Month: December 2017

Dev Blog

The server has arrived!

Winter’s Greetings Nians,

Avatar Creations has released a preliminary Standalone-Server installer.  They have not released source code, yet.  They have not released the dev-client, yet.  There are known bugs that are actively being fixed, and there may yet be many more to find.  We are actively finding and communicating these bugs.  If you have a server running and are finding bugs you too should report them to AC.  Be clear and precise.  The easier it is to understand and verify the more likely it is it will be fixed.

As some of you may noticed the server application is not a pretty GUI tool to change everything one would want from some slick front-end like other high-end game engines.  These guys built all of it themselves from scratch.  This makes it all the more challenging as a technical problem as we have to learn with little documentation how it all works.  There is no manual.  No steam guide.  No buttons to click to auto-magically do the things we want.  If we want a button, we have to build it.  And dammit, that’s what we are going to do!

With the release of the server we have hit the ground running, even very recent additions to the team are already operating at peak capacity.  The ambition and dedication on the part of these members are a sure sign of a bright future for the project.  We have been preparing for this for months, and can confidently report significant progress in a very short period, even with the limited release and frequent patches.

Our technical teams are now fully operational and will be operating in a few capacities:

  • They will be actively coordinating with the design teams to understand game-design goals and priorities.  These goals will focus research and feasibility studies to implement such features.
  • They will be establishing internal tooling, process and infrastructure to facilitate change, testing, documentation and version control.
  • In parallel, members will isolate issues that are not game-oriented but purely issues of engineering: maintainability, robustness, and performance.

The design teams are operating as originally specified with the additional advantage of getting direct feedback on their ideas, and even seeing prototypes of their designs implemented.

The servers you see that are part of the OpenPerpetuum Project are experimental platforms.  If one has open registration -you play at your own risk-.  To ensure our future Live Server will not have rollbacks or wipes to correct terrible mistakes, we are learning how to keep things stable, push, and track changes.  There are a lot of mechanics, pipelines and tooling being developed to support these activities.  This is nothing new for software projects of this scale and are necessary investments to support the work.

At this point we can say we are getting exactly something as complex, but lovably perpetuum-y as we expected.  We are ecstatic to have the server and database to play with already!  We hope the source is pushed publicly and the release of the dev-client is short to follow after more bug-squashing.

You might wonder after all these words, what is it that we have even done?

I don’t know… you tell me.

Until next time,
-OP Team



Dev Blog

The work begins!

Fellow Perpetuuees,

Many moons have passed since our last communiqué.  For that we apologize.  A few developments and some delays to that effect have contributed to this.

First there has been real progress made by AC towards delivering the server, and prepping their infrastructure for steam login and distribution.  They are doing their best in the time they have to work through it all and try to deliver the best experience they can to official server players in the meantime.

Second we have integrated a staggering number of volunteers into a variety of roles and teams.  The survey was a resounding success.  We have players old and new, experienced PVP, PVE and industrial specialists.  Expert, and in many cases professional, database and software engineers, modellers, designers, and all around great people!  Above all they share an unwavering dedication to the project to make a better perpetuum for the whole community to enjoy!

Since there seems to be some space between now and the release, we think it fit to inform you of our recent developments and introduce some new ideas that have come from our collaborative efforts.  Do note that some of these are predicated on the tools and capabilities provided by AC and implementation details or timelines will depend on this.

World Design
Our new world design will accommodate a centralize-able market hub, and a greater degree of gradation of risk and reward as a player moves across various islands (and not just between islands).  Stay tuned for images of our new designs!

The Syndicate Faction
The Syndicates will now be the starting faction for all new players (with an indy or combat flavor choice of course).  The alpha islands will be syndicate-owned/captured by the human agents, and the factional npcs will be actively assaulting and increasingly violent as you approach their fortifications on the Alpha-2 and soon other yet unseen Strongholds!

In keeping with our ethos to focus on providing new unique content, we are proud to announce an ambitious new feature.  These are a “dungeon” mechanic of sorts but non-instanced, still open world.  What secrets may lie within? More details to follow!

A return to Rock-Paper-Scissors
We seek to bring back the flavor of each faction and class as a unique distribution of some capabilities and not just damage types and resistance profiles.  With syndicates as a starting faction, they also fill the role of a jack-of-all balance where they excel at none but have more adaptability between the 3 nian factions.  In short this will not be Seth’s online anymore and players will find bots that suit their particular play-style rather than picking whatever faction is the “meta”.

Fixing the Broken
We would be remiss if we failed to mention fixes to stark imbalances that exist in the game with respect to modules and stacking extremes.  Several variety of solutions for this, but we all see basic number changes as the primary course of action here.  There are high severity items like the tuners, and less severe.  Look out for discussions on the forums!

Keeping the Awesome
There is a lot of, even some balance, patches that added a lot of interesting features, notably the EP-activity reward system.  This will remain but tweaked to accommodate a fresh playership, rather than a years-old player base on the official server.  So for those wondering, both time and activity will be intact but with different numbers.

There are a lot of details of how these things shake out, and will discuss them in discord and on the community forums to seek your feedback.

Please join us in thanking the AC devs for all their hard work on their free time to make this an impending reality.  This is only possible with their work and deserve our gratitude.

Stay tuned for blog posts detailing the work of all of our teams!