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March 1, 2004

GameSpy Posts Galaxies Trailer - DSettahr @ 7:33 AM
Gamespy has posted a rather large Galaxies Trailer. The trailer depicts many of the things that can be found within the worlds of Galaxies - pets, droids, ships, and jedi. The video is hosted on Fileplanet, so if anyone can find or provide another mirror, I'd appreciate it if they'd let me know so I can post a link here.
SIEGE Destroyer Update - DSettahr @ 7:40 AM
Mike Gummelt, a programmer at Raven, has posted some instructions and suggestions to SIEGE Destroyer server admins in his latest .plan update. Those who want to know how to get the best out of their SIEGE Destroyer games should definately read it over.

Also, for those who are interested in reading the rest of the .plan updates for the Raven staff members, they can be viewed here.
Backup Server Reminder - DSettahr @ 10:20 AM
This is just a reminder that our File Server is still down. In the meantime, feel free to continue using the Backup Server, which Cool Matty has graciously provided for us. Also, please keep these rules in mind when using the Backup Server:

  • Only 2 connections per computer/IP - Additional Connections will be denied
  • No directory downloads, such as downloading the entire JO MP directory - FTP Bannable offense
  • Remember, this server is for everyone. Don't abuse it.

The Backup Server is up to date, and contains every level and mod that is listed in our database.
Phz Releases New JA Duel Map - DSettahr @ 2:34 PM
Phz has released Ymir, his Jedi Academy Duel Map, which is also his official entry for the LevelSource Contest. The map is set in a small base located amid rocky terrain. The map can be downloaded here, and you can view phz's Showcase Forum thread for screenshots and to provide feedback here.
Elmo's Subway Duel Map Updated - DSettahr @ 2:40 PM
Just an anouncement that Elmo has updated his Subway Duel Map for Jedi Academy - It now include botroutes, thanks to Captain America. For those who have not yet seen his Showcase Forum thread for the map, it can be viewed here.
LevelSource Contest Results Announced - DSettahr @ 3:12 PM
LevelSource has announced the the results for its JA Duel Map Contest. Our own gonk managed to place pretty highly with his map "Tomb of Lords." Congrats to the winners, and to everyone who entered - All of the maps were excellent. For those who didnt get to see the maps, they can be viewed and downloaded here. Also, there's hints that a Raven-sponsored contest might happen soon... If and when it happens, we'll be sure to announce it here.

March 2, 2004

Forum Shuffle - Brian @ 8:28 PM
Apologies for shuffling the forums yet again. We're trying to weed out the inactive ones.
The_mute's Mystik Mines Duel Map Released - DSettahr @ 6:23 AM
The_mute has released "Mystik Mines," his duel map for Jedi Academy, which was also his entry for the LevelSource contest. The map can be downloaded here, and you can view the_mute's Showcase Forum thread for screenshots and to provide feedback here.
Nemo Releases Clone Wars Skin Pack - DSettahr @ 6:27 AM
Nemo has released his "Clone Wars Skin Pack" for Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2. The pack contains Jedi Knight skins for many of the characters seen in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Screenshots can be viewed and the skin pack can be downloaded here, and you can view Nemo's Showcase Forum thread to provide feedback here.
Asteroids Manual Available - DSettahr @ 8:21 AM
A pdf manual has been compiled for the upcoming Asteroids Mod for Jedi Academy. Asteroids will allow players to fly spaceships around asteroid fields in multiplayer, engaging in dog fights while dodging the asteroids themselves. The manual can be viewed here.
New Battlefront Screenshots - DSettahr @ 8:45 AM
Gamespy has posted 6 new screenshots for Star Wars Battlefront.
Republic Commando Preview In CGW - DSettahr @ 2:16 PM
TheForce.net has announced that there is a preview of Republic Commando in the April Issue of Computer Gaming World. Here is the complete text of the article as it appears on TFn:
In the April issue of Computer Gaming World, there's a preview of Republic Commando. Don't worry, you're not missing much, the actual text of the article gives few new details. It does mention shields, different types of mission objectives (assasination and rescue), and menion that you can carry two weapons, one of which is your trusty DC-17 rifle with optional add-ons. The gameplay will take place in three large areas: Geonosis where you do side missions to the raging battle, a Republic Capital Ship where you recon and attempt to retake the ship, and Kashyyyk where you assist the Wookiees in resisting Seperatist invasion. The article also has a few screenshots, including one where you're shooting Genosians, one where you see a Droid-deka, and one where a commando is holding his side and hurt.

