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Wednesday, July 22, 1998 - Submit News!
Q2 Duel Mod Converted
A version of Q2 Duel Mod that has been converted to Linux platforms is now up at this site. This version is currently a direct port, but keep your eyes peeled for enhancements and other addons in the future.

Quake2 Birthday Clan Tournament
To celebrate their 2nd birthday, the Wu-Tang Clan is hosting a Quake2 Clan tournament. Check their page for more info on the "Shaolin Quake2 Tournament", as well as an article on clans and the clan community.

Headhunters II Reviewed
False.com has a review of the new Headhunters II mod posted. Drop by if you're curious about this unique mod.

Help Wanted
Twisted Matrix is desperately in need of a coder and modeller to help them out on their currently in progress DM mod.

New Sites/Movements/Makeovers Updated
Without Further Ado...
If you haven't noticed by now, we have a new person on our news team here at Quake2.com: LadyICE. She's signed on to help me out a bit with the news load, and updates should be more frequent because of her addition. If you'd like to contact her you can do so by emailing ladyice@quake2.com or dropping by GamesLink and seeing her there!


Loki's Minions Tournament Editions for Linux/Solaris are Available
Finally, the LMTE has Linux/Solaris server versions online and are ready for download. Also, some bugs found in the GUI tool that configures servers have been fixed, and there is an Eraserbot update for all those Eraser-nuts out there! The download can be found at: http://planetquake.com/lmctf/.

Linux Port of the Q2 Duel Mod
A Linux port of Sumfuka's Q2 Duel Mod converted by ([MOGH] Soul) can now be downloaded at http://games.wantree.com.au.

Having Problems Getting That Mod Installed?
The guys over at South Park have put up a tech support page which gives basic instructions for the installation of Quake2 mods, and a few quick tips on getting a game started. You can find that page at: http://southpark.quakecity.net/help.asp. They are also interested in getting bug reports from anyone who may be running South Park Quake2 servers.

Quake2 SLI Benchmarks with the AMD K6-2
Check out a new article regarding Quake2 SLI Benchmarks with the K6-2 posted by HPC here: http://hardware.pairnet.com/sli/.

New Q2 Tournament Mod
The beta version of the GX Mod, a Quake2 Tournament mod which manages team and 1 on 1 games is now available for download at http://www.gamers.com/gxmod. The mod contains a host of features such as a comprehensive voting system, 3 chasecam modes, advanced admin and configuration settings for different types of matches, support for ffa/practice modes, and much more.

New Sites/Movements/Makeovers

Tuesday, July 21, 1998 - Submit News!

FrogBot Editor v1.7
Version 1.7 of the Frogbot Editor has been released. New features include a QWSkin option, scrolling color bars, and more.

New Lithium II
A new version (1.16) of Lithium II has been released. Lithium II now supports Windows x86, Linux x86, Linux AXP, Solaris x86, and Solaris Sparc. VWep support is included, as well as the admin feature of adding and removing bans, among other things.

New QuickStart
Version 2.2 of Quick Start has been released. This new version has several tweaks, fixes, and features (too numerous to list here!). This is quite possibly the final release candidate which will be packaged with the Eraser Bot.

Xtreme Quake2 Released
The first version of Xtreme Quake2 has been released. This is a combo modification worth checking out!

Help Wanted
New Sites/Movements/Makeovers
Just a Quick Note
I forgot to mention yesterday that updates are going to be a little later than normal this week, my morning schedule is kind of wacky. Expect them around 4pm (EST) or so, with things returning back to normal next week (hopefully :). Thanks.


Monday, July 20, 1998 - Submit News!
Spec Ops Review
Check out a review of Zombie Studio's combat sim, Spec Ops, over at Gibbed.com's Game and Hardware review site, The Eclipse.

Jump This
BioCHiP is putting together a page about jumps and moves in Quake2 deathmatch levels at http://www.ping-of-death.de/jumpthis/welcome.htm.


Monday, July 20, 1998 - Submit News!
CPL Event Prize & Computers Announced
Yowza. The prize computer for the CPL Event has been announced as being a Pentium II 400 full computer system, provided by the good folks at Tiger Distributing. The game machines themselves are pretty ripped, with P2-266 processors, 64 megs of RAM and a Pure3D 2 LX in each one. Check the page for more details!

