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Sunday, December 31, 2000

Happy New Year
3:33:59 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
I wish all of you a great and Happy New Year. As you venture out this evening to spend the night with friends or family, or even both, I urge all of you to take into consideration the safety factor of tonight and tomorrow. Here you can find 1999 New Years Eve and New Years day statistics for alcohol related traffic incidents. Look at the pecentages of fatalities that were alcohol related. We all know it's not safe, or worth it, to drink and drive, so please party responsibly. For other alcohol related material, you can go to the M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) website.

Have a Happy New Year, and I'll be seeing you all in the year 2001. Hmmm, I just had an idea. Since I'm not venturing out tonight, I'll be trying to get the first frag of the new year in DX Multiplayer this evening. Hope to see some of you on, and share the bringing in of the new year with you.

DX GOTY At Stomped
2:23:06 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Deus Ex has pulled in yet another 'Game of the Year' award. This time the honors come from Stomped. This GOTY award is a bit different as well for DX, because Stomped has given DX their 'Action Game of the Year' award. Action? Yes, action. While this is not DX's genre completely, we all know it does have action elements, as well as RPG elements. I don't necessarily agree with Stomped putting DX in to the 'Action' genre, but it's a GOTY award nevertheless. Here's a snippet of why they believe it fits into the action genre.

"While Warren Spector and his team at Ion Storm Austin have put in some RPG elements, like augmentation of abilities and increasing skill levels, the truth is that they are just that: elements. At its heart, Deus Ex is an action game, one that broke all the rules in 2000 to produce a title unlike any that has been released before."

They're stretching it a bit by saying, "At its heart, Deus Ex is an action game..." At its heart, Deus Ex is an Action/RPG/FPS. You simply can't classify DX as one genre or the other, and trying to do so is absolutely absurd. Sooner or later PC gaming sites are going to have to realize this, and start coming up with mixed genres.

You can check out their GOTY results right HERE.

Saturday, December 30, 2000

DX Editing Gets Their Own Domain
2:59:32 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Please take note that DX Editing has changed their domain. It used to be dxediting.deus-ex.org, but now it is www.dxediting.com. DX.org is DX Editing's host, and apparently have been working on this domain switch for a while now. Here's the news post that was on DX.org.

After a long time of getting this set up, DX Editing is no longer on a sub-domain of Deus-Ex.org, but rather on their own domain (still being hosted by us) and they have a special treat that they are getting ready to reveal you guys. I don't want to spoil it, so you'll just have to wait. For now, remember that dxediting.deus-ex.org is now www.dxediting.com. I've left the sub-domain working for a bit if your DNS servers aren't updated. I'll be taking down the old domain in a month or so.

Just Another Day In The Biz
12:24:11 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
It seems that Illumanati, the once Deus Ex Fan Site, has now been canced, according to DX.org. We're sorry to see yet another Fan Site disappear into the abyss. This of course is SOP (Standard Operation Procedures) in the survival of the fittest, and nowhere does that motto ring louder than in the PC Gaming arena.

To all the men working on the former Illumanati, I'm very sad to see you go, and I'm sure the rest of the community is as well. We wish you all luck, and hope to see some of you snatched up by other Fan Sites.

So, with all this excitement of another site facing defeat, I can't help but say, "Next! Excuse me! Who's next?!?!"

Editors Note: I thought Illumanati was a DX Mod, but was corrected by a guy named Chris who emailed me. I appreciate the correction, and was wondering why I didn't have the Illumanati's website in our database of Mod's.

Shugashack Poll Results
12:15:01 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
Shugashack has posted the results of their 'Game of the Year' poll. Thank God this wasn't Shugashack's sole decision, because they'd get alot of scrutiny for sure.

Counter-Strike came in first place, while DX came in second. I don't understand this because Counterstrike is such a shallow story, no single player, and no character development game. On the other hand, it is the most played internet Mod in the FPS genre. I don't feel they should have even put Counter-Strike up on the poll since it's technically been out for well over a year and available for free on the Counter-Strike website. Anyhow, they got first and our beloved DX came in second. Although I've already mourned over this ordeal, and have accepted it, I can't help but think, "What in the hell is this world coming to when a shallow game like Counter-Strike wins"?

