What do you get when you cross a love
for computers, submarines, and journalism? A submarine simulation website that
strives to be the best and most informative on the web. On Jan. 26, 1997 one
bored naval enthusiast collected a batch of online game reviews he had written
for a newsgroup and some pictures of the Galveston WWII memorial submarine USS
Cavalla, opened Notepad and slapped together some crude HTML, and the Deep
Domain was launched. The game reviews were bunched as Neal's Subsim Reviews,
which eventually became Subsim.com. Now, 20+ years later, Subsim can rightfully
claim to be the biggest and most visited sub and naval game website online. Thanks. You made it happen by taking a few moments to read our
reviews, post in the forums, and add our URL to your favorites.
The History of Subsim
1965 -- 1970 - As a boy, Neal Stevens enjoyed reading about
submarines and U-boats. His Uncle Frank had been at Pearl Harbor during the
attack and served throughout the war in the Pacific on a destroyer. Neal's
favorite pre-computer games were Stratego, chess, Battleship, and Risk.
The Submarine Game
1970 - Neal begins making alternative Battleship scenarios.
Some center around one player with the two subs and the other player
controls all the surface ships. The sub player is allowed to move during his
turn. The surface player gets 3 shots per ship. From this evolves
Submarine Game", an unwieldy and complex submarine battle
wargame he created using two 4x2 cardboard playing surfaces. After weeks of
work, the Submarine Game gets very little playing time--no one can learn all
1971 - Neal and his father travel to nearby Galveston to
tour the newly opened
Seawolf Park. It will be years later on a subsequent
visit that Neal learns the WWII submarine there is named the Cavalla,
not the Seawolf.
1982 - Das Boot is released. It was nominated for six Academy
1984 - A friend's TRS-80 personal computer makes an impact
on Neal's life. They begin writing BASIC programs and playing text-based
adventure games. Neal wonders when a
submarine simulator will be made for a computer. With pictures, of
1987 - Blue Max and Silent Service are the first simulations
Neal tries out.
Dec 1995 - After upgrading to a Pentium 120, Neal began
writing reviews for his submarine sims and sending them to various fan
websites. For a time, four of his reviews were posted; Wolfpack, Silent Service II, SSN-21 Seawolf, and Aces of the Deep.
Jan. 26, 1997
Jan. 26, 1997 - Neal creates his first
The Deep Domain, a collection of submarine related pages,
USS Cavalla webpage. Neal starts getting e-mails from other subsim devotees. Among them is Jim
Atkins who runs the well-designed Silent Hunter Home Page. As a new section of the
Deep Domain, Neal's SUBSIM Reviews
debuts on the Internet. The entire website consisted of six subsim reviews
and an e-mail link. A few weeks later the first of what would bethousands
of e-mails trickled in. It was a question about getting Wolfpack to run on a
486. First letter to the new website was from longtime reader Josi Manuel
Batista who would later write of his experience aboard a Portuguese
SUBSIM Review - Jan 1997
First of all congratulations for your idea and your page. For me that i'm
addicted to subsims this is the heaven page.
I agree with you that Silent
Hunter is for the moment the best subsim with excelent graphics. It is
better than Aces of the Deep (I don't have Command: Aces of the Deep to have
an opinion) because of the old graphics. The others games is just a good
try! (excuse my english).
Josi Manuel Batista
Feb 1997 - The website expands to
nine reviews. Ron Martini's website gives SUBSIM Review their first link
exchange. Eventually, Ron Martini's Submarine Bookstore will be SSR's
longest running sponsor.
c...@clark.net CAP on CoolTalk/NetMeeting MERC
Aug 1997 - Neal pens his Jane's 688(I)
review and agrees to share it with his friend Frank "Crimson"
Morrisette, founder and visionary of SimHQ.
Crimson is joined a few months
later by Eric Berns and John Miller. SimHQ
was on their way to achieving the best respected all-purpose sim
website on the net. The 688(I) review remains one of the oldest in SimHQ's
catelog. Other news: Neal heard from his sources that a sequel was in the
works for Silent Hunter. Expected release date-- Summer 1998. One
could hardly wait.
