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16  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature eve on: March 23, 2005, 10:45:43 pm
Yay!

Thanks Serge, that's great!  Smiley

As well as the link to this site in the printed article (I got some scans the other day) I have also put it on the forum of Retro Gamer so more readers should hopefully stop by.

In case your interested, there has been quite a bit of good feedback, and many people haven't heard of it are currently enthralled by it and talking about their first time through.

So the hard work of the core team is certainly appreciated.

Well done guys!
17  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature eve on: March 21, 2005, 01:20:59 pm
Glad you like it.

I actually have'nt recieved my copy yet (and it will take another week due to me living abroad), so would you be able to tell me how many pages it takes up in part one?

Actually, if someone could scan my own article in B/W and email it to me, I would really appreciate it. Mainly since I have no idea what people are actually reading yet, and Im quite curious as to what editing they did. I also want to know WHERE exactly they put the thank-you boxes.


Also, Serge, stop fooling around and put this on the news! Smiley
A magazine distributing your UQM project is surely a good thing. Also, I linked to you guys and gave you some good praise.

18  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature eve on: March 20, 2005, 12:17:31 am
Actually, if you put it in the news, with a clear explanation saying:

"People who bought Retro Gamer #14, welcome to the site and to easily update your copy of the game with the new CVS snapshot etc etc etc follow this link...."

I could then simply link directly to the front page here.

Otherwise I'll probably just quote meep's post from above.

In all, the intro isn't THAT essential. Besides, my boss said he was going to include it as a seperate video on the next disc probably.

Those who love the game should be able to investigate a little further.



Otherwise, so far people on their forum have been VERY excited by the cover disc. I think people will love it once the word gets out. Particularly useful for those unable to download the massive 100mb worth of dialogue.

Oh, and since this is page two, I might as well link to it again:
http://www.livepublishing.co.uk/retro/retro14.shtml

Once someone has read it, Id love some feedback on the actual article. Oh, and as for the 6 months thing, I was going on what they told me, I'd never heard about the Alaskan thing.



EDIT:
By the way, while my article is about Star Control, the cover disc game is "UQM", it is your project. So I think its VERY relevant to the site: "Magazine features our UQM project on cover disc"

etc.
19  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature eve on: March 19, 2005, 11:46:34 am
Yeah, it would be easy for people to just copy the files over directly from the CD. I doubt they've done anything to the overall file structure.


Otherwise, yeah, putting it in the news section would be great!
I included links for the site and even quoted your mission statement.
Should be an influx of new fans hopefully.

A news mention on PONAF would be great too. Smiley

Also, you should find the actual article itself interesting. I really wanted to highlight the fact that SC2 wasn't a game made in the normal fashion, it was born out of sheer hardwork. I think when more people discover that they went without pay for 6 months while making it, it will change their whole perception of the game.
20  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature eve on: March 17, 2005, 03:12:01 pm
It's a bit late for the current version, since the CDs have been manufactured....

But I will post links with this info for all the readers, since if it's as easy as you say, they should appreciate it.

I take it then that after installing, the average reader just follows the instructions with regards to the snapshot and everything should work?

Thanks for the info! Smiley
21  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature eve on: March 17, 2005, 01:20:58 pm
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"Serge van den Boom" is correct.

So how are you handling the installation?
(It's 0.30 btw, not 0.03)



Last time I spoke to my boss, he said he was looking into it running off the CD, but failing that he said he would set it up as a 150mb installation. I gave him all the remix packs too (all 6 of them), so hopefully they will be on the disc.

So far though, everyone on their forum is psyched, I am forever surprised at the amount of people who claim to have never even heard of this game.

Its just V0.3, the one I downloaded about a month ago. But there are links to the site so people can get any updated version.
Hopefully the article text will encourage them to keep an eye on it.

Retro Gamer does get released in the USA, 10'000 issues a month I think... but they do eventually put the article online. Failing that, you can order it directly off their website, it is a bit pricey though due to the difference in exchange rate.

Still, I'm hoping plenty of people get to play this now.


Erm... Has anyon posted this on PONAF?
Also, would it sound arrogant if I asked Mr Derrenbacker to put this up as news on his site?

22  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature eve on: March 16, 2005, 11:14:09 am
Sorry, that was a typo in my post.
I didn't mean any offence, I know how annoying it is to get your surname spelt wrong, just look at mine!

In the article you are credited as:
"Serge van den Boom" Should the "van den" part also be capitalised? If so I can still have it changed probably.  Smiley
Again, sorry about the typo.

I downloaded all the remixed music, and all the extra material bonus packs too. So unless my boss decided to leave them out, EVERYTHING currently available (v0.03) should be on the disc. It might not automatically install the remixed music though. But I try and get everything.



EDIT:
could someone post this on PONAF as well? Thanks. Smiley
23  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / The greatest STAR CONTROL magazine feature ever on: March 15, 2005, 04:00:32 pm
I thought more people should play this game, so decided to do something about it.

http://www.livepublishing.co.uk/retro/retro14.shtml

It's a two part feature, meaning the second part is in the next issue.

