News archive

December 26, 2011

Unreal Secrets guide has been updated

I received a message in my mailbox from Rob_KC to inform us that his online Unreal Secrets guide has been updated.

From the website:
"This guide contains secret areas, which maps have nali secrets, easter eggs, tips, cheat codes, stuff regarding unreal's past including the UnBible,and links to helpful sites. I believe to have found all secrets regarding areas, eggs, and nalis in all of the original unreal 1 and return to napali single player and deathmatch maps! Please read through!"

Check it out here: http://unrealsecrets.webs.com

December 16, 2011

DZMapM updated

Zombie notified me of an update to his useful server mod DZMapM. DZMapM is a multi-purpose server-side mutator that fixes many annoying map-bugs in Coop play, allows admins to change items, spawn monsters and many more useful options. This version has better compatibility with Unreal patch 227 and fixes a few bugs.

Change log:

  • Fixes to PawnReplacer, SpecialLevleMode, and two levels.
  • Fixed PawnReplacer when WarLord is replaced in RTNP NaliC2 which
    causes the level to be blocked.
  • Fixed 'MonsterKillRequirement' mode incompatibility with 227 patch and
    Unreal Tournament (UT99) that causes the end teleporter shield to not
    work.
  • Fixed 'bTossedOut' DZMapM incompatibility when loaded in Unreal
    Tournament (UT99).
  • Added a map fix for NaliLord and NaliC2.
  • Added to MonsterSpawn a 'bKillUnderLifts' setting to detect when
    monster pawns linger under mover lifts that return when encroached and
    to kill them.

Download DZMapM 2.3.4

October 1, 2011

Large update to the Unreal Re-Texturing project

A few days ago, DieHard did a large update of the Unreal Re-Texturing project. This project aims to remake the Unreal textures in (ultra) high resolution and detail by using S3TC textures.

The following textures have been updated:

Crypt.utx
GenFX.utx
NaliCast.utx
DecayedS.utx
GenEarth.utx
GenTerra.utx
NaliFX.utx
ShaneSky.utx
SkyBox.utx
SkyCity.utx
SpaceFX.utx
 

Head over to the OldUnreal forums for the download links

June 3, 2011

Unreal patch 227h released!

OldUnreal has released Unreal patch 227h. 227h is a rather small update in comparison to the 'monster' patch 227g. It contains some important fixes that were missed in 227g.

My servers will update to the new version soon. When my servers are updated, you will need an updated client as well.

Patch 227h release notes

Download Unreal patch 227h for Unreal Classic
Download Unreal patch 227h for Unreal Gold

April 5, 2011

Unreal patch 227g released!

OldUnreal finally released patch 227g for Unreal and Unreal Gold. Once again this patch brings in many fixes and improvements to the old game and I can recommend everyone to update. Unreal 227g can be considered as release candidate 2 of Unreal 227.

Update: All my servers have been updated with the patch. Please update your clients as well to be able to join. (227f can no longer connect, 225 and Gold clients are still welcome.


Smirftsch wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
Overall it contains over 400 fixes and additions compared to the old versions and a lot of work has been invested into UED2.1 development. So the most annoying bugs should be gone now, its more stable and has a lot of new nice features.

Remember, we put a hell a lot of work in it and although all involved people gave their best and the relative small number of testers was increased compared to 227f, it's still quite impossible to test any setup or configuration with our small crew. It will have to show now if we missed something.

The 227g patch is now available for both Unreal (Classic) and Unreal Gold / Anthology with full Return to Napali (RTNP/UPak) support.

I hope for good results and if there is something bothering you, report it in the 227 section

As previous releases 227g is not (net)compatible with older 227 versions (such as 227e, 227f etc.) to keep the best compatibility to the old original versions 224,225,UGold and to provide the best stability. Also a couple of security issues have been found and fixed so using 227f becomes of now deprecated.

227g re-unites the different Unreal versions, once applied its finally possible to play with Unreal, Unreal Gold and Unreal Anthology in one server, removing the old compatibility issues we had to suffer, caused by the publishers of these versions who were entirely disregarding net compatibility. The patch can be applied to the Steam versions also and is fully working, but I have no idea how Steam is handling this version then. Reports are welcome.

Server admins who are running 227f should update because of that soon. When updating you should be aware that this is a full installer again and if you want to keep your old ini settings you need to backup your ini files and update them manually (Unreal.ini and User.ini are being replaced due to new settings).

Also due to the new cache handling (cache search is improved) it is recommended to empty your cache folder if you run into troubles after installation, or at least ensure that there are no System files in the cache like UPak.u if you run Unreal Gold or Anthology.

Have fun!

Patch 227g release notes
UnrealED 2.1 release notes

Download Unreal patch 227g for Unreal Classic
Download Unreal patch 227g for Unreal Gold

November 29, 2010

DZMapM 2.3 released

Zombie released an update for his all-purpose server mutator DZMapM (DeadZone Map Mutator). Users running extensive pawn mutations and huge custom maps should be less likely to encounter instability in 224/225/226 patches.

Changes:
* Added another map fix for DasaPass, DCrater, and RTNP Glathriel2.
* Added support to MapSequencer for beta map end teleporter URL slash method.
* Added support to ItemReplacer for 227 patch method to identify inventory spawned to be held by a pawn so it will not be replaced.
* Added support to 'MonsterKillRequirement' mode for RTNP maps.
* Changed a few special detections to be more precise to avoid false-positives.
* Changed MapSequencer array list size to support up to 64 configuration entries.
* Improved AI hang prevention to reduce late level start load on server setups with pawn mutations. May prevent rare crashes around server level startup on custom maps that are unstable to extensive pawn mutations.
* Optimizations to 'bPreventLevelBlocks' mover fixes to reduce load during level startup.

Download DZMapM 2.3

July 4, 2010

Testing Unreal 227G beta

My servers have once again been updated to a new (unreleased, private) test version of the upcoming 227G patch. One of the new features I have been testing is one that some of you have been begging for years about: to save both the scores as the inventories to disk so they can be restored in case the server crashes and restarts. Now this is finally possible thanks to Smirftsch and the rest of the OldUnreal team. I'll still have to be sure that everything works fine in combination with my other mods and I'll have to consider the overall gameplay balance to keep things a bit chellenging.

Oh, and because many players have asked: I have no info about when 227G will be released. That is completely up to Smirftsch.

May 8, 2010

Links updated

I had to update my links page again, because once again many websites on there went down leaving dead links. So, the links page is a bit smaller now, but at least the links on there work again. A few pages that went down have been resurrected in the archive.

April 15, 2010

Network bandwidth increased

My internet connection has been updated to 3mbit/sec (upload) which allows me to further increase the network bandwidth for both Unreal as this website. All players can now enjoy LAN-equivalent bandwidths (NetSpeed 20000) which will help in situations of intense action and heavy-use of projectile-intensive Aura weapons.

April 9, 2010

Server updated to 227g prerelease

I updated my servers to Unreal 227g (prerelease) to test it with my custom game setup. This is also likely to fix some bugs which were still present in 227f. You can still connect with 227f clients. Thanks for this goes to []KAOS[]Casey who provided me a compatibility fix.

Aura has also been updated.

Edit: Back to 227f for now because of unforeseen stability issues.

March 7, 2010

Where is Hyper?

I've hardly been active in Unreal lately, other interests slowly take over my attention most of the time. So, don't expect too much updates here, but I don't have any plans of shutting anything down. I'll remain online here and follow the important stuff. For the latest happenings in the Unreal community, keep an eye on the OldUnreal forums as your first source.

February 11, 2010

New textures released

DieHard released a few new textures for the Unreal Re-Texturing project. The updates include the SkyBox mountains and a quite a big update for the ExtremeEnd package.

Visit the OldUnreal forums and UnrealTexture.com for the download links:
OldUnreal Forums
UnrealTexture.com

December 31, 2009

Unreal Secret Area guide

SnakeBite made a webguide containing all secret area's of the game.

SnakeBite's news submit:
This guide was supposed to contain only secret areas and Easter eggs, but I decided to add cheat codes and links to helpful sites as well. I believe to have found most, if not all secret areas/Easter eggs in the game. In order to use this guide, you are required to know how to get through all the levels. I do have pictures of the general area which the secret area is located, as well as some pictures before the actual area giving directions.

Visit the webguide

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


(-: Merry Christmas! :-)

December 16, 2009

JCoopZ1 Build 130 released

Zombie released an updated version of his Unreal coop game type JCoopZ. Build 130 comes with an improved support for Unreal 227f as well as many general improvements.

Zombie wrote at the forums:
This is the fourth update to JCoopZ1 since initial release. Only the server side files jCoopZ1SSF.u, jCoopZ1NPTP.u were updated, but there is a new jCoopZ1GRP.u file. Since 227 seems to be in perpetual development in RC phase I thought it was finally time to have an interim release. This update fixes the notable client anomaly problem for some 227 users. Also, as expected there has been a number of general improvements and additions listed below. Build 130 will have the most compatibility and support of the 227 patch so I recommend all users, not just 227 server administrators to update. For 224/225/226 users they are required to update to Nephthys v1.4 or greater.

Download JCoopZ1 build 130
Read the full change list in the forum thread

November 9, 2009

RTNP2U updated

Dinwitty updated his Return To Na Pali: Search-Prelude (RTNP2U) map pack to fix a few problems. The new file has been added to the downloads.

Download the updated pack

Download from FilePlanet (Full map pack updated)
Download from FilePlanet (Fixed files only)

October 30, 2009

RTNP2U installed and a quick review

I installed Dinwitty's Return To Na Pali: Search-Prelude (RTNP2U) at my custom map server. It had some issues towards the end so I set my server to skip the last few levels. But the full RTNP experience is playable, with all of Dinwitty's additions. Generally it is a good map pack, but I also have some criticisms:

Pros

  • + RTNP playable in coop, no need for RTNP of Unreal Gold installed
  • + Nice scripted events, like flying space ships
  • + Many RTNP maps have been improved over the originals
  • + Nice set of new pawns and effects

Cons

  • - It took extremely long to build, many release dates passed without result (It would be ready in 2003, it is now 2009)
  • - Some files are missing from the archive, which is a bit strange after all those years of testing and building. I would have expected better quality.
  • - The rain effect is buggy on my u227f machine and crashed my client.
  • - Annoying and time consuming 'security system' in Gala's Peak. It will frustrate coop play.
  • - Confusing lay-out of the final mothership maps.
  • - The inclusion of a few Unreal beta maps does not give significant advantages over Dot's Unreal beta conversion. They should have been left out in my opinion.

Verdict: 6/10 (For the current state. A few fixes can easily raise this to a score of 7/10, 8/10 or in potential 9/10.)

October 30, 2009

Geocities down, site backups

As I warned before, Geocities.com is now down. A few sites have been relocated, but I also did some archiving myself. Masstadon's Unreal site and Wooper's World are now archived here and available for your viewing pleasures.

Masstadon's Unreal site < Check out the map here, it would be a waste to lose this site!
Wooper's World

For more archived maps, check the Infobase > Archive

October 10, 2009

Return To Na Pali: Search-Prelude has been released

Dinwitty released his modified Return to Na Pali coop project Search Prelude (Also known as RTNP2U). It allows you to experience the Return to Na Pali, modified and new maps on any coop server. It is compatible with Unreal 224v to Unreal 227f and requires no RTNP expansion.

Readme file:
Return To Na Pali: Search - Prelude

Your Comrad, known to you as Prisoner 849 is missing. You agreed to the mission to return to the Planet Na Pali in hopes of tracking down 849. However, Inuit is also on the trail of the missing prisoner ship Vortex Rikers. You must encounter the dangers of the planet as the Skaarj have also found the resident Queen killed and are out for revenge and have re-established themselves on the planet and mining for the rare Tarydium crystals vital to their systems. Na Pali is more dangerous with Space Pirates lurking and Inuit Recovery crews.

You have an anonymous mentor helping you along the way.


Dinwitty has worked on this project for many years and the beta's always looked promising. Because of many delays I have had some doubts if it would ever see the light, so I am glad this project finally reached the 'final' state. Congrats Dinwitty! I will update my custom map server with this version between now and a few weeks.

Download the mappack.

October 6, 2009

Shivaxi started an Unreal podcast!

Shivaxi started an Unreal podcast! Episode 1 is now available:

Shivaxi wrote:
Unreal Podcast 1

-Hosted By:  Shivaxi and LOL_PEANUTS
-Recorded Live On:  October 4th, 2009
-Run Time:  1 Hour and 25 Minutes
-Quality:  CBR - 320 kbps
-Size:  195 MB

Unreal Podcasts Web Page


Description:

The first, unofficial, Unreal podcast, hosted by Shivaxi and LOL_PEANUTS.


In this podcast, we have featuring:


7 songs being played in the beginning:

-Flight Castle by Shivaxi
-I'm Cyan by ThexDarksider
-Nothing Left (Feat. Transycom) by Shivaxi
-Great Juggernaut by KillerSkaarj
-Lab by Transycom
-Astronomical Mindf*ck by Lacrymosa
-Taitronix: 2010 Ultra Megamix by RoninMastaFX


and 3 Interviews:

-Qtit interviewed about ISV-Dragonfly
-Mr.Prophet interviewed about Residual Decay
-Turboman interviewed about Firestorm


Many other things are talked about/discussed in this podcast.  Enjoy

 

October 1, 2009

A final memorial to (Meow)Dellkat

Hybrid released his memorial map to Unreal player Dellkat who died a few months ago. You can download it here. It requires Unreal 227 to run and 7zip to decompress.

For more information about Dellkat's death and Dellkat's life, visit this forum thread, these youtube video's and this website.

September 20, 2009

A trip down the history lane of high end 3D graphics

I just came across this marvellous video on YouTube: A collection of the nVidia TechDemo's from the GeForce 256 to the GTX 200 series. With every new generation of graphics accelerators, nVidia published a few demos to showcase the new technologies. Each demo excels in artistic value and technology. The video gives a nice impression of the progress that has been made in the field of cutting-edge 3D graphic during roughly the last ten years.

 

With every new 3D card that I installed, these demo's were the first thing that I ran. Just to watch in awe. It has cost me a great amount of money over the years, but it was worth every penny. The possibilities with today's 3D accelerators go far beyond what we could have imagined in an earlier age. Thank you nVidia for inspiring us. Thank you for altering our 3D computed reality...forever!

Click the video for a HD version.

By the way: I recorded most of the individual nVidia TechDemo's to YouTube HD. If you're interested, why not take a look at my video page:
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Hypernl&view=videos

September 14, 2009

Tentacle-Hunter & SrBassalot's RTNP coop pack released

Tentacle-Hunter & SrBassalot are proud to announce the release of THS RTNP 225 Mission Pack for Co-op.

Although other RTNP conversions have been done, they feel this one is unique.
Their goal was NOT necessarily to do a "1 to 1" conversion of the original RTNP mission pack; that was literally impossible. Their goal was to do a conversion that was specifically designed to work right AND be fun for a 225 engine Co-Op server.

In that respect, they did take some artistic license with some content adding their own flavor to this conversion.

Some unique features of this conversion include:

- Basic RTNP gameplay & theme was preserved.
- 225 Engine compatibility & All known Client/Server bugs were fixed.
- Upak actors/pawns were fixed/improved where appropriate.
- Special attention was paid to ensure all maps were Co-op friendly (Player Blocks removed, pickups, pawns, etc.)
- The first part of "Eldora's Well" map has been included as a separate map restoring original continuity.
- It can also be played in single-player mode, if desired (including on a 225 install).

THS-Conversion project: All new 3D modeling, textures, sounds, & scripting
Copyright (c) 2009, by Team THS - which is: Tentacle-HunteR & SrBassalot.
What are you waiting for? Download it already :-)

Update 2009/09/16: A few last-minute changes have been made to the map pack. You may want to download it again.

Download

Talk about this project in the forums

August 25, 2009

Standalone server query program released

TheDarkSider released UQuery, a small standalone program to query Unreal servers with.

OldUnreal forum post:
Ok I put this here because most people don't check the projects section. I've made a program for querying Unreal servers. Shivaxi gave me the idea when he said that he needs something to save statistics on his server. I first made a PHP script for this but now a real program.

I didn't take any screenshots because there is really not enough material, go check it by yourself. Smiley

http://thedarkside.net63.net/downloads/UQuery-0.1.4.9.rar
^ There is something wrong with the server, it'll respond to "UQuery.rar" and you'll get an old version, so I decided to put every version in its own rar. Lol.

NOTE: You need to have .NET framework 2.0 or higher installed in order for the program to work.

ANOTHER NOTE: Please, if don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. I'm sick of downright vile comments to my stuff, a friendly suggestion/tip and of course a bug report is very welcome Smiley, but flaming isn't. So if you are pissed for any reason, please keep your ignorance and hate to yourself. I haven't done anything bad to anyone. Thank you.

BUG TRACKER
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
[+] Menus
[√] Some available properties (including mutators) were showing "N/A"
[=] 2 text boxes are now 1 combo box
[?] Master server query
[?] Contents of combo box are not saved after program restart
________
Legend:
[+] Added
[√] Fixed
[=] Changed
[?] Still Missing

Version numbers are pretty much random, what comes to my mind. Wink But they are increasing so biggest numbers = newest version.

Download link for old version:
http://thedarkside.net63.net/downloads/UQuery-0.1.2.11.rar
^ Only for reference and formality. You should always get the newest one because it contains fixes.

Keep an eye on the OldUnreal thread to obtain the latest version.

August 1, 2009

Geocities going down on October 26th

It has been announced some time ago that one of the best know free webhosts, Geocities.com, is shutting down. I see that there are still quite a few Unreal-related websites are hosted here, so if that is one of your sites, make sure you backup all your data and prepare to move to a new host.

Check this FAQ at Geocities for more info about the closure.

It's quite disappointing to see that Geocities is going to die because it is a valuable part of the history of the internet itself.

August 1, 2009

Jolt.co.uk Unreal server shutdown

After many years of service the Jolt higherups decided to pull the plug on the Jolt Unreal servers.

UKBikenut wrote:
Very very sad news and yet another nail in the coffin.
This came right out of the blue to me with no forewarning . [Cry]
It is totally out of my hands now as the plug has been pulled on both the Unreal AND UT servers.
Its sad,but comforting to know that i managed to persuade those higher up to keep the Unreal servers as long as they did(about 9 years,as long as the UT ones) and i bear them no malice whatsoever in there decision.
For me and lots of Unreal players its the end of a very very long era.
I know a lot of you on this board didnt play on Jolt,but it was always reasuring to know that the servers where perrenially there.
Oh well,nobody can shut down the memories. [Cry]


Jolt has been one of the most reliable server providers for which I thank them. Now it is up to us as Unreal community to keep hosting some good servers. Fortunately bandwidth is much more affordable now allowing many of us to do so.

July 1, 2009

StarGate Unreal mod coming soon

An interesting notice was posted on the OldUnreal homepage:

News release:
A new mod called StargateUnreal ( SGU ) is coming soon! [30-06-2009]

It has many features and a awesome storyline. It also has RPG style players, Awesome inventory like a Radar, Camera's, Awesome guns, Online savegame meaning you can do whatever you want, and it will stay regardless of traveling or a servercrash.
SGU is based on >20 servers. Linking it all together in a huge network you can travel using Stargates.
In the StargateCommand you can dial any server. This is also the main place where you can enter the game.
Also we got external tools, like a external player radar so you can actually track the players outside of the game.
And because of the many servers we created a chat for easy communication.
This game is coop! Teamspirit is needed!


Keep an eye on their site at http://www.stargateunreal.com.

July 1, 2009

Alert: Rabbit invasion

Planet Na Pali is about to be swarmed with rabbits, because the mod Rabbit has been released:

Description:
Biological description:

About rabbits:
- Rabbits life 5 minutes, after that they just vanish
- They will drop on the ground instead of floating in the air
- Natural enemies: Human and any that can hurt
- They will try to run away from humans
- They are more quiet than NaliRabbits
- Male and female just need to touch each other to get "babies"

About female rabbits:
- Female is the white rabbit
- Female can product max 6 rabbits in lifetime
- Female products 3 rabbits per birth
- Sex per single "baby" is randomly chosen
- Female looks black-n-white when old (after max births)
- Female is always adult (productable)
- Female looks fat when pregnant
- Pregnant takes 10 secs

About male rabbits:
- Male becomes adult (productable) after 30 seconds of lifetime
- Male looks brighter when young (less than 30 secs of living)
- Look carefully to see the difference between female and young male
- Male looks like NaliRabbit (brown skin) when adult (productable)

About "babies":
- There is no real "babies", rabbits will born in adult size

How to take care of rabbits:
- Be careful when you leave male and female together and forget them
- Kill any black-n-white rabbits; they are useless
- Quickly lots of rabbits: Summon many males and females same place
- Even more quickly lots of rabbits: Make time flow faster (slomo)
- They will die out if you are unlucky (or lucky Smiley)
- Nuke them if your computer becomes too slow
- They product faster if you scare them (just bypass them)
- They product even faster if you scare them by shooting one
- They product faster in complex (NaliC) than simple (SpireVillage) maps

Tip:
- Rabbits will invade Nali Castle or anything if you keep scaring them

Simple description:

Basically this is a mod which has male and female rabbit which can do babies.


Quickly warp to SKW's website to get your Rabbit today. Also visit this link for some nice screenshots :-)

July 1, 2009

EnhancedDM 6 available

Smartball released a new version of his Deathmatch gemtype EnhancedDM. The most important change of EDM6 is that it supports Unreal 227 now.

Change log:
 * Compatibility Changes
--> EDM6 is fully compatible with OldUnreal's 227f patch

* Structural Changes
--> EDM6_Base now exists an open source API that EDM is built upon, and which other modders can use to create their own EDM mutators
--> EDM's package checking system has been completely removed
--> Mutator voting is now incorporated into EDM
--> End game voting is now incorporated into EDM

* Functional Changes
--> The mapvote window no longer automatically closes after the player has voted
--> EstablishedMutator array size has been increased to 50
--> Color rendering system has been revamped


Head over to Smartball's site to download the latest update.

June 23, 2009

UnrealTexture axed...again. (update)

Once more has site of the Unreal Re-Texturing project been taken down because the provider failed to deliver it's promises. All I can say about this is: Come on hosters - Don't offer any "unlimited" or similar packages if you don't have the resources to truly provide services like that.
 

DieHard wrote:
As people may have noticed, the Unreal Texture site is down.

And i look like its a repeat from what happened to my previous host. This time the site was suspended because it took to much resources from the server its running on.
I got an e-mail from the host upfront the suspension, and i took actions with the removal of a certain script, while i also gave a reply to them.

They missed my email and thereby my actions, and i got a mail today the site was suspended, and now they also complain about the size of the site.........

I decided to take drastic actions myself to prevent further problems, and i decided to have the site go back to the core activities which are Unreal and UT since i make textures for those games.
It also means that i deleted out all other sections being:
Unreal II
UT2004
UT3

And its unlikelly they will be back............

In addition to that i dissabled hotlinking with the exceptions of a few sites:

www.UnrealTexture.com
www.CelticWarriors.net
www.OldUnreal.com
www.BeyondUnreal.com
www.UnrealSP.org

At this moment of writing the entire site is suspended, which also means that the main download mirror for patch 227f as well as all the links to the S3TC packages are down and unavailable.

The problem now is, they try force me to upgrade my account to a VPS server. If they do force me to that, than the answer is simple, UnrealTexture.com is no more Sad The price for the cheapest VPS server is 40 dollars per month which is something i simply cannot afford, not even remotelly...... And that also wont be enough to host the site because that package is limited to 20 gigabyte of space while the current(stripped down) site is 75 gigabyte.

The only option for me that is left, is to split the site up into 2 domains and pay for 2 seperate hosting packages. Obviously this will double the costs on the site and will be a huge drain on my already almost empty wallet.

So lets see what happens next days, but count on being the site down for a couple a days even when the outcome might be positive. Where possible ill try keep briefing everybody here.


GL DieHard with solving this mess...again.

-A frustrated Hyperl out-

Update: Site is back again: Unreal Texture

June 11, 2009

New Return to Na Pali coop project nearing completion

Tentacle Hunter and Srbassalot are currently working on a 225 fully Coop compatible RTNP map pack. The project has been well under way for some time now and is very close to completion. The main goal of this project was to keep it close to the original content and make it fully 225 Coop compatible but the developers also added their own artistic content which they believe will enhance the gameplay. They expect a release very soon :-)

Click for screenshot

June 4, 2009

PhysX is coming to Unreal!

.:..: (Dots) has been working on an extension to enable nVidia/Ageia PhysX to Unreal and Unreal Tournament. PhysX allows highly accurate and hardware accelerated physics calculations for a much more realistic object interaction than the Unreal 1 engine currently provides.

For info and some early downloads, see the UnrealSP Forum Thread.

June 1, 2009

June 4-7: European Elections - Please Vote!

I want to start with a quote from the Pirate Bay blog:
The 4-7th of june it's time for elections to the European parliament again. Some say it doesn't matter if you vote, some say it's just an election between a douche and a turd and all the politicians try to convince you that they all know what's best for you.

No matter what you think of the above, we have seen a lot of new very disturbing laws and directives from the EU these last years (telecom package, ipred, the data retention directive). Laws that each member country then are obliged to follow. So yes, it does matter who we elect! We at The Pirate Bay have our different political views and don't want to shove any politics down your throat, but we want you to vote! After all, it only takes a few minutes of your time. [...]


So, if you're citizen of the EU: June 4th to 7th it is time for the elections for the European Parliament again. Please consider some actual topics like the Telecommunications Data Retention, Net Neutrality, (Internet) Privacy and the File sharing debate when you vote. But no matter what your ideas or ideals are: Don't let your vote be wasted: Go Vote!

May 22, 2009

Unreal 227f UnrealScript documentation now available.

I've added the current Unreal 227f UnrealScript documentation to the library. It will be updated when a final or an Unreal Gold version has been released.

May 21, 2009

Cancelled PSX version of Unreal

It seems that once there has been an Playstation version of Unreal in the making, with all new levels. But this game was cancelled and never released. Leo(T.C.K.) has been digging up some information about this cancelled game and found some screenshots, a short movie and even a few playable levels:

Leo (T.C.K) wrote at the BeyondUnreal forums:
Unreal PSX was cancelled Unreal port with all new content(unlike N64 version I think which was handled by Epic themselves during 97), also Unreal PSX was a working title and by the time the game was cancelled it was 50 percent complete or something...but they made the framerates smooth etc..the lead designer was Eric Reuter, who originally worked for Unreal(credited only a additional level design, because his whole levels (like amethyst skycity level) didn't make it to game, but he helped designing other aspects of game (perhaps some of jeremy war's work include some of his work too or leftovers) and also on a cancelled level pack for Unreal.

Unreal PSX had all new levels and also some new features (there was revealed even one new weapon). And the levels were unfinished, so it is very possible it would look much better in final version.

But excuse the quality of these levels, they had to make sure it will run smooth on PSX with rather high FPS.

I found 4 persons who worked on that game so far, one of them is this designer, which he shows some of his levels in screenshots and video:

http://www.nathansilvers.com/copperm...ls.php?album=8

Also download
http://www.nathansilvers.com/demo.php

It has shown unreal psx in action.
The video is dating back to 2004, so it does not show his most recent stuff.

Head over to the BeyondUnreal forums for more info.

May 14, 2009

Unreal patch 227f released

Unreal patch 227f has finally been released. This sub version "F" of patch 227 has left the beta stage and can be considered as a release candidate of a final patch 227. The Return to Na Pali content is not yet supported, but you CAN install this patch on Unreal Gold. Doing so will disable the Return to Na Pali content of Unreal Gold. From my experience with extensive server testing I can say that Unreal 227f is very stable and feels mature. Many hard-to-find bugs have finally been fixed in this release. All my servers have been updated with this public release.
 

Description from OldUnreal.com:
The current release is 227f. It's a release candidate. Although we worked very hard and fixed everything which was reported it is possible that still some (hopefully minor) problems appear.
227f left beta stage and can be already used for creating mods and maps, but in the contrary to the common opinion the "f" in 227f does not mean "final". Its just a release number like in any previous version before. A final version will be made once we are really sure to have fixed any bug even the small and this is only possible after 227f was released and tested for some time.

227a,b,c,d and e are the older test releases which still can be found here to help finding and fixing remaining bugs.

Please note that this release does NOT contain the UnrealGold/Unreal Anthology "Return to Napali" extension yet.
The patch can be applied, but after installation the expansion pack does not work anymore!!!
This is temporary during the development phase and the final version will contain all necessary files. 227f is already a release candidate, so the patch for these versions will probably follow soon now.

Files: UnrealPatch227fWin.7z (For Windows only) | UnrealPatch227fWinLin.7z (For Windows and Linux)
Release notes at OldUnreal wiki

For more info, head over to OldUnreal.com. If you happen to find any bugs, be sure to report them at the OldUnreal forums.

May 4, 2009

"Release Patch 227f this week" (update)

Smirftsch announced that Unreal 227f should be released this week. He even planned to release it last weekend but did not make it because of some last-minute issues. The planning is now to have it released next weekend or earlier. From my experience as beta tester I can say that Unreal 227f is running very well; this is going to be the biggest update since 227a. Please note that the f in 227f does not necessarily mean "final". If needed, based on the feedback of public testing, there may be more releases in the future. Anyways, here is what Smirftsch wrote:


Smirftsch wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
Although planned I can't make the release of 227f this weekend. There are still some localization problems, such as missing fonts in classic menu for other languages - such as German umlauts and probably all other language specific chars for French/Italian/Spanish.

Another UED2 fix needed to be done which caused another delay in the progress, as well as some S3TC bug which was caused by a typo.

Anyway, we are closer than ever and I think its better to make it right instead of causing some last-minute bugs because of to much hurry.
 
In the last time it was always some unpredictable new bug suddenly appearing which caused the long time span between 227e and 227f.
Indeed I think it was worth it, because some bugs have been fixed which seemed "unfixable" for quite a while and stability and security have been improved.
Now for quite a while there were almost no new bugs found and even a lot of small glitches have been removed.
One thing now is if or if not to fix this problem with the localization and how much work it is.
So if no (critical) bugs are found anymore it will be a few days, I want to check everything carefully again (like .ints and ini files, release notes etc. etc. ) - things I couldn't do yet.
I think next weekend at maximum.

As always: keep an eye at the OldUnreal forums for the latest news.

 

Update 2009/05/10: Smirftsch just missed the release for this weekend, but don't worry, it should be here tomorrow:


Ok, couldn't finish my work on the release notes yet and the Italian translation needs to be copied in yet. Its maybe to late to make the release for today, but tomorrow I think should be possible.
Just sry I couldn't make it for the weekend as promised.



Update 2009/05/12
: It has become clear that the 'tomorrow' release also has been missed. There seems to have been a slight change of plans because the wait is now for an extra translation to be included. Everything else should be done. :)


Seems the Italian translation is missing yet the latest changes and additions for 227. No sure yet about Spanish, but worth to have a look at it for sure.
It needs to be compared to the .int files and missing entries need to be added yet it seems...

Its a hell a lot of work and pretty annoying, I know :(

But anyone could do the comparison and add the missing entries in English already so that those who translate it in the end don't need to do everything alone- and it would be a lot of faster.
227f is ready except the complete translations, so HURRY :)

 

April 23, 2009

Airstrike mod in the making?

Why fight monsters on the ground when you can achieve the same from the air with a fighter jet? :D

April 22, 2009

Commando and Boss (Xan) models converted to Unreal

Gizzy converted the UT player models Commando (male and female) and Boss (Xan) to Unreal. Download them here.

March 29, 2009

Demo's are still here

Whoops! When redesigning the downloads 2 weeks ago I forgot to add a menu button for the demo's section, on which the Unreal Shareware, beta and technology demo's can be found. It has been fixed now.

March 22, 2009

Archive updated

A few websites which went offline recently have been added to the web archive.

March 21, 2009

C&S beta server

I'm experimenting a bit with Dots' Command & Skaarj mod (Inspired by Command & Conquer: Red Alert) A test server is available at unreal://hyper.dnsalias.net:6666. I'm not sure yet if the server will become permanent.

March 15, 2009

Download center and InfoBase redesign

The download center and for lesser degree the InfoBase sections of Hyper.nl Unreal Services have had a redesign for better navigation. The old design still came from the time that the download page only served a few mods and maps for use on the HyperCoop server. The new download center has separate pages for maps, mods, skins, media, cache etcetera. A few sections of the InfoBase were changed as well, but nothing dramatically different there.

March 12, 2009

The state of Unreal 227f

Okay, people keep asking me about the state of Unreal patch 227f and why is hasn't been released yet. I can tell you this:

  1. First, you need to know (and probably already know) that Unreal 227 is a project of OldUnreal (Smirftsch). So, the best place to ask this is probably at OldUnreal.com and especially the OldUnreal forums.
  2. If you did this, you also already know that Unreal 227f is still in development. You can see bug reports being posted and there is a growing changelog of bugs that has been fixed already.
  3. In earlier updates here at Hyper.nl Unreal Services you could have read that Smirftsch has had a number of serious health issues, for which he needed to undergo treatments in hospital. This is still in progress, which means that his time to work on Unreal 227 is still severely restricted. Still he managed to free some time for the project.
  4. Smirftsch knows that 227f should have been released already, but of course he has (even) more important things to work on now. I don't know a release date. The date of the release will of course depend on the health recovery of Smirftsch and the amount of bugs that still need to be fixed before 227f is ready for a public beta / release candidate.
  5. From my position as beta tester I have seen enormous improvements to the stability of the game engine. We're now at the 18th (unreleased) beta version of Unreal 227f which is powering the 4 game servers I run. Smirftsch and the other developers have really been working very hard to improve the game, and they are winning the battle against the bugs. Throughout the years, the HyperCoop servers prove to be a true challenge for the game engine, with more action, monsters, weapons, items, projectiles, light effects and mutators than the original developers could ever imagine. For me, this was the key reason to become beta tester: If 227 runs stable at HyperCoop, it probably will run fine at the other servers as well. And I can tell you this: the recent beta's of 227f are stable as a rock. Many issues that have been causing crashes over many years have finally been fixed.
  6. Because I run 227f beta at my servers, you still cannot join with your 227e client. I know this is a great pain but this testing has to be done. If I don't test 227, many bugs would never have been fixed. It's as simple as that. Remember you can still play at my servers with Unreal Gold and Unreal 225 for the time being.

That's about all I know. For now, keep hoping and praying for a swift recovery of Smirftsch' health and keep an eye on the OldUnreal forums for any developments on the long-awaited patch.

March 12, 2009

Full HyperCoop playthrough video available at YouTube in HD

I finished recording and uploading my HyperCoop playthrough from NyLeve to QueenEnd. I recorded it on a per-level base in the new 1280x720 YouTube HD resolution. I hope it will give anyone interested a preview of the gameplay at the server and show one of many ways to find your way through the monster-infested realms. Go take a look!

March 12, 2009

3 Unreal remixes added

I found 3 new (?) remixes of the Unreal tracks at YouTube and recorded them to 192 kbit MP3 with my Soundblaster X-FI because there were no downloadable MP3 files available yet.

You can find them at the music section of the files page.

March 10, 2009

Unreal Mission Pack Zero announced

Team Vertex Team Axis announced a new Unreal singleplayer and coop map pack called Mission Pack Zero. The pack will have 12 new levels and will feature high quality scripted sequences:

UnrealSP Upcoming maps entry:
Developer: Team Axis (updated)
Status: Developing

Synopsis: You were assigned the duty of guarding the weapons bay inside Vortex Rikers. As you slowly awake from the crash, aches and pains run throughout the body as you think about the last conversation you had before lights went black. Unconscious at the time of the crash landing on an unknown planet, explore the once restricted areas of Vortex Rikers as a security guard in a brand new chapter of Epic Games' award-winning title, Unreal.
Features: 12 new maps; professional scripted sequences; new sounds; custom music; co-op compatible.

See the UnrealSP.org project thread for more info.

March 8, 2009

HyperCoop Unreal playthrough at Youtube started

I've started work on a full Unreal HyperCoop playthrough video on YouTube. I'm recording the gameplay of every level in 1280x720 YouTube HD. It will take some time to get everything done but the first video's are available already.

Watch preview

February 28, 2009

Work on WTF Series 2 started

Shivaxi started a continuation of his WTF Series map pack: WTF Series 2. The project is still in very early development, but it looks promising again.

Changelog:
Synopsis: Continued from WTF Series 1, you must continue your journey in finding the last team member, Fetel, and a way to contact your team aboard the USS Shiva. As easy as that may sound, you best watch your back. The Nali are NOT happy.

Features: Current map count is 4, as well as another 2 in the thought process. (More to come). New weapons include a few U4E weapons, as well as a few new weapons in the making. (More to come). There will be newly scripted AI, light actors, and triggers. Also, new music and sounds, including some dialogue and voice acting, is in the works.

Latest News: Jackrabbit has now joined in the production of WTF Series 2, and is working on a series of sounds, textures, and some AI scripting.

Links: http://www.freewebs.com/shivaxi/

See the project thread at OldUnreal for screenshots and more details.

February 27, 2009

Web relocation completed

Hyper.nl Unreal Services slowly but surely moved to a new webhost. Both the website and the game servers are now being hosted at my own server machine. This allows me to have nearly unlimited webspace and management/uploading with gigabit speed and be independent of anyone. The relocation was purely my own decision. I hereby thank TheNerdNetwork (TNN) for the many years I could use their hosting. TNN allowed me to go from a bunch of interweaved unreliable free hosting accounts to a much larger and more reliable website. Without TNN, I could not have been where I am now.

I removed all my content from the TNN web server, except for a few redirects to the new location. If you still have links or bookmarks to my site at TNN you may want to update them. My domains have been updated.

http://www.hypercoop.tk
http://www.hyper.nl.tt
http://hyper.dnsalias.net (Direct link)

February 6, 2009

Nephthys 1.4 released

Zora released Nephthys 1.4. Nephthys is a native mod for Unreal1 engine based servers allowing for efficient attack blocking, banning, player logging and other features. Nephthys also is a client-side mod to profit from web hosted downloads. Joining servers with custom maps/mods using Nephthys is by a multiple faster than without Nephthys. Please note that Nephthys does not support Unreal 227, so don't try to install it to your Unreal 227 beta clients or servers. Unreal 227 has it's own updated networking subsystem and download redirector.

Nephthys provides (full list see the Nephthys-Documentation):

* Full integration into any game configuration
* Advanced attack blocking
* Bug fixes / work arounds to avoid crashes
* Banning
* Kicking
* Player IP log
* Customized file Upload
* Fast Web Download for Clients
* Advanced Server Query
* Advanced Master Server Uplink
* UScript Interface allowing for custom mods

Nephthys supports:

* Unreal 224v, Unreal 225f, Unreal 226b (Gold), Unreal 226f
* Deus Ex 1110 (1112fm)
* Rune 107, Rune 108 (108 HoV)

Nephthys requires:

* Windows 98/ME, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
* Linux running Wine
* Linux natively (Rune only)
* Nephthys is NOT natively available for Mac.

Key changes since Nephthys v1.3 (complete list in the included manual):

* Nephthys is now available for Unreal1, Deus Ex, Rune
* Challenge/response connection checking
* Support for web server introduced (separate package)
* Packages are checked before loading; new commandlet
* Self-deleting bans (after a configurable time)
* Subnet attack detection and banning
* First detections of attacks towards clients
* Bug fixes
* Archives of type .uz are now supported
* New uscript API functions

For the complete list of features, please read the included manual.

Downloads: Nephthys 1.4 | Nephthys 1.4 Rune 107 Linux

Online manual

January 4, 2009

UteamFix 10g released

}TCP{Wolf released an updated version of his universal Unreal gametype UTeamFix. For the change list, please see the online manual.

Download

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

Happy New Year from Hyper.nl Unreal services! This video was made by JackRabbit at Age and SKW's coop server. New Year's wishes here at OldUnreal. May Unreal stay strong in this year!

December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas, happy new year!


Hyper.nl Unreal Services wishes you happy holidays and a prosperous (and healthy!) 2009 from DMDecyberXmas :D.

By the way: DieHard made a small Christmas release for the Unreal ReTexturing project. Click here for details.

December 18, 2008

Forum restored!

It took some time but the forum is online again! Because the old host went down without warning, a few posts were lost as they were not backed up. Everything else is online again at a new domain and on a new host. I think BrakeDanceJ/UnrealDestination again for his service.

Go to the forum

December 14, 2008

WTF series 1 added to custom map server

Shivaxi's new map pack 'WTF series 1' is now part of the map cycle at the HyperCoop custom map server. You can download the map pack here.

December 13, 2008

Testing Unreal 227f; Unreal 227f status

I decided to update the servers with a private prerelease build of Unreal 227f to allow it to have a good testing before a public beta is being released. Because Unreal 227 builds are incompatible with each other, this means you cannot connect with Unreal 227e at the moment. For now, use your old installation of Unreal 225 or Gold to play at the Hyper servers. You can use 227 again as soon as a public version of 227f is available at OldUnreal.

About the current state of 227f: Again many work has been done by the development team, but due to Smirftsch' medical conditions the release has been delayed more. Smirftsch is getting a treatment in hospital at the moment so I cannot say when he will be in good enough condition again to continue on the patch. Keep an eye on OldUnreal.com and the forums there because any news will be posted there. For now we can give Smirftsch our best wishes for his recovery.