Jan 1998 - Neal's SUBSIM Review has been
on the web for a year. A new feature is added; Reader's
Comments, consisting of a sampling of the mail the website has
attracted. Attempts to get on new product beta lists are met with silence.
Yours truly, Jason Dorren, is talked into a game of Jane's 688(I) one night
by Neal and a new passion is born. I begin helping with some news gathering
March 1998 - Neal's SUBSIM Review moves to a
hosting service in Connecticut. With 25 MBs of disk space and 1 whopping GB of
file transfer available, it looks like it will be a while before SUBSIM Review
will use it all up.
SUBSIM Review - Aug 1998
June 1998 - Following the example of the
Silent Hunter Home Page, Neal's SUBSIM Reviews website is redesigned using
frames for easier navigation. New sections include the SUBSIM Updates and a
couple articles. The review index has grown to thirteen.
Aug 1998 - SUBSIM Review gets their first
interview: Mike Jones of Aces of the Deep answers a series of belated
questions about his groundbreaking U-boat sim. Also, the Fix
My 688(I) Campaign begins, designed to urge EA/Sonalysts into
producing a no-cheat patch for Jane's 688(I). Noted Command Aces of the Deep
programmer Brian Danielson pens a SUBSIM
History, detailing the pioneer subsims from the early eighties to
the early ninties. Other news: A new Russian
subsim in development--Akula: Red Hunter--slips into oblivion.
Sept 1998 - To
convey a more professional appearance, the
website's title is shortened to SUBSIM Review. J.
Graham Fuller - Columbus, OH; Patrik Nordberg - Mariehamn/Finland; Lane
Goodman - Linton, IN; Mark Allen, Owasso, Oklahoma; Kristian Maenpaa -
Yliharma, Finland; Bram M. Otto - Netherlands; EastWest - South
Africa are the winners in the Summer
Nov 1998 - In an effort to better serve
players with questions about their games (and slow the growing tide of e-mail
requests for help), Neal begins collecting tactics and tips from newsgroups,
forums, and players' experience. The section is called, oddly enough, Tactics
Dec 1998 - SUBSIM Review is featured
in the New London Day newspaper in an article about the Fix
My 688(I) Campaign. An excerpt: "Kim
Castro, a vice president at Sonalysts who was heavily involved in the
game’s design, said he is aware of the campaign — and the company supports
it." "We would love to do an upgrade. We’ve
been in discussions with Electronics Arts about it, and I think the people
there would also like to do it," Castro said. Right now, he said,
Sonalysts is putting the finishing touches on "Fleet Command," which
it is also doing for EA, but he is keeping track of some of the proposals made
at Stevens’ web site and other Internet sites.
Jan 1999 - Fion Kelley and John
Channing begin collaborating on articles and news to SSR. A bulletin board is
started. Other knowledgeable players begin pitching in to assist with the
tech support. Among these are Ken Hinds, Troy Whigam, Justin, Hatchet, Hawk,
Hondo, Paul Powell,
Alex, Brian, Der Teddy Bear, Bram Otto, Jose, and many others. A true subsim community
SUBSIM Review - May 1999
Feb 1999 - John Channing begins what
becomes an annual event with SUBSIM Review--an interview with noted sub
fiction author Michael DiMercurio.
May 1999 - Traffic to SUBSIM Review grows
from 200 hits per day in the beginning of 1998 to 2000 hits per day. Neal
begins getting overage alerts from the hosting company. He upgrades to the
business plan. To offset the costs and keep his marriage solid, he begins a
store to sell games. Extra money is used to fund the increasing number of
prizes for contests.
Sept 1999 - SUBSIM Review now runs on a dedicated server
to handle the growing traffic (we're not complaining!) and sports a new domain
name: www.subsim.com .