Capture! Release Date Announced
Here's the date, straight from the press release:
CAPTURE! Quake2 Enhancment Pack has announced the release date to be August 1st, 1998! CAPTURE! was designed to have 3 games in one, Capture the Flag, Capture the Enemy Team, and Fighting 1 on 1 Deathmatches for your Freedom. CAPTURE! will demand the best of all your abilities, teamplay, offence, defence and 1 on 1 deathmatch. Checkout the CAPTURE!'s shocked site with Flash3 from macromedia at: www.planetquake.com/kunani/capture
Tournament Info
A One-On-One Quake tournament has been announced. Jump on over to the Darkside to sign up before it gets full!

Help Wanted
New Sites/Movements/Makeovers
Happy Trails...
As if you haven't heard by now, Unreal.ORG has closed as a gaming site. This marks the end of an era, the Org was a true classic and will never be replaceable, no matter how many new sites throw their hat into the ring. The Org staff has decided to keep maintaining their IRC server (irc.unreal.org) on the GamesLink network, and has promised to keep maintaining several other services that they had provided in the past; but the Unreal website as it was is gone. We at Quake2.com would like to wish the entire Org staff the best of luck on whatever they may decide to do in the future.


Sunday, July 19, 1998 - Submit News!
Tourney News
DarkSide sent word that signups are being taken over at http://darkside.gibbed.com for a QII one on one tournament. If you're interested, better get over there while there are still spots available!

Mailbag returns!
Yay! Paubo says the Mailbag has returned after a lengthy absence...well, whatcha waiting for? Get over there and read!

New Papercut
Chris over at http://www.gibbed.com/ dropped us a line to say the newest Papercut release is now available at http://papercut.gibbed.com, and the newest article which addresses Papercut's very own grandmother can be found at http://papercut.gibbed.com/articles/. There is also a new Papercut contest out, and if you are interested in more info, the contest rules and contacts can be found at http://papercut.gibbed.com/contest.html.

Help Wanted
SSZ's team is looking for help on their QII Teamplay mod which is called Assault Quake. They are looking for good skinners, mappers, and possibly another coder. If you are interested in working on their modification email SSZ@earthlink.net.


Saturday, July 18, 1998 - Submit News!
LMCTF Patch and GUI
A patch for servers running LMCTF has been released which fixes the crashes some people are experiencing on map lmctf19. Also released is a GUI tool useful for setting up LM servers.

New Priority Released
Priority 1.3 has been released over at Metropolis. This is the utility that lets you run QuakeWorld server and client on the same machine, with a ~50ms ping in Win95 and a ~20ms ping in WinNT.

Quake2 Demo Opener v1.03
Version 1.03 of the Quake2 Demo Opener has been released. Also note that they have moved to a new location :)

id's New Employee
id Software has a new employee among their ranks: Katherine Anna Kang has taken up where Barret Alexander left off. Her Bio is up at the id homepage, drop by and check it out!

Carmack and Cash at the CPL
John Carmack and John Cash will be appearing at the CPL Even on Friday, July 24th at 3:00 PM. They will be discussing QuakeArena and issues surrounding their new project as well. For more info drop by the CPL schedule page here.

New Thresh Article
Thresh has posted another article over at Gamers.com.

Help Wanted
New Sites/Movements/Makeovers

Friday, July 17, 1998 - Submit News!
DMPak2 from FearTech
FearTech has released a DM Pack, here's the news:
Feartech Unlimited Productions has released its first product to the gaming community: DMPak2 for Quake 2, a 6 level deathmatch pack. DMPak2, with a little over a month of of production time, shows that Feartech knows what their doing. DMPak2 will keep people coming back for more on servers for more fragging than ever. This should relieve the stress of playing all those point release maps and and deathmatch maps that are incomplete or not to well designed. You can download DMPak2 at www.converted2.com/feartech.
New Powerball 2
I saw on Blue's that a new version of Powerball (v2.0) has been released. Not only does this new version include a new map, but it also has several new modes, the ability to do hat tricks, new models, and several other new cool stuff. Drop by and check it out!

New QBS2 Update
Version 1.03 of QBS2 has been released. This new version includes red icon fixes, tiny bug fixes, and new headline displays (oh my).

QWSV and QWCL on the Same Machine
A little utility has been posted to Metropolis which allows both the QuakeWorld Server and the QuakeWorld client to be run on the same computer. This provides 0% packet loss and ~50ms ping times, so mod authors can use this to test out their mods without having to find someone to run a server for them :)

New Balance of Power Mod
Version 0.90 of the Balance of Power mod has been released. This mod attempts to combat lag effects by giving HPB's the option of added power/resistance. This new version features 3 new game modes (including the ability to disable HPB strength/resistance bonuses), an in-game help menu, and lots of fine-tuning options.