December 5, 2008

Beta: Shader Model 2 and 3 support

It is now possible to use Shader Model 2 and 3 in Unreal via an external mod together with Unreal 227's DirectX9 renderer. The new mod allows new graphics features to be used like per-pixel lighting and high dynamic range rendering. (HDR) The mod of which I am talking is called ENBSeries and is made by a Russian developer called Vorontsov Boris. This mod is still in beta state, so expect some glitches here and there.

Download here

How to use:

  1. Make sure you have a supported videocard with up-to-date drivers. See site for details.
  2. Download the mod. There are different versions with preconfigured settings for specific games. For now the one for Deus Ex may be advisable because Deus Ex also used Unreal Engine 1.
  3. In Unreal 227, switch rendering engine to Direct3D 9 if not already.
  4. Install the mod to your Unreal system folder. (Install the files d3d9.dll and the enbseries.ini to the system folder)
  5. Start Unreal and press shift+F12 to activate the new rendering mode. You may want to disable any Unreal binds to F12 in advance.
  6. New rendering mode should be active now. If it is not your graphics card/drivers may not support it. Enbseries.ini can be edited (for advanced users). This also includes an option to disable Shader Model 3 and revert to Shader Model 2.

For more experiences and some screenshots, see this OldUnreal forum thread.

November 29, 2008

forum downtime

As you probably noticed: the forum is down. The hosting partner of UnrealDestination seems to have gone out of business. BrakeDanceJ is working to restore the forum again from a backup.

November 24, 2008

WTF series 1 updated

Shivaxi updated his newly released WTF series map pack to version 1.1.

Changelog:
Fixes/Changes (also in readme)

- All maps updated in various ways
- Not being able to save & load (Fixed)
- Infiltration removed
- Custom game type removed (Any game type now works)
- Castle1.utx removed
- RealCrouch Actor/Mutator added
- UDSDemo removed (was not even needed in the first place....accidently added)
- INFIL_Grenade added
- You can now hear the Dynamic Sounds in Wtf1

Download from:
http://evolutionrevolution.s3.amazonaws.com/site-downloads/WTFSeries1v1.1.rar

 

November 18, 2008

WTF series 1 released

Shivaxi released a new map pack for Unreal. WTF series 1 was announced earlier at UnrealSP's forums. Click the link for some background information about the project and the story. The map pack is now available for download:

Shivaxi wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
SUPRISE!!! You all thought I died and that the project was never to be continued.....but GUESS what!?

You were wrong. :lol:

This has been tested, edited, re-worked, tested again, and raped thoroughly...so this is now the final release for WTF Series 1.

Please feel free to post any comments, positive or negative...i shall learn from both.

Also on a side note....i do know that this map pack may seem a little short to take 5 years in the making....well....thats what u get for this being my first map pack.

Enjoy

http://evolutionrevolution.s3.amazonaws.com/site-downloads/WTFSeries1.rar

P.S. First map is wtf.unr....sais so in the readme incase u don't read the readme lol

Download from:

http://evolutionrevolution.s3.amazonaws.com/site-downloads/WTFSeries1.rar

 

October 31, 2008

New Firestorm trailer!

Turboman's Firestorm project is still in development and a new trailer has been released, showing a few all-new area's and even attacking airships. Cool!

The first trailer is also still available here.

October 23, 2008

Unreal.com offline, mirror available

Epic's old official Unreal website at http://www.unreal.com/index2.html has been unavailable for a few weeks now, so I decided to add it to the archived website backups. You can view the site again here.

Update: Unreal.com is back online. I'll keep the mirror for just in case it disappears again.
http://www.unreal.com/index2.html

September 21, 2008

Khajiit Rankin's Unreal FAQ updated

Khajiit Rankin sent me a new version of his Unreal FAQ (Right-click to save). This version 2.30 is probably the final version of the FAQ.

September 17, 2008

Master server troubles

The default Gamespy master server for Unreal (responsible for the server list in the Unreal server browser) has been down since yesterday and is still unavailable. This is quite an unusual situation, downtimes were usually shorter in the past. I hope the issue is temporarily. (There could be maintenance to the server etc.) I the unfortunate case that the server stays down, we have enough alternatives to replace Gamespy.

The latest beta of Unreal 227 already has support for the backup master server at TheNerdNetwork and the admin community can host additional master servers with the Master Server package.

For now it's probably the best option to use Unreal 227e, my Enhanced Unreal Server Browser or the standalone QTracker browser.

For the latest happenings, please check this topic at the OldUnreal forums.

Update Sep 21: Both OldUnreal and the HLK clan are now running additional backup servers, and my own backup server is also still available to use. Techies can go to the OldUnreal main page for the configuration settings. These settings will most likely also be used in Unreal 227 final.

September 10, 2008

Downtime forum (update)

The forums for this site, hosted at UnrealDestination.com, are currently unavailable because of an issue with the domain. BrakeDanceJ knows about the problem and is working on a solution with his provider.

Update Sep 13: The forum is online again, at UnrealDestination.net.

August 26, 2008

Raven released UnrealEngine 1 preprocessor

Raven released an useful tool for UnrealScript programmers. This preprocessor can examine and optimize UnrealScript source code before it is being sent to the compiler (ucc.exe). This preprocessor is inspired by the one existing in Unreal Engine 3.

Readme:
Currently supported directives are:

`process - should be in the first line of .uc file. Tells preprocessor to parse file
`include file - embade file in the currently opened .uc
`inc_process file - embade file in the currently opened .uc and parses it
`define variable - defines empty variable (used in `ifdef and `ifndef directives)
`define variable=value - defines variable with specified value
`write variable - writes defined variable
`ifdef variable - evaluates to true if variable is defined
`ifndef variable - evaluates to true if variable is not defined
`else - part of conditional statement
`endif - ends conditional statement
`check definition==value - evaluates to true if defined variable (definition) equals value. Used in strings, floats, integers.
`check definition<>value - evaluates to true if defined variable (definition) does not match value. Used in strings, floats, integers.
`check definition>value - evaluates to true if defined variable (definition) is greater then value. Used in floats, integers.
`check definition<value - evaluates to true if defined variable (definition) is less then value. Used in floats, integers.

Download | Discuss at OldUnreal

August 14, 2008

New location, double bandwidth

A few days ago I moved the server with me to my new home where I have a new, faster internet connection (2mbit upload). This allowed me to double the bandwidth per player (MaxClientRate, NetSpeed) from 6000 to 12000. This should provide a better playing experience at times when lots of action occurs. (For example at large open spaces with many monsters and players shooting) Of course, the results still depend on your own ISP and connection speed as well. I'll monitor the servers for the coming weeks to tweak the NetSpeed when needed.

I also took the opportunity to install a small fix for a bug that caused a series of server crashes at certain maps.

July 23, 2008

Unreal patch 227e beta released

Smirftsch (OldUnreal) released an updated beta version of the upcoming Unreal patch 227. Again many bugs have been fixed and improvements made. For the full change log, please refer to the release notes. As always, report bugs in the OldUnreal forums.

Download Unreal 227e

Downloads, release notes and discussion forums at: http://www.oldunreal.com

***I will update my servers tomorrow or in a few days, I'm a bit busy atm.***

Update 2008/07/25: Servers are updated now.

July 23, 2008

MentalPack1 released

MentalHunter released another big weapon and monsterpack called MentalPack1. Mentalhunter told me that this new pack requires his GrimReaper mod so I included it in the archive. See the readme file for details about the contents of this pack.

Download

July 7, 2008

Servers updated

All servers received an update. I added the following new and updated content: DZMapM update, UMSSPaceMarine update, Unreal Hidden skin pack, Necris and Necris 2 skin packs and the Aura music box. I also updated the cache packages and the u227 redirection files.

Please note that the server still runs Unreal 227e beta pre-release, so the current Unreal 227 clients cannot join.

July 4, 2008

DZMapM v2.2 released

Zombie released a new version of his all-purpose server tool DZMapM (DeadZone Map Mutator). This version included a few bug fixes and some additional map fixes.

Changelog:
07/2/08 Version 2.2 - Fixes to mutator, RTNP, and more levels.
* Fixed a bug that could cause player inventory replication failures on some server setups.
* Fixed creaturecarcass safety handler bug that caused replacements by a mutator to be destroyed.
* Fixed 'bPreventLevelBlocks' option not staying disabled when configured to be.
* Fixed an RTNP CrashSite2 client crash near a forcefield as well as other possibilities in maps.
* Added to PawnReplacer a 'bUseCreatureFactory' setting to use an entry for changing the pawns that will spawn by a creaturefactory actor in a map.
* Added another map fix for Passage.
* Added another lamer map fix for SkyBase.
* Changed RTNP and "The Gateway" teleporter fixes to a better method.
* Improved MapSequence feature so that the current map and its URL can be specified in the 'OriginalNext' setting separated by a colon. This optional format can allow the function of multiple identical OriginalNext URLs in the list.

Download DZMapM 2.2
Discuss DZMapM 2.2 in the forum.

July 1, 2008

UnrealTexture is back online

UnrealTexture.com

July 1, 2008

WTF map pack

Shivaxi announced a new map pack for Unreal Single player and cooperative.

Shivaxi wrote at the UnrealSP forums:
Hello everyone...I've been working on a project for Unreal called WTF Series 1. Originally called WTF Map Pack but no longer because i am not going to release all of the maps at once...so there will be series...WTF Series 2 and even 3 perhaps.

This project has taken me well over 2 years already (going on and off not constant) and i thought it was about time to present it to the biggest single player map forum ever Smile Since it is almost complete...

First I'll start out with some screen shots:

See Shivaxi's project thread at UnrealSP.org for details and some promising screenshots.

June 19, 2008

Forum downtime

The forum is experiencing some downtime. I don't know the reason yet but I contacted the host.

Update: The problem is solved and the forum is available again.

June 12, 2008

DCoop public beta released

Ikuto released a public beta test version of a new coop game type for Unreal servers. It comes with a large number of new features and a new HUD which has been inspired by Unreal 2.

Info and download links
List of features
Screenshots

Especially the screens look very well.

June 8, 2008

Servers incompatible with Unreal 227a, b, c, d.

I have received a few messages of players who could not connect to any of my Unreal servers with Unreal 227 clients. This is caused by an incompatibility between the current Unreal 227 beta releases. I'm testing a version of Unreal 227e which is not yet released by OldUnreal. For now you can still connect with Unreal 225 and Unreal Gold. I know this is not much but remember that it is only temporary.

June 3, 2008

UnrealTexture.com is down

The website for DieHard's UnrealReTexturing Project (UnrealTexture.com) is down. Appearantly the host decided that the unlimited hosting is not so unlimited as they advertise it to be...

DieHard wrote at the BeyondUnreal forums:
Hi all,

At this moment the entire site is down because the host decided to entirelly suspent the account. Apearently they dont like to have a succesfull site running from their servers.
In any case, it means the entire site is gone for the moment and I am negotiating with a few other hosts to get the site up and running asap. Aside the fact this is a financial blow for me, its an uncool situation for all the people that uses the site to get their Unreal stuff.

I hope indeed its possible that to get another host because the site is large. It contains over 6,222 htm files, 20,414 gif's(buttons and texture database), 24,659 downloadable zipfiles and another 33,106 various files.
Together that makes over 80.000 files which means in server terms it uses over 80,000 inodes, while most providers have a 50,000 inode limit. And I estimate when the entire site is done it might take up some 200,000 inodes. For that, it might be difficult to find another host. It also means i cannot give a real timeframe when the website will be up again, but hopefully I get it online again within a couple a weeks.

On top of that, if I get a new host it will likely take me a few weeks to reupload the 200+ gigabyte of data, since upload is always limited to a lousy 120kbs

In the meantime www.celticwarriors.net is of course available for all the Unreal downloads. I will see if I can upload the S3TC files for Unreal to that site, and if needed I reinstall my FileFront account and have all those files for download available from there.


So I hope that DieHard will be able to resurrect this important project and find another host.

Update 2008/06/06: The core texture packs are available again from Diehards FileFront account.

May 22, 2008

1998-2008 Celebrating 10 years of Unreal

Today 10 years ago Unreal was released. It turned out to be the birth of a highly successful series which could easily compete with ID software's siblings. Unreal rocked the gaming world with it's gorgeous graphics. Unreal brought to life not only highly-detailed indoor environments, but also easily the most impressive outdoor landscapes ever seen at the time. Unreal supported many new technologies like 3DFX, PowerVR, MMX, Aureal A3D and Creatives Environmental Audio Extensions. But the game engine also allowed users without the latest hardware to enjoy the game in a fully-featured software renderer. Unreal featured a rich set of playing possibilities, with besides the obvious single player game a nice set of multiplayer possibilities including a cooperative game and a few deathmatch variants. The multiplayer possibilities of Unreal turned out to be the base for Epics first true multiplayer game "Unreal Tournament".

But perhaps the most successful part of Unreal were the powerful tools for content creation. Included was UnrealED, a powerful level editor. In spite of some buggy parts it allowed any developer to create high quality environments with the same quality as the original levels. The included programming language UnrealScript allowed programmers to change many parts of the game and create whole new game types. Anyone who owned the game and had the right internet connection could host game servers. Quickly the Unreal community was born. Many fansites appeared, clans were formed and tons of levels created. It is because of the tools that Epic gave us and the community who picked them up that we are still here. 10 years after the release. In the first years Unreal stayed in development. Epic worked very hard and added several renderers, greatly improved the multiplayer capabilities, integrated a GameSpy browser and fixed many bugs. But the game was still buggy and slowly but surely Epic lost it's focus and moved on to it's newer games. But the community did not fall down. Many initiatives ensured the survivability of the game. Kerberos and Nephthys gave network security, OldUnreal provided updated 3D and sound support. High resolution textures transformed the looks and many many programmers provided new dimensions to the game. And now finally a first version of the long-awaited Unreal patch 227 is available.

My first time I saw the game was the Unreal Castle FlyBy demo running in a local computer shop to show of the capabilities of the 3DFX Voodoo card. Unfortunately, my computer (A Pentium 133 without 3D accelerator) was not able to run the game at that time. I had to wait until 1999 when I gathered enough money for a brand new Pentium 3 with OpenGL/D3D acceleration card integrated. I still remember seeing the NyLeve falls for the first time, with the beautiful animated high detail skies, crystal clear water and 3D ambient sounds. For me Unreal evolved with me for many years. It was the first 3D accelerated game I played, the first online multiplayer game and later the first (and only) game of which I decided to host a server. Nowadays the importance of the game faded a bit since it has to compete with many modern games and other interests. But still it has played quite an important role in my life during the last ten years and it will keep playing it's role for quite some time. For that I can surely say that Unreal altered my reality...Forever.

May 14, 2008

Asgard's updates

Asgard released a set of updates for his mods. New versions of UMSSpaceMarine, NaPali, Spinner and Predator are available for download. The updates contain mostly bug fixes.

The mods can be downloaded from Asgard's site. I also added them to my downloads.
 

April 26, 2008

Unreal server web interface

Dots released a new server tool that allows you to manage your unreal server remotely via a web interface.


Dots wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
This is a sequel for http://www.unrealdestination.net/clients/hyper/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=756.
A WebServer administration page.

Features:
-Restart map - Restart currently playing map.
-Switch map - Switch map to selected map/game/mutators (note that maplists configure must be enabled to access maplist).
-Current game - You see list of players (ID/Name/Ping/Score/IP) and controls to Kick/Ban them.
-Server console - See a list of chat messages in server aswell a command line where you can chat with the players to execute a command on server.
-Banlist - See a full list of all banned clients, also lets you unban them.
-Defaults - Server configure page:
 * Main Game config - Lets you configure basic game rules (such as max players/server packages/server actors/redirecting etc).
 * ServerInfo config - Lets you configure public server rules (such as server name/admin name/MOTD).
 * Maplists - lets you configure maplists (for DeathMatch based games, NOT for Coop).
 * Mod Configures - Custom mods configures page (by default it contains configures for DeathMatch, TeamGame, Cooperative).
Read the included UWebReadme.txt for more info.

*Download from here: http://www.klankaos.com/downloads/UWebAdmin.zip

*Bugs/ToDo:
-Untested with Internet Explorer (bugs?).
-Untested with Linux client/server.
-Very ugly interface (someone with HTML coding skills, please update WebAdminHTML.int and e-mail it to me or something).


I added the server mod to the download page.
 

April 18, 2008

HTTP redirect enabled; improved download speeds

I enabled HTTP download redirection on all my Unreal servers. This allows Unreal 227 clients to download the content of the servers with at least double speed of the previous Unreal-based downloading method. I also enabled compression on the downloadable files to speed-up the process also.

I'm redirecting to my home http server which has been capped in speed. Still you will notice quite an improvement. The download speed should be increased further this year when I get a higher bandwidth connection.
 

April 7, 2008

Unreal patch 227d beta released

Smirftsch released the Unreal patch 227d for public testing. This patch fixes several issues including a but that caused a server to disappear from the master server list.

Fix list:
* Slithprojectile not vanishing on dedicated servers - fixed.
* Skaarj Player Bots - fixed
* Inventory with big charge - should be fixed also (no way to test myself, since it doesn't appear for me)
* translator message for hints - added.
* server wandering port fixed - essential fix for server admins
* DmRetrospective - fixed
* Quadshot no pickup sound - fixed
* Quadshot display size adjusted
* changed console behavior to safe messages without being called first.
* Quadshot not being able to select/deselect when 0 ammo but still ammo loaded in the barrels - fixed.
* not directly connecting after downloading a map - fixed (thx shambler Wink)
* Black screen bug caused by division by 0 fixed, an obscure bug will help a few mods. Also will help against poorly done admin abuse to clients :p

Download from OldUnreal:

http://www.oldunreal.com/patch/UnrealPatch227dWin.7z
http://www.oldunreal.com/patch/UnrealPatch227dWinLin.7z

I'm also uploading the patch to the the downloads here.

Be sure to post your (detailed) test results at the OldUnreal Bug Report forum.

 

April 6, 2008

New Crystal Castles site, development on project continues

I've got some good news from Bozo: The Crystal Castles site has been updated and he is working on a new version of the game type. The new site is now hosted here because the old location went down. I also have a copy of the old site in the section with archived Unreal sites.

April 1, 2008

Unreal patch 227c beta released

Smirftsch released the third beta version of Unreal patch 227 for public testing. This patch has quite some major stability improvements and new features also like a Direct3D 9 renderer.

Smirftsch wrote:
227c is out now, can be found in download section.

227c includes a lot of news and tons of fixes- for details just read here in the forums or in the new ingame news window.

There is a new high quality map included (made by Krull) which shows 227 specific features.
Check it out!: DmRetrospective.unr

Bugreports as usual here (OldUnreal bug report forum - red), just place something like [227c] in front of it.

Download from OldUnreal:

http://www.oldunreal.com/patch/UnrealPatch227cWin.7z
http://www.oldunreal.com/patch/UnrealPatch227cWinLin.7z

I'm also uploading the patch to the the downloads here.

Be sure to post your (detailed) test results at the OldUnreal Bug Report forum.

March 29, 2008

AWS mod released

Shadow Hunter released a first 'final' version of his weapons pack AWS - Advanced Weapon Systems. The pack can be downloaded from the files page as always.

For screenshots and a development log of this project, please go to the project thread at the forum.

March 18, 2008

Unreal is coming to Steam

Unreal Gold is now available at Valve's well known game distribution platform Steam. Epic released a total of 5 Unreal games to steam: Unreal Gold, Unreal Tournament GotY, Unreal II, Unreal Tournament 2004 (Editors Choice) and the latest Unreal Tournament 3.

Steam news:
Steam Welcomes Epic Games
March 17, 2008, 12:10 pm - Eric Twelker

World-renowned developer Epic Games makes its debut on Steam today, delivering the award-winning Unreal and Unreal Tournament franchise to Steam gamers everywhere.

The Epic hits now available on Steam include the debut classic Unreal Gold, Unreal 2: The Awakening and the Unreal Tournament series: Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition, Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor's Choice Edition, and the recently released Unreal Tournament 3, which has shipped over a million copies to date. For the ultimate Unreal experience, nab the Unreal Deal Pack, an incredible value at just $59.95.

To celebrate the launch, all of Epic’s games on Steam are available for 10% off their regular price (offer ends March 24).


http://steampowered.com/v/index.php?area=news&id=1489

March 15, 2008

Matrix' mods available for download

Matrix (*UaS*Matrix*) released four of his mods. His 'Fun Pack', 'Haunted Items', 'Halloween items' and the mysterious 'Tim Sweeney' mod are now available for download. (See the files page, mods section at the 'Matrix' mods' entry.

March 3, 2008

Server upgraded

My Unreal servers are running on a new system now. The system is 64 bit now (64 bit OS and CPU) with improved memory management for better multitasking. The performance also should be slightly better because of a dual-core processor and the RAID 1 disk array should give a better protection against disk failure. Don't expect any spectacular improvements; It's an evolution rather than a revolution. However, this system is a lot more future proof and allows me to continue availability for years to come. For people interested in the tech stuff behind the upgrade: see here. By the way: the upgrade of my workstation has been delayed due to a failure with the new hardware.

February 19, 2008

Dots' next-gen vehicles

Frequent visitors of the OldUnreal forums already know Dots' new Vehicles and Unreal 2 Vehicles mods but I now mirrored them here. If you haven't tried them, be sure to head over to the download page and give them a try. It's a big progress over any Vehicles mod that Unreal 1 saw before.

February 13, 2008

HyperCoop servers back online

The HyperCoop servers are back online (running u225f) awaiting the slightly delayed Unreal 227c beta patch. I'll continue to test u227 as soon as I can get my hands on it, so don't try to get a record breaking ingame score now. :p

February 10, 2008

Unreal patch 227b beta released

Smirftsch released a new beta version of Unreal patch 227.

Newsposting at the OldUnreal forums:
I'm just uploading 227b.
You know, this is still a test release, and don't be angry with me if some of the things mentioned here in the forums are not in (yet).
Its a huge project for one man alone, and although I always take care, and double-check everything, it may be always possible that I missed something, that I built in maybe new bugs by accident.
So please check everything again, and report.

227b still has no UPak support, I didn't get permission to inlcude it into 227.
For the following release I will have 2 possibilities:
1. Keep as is without UPak (any UGold and Anthology user will lose it)
2. Build a separate version for UGold which contains UPak. Notice that the server admins will have to remove it from serverpackages to have a server compatible with all versions then. Aside the Upak stuff, both versions will be still compatible.

I think "2." is the only real way to go here, but still you have a bit time now to state your opinions.

I'm really sorry that I couldn't convince Epic to integrate it, but we will have to live with that...

Download u227b beta from the files page or grab it directly from OldUnreal:

http://www.oldunreal.com/patch/UnrealPatch227bWin.7z
http://www.oldunreal.com/patch/UnrealPatch227bWinLin.7z


I'll update all of my Unreal game servers soon to continue testing. So be prepared for some downtime and restarts there.
Update: Because of a compatibility issue between Unreal 227b and JCoopZ my coop servers are not available at the moment. (fail to start) I hope to continue operation soon with a quick fix. If not, I may need to restore the older version.

February 10, 2008

Static1 final released

StaticNova sent me Static1, a new pack mod with many items (Weapons, inventory items, monsters) for your Unreal server. The new version is available for download at the files page.

February 9, 2008

Unreal 227 release notes posted

Smirftsch posted the release notes for Unreal patch 227. View them here.

February 8, 2008

Enhanced Unreal Server Browser updated

A new version of the Enhanced tab-layout for the Unreal Server Browser is available for download. This is a small update to support new game types, and incorporates feedback from the OldUnreal u227 development forum.

Changelog:
Version 1.21: February 8, 2008.
Changes:
Support for TN Serpentine DM games removed because it was not being used anymore
Support for NU Serpentine DM games removed because it was not being used anymore
Support for Serpentine Deathmatch MonsterMash games added
Support for Capture The Flag games added
Renamed CO-OP tab to Cooperative

Download

February 3, 2008

Revising the website

I'm working on an evolutionary redesign of this website. The links and downloads have an updated lay-out because the growth of last years made it slightly hard to navigate. I'm also working on a new section called InfoBase, an Unreal information database where I can store any interesting information and an archive of old  websites. The links page has fully been cleaned from the ever dangerous "404 error" devils, and I found quite a bit of sites that were not listed yet. The new InfoBase allows me to easily add more content when needed; the old lay-out did not have space for additions. I also gave the about page an overdue update.

For now you can see all the improvements at my local webserver http://hyper.dnsalias.net (slow!). I hope to have the main location at TheNerdNetwork updated soon.

Update: TheNerdNetwork has been updated as well.

January 22, 2008

Vandora: The end of a Legend

The Legend of Vandora is no more. The website is down and Winged Unicorn confirmed to have left the Unreal community.

Winged Unicorn wrote:
Hello Hyper,

you're right, the domain has expired... and I have no intention to re-register it. It wouldn't make much sense at this moment.
Unfortunately, I left the Na Pali planet a couple of years ago and I see no way back.

Thanks for everything,

- Winged


So we can safely assume that the previous plan of a restart with the Unreal Engine 3 is no longer on the schedule. Also, since the website is down I see little chances that the concept/alpha material will ever be released. The Legend of Vandora project always kept me interested; the idea of Unreal-like environments with the excellent quality of uNr3ALITY's soundtrack promised to become a great experience. So I surely regret to hear is ends here. To remind you, here is a small description from the old LoV project site:
 

About the Legend of Vandora:


Legend of Vandora is going to be a modification for Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004. This means that we will start development in UT2003 and move on to UT2004 once it's released. So we guess you want to know what this modification is all about, eh? Well, it's a Unreal 1 based coop/single player modification with a big emphasis on coop. I guess you want to know what we mean with Unreal 1, right? Well, we will use the rich universe which is Unreal 1. The story takes place after the events of the mission pack "Return To Na Pali". The stories of Unreal Tournament, Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal 2 will not be used for this mod. We feel they ruined the Unreal universe and that's why we stick with the Unreal 1 universe.

I can already hear you thinking oh great, Unreal 1 with upgraded visuals... well that's not what we are aiming for. We will take a lot of the elements from Unreal 1 and expand them. Here are some examples of what we wish to include:

* vehicles
* aircrafts
* ability to play as monsters
* some totally new weapons
* custom Unreal 1 style music
* non-linear levels
* and, of course, a lot more...


I thank Winged Unicorn for everything he did for the Unreal community, and especially his excellent software (MCoop, MCoop2 etc.) and support. It surely was a great time. I wish Winged the best for the future.

January 18, 2008

Trouble at BeyondUnreal forums

BeyondUnreal has been experiencing serious problems with recovering from a serious drive failure in their server. While there have been several contradicting reports about the successfulness of the recovery process, it now looks like there has been a significant of forum data lost:

Sir_Brizz  wrote at the BeyondUnreal main page:
As you know, BeyondUnreal has been down for a few days and we wanted to bring you up to date on the situation. This weekend, we suffered multiple simultaneous drive failures, including the drive with our database backup. Thankfully, after a great effort we've been able to recover a lot of the database by salvaging what we could and from older independant backups. Unfortunately, we did lose all of 2007 and part of 2006 from the forums. New drives are on order and when they arrive will need to be installed and we anticipate being up a few hours after that.

Too bad they don't seem to have had an external backup...

January 18, 2008

Update of Dots' Vehicles

Dots' (.:..:) made a first release of his next-generation Vehicles mod. The new generation vehicles have a much more complex physics and begin to feel like real vehicles. Development has not been finished yet, but it's certainly recommended to try it and experience the new possibilities.

Dots wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
This would be my first public release of this mod (version 1.0).
Download link: http://www.unrealshredder.com/redirect_ut99/Vehicles.zip

Vehicles it contain:
U_Vehicles.Jeep (mesh by Jojje)
U_Vehicles.CivilCar
U_Vehicles.SportsCar (mesh by []Pcube[])
U_Vehicles.MicroSportsCar
U_Vehicles.TigerTank
U_Vehicles.SkaarjHoverJet
U_Vehicles.SkaarjSpaceJet
U_Vehicles.AirShip (mesh by Kajgue, aka. Ice-Lizard)
U_Vehicles.Submarine
U_Vehicles.UFO (idea by SoulRaver)

And VehicleFactorys (respawn points for vehicles):
U_Vehicles.JeepFactory
U_Vehicles.TigerFactory
U_Vehicles.SkaarjHoverJetFactory
U_Vehicles.SkaarjSpaceJetFactory
U_Vehicles.AirShipFactory
U_Vehicles.SubmarineFactory
To change their spawning vehicle class you can type "Admin set <Vehicle Factory> VehicleClass <some vehicle class>".
To change respawntime for the vehicles type "Admin set <Vehicle Factory> VehicleRespawnTime <time in seconds>".

@ request from Hyper.nl, heres a beta release of Unreal 2 Vehicles, only contains 1 vehicle for the moment:
U2Vehicles.Raptor
U2Vehicles.RaptorFactory
Download from here: http://www.unrealshredder.com/redirect_ut99/U2Vehicles.zip

P.S: Not to worry, I will still make new version(s) over this to fix some possible bugs.
 

Download Vehicles v1.0 public (UnrealShredder.com)
Download u2 Vehicles beta (UnrealShredder.com)

January 15, 2008

Phasing out GigaCache as public project

Long-time visitors may remember my GigaCache project, an experiment to bring the largest Unreal cache collection to public use. This project was never realised to public because of the obvious logistic problems that a 10+ gigabyte archive give. Now with the upcoming release of Unreal 227 and it's byte-by-byte verification I have to abandon this project at all. Many servers have spit out modified cache files for years. These files also made their way into GigaCache. This used to be no problem because the signatures of the files did not change. But with Unreal 227 clients and servers these modified cache files will give version conflicts and possibly cause you to be kicked.

From now on, I consider GigaCache as private-only project again...

January 13, 2008

UnrealSP: re-reviews of Panic2 and The Sky Shard

UnrealSP.org has two new reviews of the Unreal map packs Panic2 by Atomic Pop and The Sky Shard by Edward "EddX" McRobbie. The maps are reviewed according to the new scoring system and therefore the scores have been lowered. Here are the conclusions:

Panic2:
Overall Panic 2 is a fun little romp that detours nicely from just about everything else you'll ever play on Unreal. It doesn't outstay its welcome and isn't very difficult to play. It really just comes down to a question of how much its charm works on you and for how long. Remember kids, music is the weapon!


The Sky Shard:
I enjoyed this pack immensely many years ago. Today, even if the poor build and lack of scripted sequences are now extremely noticeable, I still managed to enjoy it, and I dare to say even more than Zero Black due to the much more balanced gameplay.
The well-portrayed, huge scaled areas, especially the Giant Abyss (a relic in Unreal history), are something that everyone should experience.
Unique level design and an interesting story makes The Sky Shard worth of a play. It's much more than you'd usually expect from a "first attempt with the Editor".
 

You can read the reviews at UnrealSP.org.

January 1, 2008

Happy New Year 2008! HyperCoop is now 5 years old!

Hyper.nl Unreal Services wishes you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2008!

HyperCoop is now 5 years old! Around the beginning of the year 2003 I launched the Hyper.nl Unreal Gold server which became the base of today's HyperCoop. Back then, Hyper.nl Unreal Gold was an Unreal Gold server that allowed everyone to summon. It provided a great degree of freedom to the players which unfortunately became quickly to be abused by Klingons. But the experiences learned it gave me allowed me to take HyperCoop to the next level time after time. After 5 years I'm proud to still serve the loyal Unreal community. Unreal is here to stay. Unreal altered my reality...Forever!

For those interested: I uploaded my old website again. Click here to go back to the dawn of HyperCoop. Interested in what happened here through the years? Take a look at the News Archive.

December 31, 2007

HyperCoop returned to u225f for now

Because of stability issues (Unreal.exe unhandled application crash) with the Unreal 227 beta test I restored the Unreal 225f setup. The testing resulted in quite a few useful bugreports already and a few bugs have been fixed already. With the next beta release of u227 I'll do some public testing again. Thanks for your reports.

December 29, 2007

Testing Unreal 227 at HyperCoop, HyperDM and Hyper.nl CC

After basic compatibility testing on a test server I made a big move and upgraded all my servers to Unreal 227. Generally I can say that I'm very pleased with the compatibility, except for Nephthys my rather complex setup ported to 227 without anything major breaking down.
Now the servers are upgraded it is time for stability testing, bug hunting and learning about the new options.

I deliberately chose to test at my normal (live) server setup because this is the best way to encounter issues, bugs will show up much quicker at a server that is frequently used by many different players than a separate test server that is only used for playtesting. I hope I can contribute in this way to make Unreal 227 the best Unreal experience ever.

As with earlier periods of testing at HyperCoop, players should be prepared for more restarts than normally. For this I ask your understanding.

December 27, 2007

Unreal patch 227 public beta released

OldUnreal released the long-awaited public beta of Unreal patch 227. This beta version allows enthusiasts to test the patch at their Unreal installations and servers. I recommend to make a backup of your current installation so you can easily switch back if needed. Please check OldUnreal.com and the OldUnreal forums for more details as they arrive.


Smirftsch wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
After a long day again, I made it finaly to produce a working installer. Files can be found in the download section, Oldunreal Patches.
I'm pretty tired now, so I hope I didn't miss something. Please use the 227 section to report any problems and bugs.
Please remember, this is a testrelease, to find bugs, so bugreports are very needed to make a final version.
 
Its late now, and I wanted to release it for Christmas. Now, I missed Christmas here half an hour (local time), but still I wish you all a merry christmas, and I hope you enjoy this patch, it includes years of work, thousands of E-Mails and many many hours of arguments with my girl.
 
PS: don't forget, any donations, to help me with this page, and to buy the hardware I need for testing the patches are very welcome.



Smirftsch wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
The first release is a beta release!
Because of the many fixes, the hundreds of changes and many different additional work from friends and Oldunreal members its likely that I have not caught all bugs or maybe even produced new bugs.

To create a bug-free and fully operational version I need test reports and information to fix what is left.
Please test for known 226 bugs also!!!
So even although maybe already posted in 226 bugs, please report again in here if still existent.
NOTE:
Only bug-reports with detailed information will be considered here. Any bug-report like: "Blabla is not working" will be simply deleted.
I need specific information WHEN a bug appeared, if it can be reproduced, and HOW it can be reproduced.
If there are grafix problems, I need detailed information about the current system you have and what grafix-card driver is used.

The more I get, the faster the final version will be out.

Currently known problems:
Windows:
NVidia's driver 163.75_forceware_winxp_32bit_english_whql.exe crashes OpenGL instantly

Linux:
UBrowser.UBrowserConsole won't accept key changes use the new UMenu console for now
No advanced preferences, sorry folks, to much work at the moment, you have to change the settings in the ini
No UED - currently unable to realize, would need to recode a complete gui
Currently only OpenGL with SDLDrive is tested and running without troubles, couldn't make glide because I lack glide sources, other drivers are in, but not completely or not working at all, just for testing purposes.
FMOD is default driver, works maybe best, including surround, ALAudio lacks still EAX support in Linux, need to wait for EFX support.
Start Unreal.bin for Unreal and ucc.bin for UCC - other files for testing purposes only
To install it, you have to rely on the UnrealPatch227aWinLin.exe installer for now. Install in Windows and copy over the files, or try with wine. Experiences very welcome. No native installer yet.

Os-Independent:
Maybe footprints need some tweaking (proposals welcome)
lacks RTNP support yet
No footprints for monsters yet
UED crashes AFTER exiting...

UGold and Anthology
delete upak and udsdemo files after installation. Otherwise it will cause dll errors.
I can't check Anthology right now, don't have a copy of it yet. But should work as well.
Upak isn't supported yet for this test, will follow soon.

I used google for Italian, French and Spanish localization. Please don't blame me, send me some corrections instead Tongue

Support for footstepsounds is in, but need to finish the sounds (uax) file yet. Any custom sound is possible however.


Installation package is compressed with 7Zip, if you don't have it, you can grab it here:
www.7-zip.org

Download Unreal 227 beta from OldUnreal.com (Windows version)
Download Unreal 227 beta from OldUnreal.com (Windows + Linux version)
Unreal 227 bug report forum

I'm currently uploading the patch to my own webspace, so you can find it soon at the downloads > patches section.

December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Hyper wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Be sure to keep an eye on OldUnreal.com these days, because Smirftsch indicated a beta release of Unreal 227 this month.

December 14, 2007

UnrealTexture.com

DieHard launched a new website dedicated to the Unreal Re-Texturing project. UnrealTexture.com also hosts the (ports of the) re-texturing projects for Unreal Tournament, UT2004 and UT3.

Diehard wrote:
The site is ment to host 4 Unreal Retexturing projects being:

- Unreal Retexturing Project (URP or URProject)
- Unreal Tournament Retexturing Project. (UTRP or UTRProject)
- UT2004 Texturing Project (UT2004TP or UT2004TProject)
- UT3 Texturing project. (UT3TP or UT3TProject)


The first two are actual retexturing projects, while the last two are ports from the high resolution textures to UT2004 and UT3.

Gears Of War was also supposed to be in that list, but Microsoft decided to make it that much a commercial product that no one wants to have the game. You cannot run a server on your own and rely on Microsoft to do so. Next to that you have to have a Gold or Silver Live account to even go play.

Will they ever learn..........

So for now GOW is off the list.


All together the projects should asure it will keep running for upcomming years.


The site also hosts all info and downloads for creating textures and editing in general. But at this moment only the Unreal section has been completed for the bigger part. The other games will follow little by little.


http://www.unrealtexture.com
OldUnreal forum thread

Diehard also released some new textures; An updated SkyCity package and the brand new RealCTF package RealCTFtxtrs.

December 14, 2007

Custom Map Fix Mutator

Zombie has been working on a nice mutator for custom map (coop) servers. His CMapFixM (Custom Map Fix Mutator) fixes bugs, annoyances and crashes on many popular maps and map packs. The fixes are automatically applied at level start, so no map editing is needed. I've been running a few beta versions of this mutator at the HyperCoop Custom Map Server and I'm impressed with the results.

Zombie wrote:
CMapFixM is a TrueType mutator that is designed to fix custom singleplayer/coop maps that could easily become blocked by players. It also fixes custom maps with critical server or network compatibility issues. Its initial purpose began with fixing Drew's SkaarjTower & SkaarjCastle maps for 224/225, but now it has grown to fix other popular custom map packs as well.


Please head over to the project thread at the forum for more info, discussion and of course the download link.

December 2, 2007

UMSSpaceMarine 1.06 released

Asgard released an updated version of his UMSSPaceMarine mod. This release fixes a few errors and supports a new difficulty setting.

Change log:
Added further fixes to the scriptedpawn class
Added fixes carcasses
fixed voices where they werent displaying the player name correctly
Spacemarines can be used up to dificulty=6


The new version has been added to the downloads.

November 27, 2007

Unreal Firestorm news

Unreal Firestorm, Turboman's highly anticipated Unreal singleplayer/coop project is scheduled to be released in (early) 2008. Turboman posted many new screenshots in the new UnrealSP forums. Highlights are the awesome level design, high-polygon vegetation and some very interesting locations.

Turboman wrote at UnrealSP:
The story will be a direct follow up of the final events of RTNP, and you find yourself yet again on the hunt by the Skaarj, aswell the UMS.

At the ending of RTNP the player finds as shuttlecraft with trans-light travel capabilities, and uses it as an opportunity to escape the planet.
In orbit the shuttlecraft encounters the UMS-Bodega Bay and a short skirmish follows, with the player ultimately victorious.
This seems to be the last thing that was holding the player from escaping this planet forever, however the shuttle was caught by surprise by another UMS ship that wasn’t identified before,
quickly outgunned you fall captive to the UMS yet again. and this is where your journey begins…

My goal with this expansion mappack was to create something as closely possible to the original Unreal/RTNP,
retaining as much as possible from the original feel yet introducing a few new elements. The idea came mostly from the fact that
i felt RTNP was incomplete as the succesor to Unreal and this mappack merely serves to expand on that...

   Features:

An arsenal of original and remastered weapons from Unreal/RTNP, aswell as exclusively new weapons.
The return of the original Unreal/RTNP enemies, aswell as exclusively new enemies.
A journey through 20+ levels of anything that Unreal/RTNP offered, aswell as some new innovations too!
A completely new intro flyby including its own startup and menu (optional!)

   Requirements:

Atleast a copy of Unreal 224+ or Unreal Gold is required
An UT version is definitely in too, which currently requires Oldskool. I’m still unsure whether it will be a combined with the U1 version, or a separate version (I’m open for suggestions here).


   Release date:

Currently planned for early next year!


Head over to the UnrealSP forum thread for details, screenshots and updates.

November 26, 2007

Mutants monsterpack now available for download

Mental Hunter proudly notified me of his new monsterpack which contains 284 summons. You can see it in action at the MentalCoop server. The new pack can be downloaded from the files page.

Discuss about the Mutants pack in the forum

November 16, 2007

Gott pack update

Leo TCK released an updated version of his GOTT pack. This release fixed some bugs and brings some extra content as well. Interestingly tho the version number seems not to be changed, it's still reading v 1.1 pre-final. In spite of the confusing version numbering, current users are advised to update to this release. My advice: Be sure to do your own playtesting to see which components work well in your setup.

Leo TCK wrote::
Here is new gott release, I am sending two parts. It is an incomplete release, most of stuff was done early this year, but I am not able to work on it now, so this is just a package of all the stuff. I didn't use everything what I made like some sounds too, etc. But it is much stabler than previous release, incompleted is only the new stuff.

