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  1. After some discussion with our hosts today and in preparation for some planned software upgrades on the main site and forums there will be some downtime this Monday the 13th of February from 4PM New Zealand time. The downtime will take place in these time zones. New Zealand / Monday, 13 February 2017 at 4PM.NZDT UTC+13 hours USA - California / Sunday, 12 February 2017 at 7PM PST UTC-8 hours USA - New York / Sunday, 12 February 2017 at 10PM. EST UTC-5 hours England / Monday 13 February 2017 at 3AM. GMT UTC Germany / Monday, 13 February 2017 at 4AM. CET UTC+1 hour During this down time, the main site and forums will be migrated to a newer server. Not exactly sure how long the outage will be though. Another update will be made when the maintenance has been completed. As stated above, this all part of the planned and much needed forum upgrades. Sometime in the next month you can expect brand new forums right here at CNCNZ.com.
  2. Are you still a passionate Command & Conquer fan? Do you have faith in the franchise? If that is you, its the sort of person we need on our team right here at CNCNZ.com. It takes a lot of time and dedication to keep the wheels turning around here. So we are searching for the right people to join our team. The following positions are currently open. The requirements are flexible. News Team: People on our News Team will be required to search the C&C community and various other sources for C&C news, modding news and community news. Follow our pre-designed templates Correct spelling and grammar Professionally presented news updates Someone to cover the C&C online tournament scene would be a bonus Articles Team: People who would be interested should obviously enjoy writing, and be a C&C fan, of course. You will be asked to write articles covering a wide range of subjects, looking at the issues in our community, modding tutorials, discussing strategies and guides for improving a players C&C online skills and more. As an article writer, you will be in charge of coming up with fresh ideas for new articles that you think other C&C fans would be interested in reading. Have a look back through our past articles to see what former contributors have come up with. Follow our pre-designed template Correct spelling and grammar No HTML necessary, CNCNZ.com has a powerful backend with built in editing tools. If you can post on a forum you can create content for our site. Professionally presented articles Video Production: Someone who is skilled with video production, recording and editing is required to produced a small weekly wrap up show for our YouTube channel. I can't discussed the specifics here but if you think you can help us with this ambitious project contact me as soon as possible. PHP Scripting: We need someone who understands PHP and how to write new scripts for the site. The finer details will be discussed with those who express interest. Anyone interested in joining the CNCNZ.com team for any of these positions can simply post a reply in this news thread and we will take it from there. If you would prefer, you can send me a quick a private message. Include any questions you may have.
  3. Here in New Zealand its the 1st of January, its 2017, its time for a fresh start. That's how we see things here at CNCNZ.com. We can look back on 2016 as very disappointing year in C&C Community. Another year in which EA stay silent about the franchise's future. Sure we had some rumours, but they were far fetched at best. We have tried to keep things happening around here but it has been difficult in recent months. As life changes so does our site. We like to keep our regular features like Throwback Thursday and Music Monday rolling out each week but we have skipped the odd one here and there. There are no plans to retire these features though, we are strategizing behind the scenes to make sure these get done in a timely fashion. We are also discussing ideas for new features and new content. Like I always do each New Year, a quick list of credits to thank those who have helped with CNCNZ.com in the past year. Big thanks to Plokite_Wolf, who rejoined our team during the year. He took over Throwback Thursday and kept the news updates flowing. The rest of the CNCNZ.com Staff, our supporters, loyal visitors and forum members, as well as our friends from around the community who have contributed content and information for the site and forums throughout the year. Another year of excellent support from our hosts, MyHost New Zealand. So it's a Happy New Year from CNCNZ.com! Welcome to 2017!
  4. It is hard to believe, but Christmas has come around once again. And as we always do, we make a quick Christmas Eve post to sign off for the well deserved break. On behalf of the team here at CNCNZ.com we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! Special thanks to all of our community friends, the loyal visitors who still come here looking for C&C news. We can't forget about out forum members for their continued support either. Have a great Christmas Day, and we'll see you on the other side. Please feel free to leave your own Christmas greetings and wishes in this news thread.
