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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

RtCW Singleplayer Mission Vendetta 2

Published in RtCW Misc

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Singleplayer Misssion - Vendetta 2 - Demo Version

Yo$hik has released a demo version of his "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" singleplayer addon mission, "Vendetta 2". This 3-map adventure, although still a work in progress, has made superb progress already and it has been a real pleasure to test it.
Hopefully, after this successful demo version, Yo$hik will continue his work on this superb project and our "RtCW" Community will get to play this singleplayer mission in its entirety. In the meantime, download and enjoy these excellent maps.

Yo$hik on ModDB: www.moddb.com/yohik

Source: ronboyproductions | wolffiles.de

 

VENDETTA Version:2
Author Yo$hik Date 22.10.2017 Filesize 1020 B Download 400


RtCW Master list is back!

Published in RtCW Misc

Great news! The Return to Castle Wolfenstein Master list is back!!!

ID-Software started the official master server back up.
After the RtCW master list was offline for several years, it appears id Software has fixed their master servers.
A patched WolfMP executable is no longer needed in order to retrieve a server list!

Important for ALL RtCW server owners: Change the "sv_master entries" as follows ...
seta sv_master1 "dpmaster.deathmask.net"
seta sv_master2 "wolfmaster.s4ndmod.com"
seta sv_master3 "wolfmaster.rtcwmp.com"
seta sv_master4 "wolfmaster.idsoftware.com"

Spread the news!

rtcw masterlist

Großartige Neuigkeit! Die Return to Castle Wolfenstein Master-Liste ist wieder zurück!!!

ID-Software hat das offizielle Master-Server-Backup gestartet.
Nachdem die RtCW Master-Liste für mehrere Jahre offline war, hat id Software ihre Master-Server repariert und wieder online geschaltet.  
Eine gepatchte WolfMP-Datei wird jetzt nicht mehr benötigt, um eine Serverliste abzurufen!

Wichtig für ALLE RtCW Server-Eigentümer: Ändere die "sv_master Einträge" wie folgt...
seta sv_master1 "dpmaster.deathmask.net"
seta sv_master2 "wolfmaster.s4ndmod.com"
seta sv_master3 "wolfmaster.rtcwmp.com"
seta sv_master4 "wolfmaster.idsoftware.com"

Verbreite die Neuigkeit!

Source: clanff.com/master-server-list | breezie.be/mapdownloader

ioRtCW Wolf Patch 1.42b released

Published in RtCW Misc

After a year of development, I've decided it's time for a release... Wolf 1.42 (aka iortcw) is an updated game engine for Return to Castle Wolfenstein based on the open source ioquake3 engine. There are hundreds of fixes and new features to bring the game more up to date while staying compatible with existing 1.41 release.

Changes & Fixes 1.42b:
MP: Fix vm_ cvars. Value of 2 uses qvm and falls back to dll if not available for use (as in the case of legacy mods)
All: Fix OpenAL dll detection on 64-bit Windows.
SP: Fix frozen spirits in cutscene at 'end' (final map)
All: Use same size for moon (r_drawsun) in both renderers
MP: Fix download loop when connecting to pure mod servers
All: Fix overflow on newer cards with very long lists of GL extensions
SP: Fix menu crash when displaying long strings of GL extensions
All: Use OpenAL-Soft on Mac instead of Apple's implementation
All: Add the old cl_avidemo back in for backward compatibility (Screenshot method - no sound)
SP: Fix crash when using pmove_fixed 1
All: Make r_fullscreen a latched cvar again (require video restart).
MP: Fix g_doWarmup cvar
All: Fix sound stutter at map changes.
MP: Fix voice chats being cut off by other sounds.
SP: Partially fix character lip animations when using OpenAL
MP: Fix searchlights like on mp_dam
All: Removed the 'xxx... entered the game' messages
All: Fix a bunch of shader and drawing issues in rend2.
All: Fix missing wall marks in Rend2 (bullet holes, etc)

Source: www.ecgnetwork.co | ioquake3.org/iortcw | wolffiles.de

IORTCW PATCH WINDOWS Version:1.42b
Author iortcw Date 15.04.2015 Filesize 51.74 MB Download 12756



IORTCW PATCH LINUX Version:1.42b
Author iortcw Date 15.04.2015 Filesize 44,447 MB Download 476



IORTCW PATCH MAC Version:1.42b
Author iortcw Date 15.04.2015 Filesize 65,66 MB Download 2308



Omni-bot 0.85 RtCW + ET Released!

Published in ET Mods

Omni-bot 0.85 for Enemy Territory and Return to Castle Wolfenstein have been released.

We are pleased to announce new version of Omni-Bot for ET and RTCW. There are many new features especially in RTCW because previous versions 0.83 and 0.84 were released exclusively for ET.

Many waypoints are not yet finished, but you can download them from the Assembla repository. Omni-bot 0.85 can load them directly from incomplete_navs folder. You don't have to move them to nav folder anymore.

You can download 64-bit binaries for both Linux and Windows. They require latest version of ET:Legacy or iortcw. They should be installed only on dedicated servers. Do not install 64-bit version on your home PC because you would not be able to connect to public multi-player servers.

We have also successfully compiled Omni-bot for ARM processor. It's possible to run RTCW server on Raspberry Pi computer.

