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by macsforme
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Plug-in Releases
Topic: ArenaCTF
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: ArenaCTF

I think he means that your own flag must be on your base in order for you to capture another team’s flag.
by macsforme
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Plug-in Releases
Topic: givePoint and Retroreflector plugins
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: givePoint and Retroreflector plugins

Wow... rarely have I seen a post that so confuses an issue with irrelevant comparisons and unhelpful points... A plugin that gives a player more points on command is not similar to a plugin that gives bonus points for getting kills or performing other game objectives. Players who geno bait or intent...
by macsforme
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Plug-in Releases
Topic: givePoint and Retroreflector plugins
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: givePoint and Retroreflector plugins

I hate to open a likely can of worms, but what on earth is the point of allowing players to assign their points to others via a slash command? Say what you will about our scoring/points system and its shortcomings, but how is it helped by allowing scores to be manipulated in such a fashion? I might ...
by macsforme
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: CTF as a sole focus
Replies: 21
Views: 1195

Re: CTF as a sole focus

Driving, jumping, shooting, etc. are core mechanics of this game. The various modes/styles such as CTF exist to provide variety on those core game mechanics, not the other way around. The aspect of shooting at other players is not a distraction from the objective of CTF as you are suggesting; rather...
by macsforme
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Help: Source Code / Compiling / Development
Topic: Getting frame buffer data
Replies: 7
Views: 438

Re: Getting frame buffer data

Look for where the game renders to an MSAA-enabled render buffer for anti-aliasing. You could convert that to render to a texture pretty easily (although the OpenGL requirements would be higher). I think only the 3D view, not the HUD, get passed through there, though.
by macsforme
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Plug-in Development
Topic: 2.6.x genocide enhancement
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Re: 2.6.x genocide enhancement

Sure. Feel free to patch the new genocide plugin and submit a pull request for it. However, I would do the rogue genocide options as a plugin config, or less optimally, as a direct plugin argument, rather than making a BZDB variable for it.
by macsforme
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Plug-in Development
Topic: Plugins That Adjust Tank Physics
Replies: 17
Views: 566

Re: Plugins That Adjust Tank Physics

As blast said, you would probably implement this new flag in the game directly, not via the API. One of the criteria for new flag designs accepted into the game is that they should be distinct from and not too similar to flags that we already have. The idea you shared sounds generally similar to Win...
by macsforme
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Development
Topic: Joystick Improvements
Replies: 0
Views: 725

Joystick Improvements

For those of you who are or may become interested in playing BZFlag with a joystick or gaming controller, here is a video showing some proposed improvements to joystick handling. These changes are currently under review as a pull request on GitHub.

https://youtu.be/5pwImEa5vf8
by macsforme
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BZ Client, force registration before being allowed to play
Replies: 10
Views: 1217

Re: BZ Client, force registration before being allowed to play

The main barrier to mandatory registration as I see it is that the process for registering an account is not intuitive. Once that is remedied, the opposite problem may occur, where people can easily register throwaway accounts (although that is already true to an extent) and hop from account to acco...
by macsforme
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Help: Setup / Hardware / Performance Issues
Topic: Need help with Internet connection
Replies: 6
Views: 958

Re: Need help with Internet connection

Your ping looks very consistent, so perhaps your issue is not network related (unless it's an issue that only affects some kinds of traffic and not others). Can you share what framerate you get in the game, whether the framerate you get is consistent or varied, and what settings you have for energy ...
by macsforme
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Help: Setup / Hardware / Performance Issues
Topic: Screen goes darker at random times
Replies: 14
Views: 2919

Re: Screen goes darker at random times

I still have to change Energy Saver options to take effect before playing. For example, I keep it on Vertical Sync, but if I play without changing it to Off or FPS Limit and back, FPS will go to something like 200+ and drop to ~30 when there is intensive activity on screen. It I change it to either...
by macsforme
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Plug-in Development
Topic: Flag: Disguise
Replies: 5
Views: 1182

Re: Flag: Disguise

We need to get away from flags like this in general, which involve blindly trusting other users' clients to show (fake) information or to hide information from the user. Flags like Stealth, Cloaking, Masquerade, Jamming, Colorblindness, etc. all depend on this blind trust. Going forward, flags like ...
by macsforme
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Map Editors
Topic: Web based map editors
Replies: 10
Views: 2378

