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Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 06, 2008, 09:55:14 PM
See question.
And we will have it this time or I will turn OPU in2 TEH MES HAL.

I expect notifications to be sent out as soon as a date is decided.
Heck, I'll write the message if I have to...
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Spikerocks101 on December 07, 2008, 01:43:36 AM
what you do in a get togeather? play or code?
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Highlander on December 07, 2008, 03:24:33 AM
I voted 26-28th.

Back on WON at least, it was during the christmas (not before or after), that you usually saw old faces pop back in to play some games.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Hidiot on December 07, 2008, 04:15:25 AM
I voted the weekend before (19th-21st), as school break kicks in, I have the option to do completely nothing in that weekend but relax.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 08, 2008, 08:37:00 PM
True, but I wasn't sure if anyone would be traveling that weekend.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on December 10, 2008, 05:20:54 AM
Ill be on over Xmas.

I would love for the reunion to be January 9-11, 2009 ! :D
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: CK9 on December 10, 2008, 12:31:24 PM
I say before Christmas, otherwise you risk having next to noone there (who doesn't play with their new toys after christmas?)
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 10, 2008, 12:55:28 PM
Very true.
Gaaah, so hard to decide!
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on December 11, 2008, 07:49:07 AM
After xmas/new years. People are often busy over this period and not online. Lets get a newsletter sent out to tell everyone..! :D
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Highlander on December 11, 2008, 01:22:26 PM
Wouldn't after x-mas and new years be like.. you know a regular week ? Isn't that when people got stuff to do ?
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 11, 2008, 05:06:09 PM
An interesting point was made: most people will be playing with their new toys after Christmas.  This eliminates December 26 - 28.  December 19-21 is now too close; we would have to send out a newsletter immediately, and with BlackBox unresponsive that won't happen.  This means it's happening sometime in January next year.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Hooman on December 11, 2008, 05:11:33 PM
Don't forget the issue of sending out unsolicited emails to a lot of people. A lot of people may consider it to be spam.

There was also mention of some box people can check while signing up about receiving email from the forum, and most people uncheck that box, so it doesn't seem entirely fair to be sending mail to those people. Of course, if that option is respected, there are apparently very few people left to email.
 
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 11, 2008, 05:14:41 PM
Since when has that stopped us in the past?
Besides, we gotta get the word out somehow.  Unless you can think of a better way of doing it?
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Hooman on December 11, 2008, 05:26:39 PM
Carrier Pigeons!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_over_Avian_Carriers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_over_Avian_Carriers)
 
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Jhessela on December 13, 2008, 11:53:11 AM
I voted for January 9-11. I'd also be okay with December 19-21. I'll be away during most of the middle two.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Mcshay on December 14, 2008, 06:41:34 PM
I will be on break during all of those times (I have a 27 day break).

That doesn't mean I won't have work to do however....

Edit: Oh and this week is finals... so don't expect to see me on (if you did at all).
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 18, 2008, 01:46:11 PM
Quote
so don't expect to see me on (if you did at all).
Who are you, and why would we expect you on in the first place?  :P  
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on December 19, 2008, 11:29:03 AM
only 11 votes :(
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 19, 2008, 12:09:07 PM
Yeah, that's kinda why we need the reunion, Lev...

Anyways, I say we go with January 9, 10, and 11, 2009.  We obviously can't have it this weekend, and we'll leave the two weekends after Christmas open for previously discussed reasons.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on December 19, 2008, 03:23:24 PM
That sounds perfect Sirbomber.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 19, 2008, 03:28:15 PM
Excellent!  Glad we finally reached a decision!
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 20, 2008, 10:07:22 AM
Yeah, I'm double-posting.  Don't like it?  Cry me a river.

Anyways, this is a rough draft of the proposed newsletter.  Yes, I know it sounds goofy.  Regardless, tell me what you all think:

Quote
Fellow fans of Outpost,

The holiday season is upon us, and this winter extinction is not an option!  OPU is having another big reunion to celebrate the holidays!  Friends new and old will be gathering here at OPU starting Friday January 9 and ending Sunday January 11!  Stop by and have some fun playing games, chatting with the other gamers, and sharing memories!  Everyone is invited, and feel free to bring a few friends along!

As is customary, weíve got plenty of gifts to share the holiday joy!  Get ready for the biggest battles yet with Outpost 2 Version 1.3.5, which has doubled the original unit limits!  The patch also includes Hoomanís new and improved WON Replacement!   Other bugs fixed in the new version include a pesky bug that stopped the Meteor Defense from firing and a bug that slowed down multiplayer games!  As if thatís not exciting enough, you can compete in an entirely new Outpost experience with Sirbomberís brand-new techtree!  You get to learn your favorite game all over again!  You can also check out the revival of Eddy-Bís famous Renegades campaign, or look at the progress of Celledorís Outpost 3D, which has impressed even the biggest skeptics among us!  Weíve also got a special holiday-themed mod for you to play!  There are also rumors that a few people have some special surprises theyíve been waiting to release!  Sounds exciting!

