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The 2011 Regeneration Manifesto: Part 3, Structure the Season
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The 2011 Regeneration Manifesto: Part 2, The Situation
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The Dredge: GotW #11, BftP #22011-03-27 10:33 | SEBbull
A week has passed since the last news about the Welkin's alter-ego- Judge Dredge, or Reverend Dredge, but that doesn't mean he wasn't working. He published two fine pieces of writing, which in case you haven't already, I strongly recommend you to read.

The Game of the Week #11, as usual, covers all the interesting facts from the duel leagues from the past week. After the brief summary of the Quake 2 playground, Welkin goes on to pick two most interesting games and provides us with his insight on both.

In the Blast from the Past #2, Welkin takes the role of mysterious traveler wandering through the Quake 2 wasteland. You can imagine him telling 'Gather close that you might hearken the story of the past. The story of the great battle for the third place in Simple. The battle between...'

If you appreciate Welkin's effort and you run a demos-archive, or you are an active duel player, be sure to check the Wanted section on his blog. Welkin's looking for a number of demos from recent competitions for a mysterious project(!). If you happen to have the missing demos, find a way to contact him. I'm sure your help won't go unnoticed.

On a final note, if you want to be on top of the Dredge updates, you might consider subscribing to the Dredge's RSS feed, right here.

The Dredge update:
:: Game of the Week #11 (March 23, 2011)
:: Blast from the Past #2 (March 21, 2011)
:: Wanted demos
:: The Dredge RSS feeds


Random note:
If you are running a league, writing a new mod or just have any other random information, you'd like to share with the community, feel free to contact the scene crew (checking their activity beforehand; hint: last login), preferably with already written post. Just so the site doesn't lag behind and is actually the news aggregator for the scene. Or maybe you want to write for the scene website yourself? If so, contact Kolt and convience him you are good enough!
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The Dredge: GotW #102011-03-20 08:58 | SEBbull
In case you haven't noticed yet, or you just don't follow every single Quake 2 related site (we don't blame you, the scene is scattered all over the Internet), here's a heads up- Welkin updated the Dredge blog with another Game of the Week article.

"Week #10 was probably the busiest week we've had in quite a while, and as you might imagine, that means shitloads of demos for me to go through. A few of them even called for some reruns - because they were just that good!"

What games is Judge Dredge talking about? What ratings has he given them? That, you have to find out by yourself.

---

On a totally unrelated note, you might have noticed - there's a new poll on the right-hand bar. We would really appreciate if you took a second and cast your vote for what's closest to your opinion. Thank you!
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FB, AprQ2, the Dredge & UniCTF2011-03-18 08:53 | SEBbull
What makes a game community great is not only the number of players and/or leagues running. It is the people who are passionate enough to invest their spare time into a project dedicated for other players' enjoyment. Luckily, our ever-shrinking community still have a few such people.

To take advantage of the growing community of Facebook, sofiene has decided to create a FB magazine dedicated solely for the the latest news from the q2scene.net world. If you are one of those FB freaks who spend all their free time there, rather than on quakenet, be sure to check it out and hit the LIKE button for your daily scene updates. BTW Facebook, if you haven't already, be sure to join the q2scene group, which has been around for quite some time now, and can be found here.

If you are one of those Linux or MacOS users, who love Quake2, but were discouraged by the lack of good client on those platforms, I have some good news. Jay Dolan, seeing the latest AprQ2 out-of-date and the project itself got abandoned by original creator, took over the existing code! He has since made some fixes, implemented the updated R1Q2 Protocol 35 and polished the code, so that Mac and Linux users can have a decent platform- a stable, feature-rich client to play on. If you are interestes, be sure to head to the project site to grab the files and learn more.

It's always good to see retired players coming back to the game. Be it to actively play, to simply observe, or to create something community has never seen before. Peter Lindström, alias Welkin comes back with his world's only quake2 blog - the Dredge. On the blog, Welkin, under the name of Judge Dredd, I mean, Judge Dredge is going to review and express his opinion on his favourite games, both the contemporary ones (the Game of the Week) and almost ancient now (Blast from the Past). Be sure to read what he has written by now, here.

