-produced exactly 1:1 again.
Good to hear, let's hope Oles is correct in his estimate.

Spotted at Duck and Cover.

News for Saturday, November 20, 2004

Posted by Silencer - at 16:11

Moriendor at RPGdot has posted some screenshots as well as some facts about a PA-like strategy game, allegedly with role-play elements - 'Ground Zero'. Here's what's been made known about the plot:

Nobody remembers who started it. But does this really matter? It lasted only a few seconds. A short, intense flash of light and the world would never be the same again.

Humanity bombed itself back to stone age. The cities are burnt down and the earth is covered wit deserts. The few survivors struggle to survive.

The ones with enough will and strength start searching for other survivors.

Law and order has ceased to exist. Food and water are rare and many don’t hesitate to use brutal force to get what they want.

But there might be hope for rescue. Again and again the few working radios are repeating: “Your resort, your chance for a new life. Rebuilding has started. Come to the coordinates 34N, 53W. We are waiting for you!“.


In the game, the player is to assume command over a group of survivors and lead them into a new age of power and dominance - by whatever means he deems appropriate. To accomplish that, one'll have to conqurer and hold 20 distinct areas, given the choice between 250 different items - weapons, armour, building materials and food. Also, there are 3 different professions: mercenary, technician, and doctor.

During his missions the player will meet different characters to trade with, recruit or talk to, so I guess this is where role-play sets in. Also, he'll have a chance to scavenge some potentially useful objects.

For some screens:


Coming in April 2005.
Link: Ground Zero Homepage

Thanks to SickBastard for the heads up!

News for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Posted by Montez - at 18:14

Gameguru Mania has posted an interview with Sergey Lakhtin of Akella about their upcoming game Metalheart: Replicants Rampage as well as some new screenshots.

GGMania: How much choice and what kinds of choices will the player have in the starting player character?

Sergey Lakhtin: There is no choice, as there will be no also a starting generation of the character. Game can be compared to the interactive fantastic novel - the emphasis is made not on maintenance of illusion of freedom, but on an interesting and fascinating plot. The opportunity to think and operate at once for two main characters - the captain of space lorry Lantan Signy and his second pilot, beauty Sheris Sheridane will be presented for us.


That's certainly an unusual direction to take for an RPG, let's hope it works. Also, is it just me or are there a ton of circular areas in this game?

Link: Gameguru Mania Interview with Sergey Lakhtin
Thanks to Pal and Briosafreak for the heads up.

Posted by Montez - at 18:03

Apparently The Fall is being released in Germany. Here's my badly paraphrased translation of German announcement:

The Fall Release Celebration

The long awaited day has come! On 11/19/04 The Fall will be in the shops. Amazon shoppers get to play the game on the 17th, and Amazon has guaranteed that all orders will be shipped punctually on that date. The game box has a lift-up cover and shows the well-known hero who is also featured on our website. In the box is a thick colored manual and a two sided poster. The Wasteland Awaits!


Apparently a patch has already been released as well. No word yet on the English or other releases.

Link: The Fall (page is in German)
Thanks, Briosafreak!

News for Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 2:22

Fanout's most recent weekly update includes a working version of their world map. Good work by Corpse.

Work continues, albet at a slow pace.

Not much in the way of specifics are avalible, but we can show a pic from a new world map that Corpse is working on.



While not final, it is a good representation of what we intend to use.
Link: Fanout Weekly Update: November 14, 2004.
Thanks PsychoSniper.

News for Monday, November 15, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 4:36

GameVision.de has released a profile of Leonard Boyarsky, Joint CEO and Art Director of Troika. It's short, but you have a chance to learn Leon's motto.

Your three all-time favourite games?
Fallout (why can’t that count, dammit?). Okay, my three favourite games that I didn’t make: Lands of Lore (1), Ultima Underworld, Doom

Which game, accept of your own games, would you like to have developed?
That’s hard, as I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve generally worked on the games I’ve wanted to make (which is very rare in this industry). I suppose I would have liked to have worked on the original Doom, because I could really use a Lamborgini Razz
Link: Leonard Boyarsky Profile at GameVision.de.
Found at RPGDot

News for Friday, November 12, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 0:48

The German website Gamigo has a few new screenshots of the Fall, and another faction description. The screeshots display the various positions of the sun during the game day. Many thanks to Ashmo for translating the faction description for the "Seekers."