You can find the top ten poll results right HERE, and you can see the winner and two runner's up right HERE.

Friday, December 29, 2000

'BackDoor's Ramblings' Launches
12:22:13 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
That's right folks, I've officially launched my column/editorial known simply as 'BackDoor's Ramblings'. This will be a weekly to bi-weekly column devoted to DX and the gaming community in general. Sit back, get yourself something to drink, and enjoy this weeks article. It's a fairly long read, so make sure you reread it a time or two so that you grasp fully what I'm saying. This installment tackles the issue of "Does length really matter" in the gaming sense. I had an installment already prepared, but 3DActionPlanet's article titled 'Does Length Matter?' set me off on a tangent in which I wanted to cover the parts they left out of their editorial. You can grab the initial 'BackDoor's Ramblings' below.

BackDoor's Ramblings #1

I'd appreciate any and all feedback on this column, whether it be on this issue or future issues. You can Email me right here.

It's That Time Again
12:09:38 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
It’s that time again. No, it’s not another ‘Recount’, it’s the ‘What’s going on in the DX community’ time with this weeks Modifications Updates.

Cold Hearted: Stephen “Kookie Munster” Morris has written up an article titled ”What Constitutes a Good Team Leader” which is an excellent read if you’re ready to kick off your own Mod. Heck, it’s an excellent read, even if you’ve already started your Mod and you’re the team lead for your project.

Deus Ex: Echoes of the Past: They have picked up one new person by the name of Rigel Denton. He will be in charge of the detailed story, mission development, and construction.

Deus Ex Fortress: They’ve got up some new shots of “For Blood and Honor” and Drevlin’s map. They celebrated hitting their 20,000 hit mark on their site by releasing two new model pics.

Deus Ex: The Edge of Dark: They too have picked up one new person who goes by the name of Chlestron. He is the mapper of the MJ12 level available for download right here.

Elite Ops: They’re asking for modes of play for their Mod. If you have any suggestions, contact phalnixoec@hotmail.com or contact nuke345@hotmail.com. They also have up a couple of new screenshots that can be found here.

Modus Moriendi: They’re seeking some mappers, so if you like mapping, get over there and apply. Their CTF version 0.81 is available for download at FilePlanet.

Redsun 2020: They need two Level Designer ASAP. If you got the skizillz, then hit up their website. Here are the requirements before you make that super quick jolt over there.
1. At least six months of UnrealED experience
2. Provide samples of maps and/or snapshots
3. Good communication skills and teamwork is extremely important
4. Know that you are Good......we wont take newbees. :)
5. Currently not involved in another MOD

Team UC: They finally put the Mesh Extractor up for download.

Terrorism: They’ve added 3 new members to their team, and they’ve put out a call for coders.

Warzone: They’ve added 1 person to their team named Dibby. They are in great need of texture artists and mappers, and coders are welcome as well. They celebrated Christmas on their site by providing the community with Map pics., Model pics., and Wallpaper.

If you don't see a Mod listed here, that's because there weren't any significant changes to their project in the last 10 days.

Thursday, December 28, 2000

PCGamer Gets Cold Hearted
6:47:22 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Well, that could be true according to some of their articles, but in this instance, I'm talking about the Mod for Deus Ex. Cold Hearted can be found in our Community section anytime you feel you want to learn more about them. They have landed a 2 page spread in PCGamer, the #1 selling computer magazine of all time. Lee Roberson of DXNation gave me the heads up the day before yesterday, but I didn't receive my copy until today, so I didn't want to post the news until I read it myself. We congratulate the Cold Hearted team and wish them well with their project.

If you have PCGamer Magazine delivered to your house, it should be there already. If not, it will be in another day or two, and you can find their write up on Cold Hearted on pages #114 & #115. If you don't get the magazine delivered to your home, you can go to any computer hardware store and pick it up.

Does Length Matter?
11:45:00 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
3DActionPlanet is running an editorial titled 'Does Length Matter?'. A lot of you would say, "Yes it does", while others would say, "It's not the length, it's how you use what you got". The perverts out there would be thinking that this article is the great debate of 'Quality over Quantity' in a sexual nature. I hate to be the one to bust the perv's bubble, but this is an editorial arguing the length of gameplay found in todays games.