 

November 9, 2007

Unreal 227 news

Smirftsch (Of OldUnreal.com) plans to release a public beta version of Unreal patch 227 in December. At this point no new features will be added anymore, just testing and fixing of issues. Remember that quite a bit of features are already in Unreal 227 as it is being developed. More features may find their way into Unreal 228 but the last one is a long-term project.

Quote from the OldUnreal forums:
Codefreeze now. No new features will be built in.
All necessary things have been built in, and tested as far as possible. Now its time to release a beta to give you the chance to find all bugs I missed and maybe find new ones. Expect a release at the early of December. Maybe there will a short pre- test with a few chosen people before, need to discuss this with all people involved.
When I wanted to release it last year- yes, I know, it has been more or less a year now- I didnt expect so many things which will appear. But it was worth it in my eyes, I even made it to create a complete linux port.
I will create a new forum section especially for this purpose.

 

October 23, 2007

JCoopZ1 - Build 120 Public Release

Zombie released a new version of his coop game type JCoopZ.

Zombie wrote in the forum:
This is the third update to JCoopZ1 since initial release. Only the server side file jCoopZ1SSF.u was in need to be updated. This update fixes those admin login/logout crashes that some users may have had. I would have released a fix sooner to that, but plans and events changed. :/ Also, there has been a number of other general improvements and additions listed below. I recommend updating for the improved user experience and control.

The Update List (10/22/07):

-Fixed the 'adminlogin' and 'adminlogout' commands after success to avoid an unreal memory management bug that might crash a server (apology to this being late).
-Fixed pawn interpolation online to avoid an unreal bug that could crash a server.
-Fixed a custom bot incompatibility from Zora's maps that would crash a server.
-Fixed mutated DefaultWeapon bug that can cause more then one default weapon to spawn for a player at start while bRetainInventory is enabled.
-Fixed creaturecarcass safety handler bug that caused replacements by a mutator to be destroyed.
-Fixed weapon deathmessages for pawns when bClassicDeathMessages is false.
-Added 'admin Addbots' command support that can be enabled by the 'bTeamGameMode' option.
The bTeamGameMode option forces a single default team restriction on players and bots.
A custom BotConfigSSF class can be specified from the game control if desired.
-Added IsBossScoreBonus setting to the game control to change the amount of extra score points a player may receive for killing a scriptedpawn that is set as bIsBoss.
-Added bAllowPrivateSay option so that users can choose to disable the 'PSay' command.
-Added support to load obscure player skins on the server from the Unreali package.
Players must use option "?Skin=" in an 'open' command or specify the skin in the User.ini file.
FemaleTwo: Unreali.F2Female2, Unreali.F2Female4
MaleOne: Unreali.JMale2, Unreali.JMale3, Unreali.JMale4, Unreali.JMale5
Unreali.JMale6, Unreali.JMale7, Unreali.JMale8
MaleTwo: Unreali.JMale22
-Changed 'advance' command to be able to initiate level travel even when a minimum map timer or bVoteEnding is enabled.
-Changed PlayerReplicationInfo handling for bots to use JCoopZ's replacement if they have the default.
-Changed mover block detection so that users can choose to disable it by configuring AllowedMoverBlocks to -1.
-Improved client check routines to better detect anomalies.
-Improved some server side routines.
-Updated Readme for Build 120 and to included more 'Bugs and Issues' information such advice to solve mod incompatibility problems, and supporting custom PlayerPawn classes.

Download the new release here. I will update my coop servers with the new version next week or so.

September 23, 2007

Testing ChatLink

On popular request I'm doing a test with Pcube's ChatLink software. This allows in-game chat to be displayed over any participating Unreal server. Basicly it redirects chat to a master chat channel. So, if you see chat appearing from players who are not there, this is the reason. Note that your public chat will be visible on other servers as well. For now I'm just testing if it works nicely. If the test succeeds, it may continue, or maybe I'll join another master chat server or host my own.

For more details on the ChatLink program, see Pcube's website.

Update: More info about the testing at the forum.

September 20, 2007

Updates to custom map server

Thanks to a new project of Zombie I'm able to host a few additional map packs at the HyperCoop custom map server. For now this is StrangeWorld and Drew's huge SkaarjTower / Castle v2 pack. These maps used to crash the server, get stuck in coop or have other issues, but thanks to a real-time 'magic' fix mutator they can be run now. Zombie's mutator is still in development, so there may be some more changes and testing. However, I'm already pleased with the possibilities.

August 24, 2007

UGHStats goes public

UGHStats is an advanced server tracking and statistics solution for Unreal servers. It keeps game statistical information in a database and does automatic ranking for all players. UGHStats also keeps match and player data including efficiency kills / deaths ratios, kills / suicide ratios, time played, ping, etc... It also includes a live server monitor, searching abilities, and more. UGHStats has been in development for quite some time, but the developers decided it was ready for a first public release with version 1.0.0.
 

TheNerdNetwork.net:
UGHStats is the first and only stats keeping software specifically designed for Unreal 1. It uses 3 different engines to run, Java, PHP, and Uscript.

It can be installed locally on the Unreal 1 server and you can automatically keep track of every single match played in your server! It also automatically ranks and keeps awards for users.

UGHStats was developed by }TCP{Wolf, Smartball, and AcidRain. The web interface was built in conjunction with The Nerd Network LLC.


System Requirements
Of course there are requirements in order to run this awesome little tool. Here they are:

- Webserver (Preferrably IIS, or Apache, but your on your own with configuration of webserver)
- PHP 5.x (On Webserver AND Unreal 1 Serverside)
- Java Runtime Environment
- MySQL 4.x/5.x
- Unreal 1 Server running EDM5+ or UTeamFix10C+
- 2 MB Diskspace MINIMUM (Databases grow large, 1 GB would be suffice)

UGHStats can be downloaded from TheNerdNetwork.net at http://www.thenerdnetwork.net/?target=ughstats

 

August 16, 2007

Unreal ReTexturing project update

DieHard released a new pack of high resolution textures a few days ago. Shortly after release two texture files were withdrawn again because of some issues, but the rest is still downloadable. The updated files are:

PlayrShp.utx
Starship.utx
Langs.utx
DecayedS.utx
Mine.utx
Skaarj.utx

*Update*
I forgot adding the second update to the project, so here it goes:

ShaneSky.utx
SkyBox.utx
GenFluid.utx
GenFX.utx
JWSky.utx

(Downloads link to file locations at CelticWarriors.net as posted in OldUnreal forums)

For more details, consult the update thread at the OldUnreal forums.

July 25, 2007

BeyondUnreal launches cross-engine Unreal documentation wiki

BeyondUnreal opened a new wiki site called "The Liandri Archives". It is is an Unreal Game documentation wiki. It's not only about Unreal 1, but it covers all Unreal games. The BeyondUnreal staff invites everyone from the Unreal community to contribute, following their basic regulations to maintain quality. The Liandri Archives does not intend to replace the Unreal Wiki site, which turned out to be a wiki focussed on the development side of Unreal.

The Liandri Archives can be found at the following address:
http://liandri.beyondunreal.com

July 4, 2007

Unreal Gold's weapons finally available for Unreal 225

Cheese wondered why nobody extracted the Unreal Gold weapons yet for use with Unreal 225, and then did the job himself. His UpakGuns contains all Unreal Gold weapons: The Combat Assault rifle, the Grenade Launcher and the Rocket Launcher.

Available from the download page.

June 26, 2007

EPack: Exiled's new pack

Exiled released a new 2 MB large pack of custom items for his coop server. He worked on it for quite some time, and it has been used for quite some time at his coop server. Now it's available for anyone.

From the readme file:
To sum it up, this package contains all the outrageous crap that the members of Eternal Chaos take so much pleasure out of using.

This was originally just supposed to contain the custom weapons of the members in EC. Over time, it developed into this 2 megabyte monster. It contains 5 custom member weapons, 7 more standard weapons that aren't attributed to any one person, items, custom member items, and a few monsters.


You can download EPack at the download page.

June 18, 2007

Unreallity - the wrath of the Skaarj - Final

Bleeder91 sent me his an all-new game type: Unreallity. The game takes place 2 years after the last human left the planet, and the Skaarj begin their final revenge against the Nali. Unreallity comes with some special features like a night mode, a new scoring system and a way to use score to obtain in-game items.

Some details from the instruction:
Final
Including gametype, Mutator, Scoreboard, can carry 2 automags, rifle has scope, night game possible, can level and can adjust difficulty.

Story
2 Years after the human left, the Nali's lives began to grow back to normal. But as soon as the Nali's have learned that they must fight, for they don't want to be slaves anymore, the Skaarj raised a whole new army to destroy the Nali race, for they helped the human to escape. Now the Nali know, that this will be their last chance to defeat the Skaarj and save Na Pali, because the new race of Skaarj will be more fiercer, more filled with hate then ever before...
Unreallity, the wrath of the Skaarj

Special Features

For the scores to be kept, place this under the ' serveractors= ' lines in your Unreal.ini file:
ServerActors=Unreallity.UnreallityScoreKeeper

Advanced Options - GameTypes - Unreallity
NightGame: if True, game will be shown as if it were night.
Difficulty: select the difficulty the pawns will have.


For more info, go to  Bleeder91's website.
I mirrored the file at downloads.
Keyword: Unreality

June 9, 2007

UTeamFix 10f released

}TCP{Wolf released a new version of his famous UTeamFix gametype. UteamFix is an all-purpose Unreal game type which is frequently used by admins of Unreal Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and MonsterMash games. But generation 10 also supports other game types like coop.

Changelist:
* Added CALLVOTE feature so players can vote on arbitrary admin commands
  (Requested by Smirftsch and Kasima for Oldunreal)
* Security: Server Side chat logging
  (Requested by {KDS}Rewind)
* MM: Monsters can be spawned as swarms now
  (Requested by Smirftsch and Kasima for Oldunreal)
* Epic BUG: A long thorn in my personal eye, the imprecise mouse control has finally been nailed and fixed clientside.

The new UTeamFix has been added to the downloads. For more information, go to }TCP{Wolf's website.
 

May 31, 2007

Free Unreal server hosting

[B@D]Thug provides a limited number of clients to host an Unreal coop server for free. At the moment of writing ha has capacity for 4 additional servers at his home server machine. While a home server surely has limitations like a limited bandwidth, I still think this is a very generous service. This may just be what you need when you always wanted a server but don't have the capacity or technology to host one yourself. Please note that there are only 4 hosting slots available at the moment of writing.

From the website:
H.A.S.F Is short for " Host A Server Freely ". With all the mods available in my server you probably wont need to ask. If you want a server, you can email my hotmail. My contact is <see website for e-mail>.

H.A.S.F Information

[Server host time]- I host servers on a daily basis, I do not host hourly. I assign you're server to a day of the week or weekend. If you do not like this schedule you will have to manage another way.

[Server Configuration]- You will be provided with you're own mods, maps, skins, server name, etc. And by further adu, You will have a personal Unreal.INI file used to have you're server.

[FireWall and Server Security]- My computer can run a very stable server. I have separate passwords for each admin. There will only be 4 admins per person. Why? Because you don't want to spill the beans to hackers and noobs. Or at least I don't want you too. The admin passwords are for the following. [SecurityGuard], [ServerAdmin], [ServerModder], [ServerHoster], [ServerAlternativeAdmin]. The server is protected with the following security. A Security Guard ( Keeps the server in hand ), Nephthys ( Keeps the server from getting hacks and problems ), JCoopZ1 ( The only gametype stable enough to make the server stay on all day ).

For more information, be sure to visit [B@D]Thug's website:

http://www.freewebs.com/declaredunreal/hostaserver.htm

Also check his posting at the forum.
 

May 18, 2007

Servers updated

I updated my servers with the new UMSSpaceMarine version (see below) and I did a few very small tweaks. I also took the opportunity to install the latest updates to the firewall/IDS software and the usual stream of MS security fixes.
 

May 17, 2007

UMSSPaceMarine 1.05 released

Asgard released a new version of his UMSSpaceMarine mod. Version 1.05 fixes a few bugs and adds new features and improved functionality.

Changelist:
Added fonts so that when In high res the chat, menus and messages can be read easier.
Menus and radar now scale to whatever res you run at.
Added more voices. Added around an "extra" 40 male and 40 female voices (comments and taunts).
Taunts and comments are now louder.
Added a couple of extra voices to the marines themselves.
Further fixes to the scriptedpawn class
Changed radar so that it now had power bars instead of the digital read out.
Changed int so that the mutator reflects the package ver (1.05)

You can download the new version from the files page.
 

May 13, 2007

Unreal 1 mapvoting handler

.:..: (Dots) posted about his new Unreal 1 map voting mutator that allows admins to add map voting functionality to many game types:

Dots wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
This is a mutator which should more or less work with all gametypes to add mapvoting/gametype voting for the server.
You can configure up to 10 different gametypes to vote for and 500 maps. For players to bring up the menu in mid-game just type 'ShowVotingMenu', a reminder message of that appears once for every new player who connect to the server.

Download link: http://www.utarea.com/test/VotingHandler.7z

It includes instructions how to install it to the server. I added an option for starting end-game voting once Level.Game.bGameEnded goes to true, but I'm not so sure how many gametypes works with that. Then it can also be triggered to endgame through event 'BeginVoting'. Once end-game voting starts it stops game from timer and tick to avoid possible timed mapchange.

Current problems/bugs I noticed so far:
- Unreal gold players get some wierd blue background on their voting menu which makes it a little harder to see the voting selections.
- 226f, 225f and 224 players lose their UBrowser serverbrowser if they havent opened it at least once before the voting menu.
- Voting menu wont work for players who play with Engine.Console (but who would do that?).

And things to make:
- Add admin menu to configure the maplist in server?
- Add serverpackage modification feature for game voting, but its impossible with current unreal versions.

Check the forum thread at OldUnreal to post and read comments about this mod.
 

May 12, 2007

Jukebox mod released

Bleeder91 released a new music player mod. Jukebox is a more advanced 'auramusicbox' (Red: a music player mod by Boodaflow). you can add your own songs in the advanced options.

From the readme file:
install:
place the JukeBox.u file in your Unreal/System folder

summons:
summon JukeBox.JukeBox

commands:
ShowMusicList - Shows the list of available songs.
Music # - Play a song.

activating the JukeBox plays the next song on the list.

Adding a song:
Type the song name correctly in the advanced options. Example: Music'Opal.Opal'
If the songsection is more then 0, you can adjust it.
Set the songs after eachother and set NumberOfSongs to the amount of songs you want, or have to be on the list.

You can get the player from the download page.
 

May 04, 2007

MentalHunter's new packs

MentalHunter submitted quite a number of mod packs again, with all kinds of summons for your Unreal game/server. You can download them from the files page.
 

April 28, 2007

Shrakith'a Sequel

Makkura (A.k.a Geoffrey Field and Mad Martigan) posted an interesting announcement at the UnrealSP forums about a sequel for the highly rated Unreal SP/Coop map pack "The Tower of Shrakith'a". There are not much details yet, except for that "Work has begun. Details coming soon...", but a sequel for an excellent Unreal map pack is always great news.
 

April 28, 2007

Another Unreal speed fix added to help page

I added a fourth fix for the Unreal overspeed / choppy performance issues  to the help page. It seems that the nVidia multi core driver optimizations can give some issues at some systems. See the help page for details.
 

April 18, 2007

OldUnreal Community Map Pack released

Ok, a small news message this time since I'm held busy with some computer troubles: OldUnreal made available the Unreal Community map pack. The map pack consists of a best-of selection of the many freely available deathmatch maps for Unreal.

Project thread at the OldUnreal forums
Download from OldUnreal webspace
 

April 14, 2007

New releases *update*

NecrisPack: Exiled released a new hybrid weapon pack together with a Necris themed coop- and a deathmatch map. The 'Nanoblack' Weapons pack also includes a few new armors.
LmTPack I: LymphoCite T submitted a large pack with many new items, weapons and a few monsters. Also contains separate flamethrower mod.
And Cheese got another new mod, this time a summonable teleporter which allows admins to summon a teleporter start and destination. This can be quite useful for those coop games where the admin is playing.

 You can find the releases at the download page.
 

March 16, 2007

Battle for NaPali trailer

I found a nice movie of the upcoming UT-SP map pack Battle for Na Pali by Team UnrealSP. While I normally do not post any news about UT-related maps, I thought this movie deserved an exception:


Another honourable mention goes to The Chosen One. Please note that the developers did not make the mentioned release date of December 2006, now they focus on Summer 2007. But as always with game development: it will be released "when it's done".

 

For more interesting UT-SP projects, keep checking UnrealSP.org.
 

March 6, 2007

The return of Shinigami

After Shinigami's Level Pack 1 for Unreal it has been silent for a long time, but to the surprise of many he is back for a sequel. Be sure to check out his thread at the UnrealSP forums. There are some very nice screens there as well.
 

March 3, 2007

Massive Mod release

Cheese has been quite active again and released a series of new mods for your entertainment.


Cheese wrote in e-mail:
Hey Hyper, It's been a long time since I have released any of my mods to the public, so I have quite a bit here for you.


Electric Krall: A very powerful Krall that shoots fast and lethal electric bolts.
Flying Fish: A fish that flies around and attacks you.
iCBelts: Belt pack. Belts come in 25 different hues.
iCHealth: Item pack with new Health, SuperHealth, and flavoured Nali Fruit.
iCJumpBoots: Jump boots with configurable Air Control and JumpZ.
iCSpawner: Item Spawner, spawns up to 200 items within 5 different spawners, 40 items each.
MultiStinger: Shoots randomly colored Dispersion Ammos.
Psychedelic: A pack of Psychedelic looking Monsters, Items, and weapons.
Sonic Shotgun: A golden shotgun, very powerful.

All new mods can be downloaded from the files page.

March 2, 2007

MentalHunters 100 monster pack released

MentalHunter released his 100 monster pack. This is probably the largest monster pack for Unreal out there, although it has many monsters with uninteresting names like Monster58. It also comes with a monster spawner mutator. (By the way: since monster spawning is generally a but tricky for the weak Unreal engine, you might want to try one of the existing monster spawners instead, DZMapM or MonsterSpawn since they exist longer and are proven to be quite stable.)

Download the monster pack from the files page. If you downloaded the pack, you'll also find some screenshots inside. If you have any comments, you can post them in MentalHunters project thread.

Here is the 'story' which is included in the package:
When the Skaarj finally took over NaPali, they went go to visit other planets and take over their whole existing on their planet.
But what the skaarj didnt know was, that there were some really weird monsters out there. It appeared to be so that those monsters were planning to do the same thing with the Skaarjs as what the Skaarj did to the Nali.
The monsters appeard to be knows as: ' The Flying Inventory's '. Like flying SuperHealth and Flying dampener and all that stuff. The Skaarj started building retarded mixes of the Mercenaries, Kralls, Sliths, Skaarj and brutes. Finally they made thousand copies of the also known Skaarj merc, Mercwarrior, Krallslith and Slithkrall.
With that team they thought they could defeat the weird Flying Inventories. But smart enough were the Skaarjs, they thought by theirselves: We need much more! And so they start making more, they finally made the flying pupae but darn enough almost all of there projects after the Krall Slith mercwarrior skaarjmerc slithkrall appeard to turn against them and started there own army.
Those creatures were: Flying razorfish Flying babyfish, Flying Pupae. And all of those creatures. Lately the Nalis woke up as zombies and came taking revenge on the Skaarj, and because they did not had theirself under control, they kill everything on there path. And of course we dumb humans had to stop this. President George Bush was taken away by the Nali, and a Nali melted together with him and became a: 'NaliBush'.
Lately the Nalis visited the Unreal Tournament GOTY area. There the saw the nail Nali warrior. They also took him and made thousand copies of them. And the Nali's started making thousands copies of theirself. 100 Nalibushes and Nalibutchers 0_o!
50% of the world was happy to have bush away, but the other 50% wasn't. So the whole world put all there money and energy in for making a friendly Brute. It was a great succes. He is almost undefeateble and doesnt turn against humans. And we werent dumb, we started making thousend copys of them!
Now the war begun, its all up to you and the Friendly Brute Berserkers to win this biggest universal war ever....

February 25, 2007

HorrorSeries: New screenshots

Hybrid posted a few new screenshots of a level he is working on. This level will be part of the HorrorSeries map pack for Unreal. See the new screens here.

February 22, 2007

.:..:'s (Dots) unreleased mods available

Dots released his previously unreleased Unreal game types, mods, maps, beta's and unfinished projects. You can download things like the unfinished UnrealRPG, CooopG3 and an unfinished Pack 7 mod. The website is temporary and will stay open during this year, so you have quite some time to download what you want.

Dots' Unreal 1 scrapyard

February 22, 2007

Unreliable power issues

As part of the January 7 announcement: There has been work on the local electricity at my home which caused some downtime of the server. See the January 7 announcement or the forums for details.

February 20, 2007

Interesting original Unreal preview / review videos

[B@D]Thug posted a links to an original Unreal preview and review by the German PC Player. The preview shows parts of the Unreal 1997 beta version and a never seen before technology demonstration level. There is also an interview with Mark Rein about the new technologies. The review shows the final game running on 3DFX Glide. Please note that the movies are in German language, except for the interview which is in English.

PC Player - Unreal Preview


PC Player - Unreal Review

February 18, 2007

More Unreal singleplayer maps (re) reviewed

The good people of the popular Unreal mapping community at UnrealSP.org made quite a few new reviews of the classic Unreal 1 SP map packs. Some of the maps were already reviewed a long time ago, but since UnrealSP switched to a new scoring system the reviews have been updated. Generally the new reviews give lower scores then the old ones, but this does not mean that these maps are low quality. The main reason for the new scoring system is that the overall quality of the new custom maps improved so much that the old scoring table did not suffice anymore.

Here is a quick list of the reviews that were added during the last few months:

Review of The Crash
Review of Strange World
Review of The Tower of Shrakith'a
Review of Iphigenia
Review of Shiningami
Review of Shamu Quest

UnrealSP also has some good reviews of UT singleplayer map packs, so if you like to play SP in Unreal Tournament make sure you check out UnrealSP's full custom map review list. Also, keep an eye on the UnrealSP main page for new reviews.

January 30, 2007

MentalHunter's packs available for download

MentalHunter released a few 'pack' mods with various items / weapons and monsters for use with your Unreal server or single player game. As always with 'pack' mods, you can use a general-purpose mutator like DZMapM to automatically add them to your game.

You can find MentalHunter's packs at the download page.
 

January 17, 2007

MonsterSpawn 3 released

Asgard put up version 3.00 of his monster spawner tool. MonsterSpawn is a Mutator designed to add just about any type of Monster to just about any type of Unreal 1 or Unreal Tournament type game.

Features include adding Modded Monsters or Standard Unreal Monsters. Monsters can be set to respawn after the amount of time you choose, starting a new wave of monster attacks. Up to 60 monsters at a time of your choice can be added to any map of a possible 1200 random choices from 20 different monster lists. Monsters always Spawn in random places. You make your own lists or comes with lists pre-configured. Monsterspawn can in theory add up to 1200 different monsters to the game.

Changelog:
Monsterspawn now spawns up to 60 monsters in a wave with a possible 20 waves.
Ver 3 as it requires a full reinstall.
Added scoring feature for UT ONLY
Improved spawn checks and spawn safeties
Further repairs to the scriptedpawn class
MSDevilfish and MSSquid now attacks bots aswell

I added the new version to the download page.
 

January 8, 2007

Unreal soundtrack available in MP3 format

Chronos converted all of Unreal's music modules to high quality MP3 files. He uploaded all first generation Unreal soundtracks to his website, including the soundtracks of Unreal Tournament, Return to Na Pali and the unreleased soundtracks of the Unreal beta versions.

Chronos wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
As a fan of the first unreal generation, I released three albums :

Unreal Beta Unique Tracks
Unreal Original Soundtrack
Unreal : Return To Na Pali Original Soundtrack
Unreal Tournament Original Soundtrack

You can hear it and download it on my web page.

Enjoy !

Download the soundtracks at Chronos' website: http://savagesteel.free.fr/unreal/

 

January 7, 2007

Unreal server downtime this month

Because of construction activities in my house which require a shutdown of the main electricity, the Unreal servers will be down from time to time this month. Please be prepared for lost inventories at the coop servers. I'm sorry that I can serve you no better, but this is a factor not under my control. I hope you'll understand. It is also possible that the unreliability lasts until the first weeks of February.

January 5, 2007

Enhanced Unreal server browser updated

The Enhanced Unreal Server Browser (EUSB) received a very small update to support the new King of the Hill variants. In total, EUSB now supports 66 different game types and variants.

Download EUSB from the lab page. Check the included manual for more info and a list of supported game types.

January 3, 2007

Return to Mars project restarted

TheEmperorStalwartUK restarted his Return to Mars project. Return to Mars will be a new mission pack for Unreal which will take place at the Red Planet.

TheEmperorStalwartUK wrote at his website:
Return to Mars (RTM) is now officialy in development! As we speak, RTM is being planned and designed throughly. It has been given a clean slate to ensure that it'll be turly a great, epic adventure. The only definite information right now is that you will be Prisoner 849, the protagnist from Unreal and RTNP and that you will be on the red planet.

For those of you who don't know what RTM is, RTM is to be the true sequel to Unreal that it has not recieved to date. The project has had a long history, with the idea being around for a good few years at least and was in fact at one point in development for the original Unreal, but technical limitations and other issues killed it off... until now. Utilizing Unreal Tournament 2007's Unreal Engine 3, I feel that RTM will be given justice and will be worth it.

Although other failed sequels to Unreal have existed, Return to Mars will be made! Whatever it takes, it'll be around one day in some form. You can't keep a good idea locked up forever! So be sure to bookmark this page! A forum will be around soon with a site to follow, just wait!

The new Return to Mars project website.

The old Return to Mars site can still be found at the Web Archive.

December 31, 2006

Happy New Year


Happy New Year from Hyper.nl Unreal Services!

Another year passed by. I hope it was a good one for you too. I'm delighted by the many progress we all made and I want to thank everyone for being part of the Unreal community last year. For the coming year I hope to continue my services and being a stable factor in the community. Probably not as fast-paced as last years but certainly there. Good luck to all of you, and be careful with fireworks!

December 30, 2006

Nephthys web download disabled

Nephthys Web Download has been disabled at the HyperCoop servers. The feature reduced the uptime of the servers too much. Unreal seems to have a memory leak which causes it to allocate a large amount of memory over time. The cause of this leak I never found, but I discovered that with Nephthys web download enabled the server gives much more out-of-memory crashes. Because the physical server machine has plenty of memory (both physical as virtual) it should STILL have an excellent uptime, even with the memory leak present. For some reason Nephthys web download is very sensitive for this bug and causes the server to crash prematurely.

Now the web download has been disabled the uptimes have improved (even more), but of course, the fast downloading is no longer possible. The fastest way to download is to manually download and install the cache packages and (eventually) the custom maps.

Note: The original memory leak is still present. This means that it will still crash at one time, it just takes longer now. Hopefully OldUnreal can fix this for Unreal version 227.
Also, not all crashes are caused by out-of-memory problems. The server can still crash because of other software/programming errors.

December 25, 2006

UTeamFix 10E released

}TCP{Wolf released a new version of his famous UTeamFix game type. UTeamFix allows you to run many Unreal game servers with new features and fixes for many Unreal bugs and other weaknesses in the original game.


}TCP{Wolf wrote at the Green River forums:
The total patch mod in its 10th generation has reached version 10E which is hereby made public.

Download and manuals at the usual location:

http://ws.online.de/projects/Unreal/UTeamFix.html


This one comes with a UT build again and fixes a number of bugs. One puzzling bug remains when using Co-op and use jumpboots, you may lose your ability to jump entirely. Not sure whether or not this ONLY happens when MM is active. If you have NOT ended the current map yet and you just got the problem, simply disconnect and reconnect - you will lose some of your items but keep your score and your jump will be restored. If you got the problem on the last or older map and you travelled on a new one then you must disconnect and rename yourself so when rejoining you are NOT recognized as an existing player. You will then lose all your items and score but your jump will be fixed. This is the ONLY currently known bad bug.


Important additions are:
- client caching of map listings
- pure koth mutator (can run in 'classic koth mode' too)

Important CHANGES are:
- the license has changed: you are now allowed to run single-map servers (for those boring Deck16 only noobs)


For all the juicy details and instruction, please take a look at the UTeamFix Manual website. The new version has been added to the downloads.

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays from Hyper.nl Unreal Services!

December 23, 2006

DZMapM updated

Zombie's DZMapMutator has been updated to version 2.15. This is a small update that fixes a few bugs:

Change list:
* Fixed an ItemReplacer conflict with custom map ThingFactory actors that were configured for spawning inventory.
* Fixed RTNP Abyss' end teleporter to enable from the control panel trigger while bLevelBlockPrevention is enabled.
* Fixed ItemReplacer bug that caused RTNP upak decorations to drop 3 replacements when originally configured to drop one item.
* Changed ItemReplacer decoration content replacement to operate more appropriately.
* Changed an RTNP CrashSite2 level fix to reduce the chances of conflict with any modified map versions.

Download the updated version

December 14, 2006

Particle Emitter for Unreal

Raven ported his Particle Emitter mod from Unreal Tournament to Unreal. It allows mappers to create extra realistic particle based effects like fire, which was not available before in Unreal 1.

For further details, and of course the download link, check Raven's forum posting.

The mod has been verified to be fully compatible with Unreal 225 and 226.

Update: I've been notified with the fact that Dots (.:..:) also has a particle emitter available for Unreal 1, which as I heard was released earlier this year. Dots' XEmitter is available from his website at: http://www.geocities.com/mhulden/olddownloads.html. Thanks Kajgue for the correction.

December 12, 2006

Forum / link page updates

The forums and the links page have had a few small updates. The forum was attacked by spam bots again; so I had to make another minor change to the registration page to basically make it a little different from the standard phpBB lay-out. (For which the bots are programmed) I hope this will keep the spammers away for some time. I also banned the accounts from which the spam was posted.

The links page also has had a quick update; the eternal war of the 404 monsters has claimed a few sites again. A positive and honourable mention though is the totally redesigned site of the CelticWarriors clan. Diehard invested much time in here. The site has some excellent information for new players as well as veterans and tech enthusiasts. Last but not least: CelticWarriors has a large number of mirrors for interesting Unreal websites that went down.

Celtic Warriors

December 12, 2006

Project 236 pack available for download

Shadow Hunter released a new 'pack' mod with a bunch of new items and weapons for use with your Unreal server or for some local summoning fun. You can also use one of the general purpose mutators (Like DZMapM / JDec) to automatically spawn the items into the game.

Get the pack from the download page.

November 26, 2006

RTNP2Unreal beta 3 released

Dinwitty released a new beta version of his RTNP2Unreal advanced map pack.

Dinwitty wrote at the UnrealSP forums:
http://www.fileplanet.com/dl.aspx?/planetunreal/vortex/RTNP2Ubeta3.rar

see for yourself

let me know if it DL's ok, and unpacks OK.

This is NOT final and there can be changes yet.


Download RTNP2Unreal Beta 3 from Fileplanet.

PS. I haven't been able to download it myself because some changes at the side of File Planet seem to have broken the download functionality with my browser config. My Custom Map server is currently running the working parts of RTNP2Unreal beta2 and I plan not to update until there is a final.

November 25, 2006

Unreal Anthology fix v1

It seems that the Unreal Gold version of Unreal Anthology introduces a new online compatibility problem. This is really a shame because they seem to have learned nothing of the Gold/226 compatibility problems. Fortunately the CelticWarriors clan released a patch that makes the Unreal Anthology gold compatible with the normal Unreal Gold. The patch contains a few files of the original Gold that you can use to overwrite the Anthology versions.

Diehard wrote at the BeyondUnreal forums:
Today we had the chance to try the UnrealGold from the US Anthology boxset. We installed the complete game and tried to enter our Unreal server. We got a mismatch on the Unrealshare.u package. After adding a normal UnrealGold version from Unrealshare.u we got the next mismatch, this time UnrealI.u gave an error.

As it seems they altered the files mentioned in favor of the new menu, and disregarded the mismatch it causes online, or they simply did test it witrh another Anthology boxset server. All together its just incredible they got this done, actually i have no words for ..............

To fix the problem you need to download the AnthologyFixV1

Instructions:

- Download the zipfile.
- Unpack (unzip) the file.
- Paste the two files into your C:\UnrealAnthology\UnrealGold\Sytem folder and overwrite the two files inthere.

Note 1: We only did a limited test, but we asume that this will fix the problem and leaves the other games being UT, Unreal II and UT2003 unharmed.
Note 2: This is a thirdparty fix given out by celticwarriors.net, however Celticwarriors.net does not take any responsibility if using this fix on your end goes bad ! Use is at your own risk !


Download Unreal Anthology fix v1 from CelticWarriors.net

November 25, 2006

Alexander Brandon's .MOD music pack

}TCP{Wolf got his hands on a music pack of Alexander Brandon, the musician who did a large part of Unreal's soundtrack as well as the soundtracks of other games by Epic. This pack contains all of his work from 1994 to 1999.

}TCP{Wolf wrote at the OldUnreal forum:
I was actually looking for Michiel Van Den Bos' music but he seems to have gone missing. But like Michiel, Alex was (and still is) a great musician who contributed a lot of songs to Unreal and UT.

Alex has released a zip archive containing all mods he made from 1994-1999, about 70 songs in total, a download of 25 MB.

http://brandonfamily.blogs.com/club_silicon/files/AlexMODs.zip

Thank you Brandon for sharing that treasure with the public.


Download the pack from Alexander Brandon's weblog.

November 25, 2006

Zounds mod released

Zounds is a voicepack mod for Unreal by Zelk0wy[PL]. It is based on the experience of the Player-to-player sounds in games like UT2004 where you can use a set of predefined sounds and audio taunts to send to your fellow players. Zounds makes this possible in Unreal 1.

From the readme file:
>> What are Zounds??

The idea for Zounds is taken right from UT2k4 - if you haven't played it before you won't know what i'm talking about and if u have.... well, anyway you don't have to.

Zounds are tiny sound messages that players can play to other players during the game. There are messages like 'Hello' or 'Cya', but also some more crazy ones.

Download the mod here. (From Anarchy's webspace)
 

November 22, 2006

Gemdagger manual update

Gaizoku wrote a nice addition for the Gemdagger manual: A list of all items that you can buy with it's saying, prices and descriptions. The updated gemdagger instruction can be read here. Thanks mate!

November 22, 2006

Killahundead's mods added to downloads

Killahundead released 3 small mod packages which have been added to the download page. There are 3 mods:

Books: Various books for lethal purposes, book surfing, and book surfing on the water.
Cowgun: A gun that I accidentily made messing around with my first mod (That's why the file is so small)
KillaA: Many different item such as Cowarmour, Fatfield, NoBombGun (there is no such thing as a bomb gun), stinger1 (A stinger with eightball projectiles) and I think there is more but I can't think of anything else off the top of my head.

For more details, see the corresponding forum thread. You can also post experiences and feedback there. Read the readme files for the summons.
 

November 20, 2006

Enhanced weapons

.:..: (Dots) released an optimized version of the standard Unreal guns. The new weapons are more bandwidth-friendly by executing things like visual effects and sounds at client-side only. This reduces the bandwidth usage, especially when a lot of action is going on. The mod is still in beta stage and can be downloaded at Dots' website.

 .:..:' website:
 Latest updated 20 November 2006:
An update again at last for Unreal 1. A weapons mod called Enhanced weapons:
The main purpose of these weapons is to give low bandwidth weapons for server and clients, which means lesser lags and easier to use. But it also fixes a whole bunch of bugs so check it out here.
This mod is still in beta stage, so I may still update it and fix bugs.

 

November 16, 2006

Servers updated

The HyperCoop and HyperDM servers have been updated with the latest UMSSPaceMarine version (1.04) and the Windows server system had it's monthly bunch of security updates and intrusion detection updates. Server owners can download the new UMSSPaceMarine version from Asgard's site (see link in newsposting below) and clients are advised to only download the cache version. (Download from server or install cache package)

November 1, 2006

UMSSpaceMarine updated *again*

Asgard and Turboman updated their UMSSpaceMarine mod again. This realease fixes a few bugs that slipped through the last build and added support for future Unreal maps with space zones:
 

Here is the change log:
******************
Whats New in v1.03
******************

Fixed (in ver 1.02 ) wrong skin for carcass
Fixed large collisionradius for suits
Suits are now able to accept protection types to be used in Painzones etc.
Default protectiontype2 is "SpaceWalk" which allows maps to be set up as an "Outer Space" design.
Fixed hud from clearing a back log of all messages.
Spacemarines themselves are also protected from "SpaceWalk" damage


I'll install this version at my servers at the next maintenance cycle.

Download the mod from Asgard's HQ.

October 31, 2006

Unreal Anthology released

Midway and Epic games released the ultimate Unreal collection under the name Unreal Anthology. The set contains the original Unreal game with the Return to Na Pali expansion pack , Unreal Tournament GOTY edition, Unreal II, and UT2004 Editors Choice. The release is very welcome because it was almost impossible to find Unreal or Unreal Tournament in the general retail channels. A re-release like this one might also bring some new blood to the small Unreal community.

Even when the pack is officially released now, it might still take a few weeks before you see it on the shelves. But it is already available at the major internet shops.

http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/unreal-anthology
 

October 20, 2006

UMSSpaceMarine updated

Asgard and Turboman updated their UMSSPaceMarine mod to version 1.02. This version has a few tweaks to the 3D models and the behaviour in water zones has been improved. The mod will be used in the upcoming Unreal map packs RTNP2Unreal and Firestorm.

The new version can be downloaded at Asgard's site.

I'll update my servers with the new version, but this has no priority because the current version 1.01 is running fine.
 

October 20, 2006

Unreal Titanic screenshots

Nathan posted a few new screens of his Unreal Titanic project. This project aims to rebuild the titanic in the Unreal editor. With a lot of research and measurements he has been able the achieve an impressive accuracy. Of course, the model uses all-new textures.

The project is not jet finished; but it's worth to take a look at the screens at the project thread. (Clan Phoenix forums)
 

October 15, 2006

HyperCoop G4.5 final

Now the final versions of Nephthys, DZMapM and JCoopZ are installed, the HyperCoop servers lost their beta status. The evolution of generation 4 to 4.5 has taken much time and effort. It is easy to make a coop server with many cool mods, but getting it to run stable and with a balanced gameplay is often forgotten. This is the difficult part. Unreal is still quite buggy, and non-standard things like custom mods tend to trigger these errors more easily than the original Unreal content.

Generation 4.5 focussed on stability, security and gameplay. Many issues have been addressed and I'm quite content with the results. While I probably never will be able to provide you with a 100% stable server, I'm sure HyperCoop is the best (highly) customized coop server out there. The last remaining issue is with or around the download redirection at the custom map server. Somehow this feature tends to trigger errors in the Unreal memory management code. I disabled download redirection on this server and if this helps, I'll keep it disabled until there is a solution for the problem.

My thanks go to Zombie and Zora for their support. Their knowledge of the deeper and darker parts of the Unreal engine helped me a lot in investigating those cryptic errors I was faced with.

I have no plans for new major updates in the short future. It's now time to enjoy the game without the repeated restarts as they occurred during the beta testing. For me this is a good time to reduce my Unreal related activities a bit; Real life needs quite a lot of time, and I also want to invest some time to a few other games. But I won't leave.

Enjoy the servers!
 

October 15, 2006

JCoopZ 1 build 115 released

I know many coop admins have been waiting for this: Zombie released an important update to his JCoopZ game type.

Here is the change log:
-Fixed an Unreal vulnerability that could have been exploited to DoS/crash a server.
-Fixed the broken PackageException>PackageName entry so that it works as intended when no PackageLink is provided.
-Fixed a tiny GiveItem bug that gave weapons 2x the normal pickup ammo when given.
-Added a new required server-side package 'JCoopZ1NPTP' that now handles processing between JCoopZ and Nephthys. This package allows patch 227 or greater compatibility in case any available Nephthys versions are not.
-Added a 'Moderate' setting in the PackageScan option. Users can now have complete scanning like 'Full' but without the need to add PackageExceptions for S3TC players.
-Added full support for 'MapVote' and 'VoteEnd' commands. Users can now allow players to map vote for the next in order and/or to vote when ready for the level to end.
-Added RestrictedKeyword support to the 'switchlevel', 'switchcooplevel', and 'giveitem' commands.
-Changed GiveItem to not report pickup messages and sounds for items already owned by the player.
-Changed JZCLogger.ini to be renamed to JCZLogger.ini as it was supposed to be.
ATTENTION: All users should either copy ALL contents over to the new INI or rename the existing file!
-Replaced the Nephthys v1.1 distribution with the Nephthys v1.3 distribution in archive.


This is the game type that I have been testing last months at the HyperCoop servers, and I'm impressed by the quality of Zombies work. JCoopZ is the most robust coop game out there, and especially a "Trinity server" (Nephthys, JCoopZ, DZMapM) provides the best available base for a coop server.

Download JCoopZ 1 build 115 | Discuss at the forum
 

October 5, 2006

DZMapM 2.1 released *Update*

Zombies well-know all purpose mutator DZMapM (DeadZone Map Mutator) has been updated to version 2.1. This release has several new features and a few bugs were squished.