SUBSIM Review - Sept 1999
Jan 2000 - Rick Martinez of Mattel Interactive agrees to
an interview to update the players on the status of the oft-delayed Silent
Hunter II. "Aeon (dev team) has now assembled a talented
team, and the look of the game is outstanding, but it took about three times
as long as we thought to get the right people in the right places, especially
in regards to the 3-D world." In a few months we would learn it would be
even longer when Aeon would be booted off the project for not meeting their
milestones. To everyone's relief, SSI remained committed and Ultimation and
Troy Heere picked up the ball.
Feb 2000 - SSR initiates the Mystery
SUBSIM contest, where twice a week players get a shot at identifying a
naval/subsim screenshot to enter a drawing for a copy of Silent Hunter II
(slated to release behind schedule in the fall of 2000). The competition is
fierce and the surge of traffic prompts the website to acquire a second
dedicated server account. Hits soon top 100,000 a week.
April 2000 - A new contest
yields new winners: David Cael, Seattle, WA; Petri Raatikainen,
Helsinki, Finland; Cory Antosh, Tuscon, AZ. Mystery SUBSIM
Contest expands to include trivia and questions about submarines. We ran out
of different screenshots!
July 2000 - Navy Chief Frank "Torpex"
Kulick signs on with SUBSIM Review. Frank's role and contribution is
destined to grow.
Aug 2000 - Max is the winner of the first Mystery
SUBSIM contest. SUBSIM Review launches a spinoff website--the Wolfpack
League--designed to rally future players of Silent Hunter II and
2000 - Sonalysts finally releases a new patch (by Tod Swain) for Jane's
688(I) to disable the 3D viewer in multiplay. Cynics whisper that it's
because they are working on a new sim and want to stroke the players. We
wryly disagreed and with the help of Vice-President Kim Castro launch a 688(I)
Revival and contest.
Nov 2000 - SUBSIM Review get our hands on an actual
beta copy of Silent Hunter II. Neal is the only member authorized to
see or comment on it so we're kinda jealous. He has good things to say about
it in the Beta
Preview. Release date gets moved back to April 2001. We're outta
jokes about that.
Dec 2000 - Isaac is the winner of the second Mystery
Jan 2001 - SUBSIM Review's fourth year
sees a redesign of the title page, some overdue file cleanup, and a review of Akella's pirate game Sea
Dogs, along with the usual contest.
March 2001 - Frank Kulick publishes a report on the
Thunder Campaign. Very refreshing to see enthusiastic players
role-playing a campaign online from a single player subsim. World naval news
by Bill Nichols becomes regular feature, updated daily, later bi-weekly.
Work on a Sub Club/Wolfpack League database scoring system with stats of all
members tracked begins with Rudi Peck. Visited Ultimation/SSI on USS Kidd VR
shoot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
May 2001 - E3 hits LA again. We get feeds from several reporters on the
activities. SHII and Destroyer Command are shown to thousands.
June 2001 - The
Wolfpack League database and scoring system is beta, then goes
operational. Database has 1870 members (it would grow to 5000 by the end of
the year). Players test the scoring system by entering Battle Reports and
watching the updates to their personal records.
2001 - Sub Command preview is up, first pure submarine sim in 4 years.
August 2001 - Wolfpack League is reorganized as a branch under the Sub Club,
along with the Eagle League (Destroyer Command) and Sub Command HQ.
September 2001 - Sub Command goes gold and EA sponsors a Subsim.com
SC Contest, giving away 5 copies.. Terrorists attack America causing great
loss of life in New York, DC, and rural Pennsylvania. Sub Command is release
to rave reviews.
October 2001 - Sub Club moves to a dedicated server. Subsim.com breaks
the 20,000 unique visitors a week mark. Silent Hunter II goes gold. Work
begins on a Subsim.com Second Kampagne for Silent Hunter II.
November 2001 - Silent Hunter II released, reviews are mixed but the general
attitude of players is supportive. Multiplayer is expected with the release
of Destroyer Command in Feb. 2002. New members of Subsim.com such as
Vickers, See Falke, Duane Doutel, Andreas, and others create the Subsim SHII
December 2001 - Vickers leads the way in creating new and visually
new mods for SHII, including oil slicks, torpedo wakes, enhanced
splashes, and secondary explosions. An SHII mod community contributes over
40 new mods for SHII sounds, menus, graphics, and systems.
