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August 22, 2017

Zero-K

AI difficulty level renames

The circuit AI difficulty levels are now Beginner - Novice - Easy - Normal - Hard - Brutal. Thanks to everyone for their feedback and patience as we dial in appropriate difficulty levels and names. There should be no further big changes to names because we now have a fairly clear idea of the purpose for each difficulty level.

August 22, 2017 03:14 AM

August 21, 2017

Free Game News

Yorg

A while ago I discovered a very interesting and rather unique FOSS game: a classic colorful arcade racer! Sure, SuperTuxKart is there and is great, and it's not alone. But Yorg, a reversive acronym for "Yorg’s an Open Racing Game", feels more like Micro Machines with it's top-down perspective, giving it a completely different gameplay style. The game currently has six cars and three tracks with AI players to race against. In the future power-ups, weapons and multiplayer will be added along with more cars and tracks. It all looks very well made; anyone looking for some arcady action racing should give this a try!

Starting a race in Yorg. Note the wonderfully twisted course on the mini-map in the corner. :)

by Imerion (noreply@blogger.com) at August 21, 2017 05:21 PM

August 17, 2017

Zero-K

Zero-K v1.5.8.2


Thanks to recent work and feedback we now have tentative AI difficulty levels. Aside from AI, we have been working on smarter and newbie friendly defaults for unit AI and, as always, miscellaneous bug fixes.

AI Difficulty Levels



Renamed the AI difficulty levels for descriptiveness and because 'Very' is unimaginative.
  • Beginner: A new AI that barely attacks. It is easier than the old Very Easy.
  • Easy: The old Very Easy.
  • Normal: The old Easy.
  • Hard: The old Medium.
  • Brutal: The old Hard.
  • Insane: The old (well, quite recent) Brutal.

Beginner is very much a sandbox AI for getting the hang of units and controls. It slowly makes a base and after about 8 minutes sends a Flea (or equivalent unit) to wander around the map. Easy and Normal correspond to AIs recently configured by USrankCrazyEddie. Easy is like Beginner but, instead of a Flea, it makes an army out of a few units and sends them to wander around the map. It also has a faster buildup.

Brutal is the old Hard. The new Normal and Hard are effectively Brutal but with a delay on all their construction and less self preservation for their units. Insane is a recent configuration which I was recommended to place as harder than the old Hard. Many thanks to UAranklamer for writing Circuit AI and GBrank[GBC]1v0ry_k1ng for configuration, as well as to everyone else who has given feedback.

We have also added a beginner level chicken to match the Circuit AI difficulty levels.

Balance



Athena:
  • Moved to Strider Hub, no longer buildable by constructors.
  • Cost 500 -> 600
  • Build power 7.5 -> 15 (notably this doubles resurrect speed)
The intention is to buff resurrection and sneaky unit production while nerfing it as a second factory.

Faraday:
  • Cost 200 -> 250
  • Health 1000 -> 2200 (It is supposedly beefy)
  • Damage 1000 -> 1200
  • Reload time 2.8 -> 2.4.
Note that the reload time doubles its stun uptime because it has an EMP timer of 2 seconds. The intention is to avoid swapping Faraday and Stardust in the build menu as well as an attempt to revive a generally ignored turret.

The Cloaky and Shield factories now have a an unbuildable section in front of them to make them harder to accidentally block.

Unit Behaviour



Tactical AI
  • Rockos now try to shoot Stardust from outside its range.
  • Added tactical AI for Goliath.

Skirmishers and particularly long ranged riots are now smarter about skirmishing occluded units. They now detect when their line of fire is blocked and, after a few seconds, stop skirmishing and try to move such that they can fire. This behaviour is disabled for units set to Hold Position because this is the "don't get baited" movestate.

Disabled hold position by default for skirmishers, now that they are smarter about being blocked. The affected units are Buoy, Hammer, Rocko, Sniper, Scalpel, Firewalker, Placeholder, Moderator, Racketeer, Felon, Recluse, Wolverine and Dominatrix.

Here are the remaining things with hold position by default.
  • Anti-Air - Angler, Gremlin, Flail, Archangel, Vandal, Zephyr, Tarantula, Copperhead, Crasher.
  • Cloaked 'melee' - Scythe, Flea, Infiltrator.
  • Expensive artillery - Penetrator, Ronin, Catapult, Pillager, Tremor.
  • Deployable stuff - Crabe, Slasher.
  • Weird stuff - Claymore, Aspis, Scylla, Dart.
These changes should only affect new players.

Targeting
  • Cheap units [?] given slightly more attention by long-reload, heavy-hitting units [?]
  • Fixed identified radar dots getting overkilled, especialy by disarm
  • Hammer now has overkill prevention vs static targets.
  • Racketeer now correctly anticipates that disarm is about to wear off.
  • Racketeer now longer unwilling to target mobile units.
  • Racketeer now has a fairly strict priority hierarchy: in-LOS active > out of LOS > in-LOS inactive.

