Update: Information on Sniper's problems has been added, below.
Really sorry about not updating in so long, but I've been extremely busy with trying to make sure that v2.0 Beta 1 was finished, then actually starting the test, organizing the testers, and keeping it running in general... among other things. Anyway, here are some screenshots from the beta test, to partially make up for the lack of updates. The last row shows pictures of 'skydiving' on GargHunt3, a pastime that's become popular during the beta (if you do it right, you don't die).
There's also a lot of news. As referred to above, the beta test started a while ago, and many bugs have been found, making it easier for us to finish 2.0... a lot of the rest of the news isn't so good, however.
You know the SvenCo-op map DaveJ was working on? (Working title: Argh!... Seems that it was appropriate :/ ). His hard drive crashed, and the RMF, map, and BSP files were lost and/or corrupted. He had no backups :((. Some possibly good news, though is that he also said this:
HOWEVER, I am working on some new textures which were going to be used on a TFC map... it's possible I might make a very unique SvenCoop map from it. Maybe. Depends on time."
Another piece of bad news, though not quite as bad, is that progress on 2.0 has been very slow for the last week or two, because Another1 (our coder) has been extremely busy coding control center software for the satellite "BIRD", which is to be launched at the beginning of next year.
The good news is that the deadline for the program/s was two days ago, though, so he should be able to start concentrating on SvenCo-op again, really soon. P.S. - Happy Birthday to him, for yesterday!
A piece of bad news was that LiquidGamerX, modeller/skinner/animator extraordinaire, disappeared without a trace for over three weeks, leaving us with great-looking but, since only half the animations had been completed, unusable Uzi models :/.
Good news, though, is that he turned up again today (side-note: he was in a car accident, today... so was one of our testers, just a few days ago... nobody was seriously hurt)... His hard drive had crashed thoroughly, and he's finally been able to properly re-format it (he had the Uzi files backed up on CDs). His drive's still getting worse, though, and over 4 gigs of it is already totally corrupt... could go down at any time.
I've sent him a grant out of the donation funds, though, which will allow him to buy a new (and, actually, considerably better) hard drive in conjunction with his own resources. Once again, many thanks to everyone who's supported the mod by <shameless advertisement> donating. Without LiquidGamerX, we would have been in a real fix.
On a vaguely related topic, a new method of donating has been added to the Support page, allowing people to donate using a non-US credit card quickly and easily... the service that provides this charges higher transaction fees, though, so anyone with US credit cards is still best to donate through PayPal</advertisement>.
Sniper's situation wins the prize for the worst piece of news, though... not a prize you want to win, of course :/.
The good news is that Sniper's father is getting better... unfortunately, though, since he's been unable to work, Sniper and his family are in danger of going bankrupt, having their computer taken off by debt collectors, etc. This is obviously not good at all, and on top of it all, this sort of thing won't be at all good for Sniper's father, there being a danger of him having a stroke if he does/worries too much. And Sniper's dog just died. Really, really not his day, it seems :((.
The only hope seems to be that Sniper's family was promised an amount of money from some relatives (has to do with an inheritance, I think... I don't entirely understand it all), large enough to pay off the bills and give them a chance to get back on their feet... nothing's on paper or anything, though, so this may not happen... which would be, well, quite horrible, basically.
I've asked him about various things I might be able to do to help, but it seems that there really isn't anything. Even if the donation money quadrupled, it wouldn't be in the same league as the problem. Seems that the only thing we can do is pray... might not solve the problem, but it certainly couldn't hurt.
P.S., in case anyone doesn't know who Sniper is, he set up the SvenCoop.com site design (and has nearly finished a new and improved design scheme), made most of the images you see around the site (such as the logo), made the maps Osprey and GargHunt3 (being included with 2.0), etc.
To cheer you up a bit after all that, I suggest you read Friendly Garg's Friendly Garg story, which is SvenCo-op-related :).
And you should also go here and check Xiaoxiao 1, 2, 3 and 4... they're not SvenCo-op related, but they're really great :D.