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10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Wed Nov 22, 2017 22:55 UTC

Exactly 10 years ago, on Nov 22 2007, VOGON MINI map pack was released!

VOGON MINI PACK 01
11/22/2007

This pack includes 44 maps and 33 skins with some bots.
Go to http://vogonhq.com/ for more information.
(...)

(download @ VOGON Links thread)

I was sorting some old archives and pretty much randomly scanned Q3 stuff, found 2 demos from 2008 inside old forum backup, but then i see they need maps from vgmini01! Q3 was clean, without anything extra, so i needed to re-install it. Just for fun, i opened the readme and noticed the date! So, to mark this occasion i decided to render & upload them, what else. :)

Here is the first one, TDM on VOGON TX server, map Sorrow:


And the second one, also TDM on VOGON TX, map Octagon:


Players: Gumby, WarNiTE, Stacie, inspectorjimb, Kitty, FOAD + some spectators, recorded on 2008-09-27.

Video is original Q3 4:3, [email protected] 1080p is possible with Q3, but first i need to check some other settings to maximize the quality. If those new settings survive YouTube recompression i will reupload & upload more demos.
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby VAT » Thu Nov 23, 2017 06:37 UTC

good old times! nice to see you again :king:
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby colombo » Thu Nov 23, 2017 09:22 UTC

I remember those maps, difficult but fun
and all the players that never appear around here anymore.
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby colombo » Thu Nov 23, 2017 09:25 UTC

We did a one-on-one tournament.
the games were recorded and posted in the forum
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:32 UTC

VAT wrote:good old times! nice to see you again :king:

Same here, nice to see you around! :)
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:42 UTC

colombo wrote:We did a one-on-one tournament.
the games were recorded and posted in the forum


Everything should be archived somewhere, especially all the forum stuff. The only exception would be external files, not hosted on the forum. Those 2 demos i got from 2008 archive, because i was looking for oldest forum backup. This forum started in April 2008, demos above are from Sept 2008. Back in 2008 i used a different system to archive stuff, database and forum files separately, sometimes even not at the same time. This makes it a bit harder to follow and consolidate. I am doing this so later i can pack everything together with deduplication, which will save a lot of space. In any case, files were preserved except for cheater report demos. Even a lot of those may be in older archives.
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby fallout » Thu Nov 23, 2017 13:21 UTC

Memories. I just shed a tear. If I still had my gaming setup, I would play. 8-D


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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Thu Nov 23, 2017 13:42 UTC

Well, for all interested we could create some ready-to-go Q3 pack. It was done before q3-lite-something, for clients, not sure where it is now, albeit it should be updated & tested with new ioquake3, if they still maintain it. :)
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Mon Nov 27, 2017 16:05 UTC

colombo wrote:We did a one-on-one tournament.
the games were recorded and posted in the forum


1 vs. 1 Tournament (OCT 2010) threads:
https://vogonhq.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1538 - info
https://vogonhq.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1568 - results & demos
(Rapidshare demo links are all gone, will check my archives)
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Sun Dec 03, 2017 01:54 UTC

Found them! For now i only uploaded them to Google Drive, will upload more stuff and then copy everything to other mirrors.

Go to https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2jj0N-2N5yQYXBGLXM2eHVTdUk or https://goo.gl/c7j3qp and under demos/ you have 2 zips, each with 16 matches recorded: vg-20101023-1vs1_demos.zip (dyn), vg-20101023-1vs1_demos_2.zip (Apoc).

If you get 'disconnected' icon when playing back demos, install pk3 from q3a-1.32-cgame_for_demos.rar, which removes this warning. Download @ the same folder link. Check the readme.txt inside for info.
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby fallout » Sun Dec 03, 2017 13:23 UTC

Brace yourself dyn. :evil2:

I did some digging. To my shock and disbelief, I not only have the original mini-pak 22/11/2007, I have all the test maps
(test-1 test-2 test3a test3b ) plus my original Q3 install disc and all the config's you created as well. Like I said in my
previous post, if I still had my 'gamesetup' and our Q3 server's were like they were back then, I would play. :lol:

Memories :popcorn:
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Sun Dec 03, 2017 21:12 UTC

Check if you have any .dm_68 file (Q3 demos), who knows, maybe some good demo is buried there. In case you don't have Q3 setup ready, you can zip and upload them and i will check. I use timescale to fast skip forward, saves a lot of time.

About playing, it's would be hard to recreate that '10+ years ago' atmosphere. Today Quake 3 has very little players. Still, you may find a few people online now and then.
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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby fallout » Mon Dec 04, 2017 01:12 UTC

I hate to disappoint you dyn but, I only have the 'necessities'. Demo's I didn't keep. :<
But I'm sure someone did. =)

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Re: 10 years since VOGON MINI map pack!

Postby dyn » Mon Dec 04, 2017 02:27 UTC

Well, if you find any, let me know. Also, anyone else can upload and we then include them with other VOGON files, the best we can upload on YouTube as well.

BTW, i did experiment with different settings, can get a bit better image quality than i used to with those 2 demos above, but then YouTube will reencode everything to similar quality. Maybe they will soon start supporting 4:4:4 chroma, basically no chroma subsampling, instead of 4:2:0, which is widely used today, most noticeable as smudged in-game text.
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