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September 2001

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Saturday, September 29

New email: by Rosh - 6:25 -
Okay Ladies and Gerbils, got a new email.

Don't have anything that you might have sent in the meantime when it was down, however.

There also seems to be a bit of confusion or a mix-up.

NMA, the No Mages Allowed part, was not going to be on the Gamestats network due to The Tarant Daily (and that we're already a Fallout site). No Mages was planned to be mostly a site for the creation of modules for the game as well as a few walkthroughs with a mirror of news and the like. Unfortunately, Miroslav has been away doing military-like stuff, and so his contact for the hosting of our Arcanum site kind of dried up from my knowledge.

However, all is not lost.

I've been thinking about tossing this idea to Odin and Miroslav, to perhaps get our Arcanum 'component' either over at or perhaps at another friend-site of ours. Because frankly, we're fans of the game too, and we've got stuff we intend on creating as well.

Here's my personal thoughts for what we're crafting up:
  • A few modules that are 'dark' in origin, or perhaps a bit more roughly-hewn than the core game. A bit where evil characters can have a bit of more fun, too. Or perhaps good characters can do a bit of what they want without feeling bad about it. Kind of like the philosophical conundrum when dealing with such black and white elements as those in a world made up of shades of grey. After I play a good deal of the original game through as various characters, I'll likely be testing the limits of the editor.
  • Walkthroughs on thieves or more 'unsavory' kinds of characters.
  • Character planners on those various types.

    On another note, the Fan Fiction areas will be fleshed out a bit more...but with the recent events, it's kind of put a damper on things.

    We're still here for you guys, and we'll be working for a while. Hope to see many of you Fallout fans enjoy a world that is as immersive as Fallout's. Arcanum gives a lot of depth to the game, and despite some nuances of the feels a good deal familiar in so many ways.

    Thursday, September 27

    Interplay gets deal with Vivendi.. by Odin - 8:48 -
    According to Gamespot Interplay and Vivendi Universal have signed an agreement that secures Vivendi the distribution rights to North America (video and PC Games), here's the info:
    Vivendi Universal Publishing has announced that it has secured the North American distribution rights to all video game and PC products from Interplay Entertainment, with the exception of Neverwinter Nights. The agreement, which lasts through 2003, grants Vivendi the distribution rights to such Interplay products as Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance for the PS2, the Giants console conversions, Run Like Hell, and the upcoming Matrix video games.
    You can all guess why Vivendi haven't got the rights to distribute Neverwinter Nights..(Law suit ring any bells ?)
    Link to info: here
    Spotted at Gamespot.

    Tuesday, September 25

    Penny Arcade does Interplay by Odin - 17:26 -
    Those crafty critters at Penny-Arcade have made a, well quite funny new comic. You can all guess that it's about the recent Interplay trouble, go and watch it here.
    Spotted at Penny-Arcade.

    WHL Updated by Odin - 17:23 -
    Gaist have run a rampage on the Wasteland Half-Life site, he's made several updates since I last visited (sorry man!). Here's the latest info on WHL:
    I've only got a brief moment to update, so I'll be concise. Kruddman's whipping up new tribesmen which are quite nice, there's a new character waiting to pop up, the new sawedoff model is done and being animated (And for those keen on the 'proper' apocalyptic feel that we're supposedly lacking lately, you'll love the new sawedoff), and some maps are rolling nicely. Code is progressing, and the pineapple grenade is now up in the weapons page.
    Beta 3 is just around the corner!!
    Link: Wasteland Half-Life

    Fallouts Modding Scene is not Dead! by Odin - 17:20 -
    Good old Dr.W95 is still running his Fallout modding site and have made some new improvements. He's gotten some new maps for FOT and also the new BoSEE v1.5, so give him a visit won't ya.
    Link: The Vats

    Interplay getting sued! by Odin - 17:16 -
    Apparently Bioware and Parallax is suing Interplay for breach of contract, which means that Interplay has distributed Bioware games to a third party without Biowares approval and they didn't get any royalties either, look here:
    A lawsuit has been filed against Interplay Entertainment Corp. by Canadian software developer BioWare Corp. BioWare alleges in its complaint that Interplay has breached two contracts with BioWare by sublicensing distribution of BioWare games to third parties without the knowledge or consent of BioWare
    A lawsuit has been filed against Interplay Entertainment Corp., British distributor Virgin Interactive and French company Titus Interactive S.A., by BioWare Corp., a Canadian software developer, and Parallax Software Corporation, a software developer based in Champaign, Illinois. The complaint alleges that there are additional royalties due to both BioWare and Parallax.
    Makes you wonder doesn't it..
    Grabbed this sucker from Duck And Cover.

