Veteran and independent mapper for previously Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, nowadays for Jedi Academy and other idtech3 games. Developer of the 2004's highly regarded and signature map "Asteroid Base" for Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (now available for Jedi Academy). Available for consultancy, problem solving and complete reworks of "troublesome" maps.

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RealApprentice @ Elite Force RPG-X

Anyone remember the flak I got back in September 2012 when I "announced" that RPG-X was no longer in production ?? Well after five years, it seems that I was right or otherwise not very far from the truth, as the webpage(1) no longer exists and GitHub(2) displays files that somewhere between 4 and 6 years ago and not to mention that the official forums(3) are a ghost town these days.

Also, apart from the Asteria pack released in April 2014, what was the last five public releases of RPG-X content that have been released in the same fasion as the Asteria pack and my Animal map (public, no attachement to any RPG-X groups). Can anyone answer that question ??

Vote this down without for all you want without properly responding to the argument I am making. I will proudly carry the torch of all the fault, all the blame and all the guilt you all want to put on my person. The most easiest way to "deal" with me and quickest way to pull yourself out of the argument and wash your hands clean of all this mess.

I agree with Tim's notion that I didn't get what I wanted. What I wanted, was an equal plane field. What I wanted, was sufficient respect for the arguments on both sides. What I wanted, was an administrator who viewed things in a larger perspective and a wider context. What I got was an impossible ego with delusions of grandeur.

I can and will look everyone right in the eyes and state that I am half responsible for this mess (waar twee kijven, hebben twee schuld) but I can also look everyone right in the eyes say that I tried to resolve the matter by instigating an argumented dialogue in order to get this resolved. I can look everyone right in the eyes and say that I defended people on the Ubergames forums (admin abuse and bullied when they asked a question).

I wanted to talk, Tim MUST and Tim SHALL have his apology before he considered me an equal human being again. No-one should under ANY circumstances be put into THAT position. That is not how the world works and if it did, then we would've faced multiple world wars by now but that is how the RPG-X communities have: egos that are larger then life itself, no matter the cost . . .

(1) Rpgxef.hennecke-online.net
(2) Github.com
(3) Forums.ubergames.net

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RealApprentice @ The Unexpected (Logging)

W32/Exploit.gen

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RealApprentice @ UnexpectedInstaller

W32/Exploit.gen

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RealApprentice @ HaZardModding Co-op Mod 6.03

Chrissstrahl

I plan to complete the rpg_enterprise_e map with a complete Story driven mission and add/improve some features of the coop mod.
As well as to upgrade the existing missions with full Tricorder description Support(Archetypes)...

Nice! If you need help in testing, I will be happy to help ;)

Since we can now change the c++ code we have more possibilities and much to learn in c++. So I decided that I will do another version of the mod, which is the 5th complete rewrite of the coop mod, aka as Version 6.xx.
With the complete rewrite the old scripts became impractical and the best was to start from scratch. It took only 6 Month, which was faster then adjusting the scripts to the new fixed/improved/coopified gamecode.

Others would see it as wasted time, but I had a lot of fun and I have learned quite a lot during the development. A man needs a hobby, right ?

C++ coding isn't a waste of time, especially when you can use that knowledge to venture out to other endeavours.

Btw, I remember you from the Elite Force Games, haven't seen you in a long time! I hope you do well :)

I'm doing very well, thank you for asking. Though I did stop developing content for Elite Force. The game is 17 years already and no active development is going on now. The only thing that is being played, is the RPG-X mod which hasn't seen any new updates in 4 years already.

I did create content for RPG-X but after TiM proved to be an arse by superseding his own ego (immaturely pulling himself out of the argument by pointing fingers and making other people look bad), I decided to pull myself entirely out of the RPG-X community and after Wade Valentine and Grand Nagus, I no longer allow my work to be used in RPG-X or any other Ubergames created content.

Last year I completely removed my Elite Force folder after 16 consecutive years, which was around 30 GB. Come to think of it, Elite Force was the first thing besides Windows that I installed on every new desktop PC that I've build in the last 15 years. :D

The last two years I have ported my main assets towards Jedi Academy, so that I have a online and playable portfolio and have been busy in other ventures. I regard myself these days as a consultant mapper if I'm not busy with case modding and custom scratch builds, which is pretty interesting by itself . . .

