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Clanbase - Game Over

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Clanbase - Game Over
For those unfamiliar with the name: ClanBase once was a cool site to visit if you were an online gamer. With cups and ladders hosted for games such as the RtCW, ET, Quake, Unreal Tournament, Counter-Strike and Call of Duty series, a teenager really had quite some options for multiplayer entertainment. Heck, we even had LAN finals for our renowned EuroCups.

Those days are far behind us and as it stands today, the company that owns the ClanBase site - GGL - is unable to cover the costs required to run the website. Moreover, lately the owners of the site do not wish to cooperate with the voluntary crew, keeping everybody in the dark and thus showing complete disrespect to people who spend many hours a day trying to make our tournaments a success.

The website has now been offline for more than three weeks due to an unpaid bill. No action is being taken by the owner to get the website back online. Having no vision for the future, we - the ClanBase Crew - have lost our last hopes about ClanBase ever coming back online, and unfortunately we announce the end of a great era.

The history and the truth as the ClanBase Crew sees it

A US-based company called Global Gaming League (Professional Interactive Entertainment, Inc.) noticed the success of the site and bought it from the original owners in December of 2004. They had financial backing for server hosting and our tournaments. Things were going well until in 2007 CB suffered its first heart attack when GGL couldn’t deliver the prize money they put up for the EuroCup. This can be marked as the start of our downfall.

The CB Crew has always been made up of volunteers with the majority being just teenagers. There was no possibility for us to come up with the money on our own that was promised, yet we were always the ones getting blamed. After all, it was our cup season and our name. It is no surprise that after this blow there was no way for us to host another season with the promise of any kind of prize until the debt was settled with the previous winners.

To this day, GGL owes around €24,000 in prize money which will never be settled. The other sites who were in the same gaming business of course had no problems hosting their tournaments however they wanted. ClanBase, however, lost a great deal of its reputation along with some top teams who never got their winnings.

As time went by the site also started to decay. After the takeover we had paid developers who tried to put the code in shape. There were some noteworthy developments such as the seasonal and invitational ladders, but after the first test run we couldn’t get the necessary changes implemented - because GGL stopped paying the developers.

Money. The source of all evil.

GGL started moving the servers between hosts (RackSpace, Amazon, GreenQloud) to save costs, and to avoid further missed payments. This appeared in the news a few times when providers came out with how they were lied to. We also lost the ability to upload files anything other than demos. Fortunately, a Crew member had the means to help out.

Funding continued to dry up. After the first wave of cuts where we lost the two developers and a head admin, things cooled down for a while. Recently, a general system administrator was cut off which got interesting at one point when CB suffered a denial of service attack to which the host (GreenQloud) responded with moving the servers to a different IP address. However, the domain name had to be updated as well to point to the new address. Since our sysadmin was not getting paid, he refused to perform this, essentially holding the site hostage for a while.

So how do we get money? The site had ads for a while which obviously was not enough. We may have been naive thinking that upping the quality of the site would be a good move, which was promised more times we bother to count. GGL thought otherwise. In fact, many of the cool features our gamers would have loved to see on the website were never implemented - because "CBv2” was supposedly just around the corner.

Their first bold move was trying to get adult banners on CB - a website that was home for thousands of teenagers. The Crew was shocked and appalled by this. Fortunately, we managed to get our voice through (by threatening to go on strike) - but we also lost several valuable crew members who had enough of the poor conditions and bad decisionmaking.

Next to adult material, gambling can also be a good source of income. The Poker and Betting ladders were introduced. It is doubtful that much money was ever made of this, at least nobody said otherwise. The only thing certain is that these projects never got off the ground.

A poor attempt was also made to gather money in the form of offering VIP membership. Nobody took this very seriously and as expected, nobody bothered to opt in after a while. The only benefit to having VIP was the ability to get rid of some of the ads. Perhaps a regular donation system would’ve been more useful.

By the end of August 2013, yet another problem surfaced: the money ran out for the hosting. This is when CB started to go down every month when the time came to pay for the next 30 days.

Of course we tried contacting GGL through our manager who was in charge of handling communications. As you may have guessed by now, he also failed to receive his payment for a while and a company owing money to you, and who knows how many others, is not in a hurry to get back to you.