    FO1 and FO2 for $10!!! by Odin - 17:09 -
    Well I finally managed to get some freetime, so here goes. Btw these news can be abit old, so bare with me on this one..

    I spotted that tha chaps over at Gamespot had found Fallout 1 & Fallout 2 for $10 total!!! So if you haven't got those (SHAME ON YOU!!), go grab'em here.

    Saturday, September 22

    Slight email problems: by Rosh - 15:04 -
    Having a few difficulties with my Gamestats email, likely due to the recent network situation of theirs.

    Likely have recieved your email if you've sent it, but I can't read it just yet. If it's important, use the one from this post. Yes, it's a Snotmail account, but it'll have to do for the time being.

    Thanks for the patience.

    Speechless: by Rosh - 6:33 -
    Just when you thought someone could be alone in the epitome of Bad Taste, here comes another that sets new lows.

    I'm not making this up. There are people that will take advantage of the recent tragedy to further their own bigoted causes, and HERE is a sterling example of such. I don't understand how these jackasses can live with themselves.

    Why is it these 'social leeches' will take anything and everything to berate and use in an accusatory tone and blame it on others?

    I'm not against God or any other religion, but when you thump your Bible, please make sure it's not on someone's crushed and charred corpse. That's sick.

    Discussion on this topic here.

    Edit Note:
    Meltdown passed this onto me. I found it, forgive me, ironically hilarious. The people who are supposedly the bastions of goodness are using this tragedy to condemn people and put forth judgements according to the scripture they wave in front in other people's noses that had best be left to their God, while the mob offers a helping hand. Crazy world, eh?

    Wednesday, September 19

    Rant by Odin - 10:03 -
    Well, I'm truly sorry that I haven't updated any news lately. I've been so busy at work and stuff at home, that I haven't had the time.
    I'll try to get some Fallout related work done soon, and update some more.

    Next of course I'd like to say that this thing that has happened to USA is really disgusting, I can't understand how someone can do such a thing. My hopes and prayers goes out to the ones affected by this terrorist attack, and I hope you get the ones that did this!

    P.s. I'll also be doing a Beta test of Etherlords, and my first impression is that it's really kewl! Reminds me of HOMM and Magic The Gathering at the same time..

    Sunday, September 16

    Afghanistan = Nazi Germany? by Rosh - 11:27 -
    Ever on the top of things like this, Meltdown sent me another URL. One that I hope will cease the 'bomb them back' attitude, and the cries for war in general to be made at Afghanistan. Perhaps what should be done, is a liberation of the Afghan people.

    Don't take my word for it, take it from an Afghan-American themself.

    An interesting read, there.

    Friday, September 14

    A real tear-jerker: by Rosh - 14:47 -
    Something Meltdown passed on to me that kind of leaves me at a loss of words at the moment other than introduce it.

    I normally don't care for some of the 'point and laugh' sites, but this one has...well, look for yourself.


    More help: by Rosh - 9:24 -
    Even though I recieved no complaints about the rant yesterday, I do apologise again for it's tone, and I will refrain from making such virulent comments in the news section again. The sheer level of "speechless" was staggering, what one feels when presented with social leeches like that who use tragedies like recent events to further their own petty whining. I'm not against Vegans, nor Vegetarians or those who are legitimately against animal cruelty. But PETA, seek help. You are all whackos. Don't believe me, read their 'kids' section that makes Chick Tracts look open minded. Yes, people like that exist.

    Well, here's today's link for useful information, and quite a bit of info therein.

    Thursday, September 13

    A moment, please: by Rosh - 13:21 -
    I rarely like to rant on the places where I do news bits, but this next post is not going to be pretty. I apologise in advance if I upset some people, but I do feel a burning itch to point out some of the dumbest people in the world. If you do not wish to hear the ranting of someone seriously ticked off, go to the next news entry to find out how to help some more concerning the disaster like I have already donated a good sum of money to.

    RANT MODE ON (You have been warned)

    (Also archived on the forums too.)

