Developer: Transfusion Project
Designer: Greg Enright, Timothy Hale, Mathieu Olivier
Version: 1.0.5 (Beta 2)
Genre: First-person shooter
Modes: Multi-player (Single-player with bots)
Transfusion (formerly known as QBlood, also sometimes referred to as BloodBath) is a project to recreate Blood under the Dark Places engine which is a modified Quake engine. The Transfusion project aims at recreating the Blood levels, as well as the "Post Mortem", and "Cryptic Passage" episodes from the Blood expansion packs under a truly three dimensional and free software engine. Currently the game only supports BloodBath games, though unlike Blood it supports bots using the FrikBots system.
The project has the support of Monolith Productions and is allowed to use the Blood textures and sounds under fair use without fear of legal repercussions, based on a quitclaim licence granted through the mediation of the Debian project. Some high people in the project had suggested a potential equivalent to Transfusion for Blood II: The Chosen under the free software Quake III engine (probably ioquake3); there are already recreations of some Blood II BloodBath levels included in Transfusion. The Transfusion levels and engine are free software under the GNU General Public License however most of the sounds, graphics and music are proprietary, and are mostly from Blood. These are owned by Monolith Productions and are used under permission. Transfusion runs on Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, *BSD, and Mac OS X.
The Transfusion project began as the qBlood or QBlood project in 2001 shortly after the end of the Blood Source Campaign. It started out as a project to make a BloodBath modification for Quake deathmatch. In 2003 they decided to make a single player version called "Transfusion II: Caleb's Awaking" which would be powered by the free software Quake II engine. However they later decided to add single player functions to the original Transfusion as that would easier then starting from scratch in the Quake II engine (Transfusion later switched to the Dark Places engine fork of Quake). Later the Transfusion project received a note of encouragement from Monolith Productions. Transfusion also once appeared in a gaming magazine in a section discussing mods. Both version 1.0.0 was completed as well as a beta version sporting, most notably, superior models. These versions were reviewed by the Blood Wiki, Free Gamer, and Linux Gaming News in 2009.
The team's main goal currently is completing the single player modes - with such daunting tasks as coding in enemies, duplicating all of the levels, and adding in all the game's minor touches. The project went into a slump between 2005 and 2007, mostly due to departing staff. At one point in 2005, a project member even attempted to solicit help from the Linux Game Tome "Game of the Month" team to acquire more contributors. In 2009 it began to heat up again and in March 2010 discussion ensued over possible making Transfusion more friendly a platform for modding, and allowing material not identical to Blood itself into the project under certain conditions, as an attempt to add new life. This was followed in April 2010 with discussions on how to get the project developed again.
The project experienced some active development in 2010, with new contributors such as Liberation working on models and code. The main emphasis at that moment seemed to be the creation of a short singe-player demo to begin with, and maybe an infusion of Nexuiz code to improve the multiplayer gameplay. There has been some controversy over any single player plans, with project members citing the need for a stronger core game engine before working on it and the replacment of Quake-like gameplay and physics with aspects more closely resembling Blood. There were also plans for a monthly project IRC chat. However, on December 3, 2010 long-time project veteran Christopher Steele decided to leave the project, and fearing that he was the only one who had still had an interest in working on it, took down the Transfusion website. The website was later restored by William Weilep, who also took the downtime as an opportunity to upgrade the forum.
The Transfusion community is one of the most active Blood communities on the Internet. This was probably due to the forum primarily talking about a new game, Transfusion, rather then the over ten year old games that are in the official Blood series. It has risen after the decline of Planet Blood and other such sites, and for several years it was the main source of developments inside the Blood community. It has has recently fallen into decline itself however, partially due to competition from The Postmortem, but it still has some loyal members with hopes that activity will increase if there was a new Transfusion release. It is arguable that without the Transfusion community the Blood community might have basically died out. Recent events have included several large scale Halloween BloodBaths, including an event to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Blood II: The Chosen that was played on and around Halloween 2013. The community member count as of January 8, 2015 was 513 and it had a total of 27629 posts.
See Also: Bloodites
Note: This is according to the Transfusion website and some second hand information, some people listed may not be currently involved in actuality.
- Forest Hale (LordHavoc): engine programmer and DarkPlaces engine creator.
- Tomasz Mizerski (Predator): lead mapper.
- William Weilep (Willis): lead programmer and web development and hosting.
- Andrew Wrobel (Slink): mapper.
- (Liberation): coding and graphics.
- Christopher Steele (DustyStyx): 2D artist.
- Jeff Moore (Boss429): 2D artist.
- Filip Walgraef (oBe): 2D artist.
- Roel van Alst (Da Weezle): programmer.
- Sean Amato (Chingwu): 3D artist.
- Shawn Barclay (Bloodite): mapper.
- Greg Enright (frightfan): project co-founder and initial web development.
- Rob Gove (RPG): mapper.
- Timothy Hale (Protoplasmatic): project co-founder and creator of the Blood to Quake map converter.
- Mathieu Olivier (Elric): project co-founder and former lead programmer.
- Eugene Smozhevsky (-ED): mapper.
- Dave Turner (Darth_Linux): former project coordinator and release manager, ftp hosting.
- Joe Volante (ILiveAGAIN): mapper.
- Luke Ashdown (Kazashi); 3D artist, former project coordinator and release manager.
- Transfusion Website
- Transfusion Community Forum
- Transfusion on Sourceforge.net
- Transfusion on IndieDB
- Transfusion on The Linux Game Tome
- Transfusion at the Linux Game Database
- Transfusion at HOLARSE - Spielen unter Linux (German)
- Bloodite: a Transfusion mod and fan site (defunct)
- Timothy Hale interview from Game Industry News
- Transfusion FRAPS clips
- Transfusion 1.05 Beta 2: An Overview
- Transfusion (Blood Remake)
- Blood (Transfusion)
- New Transfusion (Original Blood) Game
- Transfusion Blood for Linux Beta
- Transfusion Pc Game (Blood)
- Transfusion (Blood 1)
- Blood - transfusion - Online (The barman)
- transfusion (blood remake) gameplay (fraps and compression test)