Homelessness has always been an issue in the metropolitan areas of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona -- that wasn't different before the global climate disaster either. Unfortunates who, day for day, tried to survive in the dark corners, alleys or freeway underpasses of the commercial centers like Phoenix AZ, Albuquerque or Houston TX, represented the lowest social level. And even though one could think, that their misery would have been easier to bear in groups, there existed almost no bonds between these outsiders of society.

The catastrophe of 2062 was required to forge them together. Despite the violent change the events of this year brought along, the homeless had to bear the prejudices of others still. Although distrust was an expected daily companion the discrimination reached levels never seen before. Survivors who owned weapons -- and that were many in the South West of the USA -- had no problem seeing the homeless as living targets for shooting practice. So it came that the homeless retreated to the shadows again to stay unmolested.

Time passed by and small, not yet organized, groups of homeless people grew. And with them the self-esteem of their members. New strategies were created to master everyday problems. Like every gang -- and nothing else are the Seekers -- they want loot. However they avoid any unneccessary conflict to get it.

They just wait until an enclave or village lays in ruins after an assault of a gang. Only then they sneak in, kill possible survivors and take the remaining loot for theirselves. This efficient way of raiding causes the Seekers to have only few losses during their raids. On the other hand it is neccessary that they are always well informed about future assaults. Seekers always know what is going on in the wastelands and where to find decent stuff. A proverb says "If you know a seeker, you know the wastelands".
Links:
The Fall screenshots at Gamigo.
The Fall faction description, in German, at Gamigo.
Spotted at Duck and Cover.

News for Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 20:01

Not Fallout or other post-apocolyptic news, but to do with our friends at Troika. Their upcoming gothic RPG, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines has a confirmed release date, November 16th, as per this press release.

Santa Monica, CA – November 9, 2004 – The bloodletting begins on November 16, 2004 with the shipping of Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Vampire®: The Masquerade – Bloodlines™ for the PC.

An all-new RPG adventure, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is filled with rich character development, an intriguing storyline set in White Wolf’s World of Darkness®, and mind-blowing graphics powered by Source™ - Valve’s next generation engine technology. It will take a vicious array of vampire disciplines and a healthy penchant for blood, for players to survive the dark and gritty undying world of modern day L.A. Selecting from one of seven clans, gamers will interact with other characters, decide with whom to ally themselves, and watch as darkness takes over their soul while a mysterious plot unfolds.

Bloodline's release date is the same day as Half Life 2, so let us hope it can hold it's own in the stores.

News for Monday, November 8, 2004

Posted by Tannhauser - at 4:26

Shole has created a short tribute film to the Fallout universe, "Man."

i made this as a tribute project to the Fallout franchise
Shaped to appear as a Vault-Tec advert - scaring the population of the nuclear menace.
All images are there for a purpose, referring to each section of the song's lyrics in a twisted way.
Made completely out of legally free video material - all under the creative commons licence, downloaded from archive.org, and edited in Adobe After Effects.
Download: http://gamma.nic.fi/~aammpp/man.mov [It's 12 MB -Kotario]
Or stream in a window: http://sholen.persiist.com/works/player.php?file=http://gamma.nic.fi/~aammpp/man.mov&x=320&y=245

Good work Shole!

Posted by Tannhauser - at 2:38

Oblivion-Lost.com has translated a developer diary from the Russian magazine PC Games. It is focused on the artificial intelligence of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. the "Life Simulation System." In addition to the informative sections to the article, there are some entertaining stories.

The artificial intelligence in STALKER allows both people and animals to weight up their chances for survival and act accordingly. You won't often see a stalker with a pistol try to take on a soldier armed with an assault rifle. Of course, rare exceptions are possible, but these will come about because of the unhealthy psycological state of the stalker. We introduced the concept of a "fair intelligence". In general, the NPCs in FPS games know exactly where the player is, because this is known to the God-like all-knowing AI controlling them. In STALKER the enemy AI can only "assume" where the player is. The AI remembers the last spot where it saw the player, and tries to find him using the "what would I do in his place?" method, i.e. the AI searches for the player by assuming what his next possible position could be. It is often fascinating to observe, after secretly climbing up to the loft of a rural farmhouse, how the enemy stalker carefully circles the building with his AK47 at the ready, trying to figure out where the hell you could've gone.
Sounds good, though it's nothing they haven't said before. Now all that's left is to see it in action.

I am left wonder, who wrote the article? They didn't mention that in the translation.

Links:
The translated article.
The original, Russian, article.
Found at Duck and Cover.

