This article outlines the community sites and fan works inspired by Shogo: Mobile Armour Division.
The history of Shogo websites can be divided into three eras. The "classic" era encompasses the sites of the "old" official Shogo Web Ring as well as the primary site of the era PlanetShogo, and lasted roughly from 1997-2002. The "middle" era can be considered to have began around the launch of the the "new" Web Ring and was situated from ShogoMAD.com, as well as sites like Polish Shogo Centre and Shogo Level, and broadly lasted from 2002-2008. The "modern" era can be seen as having started with the founding of the Blood Wiki: Shogo Sub-Section, and The Expanded Canon, and is now also embodied by the site Shogo Tribute. This era has been around from 2008 to the present day and is also represented by the availability of the game from Good Old Games.
The following are large and diverse sites about Shogo.
Haus of Shogo
A fan website created by A.T. Hun that contained content such as walkthroughs and other Shogo help. It was advertised as the oldest Shogo fan site ever, since December of 1998, and it was also a good resource for GNU/Linux Shogo player's due to the creator's experiences with that operating system and the game. In late 2009 the site appears to have come down.
See Also: Planet Blood
A now defunct community website (also called PlanetShogo) that was requested to be created by Monolith Productions. It hosted many fan works such as game modifications and fan art, and for years afterwards was still a useful resource for Shogo. It also hosted community forum, walkthroughs, a mailbag, testimonials, editorials, rants and interviews. The site was taken down in the early summer of 2009, replaced with a redirect to RPG Planet. Its predecessor was the Riot page on Planet Quake.
A much newer website that hosted Shogo texts and Shogo fan works. It also archived some hosted material from Planet Shogo. It was hosted by the Xtreme Gaming Network (XGN) and was created in 2002. It also hosted a rather populated community forum. For a time in late 2008 and early 2009 the site was down, this has happened again a year later and never returned.
Note: not to be confused with the official http://www.shogo-mad.com/
A site launched proper on January 16, 2011 due to the rush of deaths of other Shogo relates sites in the past few years, though it was originally began around 2006. It functions as an archive and a new community, including multiplayer server hosting, for Shogo players old and new. It uses text and content from the Shogo Sub-Section as well as text and images from other sites, particularly in its "Shogo FAQ" section, and has started re-posting old "Pic of the Day" images. It is part of the pentacle band website. The site's forums superseded a separate effort towards a Google Group.
Polish Shogo Centre
See Also: Polish Blood Centre
A website about Shogo in the Polish language, containing information about the game's characters, universe, mecha gameplay, on-foot gameplay and game structure. It also has various files, such as mods, music, video and screenshots, up for viewing and download. Unfortunately these download links go to the now defunct sites PlanetShogo and ShoogMAD.com. Because of an invalid space in the URL, a Google Translate link is unavailable. It was created by MCA in 2002.
Shogo Web Ring
A website ring of various Shogo sites that lists and keeps track of the various fan sites.
On the offical Shogo website, Monolith also hosted a web ring, often called the "old" ring in comparison.
In a similar vein, there is an Open Directory Project section for Shogo.
The following are smaller websites about the game.
A website site created by supertanker13, also known as ShogoLevel or ShogoLevel.tripod.com. It hosts a collection of maps and custom levels for the game, most by the author but also contributions by Steven Delrue and Kurt L. (MeG@LoN). It also has the unique feature of "Picture of the Day" collection in the tradition of PlanetShogo or ShogoMAD.com. The site was created due the author and the author's father's love of the game and was last updated on May 14, 2005. Since the site is still up, it is still theoretically possible to take up the offer of map hosting.
Shinji[tEs]'s Shogo Page
A fan website that contains screenshots, links, a review of Shogo by Shinji[tEs] and the fan fiction The Fall of Gabriel by Ron "eclip5e" Adams. This is also the only site that is linked on the old "Shogo Web Ring" that still existed within the lifespan of the Blood Wiki. Like all of GeoCities it was taken down on October 27, 2009 but archived by various pro-Geocities groups.
Karoshi Shogo Site
A website by Karoshi, also known as Karoshi Shogo-MAD Web Site, that contains some file downloads, information, links to other relevant sites and a personal testimonial to the greatness of the game. He also posted what he considered to be an enhanced version of Shogo featuring "no riot, new spawn points, better weapon placements." Unfortunately, the file does not seem to exist anymore.
