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June 8, 2004

Free Galaxies Public Trial - DSettahr @ 5:01 AM
There is now a free public trial version of Galaxies available for download at FilePlanet. The trial time lasts for 14 days, so if you've never played the game and are interested in seeing what its like, you can now just download this trial version.
Battlefront Gameplay Videos - DSettahr @ 5:06 AM
FilePlanet has posted some new Battlefront Gameplay Videos. These videos show the planets Hoth and Kamino gameplay footage.

June 9, 2004

New Jedi Knight Mod: Aliens TC v.5 - mscbuck @ 3:03 PM
File: Aliens TC v.5
Author: Descent_pilot
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: A mod based on the movie Aliens. Nothing more to it then that. This is inbetween the alpha and beta phases, but I'd like some feedback (and help on one or two of the bugs) on this. See the readme for more features.
New Jedi Outcast Single-Player Level: Remnant Temple - mscbuck @ 3:09 PM
File: Remnant Temple
Author: Prince Xizor
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Before Desann went on his force rampage at yavin he had a small backup plan. He created an Imperial base on a next to a large sith temple on a distant unmarked planet that was used thousands of years ago. It is rumored that it is still up and running and after he was destroyed that several of his Reborn and other troops fled to this base. Many have also heard that there is a secret inside the temple that could be used for evil purposes if it fell into the wrong hands. A rebel fighter passing through after a mission found the base in a canyon and reported it. Now Kyle has been sent down there to see if they are using the temple to train troops or even start a new resistance. Apparently Desann protected the temple from easy entry though. Kyle must go into the base and get the key to the temple, then go into the temple to see what they're using it for.

This first mission is Part A. Getting the key is quite a challenge and there are quite a few bad guys. It can be beaten on any game level because it has been tested on every game level. Part B is the actual temple part and it is going to be even more fun. Have a good time!

New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level: Euphoria - mscbuck @ 3:17 PM
File: Euphoria
Author: WAR_Nuker
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This level consists of several different rooms that look very strange. All rooms range from pretty small to pretty big and collectively make a very large level. The kitchen and bathroom in this level are based on real rooms in my house. I put in a Battleground Jedi re-skin as well. The rest is just kind of wierd. This can be used for sabers or guns and is good for any number of players. For more information on Euphoria and this level's secrets, refer to the euphoria.txt contained in the zip file.

June 11, 2004

New MotS Single Player Level: Life of Grismath 02 - mscbuck @ 7:31 PM
File: Life of Grismath 02
Author: Grismath
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: LoG 02: The Revolving Door

In this second installment of the Life of Grismath, our hero finds himself still in the clutches of his progressively more sinister captors. His only thought right now is getting home, but something tells him this will not be the last he has heard of Lawless Legal Solutions.

June 15, 2004

KotOR2 Update - DSettahr @ 6:56 PM
IGN has posted a preview of Dxun, a planet featured in the sequel to Knights of the Old Republic. Furthermore, IGN is also reporting that Sith Lords might even be released as soon as the 2004 holiday season, which is great news for fans of the Star Wars RPG game.

June 16, 2004

Republic Commando Delayed - DSettahr @ 6:50 PM
According to this GameSpy Article, Republic Commando has been delayed. The game is now slated for a winter 2004/2005 release, rather than this fall as was originally announced.

June 17, 2004

Tech Forum Tiki Wiki! - Cool Matty @ 8:30 PM
Due to the number of posts that go in and out of the tech forum every day, a good Massassian by the name of Aaron came up with the idea to somehow archive all this knowledge, so that people who come to the site later might be able to read up on someone who has had similar problems. (You can read the thread here)

After some discussions on how this was going to be accomplished, Hebedee suggested the Wiki system. This system, although similar to a forum, is much more set towards archiving and creating a database of information.

The greatest part about all of this, is this "Wiki" allows the regular Massassian to post an article on a certain topic, such as Spyware, Hard Drive failures, and more! And not only that, but if you find something wrong with another article, don't just sit and pout, edit it! Yes, articles can be edited, and you can even add comments, if you like.

Feel free to start posting on it at http://tiki.sorrowind.net.

As my other pages, this page is not affliated with Massassi, but is merely run by me to help you Massassians. If you have any problems, please feel free to email me, not the staff. Thanks, and good luck!
Star Wars History.org - DSettahr @ 4:46 PM
Aequo sent us an email to let us know about a new website, www.starwarshistory.org.
StarWarsHistory.org has recently opened it's doors to members and is still looking for dedicated individuals for administrative positions. Star Wars History is a website devoted to the chronological mythology of the Star Wars Universe. This includes all of the movies of course, but also the Star Wars books and graphic novels (and games!). Since the mythology of the Star Wars Universe is a constantly changing and evolving topic, we thought it would be best to place it in a media that can be easily updated. Using Wiki as a backend system, we are developing an open encyclopedia for everything that happens in the Star Wars Saga.

We're looking for people who know a lot about the stories and plots of the SW video games to contribute, but anybody is welcome to help out on the wiki.

June 18, 2004

IGN Battlefront Preview Article - DSettahr @ 6:21 PM
IGN managed to get a look at a playable demo of Battlefront, and has posted an article about the game here, including some new screenshots and impressions of the gameplay.
In keeping with the movie, the main goal in the Battle of Endor map is the shield generator that's protecting the Death Star 2.0. The entire conflict ranges across a forested valley with the shield generator on one end and a Rebel outpost on the other. Moving out from the Rebel outpost, you reach a small Ewok village. You can climb up ramps to reach the wooden platforms high up in the trees; these make great sniping spots. (Sniper fire leaves a thin, white trail in the air, letting other players know approximately where it's coming from.)
There is a lot of more info about the game in the article, so those who are planning on purchasing it when its released should definately take a look.