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RealApprentice @ Dev Update #14 One Step Closer to QA Testing | Public Dev Discord Server

We also have a new url and no longer will be using the old adarkstormiscoming.com (it's been retired).

I figured. I can now make almost 2 million US dollars now :laugh:

Perhaps it was a better idea to forward the old site to the new ??

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RealApprentice @ Chapter I Testing

Screenshots looks good. Hopefully the cityhub levels are going to introduce to us to a more expanded level design instead of "just walk from A to B". A bit of what was done in the first BioShock and Deus Ex: Human Revolution . . .

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RealApprentice @ HaZardModding Co-op Mod 6.03

I thought development was completed some years ago. Pretty neat though, that you continue to develop this . . .

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RealApprentice @ The lie

You're right, there are aliens. In fact I work with them on a pretty much daily basis. Fortunately enough, they pretty much tend to themselves (which is also a downside) and unlike popular belief, we know where they hang out. They are mostly situated in a city called The Hague and more specific in an area which has been called "Binnenhof", where they have created a whole different plane of existence . . .

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RealApprentice @ Mod Appreciation Week: My Favourite Mods Of All Time

lol whats with the down votes, CS was an amazing mod, same with team fotress quake world, most games today are copies of these... derp.

You're right, the mod version of Counter-Strike (and also Day of Defeat) were better then what became the retail versions. The mod versions were rougher around the edges that made things interesting. Once Valve put their sticker on the product, they became too polished at a level that it wasn't fun to play anymore. I was more of a Day of Defeat player and b├ęta 1.3 is still considered the best version ever released, though the very first version I played was 2.0 . . .

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RealApprentice @ Take Our 2017 Readership Survey

Just filled it in, don't know what it will mean and do for you . . .

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RealApprentice @ DB Testing

Just tried it, it looks OK but I do have the following questions:

1) Is V5 going to support multi-monitor setup and ultra-wide monitor?
2) Is V5 to be ...DB only or will it be available for Gamefront as well?
3) Will V5 feature the option to choose our own colouring or does it come with some default basic colours?

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RealApprentice @ U.S.S Leonov - "The Animal" - Outline THREE

Reply so that it will be visible . . .

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RealApprentice @ Asteroid Base - Release THREE, Update ONE

I haven't decided yet. AB2 doesn't have that much 'wrong' that needs to be fixed. The number of issues with Asteroid Base was large enough to warrant such update since both AB2 and "The Animal" were further developed then AB was.

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RealApprentice @ RealApprentice

Thanks, I wasn't aware that the [ quote ] feature was working in the comments section. I tried it a long time ago and at time, it didn't work as it works now.

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

(Split into two because of the character limit - 2/2)

The forums again where totally separate again as that used to be gaming forums before FileFront bought it along with Filesnetwork so it was not a surprise that it was so fractured. Did it not seem odd that you needed 3 separate accounts for supposedly one site ?

No, I don't find that "odd" because I know people who were only active in the Filesnetwork portion of the thing and only remained active there. There shall also be people who were only active on the forums or on the Filefront pages. I recon that a small percentage of all users combined were active on all three. Besides, having three seporate systems over one is somewhat benefitial. If one database was 'destroyed' beyond repair, it would not seep over to the other two in an event where a harddrive would fail, the system compromised (read: hacked), power outage (if the servers weren't stored in the same facility) or someone not profound enough with the system who accidently breaks the thing.

If it was one system from the get go, then I don't wanna know how it would've looked in its final days but I do stronly believe that the plug was pulled way earlier, possibly before 2009.