But thatís not all we have for you!  For the programmers among us, Hoomanís been cooking up some new stuff and is working on a brand-new SDK!  Iíd explain more, but itís all very technical, you see, and I donít really understand it myself.  But itís really impressive!

Canít make it?  No problem!  You can stop by OPU anytime and have a good time!  Remember, the fun doesnít end until you stop coming!

Sincerely,

The Outpost Universe Staff

Anything else I should include in that big "list of awesome stuff that will make people want to come back" that I may have missed?

PS: Now that I've written it there is no excuse not to send it! :evil laugh:
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: BlackBox on December 20, 2008, 03:13:32 PM
... and here I emerge from the underworld yet again, that I call university ;-)

Looks good to me. Short and to the point, not rambling which is good.

I can't think of anything right now that should be added (though I have been out of it for so long, so if someone thinks something should be added post it here).

If you want something added, work out the changes and post them here. I'll mail out whatever I see about one day from now.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on December 20, 2008, 06:29:35 PM
Good work. Seperate the main paragraph into two.

And need info when its taking place. And that its on IRC for 3 days, and links to irc download and java irc. Gotta make it easy for people to get on!

:)
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Sirbomber on December 21, 2008, 09:40:28 AM
Quote
Fellow fans of Outpost,

The holiday season is upon us, and this winter extinction is not an option!  OPU is having another big reunion to celebrate the holidays!  Friends new and old will be gathering here at OPU starting Friday January 9 and ending Sunday January 11!  Stop by and have some fun playing games, chatting with the other gamers, and sharing memories!  Everyone is invited, and feel free to bring a few friends along!

As is customary, weíve got plenty of gifts to share the holiday joy!  Get ready for the biggest battles yet with Outpost 2 Version 1.3.5, which has doubled the original unit limits!  The patch also includes Hoomanís new and improved WON Replacement!   Other bugs fixed in the new version include a pesky bug that stopped the Meteor Defense from firing and a bug that slowed down multiplayer games!  As if thatís not exciting enough, you can compete in an entirely new Outpost experience with Sirbomberís brand-new techtree!  You get to learn your favorite game all over again!  You can also check out the revival of Eddy-Bís famous Renegades campaign, or look at the progress of Celledorís Outpost 3D, which has impressed even the biggest skeptics among us!  Weíve also got a special holiday-themed mod for you to play!  There are also rumors that a few people have some special surprises theyíve been waiting to release!  Sounds exciting!

But thatís not all we have for you!  For the programmers among us, Hoomanís been cooking up some new stuff and is working on a brand-new SDK!  Iíd explain more, but itís all very technical, you see, and I donít really understand it myself.  But itís really impressive!

Canít make it?  No problem!  You can stop by OPU anytime and have a good time!  Remember, the fun doesnít end until you stop coming!

Sincerely,

The Outpost Universe Staff

OPU Website: http://www.outpost2.net/ (http://www.outpost2.net/)
Forums: http://forum.outpost2.net/ (http://forum.outpost2.net/)
IRC Download: http://www.outpost2.net/irc.php (http://www.outpost2.net/irc.php)

This reminds me; perhaps we should "standardize" 1.3.5?  It's a pain trying to figure out who's using which version, especially since they're both (internally) 1.3.4.  This would also mean replacing the 1.3.4 downloads with 1.3.5 downloads, but I don't know if Hooman is comfortable with doing that yet.
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: BlackBox on December 23, 2008, 10:47:49 PM
Looks good. I've sent out the mail.

As far as standardizing 1.3.5, I guess it's a good idea assuming most of the glaring bugs are gone (we don't want to pull another "r2" like with 1.3.4) :P
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Hooman on December 24, 2008, 09:15:13 PM
Standardizing on 1.3.5 could be good. Might want to finish a few things first though. I would like to change the internal version number to 1.3.5 (as it still says 1.3.4). It'd also be a good idea to ensure the mod loader works right with things like Renegades and such before removing older versions. We also need to get the renamed SIGS button into a download package or something, so we don't have to keep telling people to use the "Serial" option. Plus, it's been that way for so long, people are going to be still using it by accident when we switch over the buttons.  :P

Hmm, those changes are all to data strings and resources, or code we've written the source to. No more executable code patches. :)

 
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on December 25, 2008, 09:43:27 AM
Thanks for sending the newsletter :)

Looking forward to the reunion!
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on January 05, 2009, 04:28:36 AM
Hope everyone will be coming online this weekend. If you are not allready setup with IRC, be sure to do it asap :)

http://www.outpostuniverse.net/irc.php (http://www.outpostuniverse.net/irc.php)
Title: OPU Winter Reunion 08/09
Post by: Leviathan on January 09, 2009, 11:33:00 AM
Well the reunion starts today!

See you all on IRC! :D