Cypres Shogo Page
A page by Scott "Cypres" that contained a list entitled "TOP TWELVE REASONS WHY SHOGO IS THE BEST SHOOTER", screenshots of the game with some "refreshingly violent" and images of a variety of custom levels.
The following are about Shogo-related sections of larger websites.
Main Article: Blood Wiki
The Blood Wiki hosts a sub-section to act as a wiki documentation for Shogo: Mobile Amour Division. The game is powered by the original version of LithTech and in that way and others it is the sister game of Blood II: The Chosen. The sub-section was founded on June 8, 2008 after some time in consideration. Its creation was the result of a successful policy motion and vote and it is written and maintained by User:Gideon. Like its mother wiki, the sub-section has this article to document the game's fan community and works, as well as one for mods, and also has a special hosting place for fan artwork. The site is also part of of the New Shogo Web Ring.
Main Article: Monolith Forums
Monolith brought down its site in 2009 and later returned in 2010, sans forums.
See Also: List of Websites#Blood Facebook
The Gravel Pit
Main Article: The Gravel Pit
The Gravel Pit is a massive in terms of scope, but still somewhat young in terms of posts, forum for gamers with a retro focus. It has sections for various older titles, and the section for Shogo is one of the most prominent. It also, alongside Shogo Tribute, offers some of the last accessible multiplayer hosting for the game.
Good Old Games
Main Article: Good Old Games
As well as hosting a purchasing page for Shogo, there is also a decently active sub-forum on Good Old Games with reviews, help and discussion.
See Also: Bloodbath
Despite some criticism directed towards its networking implementation, Shogo quickly managed to attract an active deathmatching scene. These soon amalgamated into a variety of multiplayer clans. Several prominent members of the community involved in other work, such as modding or web administration, tagged themselves by their clan, such as Apocalypse_DFA or the OTAKU group. The popularity of the game's multiplayer quickly revealed a prominent oversight on the part of Monolith, which manifested itself in the ability to use cheats or tweaked REZ files during online matches. This created widespread paranoia about the usage cheats and who were cheaters. Players tagged Do0mzdays were often cited as such, with similar allegations also against Teknoman. Spanked Monkey or SPOA reputably became well known for the, often humourous, use of a rapid fire tweak; once deflecting question by blaming his "fast computer". Sometimes players after players were accused of cheating others tried to defend them as simply skilled, such as the case of female player Nation of Ulyses. The deathmatching community was sometimes surprisingly close and intimate, such as the case of the lovers DrDeathand and LadyZena. A special classification was for players on the Zone, such as TXS, LORD, FEW, SMURF and DFA. This distinction was sometimes a source of friction however.
- AoD (Angels of Doom)
- BS (Bone Squadron)
- DA (Death Angels)
- DAM MAD (?)
- DFA (Death From Above)
- DR (Darkness Rising)
- DW (Deadly Warriors)
- ETS (El Toro Slayers - verification needed)
- FROM (?)
- GC (Ghost Clan)
- GOD (?)
- GT-MaD (Genome Toksentai MaD)
- GTS (Good Times Shooters)
- gXs (Genosha eXtinction Squadron)
- HS (Hell Snipers)
- Inferno - verification needed
- ITSA (Indestructible Team of Skilled Assassins)
- MAD Phallus
- Ninja Clan
- nSb (New Shogo Bastards)
- NWA (Niggas With Attitude)
- Otaku (see also: Shogo Mods#OTAKU)
- ODF (Otaku Death Force)
- ODT (Or Die Trying)
- Orthex MAD
- OSB (Old Shogo Bastards)
- RIP (Rest In Peace, the "Old Married Guys" MAD)
- SKA (Slick Killaz Alliance) (forum)
- SR (Shogo Raiders)
- SS (Skull Squadron)
- SVA (?)
- Team Smurf
- Teknoman - verification needed
- tEs (The Extermination Squad)
- The_Few (forum)
- TKH (The Knights of Heaven)
- TR (Team Rocket)
- TXS (The eXecutioner Squadron)
- Tzf (The Z Force)
- WMC (War Machine Clan)
- WOEI (?)