March 3, 2004

Warning: Virus E-mail Messages - Brian @ 5:45 PM
Somebody is sending the following quoted mail to Massassi users. This is not from us. It is a falsehood and likely contains a virus. Do not open any attachments. We never send out "support" emails, in fact, we have never, not even once in our history, emailed our registered users.
Dear user of Massassi.net,

Some of our clients complained about the spam (negative e-mail content) outgoing from your e-mail account. Probably, you have been infected by a proxy-relay trojan server. In order to keep your computer safe, follow the instructions.

Pay attention on attached file.

Attached file protected with the password for security reasons. Password is 58083. Sincerely, The Massassi.net team http://www.massassi.net
UPDATE: I have noticed that there are other virus emails being sent out that have been spoofed to appear as if they are coming from a valid Massassi.net address. If anyone recieves an email from us with an attachment, or that looks suspicious, PLEASE DO NOT OPEN IT. If you are unsure, feel free to send a second email asking us to verify the validity of the first email. -DSettahr
TheForce.net Games Unveils Mods Section - DSettahr @ 7:45 AM
TheForce.net Games has unveiled a new Feature: a Game Mods Section. Their objective is to provide information and news for every major Star Wars-themed mods for non-Star Wars-themed games. (ie, Galactic Conquest is listed because its a Star Wars Mod for BF1942, which is not a Star Wars Game). Currently, only 5 mods are listed for games like UT2k3/UT2k4, Homeworld, etc , but the list should continue to grow as information about more mods is sent in.
New KotOR Patch - DSettahr @ 7:50 AM
LucasArts has posted the version 1.02 patch for Knights of the Old Republic. This update fixes many of the bugs within the game, including:

  • Holding Shift when clicking Give Item or double-clicking the item to give will transfer the entire stack, without shift it moves the items one at a time.
  • Fixed a bug where the Walk key was not bindable.
  • Made a fix to the Force Point Regeneration item property so it actually regenerates Force points.
  • Dead party members will no longer show up later in the game. What with them being dead and all.

The complete list is a lot longer, and it looks like they've made a lot of improvements, so anyone with KotOR should definately download and install the patch.
Sam and Max 2 Cancelled? - DSettahr @ 1:51 PM
IGN is reporting that the upcoming Sam and Max Adventure Game has been cancelled. If true, this is unfortunate news. Quite a few people were looking forwards to this sequel to one of the most popular adventure games of all time.

UPDATE: Gamespot has confirmed the cancellation in this article.

March 4, 2004

Asteroids Mod For JA Released - DSettahr @ 11:49 AM
The Asteroids Mod for Jedi Academy has finally been released. The mod utilizes many of the same techniques for space combat that were also used in the recent Raven Siege map, SIEGE Destroyer. You can view screenshots and more info, as well as download the mod here.
LucasArts Abandons Game Cube, KotOR 2 Rumors - DSettahr @ 11:55 AM
According to this article over at Gamedreamz, Lucas Arts is abandoning the Game Cube in favor of the Xbox for future game titles. Also, more importantly, the articles states that we should be seeing a trailer at this years E3 convention for the much anticipated sequel to Knights of the Old Republic.

March 5, 2004

Stargate Mod Beta Released - DSettahr @ 7:13 PM
Ruthven has released a beta of his Stargate Mod for Jedi Knight.
The SP Stargate Convertion for Jedi Knight is on going, but to reduce some of the wait (which has been WAY too long already) a small "preview" Beta mod has now been released. Due to popular demand, the FNP90 Submachine Gun, Zat'nik'atel and the infamous Jaffa Staff Weapon are available, as well as a new player model. Thanks to jEDIkIRBY for hosting the file, it can be found via this Showcase thread. Please respect my hard work and files contained within.