Help Wanted
Team Dark Sanity is in need of experienced coders, mappers, skinners, and modelers. Their project is top secret and already underway. If you want a chance to work on their modification email niranga@geocities.com or ICQ at 5808070.

New Sites/Movements/Makeovers
Adios Muchacho
Quake2.com would like to thank GFKiller for all the news help that he has provided us over the past couple of weeks. He has decided that while he would like to remain as our Messageboard Administrator, he will not be able to continue on the news staff because of real-life duties and such. You will still be able to reach him at his email address here, and around the Messageboard as well.


Thursday, July 16, 1998 - Submit News!
Loki's Minions Tournament Edition
Loki's Minions Tournament Edition for both CTF and DM has been released. New features include Tournament mode, referee mode & practice mode, Support for custom player models & clan skins, 10 New CTF maps, 4 camera modes, Animated runes & new flag, a GUI sysop interface, and a whole ton more. Be sure to pick up this new release! Congratulations to the LMCTF team for having the Tournament Edition mod included in PC Gamer's new CD "The Extended Play Collection 2" which is a compilation of some of the best Quake2 mods around!

Quake2 Battleground v1.0
Version 1.0 of Quake2 Battleground has been released. Among the list of new features includes Gibstats logging support, v3.17 auto-vwep support, QWComp-style DM commands as well as optional ping-minimum enforcement. Quake2 Battleground is a teamplay mod designed to help clan matches work smoothly, with several team-centric features in mind.

Revenge of Stroggos News
The Revenge of Stroggos page has been updated with some interesting email exchanges from John Carmack concerning player bounding boxes and the like in Quake2 and QuakeArena. The ROS team has also announced a completely working version will be released soon, hopefully with the added effect of fog as seen on the Navy Seals webpage. Pretty neat huh?

Expert Quake IRC Party
The Expert Quake team will be having an IRC "hangout" on DALnet #Expert_Quake this Friday at 9pm PST. Step-by-step instructions for configuring the GameSpy IRC client to work can be found on the EQ page.

New Sites/Movements/Makeovers
Hosted Sites Update
DM2 has posted demos from K9Con, including games featuring Death Row, Legacy, and Clan Canine.

DViper sent along word that we have been chosen Site of the Day at a new 3D gaming site, 3D Unlimited! We're very honored and appreciate this award. Thanks to all!


Wednesday, July 15, 1998 - Submit News!
Dx CTF 4.1b
Version 4.1b of Dx CTF has been released. New features include a grappling hook, BFG power cut in half, rocket speed increase and remote administration features, among others. After you download the mod you can try it out on their server, currently running at

Gamestats Giveaway
Gamestats is having a "Glitter & Gigadeth" giveaway contest. Prizes include Quake Jewelry and an autographed copy of the audio CD "Songs for Deathmatch". This contest is running thru July 20th, so get your entries in quickly!

Revenge of Stroggos News
The Revenge of Stroggos team now has a test server up running at ren.digitalpla.net:27969, and have also updated their site with word that news will be coming soon about their support with other Quake2-based games as well as the QuakeArena.

In the Name of Science...
We got this interesting request in the mail today, check it out:
I'm a brain research scientist at Columbia University in NY. We are currently doing brain activation studies involving navigation. In simple english, we put someone in an MRI scanner and have them play a Quake level, then watch which parts of the brain are used. We are currently faced with an interesting need. We want to design a quake 2 level with only navigational challenge. no enemy, no weapon, no interaction, just finding a way through a maze. If you could help us with any aspect of designing and implementing this level we would be greatly indebted.
If you'd like to help these researchers out, you can contact Joseph Grun for more info.

Action Quake2 Reviewed
OGR has a review of the mod Action Quake2 posted.

Help Wanted
New Sites/Movements/Makeovers

Tuesday, July 14, 1998 - Submit News!
PC Gamer Position Filled
The review position that we mentioned PC Gamer was offering yesterday has already been filled, here's the email notice:
First of all, thanks for the tremendous response to my earlier post. When I got back from lunch I had well over 200 emails waiting for me and more coming in every minute. Word travels fast!

I've managed to whittle my way through the messages and have narrowed it down to 15-20 candidates (who I will be contacting in the next few days for additional information). At this time, I am no longer seeking candidates.

To those who were not selected, thanks for taking the time to write in, and I'm sorry I couldn't personally respond to each message.

