NB!: Titanum Wars Mod for Soulstorm was restricted here on ModDB since January 2014. Now I unable to upload the new version of TWM-SS here on ModDB by admins' decision. Read below (in this article) and read Titanium Wars FAQ item 4.8 about it. Visit Russian DoW Community to find new version. Number of latest version of TWM for SS can be seen here. Also look on Change log. Private status of TWM for SS is not my fault. I hope you understand this.
The situation around the Titanium Wars Mod (TWM) for Soulstorm (SS) and its clarification.
This is half-year story. In May 2013 TWM for SS with Tyranid race was created. In the end of May 2013 I spoke with Zaha (zahagiel from Tyranid Mod team) about permission of Tyranid content for TWM. I had a big petition: to allow to TWM the Tyranid content without using "simple combiner" method because there are many-many technical reasons. I asked such permission as exception exclusively for TWM. TWM is not compatible with any other DoW-mods because it have very special concept in all aspects of DoW-modding. All content from any other mods was re-made within TWM-framework. Thus combiner method does not make sense for TWM and this method will lead to glitches which are not acceptable in TWM with its level of quality. Zaha refused in my request, but I have not lost hope to persuade him. I posted on Tyranid team own forum by Zaha's invitation. However I was ignored there. All work was paused until autumn 2013...
In the end of autumn 2013 I created version of TWM with Tyranids onboard for public release (TWM-SS ver.1.00.12). I spoke with Tyranid mod team again... and without good result again. However I saw that Tyranid mod is in long stagnation really. No any new version of old famous Tyranid mod for very long period. I thought that Tyranid content is abandoned now as for many other famous DoW-mods in the past. I was ready to help new Tyranid mod team with my work on Tyranid content which was made within TWM-framework by me. I posted on ModDB about it. No any interest from Tyranid mod team again. What must I do in this situation?
I released TWM ver. 1.00.12 with Tyranid race on board 15 December 2013. I released this version with hope that Tyranid mod team will change their mind and they'll see that new Tyranid (remade by GrOrc) content is really interesting. What we saw afterwards? Only complaint from Zaha on ModDB and Relicnews, his accusations of theft, his other unfriendly actions against GrOrc and TWM. Very strange behaviour, isn't it? Topic about TWM for SS on Relicnews forum was freezed after such actions. And download link to TWM for SS was deleted by admins here on ModDB. Now many people believe that the Tyranid content has been stolen by GrOrc. Very strange opinion. Look on all TWM-info-files and Internet-sites. All copyrights (including for Tyranid mod) are mentioned there. The thief will never admit to stealing. But word "theft" is not about TWM. TWM obey all DoW-Community rules always and TWM never break any copyrights. TWM is old famous DoW-mod now with more than 5-years history. GrOrc worked on all DoW-Community so lo-o-o-ong time. Now we see strange hasty action on the part of administrators of ModDB site and Relicnews forum. It casts a shadow on GrOrc and his TWM. But all can see that GrOrc never do anything against civilized rules of DoW-Community. Just play TWM. Just read TWM-info-files in any version of TWM. I hope that all is clear now for all people. Here my point of view on this situation.
My recent misunderstanding with Tyranid mod team was unexpected for me. Almost all DoW-modders are friendly to me and my DoW-project (TWM) and I never had such problems in the past. Objectively Tyranid mod team just prohibit to TWM using of Tyranid content without "simple combiner" method. Many times I asked Tyranid mod team to allow using of Tyranid content without "simple combiner" method exclusively for TWM. This is not a question about copyrights. This is just a technical question. TWM can not use combiner method because many-many technical reasons. This is my firm position. However TWM never break any copyrights. All copyrights are mentioned always in all TWM-info-resources. TWM have 5 years history now. Everyone knows that TWM always mentioned true copyrights in gratitudes sections and change logs.
Most Warforge users (main part of Russian DoW Communty) disagree with current position of Tyranid mod team in regard to TWM. They want to play with Tyranids in TWM. GrOrc has some obligations to Warforge community. Therefore Warforge community will use latest version of TWM always. It lead us to special decision about current situation with TWM for SS.
Now Titanium Wars Mod for Soulstorm with Tyranids race on board goes to private status. Only users (visitors) of Warforge forum able to use TWM-SS with Tyranids (just a visitors of Warforge too). TWM-SS file with latest version (with Tyranids on board) will be passworded and it can be extracted only by Warforge users. This private status do not break any rules (any copyrights or ModDB terms of service). Any person can use anything in private manner (and for close circle of friends). This private status will be preserved until Tyranid mod team will change their mind or true old creators of Tyranid 3D-assets will appear from their present silence and they allow Tyranid content freely to all DoW Community without any restrictions. In my humble opinion all 3D assets of DoW Community must be in public domain now. DoW1 is too old game now.
Tyranid mod team know, that I never assault on them. Their copyrights were mentioned on all public resources of TWM in the past since TWM-SS ver.1.00.12 (December 2013), they are mentioned until now, and they will be mentioned in future always. I respect their work. But one or two men from their team have bad view or bad philosophy. They hate my work. I unable to change it.
I hope this situation will be resolved in future. Ask Tyranid mod team about it...
Alexander aka Grumbling Orc (GrOrc)
P.P.S. I summarize long troll's thread (after releasing ver.1.00.14 [31 May 2014]) from my side here.
P.P.P.S. Happy birthday, Titanium Wars Mod!!! Now we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Titanium Wars Mod. TWM-SS version 1.00.18 was released 15 November 2014 for this day. This is jubilee version. 5 years ago the first public version of the Titanium Wars Mod (for DC) was released (15 November 2009). Happy birthday article on Relicnews forum here and on Warforge forum here.
Anniversaries for TWM: 15 December 2008 -- the first day of the development, 15 November 2009 -- the first public release (DC-version), 16 February 2012 -- the first public release for SS-version.