IO Game Day

I’m setting the 2nd Saturday of each month aside as Imperial Order MP Game Day. We’ll run our first one in February:

  • When: Saturday February 9th at 2pm EST
  • Where: IRC – Freenode.net Servers #Imperial_Order
  • What: Multiplayer for our game platforms: Jedi Knight, XvT, XWA, etc.

Check out the Holonet for more details.

IO IRC – New Server

I’ve decided on freenode.net as our new IRC server. It is one of the largest out there and has the same cmds and info that Dynasty had. I’ve already registered the following channels:
#Imperial_Order
#Imperial_Order_Lounge

Nickserv operates the same way, so please register and feel free to join the channel anytime day or night. I’ll assign OPs at a later date once everyone gets setup.

For more info on the server itself and its services: http://freenode.net/

The Four Pillars of the Imperial Order

As we did some brainstorming after the 16th year event this past Sunday, I took away the following four agenda items that will set the stage for us:

Gaming:
We have multiple platforms available to conduct both offline and online game events. This includes the Official SW game list posted on the Holonet, as well as other non-SW games with SW mods. The general consensus is to have one day/night a month for everyone to get online together and play in matches. We can start off casual then progress to some tournament style matches if that suits everyone’s schedules. I’ll post a thread on the Holonet to get everyone’s feedback for a suitable day/time each month.

Socializing:
This one is fairly easy – we have our Facebook group, we have the Holonet forums, Email and IRC. If anyone needs their Holonet account reset-  please let me know, we’d like to get some Holonet communications and activity underway immediately. I’m re-opening @imperialorder.net emails to be available for everyone – if you want one, let me know and I’ll send you the info. We also have IRC, I’m still debating which servers to use – our old Dynastynet one which is not very popular, but also quiet – or IRCnet which would gain us more exposure. More to come on the IRC front.

Creative Writing:
There are three parts to the creative writing segment:
1 – The Official Story of the IO – which I am working on and in process of writing. This story spans from the day after the Battle of Endor up to approximately 19-20 years after the Battle of Yavin. (there will be a timeline soon).
2- The story of the day to day activities and the lives of our officers and our current timeframe (TBA) which will detail what happened when we all lost contact with one another to explain the long absence of activity, and get things going from a fresh perspective. More information will be forth coming from myself and Crystal on this project.
3 – Run-on and Shared Stories via the Holonet – This will be a free form fan fiction story types that anyone can join in on and put in their perspectives of the scenario put forward.

Game Editing:
Both Kamin and myself want to see the Game Editing projects really take off, in this there will be two types as we did previously:
1 – the Official Missions/Battles and Levels of the IO – these TIE/XvT/XWA and JK/JO levels will go along with the Official Storyline of the IO
2 – Any member submitted levels and/or missions based on the creative writings done, or anything that strikes the creator’s fancy – we welcome any and everything!
We will also be providing resources on how to create/edit missions and levels and where to go for how to’s and other information.

I’m looking forward to this renewal in the Imperial Order and I welcome everyone to join along with us.

September?

What happened to September? It was here one day and gone the next. Oh that’s right, I signed up for The Old Republic and started running two characters pretty heavily. Even though the game play gets repetitive after a while (and what game doesn’t that requires you to level up), I’m really amazed at the graphics and how well each planetary location is done. I’m still exploring all the aspects of this game and continue to be impressed with it, I wish these games had been around 15 years ago! The storyline is also very interesting and keeps the player immersed in the game. The hours of dialogue alone and voice acting ability is also a huge bonus.

That being said, I obviously have not done very much IO related other than combat spam users on this Journal and the Holonet. I still have a JK MP level to finish off and release, as well as figure out how to put together the myriad stories of the IO history/plot. More to follow….

Update for August

I just noticed I hadn’t updated this journal the entire month, how time flies! Still doing some work here and there on the Coruscant level, hoping to finish it up sometime in the next couple of weeks and move on. Also been doing some writing here and there and working out some timeline adjustments, especially for the time period right after the battle of Endor which was never covered when we originally began.

On another note, I’ve been playing the free trial of The Old Republic…I am enjoying it, since it’s still “new” to me. The graphics are outstanding and I’m considering signing up full time, going to wait though and see if they really are going to offer it for Free Play. I enjoyed both the stand-alone 1 and 2 KOTORs when they came out, still would have liked to see a single player game. Not EVERYTHING has to be online collaborative play! Just my two credits worth…

To new beginnings…

In a little over 8 years the main page of the Imperial Order has not changed. Today marks a new beginning, as I posted the new layout. Not sure if I’m quite as pleased with it, but it will do for now as things begin to unfold…

 

 

Story Archives

The more I started looking at the archives sub-directory the more I see what a mess it turned into. So my current in-house project is re-doing the Story Archives. I’ve upgraded the script, courtesy of eFiction.org, and I’m going through to weed out any duplicate entries. Of course this means I’m getting caught reading all of these great stories again and they bring back some great memories. I’ll be re-branding the story archives as the Imperial Chronicles. This will also be the area that will hold the IO’s complete story from beginning to present timeline. Stay tuned!

Image Archives Fixed/Re-done

Slowly starting to clean up some of the sub-sites on the domain. Since the Image Archives get a lot of traffic, I figured I would get that sorted out. I upgraded the Gallery software and re-upped all the original images and generated new thumbnails. Also got rid of the comments section for each image, it was a target for spammers on the previous version.

Eclipse of the Force transcribed

Finally, after a little over 10 years since I wrote down the Eclipse of the Force trilogy story, I completed transcribing it to digital format. Part three took the longest, coming in at 25,000 words even. Now to go back and proofread all three parts and HTML-ize them for the Story section of the website (which is being worked on as well).

Update on Progress

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Just a quick update on my progress on work I’m doing in the background:

  1. Working on the first chapters of the Imperial Order story
  2. Mapping out the story arcs that will form the framework of the story and aligning them with the official SW timeline (courtesy of Wookiepedia)
  3. Transcribing the 120+ page Part 3 of the Eclipse of the Force story arc, which takes place during my leave from the IO (2000-2002)
  4. Re-designing the website – yep has to be done, I love the current form and will keep it archived (you’ll see) – but the time has come for a fresh look and one that supports the new changes that will be taking place.

That’s all for now, more to come soon.