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Plan Archives from December 1999.

Login name: nathan    			In real life: Nathan Mates
Directory: /home/nathan             	Shell: /bin/tcsh
Job: Network Programmer, Battlezone 2, developed by Pandemic Studios http://www.pandemicstudios.com , published by Activision http://www.activision.com [Note: in this, I am *NOT* speaking officially for either of those, I'm only speaking for myself.]

12/30/99: Nice 'short take' (i.e. more of a first impressions, versus a full review) of BZ2 at http://www.gonegold.com

12/24/99: 79 degrees Fahrenheit here in LA at 3PM on Christmas Eve. Who's got the keys to the orbital weather control satellites so I can actually get some dang *weather* here. They're still stuck in summer mode as far as I can tell.
12/23/99: Atomic number 79!

[Ok, that means we've gone gold. See http://www.pandemicstudios.com/bzii/ for more info -- announced by Joseph Donaldson on the BZ2 Discussion Board section]

12/21/99: Those of you watching my board pictures at the official BZ2 discussion boards off http://www.pandemicstudios.com/bzii/ may notice a few more pictures in the pipeline. I've also edited a few to comply with the 100-pixel wide limit, and changed the picture cycler to show them in random order (via a shuffle) rather than in order. Hope you folks enjoy the changes...

12/7/99: Top 10 Rejected BZ2 Multiplayer map names

10. Totally flat terrain with no powerups
9. JDA's Revenge. Oh wait, that's a DR2 map that BZ2 shouldn't ship with.
8. Nobody told me we need any level terrain for a strategy map
7. It's 3AM and I can't think of a name
6. Black tanks driving on pitch-black terrain with no radar
5. Pandemic's Offices (filled with surly animals)
4. Operation Desert Storm.
3. Console Game Pea Soup Fog-O-Rama
2. Nobody told me about scrap either on a strategy map
1. Nathan's first attempt at a map
0. You are in a maze of twisty tunnels, all alike

12/2/99: And that message board is back. Have fun.

Using my root access to the Pandemic webserver, I've reconstructed the Top 10 message threads lost during the recent UBB Upgrades:

Topic Starter Replies Last Post
10. Hardware upgrade: Z80 or 6502 CPU? ArcadeMeister 12 12-01-1999 11:13 PM
9. MPDemoRage Chalupa 0 12-01-1999 09:32 PM
8. Why Pandemic is so cool nathan 12 12-01-1999 8:22 PM
7. Weapon Physics XVII! Mass Drivers vs Photon Torpedos GiveItUpAlready 44 12-01-1999 08:11 AM
6. BZ2- SNES compatible or not? MrMario 1 12-01-1999 05:32 AM
5. She blinded me with Scions [RC] Sgt. Stiletto 59067253609725 12-01-1999 05:30 AM
4. Play by email support in original BZ2 demo nathan 28 11-30-1999 12-01-1999 3:14AM
3. Ok, I admit it-- ISDF is #1! LoC_Mattroxx 8 11-30-1999 08:42 PM
2. Yallz nice folkz TheVoltaire 3 11-30-1999 08:44 PM
1. BZ2 Official Release date mchandler 5 11-30-1999 07:13 PM

12/1/99: Yes, Pandemic Studios's message board is pretty much offline today and yesterday. Nick Punt is upgrading stuff, and it's not an instantaneous process.