I thought it was about time this site deserved a boost of energy.
Since I became a staff member in January '04, my activity on the frontpage has decreased with regards to outside interests. Cast your eyes back on the News Archive, and for many months, this site was kept at the very forefront of newsposting - even rivalling that of news site-cum-movie host sweRTCW.com. We had a great contribution from many people, resulting in a frontpage to be proud of. This was something which didn't have any of the previous day's stories on the 10 listings of that day.
However, of course things aren't the same any more unfortunately. With my appointment as site admin of Crossfire, my 'interests' have taken a far more competitive & clan orientation, which I know the vast majority of the readership for this site have no interest in. I had to ask myself: 1. Do I find this interesting? and 2) Will et.com'ers find this interesting? Sadly, the answer to both has not always been a yes.
However! One of the great bastions of this site that I am truely proud of has to be the Articles & Interviews section, which, although it hasn't quite made a justification for the word 'weekly', was created from scratch by our beloved site owner & creator EasyRider, and remains to be one of the unsung great features. I don't say this because the majority of its contribution is from me, but because the whole format is a lot more professional than the average forum post, can easily be archived, and generally earns its keep as a section. When I campaiged for its creation, I had hoped more people might want to contribute from the staff, such was the reaction to the idea. Sadly, that wasn't to be. That is rather, until now!
Friend and talented / uber / keen (del. as applicable) writer Alex "Theophany" Boni has long struck me as a person of great potential, and the fact that he is a self-confessed write-a-holic helps as well. Although I approached him and the site with the idea a few weeks back, there were a few complications with the site's software and permissions, etc etc, bla bla. Now though, everything is up and running, and I have the great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Theophany as a full weekly feature admin and newswriter. If you'd like some more information, why not visit his personal website?
Time then for an update regarding the status of this, the 2nd Talk-ET cup!
Starting on January 23rd, the cup is planned to be a 32 clan single-elimination for 6v6. We debated whether to use double elimination, but came to the conclusion it'd run better this way. Makes the competition more interesting we like to think >
The two finalists of the last cup, AngelDust and SKIT-EVIL qualify by default, with the remaining 30 spaces to be filled with clans who wish to sign up and play. Our resident self-proclaimed Northern genius vowel is in place to check the credibility of sign-ups, in order to keep drop-outs to an absolute minimum.
As for prizes:
* A 3 months free "lightning-fast" gameserver
* A 6 months free voice server
Sign-ups are now open.
I am pleased to announce that ETPower Mod Version 0.5 has
been released. This is a mod designed to help you admin your server while
helping to provide a fun environment for your visitors. Your server must
be running etpro version
3.2.4 or newer. With
LUA coding you do not need to have shell access, yet you get allmost all the
features you could want.
A few of the newer features included are:
AutoShuffle - Maintain team balance to ensure teams don't get out of with excessive wins.
LockSpec - Lock a trouble maker into the spectator.
Alarm - Lets your clients know when they have played for a certain amount of time.
Say_Admin - Talk with all the Power Users on the server using this command.
Private Messaging by slot number.
Shuffle Lock - Lock teams for x minutes after a shuffle, prevent people from team-stacking.
AutoBalance - Maintain equal team sizes.
Name and Clan-tag protection - Protect your regular users/clan members names and tags.
Server CVAR checking - Allow users to check server settings, does not return passwords.
There is a full list of settings and options at http://etpower.no-ip.org. I have a forum setup for feedback and very well defined instructions on how to set up.