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Re: Game Updates

Postby MrBenjammin » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:36 am

Client Changelog 0.117
Features/Gameplay
  • Disconnecting from the server now takes you back to the server lobby.
  • Skins are now downloaded asynchronously and do not cause stutters for slower connections.
  • Added plank steps.
  • Added Copper Telescope.
  • Energy well core now rotates faster when travelling at higher speeds.
  • Grass now grows back if it has surrounding blocks of grass. No more wasteland islands!
  • Tall grass also has a chance to grow on newly grown grass blocks which is higher than normal generation.
  • You can now grow trees by placing a Log block on either grass or dirt.
  • Grass will also now die if it has a block on top of it and turn to dirt.
  • Trees and grass will only grow during the day.
  • Ship speed is now only shown to 1 decimal place.
  • Steering has been revised for ships. Using forward and backward keys(W, S default) will increase speed up and down, it will stay at the speed while you are driving. Pressing Left Shift(default) will cause the ship to brake. You can now only reverse at 25% of your max speed. Turning speed is now based on the overall mass of the ship, this may be altered in the future when blocks are weighted. Vertical speed is now 10% of Max Speed.
  • Tree sway has been re-enabled and fixed.
  • Low level cloud layer is now thicker.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed the top of blocks having the wrong way round textures and emissive in some cases(such as the Reset Block).
  • Fixed a bug where it was possible to disable options menu.
  • Fixed disconnection not taking you out of game state.
  • Fixed the ‘3 block high’ requirement bug for Control Panels. They can now be mounted in 2 block spaces.
  • Fixed being able to open options with chat open.
    Fixed Edge Mode sometimes not working on certain rotations with ships.
    Fixed a bug where exiting options would not accept movement key presses.

Server Changelog 0.120
Features/Changes
  • Added experimental virtual file system for island chunks. With this enabled island chunks are loaded into memory at startup in their compressed forms and then accessed from it rather than the harddrive which is a major bottleneck on busy servers. The downside to this is the server startup time, loading a large map can take about 60 seconds. Storing all these files in memory is also an issue. However the memory use is pretty low. For a 8k map it is roughly 80mb+tiny overhead.
  • Changed ship updates to 20 times a second, previously 30.
  • Chunk cache has been disabled to prevent bugs it was causing. The new virtual file system takes its place for most functionality anyway.
  • Much of the servers objects have been changed to update at 24 frames per second. To reduce wasted CPU time for no noticeable difference.
  • Server no longer pushes you upwards while in a unloaded area.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed ship spawns getting their ID’s reset.
  • Fixed spawns not always being loaded correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where items and cannon balls could sometimes go through walls. Specifically happened a lot on Machine Sphere.
  • Fixed an issue where cannon balls did a smaller area of damage than intended.
  • Fixed an issue where special blocks placed on the edge of a chunk, which would create a new chunk would receive their special data.
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Re: Game Updates

Postby MrBenjammin » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:18 pm

A slightly smaller update than usual as I carry on rewriting the UI. Some essential fixes and additions though!

You can update by the Update button on the login screen or from http://get.skynations.net

Client changelog 0.118 / Server Changelog 0.121
Changes
  • You can now break chunks while your ship is stuck on is causing collision with another/island. Making it much easier to escape these situations yourselves.
  • Changed how user logging in is handled on the server. This should massively reduce the server stutter when people join a server. Especially during busy times. Some more things to help prevent this in next update.
  • Night is now much brighter.
  • Grass blocks now grow without being connected to grass. This is to allow grass to grow on ships.
Additions
  • Added /motd for admins to change the server MOTD during run time.
  • Added an icon to copper telescope.
    Balance
  • Changed vertical speed to be 30% of max speed(x3 faster than previously).
  • Increased likelihood of tree growth.
  • TEMPORARILY: Mallets can no longer destroy Energy Wells. But can still be damaged by cannons usual. This is to prevent the cheesy shock-trooper style tactic of destroying Energy Wells. This will be somewhat replaced when the first player weapons are available.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an item crash.
  • Fixed an issue where you could open pause menu in item sculpter and break it.
  • Fixed still being able to craft when inventory is full.
  • Fixed an exploit where you could keep flying at a speed with thrusters turned off.
  • Fixed an exploit where you could mine/repair very fast with mouse click injection.
  • Corrected player skin torsos being reversed.
  • Fixed some tall grass growing in midair. Even though it looked hilarious.
  • Fixed Sculpted Item’s jittering when moving fast.
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