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xx Sol Contingency plays Overload Teaser!

March 08, 2016, 02:53:36 PM by -<WillyP>-
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xx Sol Contingency new trailer

November 05, 2015, 04:04:54 PM by -<WillyP>-
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Soupe Du Jour:


Descent makes Rock, Paper, Shotgun's best 50 First Person Shooters

In a rather lengthy and somewhat exhaustive article by Rock, Paper, Shotgun on May 13, 2015, Descent was listed in their "Best 50 FPS" list.

To quote Alec Meer, author of the article:
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"Our first ‘but is it a first-person shooter?’ entry... Rewriting what we thought possible back in the mid 1990s, this six degrees of movement spaceship shooter was really in 3D – not Doom’s cheaty 2.5D deal. We felt motion sickness. We had to grow new fingers to maintain all the keyboard controls with this newfound Z-axis. And we loved it, became adept at it, shooting virus-infected enemies and rescuing hostages, before belting it out of the centre of whatever it was we were about to blow up. Descent still feels like it’s asking just that little bit too much of us even today, which is exactly why it’s still so loved."


It goes on to mention and link to DXX-Rebirth, GOG, and Steam.

Congratulations to the 20-year-old game still getting the recognition it deserves - and being listed among such great titles as Quake, Far Cry, Halo, Unreal Tournament, Bioshock, and many others.

The whole article deserves a read. Start from the top at http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/13/best-fps/ or skip to the page including Descent at http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/05/13/best-fps/3/
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Poll:


Things are looking good for a new 6dof game in the near future... But are either of these a new Descent in your mind?
  • Sol Contingency... may not have the name, but I think these guys are building something truley in the spirit of Descent!
  • Descent: Underground: It's official, and will be a true AAA game, built by experianced game-makers who listen to the the community!
  • Both: Can't we all just get along? Seriously they both have unique merits and it's gonna be double-stuffed awesomeness!
  • Neither: And get off my lawn!  >:(
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Descent News


xx Introducing 'OVERLOAD'

February 09, 2016, 10:28:09 PM by Hunter
Here's something new and Descenty to sink your teeth into ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjpf5ztwTRw
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xx Great News from Sol Contingency!

October 31, 2015, 05:37:56 PM by -<WillyP>-
The day has finally arrived. [size=150]It's release time![/size] Like a big rocket bound for the moon, we are going to release Sol Contingency: Proving Grounds in three stages.

1) The first is our CLOSED BETA starting Monday, November 2, limited to ~50 players.
2) We will follow up with a second, OPEN BETA phase around the middle of November.
3) After that, we're making the release official with the full, community-tested and rock solid final version of Proving Grounds.
4) And once that's done, it's time to get the next step of Sol-C kickstarted, with your help!

Since our crowdfunding campaign for the full version of Sol Contingency needs some time to be fully assembled, but we want to get the game into your hands, we have decided that this staged release is the best of both worlds: if you are a die-hard Sol-C fan, the closed beta may be your ticket in first, while everybody will get a shot at testing the open beta not much later. We want your feedback on the game and we want to see whether it stands the test of the many different machines it will be run on. After all, when we go about making the next version, we want to be sure you enjoy Proving Grounds for a long time!

"How can I get in to the closed beta?" you ask. Well, how about showing us that you're worth your salt by telling us how long you've been following us? Did you tell others about the project? Have you been an avid poster on our forum? Are you a dedicated server administrator willing to help people get started playing? Have you beta-tested a game before, do you own a YouTube channel or blog, or are you even from the press around the web and want to cover Proving Grounds?

If you can say "YES" to any of these questions, keep your eyes peeled for exact instructions on how to get in when we make the beta available on Monday! If you're a newcomer to Sol-C, the open beta will be for you -- no restrictions, everyone can participate, just hang in a few more days and we will be ready to give you a shot too.

Watch this space on Monday to see how this unfolds. Buckle up, pilots!

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xx Mapping competition! Summer contest

June 06, 2015, 09:08:08 AM by homeyduh
Ever wanted to be the next Spaz or DKH of mapping? Ever wanted crowds of pilots screaming your name as you kill them in your map? Now you can!

I'm announcing a quarter-annual mapping competition. Anyone can join and can submit up to 3 maps to the competition. Submission deadline for this first contest will be July 1st. After that voting on favorite maps will be open. Voters can choose up to 3 maps to vote for. Top 5 maps will be subject to rotation ladder matches at the DCL for a week. A second poll will be held at the DCL forums by pilots who have played the maps in a competitive setting. After a week of playing and voting, the winner will be announced. Revel in fact that you're the top mapper of the competition as your name gets etched into the history of our game!

Currently, this contest will be focusing on D1 maps, but D2 maps and D2XXL maps will be accepted as well and judged just the same. This contest is currently FOR FUN, so have fun with it!. For tips on mapping out competitive grade levels, check out Drakona's post over at the DU forums. We also ask that mappers do NOT revise their maps once entered. Doing so may throw off the voting process as the version we download may be different than the one the mapper expects to be judged. If you plan on submitting more than one map, either submit them all at once our in separate posts if the maps aren't ready at the same time. Again, do NOT edit previous posts. Another thing, this contest is to stimulate new map creation so the map you submit must be less than 6 months old. Also, you can't submit maps for someone else. The author of the map must submit their own map. Best of luck and happy mapping! Here is the submission thread at the DCL forums.
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xx Descent 20th anniversry Lan Party

May 18, 2015, 03:52:48 AM by -<WillyP>-

From the Sol Contingency forums: Sol Contingency Community Forum - View topic - Descent 20th Anniversary LAN

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It's official -- we are hosting the Descent 20th Anniversary LAN in Denver, CO July 16-19.

There is no LAN fee. Just pay your own transportation, lodging, and food, and bring your computer (we'll have a few loaners available if you really need one.) Follow the instructions on the official page to get signed up:

http://descentchampions.org/20th/

[Yes, some of the Descent:Underground guys will be there too.  You're all welcome to attend as well.]


I'm sorry to say Denver is out of reach for me but I'm sure a good time will be had by all.
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xx Descent II is on Steam!

February 19, 2014, 07:43:51 PM by TechPro
Many of us already knew Descent had come to Steam.  As of today (February 19, 2014), Descent II is also available on Steam!  If you don't already have Descent II, this would be a good way to start.  Get Descent II on Steam

I don't know (as yet), but I suspect the Descent II on Steam setup may use DOSBox like it does for Descent on Steam.  However, I'm sure some enterprising soul will soon have a method to put D2X-Rebirth in it thus bypassing the need for DOSBox and improving graphics/options.

Of course, you can also get Descent and Descent II from Good Old Games (D1 and D2 from GOG) and that may save you a couple bucks.

Either way, you want to get Descent and/or Descent II legally?  It's easy now!

By the way, Descent 3 is also available through Good Old Games. (D3 from GOG)

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