The ClanBase management tried to directly contact the GGL founder and president Ted Owen (since everyone else left), with very little success. Whenever we got a response it usually consisted of no more than a few words.

The last we heard from him, he stated that "GGL will move on without ClanBase, and besides, why did the Crew never put any money in it?”

Mr. Owen, the Crew put time in it. A lot of time... for free. Every day. And to clarify, nobody has ever reached out to us to ask for any kind of financial aid. Not that we would’ve ever agreed to anything if the money had to go through GGL as that would’ve resulted in the money never reaching its intended destination.

Ultimately, we understand that our users would have expected us to come out with the truth sooner. It has taken us three weeks to make a public statement - but the only reason it took so long is that we were trying to not lose the hope and to reach out to mr. Owen. Unfortunately, our last request (or offer) to him - to release the ClanBase site to the crew for us to be able to continue running it on our own, without the GGL - was not welcomed.

It is thus our sad duty to inform you that ClanBase is gone. We would like to sincerely thank over a thousand admins working on the website over the past 15 years of ClanBase’s existence. And an even bigger thanks goes out to all the players who supported us over the years and who did not lose faith no matter what.

This writing has not come easily because ClanBase has been a big part of our lives, and we definitely did not want to see it end like this.


Clanbase - Game Over
Die Clanbase war einmal eine sehr coole Website für Online- Gamer, mit Cups und Ligen für Spiele wie RtCW, ET, Quake, Unreal Tournament, Counter-Strike und der Call of Duty-Serie.

Diese glorreichen Tage sind nun hinter uns, und heute steht es um die Clanbase Website sehr schlecht - wir sind nicht mehr in der Lage, die erforderlichen kosten der Website zu decken.

Die Website war offline für mehr als drei Wochen, wegen einer unbezahlten Rechnung. Keine Aktion wird vom Eigentümer übernommen, um die Website wieder online zu bekommen. Da sie keine Vision für die Zukunft mehr hat. Wir - die Clanbase Crew - haben unsere letzten Hoffnungen die Clanbase jemals wieder online kommen jetzt endgültig verloren, und müssen leider das Ende einer großen Clanbase-Ära verkünden.

Source: etpro.declanbase.org

16th anniversary of RtCW

Published in RtCW Misc

Return to Castle Wolfenstein, is 16 years old. RtCW, developed by ID Software, published by Activision, was released to the North American market on November 19th, 2001.

Release date(s):
Microsoft Windows: NA - November 19, 2001 / EU: November 30, 2001
Linux: March 16, 2002
Mac: OS X April, 2002

Enjoy remaining RtCW time!

Return to Castle Wolfenstein WIKI

Movie in memory of the great time on the RtCW KT-Clan server

 

15th anniversary of RtCW

Published in RtCW Misc

Return to Castle Wolfenstein, is proud 15 years old. RtCW, developed by ID Software, published by Activision, was released to the North American market on November 19th, 2001.

Release date(s):
Microsoft Windows: NA - November 19, 2001 / EU: November 30, 2001
Linux: March 16, 2002
Mac: OS X April, 2002

Enjoy remaining RtCW time!

Return to Castle Wolfenstein WIKI

Image snapshot in memory of my missing friend Steve aka SAV007


Return to Castle Wolfenstein wird stolze 15 Jahre alt. RtCW wurde von ID Software entwickelt, herausgegeben von Activision und zuerst im nordamerikanischen Markt am 19. November 2001 freigegeben.

Veröffentlichungsdaten:
Microsoft Windows: NA - November 19, 2001 / EU: November 30, 2001
Linux: March 16, 2002
Mac: OS X April, 2002

Geniesse die verbleibende RtCW Zeit!

Return to Castle Wolfenstein WIKI

Foto-Momentaufnahme in Erinnerung an meinen vermissten Freund Steve aka SAV007

Happy 12th Birthday RtCW!

Published in RtCW Misc

The first game ever where Splash Damage ever officially contributed by: Return to Castle Wolfenstein, is proud 12 years old! RtCW, published by Activision, was released to the North American market on November 19th, 2001.

Many happy years has given us the revolutionize teamplay shooter. Although the ravages of time relentlessly gnaws and gradually RTCW seems tired, but there are still fighting for flags and documents.

