|Site History 2003|
|21 Dec|| Pre-Christmas madness, a mild
illness and full time work conspire against RTSC. Some random updates,
but its all works in progress and nothing that finalised. I'm off on holidays.
Merry Christmas, all!
Updated the Homeworld2 section.
Micro fixits, here and there.
|8 Dec|| Ongoing
work in progress update of the Homeworld2
section's Custom Mods and Ships
More work in progress update on the Startopia section's Neurotic Details page.
|7 Dec|| Large
work in progress update of the Homeworld2 section. This includes adding a HW2
Top100 button from the massive moddatabase
web site. On the topic of Top100's, the Total
Annihilation section clears 12,000 hits.
Sort of un-retired the Cataclysm page and reinserted it between the Homeworld sections.
Work in progress update on the Startopia section's Neurotic Details page.
Behind the scenes html maintenance on a number of pages, fixing ancient headers and key words long since obsolete. Squeezing in the time, these days.
|2 Dec|| Finally
got the Total Annihilation web buttons built!
Amended the Total Annihilation
section and the Linking page as a result. Also,
added the Age of Mythology entry to Other
|28 Nov|| Joy of joys. More maintenance.
Just clearing the decks for more important stuff.
FIxed some bodgy table formatting in the Startopia Guide's Boredom page.
Updated the GMTA entry in the Total Annihilation section's Mods and Total Conversions page.
Further amendment to the Cataclysm: Onslaught mod in the the Homeworld section's Mods & TC's page: forgot to mention the custom maps.
Good grief. After - how many years?? - I find an unfinished sentence in the opening paragraph of the StarCraft section's Custom Mods page. I've only edited that page a squillion times over the years and somehow completely missed it. Doh! Fixed. Filled out some missing text in the StarCraft Reclamation mod entry, too.
|27 Nov|| Another
quick update. Updated the Cataclysm: Onslaught
entry in the Homeworld
section's Mods & TC's page. The Onslaught mod
was recently updated, and the new version is a barrel of fun!
|26 Nov|| Further
updates to the Total Annihilation
|25 Nov|| Another hefty update, mostly in
the writing and maintenance department. I don't get good runs at graphics
unless I've got a weekend to tackle them.
|18 Nov|| Once
upon atime I embarked on a foolish endeavour to get RTSC up to date in
one hit on a long weekend. I sat down and finally put a number of sections
to bed, established some new ones and rearranged and tidied up the in
one colossal effort. Six
weeks later, that "long weekend" was still going, and it
looked like it would never finish. I've had to take a week "off"
RTSC before I went stark staring mad... anyway, quite a bit stuff has
been done and duly uploaded! You'd have probably thought that being in
the visual effects business would mean I'd have a site just soggy
with cutting edge, super slick graphics. But no - the same old shithouse
temporary placeholder graphics I knocked up one afternoon four years ago
have practically become permanent fixtures. So I've finally started
creating some proper buttons...
big work in progress update to the Homeworld2 and Homeworld
sections. The Homeworld2 upload is mostly text with one or two pics.
Changed the temporary Homeworld2 icon (the Hiigaran Interceptor concept
drawing) to a more(?) permanent icon (two Vaygr Destroyers in a lush
environment). Regraded the Homeworld page blues to be a little less
saturated. Tidied up here and there and checked a few links. Added the
RTSC linking buttons!
|6 Nov|| Update
to Other RTS games:
two new entries. A Settlers
clone called Alien Nations,
and a rather promising tactical World War II RTS called Wartime
Startopia's developer, Mucky Foot is closed down!! Update the pages to reflect this sad fact...
|1 Nov|| Quick adjust to the Homeworld
and Homeworld2 sections,
reinserting the Homeworld:
Cataclysm buttons into the the menus. Updated the HECLiD
link, adding it to the HW Links page. Cataclysm
is still "retired", but I'll add any relevant links to the Homeworld
|29 Oct|| Bits and pieces.
Quick update to the TA:Mutation page.
Tweaked the Homeworld Ships page.
More work on the Homeworld2 section, mostly fixing stupid site mechanics, buttons and the odd link.