    Well, these are people who would rather kill themselves than see another animal die, despite their place on the food chain.

    Yes, it's those lovable people of PETA, again. The huggy-feely bunch that used to mean good, now they are being anal and COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. In fact, THEY ARE HURTING OPERATIONS TO FIND YOUR LOVED ONES! THEY ARE HURTING THE OPERATIONS TO HELP THE INJURED! THEY ARE JUST USING THIS TO BE AN ANNOYANCE TO THE MAYOR!

    Those who have loved ones trapped in the buildings, you can thank Peta because the NYC's Mayor's office was too busy answering harassing phone calls by people who are worried about 20 or so dogs and animals rather than the THOUSANDS of people that might be trapped and still alive. I don't think there's a single brain cell in the whole lot of them, considering a more logical place to call with such concerns would be the NY SPCA and Humane Society. Do something smart for once, this is nothing more than an excuse to rile people to fuel your tirade against your "Meanie of the Week". It's a weak ploy. You want to do something - don't just sit there and bitch at people, set down your Meat is Murder sign, get your ass in gear, and help out and do something contructive for once rather than your usual mewling and crying.

    Yes! You can thank these wastes of flesh that are concerned with tying up the Mayor's office to dick-wave over the phone, while the Mayor could be more concerned with smaller trifles (in their eyes, at least), like organizing rescue crews and other important stuff. These wastes of air don't really get it that they could tie up the lines that could have been an important phone call.

    Oh, but it gets even better.

    "If you have a difficult time getting through to Mayor Giuliani due to phone line trouble, please don't give up; keep trying."

    In other words, hammer his phone and fax so you can bitch your self-righteous and useless couch-dwelling fat ass off at someone who is already up to his ass in alligators. Of course, after once or twice, he's just going to hang up on you clueless sods on reflex. Don't you just love it when someone uses trite details to make themselves feel good at the potential cost of lives?

    There might be people trapped in a building and dying, but let's go harass the Mayor so Fido can get a can of Alpo.

    You STUPID, WORTHLESS...nah, I was tempted to call them people, but they are more worried about harassing someone with their self-righteous crap over 20 dogs instead of getting their lazy asses up and volunteering to help the people that might still be alive and the injured. Instead of helping, you're harassing someone who helps organize the emergency teams. What little respect anyone could have is now gone. Beat it, PETA.

    Yeah, go put that topless painted lady with stripes and fuzzy-cutesy ears in a cage right next to the rubble. I give her about 20 seconds before her ass is beat to a messy death.

    By the emergency crews.

    More info on how to help: by Rosh - 11:30 -
    Got this email, and oddly enough it was from one of those bulk spammers. Well, I guess they aren't complete bandwidth-hogging asses after all.

    As we try to comprehend the scope of yesterday's tragedy, America's collective thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

    Here's what you can do to help:

    American Red Cross needs financial and blood donations. Call your local Red Cross chapter or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. The Red Cross web site has been down periodically but may be accessible at They are currently most in need of types O and RH negative blood.

    AmeriCares has established a fund to aid the victims of the attack. Call 1-800-486-4357 or visit to contribute to the "Aid for Terrorist Attack Victims."

    FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommends the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Web site, which contains links to religious and secular volunteer groups.

    The Red Cross also has advice that can help people deal with their feelings brought about by the terrorist attack. Among recommendations for coping:

    * Talk about feelings
    * Ask for help - strong feelings can last for weeks
    * Listen to other people and be kind
    * Spend time with family and return to the usual routine
    * Look away from graphic news videos
    * Reassure children that parents will protect them and take every precaution to keep them safe
    * Recall other fearful times that did not last forever
    * Do something that could help others

    Helping out: by Rosh - 4:03 -

    You can also contact the American Blood Centers for blood donation centers near you by calling 1-888-BLOOD-88.

    Source V13

    Tuesday, September 11

    A moment of silence: by Rosh - 19:43 -
    Well, as a lot of you are already aware, a tragedy has befallen the WTC in NYC, USA. I could recap, or go into a rant, but at this point it would seem redundant.

    There are some sick bastards out there.


    Sunday, September 9

    Three words: by Rosh - 2:51 -
    Oh. My. God.

    *shakes his head and remembers 'Super Avatar Brothers' and 'Virtue Raider'*