> RTCW 0.85 changelog > ET 0.85 changelog

Source: www.omni-bot.invisionzone.com

 

OMNI BOT ET - ALL OS Version:0.85
Author omnibot Date 26.10.2015 Filesize 25,23 MB Download 285


 

OMNI BOT RTCW - ALL OS Version:0.85
Author omnibot Date 26.10.2015 Filesize 13.64 MB Download 614


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 699



RtCW Widescreen Update

Published in RtCW Mods

Return to Wolfenstein widescreen update by AidanDemon

Greets for everyone, this little update for mod i've done today for people that playing on widescreen display. Fix based on Patch 1.42c by Knightmare, and i hope it's not too late for everyone who who was waiting for this patch. Tested on 1920x1080p hide detail -

Info: Im not sure, but mp40 damage have to grow up with patch 1.42c (probably) and it easy to kill a zombies in this game now. Anyway i'll fix it, but i dont know how.. yet. If you know or find something, please tell me.

Source: moddb.com/mods/hd-upgrade

RTCW WIDESCREEN UPDATE
Author AidanDemon Date 12.05.2014 Filesize 1,698 MB Download 1004


Wolf Patch 1.42a (aka iortcw) released!

Published in RtCW Misc

After a year of development, I've decided it's time for a release... Wolf 1.42 (aka iortcw) is an updated game engine for Return to Castle Wolfenstein based on the open source ioquake3 engine. There are hundreds of fixes and new features to bring the game more up to date while staying compatible with existing 1.41 release. Look the Image Gallery!

What's new: (1.42)

Client:
SDL backend
OpenAL sound API support (multiple speaker support and better sound quality)
Full x86_64 (64-bit) support (all platforms including Mac)
Optional new OpenGL2 based renderer for improved graphics. See rend2-readme.txt
Bloom lighting for original renderer
VoIP support, both in-game (using Opus 1.1 codec) and external support through Mumble. See voip-readme.txt
Correct handling of widescreen resolutions
IPv6 support
Working master server list (with support for multiple master servers)
Built-in game minimizer
AVI video capture of demos
Much improved console autocompletion
Persistent console history
Colorized terminal output
Ogg Vorbis support
QVM support
cl_guid support
HTTP/FTP download redirection (using cURL) for fast map and mod downloads
PNG image support
IQM model support
Lots of bug fixes

Server:
HTTP/FTP download redirection (using cURL) for fast map and mod downloads
Fast UDP downloads for legacy clients
Many exploits fixed (getstatus / getinfo flooding and rcon attacks)
Full x86_64 (64-bit) support (all platforms including Mac)
Server side wallhack prevention.
Colorized terminal output.
IPv6 support
Improved standard ban system.
Lots of bug fixes

What's new: (1.42a)

Client:
Updated SDL backend to 2.0.3 (improved video and input handling)
Update cl_guid support to use Punkbuster GUID's (based on CD Key like official 1.41 client)
Updated curl libraries to support downloads from secure (https and ftps) servers (both IPv4 and IPv6)
Sound fixes (some stuttering, volume, and doppler issues fixed)
Rend2 (updated renderer) fixes (especially lighting and cubemap fixes)
Add support for gender specific obituaries (using cvar sex "male"/"female")
Fixed flag animations when using QVMs
Fixed crash with QVM->dll communication
Fixed AI showing phone jack (connection interrupt) icons when dead (Single Player)
Fixed colored name padding in status command
Add new command 'cvar_modified' to show a list of all cvars that were changed from defaults.
Random bug fixes
Added sample config to enable hi quality graphics using new renderer (In console, /exec hiquality.cfg; vid_restart)
- *Requires OpenGL2/3 capable video card/drivers*

Server:
Added support for map specific configs (to set server cvars on a per map basis, such as gametype, respawn times, etc.)
- To use, create a 'mapcfgs' folder inside of 'main' to hold you per map configs. Naming convention is .cfg
Fix pk3 download error messages
Potential filesystem issue fixed

Please refer to the README for new cvar settings and general information.

>>> More Pictures

Source: www.ecgnetwork.co | ioquake3.org/iortcw

IORTCW PATCH MAC UB Version:1.42a
Author iortcw Date 12.05.2014 Filesize 32.16 MB Download 192


IORTCW PATCH MAC TERM Version:1.42a
Author iortcw Date 12.05.2014 Filesize 30.72 MB Download 119


IORTCW PATCH LINUX 64 Version:1.42a
Author iortcw Date 12.05.2014 Filesize 21.49 MB Download 171


IORTCW PATCH LINUX 32 Version:1.42a
Author iortcw Date 12.05.2014 Filesize 20.8 MB Download 129


IORTCW PATCH WINDOWS 64 Version:1.42a
Author iortcw Date 12.05.2014 Filesize 25.12 MB Download 5204


IORTCW PATCH WINDOWS 32 Version:1.42a
Author iortcw Date 12.05.2014 Filesize 23.79 MB Download 2209


RtCW .BSP to .MAP Converter

Published in RtCW Misc

RtCW .BSP to .MAP Converter - A very handy map-making tool for Return to Castle Wolfenstein mappers, either new or experienced. The "comdlg32.ocx" file is also included in the download, with instructions on how to install it.

Usage Information
# Run DeBSP.EXE and [Browse] for the BSP file you wish to decompile, (It can decompile any quake engine map except SOF maps). Once you have picked the file you wish to decompile press the [Decompile] button and a MAP file will be created in the same folder as the BSP and with the same name.

# Please do not use this tool to rip other people's maps off. Just use it to gain more knowledge about map making. Always give credit to original map-makers.

Source: wolffiles.de

RTCW .BSP TO .MAP CONVERTER
Author TiCaL Date 08.03.2015 Filesize 0,3 MB Download 531


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

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