Remember the UniCTF idea, Newash had not so long ago? The mod to combine what's best from both (T)DM and CTF? No? In short words, capturing the flags on doubled dm maps without the ever-hated-in-dm-scene grapple. For more information check the forums, or take a glance on the project's polish website (the Mapy section to get an idea about the maps and the downloads), or visit the #unictf channel on quakenet. Now that you are familiar with the concept, you might want to know that Harven incorporated the UniCTF into his TDM mod. AFAIK, the UniCTF itself is still in the beta phase, so in order to test it out in real game situations, urbasek set up two servers on his Germany-located planetquake platform with the UniCTF mod.

What's more, urbasek with the help of goat and stasiek decided to organize a UniCTF league for all the clans (not only the polish ones!) who are interested in playing the UniCTF beta for fun and in the meantime finding the bugs in a organized-games manner. The rules are yet to be written, but the most crucial information can be found on the end of the newsitem. The website is the part of the same database as plq2, and can be found here.

q2scene on Facebook:
:: q2scene group: CLICK
:: q2scene magazine: CLICK

Updated AprQ2, working on Linux and MacOS:
:: Author: Jay Dolan
:: URL: jdolan.dyndns.org/trac/wiki/AprQ2
:: Tastyspleen's thread: CLICK

The Dredge:
:: Author: Welkin
:: URL: welkin.se/thedredge

UniCTF:
:: UniCTF idea: Newash
:: UniCTF website: CLICK
:: UniCTF forums thread: CLICK

UniCTF Cup:
:: Cup URL: cup.planetquake.pl/quake2/unictf
:: IRC: #unictf (@ quakenet)
:: Admins: urbasek, goat, stasiek
:: Signups deadline: 20th(?) March, CLICK
:: Rules: clans of minimum 5 players, maximum 10; tl 20, weapon stay 1, tp 4, powerups 1, bfg 1; 4v4; q2uctf1-q2uctf9 and lfctf10
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JUMP #7; 'On the Anticheat'2011-01-03 12:20 | SEBbull
The quake2 community (or of any other FPS, really) has always been frag-oriented. But there's more to q2 than just fragging. Imagine yourself, you are on an empty server waiting for others to come. What do you do? You jump around; you experience the uniqueness of the q2 movement.

That very uniqueness inspired some players to create the JumpMod. A mod in which fragging isn't the goal, completing the map is. It may sound easy, but it is not. In order to complete a map, you have to incorporate all the gameplay uniqueness- crate jumps, multiple jumps, water and ladder jumps, to name a few, or you will fail miserably.

You think you've got what it takes? Good, as _SK3L3T0R_ and APKIS are proud to announce the seventh installment of Jump Tournament, possibly the only JumpMod competition. Be sure to head over to the tournament's site (HERE) to learn more about the rules and the rare thing in modern q2 history - a cash prize! That's right. After fraggers getting some support from polish community, jumpers stepped up to put out the 300 for the winners of Jump #7. (Q2 is dead, anyone?!)

If you want to know more about the JumpMod in general, go to the mod's official site HERE, connect to the server at 94.136.46.3:27950 or visit jumpers at #q2.jump. In the meantime, you might want to check n00k1e's JUMP #7 promo.

Jump Tournament #7:
Signups deadline: 15th January, CLICK
Competition start: 21st January
Admins: _SK3L3T0R_ and APKIS
Prize pool: E300 (thanks to _SK3L3T0R_ and *TeiOch*)
IRC: #q2.jump (@ qnet)

Jump Tournament #6 podium:
:: 1. n00k1e
:: 2. Zuen
:: 3. APKIS^

---

While jumpers are happy about their playground, some of the DM players are concerned about the cheaters in the game. One of them is sofiene, the Tunisian newcomer to the online world of q2. He is worried about cheaters and the anticheat efficiency and has asked me to post up his little column on the topic for everybody to read.