Re: Web based map editors

“The details and the goals” are entirely missing from any of your posts in this topic so far.
by macsforme
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Map Editors
Topic: Web based map editors
Replies: 10
Views: 2378

Re: Web based map editors

If the concept is viable and enough interest, it would make sense to begin to plan to [possibly?] dedicate some resources towards the development of either web applications or a web site or both options. IMHO we are long past the point where we can simply "dedicate some resources," or in other word...
by macsforme
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Plug-in Development
Topic: Plug-in List
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Re: Plug-in List

Alphabetical sorting and links to the release page (or github repo) for each one would be helpful.
by macsforme
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tank intermitently stops moving
Replies: 13
Views: 5033

Re: Tank intermitently stops moving

I can also confirm this issue exists on Ubuntu 19.04 with the BZFlag version from the apt repository. I was able to get a working BZFlag by building from source and configuring it with SDL 2. This might be an issue with the older version of SDL 1.2 used by our version in the apt repository. We are l...
by macsforme
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: XCode build fail
Replies: 2
Views: 1235

Re: XCode build fail

Can you build from the Xcode GUI? I’m not sure that command-line builds trigger the target that generates that buildinfo file. You might only need to do it once.
by macsforme
Fri May 31, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Screenshots & Artwork
Topic: Mockup of new menu
Replies: 26
Views: 7424

Re: Mockup of new menu

Can we work a bit with the images provided and try different things? I'm asking because I like the direction, but I don't like the current result. How about the same mock-up without the huge icons on the side, just text? Also since there was no reply, I hope legacy will be an option. Sorry, I overl...
by macsforme
Fri May 31, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Screenshots & Artwork
Topic: Mockup of new menu
Replies: 26
Views: 7424

Re: Mockup of new menu

Nicely done. Of the three color selections provided (assuming there won't be an option to configure this), I'd go with the green as a tribute to the roots of the whole thing. Any thoughts as to layer/level 2 of the menu system? e.g. will it be straight click through to a second full screen for each...
by macsforme
Wed May 29, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Screenshots & Artwork
Topic: Mockup of new menu
Replies: 26
Views: 7424

Re: Mockup of new menu

I like how that looks, will it be "clicky" ? As in navigating by clicking with a mouse because the current menu with arrow keys sucks for me, as my keyboard doesn't have arrow keys. Yes, ideally the new menu system should be navigable using keyboard, mouse, gamepad/joystick, and touch input. The ab...
by macsforme
Thu May 23, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Leagues: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on competitive/league play
Replies: 12
Views: 4544

Re: Thoughts on competitive/league play

alfa1, please explain: how you would teach everyone the format for their mottos how you would get people to follow the format correctly and consistently how you expect people to sort through a list of mottos and cross-reference the information to figure out who is willing to play what, with reasonab...
by macsforme
Sat May 18, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Leagues: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on competitive/league play
Replies: 12
Views: 4544

Re: Thoughts on competitive/league play

It seems to me that these responses reflect that BZFlag has a small, tightly-knit community, where there is a high degree of cooperation and accommodation for players’ preferences and needs. This is in contrast to large game communities, where individual voices are not as impactful and decisions are...
by macsforme
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Leagues: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on competitive/league play
Replies: 12
Views: 4544

Thoughts on competitive/league play

After playing in BZFlag leagues for several years and more recently playing other games that have a ranked/competitive ladder experience, I have a few ideas for the future of BZFlag league/competitive play that I wanted to jot down here. Basically, there seems to be two distinct competitive experien...
by macsforme
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Screenshots & Artwork
Topic: Mockup of new menu
Replies: 26
Views: 7424

Re: Mockup of new menu

Here is an updated version with several of the suggestions taken into account, and with the menu items more closely matching what we have now. I also rendered it in a few different hues. I'm not sure what the different colors would represent, but possibilities include matching the player's current (...
by macsforme
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Screenshots & Artwork
Topic: Mockup of new menu
Replies: 26
Views: 7424

Re: Mockup of new menu

Also, the word "BZFlag" is written with scaled small caps , which is a typographical pet peeve of mine (see https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/True_vs_Scaled_Small_Caps.svg for an example, the top is what it should look like, not the bottom). You, sir, have sent me on a great journ...