Posts by ww2jacob

    Hey folks. Athena, great update. I managed to get my hands on it last night due to Konn´s generosity. You portrayed Jake´s character well. So, who´s writing next? I´ve heard Wilde was going to, and I haven´t seen an update from him in a bit. I´d also like to write about part of this from Jake´s perspective as well, so maybe I´ll do that after Wilde posts his next update. If anyone has any questions about what Jake is going to do next, email me. I have worked up a plan with Code and HK that I think should work out pretty well. And Wilde, if you are writing the next one, could you email me your draft before you post? Thanks.

    First off, welcome to the forums, Eltanin! I´m sure you´ll love it here. <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Well, the online community is thriving still, although most servers use mods. Some of the most popular ones I have played are: Evolutions- My favorite large mod out there. Evo adds tons of new ships, weapons, and features, yet still remains true to the Freelancer story. It can be played in SP, OpenSP, and many servers run it for MP. The latest version is 1.30. There is also Evolutions: Nomad Revenge, which is similar to Evolutions, yet has some new elements. The latest Nomad Revenge version is 2.29. Freeworlds- If you like Star Wars, this is a major Star Wars Total Conversion. It has all the best Star Wars ships, and is played on a variety of servers. Other SW mods include Tides of War and TIE Universe, which are also top-notch, although not quite as big as Freeworlds. Freeworlds is on version 1.65, but version 1.66 should be coming out soon. The Next Generation (TNG)- I haven´t played this mod much, but it is highly popular. It is a total conversion mod that totally redoes Freelancer with all-new factions and ships and weapons. The latest version is 2.76, I think. Warriors of the Sky (WOS)- This is an interesting mod made by the genius Argh that converts Freelancer into an old-skool prop plane and ship fragfest, with totally redone systems to make it so you´re flying over land and water with cities instead of stations and everything redone completally. It´s still in beta, beta 2 or 3 I think. Asgard- This is a roleplaying mod that adds and changes a few interesting things to Freelancer. It adds new weapons, and replaces every Freelancer ship with a custom one. It has a server specifically for the mod, &quot;Asgard RPG Server&quot;, and they have a pretty good community with a large variety of clans and a lot of dedicated members. The lastest version is 3.11 Anyways, those are the 5 biggest mods I´ve played. I´d recommend trying out the mods on OpenSP Lite first to try them out and see which fits your tastes before going online with one. Enjoy the game and mods! <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    Hey, IGx89, I tried 1.4 yesterday and I have some feedback from an XML modder´s perspective. First, when I try to unzip a .zip.flmod file, it opens up the mod manager instead of unzipping. It´s odd because I tried it with several different mods and none seemed to work. Second, just wanted to say that the F5 reload feature is a great idea, but it seems slow and appears to lock up FLMM as loading large mods used to. Also, just wanted to say that the multithreading is great and it seems to make activation/deactivation MUCH faster. I haven´t gotten a chance to fiddle around with the rest of the stuff, but so far it´s been pretty good, except that one bug. It´s a great tool, so thanks for putting the time in to make it! <img src=smilies/icon_smile_big.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    <font size=1 face="trebuchet ms"><BLOCKQUOTE><hr size=1 noshade>to be the &quot;most offensive&quot; swear word in the british language?? <hr size=1 noshade></BLOCKQUOTE></font><font face=´trebuchet ms, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica´ size=2> British language? That´s a new one! I´ll have to try to learn it someday. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> I think that the censors should stay, but a few mild words that are currently blocked that can have other meanings should be allowed back in. Like the word that starts with a &quot;j&quot; and ends with a &quot;erk&quot;. That one is a commonly used one in common language as the description of tug or pull, and even in it´s &quot;offensive&quot; form it really isn´t that bad.