Ruthven
New Republic Commando Preview - DSettahr @ 9:25 AM
Actiontrip has posted a new Republic Commando preview. The article contains new screenshots, as well as new information about Commando's gameplay.
Players are permitted to pack only two weapons at a time, swapping them with other weapons lying on the ground whenever they like. We also have to point out that the development team fitted in an admirable assortment of Star Wars-flavored firearms. Your character will be able to advance through the game wielding weapons like the DC-17m, DC-15s Blaster Pistol, Wookie bowcaster, and a whole bunch of enemy weaponry to boot, such as the Trandoshan Slaver Shotgun, Geonosian Elite Beam Weapon, and more. Commando units are also equipped with handy switchblade slotted on their left wrist, allowing them to perform deadly melee attacks should they run out of ammo.
Backup Server Reminder - DSettahr @ 10:14 AM
This is just a reminder that our File Server is still down. In the meantime, feel free to continue using the Backup Server, which Cool Matty has graciously provided for us. Also, please keep these rules in mind when using the Backup Server:

  • Only 2 connections per computer/IP - Additional Connections will be denied
  • No directory downloads, such as downloading the entire JO MP directory - FTP Bannable offense
  • Remember, this server is for everyone. Don't abuse it.

The Backup Server is up to date, and contains every level and mod that is listed in our database.
LevelSource Announces Second JA Mapping Contest - DSettahr @ 10:22 AM
LevelSource is holding another mapping contest for Jedi Academy, this one sponsored by Raven with prizes.
This contest will be based on the "duel" multiplayer gametype in Jedi Academy just as its predecessor was. The contest will feature prizes contributed by Raven Software including 2 signed copies of JA PC, Raven t-shirts, and a hat!

Judging will be based on a few different factors including, but not limited too, 1) gameplay 2) level-design and 3) gameplay mechanics. Judging will be done by 5 people. Two of the judges will be, Zer0-L0giC (of Raven Software) and myself (redfella). The other three will be selected before judging begins.

Also, submitted maps must include botroutes, power duel accessibility, and must follow a Star Wars theme! Any maps that look like q3, doom, etc. will be disqualified! Acceptable themes could be (for example) a Tatooine bar, a Naboo palace promonade, a Coruscant space port, a Corellian beach, etc. etc. -Just keep it Star Warsish.
Anyone interested in entering the contest should visit the link above to the official contest thread on the LevelSource forums, and post as soon as possible to get signed up for the contest.
KotOR Wins Interactive Achievement Awards - DSettahr @ 2:43 PM
Quoted from this article at TheForce.net:
The Annual Interactive Achievement Awards were held in Las Vegas thursday and it was a good night for Knights of the Old Republic, picking up three awards (Console Role-Playing game of the year, Computer Role-playing game of the year and Outstanding Achievement in character and story development). Well done once again to the guys and gals at Bioware and LucasArts.
Congrats to all the folks at Bioware who worked on the game.

March 6, 2004

Title Fight Update - DSettahr @ 9:03 AM
Just a quick update for Gamespy's Title Fight Competition. TIE Fighter easily soared to victory over Mechwarrior 2, while Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Knights of the Old Replublic were defeated by Half-Life and Diablo 2 Respectively. JO and KotOR do have another chance in todays matches, Extra Life 3 and Extra Life 4.
Sam & Max Info - Brian @ 2:48 PM
Via Slashdot: Games, here's a letter to the community (apparently originally posted here @ International House of Mojo) by Steve Purcell, creator of Sam & Max. It basically says that development was going great and he has no idea why it was cancelled.

March 8, 2004

File Server Back Up - DSettahr @ 5:38 PM
Our File Server appears to be working again, although the connection is a bit sporadic. If you are still experiencing problems with it, continue using the backup server.
New LucasArts Forums - DSettahr @ 6:11 AM
LucasArts now has a Forums Section for discussion and support. If you already have an account on the site, you can use the same account to post on the forums. In addition, there is already a very long topic discussing the cancellation of Sam & Max: Freelance Police.
Sam & Max Update - DSettahr @ 10:31 AM
The Sam & Max thread on the LucasArts forums was removed, and this message was posted concerning feedback on its cancellation:
This Forum is only for technical support for LucasArts games so we have removed the threads regarding the cancellation of Sam & Max: Freelance Police. However, please send any feedback you have to our Public Relations Dept. at PR@LucasArts.com

March 9, 2004

New Battlefront Screenshots - DSettahr @ 3:59 AM
SWBattlefront.net has updated with 6 new screenshots in their screenshots gallery. These new screenshots provide some upclose detail of the various player models and classes.
Continued File Server Problems - DSettahr @ 4:05 AM
While the File Server appears to be working for some, we are still getting emails from people saying they can't get any downloads to work, and the connection seems to be somewhat sporadic. If you are one those people who can't download anything off the site, please continue using the Backup File Server.
Unused Siege Classes - DSettahr @ 4:15 AM
Kurgan over at JediKnight.net has posted this very informative thread on unused Siege Classes in Jedi Academy. There's quite a few classes listed that can be implemented into the game, including "Heavy Wepons Specialists," "Mercenaries," "Dark Force Assassins," etc. Siege mappers and Siege server admins alike should definately read through the thread, which also contains basic instructions on implementing the new classes.
Getting Started With Modding KotOR - DSettahr @ 4:21 AM
T7nowhere of StarWarsKnights.com has posted a great thread on getting started with modding KotOR. The thread contains links to multiple tutorials on modding just about every aspect of KotOR. In addition, the old thread with links to utilities and existing mods can still be found here.

