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Old 07-19-2011, 08:59 PM
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Default Patch: July 19th, new maps & misc, SERVER ADMINS WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH FREE WEEKEND!

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July 19th, 2011

New title screen background

Replaced welcome screen buttons with changelog

Added "Forums" link to Main Menu

Bots now balance teams even if the spectate threshold hasn't been reached

Updated training missions (changed maps, hard walls enabled)

New beginner friendly maps, special server configuration tag |beginner| (includes ball_football)
* ball_channelpark (modified ball_funnelpark)
* ball_fracas (modified ball_mayhem2)
* ball_greywar (modified ball_darkwar)
* ball_proton (modified ball_core)

New midlevel open maps, special server configuration tag |midlevel| (includes beginner maps)
* ball_cavern (modified ball_cave)
* ball_gliderpark (modified ball_planepark)
* ball_meteoroids (modified ball_asteroids)
* ball_powder (modified ball_snow)

Server hosts, we need your help!
We are running a Steam Free Weekend starting Thursday July 21st.
If you have a good internet connection and a stable server machine please host a new players server with the following specs:

Server name: New Players (1-59) [your text here]
Max player level: 59
Map list: Official |beginner| maps (select |beginner| and click << add)
Map rotation: empty (select everything and click >> del)
Ideally all other settings should be left at their default values, especially Hard walls (leave Bouncy walls unchecked)

We'd also love a few midlevel servers:

Server name: Midlevel Players (40+) [your text here]
Min player level: 40
Map list: Official |midlevel| maps (select |midlevel| and click << add)
Map rotation: empty (select everything and click >> del)
Ideally all other settings should be left at their default values, especially Hard walls (leave Bouncy walls unchecked)

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Old 07-20-2011, 12:31 AM
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looks so much better
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:33 AM
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I LOVE THIS BACKGROUND! looks shweet
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:39 AM
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Can you upload/post the new background? It looks sweet.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:43 AM
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AHEM http://altitudegame.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3708

I'll start coop up if I can though.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:43 AM
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no TBD maps on both the beginner and mid-level map packs!

For that reason i will host a TBD only beginner server.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:44 AM
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Another steam free weekend? my ratios are going to go skyhigh... :P
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:55 AM
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What does "Demo forever expanded and unlimited" mean? I clicked the link but it says invalid thread.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:59 AM
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props on the new background that looks pretty sexy
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:00 AM
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Sorry we were in a rush to get this update out ahead of the free weekend -- we'll review community maps for the next patch.

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What does "Demo forever expanded and unlimited" mean? I clicked the link but it says invalid thread.
This will link to a thread explaining the March 17th change to the demo model -- all planes (first red perk only) are now available in the demo with no time limit. We wanted to highlight this change for Steam Free Weekend users to encourage any cheapskates to stick around after the free weekend and to let their friends know they can play for free.

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:02 AM
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just a stupid question
why is there a rocket ship in the background
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:04 AM
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just a stupid question
why is there a rocket ship in the background
its an explodet missile
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:30 AM
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just a stupid question
why is there a rocket ship in the background
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:33 AM
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I'm sure its a biplane Boko.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:22 AM
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I'm sure its a biplane Boko.
BWAHAHAHAHA



Did it lose something? X"""""""""""""""""""D

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Old 07-20-2011, 02:23 AM
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O BTW, hats for $$$. Go.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:38 AM
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Why didnt devs make tbd maps ?, if more people get on playing ball, it is just going to kill tbd game mode
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:59 AM
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TD, i think this has been discussed before. Much as i would love every new player to become hard ass TBD players, they are catering for the mass market, and ball does that on a casual basis better than TBD. Lets hope they get bored of it and want to try something new!
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:22 AM
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TD, i think this has been discussed before. Much as i would love every new player to become hard ass TBD players, they are catering for the mass market, and ball does that on a casual basis better than TBD. Lets hope they get bored of it and want to try something new!
hmm i hope so too, unless they go play coop >_>


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Old 07-20-2011, 03:23 AM
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I would highly support bring tbd updates as well. Ball seems to get a loving amount all the time, while tbd is in a fetal position getting kicked constantly.

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Old 07-20-2011, 03:32 AM
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I would highly support bring tbd updates as well. Ball seems to get a loving amount all the time, while tbd is in a fetal position getting kicked constantly.

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Old 07-20-2011, 03:50 AM
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oh wow, how do you do the long line thingy?
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:55 AM
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BWAHAHAHAHA



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no but u lost the joke :P
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:58 AM
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:22 AM
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i see it now
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:32 AM
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I've created two of each type of server (14 slots each), in place of my (permanently empty) FFA, etc. servers and my home-brewed "beginners" server (which had precisely 8 visits, 3 of which were me).

Is it normal to get "failed to decompose" errors on proton? I just need to look into if it's something I'm doing.

Good luck with the free weekend.