Gamefront or as we used to call it "the main site" was in essence a separate entity to the filesnetwork sites. NO volunteer staff worked on that part it was all paid staff. That said NO paid staff worked on the filesnetwork or forums with the exception of Jeff (n0e) The filesnetwork fell into disrepair and simply could not be fixed and even the creator of the system used could not fix them as the system used on the back end (OPS) was patched together with so many small fixes and what not that altering a small thing would sometimes crash the whole system.
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... but these staff had been promised that sites would have been fixed or updated so many time that it was beyond a joke. When I took over as site manager on SoF2Files I gained access to the staff forum section and I can assure you that even then all the false promises had taken there toll on the volunteers.
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The the original owners tarted FN up a bit by adding a edit button to comments and flags next to peoples names. They flogged it the Break who did actually try to fix the network sites but did more harm than good and they were looking at drawing a line under the old sites and creating a new network for the new games but break merged to create the new defy media which also owns the escapist and they had a more active forum and editorial site. That coupled with a broken network it was not long before all the paid staff were moved to the escapist and the plug was pulled on FileFront.

These are some quotes that signifies "the problem" and what I have said earlier here: Now that the blame cannot be shifted onto the former userbase, Goody is now pointing the acusing finger towards the (former) higher-ups. "Due to this, because of that, bla bla bla".

Once again, Goody is not taking responsibility for his own actions, especially with the earlier POTD issue that I have brought forward. It was HIS decision to remain silent until circumstances forced him to do otherwise, it had nothing to do with 'empty promises'. To some extend it can and will be contributed to a broken system but I say again, the decision to remain silent came from Goody: the independent human factor in this equasion.

The entire e-mail will be available for ModDB upon request if desired but I do say that this is a second reason why ModDB should never, ever attract former Gamefront staff. One is only ditching and dissing ModDB, the other is blatently telling lies about he "communicated" with the end-users and points the acusing finger to other people. Again, I ask ModDB what their expections are from former Gamefront "staffmembers", especially in the form of Filetrekker and Goody.

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

(Split into two because of the character limit - 1/2)

If you don't want to say what your old FN name was then feel free to email me @ goody10@hotmail.co.uk I am sure most people who used GF know that email addy.
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I do not recall a conversation with you but maybe you went by a different name back then.
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Please feel free to say your staff name. I am curious as to how you know more that the old network manager.

You know damn well who I am, there is really no need to use any false pretenses over this and if you don't "recall" this conversation, then you're defintly not qualified for a position in the new Gamefront if you would every apply for one.

I always passed on any information that we had. The potd stopped working because only one server was being updated and the other 2 where not. As I remember I did make that known at every opportunity and how people could work around that.

No, you didn't. Ladies and gentelemen and ModDB staff: this is a blatant lie, as the following quote from the earlier mentioned e-mail contact will attest to that:

We release information to the public when it is required and the timing is always thought out. Because of your outburst I had to explain that timing and rebuke your comments.

This signifies that if I wasn't that vocal as I was during those days, Goody would've never, ever given ANY information about the issue and would've left the old Filesnetwork userbase (read: customers) in the dark, because again, it really didn't need three weeks to give any information on the matter. Again, ModDB deals differently with giving information because who didn't see the red flashing message about slow download speeds due to high traffic about two months ago when downloading content from ModDB?

I would also like to point out a few things that you may not be aware of from that time.

Duh !!!! If you refuse to inform your userbase in a general and timid fashion, the same userbase will of course "not be aware from that time". I really wonder how that could've happen . . . :/

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

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Dude clearly he put his heart and sole into making sure gamefront stayed alive for as long as it did, from what I've read it seems like it has a special place in his heart so no need to bash on him for being mad that a richer company that hasn't done much for gamefront other than take its users, ...
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I did not "bash" him, I did confront him with some unerasable truths. No matter how much hart and soul someone decides to put in, a bad decision remains a bad decision and every dollar (or other local currency) can only be spend once. They simply spended too much and got too little and a very harsh and drastic action is being taken, an action Gamefront has 'suffered' twice now in less then a decade.

A second argument that I wish to make here, is that Filetrekker only posted three comments here, all with the intent to bitch and moan about the move ModDB did, refuses to comment on anything else and after August 30th and now has closed his account here (last online: June 9th, 2005). So much for that "special place in his heart" . . .

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

Now that Gamefront has been acquired and the process has begun in rebuilding it, the following has sprung to mind: Is the new Gamefront able to host material that is based or inspired by "Battlestar Galactica" or are the restrictions that ModDB has on that subject also being applied there?