Here is the change log:
* Fixed a bug in decoration handling for RTNP that caused decorations to destroy on UPak 226 servers.
* Fixed 'MonsterKillRequirement' specialmode to work better on a few original coop maps and to count monster pawns more accurately.
* Fixed ItemReplacer to properly replace weapons by SkaarjTroopers and handle other custom weapon carrying monster pawns appropriately.
* Fixed an incorrectly named PsInventory class.
* Added AI hang prevention and pawn stabilizer based on the JCoopZ implementation. Should prevent most hang instances.
* Added another map fix for IsvDeck1 and DasaCellars.
* Added to MonsterSpawn a 'bConsiderPlayerLoad' setting to dynamically regulate monster spawn times according to RespawnSeconds / NumPlayers.
* Added support to destroy an original class without a replacement. Users must specify "None" in the ReplaceWithClass or PDropWhenKilled settings. * Changed PawnDWKChanger, ItemReplacer, and PawnReplacer array list sizes to support up to 128 configuration entries.
* Changed PawnReplacer to not replace pawns within a SkyBox.
* Changed MapSequence feature to work and behave identically to JCoop Sequence feature.
* Changed MonsterSpawn 'bSpawnRandom' setting to use a different method that does not use rounding.
* Changed DZMapM.int advanced options menu layout.
* Improved and changed ItemReplacer replacement routines to intelligently determine inventory that is safe to handle. In most cases this prevents gametype player GiveItem conflicts on misconfigured servers.
* Improved MonsterSpawn pathnode finding to work in maps that do not have pathing properly built.
* Improved MonsterSpawn spawn testing for pawn collision sizes slightly over 200 UUnits.
* Improved AutoRunCommands to execute immediately after the first player joins a level.
* Optimizations to much of the PawnDWKChanger, ItemReplacer, and PawnReplacer routines. Less load early during level start.


I can recommend users of previous versions to update, but it is important to know that you have to remove (Backup) your current configuration before setting the new options. This is necessary because the structure of the .ini (options) has been changed.

Download DZMapM 2.1 from the files page.

Update:
There were two bugs found in the final. Zombie fixed them and released version 2.1.2. The download page has been updated.
 

October 1, 2006

Nephthys 1.3 final released

After many beta versions and release candidates, Zora decided that Nephthys 1.3 is now ready for a full public release. Nephthys is a network and security tool for Unreal servers with many features like:

  • IP logging
  • Banning
  • Automatic detection and blocking of many attacks and hacks
  • Bandwidth management (Prevents lag if configured correctly)
  • Programmable interface for game types and mods

An important new feature of version 1.3 is the possibility to redirect downloads to a http (web) or FTP (download) server. This greatly improves the download speed. In order to get this feature working, both the server and the client need to install a Nephthys part. (There is a client and server install). Other changes in this version include several bug fixes and a few new attack detections/protections.
This version also features an all new installer, which guides you through the installation steps and automatically updates your .ini files.

Remember that Nephthys is quite a complicated tool, so take some time to read the manual (Which can be found in the help folder after installation) and make sure you install the right version corresponding with your Unreal version.

Download Nephthys 1.3

September 25, 2006

Unreal 227 (private) beta delayed

Smirftsch, the man behind the site OldUnreal.com and the upcoming Unreal 227 announced that the first beta of U227 has been delayed:


Smiftsch left a short message at the OldUnreal forums:
sorry because of some unfortunate circumstances i have to move to another town until the end of the month. Because of that i lack the time of 1 month, means everythings delayed for that time


So in short, don't expect any releases in the near future, also keep in mind that difficult and complex projects like this one usually tend to take more time than expected. Therefore, I would be not surprised if there would be more delays in the future. But I also know that Smirftsch is one of the most reliable members of the Unreal community, so the U227 patch is not something to vapourize in sight. Remember, Epic makes it's patches with a large team of developers, while Smirftsch has to do large parts alone.

September 19, 2006

Alexander Brandon interviewed

Frieza arranged an interview with Alexander Brandon, who composed a big part of Unreal's soundtrack as well as the soundtracks of other games like Tyrian, Epic pinball and Deus Ex.

Read the interview here at UnrealSP.org

September 17, 2006

Legend of Vandora status update

Winged Unicorn posted the long awaited status update of the Legend of Vandora project. In short: There is still an intention to finish the project, but both the available (free) time to work on the project and skilled members are very limited factors. Because of this, the project is now officially set on hold.
There might be a resurrection for Unreal Tournament 2007.


Winged Unicorn wrote at the LoV main page:
2 years. Wow, such a long time since last update.

Well, no need to say that the project has not been much alive in the past two years. Most of the team members have been too busy with personal life to dedicate any time to LoV. All of you will now think that this project is dead - or better - it was never born. And I honestly feel it wouln't be fair to contradict you.

But, not all hope is lost. Some of us are still willing to go on and finish this project. The storyline is simply too amazing to be trashed. Thing is, we'd need A LOT of talented man power. And a lot of free time. Unfortunately, both things are very rare these days.

Who knows, maybe UT2007 and the new promising Unreal Engine will give LoV a new life. If that's not gonna happen, we might eventually release some of the concept work we have done, in case any other team is interested in realizing our dream.

Until then, if that day will ever come, Legend of Vandora is to be considered on hold.

The Legend of Vandora

September 10, 2006

HorrorSeries Preview movie

The HorrorSeries project team released a preview movie of their project. It shows some impressive scenry. It's quite different from the earlier releases, in my opinion a positive development.

Watch video at YouTube
Project thread

September 10, 2006

The return of the Dragon: FireStorm trailer

Unreal Incorporated posted a new trailer of Turboman's Firestorm project. It shows a quick flyby over a varied landscapes and Unrealish structures. Believe me when I say that this project is going to rock the Unreal universe when it is released. It also has a few surprises inside...

I mirrored the trailer at my downloads.

September 8, 2006

JCoopZ UMSSpaceMarine HUD fix released

Zombie released a compatibility tool to allow the custom SpaceMarine HUD of Asgards UMSSpaceMarine mod to be used together with the JCoopZ game type.

See his forum post for more info.

September 4, 2006

Unreal remixes and fan music added

I uploaded a few more Unreal remixes / fan music from my harddrive. You can find them at the files page.

Added files:

  • LoV - Bad Dreams
  • UnReal Techno Euro Dance Mix
  • Mines of Metal (Dig remix)
  • Unreal world (Fan music)


I also found out that Vampirus released the first part of his Unreal Remix Project:

Boundary.umx, Chizra1.umx, Crater.umx, DigSh.umx, Dusk.umx, FlyBy.umx, Found99.umx, Sacred.umx, UTemple.umx and Vortex.umx

Vampirus at his main page:
Unreal Remix Project restore all music from Unreal series in high quality. The how of it. First, music file split into samples. Then I make samples 16 bit and make digital noise cancellation. In some case I manage to find 16 bit analog. Third, all samples insert back into music file. After that, I exactly set up begin and end looped part of samples to remove specific tracker crackling.

Download the music at Vampirus' site:
http://unrealmod.nm.ru/

August 30, 2006

Update on the HyperCoop G4.5 progress

As said before, I reserved the months July and August for the task to reconfigure, balance and stabilize the Unreal servers. Now it's at the end of August, so it is time for a status update:

Basically everything what I could do has been done. In terms of gameplay and configuration of the servers this project reached the final status. Some points are not finished though:

  • Some of the mods and server tools (Nephthys, JCoopZ, DZMapM) I use are still in a (far) beta or release candidate state. They already run fine but as long as these mods/programs are still in development, the G4.5 project can not be finalized too.
  • There might still be a memory usage issue with the Unreal servers. This only surfaces after a relative long server uptime, and because of the many 'maintenance' restarts last months I could not do much testing here. I'll keep paying attention to this.

Now it's time to focus on real-life again, which also needs my time now. However, in my spare time I'll still be linked to the game and I hope I can finalize this project soon. Updates will be posted in the forums.

August 30, 2006

Server issues

One of the last updates introduced a new (compatibility) problem with the server query, so I undid the update for now. I hope a final update can be applied later. At the moment you read this, the Unreal servers should be back online, but you can expect more updates later on.

August 28, 2006

Unreal Deathmatch game statistics

A team within the Unreal Deathmatch community is busy with an interesting project I would like to share with you. UGHStats is a project to allow DM server owners to collect and publish game statistics to an online database. The project has been running for some time and is currently in beta phase. UGHStats will be supported by the EnhancedDM and UTeamFix gametypes. AcidRain already has a server equipped with the current beta of which the statistics can be viewed at the link below.

http://ughstats.thenerdnetwork.net
Any feedback or suggestions are welcome in the UGHStats forum at TheNerdNetwork.net

August 23, 2006

More mods added

I added 18 more mods to the files page, many of them are 'pack' mods with all kinds of new and modified weapons, items, monsters etcetera. Because the mods section of the files page was getting cluttered, I re-arranged them into a table ordered by author.

Here are some of the added titles:

  • Exiled's Celled2 and his old mods
  • Dots Vehicles
  • Venox packs
  • AgeUkkeli's packs and living things mods
  • Dynamite
  • Cookie's weapons
  • ZDec2
  • Bolke's flags

For the full list, check the files page.

I also gave the tips page a small update, a few links were dead and some tips were outdated.

August 23, 2006

New old mods

I added a few old mods to the download page. The first ones are well-know, The others are not.

AkimboMM: Banes famous enhanced AutoMag mod.
LightSaber: The well-known Jedi Saber. Updated version by Zora.
Frying Pan: Have you ever had an uncontrollable urge to run around whacking people with a huge iron frying pan? Well, now you can.
DSPCC: The infamous Dynamically Synchronized Particle Collector Cannon mod by Crescent. Very versatile weapon with radar HUD and many firing modes.

Interested in (one of) these mods? Get them from the files page.

August 22, 2006

Uber 5 released

Cheese mailed me the fifth incarnation of his Uber mod. "The fifth mod of uberness!  mostly weapons this time, but it also has a couple items. and an enemy." Get if from the files page.

August 21, 2006

Privacy policy and remote linking policy added

I added two new sections to the about page: A remote linking policy and a privacy policy.

The privacy policy tells about the use of your information on this website and the other services offered. Read it here.
The remote linking policy gives information about making external links to parts of this website and it's downloads. Read it here.

August 16, 2006

Enhanced Unreal server browser 1.19 released

The Enhanced Unreal server browser (EUSB) has been updated to version 1.19. EUSB is a new tab lay-out for the Unreal server browser that supports all known Unreal game types. The current version supports 64 different Unreal game types and variants. This version offers an update in the tab lay-out and has a better manageability of the Unreal 224v version. EUSB is planned to become the standard tab lay-out for the Unreal 227 server browser. In Unreal 227 the browser will have more lines of tabs, making it more convenient to navigate from one tab to another.

[ Screenshot]
[ Download ]

August 16, 2006

New project: Unreal beta 97/98 conversion

Delacroix is starting two new projects of which the first one is a new and updated conversion of the famous Unreal 97/98 beta. There are two conversions of this beta already, one by Dots and one by Zora. Delacroix plans to use one of them to make a final and perfected version.

Delacroix wrote at the OldUnreal forum:
Foreword
 
There is a beta of Unreal, that features many levels that were cut from the final game, as well as lots of differences in the levels that did make it into the retail release. There are already two conversions of this, both imperfect (in a matter of ways). Instead of making a new one, I decided that one of the existing conversions is now going to be ultimately debugged. In my opinion, it would be better to correct Zora's conversion.
 
Needed files
 
Zora's Conversion
Flare.utx (missing from the archive
BetaStuff.u (from Dots' Conversion)
Tarwel, a music file from an early Unreal build
 
What needs to be done
 
 - change all monsters to those inside the zcu97Unreali.u package - some show up in retail skins, especially if a script summons a monster
 - change all guns to these from BetaStuff
 - add skyboxes to all maps that require those
 - fix scripts on maps (some doors should open, they don't; some buttons should be pressed, they can't)
 - fix water (on some maps, water exists, but is not visible, or is visible, but obviously, the physics remain unchanged upon submerge)
 - eliminate all BSP holes
 - fix Dusk.umx (the sections don't loop)
 - two or three levels are empty, monsters need to be added
 - in Nexus, Magnus.umx doesn't seem to create the mood, needs to be changed to another music theme...
 
Requirements
 
Two or three mappers will be enough to finish this project relatively fast.


If you are interested in joining this project, check the project thread at OldUnreal.com

August 16, 2006

New project: Unreal: The Lost History

Delacroix second project also has to do with the history of the Unreal game, but goes even further. He plans on re-creating (some) of the beta levels and monsters that were never leaked, including the beta Unreal girl and the dragon. Again he asks interested mappers/level designers,  programmers/coders, 3D modelers and 2D texture artists to join.

Delacroix wrote at the OldUnreal forum:
Foreword
 
As you all know, lots, I mean LOTS of stuff were forever lost as the game was developed. It cannot be retrieved, but it is possible to create something in that mood. The expansion will consist of 40 levels in 4 episodes, with 2 or 3 secret levels, and will contain the famous U95 female, the dragons/gargoyles and 4 new weapons.
 
Needed files
All the above files (for use of music themes and weapons/monsters)
Screens & Movie
The old AutoMag screenshot
XS Weapon Pack - includes WORKING QuadShot
Unreal'95 single-map remake
Unreal XMas 97 trailer
 
What needs to be done
 
Mappers' tasks:
 
 - all locations visible on screenshots, that didn't make it to the final version are to become parts of new levels
 - all locations that were severely changed in comparison to the screenshots are to become parts of new levels
 
Coders' tasks:
 
 - QuadShot is to be extracted out of XS and ported to this mission pack
 - The old AutoMag visible on the screenshot given and inside the UXmas trailer is to be recreated. Akimbo feature must be added.
 - Inside Unreal Beta (97/98) there is a peacemaker weapon that is to be remade. Screenshot will be given.
 - also, in the same beta, there is a sentry gun. This also must appear in the pack.
 - create Dragon, Gargoyle and Big Man pawn, based on the screenshots given
 - create Female player, based on the screenshots given
 - create a Boss
 
Modellers' tasks:
 
 - cooperate with Coders and Skinners in creating weapons and monsters
 
Skinners' tasks:
 
 - cooperate with Coders and Modellers in creating weapons and monsters
 
Texturists' tasks:
 
 - create textures based on the screenshots given, so that Mappers may use them in the creation process
 
BOSS CONCEPT: This is supposed to be a huge, flesh monster, that cannot be wounded from the outside, sort of Shub Nigurrath from Q1, but a lot more scary. After getting inside, the player will be presented with final level which will be the monster's entrails. The final battle will be fought there.
 
Requirements
Three or four mappers, one coder, one modeller, one skinner, one texturist. A single volunteer may choose several of these roles, not just one.
 
Please contact me at: delacroix02@tlen.pl
 
PROJECT MEMBERS LIST:
 
 - Delacroix (me, hehe) - Team Leading, ideas & some concept
 - Deadkatz - mapper
 - Kaka - mapper (he's still thinking about it)


If you are interested in joining this project, check the project thread at OldUnreal.com

August 15, 2006

EnhancedDM 5 released

After a number of (beta) test versions Smartball released the new version of his Enhanced Deathmatch (EDM) gametype. The new version has an updated console, a number of security fixes and more features. Server owners who are currently running older versions of EDM are advised to update as soon as possible.

The full changelog can be viewed at Smartballs new site.

For more information about the new EnhancedDM, please consult the online manual.

Download EDM5 from the files page.

August 14, 2006

URP Monter update #2

Diehard released part two of the S3TC texture monster update. Six texture packages have been updated with professional quality and highly detailed versions of Unreal's textures. The updated packages are:

GenIn.utx
NaliCast.utx
NaliFx.utx
ShaneSky.utx
Skaarj.utx
SkyBox.utx

Not all textures in these packages are high-res yet, but the update is certainly worth the download.

Here are a few screenshots: Nali Castle rug, A skybox planet

More details can as always be found in the Unreal ReTexturing project forum at OldUnreal.com. You can also download the new texture packages from there.

August 13, 2006

Javascript footprint reduced

Because nowadays more and more people disable javascript on their browsers for security or privacy reasons, I improved the navigation for this group. A few features like the sidebar still require javascript to work, but overall the site is very useful with script disabled. The site will give a helpful message when a javascript-powered feature is blocked. I also no longer use any cookies or javascript for the visitor statistics, just an image is used now.

By the way: Firefox has a nice browser extension that allows you to disable javascript by default an enable it only for trusted sites on a domain-basis.

August 13, 2006

Uber 3 and 4 released

Cheese released two more incarnations of his Uber mod. The Uber mod globally fits in the same category as Boodaflow's Aura and Dots' packs, with many modified weapons, items and monsters.

Get the packs from the files page.

August 12, 2006

Server updates

The work on HyperCoop G 4.5 progresses steadily. Slowly but surely things get close to the final state. Here is the change list again:

  • Solved a version mismatch on UMSSpaceMarine in the RTNP2Unreal map pack
  • New balance in the gameplay, with a slightly higher difficulty
  • No more Dragoon boots
  • New Aura shieldbelts available in the GemDagger shop
  • Updated translator and serverinfo messages
  • Updates on Dots' Unreal 98 beta map pack
  • Updates on the HyperCoop game engine (DZMapM) and the network subsystem Nephthys

Again a number of crashes have been fixed or avoided.

August 5, 2006

Two useful tools added

I added two useful tools to my site. The first tool is the server restart script and log saver I made for my HyperCoop servers. Now I translated it into English and wrote an instruction to make it useful for everyone who needs this functionality for his/her own Unreal server.

Download the server manager script called UServer from the Lab page.

The second tool is a dual core fix for Unreal and other games. Because I have a dual core PC myself now, I discovered that Unreal can run rather choppy on these new processors. The problem is that the main game thread is being rapidly switched from one processor core to the other, resulting in performance loss rather than gain. Use this tool to force the program to use only one of the available processor cores. The program is NOT written by me, I just wrote the instruction.

Download the dual core fix from the files page.

August 4, 2006

Server updates

All Hyper Unreal servers have been updated. Here is the change list:

  • Several Nephthys web redirection issues have been solved
  • All weapon-carrying Skaarjs (SkaarjTrooper etc) added to the MonsterSpawner
  • Weapon carrying Skaarjs use custom weapons, have more health and a double sight radius
  • The maximum number of exploding boxes/barrels/chests has been greatly reduced because some (custom) levels had tons of them.

August 1, 2006

Forum currently unavailable

The domain UnrealDestination.com on which the forum is hosted seems to be down for a couple of hours already, so you'll have to do it without the forums for now. Because in the past issues like this were usually fixed soon, I recommend to keep trying from time to time.

Update: UnrealDestination.com or any of the forums are under DDoS attack. We will have to wait until the attacker(s) decides to stop his/her/their bandwidth overflow.

Update2: UnrealDestination.com and the forum are back online.

UnrealDestination.com owner:
Concerning our downtime:

Our systems are back online. We installed a new intrusion detection system and hardened the box with stricter anti-dos rules. The sites are accessible at full speed. The datacenter's network was not brought down like last time, and thank goodness it was only a minor attack.

Note: Be careful with repeated login failures or page requests for a while, the new temporary rules may add an entry in ip-tables to block you if it detects an attack attempt. You should be able to browse and download fine, just don't get o.c.d. with a web form and click submit 100 times :-X .

I would like to thank the Comcast and Charter Communications network operations team for their work all last night. They got back to me right away even though it was 1 in the morning. Thanks to them, a good portion of the zombie hosts were blocked at the ISP level.

Thanks for your patience everyone, and those who worked overtime to get the problem resolved

July 30, 2006

Unreal servers back online

I've done a lot of work again to the Unreal servers. Last two days when the servers were offline I extensively tested the new Nephthys download redirection and it's finally working now. When you have  the Nephthys 1.3 client installed you can download the highly compressed server packs from a high-speed web server. Required packages will be extracted to cache by the Nephthys client, so it will not cause version conflicts. The Nephthys download redirection works parallel with the old Unreal downloading method, so people without Nephthys can still download the files from the server as if nothing was changed. Also, when a download is not yet available on the web server, Unreal will download the remaining missing files from the server. Please note that Nephthys 1.3 is still in development, Zora will come with a final version later.

Here are the other changes:

  • The Klingon / Wooper weapons have been removed from the Klingon maps. They were useless anyways because the standard Aura weapons are more powerful.
  • A few maps had hard coded bots in them, but because bots are useless in coop they also have been removed.
  • The custom map server now also supports map voting. Because the number of maps are larger than the mapvote list allows, I made an overall selection, spread evenly over the different map packs.
  • An incompatibility with the monster spawner and the map SkyBase has been fixed by Zombie. The level has a bug that caused a few crashes earlier.
  • A number of smaller changes and improvements.

July 30, 2006

Unreal ReTexturing project: Massive update

DieHard released 5 new or updated texture packages for the Unreal ReTexturing project. The updated packages are:

SkyCity.utx
GenEarth.utx
GenTerra.utx
Cytizen.utx
Frescos.utx

The last two packages are no standard Unreal textures but texture packs belonging to a few custom deathmatch maps. Go to the project forum at OldUnreal to download the updated packages and read the release notes.

Special thanks go to DieHard who spent many hours of many days working with Photoshop to create these high quality textures. Additional thanks go to the CelticWarriors clan who have been hosting the large texture packages from the beginning.

Check out the super-hires screenshot of the SkyTown level with the new textures.

July 29, 2006

Unreal servers offline

The Unreal servers are currently offline because of software updates and testing. Today I did some second tests with the Nephthys download redirection but it's not yet working as it should. I also expect another update to the beta DZMapM I'm using so I don't think it's much useful to relaunch the servers now when they will be shut down again soon. I'll decide tomorrow (or today depending on the time zone) when I'll restart the servers. But as long as the server title reads "Work in progress" there can and will be more restarts.

The work on the servers of the last month is already paying off; quite a number of bugs and crashes have been analysed and fixed or avoided. Many of them are Unreal engine bugs that are triggered by custom mods like Aura. Most of the time the Aura objects are not buggy themselves, but the extreme nature of mods like this tend to come in trouble with the engine earlier than the standard Unreal objects.

July 27, 2006

Nephthys 1.3 rc2 released

Edit August 7 2006:

*** News posting removed on request of Zora***

July 27, 2006

Cookies' Unreal site added

I added a link to Cookies' Unreal site to the Links page. Cookies offers a number of Unreal mods like several coloured versions of the Jedi LightSaber, an extension for Dots' Vehicle mod, a new monster spawner, several new weapons and a number of maps.

July 27, 2006

Archive conversion to 7-zip

I started the process of converting all archives to the open source 7-zip format. 7-zip has a superior compression ratio over ZIP and even the RAR format. This is the second and probably last large scale archive conversion. Earlier I made the move from ZIP to RAR as primary format. Nowadays almost every archiver can handle the 7-zip archives. When you need a tool to decompress 7z archives: I can recommend the freeware IZArc archiver. Of course, you can also use the original 7-zip program (freeware) or a commercial solution like WinRAR and PowerArchiver.

As long as the conversion is in progress, you will get a lot of 404 file not found errors on the site. These should all be gone as soon as the conversion is completed and the files are re-uploaded.

Update: The conversion has been completed. File links should be working again. You may need to refresh the download page in case the old version is still in your browser cache.

July 19, 2006

Extra maps for HyperDM

The HyperDM server has been blessed with a number of extra maps. You can download the maps from the download page or from the Unreal server directly.

July 18, 2006

Crashes

The new server config has a serious stability issue which seems to be related to an old Unreal bug. I'm still uncertain why it appears to often with the new config and not with the old one. Fixing this issue has priority for me because it's worthless to have a server that's crashing so often.

More details here.

By the way: The Aurapack has been updated with Boodaflows updated files. (AuraArmy3, Aura4 and AuraGame1) I will update the cache packages later, but for now the server config has priority.

July 16, 2006

The road to Generation 4.5

Last days I made some great progress with the server upgrades. A few possibly unsafe weapons have been removed. WMutate2 which has been the 'engine' of the HyperCoop games has been replaced by a new DZMapMutator version (Still in development). Only a small part of WMutate2 is still in use to assign DropWhenKilled items to the monsters. Things like item, weapon and monster replacements and monster spawning are all done with DZMapM now. You might also notice a few new Aura parts which I got from Boodaflow; He is back in Unreal and once again started development of his Aura universe. You might see him from time to time in his server called AuraPalace.

With all the upgrades, I also had to find a new balanced gameplay. I'm still not finished with this, so you might see some changes in difficulty from time to time. When everything is finished, it should be the best HyperCoop / HyperDM experience ever. As always, feel free to post feedback in the forum.

July 12, 2006

Unreal Service Reloaded

I received an IM from Micro that Unreal Service is back online. The last years Unreal Service has been knocked from the internet by his old ISP and for a long time Unreal Service only had it's forum. Now the Polish site is back and the first content is translated to the English language. Not everything has been translated yet. There is much Polish content. I can remember that Micro once asked for volunteers to translate parts of the site, so when you are good with both the Polish and English language you can contact Micro.

UnrealService.net main page:
I wish to welcome again on the Unreal Service. After a serious problem, most of Unreal Service was LOST, all texts and files as good as php engine, my sweet domain even. Here we are new one, update your bookmarks. Let's hope I won't be forced to shut it down ever again. Once more, Unreal Service is ONLINE. Enjoy :)

http://unrealservice.net

July 6, 2006

Servers offline for update

I'll take the Unreal servers offline today to update their configurations. After this I will be a few days out of town, and will leave the server offline. The HyperCoop servers will come back as Generation 4.5 beta/test. I also tested for possible stability issues that possibly could be caused by extensive use of the Aura weapons. I found a claim that it was exploited to cause server crashes lately. In my own testing I found out that these crashes are very unlikely, but certainly not impossible. By the way: I really appreciate it that players test my servers for possible stability / security issues, but ONLY when this is in deliberation. At least contact me with the result of your testing. Otherwise it's just a denial of service attack.

(By the way: This player "-=skw=-Skaarjlord" (with IP 216.18.18.116) has also be spamming the server with foul language, and he is banned now.)

July 3, 2006

Links page updated

I once again gave the links page a full update. First I checked all links to see if they were still valid, and I also checked all linked pages for links to new sites. A few links have been removed and a a surprisingly large number of new sites have been added. Most of the newly added sites are still quite small, but many of these sites have new mods and other projects. My target is to have a full list of all Unreal 1 related websites, so when you have a site that should be added / updated or moved to a better category, let me know.

One especially interesting site I found is The Votrex Rikers which is a cartoon-like Unreal story by Essjay Campbell made with screenshots.

An interesting detail is that almost all new sites are hosted by Freewebs. It seems that the old 'big three" (Geocities/AngelFire/Tripod) are losing terrain in the area of free web hosting.

July 2, 2006

HyperDM server back online

After a long time the HyperDM server is back online. In September 2005 I took the server offline because of ongoing stability issues. (Freezes) But most of these issues should be fixed now with Zombies new AI server hang fix for DZMapM. This fix is already included in JCoopZ, but because HyperDM uses a different game type (UTeamFix) I could not use it here. I also took the opportunity to update the server with a long list of enhancements that were applied to the HyperCoop servers last year.

For now, take a look at the server at unreal://hyper.dnsalias.net:8888 and tell me what you think of it at the forum.

June 30, 2006

Finally graduated

I'm finally graduated for my study "Business Administration and Computer Science" (Bachelors degree). In the last years I specialized in the subject of Information Security and also my final project was in in this direction. For now this means that I have more time again for my Unreal related activities and especially the servers. I plan to do a resurrection of the HyperDM server which is still down at the moment because of stability issues. Everything should be running stable before September because then I'll start with my first job and will thus have no time for large scale testing and configuring.

June 29, 2006

Unreal Anthology

Midway and Epic games are about to re-release Unreal as part of the Unreal grand collection bundle "Unreal Anthology". Besides Unreal and Unreal Mission Pack 1: Return to Na Pali, Unreal Anthology will also include Unreal®II: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament® (Game of the Year Edition) and Unreal Tournament® 2004 (Editors Choice Edition). For the Unreal community this may be great news since it can bring new lifeblood into the community. For years it's extremely hard to find Unreal 1 in the retail stores, so many players were unable to join the community or got the game via warez channels. Hopefully this will make the game generally available again.

I'm not sure in which state Unreal will be released; the old game has compatibility issues for some players, and has many unsolved bugs. Fortunately, the Unreal community and especially Smirftsch from OldUnreal.com did a great job in improving the hardware compatibility and quality of the game (OpenGL/OpenAL patches etc) but at this moment it's unclear if an enhanced version will be added to the Unreal Anthology disc(s).

Press release by Midway Games inc.:
Midway Announces Unreal(R) Anthology Coming Fall 2006
Thursday June 15, 8:30 am ET  
Epic Games, Inc. and Midway Reach Publishing Agreement for Select Unreal(R) Catalogue Titles  
 
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2006--Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY - News), a leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, today announced it has acquired the retail publishing rights to select games from Epic Games' catalogue of existing Unreal® PC titles, including critically acclaimed and top-selling titles Unreal Tournament® and the original Unreal. Since its debut in 1998, the Unreal franchise has sold more than seven million units worldwide. Midway also announced plans to publish the first-ever compilation of Unreal and Unreal Tournament titles, Unreal® Anthology, scheduled to ship this fall for personal computers at a U.S. suggested MSRP of $29.95.
 
Unreal Anthology will include:  
 
Unreal® (including Return to Na Pali expansion pack)
Unreal®II: The Awakening
Unreal Tournament® (Game of the Year Edition)
Unreal Tournament® 2004 (Editors Choice Edition)
 
"Since its beginning, the Unreal franchise has always been about the amazingly loyal community," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "Unreal Anthology will allow fans the opportunity to get this incredible compilation of some of the franchise's best titles for a great price point. Unreal Anthology will also include the Na Pali expansion pack for the original Unreal, the Game of the Year edition of Unreal Tournament and the Editors Choice Edition of Unreal Tournament 2004."

"We're excited to continue working with Midway to expand the audience for Unreal franchise" said Mark Rein, Vice President, Epic Games, Inc. "A whole new set of players will get to play these fantastic games for the first time and those who have already played them will be able to get the definitive boxed set for a great low price. Midway is going to publish the future of Unreal, with Unreal Tournament 2007. So it's only fitting that they're helping us pay homage to the rich history of the Unreal universe as well."
 
For more information on Unreal Anthology or any of Midway's other products, visit www.epicgames.com or www.midway.com.

About Midway
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY - News), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
 
 
About Epic Games
Epic Games Inc, based in Raleigh, NC and established in 1991, is a developer of cutting-edge computer and video games. The company is best known as the creator of hit PC 3D action games Unreal and Unreal Tournament, both award-winning blockbuster hits having each sold more than one million copies. Games created with the Unreal Engine include: 2002 Console Game of the Year winner, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(TM) (on PC and console platforms) from Ubi Soft; PCGamer's 2000 Game of the Year, Deus Ex from Ion Storm/Eidos; America's Army: Operations, from the United States Army, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PC) from Electronic Arts - and many others. Prior to their 3D success, Epic Games was well known for the hit shareware games Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball. Additional information can be obtained through Epic's Web site at www.epicgames.com.
 
Unreal and Unreal Tournament are registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. Used under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Midway has provided the www.epicgames.com link solely as a convenience for you. The information on this site has been prepared by third parties, and Midway does not monitor, endorse or accept responsibility for the content on non-Midway sites.
 
"This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning future business conditions and the outlook for Midway Games Inc. (the "Company") based on currently available information that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the financial strength of the interactive entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and the ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, the console platform transition and other technological changes, dependence on major platform manufacturers and other risks more fully described under "Item 1. Business - Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and in any more recent filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, financial guidance, speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and Midway undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances."

Contact:
Midway Games Inc.  
Tim DaRosa (Media Relations), 773-961-2445
tdarosa@midwaygames.com
or
Geoffrey Mogilner (Investor Relations), 773-961-2222
gmogilner@midwaygames.com
or
HighWater Group PR
Ann Mangold, 212-338-0077 ext. 312
ann@highwatergroup.com

 

June 21, 2006

Instability

The HyperCoop Custom map server has experienced a number of freezes what caused all other (Hyper.nl) servers and services to lag. The server was frozen with full CPU usage, probably an endless loop in the software. I'm still testing to find out what's the cause. It might need some time. The issues probably came with one of the changes / updated I added to the server recently.

The coming time I will focus on improving the HyperCoop servers to "Generation 4.5"

Important changes are:

  • Security fixes
  • The Spinner/Predator/UMSSpaceMarine mods (Asgard)
  • Map/end voting (JCoopZ feature, Zombie)
  • No more 'ending without asking' problems (JCoopZ feature, Zombie)
  • A hands-off server: No admin intervention needed for gameplay

Of course, none of the new features are allowed to cause stability problems, so a lot needs to be tested here. On the roadmap to G4.5 there will inevitably be more restarts, but in the end I'm sure it will be better than ever. News of the developments will always be posted in the forum.

June 16, 2006

Dots' Unreal 98 beta pack update

The custom maps server received an update for the Unreal 98 beta map pack by Dots. The update can be downloaded from his host at RapidShare. I'll add the pack to my download page later.

June 15, 2006

Unreal Security Warning

PCube's (Pravin Prabhu) Unreal server is exploiting a large number of security weaknesses in Unreal clients. His server from time to time online and located at IP 71.80.228.202 can perform the following unwanted functions upon any visiting player:

  • Data mining of (admin) passwords which can be used later by him to take over your Unreal server
  • Remotely changing of keybinds
  • Remote corruption of settings from the .ini files
  • Remotely overwriting of .ini files with log content
  • Remote mass suicide
  • Changing the player name of the victim
  • Remote execution of any console command over the victim
  • Remote webbrowser launching to any site
  • Remote crashing of the Unreal client, and maybe even the players' PC
  • Remote restarting of the client

Because there is currently not a patch that protects against these attacks, it's advised to add PCube's server and IP to the blocked zone of your firewall. This will ensure his attacks can not reach your Unreal client.

At the moment of writing his IP is: 71.80.228.202 with the DNS name of "71-80-228-202.dhcp.mghl.ca.charter.com". It's highly recommended to stay away from any server called PCube's. These incidents show that's also a good idea to have backups of your .ini files.

It's possible that his IP will change. If so, you can block the changed IP as well, or the entire netrange. Be aware that blocking a netrange will also block many unrelated IP addresses of that ISP.

For more information about his IP, do a whois checkup here.

June 9, 2006

Coop servers updated

The coop servers received a number of updates. After many delays, the UMSSpaceMarine radars and communications module is finally working. I also installed a few security and maintenance updates.

As promised I hereby updated the HyperCoop cache package. This package contains all the files you need to play at the HyperCoop servers, except for the custom maps. (Which can be downloaded separately)

June 4, 2006

Necris skin pack

Exiled created a set of nice skins for your Unreal server. The skin pack is called 'Necris' and can be downloaded here.

"This race of white-skinned aliens has long considered the human race a thorn in their side. The humans started the fight with the Necris - and the Necris intend to finish it." (source)

Preview

May 29, 2006

Unreal beta 97 deathmatch pack released

Leo(T.C.K.) released a pack containing the converted the deathmatch maps from the Unreal 97 beta version. Here is the map list:

DMDeathFan_b97
DMAriza_b97
DMDeck16_b97
DMMorbfanza_b97
DmMorbias_b97
DmSplash_b97
Found98_b97final
DmSky11_b97
DmSky12_b97
DmTundra_b97
DmVilla_b97

Download the map pack here.

May 26, 2006

Command & Skaarj update

Dots (.:..:) updated his Command & Skaarj gametype. Command & Skaarj is a Command & Conquer like game for Unreal which allows players to build bases and armies. Dots website reads that he "added some new units and other improvements" in this version.

The updated mod can be downloaded from the files page.

May 24, 2006

Blackout

Some workmen decided to cut the power cable to my part of the town, which caused a blackout of several hours. This was too much for the UPS so the server got a forced shutdown after 15 minutes.

May 21, 2006

Some delays

The updates to the server with the SpaceMarine mod and the cache package will have to wait for the Space marine HUD fix. Zombie is quite busy with multiple projects so it might take one or two additional weeks before we can see the SpaceMarine mod in all it's glory.

Meanwhile I did some small updates at the HyperCoop custom map server. See the planned updates thread for more info.

May 18, 2006

UMSSpaceMarine 1.01 released

Asgard released an updated version of his UMSSpaceMarine mod. This update comes with a number of bug fixes and the is now fully JCoopZ compatible. I'll update my coop servers and the cache package shortly.
Update- Notice brought to me by Zombie: This version is not yet fully JCoopZ compatible, it still needs a fix from Zombie itself, probably in the form of a mod or mutator.

From the ReadMe:
******************
What's New in v1.01
******************

* added new mutator settings TripWireMaxCopies, TripDestroyPlayerDie, TripDestroyPlayerExits, TripDestroyTime So that servers can limit the amount of tripwires that might be on the server at once and help stop abuse from players in certain game types.
* Tripwires no longer block movers (lifts)
* Tripwires by default have a maximum of 5 copies that a player can carry, more or less can be set in the spacemarinez mutator
* Fixed Carcass bug in Unreal/UT for the marines.
* fixed message spam bug
* Further work on the HUD so it can be made compat with gametypes such as JCoopZ where the HUD is destroyed.
* Suits now return to the on/off previous setting after passing through a waterzone. eg. if you have your suit off then jump in the water the suit activates(switches on), after leaving the water the suit turns its self back off.
* For games such as coop the suits remain off if off at level change and on if on for the new level.
* added drawscale checks for when the collision height might be changed by an admin eg. the skaarj player, suits now auto adjust their drawscale to suit.

The updated mod is available for download from the files page.

May 17, 2006

United Defence Research

Wolf announced a new project that both involves mapping and modding called the United Defence Research project. You are a high ranked Security Officer who has been promoted and relocated to planet NaPali. The Skaarj have taken control of the United Defences Research center on NaPali, they have taken hostage several of the Teleportation Scientists, one of them, Cervaka, is your wife. Cervaka has been developing a means of mass teleporting troops, not just individuals, this knowledge is vital, the chance that the Skaarj can extract it from her is high. Your job, as the newest, and now only, member of the UDR Security Team is to recover the stolen goods if possible, or destroy them before the information can be extracted.

On your mission you will have access to new inventory items like an endless power amplifier, Ident cards which are essential to get access to special area's and optical data disks.

Wolf made a well-designed site for his project which can be found here.

More information can be found at the project thread at the forums.

May 17, 2006

Unreal 223 available

The long time lost Unreal version 223 is available again. At the moment there is only one very slow mirror available, but ScarBelly has plans to add it to his site in parts. Special thanks to Delacroix for uploading the file and ScarBelly for his search work. I'm still trying to get my hands on the file so I can't give any first-hand experiences yet.

Unreal 223 can be downloaded from MooLoad:

http://multiterra.mooload.com/file.php?file=files/160506/1147794632/u223m.rar

May 12, 2006

Unreal Winamp skins added

A few Unreal themed Winamp skins that I collected over the years have been added to the files page. You can find them in the music section.


UnrealAmp, one of the skins.

May 8, 2006

Frieza's Unreal remixes

Frieza released four MP3's of his Unreal Remix project. Unlike other remixes Frieza aims to not change the soundtracks, just the quality.

Frieza at UnrealSP.org:
Hey everyone, let me tell you something about this Unreal Remix Project I've been working on Surprised I started it a while back as a sort of restoration project of Unreal songs to give them a better sound quality so I could put them on my mp3-player. But I figured other people might also be interested in having them (I know Scrag is Smile). Compositions haven't changed but sound quality is better and the songs overall sound richer imo. This thread is basically a place where I will dump patched-up songs when I've completed them. Without further ado here they are:

Black Wind: http://www.filelodge.com/files/room18/455919/BlackWind.mp3

Starseek 2006: http://www.filelodge.com/files/room18/455919/Starseek.mp3

Eroded (Unreal4.umx ss1): http://www.filelodge.com/files/room18/455919/Eroded.mp3

Foundry: http://www.filelodge.com/files/room18/455919/Foundry.mp3

Oh yeah, if you have any specific requests about which song should come up next post them here and I'll do those earlier then the rest. Surprised

Up next:
1. Watcher ss0
2. Spire ss0
3. Gala ss1

To get the remixes, copy the links in your browser/download manager or visit his thread at the UnrealSP.org forums.

May 4, 2006

FireStorm news

Turboman posted a status update about his upcoming Unreal coop and single player map pack FireStorm. The project is still in development and he posted a number of screenshots about the progress he made lately.

Visit the Firestorm thread at UnrealSP for the latest info.

April 30, 2006

Server updates

I've done some updates to the server again:

- The noisy Pentium 4 retail cooler has been replaced with a silent Zalman model
- Installed the JCoopZ update (Read below for more info)
- Installed the updated Spinner and Predator mods by Asgard

There seems to be some delay with the UMSSpaceMarine update so I was unable to include it in this maintenance cycle. For more info check the Network / Server status messages forum.

April 29, 2006

JCoopZ security update released

Zombie released a new version of his Unreal Coop game type JCoopZ.

Zombie wrote at the forum:
This is the first update to JCoopZ1 since initial release. Only the server side file jCoopZ1SSF.u was in need to be updated. All administrators or users of JCoopZ are strongly encouraged to update to this build release because it fixes one critical flaw which 'might' cause server crashes. Plus, there are a number of small annoying bugs fixed so why not?