How does this pertain to the DX Community? Well, that's simple. We all know that DX is a long, lengthy game that has great character and plot development. The argument in the 'Does Length Matter?' editorial covers the basics of how gamers think differently about this issue. Hellchick tried to debate with Grey Loki, but fell a bit short if you ask me. Grey Loki had some nice arguments, but obviously isn't a debater either. Anyhow, the article is a great read and shows both sides of the coin, but I just wish I could've been in that debate, because that's my specialty. I'd simply bring up our God, 'Deus Ex', right off the bat, and that would pretty much set the tone for the rest of the debate. DX packs quantity and quality into the same package, and any game that doesn't do this simply shouldn't be made for public consumption unless it's put out there for free distribution.

The editorial itself falls short in an ironic way. Why? Is it too long or too short? No. They're debating a nil issue. The editorial should have been titled, 'Does Length Matter When $'s Are Involved?'. Of course a good game is not entirely dependent upon length alone, and of course everyone doesn't mind a great, short game. The real issue is whether or not we all feel the same way when money is being put on the line for a product.

Anyhow, you all obviously know where I stand on the subject, now it's your turn to get on over there and make your voice heard. They have a poll up on the second page of the article, so be sure to read it in it's entirety, then make your choice in their poll.

Wednesday, December 27, 2000

DX 2 Artist Speaks Out On Gamespy
9:03:02 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Gamespy is running a column this week entitled 'Art of Gaming'. Today's article includes Whitney Ayres of Ion Storm Austin. Whitney is not in the credits for Deus Ex, but he will be in the credits of DX 2. He is one of the many talented artists working on DX 2. Without further adue, here's a piece of the article.

GameSpy: Could you describe your creation process? How do you move from concept to the final skin or texture? What equipment/software do you use?

Whitney Ayres: I sketch out initial concepts in Macromedia FreeHand, pull the vectors into Flash and do gradient dumps for lighting, then export to raster format and overlay filters in Photoshop until I'm satisfied with the level of polish. It sounds kind of circuitous, but it's actually a faster process because I'm used to the tools. The concept is handed off to another artist to model in 3DSMax, then I'll take the resulting object and perform tweaks on the geometry and incorporate textures.

To read the rest, you'll simply have to head on over to the Art of Gaming: Volume 3 interview at Gamespy.

Poll Update
8:07:34 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Here are the results from the previous poll. Sorry it took so long to get these up. The previous poll asked, "What is the greatest feature of this site?" Below are the answers and the respective percentages beside them in numerical order with what you thought was the most important to the least important.

TTLG's Deus Ex Discussion Forums 39.4%
Important News Section 18.2%
Metropolitan News Source 18.2%
The Community Section 12.1%
Game Data Link 6.1%
IRC Chat Link 3.0%
Sound Link 3.0%

I did not post the results of the remaining answers because they didn't receive any votes, but I will list the other answers for your knowledge. 'Recent Articles Section', and 'Review Links' were the two answers in the previous poll that scored 0.0%.

Thank you very much for your participation in the poll. Now, since you're already here, vote on the present poll, it's sitting right to the left hand side of this post.

DXCentral Added to our Community
7:48:47 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
I have added Deus Ex Central to our ever growing list of fantastic sites in the DX community. Just in case you've been sleeping, or maybe this is your first time to the site, let me direct you to our fine Community section. In case you've still missed that Community link, just simply click right here.

Tuesday, December 26, 2000

New Poll
11:03:19 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
The new poll is up. Right there....off to your left. It's a small poll, but very essential to the future of this site. For the people that visit us regularly, you know that I put personal touches on my posts, or even post personal news updates wishing you all happy holidays and such. If you like this, or prefer this style of communication with the community, then vote for my style. If you prefer a more 'get straight to the point and that's all I need to know approach', then vote for that style. If you really don't care about either style, or simply don't care about the reporting style because you're just happy to get the news, then don't vote at all.

This poll will run until January 9th. We will post the results of the last poll shortly.