It remains strange that out of the major and minor players (old Gamefront, Fileplanet, Nexusmods), ModDB is the only player that cannot have anything that is based or remotely inspired by Battlestar Galactica . . .

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

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I don't know the situation so I'd prefer not to pass judgement
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The situation in a nutshell: Most of the former Filesnetwork staffmembers were immature children who lacked any form of a long-term vision regarding Filesnetwork, then Filefront and ultimately Gamefront. This oftenly resulted in bad decisions from staff (which resulted in that you couldn't speak of the "exceptional occurrence" anymore) or NO decisions at all!

For example: the bugs that plagued the former Filesnetwork sites. For years, NO decisions was made between the moment Break Media acquired Filefront (April 2009) and the moment the former Filesnetwork sites were taken down (July 2015). For over six years, the moneypit was left intact, the water was kept running and according to Goody, it "costed them thousands of dollars each month to get it fixed". If I'm optimistic, it would've costed them 75.000 dollars. If I'm not optimistic, then it would've costed them a lot more and here is where the bad decision comes in: the moment community members (not staffmembers!) gotten vocal about this, they were labelled "troublemakers" and delt according to that vision.

The factor of "lazy" also comes to play here. Any suggestion of transferring the old sites to newly build sites (an argument Jeff Mills brought forward is that Break Media wasn't sufficient with Linux as a Windows-only company) was hammered down hard as "too much work". Why is this lazy? Because in March 2009, after the announcement that Ziff Davis would pull the plug on Filefront, many people INCLUDING staffmembers were part of initiatives in order to save as much (files, screenshots, POTD's) as possible before Break Media stepped in. Apparently it 'can' be done in March 2009 but not in, let's say March 2012.

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Also I think it is unfair to bring up the layoffs, GameFront/FileFront has had a turbulent past and I imagine tough decisions have had to be made along the way.
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Why is that unfair? Yes, Gamefront had a "turbulent past" but under no circumstances should be discarted or even ignored the fact that two parent companies decided to cut their losses (in less then a decade, no less!) because the site was not profitable. No-one in his (or her) right mind will close down or cut off a complete subsidiary that can pay their own bills and/or reels in the money. In the end of the day, Gamefront was just another company that went bust because they stood too long in the red figures, nothing more and certainly nothing less. Money is and shall always be a powerful motivator, as many people in the world of business will attest to it.

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

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Also I think this is a good opportunity for everyone to consider a fresh start. I believe a unified front is the only way to move forward ...
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I am a strong believer of that philosophy as well, however the former Gamefront staff never did. Their only philosophy was to protect their collective ***** no matter at what cost and ditch and diss everyone else who did not fell in their picture.

Take for example Filetrekker. He only came here August 30th to bitch and moan about ModDB aquiring the rights of the Gamefront name, refuses to comment on anything that has been brought forward here after that date and that includes your 'inventation' and now has closed his account here.

I seriously ask you: what is ModDB's expection from this person and other former Gamefront "staffmembers"? These people are, with all intents and purposes, layed off twice by a parent company in less then a decade.

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

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What use is a clone of an existing website? The content should be unique. All duplicating content across sites does is cause serious SEO damage. Secondly, saving the brand name is a lot less important than saving the files, which haven't seemingly come along for the ride, or the community.
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You can bitch and moan about this all you want but you'll be nothing other then a very sore loser. In the end of the day, you and everyone that came with it (both volunteer and paid positions) had your chance but you ruined it big time. In less then a decade, you have been laid off TWICE! First by Ziff Davis in 2009 and now by Break Media, which in my book means that you seriously did something not right there.

In both cases, if you were responsible for about 20 to 30 percent of the net profit from everything combined, then you wouldn't have been axed. Your way of doing this simply didn't get enough money in so that the site could sustain itself.

Now others (hopefully without you) are taking the Gamefront banner, perhaps to new heights or perhaps to the lowest low mankind will ever find. I don't know but it will be their responsibility as well their success or complete and total failure. Who knows but what I do know, is that the former Gamefront gang are not the people who should do it . . .

