Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze

Less is more; new models, improved textures; humans are prey.

Two years since our first release!

What, already? Doesn't time fly… we've seen many changes to the code base, new maps, new models… modellers have come and gone, coders and mappers have come and (usually) stayed…

Another big .pk3…

We've only gone and done it again. That's two months in a row. We clearly fail!

Seriously, though, this time it's because we've recompressed most images using formats which graphics cards natively support – basically, the DXTn family and derivatives. This improves loading times (one decompression step rather than two) and uses less memory – both main memory and graphics card memory. The base .pk3 is now some 70MB smaller than last month's was, and that was itself smaller than the many pak*.pk3 which it replaced (though that was mostly down to removal of obsolete resources).

Our maps haven't had the texture recompression treatment – yet…

New booster! New drill! Improved tyrant!

Warvinc's drill and jdreyna's booster. Oh, and a tyrant, with a higher-resolution skin.

We've also started actually using IQM for models.

One renderer to draw them all

We've removed the old OpenGL 1 renderer. This leaves the renderer formerly known as GL3 and effectively raises the minimum requirement to OpenGL 2.1. There's also been a fix to some matrix maths which means that tone mapping now works properly – not that you'll have noticed, though, since this was one problem which was in the way of us using DXTn etc.

If you're using slower hardware and you were using the OpenGL 1 renderer, you may need to play with the graphics settings. In particular, that “Dlights, no fx” video quality preset which we added last month.

Light relief

That lighting bug which affects some Tremulous maps was fixed a few weeks ago. No more green overminds in Nano!

Gamma correction is done in shaders now, so everybody gets to play with it. And we've played with the player state colour grading effects: no more fading or colouring for low health or tyrant charge.

Gameplay

Basilisks and advanced dretches are gone. Instead, we have the mantis: it looks like a basilisk, it can pounce but it doesn't grab and it doesn't have a healing aura, or at least less of one. Its claws cause temporary slowing and will drain stamina.

Turret firing has been played with – damage done is affected by distance, and it's bursty. We've experimented with dretch health and found that 35 seems to work well given the turret changes and various other factors.

Jetpacks are now useable even without enough stamina to jump. We've fixed a problem with the game thinking that you've landed due to having touched ground by checking for upward acceleration. Ignition cost is reduced.

Builders can build again without waiting for building completion, but some waiting is still needed (it's currently set at 60% completion).

Miscellaneous

Writing of configuration files now goes via temporary files. This means that if there should be a problem when writing (partition full, for example), the old version will remain intact. The file which contains your identification details is private and, on Unix-type systems, is now created with appropriate permissions.

Packaging notes

As of this release, .debs are no longer being built for Ubuntu 12.10 (quantal). We plan to drop support for 12.04 LTS (precise) and 13.04 (raring) in June: this will leave Debian 7 (wheezy) as the oldest supported GNU/Linux release.

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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- seanschilling (guest)
Monday, 03 March 2014 05:03
So when can we download this? 24 is still being shown as the latest
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- seanschilling (guest)
Monday, 03 March 2014 05:03
So when can we download this? 24 is still being shown as the latest
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- seanschilling (guest)
Monday, 03 March 2014 05:05
So when can we download this? 24 is still being shown as the latest
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- hrmm1 (guest)
Monday, 03 March 2014 05:50
Such wonderful workMuch appreciated
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- ishq
Monday, 03 March 2014 06:45
Sourceforge is having issues mirroring our builds... They will be visible shortly.
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- viech
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:07
Archlinux package updated. Links: unvanquished-data (install first), unvanquished.
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- rmarquez (guest)
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:42
hey! why to drop support to Ubuntu 12.04?? is a LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 has support for five years!!
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- viech
Monday, 03 March 2014 12:44
The universal zip is not yet on sourceforge, but you can download it via torrent already.
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- icaro440
Monday, 03 March 2014 13:27
"Viech" wrote:
The universal zip is not yet on sourceforge, but you can download it via torrent already.


Downloading...Surprisingly, this is not going as slow as I thought.

where is the link to the torrent (main page)???? http://www.unvanquished.net/download i dont see it.
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- ishq
Monday, 03 March 2014 14:20
Sourceforge fixed their issue. Builds are up on sourceforge, although chances are you will get faster speeds from the torrent.
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- viech
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:26
"icaro440" wrote:
where is the link to the torrent (main page)???? http://www.unvanquished.net/download i dont see it.
Added it.
"icaro440" wrote:
Downloading...Surprisingly, this is not going as slow as I thought.
Because our mirrors aren't as slow as sourceforge's. tongue.png


Note that this link always points to the latest torrent, so you can do nifty things like
Code:
% crontab -l @hourly /usr/bin/transmission-remote -a http://www.unvanquished.net/unv-launcher/current.torrent
to automatically download and seed the new version once it arrives.
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- dwarfvader
Monday, 03 March 2014 20:33
hi there,

i have to say, that this release left a much more solid impression on me than the previous one. The install/update process was flawless on my xubuntu 13.10 installation. The new models look very nice, especially the drill is sweet. But i Do love the new 'build on' capability of the builderclass the most on this release. Whoever is responsible for that change: very good work, sir! :-)

Looking forward to a dev game with many people, to see if the lags are gone or at least less than the sometimes unplayable state of previous versions.

I truly hope, now that the filesystem transitions are done and the old render is finaly removed, the stability and performance will further improve. Even if it is still in alpha state.

Keep up the good work.
DwarfVader
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- SDS (guest)
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 02:37
Thanks for the Arch/AUR pkgbuilds.
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Re: Alpha 25 – feeling the squeeze -- viech
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 15:48
"SDS" wrote:
Thanks for the Arch/AUR pkgbuilds.
You're welcome, fellow arch user!
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