March 10, 2004

Open Jedi Project Offering Open Beta - Ubuu @ 8:14 PM
Razor Ace, Lead Moderator for Open Jedi Project, sends word that the OJP team is offering public beta compiles of the OJP code thru the OJP forums. For those who don't know about OJP:
...the Open Jedi Project is a open source feature platform for JKA. The purpose of the project is to promote cooperation and source sharing within the community for the benefit of all. OJP is currently looking for and accepting all quality JKA modding source code, tools, and materials.
So if you are interested, go check it out and give a hand back to the JA Community! The OJP forums can be found here.
New Map-Review.com Feature - DSettahr @ 9:21 PM
Kengo sends word about a new feature over at Map-Review.com
Well known vehicle creater and Asteroids team member Manquesa has completed the first edition of his new regular feature at Map-Review.com; Manquesa's Vehicle Modding Monthly. This extensive and detailed article looks at all the activity in this exciting area since Jedi Academy was released, covering the great vehicles that have been released and flagging up some really promising works in progress, as well as providing insight into Space Combat levels Asteroids and Destroyer.
The new feature can be accessed here.
New KotOR Content on Xbox Live - DSettahr @ 1:06 PM
LucasArts has added Yavin to the Xbox version of Knights of the Old Republic. This update, formerly only available on the PC version of the game, includes a new area - a space station in orbit around Yavin IV, a new species - Trandoshans, as well as new equipment, including advanced lighstaber crystals and weapons. The update is available via Microsofts broadband service for the console, Xbox Live.

March 12, 2004

New Battlefront Movies At Lucasarts - DSettahr @ 10:30 AM
Lucasarts has posted 2 new Battlefront Flash Movies. The movies depict in detail two of the planets that will be seen in the game, Yavin IV and Naboo. More flash movies about new planets will be posted in the future.
GameSpy Galaxies Feature - DSettahr @ 10:36 AM
GameSpy has posted part 1 of 3 articles that examines the implementation, and the overall design of the game and its continuing evolution. The article can be viewed here.
Jedi Academy, KotOR Reviews - DSettahr @ 12:00 PM
Found a couple of reviews people might be interested in reading. PlayMoreConsoles.com has reviewed Jedi Academy for the Xbox. You can read that review here. In addtion, IC-Games, a british gaming site, has reviewed Knights of the Old Republic for the PC. The KotOR review can be read here.

March 13, 2004

Fileserver is back... for now - Cool Matty @ 8:23 AM
The Massassi Fileserver seems to have worked its own bugs out, and has been up for a full 12 hours now, so I am going to make an assumption that everything is working again. As previously said, if the site does go down, the backup is still available. I'll leave the backup server running for about three more days, until I am absolutely sure the main server is working fine. Until then, feel free to use either server (perferably the main since it is easier, and faster).

The backup server can still be found here. Thanks for your patience.
File Posters, Etc. - Brian @ 1:23 PM
If you are a file poster, and would like to continue being one, please send me an email. I don't know who all has access, and I'm going to change the passwords shortly, so I need to know who out there will need the new ones. Also, since the files server has been down so long, doubtless there are dozens of files waiting to be posted, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

We recently secured our new dedicated server. We will be slowly moving the site over the next month or two. First I have to get everything configured. Anyway, when the dedicated server is up and running, and the site is back to normal, we will be again recruiting staff members and file posters. At that time, we will put out an announcement, so if you send me an email now, it won't do much good!

