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by Sky King
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Help: Setup / Hardware / Performance Issues
Topic: No sound on Windows 10
Replies: 8
Views: 1384

Re: No sound on Windows 10

I found a temporary workaround. If you start the game windowed (using the windowed shortcut in the start menu, for instance) then the sound works. You can then switch it to fullscreen with the F1 key. +1 on the problem, for me... Generic audio setup on Win10 v1803. -1 for me on the workaround, star...
by Sky King
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possibility of BZFlag on a console
Replies: 8
Views: 1382

Re: Possibility of BZFlag on a console

And it's worth noting... Most of us remember the golden days 10-12 years ago when at any given month there were probably a couple of thousand players who played at least at some point over a given month. Fast forward to 2018... As I type this post, there are exactly 6 people playing BZ. Out of 7.5 b...
by Sky King
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Bugs and Problems
Topic: possible jumping related bug
Replies: 9
Views: 2297

Re: possible jumping related bug

frame rates that high can cause issues. You don't need over 120 fps. So yes, limit your frame rate to something reasonable. It's cheating when you limit it down to below like 30, because that lets you introduce fake lag. Hey, can someone help me understand from a technical standpoint how my GPU fra...
by Sky King
Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why are there only like 30 people playing BZFLAG at one time
Replies: 60
Views: 15698

Re: Why are there only like 30 people playing BZFLAG at one

I certainly appreciate your comments, Jeff, and always have. I thought geno had come along a few years after the port. I can't find the reference now, but I remember in the early to mid 2000's reading an article/blog talking about the "laws" of BZ. (I have a freakily detailed, asperger-enhanced memo...
by Sky King
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why are there only like 30 people playing BZFLAG at one time
Replies: 60
Views: 15698

Re: Why are there only like 30 people playing BZFLAG at one

I remember the days, 7-8 years ago, when on any given day there were 15+ servers with players on them, and often there were a total of 200+ playing on them. Over the years there has been a lot of talk about why we are dying. Some erroneously blame the developers, or the admins, or the nature of open...
by Sky King
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Resurrecting BZFlag

True, there are much larger obstacles to overcome than silicon.
by Sky King
Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Resurrecting BZFlag

That sounds more like marketing babble then anything real ;) Actually this is the world I live in every day. I actually did mean maps because I see maps and games as a single entity. But you are correct, there'd be no reason that two games wouldn't be playing the same map. My thinking is that when ...
by Sky King
Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Resurrecting BZFlag

I'm imagining a true elastic environment where the listserv is in essence a "hypervisor" that dynamically powers up Amazon EC2 (elastic) server instances in response to the number of maps that are actually being played.
by Sky King
Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Ideal Map
Replies: 5
Views: 1260

Re: The Ideal Map

I liked certain map "styles"... Lasermania is a perfect example of a map that involves a lot of thinking, planning, spatial awareness... You really need to have a feel for how your team, and your opponent's team, are laid outon the map. The action develops slowly and it is sort of a thinking player'...
by Sky King
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Resurrecting BZFlag

Personalty I'd make a game that had an "Official servers" tab and an optional "community servers" tab that people could unlock to run on other hosts for whatever reason. I'd also build league services into the game and make it so that map instances could be reserved for league play when needed. The...
by Sky King
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Resurrecting BZFlag

... You are basically talking about changing how server hosting works, instead of wanting to host your own game, you donate your server to be used by the BZFLag Game Hosting Staff and you don't get to say how it is run. On further reflection, here's another thought that is a potential game-changer....
by Sky King
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Resurrecting BZFlag

JeffM wrote:I'm also not entirely sure what would need to be taken from BZFlag code wise, there are better, more modern ways to do everything it does.
I am trying to read between the lines of this and your last post... Are you in favor of revolution instead of evolution?
by Sky King
Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Resurrecting BZFlag

2) You are basically talking about changing how server hosting works, instead of wanting to host your own game, you donate your server to be used by the BZFLag Game Hosting Staff and you don't get to say how it is run. When I floated some of the concepts of the "Sky King Manifesto" (as one owner ca...
by Sky King
Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BzFlag is dying
Replies: 69
Views: 12346