June 22, 2004

New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level: Abandoned Duel Arena - mscbuck @ 2:53 PM
File: Abandoned Duel Arena
Author: pcjedi007
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a small multiplayer level set in an abandoned port that held duels. The level contains a loading depot with two dueling rooms next to it. This level is recommended for 2-4 players and this is my first level that I'm releasing.
New Jedi Academy Single Player Level: Corellian Graffiti 1 - mscbuck @ 2:59 PM
File: Corellian Graffiti 1
Author: Kengo
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: As the Century Fox hurtles through space towards its next objective, things can get fairly dull. Sometimes, even I-Spy fails to relieve the boredom. At times like this, you can always turn to your travelling companions for interesting conversation...
New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level: KoJ_Ninja's House - mscbuck @ 3:02 PM
File: KoJ_Ninja's House
Author: KoJ_Ninja
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a small multiplayer level set inside of a building like a house that I wanted, except there is no door and stairs. You can play around this small area consisted of 4 rooms, and a temple. There is a window so you can see into the beautiful blue sky. This level is for 2-4 players to enjoy.
New MotS Multiplayer Level: Rats - mscbuck @ 3:04 PM
File: Rats
Author: Death Valley
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Your the size of Rats!!!!
New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level: Super Slide - mscbuck @ 3:06 PM
File: Super Slide
Author: Vane
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a fairly large level if you include the massive slide. It supports 16 people. You find yourself at the World Famous 'Super Slide'. Do you dare take the slide? or are you too chicken? Have fun, and enjoy.
New Jedi Academy Duel Level: Tram Station - mscbuck @ 3:10 PM
File: Tram Station
Author: lukeskywalker1
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a map of a subway set in the Star Wars Universe. There's a spot to duel, and once in a while a tram drives by right through the dueling area. Be careful because it may just kill you! This map supports Duel and PowerDuel (mainly) and FFA, but I warn you it may be too small for FFA.
New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level: 16bit Wind Temple - mscbuck @ 3:12 PM
File: 16bit Wind Temple
Author: Mycoal
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This level features 16 bit textures, traps, cameras, Artificial intelligence, and more. This is my first level.
To Everybody - mscbuck @ 3:14 PM
First off, I just cleared the inbox and posted the seven new levels that were in it. Go check them out, because it looks like there are some promising ones.

Now, onto the bad part! I think the level posters and I share this same following opinion. We are not your slaves. We do not listen to people who tell us to post their levels. We do not listen to people who claim us to be ignorant and lazy. We don't sit at our computers, 24/7, checking the virus-infested levels inbox, because most of us actually have a life. Some of our posters are in the process of moving, having some family issues to deal with, and are at jobs all the time.

However, this lack of updates is not just our inability to check the inbox of levels everyday because of one conflict or the other. It is now a fact that a large number of levels aren't being sent in anymore. So far this year, we have had periods of 3 to 4 weeks where only 6 or 7 levels have been sent in (and most of the time 3 or 4 have been incorrect submissions).

I know that some of you say "Oh, just let me help!" While your willingness to help is very noble and courageous thought, I personally have learned that it just won't work, especially when it comes to file posting. We've had at least 6 or 7 people come in, start out great, and just desert us or stop posting, because they are tired of all messages, commands, or even harassment in some cases. I promise you that the group we have right now is really dedicated, and they have been proven to be good workers. It's just that their schedule is conflicting, and when it comes to a life or posting on a Star Wars gaming site, I think having a life is a bigger priority.

If you have problem with not getting a level posted, or wanting a change, I would recommend you try to contact DSettahr, me, or GoY in the #massassi chat room, rather than the staff e-mail (it's so full with viruses, no one checks it). When you message us, don't just say "Post this level". Ask us kindly if we would please check the inbox. We are a lot more willing to check the inbox if we are asked kindly rather than you treating us like a lower being.

June 23, 2004

I Am Not Slacking Off - DSettahr @ 8:19 PM
I know the number of updates from me has dropped drasticaly over the past few weeks, but rest assured that I am not getting lazy. I currently have very limited internet access, although I am working hard to rectify the situation. Hopefully, within a few weeks I should be able to resume updating the site daily.
Life Of Grismath 02 Updated - mscbuck @ 2:35 PM
Grismath has released a patched version of the second level in his genre-blending Life of Grismath series for Mysteries of the Sith. This fixes ALL crash bugs and tweaks some puzzles based on user feedback. Download it here.

June 24, 2004

New Jedi Academy Skin: Inu Yasha Skin Pack 1.0 - mscbuck @ 6:40 PM
File: Inu Yasha Skin Pack 1.0
Author: SavageX
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: InuYasha skin pack v1.0 - featuring InuYasha, Sesshomaru, Kagome, Kikyo, Sango, and Miroku from the anime show "InuYasha". All have team support and bot support. Some models have more than one default skin.

June 28, 2004

New MotS Single Player Level: Yenn Korron Series: Chapter 2 - mscbuck @ 9:29 PM
File: Yenn Korron Series: Chapter 2
Author: Pagewizard_YKS
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is the second chapter in Pagewizard's Yenn Korron Series, entitled "Infiltration at Halma Spaceport".