March 14, 2004

New Site For TMU - DSettahr @ 9:11 PM
The website for "The Matrix Unplugged" mod for Jedi Academy has moved to a new location.
Hey guys. Just wanted to alert you all to the fact that The Matrix Unplugged has encountered technical difficulties with its current site, and is being moved to www.tmunplugged.net. I'm sending this out because the majority of our fans on the forums don't know what happened to our mod. I'm pleased to announce that it's still going strong, and the new site should be completed soon. :)

--Thrawn42689 & The Matrix Unplugged Staff
Parts II And III Of The GameSpy Galaxies Feature Article Available - DSettahr @ 1:44 PM
GameSpy has posted Part 2 and Part 3 of its article about the design of Galaxies. These parts examine the influence of Jedi characters upon the game, and what has and hasnt worked, and what will be changed to provide better gameplay in the future. For those who missed it, Part 1 is still available here.

March 15, 2004

LucasArts And Pandemic Studios Team Up For New Fps - DSettahr @ 11:55 PM
LucasArts and Pandemic Studios are working on a new FPS titled "Mercenaries" for the PS2 and the Xbox, which will be released later this year. Gamespot has a 2 page "First Look" preview of the game.

Mercenaries tells a tale set in the near future that casts you in the role of--wait for it--one of three mercenaries. You're dispatched to North Korea's demilitarized zone after the political situation in the region takes some unpleasant turns that snowball into a rather nasty state of affairs. A military coup by some hardliners in the military leaves the country in chaos, which is admittedly already not a good thing. To make the situation worse, the country has medium and long-range missile capability as well as a nuclear weapon. Factor in that the one person with the launch codes for the missiles, which could potentially send the nuke on a destructive one-way trip, has disappeared, and you have a serious problem in need of a solution. You are that solution. Your goal is to go into the region, go through a UN-provided list of the most-wanted individuals--offered in handy playing-card form much like the system used recently in real life by the US military--and bring all 52 of them in, which should help restore order.
There are also screenshots of the game available here.
Star Wars Galaxies Fan Fest Announced - DSettahr @ 2:31 PM
LucasArts has announced the first Galaxies Fan Fest.

LucasArts is happy to be bringing you the first ever Star Wars Galaxies™ Fan Fest! The event is planned for June 3rd through June 6th, 2004 at the Hilton Anaheim and promises to be a blast! We're bringing players together from all over the map to: \

  • Meet and mingle with servermates
  • Meet and chat with the development team of An Empire Divided™
  • Participate in panels and forums on all things Star Wars Galaxies related
  • Play in both in-game and live events
  • Win some very cool prizes from our sponsors
  • Buy Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided and Star Wars related items
  • Check out all the sites Anaheim, CA has to offer
You can get more information about the Fan Fest and view upcoming announcements at Galaxies Fan Fest Official Website

March 16, 2004

Return Of DCM - DSettahr @ 8:33 PM
It would appear that our old friend Al MacDonald has returned to the drawing board and is turning out new strips of Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite. For all of you who are too young to remember the glory days of Jedi Knight, DCM is a parody comic strip of the Star Wars movies, and the video games, drawn by a talented, witty, and respected member of the Jedi Knight editing community. Thanks to Landfish for finding the new site and reporting it to us.
IGN's Star Wars Galaxies Q&A #7 - DSettahr @ 12:05 PM
IGN has posted its 7th Edition of its Galaxies Q&A Feature. For this session, IGN interviewed Kevin "Q-3PO" O'Hara, a Galaxies Community Manager.

March 17, 2004

Strategic Academy Updated - DSettahr @ 10:12 PM
Over at Jediknight.net, Kurgan has updated their Strategic Academy section with some new strategies for the Siege Destroyer level. For those who have not heard of or played it yet, Siege Destroyer is a JA siege level recently released by Raven, that is based around space combat with players controlling snub fighters. It can be downloaded here.
New Battlefront Videos At FilePlanet - DSettahr @ 1:34 PM
FilePlanet has posted 2 new Battlefront Preview Videos. These videos show gameplay on Yavin IV and Naboo, as well as a few new weapons that will be available in the game.
Title Fight Update - DSettahr @ 1:41 PM
Just a reminder that today, in GameSpy's Title Fight, TIE Fighter goes up against Super Metroid and Goldeneye 007. So be sure to head over and vote!

March 18, 2004

New Battlefront Screenshots - DSettahr @ 12:02 PM
Worthplaying has posted 13 new screenshots of Battlefront. 2 new never before seen planets are shown, Geonosis and what appears to be Endor. The screenshots look extremely cool, so be sure to check them out.
Republic Commando Novelization - DSettahr @ 12:08 PM
According to TheForce.net, a novelization of the upcoming Republic Commando is in the works. The novel, which will be written by Karen Traviss, is set to be released in paperback at the same time the game is released, and the story will tie in directly with the beginning of Episode III. You can view the article on TFn here.

