I recently came across this by accident, what timing! Love it!
I will help support this in any way I can and I hope this will become the great successor to WC3-mod. I still to this day like playing good old CS 1.6 with WC3-mod and I know for a fact that so does a lot of other people as well. And now that Valve has sparked some new interest with the new updates to CS I hope more will start to play this again. This is a very welcome project, one that I also hope will trigger some new responses and life to this community overall.
Even though I'm very excited about the news from YamiKaitou, I also still love the current mod. I would run these side by side on their own servers, supporting them both. From what I understand WC3NG will be much the same but also very different. Different is scary but also new and exciting. Different is good. DA (Michel Vocks) released UWC3NG back in 2008 which was wonderful. It was based of Geesu's WC3FT remake and he fixed a lot of bugs and other faults the current WC3FT and the old mod had. I worked with DA to find bugs and make other improvements and suggestions but sadly UWC3 is insanely hard to balance. The mod was very popular at fist but as soon as a base of players reached the higher levels, there's was almost no point for new players to even try. This together with the diminishing player base, DA's decision to leave the mod and no one left to support it was its downfall. As was it with the old version as well. But back then you had a much larger player base to sustain it. This problem does not exist to the same extent for WC3FT-mod and for that reason it still goes strong thanks to the community, even though the developers have stopped working on it. It's also perceived as less complicated and easier to learn. WC3FT is still a very popular mod considering it's for a game that's more than a decade old!
And I'm sure there will be a big interest for YamiKaitou's mod as well.
This post is not made to tell you all what could have been or that I don't look forward to YamiKaitou new project as a new and different but similar mod. It's the complete opposite. I'm telling you what is and what to expect and my sincere plea to all of you, especially the coders, who still like me, feel there's a market for these kind of mods and want to reignite the community flame! Support YamiKaitou in this endeavour and support the rest of the community and developers.
I know this is a long shot but I really, really hope there's someone out there willing the help fix the most critical bugs in Geesu's WC3FT mod and the website in anticipation to YamiKaitou's release. For the benefit of all of us and the community. YamiKaitou isn't aiming to remake the standard mod again and for good reason. But that doesn't mean we have to completely neglect the existing one. Not when it's so close to being "finished" and still have a big player base. Please don't let it die out completely. It just needs some polish.
With that said, don't forget to head over to http://www.wc3ng.com and sign up!
For some strange reason I never learned real coding even though I've been very interested in it and the Goldsource/Source modding community for more years than I care to admit. Sure, I understand the logic in pawn and other code. I know the basics and how to edit code. But I don't know how to actually write code. Maybe some day in the future but for now I, like so many others, rely on those who know what they're doing. I would be the first one to sign up to help with the coding of YamiKaitou's mod and the excising ones. But since this is not the case I can't help out very much in that part. I will however still help in any other way I can and offer my other resources. Please feel free to contact me if there's anything I can do.
Looking forward to see how this develops =)
On another note, there's some problems with wc3mods.net and war3ft.com itself.
All Google results on: wc3mod wc3mods wc3mod.net wc3mods.net and so on gives you malicious redirects links. When reading the results and hovering your cursor on the link it says "www.wc3mods.net". Upon clicking the link it redirects you to http://korawi.4pu.com/ - Which my Anti-Virus blocks. Manually entering the address in the browser gets you to "http://wc3mods.net/main/". The same goes for any results to "www.war3ft.com". As you can imagine this is not good for the flow to the website. Far from everyone will try and enter the URL manually.
There's a lot of dead links on the sites.
Also please take a look on the bug-reporting page: http://wc3mods.net/bugs/?project=1 There seems to be some problems with the database which makes the site incredible hard to navigate. There are some good code-fixes posted on there I am trying to implement.
Are any of you guys still active in any of the official IRC-channels? #wc3mods on GameSurge seems to be pretty dead (not allowed to use url-tags)