Release date(s):
Microsoft Windows: NA - November 19, 2001 / EU: November 30, 2001 / GER: Dezember 5, 2001
Linux: March 16, 2002
Mac: OS X April, 2002

Enjoy remaining RtCW time!


Das erste Spiel, wo SplashDamage jemals offiziell mit beitrug: Return to Castle Wolfenstein wird jetzt stolze 12 Jahre alt! RtCW, herausgegeben von Activision, wurde im nordamerikanischen Markt am 19. November 2001 freigegeben.

Viele schöne Jahre hat uns der Shooter-Meilenstein, der das Teamplay revolutioniert hat, bis jetzt beschert.
Auch wenn der Zahn der Zeit unaufhaltsam nagt, und RtCW allmählich müde wirkt, werden auch heute noch heiße Schlachten um Dokumente und Flaggen ausgetragen.

Veröffentlichungsdaten:
Microsoft Windows: NA - November 19, 2001 / EU: November 30, 2001 / GER: Dezember 5, 2001
Linux: March 16, 2002
Mac: OS X April, 2002

Geniesse die verbleibende RtCW Zeit!

RtCW SP Mod Flying Saucers

Published in RtCW Mods

RtCW SP Mod: Flying Saucers - 10 playables and 2 cutscenes

This mission pack is a fantastic adventure having as background the mystical flying saucers.
About Russian soldier whose name Alex Barbariskin must capture the German documentation and deliver the experimental piece of the flying saucer.

Source: etpro.de | rtcw.gamebanana.com | Depro777

RtCW SP MOD FLYING SAUCERS Version:1.0
Author Depro777 Date 18.01.2015 Filesize 94,44 MB Download 579



Axis Skin mod - Redux Return to Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2.0) by SidneyReilly1925

With "Wolfenstein: The Old Blood" to be unleashed in May, it's time to return to Castle Wolfenstein once again with the "Redux Return To Return To Castle Wolfenstein."

"Redux Return To Return To Castle Wolfenstein" is a new version of "Return To Return To Castle Wolfenstein" which now includes younger versions of B.J. Blazkowicz and General "Deathshead" Strasse from "Wolfenstein: The New Order" as well as improvements (and some complete changes) to my NPC renderings in the original mod.

These uniforms are as historically accurate as possible according to Osprey Publishing's military history books and feature accurate designs based on uniforms of the Heer, Kriegsmarines, Luftwaffe, Afika Corps, and the SS.

Source: rtcwfiles.com

 

REDUX RETURN TO RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN Version:2.0
Author SidneyReilly1925 Date 16.04.2015 Filesize 67,466 Download 507


RETURN TO RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN - SKINS Version:1.0
Author SidneyReilly1925 Date 24.05.2014 Filesize 69,43 MB Download 1460



ASUS Alliance 6vs6 RtCW-Cup

Published in RtCW Scene

 

The team of RtCWcup announce the new ASUS Alliance 6vs6 RtCW-Cup. Created by a group of RtCW fans who came together to organize this new cup. There is a tight schedule in this cup that everybody has to be aware of. Also a group of 5 admins will help guide teams on their way into the games in order to keep up to speed with the schedule and thus making things go as smooth as possible. Below this text you can find more info about the cup and its time schedule.

More info about the Alliance Cup:

Format: 6vs6 ABBA Stopwatch
Team amount: 16
Cup format: Group stage to double elimination play-offs
Mappool: Base Beach Frostbite Ice Assault Village

Time Schedule:
Tournament signups are open from now until Saturday 30 November
Groups will be announced at the end of Saturday the 30th
1st game can be played between the 1st of December until the 8th of December
2nd game needs to be played by 15 December
3rd game needs to be played by 22 December
Around x-mas and new year's day we'll have a 2 weeks break
Play-offs start the first week of January
Grand final deadline will be February 2nd

Website: http://www.rtcwcup.com/index.htm
Rules: http://www.rtcwcup.com/rules.htm
Prizes: 1x ASUS GeForce GTX TITAN 6GD5 Graphics Card + € TBA,-
If people have any questions or suggestions you can contact any of the following admins: Playa, Bully, Faster, Malmen, Homie

Shoutcast will be provided by WarWitch and his companions Sabo and Nail on http://www.twitch.tv/warwitchtv/. So please sign up now so you can be part of this amazing event.

