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    Wednesday, February 28, 2001
    The Taffer's Post - 'It has never been easy' - 5:13:59 AM EST - Dan
Here is the situation as it stands:

The FM archive is still down. We're working on a PERMANENT solution to make sure that our own bandwidth does not almost kill us ever again, and naturally this is taking longer then a quick fix would. Please bear with us, the FM archive -will- be back again. If you have send me new FMs or FM reviews, please be patient, these will go up as soon as I am able once the FM archive is back online. The solution I have planned involves several mirrors and bandwidth caps. Hopefully it will work out better for everyone involved. You can also count on the new ASP FM archive launching when the FM archive does go back online. What this means is that you will now be able to sort and browse the archive using several different options, rather then just a huge chunk of FMs all on one page listed by order of release date. Bronze/Silver hammer distinctions will also be a thing of the past (though the hammers themselves will still be bronze/silver in coloration).

Things are getting stretched pretty thin for me these days as I try to manage large staffs for two major projects (TTLG as a whole and CoSaS for Thief 2) as well as my personal life outside of it all. In case you are curious, CoSaS is currently in the "lets get these bloody maps ready to be scripted pronto" phase as well as the "lets get these bloody cinematics put together yesterday" phase. We're making great progress every day, but as they say, the last 10% of the project always takes 90% of the time. Egads, Gad Zooks, and Zoiks of all things!

I never really have made much of an official announcement about it, so this is as good a time as any. The TTLG Staff has grown by leaps and bounds. As many of you already know, Hanse and Gingerbread Man are now Admins of our forums. is currently being mastered by James Webb and Eberon, and they've been doing a fantastic job. is being kicked back to life like a drunk horse by BigDave, Undert0w, and Fat-Burrick. The thriving but temporarily crippled Circle is in the capable hands of Oisin Rood as well as Jyre "Dashjianta" (we're glad to have you back, old friend!). Sneaking around in the shadows, much like his mentor Saam, is Cratus, who has done a handsome amount of work making the ASP FM archive I talked about a reality. A huge hand of thanks goes to MsLedd, our new server admin. She's done an insane amount of work helping us with server-related issues, and is certainly one of the most valuable members of the new team. It would be sinfull to forget Hanse and Gingerbread Man, our new Forum Admins. They have both served above and beyond their titles to do far more then we've asked of them.

And in case you have forgotten about our two planned new sites, Stygian Abyss and Citadel Station, we have not. These sites will not be opening until TTLG is back running full force (the bandwidth monster has not been killed completely yet... not by a longshot). When they do open, I hope that everyone will be as enthusiastic as I am about the newly expanded and ambitious TTLG.

Oh, and by the way... these days, if someone asks me how I am doing, I always have the same answer: Fantastic. That answer is totally the truth. I has never been easy, but the rewards are more then I dreamed possible. A huge thanks to everyone who have made this state of being a reality. You know who you are. :)

   TSSHP Windows Build! - 1:01:00 AM EST - Saam
The System Shock Hack Project (or TSSHP for short), a project headed up by Jim, now has a Windows-based executable that you all can try out. For those of you who don't know what TSSHP is, it's a remake of System Shock 1, with a totally new engine. The project has great potential, so I suggest you all check out the website.

For more information on TSSHP and the Windows-based executable so you can run the current build of TSSHP on a Windows platform, check this thread. Thanks!

   Fan Art: Rage against Divinity - 11:16:51 AM EST - Fat Burrick
BPeddicord has sent us this great picture.
Cheers BPeddicord!

   FanArt: Look at you Hacker - 11:14:44 AM EST - Fat Burrick
Lee Coulson has sent us this great picture of SHODAN.
Great work Lee!

    New ICQ sound scheme from GrindR - 1:56:30 PM EST - Fat Burrick
GrindR has sent us a new SS2 ICQ sound scheme , it can be found here.
Cheers GrindR!

    Shock Half Life Teaser Trailer! - 1:48:26 AM EST - BigDave
Hi there! We have a teaser trailer today for the Unoffcial System Shock 3 using the Half-Life engine!
The trailers (there are two) can be found at until I upload the trailers to

Nice one guys!

    New Team Member! - 3:51:15 PM EST - BigDave
Hi there!
I'd like to welcome Fat-Burrick to the team!
Tim will be the news-hound for us now posting up all your artwork, Fanfics and anything else Shock related you have to contribute!

Please continue to send you FanWorks to and I will pass the information on to Fat-Burrick for posting to the site!

