April Fool's Day
April Fool's Joke - Brian
Alright, I personally hate April Fool's day, but all the rest of the staff members seem to like it for whatever reason. They've been planning this huge joke for the past month or so, and I'm sworn to secrecy. Please note that I have nothing to do with it. I'm just warning you, when some serious news pops up, please take it with a grain of salt.
History of SW Video Games - darkjedi86
Well, Fuurgh over at Jedi Legacy has apparently stumbled on a History of Star Wars Video Games, written by VideoGames.Com. Although it is a little outdated, the article stretches back 18 years. I would recommend you checking this article out. Like Fuurgh said, it's sure to bring back memories.
Lucas goes wacko. - Juztyn
Check this out. Comments? Post 'em in this thread on the forums. :)
New MotS Multiplayer Level Review: Forest- Reviews
The Massassi Temple Review Site has just posted a new review of Forest. The level was created by Ortheza.
New MotS Multiplayer Level: Forest - Kedri
File: Forest
Author: Ortheza
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: A big multiplayer level inside a big forest. There are three areas: an upper light forest, a lower, little darker forest, and a dark cave :-) Best played with Full Force and weapons with at least four players or more.
DFA Level Contest Announced - Kedri
There's been some talk about this on our Discussion Board for a few days already, but now it's official: Captain Ramen has announced a level contest based on Death From Above: Turbo Ritalin Edition, from Last Stand Productions. For those of you still enjoying quality time under that rock, DFA:TRE is an SP/MP mod for MotS, the third in what could easily be called one the best mod series for JK available. Head over to LSP's Official Contest Page to get all the info you need. Deadline's currently set for June 1, 2000.
Friday, March 31, 2000
Force Commander Demo! - Brian
You know you want it. Check out Force Commander Outpost for the info.
New MotS Single Player Level: The Boba Fett Missions - Kedri
File: The Boba Fett Missions
Author: Nate C.
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: You are Boba Fett. Now go play the level and have fun!
New JK MOD: Ninja Kage v6.0 - Kedri
File: Ninja Kage v6.0
Author: Shadow
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: My Ninja Kage skin with my voice acting replaces Kyle Katarn. Many of the normal characters are now zombies, both in SP and MP. Features:
  • Five new ninja besides Kage (kah-gay; shadow) for MP games: Hayashi (ha-yah-she; forest/nature), Gouka (goh-ka; hell fire), Denkou (den-koh; lightning), Hyougen (he-yoh-gen; ice/snow field), and Shiro (she-row; white)
  • Authentic, magic Ninja To (nin-ja-toe; ninja sword) with custom moves and bloody slashes!
  • The sword is much more realistic--all moves do greater damage and can be swung faster
  • When armed with the sword, you go into "stealth mode," which makes all of your footsteps silent
  • Two hidden JK KEY animations for the sword are added--a cool stab and a fancy over-the-head slice
  • Fire 2 now features my improved diagonal slash, horizontal slash, and stab combo
  • Once you swing the sword for the first time, it is able to inflict damage to anything and anyone with a mere touch... a feature that SHOULD have been in JK in the first place!
  • You can decapitate Stormtroopers sometimes in SP games
  • Instead of smoke trails appearing when you chop off an arm or head, blood flies about
  • Authentic Kunai (koo-n'eye; ninja throwing knives) replace the Bryar and Thermal Detonators
  • Kick while holding any weapon (assign a key). It actually damages opponents in MP games, unlike all other mods (as far as I know), and isn't just one single hit like a punch--it's four!
  • Perform a high-flipping jump attack (assign a key; only damages with sword)
  • Use the Grappling Hook to reach far-off places
  • Force Blind is replaced with Force Push (everyone in sight)
  • Force Seeing and Persuasion have less annoying/stealthier noises
  • Force Lightning is now ninja lightning magic that rains from the sky, surrounding you, as well as lancing forward from your hands
  • Force Destruction is now Crimson Rain, falling from directly above you and scattering anyone and anything all around you
  • Start the game equipped with 50 throwing knives, IR goggles, and 200 shields
  • You can stick to and jump up walls as long as they're less than 90 degrees vertical
  • You hold the sword in Japanese mid-stance and Force-using gestures are better
New JK MOD: Enhancement Pack 2.1 - Kedri
File: Enhancement Pack 2.1
Author: Hideki
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This patch is a weapon modification that alters every weapon and enables each of them with a tertiary fire mode, as well as enhancing each weapon with the Enhance Device. Some device features include a laser pointer, trip wire mine, an AI ally and much more, including some secrets to unlock.
New MotS Multiplayer Level: The Star Runner - Kedri
File: The Star Runner
Author: Melvil
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: A smuggler ship.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Factory - Kedri
File: Factory
Author: Cowboy
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a parts factory after the closing hour, so the alarms are on and traps are set. It has plenty of weapons and pick-ups and wide open spaces, allowing for fast-paced action at all times. Some things aren't as they seem, so don't be afraid to snoop around a bit.
Tosche Reviews the MLP 2 - Brian
Outpost D-34 announced that Tosche Station has reviewed all the levels in the 2nd Massassi Level pack. All the levels got awesome scores, so if you're still deciding whether to download it, go read the reviews. They also reviewed Myth of the Kaiburr Crystal, a JK single player level.
Obi-Wan Tidbits - Brian
Obi-WanKenobi.net announced that Obi-Wan, the next 3d shooter from Lucasarts, will feature Team Fortress type gameplay. They are speculating that this means that the game will finally support dedicated servers. If you've never played a game with dedicated servers, it means you can get a ton more people in a game. I've personally played games with up to 20 people in them, though they do get bigger sometimes. Check out Obi-WanKenobi.net for more info.
Etc. - Brian
I've done some trimming around here. Most notable are the removal of a couple of our hosted sites. Mehab4 of IS: Irrelevant Skins has moved on to bigger and better things. He did release ISP2, which is a killer skin pack, but I haven't had time to add it to our files system yet. Expect that in a few days. Dragonfly of the JK Depot has chosen to close down his site as well. Thanks to both sites for their time here, and we wish you the best of luck in the future.
Star Wars Online News - Juztyn
I saw over at the SWVault that MCVnow has posted a blurb about Star Wars Online - the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game that was announced by LucasArts and Turbine a couple of weeks ago:
LucasArts/Verant's massively multiplayer version of Star Wars, announced this month, will draw on gameplay aspects that made Verant's first game, EverQuest, a success. But to draw in a more mainstream audience, beginners are promised an intimidation-free environment.