March 19, 2004

Next EGM To Unveil KotOR2? - DSettahr @ 9:05 AM
Over at StarWarsKnights.com there is a very brief news post suggesting that the next issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly may unveil Knights of the Old Repulic 2. There has been no official confirmation of this, but if true, it means we could be getting our first look at the sequel before this years E3, when the game will officially be shown to the public.

UPDATE: This has been confirmed in this article over at 1up.com. Thanks to KnobZ on the forums for finding this.

March 20, 2004

Republic Commando Screenshots - DSettahr @ 12:48 PM
Worthplaying has posted some extremely awesome looking Republic Commando screenshots that detail new weapons and abilities that will be available in the game. (Right now, the script that popups the pictures in a new window appears to not be working, but that should be fixed shortly.)
AotC:TC and OJP Partnership - DSettahr @ 3:05 PM
The Attack of the Clones TC has formed a partnership with the Open Jedi Project.
The most anticipated mod, Attack Of The Clone TC has created a new partnership with the people at OJP to create a new team of people. The new partnership will allow the community to use the base code and tools to create a open source Mod Creating Tool. Anakin, Razor Ace, cHoSeN-oNe, Unique1 and RenegadeofPhunk have come together to create a code that will help other mods along there way as well as finishi off the two project the Anakin is creating. Anakin says, " It's a great opportunity for us to get together and get the biggest names in the community to put there heads together and create a usable tool for us and everyone else to use." Expect to see and hear more news on here, and on the AOTC:TC forums as well as OJP forums on jk.net
Thanks to Anakin for bringing this to our attention.
DF Mod Site Updates With New Screenshots - DSettahr @ 3:08 PM
The website for the Dark Forces Mod for Jedi Academy has updated with new screenshots of the Ice Station level. Also, the second demo is progressing nicely and should be released soon.

March 21, 2004

BioWare Hiring - DSettahr @ 1:33 PM
BioWare, the makers of Knights of the Old Republic, is currently hiring as they have quite a few vacancies. They are looking for a Character Animator, 3D Visual Effects Artist, Level/Environmental Artist, Graphical User Interface Artist, Technical Artist, Senior Writer, Technical Designer, 3D Graphics Programmer, and a Tools Programmer. If you're interested in applying, you can find more information on the Jobs at BioWare Website.

March 22, 2004

Massassi Birthday Celebration - DSettahr @ 9:31 PM
Massassi will be turning 6 on March 27th (this saturday). As a 'celebration' of sorts, I would like to try to organize a Jedi Knight mp game in #massgames with as many players as possible on that date. Right now, I am thinking the game will be Large Nar Shaddaa CTF with no mods. If anyone is interested in playing or helping to organize the game, they should respond in this thread on the forums. Lets try and make this the best birthday for Massassi yet.
Galactic Conquest Released - DSettahr @ 10:05 AM
Galactic Conquest v0.2, a Star Wars-themed mod for Battlefield: 1942, has been released. A gameplay video is available here, and you can download the full mod here. (Sorry about the fileplanet downloads, if anyone finds any mirrors, email me at DSettahr@massassi.net and I'll post them.)

UPDATE: Here is a FileFront Mirror. Thanks to Craig Navas for finding the mirror and letting me know about it.
Strategic Academy Update - DSettahr @ 10:10 AM
Over at JediKnight.net, Kurgan has posted another update on their Strategic Academy website for Jedi Academy. This latest update deals with the Hoth Siege Scenario, a work in progress. You can also post feedback about the Strategic Academy site in this thread on LucasForums.
ForceRemap Gets A New Website, Goes Open Source - DSettahr @ 10:30 AM
Molotov42 has given his ForceRemap Website a major overhual, and made the project open source.
I should give you an update on ForceRemap (the UV mapping program for Jedi Knight). The website has been moved and has seen a major update. The official site is now located at: http://www.thecia.net/users/garcher/forceremap/ (which was originally one of the mirror sites.) In addition to the new website, an improved tutorial has been added which better demonstrates the program's capabilities.

ForceRemap is a skinning utility for the 3DO file format used in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2. Features include 6-way orthographic texture mapping and a manual UV coordinate editor. It can also be used as a convenient stand-alone 3DO model viewer. Source code is available under the GNU General Public License.