Jan 2002 - SUBSIM Review has been on the web for
FIVE years. The usual redesign of the title page (graphics by
Vickers, who else!) starts the sixth year right. Second Kampagne is
released and after 5 days over 11,000 copies are downloaded.
June 2002 - Subsim works with Ubisoft producer Carl
Norman and Doutel Software to initiate a broad reaching mod that will
convert SH2/DC from the original MP engine (rTime) to Microsoft DirectPlay.
After consulting with German Subsim player Doc Snyder, the mod is deemed Projekt Messerwetzer
n. [German] - A craftsman who sharpens old knives.) To avoid legal
constraints, PM is funded purely by donations and will be free to all.
Subsim donates $1000 and Subsim players eventually raise $9000 for Doutel
Dec 2002 - Drebbel joins Bill Nichols as a major World
Naval News contributor.
October 2003 - Subsim and Sub Club members meeting in
London for the first Intercontinental Meeting.
Jan 2004 - Subsim Review rolls through their
7th anniversary. A determined group of guys led by Hitman and Horsa have
been hammering, welding, and banging on a new mod for Silent Hunter II since
summer 2003. The effort is deemed
a total conversion from U-boats in the Atlantic to US Silent Service in the
2004 - Editor Neal Stevens attends the
2004 E3 convention in Los
Angeles. First looks at Sid Meier's Pirates, Akella's PT Boats, and
Ubisoft's Silent Hunter III reveal that 2005 will be a very good year for
August 2004 - On the Continent, European Editor
Drebbel visited the
Silent Hunter III is releasedGerman Games Convention (GC2004) in Leipzig to check on
Silent Hunter III. He writes the
preview for a game Subsim ever published.
2004 - The Second
Intercontinental Subsim/Sub Club Meetingis held in Galveston,
Texas. Highlights include spending two evenings aboard the WWII submarine
USS Cavalla in Seawolf Park, special
guided tour of the Battleship Texas, home bar-b-que by Abe Stevens, visit to
the Lone Star Flight Museum, and special hands-on previews of Dangerous
Waters (beta), Enigma, and
III (beta). Special guests include Kelly Assay (Tesseraction Games,
Enigma) and keynote speaker Capt. Zeb Alford (Captain of two nuclear subs).
Nov. 2004 -- In the days before Silent Hunter III was
released, everyone was speculating wildly on the SH3 release date. One
November fine day, Subsim members saw a thread that said:
New release date for SHIII. It was a clever hoax by
Drebbel (especially the part where he said "Haha, got you"
). Subsim skippers formed a lynch mod and we kicked off a trial for Drebbel.
Sailor Steve was Drebbel's defense lawyer, Hitman was the judge, JJ was the
prosecutor, Torplexed was the court reporter, Neal was the bailiff, and
Codmander and several others served as witnesses. The hoax thread by Drebbel
that started it all:
New release date for SHIII The Trial Proceedings Thread:
Trial for Drebbel The Spectator's Gallery, including
the art by court reporter Torplexed:
Drebbel's punishment for behaving badly, **Spectator Gallery Sailor Steve's Press Conf:
PRESS CONFERENCE! Film at 11
February 2005 - Dangerous Waters is released.
It is a critical success and the first modern naval sim that allows players
to fight on, above, and below the sea. Meanwhile a huge fight breaks out in
the SH3 forum over
the fate of the mysterious Red Triangle. Oleg uncovers proof that it was
in Das Boot.
2005 - the Third Annual
Intercontinental Sub Club meeting is held in Amsterdam. Over 40 Subsim
enthusiasts attend for 5 days of mayhem. SH3 Exec Producer Florin Boitor is
the special guest.