    On the fringes of Colorado, a Liberty Defender with a unique design was tossed out of a jumphole. Its pilot, a man named Jake Talon, ran a quick systems check before powering up the ship’s engines and starting charging his cruise engine for the short flight to Planet Denver. The cruise engines activated, and he was pushed back into the soft leather of his pilot’s seat as the ship accelerated rapidly. The ship burst from the cloud, and Jake looked out the front viewport and saw the enormous shape of Planet Denver before him. <i>Liberty. It’s my home. </i> Then, a warning sounded, bringing him out of his reverie. In virtually no time at all, a cruise disruptor missile hit his ship and rapidly slowed him. He would have had a concussion if his straps hadn’t saved him. He powered up his normal engines, and his weapons, and pulled up his sensor readings. <i>Wow, I’ve stumbled into a battleground. </i> Space boiled with laser discharges from the Xenos and the Rogues. The Rogue Bloodhounds and Wolfhounds were dueling the Xeno Hawks and Startrackers. There were at least seven pilots on either side. Jake targeted a pair of Xenos and fired his new Death’s Hands. The rapid, white pulses cut through the enemy ships like nothing. One spun out and detonated, and the other blasted past him, with its shield depleted. Jake hit his engine kill and slid around, targeting the fleeing ship and dispatching it with a well-placed burst. He then spun onto his right wing and pulled a tight turn to target a lone Rogue. He dispatched that ship with ease as well. After a few minutes of fighting, Jake had taken care of the rest of the pirates. He activated his tractor beam and grinned with satisfaction as many beams shot out to snag salvageable bits of ship, as well as several escape pods. Jake activated his cruise engines again, satisfied that he had done his bit of cleaning up the pirate trash in Liberty for the day. He smoothly rounded the dark side of the planet and then pulled up to the docking ring. The two opposing pylons opened and Jake guided his ship in between them, and descended to the planet surface. He set the Defender down on a pad near his favorite bar on Denver, the White Lance. He pulled the pirate laptop out of storage and took it with him into the bar. The bar was virtually empty; only a pair of Liberty Policemen chatting lightly in a corner. Jake took a booth for himself in the back, and pulled out the laptop. He powered it up, and as it loaded, he ordered a high-quality dark beer, brewed up in the Denver mountains. He then pulled up his control program, designed himself to manages the networks he was accessing, as well as concealing his presence. He pulled up the police records first. He scanned the latest reports for anything worthwhile. Nothing… nothing… there! A man named Travis Carter had been arrested in California for unruly drunkenness and attempting to pilot a ship while under the influence. The LPI had done the normal thing, just take him in until he was sober, charge him a hundred credits plus damages, and let him go. However, the interesting bit was that he had been saying odd things while in custody. Several mentions of a “Tanya” were included by the officer as being said by Travis. This was it! Jake pinpointed the bar, and pulled up the security cameras. Sure enough, there was a man fitting the description of Travis Carter sitting there. Now, he knew that the name Travis Carter had struck something. He quickly ran a background check on all networks. Travis was a bounty hunter with a few impressive bounties made. No record of any criminal activity. On a hunch, however, Jake ran a general check on Travis. Over five hundred random reports showed up, most were routine reports of travel through a jumpgate in one house or another, as well as a few more reports of unruly drunkenness. Jake scanned the entries. Man, this guy really gets around! Jake thought to himself when he saw reports in Liberty, Rheinland, Kusari, Bretonia, The border and edge worlds. He decided to narrow them down to only hits in Liberty. He then eliminated all times that Travis was alone. There, an entry of Travis entering Liberty with another person, who LPI had named “Tanya” after intercepted communication traffic. That was it! Now Jake knew where he had heard that name before! Travis Carter was a companion of Tanya and Rob, when he saw them at Cali! Suddenly, everything came clear to Jake. Travis must be waiting for something, if he still hung around after getting arrested! That meant that he was waiting to meet up with some of his friends. Jake smiled, he had them. Next, he made a quick scan over the networks for any other LSF operatives working nearby. Nothing…. Nothing…. There was one! A signal from the Battleship Rio Grande. He checked the signal. <i>No way, this is impossible. It