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Slipstream: The Price of Freedom was to be a Scenario-driven, Multiplayer experience taking the Homeworld 2 engine and technology into a whole new three-part story-driven universe that was written by the lead developer over the course of several years. The UNCG and DSCG are two power-hungry super-conglomerates that have been built up over the course of several hundred years after the destruction of Earth. The story's three parts were divided into Eras. The first following the destruction of Earth, and the following population of the galaxy by the remaining humans. The second followed the prelude to war and eventual outbreak which would lead to the destruction of many worlds and the conglomerates themselves. The last would detail the remnants of humanity attempting to survive, and the eventual finality of civilization. "The Price of Freedom" took place in Era two, and circles around the many hundreds of battles that would take place during this all out war among the stars.

The Problem

Many of the developers came from the Point Defense Systems community and wanted to re-create the epic feel of the battles the mod created, but give it a stand-alone feel in itself. However, there was a problem. TPOF is based upon old code that was taken by merging Hw2: Post Epoch and several other mods (with permission of course) to create a hybrid environment. (This is very evident in 0.4b) this environment was to be extended and shaped to represent the documentation of the universe as well as the scale, physics, and weaponry of the Slipstream universe. When that was completed, a modeler and texture maker would be brought in to create ships that would be more suited to the universe. But only after the technology was there. T-Mckenney, Coldstar, DoubleForte, HisDivineShadow, and NSWMaps did not have the time to dedicate to implementing new features as well as fixing the small issues that kept cropping up. Bad planning, and overwhelming issues with implementing the technology we wanted, really bogged down the mod's development. After reaching v3.1, it was decided to give it a rest. Several attempts at revival were made, but ultimately it proved to have the same problems. So, after being in development for years. TPOF came to close, and the Slipstream Universe was no more.


  • T-Mckenney - Lead Developer
  • Coldstar - Developer
  • HisDivineShadow - Project Manager
  • DoubleForte - Art Manager
  • NSWMaps - Multiplayer Environments, Mac Testing
  • Axel - Weapons, Ships, Turrets
  • Mikhail - Gameplay Scripts
  • Modernization Team - Weapons, Models, Scripts
  • Rehash Team - Weapons, Models, Scripts

Thank you all, for watching this mod and taking the time to check it out. All the materials in this mod are free to use for any other Homeworld 2 mod.

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Hello Everyone, Good to see you all again.

When I finished TPOF a year ago, I felt I was rushed, and that what we (SRI) shipped as a mod, was horrible. A example of non-cooperation, unfinished features, and horrible design decisions. While TPOF does have a lot of good points, there are a bunch of negative points that have eaten away at me for some time. I was pressured, by my 2 jobs and now ex fiancé, to get this project out the door so I could get on with life. I realized that I rushed into a new life without looking at the consequences. After loosing both my job and my fiancé to a really bad week, I have now slowed back down to the normal college-goer's life, looking for a simple part-time job in computer repair, or programming. Having a lot less pressure, and a lot more time to myself, I realize that I have left the TPOF community with a disappointing end to a promising mod. With that being said, I am bringing back TPOF, but not with the full dedicated time that I had before hand. I will work on TPOF during stretches of down time, and/or late nights of boredom/sleeplessness. Don't not expect a huge release, but do expect a few releases here and then. The point though, is that it's back.

So what exactly are we talking about? Well, TPOF is getting re-branded. Instead of being “Slipstream: The Price of Freedom”, it will be simply: “The Price of Freedom”. Why am I doing this? Well, we need to revisit TPOF's history. In late 2007, a group of people left the Homeworld2 PDS Mod to create a mod with better game play than the then current PDS v11. It was a 5-man group dedicated to creating a separate universe from Homeworld, without the restrictions of breaking in-universe rules. We privately released several versions up to v0.4. After that, our universe-creator and writer, left under bad terms. He also took all the material that he wrote with copyright threats. With no where to turn, and with the possibility of scrapping the whole mod due to copyright concerns, we thought of shutting the mod down. Instead, We found another way out. I was writing my own universe, called Slipstream, in the hope of releasing a full-featured independent game eventually. It had a premature back story that somewhat matched our TPOF story. So, we made TPOF a chapter of the Slipstream Universe. But as Time went by, TPOF never fit into Slipstream correctly, and vise versa. But I let it go. When we released it, I was disappointed by the inconsistencies, and dead-ends in the story. However, after a few years of building up Slipstream, I have found what elements work in a good story. So, I am separating the universes again. Making The Price of Freedom its own universe. Will we see Slipstream again? Not for a long, long time...

