I'm fascinated to see the EF community still alive. It might not be kicking, but the heart is still beating faintly.
I ran the Enterprise NX-01 MOD several years ago, which some of you may have been familiar with. EF was a game I adored, and still know inside out.
What is the current level of activity like? Do many play the games online, still? How active is the modding community these days?
Well I know for a fact that there are still many EF and EF2 dedicated sites but the sad truth is ef is a dying game if something is not done and soon. I currently make small texture based mini mods for both games so I still believe in it. But the sad fact is that poor availability and little knowledge as well as few dedicated modders are leading to it's early demise and widespread pirating and hacking. Tis sad but true. Though it's not too late to save it and me and many others are doing our part to do so and would be honored if you would join us in that quest.
Being a Star Trek and a Star Wars fan, I`m kinda stuck between the worlds. I love Elite Force, but I never played it online. My attention has been focused toward Jedi Academy so far, but I`m getting sick and tired of it thanks to online players and certain members of it`s community, so I`m considering switching to Elite Force. I`ve noticed severe lack of PotDs on EF Files, so I might try doing something about it. Alas, my modding skills are terrible, so there`s not much I can do.
I tell you what dude, if you want to make a mod a map a add-on or what ever for a game you like, you just give a damn about the activity, it will change anyway. It has always been like like this, if there is Something new which is good and ppl like it, they come back and try out.
You are lucky that Star Trek Gamers come back just to try out the mods for the Star Trek Games, so you've got nothing to louse if you like doing some work on the game, then just go ahead. Read my story: After 2 years ago as I stared to work on the co-op mod, ppl told me to do something else, something useful. They told me to make new maps, new game types or an assimilation mod. And now the Co-Op Mod is a reason for many ppl to play online again, after some rounds of co-op they chek out the deathmatch servers and have fun there, that's what I have expected ;).
Yeah, And to tricorder if you ever want to learn how to map mod just refer to me or chriss and I'm quite sure between us we could help you out.And to mr. Chris well I have a pretty good feeling you already know how to map/mod. So please do help out. It could help a great deal.
Me mapping? I wish! I have Radiant, but I have absolutely no clue how to use it. Everything is so confusing! I think I`ll stick to making funny screenshots. I pretty much ran out ideas for Jedi Academy. Now it`s time to start abusing RPG-X and maybe bring little life to EF Files PotD section. I already have few ideas, but I don`t know if someone done that already. And I`m too lazy to browse through EF Files PotD archive to check. :p
You know EF2 is great for screenshots with the animate command that's how I make most of mine. And I can always still teach you how to make mods and textures for EF and EF2. Just pm me tell me which game and I'll do my best to tell you everything you need to know. One thing you will certainly need is two apps: 7Zip and Pakscape One to create and one to quickly extract (I use it to check for errors) If your using EF2 you will definatly need an app simply called DDS converter. and Instant Texture Viewer. But we can get more into that if you decide to get into modding.
Thank you for your offer. Sadly, my current life circumstances don`t allow me to commit my time to modding, so I`ll stick to screenshooting for now. I`ll see what I can do with RPG-X before messing with EF2.
Chrissstrahl;4571072I tell you what dude, if you want to make a mod a map a add-on or what ever for a game you like, you just give a damn about the activity, it will change anyway. It has always been like like this, if there is Something new which is good and ppl like it, they come back and try out.
I'm aware of this. I'm not particularly interested in resurrecting my modding career. Modding of high quality (as I still believe NX-01 was) takes a lot of time and commitment that I don't have right now.
I'm still waiting on Hocking to upload my file, which described in fairly good detail how to get .tan models from milkshape into EF2 (including how to make the models export correctly). Without my intervention, that knowledge would have probably been lost forever. I'm pretty sure once the new files start getting uploaded, then activity may pick up for a bit.