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RealApprentice @ New screenshots (29/08/2016)

Hi,

Deck 2 will feature some extra areas, though most were designed for RPG-X play. Unfortunately, I cannot restore everything because of a MAX_EDGE_LINES error during BSP compile but I am thinking of releasing a separate map that contains the whole works, maybe in a form of an SDK package . . .

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RealApprentice @ We have acquired GameFront

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"Thanks for completely failing to reach out, and totally ignoring / disregarding, the army of volunteers and community that spent over 14 years making GameFront the site it was, and went through hell and back trying to keep it alive through years of mis-management. Very classy. Cheers. You own a domain name, but you've completely failed to understand the spirit of what FileFront was. You can't, you weren't there."
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Perhaps this has been the problem with Gamefront, perhaps you and your fellow volunteers have been the problem!

One of the main reasons why I decided to pull my content from Filefront/Gamefront and make it available here on ModDB (and other places due to a vague court order which only affects ModDB and no-one else), was the thing that I have been calling the "Gamefront arrogance" which in essence meant that IF something would happen, the BLAME and FAULT was automaticly put onto a Gamefront user and NEVER on a Gamefront staffmember, no matter how low this person was in the hierarchy. This behaviour of mis-management and at certain times even abusement of privileges was noted by a lot of (former) users. Some decided to address you on that, most didn't and went elswhere. There was a discussion on this topic on JKhub but I cannot find it at the moment because of a truncated search option.

Another reason why you and your former volunteers should never, ever be reconsidered for a position in the "new" Gamefront, is your complete and total lack of respect towards the end-users in general, both on the main Gamefront site and to larger extends the former Filesnetwork sites, especially when it comes to communication and how you decided to communicate. The last time we as end-users (read: customers) recieved information about the status of the Filesnetwork sites was around April and May 2012 at the time where PotD's weren't visible anymore. During that time, I probably had the strongest voice both in public and especially through E-mail with Ian (Goody) where I used very strong words and comparisations (and yes, I still stand by them even today). As former network administrator, you had access to those mailing and/or the matter was undoubtly brought to your and your fellow network administrator's attention.

Regardsless of what you may feel about that particular comparisation, agree or disagree with other issues that I have brought forward but it DID prompt you guys to give updates on the matter, as they can be found here: Web.archive.org and here: Web.archive.org. Regrettable, that was the last time we as end-users (read: customers) were properly informed about issues before the Filesnetwork sites were taken down, which leads me to believe that those "updates" were only posted to discredit me if I had decided to take things further.

This is why I believe why former Gamefront volunteers should be kept outside at all times. ModDB deals differently with end-users then Gamefront ever did. For starters, ModDB communicates more frequently with us on a variety of topics, such as technical problems (they don't hide behind an "NDA") and what they are planning and that is a whole lot more then what I have experienced with you . . .

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RealApprentice @ We all live in a blueish submarine

Got any red/black doors to paint ?? :-P

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RealApprentice @ Star Trek: Enterprise NX01 High Resolution pack

I believe that that was one of the bugs that plagued the teaser . . .

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RealApprentice @ John Romero's E1M8 Wad

Yes, it should be e1m1.wad instead of em1m8.wad. You are referring the game to a *.wad file that does not exist.

Just alter the entire line to the following and you'll be able to play:

C:\My Documents\My Games\zdoom-2.7.1\zdoom.exe" -file e1m8.wad -warp 1 8 -iwad doom.wad

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RealApprentice @ John Romero's E1M8 Wad

Yes, you can do that and the game will load the WAD file.

Additionally, you can add "-warp 1 8" to it *** well so that the game will start automaticly with map 8 (but you'll start with a pistol only).

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RealApprentice @ John Romero's E1M8 Wad

Did you load the map with the -file e1m8b.wad parameter ??

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RealApprentice @ John Romero's E1M8 Wad

Not nessacerely but I would recommend playing from E1M1 and onwards, because it is a bit more difficult then the regular episode.

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RealApprentice @ John Romero's E1M8 Wad

After 21 years, he still "got it" . . .

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