January 2006 - Nine years on the web. Daryl "Subnuts" carpenter
becomes Subsim's most
prolific book reviewer, posting over a dozen reviews during the
year. The SH3 Mods forum is a beehive of activity with Real U-boat, NYGM
Tonnage Mod, Grey Wolves, and other teams putting more excitement into the
March 2006 - Five veterans from the Silent Hunter III dev team begin
planning Silent Hunter 4. This latest entry in the longest running
subsim franchise will be set in the Pacific and allow players to command US
April 2006 - Due to ever-increasing web traffic and forum growth, Subsim
upgrades to a new server, with the downloads and archives remaining on the
old server. Migration to vBulletin forum software begins, with
archives going back to 2002 updated.
May 2006 - Work begins on the Subsim Special Project, to eventually
become the 2007
Subsim Almanac. Queries are sent to 50 historians, game developers,
enthusiasts, artists, writers, and submarine veterans.
September 2006 - The US Navy invites Subsim to take
a cruise aboard the USS Texas nuclear sub at Cape Canaveral,
Florida, and attend the commissioning in Galveston, Texas.
September 2006 - The Lucky Lighter by Jason Lobo
Subsim story contest. In addition to Jason's story, original fiction
byGerard Cuomo and Mariano Sciaroni
will be featured in the 2007 Subsim Almanac.
December 2006 - First draft of the Subsim Almanac undergoes the final
January 2007 - Ten years on the Web! The 2007 Submarine Almanac
is published, celebrating 10 years on the web with a flotilla of stories,
articles, and art from naval historians, subsim players, game developers,
and Navy men. Foreword by Bestselling Author Joe Buff:
For raw courage and grit, for long
separations from family, for extremely rough living conditions in crowded
and claustrophobic spaces deep under the waves, no other branch of military
service compares with submarine service. Weeks of repetitive, uneventful
watchstanding can change without warning, in a moment, into a frenzy of
well-coordinated thought and action where the lives of every soul aboard,
and sometimes the fate of humanity, are instantly at stake. For instance, if
an emergency action message comes through to a boomer, if a fast-attack
suddenly detects a hostile contact approaching, if Tomahawk launch mission
orders arrive unexpectedly on a guided-missile sub—a submarine must be
ever-vigilant for conflict. Even in peacetime any one of a myriad
potentially deadly mechanical casualties may occur. A sub is always at war
with its natural elements: the sea.
2007 - In tradition with Silent Hunter 2 & 3, Subsim offers the world a
first look at Ubisoft's franchise subsim: Silent Hunter 4
A key crown witness in the trial of
suspected crime boss Willem Holleeder was found dead in his home in
Amsterdam south on Tuesday morning. The police said they can neither
confirm nor deny that Bram Zeegers had committed suicide. Zeegers
was a confidant of the property tycoon Willem Endstra who was shot
dead in 2004. The report of Zeegers’ death was made by someone at
his home, police said. This person, who is not a suspect, was taken
to hospital by ambulance on Monday night after becoming unwell,
reports ANP news service. Last week Zeegers gave evidence in the
trial of Holleeder who is charged with the blackmail of four
property tycoons and has been linked to ordering the murder of
Endstra and several other killings.
May 31 -
June 3, 2008 - Subsim's
server is knocked offline by a transformer explosion and fire at the
Planet (ex. EV1 & Rackshack) Houston datacenter.At first, the Planet
was able to restore power after two days but the datacenter's backup
generator failed, and we were down 2 more days.
Events included an unlimited access tour of the Battleship Texas,
shooting practice at Bailey's Gun Range, Tex-Mexican dinner at Casa
Ole!, Seawolf Park tour of USS Cavalla submarine, USS Stewart destroyer
escort, help with storm repairs and clean up. Gaido's Famous Gulf
Seafood, Lone Star Flight Museum, the first ever Subsim Paintball war!
And BBQ by Pop, with Mom's world-famous banana pudding.
Feb 2009 - Subsim kicks off
first Werewolf Hunt. Twenty-seven fearless Subsim members sign up
and are whisked away to remote and forbidding Vanvikan, Norway where a
U-boat crew and small village grapple with an unspeakable horror.