Welcome aboard Fat-Burrick!

    New Fanfic: "A New Threat" - 8:14:58 PM EST - JediK
Ryan Lendon has sent us a fanfic...Its called "A New Threat" and is the basis for a SS3 story... You can find it here

    Ambient Sound Lists! - 3:33:09 PM EST - BigDave
We have a new resource from Tom Green!
I have taken some time to put together a list of the schemas used in ShockEd with a description of each of them in an Excel file. I have zipped it up and am sending it to the three main shock sites I know of. Please accept is as a resource for other ShockEd editors out there.
Thanks you,
Tom Green

The file is here and a readme.txt is avalible too!

Cheers Tom!

    FanArt: Rage Against Divinity - 2:29:12 PM EST - JediK
BPeddicord has sent us a pic referencing the character's eventual rejection of both The Many's and SHODAN's promises of a more glorious existence in SS2.

Its called Rage Against Divinity

Excellent pic, BPeddicord!

    FanArt: Legacy of Shodan 2K1 - 4:23:26 PM EST - BigDave
Caprice has sent some more artwork from his "Legacy of Shodan" Series.
This one is called Legacy of Shodan 2K1

Thanks Caprice!

    Shock for Half Life Screenshot - 3:16:30 PM EST - BigDave
Hi there!
We are very priveledged to be able to bring you the first official screenshot of the good-looking System Shock Mod for Half-Life.
OH My God, does it look GOOD!

Anyways Here it is!
Check out their site at

    System Shock 2 Master Server - 4:08:15 PM EST - BigDave
I got an email from Josef Jahn regarding a Master Server he has for System Shock2 multiplayer!

I've setup a multiplayer master server, works similar to like Gamespy.
You can download a small "server announcement tool" at
- It's only 30k in size and comes with instructions.

The server list is visible at and updated every minute.

This tool is meant to be started and kept in background before hosting a SS2-game. It's by no means a perfect solution, but IMHO it is the easiest way to setup and promote multiplayer matches.

BTW, it won't work through firewalls unless you can set your firewall to allow UDP packets on port 1372 to be passed through.

Josef Jahn

It has been fully virus checked (just to be sure ;) )
Thanks Josef!

   Another Hosting Update - 8:14:09 PM EST - Saam
Okay, I just got off the phone with our hosts, and I am finally glad to open up a line of communication with the technical manager over there. Things are looking a lot better, and it seems that we will not be going down for the time being. Right now, we are all concentrating our efforts on trimming the bandwidth usage, which is why I have disabled FTP. I will keep you posted on other changes I will make that will affect you great readers.

I will let you all know of what happens, but rest assured that TTLG will definitely not go out of business anytime soon -- thanks to all you out there who have took some time out of your lives to help us out, I think we have some good 'backup' plans in case something goes wrong, so I really thing we are in great hands with you all. Again, I will keep you posted day-by-day on the happenings on this hosting issue. For now though, I need some rest after calling and emailing so many people. :) Thanks!

   Hosting Update - 6:16:10 PM EST - Saam
Hey folks, sorry to scare you all today with news of us being unplugged. As of right now, we still don't have a set solution yet, but don't worry, I think things will turn out just fine. I apologize for getting you all panicked or whatnot, but with all these emails and support that you have given us, it makes me feel proud to do what we have been doing all these years. :)

At any rate though, we are still looking at the options, but things are looking on the bright side, fortunate for us. I will keep everyone posted. Thanks for all your kind support!

   TTLG is in danger of shutting down indefinitely - 10:27:26 AM EST - Dan
This is for real. Today our current hosts let us know that they can no longer host us unless we can pay $1200 a month for a hosting fee. Saam and I have nowhere else to go. There is no way we could afford that.

The only solution I can see is for us to find someplace willing to host our server for a reasonable price, with unlimited bandwidth... or..

Cut the forums in half... cut the fan mission archive in half... close down some daughter sites... basically, amputation.

We need help! anyone? please? this thread is open for community discussion of this dire situation.

    Mp3: System Shock Ambient - 6:52:57 PM EST - UnderTow
f3k has sent us a mp3 called System Shock Ambient (6.5mb)

thanks f3k

    FanFic Footprints in the Dust - 3:39:17 AM EST - BigDave
We have a new fanfic today from Bedford. It is called Footprints in the Dust

It is currently avavlible in a Word (.doc) format although an html version will follow when I have some time. Thanks Bedford!