can’t be. </i> It was. Back when Jake was Liberty Diplomat to Bretonia, he had a young officer under him. A man named Mackenzie, he had risen quickly through the ranks of the LSF, until he was Jake’s security advisor. Mackenzie, or Mac as he was known, was a very intelligent man, who knew a lot about fighting and strategy. Jake had actually learned a lot of his hand to hand fighting skills with Mac, and Mac had taught him a lot of other things while they were sitting in Jake’s office in the Liberty Embassy on New London. Mac had followed Jake as his assistant when he was moved to serve as Chief Advisor to President Jacobi. They knew each other very well, but when Jake was forced to flee Liberty because of Jack Mason’s death threats, he chose to leave Mac in the dark to protect him. Last that he’d heard of Mac was several years ago when rumor had it that he was deep undercover as an intel agent in one of the pirate organizations. If Mac was at the Rio Grande, that meant he either was busted and had to run, or he succeeded. What it definitely meant was that Mac was no longer working as a pirate, so Jake could safely approach him again. There was only one problem. Before Jake was forced to flee and join the Order, he was known as Jake Edwards. Now, because of Mason, Jake Edwards was a wanted man in Liberty. Because of this, Jake had switched his last name to Talon when he joined the Order, and Orillion had set him up as a Lt. Colonel in the Intelligence Branch of the Liberty Security Force. Also, Jake had gotten his appearance changed so he could travel safely, and that meant that Mac probably would recognize him. Knowing Mac, if he saw a man posing as Jake Edwards, he would shoot him. However, due to the secrecy of Jake’s identity, there was no way he could tell Mac what was going on ahead of time. There was no way he could risk tight beaming a transmission to Mac, because even if it was barely noticeable, he was shooting it right at a Liberty battleship, after all, so it was bound to be intercepted. So, Jake decided to simply fly above the radar and send Mac a simple, uncoded message. If it didn’t seem like he had anything to hide, the battleship’s crew wouldn’t suspect anything. Also, Jake Edwards’ bounty and attempted arrest were old and minor enough that people wouldn’t remember them now, anyway. He opened up the channel, and pressed the talk button on his headset. “Mac, this is Jake Edwards. Meet me on the deck in five.” He received an acknowledgement from Mac and proceeded to dock. All of a sudden, his neural net beeped. He stopped the ship and activated it. Kress popped up. “Colonel Talon, you are to eliminate Ramirez and Schaefer immediately, do you copy?” Jake opened his mouth to reply, but then paused. He looked into the background of the shot, behind Kress’s head. People walked back and forth behind him, but they weren’t Order members… Outcasts! One of them had a Cardamine breather on! “General, where are you? I thought you were on Toledo.” “Kress’s eyes widened. “None of your business! I am on assignment! Kill them now!” The screen snapped off. Kress was lying. He wasn’t on assignment; generals NEVER went on assignment. That meant he was hiding something. Suddenly, it all popped together. The video, the briefing, the Outcasts. Kress was one of them! One of the Covenant! I need to go and get Schaefer and Ramirez out of here! Kress knows they are here, and if I don’t kill them soon, he’ll send someone else. Jake re-activated the docking sequence and shuddered as the implications of what he had just discovered meant. He set the ship down on the deck, popped open the canopy and hopped out. He had time to hit his remote to close the hatch when Mac walked onto the pad with two other men. Jake smiled when he saw Mac, and grinned even bigger when he saw who was with him. That has to be Linus. No way! Linus was Mac’s assistant when he worked for Jake. Mac and Linus had been great friends, and it seemed that they still were. Mac got closer, and then directed a searching look at Jake’s face. Here it comes. This is where things work out or I die. “Hold it!” Mac shouted, “put your hands up where I can see them!” Mac had drawn his sidearm, so Jake, not looking for trouble with Mac, raised his arms. “Now, tell me why you are pretending to be Jake Edwards! You aren’t him, so tell me! Is this some sort of trap to lure me out and kill me? Are you a Xeno?” “My name is Lt. Colonel Jake Talon. I used to be known as Jake Edwards, but I do not go by that name or identity any longer.” “I don’t believe you! Captain Palmer,” he turned to the other man, “do you know this man?” Palmer frowned up at Jake and then shook his head. Dark venom shown in Mac’s eyes as he shouted, “If you are really Jake Edwards, you had better prove it and prove it fast. I don’t think I can stand you staining