  5. Another year has gone by so that means we have reached 19 years online covering Command & Conquer games and the community. Its clear things aren't as fast pace as the old days but people still do visit the site, they follow us on the likes Twitter and Facebook and our forums see peeks of activity as well. But through all of this, EA remains silent on the official side of things. No news from them about the future of the Command & Conquer franchise. There is nothing big planned for our 19th anniversary other than recognising the achievement, maybe some bigger plans will be made when we reach the 20th anniversary this time in 2017. CNCNZ.com, October 1997 to October 2016.... 19 years and counting!
  6. Found something elsewhere in the Command & Conquer Community you think we should report? It could be something about your site, your modding related project or another Command & Conquer community related announcement. Its very easy to contact the CNCNZ.com news team, you can do this by filling out the form on our Send us a News Tip page, via a private message on our forums (registered users only). A good old fashioned e-mail works just as well too. When its appropriate, we’ll credit you for providing us with the story. Whether there’s breaking news, or we’ve simply missed something, send your news tips our way!
  7. Social media is a big thing these days, and for the past few years, CNCNZ.com has been slowly building a presence on the popular social networking sites. We share all our news on these sites. When something is posted or updated on CNCNZ.com our social network followers are the first to find out. So if you haven't already you should start following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and our YouTube channel. But it doesn't end there. You can share anything on CNCNZ.com on your own favourite social networking sites. All around our man site and forums, you will find the appropriate buttons. And did you know you can also sign into our forums using your Facebook or Twitter account. As you can see, social media has become an important and powerful tool, and CNCNZ.com has embraced it. So don't forget to check us out on on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.
  8. Social media is a big thing these days, and for the past few years, CNCNZ.com has been slowly building a presence on the popular social networking sites. We share all our news on these sites. When something is posted or updated on CNCNZ.com our social network followers are the first to find out. So if you haven't already you should start following us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. But it doesn't end there. You can share anything on CNCNZ.com on your own favourite social networking sites. All around our man site and forums, you will find the appropriate buttons. And did you know you can also sign into our forums using your Facebook or Twitter account. As you can see, social media has become an important and powerful tool, and CNCNZ.com has embraced it. So don't forget to check us out on on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
  9. This topic will be listing the current issues with the site and/or forums, problems that are being worked on and efforts we have taken to solve them. [RESOLVED] 08/12/2015 - Forums Can't Send E-Mails This has now been fixed. All e-mail notifications should now be working. New users registering should also receive the validation e-mail. ---- Original Issue ---- The forums can't send notifications e-mails or e-mails to verify new members or changes to your account. This is currently being investigated. [RESOLVED] 08/12/2015 - Problems When Editing Topic's Title from Full Editor This issue has now been fixed. ---- Original Issue ---- There are currently configuration problems on our server that is effecting our forums. At times you may have problems when editing a topic's title when using the Full Editor (not the Quick Editor). This is currently being investigated. [NEW] 17/09/2015 - Broken Navigation Menu on iPads/Tablets We have discovered that the main navigation menu doesn't work or display correctly when browsing the site on on iPad or tablet PC. This is currently being investigated. [RESOLVED] 16/04/2015 - Forum Links Redirecting from Search Engine/Social Network Links This issue has been resolved. More details. ---- Original Issue ---- For the last few weeks we have been battling a problem were links from search engines or social networking sites to our forums get redirected to some spam rubbish spam site. The problem very random and doesn't happen to everyone. If it does happen to you please close the browser window immediately, you can safely click the same link and it won't bother you again, but it can happen again the next day or after a 12 hour period of time has passed (I think). Other than you seeing happen it does not comprise your forum account here or your computer. I have been actively trying to find ways to remove this but it keeps coming back. Normally such issues are not discussed publicly but I felt it was important to inform you all of this problem. It is the nasty work of the internet spammers out there, it is not us attempting to gain gain easy money by flooding the site with advertising. We hate it as much as you probably do. It should also be noted this problem only happens on the forums. Not our main site. [RESOLVED] 12/06/2015 - Slow Loading on the site and Forums at Times Since we have moved to some new hosting this should no longer be a problem. Considered fixed. ---- Original Issue ---- This one is hard to solve but I'm exploring some options. At random times you may experience slow loading of the site and forums. It is mostly due to high traffic on our server. Unfortunately there is not much that can be done about this at this time other than to endure it. Like you I find it hard to work with but it out of my hands for the foreseeable future.