News for Saturday, November 6, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 23:27

One of the IPLY investors over at Raging Bull forums contacted Luke Haas regarding IPLY's Q3 earnings report and Fallout MMORPG plans:

Luke: No specific date has been set for release of the company's third quarterearnings, although we are hard at work on that effort right now. I do notexpect a long delay -- if any -- beyond the standard deadline.

As for the recently announced judgment, I will have to defer to the text you saw.

Lastly yes, funding for MMORPG is the future of the company, although there remain short term issues that, if/when they get resolved, will likely improve the chances of the company getting funded for such endeavors.
Short term issues eh?
Link: Raging Bull Forum thread

News for Friday, November 5, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 21:16

Thorgrimm was kind enough to post some more new shots from the upcoming Fallout Civilization 3 mod, without further ado:

He also informed us that in order to play this mod you need Civ 3 and the Conquest addon (or the Gold pack).
Link: Fallout Civ 3 mod thread

Posted by Odin - at 21:10

As some of you have probably seen I've started filling the newly made Fallout Modding section with some content and our latest addon is Wild_qwerty's guide to making FRMs. As promised I'll add more and more content to this section, my plan is to add the Editor readme and various other stuff.

As usually Wild_qwerty has been busy making more FRMs for all you modders out there, this time around he sent us the following FRM packs:

Again nice work Wild_qwerty!
Link: NMA's Fallout Modding section, NMA's Download section

Posted by Tannhauser - at 19:32

The English version of the German Supermutants.de is now online.

Now the time has come! We finished our english Supermutant part and can now offer you a new base for Fallout and TheFall stuff. We will always have the latest news about Fallout and TheFall only for YOU and hope to see you soon in our forums

Some things are still missing but they are coming in the next few days, so stay tuned!
Link: Supermutants.net
Thanks Glowbewohner!

Posted by Odin - at 19:22

A Russian site called Crpg.ru recently interviews someone from Akella regarding the leaked demo and thanks to one of our forum member Commisar Lauren we've gotten the interview translated to English:

Status of the project

The main difference lies in the fact that at the time of the creation of the "demo" all aspects of play were in their infancy. We could observe only their prototypes, whereas in the current beta version they all are almost completely developed and finished.

Demo: 16 stats for each hero, with only 4 working.

Beta: System is reworked for 5 basic stats
The whole translation is here.
Link: Metalheart interview at CRPG.ru

News for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 23:19

According to Worthplaying there is going to be a Stalker demo before the release of the actual game, here's more info:

An interview on Russian site Dirty.ru with a certain PROF from GSC World revealed that a demo for THQ's upcoming FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow Of Chernobyl is planned to be released a month before the shipping of the game (thanks GenGamers). You can read an English summary of the interview over at IAmStalker.
Wow they actually are going to release the game?!

Posted by Silencer - at 22:57

Master_of_flamaster posted a relieving newsbit in this thread:

Well guys, there have been a few changes in development of Bourgeoisie.
You may have heard before that we'd decided to change the game's engine from our own made ZeD, to a fully developed 3D engine "Tourqe"
By doing this we've saved about half a year of development time. Some of you might be worried that this project will never see the light of day, but I assure you we have carefully thought over this choice.

The problem with Tourqe was buying the 100$ license required for learning the engine. Luckily the problem was solved by a sponsor who bought the license for us. Right now we have the license and are already starting to learn Tourqe.

So now there is no need for your money. We really thank everyone for their good will. We won't forget things like this.
So that's it, you won't have to pay a penny to see this game made, though you'll have to pay to actually play it Smile

Keep up the good work, guys!

Link: http://burzuj.nma-fallout.com

Posted by Odin - at 5:21

I just made a new section to NMA called Fallout Modding, as you might understand from the name this section will in the future include all info on modding the various Fallout games. Right now I've put up a couple of links to various tutorials and such, I've got lots more to make in this section so look out.

Next up tonight is some new Fallout files:

Good job guys, remember to upload more files or email them to me.

News for Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Posted by Silencer - at 19:54

Well, maybe not exactly your person, but they could sure use your cash or support (I suppose old toys would pass too Wink ) All's in this groundbreaking newspost by Intoxicate:

Many projects, including commercial ones, have at times to make difficult decisions. Therefore, after a grand brainstorm (and market analysis) we've decided to shift to another engine.
Our choice - 'Torque Engine' - is a complete engine (meaning a tremendous boon to the project schedule), has got a functioning community, tech support and many other virtues, which make it a perfect choice. It offers, among other things:
-the possibility to play Bourgeoisie on Linux and Mac
- ready made Scripting System
- dynamic location loading
- built-in editors - allowing anoyone to build a location (useful with Mods)
- vehicle movement physics (so you'll be able to move around a location in a vehicle)
- minimum requirements for this engine are PII 400MHZ, 256RAM, RIVATNT2 32RAM, (so Bourgeoisie would run even on a sub-par machine)
- a ready made graphics engine, allowing to generate marvellous scenes.

