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Tribes: True, True

Submitted by: Rayn @ 07:11 PM | Friday, May 19, 2000 | (url: )

First, came the 'whazzup' sound pack, now 'whazzup' does Tribes - full movie style. {DDT}Tabarnak sent us in a Tribes version of the Budweiser commercial. The movie speaks for itself, its zipped and in MPG format.

Download: Tribes Whazzup (9.6MB)

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Dave on T2 Feedback

Submitted by: Fubar @ 05:10 PM | Friday, May 19, 2000 | (url: )

You don't think your feedback is taken into consideration? Think again. This is what Dave had to say on the subject of the feedback he has received about Tribes 2.

"I've never had this quality of feedback while in production before. I've had this VOLUME of feedback before (during the Mechwarrior and Heavy Gear series), but not this quality.

Thanks folks."

So keep the constructive feedback coming. A direct link to the thread can be found here.

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Another T2 Tidbit

Submitted by: Calliope @ 01:11 PM | Friday, May 19, 2000 | (url: )

Pc.ign.com has posted a short article with their opinions and reactions to Tribes 2. Here's a bit of what they have to say:

One of the coolest new features we saw in the game at E3 was one of the new weapons – the seeking missile launcher. This missile launcher can be carried by anyone in medium armor and, as the name suggests, it will actually follow its target. While this may sound like it will give a big advantage to the wielder, there are some drawbacks to the weapon. First off, it’s not as powerful as the mortar, so don’t go in expecting to take out heavy turrets with one blast. Also, to use the seeking ability to its full advantage, you’ll have to have a painter focused on your target for the entire time the missile is in flight. This leaves your support team very vulnerable to attack, especially since the laser targeter is of no use in battle. Of course, the seeking missiles will work with beacons too, so expect to see highly organized tribes using these electronic devices much more in the sequel than we’re used to seeing in the original Tribes.
Check out the entire article here.

Thanks, (d-i)Madhatter!

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Nerzhuls VIP Server Back Up

Submitted by: Calliope @ 01:03 PM | Friday, May 19, 2000 | (url: )

I got this in my INBOX this morning:

After being down for over two weeks, Ner`zhul's VIP server is finally back online! If you didn't know, Ner`zhul's is the happening place to be for VIP Assassination action! So next time you start up Tribes don't go play CTF, don't go play C&H, don't even go play D&D, come to Ner`zhul's VIP server and assassinate a few VIPs!
And there you have it. Check out the VIP Assassination homepage here.

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Answers to your Questions

Submitted by: Rayn @ 06:06 AM | Friday, May 19, 2000 | (url: )

Dave Georgeson recently responded to some of the questioned posed by miscellaneous players who had viewed the latest Tribes 2 movie you should've seen by now. Here's a list of answers straight from our forums, thanks Dave for taking time out to answer our questions:

  • Flight modelling will NOT be realistic. We're going for fun flight models. Not Jane's Guide to Tribes. Sorry, man...but we'll be doing something more arcady than you sound like you want. Don't worry though...it will be light years beyond T1.
  • There will be flight instrumentation. Probably on a translucent screen of some sort that is part of the dash. Not sure which items yet, but airspeed, vehicle damage, and altimeter are likely.
  • A Bitchin' Betty voice would be cool. See what we can do.
  • Ammo on vehicles is planned. Probably can reload on the vehicle pad also.
  • N,E,W,S is here to stay friends. Get used to it.
  • Tribes got seatbelts. Heh. No falling out of inverted turbogravs unless you jump.
  • No idea which video card is best. We currently use GeForces. The GeForce 2's were great at the show. I'm sure the Voodoo 5 will rock too.
  • We'll be doing new movies soon. We're doing a dogfight tonight with dual-mounted chainguns on scouts. Six of us all at once. Should be fun.
  • Mouse sensitivity will be scalable.
  • Hercs are old tech by today's standards. heh. Okay, okay...no real rationalizations...but don't look for Hercs in Tribes anytime soon.
  • Observer mode and league broadcasts will (hopefully) be getting massive upgrades. No details will be released on this until very late in the game because I want us to surprise some competitors (RHIL!).
  • Freelook is a separate control and easily used while flying.
  • Strafe keys can't be used for roll because some vehicles (like the Scout) can actually drift left/right while hovering. (Currently, anyway...)
Looking for the questions? Check out this thread.

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Dave Speaks on the T2 Movie

Submitted by: Calliope @ 12:41 PM | Thursday, May 18, 2000 | (url: )

With yesterday's release of the new Tribes 2 movie, questions, comments and suggestions abound. Dave Georgeson has answered many of the questions posted on our forums. Here's a sampling of what he has to say:

Current min spec is still changing. When we were getting ready for E3 we had some major frame rate issues. We benchmarked the code and we found 5-6 major places we could easily improve the code. That hasn't happened yet. I'll be able to tell min spec more easily after that. Marketing is saying min spec of PII 300 right now...BUT...that's a number made up out of thin air so take it with a grain of salt.

Scourge mentioned that the weapons didn't seem to do much damage in the video. heh. That was due to a bug at the time where direct impacts didn't do any damage...only splash damage hurt anyone. That was fixed before E3 though (as anyone that was there can attest to).