If you have any suggestions for future polls, then send them to BackDoorBandit's email account. Below are examples of the different styles that I've been talking about above.

BackDoor's Style: There's a poll up at the Shugashack for 'Shack Game of the Year'. They have some very good choices, and I agree with more than one choice, but of course I had to vote for our most precious gem. Why don't they break the games up into genres? They make it so hard to vote this way, because there's more than one game of the year in my opinion, in their own respective genre of course.

Lancer's Style: I will be adding two more Mod's to our Community section. The Mod's are Cold Hearted and Deus Ex: The Edge of Dark.

Note** I have added a third option to the poll after an email request. You can now vote neutrally by saying it doesn't matter.

DXNation Server Problems
10:07:31 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
I'm not sure how long it will last, or if it will be fixed anytime soon, but DXNation's web site is acting up again. It was doing this exact same thing the other day, and it's doing it again....When going to their URL, you instead go to the Unreal Nation homepage.

Pleae be patient with them at this time. We all run into this type of problem sometime or another, and it's a real pain in the butt.

Shugashack's GOY Poll
9:35:21 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
There's a poll up at the Shugashack for 'Shack Game of the Year'. They have some very good choices, and I agree with more than one choice, but of course I had to vote for our most precious gem. Why don't they break the games up into genres? They make it so hard to vote this way, because there's more than one game of the year in my opinion, in their own respective genre of course.

Their poll can be found right here. Also, take note, the poll ends on December 28th, so get on over there.

New Kids on the Block
9:07:51 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
No, it's not the former teeny-bopper pop group that once had fans lusting and worshiping the ground they walked on. I'm talking about the new DX site, Deus Ex Central. I'm sure Deus Ex Central would like the fans to do that though. I've received a couple of emails from them over the holiday weekend, and they would like us to spread the word about their site. So, that's exactly what I'm doing.

They have up a 3 day feature on all three endings to our beloved game, and in-depth augmentation guide, and their own forums. They even have a massive walkthrough up. So, if you can't finish the game using our walkthrough that was provided courtesy of Absynthe, then head on over to their site.

We wish Deus Ex Central good luck, and are glad to have another fan site to spread the great word.

Friday, December 22, 2000

1:59:33 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Was the exact word Harvey Smith just used when he sent me the link directing me to Gamespy's 2000 Game of the Year.

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but this info. has set the tone for the rest of my weekend. ISA easily deserves this award, and we congratulate them on this special occasion. Thanks Harvey for the heads up, and again, congratulations.

BackDoor's Ramblings Intro & More
9:37:18 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
First off, let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I'll be headed out of town again today after work to spend it with my sis and brother-in-law and some of his family, and I'm not certain about internet connectivity in their home right now, so I'm wishing you all the best a little early.

On that same note, I was reminded of the ignorance of so many careless people last night. On my way back from my company party, I was stopped at the Fort McHenry tunnel here in Baltimore for a sobriety check. Of course I was o.k., because I never mix drinking and driving, and besides I was the designated driver last night for another guy who's with the same company as me, and wished to attend as well. I want to urge all of you to please think before you drink, and don't do anything to put others in danger. If you wish to put yourself in danger, well, that's your choice, but don't bring your carelessness onto the roads and endanger the lives of many others.

On a totally different note, I will be starting up an article that will be known as 'BackDoor's Ramblings'. This will be a very opinionated, yet common sense, journalistic article I will be writing on a weekly to biweekly basis. I will cover things in the DX world along with plenty of things not in the DX world, but will somehow be related because it will cover issues in the computer gaming industry. The article will be a reflection of my opinions on certain aspects concerning DX and computer gaming in general, and will be up for discussion by the public if anyone so chooses. I'm not sure when I'll kick off 'BackDoor's Ramblings', so please stay tuned, and check our news on a daily basis, because that's where I'll post links to it.

Again, have a very Merry Christmas, but be safe while doing so. For all of you traveling, like me, watch out for that OTHER guy as well, because you never know what he/she has had to drink or what their mindset is. Have fun, remember what Christmas is all about, and don't drink too much eggnog.