It contains the full UQM game for free on the cover disc, an in-depth round up of each and every SC game ever released (and not released),  including the old 8-bit home computer versions, plus I have an interview with the great ones. Thats right, Paul and Fred were kind enough to answer some of my questions.

It speaks highly of the games, highlights the plight of the series, talks about the unreleased version as well as briefly looking at TFB's other games.

Hopefully it should allow everyone to get to re-experience this great game, and generate interest not only in SC but also Toys for Bob.

Special thanks must also goto Mr Vandenboom and Derrenbacker for their assistance in creating this article.


So go forth SC fans and spread the word, since I wont be happy until everyone in the developed world has played this game.
24  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Star Control and TFB timeline help needed on: February 06, 2005, 11:14:05 pm
Hi

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post, but I need a full and accurate timeline for the SC series as well as all TFB games.

Can anyone care to correct any mistakes in this current one, and help me place the last few titles? Also let me know if I missed anything out, I am aiming totally comprehensive and accurate. Thanks:


1990:
Star Control – PC
Star Control – Amiga
Star Control – C64
Star Control – ZX Spectrum
Star Control – Amstrad CPC

1991:
Star Control – Genesis

1992:
Star Control 2 – PC floppy disk / CD-Rom
Star Control 2 – Strategy guide

1993:
Star Control 2 – 3DO (USA/UK)

1994:
The Horde (US/JPN) – 3DO
The Horde – PC

1995:
Star Control 2 – 3DO (Japan)

1996:
Star Control 3 Ltd. Ed. Interactive Preview – PC
Star Control 3 – PC/Mac CD-Rom
Star Control 3 – Strategy guide
Star Control Interbellum – fiction novel
Pandemonium (US/UK) – PS1
The Horde (JPN) – Sat

1997:
Magical Hoppers (JPN) – PS1

1998:
The Unholy War (US/UK) – PS1
Pandemonium (Platinum - UK) – PS1

1999:
Little Witching Mischiefs (JPN) – PS1
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue (US) – PS1

2002:
Ur-Quan Masters (open source) – PC/Mac/Linux

2003:
Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure (US) – Xbox/PS2/NGC

2005:
Madagascar (US) – Xbox/PS2/NGC

UNRELEASED:
StarCon (unreleased) – PC/PS1


WHERE DO THESE GO?!
Star Control Collection (1+2) – PC CD-Rom
Star Control Trilogy – PC CD-Rom




AM I MISSING SOMETHING?!
25  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: SC2 in Japanese on: January 31, 2005, 03:14:09 pm
Thanks for the info.

Doesnt Chad Derrenbecker have a Japanese copy? I saw photos of it on his website. I wonder if he has played it.


I cant even guess at it, dubbing would be a phenomenal task, but subtitling is equally as massive. I am very surprised it was translated, and into japanese of all languages! (having studied it for 5 years, I know just how tough it would have been, a literal translation of the Orz would have made even less sense)


If it was dubbed, then I am very curious to hear the japanese voice acting.

26  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Technical Issues / Re: Downloaded voice files, now it wont load on: January 31, 2005, 01:37:32 pm
Well I feel stupid.....

I edited the keys file to run with my gamepad, and because Im running a laptop, I always take all my cables out after use. Id just forgot to plug the pad back in.

Once it was plugged in, it all worked fine.

Sorry for the topic, a lesson well learned.
27  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Technical Issues / Downloaded voice files, now it wont load on: January 31, 2005, 01:23:58 am
I used the installer to download and install the game without the voice files.

It ran just fine.

I then used getright to dload the voice files, and placed the zip in the folder aongside the other content zip files.

Now the game crashes every time I try and run it.

Whats the problem?

Im running it under WinXP. Is anymore info needed?

Thanks for any help
28  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / SC2 in Japanese on: January 29, 2005, 10:32:57 pm
What did I do when I emailed TFB? Only forget to ask about the Japanese 3DO version.

Now, since you guys have access to the 3DO media, can someone give me a clear answer to this question:

Was the Japanese 3DO version dubbed or subbed into Japanese?

And if it was dubbed, what was the quality? Normal voice acting, or manipulated by computer?

Having seen a copy in japan years ago, I have yet to find the truth to this. Can someone help?

Thanks
29  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Using images/video's/content from star-control on: January 29, 2005, 07:39:55 pm
Ahh yes, I remember!

Anyway, glad you cleared that up, for a moment I thought that the market was saturated with magazine features. If you feel that the UK market could still do with an expose on UQM then I will put all my effort into this article.

I will also email you a copy of the first draft, as a fan I'm honoured to be writing it, but its always good to get other fans perspective on things, make sure it hits just the right note.

cheers for the info!
30  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Using images/video's/content from star-control on: January 29, 2005, 05:44:19 pm
Sorry for the double post...

TFB agreed to answer some of my questions I sent off to them, and I have only now just discovered that several of them have already been answered in the dialogues found on the SC site, is Mr Derrenbacker the man I should ask about using parts of these QA sessions?
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