  10. So here we are in 2016. We can look back on 2015 in the Command & Conquer community as year of transition from all directions. We still got nothing from EA about the future of the franchise so no real change there. But we did see many significant mod releases, Renegade modding teams splitting and forging their own paths. Lots of cool fan created media. There was a resurgence in the people playing the classic Command & Conquer games online thanks to the outstanding efforts of CnCNet. And of course for the more modern Command & Conquer games, player numbers are healthy on C&C:Online. And for us here at CNCNZ.com it was a year of important changes to secure the future of the site moving forward. Through the first six months of 2015 we battled on going issues with our hosting and server performance. These problems forced a change of hosting. And this saw CNCNZ.com successfully return home to New Zealand shores in June. Now we move onto 2016, what does this year have in-store for us as Command & Conquer fans? Will EA break their silence and finally resurrect Command & Conquer? All we can do is wait and see. Time for a quick list of credits and special mentions to all who keep CNCNZ.com ticking. The CNCNZ.com Staff, supporters, visitors and members on our forums, as well as our friends from around the community who have contributed content and information for the site and forums throughout the year. Our excellent hosts, MyHost New Zealand, especially when I screwed things up early in December. So it's a Happy New Year from CNCNZ.com! Welcome to 2016!
  11. Our GAMES content on CNCNZ.com is expanding with new sections for C&C mods and C&C indie games like Renegade X, Red Alert: A Path Beyond from Bluehell Productions, Tiberian Sun Reborn and Red Alert 2: Apocalypse Rising from W3D Hub. These new sections have just been added, with plans for more expansion on the them soon. We will also look into adding sections for some of the bigger mods for the RTS C&C games. But one step at a time. For now, hit up the GAMES section and scroll down to "Mods & Indie Games" to see the new pages. Or use the quick navigation menu on the main site.
  12. Today, the 27th of October 2015 sees us reach the 18 year milestone. Yes, CNCNZ.com has been online, in one form or another, for 18 years covering Command & Conquer games and the community. If you like big numbers how about looking at it this way, 6,574 days, 157,776 hours, 9,466,560 minutes, 567,993,600 seconds or 939 weeks. Either way, it all adds up to 18 years and that's the only number that counts. While things have been somewhat slower in the past year or so with no official news from EA about the Command & Conquer franchise, my commitment remains strong to keep CNCNZ.com alive. Work has been done on the backend and behind the scenes aspects of the the whole site to ensure its future is stable is moving forward, plus we have invested in solid paid web-hosting earlier this year. So the plan is to reach the monumental milestone of 20 years, after that? Well that I can't answer. People still do visit our site on a daily basis and for that I'm very grateful. We are proud of the fact that many fans still come to us for the latest happenings in the Command & Conquer community, even if news has dropped off a bit in recent times. CNCNZ.com, October 1997 to October 2015.... 18 years and still going strong!
  13. I've made some minor revisions and changes to the main site logo as well as the banner at the top of the forums. The changes are very subtle, but I feel they make the text look a bit sharper and jump out a bit more than the previous design. You will notice the green cursor has been dropped. If you don't see the new images hit Ctrl+F5 to reload the page and the newer images will appear. A short story as to why the green cursor image has been removed. I was getting bored with it. CnCNet use something similar. I did test variations of making silhouette version of the Mammoth Mk2 image to use in its place but it became unrecognisable when it reduced in size to fit the designs on the main site and forums. So I felt it better to just improve ever so slightly of what already was in place. I'll also be updating the Facebook, Twitter, Favicons soon as well.