See Also: Blood Fan Media
Fan Art/Pic of the Day
See Also: List of Blood fan art
There was a section on Planet Shogo by DooBall that hosted any submitted fan art. This included fan drawings of characters, MCAs, and even a page from a manga project that was never completed. There are also various Shogo wallpapers. The "Pic[ture] of the Day" section, also by DooBall, was more general by containing everything from fan art to humourous screenshots. There was also short continuation of this on ShogoMAD.com. More fan art has been created since then, with many of it uploaded to deviantART. In March of 2009 Graham Wilson started collecting what images from the Planet Shogo Pic of the Day were still up, plus all of the comments, into an archive for the Shogo Sub-Section. The destruction of Planet Shogo in the early summer of 2009 stopped his efforts from being fully completed, but the collection goes back to at least October 1998. The archive was finally polished off and released on December 18, 2009 and was later used starting in May 2011 as a source of images for Shogo Tribute. The fan art was uploaded as part of the same effort as uploading the Blood fan art.
Fan Art: http://www.planetshogo.com/fanart/
Pic of the Day: http://www.planetshogo.com/pics/
ShogoMAD.com Pic of the Day: http://www.shogomad.com/potd.php?id-32
There are various user submitted videos for Shogo on YouTube and other sites, the Shogo Sub-Section moderators recommend these:
Note: please only post collections of videos in play-list form.
Promotions and Reviews
- "Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Trailer" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtyzK1Np3FI
- "PC Gamer Magazine Ads (1998-1999)" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTQoI7dibvE
- "Shogo Menu" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x129qXtmaY
- "Shogo Intro - Best Quality with sound" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-j94S-br9E (replace with better version if found)
- "Shogo: Look-Back" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-iUA0jMwoU
- "GOG com Shogo Review" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWG2pvZKG2A
- "PC Underrated Gem: Shogo: Mobile Armor Division" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVPyJuK2daM
- "Archive Binge - 03 - Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Review" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86W2d19sPGM
- "озор SHOGO MAD review" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqOyt1XFWYI
- "My Top 100 Game Themes of All time" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAy-ejDhj70 ("037 -- Shogo: Mobile Armor Division")
- "[Geek Hill Zone] Top 7" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2epvSedyODU
- "CD EXPERT - CD Games Collection (PC)" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ASgh1edfM8 (also has Blood II)
Glitches and Tricks
- "Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (PC) Glitches" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMDraxtyRnU
- "Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (PC) Glitches - Unused Clips" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKIIehcRgs8
- "Shogo: Mobile Armor Division - Ending credits, glitch" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M23ptFJ2qNg
- "Shogo bug" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSg6k8xpCis
- "Shogo madness" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Hr_29Y5O8
- "Shogo MAD credits easter egg" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnLzK0U8428
- "Ode to Shogo Bloodshed" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic-dmCrwA9Q
- "[Shogo: M.A.D] You wouldn't see this on a modern FPS" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5hMPqMlz6E
- "Shogo Cat Toy" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BpbDD6h0Ug (see "Squeaky Toy")
- "Shogo enemy chatter" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXVzRR3Pal8
- "I want my money's worth on fish. " - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQKB8sL1kjw
- "Please be nice to me" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8nqhpjaP-I
- "Shooting their own people?" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIGs2KnHsCo
- "Pissed me off" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry7yBq7bLxY
- "Shogo Duel" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib8Ka41Ldeo
- "RETRY? PC Shogo: Mobile Armored Division Fail" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfFaexb32wY
- "Xink's fail attempt" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjaRC-qLx7A (Part One), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hPG3PwOpD0 (Part Two)
- "How to beat boss in shogo - ultra easy edition" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU5HXi2sQqY
- "This is Shogooo!!!!" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPR19FJqGdE
- "Miles plays Shogo" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bMnbKVwduE
- "Matis Shogo MAD Mod" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn3fmbWgugo (adds improperly textured Blood II weapons models)
- "shogo mobile armor division new skins!!!!" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlgKc8YHefY
- "shogo multiplayer match and shogo 2.2 patch download" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeL70mI_Oi4 (see "Shogo Coop")
- "G A M E /// Shogo: Mobile Armor Division" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x8lVLXu5tA&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL1478980DA6A0A3DA
- "Shogo - Mobile Armor Division" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQu8XhRdZlE&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL3D1D1DA12342F62F (walkthrough)
- "Shogo: MAD" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4Ctzle66N0&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL6F275910A3A08B15 (playthrough)
