v1.00 of the Quake2 Demo Opener has been released. Goto http://www.southcom.com.au/~shonson/q2do for more info.
CAPTURE! Mailing List
CAPTURE! now has an official mailing list. Anything CAPTURE! will be discussed including Questions/Answers as well as details on the custom map entities. Join now and be one of the first to get the client side pack when its ready for release!
RAMBOT v0.47 has been released on their homepage.
Win a Quake2 Mission Pack
The Quake2 Clan, Steel Maelstrom, is holding a contest in celebration of their 2nd Anniversary. The winner gets a Quake2 Mission Pack (or third-party equivalent). Check out their page for more info.
Chaos Deathmatch Released
Chaos DM v1.0 for Quake2 has been released with a long list of features.
SHROOM Online Radio
In the tradition of Shooters and Pointless Audio, Mushroom Blue Entertainment, present SHROOM online radio. For more info just click on the links.
eVolutionCTF for Solaris
Solar Eclipse has finished the Solaris SPARC and x86 ports of eVoluiton CTF 1.0a. You can download it from their website.
Everybody's favorite news and .plan tracker program, QBS, has just been updated to v2.0. This upgrade brings a huge list of new features and I suggest you go check the page out to look at the list and download the program!
Future id Interview
Gameplex.net is going to be holding a id Software interview and are asking the community what questions they want asked! http://www.gameplex.net/id.shtml has all the details.
New TC Screenshots
Ward Six Entertainment has just release an insane number of new screenshots from their Quake 2 total conversion RPG. Two shots depict the never publically seen conversation interface! Check them out here!
Xatrix Level Designer Interview
TerraFusion has been fortunete enough to score an interview with all three of Xatrix's level designers (makers of the Quake2 Mission Pack, The Reckoning). Alex "Aldawg" Mayberry, Dan Koppel, and Mal "Autosave" Blackwell have taken time out to answer a battery of questions related to level design.
Whoops! Someone made a goof :) Loki's Minions TE has NOT been released, and will not be until July 15th. Stop mailing us about it! :P
Q2Java, which allows you to write Quake2 games in Java instead of C, version 0.6.0 is now available.
New Outlands Map
Christian Antkow updated his .plan with links to download a newer, more balanced version of Q2CTF4 (Outlands). Check his .plan for the links.
FatZo Quake2 PAK
UFO from the Clan FatZo have made a PAK to Quake 2 with new crosshairs, new sounds and some other stuff.
Quake2 Bible Updated
Thresh has updated the Quake II Bible at with an in-depth analysis on Q2DM5.
New Eraser Bot Wizard
Quick Start - "Eraser Bot Wizard" V2.20 is now out offering bug fixes and some additions.
Expert for Quake2 Released
Expert for Quake2 v2.3 has been released. There are two major new features and significant tweaking of weapon balance.
NIQ v1.9 was released with a proper fix for spawning problems.
Yesterday's lack of an update looks bad, but it had it's reasons. Quake2.com's mail server was having some problems and we were unable to retrieve the news. Also, I've been busy and Netguy is out of town at a LAN party, so there's nothing that could be done. This update I just made is really cut down short because I have to rush to work (I'm late as it is) so I appologize now for any news stories I might of cut short or left out. I really did a rush job with a lot of news.
Right on the heels of the version 1.7 release, a new bugfixed version of NIQ has been released. This fixes the spawning problem that was previously occurring.
ModelServer 3.0 Released
A new model-pack thingy has been released, here's the lowdown:
The ModelServer3.0 package is a single zip file with a complete /players directory. The package includes all current player plugin models which fit to our standards of fair play. The package also includes a great number of skins with a focus on ctf skins. Ideally every Q2 server out there would have installed this package. Instead of battling 5 default males, you could very well find yourself deathmatching against robots, aliens, mythological creatures and moreYou can get the release here.
Twisted Edge Winners Announced
The winners of the Twisted Edge Games Voodoo2 giveaway contest have been announced. Congratulations go out to Robert Bluff from New York, who managed to snag an Obisidan 3D card.
Quake2 Tournament Info
A new tournament has been planned for August 1st. The Prescott Area Networking Group will be hosting it, check their page for more details.
The Lithium II v1.12 mod has been released. This version fixes minor bugs, added some tweaks and Imaster support.
Quake CD & Jewelery Giveaway
Gamestats has a "Glitter and Gigadeth Giveaway." They are giving away free copies of the "Songs for Deathmatch" CD, and Quake Jewelery/KeyChains.
New Quick Start
Quick Start - "Eraser Bot Wizard" v 2.18 is now out! It fixed any known bugs and added a huge list of new features!
AMD K6-2 with 3DNow! for Quake2
AMD has released new drivers for Quake2 that are supposed to greatly enhance frame rates when used with their new K6-2 3DNow! Processor, under software video Quake II or when used with a Voodoo2 card.
The Papercut: Female Gamers
There is a news article on The Papercut titled "Lions, Tigers, and Female Quakers, Ohmy!" on this page. This is a great article that discusses the presence and problems with females in the online community. A great read, but not for the politically correct!
Quake2 Server Setup Guide
There is a Q2 Server Setup Guide posted on 3dfxWorld that will be an ongoing project until it is the best reference material on the subject at http://www.3dfxworld.ml.org/hellsgates/serverguide.htm.
