On the LAMEness of dot TK

dear Lamers and new readers,

we have a hell of a week behind us. Monsterserver gets down, SG site gets down, SG as a name has to change. And to make it complete:
My registred .tk name for the blog is taken away by dot TK, the provider of this awesome URL shortener.

Why? First I believed I was to late to renew the domain, you have to renew it for free once a year. But I checked and I did so.
Probably we’re just making to much traffic after one year, and in this case – or just after one year of registration- they drop your URL.
This is the message I got:

‘You are registering a SPECIAL domain.

What is a special domain?

ย This is a domain, which is of greater commercial value than a Free Domain, or even the typical Paid Domain. The criteria for a domain to be considered a SPECIAL DOMAIN, is a small number of characters (1, 2, or 3 characters, such as “a.tk”, “rs.tk”, or “abc.tk”). Or it may fall into a range of words or terms that have been identified as having greater value. For this reason, the annual registration fee is greater than for a typical Paid Domain.

We would be delighted to complete the registration for the SPECIAL DOMAIN that you have selected. It is likely to become a great piece of Internet Real Estate. With all of the good .com names already taken, it is a great idea to get your .TK now, while it is still available!

In addition to allowing users to register a Paid Domain and SPECIAL DOMAIN, Dot TK also offers you the opportunity to register a Free Domain . These are domains that can be registered for FREE and are pointed to or forwarded to an existing, live URL.”

So I checked the FREE domains. lameclanbb, lameclansg, sglameclan, lameclan2 are still free (Hooray ๐Ÿ™ )

BUT: I took some initiative and registred www.lame-clan.tk for now.
hope you all agree.

I feel bad about this, especially now with the official SG-site going down.
I thing we should write them (dot TK) to reconsider, because I didn’t get a warning, they just mailed me to renew, and I did so!

Anyone who has the time and the english to help me writing an e-mail to change their mind, feel free.

posted by ZaPaTa in *LAME* Clan and have Comments (5)

Find a new name for “Smokin’ Guns”


Yes, you read that right. It’s sad, but it is likely that Smokin’ Guns will have to change, not only its site, but its name too!

Time is short since “our devs” are working hard in site migration.
This is an urgent call for proposals about a new, pertinent, sexy name for our beloved game.

posted by Biondo in Smokin' Guns and have Comments (32)

Dyna-traps and knife-throwing: not your usual Thursday!

Seems like we are going to experiment 2 new types of gameplay tonight, in our weekly clan deathmatch (Terra Nova 20:30 CET).

First proposal, by Slowly John, is called “Minesweeper”, that means you can use only dyna to kill your opponents, but without lightning it … to make it explode you have to shoot at it with your gun.

Second proposal, by Biondo, two teams using only knives in Station. Each team should occupy a distinct side of the map, using the middle rail as a delimiter. So, no knife shaving will be possible, just knife throwing. It’s not allowed to kill who respawns in the wrong zone, and similarly who respawns in the wrong zone can’t kill anybody until he reaches his team. Team composition has still to be decided.

[Inspiration: The physics of knife throwing, On the job, Il coltello Bowie].

posted by Biondo in *LAME* Clan,Deathmatches,Graphics & Photos and have Comments (17)

Cool down with some nice low-poly

Here’ a post to stop worry about the masterserver and the smokinguns mainsite going down.

Who else loves ‘low-poly’ (it’s a bit what you get in SG; a scene made out of some hard shapes, representing a tree, a house,…made with the bare minimum of ‘frames’). I think it’s great,
and I just spotted an illustrator who uses the ‘style’ of low-poly in his works. I love it, it realy reminds me of SG…but in art this time ๐Ÿ™‚

Look at this, remember the drawing Biondo did for the ‘Lake-massacre’? It really reminds me of lake.

There is more:



Incredible how he draws water. Also the color sheme reminds me of SG.
Time for some resources; find out more here: http://dribbble.com/turnislefthome
And for all designers, this Dribbble is a nice site. Give it a try

posted by ZaPaTa in *LAME* Clan and have Comments (7)

2 coffins (but it’s not the end)

As you probably know there have been huge problems with master servers lately (see: Master Server, This is the end…, and Serverlist of Monsterbrowser). With the going offline of ID Software master server the situation has become dramatic because the builtin server-tracker of all SG clients is now useless (as are MonsterBrowser and XQF), and it’s complicated for newbies to figure out how to join an online game. If this situation would last for long, SG would be at risk of extinction.

In these last few day some new master servers have been created by ricochet and Joe Kari, while barto (with his batchfiles connecting directly to single servers), dansh (with his precompiled binaries) and a.k47 (with his video tutorials) tried helping players in configuring their clients in order to connect to online games. Thanks to all of them for their efforts (I hope I haven’t forgot anybody … it’s not simple to follow a discussion that spreads along three threads).

So now we have an official master server to query: master.smokinguns.fr. In order to be able to get in-game server list you have to edit your q3config.cfg adding the line: seta sv_master1 "master.smokinguns.fr" [I’ve already updated our FAQ consequently].
Warning: not all servers are reporting to these master servers yet (due to mysterious problems, BB, SB and TN are not listed yet, for instance). If you have added servers to your MonsterBrowser manually, some of them might disappear when you reload the server list.

Latest news: given these problems and given the fact that most part of SG developers is inactive at the moment, Joe Kari took the initiative to start distributing a new SG version that should bury both SG 1.0 and SG 1.1b4 under 2 meters of soil. The new release is named “SG 1.1 beta 5a unofficial“. Read Joe Kari’s call for help and download the new release here: A CALL to the community – SG 1.1 beta 5.

Waiting for a better hosting service, at the moment the download is slow, but keep in mind that it’s not just a simple update, it’s a complete SG binary ready to be run. No Windows installer until now, simply unzip it to some place in your hard drive, enter the directory and run smokinguns.exe.
It’s probably better if you backup your q3config.cfg before running the game.

Until now I don’t know of any server that is ready for SG 1.1b5a, so you can test it only in single player mode or in LAN.
Once you have played some games you should also vote in the poll about your experience with it.
Smokin’ Guns lives as long as it has a community behind him, and you can take part into it by helping with tests. Hopefully, SG 1.1b5a will soon evolve in a stable SG 1.1!
Get 2 coffins ready for SG 1.0 and SG 1.1b4!

[Click on image for full strip. Source: A Fistful of Dollars ]

Stay updated, because it’s a rapidly evolving situation.

posted by Biondo in Graphics & Photos,Movies & Videos,Smokin' Guns and have Comments (13)