  14. Once again Christmas has arrived for another year. So its time for the traditional Christmas eve update here on CNCNZ.com. In our Christmas image for this year there is a collection of C&C units under the tree. Hopefully you have something special waiting for you under your tree on Christmas morning. On behalf of the team here at CNCNZ.com we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! We also thank all of our community friends, loyal visitors and forum members for their continued support all through 2015. Have a great Christmas Day! Please feel free to leave your own Christmas greetings and wishes in this news thread.
  15. After being down for the past 3 days, CNCNZ.com is back online. And for the first time since the very early origins of our history, CNCNZ.com has returned home. And by that I mean our site is now located back on New Zealand soil. We are now based on a server that is situated in Auckland, New Zealand. We made this move after suffering from speed and loading issues on our previous hosting. After much thought I simply felt we needed a change for the benefit of CNCNZ.com moving forward. We had a long and successful association with Freedom Studios (originally) and then Revora for many years and I wish to publicly thank them for everything they did. We now move on to a new chapter in our history. Our new "paid" hosting is with MyHost New Zealand, who have been nothing short of fantastic so far. So if you need some reliable web hosting at prices that won't break the bank talk to them. Everything has survived the server move. No data has been lost. Our forums are back online of course. I will still be checking to see if anything around the site is broken. If you spot something not working please let us know.
  16. With the excellent support of our host, MyHost NZ, we have successfully restored our forums to working order. We had to roll-back to a back up from Thursday 3rd December so we did loose a couple of news posts, that have now since been reposted. There are still some minor errors concerning our forums that are currently being investigated. The forums were closed over the weekend, and it would appear the some of our loyal visitors assumed that CNCNZ.com was closing down. To clarify, CNCNZ.com has no intention of ending our long 18 year run covering the C&C Community. It was just a stupid mistake that I made that caused the problem in the first place. We apologise for the inconvenience, but I'm pleased to say the forums are back up and running. And since we are fast approaching that time of year again, I've added some Christmas cheer to the main site and forums.
  17. Throwback Thursday for this week ties in with our site celebrating 18 years online. The origins of our site date back to 1997, but our CNCNZ.com identity came a few years later. So today we are looking back at the first version of what was then called "CNCNZ" or "Command & Conquer NZ" in 1999. This was life before the dot com got added, in early 2000 we officially became "CNCNZ.com", and its been that way ever since. And you can see this is also where the traditional blue colour theme came from. If you would like to see past designs of the site you can see them all in this gallery on our Facebook page. Remember, you can click on the preview above to see a larger and more detailed image. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.
  18. There hasn't been much news to report in the past week or so. So I spent some time piecing together a new article called The State of the Command & Conquer Franchise & Where to From Here. I'm not much of a writer but I wanted to share my own thoughts on what is happening with the Command & Conquer franchise. I also address some of unconfirmed news that has crossed my path, like a rumoured 3 year window. And I discuss the ongoing and ridiculous topics of selling the Command & Conquer franchise. Here's a sample. Check out the full article right here.
  19. Since moving to our new hosting last week, the cost of keeping CNCNZ.com online has become slightly more important. We do have some monthly and yearly costs that need to be taken care of. You can support CNCNZ.com by donating any amount of money you wish using PayPal. One important thing we want to make clear is that CNCNZ.com is not about profits, any money donated goes right back into the running of the site. Summary of Costs Web Hosting - $34.50 (NZ Dollars) Every Month Domain Name Renewal - $37.99 (US Dollars) Once Per Year IP.Board Forum License Renewal - $25.00 (US Dollars) Every 6 Months We are not in desperate need of donations or struggling to cover these costs. But any donations makes things easier. So if you think we are doing a good job here, feel free to help with a donations or your choosing. You will find full instructions on our Donate page. And remember, making payments with PayPal is fast, free and most importantly it’s secure!
