Not much on OpenTTD side this time, just some minor fixes, but a lot of new stuff for CityMania client:
cmtreemapconsole command that populates the map with trees according to a png image, similar to the heightmap. Very useful for creating realistic maps in the scenario editor.
I forgot to make a news post yesterday but, yeah, we're starting to switch servers to 1.10.2 and cmclient is also out. There are a number of desync fixes in the new version and while unfortunately it didn't fix them all it should still be more manageable now.
CMclient also has a number of new cool features so checkout the changelog. Though it seems there are some bugs with order hotkeys and some other stuff so I may do a second release for 1.10.2 soon.dP
It didn't take long for quick fixes to arrive :) Servers and client updated.
I also decided to add two extra settings too CityMania client: "Open vehicle window for shared clones" and "Open orders window for new vehicles". They allow to configure window opening behaviour that I described in previous announcements. Both are off by default so as to not confuse players that are new to CityMania client. But I strongly recommend everyone to enable both of these settings and configure cloning hotkeys.dP
We're slowly updating to a new version. Citymania client is out except for the mac os version that is not compiling for some reason and idk how to fix it so no ETA on that, sorry. Test server is also switched to 1.10.0 and was actually significantly reworked since 1.9.3 so some stuff is a bit broken and misconfigured but I'll fix it as soon as I can.
Also I think I should elaborate on cloning behaviour change in 1.10.0 client. Main cause for it was that in 1.9 there was no convenient way to check current order of cloned vehicle and I guess it depends on a personal play style but many people find it necessary to pretty much always check orders of cloned vehicle that's why it opens order window by default (if you don't need it you can always ignore it). It also cancels cloning tool making it impossible to spam-ctrl-click vehicle because CityMania client has
vehiclegui/vehicle_clone hotkey for that. You can experiment with hotkeys if you want but one good way is to set in
depot_gui/depot_clone_vehicle to CTRL+some key, e.g
CTRL+Z (same key for both). That way if you have depot window active it will start depot clone tool, you can either click or ctrl-click a vehicle with it, check orders if necessary, and then spam clone hotkey that will now be a vehicle clone (shared because of ctrl in hotkey) to get the amount you want. Combined with order editing hotkeys that allows you to do most of cloning operations entirely with hotkeys except for initial clicks on a depot and source vehicle.
This time I'm a bit late with the update but that's because there's a lot of new stuff. In general, I'm slowly starting to work on significantly improving building tools and UI overall. Some of those improvements are still quite experimental and I'm not sure where I'm going with them yet. But some are already usable, so here's the full list:
As it turns out a number of bugs were introduced in 1.9.0 version of our server that affected town growth making it much faster than it was supposed to be. Unfortunately no one reported them so those bugs went unnoticed for quite some time and were only fixed in 1.9.3 release. Thus now that we stopped running 1.9.2 servers I've reset all CB scores for 1.9.0-1.9.2 versions to keep it fair. Also there was a different bug when some company received money from server. Fortunately it didn't happen very often but still few cash goal scores were reset as well.dP
Looks like this time 1.10 will be out before April. And it actually has interesting new stuff some of which I'd like to highlight.
CityMania client 1.10.0-beta1 is also out and have some improvements of its own so check it out.dP
I wasn't around to do the update properly, but some servers were running it for a month and now we're updating the rest. Also there was an issue with the client version so I've reuploaded it yesterday.dP
Well, I got an idea ... and then I just couldn't stop ... so now we have a bit of a zombie apocalypse on our test server(#0) xD.
Rules are quite simple: zombies destroy stuff, food heals houses, goods damage zombies, passengers to HQ does AOE. There is no particular goal yet or any scoring at all. And, honestly, there is no winning condition either, just constantly increasing level of zombies.
So at this point it's just an experiment that is still far from being a complete gameplay. But let me know what you think of it, what kind of new game mode we can make? How about a citybuilder without strict requirements but you need all that cargo to fend off zombies anyway? Also any small ideas would be nice as well, like I know banks are useless atm, mb they could buff towns so that houses get more HP. Or mb there needs to be some kind of ammo storage system instead of an instant damage for goods. Mb find some use for transmitters scattered along the map?