While the column might be a little off here and there, and there might be some exaggerations, I'm sure he means no harm and is sincerely worried about the future of the anticheat module and the game itself.

sofiene's 'On the Anticheat':
Author: sofiene
Link to read: HERE
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Edge #22010-11-22 13:48 | SEBbull
With EDL and EQ2L seasons underway, after the recent NDML 9 launch, the Q2 community are still waiting for a few more things to come. One of the things we are waiting for, is the Edge Duel League (or Edge for short). The thing is, we don't have to wait anymore. Yes, that's right. After months of absence, Gerdt is finally back to bring you the brand new season of the Edge.

If you are ready for some action on arguably the best multiplayer map of all times, be sure to go to the league's website, read the rules to have a grasp on technical details and hit the sign up button, here.

One of the most entertaining and competitive league is coming up. What could be more fun, you may ask. Hm.. what if the Polish q2 community were to sponsor actual top 3 prizes?! -This is madness. -Madness? This is THE EDGE!

Be sure to check the news item regarding the prizes and don't forget to sign up right away, so you don't miss the opportunity to win some precious loot!

Edge #2:
Rules: tl 15, bo3 in the group stage, bo5 in the playoffs
Signups deadline: 30th November, CLICK
Admins: Gerdt, Pogo, ph, D4Ru$, edwin DM
IRC: #edge.q2

Edge #1 podium:
:: 1. Damiah
:: 2. Purri
:: 3. gerppa / Aone

PS:
Thanks newash and Gerdt for spamming me up to write about the league here! And a small reminder:
If you are running a league, writing a new mod or just have any other random information, you'd like to share with the community, feel free to contact the scene crew (checking their activity beforehand; hint: last login), preferably with already written post. Just so the site doesn't lag behind and is actually the news aggregator for the scene. Or maybe you want to write for the scene website yourself? If so, contact Kolt and convience him you are good enough!
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NDML #9: second take2010-10-24 16:19 | SEBbull
The time has come! The day has arrived! Two and a half years after NDML #8 had finished, year and a half after the first attempt of organizing NDML #9, eight months after NDML: Invitational idea, Gravgon has finally come to proudly present the long-awaited ninth season of the Nations Deathmatch League!

That is right! Seeing a recent raise of motivation among q2 players, Gravgon has decided to give the NDML #9 one more shot to see if YOU, guys, are up for it! Don't let his efforts be in vain! There are a couple ways to show your appreciation and interest:
:: go to the league's website, leave a comment saying how excited you are,
:: get hold of an oldschool player and tell him/her what's up and to come back,
:: or most importantly, gather your countrymen, pick a team captain and go to #ndml to signup a team!

The league's layout doesn't change much. It will follow its typical course, with a group stage and a single-elimination bracket. The only noticable change is a slight tweak to the mappool. In addition to the standard q2dmx maps, the teams will also compete on the Schizm, aka q2next1, which has been successfully tested out in a last few EUROQ2L and has been proven a decent tdm map.

For more information, go to the league's website, visit the irc channel or contact anyone of the crew.

NDML #9:
Admins: Gravgon, wision, biah and d34d.
IRC: #ndml @ quakenet
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More duel leagues this season!2010-09-21 17:14 | SEBbull
As it's been reported, EDL and EUROQ2L are not the only leagues to come!

Rambutan, K1RU, LitRium, AlexyNov, the almighty Russian crew is proud to announce that the signups for the new, sixth, instalment of Russian Duel League are now open! The league is most likely to follow it's typical course with minor, or no changes in the ruleset. So, if you know russian and like playing duels, be sure to head to RDL website and signup for the challenge.

The European duellers are set. What about the North America players? Do you want a duel league? You've got it! That's right. After two years break, here comes haunted with the second edition of North American Duel League (NADL)! He knows you're up there, willing to play, so spare him uncertainty; go to the website, read the rules and hit the signup button right away! Even if you are one of the few who don't play duels, you might want to check the website, as the league's going to be fun to watch. Why? How about we... BAN THE TIMERS?! Psh! It gets better! How about... Jehar of Tastycast fame doing some tasty coverage of the event? Now, you do not want to miss that, do you?

