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Saturday, September 15, 2001

Wolfenstein MP Test Released

id and Activision have released the multiplayer test for Return to Castle Wolfenstein. It weighs in at 63.5M and is available from FilePlanet, Blue's News, and 3D Gamers. Naturally, all the mirrors are being hammered. id's Robert Duffy also informed Shacknews that the file is an old version. Don't bother downloading it. The file you want is WolfMPTEST0915.exe.

Ouch! The README says the test requires a PII-500 or better!

Wolfenstein Tips

id's Robert Duffy updated his .plan with some general hints and tips for playing the soon-to-be-released Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test. Here's a snip:
The key to Wolf MP is teamwork, you need good class balance to perform the objectives. There is no health on the map, and no ammo either. You will need a Medic to supply health and a Lieutenant to supply ammo. Here is a quick run down on some stuff. More info is in the readme that will accompany the test but this will get you started. Wolf MP was designed to have friendly fire on, you can turn it off but it is much more fun on.

Wolfie for Linux? Yes!

id's Timothee Besset sent a message to Linux Games stating the following about Linux and the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test:
There will be a linux dedicated, no client yet... maybe a few days after the test is out... there will be a linux dedicated .. we've been testing it for a while .. as for the client I haven't started with it yet
W00t! So while there may not be a Linux client for the test initially, it seems clear that there definitely will be one for the full version. Suh-weet! I'm so geeked I can hardly stand it.

The Master comments: A.T. is geeked -- may the world tremble in fear :-)

Friday, September 14, 2001

Wolfie Test Preview

Gamespot apparently couldn't keep their paws off the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test and posted a preview. Of greatest interest to me is the fact that the flamethrower will indeed be in the test. Then I can run around and pretend that all my opponents are bin Laden. Thanks Blue's News.

Mozilla 0.9.4 Released

Mozilla has released version 0.9.4 of their cross-platform, open-source, web browser suite. Get downloading! Use it. Love it. Check out the release notes for all the details. The best part, IMO, is code to eliminate pop-up/pop-under ads. Muhahaha.

Wolfie MP Test Info

Blue got a press release from id and Activision about multiplayer test for Return to Castle Wolfenstein which should be available tomorrow. Here's a snip:
MESQUITE, Texas - September 14, 2001 - Get ready to start those downloads. The Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer compatibility test will be available starting Saturday, Sept. 15, from id SoftwareTM and Activision, Inc. (NASADQ: ATVI). The test, which will be available via download at,, and on multiple mirror sites across the country, gives gamers a chance to compete in a special multiplayer map from id Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Players are encouraged to provide feedback to the team on gameplay and compatibility via email at The multiplayer test is not the official demo for Return to Castle Wolfenstein and does not contain the single player portion of the game.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer pits players in a team-based Axis versus Allies contest for front-line domination, where multiple player classes must mobilize and work together to accomplish mission objectives. The multiplayer element of Return to Castle Wolfenstein is currently in development by Nerve Software with assistance from id Software and Gray Matter Interactive.
id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with word that there will be a Mac OS X version of the multiplayer test. I hope a Linux version will be available too. If not, I hope a client will be available for the full version.

Pondering the Imponderable

It may sound strange but I've had some reasons to feel good this week. I've seen our big, dysfunctional American family come together. It's like how brothers and sisters will fight constantly, but heaven help the person outside the family who would dare hurt one of them. The other siblings will set their differences aside and face the problem together. That's what I see happening in America right now. My faith in humanity (at least the majority of humanity) has been strengthened.

You may or may not have noticed that an American flag is at the top of all of our pages now. All of our taglines have been replaced with "Remember the Towers." May we always remember them. May our troops remember them when they go off for vindication.

J.t.Qbe comments: Maybe it's been too long since the world has seen America stand united, but they're seeing it now. Yes we disagree, yes we argue amongst ourselves, but when we need to be there for each other, we do it. And yes, I went down and got a big flag for the house today.

A.T. Hun comments: Mine's been flying (except when it has been raining around here) since yesterday. It will remain flying as long as weather permits here.

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