Simon Jeffery, recently appointed president of LucasArts, talks with MCV about the work-in-progress.

"Practically all of the massively multiplayer online games at the moment are 'men in tights' games, and Star Wars has the real opportunity to expand online gaming to a more casual gamer," Jeffery says. "I think there's a high degree of intimidation to entry in online gaming. A lot of casual gamers are just put off by the fact that there's newbie-bashing and you have to be pretty hardcore to just know what's going on."

There will be opportunities for players to hack and slash their way to the next level, Jeffery says, but LucasArts will emphasize the nonviolent aspects of the game. "We want people to be able to go in there and have an experience that might have no killing whatever, where level increasing is gained by doing good, or simply being a successful trader or a good spy."

While gameplay might take a slightly different slant from that of EverQuest or Ultima Online, the business model will be the same, in that the game will be purchased at retail and there will be a monthly subscription to play. Pricing hasn't been finalized, although Jeffery agrees that right now, $10 per month (the price of the three current multiplayer leaders) is a mass-market-friendly price.

Additionally, players will not be able to adopt core Star Wars characters, but will be able to become one of several races, possibly including droids, Jeffery says. Core Star Wars characters will appear in the game, but interactions with them will be at an NPC level.

LucasArts is looking to ship the game around fall 2001
Thanks to SWVault (see link above) for letting me steal their news for the 3rd time.
Thursday, March 30, 2000
New JK Multiplayer Level: MERC Waterfall - Kedri
File: MERC Waterfall
Author: Dorkus Malorkus
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Huge water treatment plant with some sweet waterfalls, and a large interior structure. Includes many traps, many secrets, and an awesome underground breakroom. This level has six small hidden areas, see if you can find them all. If you like this level, be sure to visit the Dorkfiles to check out more of our work.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Big Nar Shaddaa - Kedri
File: Big Nar Shaddaa
Author: Dorkus Malorkus
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Nar Shaddaa Modification - Includes a 3rd floor and many new areas and traps. This level received a 91% from Tosche Station and a 4 star (out of 5) rating from Hyperview. If you like this level, be sure to visit the Dorkfiles to check out more of our work.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Saberlevel V - Kedri
File: Saberlevel V
Author: Dorkus Malorkus
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Medium-sized temple, perfect for Full Force or No Force saber battles. If you like this level, be sure to visit the Dorkfiles to check out more of our work.
New JK Multiplayer Level: MERC Hell - Kedri
File: MERC Hell
Author: Dorkus Malorkus
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Canyon Oasis modification with a slightly different layout and new textures to give it a beautiful Hellish look. This level features unlimited rail-detonator ammo, numerous weapon supercharges, and low gravity... hence the name, MERC Hell. For maximum craziness, play this level with three or more people. If you like this level, be sure to visit the Dorkfiles to check out more of our work.
New MotS MOD: BoaM Skin Pack - Kedri
File: BoaM Skin Pack
Author: Anthony Piggott
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This pack contains 17 new skins, all of which are taken from characters included in my two levels, Birth of a Mercenary Chapter 1 and Birth of a Mercenary Chapter 2. Such skins include Dark Forces Kyle, Commander Kyle, Emperor Palpatine, General Torque, Cliffside Cadet, Imperial Maintenence Worker, the Cliffside Dean and many more... I saw this pack as the best way to preview the new models rather than release another preview level!
New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level Review: Duel Wasteland- Reviews
The Massassi Temple Review Site has just posted a new review of Duel Wasteland. The level was created by SJH_BobaFett_B4.
Review Comments - Brian
Due to some suggestions over on the review board, I did a quick update to the review comments script. Now, the comments are listed in the order they were posted, rather than reverse order.
Etc. - Brian
I've been taking a break from Massassi the past couple of days, and I plan to continue doing this until next week. I'll still do random updates, but no big projects.

