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Conduct & Design Discussion / World Creation
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:35:18 PM »
Just dumping a couple links here for cool toys that could enhance/replace the current world creation:

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Conduct & Design Discussion / Web or Client ?
« on: September 08, 2016, 07:46:44 PM »
With the renewed interest in the game, I'm wondering about one question:

Is the fact that it is web-based important to many people or not?

Because I've been successful in putting my other game Black Forest on Steam, and I'm thinking... basically, a lot of things in M&F would be easier if it weren't web-based. I tried to make a 3D map view and it wasn't very good, but maybe I just aimed too high? What if we keep the 2D interface, and just put it into a client? Would that be interesting?


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Announcements / Please vote for me on Greenlight
« on: August 07, 2016, 03:48:49 AM »
My game Schwarzwald is now on Steam Greenlight. It could use some up votes. If you can spare some seconds, please go here and give it a thumbs up:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=739047467

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Announcements / hotmail has fucked me up again
« on: July 20, 2016, 07:13:22 AM »
I can't send mails to hotmail addresses and I can't figure out why.

If someone has an idea, here is a typical bounce message:




<[email protected]>: host mx4.hotmail.com[65.55.92.184] said: 550 SC-001
   (SNT004-MC4F44) Unfortunately, messages from 92.51.146.66 weren't sent.
   Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network
   is on our block list. You can also refer your provider to
   http://mail.live.com/mail/troubleshooting.aspx#errors. (in reply to MAIL
   FROM command)
Reporting-MTA: dns; flame.lemuria.org
X-Postfix-Queue-ID: 5C1BE4045B
X-Postfix-Sender: rfc822; [email protected]
Arrival-Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:10:16 +0200 (CEST)

Final-Recipient: rfc822; [email protected]
Original-Recipient: rfc822;[email protected]
Action: failed
Status: 5.0.0
Remote-MTA: dns; mx4.hotmail.com
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 550 SC-001 (SNT004-MC4F44) Unfortunately, messages from
   92.51.146.66 weren't sent. Please contact your Internet service provider
   since part of their network is on our block list. You can also refer your
   provider to http://mail.live.com/mail/troubleshooting.aspx#errors.


Very helpful, yes? And no, the blocklist bullshit excuse isn't true and if I contact my provider they send me to hotmail. If anyone knows of a solution other than completely ban all hotmail accounts from the game, let me know.

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Conduct & Design Discussion / Battle Simulator
« on: July 01, 2016, 12:54:46 PM »
So I had a few minutes of spare time and, as always, a new project popped into my head.

Actually, it's an old idea, I just now think I have the technology to do it. It would not be 100% Might & Fealty, but it could be linked to it.


My working title is "Battle Simulator". The core idea is that you put down an army on a battlefield together with simple march orders (i.e. where to go, what to attack), your enemy does the same, and then the battle is played out according to those orders, non-interactive. The player input is all in the setup phase. During the battle, you just watch. Everything is in "do you have a good strategy" and "how good can you guess what your opponent will do?"

The tie-in is that I would base the combat roughly on the M&F system. The ability to combine weapons and armour freely instead of having pre-set unit types. The morale/routing code, etc. It would be reasonably close to M&F battles.

But it would be in 3D in a standalone application. I'll use this topic to write down some of my design ideas.

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Off-topic Chat / Tom's new game is now in open beta
« on: June 19, 2016, 06:55:53 PM »
Yes, my new game Schwarzwald (german for "Black Forest") is in beta now.

The official website is here: http://schwarzwald.lemuria.org/

There are details, trailers, client download (Mac, Windows, Linux).


Even if you are not interested, you can help me a lot by liking and sharing this FB post so it reaches more people who might be interested:

https://www.facebook.com/1114868788555429/posts/1161555853886722/


Thank you all!

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General Discussion / Forum merging / new structure
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:35:47 AM »
At this time am running two complete forums (BM and MaF) and they both have sections about other topics as well.

I very much want to merge them into one. Each game would still have its own seperate section, it can even have its own look, but administration of one forum would be much easier than administration of two.

There would be some issues with user accounts and such. I haven't figured out how exactly to do it and if someone wants to dig into SMF docs and plugins that could help, it would be much appreciated. But ultimately, I cannot sustain several forums.

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Announcements / PayPal Issues
« on: June 05, 2016, 08:40:04 AM »
I notice from error messages that I get that some people seem to have problems with PayPal payments, while for others it works just fine.

If you can't get PayPal to work, but want to buy credits, send an e-mail to [email protected] and we will manage a manual PayPal transfer.

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Some of you know that I work with Unity 3D sometimes, for example for the Map Viewer that I started building for Might & Fealty. As well as other games I do.

I'm currently creating a course for total beginners to teach basics of Unity 3D. I would like to have some 2nd and 3rd opinions. Is anyone interested in taking this course (I will give you a voucher so it's for free) and give me honest feedback on it?

Please PM or e-mail me.

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I'm trying to get the 3D client for one of my other games working on various hardware and operating systems and need some people to test it, especially on low-end hardware. If you can spend a few minutes to help me out, here is what to do:

  • go to http://blackforest.lemuria.org/h/download and download the client for your OS (Mac, Windows, Linux)
  • start it, create an account and join an open game
  • wait for a day or two until it fills up and starts, you will get an e-mail notification
  • enter the game and play with the various performance toggles inside
  • go to this forum: http://forum.battlemaster.org/index.php/board,52.0.html and post what you noticed - how is your FPS under various things enabled or disabled, how does it change? Don't forget to mention your hardware, especially graphics card, and operating system.
It would help me a lot. Thank you!

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Conduct & Design Discussion / Source Code Repository
« on: April 27, 2016, 06:45:48 PM »
As discussed here for a long time, the source code for Might & Fealty is now available:

https://github.com/tvogt/mightandfealty


It is my sincere hope that among the many fans and players there will be a few people who can add their own contributions and improve the game, without having to rely on me as the only resource typically in short demand.

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Announcements / Might & Fealty Source Code Now Available
« on: April 27, 2016, 06:45:03 PM »
As discussed here for a long time, the source code for Might & Fealty is now available:

https://github.com/tvogt/mightandfealty


It is my sincere hope that among the many fans and players there will be a few people who can add their own contributions and improve the game, without having to rely on me as the only resource typically in short demand.

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Announcements / Side project, looking for feedback
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:03:26 PM »
Learning German? Here is the pilot episode of something I'm trying to make learning German more easy. Please help me make it better by checking it and commenting:
https://youtu.be/OTcqrrtFrA8


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Conduct & Design Discussion / What If ? II
« on: February 06, 2016, 10:00:42 AM »
What if I put the whole game up on github ?

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Conduct & Design Discussion / Replacing Gossip with GM complaints
« on: February 05, 2016, 11:32:38 AM »
I don't see gossip being used the way I envisioned it. So I am thinking of removing it, and in its stead have a button leading to a complaint page.

There you can complain about a character or player, with a drop-down select box of reasons, such as:
  • silly name
  • toxic behaviour
  • abusive messages
  • cheating / exploit use
and a short text field for details.


Complaints would be reviewed by me, personally, and can be accepted, rejected or marked as abusive (e.g. if someone spams complaints because he's ticked off). You can see how many complaints against you are in which state and how many of the ones you made. That is all. As they are handled on a player level, other people can't see them because it would reveal who plays which character.
However, once I have the data, I can track it and handle abusive and toxic players.


Discuss

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