Also, we are going to be looking at lot of other things, like code clean up. TPOF had a mess of code, and after a year of mastering the skill of PHP and MySQL, and sharping my skills at programming all together, I want to tackle out all the bugs. Experimental features are getting torn out, better code is going to be written. We are also getting rid of the “snap over” code that made the UNCG and DSCG, Hiigaran and Vaygr Like. This means building two new races from scratch. Which, in Homeworld2, is not all that hard. The User Interface will also be cleaned up, with functionality polished something fierce.

What about new ships? Well, I'm going to mainly focus on doing away with third party models. I never sat comfortably with them being in there. It was nice of modelers to let us use their models, but it just makes dependencies a real pain. So, does that mean we're making custom models? No. I have never been able to make anything in 3D but a box, and we'll just leave it at that. If someone wants to signed an agreement to make, texture, and put in game custom ships for me, and hand over all IP to the stuff (Yes, there will be payment we can discuss. Donations accepted too.), then yeah, I'll do it. Until then, no. However, I have CFHodEditor, which can modify models in a lot of cool and interesting ways. Being on Linux & OS X full time, CFHodEditor does not seem to run correctly on WINE at the moment, but I can fire up a VM if necessary. We'll see how that goes when we get to that part of the game.

Another set of good news, is that I will be merging OpenCore and TPOF. Yes, TPOF will be fully open to the community to use as a base. However, the agreement is, you must give credit, and please don't plagiarize the story. Yes, you may think “It's just a mod..for a game that came out in 2003..”, It's still illegal, not to mention insulting, and of course, shameful. So please, use your head. If you question somethings legality, then please get a hold of me, I check my email inbox everyday, and my Moddb account everyday. So, not asking me is no excuse. However, I know a lot of the community members, and I trust you all enough to know that you'll do the right thing.

I'm sure all of you are surprised, and want to help. That's Great! However, since the last “Team” I had fell apart (See: Sub-Real Industries), I won't be assembling a team. If you wish to donate code, or help out by reporting bugs or fixing bugs, I have already thought of that. I have set up a bug reporter, and I will link it as soon as it is good to go. It is running off my laptop, and I have to take it with me on some days, so If you cannot get to the reporter, wait a bit, and try again. If it persists, please message me. I will also be setting up a development, public FTP server somewhere, so as you can check out the code and play with developer versions. Keep in mind, it is still a developer copy, and it will crash, contain bugs, and of course have experimental code. I don't know where I will set it up at, but if it's out of my laptop, then I will have to limit bandwidth, etc. We will cross that bridge when we get to it. I will try to cooperate with the community and help get TPOF polished and shiny, and give the version everyone wanted to see.

With Summer around the corner, and a new job coming up, I do not know what kind of development time frame we will be looking at, nor what release cycle we will be using. I'm also in the process of getting another project off the ground, but it isn't insanely huge as of right now. Time willing, I will try to get TPOF out there. If it takes a year of compiled downtime, and sleeplessness, then so be it. But I will promise a full release at least to version 4. I'm also pondering reseting the release system, back to v0.3.0, pushing the entire mod back to Alpha/Beta status. That means, v1.0 will be the polished release everyone has been waiting on.

I know Homeworld2 Has been put through a lot, in regards to age, functionality, loss of interest, and of course other things. But, It is still the best game of its class. A Class that the original Homeworld defined. 2003 was almost 8 years ago. However, I think it still has life in it. I will try, in cooperation with other mod leaders, to get homeworld2 popularity drummed up, to make it the “Half-life 2” of it's genre. This possibly means social networking groups, and other means of communication. Who knows, if Homeworld2's popularity skyrockets, maybe Relic and THQ will throw us a bone. Who knows, stranger things have happened. This project will go as long as there is demand for it, when the community dries up, so will the mod, unfortunately.

I will follow in the next week or two with a status update. As for now...

Let's get to work.

Slipstream: The Price of Freedom v3.0 Released

Slipstream: The Price of Freedom v3.0 Released

5 years ago News 5 comments

Hello Moddb! Today we would like to present the final release of Slipstream: The Price of Freedom. We have finally completed this long project...[cont]

OpenCore Platform Coming Soon

OpenCore Platform Coming Soon

5 years ago News 0 comments

The OpenCore Platform for Homeworld 2, is Coming soon. [Cont]

TPOF v2.9 Beta ready for testing!

