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Although this is primarily a news page for the members, if you are n't a Smeg and you have wandered in here out of curiosity, you are welcome anyway.

  • The news will be updated as and when time permits, the last two weeks on the page will be transferred to the archive page.

  • Game tips, bugs and snags will be on the appropriate pages.

  • It will, of course, be dependent on time and space [no pun intended] :)

  • I do not intend to list the "best, worst, so and so sucks" type stuff.

  • Any reproduced posts are "as is" with no guarentees or acceptance of any liability for innaccuracies or errors.
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Friday, June 12, 1998 - 10:13 CDT

Activision to Publish Five Games From Pandemic Studios

Activision, Inc. today announced that it will publish five new games from Pandemic Studios, Inc., a newly formed developmentcompany headed by former Activision veterans Josh Resnick and Andrew Goldman. Additionally, Activision has made an equity investmentin the new company. The first two games to be developed by Pandemic will be the sequels to Activision's "Battlezone" and "Dark Reign."Activision expects to release the first Pandemic title in summer 1999.

The announcement underscores Activision's commitment tofacilitate the growth of newly formed development firms by providing them with the necessary capital, tools, assistance and technical support to create spectacular games. In addition to receiving funding from Activision, Pandemic also will be supported by Activision's substantial infrastructure, leading-edge technologies and Customer Support and Quality Assurance departments.

Prior to founding Pandemic Studios, Josh Resnick most recently served as a director of production at Activision. Additionally, Resnick was the director for "Dark Reign," one of the best-selling real-time strategy games, and the producer for the blockbuster combat-simulation hit "MechWarrior 2." Resnick will serve as president of the newly formed company. While working at Activision, Andrew Goldman was the director for two critically acclaimed games -- "Battlezone," a genre-busting action-strategy title, and "Spycraft: The Great Game,"a Cold War espionage thriller starring former CIA director William Colby and former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin. Goldman will serve as CEO of Pandemic.

From Avault -Gen. Madman Cmdr, Crimson Reign

Week Commencing 15th June 1998
Last weekend saw the launching of the comprehensive CLANSMEG Website. Upto now it had been just a few pages, but the aim now is to provide some info. as well as having a laugh.

There were several instances last night (Monday) when the dreaded "connection to game server lost" flag reared it's ugly head and generally the NJ server was behaving in a peculiar way. This was evident by the number of usual NJ Zoners who hopped over to the UK server from time to time.

Somebody also my care to offer an opinion as to why "cannot join game" pops up when there is capacity for more players in a particular game. We are not talking hosts setting player limits or password controlled games here.

Saturday 20th June 1998

Just received my first 'phone bill since starting Multiplay. 180 for the quarter, 55 of which was line rental and tax. Good job I had been putting some cash in the ol' tin as I played.

When are we going to get free local calls in the UK?

Sunday 21st June 1998
Just finished the Problem, Multi and Single play pages today, which only leaves the links page to do. It's been a busy fornight putting this lot together. Now the leg work has been done hopefully the maintenance will not as demanding.

Tuesday 23rd June 1998

New BZ newsgroup announced for maps and stuff.

56k Connections from Demon at last

From Demon Internet for Demon users.

We will be commencing a planned phasing in of 56Kb/s (K56Flex) availability on the main dial-up ROMPS.

We will be removing one third of the Energis lines from service on each of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week whilst the upgrade is carried out on those lines.

Whilst this work is taking place, one third of our Energis access lines will be unavailable until the work is completed. There is however more than enough spare capacity during working hours, such that normal dial-up will be unaffected. Particularly since the COLT ROMP will be unaffected at this time.

Between Wednesday and Friday afternoon customers connecting to the Energis ROMP may connect to either a 33.6Kb/s or 56Kb/s line.

Once the work is completed, we will make an formal announcement on the status of all our dial-up access numbers.

Demon Internet Ltd.

Friday 3rd July Battlezone Hot News

Some good news from Captian Gram at The Ultimategaming Newspage.

I aint about to rip off his hard work, so follow this link for the latest.

No point re-inventing the wheel kiddies!

Sunday 5th July

Well we got a new member. That tricky guy Bang Bang has decided he needed an informal home, so he signed up. Link to BANG's page So he is "{Smeg}~Bang. Of course he gets his own page and a custom flag :)

Tuesday 7th July

New pics of some more Grendals on site, I have re-ordered the pages

I Particularlly like the "RaveN" ECM ship.

I actually made another pic of the damaged bomber using corel-paint, but when I brushed on all the burnmarks it bloated out to 91Ks from 31ks. It is a really nice pic tho'.

So i'll leave that as it is.

Start on some different ones when I have had a break.

New Jersey connections are still very dodgy from where I sit, although on the upside, the Demon lines are slowly improving.

Saturday 11th July

Two more members. A cople of Finnish guys to even it up. As soon as I get some mail from them I will make their pages. They are {SMEG}~Crow and {SMEG}~Sarge. So Smeg is growing in Finland. He He

Welcome. Don't forget to read the acceptable behavior bits on the joining page.

Have fun now. Y'hear

Sunday 12th July

Well not much today, however I have now got two new goodies to play with.

Firstly I got hold of a decent screenshot utility so maby we can get some clan Pics.

Secondly my mate Den has lent me a flatbed scanner, so with the digital camera and the graphics applications, I sould be able to make some interesting stuff.

Lastly I had a mail from Sampo saying he's out of it for a few days whilst he goes visiting. I get the impression he'll be back towards the end of the week

Thursday 16th July

Well another crappy evening trying to get a decent connection to the NJ server. About the only thing that was accomplished was arranging a curry night on Friday via the chat-room with Keiron.

I have decided to leave the "current" news on for two weeks now as some of you naughty Smegs, and you know who you are, are not dropping in as often as you could/should. This should give the laziest smegheads enough time to get the hot poop.

Some more changes to the site as it gets a little bigger may mean a few of the fancy gifs disappearing, but it's just a case of keeping it managable. Don't forget you all have your own page and it's up to you (within reason) what info you want on them.

I would also like to know if any of you have webphones, might be an idea, so we could talk to each other. There are sites with software around, although I cant tell where. I have one already.

Friday 17th July

THE PATCH IS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday 19th July

Well Gork is not gonna join, his Pa said no.

I am reserving judgement on the patch at the moment.

Crow, finally did your page today, along with a few changes.

Well we had a BZ fan turn up as {SMEG}~Gork last night in the chat room.

The guy had n't talked to me before so I don't now if he enrolled himself, or what. I asked him if he wanted in and he said "Yes". Needs to check with his folks if it's ok first as his dad does n't want their email toted around the bazaars, which is fair enough. Well I promised him if he mails me it'll be confidential, but for the moment he's anonymous. Still it was a little bit naughty turning up as a SMEGHEAD without asking.

Well as I said before, we're pretty easygoing,just.......


All I know is that he's from Michigan USA. Well if he does n't talk to me he can't have a page. Still if it works out he will be our first colonial cousin member.

On the subject of which, if you read this Fiki, I am still waiting to hear from you. Hekka has his page done now.

I got a couple of requests from the CR boys for a head to head with them. Well I dunno, I don't really want to go down the "Them and us" road, usually ends in tears and thats not really what this group is all about. We are strictly a fun oriented bunch.

Still if you want to take a vote on it, let me know. I don't have any strong feelings on the matter either way.

Keep in touch.

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