Starting next week, however, I've got a lot of stuff to do. I'm in the process of programming a complete forum system to replace the UBB. I don't know that we'll implement it on Massassi itself (too much of a hassle), but we will use it on our other network sites.

I'm also in the process of implementing a new user authentication system on our various admin scripts. This has forced me to learn the object-oriented side of PHP (*cough*).

There's a ton more as well, but I don't want to announce them, in case I don't get to them as I plan to. Let's just say, "You ain't seen nothing yet."
Wednesday, March 29, 2000
Done! - Slug
Well, that's all the levels in my inbox.. If you sent one in and it isn't here, re-send it.. Make sure to submit correctly. I once again apologize for the delay in some of the these recent postings - Thanks for bearing with us.
New MotS Multiplayer Level: TR Council Chamber - Slug
File: TR Council Chamber
Author: Melvil
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: Tr's Private Council Chamber.
New MotS MOD: Jedi Pack - Slug
File: Jedi Pack
Author: Vindicare
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This patch will replace Kyle with Qui Gon Jinn and Mara with Obi Wan Kenobi. They each have their own sabers and sounds They also flip when jumping and can use force airjump and force heal all.
New JK MOD: Private Hudson - Slug
File: Private Hudson
Author: Vindicare
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This patch will replace Kyle with Private Hudson from the film Aliens. Hudson can flip and when he uses force heal it heals his shields as well.
New JK MOD: Corporal Hicks - Slug
File: Corporal Hicks
Author: Vindicare
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This patch will replace Kyle with Corporal Hicks from the film Aliens. Hicks can flip and when he uses force heal it heals his shields as well.
New MotS Multiplayer Level: Nar Shaddaa DM - Slug
File: Nar Shaddaa DM
Author: Winged Cat
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: A medium-sized multiplayer level set on the vertical city of Nar Shaddaa. It consists of several floors, perfect for sniping, and several open areas for large gun fights and saber duels. This level was created for use with Captain Ramen's Death From Above MOD (http://www.outpostd34.com/lsp/), so I recommend you try it. Also, a 3d card is recommended to see all the nice colours. Enjoy.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Saberz Only - Slug
File: Saberz Only
Author: Mandalor
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This is a very small two-player sabers only two player level. It is has four rooms, one with a slightly raised platform for saber fighting, one with the 21B medical droid, and one with- never mind, just see for yourself. It's my first MP level, so feedback is appreciated.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Sorcerer's Tower - Slug
File: Sorcerer's Tower
Author: SR_Sorcerer_Vin
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This is an a medium-sized multiplayer level for 3-4 or more players. It is primarily a guns level, but there is a saber arena for duels. It can be played with or without force, but can become a great, fast-paced deathmatch at full force. It's my first level so it is less than perfect. Enjoy.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Conveyor - Slug
File: Conveyor
Author: System Override and Electric_Juice
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a small multiplayer level consisting of two conveyor belts going in opposite directions, two pools of water either end, so you dont die when you get to the end of the conveyor, made for 2+ players, and you can watch the time fly by, as there is a clock on the wall showing the elapsed time, next to the conveyor belt, also for improving accuracy while on the move.
New MotS Multiplayer Level: Coruscant Rooftops - Slug
File: Coruscant Rooftops
Author: Moonraker
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: A level that I made a long time ago and just finished now. It takes place on the rooftops of Coruscant where you can battle your opponent over traitorous heights and hop on transports to go from building to building.
Operation Fortra Fixed - Slug
The .zip for Operation Fortra, a JK mp level posted recently, has been fixed.
Tuesday, March 28, 2000
New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level Review: PotM Oasis- Reviews
The Massassi Temple Review Site has just posted a new review of PotM Oasis. The level was created by Kronos_PotM .
New Jedi Knight Multiplayer Level Review: JKT - Morbius ]|[- Reviews
The Massassi Temple Review Site has just posted a new review of JKT - Morbius ]|[. The level was created by DotF_Lightside.
New Review @ Hyperview - darkjedi86
Well, Hyperview also has a new review. The review is of Duel of the Fates, and I would recommend checking this review out at Hyperview.
New Review @ Tosche Station - darkjedi86
Well, Tosche Station has a new review! This baby is none other than the the latest killer, Necropolis. Head on over to Tosche Station and check it out!
JK Archives Bids Farewell - Slug
Got this email from Hebedee.
I would like to start off by saying that it has been a great run. The Jedi Knight Archives in it's life got more hits than most sites can only dream of. I estimate that between all the different counters we went through and all the times we reset them, we got around 400,000+ hits. Our reasons for closing it down, not enough time. Lately you have seen that we are only updating 1-2 times a week. It is pointless, in my opinion, to keep a site open that is not updated regularly. Second, Jedi Knight is in it's final stage. There are fewer and fewer players these days, meaning fewer and fewer visitors. Morriar and I would like to thank you all for submitting all your files etc. and using our resources to fulfill your Jedi Knight needs. It's great knowing that we go down in history with the largest collection of Jedi Knight levels online.....