Thursday, December 21, 2000

Deus-Ex.org Back in Effect
11:10:38 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
I had said in my prior post, "To be honest with you, I don't see how this merger would mess up DX.org at all", and of course I was right. It appears to be some kind of glitch with their server. JonP has finally posted an update which reads as follows:

Finally, after a long time repairing the issues with our server we are back online! Thank you for your patience while we worked on this problem, and thanks to the boys at UGO, we got back in a flash. However, if you find any errors on the server, please e-mail jonp@fpscenter.com (me) with a URL to where the error is occuring. Thanks!

It's good to know that we didn't lose such a well known, respectful site such as Deus-Ex.org. It's good to have you guys back.....now stay!

DeusEx-M (French site) Changes Address
4:34:53 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
DeusEx-M has recently changed their web address to read www.antena-games.com/~deusex. Skaarj, the Frenchman who runs the site has informed me of their official name change, and also says he would like their name changed from DeusEx-M to Antena-DeusEx.

I will change their information in our Community section later on tonight to reflect the proper renaming of their site along with the proper URL.

Deus-Ex.org go bye bye?
4:16:32 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Well, maybe not permanently, but for the meantime, their link takes you to fpscenter.com. So, what gives? Well, whenever you try accessing Deus-Ex.org it takes you to fpscenter.com's homepage, and on their page is a post about them acquiring Staggs Inc. To be honest with you, I don't see how this merger would mess up DX.org at all. Below is the post you will find on their website regarding their merger.

Although Staggs Inc. isn’t the official name of the network that we are now managing, we have acquired several sites that used to be a part of the 3DG Network (www.3dgnet.com www.3dgnet.com). These sites include, but are not limited to:


There are others, but they are not ready for release at this time. We at the FPS Network are also proud to announce that along with the acquisition of those sites, we are also proud to welcome both John Staggs (johns@fpscenter.com) and ‘Silent’ (silent@fpscenter.com), which will both be working with us as we work to expand this network.

If you are a hosted site with 3DG Net, we are willing to bring you on to our server if you are willing. Direct all questions pertaining to hosted sites in this merger to merger@fpscenter.com, and I will do my best to answer them as quickly as possible.

If you are an affiliate of 3DG Net, and you wish to inquire about this merger, please e-mail staff@3dgnet.com and they will be able to answer any questions you may have.

If you are an affiliate of the FPS Network (a.k.a. Game Center Inc.), and you wish to inquire about this merger, please e-mail us at merger@fpscenter.com.

The merger will not take place for a little time as we are setting up our server for a DNS switch. Once the switch is made, we will announce official acquisition of these sites.

Thank you for your interest in the FPS Network.

DX.org obviously still exists, but probably in cohesion with the fpscenter.com network, and probably no longer a separate entity by itself....at least temporarily. I will keep you up to date with information as I receive it.

Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Interview with Harvey Smith
5:35:47 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
A couple of days a ago I told you I had an interview with Havey Smith, and I would be posting it in about 4-7 days. Well, like I said, Santa came a little early this year, and he has popped his white head in even earlier than expected. I have conducted the interview, and have posted it for your viewing pleasure. Just click on the link below.

Harvey Smith Interview

Warren Spector on Stomped
2:14:26 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
STOMPED has an interview up with Warren Spector. STOMPED's Year End 200 Interview Series started on December 11th, and will continue everyday through December 31st. They have a series of questions they ask top game industry personnel and Warren Spector just happens to be the hot topic of today. You can grab his interview right HERE. Here's my favorite part of the interview:

Stomped: What was the year 2000 like for your particular gaming projects? Were you happy with the response to your most recent games? if you did not release a game this year, were you happy with the progress made during your current game's development?