his memory any longer!” “Well, let’s see. Your name is Mac, and you were my security advisor when I was in Bretonia as a diplomat. You are not married, your assistant’s name was Linus, and he is standing to your left, and you received the Medal of Valor for saving my life from Corsair assassins in Bretonia.” “You’re a good one all right. But that stuff can all be found in my file, which your people would have cracked open before you came. Give me something not on my file.” “Your favorite drink is a good, dark Rheinland Skadi beer, just like me. Oh, and you had a secret heartache for Queen Carina for a time while we were working in Bretonia. It took me two years to convince you that it would never work for you.” Mac stared up at him for a moment. “That’s exactly right, and only the real Jake Edwards would know that. It really is you. I can’t believe it, it IS you! What happened to you? Why did you disappear?” “I’m glad you believe me. At least that’s one person. What about you other two? Can I entrust some top secret information to you?” Linus nodded vigorously. “If Mac believes you, then I do, sir.” John Palmer, captain of the Rio Grande, looked at the other two, then at Jake. “These two know what they’re doing, so I trust you as well.” “Good, now for some answers. Well, back when I was working as an advisor, I received a priority message from President Jacobi, who I knew quite well. She told me that I was about to be promoted to the status of Governor of the Colorado System, the one we’re in now. However… wait.” Jake pulled a small datapad out of his pocket and hit a few buttons. “There, just needed to jam any prying eyes or ears around us. Okay, so when I got this message, I replied to Jacobi, telling her I would be honored to take the job. Moments later, I received another message from Jack Mason, Governor of California. He told me that I should not accept the job, else I would be killed. I still have no idea how he found out about the promotion so quickly, but needless to say, he did. I was not about to be scared by the threat, so I told him that I would not back down. Five minutes later, I had a five million credit bounty on my head, put out by the BHG, rather than the Navy. That was when I am sure you, Mac, and you, Linus, saw me running out of my office like a madman. I reached the pad safely, got in my Defender, and headed to the Badlands. I was chased out of the system by tons of Bounty Hunters and Police forces, but I made it to the Texas Jumphole, and eventually made it to Rheinland. Anyway, I contacted a man there. This man had contacted me over a year before, inviting me into a secret organization. I had thought it was a trap, but he ended up sending me information that blew my mind. Unfortunately, I had been very busy at the time and had declined. I contacted him and he met me on New Berlin. The organization was the Order, and I am sure you have all heard of it. The Order, contrary to popular belief, is not a criminal organization. They are misunderstood, but they protect us from things that I don’t have the time to explain. Those high up in Liberty’s government know about their true mission, but all that is ultra-secret. Anyway, I joined them, and they changed my identity to Jake Talon. I’ve been working with them, as well as in the Liberty Military, for a long time now. And, now I have a very important mission, one that could very well bring about Mason’s downfall, and I’m gonna need help.” Jake stood there and waited for them to respond. Each man looked pretty stunned, and they were slow to respond. “Jake, I’m gonna trust you on this. I’ll follow you,” Mac said. “I’m coming,” Linus said. “Count me in too,” said John. “Great, well, I need to get to Los Angeles, and I need to make a very public arrest of two individuals. They are working against Mason, and I need them.” “But why arrest them?” Mac asked. “Because Mason’s on them and I need to throw him off the scent. These people are named Rob and Tanya, and they are going to be meeting together with several others on LA very soon. I need to get onto the planet, and grab just the two of them before they escape. Then, I’ll announce their arrest, and we’ll get them out of Liberty. The arrest needs to be clean, so I’ll need a lot of help, as they are both highly skilled and dangerous.” “How dangerous are we talking?” John asked. “You know about the destruction of Cali Base?” “Yes.” “That was them.” “Oh, dear goodness.” “Yeah, this won’t be easy. Here’s the plan. I want you, Captain Palmer, to stay here and get some men ready for the arrest. I need the best.” “Will do, sir.” “Mac, Linus, what are you guys flying these days?” “I’m in a Startracker, unfortunately,” Mac said. “I have a Falcon,” Linus said. “Captain, do you have any spare ships I can buy?” “Let’s see. I have a few Patriots and Defenders, two