Bob is looking for beta testers for the Reckoning Freelancer mod. If you've got the game and have been dying to immerse yourself in a Freelancer style WC universe, this is your chance. I'll let him take it from here.
Since the core game mechanics of the mod are mostly down pat (although there still are a few ships models that need to be added), I'm going to conduct an open beta - which basically means if you want to try the mod, email me and I'll email you - with the URL!
You can see the Reckoning Galaxy model we posted a few days back here. This mod sounds like it'll be really neat, so if you're got Freelancer and some spare time send Bob an email.
I don't actually like betas all that much, but there are a few very good reasons for this. First, I'd like a bit of playtesting and tweaking before this goes out to the general (Freelancer) public, and second, there's a HUGE ASS FREAKING BUG THAT CRASHES THE GAME if you go into the New York (Sol) System. I have absolutely no idea why this happens, and I can't isolate the bug on my own. So I'll need your help.
If you're up to the challenge, go to CaptainObvious@mail2breakfast.com and put "I Want to be FreeLanced!" in the title for no reason other than it sounds amusing. I haven't actually given TC the file yet, but I will, very soon, and I'll notify you when that happens.
Nintendo is running yet another new GBA SP promotion in Japan. Yesterday the original Nintendo Famicon turned 20 years old, and to celebrate, a Famicon style GBA SP is being made. It won't be available for purchase, since Nintendo is running a promotion during the summer. People who buy the requisite products will be eligible to win one of only one thousand of these units that will be manufactured. If you're living in Japan (Byydo and others), get in on this! The instructions are available here. GameSpot has a very nice picture of the new model here.
At 1:11 AM Pacific this morning #Wingnut got its very first spam bot. Apparently hobastankop had pictures of his girlfriend to show everyone. You know you've hit the big time when you've come this far. As we do our best to make sure Mr. hobastankop never connects to a port at wcnews.com again, come on by and join the fun. If you've never been to our irc chat channel before, you can use our simplified Java chat client to learn the ropes here. #Wingnut is where we'll be hosting our Birthday Party next month.
[01:11] * hobastankop (firstname.lastname@example.org) has joined #wingnut
[01:11] hobastankop> See My Girlfriend Picture http://www
[01:11] * hobastankop (email@example.com) has left #wingnut
[01:11] ChrisReid> wow
[01:11] SkyFlyer> oh god
[01:11] TC> wow, our first spammer
[01:11] TC> neat
[01:11] ChrisReid> is that our first spam on irc.wcnews.com?
[01:11] TC> yeah
[01:11] ChrisReid> wow, great
[01:11] TC> that deserves a news update