Spector: I was, and continue to be, pleased beyond belief at the response to Deus Ex. We knew what we wanted to do when we were making the game -- give players control over their interactions in the world and have the world respond to individual playstyle choices -- but we had NO idea how players would respond to that core idea. I remember walking around the office the last few weeks before we shipped, chewing my fingernails, wondering if people would get the fact that they could approach problems in a bunch of ways or whether they'd just run around feeling like they were on rails that weren't actually there. Would players compare our stealth model to Thief's? Would they compare our combat model to Half Life or Quake or Unreal? Would they compare our character interaction with a Baldur's Gate? We were trying to be this swiss-army-knife of a game and, to mangle the blade metaphor a bit more, comparisons with razor-sharp-focus games like Thief and Half Life and Baldur's Gate would be dangerous for us. Luckily, people really seem to be enjoying the DX approach. We're selling really well and winning awards and everything. What's not to like? But then, on top of all that, to get the chance to work on future games in the Thief series?... Yeah, you could say I'm pleased...

Two More Additions to our Community Section
11:16:35 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
I will be adding two more Mod's to our Community section later on when I get home tonight. The Mod's that will be added are Cold Hearted and Deus Ex: The Edge of Dark.

Please Stay Tuned
10:54:42 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
The interview with Harvey is done, and ready to be posted. I will post the interview between 5pm and 7pm EST tonight.

Monday, December 18, 2000

Additions to our Community Section
8:43:32 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
We are in the process of updating our Community section with the links to the Mod's that we didn't have listed there in the past. Here are the latest additions to our fine list.

Deus Ex: Echoes of the Past


The Cassandra Project


Cold Hearted

Deus Ex: The Edge of Dark

Deus Ex Editing Gives the Low-Down
11:43:34 AM EST - BackDoorBandit
Deus Ex Editing compiled a list of all Total Conversion Mod's and posted them on their website. Somebody's got to keep track of all of them, and fortunately, DXE is picking up alot of the slack that some of us other sites can't keep up with all the time. We have the majority of these Mod's in our Community section, but not all of them. I will be adding the ones that we don't have, shortly. Thank you DXE for the list.

Also, while over there, check out the interview they have with Odaiba of Redsun 2020.

Saturday, December 16, 2000

Deus Ex Day at RPGPlanet
7:29:02 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Just received an email from Michael Mikucki from RPGPlanet, and here's what he had to say:

Today at RPGPlanet, we take look at the Deus Ex multiplayer patch that was released just last week. Is it fun? Check out our article at: http://www.rpgplanet.com/features/articles/deusexmp/

Today turned out to be somewhat of a Deus Ex day at RPGPlanet, as we have also written up a Deus Ex trivia test, which is part of our weekly Role-Playing Gaming Tests (RGT) feature. How well do you know Deus Ex? Take our test and find out! http://www.rpgplanet.com/features/rgt/rgt7/

Well, what are you waiting for? Get over there and check out the goodies they've supplied us.

Harvey Smith aka Witchboy Interview
1:16:22 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Merry Christmas DX community! Santa has come a little earlier than expected this year, but don't fret, it's only a couple of days earlier than normal. He has brought DeusEx-Machina a bag of goodies to share with the rest of the DX fans.

Harvey Smith (aka Witchboy), Lead Designer of Deus Ex, and also Lead for Deus Ex 2, has agreed to give DeusEx-Machina an interview.

I had asked him some time back for an IRC chat and he agreed, but we were waiting on our server to be moved and more stable. With ISA's recent move and their resettling in the new offices, I changed my mind and asked Harvey for an Interview instead, which would be easier on him.

Please stay tuned for the posting of the interview. I will post it within the next 4-7 days.

Friday, December 15, 2000

Modifications Updates part #2
3:43:24 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Like I said in part #1, here's the continuation of the updates.

Elite Ops: They have up a new screenshot of their FN-P90 weapon which was modeled by Swatguy. They have picked up two new mappers, and therefore DO NOT need any more applications for such positions. However, they DO need 2D artists and Coders. On a side note, they seemed really stoked about the mappers they've picked up. Their excitement's rubbing off on me. Simma down now guys, sim....muh....dow....nah.

Essedarius: Their Taxi model is finished, their new texture for that model is in Alpha, and in the words of Ghost "We have been posting this for ages but here we go anyway; we really need some more Mappers and Coders and now we need some Skin artists and more modelers (modelers DON'T have to have Lightwave but 3DS Max would be nice)."