Lay some proper foundations
for the Homeworld2 section. Actually scribbling away into the early hours and doing
lots of LAN multiplayer and screen grabs. For some inexplicable reason,
Relic did NOT implement game playback(!!!!) in Homeworld2 which complicates
things as far as getting the best screen grabs. are concerned. The Maps
and Mods pages are understandably empty at this point. Also:
Mostly working on the Startopia
Section's Neurotic Details page - the leftover's
of the RTSC Startopia Guide. This is taking
a while because I'm going through all the game's data files that inform
it. I'll keep posting work in progresses as I go, but other RTSC Sections
need some attention. The study of data files and scripts is very time-consuming
and I want to get this right so it can be put to bed properly this time.
Along the way encountered a few minor quibbles and dealt with them:
Incremental update to the Startopia Guide. Added a few (mostly cosmetic) bits, added some more thumbnails here and there and tightened up some of the more clumsily implemented tables. Nothing too dramatic.
delay in the RTSC maintenance binge - got sidetracked by the creation
of the Downloads page of the Magic
Portal site. Why not mosey on down and have a look?
some very minor cosmetic changes to the Master
of Orion III section.
I seem to pour entire nights of maintenance and updates into this site, and it vanishes beneath the surface with nary a ripple. This "quick" fix and retirement weekender is now into its third week!
quite a few more of the Startopia
pages. Freshened up pictures, homogenised tables, tarted up some text,
and feeling pretty happy with the whole thing for once.
|1 Oct|| Some
overdue link maintenance work on the Total Annihilation
Links page which almost got lost in the general site-wide revamp,
and added the Natural Selection link to RTS
Uploaded the DIY Supply page in the Startopia Section. Working through the first of the massively tabled Startopia pages now...
|30 Sept||General work on the Startopia section progressing. Regraded several images; went through all the Peep portraits and regraded them to be a little more luminous so they're more readily readable when scaled down. Altered all the Peep emoticon icons by removing the thick borders around each and enhancing the actual emoticon itself. I'm now going through all the tables and attempting to standardise and add more "breathing room" to the lot of them. Uploaded the (mostly completed) first six pages of the RTSC Startopia Guide. More to come, Startopia fans!|
|25 Sept||General work on the Startopia site progressing. Uploaded the freshly polished Startopia Links page.|
|23 Sept||Quick slap dash update to the Homeworld2 section, correcting a factual errors after actually playing the game. Discovered a new Homeworld fan site: Homeworld Zone. Now - must dash back and actually play the thing! Cheers.|
|22 Sept||The update and maintenance momentum continues. Much overdue maintenance update to Other RTS Games and some finishing touches to Homeworld Ships.|
|21 Sept||Finally got around to finishing off the Homeworld Section's Ships and Formations pages. Updated the Rise of Nations Link page. Huge amounts of editing and modifications, and the site seems to swallow them up without so much as a ripple. Now, back to Homeworld2...|
|17 Sept||Found some more stupid mistakes, mostly in the turn page buttons at the bottom of most of the RTSC pages involved on Monday's big reshuffle. Updated the Welcome Page with some text to go with the pictures, and replaced the dreadful old nondescript "3D strategy" pic with a much smarter looking newer one.|
|16 Sept||After the big upload, a mass of small corrections and fixits. Nothing you should notice, other than buttons that didn't work properly before now do, and menus should now line up. Some missing graphics replaced.|
Massive, massive update with some major changes. This has been building for some time now and its complete enough for a major upload. Added not one, nor two, but three whole new game sections and six new game pages! Believe it or not, this is actually to make things slightly easier to maintain.
and optimised the RTS
Glossary, RTS Basics,
RTS Links and the opening
All this is in work-in-progress mode, so extra pages (like extra pages for MoO3 or RoN) and some nifty new pictures for Homeworld2 are still in the pipeline, plus reformatting and finishing off the Startopia section.
|9 Sept||Gave the Total Annihilation section a bit of a spit and polish; optimised some clumsy html and updated one or two links. Add a nice big new pic for the front, and gave some old pictures some text to fuly explain their purpose. The real action hasn't been uploaded yet - there's several new sections and pages coming this way - but they're still under construction.|
|4 Sept||No updates, but the Total Annihilation section records its 10,000th hit (since it's move to the rakrent address) on the Planet Annihilation's TA Top 100.|
|2 Sept||Updated the Homeworld Mods & TC's page; culled a few dead entries and updated a few links.|
|27 Aug||Updated the Total Annihilation section, RTS Links and the Homeworld2 Overview table. Mostly link maintenance and html optimisation. Massive reorganisation going on here though - update to come very, very soon. Started updating the Startopia pages, but nothing ready to upload yet.|
|23 Aug||Updated the possible Homeworld2 release date on the Homeworld2 Overview page, as based on the release date cited by an online games shop here in Oz. As you were.|
|13 Aug||Applied the new formatting regime to the Homeworld section. Things have hotted up since I've returned to a full time schedule at Animal Logic, so progress will undoubtedly slow on RTSC and my other projects.|
|3 Aug|| A nice jolly big update! Its mostly
a reformatting exercise, adapting all the table graphics so they're more
modular and expandable - and so they look the bloody same on different
browsers (snarl gnash). Maintenance and upgrades are already a little
bit quicker and easier. Decided if it looks okay in Mozilla
- my new browser of choice - then I'll be more than happy.