Also, ForceRemap has been converted to an open source project in the hopes that it will stimulate somebody's interest in game programming. The source code is available for free under the GNU General Public License. All I ask in addition to the guidelines set forth in the GPL is that you make me aware of any projects you release with it. As the original creator I have an interest in the future of the project and would like to hear from you. Give me a shout at garcher@alum.wpi.edu.
You can also provide feedback on the project and the site on this thread on our forums. Thanks to molotov42 for the update.

March 23, 2004

New DCM Strip - DSettahr @ 5:45 PM
The latest Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite strip has been posted. It is available on the DCM website.
Free Fallin' Alpha Released - DSettahr @ 6:00 PM
An alpha version of Free Fallin' has been released for Jedi Knight.
Free Fallin' is a skydiving/parachuting mod that was started three years ago by RaDiCe_ and I. There are hotkeys that allow you to open your parachute, to change the flag on your parachute, to get new camera views, and to listen to Free Fallin' music. There are 20 different flags to choose from for your parachute, which includes country flags, original flags, and other flags that you might recognize. There are also four stunts that you can do while in the air or in the water.

By popular demand, I have released Free Fallin' Alpha. This is the current state of the mod; it includes everything we have done so far. It has all of the features mentioned above. However, this is not the final version because we intend to improve this mod and add more fun features.
You can get more information as well as download the mod at www.junkguy.tk. Thanks to Junkguy and RaDiCe_ for letting us know about the release.
Original Trilogy DVD Packaging Revealed - Det @ 5:32 AM
Starwars.com have updated with images of the packaging for the upcoming DVD boxsets of the Original Trilogy. There are two versions, gold for formatted display and silver for widescreen. Check out this thread on the forums for the pictures and to offer your opinions. Thanks to Snake-Eyes for the news.
Republic Commando Preview On GameSpy - DSettahr @ 1:43 PM
GameSpy has posted a Republic Commando preview in their previews section. They've gotten a hand-on look at the game, and the article does mention that the game will be shipping with a map editor, and that there will be downloadable content in the future.
Battlefront Demo Rumors - DSettahr @ 1:52 PM
TheForce.net is reporting that there will be a demo for the upcoming Battlefront multiplayer game included with all purchases of the Original Trilogy DVD box set this fall.
The latest issue of Official XBox Magazine reports that a demo for Battlefront will appear with the Classic Trilogy DVD this year. While there isn't much I can say that would make this report seem more credible, I must say that the content of the game seems appropriate for the trilogy, and we did see that Starfighter game ad with the Episode 1 DVD way back.
You can check out the article on TFn here.

March 24, 2004

Good Luck to JorBo & Hoard - Brian @ 12:17 AM
JorBo and Hoard, two previously active members of the Massassi community, have recently left for their respective terms of service in the Army and the Air Force. The staff of Massassi would like to wish them luck on their journeys and thank them for their commitment to our* freedom.

* I realize that not all Massassi visitors are in/from the United States. This comment was not made to spite you.
The Tweakers' Guide to JA - DSettahr @ 1:21 AM
The Tweakers Guide to JA website is up and running.
http://www.thedigitalsoul.net/tweakersguide

The link above is to a guide I composed from the fragmets of useful information scattered around the net, my own knowledge, and stuff some friends gave me. I could never find a centralized guide that wasn't a fragmented forum thread with bits and pieces in every other post, so I had a: a need for a guide, and b: time on my hands. I made a guide, that brings me to another thing I included, my ultimate tips for Jedi Academy. This will definately be expanded and added to.
You can also provide feedback about the site on this thread in our forums. Thanks to DOTR_Corran2015 for putting this site together and letting us know about it.

March 26, 2004

The Matrix: Unplugged Website Update - Det @ 10:20 AM
Cazor has sent word that the website for The Matrix: Unplugged has been updated with more content, including the media section and a new forum scheme. Check it out at http://www.tmunplugged.net.
Massassi Birthday Celebration Game - DSettahr @ 2:56 PM
Tomorrow is Massassi's 6th Birthday, and as a celebration we will be having a CTF game tomorrow in #massgames. The game will be Large Nar CTF, Force level 0, no mods, and we will start the game around noon (12pm) Eastern. I know a lot of you wanted to play with mods or custom levels, but the logistics of selecting a mod and/or level, and then getting everyone to download it would have been too much. If people want to organize there own smaller games, then thats fine too. Also, remember that #massgames is around 24/7 for anyone who is looking to organize Jedi Knight multiplayer games.