P.S. You will probably see us around.........
While I certainly don't agree with his claim that JK is dying (Massassi is getting more and more hits everyday), it's a shame to see them go..
JK Archives Closes Shop - Kedri
Alas, the final chapter's been written for JK Archives, one of the best resources for JK MP levels on the Net, as it closes down for good. From Sauron:
I would like to start off by saying that it has been a great run. The Jedi Knight Archives in it's life got more hits than most sites can only dream of. I estimate that between all the different counters we went through and all the times we reset them, we got around 400,000+ hits. Our reasons for closing it down, not enough time. Lately you have seen that we are only updating 1-2 times a week. It is pointless, in my opinion, to keep a site open that is not updated regularly...
Head over to the site for the rest of his farewell address, and while you're there have a last look at the vast repository that gave the site its name. Many thanks to Hebedee for sending in the news.
Jedi Nights Hosts Gundam Wing Site - Kedri
Spart sends word of a TC site now hosted over at Jedi Nights:
The Gundam Wing has just moved to Jedi Nights. They're working on a TC based on the Jap'anime show (Gundam). When complete, it will be: "an advanced, realistic RPG just like the anime show. Where you'll be able to drive vehicles, fly and battle gundams, or do missions on foot."
Monday, March 27, 2000
New MotS MOD: Leeza's Destiny: Multiplayer MOD - Slug
File: Leeza's Destiny: Multiplayer MOD
Author: SavageX
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: The Leeza's Destiny: Multiplayer MOD. It's a mod that'll allow you to use the guns featured in Leeza's Destiny 2.0 in multiplayer. The new guns include the Mandalorian Rifle, The Jeron Fusion Cutter, A new Stormtrooper Rifle Scope, and the Assault Cannon. Also includes new Flash Bombs (they explode on impact with primary fire) and new modifications to some force powers (you can flip using force flip and you force projection holds a gun). Also includes new skins such as Leeza, Vallo, and the Assault Trooper.
New JK Single Player Level: The New Empire - Slug
File: The New Empire
Author: Chris Swan
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: The first level of a new eight level series. The Imperial Moff Dargon has constructed a deadly new device- the ageing cylinder. It is protected at a new Imperial base on a remote planet. One person with the location of this base is Jaffo, a notorious crime lord and dealer with the late Empire. In this first episode, you must infiltrate her base and transmit the location of the Imperial base to the New Republic.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Three Towers - Slug
File: Three Towers
Author: RSG_TCJ
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This is a medium sized level. It has some good sniping spots, as well as open ground for saber battles. It is set in a city spaceport, and has a temple in the middle.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Op: Fortra DM - Slug
File: Op: Fortra DM
Author: Jenny
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This is the last level from Operation: Fortra, converted to a saber multiplayer. It is a very fast paced, open level with a huge DROP beneath! Hahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahah!!!! Uhm, sorry.
New JK Multiplayer Level: TEH Level Pack - Slug
File: TEH Level Pack
Author: TEH_BobaFett
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This level pack was made by TEH's own Bobafett. One is a mod of Canyon Oasis, with many secrets. The other was built from scratch. These levels will be added onto, so look for updates!
New JK Multiplayer Level: Of Wolf and Men - Slug
File: Of Wolf and Men
Author: TTJ_Schming
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: Fairly small level with lots of s and shadows to hide in. Nice and fast action and framerate for games of about 4 people up to 6 can play. If you can get on the elevator, good; if not don't lose sleep over it. It was made to be hard to get on.
Etc. - Slug
Just posting this so I can post some levels.. I'm nearly done with them fortunately.. Turns out there were a few repeats, and a few incorrectly sent ones, so the number of levels in my inbox dropped.. After tonight, I think I'll only have 5 more..