Thanks again for the great response!
GameSpy Firewall Documentation
Dave Stewart has been busy, documenting a method which allows GameSpy to work from behind a proxy/firewall. The document is here, and is a bit technical, but has been broken down into step-by-step instructions.

New Tectonic
Version 2.0 of Tectonic has been released. Tectonic now has support for Catch the Chicken, as well as a few other fixes and additions.

Solaris Ports Available
Solaris ports of Chaos DM 1.01 and Freeze Tag v1.53 have been released. You can grab them both here.

Quake2 Demo Opener v1.01
Quake2 Demo Opener version 1.01 has been released. A list of changes include a new icon, GUI change, and support for more maps.

Railgun Tournament
Clan KR is holding a Railgun Tournament, check their page for tournament times, dates, and information.

FreezeTag Interview
An interview with the Freeze Tag team has been posted up at this site.

Help Wanted
Programmers, Mappers, Skinners, and more are needed to help with Oddyssey Interactive's new TC based on the British SAS Special Forces.

New Sites/Movements/Makeovers
If you're looking for a place to learn about CTF and all of it's commands, look no further! A new CTF guide has been posted here, with a rundown on the CTF commands. Also, check out Gunner's Q2 Page, which is devoted to MOD's, CTF, bots, and front-ends.


Monday, July 13, 1998 - Submit News!
QBS2 Released
The next-generation version of QBS, the news update info utility has been released. QBS2 was released over the weekend, and has since been patched to version 1.01. Be sure to drop by the QBS2 page and pick up a copy!

Quake2 Demo Opener
Version 1.00 of Quake2 Demo Opener has been released. This is a demo management/information program, a pretty handy utility to have lying around if you're interested in demo editing and the like.

Contest Info
A contest has been announced, held by Steel Maelstrom that boasts a copy of the Quake2 Mission Pack as the grand prize. To win you must submit a graphic with the words "Steel Maelstrom" as well as "Second Anniversary" and "1996-1998".

A new version of the RAMBOT has been released. This is now at version 0.47, the details about the new version are on the RAMBOT site.

Chaos DM Updates
A new version, and an update (v1.01) of Chaos DM has been released. The Linux port is already finished, and they promise the Solaris SPARC and Solaris x86 ports will be out within the next couple of days!

KQP2 Canceled
Howard Roy, the man behind the Killer Quake Pack sent along word that he updated the KQP page. His update announced that the Killer Quake Pack for Quake2 has been canceled to allow for more work on the upcoming KatanaSoft addon.

Help Wanted
Hosted Sites Update
Quake2.com is proud to announce a new member to the family, Death Match 2. DM2 is dedicated to the gamer, and offers some good insight from people involved in the tournament scene. The page include demos, teamplay mod reviews, tournament links, and more so be sure to drop by and check 'em out!


Get A Job at PC Gamer
PC Gamer sent along this notice of a new (paying) position they have:
PC Gamer is creating a level add-on section for its web site, and needs someone to help with the maintenance of the Quake 2 and Unreal sections. This paid, freelance position requires someone who knows both games like the back of their hand (single- and multi-player) and is extremely reliable. We prefer to hire someone who has past experience running (or contributing to) a similar web site. The site will be updated weekly.

What's the job? You must play through all new single- and multi-player levels for both games and select the best ones out there for inclusion on the PC Gamer website. In addition, you will need to provide 2 screens and a 20-25 word synopsis of the level.

The position will pay $400.00 a month. (Since it is a freelance position, no benefits will be paid, taxes will not be taken out, and it can end at anytime.) In addition, you will be able to say that you help out PC Gamer Online, one of the largest gaming sites on the web.

Send your name, e-mail, phone, and a listing of related experience to bharms@pcgamer.com.
New Q2Starter Released
A new version of Q2Starter has been released. Version 2.1 of this Quake2 frontend has several new and useful features, including script management, MOD compression with ARJ, special bot support, and more. You can get the files and the full list of details at the webpage.

HyperQuake Beta 2
Beta 2 of HyperQuake has been released. New features include Gibstats logging, in-game chasecam, a MOTD, and various bugfixes.

Help Wanted
New Sites/Movements/Makeovers
The Firearms TC has redone its page.

Outlook 98 decided to take a nose-dive on me last night, so the majority of the news will be posted in an update later tonight, sorry about that (why I'm apologing for Microsoft I'll never understand ;). In other news, a lot of fun was had by all at the LAN party held by Quantum Connections over the weekend, I know I enjoyed the break :)