It was a bit unexpected to see 1.9.1 so soon but it's not a bad sight. So I guess we'll replace 1.9.0 servers with 1.9.1 soon but still keep 1.8.0 ones for a while. And yeah, new CityMania client is out as well.dP
OpenTTD development picked up pace recently so this year release is finally not just a number. Here is a full changelog and I'll go over some those changes in a moment. But first I want to tell that we're already running 1.9.0 on some servers and more will be switched to it as more players update their game. CityMania client is also ready and have a few features of its own, so check its changelog as well.
As for new stuff in 1.9.0 first thing I want to mention is actually a bit of an issue. There may be a significant performance drop for some players on games with a lot of vehicles. So if your game is lagging definitely try using CityMania client that has this issue fixed and recommend it to your friends ;)
Also there are several significant changes for city-building:
Finally we're getting back in business after that nasty crash. It wasn't all for naught as I took that time to reimplement our server controller and tidy up the database struture. Though I kind of rushed it's release so there aren't many new noticeable features yet. And, in fact, even some of the old features are somewhat broken atm. For example, cross-server chat. As we ditched the IRC support completely but haven't finished a replacement yet. Quest servers also won't be available for a while as I'm planning to completely overhaul that game mode. But don't worry it'll all be back eventually, better than before. And thank everyone for your support on forum. So nice to see that there are still people who understand CityMania and love it wholeheartedly <3dP
It took a while but we managed to mostly restore the database after the crash. So some game details may be missing but at least all scores and quests should be intact. Our new server controller is also ready so we'll be bringing servers back in a few days.dP
Quick update here, following a pretty bad server crash, citymania is recovering slowly. We might have lost some of the latest game, but we still have hope, and servers should be back in the next days.
Will keep you updated.darulezzz
Finally we're out of slumber, client is updated and we started to switch servers to 1.8.0. There has been a lot of stuff happening in OpenTTD development lately, including the movement to Github but sadly no interesting game improvements came out of it yet.dP
Hello everyone! Just dropping in to say there probably won't be 1.7.2 update. It happened to conflict with some recent CityMania changes and I have absolutely no time to deal with it lately. So at this point I think it would be better to skip this one and aim for 1.8 that will hopefully happen in April as usual.dP
New version of OpenTTD is out. But, as usual, nothing noteworthy about it.
New version of CityMania client is available in downloads section. It's just a version update, there are no other changes. And once again no 32bit version since Visual Studio crashed on it. Nobody seemed to miss it last time though ^^.
Some of our servers are already updated to 1.7.1 others we'll gradually update over the course of month or so.dP
Time flies and it's almost two years since we started our servers. And I think it's a good cause to celebrate that we're still alive and kicking :) Nothing too fancy this time, just a regular temperate city-builder without Newgrfs. Though I thought let's give another try to income-based cargo requirements (like in Christmas event). Meaning that you'll be required to make certain monthly income from cargo delivered to your town instead of its amount like in regular CB.
More details on forum.dP
That's not really a new rule since it wasn't ever allowed to use multiple companies for your advantage, even on Novapolis. So I was quite surprised when I noticed that it's not mentioned in our rules anywhere. Guess it was considered to be obvious or something, I don't know. Well, now it's officially there. Though, as I said it doesn't change much, it's still considered to be a pretty minor rulebreak so you may get away with only your score and exp being reset for that game. But if keep breaking it repeatedly you may get yourself banned.dP
Yet another major version update of OpenTTD traditionally released on 1 Apr. Sadly it also become a tradition that new releases have nearly nothing new in them. But this time at least realistic acceleration got enabled by default so may be we'll see less players building dumb tunnels ;)
Interestingly there are so little gameplay changes that you can pretty much use 1.7.0 CityMania client to play on 1.6.1 servers (see client changelog on how to do so). Though keep in mind that it can still desync if you do so, even if not very likely.
So yeah, you can get new version of our patched client here. But there will not be 32bit windows version for a while since stupid microsoft compiler crashed on it.dP