Website: http://www.rtcwcup.com/index.htm
Rules: http://www.rtcwcup.com/rules.htm

Source: crossfire.nu

Happy 14th Birthday RtCW

Published in RtCW Misc

The first game ever where Splash Damage ever officially contributed by: Return to Castle Wolfenstein, is proud 14 years old. RtCW, developed by ID Software, published by Activision, was released to the North American market on November 19th, 2001.

Release date(s):
Microsoft Windows: NA - November 19, 2001 / EU: November 30, 2001
Linux: March 16, 2002
Mac: OS X April, 2002

Enjoy remaining RtCW time!

Return to Castle Wolfenstein WIKI

Das erste Spiel, wo SplashDamage jemals offiziell mit beitrug: Return to Castle Wolfenstein wird stolze 14 Jahre alt. RtCW wurde von ID Software entwickelt, herausgegeben von Activision und zuerst im nordamerikanischen Markt am 19. November 2001 freigegeben.

Veröffentlichungsdaten:
Microsoft Windows: NA - November 19, 2001 / EU: November 30, 2001
Linux: March 16, 2002
Mac: OS X April, 2002

Geniesse die verbleibende RtCW Zeit!

Return to Castle Wolfenstein WIKI

Halloween – RtCW - Skull Papercraft

Published in RtCW Misc

Halloween – Return to Castle Wolfenstein - Skull Papercraft

This halloween papercraft is a Wolfenstein Skull, created by Tektonten. “This skull is based on a 3D model from the World War II themed video game, Return to Castle Wolfenstein.”

 In the game, skulls like this can be found (among other places) in secret rooms inside Nazi strongholds. As with the other skulls in the series, this one is roughly 1:1 scale.

 

rtcw-skull-1

 

rtcw-skull-2

source: etpro.de !! | tamasoft.co.jp

HALLOWEEN – RtCW - SKULL PAPERCRAFT
Date 24.10.2014 Filesize 21,923 MB Download 176


RtCW Coop 1.0 (Final)

Published in RtCW Mods

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Cooperative 1.0 - After more than a year (time flies), there is finally a new release.

MAN-AT-ARMS has put most of his time in this new release and as usual ssf.sage managed to fix lots map bugs.
Which resulted in a stable 1.0.0 version of this awesome game.

What do we have ?

The gameplay is exactly the same as in previous release, but its stable and rock solid. So you probably think, so whats new ?
For those of you who know the Quake 3 Arena Engine mod, ioquake3, I have good news for you, all the ioquake3 features are ported to rtcwcoop.

For those of you who don’t know what’s ioquake3 is, these are the important features in a nutshell:
    New sound code to have better sound quality
    64bit support
    built-in voice-over-ip (voip), if you have a headset and the server enables the feature, you can now talk to your coop friends
    avi video capture of demos, no more rendering thousands of tga files
    much improved autocompletion of console commands
    console history (it remembers the commands from your previous sessions)
    http/ftp downloads, aka faster map downloads
    and lots of bug and security fixes
    A completely new (and optional) renderer, which gives you a lot more eyecandy (to enable it, type in the console: /cl_renderer rend2; vid_restart, to disable it: replace rend2 with opengl1 )

One other important change is that we’ve moved all the coop related files from ‘main’ to a folder called ‘coopmain’, this allows you to mix the stock rtcw mp and sp games with coop, you don’t have to copy all the pk3′s to a new place for coop to work.

Informations > HERE and HERE <

Source: rtcwcoop.com | wolffiles.de

RTCW COOP 1.0 MAC TERM/UB Version:1.0
Author team bzzwolfsp Date 14.06.2014 Filesize 85,14 MB Download 68


 

RTCW COOP 1.0 LINUX 32/64 Version:1.0
Author team bzzwolfsp Date 14.06.2014 Filesize 70,26 MB Download 54


 

RTCW COOP 1.0 WIN 32/64 Version:1.0
Author team bzzwolfsp Date 14.06.2014 Filesize 76,08 MB Download 382


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