March 2009 - Subsim revamps
Downloads section and integrates it within the forum to allow easier
updates, better categorization of mods, and less work for the admin.
Sailor Steve and Laufen zum Ziel volunteer to serve as Mod Managers. Mod
makers are able to apply and receive Modmen status and upload and update
their mods. Within a few years, the number of available mods exceeds
April 2009 - To meet the growing demand
for downloads and the swelling forum bandwidth, Subsim migrates the excess
traffic to an additional server with SoftLayer: Dual Xeon 5520 - SATA, 12 GB
RAM, x6 Drive SATA 250 GB IDE/SATA HDD.
May 2009 - Letum hosts an undersea version of
the werewolf hunt:
HMS Thanatus Game.HMS Thanatus lies on the bottom of the sea. Her
bow, aft and 4 lower decks are flooded.The last few days have been a
confused blur of screams and salt water. At least what ever had terrorized
the crew and set off those explosions seams to have gone away...
July 2009 - The
crew work party at Seawolf park July 2009. Five members converged in
Galveston to work on the submarine Cavalla and flirt with waitresses.
Sept 2009 - After nearly two years of hard
work, Subsim became a registered trademark
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Registration Number: 3675018
Current Status: Registered.
Date of Status: 2009-09-01
Filing Date: 2007-11-20
Sept 2009 - 2009
SUBSIM Meet in Copenhagen. Subsim members from around the world
converged on Copenhagen for their latest convention. Activities included
a special voyage to dive aboard the UC3 Nautlius submarine with skipper
Peter Madsen, a jaunt to Kiel, Germany to tour the U-995, a first look
at Ubisoft's Silent Hunter 5 by Romanian developers elanaiba (Dan, SH5
lead designer), Mike, SH5 associate producer (Mike the bike), maerean_m
(Mihai Maerean SH5 interface developer),
a tour of Peder Skram, and Sehested, Danish submarine and warship.
Twenty-three people from nine nations attended.
2009 - The
2009 Best of Subsim Awards! The first year the Best of Subsim was
conducted. These individuals were selected through a process that involved
much discussion, multiple votes, and had to be pared down from many
nominees. These members and accomplishments were exceptional examples of
this community's finest.
2010 - Ubisoft releases
Silent Hunter 5. The game limits the player to a Type VII and a narrow
time frame in the war, but introduces full U-boat access and more RPG
elements. It also pioneers UbiPlay, an anti-piracy scheme that forces the
player to have an online connection to play the game. The game is not a
success, due in large part to UbiPlay and the game's unfinished state.
Still, it ignites a firestorm of modder activity and becomes the hub of the
Subsim universe for 2010.
April 2010 - Subsim's 2010 April Fool's joke shocks
everyone who visits the forum.
is prepared to see this. Much coffee is spit upon many monitors, some
Red Bull, too, it is reported.
Posts and tirades are launched--what happened to our forum?!! In the
end, everyone gets the joke and the pitchforks and torches are put away for
New London Subsim Meet - The men of Subsim gathered on the US east coast
for a fun-filled weekend. Activities included a tour of the USS Nautilus,
visit to Sonalysts, Battleship Cove, USS Growler submarine, USS
Constitution, USS Lionfish submarine, and more. Hosted by August.
May 2011 - the
Great SUBSIM Spam Hunt of 2011! As Subsim grew, so did its
attractiveness for spammers. Neal has always managed to keep most spammers
out, but it was discovered during some routine server and database
maintenance that there were several hundred dormant spam accounts in the
system, with spammy signatures and homepage URLs. Neal enlisted the aid of
the rank and file and launched The War on Spam to comb through the roster
and zap spammers. Nearly a hundred members joined in and wiped out spam in
our time. New registration vetting tools and sharp moderators have kept spam
in Subsim to zero.
June 2011 - The faithful
Subsim members brave another werewolf hunt. This time the setting is
the southern coast of Finland, where the HMS Terrific has been marooned
under the shadow of the mysterious Nazi Castle Collinswood, where
experiments and crimes against nature take place.