Thanks to Torque we'll get many great possibilities ZeD (old Engine) couldn't provide.
Bourgeoisie will be much better profiled, if we are to take advantage of this engine.

But the most important blessing is that we'll spare much time developing Bourgeoisie owing to "Torque" (at least half a year).
Unfortunately, it's got a severe drawback - it's a commercial engine and to use it, one must pay a license fee of 100$.

THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Bourgeoisie is a fan project and as such, it's got no budget. That's why we crave your support. Purchasing the license is neccessary to use the source code and the engine documentation. In other words: Without the license we're in a cul-de-sac.

If you're willing to help Bourgeoisie make it to the market shelves, here's your chance to do it! How? Easy. By making a donation to the following bank account:

18 1050 1793 1000 0022 8331 9636
Account owner: Piotr Gawiński

We appreciate every sum of money, because it'll help us buy the license and create Bourgeoisie. EVERYONE wto make a donation will naturally get an honorable mention in the CREDITS of Bourgeoisie.

Thank you all in advance
Andrzej "Kolos" Koloska
Project Chief
So, if you want to help make Bourgeoisie and want to find yourselves in the credits and have some extra money on your hands - don't hesitate, transfer as much as you can to Kolos' private Swiss account Wink

And here are some screens from the Torque:



Don't forget to look up the site for more Torque screens.

Link: http://burzuj.nma-fallout.com/

Posted by Silencer - at 17:08

Dziq of the eXploited RPG team - creators of a new pen&paper PA/cyberpunk RPG - spread the word that he's looking for creative people to help him with the project. Writers, drawers, graphic artists and people with experience in the field of role-playing games are among the most desired. If you're interested don't hesitate to mail him.

Link: http://exploited.rpg.glt.pl/

Posted by Odin - at 2:52

Apparently we, the Fallout community, are looked upon as rabid dogs or a community you wouldn't like to be in. In an article at Gamespy about Beta's do's and don't s (WOW Beta) by Allen Rausch we got this label:

More seriously, if you've agreed to roll for prizes during a quest, cut out the damn ninja looting! One of the best aspects of playing in the beta has been the nice community that's grown up around the game. It'd be great if once the world of Azeroth opens to everybody, it'd have a slightly better public demeanor than say, the Raider Nation, British soccer fans, or the Fallout community.
Awww the lub, the lub..
Link: WOW Beta article@Gamespy
Thanks Ghengis John for informing us.

News for Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 23:46

Well it seems we were somewhat correct in assuming there was something fishy about this release, the demo to Metalheart that we've all tried now is "illegal" or at the very least outdated:

As we have just learned, a “demo” of Metalheart: Replicants Rampage appeared in the World Wide Web not so long ago. It’s our duty to inform you that “Akella” is not responsible for this illegal distribution at all. This is not an official demo-version and it appears to be an incomplete fragment of 2003-year game build flooded with various errors.

This inconvenience has occurred due to frustrating misunderstanding between “Akella” and its partner that has mistakenly put the archive into the Web. The situation is being discussed and taken care of right now.

However, it won’t influence the date of release at all. It will happen in January 2005 as it was previously announced. For this very “demo” is not a complete and tested product, we’d appreciate much if you do not mind its appearance. The final version will be completely different regarding the total conversion of RPG system and many other aspects directly influencing the general game concept itself.

We are especially addressing the masters of web sites that host this archive asking them insistently to remove it from their download sections immediately as it corrupts our respected name. Let’s not allow any provocations to confuse us.

At this very moment the official site of the game is under intensive construction. You will be able to find all the necessary information on Metalheart: Replicants Rampage there just a few days later.
Damn, good to hear..
Link: Akella
Thanks Gloomster!

Posted by Montez - at 21:25

Mad of the Mutants Rising project has informed me that their November update has been posted:

Well we have got a couple of announcements to make this month. First off we seem to have survived our little rough patch last month, and second Trolle is alive and well after injuring himself. He has also managed to finish programming the web based assignment manager, so he now has us all working to a deadline. We will also be resuming the expanded demo build. This should be completed by *DELETED* and will give you the opportunity to give us some feedback (and/or flame us for not sticking to MR cannon )

Lastly the new audio tracks are coming together at a spectacular rate. What's better they even sound good! At some stage we will also be releasing the MP3 versions of a couple of these.

