Armada2Files.com was conceved by the FileFront Network team in December of 2001. At the time there were alot of restrictions on the server space and the project was forced into being canceled by the main network staff.
In April of 2002, Stingray, a FilesNetwork Staffer, re-introduced the idea to Jos Jongejan (Pro-Filer) (FileFront Network's Manager / Founder). The Network now had grown enough to be able to support the Armada2files project, and work began on creating the site that you are currently viewing! Unfortunatly however things did not go quite as smoothly as we had hoped and we missed our launch target of April 2002, and then May 2002... Pro-Filer is the designer of the site's graphics, and he went on vacation for most of May. When he returned, the graphics were made with the help of Delta and we began adding files
Unfortunately for us, most Network sites launch when or before the game launches. In our case, we were launching more than a half of a year since the game came out, so we had the task of adding every single file that came out before our site was made, which was VERY hard work. The staff worked arround the clock to find, request permison to host, add and sort submitted files, add all the news over the last half year and get the site into a working useable condition. Mr. Greg was the first Administrator of Armada2files.com and he was one of the founding reasons for its succsess.
In January of 2003, Mr.Greg left as the main administrator of Armada2Files to move onto other sites and things, and FireFly_194 took over
as the administrator for the website, with Firehawk as vice-admin. Support for both Armada I and II files were added to the site and files for both games were added. Around Oct. 2003 Firehawk left Armada2Files and Nateanite took his place as vice-admin.
On Thursday, November 27th 2003, FireFly unfortunatly left Armada2files.com to move onto other things. His controbution to this site was huge and he helped the site continue the wonderfull sucsess it has had on FileFront Network. Nateanite took over as Administrator, with FileTrekker as the new vice admin.
On 14th March 2004, Nateanite left Armada2files, to spend more time as Network Admin. FileTrekker took over as Administrator, and Sheepeep became Vice Administator of the site. Sheepeep unfortunatly had to leave soon after and the Vice Admin position went
to Lt_Cmdr_Breslin. After 2 wonderful years with Armada2files, FileTrekker
sadly departed us and became a Network Admin on 28th of April 2005.
FileTrekker's bumbling sidekick Lt_Cmdr_Breslin took over as Administrator.
Not too long into 2006, FileTrekker left as Site Admin and Joelteon7 was respnsible for the site not breaking (so far so good). Not too soon after, Freyr was given staffship and since then, Joelteon7, SupaStarAsh, who has been working on the site for some time and is currently Sub-Admin and Freyr have kept the site going and likely will do for a long time to come.
On May 30th, 2007, Armada 2 Files enjoyed its 5th birthday with the release of many files, including a celebratory 5-candled donut, a contest winner in the shape of a Romulan dreadnaught and a released total conversion. With the site looking to expand a little bit more with a planned Armada 2 stock-object database and the revived Monthly Bulletin, a monthly look at past articles, mod developments and an overview of released mods during the month plus any special features, the site looks to be carrying on for another 5 years.
After all these staff members hard work and dedication, and thanks to the dedicated work of the FileFront Network team, Armada2files.com is now THE place for all your Armada and Armada 2 files needs!
A wholesome 5 years after the site went up, there has been one constant and that has been our banner which on the 26th June 07, was replaced with what you see before you now. The old banner served us well and can be observed here for anyone wanting to be nostalgic.
In late July 07, Armada Files waved goodbye to Tycoon (aka SupaStarAsh) who had been serving on the site for over a year and a half alongside Joelteon7 and Freyr. His departure left a gap in the staff-team and was soon filled by members IKS Yo Mama and TParis. Further details about them can be seen, here when the two were properly introduced to the community officially as staff members. Tycoon's resignation also meant that Freyr was 'promoted' to Sub-Admin, meaning the integrity of the site's staff was safe once more.
As 2007 rolled to a close IKS Yo Mama was leaving and we were looking for staff again. We had also introduced the file upload system which made submitting mods a lot easier for you guys. That meant more mods for us to approve as well. We recruited the Kid, who has managed to post more files than anybody else in the sites history. He also managed to near single handedly decrease the time from files being submitted to posted to the lowest in the sites history. (and possibly the networks, but we can't confirm that!)
April marked the beginning of the end of an era when Joelteon7 stood down as the site administrator and the mantle of the beloved Donut Democratic Repubic of Armada II Files passed to Freyr. Joel set a new record for being the longest standing site admin and oversaw many changes during his tenure as administrator, while keeping Armada II Files the best site on the network. Just as the year was coming to a close Freyr stepped down as well after over two and a half years on the site staff leaving the Kid as site admin.
Not long into 2009 Ziff Davis announced they were closing filefront, and all of the sites (including ours!) with a couple of days notice. A massive downloading effort backed up the contents of the site, and the community moved to a transitional forum. Freyr had been struggling to act as a normal member again and had continued to (backseat) moderate the site hey, its not easy just becoming a member after 3 years as staff! - Freyr and upon hearing the news he promptly rejoined the staff on the transitional forum to help get a replacement site up.
Thankfully, a consortium of staff bought filefront outright from Ziff Davis media and recommenced operations so the site returned to life, however the way the community rallied will always be remembered, as long as such a community exists Armada still has many years to remain. With the return of Filefront Freyr did make the transition back to the site as staff and co manages the site with the kid.
About FileFront Network
FileFront Network is a network of gaming modification and files websites, The people behind the Network currently consists of around 150 gamers just like the people that visit our sites. We have a small group of Network Admins, then each site has 1 or 2 Site Managers and under them are the rest of our staff; File Posters, News Posters, Reviewers, Interviewers, etc.
The real roots of the Network lie at the now way dusty CheatFiles.com. Back in 1998, Jos Jongejan (Pro-Filer), Network Founder, started his first real homepage over at Geocities called "Dexter's Ultimate Cheatzone". A few months later it was renamed to CheatFiles and the first files.com domain name was registered! After finishing the system behind it and adding a ton of cheats, Pro then went on to create Demo-Files.com which is also no longer updated. Then in late 1999, an upcoming game by Raven Software caught Pro's eye; Soldier of Fortune.It was gonna run on the Quake engine meaning there'd be plenty of modding to do. Remembering the frustration of finding a site to his likings where he could get maps, skins, mods etc, he decided to launch the very first Network site, SoFFiles was born. After the great succes of SoFFiles, which remains up to this day the #1 resource for SoF (2) players, things got rolling and DiabloIIFiles and EFFiles saw the light. After the successes of these sites, there was no way back.
The Network continued to expand and eventually became so big that it was bought by FileFront, one of the Network's long time file download mirrors. With FileFront's help, the now FileFront Network became bigger and better than ever before.
Filefront was itself bought lock, stock and barrel by Ziff Davis Media and operated as part of their online brand. Ziff Davis announced that they wouldn't continue to operate Filefront in April 2009, and the site was bought by a previous owner who kept Filefront and it's network online, as well as buying a lot of new hardware to replace the aging infrastructure filefront was running on and hiring some developers to improve the system. With these improvements the network looks set for a bright future.