TPOF v2.9 Beta ready for testing!

5 years ago News 1 comment

Hey all! The v2.9 Beta is available for testing. v3.0 is on the ramp and ready to deploy once the beta clears bug-free! Have a crack at it! Report all...

Slipstream: The Price of Freedom v2.6 Released

Slipstream: The Price of Freedom v2.6 Released

5 years ago News 14 comments

Hello Moddb! Today we would like to present the release of Slipstream: The Price of Freedom v2.6. We've worked hard on this build to polish what will...

The Price of Freedom v3.1

The Price of Freedom v3.1

4 years ago Full Version 6 comments

The Price of Freedom v3.1 Contains bug fixes and a couple graphical updates to the system.

Classic TPOF Collection

Classic TPOF Collection

4 years ago Full Version 5 comments

This is the total anthology of the Classic TPOF family. v0.4-2.9 has been package together for your fun. Please read the the readme. Remember, that these...

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hernani_l Jul 24 2010 says:

oooh nice! i love space operas!

to the devs: is there any widescreen fix for this mod?

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T-Mckenney Creator
T-Mckenney Jul 24 2010 replied:

Sorry man, I have widescreen too, and dev'd on it..I tried to fix the aspect ratio...but it doesn't do much good.

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insanelymatt Jul 18 2010 says:

the mod is amazing to play until a few minutes passed and the screen goes zigzag, everything is warped,even when i close homeworld, i have to restart, any insight on this issue, it's most likely my computer,

I have a new AMD quadcore toshiba laptop, i'm running windows 7 ulimate, if you want all the specs let me know.

i hope i can play this fantastic mod again.

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insanelymatt Aug 20 2010 replied:

Problem fixed, part of the big file was corrupt. i redownloaded
and it worked without any problem.

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T-Mckenney Creator
T-Mckenney Jul 19 2010 replied:

yeah....that definately sounds like an issue outside of homeworld2. Probably Graphics Related...what GPU/Chipset do you have?

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insanelymatt Jul 19 2010 replied:

my bad wrong specs i was thinking of my other one, here are the specs

I'm pretty sure my computer can handle it, i play Crysis, World in conflict, Modern warfare 2 ETC... on it all the time

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T-Mckenney Creator
T-Mckenney Jul 20 2010 replied:

ATI Chips were always a bit iffy with Homeworld 2 in general. Id go on a google hunt and see if you can solve the problem. I dont have an ATI chipset machine...anywhere. Not even at work. So, I cannot test or provide a fix for this, Sorry.

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GuanoCrunch Jul 11 2010 says:

I must say this is impressive. I have downloaded a few mods which I like but this seems more professional and polished. The only thing I wonder is how about some more maps? Can I use the game's original maps with this mod?

Only played one skirmish but look forward to many more!!!

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T-Mckenney Creator
T-Mckenney Jul 12 2010 replied:

I have an idea...

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GuanoCrunch Jul 12 2010 replied:

I would love to hear it. Played a few more games and it is awesome!

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Ghostwall Jun 23 2010 says:

I love this mod, I really do. In fact its the only mod I use with HW2. I just wish you had included a choice to play the campaign in you menu instead of just the skirmish battle or online play. You could also stand to reread your pdf file.. time timline has several errors. Also, and I'm not sure if this isn't something I just did wrong, your bat file dosent work from a shortcut, only when run from within the directory itself. Works fine from there though.

Overall though this mob is incredible and I'd recommend it to anyone who played HW2. It tends to make the combat quick and brutal.

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T-Mckenney Creator
T-Mckenney Jun 23 2010 replied:

Yeah about the Bat file...its suppose to be in the directory. The main reason for a campaign Time and resources. I don't have the time anymore to maintain and develop the mod on the scale I wanted it to. Instead of trying and letting it die, I decided to end it while its going good. I feel bad because this mod and story had a great campaign potential, but i ended it at the right time. The pdf file was written a while ago, and might need fixing...a lot. I didn't have time to go over it again, so I assumed it was still OK. but...yeah, never assume. Maybe i'll fix it one day. Thank you though :)

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aquemnun Jun 28 2010 replied:

Here here, I will say it was very generous of you to release the source code afterwards incase other's wish to improve or use stuff in their own mods. That isnt something you see a lot in homeworld 2 mods (how many awesome looking mods are there that havent seen a single release regardless of how close they were to release?).

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T-Mckenney Creator
T-Mckenney Jun 29 2010 replied:

Well Said Matt :P

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