Re: BzFlag is dying

Well, it will not be without controversy, that's for sure... But as you and I have discussed, clinging to the "saftey" of the status quo no longer serves any useful purpose. Thanks!
by Sky King
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BzFlag is dying
Replies: 69
Views: 12346

Re: BzFlag is dying

I am not sure if it as a good sign or a bad sign that my post here was moved out to its own thread!
by Sky King
Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Resurrecting BZFlag
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Resurrecting BZFlag

This was my response to the other thread, that has been moved here, just so you understand the context in which it is offerd. I have had quite a few one-on-one conversations with some of the people in this thread over the last few months. This is a matter that is near and dear to my heart and that I...
by Sky King
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for the best mouse for BZflag
Replies: 29
Views: 4574

Re: Looking for the best mouse for BZflag

With the exception of having my own key mappings loaded, there is nothing that affects the quality of my play more than the mouse I am using. I play with an old wired Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3. At work at at my home office I use the HP wireless mouse that came with each of my laptop docking ...
by Sky King
Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:59 am
Forum: Help: Tactics and Playstyles
Topic: What is your key mapping / what is the best key mapping
Replies: 73
Views: 32235

Re: What is your key mapping / what is the best key mapping

It depends a lot on your style of play. My recommendation for most mouse players is, get a mouse that has several buttons on it (I still use the MS optical explorer for BZ) and assign your most neded buttins to the mouse. For my style of play, radar zooming and binos are mission-critical so most of ...
by Sky King
Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:33 am
Forum: Players
Topic: Spawn-killing
Replies: 18
Views: 6179

Spawn killing is pretty much a part of the deal on many FFA maps like MOFO where you can spawn pretty much anywhere, anytime. On some of the fast-bullet sniping maps, it's pretty much essential. I think the real issue is specifically "spawn camping" in fortress-based team CTF maps, and not "spawn ki...
by Sky King
Sat May 10, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Help: Tactics and Playstyles
Topic: Good tips for newbies to bzflag
Replies: 55
Views: 18608

I remember the Army tank crewman manual said something that was so simple that it seemed comical: 1. Avoid being seen. 2. If seen, avoid being hit. 3. If hit, avoid being killed. That sounds almost silly at first, but think about it. As it applies to BZ: 1. First and foremost, try to avoid your enem...
by Sky King
Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Balloon Tank
Replies: 29
Views: 12927

So THAT'S what my tank looks like when I run over the "BOUNCY" flag in BZ!
by Sky King
Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:25 pm
Forum: Players
Topic: What Brightness Setting Do You Use In The Game?
Replies: 3
Views: 1620

I sometimes set the brightness up one or two notches above the default, if I remember to set it on a new install. I have a new 22" LCD monitor that is very bright and I am just using the default setting in BZ for that. One thing I have noticed... You need more brightness if you are going to play wit...
by Sky King
Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Help: Setup / Hardware / Performance Issues
Topic: Why does the display becomes brighter when starting BZFlag?
Replies: 5
Views: 1892

I have this problem sometimes on my ATI card, but not my nVidia. With my ATI, that gamma switch also sometimes toggles on and off when I hit F1, and sometimes doesn't. I suspect it's buggy drivers.
by Sky King
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: Players
Topic: How many fps do you get ??? (Frames Per Second)
Replies: 63
Views: 21705

On a related topic, does anyone know how to tell whether the GPU needs more video RAM? I have mine set at 32 MB but it can go up to 128 MB. Hey BC, I just now saw this even though it's a bit old; Expanding on what Jeff said earlier: At start time, your graphics card opens up all the texture files n...
by Sky King
Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Help: Tactics and Playstyles
Topic: New player finding the game hostile
Replies: 32
Views: 11792

I agree with what others have said. The nature of online games provides anonymity. If you've been around online communities much, then you know that some will use that anonymity as a way to be very open and honest, with no fear of reprisal. But, many will also use it to put on a persona that isn't r...