Help & FAQs
The following are questions we receive often enough to make it worthwhile to post them along with the answers for informational purposes. Any topics not addressed here can be directed to our site staff using the contact page.
How do you install custom levels?
The process is actually fairly simple. Check out this installation instructions page for a walkthrough of the whole process for the games that we currently cover.
How can I create my own levels?
The first step is to choose your editor. Most accomplished level makers agree that JED, available in our editing utilities section, is the most powerful editor available for Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith. Even better, it's free too. For the Jedi Outcast series, check out JK2Radiant. After you get set up with your level editor, it's just a matter of practice until you can create some really great stuff. Avoid the temptation to release your first (usually terrible) level. Instead, read up on tutorials, work hard, and release something that you would be proud to put your name on. See the immediately following question if you need help editing.
Where can I go for editing help?
Our articles section features a ton of advanced tutorials about architecture, mood, story creation, enemy selection/placement, cutscenes, etc. These are geared toward a more experienced level author, however. If you need help with the basics, be sure to check out the Massassi Temple for tutorials about specific editing tasks. Also, a bunch of accomplished single player editors hang around our discussion forums, so feel free to stop by if you need to ask a question.
Why do you only focus on single player here at TACC?
The main reason is that I (Ryan) don't really care for multiplayer gaming in Jedi Knight all that much. Not to mention that Dark Forces only supports single player! Because of that reason and the lack of any good single player resources, I started this site to give dedicated coverage to single player gaming. By only dealing with single player levels, we can put all of our energy into making this site the best that it can be for that particular niche.
Who designed the site and did the programming?
All of the design and development work on the backend was done by Ryan (that's me writing this). The reviews are largely done by our very dedicated staff members, though I chip in a hand every now and then to flex my reviewing muscle.
Do you have any buttons or banners I can use to link to TACC?
We don't currently have any banners, but here is an awesome link button by ThreeDee that you can use:
What should I do if a download is corrupted?
By all means, contact the staff immediately to have the problem fixed as soon as possible. This includes any other problems with the website, such as server errors, missing files, incorrect information, and so on.
How do I submit a new single palyer level to the Command Chamber?
See the levels section of our submisson instructions page.
What is a level feature, and can I get one for my level?
A level feature is a special page on our site where single player authors can have screenshots and other project information posted from levels they're working on. It gives some nice publicity and helps keep the community up to date on the author's progress. If you're interested in submitting a feature, see that section of our submisson instructions page.
How is the screenshot of the week picked?
One of our staff members chooses the screenshot of the week from recently-posted level screenshots on our forums. High-quality, professional, screenshots are the most likely to be posted. Note that any screen must be at least 640x480 in size to be elegible.
Do you need any more reviewers?
Not at the moment. If there ever is a need for a larger reviewing staff, you'll be notified on our main news page.
How long has TACC been operating?
I founded the site in August of 1998. Since then, we've been providing the community with as much single player goodness as we can. As far as I can tell, the Command Chamber is one of the longest-lived Jedi Knight sites in the community, though there have been some long periods of dormancy as interest in the games we cover fades.
Does TACC offer webhosting?
Nope. However, I suggest taking a look at some of the more general community sites if you need free hosting and have worthwhile content to offer.
How does the level rating system work?
Reviewing levels is probably one of the most difficult tasks known to man. Everyone has their own ideas about what makes a great level, but we do have the guidelines that each of the reviewers follow and the scoring criteria listed here.
Who should I contact for more information about the site?
If you ever have problems, questions, comments, criticism, or praise about the site, be sure to contact Ryan to have your voice heard.