Also check out their page or the forum thread for some renders they've been working on.

Link: Mutants Rising November Press Release
Link: Press release forum thread

Posted by Montez - at 15:28

Gamebanshee has posted a huge article on the history of the Fallout game, from Wasteland all the way to Bethesda's work-in-progress. I don't think I need to bait you guys to read this, but since I love Wasteland so much I'm going to post this bit anyway:

Wasteland has garnered numerous critical awards, including 9th place in Computer Gaming World’s 1996 list of the top 150 games of all time. Their mini-review of the game was as follows:

“A fascinating science fiction story set in a post-nuclear world of disintegrating technology, dysfunctional society and mutant organisms, Wasteland was the first game many of us played where the other members of the player's adventuring party acted like "real" people instead of inventory cabinets with names and automatons with skill sets. Ask the party to divvy up the cash and one or more might refuse. Try to get a party member to cough up his/her last clip of ammo? No way! But don't take our word for it. Play it yourself. The entire game is on this month's CD-ROM.”

In 1998, Computer Gaming World inducted Wasteland into its Hall of Fame. In their article, they state that Wasteland is one of the games that "broke the records, established the benchmarks, and held gamers in delighted trances for hours untold. Derived from Mike Stackpole's (PNPRPG) Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes, this is the definitive post-apocalyptic RPG.

Hmm, sounds familiar....

Link: History of Fallout @ Gamebanshee
Thanks Briosafreak!

Posted by Odin - at 0:16

PsychoSniper informed me of a new update on the Fanout project, here's what he posted:

Ive noticed some people wondering where weve all gone.
Were still here (though posting less due to real life it seems) in the team members section of the fourm (its hidden, so you havent missed anything.)
PreProduction work still continues, and we are still getting ideas together for the maps the demo will use.
Were getting the design document for the demo and taking it apart, deciding whats good, whats bad, and what needs work.
The design doc is rather large, something that would cover multiple locatios in FO or FO2 (or the entire game of FO:Craptics with room to spare. If youre wondering why, its cause the maps are planned to be Huge compared to FO/FO2 maps)
For those wondering about Ender, he's had some family matters come up. Im not aware what happend (and wouldnt disclose it without his premission), though with luck its nothing serious.
They've even posted a new Critter FRM to view, so remember to check that out.
Link: Fanout Update

Posted by Odin - at 0:03

In a bizarre world these things happen I guess, evidently IPLY have won an old law suit, here's some info:

On October 19, 2004 the California Superior Court dismissed the legal action of Knight Bridging Korea Co., Ltd ("KBK") filed on September 16, 2002 against the Company and its subsidiary GamesOnline.com, Inc., ("GOL") and granted a judgment to Gamesonline.com, Inc in the cross-complaint from GOL against KBK. The dismissed KBK complaint for $98.8 million was alleging, among other things, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of implied covenant of good faith, in connection with an Electronic Distribution Agreement dated November 2001 between KBK and GOL. The granted judgment against KBK in the cross-complaint is for recovery of $700,000 for KBK's breach of contract. A motion for recovery of Gamesonline.com Inc's legal fees is being filed.
Well, one out of the way, 200 to go ?
Thanks goes out to Briosafreak for informing me.
Link: Thread@RagingBull forums

News for Monday, November 1, 2004

Posted by Odin - at 23:59

RPGDot is reporting that Gamigo have posted some new screenshots of The Fall and a description of The Shadows (in German).
Link: The Fall shots@Gamigo

Posted by Odin - at 23:52

Dude_obj, who earlier made the Fallout Modding FAQ has now made a summary page for the various modding tools around (for Fallout of course). Here's what he said:

Here's a new summary page for modding tools:
Fallout Modification Tools

- View screenshots of each tool
- Read docs and notes for each tool
- Multiple sources for download
- Links to most recent versions
- Links to my FAQ

If you find any errors, newer versions of tools,
or tools that I don't have listed, please let me know.

Happy Modding.
Snazzy!

Posted by Odin - at 13:38

Briosafreak informed me that the Metalheart demo has arrived, here are some download links:

The download is 163MB, I'm currently downloading and are going to upload it to our server.
Edit: uploaded to our server.

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