July 2011 - TLAM Strike and Frau Kaelun
launch the meme of all sub memes:
"Deeper, chief, and twenty bucks says the
new guy wets himself."
Nov 2011 - Ubisoft
Offline option to UbiPlay for SH5.
lanziqi reported, "Yesterday the Uplay launcher had an update, which added
OFFLINE MODE option in the setting section on the top right corner of the
Uplay interface. Now the legal owners of the SH5 can play it without the
internet connection needed even in the very beginning of the Uplay starts!
Of course you need to disable the savegame synchronization."
Jan 2012 -
SUBSIM: 15 Years on the Web! Online since 1997, Subsim has grown from a
homepage to the center of the submarine and naval simulation world. Over
70,000 registered members, dozens of reviews, and nearly 3000 game mods.
March 2012 -
The Best of Subsim 2011. The annual awards reach the third year in
recognizing outstanding Subsim members and activities.
May 2012 - Progress marches on and with it
comes the need for an additional server. Neal reaches out to Rack911 to
provide a fully managed server with moar power! E3-1230, 16GB Ram, 2 x 1TB
Hardware Raid 1, 1 x 1TB Backup Drive, 10TB Bandwidth.
July 2012 - The Silent Hunter 5 mega mod
Multiple UIs for SH5 with TDC by The Dark Wraith was the first
heavy-hitting mod for the fledgling Silent Hunter 5 and made a significant
contribution to the modding and playability of the game. Released in 2010,
the thread grew and was seen by more visitors at Subsim than any other
thread. It hit 1 million views in July 2012. Hitting a million views was
only a matter of time for some of the most important threads. The Grey
Wolves thread hit the million view mark shortly after Multiple UIs, and
others will follow as the thousands of sub game players venture onto the
Subsim base, but TheDarkWraith can always claim to be the first.
Silent Hunter Online is a browser-based U-boat game, free
to play (F2P), where a player can sign up an account and play from any
PC. There are some strategic layers to the game that set it apart
from any of the previous Silent Hunters. You have some BdU functions
such as outfitting and directing more than one U-boat.
2015 - Out of the blue, the Koreans attack! Subsim's forums were
whalloped by a massive spambot attack, with hundreds of indecipherable
Chinese-type threads posted in waves.... luckily, Subsim moderators
Jimbuna and u crank were on hand to throw up the barricades and direct
them to the bilges. Out of this came Subsim's Red Alert team, poised to
sound the alarm and nuke the spammers at the source. Hey, don't blame us
for the politcal fallout this will create, they started it.
2015 - Subsim's
Facebook group, started by Les Robertson Sept. 9, 2008, hits 1000
members. And what a crew, creating a ton of funny ways to be more
aggressive with memes and laughs. We can think of no better way to start
your morning than with a cup of special blend Subsim coffee and a scroll
through the funny and interesting posts.
May 2016 - Swedish indie dev team
Skvader Studios releases a demo of their fictional history WWII Swedish
subsim, HMS Marulken.
previews the demo of the 4-person co-op game, and joins the
Kickstarter at the top level.
Aug. 10, 2016 - Subsim presents Wolfpack.
Skvader Studios have upgraded the HMS Marulken project to a 4-player
co-op U-boat simulation. Work is fast underway with a high-quality Type
VII U-boat model, reconfigured helm station, and upgraded environment.
Our team spent many hours examining the U-995 in Kiel, Germany last week
and we plan to create a U-boat game that gives the four players
procedural hands-on control of their stations. The teamwork and
skill-based gameplay will set Wolfpack apart from all the sub games that
have come before it. Sailor, get ready for a whole new way to subsim.
November 2018 - Das Boot TV
series premieres: A German television series produced for Sky One
and a sequel to Das Boot (1981). Like the film, the series is based on
Lothar-Günther Buchheim's 1973 book Das Boot, but with additions from
Buchheim's 1995 sequel Die Festung. As the original film's plot ends in
December 1941, the series' setting takes place nine months later, in
1942. The storyline is split into two narratives, one based on land
around the French Resistance, the other set around German U-boat U-612
and its crew.