[edit] P.S. A bit more warning if you want extra servers goes a long way - if I hadn't read the forums today, you'd be 4 servers down, for example. Any chance of a "server operators mailing list" or similar?[/edit]

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Old 07-20-2011, 08:34 AM
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Thanks ledow! Yes I think the failed to decompose warnings on proton are normal (nothing to worry about).
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:41 AM
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July 19th, 2011

New title screen background

*COUGH*NEW Platinum Bar after Triple Gold bars*COUGH*

Replaced welcome screen buttons with changelog

*COUGH*NEW Platinum Bar after Triple Gold bars*COUGH*

Added "Forums" link to Main Menu


*COUGH*NEW Platinum Bar after Triple Gold bars*COUGH*

Bots now balance teams even if the spectate threshold hasn't been reached

*COUGH*NEW Platinum Bar after Triple Gold bars*COUGH*

Updated training missions (changed maps, hard walls enabled)

New beginner friendly maps, special server configuration tag |beginner| (includes ball_football)
* ball_channelpark (modified ball_funnelpark)
* ball_fracas (modified ball_mayhem2)
* ball_greywar (modified ball_darkwar)
* ball_proton (modified ball_core)

New midlevel open maps, special server configuration tag |midlevel| (includes beginner maps)
* ball_cavern (modified ball_cave)
* ball_gliderpark (modified ball_planepark)
* ball_meteoroids (modified ball_asteroids)
* ball_powder (modified ball_snow)

Server hosts, we need your help!
We are running a Steam Free Weekend starting Thursday July 21st.
If you have a good internet connection and a stable server machine please host a new players server with the following specs:

Server name: New Players (1-59) [your text here]
Max player level: 59
Map list: Official |beginner| maps (select |beginner| and click << add)
Map rotation: empty (select everything and click >> del)
Ideally all other settings should be left at their default values, especially Hard walls (leave Bouncy walls unchecked)

We'd also love a few midlevel servers:

Server name: Midlevel Players (40+) [your text here]
Min player level: 40
Map list: Official |midlevel| maps (select |midlevel| and click << add)
Map rotation: empty (select everything and click >> del)
Ideally all other settings should be left at their default values, especially Hard walls (leave Bouncy walls unchecked)
Again I love the patch lamster!
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:05 AM
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*COUGH*NEW Platinum Bar after Triple Gold bars*COUGH*
To quote my girlfriend:

"Why is it that if you're already good at the game, the game makes it easier for you to kill those who aren't?"

She says that about unlocking the perks, the gold bars, etc. and I have to agree in part - once you've Ace'd, loaded up all the decent parks and have learned to get gold bars each round, the game becomes *much* easier while the poor newbies are barely able to get out of your way.

I'm not saying there's a solution (or even that there should be), but if you can get to triple-gold-bars, you shouldn't really need any more help killing people.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:48 AM
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@Ledow

1. It was a joke that I kept telling Lamster tonight because I knew he would think that such a thing would probably never be implemented in this game.

2. Yes I am a whore, so I want one extra bar? Also, your qoute about "newbs barely being able to get out of my way", that's like saying ban Ace Instincts because then Veteran players would be able to kill easier and obtain bars more for better stats than the norm and "leaving the newbs who can't kill as well" die in my way. Please make a valid point next time you confront me.

TBH I am tired, so I might not have made sense or made an invalid argument. If so, please let me know as I cannot argue at like almost 6 am without misreading. Thank you.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:50 AM
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love the new background looks so much slicker xD
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:23 AM
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great for everytěng ... The tutors program should work on this also if some of the new players show some interest in the game and etc... And also vets and the tutors could try to get some of them to try out tbd atleast a bit and we may get some players hooked on it
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:25 AM
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Nice patch. The main menu looks fresher.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:58 AM
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great for everytěng ... The tutors program should work on this also if some of the new players show some interest in the game and etc... And also vets and the tutors could try to get some of them to try out tbd atleast a bit and we may get some players hooked on it
I agree, I will be in all official and football servers asking any1 about questions on the game, tutoring program, etc. I expect others too as well, gotta spread the word and help out others!
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:43 PM
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Have there been any thoughts toward completely removing the casual font from the game?
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:45 PM
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wooow that background pic is amazing!
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:05 PM
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To quote my girlfriend:

"Why is it that if you're already good at the game, the game makes it easier for you to kill those who aren't?"

She says that about unlocking the perks, the gold bars, etc. and I have to agree in part - once you've Ace'd, loaded up all the decent parks and have learned to get gold bars each round, the game becomes *much* easier while the poor newbies are barely able to get out of your way.

I'm not saying there's a solution (or even that there should be), but if you can get to triple-gold-bars, you shouldn't really need any more help killing people.
One of the reasons why ball is more popular for noobies, you get insta zerged even if you have gold bars.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:15 PM
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Top left looks more bomber-ish to me - I assumed it was a missile pickup.

As for that left hand plane....yeah **** knows. Future addition? (no)


Nice patch though. Background does look slick, if a bit confusing :P
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:44 AM
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Yeah I think the top one is a bomber firing a heat seeking missile, and the bottom left is an explodet. Check out the explodet, it has the big fat bottom like that.
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