RDL #6:
Signups deadline: 15th October, CLICK
Admins: Rambutan, K1RU, LitRium, AlexyNov
IRC: #rdl.q2

NADL #2:
Signups deadline: 4th October, CLICK
Admins: haunted
IRC: #nadl (@ ETG)
Tastyspleen's thread: CLICK

That means the duel-leagues to tdm-leagues ratio for the season 2011 is for now... 3:1. We are really looking forward to seeing NDML even that out. As we all know, NDML is worth at least 2 points :).


Random note:
If you are running a league, writing a new mod or just have any other random information, you'd like to share with the community, feel free to contact the scene crew (checking their activity beforehand; hint: last login), preferably with already written post. Just so the site doesn't lag behind and is actually the news aggregator for the scene. Or maybe you want to write for the scene website yourself? If so, contact Kolt and convience him you are good enough!
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Q2 season 2010/20112010-09-21 03:51 | SEBbull
We are well into September now. To all QII players, it only means one thing. A brand new Q2 season!

At the end of last season, the future of q2scene sure looked bleak at best and it could make you wonder if there will be a new season. Fortunately, there are still some guys around who care about q2 community and don't want to let it die. Seeing that no one suitable is willing to run the leagues, wision decided to step in once again, despite him saying he quit adminning. So be sure to send him a thank you via scene messenger or IRC query!

With everyone craving some competition, wision had no choice, but to open signups for both EDL and EUROQ2L as soon as he took over. So if you are willing to play, be sure to sign up quick, as the time is running out with deadlines being respectively 30th and 25th September! Make sure to visit league sites for more information and remember to check them frequently for any announcements, as the rules for both leagues are not final yet!

Also I'm sure you've already noticed, but I've got to mention for those few who didn't. There's a new article available at the top! It's a small prelude to the new season, written by Delita. Be sure to check that out (CLICK) and expect more from him to come!

A quick roundup:
EDL #9:
Signups deadline: 30th September, CLICK
Admins: wision (head), Litrium and Careem
IRC: #edl

EUROQ2L #14:
Signups deadline: 25th September, CLICK
Admins: wision (head), biah
IRC: #euroq2l

Let's hope 2x2, NiDML, Edge and finally NDML(!) will follow :)! GL and HF!
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Forums unvavailable2010-09-19 03:48 | Gravgon
I made the forums temporarily unavailable to users because they were getting massively spammed and it may have caused all the websites to run so slow lately.

They will be back online when I figure out how to stop all that spam (any help with phpBB administration would be much appreciated since I'm a n00b with all that stuff ;))
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KOTS2010-08-17 23:42 | Gravgon
Our friend Corr has asked me to post this news for him:

"King of the Server", in this case the 2007 variant, is a mod that takes regular deathmatch and mixes it up with some RPG elements.

As you join one of the servers you're prompted to begin a character based on your in-game name. As you start fragging away in a FFA DM setting your character will gain exp points, as well as credits and increase in levels. For each level you grow you gain points that allow you to upgrade weapons and playertrees such as: Strength, Dexterity, Wisdom,and Rage. These playertree upgrades will grant you certain abilities (Such as grapple hook, cloak, fly, mine-laying and regen to name a few). All the servers are connected to a global database that stores all characters, so whenever you leave your character will be stored and you'll be able to continue next time you play.
So what are you waiting for? Hop on the servers and check it out, follow your ranking on the site: www.ihasacrayon.net/kots/ranks.php

The character database gets reset tonight so everyone starts at level 0 again and the servers will be crowded!

Server addresses:
94.136.46.3:27910 (UK)
kots2007.rlogin.dk:27955 (Denmark)
72.51.60.38:27910 (Central US)
200.104.255.82:12040 (Chile)
66.183.27.219:27910 (Canada)

Additional instructions can be found on the servers or below:

Useful links:
#q2kots on Quakenet / Browser chat: webchat.quakenet.org/?channels=q2kots
KotS 2007 forum: www.ihasacrayon.net/kots/forums/
Getting started: www.ihasacrayon.net/kots/getstarted.php
Character/how-to-play guide: www.ihasacrayon.net/kots/forums/index.php?topic=2337.0
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