Changed the "default" RTSC pages to white/grey, leaving blue for Homeworld and red/orange for Total Annihilation. I'll reformat the Startopia pages next - a monster effort in itself - and finally get around to that long overdue Bio-Deck page... and think about how to economically reorganise the left hand menu frames.
Replaced some old Homeworld pictures with better looking quality versions. Updated RTS Basics, the RTS Glossary, Other RTS Games, RTSC Links and this History page. The older history pages will be left in their original condition, for historical purposes. May or may not retire the StarCraft pages and Age of Kings sections, establish a couple of single page mini-sections for games like Dungeon Keeper II and The Settlers IV... decisions, decisions. I do NOT want to be stuck maintaining ancient games that I've not touched in years when I've moved on to other things. TA and Homeworld at least have lively communities that are still doing things; but the StarCraft - WarCraft - Diablo sites just haven't been the same since Blizzard did its massive infringement purge, and I've never ever really given the Settlers its due.
|27 Jul||Updated RTSC Links and the Homeworld and Cataclysm sections.|
|10 Jul||Much overdue update to the Total Annihilation section. The new look and format I've been thinking about for the last few months is now being applied in stages. Strangely enough, things have cooled off slightly in TA-land and checking all those links wasn't such a pain. Also, added a download to RTSC - its first! Its the old modding group TABDD's Red Alert Total Conversion that turns TA into Command & Conquer: Red Alert. I've scoured the web looking for this for a long time and came up with nothing; so I was a bit surprised to find it lurking in a dark corner of my old downloads folder from several years ago - so, unless I've missed a final version somewhere, I'll post it up on my site.|
|17 Jun||Very small update to the Homeworld2 pages. Clarified some not so sure info and amended a few items.|
Absolutely run off my feet this month - I'm back at work so bugger all is getting done in the pet project department. Pick at RTSC and seriously contemplate a complete upgrade with some proper graphics. So, dabbled with this experiment in table formatting on this very history page whilst humming and harring. Think of it as a portent of things to come. Other musings include:Retiring the Age of Kings section and possibly replacing it with a Rise of Nations page. I haven't touched the game in, ooh, two years now - and I'm not likely to, either. Apart from an initial rush of interest it simply petered out.
Retiring the Settlers III page, or rather, updating it somewhat belatedly into a proper Settlers IV page instead. Maybe embellish some of the economic bits in Settlers. I'd make a guide but they take forever to do properly: just look at how big the Startopia Guide got - and Settlers is probably a helluva lot more complex internally.
Make an Ancient Relics Zone, just for retired RTSC Game sections. These relics would retain their original formatting, just for historical sake.
Some single pages dedicated to some games I thought were pretty damn cool, but for various reasons didn't warrant a full section but wound up with huge entries in Other RTS Games. Either that, or I simply discovered them too late. A prime example would be Dungeon Keeper II. And for real retro maybe add a Dungeon Master or an Elite/Frontier page. Ha! Why not?
Splitting the huge Other RTS Games page into smaller bite sized pieces. This is half done already.
Expanding the scope a wee bit from just RTS into strategy, simulations and anything else I feel like that are vaguely related in general. This is just so I can stick in a Masters of Orion III page which I'm playing a fair bit. Its an excellent game but pretty daunting for casual players.
|22 May|| Update
the Homeworld2 section.
Update Other RTS Games. Amended the O.R.B. entry (it disappointed, unfortunately), and filled out the Star Trek: Armada 2 entry.
