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Offline Malle

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Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« on: 23 March 2008 07:25 PM »
hey folks!

Birth of the Empires, an equivalent to Star Trek Supremacy featured here in a sister-thread and spoken about in a recent podcast here on Hailing Frequency, is close to getting released, in fact if the last bits of UI pieces arrive in-time tonight, it's due tomorrow on easter monday. The website from which it will be available for download is located at www.star-trek-games.com where screenshots are also posted already.
I recommend everyone to check them out. Anyway, I wanted to ask zach if he wants to open up a section here on HF for it with screenshots and all that kind of stuff (we got tons of 'em like the ones on star-trek-games.com but also lots of 'em on www.botf2.com/bote/screenshots but mixed with old alpha 2 version pics so don't take all of em zach :wink:). I'd be very glad if we could be featured here!

btw. for all thinking this might be a stand-alone fan game far off completion...well you're wrong :muaha:

I hope many of you are going to enjoy it ;)!
« Last Edit: 23 March 2008 07:37 PM by Malle »

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #1 on: 23 March 2008 07:51 PM »
 Will it just be the German version released? Or is the English translation done and able to be released also?
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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #2 on: 23 March 2008 08:37 PM »
Wow i have been following this game for a while - i had no idea you were almost done! We will talk about this on the next podcast. I had added a section to the gallery for BOTE, however, i will not have time to add images until tomorrow. Feel free to add some yourself though :)

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #3 on: 23 March 2008 09:25 PM »
yep I can't believe it either :D.

some tidbits and a major thing, the 3D battle which makes nice progress, are still missing but this Alpha 4 refit is not very far from complete. I played and beta-tested it last week and wow, it sucked me in :belch:.

And what's even more, we now got a non-trek content that blew my mind as well. hah, life's good lol

and to answer BLZBUB's question, yes, look at the pics, they speak for themselves :).

Edit: Uploaded main ones to gallery!
« Last Edit: 24 March 2008 05:52 AM by Malle »

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #4 on: 23 March 2008 09:41 PM »
BotF was/is one of my favorite Trek games.  I'm very excited to see how this plays out.  It looks like a lot of the basics from the first game were carried over to this one, but it's been updated.  That and it looks to have a bigger galaxy...excellent!  Can't wait to try it out.

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #5 on: 24 March 2008 08:03 PM »
For all who want to have a taste of how the game feels in a few days, when the english trek mod is finished up, head over to star-trek-games.com in an hour or so (jig's watching sg-1 ark of truth so bear him that extra-time ;)) and download the german new-content one which has just been finished and compiled ready!
« Last Edit: 24 March 2008 08:05 PM by Malle »

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #6 on: 08 April 2008 07:40 AM »
We finished the english version of our non-trek-content. You need these files below. The first is a german installer, the second is the english data patch (just extract over your new bote main folder and overwrite) and the second some english ship graphics needed (extract in ../bote/graphics/ships/)

Birth of the Empires Alpha 4 Refit Version
English patch zip
English ship graphics needed

Here's a screenie out of one of my recent games with the Romulan-Replacement named Rotharian ;):


K'suan, if you're reading this, might I ask you for a little favor to a few lines of voice recording for us? I know I have to take you out for a nice dinner in return lol but it would be superb if we could have your voice for speaking 5 sentences of the Federation-replacement-race. The files in question to be re-recorded would be inside this zip archive here: http://botfii.armadafleetcommand.com/forums/download/file.php?id=134 .

What would you say?  :)

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #7 on: 10 April 2008 03:00 PM »
There is a small problem with the server atm. so the link to the English patch doesn't work for the moment.

Btw. in order for people to understand better why we were doing what we were doing, you only need to have a one-second quick look at this page: http://www.plasmapong.com/ .

I don't know if anyone of you knows that game, it was pretty amazing and was nominee at the IGF Festival 2007 and even won I believe. It is or it was a Pong remake, you might know that old Atari game. As the page suggests and several site blogs and forums also do, Atari lawyers shut it down after it became popular: http://www.indiegames.com/blog/2007/09/plasma_pong_removed.html , http://www.fun-motion.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1172&page=2 and http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=539140 .

I don't know the exact reason for them shutting a free fan game down but I suppose it's due to trademark issues. They are simply forced to close down such a game if it uses the name or part of their registered name. Though with Ping Pong in mind, I can't really think it was just because of the name (Plasma Pong was the fan-game name, Pong the old name and Ping Pong, well, you know, it's a common word..).

Anyway, Birth of the Federation 2 is likewise in danger since stupidly enough, the old botf rights are in exactly the same hands that forced that game down for a while now, and it just needs their attention or someone forcing them to take notice of us to lead us having the same fate. And with the whole Star Trek IP issue in the background, we most likely get hurt a lot more than this Plasma Pong guy who didn't take any graphics and other names, stats and text descriptions out of the old game (how so? ;)).

I hope it's understandable now for everyone that we did that not just out of an idée fixe or a crank, it's real stuff happening out there sadly..
« Last Edit: 10 April 2008 03:46 PM by Malle »

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #8 on: 21 April 2008 07:29 PM »
So the english version's finally out now (the non-trek one): BotE 0.62b

I invite everyone to start downloading and playing it and maybe leave some comments as to how you like gameplay and graphics and so on. I'd be glad to get feedback from you guys! :D

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Re: Birth of the Empires botf2 Trek TC game
« Reply #9 on: 21 April 2008 09:16 PM »
i have playd it fore ca an hour now, and only take a puse to say:

IT IS F#/)ing SWEET!!

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