Update List (4/29/06):
Quote:
-Fixed some flaws in client check routines that could sometimes cause a server crash when a "clientside anomaly" is detected.
-Fixed SkaarjPlayer not being able to pass important paths in Vortex2, Chizra, IsvKran32, and a few other regular coop maps.
-Fixed issue of extra ServerTravel calls to switch maps than what was needed.
-Fixed an automatic temporary ban action that could add multiple identical TempBanPlayer entries.
-Fixed bReturnToCrashMap so that it does not take action (if true) in offline standalone games.
-Fixed AllowedMoverBlocks so that the player's own counter resets after death.
-Fixed bTravelScores issue of a new player's current level score not being restored after rejoining. Negative scores are also restored when traveling to new maps.
-Fixed GiveItem bug so that amplifier based inventory initialize as they should to make weapons do more damage. Also, a small "Ammo#" bug fixed for first to join new players.
-Fixed NumSpectators not lowering when a spectator leaves a ListenServer mode game.
-Added the 'NoURLMap' setting to the sequence control for maps that lack an end teleporter or have no URL. Users must configure 'NewNext' for this, and set a map timer.
-Changed score loss back to one point when a player craters, drowns, burns up in lava, or blows self up. Players will still lose five points if they 'suicide'.
-Changed query rules so that map TimeLimit is displayed when above zero in a query to the server.
-Improved bKeepScores support for BoodaFlow's GemDagger hardcoded score recovery feature so that a player's cummulated score is more accurately restored.
-Improved AutoRunCommand feature to also be executed immediatly after the first player joins the server.
-Improved other server side routines, and minor unnoticable fixes.
-Updated Readme for Build 110 and to included forgetten information such as the summonable jzPlayerStart, commands restricted for Secondary Admins, GiveItem notes, and some more explainations for the packagescan features.

JCoopZ is that game type that I run at the HyperCoop servers and it's by far the most stable Unreal coop game available. When you (want to) run an Unreal Coop server you should check this out. I can recommend it. I'll update the HyperCoop servers shortly with the new version.

Download the new JCoopZ 110 from the files page.

April 22, 2006

UnrealScript Source Code documentation added

The UnrealScript source code documentation has been added to UnrealBase. The documentation has been created with UnCodeX and it has a greatly improved readability over plain .uc files. When you are interested in programming in UScript or just want to know how Unreal works, it's definitely worth to take a look.

While making the documentation I also took the opportunity to add the public Unreal source code to the files page.

April 22, 2006

UnrealBase launched

A new site section has been opened: UnrealBase is meant to provide all kinds of information, documentation, tutorials and guides about the Unreal game. With the addition of this new section I can be sure the site is ready for more content when it arrives.

April 19, 2006

Unreal's History

The user )bee(scarbelly.nl of the BeyondUnreal forums is doing a great job in unveiling Unreal's rich history, including a working Unreal 1991 adventure game (Not made by Epic) and some interesting developers notes about features that did not or not completely make it to the final game:

Scarbelly's quote from unknown site:
What is UNREAL? That's the question that everyone has been asking. UNREAL is more than your average first person action game. It places players in a stunningly lifelike three-dimensional world, where they can pratically smell the stench of dank dungeon caverns, feel the hot breath of menacing creatures, and experience the sensations of falling, swimming and flying. Running on either Windows 95 or Windows NT, UNREAL delivers:

The Environment: The UNREAL environment is continuous. Though levels do exist, you travel between them smoothly. The entire world, whether you're playing by yourself or you're on a large network game server, is melded into one continuous global environment.

[...]

The UNREAL environment uses a full six degree of freedom geometry and physics model. This means you can look at the world from any angle and explore complex architecture with features like multiple overlapping bridges and domed ceilings. If a designer can envision a level, he can build it in Unreal.

History: In 1990, UBI Soft brought out a game for the Amiga called Unreal, which is a registered trademark of UBI Soft. Now Epic Megagames is bringing out an Unreal. UBI Soft's Unreal used stunning 2D and 3D graphics and environments, five different types of interactive music, "incredible sound effects, such as the rushing waters of a river, the crackling of a fire," a "completely interactive environment where you can run, jump, crawl, slip on snow or be blown off a cliff."

No this game is not the same plot, but we wonder about the trademark now being used by Epic MegaGames. The UBI Soft Unreal involved a dungeon, but one where the protagonist's love Isolde is imprisoned by Polymorph and must be rescued from a vast continent. I wonder if anyone else remembers the original Unreal.

[...] Special items found will allow you to morph into the monsters and fight as them similar to that seen in the Origin classic designed by Victor Penman of Raven Software.

Graphics: Unreal's visuals set a new standard for realism. Water is transparent, flames randomly flicker, moving clouds cast shadows while dynamic lighting. Buildings and dungeons are actual structures on the three dimensional landscape meaning that there is no transition or level loading when going in or out doors or portals. The graphics will feature true three dimensional features, such as dynamic lighting, shadows, and 16-bit graphics. "What we are shooting for is something half way between Quake and Myst," says Mark Rein, vice president of Epic MegaGames.

Artificial intelligence: Epic hired Steven Polge to do the AI for Unreal's monsters. Steven was the programmer who designed the Quake Reaper Bots, the only thing that makes Quake exciting in single player mode.

Utilities: The UnrealEd level editor will enhance game play. The 3D level editor will make it easy to design 3D action game levels. Liam says the game editor will be sold separately in his preview.

Multi-player: Unreal puts one or multiple players via the Internet, in a highly detailed 3D alien world populated by two warring races.

Head over to the "Unreal beta the beginning" thread for many more interesting facts and more interesting info + downloads.

April 16, 2006

HyperCoop updates

Today I fixed some bugs and issues at the HyperCoop servers. A server crashing issue with the Spinner carcasses has been fixed and TentacleHunters anti-lamer pickups have been added. For more information and details, see the server maintenance forum.

I wish to thank Zombie for his support at the forums.

April 16, 2006

HorrorSeries demo released

The HorrorSeries project team released a demo from their new Unreal modification. There is not too much information available in the readme file, but you can check out their website and the forum threads. The screenshots at their site look very promising at least.

Download the demo from this external link.

April 9, 2006

UnrealClassic mod: Unreal 1 to UT2004

Vampirus is working on an interesting project: a mod that allows mappers to re-create any Unreal singleplayer map in UT2004. It should also be possible to create Unreal mods in it running on the UT2004 engine. There is already a demo map available: CU-Chizra2k4 which is a remake of the classic Unreal singleplayer/coop map Chizra. There is a thread about this project in the UnrealSP Projects forum. Be sure to check it out.

Vampirus made a website where you can download the mod and get more information. He also has an Unreal Remix project there, which aims to re-create all Unreal music tracks in CD quality.

April 2, 2006

New mods added

The HyperCoop servers have been updated with 3 new mods: UMSSpaceMarine, Spinner and Predator. These mods contain all Return to NaPali pawns like the Space Marines, spinners and predators. The UMSSpaceMarine mod also comes with a few nice goodies like the marine suits. The Spinner and Predator are made by Asgard and the UMSSpaceMarine mod is made by both Asgard and Turboman.

The Marine suits come with many nice features including an communications unit. Unfortunately, the screen is not visible at my server. To use the built-in voice chat functions you can use these commands.

The mods can be downloaded from my files page. (Warning, there are servers with different Spinner and predator mods, so you are advised to NOT install spinner.u/predator.u in your system folder. Otherwise you will get conflicts.)

April 1, 2006

Operation NaPali for Unreal?

I found an interesting note at Dots' site. He seems to be busy with the monstrous task of converting the well-know UT singleplayer map pack "Operation NaPali" to Unreal. When this pack is getting released and works as it should, I would love to run it at my Custom Map server. But it's not that far yet. As always Dots is working on many mods so there is a real chance that it may never leave the alpha or beta stage. But it's certainly one of the major projects to follow.

.:..::
Currently I am converting ONP (Operation NaPali) for Unreal 1. May take some time before I can release it or give out beta versions.

Keep checking Dots' website.

March 31, 2006

Enhanced Unreal Server Browser 1.18 released

The Enhanced Unreal Server browser has been updated to v.1.18. This release supports 5 additional Serpentine game types.

From the included Readme file:
Enhanced Unreal Server Browser is a new tab-layout for the original Unreal Server Browser. The problem with the default Unreal Server Browser is that it only has tabs for DeathMatch, Team DM, Dark Match and Coop games.
The enhanced server browser supports all current game types.

Version 1.18: march 31, 2006.
Changes:
Support for Serpentine Deathmatch games added
Support for Serpentine GravityMatch games added
Support for Serpentine CloakMatch games added
Support for Serpentine TerranWeaponMatch games added
Support for Serpentine MarineMatch games added

The new server browser is available from the Lab page.

March 31, 2006

UGH Stats - Statistical add-in for UTeamFix 10C

}TCP{Wolf released a new statistical add-in for his deathmatch gametype UTeamFix. It can be used to extract game stats from an UTeamFix operated game server. The software is not finished and still in alpha state, but it can be used for testing and evaluation purposes.

}TCP{Wolf at the QuickDog.net forums:
UGH stats - for lack of better name and I always vomited thinking of stats (lol) - has reached alpha stage.
I had been asked to do stats by several people in the past and always refused. I have changed my mind, but my work will be to deliver the stats OUT OF UNREAL, not to evaluate them.

How it works

UGHstats consists of 2 parts:
UGH stats consists of 2 programs:

1. A UScript mutator that collects stats and sends them over TCP/IP to a listening stats server
2. A listening stats server, this can be any self-written program that can parse GameSpyProtocol messages using TCP/IP

The UScript mutator sends its data load at the end of every match. The stats server takes them and whatever it wants with them. The UScript mutator must be installed on all server that want stats evaluated, the listening server only needs to be installed on ONE machine somewhere in the world! You don't need one listening server per Unreal server.
For demonstration purposes and because I am such a nice person, I have written a small java program as a listening server that creates logfiles out of the received data streams. This simple server can run on any java-capable machine and can handle an infinite number of attached Unreal servers.
Everything else is in the manual in the download which I have just enabled.

http://ws.online.de/hidden/UGHstats.zip

March 26, 2006

Live Cumulative Statistics For Unreal 1

AcidRain from TheNerdNetwork has started a new project to gather all kinds of statistics from Unreal servers and present it in the form of a web page. The aim of the project is to have a way of handling game statistics similar to Unreal Tournament's ngStats. The project is still in pre-development and AcidRain made a thread to allow anyone interested to give feedback and ideas. There is already a tryout available at utstats.thenerdnetwork.net.

AcidRain at the TNN forums:
Hey guys,

Thanks to Pitbull from over at KDS for helping initiate this process, and another great thanks goes out to Wolf for wanting to create this mod.

Some background behind the mod:

Basically I have seen this attempted for Unreal 1, and I know UT has the ability because we are running UTStats for our UT Deck Only server.

So basically I talked to Pitbull about this stats utility, and he said he would talk to Wolf about it. Wolf seemed interested and we discussed things.

So he has started writing the ability into UTeamFix as an add-on I believe. He has showed me some rough drafts of what logs will look like, and they look like something I can work with.

So basically, I am posting this for open discussion among the community to get some ideas on what exactly you want to see in this statistics utility.

Full info is available at the TNN forum.

March 26, 2006

Cache recovery service

I have a new service available that can become handy when disaster struck: A cache file recovery service.

From the forum:
It sucks but it happens: You have been working on a particularly file / mod / map / texture etc. and you lose it. Maybe your harddisk crashed, maybe your dog ate it or you just deleted it by accident. If you want to have the file back I can maybe help you out of trouble. For many years I have been collecting any file that I downloaded from any Unreal server in a huge cache archive. (GigaCache). If your missing file has been downloadable from any Unreal server the chance is big that I harvested it into my GigaCache. Note that I cannot recover server-side-only files since they are not being downloaded to my cache.

But there is still a difficulty, cache files are saved with file names like "0205373C413BC8E8990C36AE8CEADCF1.uxx" which does not tell anything about the contents of the file. Therefore, I can only find your file with a lengthy search for a string inside it. This is a search for a certain text string through all cache files.

If you want a file to be recovered from cache, you have to know a text string that is unique to your file. For example, when you made a mod called "MyAuraStinger", this can be a good identifier, but a search for "Dynamite" will probably give plenty of unrelated results. It's up to you to find a good text to search for, it does not need to be a class name, it can be any text that's likely to exist only in your file.

If you want to use this service, you can make a request at the forum, but you can also drop me an e-mail. my mail address can be found at my main page.

You can request a file recovery from cache at the forum.

March 26, 2006

Forum updated

Today I created two new sub forums; A new projects forum for all your unreal related projects and a server admin forum for everything regarding Unreal servers. I also went through the other forums and moved a large number of topics to the right sub forums, so it should be a little easier to find your way to the wanted information now.

Go to the forums. If you need any help with registering, just drop me an e-mail.

March 25, 2006

Unreal FAQ updated

Khajiit Rankin sent me an updated Unreal FAQ. It has been checked for more than 10 times and some sections are completely rewritten. There are also a number of typo's and spelling errors fixed.

 --==[Table of contents]==--

[1] Introduction
[2] Basics
[2.1] What is Unreal?
[2.2] Game modes
[2.3] Weapon guide
[2.4] Armor ramblings
[2.5] Item info
[2.6] Tips & tricks
[2.7] Basic fighting tactics
[3] Walkthrough
[4] Cheats
[5] Miscellaneous stuff

Go to the new FAQ here. (Right click to save)

March 24, 2006

AgePack 3 publicly released

Ageukkeli's weapon and pickup item collection AgePack3 is now available for download. It contains many new items and modified weapons. These can be used in your coop game but can also be used in other game types like Deathmatch. Use the built-in mutators or an universal mutator like WMutate/DZMapM to add them to the game.

AgePack3 can be downloaded from the files page.

March 18, 2006

Unreal Reference updated

}TCP{Wolf updated UnrealReference with a new page about Unreal's patches. When you want to (re) install the game or set up a new server, you surely want to check this information out.

UnrealReference
UnrealReference\Patches

March 18, 2006

Nuke the world

SkaarjWarrior's (skw) nukes and packs are now available for download from the files page. There are s number of different nukes and redeemers, some even with a large scale radiation effect to wipe out the entire area at once. Thanks goes to Mental-Hunter for obtaining the files and the permission.

*Click*

March 17, 2006

Aura pack updated once more, probably the last ever update

The AuraPack has had one final update. This is the update that Boodaflow sent me some months ago and that is used at the HyperCoop servers. This is probably the last Aura update since Boodaflow seems to have moved away from Unreal. This update contains a few bugfixes to the freeze guns as well as a few new items like the BabiRabbitGun. The readme files also have been updated so there might be some interesting new things to discover about this versatile mod. The term 'final' does not mean that Aura is free of bugs: it is not. While many items work excellently, you are advised to stay away from anything that teleports or changes your dimensions, since this can crash your game very quickly.

For optimal stability it's also advised to use JCoopZ which has a built-in protection against server hangs by monsters. To place the Aura monsters in your game you can use a tool like DZMapMutator, MonsterSpawn or JDec.

Go to the files page to download the Aura pack.

March 12, 2006

Invasion updated

.:..: (Dots) updated his Invasion game type. It is a port of the UT2004 game type and has some similarities to MonsterMash. You can download the new version from the files page.

March 12, 2006

OldUnreal fully available again

OldUnreal is fully available again. After the attack last month the administrator had to remove a number of large files to avoid the site going out of bandwidth. There is also a complete website mirror available that's hosted in the United States.

OldUnreal
OldUnreal mirror site

March 10, 2006

HTML optimized

The HTML code of the entire site has been optimized again. Here is the change log:

  • All files set to the correct language (EN-GB)
  • All sidebars are moved to separate files now
  • Code clean-up
  • Layout rebuilt
  • Illegal tags removed
  • Bookmarks fixed
  • Redundancy removed
  • Incorrect absolute links removed

Still no W3C compliant code or CSS style sheets though. Implementing these would take massive amounts of time because of the relatively complex style of the pages and the amount of table code.

The site is compatible with Internet Explorer 6 and Mozilla Firefox. Opera has some minor problems but still performs quite decent on the code. All pages are built to scale excellently to both small and large browser windows.

Update:
There still were a few issues with the sidebar in Internet Explorer and Firefox 1.0x browsers. It should be working flawless now. You might need to de a refresh [F5] though. Any comments are welcome at the forum.

March 5, 2006

Enhanced Unreal server browser 1.17

I made a small update to the Enhanced Unreal Server Browser (EUSB). This version supports the new master server of TheNerdNetwork as backup. Download it at the lab page.

March 4, 2006

TNN restored

TheNerdNetwork is back online. Or actually, it never was offline but the move to the data center of Salsgiver is completed. Their server is now better than ever, no more shared hosting but a dedicated Xeon machine. All sites are moved with almost no data loss. Depending of the provider it still might need some time for the DNS servers to update, but here at the Dutch internet provider XS4ALL everything is fine already.

March 4, 2006

More news from TNN

AcidRain is working very hard to prevent the blackout of his network. Here is the latest news:

TheNerdNetwork.net:
I apologize to anyone whose site I host. We were struck by a very serious blow by a very unprofessional webhosting provider who made very harsh decisions regarding our master account. You may have read we will be shutting down or blacking out. I am working my hands to the bone to prevent that from happening. I have been on the computer since 10 am this morning, I was supposed to get off at 6 pm, It is now 10:30, and I see no sign of my getting off this thing anytime soon, I anticipate being able to leave to go home about 3 am in the morning, possibly later. DNS propagation will take effect immediately after I get all of our hosted sites transferred to our new server located at the TNN datacenter. Special thanks goes to Loren Salsgiver from Salsgiver INC. In helping me at this dire time of need. Thanks to him, TheNerdNetwork will live to see another day. I have spent hours installing Linux, CPanel, and moving accounts. I apologize for any issues this causes, and I thank you for your support.

Update: With some help from the good people of Salsgiver Inc. TNN can make a restart. They got access to a blazing fast dual Xeon server in their datacenter. AcidRain prepares to update the DNS records of thenerdnetwork.net to point to the new location. But before that, he first needs to do some more work to the new server to make sure the transition works smoothly.

March 3, 2006

TheNerdNetwork in trouble in 20 hours - great consequences for the Unreal community

The Nerd Network, host of many Unreal sites and game servers is in big trouble. According to TNN owner AcidRain their account will be terminated in 20 hours. Because many Unreal community websites and many Unreal game servers are hosted here this is going to be a major blow for the community. For example, unrealdownloads.com, celticwarriors.net, Hyper.nl Unreal Services, newbiesplayground.com, and iamhellraiser.com are all hosted at TNN and the TNN game servers are managed and monitored via their CPanel. The trouble began when someone complained about illegal content (warez) at CelticWarriors.net and reported it to the provider of TNN. Now the provider is about to terminate the entire account of the TNN network.

AcidRain is doing his utmost to prevent the shutdown from happening, but I can recommend all TNN clients to make sure everything is backupped in case it goes down. It seems that TNN has problems to obtain backups their selves at this moment of chaos. In the case TNN cannot stay with their current provider, AcidRain will look for a new host. But this will take time and the outcome is uncertain.

Any downtime of TNN will directly affect this website as well because the primary mirror is hosted here. I however am prepared for downtime and have a complete website mirror available for more than a year. As you could have read at the news massage of February 26th (read below) I updated the mirror system completely. But when the primary TNN mirror was hosted on a fast 100 MBit network, the backup mirror is located at my home ADSL connection which also hosts my Unreal servers, so the speed is going to suffer. In order to keep the Unreal servers run without lag, the webserver is limited to 32 KByte/sec. This is more than sufficient for the webpages and images, but downloading of larger files will be slow. My Unreal game servers will not be affected because they are hosted at my home ADSL connection.

For now, let's pray for a good outcome, otherwise tomorrow might be a black day for the unreal community.


Update
: There appeared a bit of news at TNN main page:

TheNerdNetwork.net:
Within the next couple weeks, we plan on changing our website over to a new machine due to some uptime issues we have intermittently with the current servers. Also some files were deleted, and I want to take caution and fix any issues before they get out of control. I will post a message before I change sites over for propagation.

Update2: AcidRain is preparing a backup server

March 2, 2006

TheNerdNetwork launches official community master server

AcidRain, owner of The Nerd Network launched a master server for the Unreal community. The master server is based on the master server installer package from Hyper.nl which uses stable Nephthys technology by Zora and Winged Unicorn. This master server can be used as backup for the Gamespy master server in case it's temporarily down or in the unfortunate case that the Gamespy master would go down forever. AcidRain plans to keep up the master for years with a reliable connection. The master server address is:

master.thenerdnetwork.com

The master is located at that standard master server ports. (Same as the current Gamespy master) Admins who want to uplink to the master server can use my master server instruction. Be sure to use the right master server address: master.thenerdnetwork.com. it's also important to know that you NEED to have Nephthys 1.1 on your server to uplink. Players can also use the players' part of the master server instruction to learn how to query the new master, but as long as the Gamespy master is working, there is no high priority to do so.

Future versions of the Enhanced unreal server browser will also use the TNN master as secondary master.

For background info and support, check the TNN forums at http://www.thenerdnetwork.net/forums/index.php

March 1, 2006

Downloads restored

All downloads have been uploaded again. If you would encounter any problems, let me know.

March 1, 2006

Forum fixed, TNN download problems

For more than a month there has been a problem with the forum: It was impossible to register a new account. Because the rest of the forum worked without problems I did not notice it myself. But I received an error report two days ago, and now it has been fixed by BrakeDanceJ, who hosts this forum.

But at the same time a new problem arrived. All downloads from the primary mirror of this site at TheNerdNetwork have been deleted. I don't know why and I'm already uploading all files again. But there are many files to upload so until it has been completed you will get 404 (file not found) errors. Sorry for the inconvenience.

February 26, 2006

Website mirror updates

Hyper.nl Unreal Services has slowly but surely grown out of it's webspace again. Especially the AlterVista mirror of this site became so scattered over many different locations that site maintenance had become a difficult task. Therefore, I shut down the AlterVista mirror and transferred it to my own webserver, which is located at the same machine as the Unreal servers. The site is still a bit scattered, but at least I don't have to maintain two different download pages for the mirrors.

I updated my redirects, so anybody who clicks one of my domain names should be redirected to an available mirror automatically by the MirrorManager. However, when the old pages are still in your browser or proxy cache, you might get the wrong page for a short time. In that case, a forced refresh [F5] should help.

When you still have old bookmarks or links pointing towards the AlterVista mirror, you should update them to use the domain name instead.

The primary domain is: http://www.hyper.nl.tt

Other working domains are:
http://www.hypercoop.tk
http://www.hypernl.tk
http://www.hypercoop.nl.tt

February 26, 2006

Server restored

The maintenance has successfully been completed and the server is online again. I'll do some more work to the site later, but that will not affect the game anymore.

Meanwhile I discovered a new Unreal site with a few useful downloads like game backups and some useful skins for online play at some servers.

Take a look at it here: http://www.unrealfreak.com

February 24, 2006

Server downtime

The Unreal servers will be down soon for planned maintenance. What needs to be done?

  • An update to the Apache server to fix a security hole
  • An update to the intrusion prevention security
  • A few Windows security updates
  • A new bandwidth manager which should prevent lag and packet loss at the Unreal servers when the web server is used

I will not do any significant changes to the Unreal servers their selves since they are performing excellently with a better than ever stability.

February 22, 2006

Unreal S3TC Demo maps available

It has taken me years to get my hands on this: A truly unique collectors item for all Unreal technology enthusiasts. This is the set of levels that S3 bundled with it's Savage video cards to showcase their S3TC technology. The beauty and the detail of these textures is amazing. While these demo levels are from late 1998, the amount of detail is still unparalleled by any other game. Even Unreal Tournament 2004 with the highest texture detail settings is less detailed than these maps are.

I made a few screenshots which you can view here. Click the thumbnails to get a larger screenshot.

I want to thank Delacroix from the BeyondUnreal forums for sharing these maps via BitTorrent.

The maps can be downloaded from my files page. The file size is 163 MB.
There is also a bittorrent link and an EDonkey 2000 (Peer-to-peer protocol) URL.

Note: In order to play these levels you need to have the OldUnreal Multimedia Patch (OMP) with OpenGL rendering installed and have the option UseS3TC enabled.

February 22, 2006

UTeamFix 10c released

}TCP{Wolf released a new version of his universal deathmatch gametype UTeamFix. UTeamFix is the leading Unreal deathmatch game type and it also supports a number of deathmatch variants via it's GameBridges and built-in mutators. All UTeamFix users are advised to upgrade to the new version to avoid version conflicts while travelling between servers.

The change list for this release is quite big, so I don't post it here. If you want to read it, you can visit these links instead:

Introduction to UTeamFix
Release notes for this version
Available mutators
Entire online manual
}TCP{Wolf's projects page <== learn about other cool projects by }TCP{Wolf

UTeamFix has been added to the files page, or can be downloaded via this quicklink.

February 10, 2006

Dots new website

.:..: (Dots) opened a website for his Unreal projects. You can find info and download mods like Command & Skaarj, Invasion and JCoop5. The site has a low bandwidth capacity, so it might be offline from time to time.

Invasion is a port of the UT2004 gametype to Unreal. It includes the original UT2004 sounds and the radar.

Visit dots' site at http://www.geocities.com/mhulden.

February 9, 2006

OldUnreal's resurrection

OldUnreal has had a partial resurrection; Many pages are available again, including the forums. Even some smaller downloads are back. The other parts of the site will remain offline for this month.

You can see at the OldUnreal webserver stats page how the site was hammered with download request for a certain file.

February 9, 2006

PHX MonsterHunt tournament

The Phoenix (PHX) clan launched a small MonsterHunt Unreal coop tournament. The three best players can win a few small prizes in U$D. It's a run through the original Unreal coop where your goal is to complete the game with the highest score. The tournament will take place on Friday February 10 or Saturday February 18th.

&#208;&#174;&#227;k3_&#199;&#174;0w&#239;nd wrote:
That's right, I'm hosting a Competitive Coop Challenge for Unreal 1 Friday February 10 or Saturday February 18th. (Time of start depends on work schedule and player availability but I want to say at least 6PM EST.)

It's a run through the original Unreal coop where your goal is to complete the game with the highest score. Here's the details:

-Completing the map has a 25+ Score bonus for the person who makes it.
-Killing things adds onto your frags which will be counted toward your final score.
-You can slow the competition of other people from getting to the end by killing them, but by doing so you're under the mercy of a score penalty which will be taken from your frags.
-The difficulty we'll be playing on is "Unreal" and for a lot of vets that's not too difficult at all, but when it comes down to being competitive to reach that final goal, the difficulty of monsters that stand in your way, as well as players, could very well change the outcome.

You will NOT be getting summoned weapons, or any of that. This is pure survival, and competitive gameplay. The server will not be running any other mods other than our clan skins and MCoop 2.3 on Unreal version 225.

1st Place Prize: 20$ US and the Competitive Coop Championship

2nd Place Prize: 10$ US

3rd Place Price: 5$ US

Transferred through Paypal and no I wont use anything else. You don't need a bank account to register a Paypal account, nor do you need to be 18 years old.

More details can be found at the Phoenix Clan forum.

February 7, 2006

OldUnreal down: Out of bandwidth

OldUnreal, one of the leading Unreal websites is down because it ran out of bandwidth. Only one the main page is still there, all other content is temporarily offline. Smirftsch suspects someone to deliberately downloaded files to consume all bandwidth. Also the OldUnreal forums are down, which are one of the primary forums for the Unreal community.

OldUnreal main page:
Offline [07-02-2006]
Due some idiot(s) mass downloading an unreal video, even after I renamed it, I ran out of traffic for OldUnreal. Looks like sabotage. Will be down for this month, maybe longer until I can pay it again. I'm really sorry, but can't afford to put more money into here. This is the second time I have to take down the page since I created it, and it hurts me very much. But every MB costs me now additional money, which I don't have. Even the donations made so far wouldn't be enough to catch it otherwise. Truly it seems, that it doesn't matter how bad a situation is, it always can become worse.

Looks like it really was only one guy. Special Thanx dude, I already reported it to your Provider.

Smirftsch

http://www.oldunreal.com/

February 5, 2006

Downloads added

The download page ahs been updated with several handy tools, like a global player notifier from }TCP{Alice, an UScript reference builder and a music extractor. Head over to the download page for the whole list.

I also uploaded a new version of the HyperCoop cache package. Install this to have direct access to the HyperCoop server without downloading from the server. (Note: For the custom map server you'll also need to download the maps.

February 4, 2006

More S3TC Textures released

Today DieHard released several updated texture packages as part of the Unreal ReTexturing project. Some packages were released earlier, but in the new ones there are even more textures added. They are still not final, which means that there are still textures that need to be added.

As ever, Go to the project forum at OldUnreal to download them.

January 30, 2006

S3TC Texture release

Today DieHard released two new texture packages as part of the Unreal ReTexturing project. One of them SkyCity.utx is a monster update, more than 120(!) MB of textures have been added to this package. The other new texture is Langs.utx.

For both of the releases there is a thread at OldUnreal where you can download them. I also posted a few screenshots there. But if you want to see the full glory of this update, you need to download it yourself.

Thread for SkyCity.utx
Thread for Langs.utx

January 29, 2006

Wooper's map pack disabled on the custom map server

Today I experienced another occurrence of the disappearing inventory problem. Like before it happened at exactly the same map switch within the Wooper pack. Azure, who was also playing experienced the same. Because of this, the Wooper maps are disabled. When the Wooper maps appear to not be related to the problem later, I can easily put them back in the cycle.

I also uploaded a different GemDagger version that no longer needs a password. This should make it easier to use, especially for inexperienced players.

January 28, 2006

Working on disappearing inventory problem

I started work on the disappearing inventory problem which seems to occur at the coop servers. I'm also testing a *possible* change that would fix the need for logging in with passwords to get a gemdagger. Because of this, the servers might have a few restarts.

January 28, 2006

New Unreal coop and single player project

=Evolution= started work on a new project called Horror Series. The project's aim is to include 26 all new maps with several game types and mods included. There are already a few maps in beta phase. Check the site for screenshots.

Story (part one):
[Narrator]= You've been travelling on a space ship for 15 years. You haven't evacuated spaces because of a virus detected in the atmosphere I brought in from the red planet called West Syxor. Finally spaces made it back up to background level and the virus was removed safely. You evacuate eventually and find out there is no life on board. You move on into the control room for any information gathered between the accident.

[UASC Log]= '(UASC Log Activated : This is Lieutenant Varez speaking at the D-Deck on board of the SS-Volocia cargo hold. We've found a bit of a problem here... We've found a time leak and its getting larger and larger by the minute. We need back up, switch on the alarms and call for help. If this goes on any longer we might as well close are eyes and rot to death. -EndLog-)'

[Banjeen]= "It all makes sense now. Time had speed up at the range of 50 million years forward. That's why were crashed and everyone's dead. Luckily I was safely unharmed in spaces. I've decided to get off this ship and look for help. No matter the risk's ahead of me."

Visit the project's website.

January 23, 2006

The war against the 404's

All pages (except for the news archive) have been checked for dead links. (404's) There were tons of dead links at the download page, where I have links to mirrors of the patches. But also at the other pages were a few dead links. All dead links have been fixed so you can use this site again in the way it's meant to be.

January 22, 2006

Downloads converted to RAR format

All ZIP files at the files page have been converted to the RAR format. The RAR format has a better compression ratio than the ZIP files, allowing me to save some valuable hosting space. To decompress RAR files you will need a RAR capable archiver like WinRAR (shareware) or IZArc (freeware)

You might need to refresh the files page to force it to update the links.

Q: Why RAR when there are other formats like 7z which feature an even better compression ratio?
A: Those other formats are relatively new, and not many people can decompress them. RAR is a good compromise between the well-known zip format and the more unknown 7z.

January 21, 2006

OldUnreal has a new main page

Well, I can describe it here, but why not just see it for yourself?

January 16, 2006

TNN hosting problem fixed again

You might not even noticed it, I had a small problem with the hosting of the site. (FTP out of space) All has been fixed now and both mirrors are available again.

More info here.

January 14, 2006

Links page updated

Once again the links page has been updated. I removed a few dead sites like Unreal Downloads and updated a few others. As always, when you know an unreal site which has not been added to the links yet, feel free to drop me a mail or leave a message at the forum.

January 8, 2006

CC server security S3TC fix

Because I had not played at my Crystal Castles server for some time I had not noticed that it was kicking users with the new S3TC project textures installed. This incompatibility has now been fixed by allowing custom S3TC textures.

January 8, 2006

Unofficial Unreal FAQ added

I found an excellent Unreal FAQ written by Khajiit Rankin (Przemek Orlowski) it covers many subjects and includes a walkthrough of the game. Current version (2.05) has been released 1 Oct 2005.

Go to the FAQ

January 8, 2006

Unreal logo pack

I made a small package with a few new logo's to use as splash screens for the game. it also contains the OldUnreal logo's and the original logo's.

Head over to the forum to download and view them.

January 7, 2006

Unreal Upgrade project news

The ones who visit the forum probably read something about the Unreal Upgrade Project. This project aims to upgrade the Unreal weapons with new effects and possibilities for online play. Today Bozo released a first beta version of this project allowing others to try it out.

Read more in this forum thread. You'll also find the download link there.

January 7, 2006

Doom monster pack released

.:..: (Dots) converted all Doom and Doom 2 monsters to Unreal. Like in Doom, the monsters are based on 2D animated sprites, so it might look a bit odd, but still fun, especially in coop games.

Get it from the files page.

January 5, 2006

Server updates

Boodaflow gave me a mysterious new Aura update which finally has a fix for the 'freeze' weapons (projectiles) to no longer freeze trees and other decorations. This update allows me to add these guns to the server again without the fear that they are being used to lag.

I also removed the NaliSage because one of it's attacks (spells) caused lag. There is also a small chance that the sage has been involved in many server crashes which might be related to teleporting monsters.

Besides of the game server updates, a few other things have been updated like the web server and the firewall software.

January 2, 2006

Enhanced Unreal Server browser 1.16 released

My Enhanced Unreal Server browser (EUSB) has been updated to version 1.16. This release supports two more game types: CTF games and Serpentine Team game standoff.

EUSB is a new tab lay-out for the original Unreal server browser with support for many more game types than the original one. The original browser only supports Deathmatch, Coop, Team games and DarkMatch. EUSB supports 59(!) different game types, all tabbed into categories.

Download it from the lab page

January 2, 2006

EnhancedDM 4 available

It seems that a new version of Smartball's Enhanced Deathmatch game type is available. I found it at the main page of The Nerd Network (TNN) The files are dated 15 December 2005.

From the EDM4 readme:
...It was supposed to be done with EDM3...I left the Unreal scene and announced my retirement from coding. Out of boredom one day (and the fact that I have no life), I reviewed the EDM3 code and noticed some things that needed changing. I changed them and saved them as EDM4, but never mentioned nor released it since I figured everyone was tired of updates, and most people complained about EDM3 anyway. Soon enough, a necessity for EDM4 on the TNN servers came about, and so I helped out by releasing this....

---===Changes from EDM3===---

&#183;Absolutely NO new features - EDM4 is a simple bug fix for EDM3, mainly fixing that crash between level switches. All known crashes and errors from EDM3 have been resolved.

Download EnhancedDM4 from the files page.

January 2, 2006

JCoopZ server admins kick users with S3TC project textures installed

Now Zombie's JCoopZ game type is released, many admins switched to this new game type. One of the new features of JCoopZ is the 'package scan' which scans the client installation for any unknown packages (files). This is an important feature to prevent hacks from being used.

but I also found out that many admins turned the package scan to 'full scanning' mode, which also scans texture packages for unknown versions. With the release of new S3TC texture packages from the Unreal ReTexturing Project this gives problems. Many admins forgot to add the new texture signatures to the 'package exceptions' and are actually kicking any player with the new textures installed. I am one of these players.

To avoid this issue, I recommend all JCoopZ server admins to switch their package scanning to basic mode or add the signatures of newly released textures to the package exceptions.

I did a quick scan and the following servers are kicking me for using S3TC textures:

December 31, 2005

Happy New Year from Hyper.nl Unreal Services

I wish all Unrealers a prosperous and healthy 2006. Don't forget to play some Unreal from time to time. Also in 2006 you are most welcome at my servers.


Be careful with fireworks.

December 29, 2005

Maintenance takes longer as expected

Today I spent many hours at the servers again:

  • The 'Suicider1' also was involved in a crash so I removed it.
  • Some of the map packs at the custom map server did not behave well at the server and have been uninstalled:
    • Attacked caused client crashes
    • Strange world locked up in coop play and caused a version conflict on 'nbspecials' for some players
  • One of the links in the map chain was not working > fixed
  • Added the "Tower of Shrakith'a" map pack
  • Added the "ShamuQuest II" map pack" (Partially)
  • Added the "White Palace" map
  • Removed AmpMiniGun from the DropWhenKilled list because it's a default item already
  • Added Aura items IceStriker, SuperNova and TeleKinesis
  • Added Aura monsters DemonFog and Phoenix

December 28, 2005

Maintenance at the coop servers

Both coop servers are down for maintenance. There seems to be an issue with the 'suicider' monster from the Aura pack which caused some crashes the last days. I'll also use the downtime to review the settings and do some small fixes, including an unification of the configuration of both HyperCoop servers.

December 27, 2005

New maps at the HyperCoop Custom Map server

The new maps have been uploaded to the custom map server. The new map packs are:

  • Attacked
  • Hexephet
  • Illhaven Saga
  • Klingon's pack
  • NaPali Odyssey Episode 1: Sky Escape
  • Strange World

The new maps can be downloaded from the files page. I also updated the HyperCoop cache package with the mod files used. (Note: My cache packages only contain mod files, for the custom maps get the map downloads.)

December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from Planet NaPali!

The HyperCoop custom map server is being updated with a few new map packs. I'm still testing some of the maps, so the packs are not available for download yet. For now the maps can only be downloaded from the server directly, or when you know them you can dl them from OldUnreal. When I finished the testing the maps will be added as soon as possible. for now, enjoy the new maps and don't forget to enjoy your holidays!

By the way: The new S3TC textures (see message below) are allowed at the servers now.

December 21, 2005

New S3TC textures give compatibility problem at Unreal server

The HyperCoop servers are not compatible yet with the new texture pack. I will fix this problem this weekend.

December 20, 2005

Unreal ReTexturing project: New texture release

Diehard released his promised Christmas update for the Unreal ReTexturing project. This is quite a big release so be sure to check it out.

Diehard wrote in the OldUnreal forums:
As promised, some updates before Christmas.

I updated all the S3TC files on the website, meaning all single files but also the master files. The master files do contain all S3TC textures that are present at this moment.
So for your own convenience, just download the 2 master files

Unreal_S3TC_Textures_01_V_01_01_2006.zip

Unreal_S3TC_Textures_02_V_01_01_2006.zip

Most updates are in the Mine package, but there's also a bunch of updates in other packages, I had planned to add more updates but the xmas map did take longer than expected. But still there's some cool updates in there

For remarks, post in the High-Res Textures for Unreal forum. (<At OldUnreal, editor.)

For comments, please visit the OldUnreal S3TC project forum.

December 20, 2005

Power loss caused downtime

Someone decided it was a good idea to cut off the power. The server did not agree. Anyways, the server is restarting and should be online in a few mins.

December 17, 2005

HyperCoop 4th generation now enters mainstream phase

With the official release of JCoopZ (See below) the long testing stage of the 4th generation (4G,G4) HyperCoop servers has ended. The main targets for the 4G HyperCoop servers are to be stable, secure and can run without the need of supervisors, admins or guard players. The gameplay has also be re-balanced. There are more monsters and the chance of getting goodies is a bit smaller. This because in the previous generation the game had become too easy. To avoid the problem that new players are being scared away by the monsters, their default health and inventory has been strengthened. The Server Info extension also helps new players by giving useful information during the game. This allows new players to learn while they are exploring the world.

The move to a more stable and secure server also comes with a few drawbacks: features like monster players and some of the Aura items are no longer there.

What is the history of HyperCoop?

  • Pre-HyperCoop: Hyper.nl Unreal Gold, My first Unreal server. An Unreal Gold server where every player had the rights to summon. It was fun while it lasts, but the mass summoning made the server an easy target for (Klingon) lamers who crashed it.
  • HyperCoop G1: The first dedicated server, first with Unreal Gold, later with Unreal 225f. Both servers were running JCoop4 and parts of the Aura mod. Also, the first mutators were included.
  • HyperCoop G2: HyperCoop made the switch to Winged Unicorn's MCoop and later AKMCoop gametypes. It also ran several mutators to manage custom mods.
  • HyperCoop G3: HyperCoop running under the MCoop2 game type and even more custom mod mutators. (DZMapM) The GemDagger adds a new dimension to the coop game, allowing players to build their score and use it to buy special goodies.
  • HyperCoop G4: The current state of the HyperCoop server running the JCoopZ gametype. Focussing on stability, security and manageability.

December 16, 2005

JCoopZ released

After 9 months of testing, Zombie released his new Unreal Coop gametype JCoopZ. JCoopZ builds forth on Joss' JCoop4 and comes with many improvements not seen in ANY coop gametype before.