- "Jai Plays Shogo" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF34BOpTZ2k&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL2E9A787077DEB5C1
- "Let's Play Shogo" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSugQbNrYJ0&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLB309CF7B3DBABE9D
- "Let's play Shogo" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG5PYOhySJs&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLBC527483859617DB (different)
- "Acantophis3rd's Shogo Vidoes" - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Acantophis3rd+Shogo&oq=Acantophis3rd+Shogo
- "Zagrajmy w Shogo" - http://www.youtube.com/user/DwochZagrajmerow
- "Játékbemutatók" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOzDXddq5g0&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL03F5FEA5248F4BF4 (playthrough)
- "Shogo Gameplay" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lw8Gdak5g (Human), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkVkr_Xtx8Q (Mecha)
- "100 Random Video Games Montage" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hUDfmZuiNw (Shogo at 10)
Music and Tribute
- "Shogo: MAD Music Video" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYJPfTLhqs
- "Shogo Mobile Armor Division (M.A.D.) - A Tribute to" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YROdR1Sgdjg&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL987A9994328C65CB
- "SHOGO:MAD" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m87tIIABXCc (tribute)
- "shogo" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKoQpRbUP6o (tribute)
- "Shogo FURIOUS " - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrIEzY0P49E
- "Shogo Live and Let Die" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6OH8EGFjug
- "Shogo OST" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt2HJAVnPVQ&Shfeature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL1346951C428CCADF
- "Shogo ost" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atwxgxlv_y4&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLB3DB89FA61071CD0 (different)
- "Shogo: MAD Soundtrack" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeOhj4pm04A&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL2F063E15CC27A6B9
- "leviathan.mov" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED6L94v5KYk (see "UCASF Leviathan")
- "Shogo M.A.D. 2 tech demo" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efiwR2jz5z0 (see "Future of Shogo")
- "Little Easter Egg in Fear" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SqkgxE2BpY
- "F.E.A.R. 2 - Easter Egg SHOGO 2" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7AVg_euSrI
- "Shogo Music in Battlefield 2 AIX" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=920_f1rIdX8
- "CheatDaddy.Com Video Walkthrough" - Forum post indexing videos
- "gameanyone.com Walkthrough" - Forum post indexing videos
- "Shogo Vid Alpha" - http://shogo.pentacle.nl/e107/download.php?view.33 (a show-piece for various notable deathmatchers).
The Expanded Canon
A collection of Shogo fan fiction written in 2008 and 2009, inspired by the Blood fan fiction, following the "Option 2, Selection 1" path for all events set after Mobile Armour Division. The collection includes five stories, with The Aftermath being the longest. The Expanded Canon also has an "Alternate Universe" collection designed for cross-overs to not mingle them with the primary fiction. Currently there are two entries, both of which are crossovers into the Blood universe from the Tome of Blood. The primary stories all have versions which are released under the GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 and have all outside intellectual property replaced. The website is also keen to help publish other Shogo fan fiction say someone submit it to them. It currently re-hosts the old 1999 story The Fall of Gabriel by eclip5e that follows the other possible Shogo path, and a 2003 novelization of the beginning of Shogo posted by CyHunter on the ShogoMAD.com forums (also including a short novelization of the first level of Shogo by the founder of The Expanded Canon). A corruption in the maintainer's host account lead to the site being brought down in the summer of 2009. During early 2010 it was attempted to be moved to the Blood Wiki, but he did not like the lack of its original retro look as a wiki article. On May 7, 2011 it finally found its new home of the Blood Wiki FTP server, thus making it hosted by DeathMask. Work on more, large, stories is mentioned and writing had continued during the downtime.
Mods and Fan Games
Main Article: Shogo Mods
See Also: List of Blood mods
Like most games of its era, Shogo had a very active modding community. This included mods that added new modes to the game like cooperative play or capture the flag, to mods that tweaked various aspects and projects that experimented with new gameplay options or were just plain creative or humourous; as well as the usual total conversions. Many mods focused on improving or tightening up the somewhat limited networking code of the original release, particularly with regards to stopping cheating during deathmatches. Again, as with most games released post-Doom, there was also a variety of custom maps and levels and new player skins created as well. The cult status of the game has also lead to a few projects that ported Shogo data to other games, most notably to Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament 2004. Sites like Shogo DMZ or the Shogo: Mod/Tech and "Ask a Coder" sections from Planet Shogo (plus editing, coding and LithTech articles) provided lots of in-depth information to modders. Also, though not really mods, there is a Shogo Winamp skin (probably XMMS compatible) and a Windows Shogo theme. Experts modders, like Dan "Wraith" Hetrick, created custom utilities for the game.