MadCatz Becomes Sponsor of the CPL
The CPL's newest sponsor is MadCatz, maker of the Panther XL. They will be giving away five Panther XL's to the top five winners of the official CPL tournament, and other gaming controllers as part of the Sunday door prize giveaway. Here is the press release.
Quake2 ICQ Chat
Aitrus's chat room &Q2/QA (formerly &Quake II) has suffered major damages due to a hard drive failure. All of his members were erased, and he begs them to please message him, so he could re-add them to his list. If you are interested in becoming a member, his ICQ # is: 6207362.
I saw over on the ever-vigilant Blue's that a new server-side only mod called the LavaCam has been released. The LavaCam allows clients that are connected to the server to track the killing as it happens around them using a series of cameras and the like.
Version 0.40b of RobMOD has been released. The new features/tweaks include a redesigned scoreboard (now shows ping times), ranks sorted by frags instead of kills, invulnerability while respawning, as well as the first public version of RobGUI.
NIQ v1.7 Released
Version 1.7 of NIQ, the mod that removes everything from Quake2 (weapons, items, etc) has been released. Check the NIQ page for files and info.
QuakeConCPL Tournament Info
Check out this page for info on the "Unofficial Quake2 1v1 DM Tournament" at the upcoming QuakeCon CPL event. The event itsself is scheduled for July 23-26 in Dallas, Texas.
The TronicSound TC sound "upgrade" for Quake2 has been released. Every sound in the game has been replaced, from the blaster to the megahealth, and all points in between. They've released 3 versions, the Demo (3.2 MB), the Deathmatch (12.1 MB), and the Full versions (34 MB), with all sounds in 16bit/22KHz quality. If you're wondering which files you should grab off of ftp.cdrom.com, it's the series beginneginning with q2tsnd*.
Solaris x86 Ports
Work has begun to port several mods over to the Solaris platform. These are converted to version 3.17 from their SPARC counterparts. If you're a mod author and you're wanting to have yours ported to Solaris, check out this page for details.
Tectonic version 1.9 has been released, check out the page for the files and details.
eVolution CTF v1.0
Version 1.0 of eVolution CTF has been released. They have them in both CTF-pak and non-CTF-pak flavors, with a linux version coming soon.
3D Scene Upgrade
The 3D Scene has released an upgrade to one of their scripts, fixing several errors and adding a few new features, including a CD changer and a chatterbox.
sCary sent along word (using his nifty Eudora built in email spammer =P) that he posted a new editorial concerning the misconceptions people are having about the new QuakeArena project, and why not everyone realizes what it's all about.
FvF Registered Site Update
The FvF Quake TC Registered Site (http://fvf.warzone.com/registered) has been fixed. Registered users, please email email@example.com for your new password.
And There Was Much Rejoicing
Gibbed.com announced that they have reopened their hosting doors to clans, after a 5-6 month stint of invitation-only hosting. Their new hosting application is now up and running and they estimate they should be able to open as many as 100 new accounts a day (!).
Yesterday we received a couple email's telling us that one of the leaders for the Unseen mod died, apparently due to stress. Well, we received 10 times that amount of email today telling us that we heard wrong. Apparently it was just a prank someone pulled on the Unseen leader. So actually, the man isn't dead, which is a good thing.
There is a new Quake2 DM League out for the Quake2 clan community. The web site is at http://q2l.quake.org. Sign your clan up today. They also split it up into HPB/LPB divisions so it is fair.
John Carmack on Quake2 Physics
John Carmack updated his .plan with his opinion on the recent changes in the Quake2 physics over the last patches:
Here is the real story on the movement physics changes.Pointless Audio is Back!
Captain Immy over at Pointless Audio is back after rethinking possible legal actions. I talked to him last night on IRC and he basically said that the show must go on and it will, even though he is still under pressure from his parents. He did spend his "down time" wisely though with making a very funny FAQ on how the Internet works. If you need a laugh, check this out! (I could use a new Midget Central Station myself...)
Gibbed.com Clan Hosting
Gibbed.com has gone live for clan and site hosting after a long 5 or 6 months of "invitation only" hosting. Check out http://gibbed.com/hosting/ for information and application.
EvolutionCTF v1.0, by SolarWave Development, has been released. It's available in 2 flavors: If you do not have the CTF2 pak file, download this version. If you already have the CTF2 pak file, download this one.
Quake Arena Suggestions
There is a "Quake Arena Suggestion" design document posted on the Fugue. Check it out if you have the time!
QuakeCon Skin Contest
Quakecon is having a skin design competition this year for best skin, if interested visit Quakecon.com.
Solaris x86 Ports
Zoran at Solar Eclipse began porting mods to the new "supported" Solaris x86 platform. He also wants to make a call out to all mod authors that want their mod ported to the two Solaris platforms so that the mod reaches a greater audience. So if you could use a mod that has a Solaris platform, I suggest you check out this page.
The mod that removes all items from the game, NIQ, is now at v1.7. This mod also adds some more interesting twists to Quake2 Deathmatch. Check it out.
Tectonic v1.9 is now out with some more support. Tectonic is a multi-mod Quake2 launcher.
On behalf of the Quake2.com staff, we would like to wish each and everyone of you a safe and Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your BBQ's and fireworks, and please come back here with all of your "digits" intact! :)
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