Modus Moriendi: They've added a new maps page to their site. You can go here to check it out. They seem to be looking for a modeler as well....one that can do Large Animals. They have also announced, and already delayed their CTF mod which was supposed to be released on December 10th at 9:00pm GMT. They have said they will keep us up to date on the news of the mod, but they haven't posted anything since December 12th.

Redsun 2020: First off, they have a much improved home page which is very well done, especially when compared to their old one, they have two new screenshots up, Snapshot #8 and Snapshot #9, and they have had some team turnover as well, basically 3 guys left, and 2 guys joined.

Team UC: They're Beta testing Steve Tack's Mesh Extractor which should be released in the next couple of weeks, and they have picked up JP9000, the one who "...invented the first and only mod loader for Deus Ex."

And there you have it, another complete update that was long overdue. Again, I apologize, but life and duty calls at times, and the beckoning only gets worse if you don't answer immediately.

Modifications Updates part #1
1:54:01 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Sorry I haven't stayed on top of all the updates, but I've been rather busy the last couple of weeks. Last week, I was in Reno for my REAL job, or PROFESSIONAL job as some might say. We had a Program Managers Environmental Conference out there. Anyhow, I'm sure some of you could careless, but I have to at least give a reason/valid excuse.

As for this week, well, I've been busy with several things. My TFC clan, Christmas shopping, pulling a muscle in my back (which you really don't want to know how I did it, or you'd laugh uncontrollably), and of course the almighty women (Twins: Tracy & Stacy) have all taken up my time.

Anyhow, those are my stories, and I'm sticking to them. So, without further adue, here's the updates.

Darkstalker's Mini-Mods: Darkstalker has a new MP patch of his own that allows players to view pings while in a server. The file is a new DeusEx.u file, so you'll definitely have to download his newly created file.

Deicide: They have recruited two new mappers, Brian Troke and Milos Klient. They have up some new concept art, and a new Technology Datbase which gives information about such items in the Deicide world. They are also still looking for a 3D Modeller. If you've got the skills that pays the bills, then they want you.

Deus Ex Fortress : They have a new poll up, or at least they say they do. It really isn't a poll, It's a questionnaire, but we won't be too harsh on the guy, because you can clearly see his english needs some improvement just by looking at his spelling. Go here for their questionnaire. They are having a banner art contest. If you make them the coolest banner, then, well, of course you win. They have up some new pics of their nanoaxe models along with an interview with EternalSpark from DXF, conducted by spyro of Mods OutPost.

So that I don't make this one post too long, and before my browser goes crashing on me for some weird reason, I'll continue the updates in another post following this one.

News Flash from Harvey
1:08:13 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
I just received this email from Harvey Smith.....

so the XQ--who once ran a cool dx web site--just icq'ed me and said: "the dj's from this NY radio show just mentioned deus ex. they are super critical of most games, but they love dx."

so i called them up immediately and talked on the air for a while. it's "The Opie and Anthony Show" on WNEW 102.7 FM.

they were fun to talk to and apparently are real gamers.

afterward someone mentioned that they are very popular and have, like, over a million listeners.

Thanks Harvey for the news flash. It's good to see that there are gamers in all fields and walks of life.

Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Poll Results
3:38:13 AM EST - Lancer
Our second poll has come to a close.
Here are the results.
DeusEx-Machina.com Poll
Which upgrade did you find most useful?

Power Recirculator (4.5%)
Ballistic Protection (4.8%)
Vision Enahncement (4.8%)
Spy Drone (7.2%)
Combat Strength (0.0%)
Speed Enhancement (7.2%)
Radar Cloak (1.0%)
Cloak (8.6%)
Self Healing (44.0%)
Silent Running (3.8%)
Aggressive Defense (1.7%)
Microfibular Muscles (1.0%)
EMP protection (0.0%)
Environment Defense (0.3%)
Targeting (2.7%)
AquaLung (1.4%)
Energy Shield (1.0%)
Radar Transparency (1.0%)
Synthetic Heart (0.3%)
Vision Enhancement (4.5%)
Total Votes: 291

Monday, December 11, 2000

Go Vote! Now!
7:43:15 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
RPG Planet has posted it's nominees for RPG of the year. There are only two games in that list that can even compete in my opinion, and of course one of those is Deus Ex. Get on over there and vote for our most prestige game.