JCoopZ readme:
JCoopZ is an Unreal 1 coop game mod to sequel JCoop4 and the JCoop5 releases from Joss Liu and Maniac. This mod consists of nearly 3 years of research, bug fixes, server security enhancements, and new features for unreal initially developed for the private DZCoop game mod. It also builds on some of the goals Joss had set out for JCoop5 but were never finished. It provides a new level of server stability, and security unseen in JCoop4/5 or any coop gametype mod to date. Much of the base source code to JCoop was re-written so JCoopZ is not only a sequel, but it could almost be considered a totally new coop game mod except for containing original JCoop commands and feature options.


JCoopZ features:
  • MANY fixed security holes both in JCoop AND what was normally flawed in Unreal. As many as what is currently known by me, and from my own debugging/exploit experiments.
  • MANY fixed crash bugs (both client and server) and a 99% fix on unreal AI server hangs.
  • Quite a number of new admin commands, as well as a few normal player commands. Use 'help' in-game to view a list and their short descriptions.
  • A new enhanced client replacement console with coloured messaging. Plus it the fixes garbage ghost bug and saves chat text from each level. Console can also work as a default console.
  • A number of new gameplay and player control configuration options, some should be self explanatory. Options to reduce player cheating or malicious actions.
  • A client checker package scan capability to detect unknown client packages or possible cheats.
  • New admin password handling. Admins can reduce the risk of leaked passwords or hijacked servers now.
  • Improved JCoop's CustomMapTimer, and GiveItem features to provide new capability.
  • Includes a strong player ban/logger, and is better than only using Nephthys by itself with the powerful logging and banning capability of it.
  • Built in relogin protection (legacy with Nephthys in place).
  • Internal mutator support (hook mutators) so that mutators no longer need to be added to startup command line options.
  • Travel Scores ability. Server can keep total scores of unique players as long as the server doesn't shutdown or crash.
  • Scoreboard has subtle enhancements to the score fields and adds local time keeping.
  • Many more changes, some subtle and others bigger.


I have been testing this gametype at my coop servers since early August, and I can say that it's truly an unique piece of software. For me JCoopZ fixed 100% of the server freezes and around 80% of the server crashes. A really superb result. Especially when you consider the amount of monsters and action that is taking place at the HyperCoop servers every day.
JCoopZ's player control, anti-lamer and anti-cheating features allow admins to run their servers without the need of permanent supervision by admins. It's a big step towards the set-it-and-forget-it server. (where the server manages it's own gameplay)

I hereby want to express my thanks to Zombie for the many hours he spent in analysing my server logs and fixing those deep-lying bugs in the original Unreal code. Your gametype gives me the freedom to run highly customized coop servers without paying the bills with crashes and freezes every day.

I can recommend JCoopZ to any coop server admin, especially when faced with problems like lamers, crashes and freezes. It will not fix everything, but this gametype goes far beyond what any version of JCoop, MCoop or Cooopg offers. However, when you make the switch from MCoop(2) to JCoopZ you will lose the support for monster players.

JCoopZ can be downloaded from the files page. Discuss about this game type in the forums.

December 07, 2005

MML X-Mas II released

The Moo Moo Land server crew released a second version of their MML X-Mas mod.

MML II features:
*25 New Pawns/Monsters
*10 New Weapons
*3 New Items
*5 New Ammo Pickups
*Snow Generators [Make it snow in over 40+ DM and Coop maps!]
*4 Different Mutators to set your server the way you want it
*New Decorations
*New Sounds
*11 Favourite X-mas time music tracks
*13 Themed Maps, 3 of them new maps

Go to CooperativeWhores to download and read this thread at UnrealSP.org for more info.

December 04, 2005

}TCP{Wolf's new website

}TCP{Wolf created a new website for his projects. it gives an overview of the Unreal projects he worked on during the last years.

Visit }TCP{Wolf's projects page. I also added it to the HyperLinks page.

December 04, 2005

New Unreal music remixes

I found two more Unreal remixes:

  • On the Run (Dig Action remix) by Elisha
  • Above and Beyond (Hub2 - Harobed Village remix) by Elisha

Both remixes are of high quality and highly recommended. Download them from the files page.

December 03, 2005

Large Unreal demo's online again

Unreal Shareware (Creative bundled Special Edition demo) and the Unreal 97/98 beta demo are available for download again.

I also fixed a few dead external download links at the AlterVista mirror (secondary) of this website.

December 03, 2005

HyperCoop updates

Both HyperCoop servers have been updated with Zombie's latest JCoopZ beta. This and the previous update include various bug fixes and an advanced stability update for buggy Unreal code. This is another important step to improve the stability of the (Hyper)Coop servers. With the new beta release, JCoopZ slowly but surely comes closer to a final state. There is no release date yet however.

I also did a small tweak to the DropWhenKilled setting: The chance of getting an item after killing a monster has been increased a bit to make the game easier/less hard for players who just joined.

December 03, 2005

Custom S3TC texture packages released

DieHard released a few new, non-standard S3TC texture packages which are used by some custom maps. Download them from the OldUnreal S3TC forum. Be sure to read the warnings, because they are only intended for client-side use. (Mappers and server admins should stay away from S3TC to avoid compatibility problems.

November 29, 2005

Legend of Vandora forum has been hacked

The LoV forum is currently unusable because a lamer decided to hack it. The hacker probably exploited a bug in the forum software phpBB but we have to see what Winged can say about this.

November 27, 2005

New cache packages

All cache packages have been updated with the latest mods running at the servers. A cache pack contains all files which are needed to play at the server in question, except for the maps packs of the new HyperCoop custom map server. The map packs are available separately.

Go to the files page to download the new packs.

November 27, 2005

New HyperCoop server

There is a new HyperCoop server online. It's the same as the 4th generation HyperCoop server, but then with many custom maps:

All map packs are in rar format. You need a rar compatible archiver like WinRAR (shareware) or IZArc (freeware) to extract the files.

It has been a long time whish to host a big custom map server, but my limited connection speed always prevented it from realizing. But over the years, the connection has received many upgrades, so my upload speed allows much more than it did in the beginning. (From 128 KBit/sec to 768 KBit/sec) But even with this faster connection, there still can be some lag when many players are downloading.

*** Please note that this server is still in beta stage. It runs a beta version of JCoopZ and the maps also need some testing to see of they are stable enough to stay. ***

November 25, 2005

Power problems

The server has had a few restarts today because of power problems. Apparently, a bit of storm and some heavy showers are too much for the Delta network. Maybe I need to buy a UPS.

November 25, 2005

Celled 3 pack released

Exiled released a new Celled pack with new items and monsters. It also has a mutator to automatically replace original Unreal items with Celled items.

New items and monsters:
[INVENTORY BELT]
Celd3.Celd3Inv - This is the inventory belt that you can summon. When used, it spawns all the weapons and items in Celd3.

[MONSTERS]
Celd3.Cold (Brute)
Celd3.Pixie (Fly)
Celd3.Rogue (Krall)
Celd3.Error (Pupae)
Celd3.BloodQueen (Queen)
Celd3.SixTrooper (SkaarjTrooper)
Celd3.Aizer (SkaarjTrooper)
Celd3.Roamer (SkaarjWarrior)
Celd3.Ghost (Tentacle)
Celd3.Ragebeast (Titan)
Celd3.Slave2 (WarLord)

[LIGHTS]
Celd3.WhiteLight
Celd3.BlueLight
Celd3.RedLight
Celd3.GreenLight
Celd3.YellowLight
Celd3.OrangeLight
Celd3.PurpleLight1

Get it from the files page.

November 19, 2005

Scheduled downtime

The server is currently down for an upgrade and reinstall. I'm not sure how long it will take exactly, but expect something between a few days and a week.

What is down?

  • The Unreal servers
  • The master server
  • The web server (only used for the PHP server status)

The website will stay online.

Update: Server is online again, but a few restarts can still be expected.

November 11, 2005

Command & Skaarj development continues

Dots has continued development to his Command & Skaarj (C&S) gametype. C&S is an Unreal implementation of the Command & Conquer: Red Alert game. The gametype is still in beta stage, but you can play it from time to time at Dots public coop server.

Current features include:

  • Build a base with different buildings
  • Make money
  • Build defensive structures, including a real Tesla Coil.
  • Train an army of Unreal units, including human soldiers and monsters
  • Sidebar
  • Artificial Intelligence (computer) players
  • Original Red Alert sound effects
  • Client crash base recovery

Screenshot

November 10, 2005

Coop servers updated

The coop servers have been updated with a new beta release of Zombies JCoopZ. The most important new features are improved stability and a cuss filter.

Zombie wrote:
Newest implemented fixes and changes (11/10/05):

-Fixed crash problem with the virus (and possibly vortexeffect) in the aura packs.
-Fixed a taunt control bug that could allow custom console users to freely play non-standard animations.
-Fixed rare instances where the scoreboard spat out accessed none scriptwarnings.
-Fixed JCoopZ1.int file to display JCoopZ1 in the in-game unreal menus.
-Added 'bAntiProfanity' message filter feature.
-Added banword admin commands to compliment the filter.
-Added mapvote and voteEnd commands for possible future support (won't be listed in 'help').
-Improved clientside UScript to be harder to crack/hack or work around.
-Improved inventory touch recursion crash fix to more properly be detected and prevented.
-Improved and added support for S3TC texture signatures in the clientchecker's packagescan.
-Changed taunt limitations to allow gesture taunts while falling.
-Several small changes and tweaks.

November 6, 2005

Downtime of the Unreal servers

The Unreal server has been taken offline in order to do some maintenance. There is a major internal reconstruction to be done: To rebuild the server and workstation machines and reinstall them from scratch. The server will get updated with Intel HyperThreading technology for faster multi-tasking between the multiple running Unreal servers, and the workstation will get the PCI Express motherboard from the server to be able to run the latest graphics hardware. Both systems will also get raid.

In preparation of these changes the servers BIOS has been upgraded and the internal hard disks get a major check-up of every bit to be sure they can be used without trouble. The server is planned to be online again this evening. (+1 GMT)

The upgrade is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.

November 4, 2005

New Unreal coop gametype: Gromych's Nali Land (updated)

Gromych a.k.a. Pink (From Pink's Special Pack) released a new Unreal Coop game type. It builds forth on the Special Pack and comes with some new features. There is also a new forum at the site, so why not go there. Update: description added

Pink at OldUnreal:
The "NaliLand" mod is the gametype mod (so it adds an additional "Gromych's NaliLand" game type for mp games).
The mod allows players to get more from Unreal multiplayer by enriching gameplay to make PvP games on coop maps enjoyable.

Before the game is launched, a host can modify the following options:
monster health and speed modifiers, level lightness modifiers, starting equipment sets (4 available), number of players' lives (similar to UT's last man standing).

Full description here

Download from naliland.narod.ru

November 1, 2005

MML Xmas II preview release

Oblivion released a preview version of the upcoming MooMooLand Xmas II mod. It's still a beta version, so some bugs can be expected. Due to limited bandwidth, the mod is only available upon request.

Oblivion at the Cooperative Whores forum:
Features:
* 24 New Pawns/Monsters
* 9 New Weapons
* 3 New Items
* New Ammo Pickups
* Snow Generators [Make it snow in your maps]
* 4 Different Mutators to set your server the way you want it
* New Decorations
* New Sounds
* New Textures
* 11 Favourite X-mas time music tracks

This mod is still in the works and won't be fully released till Dec. 2nd. All maps that will be in this mod must be sent in by Dec. 1st.

Remember this mod is still a BETA, there will be errors, bugs and unfinished things in it. All developers will receive newer versions of this pack as time goes on.

If you are interested in donating/making a map for the mod:

Requirements:
* Must be X-mas OR Wintery Themed
* Compatible with all versions of Unreal 1
* Can be any gametype
* Contain Readme file
* Tell which sounds/music you used[Unused material will be deleted from the pack]

Due to bandwidth limitations on my server, I can only give this pack out by e-mail. Please send your requests to oblivion30stm@gmail.com.

Read more

October 31, 2005

New Unreal site

Loki<KoR> launched a new personal Unreal website called LokiUnreal. It contains a nice article about the history of the game and you can also find his Unreal Deathmatch map "DM-ResidentStyleSE" here.

October 26, 2005

UnrealSP: Upcoming maps updated

UnrealSP updated their Upcoming maps page. It has been updated with the latest developments on the mapping projects.

HellScrag:
Upcoming Maps has received a general update with links to the latest media such as the Unreal: Skaarj Unleashed demo and the recent interview relating to the weapons of Residual Decay. Darkcloud Rising is now on hold, but footnotes have gone up relating to two new projects, Lost Secrets of Na Pali by Metalhead and The Cult of Suut by Mr_Blowtatoes. Both projects have forum threads if you wish to investigate further.

Also, don't forget to take a look at the Custom Map Reviews page, which also has been updated in the recent past with new reviews of Unreal and UT singleplayer/coop maps.

October 26, 2005

Xmas mapping contest

The Celtic Warriors are doing a map contest for Unreal 1. The entries/winners will also be added to the upcoming MML X-mas II project in the works. A developer pack of the mod will be released on November 1st. The pack will contain a beta version of mmlxmas2.u, new textures [developer textures and S3TC textures], sounds, and music for use in X-mas maps being developed for the contest.

Contest Information:

Make an X-mas map
First place winner: $ 50.00
Second place winner $ 25.00

Points to win:
Originality = 15 points
Theme= Xmas = 20 points
Playability = 50 points
Map Design = 15 points
Total points = 100

Some rules:
*Last day to submit your entry: December 1st 2005.
*Co-workers on the map need to be named on entry, to prevent problems with the prize.
*Prize will be split equally among co-workers.
*Judges cannot enter the contest.

Info and contact:
cindyw36@adelphia.net

Map Submit:
submit'AT'celticwarriors.net

[Forums] -Let them know you're making a map and get the full list of details for the contest!

October 25, 2005

Forum restored

The forum is back to normal service again. The reason for the downtime is still unknown to me because BrakeDanceJ could not be reached via e-mail, but I heard a few rumours that it could be related to power outage because of hurricane Wilma.

October 24, 2005

Forum downtime

An unknown issue at the side of UnrealDestination.com causes the forum to be unavailable. I sent a mail about it to BrakeDanceJ.

October 23, 2005

Links page updated

The HyperLinks page has been updated. As usual, a number of dead links has been removed and a few new ones have been added. Generally, the trend is that a larger number of lower-quality sites disappear and a small number of high quality sites comes to replace them.

October 22, 2005

Unreal site mirrors

DieHard from the CelticWarriors clan brought online a bunch of mirrors of some Unreal websites that have gone down. His attempt helps to stop valuable information and websites to be lost forever for the community.

Diehard wrote:
On the link below, there is a bunch of mirrors I took from other sites:

http://www.celticwarriors.net/website/Mirrors/

****** DECLARATION *****

For some pages I do have permission to mirror them, however most of them I DON'T.
The reason I kept those mirrors can be found in the simple reason that often Unreal related webpages containing important material disappear from the net and are no-where to be found anymore. Thereby letting important technology we all need go into oblivion.
This and this alone is the only reasons for storing those mirrors!

I fully acknowledge the fact other people, being not me, did put their effort into those pages, and the mirrors in no way are meant to disrespect that!

If your page(s) or parts of your page(s) are present in those mirror pages and you want to have them removed, please contact me on:
diehard=removethispart=@celticwarriors.net

If you post my link on any forum elsewhere please let it be accompanied with my statement.

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Warp to the lost Unreal sites.

October 19, 2005

MML X-mas project continues

Oblivion has decide to start work back up on the MML Xmas II project. Therefore, He needs a favour from the Unreal community:

Oblivion[CW] wrote:
Do you...

* Have any snow/cold/arctic/xmas themed maps?
* Have any xmas themed skins?
* Have any ideas/suggestions?
* Would give him a list of DM maps that meet the themes needed.

Any help and ideas would be much appreciated. *Full credits will be given in the mod.*

For more info, please go to the project forum.

MML Xmas 1 screenshot

October 12, 2005

Unreal ReTexturing project news

DieHard SCWS created an amazing 25 gigabyte of texture data for the Unreal ReTexturing project; much work has been done, but there is still a lot to do, for example, the texture database needs an update which will not be done before January 2006.

DieHard wrote at the OldUnreal forum:
I am still working everyday on the textures.
At this moment I am also involved in two S3TC map projects.

- The S3TC SG1 project.
- The S3TC Xmas project

Both project consumes a lot of time and draw me away from the S3TC project itself. Though there is also a bunch of normal textures that are used in the maps, and those I do work on too.
Any time I can find in between I also work on the S3TC project itself, so in effect its not on hold or something. I plan to release a bunch of new textures somewhere between December 1st and December 31st. See it as my Xmas gift to Unreal. It depends a bit how it goes, and how far the projects are.

As it is I basically lost overview on the S3TC project itself, I don't know for sure what is done or not, I just know I have done a lot. This also means that the Database is NOT up to date unfortunately. I have had no time to do so, but I will hopefully do so early January.

The packages that will be released or have been upgraded will be:

- Egypt.utx
- NILE.utx
- Mine.utx
- Starship.utx
- hijacked.utx
- PlayrShp.utx
- StargateTex.utx
- DecayedS.utx
- XmasTex2004.utx

How much textures are in there, I have no clue, it could run between 150 and some 500 textures. I know I created some 25 Gigabyte of data..........

In effect the project is in full swing

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For more info, please read the project forum at OldUnreal.com.

October 11, 2005

What's going on at the servers?

Some of you might wonder why the server is in testing phase for so long now. The answer is that there still are a few serious issues with it which are being investigated by Zombie. These are mostly bugs in the original Unreal code which surface at the HyperCoop server because of the heavily modded gameplay. From time to time I get new updates for the server and in the mean time crash logs are sent to the developer for investigation. Many of the updates happen at the server side only; so as player you don't even notice the new version.

Because of all this testing and research, the original planning has been delayed, and it will delay even more, hopefully to reach the higher goal of a stable server which no longer needs much management and has a high resistance from lamers and hackers.

October 7, 2005

UnrealDestination relaunched

BrakeDanceJ refreshed his Unreal website UnrealDestination.com. It's now based on the Unreal.com template and it's also going to be the home of his Unreal related projects. One of the upcoming updates is a web-based statistics system for Unreal servers.

October 2, 2005

Server news

Zombie is getting some first promising results in his research of the Unreal bug that causes many crashes of the HyperCoop servers, as well as other Unreal servers. If everything turns out right, the fixes will find their way to his JCoopZ gametype and the HyperCoop server.

About the lamers: Pitbull and Zombie learned me new ways to ban lamers with big IP ranges, so they can no longer remain unpunished.

October 2, 2005

Unreal: Firestorm update

Turboman's Firestorm map pack for Unreal is now for 80% finished.

UnrealSP.org:
Turboman has recently reported that his ambitious upcoming mod, Firestorm, now has 80% of its maps near completion, with just a few script issues outstanding. It looks like we may be enjoying this mod sooner rather than later. He also released this montage of new screenshots of the mod.

For screenshots, information and the latest news about this project, view this thread at the UnrealSP.org forums.

September 27, 2005

The invasion of the ending-without-asking lamers with big IP ranges

The HyperCoop server is being terrorised by lamers who keep ending without asking. While I successfully banned some of them thanks to the player reports I received, I'm also facing the problem of lamers with huge IP ranges. For now I can not do much against them, which is a little annoying.

I have some possibilities for future solutions. You can read more in this forum thread.

September 18, 2005

Phoenix Server network

RedemptionAD from the Phoenix clan plans to launch a new server network with multiple Unreal 1 servers. The servers will run on a powerful AMD machine.

-RedemptionAD wrote in the Phoenix forum:
So, I've decided to run the Killing Floor server "Visions Of Burning Flesh" on this machine, which I begin work on buying/building a secondary machine used exclusively for running unreal servers. The new machine will be something along the lines of an AMD Athlon 64 3200/Sempron 2800+ 2.2 to 2.6ghz, with another 512mb nVidia GeForce 6200 like my machine here has in it. The only difference will be the harddrive, and RAM that I'll be putting in:

* 4gb Memory (Thermaltake heat distributors like I've got on this one.)
* Two 400gb 7200rpm Hard Drives

After forking out of lot of cash, this machine will have been fully constructed. I'll do quite a bit of optimizing and we'll be ready to rock.

September 6, 2005

Master Server installer 1.0 released

The master server installer package has been updated to version 1.0. This release is finally stable and no longer has the annoying 100% CPU usage bug. Therefore, the process manager included in the previous (beta) release is no longer needed. This release uses the updated master server module from Nephthys 1.1.

When you have a server that is connected to the internet 24/7, you have a fixed hostname or IP you can host a master server for the Unreal community.

More information can be found at the Master Server info page:

Information for players: Learn how to configure your Unreal client to query a custom master server
Information for Unreal server administrators: Learn how to uplink your server to a custom master server to make it show up there.
Information for individuals or organisations who want to run a custom master server: Learn how to install a custom master server on your network.

September 6, 2005

Nephthys 1.1 released

Zora released a new version of the Unreal server network security tool Nephthys.

New in this version:
  • Fixed some false attack detections
  • Fixed partly deactivation when playing certain maps
  • Nephthys refuses new connections while Game.bGameEnded == true and bRejectAfterGameEnd == true
  • Nephthys now accepts connections with invalid login options name or class if bRejectBlankName == false resp. bRejectEmptyClass == false (both default)
  • Nephthys now rejects connections with invalid login option password if bRejectEmptyPassword == true (default)
  • Documentation extended
  • Configuration is checked during startup. If server exits immediately after startup see server's unreal.log for details.
  • Name log now replaces names which only differ in case instead of storing both names.
  • Kill double connections logic is automatically disabled the first seconds after map change for better remote LAN player support (see option KillDoubleDelay for details).
  • ICMP messages of type 3 (destination unreachable) support fast close of dead clients
  • Kick() called from UScript now works without a port as well
  • The new NptServerUplink ServerActor (unreal1 only) now supports custom made master servers
  • Ban rules aren't sorted at map change any longer
  • Bans can be set or changed to a specific slot number
  • The new UScript function GetBanInfo(slot) now allows browsing through existing ban rules
  • A possible crash during regular shutdown of the server is now avoided.

  • It can be downloaded from Zora's site: Download Nephthys 1.1 or from the files page.

September 3, 2005

HyperDM server offline

The HyperDM server will be unavailable for some time because it keeps freezing. When this happens, it takes all processor power causing lag and performance problems on the other servers.

August 31, 2005

Traineeship: Less time for the Unreal universe

I'll start my traineeship tomorrow, which means I'll have less time to spend on the game and related activities as I had last months. However, I'll still be active in my spare time.

Meanwhile the new (4th generation) HyperCoop server is becoming stable. It will probably become more or less 'final' during the next month, but this also depends on Zombie's JCoopZ developments. The old HyperCoop server (3rd generation running MCoop2) is taken down now and will probably not come back online.

August 28, 2005

PlayrShp.utx S3TC version released

The Unreal ReTexturing project released their first full texture package: PlayrShp. It contains textures mostly used in the Vortex2 (Vortex Rikers) maps and custom maps.

Download texture pack (48.1 MB Zip)
Discuss and give feedback at the OldUnreal forum thread

August 27, 2005

UT Inventory package

Dots extracted the inventory items from Unreal Tournament, which makes the series complete: All weapons, items and relics are converted now. Download from the files page.

August 27, 2005

Banlist cleanup

The banlist has had a cleanup. All bans are ended. However, I kept a backup of the banlist so if it proves to be necessary it can be restored again.

August 26, 2005

Unreal 226 bug reports wanted

Smirftsch from OldUnreal got his hands on the Unreal 226 source code. He is working on a new version called 226z. Because of Smirftsch excellent reputation of the Unreal OpenGL/Audio subsystems I don't think this is another failing attempt for a patch but something more serious. To fix bugs he first need to have bug reports. You can post them at the OldUnreal forum thread. be sure to give as clear as possible descriptions and as much information as possible.

Smirftsch wrote in his forum:
As some of you may know, I now have source access to the Unreal sources. It took some weeks to make the old sources to compile with a new vc studio, but now it works. Found no new bugs in it yet in the version I have, which I'm going to call 226z for now.

Current status is:
Updates in:
OpenGL
FMod and ALAudio, both included
Direct3D8 which can be compared with current OpenGL release (thanx Chris!)

Fixed 226 can't connect to password protected servers anymore.

To make more fixes, I need a complete bug list of all bugs known in 226.

Bugs can be reported at this forum thread.

August 17, 2005

Enhanced Unreal Server Browser 1.15 released

Version 1.15 of my Enhanced Unreal server browser (EUSB) is ready. This release comes with support for three more game types: NoName CTF, Hide & seek and Crystal Team.

In total, the EUSB supports 57(!) different game types now. (Which is 53 more than the default browser.) For a complete list of all supported gametypes and the new tabs, see the readme file.

Download and more info at the Lab page.

August 13, 2005

Sniper's Paradise maps available for download

Rush put some of the maps from the Sniper's Paradise server online. It are mostly Unreal Tournament maps that were converted to Unreal by Rush and also a few maps by himself.

Sniper's Paradise home page:
Maps Uploaded - August 13, 2005
Sniper's Paradise Maps are ready for download. If you would like a specific map and it's not in the map download section or if there are any missing files, please Email RUSH to let him know.

Download from Sniper's Paradise.

August 12, 2005

HardCrash SP/coop map pack released

The Phoenix clan released Silver Serpent's HardCrash map pack. There are still two maps missing, but since the author 'disappeared' without notice it's now released in the current form.

Readme:
Welcome to Hard Crash: Single Player (SP) - This map pack was never finished, so the members of **PHX** who knew lvrrpnt himself, were told to release this beforehand. Even though this is missing Part 6 and 7 (Which was originally just going to be one massive map itself) - We are releasing it in the absence of lvrrpnt. Since he did not release a Readme himself, I went ahead and took it upon myself to do so. This is the most complete version as of August 12, 2005, the date of this Readme's creation.

Download from PHX website.

August 12, 2005

Unreal beta 97/98 map fix

I received a fix by Argh! for 3 of the maps from the Unreal Beta 97/98 demo that crashed instantly or shortly after loading. Get it from the files page.

Readme:
The Unreal 97/98 Beta contains three maps that crash while loading, or shortly afterward: Found98.unr, Foundry.unr, and Ruins.unr. I've fixed these maps so they will now properly load in the beta game/editor. I have not altered any actual gameplay content. Just un-rar these into the Maps dir, overwriting the originals.

Note: These maps are only compatible with the Unreal 97/98 Beta. They will not load in the final game versions.

August 11, 2005

ISV Iguana crashed releasing dangerous creatures

Press release from Inuit Corporation:
Two days ago one of our transport vessels, the ISV Iguana disintegrated when entering the orbit of planet NaPali. The vessel carried many exotic animals obtained from several planets around. Some of these animals can be extremely dangerous to the humans on the planet. The animals were contained in various wooden boxes, chests and barrels. When you find these barrels, DON'T OPEN THEM but send us a call. Some containers also have cracked open upon impact, killing or releasing the animals. THESE ANIMALS CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS! Don't approach them without weapon. Fire if necessary to protect yourself.

August 11, 2005

New downloads

The download page has been updated with two files: The Unreal Service movie and the HideNSeek gametype.

The movie has been available earlier, but when both of the download locations failed I had to remove it. But The Wolf gave me some new webspace to host it, so it's available again now. :)

HideNSeek is a new game type by Bane. It was sent to me a few days ago but because I was busy with the beta demo and the new HyperCoop server I did not put it online yet.

Quote from the HideNSeek readme:
Gameplay:
Quite simply, one person counts, everyone else hides. The game will not begin unless there are at least two people present, and will terminate if everyone leaves. The person who is it is randomly determined at start, and in each additional round it is the first person to be found, or random pick again if no one is found. The person is it is forced to stand still, and will automatically count down from the count time, while everyone else hides. This time is variable, defaults to 30 seconds, and can be changed in game. Once the time reaches 0, everyone is forced to be marked as ready. They will then become immobile, and must wait to either be found or for the round to end.

Get the files from the download page.

August 09, 2005

HyperCoop "Next Generation" test server launched

I launched the new HyperCoop test server running JCoopZ and some other updates. Feel free to take a look, but you can also expect some restarts.

The 'old' HyperCoop server is still running, but at a new port number.

Join HyperCoop Next Generation test server at: unreal://hyper.xs4all.nl
Join 'old' HyperCoop server at: unreal://hyper.xs4all.nl:5555

When everything works according to plan the new JCoopZ server will replace the MCoop2 server.

August 08, 2005

Unreal Beta 97 converted

Conversions of the Unreal Beta 1997 maps are popping up everywhere. I already saw a few from Crowind_**PHX** and Zora is testing her own conversion at her Unreal server and now Zrevand posted a conversion at the UnrealSP forums:

Zrevand wrote at August 8th 2005:
I don't know if this intrudes on the thread unduly (hey, this is my first post and all), but I've converted the beta levels over to Unreal final's map format (through repeatedly exporting and importing .t3d files, and similarly for the Crypt textures - having to export every single one as pcx and then rampart into UED 1).
The lighting is rather different in the final version though -- even with the light stats themselves exactly the same, the resulting light is a lot darker compared to in the beta, yet "softer" (less abrupt falloff).

The file is a self-extracting RAR and also contains rebuilt (loads in Beta) versions of Foundry, Found98, and Ruins. 61 MB: http://sqentropy.dyndns.org/~unreal/ConvertedBeta.exe

I only tested the first few levels, however, so if something is wrong (though I can't imagine what it would be), holler and I'll try to fix.

It's not completely tested yet, so expect some bugs and maybe updated releases in the future.

Download converted beta map pack
Visit forum thread at UnrealSP.org

August 07, 2005

Unreal RPG cancelled

The upcoming Unreal game type "Unreal RPG" is no more.

Xavious wrote at August 3rd 2005:
Unreal RPG Shuts Down...

Effective immediately, I am quitting URPG. There are a number of reasons, but I won't bore you with them all. Lets just say that I didn't really know what I was doing with a team under my command, and my leadership was severely lacking. It was my first attempt at such a project, however, so I can only hope I will do better next time.

This website will be shut down sometime during the remainder of the year. It is a shame I did not get the download and info sections finished, I had many nice ideas for them (ideas which I may now discuss with other unreal web builders). If anyone would like to continue my work, then contact me at will. I cannot speak for the rest of the team, but I would be delighted to help out if someone else were to take the reins.

In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone who helped out with the project, everyone who contributed, everyone who put up with me talking about it for ages and ages, and everyone who criticized it. You have all been a big help.

Heck, maybe I'll come back to the project in a few years time, since I did get most of the game mechanics and story written...

It seems that there might be a chance that the project is continued later, but it does not look good for U-RPG.

August 06, 2005

Preparing the next incarnation of HyperCoop

Today I started working on the next 'version' of the HyperCoop server. My most important targets are to get a more secure and stable server with better protection against lame players and also requiring less maintenance.

It will run Zombies (still unreleased beta) JCoop version and the most of the mods you already know from the current HyperCoop server. However, since the new gametype replaces Winged Unicorn's MCoop2, there will be no support for monster players. However, this might change in the future.

During the testing period that can take a few months there will be more downtime and restarts.

August 04, 2005

Unreal dead?

I found a site with some nice stats:

Unreal Deathmatch stats:
http://www.csports.net/ModStats.aspx?Mod=283

Unique Players (All time): 34,914
Unique Players (31 days): 2,396

Unreal Coop stats:
http://www.csports.net/ModStats.aspx?Mod=284

Unique Players (All time): 20,201
Unique Players (31 days): 1,305

So, for the ones who think the game is dead: Think again. There are still quite a lot of players active. Of course it's not nearly as much as popular games like UT(200x) and Half-Life (CS) but still impressive for a game from 1998. Thank you, Unreal community for your dedication to this great game! :)

August 03, 2005

EnhancedDM 3 released

Smartball released the third version of his enhanced deathmatch gametype. It features improved stability and compatibility with certain anti-aimbot tools.

Smartball wrote:
Alright..after lots of testing I've finally gotten this ready for public use.

http://www.smartballsfunhouse.com/downloads/mods/EnhancedDM3.zip

I'd highly recommend all EDM2 admins to upgrade to this because of the better nature of the console (no crashes, EDM3 package unloads so UProtect won't kick you, more stability). The mod is also just, in general, less flawed.

A special thanks to Havok and BringIt for running this on their team servers and dealing with my bashful blunders! lol. They were a huge help with nailing glitches and running the mod to make sure that all is as it should be.

It runs pretty much the same as EDM2, so admins should not have trouble getting it to work. You can simply change the entry in your EnhancedDM.ini from [EnhancedDM2.EnhancedDM] to [EnhancedDM3.EnhancedDM] to preserve your options.

I'd also suggest using all of the new mutators in the mod instead of the old ones just because they, too, are less flawful.

Download the new version from Smartball's website

August 03, 2005

Unreal Beta 97 demo now available from Hyper.nl Unreal Services

I mirrored the download at my own webspace. You can get it from the files page. Please keep in mind that also my webspace is limited, so it might do not last.

Please do NOT link to this file directly from other sites, my capacity is limited. Link to the main page instead. Thanks. However, feel free to mirror the file at your own webspace.

August 03, 2005

Unreal Beta 97 demo

The Unreal Beta 97 demo is at the moment not available for download because the download site went out of capacity. Keep an eye on the UnrealSP forum thread for the latest news.

July 31, 2005

Unreal Beta 97/98 demo available

There is an interesting thread developing in the UnrealSP forums about an old Unreal demo. It might become available for download soon.

Drevlin wrote:
Hey
Thought I'd tease you guys a bit Very Happy
http://www.lidstrom.nu/Drevlin/u97beta01.jpg 1-8

Been talking to Mister HellScrag about him setting up a host for this fine piece of history, so expect it to be on your HD soon.

I believe this leak was compiled in nov of 1997, and leaked out in feb 1998.
It contains a bunch of maps that never made it into the game and a bunch of maps that did, but doesn't look exactly how we remember them. Smile
It also contains a working UnrealED, and some nice little thingies.
Anyway, enjoy the shots and bug HellScrag so he moves faster... I've been waiting a full 10 minutes since I sent him the "where to put it?" message.

Screenshots:

http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta01.jpg
http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta02.jpg
http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta03.jpg
http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta04.jpg
http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta05.jpg
http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta06.jpg
http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta07.jpg
http://www.lidstrom.nu/drevlin/u97beta08.jpg

Update: The download is available:

Drevlins help text: http://frieza.altervista.org/Unreal Beta/unreal98-beta.txt

Demo:
http://frieza.altervista.org/Unreal Beta/unreal98-beta.rar

(Right click, save as to download)

July 27, 2005

Petition against European Data Retention

The European ministers of Justice and the European Commission want to keep all telephone and internet traffic data of all 450 million Europeans. This will lead to a increase in prices for internet access and other internet based communication and can be a big problem for the privacy of the European citizens.

If you are concerned about this plan, please sign the petition: http://www.DataRetentionIsNoSolution.com

July 27, 2005

Unreal Fan art

UnrealSP recently added a fan art section to the site which has been updated with new pics. It definitely worth to take a look.

July 25, 2005

Unreal Tournament relics package for Unreal

The UT Relics pack has been added to the files page. It contains the relics from UT converted to Unreal by Tomkatrebel and .:..: (Dots) and a mutator to spawn them into the game. Like the UTWeapons package it has been extracted from my cache.

I also updated the UTWeapons package with the right credits.

July 22, 2005

Unreal Tournament weapons package for Unreal

I found a Unreal Tournament weapons package in my cache and decided to re-pack and distribute it. It contains all weapons and ammo from Unreal Tournament including the Redeemer. :)

Read the included instruction for more info. Available from the files page.

July 22, 2005

Crash-free console for Unreal 224/25/226f

The Tips page has been updated with two tips:

  • A native Unreal console replacement for the crashy *UBrowser console that no longer crashes. (UWindowConsole)
  • Cache Care, some useful tips about your Unreal cache

July 17, 2005

Server downtime

I'm doing some testing of the server mods and settings. I hope I can improve stability. During the testing the server can be down, passworded or experiencing restarts.

July 16, 2005

Clan news

The Allied Mercenary Clan (AMC) and the Clan of Rebels (KOR) have merged.

dik<KoR> wrote:
Our close pals at =AMC= and <KoR> have decided to join forces and merge together as one clan. So many of us have been playing Unreal together for so long, this was a natural thing to do. The members from =AMC= will still maintain their original nicks, but now acquire the <KoR> tag. The former =AMC= server is now added as a third 8 man server. I'd like to wish all the members from =AMC= a warm welcome to the Klan of Rebels.

More details can be found here.


There is also a new clan: Clan HiJacked. Everyone is invited to take a look at the new clan site: HiJacked website

July 15, 2005

UnrealSP upcoming maps news

UnrealSP updated the Upcoming Maps page. It now allows easy selection of projects for the different Unreal games. HellScrag also added some new details about TheEmperorStalwartUK's projects.

Read more at UnrealSP.org:

Upcoming Unreal maps
Upcoming maps for ALL Unreal engine games (Including UT, U2 and UT200x)
UnrealSP forum thread about TESUK's projects

July 14, 2005

HyperCoop Server changes

I restored a backup from the HyperCoop server because the recent configuration was not stable. (freezes) The restored config has had an uptime of 3 weeks in the past so I hope it performs better.

I also made a few small changes to the EndMutator. The minimum play time had been reduced for a few maps because I experienced that the players were usually waiting for the time limit to expire.

July 11, 2005

Ban request: Name thief

The name this as mentioned before (June 30) is still active at some Unreal servers. This player keeps refusing to use another name. Therefore I ask all administrators of servers where this thief plays to ban him/her. But please be sure you ban the right IP's. You can find more information in this forum thread. Thank you for your time and cooperation.

July 02, 2005

Away

I'm away for a few days. I'll leave the server offline because it tends to hang from time to time.

June 30, 2005

Name stealer

Lately a new player is playing under my name at other Unreal servers. I already asked him/her to change name but he/she seems to ignore my requests. Quite annoying, but since it occurs at other servers there is nothing I can do against it.

I only play from the same IP address as my servers (213.84.102.38, hyper.xs4all.nl) so when the IP is different it's NOT me.

Thanks for your understanding...

Update: The name stealer has been recorded playing under the name "Hyper" with IP 69.24.168.128. This IP has been firewalled at my servers.

June 29, 2005

Webpages revised

I updated a few pages of my site. No big changes, just some updates of the content and improved readability.

Updated pages:
About
Help/Troubleshooting
Tips
Environment of Unreal

June 28, 2005

UScript Pre-Processor Released

While I'm not sure what this does exactly, It might be a nice tool for the UScript programmers out there.

BeyondUnreal main page:
UnrealScript Class Pre-Processor (UCPP) is a command line utility intended to be executed before ucc make. It adds some pre-processor features that are not available in the standard UnrealScript compiler in UnrealEngine1 and UnrealEngine2.

Features include conditional compiling directives but also definition replacements and function definitions. Most of the pre-processor directives found in most C\C++ compilers are supported.

Yeah I know, there was one already a while ago. But as far as I know it dropped from the face of the earth. And I needed some features implemented in this program for an other project I am working on.

More information can be found at this page on the UnrealWiki; download links can be found at the project's SourceForge page.

June 27, 2005

Download page updated

The download page has been updated. I fixed a few dead links and added some new files:

  • The final Aura package since Boodaflow stopped developing for Unreal
  • JTool3 and JDec/JddMute because Joss' site is down
  • Asgard's Jurassic Monster Pack
  • Asgard's MonsterSpawn
  • Smiley's XS mod
  • Added link to OldUnreal's new multimedia subsystems
  • Added Winged Unicorn's mods
  • Removed the movie from Unreal Service because both download mirrors went down.

Downloads

June 26, 2005

Links page updated

The Unreal sites page has been updated again. Many sites went down again and I removed a few low quality clan/player sites that were no longer updated. I was also able to find mirrors for a few pages that went missing.

HyperLinks

June 25, 2005

QTracker 4 released

The wait is over. After many delays QTracker 4 is now ready. Version 4.0 comes with a totally rewritten GUI and support for many new games. Nowadays many Unreal servers are listed at the QTracker Master server making it a good alternative for Gamespy.

http://www.qtracker.com

June 22, 2005

The return of the Dragon

It looks like the dragon from the old Unreal woke from a seemingly eternal sleep. According to this thread in the BU forums, Turboman is recreating the dragon.

View screenshot here

June 21, 2005

Forum downtime

There is a problem with the server of UnrealDestination.com where the forum is hosted. It will be available again in a few hours to a few days.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: The forum is online again. :)

June 20, 2005

GemDagger changes

I removed two items from the GemDagger 'shop' because they did not work and caused crashes. The items are: Dispersion Turret or Bog and AuraPistolUpgrade or Update.

You can still upgrade your pistol by collecting updates from the levels.

June 16, 2005

OldUnreal Multimedia Patch update

Smirftsch posted an updated multimedia upgrade for Unreal containing OpenGL, OpenAL and FMOD subsystems.

Smirftsch:
This update is for the most part a bugfix release. It contains a critical update for FMOD, and some minor fixes for OpenAL.
OpenGL is updated to the latest sources utglr30. Should support now masked S3TC based textures. Need testing reports.
Fixed ".int" file.

Go to the download page

The patch is still beta and everyone is encouraged to report bugs if found. You can report bugs at the OldUnreal forums.