We're talking about having two HUD colors to alternate between so that you can change to an appropriate color between worlds. The two colors so far seem to be a Teal/Blue and an Orange. The orange works well on ice missions and lush worlds, while the teal seems to work well elsewhere.
Dave also thought we might want to know this:
Yes...we know approximately when Beta should occur. No...we're not announcing it because we might be wrong. When we get to Alpha we will announce Beta plans.
There's more, lots more...read it all here.

And as always, Thanks Dave!!!

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TsN Tonight

Submitted by: Calliope @ 12:24 PM | Thursday, May 18, 2000 | (url: )

The Tribes Shoutcast Network has one broadcast scheduled for tonight: Abusive Alliance vs. Omega Cloud Aftermath for the #14 rung on the OGL ladder. The match will be called live beginning at 9pm EST.

You can connect to TsN and listen to this shoutcast at tsn.tribalwar.com.

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A Few New Screenshots

Submitted by: Calliope @ 12:02 PM | Thursday, May 18, 2000 | (url: )

It's not quite as exciting as the new movie, but I noticed at Euro-Tribesplayers that PC Arena has posted their version of the obligatory T2 screenshots...most of them we've all seen before, but there were a few that looked new to me.

Check them out here.

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New Tribes 2 Movies

Submitted by: Ratorasniki @ 07:20 PM | Wednesday, May 17, 2000 | (url: )

Slightly later then expected, there are some new Tribes 2 movies out, which all show the same footage, but are at different sizes (quality varies). You can grab a local copy of it here and be prepared to have your jaw drop as you see some amazing new footage of the new scout, as well as some actual fighting.

Very impressive stuff. Thanks to {FSC}Shadow and Zero-X for pointing me at this amazing new stuff.

Heres a quote from Sierra PR

The TRIBES 2 clips are in different sizes and formats, but are all the same
footage.

ftp://ftp1.sierra.com/pub/goodies/media/tribes2_web_240_i5.avi
ftp://ftp1.sierra.com/pub/goodies/media/tribes2_web_240_i5_40kb.avi
ftp://ftp1.sierra.com/pub/goodies/media/tribes2_web_320_i5.avi

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Huge TsN Game Tonight

Submitted by: Ratorasniki @ 06:22 PM | Wednesday, May 17, 2000 | (url: )

The Tribes Shoutcast Network will be broadcasting a huge game tonight, heres what one of the networks founders, Beatstick, had to say:

Tonight at 11 PM EST, 5150 takes on FTM for the #1 spot on the OGL ladder. This promises to be an incredible game. We are also working on a round table forum, so tune in to TsN tonight, and dont miss the action.


You heard the man. Check out http://tsn.tribalwar.com/

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Tribesplayers Back Up

Submitted by: Ratorasniki @ 05:29 PM | Wednesday, May 17, 2000 | (url: )

Tribesplayers is back up, with a few shots from E3! You can go check out the E3 shots directly here.

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WSBN Tonight

Submitted by: Rayn @ 07:32 PM | Tuesday, May 16, 2000 | (url: )

WSBN sends word of tonight's shoutcasts:


Starting at 7pm PST (10pm EST), EroticTaxi and Warwitch join forces once again to cover a legendary match, S3 vs JAMZ!
Stop by #WSBN for more info or check out the website.

WSBN: http://www.wsbn.org

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TsN Shoutcast Tonight

Submitted by: Calliope @ 07:16 PM | Tuesday, May 16, 2000 | (url: )

Tribal Shoutcast Network will be broadcasting one match tonight, The Abusive vs. Elite Tribe Warriors, at 9:30pm EST. The game will be called by Chrisaveli.

To listen in or for more information, visit TsN here

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Plus is Back

Submitted by: Rayn @ 06:52 PM | Tuesday, May 16, 2000 | (url: )

Got Milk? just dropped us a note on our forums to let us know that the Base Plus servers are back. Here's the info:

Well... we're back from E3 - had a great show. It was really cool talking to all the players that showed.
Anyway, I put the plus servers back up with even more changes. Remember - we are using this for feedback and wacky ideas, so don't freak out.

New since the last one:
Skiing upped a bit
HPC & LPC tougher and faster
Vehicle pads have shields
Mine tweaks (heh heh)
Respawn fun

Servers are up at:
Got Milk's House 1 - IP:198.74.38.51:28001
Got Milk's House 2 - IP:198.74.38.51:28002

As always, constructive feedback is most welcome.
The key word there is constructive, and I really do recommend you check out the Base Plus servers and supply some feedback. Let the Dev Team know what you like and don't like, and supply good reasons for it. Otherwise you forfeit your voice, and this is a very generous opporunity - the Dev Team did this just so you guys can preview and review changes that may make their way into Tribes 2. Check out the thread here and give feedback. Thanks to Got Milk? for letting us know!


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Snowblind Calvacade

Submitted by: Rayn @ 06:46 PM | Tuesday, May 16, 2000 | (url: )

The last 8 demos or so we've put up are all Snowblind. I'm feeling the Snowblind love, but remember - variety is the spice of life .. or tacos, I can never remember which.

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