If you are unsure about how to connect to #massgames, you can connect using the chat applet (follow the chat links on the menu on the left). Once connected, simply type "/join #massgames" (without the quotes) and press return.

March 27, 2004

Massassi Birthday Celebration Cont. - Cool Matty @ 6:56 PM
The dedicated server will be online at 12:00 PM EST tomorrow, and you may join it anytime after that, up until late Sunday. The game is hosted at the ip: 24.166.247.174. I highly recommend you copy the number so you can paste it when JK asks for it. The game mode is CTF, No Mods, No Force.

Although the official game meeting is at Noon tomorrow (12:00 PM EST, March 27th), this server will be up all weekend for you all to have fun in. Make sure you join the #massgames chat, as there will be extended discussions there. Have fun!
Happy Birthday Massassi! - DSettahr @ 1:47 PM
Today is Massassi's 6th Birthday. Everyone who sees Brian be sure to thank him again for making such a great site 6 years ago. Happy Birthday!

March 28, 2004

Battlefront And Republic CommandoWill Support GameSpy Internally - DSettahr @ 9:35 PM
According to this press release, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Republic Commando, as well as future LucasArts titles, will support GameSpy internally.
IGN/GameSpy will supply LucasArts four distinct Software Development Kits (SDKs) toolkits that integrate with the company's games to provide matchmaking, community, administrative and networking functionality. In addition, IGN/GameSpy will offer LucasArts consulting and beta testing services.
Battlefront Article On Rebel Soldiers - DSettahr @ 9:39 PM
IGN has posted a new Battlefront-related article. The article provides new information about the Rebel Soldiers that will be available as player classes in the game, as well as the gameplay on maps that involve the Rebel Alliance.
Rebel soldiers come from all walks of life, without the benefit of years of Imperial combat training. But they are unmatched in their will, enthusiasm and devotion to their cause.

They do not wear armor, or engage in standard warfare, preferring guerilla tactics and lightning strikes against the ponderous Imperial juggernaut. The Rebel soldier is effective against infantry, especially when they employ squad-based tactics.

March 30, 2004

Map-Review Updates - DSettahr @ 12:28 PM
The Map-Review.com has updated with some new articles.
Over at Map-Review.com we have articles on two areas of editing outside our standard map coverage. Manquesa's Vehicle Modding Monthly features a variety of vehicular projects released and in progress for Jedi Academy, as well as looking at Space Combat maps. Prime's Skinning Monthly has a look at the active skinning scenes in Jedi Academy and Jedi Outcast, with Prime running an analytical eye over the skinning for Haplash's Sandtrooper in addition to looking at past, current and future skinning releases.
Thanks to Kengo for letting us know about these updates.

March 31, 2004

Galaxies, KotOR Reviews - DSettahr @ 2:19 PM
A couple of reviews have been posted that people might be interested in reading. First, deadalfs has put up a Galaxies review. Also, there is a Knights of the Old Republic review at RPGDot.
Battlefront Designer Diary - DSettahr @ 2:27 PM
The development team for Star Wars Battlefront has decided to put up Designer Diaries that detail their work on the game. So far there is only one diary up, for Greg Borrud, the executive producer, but there should be additional diaries up soon. You can view the diaries on the Battlefront website here.
KotOR Sequel Name - DSettahr @ 2:31 PM
Gamestop has posted a listing for a new game titled Knights of the Old Republic: Sith Lord. Apparently "Sith Lord" will be the name of the upcoming sequel to Knights of the Old Republic.

In other KotOR-related news, BioWare picked up quite a few wins at the Game Developers Choice Awards. KotOR came away with awards in the following categories: Game of the Year, Original Game Character of the Year (HK-47), Excellence in Writing, and the IGDA Award for Community Contribution.
Kyle Katarn Fan Site - DSettahr @ 2:44 PM
I found this on the JediKnight.net forums and thought people here might get a kick out of it. KyleKatarn.com is a Kyle Katarn fan site. The site contains information, screenshots, etc, about Kyle Katarn and the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series of games in general. There is also a section of submitted fan art, films, and fiction about the character.

April 1, 2004

DM 0.6.1 Released - DSettahr @ 5:19 PM
SaberMaster has released DataMaster version 0.6.1, which is available for download on his website. DataMaster is a document that contains references for the flags and cog verbs used in Jedi Knight, as well as cog tutorials. Those who download the document are also welcome to provide feedback for SaberMaster in this thread on our forums.