March 15, 2019 -
Wolfpack released! A crew of players experience the tense
atmosphere of a WW2 U-boat, manning the stations in this realistic co-op
simulation game. Several crews may play together in a wolfpack,
completing missions based on iconic events during the different stages
of German U-boat warfare.
Sept 2019 - Single player for Wolfpack is released.
Oct. 12, 2020 - Neal and other users get a Malwarebytes warning of a possible issue when accessing the site. Neal shuts down the site and contacts
Steven Ciaburri, System administrator and owner of Rack911, the service used for the SUBSIM servers since May 2012.
Although Steven was a server ninja and always managed to fix any hairy problems
in the past, over the last few years Steven had become less and less responsive
when contacted for support. In this case, 48 hours pass without action and Neal engages another server security firm to do a full scan of the server.
The third party security team spends 6 hours checking and gets Malwarebytes Security involved. It turns out to be a common false alarm, there was never
any kind of hazard or risk for users of the site. Both the security team and Malwarebytes gives the server a 100% secure rating.
Oct 24-30, 2020 - Neal decides that Steven Ciaburri has mentally checked out and is obviously no longer professionally involved with his company and customers.
Neal decides it’s time to move the site to a more active and reliable host before something happens that cannot be recovered. After a lengthy evaluation, he chooses Liquid Web
and a complete migration is performed. The forum is upgraded to the latest 3.8.11 version by Dave at technidev.com and all functionality restored.
Since the legacy Content Management System is no longer supported or updated and will not function with the newest php, Neal converts the main page to the standard WordPress system
and moves the news and forum archive to a satellite site, subsim.site.
SUBSIM main page facelift, first significant change since 2005
Oct 31, 2020 - After a week of intensive work the migration and upgrades are complete.
Nov 3, 2020 – After two weeks out of communication, Rack911 replies to the support ticket entered in mid-October:
Sorry for the issues. Where do we stand here
Sr. System administrator
Neal replies that it is no longer an issue since Subsim is now hosted on Liquid Web and wishes Steven well....
Nov 18, 2020 – Two weeks later, Neal receives this email from Rack911:
I regret to inform you there has been a fatal accident involving Steve, some of you are already aware and some of you may not be.
My name is Jon Juliano I have been a friend of Steve’s for many years so I’m taking this task to reach out to all of you to ensure your
transition is as smooth as possible whether you have hosted servers or strictly server management. Steve was a very talented individual and
well respected in the hosting industry so it would be a tough task to find his replacement, that being said I have chosen an individual with equal
respect and talent in the hosting industry that would be able to provide you assistance if you choose. I will leave my contact info below as well as
Scott Mcintyre with admingeekz.com. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for any concerns or questions. As for servers hosted with Rack911 this is a
very time sensitive issue we do not have control over the Inter connects so all migrations need to be done ASAP.
It appears the disaster and lack of support from Rack911 was a blessing in disguise since it prompted Neal to migrated SUBSIM from Rack911 a few weeks before Rack911 went under. Can you believe it?
Steven was a tremendous individual whose server skills were unmatched. He had apparently lost interest in Internet management and had become a serious diesel
truck performance enthusiast. On Nov. 11, 2020 he was killed in a vehicle accident. He was 33. No other details can be found. While his lack of support at the
end was regrettable, Steven had managed several crucial assists to the SUBSIM Team early on. He will be missed. RIP Steven.
Two years later and the Rack911 website is still up although it is no longer a business.
December 2020 - SUBSIM's annual fundraiser is cancelled due to Covid-19 difficulties all members are facing.
January 2021 - Here are your Best of SUBSIM 2020 winners
April 1, 2021 - SUBSIM releases a teaser video of its next project: Depth Charge Simulator!
April 9, 2021 - Wolfpack water asset preview!
July 7, 2021 - SUBSIM previews the upcoming sim, Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter.
August 6, 2021 - The Wolfpack Team complete the major water asset upgrade and moves on to
the next item on the roadmap - full U-Boat interior.
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