UI


  • Activated "Settings/HUD Presets/Stay up to date" so non-hardcore UI editing players are not left behind as the UI improves.
  • Swapped Defender and LLT in the build menu (yes, everything is ruined).
  • Moved camera hotkeys to the hotkeys submenu.
  • Camera zoom to startbox on comm selection is now configurable [?]
  • Units no longer retarget when their target completes a morph.
  • Default Wind/Tidal Generator build spacing 3 › 2.
  • Units of lagging players no longer flash by default.
  • Double click selection ignores selection filtering (except for rank 0).
  • Alt + Area Mex now creates Wind/Tidal Generators if Solar Collectors don't fit.
  • Added a unit icon for Infiltrator. Previously it looked like Scythe, now it has spider legs.

Fixes


  • Fixed Wyvern being able to shoot as soon as it starts rearming.
  • Fixed jumpies being unable to jump directly from their factory.
  • Fixed newly teleported units with a move order being temporarily stuck.
  • Fixed Sumo gravity guns sometimes causing light in the other direction.
  • Fixed the tooltip in the middle of the screen issue.
  • Fixed some cases where the tooltip was cut off.
  • Fixed the facplop graphical effect being covered in lines.
  • Fixed Recon Commander moonwalking during and after jumping.
  • Fixed Dart sometimes standing at an angle.
  • Fixed cloaked units setting themselves to fire at will when they decloak.
  • Fixed "Catching up" panel showing up after game over.
  • Fixed mex ghost showing in economy view regardless of the ability to build it.
  • Fixed wrong units being highlighted for selection when the mouse was outside the game window.
  • Fixed Strider Hub, Wind Generator and Solar Collector ambient occlusion.
  • Fixed an error with zombie mode.
  • Fixed an error when a unit dies during teleporting.
  • Fixed an error when a plane dies when it is just about to sit on an airpad.
  • Fixed an error when changing transport orders near a drop point.
  • Fixed an error causing invisible units when using shiny units without shadows.
  • Fixed an error where stockpiled tacnukes don't explode on silo death.
  • Fixed a build ETA UI bug.
  • Fixed a transport AI issue with constructor following.
  • Fixed commanders occasionally failing to continue their construction when they morph.

August 17, 2017 08:56 AM

Battle for Wesnoth

News • Re: [Policy] Posting Guidelines — Updated August 16th 2017

The Posting Guidelines have been updated.

As mentioned in the changelog above, the updated point is 1f-v, concerning thread necromancy.

Statistics: Posted by Forum Moderators Team — August 17th, 2017, 12:29 am


by Forum Moderators Team at August 17, 2017 12:29 AM

August 16, 2017

GearHead RPG

Troubles with Iconic Life

The Troubles with Iconic Life was an adventure game I started working on during university. The player character is an icon living inside a computer world- sort of like a low-fi Tron. Your mission was to solve some sort of crisis by traveling through this world and playing a bunch of buggy minigames. In each case, the secret to winning each game is to exploit its glitches.

The only minigame I remember clearly was a text adventure called Irrevocable Loss. You start in a gothic mansion and travel through various depressing locales, every step reminding you of the horrible thing that happened but which is never clearly explained to the player. Through solving puzzles, it was possible for the player to reach both heaven and hell, neither one of which provide release. To win the minigame you must enter the command “get over it”, at which point the protagonist stops moping and orders a pizza.

 

The puzzle above, as I remember it, involved a monster that could kill the PC in three hits, a single life restoration heart, and a switch that toggled the room memory. If memory is “on”, changes to a room are recorded when you move to a different room. If memory is “off”, the changes are lost and so the next time you enter the room it will be exactly the same as it was originally. To defeat the monster you would have to hit it, turn the memory “on”, retreat to the room with the heart, turn the memory off, restore hp, then return to the room with the monster and repeat the process until the monster was dead.

The iconic computer world featured a lot of memory switch and sokoban puzzles, which I apparently liked at the time.

The one bit I remember from the PC’s house in the computer world was the bed- attempting to use it would produce a number of messages telling the player that it isn’t functional, that it’s only there as a decoration.

Some of the content planned for the game. I barely remember most of this stuff; I think “The Forest of AntiHappy Endings” was a previous title for “Irrevocable Loss”, but I’m not sure. The “Ring of Wishes (Shareware)” was a nice idea, though these days it’d have to be a “Ring of Wishes (DLC)”.

by Joseph Hewitt at August 16, 2017 12:42 AM

August 15, 2017

Shattered Pixel Dungeon

Shattered Pixel Dungeon v0.6.1

Hey everyone, time for a new update! 0.6.1 brings with it numerous balance tweaks and improvements,...

August 15, 2017 06:55 PM