Here we go again
First of all thanks to all of you who sent us feedback and helped us to become even better! It seems like we were finally able to make the news readable for nearly everyone, except for those who read their mail online with web clients, it is impossible to optimize the news for all those countless freemail services, sorry. If you are one of these users, please go here: http://www.egosoft.com/x/xnews .
Interview with Bernd Lehahn
We received several mails asking us to bring more details on X² - The Threat than just a screenshot now and then. As a sign that we try to realize your wishes we are proud to present an interview with Bernd Lehahn that will definitely start lots of discussions and speculations, besides the questions it will answer.
As we all know, many people ask about returning home. Do you plan to include the way home in the game?
What about the improvements in X²? Could you reveal to us some new aspects of the game?
Some players said that the slow beginning of the game was a disadvantage for newbies. What do you think about that?
We were also told that most X-players find it too easy to fight in X...
Did you change the X-universe, or did you leave it like it was?
What about the ships?
As some of us have seen at the conventions, you added some new effects to the game, which will improve the fabulous atmosphere of the game...
As you told us, X2 won't have a multi-player option. Is it planned to release X-Online as an upgrade?
Could you tell us some details about Online-Universe.net?
X2 is on schedule for mid-2002, will you finish it on time?
What about X2OL?
Last question - Will there be more sequels to X?
Thank you for the interview!
X-Cons are over - a summaryOn October 20th 2001 X'ers from all over the UK gathered at Jodrell Bank, which is just south of Manchester. The actual convention started at about 12pm/1pm but many X'ers arrived earlier, starting from about 10:30. Darren Astles, aka Steel arrived early to set things up (with help from Steve and Iron Orchid). Computers and projection equipment along with the required cables etc were all put in their place. As X'ers arrived, Steel's daughter who did a fantastic job, signed them in and photos' were taken of those that agreed. As soon as X'ers were checked in, they received the name badge and began to mingle and socialise with other X'ers. It sure was great meeting the people you talk to on the Forum in the flesh.
Egosoft eventually took over and lots of good questions were asked by X'ers and answered by Bernd, Martin or Helge. It was a great opportunity to find out more about Online Universe and X2 and the already infamous Khaak!
The X2 demonstration was really good and looks to be running well, also the computer running it was using windows XP and X2 was working great. A useful session where a small group of interested X'ers listened to Bernd talk about KC programming language, and Bernd took suggestions about how to improve the layout of the tutorial pages on Devnet.
After the main X-Con event, it was onto the evening get together. This was great as no one ever seemed to stop talking to each other! It was a great little social gathering in a nice public house not far from the Travel Lodge that had been invaded and taken over by X'ers! The beer flowed and the food was good. Overall I can say that I had a fantastic time as did all other X'ers!
Commander Gold (CG)Pictures from the english X-Con
Pictures from the german X-Con
New on egosoft.com
X-LinkXchangeIf you browse the forums regularly you will know about the LinkDB.
This database is an interactive collection of links to sites relating to X, this LinkDB is split into several categories like "Official Sites", "X-Fansites", "Clan-Sites" and "Press about X".
Every registered user may post his link suggestion; it has to fit into one of the categories or at least match the genre (see "Off Topic"). To avoid abuse of this database every link has to be accepted by an admin, before it is available to the whole X-Community.
How to use the LinkDB:
Where is this LinkDB located?
You'll find it after logging in on the Egosoft main page http://www.egosoft.com/x/.
How do I submit a link?
Use the link "Create Link" in the upper right corner of the page. Now choose a category and language for your link and enter sitename, address (URL) and if possible a short description (not required, but helps others). Now click on "Submit New Link", that's it.
Additionally every user may rate the quality of a linked site to help others to find the best information and other x-related sites. This is discussed a lot, as some people think "can members rate their own pages better than others and so falsify the result?"
Martin Ehrlich aka GdVzSdRf (the one who programmed the LinkDB in his free time) comments: "The more people rate a site the more accurate the shown rating will be. You can view the number of votes in the link properties."
How do I rate other sites?
Change to "Manage-Mode" (again upper right corner) to view the properties of a link, now you can vote on it.
Interactive FAQNot that new anymore but still quite unknown is the FaqDB (again programmed by Martin Ehrlich)
The purpose of this database is to provide new players or players that are having problems with help on general questions. What seems to scare a lot of potential users is the seemingly complicated usage of the database, in fact it's relativly easy:
Where can I find this FaqDB?
Like the LinkDB you can find it on the Egosoft mainpage http://www.egosoft.com/x/.
I've got a question that is not answered in the FaqDB or I want to share my knowledge with others, what should I do?
At the moment a level 3 (or higher) access to the Egosoft Developer Network is required (simple subscription with mail address is enough)
Now you can select "Edit FAQ" from the DevNet pages. In the upper right corner you'll find the link "New FAQ" click on it and enter your question and, if possible, an answer. Now chose a category and language for your entry. The next step would be to translate your entry (or let others translate it for you) click on "Add Version" and enter the translation for your question/answer.
This also works for other entries, if you find an untranslated entry and want to add a translation to it.
I have now submitted my question, what next?
For your entry to become public it is required that an admin accepts it, admin users are browsing the database all the time, so if your entry is ok, it should become public relatively quickly. As soon as the state of your entry is "For Public" it is available to the whole X-Communinty.
Hopefully this little introduction to the FaqDB has helped you and you will begin to fill it with useful tips.
Note for people who don't have/want a level 3 account:
Of course you may submit your questions/answers by mail to the editorship, they'll be entered into the DB soon.
Wanna have such a X² T-Shirt?
That and much more can be found in the new egosoft online shop at an attractive price. Don't hesitate, order today! Stocks are limited!
The online shop is the latest work of Martin Ehrlich.
Here you now have the possibility to order merchandise (sorry, english games are sold out) like T-Shirts / Sweatshirts and Poster.
To the shop
DirectX 8.1 released
Good news from Microsoft
Finally Microsoft released DirectX 8.1. As promised the bug that caused stuttering speech and that affected every user of DirectX 8.0(a) or Windows 2000 is solved.
Fan Storys on X² CD!
As you might have read, there is a chance that fan fiction will make it onto the X² CD.
Questions, Comments, Wishes
Looks like you like this idea; we would like to thank you for your feedback and hope for more! We have chosen the question below and also got an official answer:
As you can see, the wishes of the players are taken serious. You ask us, we do our best to respond with an offical response.
EGOSOFT / Deutschland - firstname.lastname@example.org
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