While I'm here, I'm gonna do a little advertising for Jepman.. I'm flat out impressed with the beautiful mats in this thread. Very cool stuff...
Sunday, March 26, 2000
New JK Multiplayer Level: JKT - Morbius ]|[ - Slug
File: JKT - Morbius ]|[
Author: DotF_Lightside
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: Welcome to Morbius ]|[, for this is the battleground in the Jedi Knight Tournament(c)2000, and you have been chosen to fight in it. This level is fit from 2-6 players. Fast, and powerful gameplay make this level deadly.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Nar Shaddaa - Dark Life - Slug
File: Nar Shaddaa - Dark Life
Author: Jenny
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This is something I made ages ago, but couldn't be bothered to release it or finish it. Here it is, still a little unfinished admittedly. You can navigate by the tubes. Cameras scattered around show you many areas. There are sewers, hangers, train stations, social areas and cargo bays. There are lots of force surges around and force is essential for some parts. I don't care if you think that is unfair. And another thing. Why do I never INTEND to make a level?! My first level was just trying to get doors to work, Operation: Fortra was just testing a new mat, and this was making Nar Shaddaa pillars.... duh! Sigma Vulcanis was the only level I have started on purpose, and that was Single Player initially...
New JK Multiplayer Level: Duel Wasteland - Slug
File: Duel Wasteland
Author: SJH_BobaFett_B4
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a one room level consisting of two forts. Two to five players are to be at one fort each. ALL turrets and cannons are working, all with customized cogs that DON'T crash your computer. If you find a way to the secret platform, don't tell anyone =;-]
New JK Multiplayer Level: Mansion - Slug
File: Mansion
Author: Fuzmeister
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: This is a fair sized level for 2- 4 players that takes place in a mansion. There are several sniper posts, booby traps, and many secrets. This level is good for sabers or guns.
New JK Multiplayer Level: Topside Advantage - Slug
File: Topside Advantage
Author: phantasm
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: A primarily verticle multiplayer level with a playform in the middle. Originally intended for the JK Arena mod which never happened. You spawn with a rail gun, sequencer charges, a stormie blaster and 150 sheild.
New JK Multiplayer Level: PotM Oasis - Slug
File: PotM Oasis
Author: Kronos_PotM
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This is our clan Oasis level, there are 2 bases lots of powerups, lots of secrets, and a secret item called a Super Revive... All we know is it looks like a soda... =)
New JK Multiplayer Level: Frag Arena - Slug
File: Frag Arena
Author: bowser316
Screenshots: Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2
Description: A large multiplayer map for fierce saber battles and/or gun wars. A few hidden rooms may be found as well. This is my first multiplayer map =. The level could easily hold up to 16+ players. Are you ready for some intense fragging fun?
New JK Multiplayer Level: Moon Rides - Slug
File: Moon Rides
Author: SR_Spyder_Wick
Screenshots: No Screenshots
Description: This level takes place on a portion of a moonbase. Mainly a gunner level, but there are two saber arenas. One is a platform over a deep pit, and the other a room, with an upper story observation level. Several domains surround the center moon face. A Three story temple provides some safety from any dangers outside, and a nice little pool to take a refreshing dip in. Designed for 2-32 players.
Force Commander Info - Brian
Our killer network site, Force Commander Outpost, has had a lot of stuff going on lately. First off, they've added a killer poll, so be sure to vote (this week it's Rebels Vs. Imperials). They've also added a new link button, so if you own a site, and like FC Outpost, be sure to use the new button to link. Big thanks to our very own Kedri for all the amazing (as usual) graphics work.

Finally, as always, they've got the low-down on all the latest happenings in the Force Commander community, so stop by and pay them a visit.