June 5, 2005

GigaCache

With 5 years of colleting Unreal cache, I'm about to reach the milestone of 10 GB. Therefore I rewrote the article about it at the lab page and thought of a new name of it: GigaCache.

What is GigaCache?
Cache files are downloaded expansion files in a special format for online play, which do not make version conflicts. Over the years I built up a huge collection of 9 GB Unreal cache files. It contains all kinds of maps, mods, skins, sounds textures and music from all kinds of Unreal servers. Having a cache like this allows you to connect to almost any server without downloading a single file. No downloads, no lag, no version conflicts. All maps have been converted to be compatible with Unreal 224/225. This means you can even join a Unreal 226 server with incompatible 226 only maps, because the cache has been made compatible. The cache also includes the fixes of UCrashGuard.

I offer my cache collection to everyone who is willing to host this huge monster. But *please* beware of the file size.

Read everything about it at the lab page, or discuss it in the forum.

June 4, 2005

History of Unreal article - Part 1

Sir Brizz from BeyondUnreal.com published the first part of his article about the history of Unreal. This article is related to Unreal's 7th birthday.

BeyondUnreal main page:
Today we have published the first part in a four part series, the History of Unreal. Among other things, the article discusses the history of the Unreal Engine from Unreal through Unreal Tournament. There are plenty of screenshots and other goodies as well, so check out the article here.

Here is the link:

Article at BeyondUnreal.com

May 30, 2005

OldUnreal Multimedia patch 0.1 beta

Smirftsch released the first version of his new multimedia subsystems for Unreal. It includes a new OpenGL patch, a brand new OpenAL audio system and a FMod audio system. It includes versions for Unreal 224-226, Unreal Gold and RTNP and Unreal Tournament 436 and 451b. This is probably the largest Unreal patch since the Gold version.

Smirftsch wrote in the OldUnreal Forum:
Current Version is 0.1

Its the first beta version, so expect bugs and report them here in the forums. New versions will follow as bugfix releases or as update to OpenGL/OpenAL/FMOD.

Here are the links:

PDF manual with instructions and explanation of the advanced settings
Download page
Support/discussion forum

May 29, 2005

The Legend of Vandora might be cancelled for UT2004

It has been quiet at the Legend of Vandora site, and not without a reason: It looks like the development of the version for Unreal Tournament 2004 has stopped because of the delays and lack of time of the members. The developers are considering the possibility of building it on the Unreal III engine instead.

Nozzem wrote in the LoV forum:
There's plans to continue development when unreal engine 3 arrives. This because of the many personal obligations among team members, ut2k4 isn't that popular anymore and by the time we would have finished LoV ut2k4 would be very outdated.

May 23, 2005

Unreal's 7th birthday!

According to BeyondUnreal, Unreal had it's 7th birthday yesterday.


Yesterday, May 22nd, was Unreal's 7th Birthday! To celebrate, we will be releasing an article in the next few days. Watch the front page for details!

Keep an eye at the BU main page to see if they will come with that article.

May 22, 2005

Unreal retexturing project releases it's first texture file

The first S3TC texture package 'JWSky.UTX' has been released by the Unreal ReTexturing project. Other textures are in progress.
The target of this project is to create high-res versions of the Unreal textures that currently do not have a S3TC version.

Head over to the project site at CelticWarriors.net for more information and the download link.

Or take a look at the project forum at OldUnreal.

Update: There was a problem (online version conflict) with the file, so it's taken offline until the problem is solved.

May 22, 2005

Server back online

The Unreal servers are back online! I still don't have the motherboard back from repair, but I was able to build another system, so the server is back with all services.
I now use my used-to-be workstation PC as server, and use a temporary client until the board is back.

May 14, 2005

New Age deathmatch map pack

BrakeDanceJ released a new deathmatch map pack for Unreal called New Age. The map pack uses all new textures. I can't find any description, so take a look at the screenshots and judge for yourself. It weighs 130.5 MB and can be downloaded here. You can also view some screenshots before you download.

Update: It looks like the textures are imported from the game Wheel of Time. (Which is an Unreal engine game) Maybe even the maps come from this game, but this is just a guess since I do not have it.

Ps. A readme.txt / description would be nice :p

May 10, 2005

Unreal Special Edition demo

Some of the forum users already knew it: The Unreal Special Edition demo is finally available for download. It's an old demo version from Unreal that came with the first SoundBlaster Live! cards.
The demo contains 8 single player levels and 3 deathmatch arenas and has some differences with the official version, like the sound effects. It's a nice collectors item or it can be used as evaluation for people who never played the game before.

Thanks Leo(T.C.K.) for uploading and D&#236;&#232;H&#225;rd&#187;&#167;&#199;W&#167; for hosting the file!

Download the demo here from CelticWarriors.net webspace. The file is 153 MB large.

If you like, you can read some background info at the forum.


By the way: my Unreal servers are still offline, as mentioned before on April 24th. But I still get a lot of questions about it, so if you did not read it yet, scroll down a bit :)
The motherboard has been sent to Epox Netherlands where it is getting repaired. I don't have any info yet on when it's expected to be returned.

May 2, 2005

UTeamFix 10 released

}TCP{Wolf released the 10th incarnation of his game type UTeamFix. There already were a few servers running this version, but this time it's a public release.


New features:
- Support for Infiltration (265+b)
- Support for Serpentine (
- Standoff Mode
- The annoying team switch bug in tournament mode is long fixed
- Shapeshifting players (Multimesh-Technology)
- Support for UNREAL TOURNAMENT
- new simple Classic Coop gametype
- brand new MonsterMash included
- improved stability in gametypes with lots of monsters
- IN-GAME (admin) menu
- Client Side settings (for display mostly)


Quote from the }TCP{ forums:
This should be the last major upgrade in the Deathmatch/Team-Deathmatch sections, albeit I might adding map voting directly into UTF some day along with WFlexMap. Most of the future additions, however, will likely go to coop, game-bridges (possibly adding Crystal Chaos and RealCTF) and other custom additions - or maybe I will finally make true with my threat and be done with it hehehe

The UT support will NOT be updated in the future, save for bug-fixing where it is possible. I might, however, take more time to determine which game-bridges may work in UT with the original Unreal One mods inside UT.

Download: http://ws.online.de/projects/UTeamFix/UTeamFix_10_pub.zip
Manual:
http://ws.online.de/projects/UTeamFix/Manual10/index.html

Read more at the }TCP{ Forums.

Admins: Please upgrade a.s.a.p. to avoid version conflicts while travelling between servers.

April 27, 2005

Unreal OpenAL audio subsystem

Smirftsch is working on a new OpenAL-based audio subsystem for Unreal. It will offer better 3D positional audio and fixes the broken reverb support. When everything works out as expected, we can expect a beta release this weekend or next week.


Smirftsch wrote at the OldUnreal forums:
The first official beta release will be available this weekend, or at least next week , belongs how long I need to make the documentation -
some of the major features are:
25 different sound ambients for new maps
sound ambients for underwater, slimezone, tarzone, lavazone
working reverb
full surround sound, means, u really can hear where the opponents are, or more exactly, where the soundsource is - so the biggest advantage is for 5.1 users, but for stereo speakers there are at least the new ambients left.

Another replacement is in work currently, fully based on FMOD, and is still in development (which will take the advantage is currently unclear, maybe we will offer both)

Interested? Head over to the OldUnreal forums.

April 24, 2005

Hyper.nl Unreal Services downtime

The server will be down for one or more weeks because of a motherboard failure.

Some capacitors (Electronic parts) of my motherboard are leaking, which causes the system to hang. Therefore the board has to be repaired or replaced, which will take some time.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

What is down?

HyperCoop, HyperDM, Hyper.nl Crystal Castles, the Hyper.nl Master Server and the small webserver of the status script.

April 13, 2005

Unreal weapons upgrade project

Now Bozo finished his work to Crystal Castles 1.10 he launched a new project: UnrealUpgrade. UnrealUpgrade plans to upgrade the original Unreal weapons with new effects and capabilities.


This project was implemented to update the standard Unreal One weapons and to support some new capabilities.
Generally, the updated weapons should operate nearly identically to the existing weapons, just better.
Currently, a single Weapon (AutoMag) has been implemented so far. Most of the base code has been fully developed at this time.

The new functionality available to the weapons will consist of the following items:
1) Zone Entry/Exit Events will be triggered by all weapon fire.
2) Instant Hit Weapons (AutoMag, Minigun, Rifle, and ASMD Alternate) will now operate correctly through Warp Zones.
3) Water, Lava, Slime, and Tar Zones will now slow down the passage of projectiles and reduce their damage FX accordingly.
4) ZoneFluidFriction and ZoneGravity will now affect projectiles inside fluid filled zones (bWaterZone=True).
5) Effects in water and out of water are now different.
6) Sound in water and out of water are now different.
7) FX projectiles such as ShellCases also now follow the new rules.
8) Cool Reflection off of walls is now an option.
9) Most FX now implemented Client Side only. Improved Network support.

The project is open for contributors.

Screenshot | Go to forum thread

April 8, 2005

Server status performance improved

The only remaining working web host of the server status scripts is about to go down, so I decided to create my own web server. I found a nice installer package of Apache web server with PHP support, and it's running the status scripts now. I kept the other hosts in the mirror manager in case my web server is unavailable.

April 8, 2005

Unreal speedrun video updated

TheJackal updated his Unreal speedrun record from 55 minutes and 19 seconds to 49:18.

The updated video is available here.

March 31, 2005

Clan Phoenix news

RedemptionAD from the Phoenix clan told me about a number of releases their clan made recently and in the past.

Phoenix Coop:
Though this version of PCoop1 will not be released to the public, I can promise everyone will still have fun playing under it on the server. I tried to recreate a lot of what JCoop4 has in it so that the admins and players will still be familliar with the way it handles. So, it can pretty much do anything JCoop4 can do, and heaps more.

PCoop1 contains some custom meshes (Even the Elemental Staff that I made, which debuted at 'Ashes Of The Phoenix' earlier today.) - There is no usage of outside texture, sound, music, or mods on this. It's a single stand-alone .U file.

Half-Life II texture pack for Unreal:
This is a pack of Halflife II textures that I gathered from the net. I do not claim ownership of any of these textures. These are textures from Halflife II by Sierra. All I did was resize them, crop them, enhanced the detail of them, brought them down to 256 color PCX files, and imported them into UnrealED for use with Unreal, Unreal Gold, and Unreal Tournament games. I also animated the water textures and a teleporter texture in this set, including them along with the original unanimated versions of them.

ISV Kran rebuilt:
This is the ISV Kran Rebuilt and combined with the three main ISVKran decks for the full ship experience. I used to have trouble with BSP on this level but I cleared up a lot of it and it looks great. Although some servers will load the map and the movers will be missing or the Translator Messages cut off. If this happens just reset the map. (I think because it is 11megs in size) this map is a great experience for those who want to see the ISVKran before the crash on Na Pali.

And two fixed existing map packs:

  • The Illhaven Saga (Fixed For Online Play)
  • Attacked! Map Pack (Fixed)

More info and downloads available at their site

March 30, 2005

Unreal Speed run movie

TheJackal created a speedrun movie of Unreal, in which he beats the game in 55 minutes and 29 seconds.

Author's Comments:
Thanks goes to the runner at http://teamshambler.telefragged.com/unsr.shtml for tricks on Isvkran4 and 3&2. I thought up all of the rest of the tricks with the help of some buddies at the dorm. Overall it was a good run. There was definitely places I could have shaved off a second here and there but I hit all the cool jumps and routes so this is good enough for now. I may redo it some day for a higher quality recording but as it stands it is pretty darn entertaining.

Continuity issues:
At some points I went back and redid earlier levels which is why you will see me at random places wasting ammo and health in order to make the levels match up. At the start of Rrajigar Mine I have 41 dispersion pistol ammo but right before that I have 50. I think that is the only place where it shows visibly. Since this is a decrease in ammo and it's on the dispersion pistol which rejuvenates anyways, it's still legal. The only other continuity issue I can think of is when I redid the Ceremonial chambers I used a lot less air on the scuba. You can't tell from the video compression, but on velora temple it drops about a third of air. Since this is a decrease in air this is legal too.

Details and download

March 30, 2005

Celtic Warriors' download centre

The Download Centre of the CelticWarriors clan is back online with 200 additional COOP maps, 8 DarkMatch maps, and 150 DeathMatch Maps.

However, they still need to find around 5 gigabyte of space to host textures for the Unreal Re-Texturing project.

D&#236;&#232;H&#225;rd&#187;&#167;&#199;W&#167; wrote in the OldUnreal forums:
The downloads have been restored

At this moment the site is set to 30 Gigabyte of bandwidth, hopefully it will be sufficient lol.

In the meantime I have been updating most of the links, which means the links on the website match all the files on download.
I also added some 200 COOP maps, 8 DarkMatchmaps, and some 150 DeathMatchMaps.
In addition to that I took out most of the doubles, there's maybe some 5 doubles left. I repaired some 20 / 30 zipfiles which had missing files, like textures, credits and so on.

I am getting closer to be able to ''claim'' the downloads can be used as references.
But a warning is still on its place! Admins that take over my downloads, if you overwrite your files with mine, still be careful, if my zipfile is smaller than yours, please check your own zipfile, cause it could contain files that I miss !!!

Even better, if you find one or more, please sent them to:
diehard[takethispartout]@celticwarriors.net
so I can replace it on the website.

Now I need to find a way to host all the S3TC textures, maybe I am going to run it from home I don't know for that I need some 5 gigabyte of space.

Take a look in the download centre

 

March 26, 2005

Direct downloads enabled

Direct downloading from the HyperDM and Hyper.nl Crystal Castles servers has been enabled. This because the servers are usually empty while I still see failing login attempts from the server console.

However, because direct downloading is inefficient, time consuming and bandwidth wasting, I highly recommend of downloading and installing the files from this site. This is much faster because the files are compressed and the host is much faster. Read the included readme for installation instruction.

> Download HyperCoop file package
> Download HyperDM file package
> Download Hyper.nl Crystal Castles file package

 

March 26, 2005

Crystal Castles server updated

The Crystal Castles has been updated with the new release. Also the new map Berthilda's Castle has been added.

When you like to play, please download the updated file package.
It contains all files you need to play.

 

March 26, 2005

Crystal Castles 1.10 released

Asgard released an updated version of the Crystal Castles mod for Unreal.


Bozo at the forum:
Ok the first updated release for Crystal Castles for Unreal One is ready for prime time testing!!

Get the code here at this link. Overwrite the existing files.

Two new maps are listed below. NOTE: CC-DoomsDome was sort of soft released before but had some issues that needed correcting prior to the real release occurring - all changes were in code thus it is the same map so if you already have it then don't worry about downloading it again or having version conflicts.


CC-DoomsDome.

CC-BerthildasCastle MAP link.

I've got three more maps in the works right now. I also plan on updating the official website here shortly.

Read more at the forum

I will update my Crystal Castles server shortly with the new release.

 

March 22, 2005

Jurassic Monster Pack released

Asgard released the first public version of his Jurassic monster pack. The 3D models come from an old Jurassic demo but were never finished. Asgard created useful pawns (monsters) from it and released it as monster package for Unreal and UT.


Jurassic is a monster pack that comes with 9 new models of dinosaurs that were back in the jurassic age. Jurassic is a free to use monster pack that you can add to your maps or mods.
Some of the classes included are a T-rex, velociraptor, triceratops, pterodactyl and several others.
Due to their leathery skin these guys are tough. Best you get your running boots on or take the chance you become one of the hunted.

Jurassic is compatible with both Unreal 1 and UT and comes with all new sounds.

Download from Ammo.at/NaPali

 

March 20, 2005

Enhanced Unreal Server browser and GoldGuardian updated

The Enhanced Unreal Server Browser and the IP block list GoldGuardian have been updated.

Enhanced Unreal Server Browser 1.14 supports 2 new game types: A new MonsterMash version and a new Infiltration Standoff version.

GoldGuardian has been updated with a few new blocked IP's of Unreal 226 servers that crash Unreal Gold clients at connect.

Download them from my lab page.

 

March 19, 2005

Epic's message board is back

it has been years since Epic got a message board, but while scavenging the www I came across this new board. It's still under construction but already active. It does not have any of the old content of the Epic Megaboard.

http://epicboards.ign.com/

 

March 13, 2005

Wanted: S3TC Demo levels for the Unreal Re-Texturing project

For the Unreal Re-texturing project we are looking for the S3 demo levels that S3 made to showcase their S3TC technology. These levels have been available for download AND there is a S3TC demo CD that was bundled with the S3 Savage3D and maybe Savage4 graphics cards.

screenshot example

We've been looking for these levels for a long time, also in this thread at BeyondUnreal. I got the Egypt level, but the others are still missing.

There was a user called "Yellow5" who has the S3TC demo CD, but he never came back to upload the levels.

So, my questions are:

1.) Is there anyone who has the other S3TC demo levels? (other than Egypt and Ancient Future?)
2.) Do you have a S3 Savage type graphics card? If yes, can you please take a look at the installation CD if it contains any demo levels?
3.) Who knows the user "Yellow5"? Is there any way to contact him?

Because of the high resolution, the demo's are large. The S3TC project can supply an upload account for anyone with the missing levels to upload them.

Any info? Head over to the forum

 

March 9, 2005

New Legend of Vandora screenshot

Development on the Legend of Vandora project is still ongoing. Thesto Neroses posted a new screenshot in the forum, but it's uncertain if this map will make it to the final release:

 


Development is, as always, ongoing.

I am certain that we will have a Beta release for people to test before Duke Nukem Forever is released.

But, if you want a screenie - here is a concept design for one of the structures from a map about mid way through the game:

Please note - none of this has been finalised, so it is entirely possible that this map will be cut from the final release.

View screenshot | LoV website

March 4, 2005

Links page reviewed and updated

A few new sites have been added to the links page and a few other ones were dead so I removed those. While visiting those pages I came across some interesting things that did not make it to the news page yet:

> TheEmperorStalwartUK started work on a new project: Lands of the Sunspire. He also started another project called "Labyrinth of the Darkness", but that one was put on hold quickly after start.

UnrealSP.org:


TheEmperorStalwartUK's second new project, Lands of the Sunspire, begins as the player's escape pod crashes into a previously unseen section of the Sunspire. Instead of climbing the mountain, though, this time the player will be attempting to descend the mountain interior. Although the project isn't fully planned yet, the author says there will be up to "several" maps in the pack.

Forum thread @ UnrealSP.org

> Caro added two new Unreal MP3 music files to the site:

"Unreal World" and "Dusk" by J@m3s Col3 (tecker).

Download it from here

March 3, 2005

Website optimized again

The website has been optimized by moving number of Java scripts that are used in almost every page (Floating side bar) to separate files. This makes the pages a bit smaller.

March 3, 2005

Unreal Technology Information

I searched through Epic's Unreal Technology page and discovered that there is much more info there as appears on the first sight. Because I think this info might still be useful for developers, administrators and Unreal historians I made an easy index of all useful pages I found there. You can access it here.

Smirftsch: Can you mirror these pages at Unreal.epicgames.com in Unreal Reference? I would not be surprised if Epic decides to take this valuable info offline sooner or later.

March 2, 2005

Tip of the day

I added a small new feature to the site: the tip of the day. It randomly gives tips or nice facts about the game and the Unreal Universe. (It's located in the sidebar which only appears at larger windows than 800x600.)

Got a nice tip yourself? Post it in the forum!

February 24, 2005

OldUnreal needs help

After years of flawless service, Smirftsch of OldUnreal.com ran into financial trouble. Many sites link to OldUnreal's files directly and many users come to OldUnreal to download content like maps, so the costs of hosting the files have increased. His financial position also has been weakened due to a betrayal incident last year. Therefore, OldUnreal now accepts Paypal donations. If you like to donate or get some more details, click the link below.

OldUnreal needs help

Webmasters: When you have direct links to OldUnreal's files, you might consider hosting them on your own webspace instead. This might help to reduce the amount of used bandwidth a little.

February 19, 2005

H4X0R

What's this? Something to be afraid of? Something to laugh at? Scriptkiddies? Hackers? Crackers? Crashers? Vapourware? God knows. At least interesting keep watching.

Discussion @ OldUnreal.com

February 19, 2005

Connection speed increased

The ADSL connection to the servers has been upgraded. The new speed is 3200/768 KBit/s (was 2240/416 KBit/s) Note: For the server, only the lower upload speed is important)

February 19, 2005

Coop server instability

The HyperCoop server tends to get in some kind of eternal loop, causing the game to freeze while it burns all CPU cycles. With the just started Kyoto protocol, this is an unwanted situation. ;-) Therefore I'll restore the previous config and build forth from there.

February 15, 2005

S3TC article updated

ILan File nexus, the previous download source for the S3TC high resolution texture package is no longer online. There also have been a number of problems regarding this texture package. Therefore I updated my tips page with a new download location at Celtic Warriors' Unreal Retexturing Project site.

Read it at the tips page

Visit Celtic Warriors' S3TC project site.

View a demonstration screenshot of the S3TC technology.

February 14, 2005

Unreal and Unreal Gold available for download

Unreal Downloads is online again with Unreal and Unreal Gold available for download.

Unreal users: Do you want to get rid of those annoying console crashes? You might want to get Unreal Gold because it comes with the UT console.

Unreal Gold users: Do you want to host a server or make new maps? You might want to get Unreal 225 because Unreal Gold is incompatible.

Go to the downloads

February 8, 2005

Crystal Castles: Missing map

There was a map missing in the file package of Crystal Castles. It has been added. Players who already downloaded the pack can download the missing file here. (Unzip to your cache folder)

February 8, 2005

Hyper.nl Unreal Coop is now Hyper.nl Unreal Services

With the arrival of the new servers the old name did not fit the content anymore. Last two years I slowly expanded my Unreal services from only a coop server to a broader set of more and less useful services for the Unreal community. Therefore I renamed this site to Hyper.nl Unreal Services. Coop will still be the main focus because of the popularity of the HyperCoop server, but when I can get my hands on other interesting developments in the Unreal community, you'll find it here.

As you probably noticed, the Crystal Castles server is now online as well, there were a few problems with the accessibility (problem with the port numbers) but I hope it's solved now. The servers will keep running in a test state for one more week or something, and when it keeps running fine they'll be labelled final. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome in the forum.

February 7, 2005

Unreal Reloaded?

I came across an interesting topic at the Atari forums: there is a project started to re-create all Unreal levels in Unreal Tournament 2004. There are already a few screenshots, but note that it all is still 'work in progress' many things are still uncertain. Click the link for a few early screens.

February 3, 2005

Introducing HyperDM

As part of the project Behemoth, I introduce a new server: HyperDM. HyperDM is the deathmatch counterpart of HyperCoop: Deathmatch with monsters and many items to collect. It features the mods Aura, AKCoop2 and JTool3 in a deathmatch environment. I'm still configuring and fine tuning things, but you'll see a public beta server online from time to time. A second new server in development is Crystal Castles, but this one still needs a few files before I can put it online. Because the connection speed is still limited, the HyperCoop server still has some downtime.

Note: Before you can join the server you need to have the required files. These are available for download from the files page.

February 2, 2005

Downtime

The HyperCoop server is down for an upgrade.

January 30, 2005

Getting kicked from the server with illegal package errors?

Here is why: The server uses the security tool UProtect now. It checks for unknown client add-ons which might contain hacks / scripts or cheats. I posted a solution for users of 3rd party consoles who installed them to avoid the infamous 224-226f console crash: Unreal has a crash-free Window based console as well. Here is how to activate it.

January 27, 2005

Project Behemoth initiating

The Unreal community brought forth a large number of excellent additions to the game. Unfortunately, some of them have faded into shadow by lack of online support, capacity or simply because they were forgotten. I hope I can be able to bring one or more of these additions back to the online support by hosting new game servers.

This month ISP XS4ALL announced a bandwidth upgrade for all its ADSL customers, which allows me to start a new project to provide more services to the remaining Unreal community. This upgrade gives enough upload bandwidth to provide multiple servers with increased capacity. The theoretical bandwidth of 768 Kbit/sec allows 19 simultaneous player connections at ISDN speed. However, the real bandwidth will be lower, depending on the quality of the cable, the modem and the business of the internet.

Together with the extra bandwidth, the server hardware will be upgraded too. The CPU usage went quite high lately, because it runs many services like the HyperCoop server, the master server, a firewall, proxy server, web filtering and virus protection. Therefore the server will be upgraded to a 2.2 GHz AMD Athlon 64 processor (3500+), enough RAM (1024 MB) and a new architecture (nVidia nForce 4).

All servers will at least run Unreal 225 with Nephthys and UProtect to form a solid base. The first new server will be an Unreal Crystal Castles server because there are currently no other organisations providing this game type, and Crystal Castles simply deserves a permanent server. Other servers are being considered.

This project is going to be the largest Unreal project I ever started, and will take quite a lot of time and effort to complete. All servers have to be installed and configured, the bandwidth needs to get balanced and tested. Therefore there will probably be a lot of downtime during the project. Therefore I ask for your understanding. (Tip: Don't start saving a lot of frags when you play at the HyperCoop server, but use the GemDagger to 'buy' the lower items instead)

In this topic, the progress can be followed and ideas exchanged.

 

January 25, 2005

Unreal Encyclopaedia

In the UnrealService forum I found a link to a small Unreal encyclopaedia by Noailiat. It's probably not new but still worth a mention here.

UnrealAdmin.org:


Welcome to my encyclopaedia. For those of you bored enough to stumble in here, this document is an exhaustive account of all the places, people and major items mentioned in the "Kran's Fall" and "Nalipal Trilogy" canon. As well as information that can be gleaned directly from the so-far-released texts, this document contains connections between the stories that you may have missed, and teasers (but not major spoilers) for stories as yet unreleased. There is also a spattering of non-canon material within this text, but since it came "from the horse's mouth", you can treat it as official.

The encyclopaedia also makes reference to the texts in the Na'thali Library of Nali Scriptures, semi-canon text from the abortive map Above the Clouds, which followed one of our favourite Nali characters as he tries to liberate his sky island from a sudden incursion of Skaarj. For your reference, the texts of the Nali scriptures are included in Appendix I.

Any words in boldface are cross-references to other entries in the encyclopaedia; I'm sure they'll have you scrolling like crazy.

Enjoy!

Noailiat

Visit the encyclopaedia

January 24, 2005

Unreal Admin mailing list

UnrealAdmin.org started a new mailing list for Unreal, Unreal Tournament and Unreal 2 server administrators.

UnrealAdmin.org:


There is a new UT, Unreal, Unreal 2, Server admin mailing list available for developers and server admins to use freely. It was done as homage to Epic's Original list as well as to provide admin to admin support for new and old admins. This is a re-newed tool for the community so please use it to your advantage. It is moderated, so keep it civil.

Unreal 1 List:
http://lists.radservers.com/mailman/listinfo/u1_servers

Unreal 2 List:
http://lists.radservers.com/mailman/listinfo/u2_servers

UT List:
http://lists.radservers.com/mailman.../ut1999_servers

January 21, 2005

New Unreal remixes

Elisha released two more Unreal soundtrack remixes: Dig and The Dark Side of the Moon (Chizra)

Dig:


Always been a great fan of Unreal's music... I just had to arrange this one. Not my best work. I must admit. I put this together within a few hours. The main reason I worked on this was to make the track more available to listeners such as you. This is a melody which carries a load of sadness and desperation. It moves me in a way I can't describe. The song might appear unfinished to you. And I agree. But for some reason that's the way I want it to be.
enjoy it!

The Dark Side of the Moon:


This tune is dark.. very dark! You're alone and it is very cold... It feels like there's something lurking in the darkness and it's out to get you. You're trying to escape but there's no way out and you know you're doomed. And whenever there is a little bit of hope.. eventually you fall back in the endless darkness... Therefore this track has no real beginning and no real ending. If you listen closely with your eyes shut you just might see the story in front of you.
You will notice I kept the drums rather calm to achieve the desired effect. At some point a panflute is playing almost completely by itself to express the loneliness in this godforsaken place.
I made use of different types of echo and delay's for each layer to bring depth... expressing the far and endless way to redemption. For people who have heard the original track ("Chizra")... at some point you will barely recognize the original tune. I got lost in improvisation there...
But for most of the time the melody sticks pretty close to the original. I want Unreal fans to enjoy this as well as non-Unreal fans.
People who liked my first remix "Altered Atmosphere" will most likely enjoy this too. Those of you who expect hardcore and techno style beats are at the wrong place.
This is music to relax yourself with.

Available from the download page.

January 20, 2005

JCoop5 development is about to continue

It seems that Zombie received the rights to continue the development of Joss' JCoop5 gametype. Joss cancelled the development of JCoop5 after serious problems with her PC that leaded to data loss of the project. Zombie will continue on what's left of the beta and plans to include the features of his JCoop4 add-on: DZCoop.

Zombie wrote in the forum:


I'm currently soon to begin working on a JCoop5f (shocker? ) that will include most of my server's features, fixes, security improvements, and enhancements from my personal gametype add-on. Joss essentially gave me permission to take over finishing the JCoop project months ago through an e-mail ...just that I've held that off for other things.

I plan to shortly start some post threads on some common message boards regarding JCoop feature requests. When I do that you're welcome to invite anybody to come post their ideas and suggestions for a next release.

January 19, 2005

RTNP2Unreal beta release

Winged Unicorn released a new mod that allows the Return to Na Pali maps to be played in Unreal 225 and especially Unreal Coop. Note: it's a beta project and Winged will probably NOT make a final, but possibly others will continue the project.

Winged Unicorn:


This is only a little project I decided to do because I had a couple of hours free; therefore, I do NOT intend to go on with this, if anyone is interested (Zombie?) I could give out some hints on what to fix/complete. For now, think of it as a demonstration of how all those RTNP2U projects out there taking years to get completed are... ehm... well, you know. This thingy still needs some work, especially on the UPak package/dll separation (to be compatible with 224v clients too) and on the UWindow one. Nonetheless, it seems to be working great already - at least online

Download from LegendofVandora.net | Forum thread

January 14, 2005

Reconnecting after death no longer necessary

.:..: allowed me to use his ReceiveInventory mutator, which gives players their last inventory back when they respawn. This is the inventory that was saved during the last level switch. This makes reconnecting to re-get the inventory no longer necessary. Thankya .:..:!

January 12, 2005

OldUnreal OpenGL driver 2.1.0.8 beta for Unreal 226/Gold clients

Smirftsch released a new beta version of his OpenGL driver.

Release note from the OldUnreal forum:


Added a working version for UGold/226 - PLEASE REPORT BUGS HERE so that I can make it official asap.

Download OldUnreal.com

January 11, 2005

MonsterSpawn 2.02 released

Asgard updated his MonsterSpawn mod to v. 2.02.

What's new in version 2.02:


Added a collision check.. If the mapper changed the default Collision Size of any of the standard monsters, monsterspawn will alter its own monsters so they're now the same size as the ones the mapper altered.

Added configuration setting "AllowMonsterReplacement" which allows monsterspawn to be able to replace existing monsters with its own version. Default is true. Mainly this is so it can be turned off in case I've forgotten or haven't seen any other options the mapper may change in existing Monsters..

Download from Ammo.at/NaPali

January 10, 2005

Small updates

The Enhanced Unreal server browser has been updated to support the HyperCoop Master Server. It also had a few small changes.

I also updated the GoldGuardian IP list to block new 226f servers.

More info and download

January 7, 2005

Banlist

The number of banned players keeps rising. Some players probably think they will never get banned or don't even know that they are banned. Therefore I published my ban list at the forum.

Remember: when you play nice and apologise when you accidentally violate the basic playing rules you'll never get banned. You only get banned for serious or frequently violations.

Banned players

January 6, 2005

The Alchemist's Lab opening

The Alchemist's lab is a single place where my idea's, plans, research, releases and web services come together. It's the place where my projects take shape, or fade into shadows. It allows everyone interested to take a look what's going on, download releases and it gives a small look into future plans.

Take a look in the lab

January 6, 2005

Master server installer package

It turned out to be a lot more complicated than initially thought, but it's here: an installer package to get your own Unreal master server running. Due to a number of limitations I came across I had to include a process manager. This made the installation process more complicated. It's only meant for advanced users with knowledge about the windows registry, the Windows process manager, processes and editing .ini files. It's essential to read the instructions after unzipping.

Download Unreal MasterServer installer package

I hope I can offer a more user-friendly version in the future.

Update: For the }TCP{Whiner and other users who do not like .exe files, there is a non-self extracting, normal zip package available. *Click*. ;-)

January 5, 2005

Unreal Community Master Server

HyperCoop will from now on host a master server for the Unreal community. This master server can work parallel with other master servers like the well-known Gamespy master. The reason for multiple master servers is to avoid a single point of failure, as it currently exists: When the GameSpy.com master server should fail, there was nothing to replace it. Here are the details you need to use the new master server:

Master Server settings

December 31, 2004

Happy New Year

Another year passed by. 2004 was quite a stirring year for the Unreal community. In January, MCoop2 saw the light. It proved to be a stable and versatile mod for Unreal coop servers. In March, TentacleHunter released his Unreal coop map pack. Smirftsch launched the Unreal ReTexturing project in April. Progress has been made and the HighRes textures are now available for download. These are however, only the textures from UT, no new ones. In June I released GoldGuardian and 226fGuardian, a way to stop incompatible servers from crashing your Unreal client. 226fGuardian has now been discontinued, but GoldGuardian is still available and updated.
In July Winged Unicorn surprised the MCoop users with the release of AKMCoop2 together with the final release of MCoop2. In this month Winged Unicorn and Zora also released Kerberos, a highly needed security tool for Unreal servers. In August the HyperCoop server started using a secured version of the GemDagger mod by Boodaflow to stop the endless stream of thieves and robberies. This was also a month with much server downtime due to testing. However, the result of the testing was a more reliable server with higher uptimes and less crashes.
In October Zombie launched a new version of his Coop mutator DZMapMutator which brought a couple of new features like Monster Spawning and a monster kill requirement to stop rush-enders. At the same time, Asgard released his own MonsterSpawner, for both Unreal as Unreal Tournament. TheNerdNetwork offered me a new web host in November which allows HyperCoop to offer more content and reliability, now and in the future. At the end of 2004, Zora and Winged Unicorn released their ultimate Unreal server security tool Nephthys, which goes beyond any other tool like Kerberos.

For me 2004 was a successful year, and I hope it was a good year for you too. Enjoy New Year Eve and be careful with fireworks and/or alcohol.

I wish you all a prosperous and healthy 2005.

December 30, 2004

Forum back online

UnrealDestination brought the HyperCoop forum back online, and it's updated to be resistant to the Santy worm.

Visit the forum


December 28, 2004

Nephthys 1.0 final released

Winged Unicorn and Zora released their second Unreal server security tool: Nephthys. Nephthys is a server-side mod able to detect and automatically block DoS and DDoS attacks, with a couple of other neat features. Nephthys builds forth on the technology of Kerberos. It protects Unreal servers from many attacks like (distributed) repetitive join/query attacks, zombie bug attacks and fixes several bugs in the Unreal server network code. Nephthys also logs IP addresses and allows moderators to kick or ban players who cause problems. Nephthys is the first tool that is able to balance the server bandwidth between players and downloaders. In this way downloaders never have to cause any lag.

For the complete list of features, please read the included manual.

Download Nephthys from the files page.

December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas!


Image &#169; Unreal Service

The server runs the MML X-mas Mod for the time being. Enjoy!

December 21, 2004

Free trouble!

It seems the (PHPBB) forum host decided to go down. I currently don't have any other details but I'll keep you updated and I really hope it's back as quickly as possible.

Update: I heard that the (remote) host was attacked by hackers. The server owner is busy to restore normal operation. There is a recent backup available so everything can be restored without (much) data loss.

Update 2: (Dec. 22)
The forum is down because of a worm virus that attacked a flaw in the PHPBB board.

UnrealDestination.com:


Heya! Looks like we got the holes patched! We are taking this opportunity to redo the website, and add some kewl features. We were able to save our databases, but everything else was lost. Client forums will be restored before Christmas.
More information about the worm here: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5499725.html

December 18, 2004

Trillian 3.0 Final

Cerulean Studios released come with an early Christmas present: the final version of the communication client Trillian 3.0 is released!
Trillian 3.0 is a leap forward from the old free version 0.74 as it contains almost all features of the pro version. Trillian 3.0 basic and pro use the same pro GUI now. By default, the networks ICQ/MSN/AIM/YIM and IRC are supported. The Pro version adds support for Jabber, Rendezvous and GroupWise. To learn more about Trillian and the differences between the basic and pro versions, visit the link below.

Both the basic and the pro versions are free from ads, spyware or viruses.


Trillian: Communication without boundaries.

Download
Learn more
Trillian's developers weblog

December 11, 2004

Annoying login problems: Hopefully fixed now

I've been working on a fix for the problems that can happen after you login to the Unreal server:

  • Players get renamed to player and stripped from their inventories and score
  • Players get renamed to cheater and stripped from their inventories and score

I can not yet say for sure that it is fixed now, but I think it should be: There were a few configuration errors on the server which have been corrected. I also updated the gemdagger instruction with a fix for a possible 'cheater' problem.

I tested both fixes, and they seem to work, but because the problems did not always occur I can not be 100% sure yet.

December 4, 2004

Server uses quick-ender protection now

By popular demand I installed a small blockend mutator on the server. This blocks the end by default and releases it after some time. This time depends on the level that is running, because small levels require less time to play than big ones. There are also some popular levels like spirevillage that get some extra time with ender-protection because many players like to stay there to fight (spawning) monsters.

However, don't forget to keep asking before you end. Players might want to stay on a level even after the mutator released the end.

The timers per level are still being tweaked; you can see the current config in the forum.

December 2, 2004

Unreal: Return to Mars cancelled

I received the news that all development to the upcoming Unreal singleplayer / coop mission pack "Return to Mars" by TheEmperorStalwartUK has been discontinued. I don't know what will happen to the existing level(s) from the beta screenshots, but it's not very likely that they will be released.

For information about this map pack:

Visit the official Return to Mars webpage

November 30, 2004

UCrashGuard: Protect yourself from crashware

Some Unreal servers seem to use small utilities that can remotely crash your Unreal client. As client, you are unaware of which modifications you download from servers and what they do exactly. Unreal does not allow users to choose which mods to execute. It just downloads any mods that are installed on the server and executes them without security check. Almost all modifications are completely harmless, and bring new content and features to the game. But a few of them can execute console commands to remotely crash the client. UCrashGuard contains a number of fixed cache files that no longer can execute the 'crash' commands, so they can not harm your Unreal client anymore.

Available at the download page.

November 28, 2004

Celled mod available

Exiled released his new item/weapon/monster package called Celled.


Celd is pretty much a bunch of all my best script work. Not that this is my best mod...in fact, many of the things in here were inspired from mods such as "Amethyst" and my ExMods. Most of the monsters I extracted from Amethyst, and I furthered the Mystic weapons. Other stuff was just inspired by dreams...lol!

This is my second mod in which I've created conversions to all ten weapons (excluding the Minigun...for that I've made another QuadShot). I also created a replacer, since people who liked Amethyst complained that they had to use DZMapM to get the full effect, and it took too long to figure out.

Well, I hope you guys (and gals :P) have fun with this. I know I did!

Available at the download page.

November 22, 2004

Unreal RPG website opened

Xavious posted a message in the }TCP{ Forums that the website for the project Unreal RPG is opened.

Unreal RPG is a huge modification for the classic Unreal game, which came out in 1998. Since then, there has been hundreds of modifications, maps, skins, gametypes, weapons, items, and websites made for the game. This mod is the biggest yet, boasting at least 30 new maps, a whole new gameplay system, loads of new features, and complete online gameplay. Some of the new features this modification will have:
  • A town map, where you can purchase supplies and magic spells, you can train, rest at the inn, get quests, and you can get help from the residents of the town.
  • An intricate plot, which keeps the action moving along.
  • Quests, including the main quest, and loads of optional quests. These quests will be updated frequently.
  • Magic spells, which can be purchased at the shop, and can be cast upon your friends and foes. Magic spells will range from the traditional 'fireball' and 'heal,' to 'electrocute' and 'power up.'
  • A complete new interface, with menus, status screens, and a chat window, to chat privately with the various NPCs around the land, and other players.
  • A new gameplay system which, taking its roots from the original Unreal gameplay, allows you to cast magic spells and invokes whilst still firing with your weapons.
  • The DGS, or Dual Weapon System, allowing you to use a different gun in each hand, at any time.
  • At least 20 new weapons, ranging from traditional pistols and shotguns, to futuristic taser guns and explosives.
  • All the original enemies from Classic Unreal, plus a whole lot of new ones, including Magic Skaarj and TeleSkaarj.
  • Lots of minigames, which are played in between maps and quests, for special items and rewards.
  • A stats system, including Hit Points, Magic Points, Accuracy, Power, Luck, Experience Points, Magic Level, Magic Defence, Physical Defence and Intelligence.
  • Invokes, which are like passive magic spells (i.e. they are on all the time when activated, and gradually consume magic points).
  • Each invoke and magic spell will have its own level up system, and so get more powerful the more they are used.
  • The character generation system, which players will use to make a character to play on the game servers.

This will be the single biggest modification for Unreal. It may even be the biggest for any game ever. There is a lot of work to be done, and we don't expect a public release until some time next year. Until then, feel free to contact me [Xavious] if you have any questions, or would like to help out.


Visit website.