Couple of near-to-finished finishing touches to the Startopia section's States of Mind page.
quick links and entry maintenance in the TA
section. Finally culled a couple of links and entries that stubbornly
refused to be found. Most work in TA Maps, Mods
and Links pages.
|15 May||The Startopia section gets a nice, big work in progress update thanks to a few days of uninterrupted time. Polish up and adjust formatting on most RTSC Startopia pages, with States of Mind getting the most much needed attention. The Bio-Deck page is still unchanged and in little bits (screengrabs and all that) which is taking a while, cultivating a nice orderly Bio-Deck and arranging, checking, and typing up all the bits. There's some distracting green and red borders which I'm not happy with and will go, replaced by something more elegant. They're simply a quicky fix before I put in my better solution. More to come!|
|9 May||Updated the Startopia Links page. Actually I did this a week ago, but completely forgot to upload it! Sorry to all you frustrated Startopians... I'm going through a number of small fixes and tweaks on the Startopia pages, Other RTS Games and the beginnings of a speculative Homeworld2 page. My schedule's been a bit cluttered of late, and other things like the Magic Portal Website really have to be updated.|
|23 Apr||Thanks to an email, the Homeworld Mods and Links pages get a look at and a few dints are straightened out. Unfortunately, a few more Homeworld mod sites seem to have bitten the dust, but expectations are high for Homeworld2. Also added a Homeworld Top Sites button to the Homeworld main page.|
|20 Apr||After some email from someone trying to look up "RTS" in RTSC's own RTS Glossary, it suddenly occurred to me that many search engines simply drop people into the pages without the frames index down the left hand side. Unless readers think to work backwards in the URL prompt, everything can be out of context. Experimenting with a few page format ideas on the newly updated pages, which at this point are thoughtful dabbles that may lead to a major page format update. Hence the blue borders in some pages. Updated entries concerned in RTS Glossary, which led to an amendment to Population Limits in the Economics section of RTS Basics.|
|13 Apr||Updated Other RTS Games. Added a long overdue Impossible Creatures entry, and tidied up a few others.|
|5 Apr||Big update to the ÜberHack page. Added umlauts! Fixed a few links around the site to go with it.|
|31 Mar||Finally got around to adding the Gaming Top 50 button to RTSC's front door.|
|30 Mar||Cosmetic updates (mostly fixes) to the Settlers III Overview page. Thinking of getting around to that Settlers IV page some time.|
Creations is back on the web. Thanks goes to Chris Morton for that
tip; thanks Chris!
|12 Mar||Slightly overdue update of the Switeck's Bugfix custom mod page in the Total Annihilation section.|
Lots of small changes coming thick and fast. Find one and suddenly you've found a dozen. Mostly correcting badly expressed paragraphs, fixing the odd dud link here and there, and amending what I feel is now out of date or simply incorrect text. The changes took place in:
|10 Mar||These small incremental updates are much easier! Finished off the related links table I forgot about in the Boring Theory page in RTS Basics.|
|7 Mar||Maintenance on the RTSC Links page. Some sites that had been down for months finally get the chop.|
|6 Mar||Amended some of the changes to the Total Annihilation Mods and Links pages, mostly small fixes and adding a few pics to the Mods page.|
|4 Mar||Maintenance updates to the Total Annihilation Mods and Links pages.|
|20 Feb||Incremental updates. Some of the text in the RTSC Startopia Guide kept bugging me, so rewrote some of the text. Updated What's In A Peep and Food & Drink.|
Another sizable update, and as usual, only had time for half the things I wanted to do. There's a still a couple of outstanding games for Other RTS Games (like Impossible Creatures and Star Trek Armada) and the Total Annihilation section is almost certainly out of date by virtue of the fact I haven't looked at it for a week.
Updated the Startopia
section. Nothing too dramatic, just added a To Do list; a progress
box at the start at the suggestion of a reader.
|5 Feb|| Fair bit of work going on with
RTSC and the Magic Portal site, and some of it's finally appearing online.
Updated the Command & Conquer entry in Other
RTS games to reflect Westwood's new release, C&C
|8 Jan|| First update for the new year.
There's been quite a few incremental updates all through the site, but
with the Silly Season, holidays, work and just lots of fun and excitement,
there's been very little time to piss about with a website!
Just a work in progress upload of Other RTS Games. None of the other tweaks and adjustments for the rest of the site are ready for uploading just yet. There's a few new entries in this page, and a couple more to enter. Battle Realms, Dark Planet, Heægemonia, Imperium Galactica III, Metal Fatigue, Sim City, and a few paragraphs reinserted into the Real War entry that I took out for some reason or other. Space I think... Star Trek Armada and a few others will be coming soon to this page.
Last modified Sun, Dec 21 2003 by Lindsay Fleay