  20. The "Camp Corner" article series from DVD Player continues with his latest submission. Camp Corner 2 - Red Alert, Too! takes a close up look at the cut-scenes in Red Alert 2. Where the camp factor was really poured on strong. Here's a sample. Click here to read the full article.
  21. I totally forgot to post this the other day. The problems with our downloads being blocked have been fixed and you should have no more warnings or horrible messages when attempting to download anything from CNCNZ.com. Popular sections like the Freeware Classic Command & Conquer Games, C&C Patch Centre, our GenTool mirror, are all 100% safe and available. Without going into to much detail, I can confirm that no data was compromised, there were no files containing malicious code. But something was reported to sources like Google as being suspicious so the block was put in place as a precaution. We are glad to have it sorted. And we apologise for inconvenience this may have caused.
  22. It has come to my attention that visitors using either Firefox or Chrome as their browser will probably be unable to download files from CNCNZ.com. For reasons unknown to me at this time the downloads are essentially blocked. The files will actually download, but your browser will block them due to them being suspect or containing malicious code. I've been running checks on everything through out the entire site but I've found nothing out of the ordinary. So I have further steps to take to get things back to normal. This means sections like Freeware Classic Command & Conquer Games, C&C Patch Centre, our GenTool mirror, or anywhere you see a download button are out of action. The good news. I've check all these files off-line and I can assure you that are 100% clean. CNCNZ.com doesn't host any harmful content and we plan to keep it that way. However this doesn't remove the blocks and warnings that can appear. We apologise for the current problem and we hope to have rectified as soon as possible,
  23. After a 2 year absence, the Roundtable Discussion finally returns. In Roundtable Discussion #36 we talk about the current state of the franchise, has the interest level in the franchise and/or the community changed, the most interesting things happening in the community right now, and lastly, what does EA need to do to bring Command & Conquer back and when. We even went out and found some long time C&C community members to join in as well and share their thoughts. CNCNZ.com Staff: Sonic, Nmenth, Doctor Destiny, Plokite_Wolf, gben, dbjs2009, DVD Player Invited Guests Tore (CNC Comm), One Winged Angel (W3D Hub), ToxicShock (GameReplays.org), Sybert (CBCPT) I've updated how the Roundtable article is presented just bit since we last did one. Click here to read Roundtable Discussion #36. Feel free to comment and share your feedback on this Roundtable. Update: We fixed some errors on the Roundtable page that managed to find their way in, these errors did effect the readability just a bit. Sorry about that.
  24. The new theme for the forum is up and running, its designed around the colours and style that arrived with the new look main site in early February. Like the main site, the primary focus was to refresh the blue colours. The change is noticeable here on the forums, but is not as significant as the main site. I didn't want to go crazy changing everything, just introduce the new things. "cncnzNewBlue", the name of the theme, uses a new top header background, I fixed the top navigation tabs so the active tab matches the the page selected. Most of the black backgrounds have been stripped out in favour of a very dark blue. Other than that I have not changed many other colours. Even the though the new them is active I'll still be tweaking a few extra things here and there as I see them, stuff that I've missed etc.... If you spot something that doesn't look right please let me know in this topic. The previous theme, "cncnzBlueRes", is still available for those who want to use it. Use the Change Theme pop up menu at the bottom to switch between them. And while we are on the subject of themes. The original IP.Board light theme has been temporarily disabled due a problem with it that I discovered while testing and working on this new one. I doubt many people used it anyway.
  25. It's been missing for awhile now, and now it's back. It's "Time To Play The Game"... again. In other words one of our catchy slogans from the past has returned to be part the official site logo. No real reason for it being back, other than the time was right. C&C games are meant to be played!