November 21, 2004

Pack 6 and DeadCity II available

".:..:" released his new package with monsters, weapons, items and some other stuff for Unreal1. He also released a new version of the popular map DeadCity: DeadCity II.


Yet another of these weird maps, map can be used for dm/teamgame/coopgame or whatever.
Apart of old DeadCity map, you can configure zombies (amount of zombies, their speed, damage etc...)
and level is new (of course) and little bit bigger than old one!

Available at the download page.

November 20, 2004

Enhanced Unreal server browser & GoldGuardian updated

My two projects Enhanced Unreal server browser and GoldGuardian have been updated. No big changes, only some fine-tuning to handle the new Unreal servers.

I also found a way to improve the lay-out of the browser with a small "exec" script. (view screenshot). It's not very usable yet, because it only works if executed after the browser is opened. When you have idea's to improve this and/or change it permanently, feel free to post them in the forum. Please note that client-side mutators possibly won't work to do this because they are not allowed on many Unreal servers :(

November 19, 2004

New host

AcidRain from The Nerd Network allowed me to use a hosting account at his high-quality gaming network. This allows me to serve you a more reliable website, with faster file transfers, and enough room for the future.

Thanks, your help is really appreciated!

November 15, 2004

News from OldUnreal

Smirftsch fixed the responsiveness of the OldUnreal forums, so it should be at acceptable speed for everyone now. The forum engine might be updated too soon.

He also posted a public beta version of OpenGL renderer 2.1.0.8 for Unreal 224, made with support of UTGLR.


with the help and sources from http://cwdohnal.home.mindspring.com/utglr/ it was possible to create a complete new renderer, with all functions provided by this most impressive renderer.
Find a public beta @ http://www.oldunreal.com/patch/OpenGlDrv2.1.0.8.zip

Download from OldUnreal.com

November 14, 2004

MonsterSpawn 1.01 released

Asgard updated his MonsterSpawn mod to version 1.01. MonsterSpawn is a Mutator designed to add just about any type of Monster to just about any type of Unreal 1 or Unreal Tournament type game.

Release notes:


Fixed so monsterspawn no longer destroys any existing monsters that were placed in by the mapper or perhaps another mod.. Only destroys remaining Monsters spawned by itself just before a new wave appears.. Mainly fixed for games such as coop.

Various bug fixes or safeties added.

To avoid monsters fighting each other a 5 second delay was put in between destroying a wave and the next wave spawning.. (To help stop a new wave monster being shot by a stray rocket or such from an already existing monster.)

New monsters are no longer spawned in front of doors, blocking the exit. However with extremely big doors such as a drawbridge they might still get in the way. Or they might decide to walk there.. O well such is the life of a monster, wait till respawn time.

Unreal monsters that have unreal1 weapons might be able to be used in UT. If they're modded weapons chances are they cant be used. (not tested in all game types) SkaarjTrooper and family should be fine. However if you're having probs don't add them. Unreal1 weapons cause UT grief.

Added Queen support, so monsterspawn's ver. of the queen can teleport.
add monsterspawn.queen2 to your list.

Download from ammo.at/napali

October 31, 2004

DZMapM mutator 2.0 released (Updated)

Zombie released a new version of his coop mutator DZMapM.


DZMapM is a coop Map Mutator originally designed to fix COop levels that typically get blocked by players. It also supports great features such as automated customizable map sequencing, customizable Item/Weapon/LevelPawn replacing, customizable DropWhenKilled, customizable MonsterSpawner, Pawn-Spawn Inventory, customizable startoff translator message, and more.

New in version 2.0:


* The mutator now ONLY works as a true mutator. No more Global server actor run mode. This was necessary to optimize some of the routines.
* Added RTNP map fixes (aka. Previously RTNPMute - RTNP Fix Mute). This makes normal RTNP maps playable online without needing re-released fixed maps (ONLY for version 226Gold).
* ItemReplacer and DropWhenKilled can be set to only replace/change at level start rather then continuously. (bLevelStartOnly option)
* ItemReplacer now has the options 'ActionOnEvery' and 'ActionMaxNumber'. If you've ever used WMutate from }TCP{Wolf then you should already know how that works, otherwise read the packaged readme.
* Added Special optional 'Monster Kill Requirement' mode. Players must kill more then 80% of the total monsters in the level before the end is enabled. Also includes an 'MKRBackupEndMinutes' timer in case the 80% cannot be met within reasonable time.
* Added a MonsterSpawner as a brand new feature. Users can control how many monsters spawn at level startup, how fast they respawn, random spawns from list, and more. (ReadMe for details)
* Better error logging and replacing internal unreal actors with other internal actors. This simplifies replacing when the ReplaceWithClass actor comes from the normal 'Unreali' or 'UnrealShare' packages.
* LevelRecycle option removed. New custom MapSequence configuration now replaces it.
* Fixed an infamous well-known native Unreal bug caused from spawning carcasses that results in a server crash (250 call CheckReplacment 0000 Infinite recursion).
* Configurable psInventory (Pawn Spawn Inventory) classes. Spawn pawns from a host pawn after death. Users assign the psInventory classes to monster pawns using the PawnDWKChanger.

Update: Unfortunately a tiny bug slipped by testing so Zombie decided to release a quick update to a 2.01 version.

Version 2.01 Change:

* Fixed a minor bug with TriggeredDeath actors in a couple maps while 'MonsterKillRequirement' mode was enabled.

Download from CooperativeWhores

October 29, 2004

Forum back online

The forum is back online.

October 28, 2004

New Screenshots

The Unreal Environment page has been blessed with a stunning collection of new screenshots. It's a selection of the best pictures I took during my journey through the Unreal Universe last year. It includes screenshots of my server, as well as other servers: Coop, Deathmatch, Crystal Castles but also single player mode with some special effects :). All new images are in high resolution (1280x960), using the OldUnreal OpenGL driver with high resolution textures.

October 27, 2004

Forum trouble / new monster pack

Forum trouble: There are some technical issues with the forum. Therefore you can not view or post messages. The host at UnrealDestination.com has been informed and he's analysing the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience.

New monster pack: Sephiroth released a small monster package called Hunters. It contains 12 modified monsters. It's available from the download page.

October 26, 2004

Music section updated

The music section has been updated with 2 new remixes:

Neve's Crossing: a remix of Neve's Crossing from Return to NaPali by Elisha and Stratosphere: a remix of NightVision by Prievert.

October 21, 2004

MonsterSpawn Unreal + UT mutator released

Asgard released a new mod for Unreal and UT: MonsterSpawn is a Mutator designed to add just about any type of Monster to just about any type of Unreal 1 or Unreal Tournament type game.

Features include adding Modded Monsters or Standard Unreal Monsters. Monsters can be set to respawn after the amount of time you choose, starting a new wave of monster attacks. Up to 25 monsters at a time of your choice can be added to any map of a possible 60 random choices from 3 monster lists. Monsters always Spawn in random places. You make your own lists or comes with lists pre-configured.

Add monsters to CTF, DM type games, Co-op etc. Try holding onto that flag with a bunch of Skaarj chasing you down, or adding new or Extra monsters to co-op style game etc.

http://ammo.at/napali

October 19, 2004

Uncertainty about the high resolution texture package

Several users have had problems after downloading and installing the high resolution texture package originating from ILan File Nexus. There seem to be different versions of the high resolution textures from the UT CD 2 and some might give problems. My own experience with the highres textures from UT GotY CD 2 is quite well, some files gave problems online, but after removing the conflicting textures and restoring the original ones of the concerning textures it works nice now. There is a discussion going on about this matter at the OldUnreal forum. Feel free to post your experiences if you have any. Until it's clear where the problems come from I advise you to keep your backup of your original texture folder, and restore original texture files if needed.

October 18, 2004

Site revised


Website: Parts of the site have been updated with the latest information. Some download locations that were no longer working have been repaired. I also added a few more mirror locations of the files there.
Many Unreal clans and websites have been faded into shadow. I tried every link and the ones giving a 404 have been removed. If your site was temporarily down and has incorrectly been removed from the links page, feel free to drop me a mail. I'll add your site as quickly as possible.
While browsing through the unreal sites I found quite a big number of new sites. They have been added to the links, so feel free to take a look.
Server: The server crashed a few times because of a bug. (For insiders: a variant of the Unreal Carcass bug) Because this is a known bug it could easily be fixed with a small change in the server software.

October 13, 2004

NGI is back to Unreal!

Every die-hard Unrealer probably knows that NGI.it hosted a number of high quality deathmatch servers in the past. Unfortunately, these servers went offline after Unreal Tournament became popular, and stayed offline for years.

Until now. NGI is back with a rock solid DM server and it's here to stay!


Mail from NGI:


Hi there,

I found a very old thread you posted on our forums requesting new NGI
server for Unreal.

I thought you'd be happy to know we put NGI historical Unreal 1 server back
online today.

You can find it here: http://www.ngi.it/serverbrowser3.php?s=148

Hope you still play Unreal!

Kind regards,

Connect and play

October 11, 2004

Login problem fixed

There was a problem with a few (non-pathnoded) maps like Trench. When a player tried to connect the message "The class you've chosen is not available at the moment." appeared. I received a few complaints about this, but I wrongly diagnosed it as a similar problem where you can't play as monster on these maps. Sorry for this. When I tried it myself I confirmed that even playing as human was impossible.

The problem is now reported and fixed, so playing as human on these "non-pathnoded" maps is possible again.

September 30, 2004

Scheduled downtime

Server downtime

The server will be unavailable from 4 to 7 October, because I'll be visiting an external software course. Also, at the moment I write this, the server is down because of testing and re-configuring. This might take one or a few days.

Online server status

The online server status is temporarily unavailable. One mirror is closed due to enormous damage caused by hurricane Jeanne, the other is down for unknown reason. I'm getting one or two more mirrors but it will take some time to apply.

September 16, 2004

New forum

Winged Unicorn wrote me that he is going to discontinue his forum. His host is giving problems, and Winged is focussing more and more on the newer generation Unreal Engine with the Legend of Vandora. Therefore, the forum has been transformed to a HyperCoop forum, but still with a part for discussion about Winged Unicorn's tremendous work for Unreal 1. MCoop is no longer officially supported, but users are still encouraged to help each other, discuss features or problems.

BrakeDanceJ from Unreal Destination was so kind to offer free bannerless forum hosting, so the forum is at a new host now. Thank you, BrakeDanceJ!
Your user accounts and the majority of the postings have been converted. However, some posts have been moved or removed in a cleaning operation.

The forum is still under construction and a few things might be changed.

August 28, 2004

Server news

The current configuration of the server runs quite well, and has been backupped and labelled as "stable". This does not mean that it will never freeze or crash, but it's definitely an improvement over previous configurations. (There are still many bugs in Unreal and the server uses a lot of custom add-ons which also may and do contain bugs, so it will never become 100% stable)

Monster players no longer get a GemDagger because this could cause security conflicts. You will no longer undeservedly get renamed to cheater when you play with a monster name.

Important: Some players have been using my player name or one of its variations. Of course it's nice to see that some of you admire me so much that they want to be me, (insert big roll eyes smiley here), but this behaviour is definitely not wanted. Therefore the IP addresses of those players have been banned with a firewall.

August 27, 2004

GoldGuardian updated


The GoldGuardian IP block list (to block 226f servers from crashing your Unreal Gold client) has been updated. There are a number of new 226f servers added, and the IP ranges for a few servers with a dynamic IP are updated.
More info, screenshots and download

August 25, 2004

What's going on at the server?


Yes, there has been a hell of a lot of testing, updates, changes and tweaks last few months. But there are some good results. The number of crashes and freezes has been dramatically reduced, and the security has improved. The OS has been reinstalled, with a more stable firewall and DOS protection. There are still a number of smaller problems, and there will probably always be some problems, but at least there is a good base configuration to start from. When I don't find any new problems, I expect longer uptimes and less resets for the coming time.
Latest update: several possible sources of lag and disconnects eliminated.

August 22, 2004

ECoop2 beta

Smartball released a first beta version of his EnhancedCoop 2.0 game type. It's based on EnhancedDM 2, but then for coop. There is no ECoop1, and ECoop has nothing to do with MCoop. Visit Smartball's Forum to download.

August 20, 2004

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August 15, 2004

Gemdagger password problem workaround


Some players reported to not receive a GemDagger, even when they set a password in User.ini. When this happens to you, you can log in with the console command:
open hyper.xs4all.nl?password=YourPassword
Where YourPassword is your password. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The instruction has been updated with the new workaround.

August 14, 2004

Password security enabled for the GemDagger mod


Boodaflow's GemDagger has been updated with password security. This should stop thieves from stealing your inventory. To use the new GemDagger, you need to set a password in User.ini. Please read this instruction for details and more info about the GemDagger mod.
Update: Some players reported a problem that the password security does not work correctly for them. This is being investigated.
When you know what this problem is, plz send me an e-mail. (address at the bottom of this page)

July 28, 2004

GoldGuardian updated / 226fGuardian discontinued


The GoldGuardian IP block list (to block 226f servers from crashing your Unreal Gold client) has been updated. There are a number of new 226f servers added, and a few removed who recently converted to 225f. (Thank you)
More info, screenshots and download
The 226fGuardian is now discontinued: It's too much work to maintain 2 lists, and 226f users can easily avoid the problem by converting their clients to 224v or 225f.
July 21, 2004

Unreal Service's resurrection


After serious problems with it's hosting, The Polish Unreal Service is back online again. Unreal Service is one of the best websites dedicated to Unreal. Micro found a new host and restored most of the site from backup. However, around 200 MB of data is lost.
The move to the new host is also a starting point for unreal Service to start with English content:
(There might be some language errors, because everything has to be translated from Polish to English)
Unreal Service is standing up again

For some mysterious reason, my old admin (or someone by his way) have deleted most stuff from old location of Unreal Service. Therefore, there is no unreal.ebox.pl anymore. So much was happened... This news was very sad for me and all of us who were here since 2000.
I have spent lot of time to recover my four-years work. However, Unreal Service is still incomplete, but ready to get up and shine again. New address, new faster server with more features, forums recovered, more disk space, and... yes - it will include English language from now on. I'll try to translate everything as fast as I can; I guess I can say this is the biggest Unreal 1 compendium on the whole world. Tons of texts, tutorials etc. That means I can't do this relatively fast, so if some of You know English and Polish, I am waiting for You and for sure Unreal community will be very grateful (um.. perhaps it would be much better if someone else can translate my texts.. I am making terrible mistakes :P). I can't offer much, cause this is not commercial service, I've never and will not earn money with Unreal Service. My movie and my work so far is everything I can give to my Guests... oh... I forgot ;) check out my DOWNLOAD section, about 1,3GB of files, attention, ONLY for Unreal 1 :) all free, just for You :)

Well, that's it. Update Your bookmarks if necessary, feel like a part of all our Unreal 1 family :)
Unreal Service was violently killed, but it is standing up again, much stronger than ever before. Unreal 1 glory and his fans will be alive forever.

The new address of Unreal Service is now: http://www.unrealservice.com/

July 19, 2004

Kerberos 1.3 Public release


Winged Unicorn and Zora released their Unreal network security tool to the public.
"Kerberos is a server-side mod able to detect and automatically block DoS and DDoS attacks, with a couple of other neat features :) Due to the lack of support from Epic and UTPG, we decided to create this tool to protect the remaining U1 servers from the constant malicious attacks."
  • Mutator solution: it can be combined with any game type and any other server mods running simultaneously.
  • Pure server-side mod: the client does NOT need to download anything nor does even know that there's a security running.
  • Ban list may ban IP or IP range.
  • Ban blocks a client before PreLogin, so banned clients can't even download stuff from server and thus causing lag.
  • Bans may block the client's server query as well so the server becomes invisible to the banned client.
  • Automatic logging of IPs and names (IP ranges supported too).
  • Special handling for DoS attacks (fast query attack + fast connect attack), which result in automatic ban.
  • Special handling for DDoS attacks (fast query attack + fast connect attack), which result in a temporary block of all new connections.
  • Special handling for multiple fast logins, resulting in a DoS attacks and thus in automatic ban.
  • Remote admin control.
  • Fixed UDP server query mod to block DoS request on server's query port.
  • Logging of banned login requests and/or query requests.
  • Additional server rules to display at advanced game clients (GameSpy, QTracker).
  • Player rules may report bots, spectators and cameras additional to real players.
  • Auto-closing multiple connections to same player to avoid server lag with reconnecting fast client computers.
  • Server->client download maybe disabled completely or partly (restricted by max. package size) during game play.


Download
July 12, 2004

AKMCoop2 updated


Winged's AKMCoop2 has been updated to version 2.01. This release fixes a small problem with the nester playerpawn in coop games.
* Nester now spawns a Pupae child which will attack scripted enemies in the Coop gametype.

Download at the MCoop2 forum
July 10, 2004

Enhanced Unreal Server Browser updated


My Enhanced Unreal Server browser has been updated to version 1.11. This release supports one more gametype: AssualtProDM.
Details and instructions are available in the included readme.txt.
Go to the download page for more info.
July 9, 2004

MCoop 2.3 Final and AKMCoop 2.0 released!

Just when everyone expected AKMCoop to be dead, Winged Unicorn released an all new AKMCoop 2.0. AKMCoop 2.0 is an expansion for MCoop 2.3 and uses AKCoop 2.


New MCoop 2.3 features:

* Dramatically enhanced support for third part mods (pawns lists, login mutators)
* Removed HorseFly carcass
* Many smaller fixes and improvements

This is most likely the FINAL version... MonsterCoop development is officially closed. Many thanks to
all the beta testers and the people mentioned in the credits section for their support up to now! :)

New AKCoop 2.0 features:

* Based on Asgard's AKCoop2 mutator
* One new pawn: the Spit Fire
* Complete integration with MCoop v2.3
* Complete support for AKCoop and AKCoop2
* Ability to load AKCoop2's skins client-side
* Tons of bug fixes and general improvements since the previous version

The server will be upgraded as soon as possible to support the new gametypes.

For more info, visit Winged unicorn's Forum

Thank you Winged, for this awesome surprise!

 

July 2, 2004

Testing going on at the server

Some new mods are being tested the server. Expect some downtime and restarts from time to time.

June 21, 2004

GoldGuardian and 226fGuardian

I updated GoldGuardian to block more IP's of known Unreal 226f servers. Meanwhile the work on the first version of 226fGuardian has finished.

More info, screenshots and download

Important: To all Unreal 226f client users: I advise you to DOWNGRADE to Unreal 224v or Unreal 225f instead of using Unreal 226f with 226fGuardian. Unreal 224v makes a very strong and compatible client when you use OldUnreal's OpenGL deriver for Unreal 224. This gives you the best possible display quality in OpenGL. You can also use Unreal 225f with Glide. When you have a GeForce or Radeon type of graphics card you can use the Glide Wrapper to play Unreal in Glide mode on these cards. When you have a 3DFX card, you don't need this wrapper because all 3DFX cards support Glide natively.
Unreal 224v and 225v are highly compatible, and can connect to all servers, including Unreal 226f servers and Unreal Gold servers with UPAK disabled.

June 21, 2004

Bad search results

Due to an incompatibility issue between a java script on my site and Google, many pages have been removed from the Google search index. The script has been removed, and hopefully Google will re-index the pages quickly.

June 18, 2004

GemDagger removed


It's over. Because of large scale cheating and stealing I decided to remove the popular GemDagger mod from my server. You may thank all lamers for this.
There is a chance however that there will be a more secure GemDagger version, and when that's going to be it will certainly be re-introduced.
June 13, 2004

Introducing GoldGuardian


GoldGuardian is my next evolutionary step against 226f servers. It protects unreal Gold clients from the crashes and version conflicts caused by crappy 226f servers.
Unreal Gold and Unreal 226f are network incompatible with each other. When you connect a 226f server with a Gold client, or vice versa, the client gets a crash to desktop. (general protection fault) Because of this problem server administrators are advised to avoid to use Unreal 226f and Gold for servers. Some admins however are unwilling or not aware of the problem and keep using the 226/Gold servers.

GoldGuardian is a known IP block list to block Unreal 226f servers. It works with the P2P IP filtering tool ProtoWall.

More info, screenshots and download
May 30, 2004

More monsters, higher difficulty


The server settings are changed now.
  • More monsters: more monsters will be spawned in the game.
  • Tougher monsters: in some levels, Titans and Warlords can be spawned, with much health.
  • No more free JSpeed. To stop players from rushing through the levels, JSpeed is only available from the GemDagger shop. It costs 25 frags and only lasts for one level.
  • New players get a free AmpRifle now.
May 26, 2004

About thieves and other lamers


It is DEFINITELY not allowed to steal other players' inventories/frags. All used names and IP addresses are logged, so if you are victim of a thief, you may report him and then I can ban him. When you want to report a thief, you need to provide the following information:
1. The IP address or IP range you use when you connect to my server.
2. Your player name.
3. The player name(s) of the thief.
You can only report a thief when you never gave others permission to use your name, otherwise innocent players might get banned.
If you want to report an other lamer, provide as much details and proof (screenshots, log files) as possible. I certainly can not handle undocumented ban requests.
May 26, 2004

Special characters to your name


Many players asked me how to make a name with special characters. A name with special characters can help a little against thieves who use your name to steal frags and inventories. Here it goes:
Note: I translated the options from a Dutch version of Windows 2000, so it might be a little different on your computer.

1. Open charmap (character map, special characters etc.)
2. Tick the advanced display option
3. Set the character set to Windows: Western (Important: default display is Unicode, which does NOT work with unreal.)
4. Select the characters you need for your name.
5. Make your new name. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE FIRST AND LAST CHARACTER ARE NORMAL LETTERS or you will be auto-kicked from many DM servers. Example: Pl&#224;&#253;&#234;r.
6. Copy the name into your User.ini, click save as, and make sure you set the coding to ASCII, NOT unicode.
7. Make your User.ini read only. (right-click on User.ini, tick read only and click OK) You need to make it read-only or unreal will convert it to unreadable Unicode. When it's read only, you can not save User.ini settings from Unreal, so be sure you set your preferences before you take a name with special characters.
May 20, 2004

High resolution textures


eXTerminator passed me a link to the ILan File Nexus, where you can download the high resolution (S3TC)textures that come with the 2nd Unreal Tournament CD-ROM. These textures can also be used in Unreal. In order to use the S3TC textures, you need a graphics card that supports S3TC. (All S3 Savage, nVidia GeForce and ATI Radeon cards do)
How to get them into Unreal?
  1. First, download the textures (526 MB) >Tip: Use a download resuming tool like GetRight
  2. Then download OldUnreal's OpenGL driver 2.1.0.7. This includes the texture conversion utility
  3. Convert the textures (Included readme.txt for instructions)
  4. Install the OpenGL driver
  5. Set the advanced OpenGL options in Unreal or Unreal.ini (See opengl-install.txt for instructions (if the file is not readable, copy/paste the contents into MSWord)
  6. Enjoy Unreal in ultra-high detail!(screenshots)

Update: I forgot to add some important notes:
  1. After the conversion select the textures which connected to Unreal1 (which exists in the textures folder of Unreal1)
  2. Only overwrite those textures which have a bigger size than the original ones!
  3. Don't overwrite Liquids.utx and UWindowFonts.utx

If someone can mirror the file, plz do so. But remember, it's 526 MB, so you need much storage space and data transfer.
May 19, 2004

Return to mars


TheEmperorStalwartUK opened a website for his upcoming Unreal map pack: Return to Mars

Unreal: Return To Mars is a fan-made sequel to Unreal and carries on the journey of Prisoner 849 and it takes place after Return To Na Pali.
Return To Mars Features:
  • New enemies: Return To Mars includes many new enemies to fight, including the SkaarjGrenadier, The LesserTitan and the IceMercenaries.
  • New weapons: Return To Mars will also include a few new weapons including the QuadShot and BruteRocketPistol as well as an Automag that features the twirling animation.
  • New Items: It will also include a few new items to pickup including the OxygenCylinder which lets you breathe in space and in low oxygen areas of Mars and the SuperShield which gives a whopping 1000 armor points!
  • 28 levels to explore and original Intro and Extro maps.
  • New textures and sounds.
  • Return To Mars will also feature Return To Na Pali music and 2 of it's pawns: The Spinner and Predator (Some call it the PackHunter.)
  • Plenty of new death messages.
  • Unreal: Return To Mars will also require Unreal, Unreal: Return To Na Pali or Unreal Gold


www.ReturnToMars.co.uk
May 8, 2004

Introducing the GemDagger


Boodaflow, the author of the Aura mod, allowed me to use his latest mod: the GemDagger. The GemDagger works like a shop: it allows you to buy items from the frags you make. It also saves your score, allowing it to build up during your travel through the Unreal universe.
Read the instructions at my Tips page.
May 7, 2004

Enhanced Unreal Server Browser updated


My Enhanced Unreal Server browser has been updated to version 1.10. This release supports more gametypes, including }TCP{Wolf's Domination.
Details and instructions are available in the included readme.txt.
Go to the download page for more info.
May 4, 2004

AKCoop2 has been released


Asgard finally released AKCoop2 after a long beta stage. I hope all bugs are squeezed now. :p
Download it at Ammo At NaPali
April 10, 2004

Player name change


For security reasons I decided to add some non-standard characters to my players' name, so it will look a bit different. :)
April 2, 2004

Unreal re-texturing project


Smirftsch started a new project for Unreal, to replace the low resolution textures of Unreal with high resolution S3TC textures. The project continues on the high res. S3TC textures of the second Unreal CD which can be converted to Unreal. But not every Unreal textures is available in high res. on the UT cd, so this project aims to make the missing textures. If you can help with the project or a part of it, please leave a message in the OldUnreal Forum thread.
In the (OldUnreal) forums there is a thread existing in which we talk about a big project for Unreal. An idea to replace the current textures of Unreal with the S3TC (high-resolution, true color based textures in easy words). For this project we'd need a lot of people who can handle graphics, who are able to create some art which is in true Unreal-Style, as well as someone to make new skins and weapon graphics to replace these as well. The goal is to make Unreal even compared to new stuff again to one of the most beautiful games around.
March 23, 2004

Download page updated


I added the Unreal patches to the download page, including the new patches, some old beta patches and OldUnreal's OpenGL patches.
March 21, 2004

Server news


The server has been updated with a workaround for a bug in Unreal that is causing crashes for a long time. After a few days the server is much more stable. Winged Unicorn: Thanks for the fix!
Zombie made a small mod to add a custom translator messenger to the players' translators. I use it to display a welcome / rules-of-the-game message. If you are interested: It's available for download on the files page.
March 21, 2004

TentacleHunter's map pack 1 released.


TentacleHunter released his Unreal Coop map pack part 1. All maps are now compatible with Unreal 224/225/226/Gold. The maps can be downloaded from the files section.
March 7, 2004

Enhanced Unreal Server Browser updated


My Enhanced Unreal Server browser has been updated to version 1.09. This release supports more gametypes. Go to the download page for more info.
February 29, 2004

Unreal Service in English?


Unreal Service may be unknown to many of you, but it's one of the best Unreal sites out there. The main problem is that it's currently only in Polish language. Now the webmaster (Micro) considers translating it. You can vote for an English site on his main page. (scroll down to the poll section and submit your vote)
If you can help with the translation, please contact Micro.
February 27, 2004

Site updates


The download section has been blessed with new content. Check it out!
Also, the site is being reconstructed, for a better navigation with both high and low resolutions.
February 25, 2004

Forum available again


Winged managed to move the forum to a new location, because the old one was broken.
February 24, 2004

Downtime of the forum


For some unknown reason, Winged Unicorn's forum is down. Sorry for the inconvenience.
February 1, 2004

Your opinion of the server.


Please let me know what you think of this server and what you like or do not like. Give your opinion in this forum thread. (Registering is optional)
January 29, 2004

Custom Maps.


Because I was getting bored with the default maps, the server now uses 3 custom map packs:

ShamuQuest I, ShamuQuest II and Tower of Shrakith'a The server will cycle through the normal maps and the custom map packs.
Get the maps at the download page.
January 25, 2004

MCoop2 Final released + server updated.

Winged Unicorn finally released the second version of the MonsterCoop mod for Unreal. Download the full version at Winged's new forum. My server has been updated and runs MCoop2 final now. Get my updated file package here.


What's new? (Yep, that's quite a lot!)


Dramatically improved pawns (they have been completely re-written from scratch)
Four new pawns: Baby Cow, Biter Fish, Horse Fly and Squid
Four built-in game types: DeathMatch, Team DeathMatch, Coop and MonsterCoop
Customizable HUD and Scoreboards
New client-side menus (for non Gold users)
New client-side OpenGL fix
New dynamic NetSpeed/MaxClientRate adjuster

New ability to run custom scripts at game start
New spam filter
New fast-login protection
New custom inventory handler
New item respawning handler
New map lists handler (with timers)
Improved chat logger / filter
Improved IP logger / banner

Designed to be played online, but also playable offline
Compatibility with any Unreal version (from 224 to Gold) running under Windows/Wine
Added support for external mods (i.e. AKCoop or Aura)
Great support for new custom add-ons and mods
Tons of bug fixes and general improvements
January 21, 2004

Unreal 1 style mod for UT200x

Winged Unicorn announced a new project: The Legend of Vandora, a modification for Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004. It will take place in the Universe of the best game ever, Unreal ;) and support cooperative play.


So I guess you want to know what this modification is all about eh? Well, it's an Unreal 1 based coop/single player modification with a big emphasis on coop. I guess you want to know what we mean with Unreal 1 right? Well, we will use the rich universe which is Unreal 1. The story takes place after the events of the mission pack 'Return To Na Pali'. The stories of Unreal Tournament, Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal 2 will not be used for this mod. We feel they ruined the Unreal universe so that's why we stick with the Unreal 1 universe.

I can already hear you thinking "oh great, Unreal 1 with upgraded visuals"... well that's not what we are aiming for. We will take a lot of the elements from Unreal 1 and expand them. Here are some examples of what we wish to include:
- vehicles
- aircrafts
- play as monsters
- totally new weapons
- custom Unreal 1 style music
- non-linear levels
- and of course a lot more

Here some screenshots of a concept map. For more screens, visit the project site.

January 18, 2004

Legend Entertainment closing


According to BeyondUnreal.com, Atari has shut down operations at Wheel of Time and Unreal II: The Awakening developer Legend Entertainment.
As we all know, our friends at Legend Entertainment, creators of such Unreal Engine titles as Unreal: Return to Na Pali, Wheel of Time, Unreal 2 and most recently XMP have been closed down by Atari. I'm not sure what Atari plans to do with continuing support for XMP, but the LE team and us Beta testers will push out one last official patch.

The patch will be released with the updated XMP Community Bonus Pack. The pack will provide new maps and the patch does fix several bugs and add new features. Stay tuned to BeyondUnreal for the release.

Update: Glen Dahlgren has posted on ShackNews confirming the sad news.
We're very sad to see this happen too. It was a bit of a surprise to all of us. Legend had a lot of talented people, and it's a damn shame that we won't be together to make our next game.

I'm glad to see that people remember our roots. I designed (or co-designed) Gateway I & II and Death Gate long before Wheel of Time and Unreal II, and I've got a fond place in my heart for the old adventures.

Thanks for the support.

January 5, 2004

Unreal 227 petition


The good people of NewUnreal.com made a petition for an Unreal 227 patch.
To: Epic Games
We would like Epic to make Unreal Platinum. Very similar to Unreal Gold; however, we would like you to fix the holes and bug fixes in the engine. Also, we would like Unreal Platinum to be a new version of Unreal; maybe 227.

Sign the petition
December 31, 2003

Happy New Year


I wish you all a very healthy and happy 2004!
December 25, 2003

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from The Netherlands! I Hope you have a very nice holiday and a great New Year! May all of your wishes come true.
December 9, 2003

Aura updated


The Aura mod has been updated. This is a maintenance release. Get the updated file package at the files page.
November 30, 2003

Crashes...


Since the previous update I experienced an awful amount of crashes. Research indicates that the device that can make you shrink is the cause. This device (BRM) was given as default inventory item to all monster players during the previous update.
I removed it and the server seems to be more stable now.
Thanks Winged Unicorn for the crash analysis!
November 27, 2003

New game settings


Monsters
  • The DeathTentacles are back
  • DemonSkaarj added
  • The DevilFishes are replaced by Jaws (Aura)


The playability of the monsterPlayers is improved. MonsterPlayers now get:
  • A re-usable DeathMine Dispenser
  • A device that can make you shrink, which makes you harder to hit and allowing you to reach new places
  • Two Holy HandGrenades
  • The KrallGuard: A new prototype device by the Krall


These devices are no longer available to the human players.
November 21, 2003

Links section updated


I totally revised the Unreal sites page, and now it's the largest Unreal 1 links section currently existing.
November 19, 2003

Old Unreal Techdemo


TheEmperorStalwartUK alerted me that he found an old Technology demo from 1995. Because all download links are dead I added it to my download page.
Meanwhile I'm tweaking this site some more. More details can be found in the forum.
November 16, 2003

AKCoop 2


The server runs AKCoop2 now. The file package is updated with the new cache files.
Removed due to copyright issues. Until AKCoop2 is updated I'll stay with AKCoop1.
November 15, 2003

Unreal Beta section opened


I added a section about Unreal Beta. It is taken from Epic's Unreal page from 1996.
October 31, 2003

New server / Upgraded connection


The server has been upgraded to one with a 1.70 GHz Pentium 4 processor and 768 MB of RDRAM.
My ADSL connection has been upgraded too. From 768/128 to 1024/320 Kbit/s (downstream / upstream)

I hope this will increase the overall player experience of the game.

Meanwhile the development of MCoop2 (by Winged Unicorn) is making much progress. At the moment I write this Beta 10 is available to the beta testers.
October 3, 2003

MCoop2 public beta testing started

* NEU NEW NUEVO NOUVEAU NIEUW *

After months of development Winged Unicorn decided that MCoop2 is ready for a public beta test. As I did with MCoop1 beta, I'll also test the beta's on my server. If you find any bugs or have comments regarding the new MCoop, feel free to post it in Winged's Forum.

September 26, 2003

Updated Aura pack (2)


The AuraPack is updated again. Prepare to find many never seen before weapons and items, and lots of others are updated.
As always: Download the new package here.
To meet the wishes of the 56K users I disabled my add-on music.
Upcoming updates:
  • Possibly more Aura updates, but Boodaflow is working towards a final version.
  • MCoop 2.0
    These mods will be added to the file package when they are released.
  • Return to NaPali coop map pack
  • Return to NaPali music pack
September 24, 2003

Updated Aura pack


I received the latest and greatest Aura pack from Boodaflow. As always: Download the new package here.
August 24, 2003

New music, new screenshot gallery and future updates.


New music has been added to the game. Thanks }TCP{Wolf for the updated SUSongPlayer!
Before you can join you need to get it from the files page.
I updated the Unreal World page with my new screenshots. Most of them come from my server, but others come from Real CTF (capture the flag) and Zora's server. More screenshots will be added in the future.
Upcoming updates:
  • Updated mods will be added to the file package.
  • Return to NaPali coop map pack
  • Return to NaPali music pack

These updates will be added to the download page when they come available.
As always, you can't download them from the game server directly, because this lags. So if you get a "Downloading not allowed" message, you should check back for updates.
August 9, 2003

Enhanced Server Browser

I finally found a way to edit the Unreal Server Browser. With this knowledge I re-designed it to support all current game types:

Quote:


Enhanced Unreal Server Browser is a new tab-layout for the original Unreal Server Browser. The problem with the default Unreal Server Browser is that it only has tabs for DeathMatch, Team DM, Dark Match and Coop games.
The enhanced server browser supports all current game types.

More information can be found in the included readme file.
Get it in the download section.
Updated version available.
August 6, 2003

Important tips for admins and level designers

I still see LOTS of servers with Unreal 226f / 226b and Unreal Gold.
Because many (new?) admins and level designers are not aware of the problems with these Unreal versions and how to avoid / solve them, I decided to make a separate section with tips. Read it here.

August 4, 2003

New weapons

Yesterday I installed an update for the Aura weapons pack, so you can see some new guns and items when you are playing here. I also disabled the MCoop RespawnAll function because some players were abusing it. (Dropping guns everywhere) I'll enable it again when MCoop 2 is ready.
I updated the File Package with the new files.

July13, 2003

Unreal RTNP coop status update

Asgard has finally updated his site with some news about the upcoming Return to NaPali coop compatible map pack:

Quote:


Why is U2rtnp taking so long?? Well it's a big project and many bugs had to be fixed, There will be a couple of new things a new map or 2 plus a few new surprises.. If you enjoyed RTNP then you should enjoy this also. Well in other words the longer it takes the more features and better gameplay... Don't underestimate this, it'll be a great add on for your current Unreal and more involved than was originally anticipated :) This will be the biggest add-on for Unreal 1 ever released. Yeah, even Mac machines will see a RTNP hybrid for the first time.
July11, 2003

Matrix Coop available!

.:..: has released Matrix Coop with a map, new monsters, items, weapons and mutators.
The new monsters, items, weapons and mutators can also be used separately in your Unreal coop game. You can get them from the download page.

July7, 2003

Updates

Winged Unicorn gave me a little corner sub forum in his forum. Check it out! If you are already member of Winged's forum, you have automatically access to it. Otherwise you can create a new account there. My guestbook has been imported to the forum too.

I also made a about page.

On the server I'm currently testing Smartball's download status and ping graph mod. Therefore I don't have any other mods in use temporarily.

June23, 2003

DeathMatchCoop tryout

I'm trying a DeathMatchCoop game with the map DMZeitkind Pro. Before you can join you need to have the map installed.

June14, 2003

MCoop has been released!


MCoop logo

Winged Unicorn has released the final version of MonsterCoop. You can download it here.
June12, 2003

Downloading from server disabled


To avoid lag during the game, I decided to disable the download of the mods directly from the server. Please download them from the download page instead.
June6, 2003

Site update


Updated Download page: The files you normally download from the server can now be downloaded from here. I hope that it will reduce the amount of lag during the game due to downloading from the server.

The Tips page is also updated, with information about the cache.

}TCP{ Carnage made some changes to the
server status
script.
May31, 2003

Testing Monster Coop


I'm currently testing MonsterCoop (MCoop) by Winged Unicorn, which allows players to play as monster. Because MCoop is incompatible with JCoop, the JCoop features are currently unavailable. Including summoning. MCoop is still in beta stage, so crashes may occur.
May18, 2003

Changed some game settings


AKCoop is no longer used as mutator, just as monster and item package. The monsters can be found inside destructible items like barrels and boxes.
You only start with a few Aura weapons equipped. The other guns can be obtained from the monsters you defeat.
May14, 2003

New site


Lots of developments going on. I heard the news that Asgard is making the Return to Na Pali coop map compatible with non-gold versions of Unreal. This is for me the trigger to move my server to Unreal 224. This version is much more compatible, and allows 224v, 225f, 226b/f and Gold clients to connect to the server. Other benefits are a higher server performance and hopefully less crashes. Unfortunately the upcoming maps are not compatible with the current (beta version) pack. When you want to play them you need to download them again when they become available. Until that time I will only run the normal Unreal maps.

Because my Unreal site was developed for Unreal Gold, I had to make a new one. This is the result.
The Aura pack on the server has been updated. There are new weapons and existing weapons have been improved to deliver even more eye candy. There are also new monsters from the AuraArmy pack.
All of the standard Unreal monsters have been blessed with more health. They have 8 times their normal health value.
May4, 2003

Lots of testing

I am testing jddMute2, a mutator for Decoration Contents by Joss Liu. I use it to put DeathTentacles into lanterns :)
New IP logger installed: SBAB by Smartball. I hope it will not crash anymore, like ServerDog did. (ServerDog is not designed for Coop games.)
May1, 2003

New Location!

This page can now be found at the address http://www.hypernl.tk. This redirects to http://www.xs4all.nl/~duivenv
I mirrored the Unreal Gold Return to NaPali map pack on my site. Get it here.
I restricted the summoning of Aura, Jtool2, AKCoop and JCoop4 items because I want to avoid lag, unbalanced gameplay and security problems.
If you have questions, or want to mail me, go to the Contact section.
April 24, 2003

Testing...

Some of the new weapons load the server CPU usage too high. I am testing all weapons and I keep those who do not lag.
The QuadShot mod is removed. The Aura and AKCoop mods contain enough guns already.
April 21, 2003

New Mods!

Added the Aura mod: Many new and highly unreal weapons.
Added the AKCoop mutator that adds additional monsters a few items and a couple of modified guns.
Because AKCoop has a dynamite item included, I removed the separate dynamite mod.
April 2, 2003

Server Moved

I moved the server to a Pentium II 266 laptop; I hope that I can be online more frequently now.
A drawback of this move is the lower performance. Especially with many monsters and players.
I will move to JCoop5 when the final version is ready. For information about JCoop5, visit Joss' site.
February2, 2003

New Mods!

Found a better version of the QuadShot mod, which is MUCH smaller. This replaces the OldQuadShot.
Added the Dynamite mod.
Some summons are now restricted, like the Death Trap.
January31, 2003

QuadShot gun


Added a fixed version of the QuadShot gun.
January 30, 2003

Upgraded to JCoop4!


JCoop4 provides an Unreal server with some needed features, especially for Unreal Gold servers. It includes many new features and fixes some general problems with the game. Many issues with the original game have been addressed by now and the server admin has much more control over the game, with most features configurable, server is harder to molest, making for a much better player experience.
January 28, 2003


Monsters drop items now when they are killed.

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