Look.......don't argue with me........just get your booty on over there and vote! In case you're having problems finding the link, I'll be sure to post it right here for you.

I hope you all got the point. If not, then just click here.

Chat Log with Warren Spector
7:34:27 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Earlier this evening, Warren Spector had a chat with the public over at Redherring.com. Deus Ex Incarnate has a copy of the chat log, which can be found right HERE

Althought I wasn't the one moderating the chat, and didn't have a personal hand in it, I must "Thank" Warren for his time to the community.

Thank you Mr. Spector for taking the time to share your thoughts and insights with the rest of the DX community.

Witchboy's Cauldron Updated
7:15:32 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Harvey has also sent word that his website, Witchboy's Cauldron, which is hosted by Stormtroopers, has been updated as well. He addresses the MP patch that was recently released. You can check out Harvey's latest article HERE. If you don't have the time to get over their right now, then check out this snippet from his write-up.

The game plays more tactically than most mp fpp games. many people have commented on this so far. (for the team, this was paramount.) in response to specific comments about the movement rate of the player character, dx designer ricardo bare says this, "The player speed is the way it is for two major reasons. We wanted to encourage gameplay that was more about strategic decisions rather than twitch skills. Also, the player speed is tuned to our various tools, skills, weapons, and augmentations."

Ion Storm Austin has Successfully Moved
7:06:59 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
ISA is now officially in their new, humble home. I got word from Harvey Smith, aka Witchboy, yesterday. Here's what he had to say:

ION Storm Austin has moved to its new location! we made it. i'm sitting in a shambled office right now, but the network is up!

Hopefully the new office will bring them some much needed space. They have grown tremedously over the past 6-7 months due to acquisitions from LGS and from other locations throughout the industry. The acquisitions have taken place in order to be able to work on both Deus Ex 2, and Thief 3 at the same time.

Linux DX
3:28:02 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
This tidbit was sent in from James Sterrett & Corinne Mahaffey.

Blue's News has info on a Linux version of Deus Ex under development by Loki Entertainment:

http://www.lokigames.com/products/deusex/ product info page

http://odin.lokigames.com/ signup for beta test of the Linux version.

We appreciate this information, and I'm sure the rest of the community will to. Thank you.

BackDoor's Update
3:00:13 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Well, I'm finally back from my business trip which sent me out to Reno, Nevada. I got back Friday night, but didn't post anything until today, because I was too busy getting caught up with things around the house.

Anyhow, I'd like to thank Lancer for holding down the fort all by his lonesome self while I was out drinking, gambling, and partay-ing all week long. I wasn't really, but I have to at least make him think that, so that he feels a wee bit jealous of my venturing.

I love you man. Oh, is that not appropriate for the web? Well, I love you anyways, and thanks a million for picking up the slack.

Live Q & A with Warren Spector
6:18:50 AM EST - Lancer
Here's your chance to sit in on a live question & answer chat session with Warren Spector. You'll even have a chance to ask him your own questions. It'll be happening on Monday, December 11, 1pm PST / 4pm EST To get there, just click here. Seating begins one hour before the event. You won't want to miss this one.

Friday, December 08, 2000

New Mod
4:55:14 PM EST - Lancer
Here's the news in the authors own words.-Lancer "I am pleased and excited to announce a positive contribution to the Deus Ex community in the form a new Mod entitled The Edge of Dark. It will be a single player Mod with a storyline that is an extension of the original Deus Ex world, but with a few new twists and surprises for the player. Have a look at the website and please spread the word about what is going to be an exciting mod! -Shade01
Click here

Wednesday, December 06, 2000

DeusEx Multiplayer is here!
12:50:59 AM EST - Lancer
The DeusEx Multiplayer patch is now available. It's a 36 meg download so it's quite hefty. You can get it here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2000

DX to have Multiplayer
9:09:48 AM EST - Lancer
Ion Storm will be releasing a multiplayer patch for Deus Ex anyday now. For the full story go here

Friday, December 01, 2000

Poll Update
6:10:29 PM EST - BackDoorBandit
Correction: The current Poll will run until Saturday December 9th. Get your votes in.

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