Rhinos, and a beat-up Falcon on board that I recovered in a recent battle.” “How much for the Falcon?” “I’ll sell it to you for fifty grand, and you can get it fixed up at the mechanic’s for cheap. I’ll tell him to expect you.” “Done.” Jake pulled out a cred-stick and made the transaction. “Sir, what’s the Falcon for?” Mac asked. “That’s for you. Enjoy.” “Oh my. Thank you sir.” “Alright, now that both of you have decent ships, we need to acquire a small capital ship or transport of some kind to make the arrest.” “Colonel, we have just received a new Liberty Gunboat from the government for use against the Xenos. However, we don’t start operations with her for four more weeks, so I could lend her to you for a while. She has a full crew and everything, so you can use her well, I’m sure.” “Wow, you’re our savior today, Captain. We would be happy to use her.” “Good. Well, I’ll just go and make the necessary transfer orders, and you guys can be off for LA.” “Great, thank you very much, Captain.” ***** An hour later, the Falcon was repaired and the three of them were ready to go. Captain Palmer called and informed them that the gunboat <i>Cold Fury </i> was waiting for them. They launched and met up with the gunboat. The ship’s commander was named William Sanford. The three fighters, and the Cold Fury departed the Rio Grande and headed for LA. <b>Summary: Jake returns home. He pops some pirates. We learn more about his background. He finds Travis on LA, and deduces that there will be a meeting there. He meets up with Mac, an old friend, and then he, Mac, and some other companions head to LA to arrest Rob and Tanya. </b> Edited by - ww2jacob on 10/13/2005 4:55:37 PM Edited by - ww2jacob on 10/13/2005 5:13:13 PM

    Nope, I started a totally new game, and made sure there were no savegames in my folder, and they still wouldn´t attack each other. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_sad.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Thanks for the help, though.

    Again, just want to clarify that I have <i>no </i> issues against the inclusion of the scenes, but knowing the site´s moderation and administration after having been on this site for a long time, I know that if they stumble across it, we may get a stern warning or possibly a lock and request that the RPG get moved to a private forum. I´m just offering a warning, not a criticism of any sort.

    Geez, that´s not what I meant. I don´t care if people have sex. I´m all for it myself. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_big.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> It´s just that if we post sexual material like that on TLR, then we run a great risk of losing our wonderful game. That´s something I do NOT support, and I hope it isn´t something you support either.

    Well, welcome to the REAL TLR, benjon. Let´s see if you are really ready to improve on past behavior now. Anyways, I´d suggest that you choose a way to start giving back to the community. There are lots of them. If you like computers and programming, go into modding. If you like writing, go into fan fiction. If you like chatting, then sit here in OT with all the rest of these crazy goons and waste your life away discussing the finer points of chicken and video games. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Have fun! <img src=smilies/icon_smile_big.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    <font size=1 face="trebuchet ms"><BLOCKQUOTE><hr size=1 noshade>Steam? Oh, there is steam. <hr size=1 noshade></BLOCKQUOTE></font><font face=´trebuchet ms, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica´ size=2> Do the words &quot;TLR is a FAMILY site&quot; remind you guys of anything? Seriously, some of this stuff has gone a bit too far recently. It has been consistanly said by everyone from Bargib down that TLR is a family site, which is why they have curse block on and have rules against adult content. It´s good that it was marked, but still, you could get mods over here in seconds if things go much farther. Just because the RPG is long and involved doesn´t mean that they will ignore it. They jumped all over CYOF a while ago, and it was well over 900 posts! Just a little warning, because the LAST thing I want to see is this RPG getting locked/deleted because you guys had to have the adult scenes in it. Just my 2 cents.

    Whoa, wait a second. Are my eyes decieving me? Wilde is COMPLIMENTING a fanfic? THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!!! <img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle><img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle><img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Anyways, Killa, it´s very nice. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_big.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>