Starsiege Tribes: RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE!

http://www.tribesuniverse.com/

The current rights-holders to the Tribes franchise are giving away a sizable chunk of the franchise. There doesn't seem to be Stella 7, hunter hunted, Cyberfront, or a few others, but while Tribes 1 and 2 were made free as a tribes Vengeance promo, Earsiege and Starsiege are now also available along with Tribes Vengeance.

Curiously they're going with ISOs of everything rather than attempting to incorporate community patches, meaning you're kinda on your own where actually getting things to work are concerned. Also as of the time of this post the Tribes 1/Starsiege combo ISO only has Starsiege. That may get fixed in the future.

My first online FPS experience was with Tribes 2, ditto with my first attempts at mapping, modeling, and working with a group to actually do things. It is a game that has a lot of fond memories and I'm sorry that it's been reduced to a 'en it's there' state that has barely any players. However it's a game from 2001 and time marches on. Still, it's a game that y default allowed you to have 64 people on the same server, and one serve near the end had 512 people on a map, which was utter and total madness, but it happened. Let that sink in for a bit. A first person shooter had a server population that rivals what an MMO can do.

Hi-Rez hasn't released the entire franchise, likely because of rights issues no matter that Dynamix had done their level best to weld a lot of different games together into a single continuity. However it is rare that companies go 'we're not making money off this. Let's let the public have it to do with what they will.' It's better than Ross's 'Go Fuck Yourself' option that most gaming companies take.

Of course given the URL name I'm wagering this is to try trolling for interest for a future game that's more of an MMO than microtransaction hell. Even though my box cannot handle it, I'm interested and want to see where it goes.

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The Games

The following instructions are mostly courtesy of Reddit.

Earthsiege:
After installing DOSBox you can then use the Sierra installer to get Earthsiege I to work. I can confirm that it works. The page also has a link to run Earthsiege II on modern 64bit systems. I could run it but ran into an audio issue, something about _INMM.DLL. People have reported being unable to play even with this. Hopefully this can get sorted because while Earthsiege is in the era of 'super crappy live action cutscenes' it's still a pair of games worth playing.

Starsiege:
http://mossbackgeezers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&p=7252: How to get working on a modern box (instructions are for windows 7.)

Mega link (advise that this gets mirrored.) No-CD Patch

Replacement Master Server.

Tribes 1:
Frankly you're better off going with PlayTribes. Playtribes is an update that was in progress after InstantAction had bought the franchise rights after Dynamix shut down and had intended to launch a quake-live like service that let you play the original tribes 1 from a browser window. This version includes better support for higher resolutions, OpenGL, and other minor things or possibly not so minor because I dunno what they are. Sadly the project got scrapped... when Hi-Rez bought the franchise. However someone leaked the code for what was done, which was basically everything workable so far as I'm aware of, and put it on the internet. This is the superior version of tribes 1.

Tribal War thread about PlayTribes: http://www.tribalwar.com/forums/archive/t-630310.html
Tribal War thread about the 1.141 'after hope' patch: http://www.tribalwar.com/forums/archive/t-663331.html

If those do not do anything useful please discuss, will edit as I can find new information. It is weird o'clock here.

Tribes 2:
http://tribesnext.com/ will have both game, and patch to get going with the community master server. That site's version is the installer distributed as promo to tribes vengeance whereas the tribes universe link is for an ISO.

Areal Assault: 
This is a PS2 game. I'm not sure why they're releasing the ISO and i have no idea if a community server exists. If anyone knows how to rip assets from this please share your wisdom since this is basically the ps2 version of tribes 2 with a few different vehicles, different turret behavior, and a different set of tutorial missions.

Tribes Vengeance:
http://tribesrevengeance.com/. That site will have basically everything you need to get going between setup, general tutorials, and I think they've got mapping utilities up it's been awhile.

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Lore

Reddit Thread about game lore.

 The Exiled's Wiki is back up and functioning proper. Also as a note their site offers downloads for Playtribes, Tribes 2, Vengeance, and probably others. This wiki covers everything the franchise has to offer. I'm serious it is the most exhaustive document I've found on the web about the in universe as well as out of universe material on the franchise all in one place.

This needs backing up if it hasn't been already. Wiki ISO's, and other media need uploading to archive.org for the sake of making sure it doesn't end up dying off.
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