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by macsforme
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Help: Setup / Hardware / Performance Issues
Topic: Need help with Internet connection
Replies: 6
Views: 80

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: 1495

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: 326

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: 9
Views: 714

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: 9
Views: 714

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: 205

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: 10
Views: 1310

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: 405

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: 4613

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: 4613

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: 4613

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 1097

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: 4613

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: 4613

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...
by macsforme
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Screenshots & Artwork
Topic: No-death Streak
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: No-death Streak

Found a few 20-0 screenshots, so here's one of them. I also found a 29-1 and a 31-1, but I can't establish whether those were taken right after my first death or not, so they don't count. :P


Image
by macsforme
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Screenshots & Artwork
Topic: Mockup of new menu
Replies: 26
Views: 4613

Mockup of new menu

We would like to improve the visual appeal of the game. Toward that end, here is a mockup of one idea for how a new menu system could look. 4:3 ratio (how it might look on an iPad or similar device): new menu.png 16:9 ratio (a widescreen computer monitor or a smartphone): new menu (wide).png A few p...
by macsforme
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Leagues United Discussion
Topic: Spring 2019 Babel Triples Challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Re: Spring 2019 Babel Triples Challenge

Less than a week to go. We could use another few teams to have a fun event.
by macsforme
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Enhancements
Topic: Multiline map comments
Replies: 7
Views: 1015

Re: Multiline map comments

And what is your proposed syntax for this feature?
by macsforme
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Leagues United Discussion
Topic: Spring 2019 Babel Triples Challenge
Replies: 5
Views: 1280

Spring 2019 Babel Triples Challenge

The BZFlag FunMatch Challenge returns on March 30th, 2019 for a triples event on Babel. Registration is now open at http://challenge.leaguesunited.org As a reminder, the rating method has changed from what it was several years ago. Rather than using 1vs1 League ratings, the site now pulls in your pe...
by macsforme
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: bzflag graphics improvements?
Replies: 23
Views: 1251

Re: bzflag graphics improvements?

We have a general idea for how we would like to improve the graphics of the game. However, there are many challenges; namely: 1) the existing graphics code is based on old methodologies and is difficult to work with; 2) there are very few developers still around who are familiar with OpenGL; and 3) ...
by macsforme
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Enhancements
Topic: Eighth dimension cleanup/removal
Replies: 9
Views: 807

Re: Eighth dimension cleanup/removal

Zehra, did you forget to tell us what new effect you are going to create to replace this one you want to remove? The OO effect is not the same as a drivethrough object, so it’s important to have an effect to distinguish one from the other. Improvements (the actual work, not just ideas) are always we...
by macsforme
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A way to download within bzflag the map?
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: A way to download within bzflag the map?

The client receives what it needs in order to let you play the game on that map. There is no avoiding this much. That doesn’t mean you have the right to take the map and use it for other things. Not all maps are released for arbitrary public use. To use the map, get permission from the map author an...
by macsforme
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Leagues: General Discussion
Topic: Sniping League
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Re: Sniping League

Superflags (random superflags, anyway) introduce an element of chance that gives an advantage to the team that happens to find stronger flags than the other. There is a reason that league maps are typically symmetrical and have no superflags, which is to give the teams equal footing. Imagine introdu...